Redux: April is running up that hill

A pair of burgundy boots rest on a bookshelf of fantasy novels

April started with what felt like a readathon as I raced to catch up with read-alongs and review obligations. It promised to be a month of series finales, but life got in the way before I could grapple with The Hydrogen Sonata, delaying the end of my Culture reread and interrupting my usual blogging schedule. As life remains overpowering, blogging will likely be sporadic through May and June.

Reading Round-up 
Review Round-up
Stacking the shelves

Oh, ARCs. I just can’t say no, can I? And then I accidentally on purpose wandered into the secondhand bookshop to kill some time rescue some deserving titles.

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.

  • 6 male (21%) / 20 female (71%) / 0 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (0%) + 1 antho
  • 5 (18%) – by authors of colour / 14 (50%) prominently featuring POC / 10 HEA or HFN
  • 1 (4%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 10 (36%) featuring LGBTQIA characters / 5 HEAs or HFN

Everything has been a bit hard this month, so I’m just reading things I enjoy and forgetting about challenges for now. It’ll work itself out in the end (or not. Aspirational, after all).

  • 27 / 20 books or novellas
  • 5 / 4 books by authors of colour
  • 2 / 4 non-SFF books of which non-fiction
  • 2 / 4 classic SFF books (5 incl. rereads)
  • 9 / 12 – off the shelf
  • Game of Books score: 139 / 100