Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: March 2020

Greetings from isolation! March has obviously been a super weird month for all of us -- it's not every day you get locked indoors due to a global pandemic. Lockdown did, however, mean I read lots of books and despite so much anxiety, I managed to keep up with my usual rate of reading in March!

Mini Reviews: The Monster of Elendhaven and Upright Women Wanted

I recently signed up to Scribd in order to listen to more audiobooks while homeworking. I was so pleased to discover that they had a few Tor.com novellas that I had been interested in reading, but couldn’t justify the cost (especially for the audiobooks!). Below are two mini reviews for Tor.com novellas that I recently listened to while in self isolation.

Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

God of Jade and Shadow caught my eye when it released last July -- I mean, look at that cover! Being buried under a pile of books -- as per usual -- I never got the chance to look into it until I asked a friend about books featuring Mexican mythology. She recommended this book and I snapped it up, once again proving that I have amazing friends with great taste in books. I can’t believe I had nearly let Gods of Jade and Shadow pass me by!

Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season is one of those books that I'd had sitting on my shelf for years, just waiting for me to decide it was the right time to read it. I knew I would love this book, so why didn’t I pick it up sooner? I have no idea. Fortunately, a friend recently convinced me to pull it off the shelf, and I’m so happy she did. For me, The Fifth Season more than lived up to the incredible hype and prestige it has gained over the years.

Reading Wrap-Up: February 2020

Hello pals! Where January felt like it lasted about 12 years, February absolutely flew past! I had a great month -- including celebrating my one-year wedding anniversary (!!!) and going on holiday -- for books and for life in general! Take a look below to see what my month in books was like.

Book Review: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso

I had been hearing about The Wolf of Oren-yaro for ages thanks to the wonderful folks at The Fantasy Inn, so this book was high on my list of most anticipated reads for 2020. My expectations for this book were sky high, and they were absolutely met. Combining a grim story with high stakes, political intrigue, a healthy dose of deception and betrayal, and a dash of amazing humour, The Wolf of Oren-yaro is likely to make my all-time favourite fantasy list.

Book Review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

I have a funny relationship with the Wayward Children series -- two of the books are my absolute favourite fantasy books, one I really hated, and another left me feeling very ‘meh’. I was very excited to read Come Tumbling Down, but also very cautious due to my mixed feelings on the series so far. Ultimately, this book was just fine, although I think I have now figured out what works and doesn't work for me with this series.