Hello people! It seems like my hiatus has finally ended! And it also seems that I always need a break around May and November, which are, blogging-wise, my most awaited months! We have Wyrd and Wonder in May and Sci-Fi Month in November, and I am always so full of enthusiasm for them both, because I love these events, and I love both fantasy and sci-fi so it was a no-brainer here, and yet I found myself in need of a break almost always during these two months. It is a bit annoying. But at least this time I was only in a blogging slump, and not in a reading slump, so even if I needed more space, I had an amazing month with some pretty amazing books!
Books read: 17 + 1 short novella
Physical books Vs ebooks: 4 vs 14
The Amazing Ones
Equal Rites was the best book of the month. And it was, in some ways, unexpected. I love Pratchett. I really do. But I don’t love all his books in the same ways. And the Witches subseries was not my favorite. Mind me. I enjoyed them (I have read almost all of them, but I am going back and re-reading them, to finally complete one after another all the sub-series, the first being my favorite, The City Watch, that I finished last year), but I didn’t love them. And now… Now I loved this book! And I think this is part of Pratchett’s magic. You read his books at different times, and each time is a whole new experience. And this is the best gift an author can give us! And Equal Rites was amazing. And funny. It was so much fun! And it is like this book set the pace for the whole month because “fun” was the keyword in May. I have read a lot of books, and most of them were fun, one way or another! And then we have the second-best book this month: The Bone Ships. This one was not funny, but now I understand all the hype for this series because… wow! It was just so good!!!!
The really really really Good Ones!
Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances is the second book in this stand-alone/spin-off series, and I promise I’ll read the main series, sooner or later, because I love these characters! But in the meantime, I have read this one, and if the first book was good this one was better. We have amazing characters, that are just so adorable, in their own peculiar ways, and… oh my. And even if it is a pretty grim story, we have some funny moments in there. Then we have a book that was FUN. So much of it!! Stringers was surprising, and good, and captivating, and… oh guys, I was so amused by it! The Thief Who Went To War was as good as I was expecting. The only downside, if we can call it so, it was that I thought this was the last book in the series, but… I am not complaining because this means more time with Amra and Holgren, and this is an amazing thing! Sure, the book was action-packed, with no time to breathe in some parts, and Amra is really amidst a sea of troubles but… Amra can be fun too. A lot. And sure, her humor is quite singular, but it is lovable! And last but not least, Dreadful Company. This is the second book in the Greta Helsing series. When I read the first one I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I think it was more about my expectations than the book in itself, and so I decided to continue with the series, because the first book was good all the same, and expectations sometimes are our worst enemy. And I was right! This second book was precious! And I had an amazing time with it!!!
The Really Good Ones!
Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors is the first book in this new series by Annette Marie, and it was, I think you can guess it, fun. Kit is an amazing MC, and he has a lot of good humor going for him. I loved him! Then we have the second book in the Founders Trilogy, Shorefall was a riveting reading, and it kept me glued to its pages! And The Golem And The Jinni is a peculiar book, but it was fascinating. I was expecting something completely different, more on the adventurous side of things, and it is not. It is quite a slow book, but it was interesting and it fascinated me. It really is worth a read!
Then we have Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Future. This was a non-fiction book and a highly interesting one. It is creepy in some parts, but it was fascinating. Then we have an Italian thriller that I really enjoyed. In this series, the MC is an older woman who is struggling to face mental health issues and it is really well developed. Then we have the really short novella, with some intriguing characters, that left me wanting more, The Man And The Crow. I’d love to read more about these two characters because they were so intriguing! And last but not least, The Utterly Uninteresting And Unadventurous Tales Of Fred The Vampire Accountant. I can’t believe I have finally read this one, but I am so happy! It is a nice book, and Fred with his mismatched crew of friends is adorable. I would continue this series for sure!
The Good Ones!
The Knave Of Secrets has some interesting things going on for it, and it is about a con, so obviously I was intrigued by it! And it was a nice reading! Then we have Heroes Return. I loved this series so much, and this is the fifth book, but I think it would also be my goodbye book. I loved the others a lot, and I really see a lot of myself in Lee, but I think I have outgrown it all the same. I had a good time with this book, but I wasn’t really in love with it as I was previously. And then we have Age of Ash. This was an interesting book, and there were so many interesting things. But I was expecting to love it more. All in all, I enjoyed it, and I would try the other books by this author, because there are a lot of things I enjoyed in there, but… but yes, I was hoping for more.
The SPSFC Ones
–The Knave of Secrets by A. Livingston
Finished: 2 last volumes published
I am really satisfied this month because I have enjoyed all the books I have read, and this is an amazing thing, and because I have completed my TBR. I have read also one of the special guests, and I am currently reading the other one (it was delivered to me the day before yesterday, so I couldn’t have done better than this!). So yay!!! For once I completed a TBR. I can’t believe it! And I am also doing well with my challenges, the bingo cards are fuller and fuller!
And what about you? And have you read some of the books I have mentioned? And how was your past month?? Let me know!!!