May TBR

Wait ‘TBR’ you say? Emma plans yet another TBR which she promptly forgets about in the rest of the month? Yes, dear blog readers, you’ve read that right; I am yet again entertaining the notion that setting a TBR will mean I actually feel accountable for my reading and so finish all of the books on the list. Mainly because I have quite a few books checked out from the library – and by ‘quite a few’ I mean that the stack has officially reached the heights of being level with the height of my bed. I should also point out at this stage that my bed has quite a high divan base so when I say that’s quite a stack, that’s really quite a stack.

I have a few books on reserve at the library too so I want to try to clear the stack (or at least make it shorter) before those come in for me. I suppose I should also maybe, just maybe, read some of my own damn books – especially since I’ve bought quite a few in the past couple of months. Maybe May will be a phenomenal reading month? I certainly hope so, goodness knows I could do with getting through the entirety of this TBR even if I am all too aware that that probably won’t happen because I’ll be distracted by something shiny. Still, dream big etc. 

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Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson | The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson
Glamour in Glass – Mary Robinette Kowal | Without a Summer – Mary Robinette Kowal

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The Dream Thieves  – Maggie Stiefvater | Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater [rereads]
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

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Moranifesto – Caitlin Moran | The Establishment – Owen Jones

I don’t think 9 books is that big of an ask but we’ll see how it goes this month. I’m actually feeling quite happy with my reading pace lately, it’s just nice and level, and if that could continue through Spring and into this Summer then I would be very, very happy with that. We shall see.

What books are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of the above books or have plans to in the future? Let me know in the comments below!


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Review | Shades of Milk & Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

18628826Title: Shades of Milk & Honey (Glamourist Histories #1)
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Read: 8th-10th March
Genre: historical fiction; fantasy; romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey is the first book in her Glamourist Histories series, a set of novels which answer the surely proverbial question – what kind of stories would Jane Austen have produced if she had written fantasy novels? This opening novel should delight any fans of Austen, with threads of Austen’s prose style colouring the way Kowal’s narrative unfolds, and characters that nod to infamous figures in the likes of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. In Kowal’s hands Regency England becomes a fantastical and magical world which is somehow believable, a testament, surely, to the care with which she integrates the magic system the story is so dependent upon into the established conventions of a Regency romance narrative.

“One must not put trust in novelists, Beth; they create worlds to fit their own needs and drive their characters mad in doing it”

Set in Dorchester, Dorset in 1814, Shades of Milk and Honey opens as a romance heavily inspired by the Regency England depicted in Jane Austen’s novels… with one key difference – the existence of the art of glamour. Just as a proper young lady is expected to paint, play piano, dance, read, have impeccable table manners and so on and so forth, the manipulation of glamour is particularly essential to those ladies of quality. Jane Ellsworth is one such accomplished lady – it is just a shame she is practically a spinster at age twenty-eight and isn’t quite as fair or charming as her younger sister Melody, the more emotional and impulsive of the pair whose own brush with romance draws the Ellsworth family into a tale filled with plenty of balls, eligible gentlemen, and afternoon tea.

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