We’ve not long passed May Day, the waymarker for the second third of the year. I thought I’d just do a little crystal-gazing and a quick retrospective in the lull between reviewing one book and the next.
First, the scrying. May being Wyrd & Wonder month, with a focus on fantasy, I’m firming up what I’d like to read over the thirty days. In the photo above, going left to right, you can see my final (?!) choices for High Fantasy, Low Fantasy and Grimdark, and below these, Urban Fantasy, Portal Fantasy and my take on Fairytale.
Still to be decided are Magic Realism and Myth, but I have a shortlist for both; and which titles will emerge will be as much a surprise for me as it will be for you. Will they be as mainstream as the others or rather more obscure?
And now, with my Epimethean spectacles on, how am I doing with my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 52 books for 2019? I see that, if I don’t include Ursula Le Guin’s Tales from Earthsea (which, though I posted the review in May, was actually read in April) I will have completed and reviewed thirty titles over the first third of the year. That, for me, is impressive … though, er, it’s about quality, not quantity, right?
Anyway, a fair variety of reading I fancy, from novellas to non-fiction, crime to picture books, graphic novels to humour, satire to science fiction, classics to contemporary, short stories to magic realism: I’m quite pleased with the range of genres I’ve fitted in.
And what about you? What did you spy through your Epimethean spectacles, and what do you scry in your crystal ball?