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!

Reading Round-up 
  • Confessions of a Bad SF fanUp the Walls of the World – James Tiptree, Jr  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Blood of Tyrants – Naomi Novik  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The House of Binding Thorns – Aliette de Bodard  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The Book was Better: I am Legend – Richard Matheson  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Bitesize Books: Nine Duels – Tessa Gratton  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Bitesize Books: Proof of Concept – Gwyneth Jones  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
Review Round-up
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.

Conscious demographics

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
Challenges
  • 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.