It’s June you guys! Which means long, hot days full of books, right? I’ve finally started to get my blogging mojo back, although it’s weird, I feel like I’m recovering from some big life change, or something. I’m not sure I would recommend taking too much time off blogging, because I discovered that I actually enjoyed the freedom of not writing book reviews, lol. Of course, I’m paying for it now because I’m about six or seven reviews behind schedule, and I fully intend to write and post them all. But it gave me a glimpse of what my life used to be like, before I started blogging and I could literally read whatever I wanted to. Here are some of the books I’ve read that you’ll be seeing reviews for soon:
I’m going to change things up a bit in the coming months, mostly to keep my sanity, but also because I feel like I’m in a rut. I want to keep blogging, and I want to keep my hard-won relationships with publishers, and I want to stay part of the blogging community because, YOU GUYS. But I’m going to be requesting fewer books in the future and saying “no” a lot more than I used to. I’m envious of several of my blogging buddies who seem to be able to combine review and non-review books, diving back into their favorite authors’ backlists from time to time and even veering off and reading outside their usual genres (I’m looking at you, Bonnie and Barb!).
The other big change I’m making is that, sorry folks, but I’m packing away my Book Review Giveaways for now. I’ve been doing that giveaway every month for several years, and I did a quick calculation the other day to see how much money I’ve spent on it, and it made me realize that it’s probably time to take a break. I started the giveaway for really one purpose, and that was because I didn’t feel like my book reviews were getting much attention. I think I’m in a better place now, as far as that goes, so I’m hoping the people who enjoy my reviews will stick around, and the “giveaway junkies” who only stop by for the giveaways will, well, I don’t really care what they do. I suspect I won’t see them any longer.
And now that we’ve got that out of the way, I have to say that June is probably my busiest month so far this year, in terms of the amount of review books I have. And this is a fantastic month for new releases, so I’m trying my hardest to read as many of these as I can. Obviously I won’t get to all of these, so expect some of them to move to my July reading pile. Here’s what’s on my plate this month:
Most anticipated of the month: The Queen of Swords by R.S. Belcher and Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. I’ll have already finished Spoonbenders by the time this post goes up, so expect a review very soon! I have to say it’s not my favorite Gregory book, and it was very different from his other books, but I definitely enjoyed it. More on that later! Belcher’s latest is part of his Golgotha series, a weird fantasy western that I’ve enjoyed reading. I can’t wait to dive back into his world:-)
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden. I’m looking forward to this sci-fi tale set in South Africa. Plus that cover is already telling me a story, and I want to know more!
Wilders by Brenda Cooper. This is being billed as an environmental science fiction. I’ve had the ARC for a while so I’m glad it’s finally release month.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. For some reason this is reminding me of The Only Child (which I was supposed to have read by now but, oops). It takes the characters from various classical monster tales and builds a story around them.
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson. I’ve been following Kayla on Instagram and her posts have made me even more excited to read this book!
The Changeling by Victor LaValle. I’ve enjoyed LaValle’s novels, and he’s made a name for himself with his multi-award nominated The Ballad of Black Tom (which I was so-so about), so I’m curious to see if he can wow me again, in the novel department.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I loved Lee’s first book, This Monstrous Thing, and this looks COMPLETELY different. But it’s calling my name, even though a) it seems more contemporary than speculative and b) but wait! It’s not contemporary it’s historical! In any case, check it out.
Shattered Minds by Laura Lam. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I’m going forward with this anyway. I loved Lam’s Micah Grey series, and I’ve heard great things about this one too.
The Waking Land by Callie Bates. I didn’t think I was going to be approved for this, it took a couple of months on NetGalley, but I did get approved recently, so on the pile it goes! Wow, Goodreads reviews are literally ALL over the place. Hmmm….
Amatka by Karin Tidbeck. Really looking forward to this!
More fun stuff:
I’m excited to be part of the Mars Girls blog tour this month, thanks to Apex Books! My review will be posted on June 1, and I have an interview with author Mary Turzillo on June 2nd, along with a giveaway of the book, so I hope you’ll stop by both days and check out this fun, YA space adventure!