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


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: April 2019

April was a pretty good month for me I think.  I feel accomplished having tackled not one but two behemoth novels that accounted for over 2,000 pages of reading alone.  I found some new favorites and authors to look out for in Sylvain Neuvel and Maria Dahvana Headley.  To top it off- I added another notch to my classics belt with Beowulf!

Can I start with some stats?  Is that allowed?

Books read: 9 for April, 32 for the year

Pages read: 3,925 out of 10,597 (So 37% of my reading was done in April alone… interesting.)

Average rating: 3.61

Female Authors: 3 out of 15 for the year (Booo! My goal this year is to read more women than men.  For some reason I gravitate more towards male authors. It’s a bad habit and I’m trying to break it.)

Favorite Read:

The Mere Wife Maria Dahvana Headley

Review here.  I gave this book 4.5 stars, but if I’m being honest, it deserves 5.  I was a little thrown by the ending at the time, but this book has stuck with me.  Weeks later I find myself still thinking about it, and wondering how I can convince my mother to read it.

Longest read:


Review here.  This is probably the longest book I’ve ever read at 1,345 pages.  The Priory of the Orange Tree was a close second at 848 pages.  I feel like I’ve lost a part of my soul having to say that it was also my lowest rated read.

Shortest Read:

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Review here.  The Test clocks in at a mere 112 pages and is absolutely worth the two hours it takes to read it. It was a close second for highest rated, and really only lost out because The Mere Wife effected me so much more.

Series Completed:

Luna Moon Rising Ian McDonald

Luna by Ian McDonald, review here.  I’m sad it’s over- I could spend another 3, 5 or 10 books with these characters. On the bright side, in the bottomless depths of the Edelweiss catalogues, I’ve discovered a novella expected to release this fall set in this world.  Once they’ve got a cover up it’s headed straight for Can’t Wait Wednesday.

Other reads completed this month:

ARCs approved:

I’m super excited for Atmosphaera Incognita by Neal Stephenson.  It will actually be the first time I’ve read him, and while it may not be the best place to start, I’m happy I won’t feel obligated to finish a thousand page novel if I don’t end up being a fan.

A Hero Born is actually a wish I had granted.  I was super excited about it because I’m always looking for a good translated and foreign favorite novel, but I’ve seen some less-than-stellar reviews on this particular translation.  Lucky me it’s not due out until fall so I won’t feel too bad about procrastinating.

GoodReads Giveaway Won:

Ninth Step Station by Malka Older Fran Wilde Jacqueline Koyanagi Curtis Chen

I’m SO excited I won the giveaway for Ninth Step Station.  Not long after I downloaded my kindle copy, the kind folks at Serial Box sent me a redemption code to get the audio to go with it.  I’ve never tried Serial Box before but I hear it is full cast audio, and one of the authors, Malka Older, I know is super talented.  I can’t wait to get started!

Looking ahead…

Currently reading:

Just to assure myself I really do like Under the Dome and that my reading tastes haven’t changed drastically, I’m re-reading it so I can later do a compare-contrast (and finally put up a review).  It’s long but it’s going quick and only 10% I’m fairly certain it isn’t my taste that’s changed.

Friday Black was put on my radar by the Newburyport Literary Festival, which happened to be the same day as the Providence one.  I was combing their list of authors trying to determine which festival I would enjoy more and Adjei-Brenyah was one author I’d never heard of before but that I was sort of sorry I would miss out on.  This is a collection of short stories, many of which happen to be speculative fiction.  It’s definitely interesting so far, and his stories are very thought provoking.

Planned reads for May:

And I guess that’s it!  *If you don’t hear from me, send help. I’m already behind!*