Hello book nerds!
Another month has gone by! Back in April, I made a promise to read more audiobooks and explore this new format of reading. So now, I’m here to talk about the audiobooks I listened to in May!
I only managed to listen to three audiobooks in May. I’ve been busy the past couple of weeks (courtesy of me power tripping through a bunch of e-arcs before May endedlol). Now, I only listened three, but I have to say, they were quite great!
A Dead Djinn in Cairo
Title: A Dead Djinn in Cairo
Author: P. Djèlí Clark
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Short Story, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural
I decided to listen to this one because of two reasons: one, it’s from Tor.com; two, the synopsis sounds awesome! I knew it was going to be good, and I wasn’t wrong! The writing style is so atmospheric and vivid I could swear I’m in that alternate Cairo with Fatma. Loved the mythology and the fantasy infused in the story as well! Only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is that the ending felt a little safe, anticlimactic if you will. Nevertheless, this was an amazing novella and I would love to read more stories in the same setting!
A Simple Favor
Title: A Simple Favor
Author: Darcey Bell
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Murder Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
I remember watching the movie A Simple Favor last year and enjoying it, so when I found out that the audiobook of the novel it’s based from was on Scribd, I immediately gave it a go!
This was okay? But I’m sorry to say this: the movie was better. The story’s definitely interesting, but I feel like there could have been more. For me, the movie took the story to new heights and that was what I was looking for in the book.
This also lead me to rewatching the movie and comparing them side by side! Here’s my book versus movie take on A Simple Favor!
Every Heart A Doorway
Title: Every Heart A Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Murder Mystery
This was so good! The writing style and the tone is chilling and melancholic, and although the plot seemed simple and short, it was still interesting and puzzling. The world-building and the fantasy element as a whole were also great! Oh, and I loved the asexual rep as well!
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because I feel like I missed some details, and so, I didn’t appreciate it enough. I would love to physically read this, just so I could fully take in every aspect of the story. I will also be definitely listening to the other books in the series!
I really enjoyed these books! But now, I want to talk about something else for a bit.
There’s been so much going on these past few days, not only in the US but in here in the Philippines as well. Here in the Philippines, a certain bill can be passed, in which basic human rights (most significantly, the right to freedom of speech) will be taken from us. This is scary and alarming, and definitely NOT what we need right now, nor ever.
I’m going to share two helpful links that could bring us more awareness about these important topics and offer us ways to help.
Please take the time to go through these links. Especially my fellow Filipinos, for we have a lot to learn and do about this bill.
Anyway, reader, wherever you are, I hope you’re doing good and you’re taking care of yourself!