May in Retrospect

Well, what a month it’s been! May has certainly been a lot better than April, that’s for sure. More reading, more nice weather (by which I mean no snow, and actual sunshine and warmth sometimes)! I started vlogging, and while it’s early days yet, I’ve got more ideas for videos that I’m hoping to do in the future, so I want to try to keep at it. Some of it will even be about books!

But enough of that. Let’s see what actual bookish stuff I managed this past month.


Defiant, by Karina Sumner-Smith
Binary, by Stephanie Saulter
Two Serpents Rise, by Max Gladstone
Apex, by Ramez Naam
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: volume 9, edited by Jonathan Strahan
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
The Two of Swords (parts 1-3), by K J Parker
Hidden Huntress, by Danielle L Jensen

SPFBO Review: Altdorf, by J K Swift

So, 9 reviews, and 11 books read! Though keep in mind that each part of K J Parker’s The Two of Swords was tracked as a seperate entry, given its serialized form. Still. Each part may be short, but I figure it’s not that different than counting novellas or novellettes as seperate entries on my list. So I’m sticking to that number.

And even if I wasn’t, even if I counted it as just 1 thing, that would still be 9 books read. So I’m still comfortably where I want to be in my reading goals once again.

Guest posts

Barbara J Webb, on writing urban fantasy in a secondary world.
This Craze About the Undead Just Won’t Die, by Marc Turner

Other stuff

I finished up the fourth and final week of the Two Serpents Rise readalong. I was fortunate enough to host not one, not two, but three giveaways this month, which I believe is some kind of record for Bibliotropic. Hopefully the winners either are or soon will be enjoying their prizes.

I wrote a post on the importance of good translation, and the various things that go into it, humourously titled Sodomizing Flies. The title makes more sense in context, trust me!


There are surprisingly few books coming out this June that I have on my review list. Some, of course, but it looks like some of the good ones have passed me by. Not to worry, though, since this means I can spend June playing catch-up! I have plans to get a little further ahead with the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, and also to get through a few of the books on my backlist, so I can stop feeling so guilty about not having read them by now. Still aiming for 8 books read and reviewed, even if most of them won’t be recent or upcoming titles.

I do have plans for at least one more giveaway, so stay tuned for that! Everyone loves free books, am I right?

Not sure about anything else specific. I’m sure I’ll find something else to write about along the way; there’s always an article idea or two lurking in my head these days, after all.

So, that was my May in a nutshell. How was this past month for you? Read any good books I should be checking out?

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