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
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!
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!
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?)
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.
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!
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?