The new job has remained incredibly intense and has added trips to Denmark every other week to its roster of unexpected demands. Now I’m a bit more settled, I am actually mostly enjoying it (and I love Denmark), but gosh I’m feeling the pressure. Easter was a godsend – four much-needed days off to decompress.
Everything is difficult and my Subjective Chaos reading list wasn’t filling me with joy, so I shamelessly went for all-out comfort rereads and spent the month with Amalia Cornaro. Friends, I have no regrets. A little guilt, but no regrets.
- Someone Like Me – M R Carey ★★★
- The Tethered Mage – Melissa Caruso ★★★★★
- The Defiant Heir – Melissa Caruso ★★★★★
- The Unbound Empire – Melissa Caruso ★★★★★
- Bite-size Books: Chlorophyll and Gasoline – S J Fleming ★★
- Bite-size Books: Beneath A Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire ★★★
- The Vela – Serial Box ★★★☆
- The Heart of the Web – Yoon Ha Lee
- Fortress World – Rivers Solomon
- The Traitor – Becky Chambers
- Gravity – S L Huang
- The Battle for Gan-De Part 1 – Yoon Ha Lee
- The Battle for Gan-De Part 2 – Becky Chambers
I have made a concerted effort to squeeze out what’s left of my brain at the end of a day to try and catch up on some reviews, but – um – I didn’t get much juice. I’ve still got a frankly terrifying backlog, but I am determined to realise perhaps half my Wyrd and Wonder ambitions…
- I Still Dream – James Smythe ★★★★★
- Tiamat’s Wrath – James S A Corey ★★★★★
Stacking the shelves
I know, I know, I’m drowning in unread books. But: one of my most-anticipated releases of the year, three Subjective Chaos reads and a SFnal book about breadmaking how could I resist?
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: 22 / 75 | Game of Books: 132 / 400
- 5 / 22 off the shelf (i.e. not bought in 2019)
- 7 ARCs
- 5 bite-size (excl. short stories)
Authors: 8 male (36%) / 12 female (55%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (9%)
- Authors of colour: 4 (18%)
- LGBTQIA authors: 8 (36%)
- Non-US / UK based authors: 2 (9%)
What else is going on?
IT’S TIME FOR WYRD AND WONDER, FANTASY FANS! Why yes, yes I am a little over-excited. And stuck in the wrong country to start the Trail of Lightning read-along (oops: I’m in Denmark, it’s on my shelf in London, DAMMIT) but thankfully I’ve got The Ninth Rain in my pocket. Watch out for the next instalment of Dancing With Fantasy and Sci-Fi fantasy prompts as part of the fun – and expect it to be practically all fantasy all month around here in May!
What have you been reading?