– What Happened –
May was the most wonderful time of the year once again, with Wyrd and Wonder taking over social media! It’s been lovely to see everybody’s reviews, recommendations, and responses to the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge.
I didn’t get as involved in the event as I would have liked, but I am currently running a U.K. giveaway to celebrate. Check out the tweet and enter before 01/06! You can also catch up on coverage of the fantastical action by checking out the brilliant organisers @deargeekplace, @imyril and @joriestory!
First off, I finished The Tyrant by Seth Dickinson, probably my favourite book in his Masquerade series so far. I’d been planning to write my first ‘series in review’ post until I found out that there will be a fourth Baru Cormorant novel sometime in the future. Instead, I tried my hand at a spoiler-free review of this third instalment. Not sure how I did!
I also reviewed A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, my most anticipated 2021 release. While it didn’t blow me away quite as much as I’d hoped, it’s an exciting alternate history-cum-urban fantasy-cum-police procedural, and I still think that any opportunity to experience Clark’s talent for worldbuilding is one worth taking.
I had planned to read some of the brilliant finalists in the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards but only ended up reading The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. I understood Cerulean Sea to be the Pixar film of speculative fiction, specifically the kind that makes you cry happysad tears. So I was surprised that the writing style didn’t really work for me. It had a sort of dry, British humour that felt a little awkward at times. But in the end, the story did tug at my sinewy old heartstrings so I bid the lovely cast of characters a fond farewell with a 4-star rating.
After these books, I went 100% into mood reader mode. I picked up Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (mostly because of the cover) and absolutely adored it. I also listened to a recording of Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather, sharing a slapdash review after enjoying the concept of spacefaring nuns quite a lot.
Finally, I read The Shard of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky, a favourite author of mine, for an upcoming blog tour hosted by @The_WriteReads. I found this one a little tough to get through, though I think this was down to reading it for small periods at a time, making it tough to remember all of the character names, places etc.
May also marked one year of writing book reviews on jakeisreading.com, and I’m proud to have made it this far! I was too unorganised to commemorate the occasion, but I’d like to write a post at some point to celebrate and thank all the people that have made the blogging community such a friendly one.
– The Damage –
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Physical Books and Pre-Orders
– What’s Gonna Happen –
Shards of Earth has had a very positive reception so far, and I’m looking forwad to sharing my thoughts on the 6th of June!
I’m also starting a new job this month but hope to check out these review copies and perhaps do a little more mood reading:
What will you be reading this June?
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