What I’m Reading – May 24, 2023

I finished up The Nature of Magic last week but since it’s not quite out for publication yet, I’ll do a separate post on that next week as an ARC review.

I’m currently still listening to The Last Collection but enjoying it greatly and should have that finished up by month’s end as well. I started as a re-read VE Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. My bookish friend, Katie, and I are doing a read of the remaining books in this series – books 2 and 3 are out currently and book 4 is slated to drop this fall – and we had that plan in place since the turn of the year, but Schwab is ALSO doing a read-along this summer prior to book 4 coming out, so we’re combining our read-along with hers.

I’m ridiculously excited for this. Schwab is one of my all-time favorite writers, and she’s doing a deep-dive of all the writerly details I like to geek out over in YouTube video installments on her channel starting May 27th, and starting with book 1 (A Darker Shade of Magic). She’s broken the book up into grouped chapters that she’ll be talking about, including character development, random trivia tidbits, and how she created the book and series plot arcs. I feel like this will be a fun addition to the discussions Katie and I have about the books since we’ll have a lot of details to think about.

For my other June reading plans, I would like to read Legends and Lattes since so many bookish friends have recommended that title, and try to get 1 or 2 more books off my TBR list. I do need to find a good nonfiction title by an LGBTQ+ for the nonfiction challenge I’m working through, so if you have one that’s interesting, please drop a comment below!

7 thoughts on “What I’m Reading – May 24, 2023

  1. Legends and Lattes is on my reading list as well! It’s been sitting on my bedside table waiting patiently for me to be ready for it. I’ve heard good things as well.

  2. I’ve heard Born to Be Public, by Greg Mania is an entertaining read. My brother is a gay writer/educator and delves deeply into the LGBTQ+ world. He mostly writes flash fiction and poetry, but his review of this book leads me to think that if this is your thing, this book might be a good read. Disclaimer: I haven’t read it.

    1. Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve been struggling with this prompt since it’s outside my normal type of read but one I feel strongly I’d like to tackle as part of this challenge. I will check it out!

  3. Legends and Lattes is so much fun! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock is a book I read last year and really enjoyed. It’s a trans woman’s journey to become who she is, and really makes the experience feel real even to me (as a cis woman who never had a need to question gender identity).

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