Is it just me, or did March last at least three million years? Now we’re finally into April, and it’s almost like a breath of fresh air into my to be read list, ready and waiting to actually be attacked, hoping that I don’t reject it for new books. Oops.
I posted my Magical Readathon books a little while ago, but one of the reasons I limited myself to Curse Breaker (seven books) is I have rather a lot to read next to those. Currently my NetGalley list sits at fourteen, with three private reviews to do, one of which requires two books to be read prior to reading the book itself. Oh, and three Readers First books.
Not that I have a habit of taking on too much, but I think Hermione and I would have a lot in common.
So, this month’s must reads:
Some of these choices have changes since I wrote my blog post, and that’s what is so awesome with challenges like this. I’ve now finished One Of Us Is Lying as my Charms (white cover) prompt, and for Transfiguration (shapeshifting) I’m going to tackle Crescent City, which was gifted to me recently, and is asking to be read. I read The Yellow Wallpaper in the early hours of the first, as it was only 26 pages long (Potions, book under 150 pages). It was nice to have one crossed off by 2am! Left on my plans as usual I have The War of the Worlds (Arithmancy, opposite to normal genre), The Queen of Hearts for Ancient Runes (heart in title) and for Defense Against the Dark Arts (book set by the sea) I’ve got a few choices that I haven’t quite decided between yet. In my selection, I have To Kill A Kingdom, The Old Man and The Sea, The Wall, The Starless Sea or my original choice Bone China.
Seven books minimum, at least.
Between starting this post and finishing it, I’ve finished The Last Origami Crane which was published yesterday; I’ll be reviewing it soon, and I highly recommend it as reading for anyone. At least that’s another book down! Very Nearly Normal is due to be published in early May, and I’m about a quarter of the way through. Finally there’s Raybearer, a debut novel from Jordan Ifueko. We’ve recently been told that the publictation date has been pushed back, so this won’t be here until July now, but honestly I’m so excited about it, I wanted to share it as a book I would have bee reading this month.
Publication dates are all very prone to change at the moment, and several have been moved back quite a way. For now, there are four in place that need reviewing in May.
Death By Shakespeare – 5th May
Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen – 7th May
A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth – 14th May
The Thing About Alice – 21st May
Four very different books! And that’s what’s wonderful about NetGalley, there’s a real treasure chest of books and authors and publishers, ranging from the smallest to the largest. It’s wonderful to be able to access these early, and is a real gift not just to book blogging, but also for book loving, with so many options open with a click of a button and a crossing of the fingers.
As well as this, I’ve got my 2020 reading challenges to work with. My GoodReads challenge this year is 50 books which I think I’ll easily manage, but the others involve a bit more work when it comes to thinking about the prompts. I really have set myself quite a task.
All of this, of course, is also being done with all of us at home, and trying to homeschool a bored, stressed, isolated ten year old is a full time job in itself. We’re reading together every day in our own mini book club (which I’ll write more about at a later date as it’s just lovely) and that allows me to squeeze a half hour in to my morning, as well as providing a nice way for us to connect. Beyond that, fitting reading in is almost luck. So I’ve got a bit of a challenge on my hands.
Wish me luck!