August

August Recap

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I read 4 books in August, same as July… So I’m glad that I managed at least that, even with moving and stuff. In all fairness one of them was a short play, but still. Oh, and 19 issues of comics.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This YA novel just came out this week, but I read the e-galley. Honestly, it didn’t live up to my high hopes, but maybe the sequels will strengthen it a bit?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – I liked Scorpius, but otherwise this didn’t really feel like a HP story. I would’ve been okay without it.

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Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid #2) – Second in the author’s post-apocalyptic romance series, this focuses on John falling for the man trying to steal from their vegetable garden. Looking forward to starting the third book!

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Damn, I still haven’t gotten around to writing an actual review of this. Basically, I went and bought the hard copy before I even finished reading the e-galley. It’s fantastic. This is my third Whitehead novel and he rocks.

 

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 4

Female authors: 3 (75%)

Non-white authors: 3 (75%)

Format breakdown: 2 e-book, 2 print

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 19

Female authors/illustrators: 7

Non-white author/illustrators: 4

Format breakdown: All print.

Some goals for September – read at least 5 books (almost done with my 2nd, so should be possible) and catch up on blogging things. Now that my book room is all set up at home, and I have a new laptop, this should be a breeze.

How was your August?

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August Monthly TBR

Happy August! The last month of summer. How sad.

July was a great month (found a new apartment, celebrated 9 years with the honeyman, NYC trip, etc) but I didn’t really get much reading done. I read 4 books, 1 graphic novel, and 9 issues of comics.

I’m not expecting to get much reading done in August either, since I’ll be packing in a lot of my free time, but here’s what I’m going to try to fit in this month. It’s all e-books, since all of my print books will be in boxes soon.

 

  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This is a YA novel coming out soon about a teenage bruja (witch) who rejects her powers and in doing so accidentally vanishes her family. I’ve tried to start this a couple times lying in bed but I’ve been so worn out the Kindle just falls on my face. Next time I have a couple free hours, this is what I’ll be diving into.
  • Time Salvager by Wesley Chu – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, since I love Chu’s other series. I want to get this read because I think the sequel is coming out in a couple months.
  • A.D.H.D Nation by Alan Schwarz – Another review copy for an upcoming release, and this is about the over diagnosis and medication of children under the ADHD label.
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Comes out in mid-September and I CANNOT WAIT to sit and have a go with this.
  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole – This is the second in Cole’s post-apocalyptic romance series, and I’m looking forward to seeing these characters again and figuring out what caused the power to go out.
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I have this AND the second book on my Kindle, and it is so ridiculous that I haven’t read it yet. I know the third book comes out in October, so now’s the time, right? I don’t know why I keep hesitating, these books have been getting fantastic reviews.

The ONE print book I might get to this month is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, if I can get to it within the next week or so. Here’s hoping I can get some down time to sneak it in soonish.

What are you hoping to read this month? Any new releases you’re excited about?

~Sarah

August Mini-Review Recap

Man, August – you sucked. Lots of stuff happened (stupid it happens in threes rule of life), and August was annoyingly busy. I didn’t manage to read much, but here’s my smallish reviews on what I did read.

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – This is about a Mexican family, the Riveras, who comes to the US to help their daughter, who hasn’t been the same since a bad accident. I wasn’t expecting it, but this book was really touching and wonderful. The Riveras bond in unexpected ways with other immigrants in their Delaware community, and you get a little bit of heartbreaking backstory from everyone. I absolutely recommend to everybody, especially with the ridiculous, racist wave of immigrant-hate that Trump is spreading all over the place.

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – I can’t believe I’ve never read a Faber book before this! So, a Christian preacher gets the opportunity to go to another planet to spread religion to the native inhabitants – but in doing so, he leaves his wife behind on Earth, at a time when the whole world seems to be falling apart. Fascinating and sad and SO well-written.

Heh, just noticed that both of those titles start with “The Book of…

The only other book/comic I read was a re-read, and that was Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. It was on Scribd, and it provided MANY laughs late at night when I should have been sleeping. Alright, let’s get to stats.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 3

Female authors: 2 (66%)

Non-white authors: 1 (33%)

Format breakdown: 2 print, 1 e-book

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 38

Female authors/illustrators: 12

Non-white authors/illustrators: 10

Format breakdown: 30 print, 8 e-book

So, not horrible I guess. I read more comics in August than in July, and had more female and POC creators in the comics I read. I started an audiobook, How to Rob a Bank by the Freakonomics guys, but I got bored with it 2/3 of the way through and haven’t finished it yet. And I started The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander which is BRILLIANT and I totally would have finished in August if I wasn’t watching my nephew so much. I’ll be finishing it soon though.

And because I’ve just been too busy to do decent comic reviews, I wanted to mention some of my favorites this month:

  • Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and various artists (so good)
  • Fables: Volume 3 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (loving this series but damn there’s so many volumes and they’re so expensive)
  • Rat Queens #11 by Kurtis Wiebe and Tess Fowler (am SO SO psyched that Tess Fowler is the new artist and looking forward to seeing issues more regularly)

So then. Have you read anything good lately?

