may reads: mini reviews

How the fuck is it the end of May??

Also, know I missed April’s mini reviews and it was honestly because I read so damn much that month. And didn’t have any energy to actually sit down and remember to review them. June will be a better month, I hope, as I am trying to approach reading differently and to review as I go. I may not share the reviews right away, but I will write the notes that way when I sit down at the end of the month, I don’t get overwhelmed.

May was a bit easier as I hit a huge reading slump and didn’t read near as much as I would have liked. Even fanfics this month, were just not working for me the way they normally do.

Also, instead of reviews, I’m just going to list all the books I read in April and May with little brief comments.

Books Read for April and May

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4/5
One of my new favorite classics. I literally read this because there is a queer retelling coming out soon and I wanted to have a good frame of reference for the story. And now I love this book.

Lost In The Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
4/5
I am always here for a Peter Pan retelling. This book was magical and heartbreaking. And I loved it so much. Aiden Thomas is an auto-buy author for me now.

Body Broker by Daniel M. Ford
4/5
I’m such a sucker for a private investigator novel. This is the first in a series and it was so pretty face paced. I read it in two days.

The House In The Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
5/5
Literally one of my top favorite books now. A new comfort fic. It’s just everything I didn’t know I wanted in a book. Deals with a magical system that is highly prejudiced and layering the finding a family and a place where you belong. It’s like a big gay hug.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
5/5
Trans boy falls in love with a ghost. That’s it, that’s all I needed to know. But it is so much more and had be in tears on and off through the whole damn book. Finding your place in family as a trans person and claiming your magical powers. Ugh. So good.

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
4/5
Sapphic regency romance. Science bros being science bros and being out done by women. Yes, please. Also, I’m a sucker for the romance tropes in this one.

In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
5/5
I will be doing a in depth review/post in general about this on my Instagram because I’m still processing it. It is the most unique memoir I have ever read and I really feel like I can’t do it justice. It just needs to be read by anyone who is queer and has had experience or loved ones experience same sex domestic violence. This just doesn’t get talked about enough in queer communities.

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Now on to the fanfics. This may be the last month I do fanfic reviews. I love doing them, but I also feel like I need to be posting these in a different space or at the very least find a community who is as deep in this as I am so I’m not just talking to the wind.

Fan Fic Reviews

Total words for May2,604,015 words
Total Fics for May: 73
Shortest Fic: 2,000 words
Longest Fic: 124,927 words

I’m not going to put content warnings because if you click through the link, AO3 tagging system is brilliant and you can read those to see if this is a fic for you. More often than not, AO3 authors are heavy with the tags that way you know what you’re getting.

Blackbird by violenttulips – Drarry
(What’s this? A fanfic that is NOT Good Omens? Don’t worry. Literally the rest of them are.)
Harry was bitten by Greyback, he thinks is life is over. But of course, Draco says, “the fuck you say, I’m going to keep bothering you until you are you again.” I adore fics where Draco deals with Harry’s mental health with a tough love approach, with some fluff. Also, I really love the author’s expansion on werewolf culture and how it’s brought into this fic that Harry and Draco have to navigate. Fave Thing: Hermione and Draco friendship. I LOVE when this shit happens. Because both characters are so damn smart and they have so much to learn about and teach other.

The Best Laid Plans by hope_in_the_dark – Good Omens Human AU
Meet-cute. Sort of. Okay, Crowley hits Aziraphale with his car. Oooops! But ugh, the cuteness, the pining. I love it. Also, I love when Adam is related to Crowley somehow and the shenanigans they get into. Also, bisexual and asexual Crowley is always a fave of mine. This is a new comfort fic that I will be downloading to my phone. Fave Thing: Adam and Anathema are the biggest shippers. So cute.

Ghostwriter by bisasterdi – Good Omens Human AU
Aziraphale is forced to ghostwrite an autobiography of Crowley. It becomes so very obvious, the playboy persona that Crowley has to put on in order to avoid his crime family is not at all the true Crowley. This is a beautiful strangers to associates to friends to lovers. I loved seeing them poke through each other’s walls and masks to reveal something incredibly sweet. Fave Thing: How Soft they are with each other.

Icing on the Cake by Etheostoma – Good Omens Human AU
Crowley needs a decorator for his bakery, Aziraphale is perfect. Bakery flirting and pining idiots. That’s it, that’s all I needed to know. This became another comfort fit that I will be returning too. I love when authors say in their synopsis “the *insert topic* here no one asked for” because um, I did! In my mind, anyways. But yes, I will always read bakery romances. Or restaurant rivals romances. Food and romance. Yes. Fave Thing: Icing….for reasons.

Only Ever Yours by Caedmon – Good Omens Human Regency Romance AU
Regency romances are some of my favorites. Also Caedmon is one of my favorite Good Omens fanfic authors. CW: Nobility/Servant power dynamics. If that is not your thing, I understand. I usually have a hard time with super imbalanced power dynamics, yet, the whole “I was sent to spy on you” and the “oops, I fell in love with you” is just a thing that gets me every time. There is a lot of discussion about negotiating relationships with power dynamics in this that I really appreciated. Fave Thing: The Regency swooning with feather light touches and holding your breath all the damn time.

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Whew, okay. I’m trying to decide how I want to carry on with this blog. I’m feeling pretty uninspired, but could also be honest with myself that this month was just a difficult creative and reading month in general. I may get struck with inspiration later and keep doing reviews or at least talk about the books I enjoy. Not sure yet.

Also, I realize I am posting this and there is still one day left of May. Shhhh. It’s okay.

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