May has been the month of relatives visiting from overseas, rapid increases in workload and – thankfully – some lovely sunny days. I got a lot of reading and reviewing done early in the month, but I’m on the slow train through summer from here (that’s so untrue: I’ve got loads of long flights in June, so hopefully I can catch up on recent reviews and fall behind on a fresh batch!)

Reading Round-up 
  • Lock In – John Scalzi  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)
  • Rotherweird – Andrew Caldecott  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan  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)
  • Moon Over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch  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: Extracurricular Activities – Yoon Ha Lee  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

I had no choice, Tropic is for a read-along. I’m not fooling anyone, am I? And I couldn’t resist a Yoon Ha Lee novella as a warm-up to Raven Stratagem

 

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.

  • 9 male (28%) / 21 female (66%) / 1 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (3%) + 1 antho
  • 6 (18%) – by authors of colour / 17 (52%) prominently featuring POC / 12 HEA or HFN
  • 2 (6%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 14 (42%) featuring LGBTQIA characters / 6 HEAs or HFN
Challenges

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).

  • 32 / 25 books or novellas
  • 6 / 5 books by authors of colour
  • 2 / 5 non-SFF books of which non-fiction
  • 2 / 5 classic SFF books (5 incl. rereads)
  • 12 / 15 – off the shelf
  • Game of Books score: 165 / 125

So I’m reading a lot, but as this year is proving quite tough in a number of ways, I’m focusing on reading for pleasure (and reading on a whim) rather than reading to challenges. Because forced reading often leads to no reading, and I’m happier when I read.

In final thoughts, much as I love my red boots, I might try and come up with a more summery alternative this year!