Happy Monday book friends and a happy Memorial Day to those in the U.S. While I haven’t known anyone lost in my life, I do know some who have specific names in mind today of those who have been lost and I think of them, those they lost and everyone to whom we owe so much!
I hope everyone’s day is off to a fantastic start! It feels like a bit of an odd day. I’m off work (yay!) and entirely between readathons for the next several hours (#whateverthon has it’s official kickoff as of midnight BST) and I’ve wrapped up all my reads on my May TBR!
My official June TBR will go up tomorrow and explain a bit more, but basically for this next readathon, which lasts for all of June, you can read anything you want (hence the name) but there are teams and there is a competition element. I have joined #teamepicandhigh and thus will be focusing on getting fantasy reads in for team bonus points. I ran my first couple of bookstagram story polls yesterday asking folks which should be my first reads off my way too big stack of reads I’d like to get to. These polls had very decisive answers: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo for my first print fantasy of the month and THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forn for my first library audio.
SHADOW AND BONE is of course the first book in the Grishaverse universe and the basis for the show of the same name on Netflix. I already read the SIX OF CROWS duology which comes after this trilogy, so I’m reading out of order, but since I did love SIX OF CROWS, I do have high hopes for this one and I definitely want to finish up this series before diving into the show! I actually don’t know a lot about this one apart from darkness, monsters, and magic. So definitely in my wheelhouse!
This edition of THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forn came in a Fairyloot box last year and I have been wanting to get to it ever since. I don’t know a ton about this one, but it’s a young girl, different from anyone else who finds out she is even more different than she thought. She’s given an opportunity to save herself by joining up in an army of girls who are like her.
So for today’s reading, I do plan to get a bit of a head’s start on the books above while waiting for the official kickoff of the readathon, but I do also have one ARC in progress that I need to read a bit more of:
PACK UP THE MOON by Kristan Higgins (out from Berkley on 6/8/2021). We follow Josh, a young man who lost his wife Lauren to a chronic illness only a few years after they were married. Josh is on the autism spectrum and while he is fully capable, he was used to his wife helping him to navigate the world. To help him after she’s gone, Lauren has left him a series of letters to help him survive her loss. This book is heartbreaking, but in a beautiful way. I anticipate this being very heart warming in the end, but it is tearing out my heart a bit at the moment!
What are you up to today? What are you reading this final day of May? I’d love to hear!