March Redux: all change

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

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.

Reading Round-up

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

Review Round-up

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…

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?)

Reading statistics

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?