#Medievalathon and General May Reading Wrap-up

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I thought this was going to be another slow reading month, but much to my surprise, I finished quite a few books! I managed to negate what I thought was a trend of reading fewer than five books in odd-numbered months and many more in even-numbered ones. So yay that!

Past Month’s Reading:

I decided to do a Medievalathon wrap-up and my usual monthly wrap-up in the same post, since there didn’t seem to be much point in repeating what I read during the month in two separate posts. So instead of just a list, you also get the prompts these books filled as well. The graphics show you what I earned by fulfilling each prompt.

 A Pristine Book: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (literary spec fic – 4 stars – review).

A book under 300 pages: Greythorne by L. M. Merrington (Gothic/historical fiction – 4 stars – review)

A book with a dragon on the cover: Ochre Dragon by V. E. Patton (fantasy – 4 stars – review)

A scary book: The King of Crows by Libba Bray (The Diviners #4) (YA historical fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

A book with orange on the cover: Oasis by Katya de Becerra (YA sci-fi – 2.5 stars – review)

A romance: Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories edited by Michael Earp (YA short stories/various genres – stars – review forthcoming).

I also read Writing Killer Cover Copy by Elana Johnson, but it didn’t fit any of the prompts. It was a non-fiction four-star read. 

So to sum up, I made it to the rank of Queen at least, and Empress if you count the non-prompt-y book. Not a bad effort! 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Uhhh… this was my only bookish photo this month. It also might be my most popular Instagram post ever!  You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Burn by Patrick Ness. Alternate history — with dragons! I’m really enjoying this so far. I don’t even notice the pages turning. I was hoping to finish this in May and also earn the shield for Medievalathon (a book you have high expectations for) but I guess if my weapon is bows and arrows, I can’t hold a shield anyway, can I? 

Ebook: Potency (Glow #1) by Aubrey Hadley. I haven’t had any ARCs for a while but I remembered I had two due in June, so I thought I’d best make a start. This was originally slated for release a year ago, but the consistent feedback they received from Netgalley led to them taking time to redevelop a lot of it. This is the updated version (I never received the original). I’m interested to see how it goes. 

Audio book: .Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, number two in the Arc of Scythe. I didn’t love the first book enough to go out and buy the second, so I waited until my library’s copy became available. I’m really enjoying Greg Tremblay’s narration. I wonder if I might have liked the first book a bit more had I also listened to it. 

Planning to read next:

I’m taking part in the blog tour (my first one!) for What Unbreakable Looks Like by Katie McLaughlin, so I want to make sure I’ve read it well before the due date of my review. 

What are you reading? 🙂

May 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Does anyone else feel like May dragged on forever or was that just me? With everything I had going on, you’d think it would have sped past, but I feel like that actually made it slower.

Past Month’s Reading:

That being said, I managed another 8 books this month! At this rate, I am slightly behind my goal of 100 books in 2019, but I will come pretty darn close!

    1. P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review) (read April, reviewed May)
    2. The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    3. Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb (YA paranornal – 3 stars – review)
    4. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (YA historical fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    6. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger (YA fantasy – 3 stars – not planning to review)
    7. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty (MG fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    8. The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate (YA dystopia/fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    9. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (magical realism – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Hey look, I used a prop! This was a beautiful, bittersweet book. I’ve read a few dud historical fantasies this year so I was really glad to find one that worked for me.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: I have just started Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee. I am prepared to have a lot of feels over this one.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment, though I have a few upcoming ARCs that I’ll be starting soon. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through The Diviners by Libba Bray, which involves the paranormal and an string of occult/ritual murders, and it’s set in 1920s New York City. It’s great!

Planning to read next:

I’m going to pick up Get The Girls Out by Lucy Bloom. I’ve been to one of Lucy Bloom’s talks and she is very inspiring, so I’m looking forward to reading her memoir.

What are you reading? 🙂