The best thing to do when drowning on an intense project with lots of travel is co-host a month-long blogstravaganza celebrating all things fantasy across as many channels as possible. …I’m not actually kidding. Wyrd and Wonder was AMAZING and cheered up what could have been a miserable May.
Read-alongs and Subjective Chaos nominees dominated my May reading, with mixed results (partly because I was grumpy and stressed, so not in a forgiving mood). In fact, I ended up improvising a new approach to star ratings as a result – awarding additional stars I think it may merit if you’re not me. Which is to say ★★★(★) is not the same as ★★★☆. Confused? Well, it’s been a conflicted month.
- Age of Assassins – R J Barker (★)★★☆
- The Ninth Rain – Jen Williams ★★★★★
- Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse ★★★(★)
- Vicious – V E Schwab ★★★★
- Vengeful – V E Schwab ★★★☆
- Every Day – David Levithan ★★(★★)
I saved my very limited writing time for the read-alongs and weekly Quest Logs this month. So much for my good intentions to catch up my backlog of fantasy reviews! However, I managed to squeeze one in:
- Someone Like Me – M R Carey ★★★
Stacking the shelves
You know I’m having a busy month when I don’t have time to buy books… of course, I never have time to buy no books at all.
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: 28 / 75 | Game of Books: 172 / 400
- 6 / 22 off the shelf (i.e. not bought in 2019)
- 7 ARCs
- 6 bite-size (excl. short stories)
Authors: 10 male (36%) / 16 female (57%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (7%)
- Authors of colour: 5 (18%)
- LGBTQIA authors: 10 (36%)
- Non-US / UK based authors: 2 (9%)
What else is going on?
It has been an amazing month of Wyrd and Wonder: I’m so sorry I’ve had less time than I wanted to both blog and blog hop – but I’ve really enjoyed my weekly visits see what everyone has been up to as I put together the Quest Logs. It’s been an amazing year, and I think it’s probably safe to say we’ll be back for more next May – will you?
Next up in my schedule is the mad dash to try and finish reading the Subjective Chaos nominees in as many categories as possible (I’m determined to get a vote on SF this year, dammit). I think that means I need to read 4 books and a novella in the next two weeks, so wish me luck!