– What Happened –
June was my first full month book blogging and it was a big one, between catching up on my 6 Netgalley ARCs (never again!) and completing a reading challenge for #ReadersWithoutBorders. Thank you SO much to everyone who has supported this event – @JDRoberts_SFF has now raised £97 for Doctors Without Borders, almost reaching the £100 goal! The good news is that you have until the end of July to donate via the Just Giving page for your chance to win a free book!
Here are the books I managed to get through in June:
The shortlisted novellas were all fantastic and I have trouble predicting which one will win the Hugo, though This is How You Lose the Time War has a leg up with the authors already taking home a Nebula and Locus award.
My favourite books of the month would have to be STORMBLOOD by Jeremy Szal and Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe, so I’m excited to read some more more great sci-fi in July! While Velocity Weapon was shortlisted for a Philip K. Dick Award, I’m surprised it hasn’t appeared on any of the major award shortlists.
– Whats gonna happen –
While I probably need to focus a bit more on studying for my nursing exams, July is another exciting month of reading for me!
The lovely folks at The Fantasy Hive have created this event to celebrate female authors throughout July. Follow the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to discover new work from women writing speculative fiction! With this in mind, these are the books on my July TBR:
I was so excited that after finishing Velocity Weapon I could jump straight into an ARC of Chaos Vector. I’m half way through and loving it so far!
The Space Between Worlds is an interdimensional sci-fi novel coming out in August. I’ve ordered my first ever Illumicrate which I believe will feature this book, so I’m excited to post some pictures of my goodies when they arrive in August. Fingers crossed this will continue my lucky streak of awesome sci-fi.
I don’t know a lot about Lauren Beukes’ Afterland, but I read her fantastic novel Zoo City way back in 2010, and it really influenced the type of fiction I read now. I’m so happy to have the chance to read her latest work.
I was also lucky enough to win a copy of We Ride The Storm from Devin Madson, and I can’t wait for it to arrive! I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews so I’m thrilled I’ll be getting my hands on the accidental #kiill addition.
Knightmare Arcanist Blog Tour
I will also be taking part in my first ever blog tour thanks to The Write Reads. I’ll be reading Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall and publishing my review on July 13th.
This is a YA book described as “A fast-paced fantasy with magical creatures for those who enjoy the Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera series) by Jim Butcher, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.“
In July we are also celebrating trans authors with the #Transathon hashtag. If I make it through my other 5 reads I will definitely be joining in, though I haven’t decided what my read will be yet!
If you’d like to participate or if you’ve never read SFF by a trans person, check out this list of trans/non-binary SFF authors. Personally I highly recommend Yoon Ha Lee and Charlie Jane Anders.
Other than that, my only goal for July is to try and spend less money on books – please wish me luck.
What will you be reading this month?