May was a slower reading month, partly due to things I had going on personally, partly due to trying to get some things done for my own books, and partly due to reading some bigger/chunkier books. It was also a rather middling month in terms of how much I enjoyed most of these unfortunately.  

1. To Speak With Elders (Protectors of Pretanni #2)

This was a 4/5 read for me

The most recent release from Mike Mollman's PROTECTORS OF PRETANNI series did not meet all of my hopes and expectations for it, but I still enjoyed this new adventure and ended up feeling eager to find out where the author is taking all these open threads. This was definitely the main highlight of my reading month.

2. The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1)

An entertaining, albeit lenghty 3/5 read

This is where things drop a bit into the "mid" category for me. I'm very got to this big, chonker that's been taking up shelf space for years and genuinely enjoyed the setting and story, but wanted a lot more from this 630 page book than what it ultimately delivered for me. I'll likely continue with the series since the second book comes out this year, but this isn't one I'd wholeheartedly recommend at the moment. 

3. Dead Stars Part One (Emaneska #3)

A 3/5 read that had a lot of potential

While I felt like this series was on a bit of an upward trend after the second book, my enjoyment of this third installment dropped back down to around the same level as Book 1. This was largely because of how much time we spend with Farden and all his egregiously bad choices when we could have been exploring the ideas and plot points introduced which were far more compelling than his arc (which didn't even really wrap up in a super satisfying way).  

IN PROGRESS: Of Men and Mary

It is probably sitting in the 3/5 or 4/5 star range at the moment. 

I meant to start this book at the beginning of the month, but didn't actually pick it up until the end. I don't like to rush through nonfiction books like this, so instead of trying to cram it in, I just read the first three testimonial stories (there are six in total). I honestly wasn't all that sure if I liked the first one, but the second and the third have been progressively more moving/inspirational, so I have high hopes for the rest of these. 

Going into June, I will be keeping pretty busy and also have some trips that will make reading tricky. I'll get through what I can and try to get more reading done in July when another Readathon is set to take place. 


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