MAY READS

May did not include a massive list of completed books, but I made some awesome progress in my Stormlight Archive journey and also wrapped up my reread of The Lord of the Rings. On top of that, I even got around to a little poetry!

1. Who Am I When I'm Not Watching? 


Even though I don't read much poetry, my reading experience with this was 5/5 !

Written by a friend of mine who kindly gifted me a copy, this collection of poems is somber and introspective. I had a really lovely time reading through it while on vacation and there are a couple of pieces in here that have really stuck with me. 
 

2. Dawnshard


Somewhat underwhelming, but still an enjoyable 3/5 adventure

Coming hot off the coattails of Oathbringer probably did not help this novel-sized novella which bridges the gap between the third and fourth mainline Stormlight Archive books. It's an enjoyable enough nautical adventure that contains some really interesting tidbits of lore both for Roshar and the greater Cosmere, but ultimately could have used a stronger cast of characters and a more interesting plot. 
 

BONUS: The Return of the King


A perfect 5/5 rereading experience

I am so glad and yet also a little sad to be wrapping up my return journey through Middle Earth with this final installment in The Lord of the Rings. Everything, from the bitter conflicts, to the tender goodbyes, and all the fascinating world building in between was just such a treat. I picked up so much more than I did the first time around and have enjoyed this reread immensely. Technically, I didn't finish the entire book though. While I completed the novel, I still have the Appendices which I don't think I even bothered with the first time around. I don't know if those will hold my interest or not, but since I'd like to get to The Simarilion at some point this year, I figure it might be good to sample a bit of what I might be in for there. If I complete that bit of the book, I'll likely mention it in my next month's wrap up post. 

Looking ahead to June, I am partway through Rhythem of War, the fourth book in The Stormlight Archive. These audiobooks are absolutely massive, so I don't know if I will be finishing it in June or July, but I'll be trucking along with it either way. In addition to trying out the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings, I will also try to pick some something quick and perhaps cozy. 

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