May Reads

I didn’t get around to a lot of reading this month. I know, #ShameOnMe.

My semester finished up at the beginning of the month so I spent a little bit of time unwinding and clearing any remaining brain fog left in my noggin. Plus, I spent a lot of time with Jessi planning our joint project for next semester. Also, I played a ton of D&D. I’m that kind of nerd.

But I’ve still been chugging along at A Court of Mist and Fury, so I’m starting to get a little obsessed. Just last week, I sat down to read a chapter before bed and before I knew it, it was one in the morning and I’ve read over a hundred and fifty pages. Oops.

What can I say? I’m coming around to Rhysand.

I also started The Seafarer’s Kiss while at work last week. ACOMAF is just a little bit too big to fit into my purse, meanwhile The Seafarer’s Kiss is the perfect size to keep with me all day. So I started it, but I’m only a few pages in. I’m very excited to read this queer retelling.

But that’s all I managed to read this month! Any fun reads y’all had?

May TBR

Lots of awesome books are coming out in May! I’ve got a few I’ve got waiting on the edge of my TBR pile and I’m excited to tear into them.

Strange the Dreamer

28449207.jpgTechnically, this one came out in April, but I’ve got my eyes set on this one for May. I originally bought Strange the Dreamer on Audible, but I immediately knew that there was no way I could listen to it. I had to read the physical copy!

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

The Seafarer’s Kiss

32890474.jpgI’m a sucker for retellings, and especially so for queer retellings. Lesbian mermaids? Heck yeah!

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

A Court of Mist and Fury

17927395.jpgI finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and I’m insanely interested to learn what happens next. I’m told by a certain booknerd (*coughcough Jessi coughcough*) that it only gets better. Well, I guess we’ll see if that’s true!

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.