Month in Review: August 2019

Books read: 9 for August, 68 for the year

Pages read: 3,663 out of 21,723

Average rating: 3.78

Female Authors: 6 out of 33 for the year

Favorite Read:

Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

Tough call between this and last month’s Inland, but as I run a Sci Fi & Fantasy blog I’ll defer to the Fantasy book.  The hype is real for Kel Kade’s Fate of the Fallen.  My review is all written… it’ll just be another month or so before anyone sees it.  (I’m sorry.)

Translated Books Read:

I read three translated books this month!  Go me!

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup – A chilling Nordic thriller that would make for a great fall read!

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – A highly awarded Japanese dystopian that feels very dreamlike.

Qualityland by Mark-Uwe Kling – Review to come on this one- but if you have a chance to read it and enjoy the kind of humor found in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this one is well worth picking up.  No other book this year made me laugh so much!

ARCs Read:

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden – Review also to come on this one.  Not my favorite book this month but it flew by and I enjoyed it more than not.

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger – Turned out to be a little disappointing but not bad. I may just not be the right audience for this book.

Other reads completed this month:

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – A slightly disappointing first entry into a series.  Still haven’t decided if I’ll continue.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’VE FINALLY READ IT!  And I see what all the hype is about. Loved this book, even if the ending isn’t quite what I hoped for.

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace – An exciting sci-fi thriller!

ARCs received:

Followers by Megan Angelo – A neat sounding (dystopian?) about internet celebrities.

The Bear by Andrew Krivak – I don’t even know what this one is about (a dad and a daughter on a distant planet I think?).  Truth: I requested it because I love the cover.

Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling – I had never even heard of this when I requested it, but I am so glad I took the risk.  A really funny and hugely relevant novel about the dangers of big business.  (Did I mention it was funny?)

eGalley’s Approved:

Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford – This isn’t the sort of book I usually request, but some of my most favorite books this year have trended towards the literary side of things, and I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

A Pilgrimage of Swords by Anthony Ryan – This novella is being released but Subterranean Press. I recently enjoyed Atmosphaera Incognita as an intro to Neal Stephenson, so I’m hoping this works as an into to Ryan.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer – *insert gif of excited, screaming, crying tears of joy child here*.  I’m really excited for another book that sheds light on Borne’s world.

The Resisters by Gish Jen – I technically got approved for this in July- but I’ve been waiting for it to have a cover to talk about it.  And look at that cover!  I’m hoping for a literary, dystopian, mind bending, feminist, masterpiece.

Giveaways Won:

Overthrow by Caleb Crain

Overthrow by Caleb Crain – I mentioned this on my mythothon post not too long ago- but part of the reason I added it there was because I had just won it on GoodReads!

Currently reading:

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie – I’d been hoping this would be something I could blast through in a couple days and… eesh.  Was I ever wrong.  The writing style reminds me a lot of Cormac McCarthy’s mind numbing run on sentences in Blood Meridian.  I’m probably going to start something else and just try to read a chapter a day.

Planned reads for August:

In addition to my September Mythothon reads, these are… erm… a few of the others I hope to get to.

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – A dark villain story that I’m super excited for!

The Institute by Stephen King – Releases on my birthday.  Couldn’t ask for a better birthday present.

A Hero Born by Jin Yong – This was a wish I had granted months ago, and I love historical fantasy.  Fingers crossed the translation is tolerable.

How was August for you?

22 thoughts on “Month in Review: August 2019

  1. I love this post because you’ve introduced me to some new books I’ve never heard of! Qualityland, The Resisters, and Follow Me to Ground all sound really good. I think I need to check the Literary/General fiction categories on NetGalley more often!

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    • I think it was actually you who clued me in to check there for books like those! They still have elements of fantasy but maybe less so than I usually read.
      Resisters and Follow me to Ground we’re both Edelweiss reads- they should still be there if you want to check them out. They both release next year. QualityLand came from the publisher, but oh my gosh it was so much fun. It’s like Brave New World for our generation with the humor from Hitchhiker’s Guide.


  2. I’m so glad you liked The Night Circus! It’s been a while since I read it, but I remember really liking it as well (even though I thought the ending was a bit weak, too). And I’m hearing the best things about The Monster of Elendhaven lately, I hope you like it!
    …also, I’m still not used to that Dead Astronauts cover.

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    • I hope so too- though I think I mentioned it in the other thread, I’ve started it and it isn’t grabbing me. I’m still piecing together some elements of plot and worldbuilding though so it might pick up!

      And QualityLand is so much fun! If you get a chance on NetGalley or EW you should definitely grab it. I don’t know if it’s there yet though as it’s release date is still pretty far away. I read it early because the blurb was so appealing and couldn’t put it down.


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