May was certainly a whirlwind reading month for me. I finished off the month having read twenty-one books. Twenty-one!!! That may be a record for me. (Not counting the time I binge-read about 50 Harlequin romances back in college in a month’s time…) It helped that I was on vacation for part of the month and it also helped that I did read about seven romances which are always going to be quick reads for me.
But anyway, back to SFF. I also read a bunch of different genres in May–Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Steampunk/Alt-History, Historical Fantasy, Urban Fiction, Near Future Science Fiction, Space Opera, and Sword and Sorcery. This month has been quite the journey!
Favorite Reads of the Month:
- Witchmark by C.L. Polk. Oh man, I loved this book! It has such a different feel to it, and also there’s a bit of a slower burn romance which I just adored. I don’t know how to define the genre on this one other than Fantasy. It’s secondary world, but a bit of an analogue of England post WW1. But then it’s main plot is a mystery akin to Urban Fantasy. I think one of the reasons I liked it so much is that it has a bunch of elements I love from different sub-genres all in one book and manages to make it work into a whole new thing. I’ll have a full review for this one up in about a week.
- The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan. This is the third Lady Trent book and it’s really where I fell head over heels in love with the series. Seafaring adventures! Dragons! Sea Serpents! Oh, everything about this was so much fun. Will also have a full review of this coming some time in the future.
May’s Book Reviews:
Here are all of the book reviews that went up in May in case you missed them.
Plans for June:
I have a lot less review requests/ARC’s scheduled for June, but I do have a few that I’ll be getting to, including a couple of TBRindr reviews. For June my focus will be to continue to catch up on series I need to finish as well as some re-reading for various reddit r/fantasy commitments. Don’t forget, we start our Kushiel’s Dart read along on Monday, so if you want to join us grab a copy of the book and get to reading! I also have a mid-year update post coming up shortly, so look out for that. I’ll be going over how I’ve been doing with my reading goals and perhaps a few stats on books read.
Hope you all have a great June in reading!