Boat artwork by Tithi Luadthong
May flew by and I’m having a hard time believing that we are looking at June already. May is one of my favorite reading months due to Wyrd & Wonder. I set out to read a few fantasy books, explore some new recs, write a few articles, and do a buddy read, and I’d say I met that goal.
I didn’t read as much as (only 7 books) but I don’t feel too underwhelmed.
May Wrap up:
- Only 7 books
- 4 fantasy, 2 sci-fi, one thriller
- 3.5 on audio, 2.5 ebooks, no physicals finished
The problem was that I got bogged down in a 700+ page SPSFC2 read. I’m also slogging through my physical read ALL this month and need to just DNF it. There was also an indie book that became a chore to read. That said, I’ll highlight my favorite read of the month & top 5 year so far:
The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold. I set out to find new authors this month and definitely succeeded there. I also re read Tailchaser’s Song which hit me differently as an adult.
I wrote a few articles and lists for Wyrd & Wonder:
– Thoughts & favorite alchemy books
– What will make me grab a fantasy book
– Fantasy books I always recomm
– and a home library FAQ that got good feedback!
There are a few other fantasy reviews. I didn’t love The Bone Witch, the Read-A-Long book.
I did love A King’s Bargain by JDL Rosell.
Brunch was back in force with two lovely SPSFC2 interviews. Once again, the series is open to anyone with a book in the SPSFC this year!
Dito Abbott in all his airship glory and OR Lea were nice enough to stop by.
May Blog stats:
Since I’ve gotten in the habit of sharing monthly blog stats. Thanks to Top Ten Tuesday & Wyrd and Wonder I had my best month of commenting in blog history. Likes and views are on average with slightly more unique visitors than last month.
Themes for teens is forever my top evergreen review and I’m firmly getting more views from search engines now. It’s small but something.
Looking towards June:
This post is getting long so let’s do this quick:
I’ve got two ARCs to read:
- Mothtown by Caroline Hardaker – and she agreed to a Brunch session which is exciting
- Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake! Publicity reached out which is extremely exciting. I’m going to chalk up my social anxiety and ask if KB will interview too!
Buzzard’s Bowl by John Palladino is a 6/1 release and that’s on my TBR since I preordered it. I’ve also committed to my Nick Adams read – tough but worth it I hope.
I’ve also got to read the final SPSFC2 books:
- Hammer and Crucible by Cameron Cooper
- Melody by David Hoffer
- Night Music by Tobias Cabral
Sigh.. maybe not as much mood reading this month.
I’ve got one more interview booked with Drew Melbourne!
Other than that: I’m done for now. I just want to throw out there that the book community toxicity this past month has been exhausting for all the good people out there and I’ve been sad to see some very good folks backing away because of it. Take a step back, smell the flowers, go for a walk, don’t let the angry keyboard warriors win.