April 2020 in Retrospect

I feel like April returned to moving about as fast as months are supposed to. Unlike March, which felt like it took an entire year. I guess that means I’ve settled into the new normal that is this pandemic situation, at least to a degree. I’m settling into routines, at any rate.

Whether that’s good or bad…

I did at least get some good reading and reviewing done this past month. Let’s take a look.

Reviews

Of Honey and Wildfires, by Sarah Chorn
One Word Kill, by Mark Lawrence
Kings of the Wyld, by Nicholas Eames
Turning Darkness Into Light, by Marie Brennan

I participated in a blog tour for a book-inspired music album, the Bookshelf Symphony Orchestra, which I recommend people check out if they haven’t already. Sarah Chorn also shared a wonderful guest post about the LGBTQ+ history of the American Wild West, which is long but also a great read!

I wanted to do more this past month, but eh, I blame a sinus infection for slowing down multiple projects. Also working on a video talking about the story of Chrono Cross, so if you’re into JRPGs or just really cool stories in video games, it’d be awesome if you took a look at the video, even if it’s only 1/3 of the story so far.

Upcoming in May

I do want to get back to the Deep Dive posts for Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels novels. I wanted to start them again this past month, but eh, you can see how well that turned out.

I have an article in mind about mid-grade novels and what kids can handle in their reading.

I know I’ll have at least 3 reviews, though I’m still aiming for 4-5. I have so many review copies I need to catch up on, and I’m trying to get through more of them even if they’re not upcoming books or even books from this year, because I have reviewer guilt over not having dealt with more of them. I’m trying to arrange my list of review copies to make it easier to get through more of them, depending on the time I have available, so hopefully that extra work now will lead to less guilt later.

I’ll also be working on more videos, which I’ll link to as well, just in case anyone’s interested in that side of my life.

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I have to say for the moment. I hope your past month hasn’t been too terrible, and I hope that quarantine restrictions lift for people soon. Assuming lifting them makes medical sense, that is. The province I’m in is starting to roll out a return-to-normalcy plan, and we’ve had almost 2 weeks of no confirmed COVID-19 cases, and I am very well aware that we are freaking lucky in that regard. New Brunswick acted fast and locked things down quickly, and it seems to have paid off. I wish other provinces, other countries, could have had the same luck we did here.

Take care, my bookish buddies!

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