Things I learned in May:
Helen MacDonald has a hypnotic, almost sultry reading voice, and the fact that H Is for Hawk is the only audio book she has ever recorded is a tragedy. However, wikipedia tells me she has written and narrated several radio programs that I will seek out shortly. So in love with her voice. You can listen to a sample here. (Best experienced through the intimacy of headphones.) And of course it helps that H Is for Hawk is about literature, loss, and falconry, described in beautiful prose.
A Monster Calls is an utterly heart-breaking, utterly gorgeous piece of fiction. Why do I even bother reading other authors? Such a sad and gorgeous tale. Such pictures. Such emotion! And all packed into so few pages. I cried at the end, and that’s a rarity in reading. This is the month that I become a full-on Patrick Ness fangirl and add him to my list of “authors whose entire back catalogues I will read so help me VALIS.”
Mindy Kaling and I have significant philosophical differences that prevent laughter and encourage eye rolling.
Aliya Whiteley is a monarch of the deliciously readable weird. (Read my review of The Arrival of Missives here.)
Just because the concept of an erotica anthology is hot does not mean it will, in fact, be hot. Sex is one of the hardest things to write, and authors appear to be failing at it daily.
Sunset Mantle is a pleasant little novella, and neither my favorite nor least favorite of the Tor.com novellas I have ingested during my mission to read them all. (The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor tie for favorite. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps does not tie with anyone for least.)
What I Read in May
36. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Minda Kaling (audio)
37. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
38. Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss
39. The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley
40. With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn edited by Amber Dawn & Trish Kelly
41. H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (audio)
Things I Would Like to Ask You
Have you seen “Jodorowsky’s Dune”?
Are you also in love with Helen MacDonald’s voice?
Can next month really mark the halfway point of the year?
What song are you listening to right now on repeat?
Was your reading month awesome?