My reading life during the month of May.
Becky Chambers’ wholly wholesome, wonderful, and optimistic gem of a series comes to a close not with a bang, but with a whisper. Like the previous entries in the 𝘞𝘢𝘺𝘧𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘳 universe, there’s not much in terms of a plot in 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒙𝒚, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝑾𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏, but that’s never what these books were about. They were quiet character studies, exploring the myriad of ways in which people (in all their shapes and forms) relate to one another and the worlds around them. This one was no different in that regard.
The world of this book means a lot to me and I will miss it.
From cozy sci-fi to cozy murder mysteries. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒔 is, I think, my fifth outing with Poirot, and while it may not have been my favorite or most memorable, the company was still appreciated. I had a lot of fun with this twisty ride.
Murder mysteries turned out to dominate the rest of my reading month. And yes it was because of all the 𝘒𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘖𝘶𝘵 sequel news. The first film quickly became an all-time favorite and kindled a passion for the genre. I’ve been on the lookout for books that remind me of the film ever since then, especially in terms of its post-modern, self aware flair. 𝑴𝒂𝒈𝒑𝒊𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 is the first book that really fits the bill, with its nested, 𝘐𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯-style of storytelling. I enjoyed the hell out of it and it was definitely the best book I read in May.
For a novel based on a board game, 𝑰𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑲𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆 took some surprisingly dark turns. Suspenseful and atmospheric as anything. Very similar vibes to Maureen Johnson’s 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘋𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 series.
I actually started reading this last year but it didn’t really click for me at the time. Glad I picked it back up because this was just great. Also, it includes a particularly great shout-out to the classic film.