April 16 Wrap-up & Recs

See my Instagram for the books I read this past month (Not Pictured: Tell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan and The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente).

Top Recs:

I don’t often read poetry and I have never been good at reviewing it or describing it – I usually end up saying something like “There are words in it and they’re all so FRESH and PUT-TOGETHER”. That being said, I really enjoyed Floating City: Poems by Anne Pierson Wiese. It had some very fresh and put-together words, such as:

The first warm evening in spring–the evening

on which you no longer feel the air’s

temperature and are only aware

of it as an invisibility draped

with sounds: laughter from open windows”

etc etc. Mostly the poems in this book make you look at an ordinary thing and see it again for the first time. I liked it.

Three of the books this month were the last ones in a series or trilogy: Half Lost by Sally Green, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente. Without spoiling potential readers too much, all three of these are my favorite combination of thrilling, upsetting, brilliant stories with beautiful writing, voices, and tones. Sally Green’s YA trilogy is sort of futuristic urban-fantasy? and is all about what makes a monster a monster and I was in the bath and I cried. Maggie Stiefvater’s YA The Raven Cycle is just ridiculously beautiful and complex and subtle and has the most amazing characters so you should probably go read it. Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series is ostensibly for children but there’s so MUCH much-muchness in it for people of all ages. I love reading her books aloud because every word is perfectly placed and completely delicious. It’s a darn good story, too.

tldr: mmmm dat’s good stuff.

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