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Whatcha Reading? April 2021 Edition, Part Two

April is still here, though it’s quickly on its way out in favor of May! I am personally so tired, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of trying to get to normalcy.

We hope you all have been reading something great and we want you to tell us all about it!

Catherine: I am having such a good reading week! Just finished The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan, which was brilliant and sweet and thought provoking. Before that was Book of Love by Erin Satie, ( A | BN | K | AB ) which was a gorgeous romance but perhaps even more importantly it was full of the most explicit and naked book porn that I have ever read (blushes delicately).

Elyse: I am kind of in a slump right now so I’ve been reading a lot of long form articles and knitting blog posts to cleanse my brain.

Claudia: I’m starting Book of Love and really enjoying it so far! Glad to know it worked for you, Catherine!

Shana: I’m bouncing between a bunch of books right now. I just finished rereading Bad for the Boss by Talia Hibbert, which has a CEO + junior employee matchup that should not work for me, but totally does in this book. I’m listening to Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo ( A | BN | K | AB ) on audiobook, and so far it’s a perfect time capsule of falling in love in 1950s San Francisco, I love it so much.

Susan: I’m dragging myself out of a reading slump in my traditional way: binge-reading trashy queer manga! I’ve run out of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, ( A | BN | K | AB ) which is a horror-mystery manga about people investigating or creating ghost-based mysteries, and also touching each other’s souls in a suspiciously horny manner! All of the characters are horrible people and I’m so invested in their mysteries. But I’ve just started reading volume five of Candy Color Paradox, ( A | BN | K | AB ) which is a (one-sided) rivals-to-lovers between a highly-strung journalist and a grumpy investigative photographer, and I’m very excited to see how they completely fail at communicating this time.

Carrie: I’m reading Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost ( A | BN | K | AB ) and LOVING IT.

Tara: I am also bouncing between a bunch of books, but I just started reading Femme Like Her by Fiona Zedde ( A | BN | K | AB ) and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’m also listening to Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel M. Lavery and it’s fabulous. I highly recommend it in audio.

Sneezy: I’m still mostly on my webtoon binge, and recently found that I really really like Your Throne on Webtoon. I thought I wouldn’t like it based on the summary, but instead of two women fighting over one dude and the power associated with him, they- well, no spoilers.

EllenM: I’m currently studying for/doing finals so reading anything that is not comics requires too much brainpower, but I have been reading Blood+, which is an unusual case of a manga being based on an anime (the reverse is much more common). So far we have a teen girl monster slayer with a Secret Destiny and I am enjoying it.

It’s not a book but I’ve also been playing Cozy Grove on my study breaks and LOVING it. Its like Animal Crossing and Spiritfarer had a baby–you play as a “spirit scout” who is trying to help a bunch of sad bear ghosts on an island move on to the afterlife, and mostly how you do that is completing fetch quests and crafting and decorating the island. It’s also time-gated–you can complete all the necessary tasks for the day and then you won’t get new tasks until the next day which is actually nice because it sort of limits how much time I can sink into it at once, ha.

Sneezy: OOOOOOH! I LOVED BLOOD+!!

Amanda: brb, buying Cozy Grove.

What are you reading right now? What have you finished?

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