March was always going to be largely defined by jetlag, as it saw the start of big project at that work that is turning me into a transatlantic yoyo. My grandiose plan to read ALL THE BOOKS on flights was replaced by a bleary-eyed reality of bad sleep and poor concentration… while I seem to have somehow got through more than I realised, it will some time to catch up on reviews!
- Confessions of a Bad SF fan: Up the Walls of the World – James Tiptree, Jr
- Blood of Tyrants – Naomi Novik
- The House of Binding Thorns – Aliette de Bodard
- Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
- The Book was Better: I am Legend – Richard Matheson
- Bitesize Books: Nine Duels – Tessa Gratton
- Bitesize Books: Proof of Concept – Gwyneth Jones
- A Gathering of Shadows – V E Schwab
- Wintersong – S Jae-Jones
- Crucible of Gold – Naomi Novik
- The Book of Etta – Meg Elison
- Space Opera Sunday: The State of the Art | Excession | Inversions | Look to Windward
Stacking the shelves
Let’s just admit my New Year’s resolution is thoroughly blown and move swiftly along, shall we? Read-alongs, review copies and irresistible bargains. I have no willpower in the face of such things.
My annual challenge is to read diversely and to love every book. This year I’ve made things a bit more complicated with subsidiary challenges and more fun with the Game of Books.
- 3 male (10%) / 18 female (93%) / 0 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (0%)
- 4 (21%) – by authors of colour / 10 (50%) prominently featuring POC / 7 HEA or HFN
- 1 (0%) – by LGBTQIA authors / 9 (43%) featuring LGBTQIA characters / 4 HEAs or HFN
- 21 / 15 books or novellas
- 4 / 3 books by authors of colour
- 2 / 3 non-SFF books of which 0 non-fiction
- 3 / 3 classic SFF books (rereads don’t count)
- 9 / 9 – off the shelf
- Game of Books score: 100 / 75
HEAs supplemented by HFN to make it easier to handle mentally. My head is still spinning.