This month saw my 40th birthday (…going on 4 some days, and no plans to change), the announcement of the plan for Wyrd and Wonder and lots more Subjective Chaos reading! It’s been a great way to celebrate. The coming months are going to be very busy with work (and travelling for work), but I’m so excited about all these projects – expect to get regular updates!
This month has been alternating ARCs with Subjective Chaos novellas. It’s a good mix – but I really do need to get into the bulk of my Subjective Chaos reading list. And, erm, write some reviews.
- The Red Threads of Fortune – J Y Yang
- Spare and Found Parts – Sarah Maria Griffin
- Shadowsong – S Jae-Jones
- The Castle of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander
- Embers of War – Gareth L Powell
- Bite-size Books:
- Binti: The Night Masquerade – Nnedi Okorafor
- Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef – Cassandra Khaw
No DNFs this month, hooray!
- Bitesize Books: Binti – Home – Nnedi Okorafor
- Bitesize Books: The Black Tides of Heaven – J Y Yang
- Bitesize Books: The Murders of Molly Southbourne – Tade Thompson
Stacking the shelves
This month’s acquisitions have been limited to one irresistible ARC and picking up items on the Subjective Chaos reading list – and most of them have already been read!
My goal – as always – is to read diversely and to love every book. I’ve put no targets on my reading this year beyond a number of books, but I’m tracking some stats for my own interest.
- 17 / 75 books or novellas + 2 DNFs
- 8 male (47%) / 6 female (35%) / 3 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (18%)
- 7 (41%) – by authors of colour
- 3 (18%) – by LGBTQIA authors
- 3 ARCs / 1 off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away)
- Game of Books score: 81 / 400
As work has heated up my commenting has been even more sporadic (comments at a weekend rather than 1 a day!) but feast or famine I’m keeping up the socialising. It’s fun finding new blogs, although I’ve had less time to go exploring than I would have liked.
With work being busy, I never write up a post on how we’re getting on! We’re all heads-down reading, so the chat is quite sporadic but very rewarding. Some disagreements emerging now, but I’m really loving how we approach them: respectfully, curiously, genuinely trying to understand other perspectives.
Remember that Sekrit Fantasy Project I’ve been working on? It’s all official: Lisa, Jorie and I will be hosting WYRD AND WONDER, a fantasy-themed love-in across social media channels through May. Sign up to tell us you’re interested, and we’ll keep you up to date on our plans! It’s open to all to blog along, instagram along, chat on twitter, enter/host giveaways and generally share our love for fantasy! The emerging schedule is here.
How has your month been?