Month in Review: March 2020

Hello friends!  I’m back after a short hiatus.  I needed to catch up on my reading.  It’s hard to be a book blogger when you aren’t getting any reading done afterall.

So this post is a little late, and to boot it’s a little sad.  I really didn’t get much done in March, adjusting to my new life as stay-at-home mom, educator, and recruiter.

Novels/Novellas Read: 4

Short Stories: 0

Pages Read: 1,373

Average Rating: 3.5

Female Authors: 3

Favorite Read:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Other Reads Completed:

 

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn

A Time Of Dread by John Gwynne

The Deep by Alma Katsu (RTC)

ARCs Received:

Whelp.  There goes my ARC requesting ban.  I’m sorry.  I was doing good, for a little while anyway.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

The Mirror Man by Jane Gilmartin

The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

PopSugar Challenge 2020 Prompts Completed:

A book on a subject you know nothing about: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

A book with a map: A Time of Dread by John Gwynne

Other Posts for March:

Discussion: The Dreaded Slump

Top Ten Tuesday: Pandemic Fiction

Ideas for Staying Sane While Social Distancing

Coming Up:

A couple of these I’ve already read through, and am super excited to share!  I also fell behind in March ARCs, so I’ll be catching up with those.

What have you got planned for April?  Anything exciting?

Month in Review: February 2020

Hello friends!  This wasn’t a great month for me blog wise- I had trouble not only getting my posts written on Sundays for the week, but keeping up with all of you.  Work has been relatively hectic and by the time I get home and get the kiddo ready for bed, I’m exhausted.  I’m aiming for a better March.  Reading wise- I did pretty okay considering it’s a short month and I wasn’t even reading on my lunch breaks.

Novels/Novellas Read: 10

Short Stories: 0

Pages Read: 3,076

Average Rating: 3.2

Female Authors: 5

Favorite Reads:

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (RTC)

Other Reads Completed:

The Chill by Scott Carson

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The Resisters by Gish Jen

The Bear by Andrew Krivak

The Wolf of Oren-yaro by K.S. Villoso

Surrender by Ray Loriga

I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll review the backlist titles.  Grit was technically a DNF.  I read about 200 pages for work and just couldn’t stomach part three I was so tired of it by then.  My review for Surrender should be up later this week.

ARCs Received:

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – I haven’t even read the blurb because the title seems pretty self explanatory.  Now that I’ve read Horrorstor and understand the author’s style, I’m very much looking forward to it!

Devolution by Max Brooks – A mockumentary style telling of a Sasquatch attack.  Which ya’ll already know I’m super excited for.

The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey – I’m also thrilled to have received this! It has a very strong man vs. nature vibe which I’ve been enjoying a lot lately.

I also received Little Secrets, pictured above, but ended up reading it sooner than expected.  It’s about a woman whose son was abducted, her marriage in the aftermath, and the mystery surrounding her son long after the trail has gone cold.

PopSugar Challenge 2020 Prompts Completed: 

A book with a made up language: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins (greed, envy): Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

A fiction or non-fiction book about a world leader: The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (I’m not really sure I interpreted this prompt correctly, but I don’t foresee myself reading a fiction or non-fiction book about an actual world leader any time soon.)

A book by or about a journalist: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

A book with a main character in their 20s: The Chill by Scott Carson

Other Posts for February:

Favorite SciFi Sub-genres

Book Review: The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Coming Up:

I’m hopeful this month will be better for me in terms of enjoying what I’m reading.  There weren’t many titles I walked away from in February feeling excited about.  I recently started A Time of Dread and it’s exactly what I’d been hoping for when I started reading Abercrombie a few months ago. Dark and bloody.

How was your February?

Month in Review: January 2020

Hello friends!  I hope we’ve all had an excellent start to the new year!  For myself, I wish I’d gotten a little more read, but I did better than last year so that’s something.  And with my review of The Vanished Birds yesterday, I managed to get through all of the many ARCs I had committed to for January so I’m happy I’ve kept on track with those at least.

Novels/Novellas Read: 7

Short Stories: 3

Pages Read: 2,900

Average Rating: 3.8

Female Authors: 6

Favorite Reads:

Most of what I read this month was at least a 4 star read, but looking back, these two stood out as my favorites:

The God Game by Danny Tobey

Followers by Megan Angelo

Other Reads Completed:

Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga #2) by Kameron Hurley

The Broken Heavens (Worldbreaker Saga #3) by Kameron Hurley

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

Wonderland by Zoje Stage (RTC!)

