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May Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

This was a busy month. All I wanted to do is take time off work and read in the garden. But it ended on a sour note – I’ve hit a reading slump…

I managed 13 books this month but most of them short books like novellas and graphic novels. Only three books were over 300 pages, off which I had already read 80% of one. So basically I didn’t read that much…

And also I have a reading slump looming over my head. It’s not yet a super heavy thing and I dont want it to be. So even though I have two book almost finished I will not force myself to finish them nor will I force myself to read them anytime soon unless I want to. I will have a little break and do all sort of other things untll mid next month I think.


But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this year let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    1. Transgressive by Rachel Anne Williams
    2. Storm of Locust by Rebecca Roanhorse

Available credit from last month; 0

Total credit transferred to next month; 0

  • Only request two ARC’s: 

I made no request this month!!

Available credits from last month; 0

Total credit transferred to next month; 2


Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.


Monstress Vol 2 by Marjorie Liu (illu. by Sana Takeda)

Graphic Novel – Library

The Story:

The story continues after vol 1 and follow Maika and the little fox on their continued adventure . Well its more the little fox following Maika cause she is good at killing. But there are people around the world not wanting Maika alive, and her internal monster is waking up slowly and needs feeding.

My Opinion:

I love the art in these comics! It is so enjoyable to read. Also I love the little fox, she s just so cute and bad-ass and always help out Maika. She is sooo cute!


A to Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze by Morgan Lev Edward Holleb

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

A reference book listing terms, terminology and slang used int he LGBT+ community. The book is made for those new to the community and for those who want to understand and know more.

My Opinion:

I finally finish this book. I learned a lot and very much enjoyed it. It was a slow read as I read it from start to finish but it was totally worth it.

I recommend this book to those who want a reference book to have and to those who want to understand more about the community.

I did a full review which will be published closer to publication date: 21st June 2019


Monstress Vol 3 by Marjorie Liu (illu. by Sana Takeda)

Graphic Novel – Library

The Story:

Again this story continues after vol 2 and follows Maiko and the little fox as the action intensifies

My Opinion:

There was more action in this volume in comparison to the other volumes which is the reason I like this volume the best. The monster, the drama, the relationships is really taking off and I’m loving it. I cant wait for the next instalment to come out.


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

E-book – Library

The Story:

A bard visits a secluded island to heard a lift story from a barely adult women living in exile. She has tree days to tell her story before she starts to move elsewhere. When Tea accidentally raised her brother (Fox) from the death a Bone Witch takes her under her wing and decide that Tea needs training. Tea takes up the training as an asha as dark forces looms over the countries.

My Opinion:

I loved this book sooo much! I did a full review here. It is unlike anything else I’ve read and I love the twist and turn the book made.


Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulus Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

Ebook – Owned

The Story:

As the title suggest this is a memoir but with magic and fantastical twists and turns. From the authors realisation of being trans, finding her chosen family to the survival on the Streets of Miracles.

My Opinion:

I love this book too! I did a full review, but in short I wish more people would write memoirs like this 🙂


Tali Nohkati: The Great Crossing by Koza Belleli

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

The story follows Tali Nohkati on a journey that is also his lifes journey. He travels far and wide and meet a lot of different people and animals along the way.

My Opinion:

This book was fairly confusing. It’s a journey followed by a journey followed by a journey, and I struggled to figure out where geographically they were. I thought that the people he meets after the plains and Zia Zia was Native Americans, but the horsemen appeared and I became unsure. Horses arrived in America with the white man. Then I thought They might be in Mongolia or something, but it didn’t really add up. Considering its journeys, it’s natural for a reader to want to understand where the character is.

I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style either but that might be due to the typical French way of writing. It’s very detached and objective.

The character meets a lot of talking animals and learns their trade so to speak. He travels in a whale’s stomach. Survives the dessert with a snake. Rides a crocodile down a flood. There is a lot happening but with the detached voice, it’s difficult to care about them.

