Happy May!! Crazy how close to summer we are already getting this year. Not book related but this is the first year that I have tried my hand at gardening. I planted some seeds in late February and they are getting so close to blooming!
I definitely read a little bit less in April than I normally do but still managed to get through 6 books and am about halfway through another one.
Grey Sister came out at the first part of April and, as expected, it was a wonderful read. An almost entirely female cast and every character kicks ass, this was everything that I hoped it would be.
I also got to read Jade City by Fonda Lee this month and joined Cam and Katie at the Nerd Book Review podcast to review it. This book was so different than anything else that I have read in fantasy. It is essentially a mafia family war….but on a Japanese-esque fantasy island that has magical jade that gives its user superpowers. It was a great story that I felt delivered on all of its promises.
°THE HEART OF STONE
The Heart of Stone is a book with a non-human MC and I enjoyed the different perspective on humanity that came with that. Honestly, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to but it was still a good read.
For my Book of the Month sub this month I received Circe by Madeline Miller, a retelling of the Greek goddess’s story. It was a beautiful story about being a woman, a friend, a lover, a mother. This book is getting a lot of love right now and I feel like it is wholly deserved.
One of my favorite classics, I got to reread Jane Eyre with Melanie this month and it was just as good on the re-read. A little overlong at times but the message of self-worth is one that I personally think every young woman needs to read. I should have a review up for this book in a few days.
Finally, the last book that I finished this month was Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, the third and final book in The Themis Files. This was the review on our most recent podcast episode. It was different from most series conclusions in that it did not try to be more epic than the books that came before it. This was probably the most fitting title of any of the books in this series as this was a book about humanity and how easily we let fear rule us.
So although I didn’t end up reading as much as I normally do, this was a really good reading month in that I fully enjoyed every book that I read.
On to May’s TBR!!
Right now I am reading Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell and am sooo enjoying it! It was a while back that I read Traitor’s Blade and I remember enjoying it but not being too into it. With this second book in the Greatcoats series, I am very much engrossed and have been stealing as many little bits of time that I can over the busy weekend to read just a few more pages.
So needless to say the other two books in the series, Saint’s Blood and Tyrant’s Throne, are also on my May TBR.
It would seem that I will be going on a series kick this month because I also plan on finishing The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb.
This is another re-read for me but I would like to continue on with Robin Hobb’s other work and it has been so long since I read this trilogy that I refresher was for sure overdue. We read Assassin’s Apprentice in March so this month I am hoping to get through both Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest and we will very likely be doing a series review of these on the podcast!
I will absolutely for sure be getting to The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Petrik at Booknest has been raving about this book and it looks, kind of like Jade City, something different from a lot of what I have read in fantasy so I am insanely excited to get to read it!
That is it for this month, I will probably be reading a few other books this month as well but these are the ones that I 100% want to make sure that I get to.
What are you reading in May? Have you already read some of these? If so, let me know what you think! Also, if any of these books sound like something you would like to read, please use the links in the reviews to go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository to purchase them. Using those links helps us here at Book Geeks Uncompromised out a lot.