Hi, hello! I decided to write up a quick May TBR since I already had my list made up, so I might as well share it and maybe glean some extra motivation.
May means time for Wyrd & Wonder, a whole month of celebrating fantasy! I don’t have any posts or content lined up but plan to just be along for the ride this time. And, as usual, a good portion of my TBR is fantasy without me even trying. This event is particularly exciting for me as it marks a year since I first joined the online book community.
The other event I plan to join in on this month is readwithcindy‘s Asian Readathon, a month-long reading marathon dedicated to reading books by Asian authors. There are five prompt which can be doubled or tripled up as desired, the only caveat being that each book you read has to feature a character or author of a different Asian ethnicity.
I’ve picked out three books that work together to fulfill the five prompts. The first two prompts, any book written by an Asian author and any book featuring an Asian protagonist are basically freebies which all three of these books fulfill.
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso | 417 pages | Filipino
The third prompt is any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre. My favorite genre, in case you couldn’t guess, is fantasy! I have a special signed self-pubbed version of this one (it has since been picked up by Orbit) and no excuse not to have read it yet considering how amazing it sounds, so this is as good an opportunity as any.
Disability Visibility by Alice Wong | 240 pages | Chinese
The forth prompt is a nonfiction book by an Asian author, for which I chose this anthology of first-person stories “on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience.” It reminds me of a book I read in college Show Me All Your Scars which was an anthology of true stories about living with mental illness that opened my eyes to a lot I hadn’t considered about others’ experiences.
The Silence of Bones by June Hur | 336 pages | Korean
The final prompt is a book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric. I chose this historical fiction mystery since it’s set entirely in Korea, written by a South Korean Canadian, and has been on my TBR for a while.
I have two self-published eARCs the authors have been kind enough to send me for books being published this month, both of which are sequels to books I really enjoyed.
Scars of Cereba by Rachel Emma Shaw | publishing May 10th | 240 pages
The second book in the Memoria Duology, a fast-paced fantasy series that explores the connection between memory and identity. I absolutely loved the first book (you can find my review here) and it just won 5th place in SPFBO 6, so this is one you should keep an eye out for!
Mother Pig by Travis M. Riddle | publishing June 1st | 482 pages
The second book in the Houndstooth trilogy, an adventure fantasy with animal characters. So far, the pace and tone of Riddle’s books tend to make them almost comfort reads for me (despite some horror adjacent elements), and I’m really looking forward to digging into this one. (Also, I got a sneak peak at the cover and it’s once again gorgeous, so you should be looking forward to that!) Here’s my review of the first book, Flesh Eater, if you’re interested.
There’s a few other readalongs I’d like to join in on if I have time, several of which are hosted by the fantasy subreddit.
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark | 464 pages | Space Sirens Book Club
I’ve been looking forward to this book for months and finally got my hands on a copy through my library! North-African inspired military fantasy with a sapphic dethroned princess x grumpy soldier pairing, what’s not to love?
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope | 528 pages | r/fantasy HEA
The first book in a romantic epic fantasy series I keep seeing around. I actually started it yesterday and got almost a third of the way through. Nothing super special so far, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | 384 pages | r/fantasy FIF
Historical fantasy featuring Mayan Gods, a journey across Mexico, and an author whose work I’ve already enjoyed. I’m expecting this one to be a bit more slow-paced than a lot of the others on this list.
Rosewater by Tade Thompson | 432 pages | r/fantasy Goodreads BOTM
I was planning to use this scifi set in Nigera for last year’s r/fantasy book bingo but never got around to it, so I’ve lined it up for this year’s instead. I have to be in a particular mood to really want to read scifi though, so we’ll see if that happens this month or not.
I’m 7 of 50 episodes into The Untamed which so far is very entertaining with absolutely beautiful cinematography. I’m planning to kind of take my time with this show, so I doubt I’ll finish it in May, but that’s okay. The Shadow & Bone adaptation is also on my radar to pick up at some point.
I’ve been keeping up with and loving the Thai show Lovely Writer as each episode comes out. Unfortunately, we’re approaching the end with only two episodes left. I Promised You the Moon, the sequel to the masterpiece that is I Told Sunset About You, is scheduled to begin airing on May 27th and I can’t wait, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it tries to break my heart.
I’m currently about 13 hours into Control and enjoying it a lot. I could see myself finishing at least the main storyline this month. Lately I’ve been wanting to go back to Skyrim, so maybe I’ll start a new run, though the problem with that is that once I start I’ll probably sink my whole day into it. I’ve also been playing a little bit of unranked Valorant with my brother on the weekends, which is always fun.