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Bookmarked 2024 Week 18

How has your week been? What have you been reading? I confess I haven’t read much this week but I’m starting The Twice Drowned Saint, C.S.E. Cooney (which is my May selection for The Key Word Challenge) and it will be a month of mostly fantasy books. Now, here’s your weekly dose of 10+ bookish links I came across recently.

one+ Hey May! It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Goodreads has a list of 116 Essential New Books to Read for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. From that list, one of the books I’ve read and highly recommend is Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng. The TV series is also really good.

two+As usual, at the start of the month we can look forward to Amazon’s Best Books of May 2024 and Goodreads Editors’ Picks for May Books. Do you see anything you’d like to read? I’ve put Butcher, Joyce Carol Oates, on my reading list.

three+ A new month also means you get a FREE choice from a select few books at Amazon First Reads if you’re a Prime subscriber. This month I’m only feeling the bonus short story Tiger Chair, Max Brooks.

four+ More new books to check out -> May Blooms with Great New Listening: AudioFile’s Editors’ Picks and Zombies, Zmora, and Zo Much More: May’s Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books. I’m interested in 2 new novellas – one from Veronica Roth, When Among Crows, and the other from a new-to-me author, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Lost Ark Dreaming.

five+ If you’d like to add some new speculative fiction books to your reading list, here’s Fresh Fantasy and Sci-Fi Recommendations for (Nearly) Every Kind of Reader and 15 Great New Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror Series to Add to Your Want to Read Shelf.

six+ Is It Possible to Separate the Art from the Artist? The comments offer different perspectives – for me, each individual has to decide what is important to them and what’s their non-negotiables (if they have any). For me, racism is it.

seven+ What are some of the reason’s you’ll quit reading a book? I agree with For being too “slice of life” in That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Petty Reasons I’ve DNF’d a Book or Lowered its Rating. “I need a plot. I need for things to happen. I don’t care to read about a character’s mindless musings and meanderings through life, with no point.” Also agree with the reason in Bloggin ’bout Books Reasons I Throw Books Against the Wall (Or Just Quietly DNF Them).

eight+ And what are some of your Comfort Books? Mine are surprisingly from genres I don’t read often – romance and historical fiction. I read these genres when I’m feeling down and just need to escape from the real World for a day.

nine+ Winners of the Edgar Awards have been announced. These awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater. I have read the book that won for Best Paperback Original, Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, Jesse Q. Sutanto. I thought it was a cute cozy mystery which you can devour in no time.

ten+ Off the books – Trillions of Cicadas Are Emerging in Late April – Mid May 2024. So this might not seem to be a bookish thing, but if you’re like me and enjoy reading outside – it might be loud where you live thanks to trillions of these red-eyed, deafening insects. And in case you missed it, earlier this week we shared 3 Favorite AudioBooks Told From Multiple Points of View and May Readathons and Reading Challenges.

Happy Reading and Cheers to the weekend and week ahead!

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