~Sarah

August Monthly TBR

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Alright, so I haven’t done a Monthly TBR post in AGES… I re-read the Outlander series and working a lot, so it didn’t make a lot of sense at the time. But now I’m FINALLY getting back into the groove of things! Yay! This TBR pile is ridiculously ambitious – at some point, I’m going to have to accept the book that working five days a week means I won’t be able to read a dozen books a month anymore. But I wanna read a lot of stuff. So here we are.

Also, Bout of Books is coming up in August… I’m planning on getting a lot of extra reading in then.

 

Alright, let’s take a look at this list from the top, shall we?

  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – This sounds like really great fantasy, and I bought it months ago, sooo… should probably get around to reading it.
  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett – Got this months ago as well, and I admit – I only have some vague idea that it’s about aliens, or space, or something… something sci-fi. I was mainly sucked in by the shiny cover.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – Have had this book for YEARS. I always hear about how great it is, so I better not be disappointed.
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – Because science. And “brief”. I know I’ve been reading less non-fiction since I started working more, which sucks, but hopefully I can handle this.
  • Every Day is For the Thief by Teju Cole – I think I heard this author talked about on Book Riot before. And it’s short, which should make it a good Bout of Books pick. It’s about a young man who’s been living in New York but he goes home to Nigeria to visit… which actually reminds me of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which was different in that she went home to Nigeria for good, but I loved it. High hopes, it what I’m saying.
  • Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks – So the guy that did the World War Z came out with a graphic novel about an African American unit in WWI. I’m clearly all over that.
  • How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer – The main girl character creates black holes in a lab for a living, and the main guy character tries to use astronomy to find proof of God, and it turns out their mothers raised them separately to be soul mates for each other, without them knowing it. YES PLEASE.
  • The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore – The sequel to Fool! Yessssssss.
  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – Technically I’ve started this, but I need to try to read it more consistently. I’ve just had the attention span of a gnat lately.
  • California by Edan Lepucki – Because it got a lot of hype due to the Amazon/Hachette battle, and I want to see if it’s worth the hype.

ALSO…

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – Comes out August 5th and I  really really want to read it. (FYI, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently released a really fantastic 99 cent Kindle short called We Should All Be Feminists, you should check that out. Especially for only $1)
  • Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique – If I can get it from the library. Apparently it’s really fabulous.
  • a bunch of other random short stories and novellas on my Kindle
  • COMICS – Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Storm, Y: The Last Man, etc…

 

DAMN that’s a lot of books. I’ll be happy if I can get through half. What’s on your TBR pile for next month?

~Sarah

 

August Mini-Review Recap!

I KILLED it in August, you guys.

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I read 17 books in August. SEVEN-FUCKING-TEEN BOOKS. Okay, it’s not all that impressive – 4 of those were graphic novels. And 1 was a kid’s book. But still! So this is going to be a bit long, but at least the reviews are so teeny-tiny, right?

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – SO GOOD, so tear-inducing. Beautiful, poignant, sad.

Bloodsucking Fiends

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore – Funny and heartwarming tale about Jody, who becomes a vampire. One of the best Moore novels, really.

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A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – At turns whiny, elitist, and downright offensive. The fact that people praise this as a great feminist work leaves me dumbfounded. Ugh.

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Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine #2) by Lilith Saintcrow – Suffered a bit from repetitiveness and second book syndrome, but I’m still looking forward to reading the third book.

Goodbye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson – Short, weird graphic novel. The art was sometimes impressive, sometimes confusing, and I feel like it ended too abruptly.

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence – I WILL NEVER STOP GUSHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. Best I read this month, and definitely going to be in my top ten for the whole year.

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Edge of the Universe by Paul Halpern – Non-fiction science book that had some good parts, but was too broad in scope and overall just didn’t work for me.

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Matilda by Roald Dahl – My first Dahl book! Knew the story already because of the movie, but it was cute and short and an easy read.

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Blankets by Craig Thompson – Huge graphic novel memoir about Craig Thompson’s childhood and first love – visually stunning and fantastic.

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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut – It’s official. Vonnegut is one of those authors that everyone seems to love and I just don’t get him. Blech.

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Dazzling debut novel about Katey Kontent, making her way in NYC in the 1930’s. It was enchanting and I totally adore the main character.

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The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig – Interesting premise of a supernatural drug underworld, but I was let down by the lack of character development. Womp womp.

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley – Graphic novel memoir about the author’s childhood with parents who loved to cook fancy food, and how it influenced her own love of food growing up. Short, really good, and it has recipes in it!

true grit

True Grit by Charles Portis – Awesome western classic novel about Mattie Ross, a 14-year old girl who sets out to avenge her father’s death. This was obviously the month of fantastic female main characters.

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Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler – A kick-ass new funny-famous-lady memoir. Hilarious, inspiring, and totally worth the read.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – Short autobiographical graphic novel about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution, sad and disturbing but also a tiny bit uplifting.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – New Japanese steampunk about a young girl named Yukiko facing off with the madman Shogun along with the unlikely help of a griffin. Really liked it – review coming next week, and can’t wait for the sequel this month!

*pats self on the back* Yes, I did pretty good for August! I mean, considering I was getting ready to move and everything. I can already tell September is going to be much suckier, because we’re a week into it and I haven’t finished a single book yet. Oh well.

So have you guys read any of these? Any on your to-read lists?

Later taters.

~Sarah