Well March has been a month. With Brexit looming, I knew this month would take quite a toll, but then I started a new job and that has also been rather bruising! Fair to say I have been mostly overwhelmed. This isn’t likely to change next month, so I suspect it will remain quiet around here on the blog until May.
March has been a month of veering wildly from reads that I didn’t love to OH MY GOD BEST BOOK EVER, as you can see below. I am KICKING myself for leaving it so long to read The Traitor Baru Cormorant – instantly one of my all-time favourite fantasies – but reading that and Tiamat’s Wrath back to back was both an emotional marathon and an impossible bar for whatever I picked up next. Because all I really want to read right now is The Monster Baru Cormorant.
- The Near Witch – V E Schwab ★★★
- The Traitor Baru Cormorant – Seth Dickinson ★★★★★
- Tiamat’s Wrath – James S A Corey ★★★★★
- Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi ★★☆
- Bite-size Books: The Loosening Skin – Aliya Whiteley ★★★
- The Vela – Serial Box
- The Third Passenger – Becky Chambers
- The Death-Cold – Rivers Solomon
- Camp Ghala – S L Huang
Another bad month for reviewing – catching up is clearly a myth, as I actually can’t remember much about the unreviewed books I read back in December at this point! Although rereading To Kill A Kingdom and Record of a Spaceborn Few doesn’t feel like a hardship…
- Shadow Captain – Alastair Reynolds ★★★☆
- Bitesize Books: The Black God’s Drums – P Djeli Clark ★★★★☆
Stacking the shelves
After last month, I thought I should exercise some restraint, but erm well yes ah anyway moving right along. Besides, by my standards, I think 3 books is restraint (and as two are Subjective Chaos nominees, they absolutely don’t count against me anyway, right?)
My goal – always – is to read diversely and to love every book. This year, I’m determined to read more books I own, but I am taking it one book at a time!
Books read: 15 / 75 | Game of Books: 87 / 400
- 5 / 18 off the shelf (i.e. not bought in 2019)
- 5 ARCs
- 3 bite-size (excl. short stories)
Authors: 7 male (46.5%) / 7 female (46.5%) / 1 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (7%) + 0 group efforts
- Authors of colour: 3 (20%)
- LGBTQIA authors: 3 (20%)
- Non-US / UK based authors: 2 (13%)
I finally checked my dance card for Dancing With Fantasy and Sci-Fi – it’s going well, with most reads so far contributing towards the challenge! Keep an eye out – I’ll be tackling the rest of the SF prompts in the next couple of weeks.
What have you been reading?