I was a bit disappointed with the gender roles displayed in this book. I know Native Americans and First Nationer is more connected to the being of humans and nature. They have throughout history had a mix of gender doing a mix of jobs. They even have a two-spirited tradition for what the western culture would now call trans or non-binary genders. This book separates the genders completely. Women collected stuff, kept the campsite, made food, etc, while the men hunted and protected. I don’t believe this is how they lived. I believe there were female warriors and hunters as well as male cooks. I feel Native Americans were not strict on their gender-separation of their communities. But hey, what do I know.


I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A non-fiction book by a trans woman about how she came to the realisation that she was afraid of men and what happened. She was brought up as a “sensitive” boy, then moved into a gay man, then trans woman. It’s not just how men are, it’s also about how women are around men.

My Opinion:

I loved this! The author miraculously manages to put the perfect words for my fears an anxiety regarding society and men. I found myself nodding along on so many points! Also , the author clearly makes several point to how toxic masculinity affect the way men are towards women, other men, and trans woman, but also how it affects women’s behaviours towards others in a negative way. This book was filled with on point quotes and I has made it straight onto my to buy list!

I want to own this!

I highly recommend this book to everyone! the audiobook was 1h 27min so its a super-short book!

I loved her power with words and I want to read everything by Vivek Shraya now!


The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A novella about the Chinese afterlife where the main character has become her dead uncle’s second bride. But when he takes a third bride things change.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this story very much. It had a interesting twist in the end that involved all three wives. The theology and set up of the Chinese afterlife was fascinating. Very much enjoyed this read 🙂

Basically, some men are just as stupid in death as they are alive…


Waiting on a Bright Moon by J. Y. Yang

E-book

The Story:

In a futuristic queer sci-fi novella the main character struggles with change as she is thrown out of her forced but accepted life into a completely different life.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this book too, though I had some issues understanding the world and felt the author could have written more sentences and building it more. The novella was only about 50 pages so there was definitely room for more. Having said that , I very much enjoyed the queer side and it almost took me by surprise as I didn’t expect it, but the hints are many and you will have to be completely blind to miss it.


Queen of Air And Darkness (Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

The final instalment of the trilogy following Emma Casters and Julian Blackthorn in their adventure in the Shadow Hunter universe.

My Opinion:

I love the diversity in this book, though it was very white as always. The book included neuro diverse, trans, polyamory relationship, and more interracial relationships. But it also had it’s standard Cassandra Clare elements of forbidden love with a miraculous solution, and anti-diversity/Nazi type villains.

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn

E-book – Owned

The Story:

This short story follows a fan girl and con journalist attending a con and meeting an actor form a show she is a major fan girl over the original comics for and not so much the TV show.

My Opinion:

I love this! It was so cute and nerdy it was lovely 🙂 This might deserve a re-rad at some point during the summer.

I think Brittany over at Perfectly Tolerable mentioned that she love this one (or something) which is one of the reason why I picked it up for Asian Readathon. I do not regret it 😀


This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A non-fiction book and diary of a junior doctor in the NHS. This book shows what it really means to be a junior doctor in the NHS today, the hours they really work and the hours they really get paid for, and how the payslip gets used and saved for what others have and you don’t.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this book very much. It was funny and dark at the same time, but with a heart wrenching twist. The audiobook was narrated by the author himself and I really enjoyed that.


The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman (illu. by Chris Riddell)

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

An alternative version of Sleeping beauty rescued by Snow White and a few of her dwarfs.

My Opinion:

I though this was going to be queer, it wasn’t but it wasn’t hetronormative either. A very enjoyable listen with a full cast. Neil Gaiman has a weird but brilliant mind, enough said.


Oh and I DNF’d a book but I only made it to page 63 so I can’t be bothered to talk about it here… It’s just not worth my (or your) time.


Have you read any of these? What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

2 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

  1. 13 books is great, regardless of the number of pages they were 🙂 I haven’t read any of these books, but I do want to read The Bone Witch and I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I also plan to read The Dark Artifices after I finish my reread of The Mortal Instruments and read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

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