May was another solid month for me in regards to the 50/2012 goal. I got in a couple of rereads that I’d been wanting to do, tried out a new author and read a trilogy that left me incredibly irritated. I really wanted to get a couple more squeezed in, but changes at work ate up a significant amount of my reading time between projects. That’s alright, I’m still on track to meet the goal which is the most important thing.
The books I finished in May:
- Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
- Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
- Chaos Walking: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
- Chaos Walking: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
- The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson
- Kraken by China Miéville
Let me tell you something, unless someone has specifically outlined for you why you should read the Chaos Walking books in a manner that you are positive you are going to like them then don’t ever pick them up. I got those books on sale for dirt cheap and figured I would give them a try since it was a new author for me. Boy, was I disappointed. I had to go read a book from my favorite author just to get the bad taste and irritation out of my system when I was done.
On the flip side, Kraken as absolutely marvelous. I read it because it recently won a Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and while it took me a little bit to adjust to the style and tone, I am glad I picked it up.
As is now the norm, you can find reviews for the books I finished in May in the book reviews listing here on 20four12. The review for Kraken isn’t quite up yet but will be within a day or so.
I’m now at 46% of my goal, so I don’t think I’ll have any trouble reaching and passing the halfway point before the end of June. In June my plans are to reread my favorite book of all time, Icarus Hunt, and delve into a whole bunch of new material I’ve never read before as well. And, as always, I want to try and get a SWEU book or two out of the way, but that doesn’t always happen.