May in Retrospect

It’s very hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that the fifth month is pretty much over. Not because the year’s flying by (though sometimes it seems that way), but because where I live has been under a cold snap this past week, with most nights seeing the temperature dip below the freezing mark. I know I live in Canada, but this is ridiculous even for here! Newfoundland even had a bit of snow earlier this week! Not unheard of, but far from the norm at this time of year!

But the leaves on the trees are slowly unfurling, the grass is green and not yellow (and also not buried under dirty ice and snow), and it’s warm enough during most of the afternoon’s to be comfortable to spend some time outdoors in, so it’s not all bad. Have to take the good along with the bad, I suppose.

When it comes to reading and blogging, though, May was rather dull. I didn’t post as much as usual, nor did I read as much as I wanted. I read only 6 books (though I’m on track to finish a 7th very shortly) and I reviewed only 5 books. I know why this is. For most of the month, I was still in that adjustment phase after my roommate left, living to nobody’s schedule but my own, and trying to get used to that. Don’t laugh; it’s a weird adjustment to make when one has never lived alone before.

But I’m better adjusted now (at least in that respect), and I’m getting back into a comfortable routine, and both my reading and reviewing has picked up this past week, so hopefully June will be business as usual, with no more interruptions.

But enough rambling! Let’s look at what I actually did this past month instead of all the things I didn’t do!


The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
Unwrapped Sky, by Rjurik Davidson
The Melancholy of Mechagirl, by Catherynne M Valente
Crux, by Ramez Naam
Exile, by Betsy Dornbusch

Other Stuff

Spam Saturdays taught me the historical value of the PSP emulator for Android and made my RSS need adult supervision.

I talked about some of the feelings that were brought up by a minor characters in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, in a post entitled Good but Not Good Enough.

I attempted to participate in Bout of Books… and didn’t do so well at achieving my goals.


I plan to get back to my regular reading schedule in June, with about 7-8 books reviewed and just as many read. This will be helped along by having a long weekend away from work on my birthday (which is June 7; holy crap, I’m going to be 30 years old in a little over a week!), and another one 2 weeks later, in which I fly to Winnipeg for a concert and will thus have plenty of time st the airport between flights and I’m determined that this time will not be filled by socializing with strangers but with reading (unless I happen to meet some favoured celebrities in the airport, but honestly, since it’s Winnipeg to Toronto to Saint John, I highly doubt it :p).

Expect a minimum of 2 guest posts, too. I also have last month’s Apex Magazine to review, as well as June’s upcoming magazine, so there’ll be a couple of magazine reviews around as well.

And even if it amuses nobody but me, I will continue to occasionally post stuff for Spam Saturdays.

So, that’s my May and my plans for June. How was this past month for all of you lovely readers? Got any big plans for this upcoming month?

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