Hello Bookworms! Despite the unrelenting insanity going on in the world around us, I hope that you are all well, and finding some solace in the fictional worlds of your favourite books, whether they be Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary, or something else entirely. With much of our daily lives changed for the foreseeable future, I have found myself struggling to commit to reading – or to anything really. Instead I have been spending time exploring some of my other hobbies, including photography and painting!
Another big change to my life was the launch of Distance Learning for public schools here in Ontario, which was both a welcome challenge, and a huge learning curve. Teaching Kindergarten online is not something that I ever imagined I would be doing – and yet here I am! Initially, I managed to balance my time between work and “play” (so to speak) relatively well, but as the weeks wear on, I find Distance Learning engulfing more and more of my time – so much so that I have almost completely ceased doing much beyond teaching and preparing to teach. It has been exhausting, to say the least, yet rewarding – as teaching always is.
With summer just around the corner, and the Spring semester (finally, mercifully) over, I’ve finally got the time to look ahead to what I’d like to read, and what I haven’t managed to find the time to read quite yet. As with May, I’m still playing catch-up on on the books I missed out on during the school year. The local librarian (who has known me since I was 8), always says that the usage of the tiny library branch by my house increases as soon as I finally make my way from university. Whether or not that’s true, I can’t say.
As always, if you’ve got any reading suggestions for me, please be sure to post them in the comments! I’m always looking for new books to read!
So, my new (ish) must-reads for this month (if you haven’t already read them) are:
In addition, I would like to take a moment to discuss my posting schedule for June. Despite school being (almost) over, I will now be working full-time, on top of an unreasonable amount of other things. While I like to be busy, this does limit the free time I have available to me which, sadly, means that I will be posting less book reviews. I will be aiming to stick to a consistent schedule of new posts every Monday and Friday. Friday will be a special feature- Flashback Friday! I’ll be posting reviews of not-so-recent books or series that I loved, hated, or found to be otherwise notable.
I’m going to start things off nice and simple, with a list of books I’ve been reading, or will be reading, in May. Likely, these books will be among some of the first of my reviews, since they’re on hand (in St. Catharines, and not in Guelph), and fresh in my mind.
May is always one of my favourite times of year- its a pretty hard hitting month for book releases, what with everyone trying to get their book out there in time for summer, so it means lots of new reading material. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a win in my book. Also, if I’m being honest, I slacked on the reading during exams, and now I’m playing catch-up.
My Must-Reads for new(ish) releases this month are:
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (if you haven’t read the first book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, you’d better add that to your list as well!)
The Crown by Keira Cass (again, another sequel, so make sure you check out the other books in this series prior to reading this one!)
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (okay, so maybe May is the month of super awesome sequels…?)
Apparently, in case you’ve failed to notice, I’ve got a thing for sequels this month. Some other books I’ve stumbled upon recently, which aren’t quite as new onto the scene, but which are definitely still worth a read: