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Whatcha Reading? March 2022, Part Two

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t’s time for our second Whatcha Reading of the month, which also means March is nearly over!

Sarah: I just started Burning Hope by Wendy Roberts, ( A | BN | K | AB ) a mystery about a psychic woman who lives in a camper van and oh heck, there’s a murder.

Shana: I’ve been on a SFF kick lately. I finished Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher which managed to feel very cozy despite the severed heads. I know I’m late to the party on that one, have you all read it? And my library hold of Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki just came in. The blurb compares it to Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet…YES, PLEASE.

AJ: This may not technically count but I had a dream last night that I was reading a superhero romance called The Rich Henchman, the Supervillain and the Spy. Then I woke up and it didn’t exist. I’m not over it.

Carrie: Well now I’m not over it either!

Susan: Time to create the superhero romance we want to see in the world?

Elyse: I’ve been way off my reading game. Between family stuff and world news stuff I can’t seem to focus. I’ve been playing Lego Jurassic World on the Switch instead.

EllenM: I just finished Well Met by Jen DeLuca and I really enjoyed it! I do so love a renaissance faire!

I also maybe talked about this one before because I started it a while ago and then took a break but I also just finished Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal—a MEDIEVAL FEMINIST NUN MYSTERY??? it was amazing and i already put more of the series on hold at the library.

Susan: My reading life got 100% derailed by a smutty gay gacha game so I’m still reading Boyish²! The best description I have for it so far is that it’s so comfortable. It’s the emotional equivalent of curling up with a blanket and my comfiest socks and revisiting a bunch of my favourite tropes, just with soft butch leads as far as the eye can see.

Claudia: I’m sort of struggling to get into books lately too. I’ve just started the newest Jeannie Lin — Red Blossom in the Snow. I’m happy to be back at the Lotus Palace once more!

Sneezy: I’ve only one brain cell struggling to keep the lights on right now, and webtoons continue to be the thing for me. One of the webtoons I’ve been following is Under the Oak Tree, and the story has been impressing me with the bait and switch. I came for the beautiful art and smut adjacent scenes (unfortunately there’s no 19+ version available), and stayed for the main character’s journey to self actualization. In the most recent chapter, she’s just been lured by the castle mage to learn healing magic so his work load would decrease. It’s another comic on Manta, and unfortunately it’s not one of their free webtoons. $4.99 a month gives you access to the entire platform though, so it could be worth it to some readers

Maya: I just finished listening to Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price. It was a great reminder and reinforcement of some stuff people have been telling me, like actually paying attention to when my body is signaling that I am tired and acting in a way that prioritizes my physical and mental health. I know a few other Bitches here mentioned it, so thank you all for the rec! I also just started listening to Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson because I’m loving the cover and blurb for the follow up that is coming out this summer.

Tara: So, I’m actually listening to a book that pairs very well with Laziness Does Not Exist, called Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. It’s not really about time management as much as it’s about deciding how you want to spend your time, and therefore live your life, since you’ll only have 4000 weeks to work with, if you make it to 80.

On a wildly different note, I’m also reading Faux Queen by Monique Jenkinson. ( A | BN | K ) It’s a memoir by the first cisgender woman to win a major drag pageant. It’s fascinating reading and so far I’m loving it.

Carrie: I’m reading How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith. ( A | BN | K ) It is intense, it is painful, and it is necessary. No huge surprises in it so far for me, but I did find the phrase, “a sense of discovered ignorance” which is spot on for a certain experience.

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