Zenith Man by Jennifer Haigh

The Lion’s Den by Anthony Marra

A Good Marriage by Stephen King

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods by Maria Dahvana Headley (available free here!)

ARCs Received:

This is not including the ARC of Wonderland (pictured above), which I snuck in in January because I didn’t want to wait.

The Chill by Scott Carson – Has been getting some mixed reviews, but the blurb feels like it’s speaking so directly to me I couldn’t turn it down.

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown – A con artist who learned the trade from her mother, works a young heiress in the scam of a lifetime “where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge.”  Yes. Please.

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon – Last year I strayed away from historical fiction, but it’s one of my favorite genres, and I want to get back to it this year.  It’s the story of a “socialite spy…who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII.”

Machina by Fran Wilde (and others) – Sent to me by Serial Box!  I loved Ninth Step Station, and was really honored when Serial Box reached out to me about Machina. I’ve already started listening to the first episode and it’s as great as I expected.

I did not receive any eGalleys in my effort to cut back on the number of ARCs I’m committing to.  (Which is not going well.)

PopSugar Prompts Completed: 5/50

A book published in 2020: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

A book that passes the Bechdel Test: Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker #2) by Kameron Hurley

A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it: Wonderland by Zoje Stage

A book about or involving social media: Followers by Megan Angelo

A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character: The God Game by Danny Tobey

Other Posts from January:

Reading Challenge: 20 in ’20

Discussion: Books on a Budget

Book Haul

How was your January?  Anything special you’re looking forward to in February?

 

 

Month in Review: November 2019

November was a hit or miss month for me.  I started strong and really enjoyed most of what I read earlier in the month, but got bogged down in the middle with some slower paced books.

I had a lot of fun with SciFi month!  A quick thank you to imyril at One More and Lisa at Dear Geek Place for hosting it!  I’m hoping to be better prepared for it next year and maybe participate in some of the read alongs.

Books read: 9 for October, 95 for the year

DNF: NONE!

SciFi Read: 5

Pages read: 3,792 out of 32,379

Average rating: 3.56

Female Authors: 2 out of 41 for the year

Favorite Read:

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee The Machineries of Empire

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee – Unfortunately I didn’t get the review up in time for SciFi Month, but I finally read it and loved it to bits!

Other Reads Completed:

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The Mirror Empire (The Worldbreaker Saga #1) by Kameron Hurley

Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett

The Menace from Farside (Luna) by Ian McDonald

A Little Hatred (Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie

ARCs Received:

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley

The God Game by Danny Tobey

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

eGalleys Approved:

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Last Human by Zack Jordan

The Broken Heavens (The Worldbreaker Saga #3) by Kameron Hurley

Other Highlights:

Book Review: The Dead Girls Club

PopSugar 2020 is Here!

Native American Heritage Month

Bookish Gifts for the Bibliophile in your Life. Or you know, for yourself.

Top Ten Tuesday: SciFi Month and Fall Covers

Coming Up:  I still have a few reads I didn’t quite finish in November, and a couple in series I’m working on.

Raven Stratagem (Machineries of the Empire #2) by Yoon Ha Lee

The Blade Itself (First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

How was your November?  Have you got anything special planned for December?

Month in Review: October 2019

I actually got quite a bit read in October, though not as much Horror as I would have liked. I took a good chunk out of my Fall TBR too, which makes me happy because I’m going to get to mood read for most of November and December!

Books read: 9 for October, 86 for the year

DNF: 3

Pages read: 3,287 out of 28,587

Average rating: 3.78

Female Authors: 4 out of 39 for the year

Favorite Read(s):

I couldn’t pick just one so I went with two:

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Honorable mention to Kel Kade’s Fate of the Fallen, which I read way back in July but was technically the highest rated book for October.

Other Reads Completed:

Half Way Home by Hugh Howey

I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

People of the Lake by Nick Scorza

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Airframe by Michael Crichton (RTC)

Alone by Christophe Chaboute (RTC)

ARCs Received:

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

The Wall by John Lanchester

eGalleys Approved:

No, it’s not a joke, just a weird coincidence:

The Deep by Alma Katsu

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Planned Reads for November:

Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Gamechanger by LX Beckett

Random Other Posts from October:

Discussion: The Dawn of the DNF

Monster Books on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Spooks, Psychics and other Supernatural Books on my TBR

Reviews still to come on a few of these and the DNFs.  How was your October?  Anything special planned for November?

