May Mid-Month Update | Wyrd & Wonder

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We’re halfway through May, so it seems about time to update you on my reading progress, including what I’ve read for Wyrd & Wonder, and my TBR for the rest of the month. So far, May has been going well in terms of reading. I’ve finished three of the four books on my Wyrd & Wonder TBR and have added more fantasy books to my TBR for the rest of the month, so I think we can count my Wyrd & Wonder reading as a success.

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Rolled-over from April

These are books I started in April, but I’m still counting them as May reads because I read over half in May.

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

30 hours (814 pages) | audiobook from Libby

I finally finished off this chunky classic in the beginning of May! There were a few aspects I disliked, mostly related to characterization, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can see my full review here.

Last Memoria (Memoria Duology #1) by Rachel Emma Shaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.

253 pages | eARC from author | published May 10th

I loved this book and could talk about it all day long, but I’ll try to restrain myself. In essence, this is a beautiful book about tough decisions, how sometimes there is no true right or wrong. It’s set in a unique world where there’s a race called the memoria that can steal humans’ memories. I loved the characters, the dialogue, and the depictions of emotion and mental distress. See my full review here.

Who Was That Masked Kid? by Dan Neiser

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

426 pages | ebook from OnlineBookClub

This memoir about growing up in the 40s and 50s was honestly a struggle for me. I enjoyed some of the stories and the look into a different time, but overall it was far too long and repetitive.

Read In May

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

11 hours (513 pages) | audiobook from Libby

This was a fantastic book! Henry, a very ungentlemanly lad, goes on a tour of England with his best friend (and secret crush) and his sister. Hijinks ensue. It’s a humorous historical adventure featuring bisexual and chronic illness representation. As you’ll see below, I’m already halfway through the sequel. Full review here.

Homecoming (Projects #2) by Jude Austin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

400 pages | ebook from OnlineBookClub

Another 5 star read! This is the sequel to Project Tau that I read last month and gave 4.5 stars. It an action-packed and thought-provoking light science fiction about cloning and the future of human rights. This book did not turn out at all how I expected it too; I love the bold decisions that the author made in regards to the plot. Full review to come!

Weird Dream Society edited by Julie C. Day

330 pages | eARC from Netgally | published May 26th

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This anthology was something else. The stories were dark, strange, and thought-provoking. As always, there were some short stories that I loved and some that didn’t really do it for me, but overall it was a great read. It’s also for a great cause — the proceeds from this book go to RAICES, a non-profit that provides legal services and other help to immigrants and refugees. Definitely check this out if you enjoy weird fiction. Full review to come!

In Progress

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

446 pages | 44% complete | purchased ebook

This one’s the Wyrd and Wonder readalong, so I’ll be reading it throughout the whole month. I’ve seen this book recommended so many times, but honestly I still didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been loving all of the court politics and intrigue, and I really like Maia’s character. You can find my most recent readalong post here (spoiler warning!).

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

11 hours (450 pages) | 57% complete | audiobook from Libby

This book follows Felicity, Henry’s sister who just wants to be allowed to practice medicine. I loved her character in the last book, so I knew I’d enjoy this one as well. It has asexual representation, unapologetic feminism, and, well, pirates! This series is so much fun. I especially appreciate that the protagonists are imperfect but doing their best.

To Be Read

I have two ARCs from Netgalley, one book from OnlineBookClub, and one book for Storytellers On Tour that I have to read and review by the beginning of June. In addition, there’s one audiobook that I’ve checked out through Libby which I would like to get to. This TBR should be doable since I’m really looking forward to all of these books (that’s why I chose them), but it’s still a bit daunting for someone who’s just getting back into reading.

The Faith Machine (ESPionage) by Tone Milazzo

392 pages |ebook from Storytellers On Tour

Apparently this novel is a humorous psychic espionage thriller that’s somewhat of a cross between the X-Men and the X-Files. To be honest, I’m not sure precisely what that means, but I’m looking forward to finding out. I tend to enjoy books that are a bit odd and genre mashups, so I’m expecting to enjoy this one. My review will be posted on June 1st as part of the book tour.

Queen’s Perial (Star Wars) by E.K. Johnston

352 pages | eARC from Netgalley | published June 2nd

I’m a big Star Wars fan, but it’s been a good while since I’ve read a Star Wars book that wasn’t written by Timothy Zahn, so I’m delighted that I got approved for an advanced copy of this book! I feel like Padme’s character has been somewhat neglected thus far. The premise of this novel actually reminds me a bit of The Goblin Emperor since it’s about Padme’s experiences as a young queen of Naboo. It takes place before the prequel trilogy, though apparently also a little bit alongside The Phantom Menace.

The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin #1) by Melissa Caruso

448 pages | eARC through Netgalley | published June 4th

To my surprise, this was one of the first ARCs I was approved for through Netgalley. I wouldn’t have expected such a well-known publishing company as Orbit to give me a chance before I even had any other reviews posted on the site, but I’m glad they did. Ryx, the protagonist, has broken and deadly magic. She reminds me a bit of one of my favorite X-Men, Rogue, who can’t touch anyone without fear of killing them, though I’m not sure if that’s actually the case with Ryx. I’ve heard great things about this one from others who received the ARC, so I’m eager to get started on it!

Eden’s Legions by Peter Andra

379 pages | ebook through OnlineBookClub

I’ve been eyeing this book for about 3 weeks now since I first saw the synopsis and read the sample. I wasn’t going to commit to reading it because I knew I had a lot of other books to get to but then… I couldn’t resist. This is a futuristic science fiction in which the Earth has been destroyed and humans are considered a plague to the galaxy because of their talent for war. Things have been peaceful for a while, but that’s starting to break apart.

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars: Thrawn #2) by Timothy Zahn

13 hours (342 pages) | audiobook through Libby

As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of Timothy Zahn. I read/listened to the first book in this series almost a year ago (it doesn’t seem like it’s been nearly that long) and loved it. It’s such a smart book and a great expansion to what we already know about Thrawn from previous novels. I’ve heard this one’s a bit weaker, and I’m looking forward to forming my own opinion. I’ll prioritize this one a bit less since it’s purely a pleasure read, but I’m still really hoping to get to it before I have to return it to my library.

Phew, that’s everything. I may have been a bit overzealous this month with books that I have to review, but I don’t regret it. At least not yet.

How is your May reading going? Did you get yourself in a bit too deep like I did? Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve read so far or my TBR?

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