It’s been several months now since I’ve done a month-in-review post. And by several months, I’m pretty sure my last one was January, because I’m a lazy book blogger with more resolve than follow-through. But May has been a pretty great month for blogging, and I really enjoyed participating in Bout of Books and Armchair BEA. Those events made me feel like I’m connected to the community again, rather than just me hiding in my book nook under a pile of blankets.
In May, I read/reviewed the following books:
- [3 May] Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons by Michael Witwer
- [5 May] Sabella by Tanith Lee
- [10 May] The Doll Collection: Seventeen Brand-New Tales of Dolls by Ellen Datlow, Stephen Gallagher, Miranda Siemienowicz, Mary Robinette Kowal, Richard Bowes, Genevieve Valentine, Richard Kadrey, Veronica Schanoes, John Langan, Jeffrey Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, Gemma Files, Pat Cadigan, Lucy Sussex, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Stephen Graham Jones
- [22 May] The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh
- [24 May] Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
I’ve got a bunch of reviews coming up on the horizon, most of which I haven’t written yet, but which include:
- Marlene by C.W. Gortner
- Heart’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy
- City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet
- Gambit: An Irish Tale Episode I: Cashmere by Timothy Lyon Jr.
- The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan
Over the past month, I’ve also been spending a lot more time with the Instagra #bookstagram community. Mike claims that this makes me a hipster, but I disagree. I’m not a hipster, I’m an old lady in a 27-year-old’s body, and most of my “hipster” ways are really just signs of old age. And PBR and Natty Boh are just some of the more drinkable light beers. And I blend my own teas because I’m secretly a witch. Goddammit, this all makes me sound like a hipster! But I digress. Back to Bookstagram. I’m really enjoying being able to see what a bunch of different people around the world are reading. And it’s neat to be able to see international editions of books that I’ve read. I’m blown away by some of the artistry that I see there (and the amount of time some bookstagrammers must have on their hands, let’s be honest). And I’ve been using it to show off some of the review books that I get in the mail. It’s a fun thing to do in between writing book reviews, Tweeting, etc. etc. Eventually I’ll get platform fatigue and have to cut back somewhere, but for now, I’m enjoying seeing the bookish sides of social media.
What have you been up to in May? Have you read anything good lately?