 

Month in Review: September 2019

Despite a slew of DNFs at the end of the month, I actually enjoyed most of my reading, and completed quite a few books.

Books read: 9 for September, 77 for the year

DNF: 3

Pages read: 3,581 out of 25,300

Hours listened to: 12 Hours

Average rating: 3.89

Female Authors: 2 out of 35 for the year

Favorite Read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Audiobooks Listened To:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I am not reviewing this because there’s plenty of reviews already out there, but I enjoyed it, and the audio was fantastic.  Highly Recommended.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – I very much enjoyed the audio on this also.  The ending took me by surprise, but I loved this story.  I quit on the other stories because the narrator changed but not for the better.

Other Reads Completed:

A Pilgrimage of Swords by Anthony Ryan

War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence

The Institute by Stephen King

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

ARCs Received:

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Half Way Home by Hugh Howey

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

eGalleys Approved:

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn

Providence by Max Barry

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

Planned Reads for October:

I will not have time to read anything outside of this already massive list.

How was your September?  Have you read any of these?

 

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?

Month in Review: July 2019

I missed a June in review post, so I’m back with July in review.  I read a lot of shorter books this month, but I also tackled Wanderers which was huge!

Books read: 9 for July, 58 for the year

Pages read: 2,831 out of 18,051

Hours listened to: 5.5

Average rating: 3.78

Female Authors: 4 out of 27 for the year

Favorite Read:

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Review here.  It was close between this and An Illusion of Thieves but this one was so much longer (800 pages total) and was a larger time investment so I’m going with Wanderers.

UPDATE: I finished Inland by Tea Obreht just under the wire for July and after writing this post.  I’ve counted it in my stats but because I haven’t reviewed it yet I’m not counting it here or in any of the categories below.  I don’t want to say I enjoyed Inland far more than Wanderers or An Illusion of Thieves, but of the three, I think Inland will stay with me much longer, and would rank it as the favorite.

AudioBooks Listened To:  

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Review here.  I enjoyed this much more than the last McCarthy I read.

Graphic Novels Read:

Stephen Kings N. by Marc Guggenheim

Review here.  Being that it’s a graphic novel, it only took a couple hours to read, but it’s worth it!

ARCs Read:

 

The Last Astronaut released on July 23.

The Dead Girls Club – I cheated and read this early.  Review is scheduled for sometime in November!

Other reads completed this month:

 

ARCs received:

 

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup – A Nordic Noir thriller that I’m super excited for.

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie – A Don Quixote retelling.  I’ve never read Don Quixote or Salman Rushdie so I’m curious how this one will turn out for me.

People of the Lake by Nick Scorza – An Edelweiss read now download that I was willing to take a chance on because I love the cover and the description sounds like something out of a King novel.

Imaginary Friend by Nick Scorza – I already mentioned this one in a Can’t Wait Wednesday post.  I’m hoping to clear out some of my other ARCs and dive into this one.

Giveaways Won:

 

Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade – I’m so excited to have won this!  It sounds right up my alley.  It’s not due out until November… I’m hoping Tor doesn’t wait months to send it.

Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton – The author actually approached me to review this, and it’s been awhile since I read a Fae novel, so I happily agreed.  (Also- I love that cover!)

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace – Thank you to Tammy @ Books, Bones and Buffy for hosting this giveaway!  It was a total surprise when it showed up in the mail but I’m hoping to start it very soon because it sounds perfect for what I’ve been in the mood to read lately.

Currently reading:

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – This was a Kindle steal a couple months back for 99 cents.  Currently buddy reading it with some friends on the SFF Book Club at GoodReads!

Planned reads for August:

 

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – An author I keep hearing about and finally have the occasion to read!

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – A translated Japanese dystopian that I’m super excited for!

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden – A YA dystopian about a society that punishes and condemns online trolling, bullying, etc.

How was July for you?

Month in Review: May 2019

May was not a great month for me.  I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’m currently between jobs and that’s sucking up a lot of my time.  I finished the month pretty strong though and I’m excited to share those reviews with you!

Books read: 6 for May, 41 for the year

Graphic Novels read: 3

Pages read: 2,066

Average rating: 3.55

Female Authors: 3 for May, 18 for the year

Favorite Read:

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Review to come on this one!  I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write it yet, but this was a wild ride, and I think gave me a much needed break from Fantasy, which I’ve been feeling burnt out on.

Currently Reading:

 

ARCs Approved & Giveaways Won:

Looking Ahead: