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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Ahh, what a nice and easy topic this week – Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR. This is kind of perfect, because I’ve been looking at the Read Harder Challenge and checking what I still need to cross off, so I have a good idea of what I want to seek out soon.

1 – Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I heard about this on the Book Riot podcast, and I got the sample on my Kindle. It sounds super amazing – a Victorian kind of setting in an England in which the magic is disappearing, and the kind of “head” magician is a black man, and it’s his job to try to bring the magic back. And he apparently finds out that women’s magical abilities are being suppressed, which is nuts because they need all the magic they can get and women should be able to freely practice magic, and it just sounds feminist and fabulous. I ordered a paper copy from Amazon (because screw you publisher, I’m not paying fucking $12.99 for an e-book) and I’m about 80 pages in so far and it’s GREAT.

2 – The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma – I had this out from the library at one point but didn’t get around to reading it before it was due, and I’ve been regretting it. And now I’ve been hearing extra buzz because it’s shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. I really gotta get my hands on it again.

3 – On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss – This checks off the “indie press” category, and I’ve had the audiobook from Audible for a long while now but haven’t got around to it.

4 – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – This book is BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW and guess who grabbed a copy at the library? That’s right. And it wasn’t even on the express shelf. Hell yeah. I actually have already kind of forgot what it’s about, but I remember hearing excitement about it and it’s on the NBA longlist, so it should be good, right?

5 – When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – I tried reading an Eloisa James book before but got really annoyed with the main characters and DNF’ed. But, this one will count for the “fairy tale retelling” category and I’ve hardly read any romance this year, so why not. Better not ruin Beauty and the Beast for me though.

6 – Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson – This sounds like it could a fun, disturbing, weird read and perfect for the “microhistory” category.

7 – Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – I have had this on my Kindle for AGES. I’m going to focus on trying to read mostly digitally in October I think, so this will work for that and the “written by an author from Africa” category. I’ve read Beah’s memoir and that was really good. It’ll be interesting to see how his fiction is.

8 – The Dinner by Herman Koch – A book that got a lot of praise and that I have sitting on my shelf. It has an unreliable narrator… and that’s all I really remember from the description. It’ll cross off the “originally published in another language” category since it first came out in Dutch.

9 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Alright, so one of the categories on the RH challenge is “book published before 1850”. I have never read Frankenstein, so I might FINALLY give that a go. I also kind of have Wuthering Heights in mind for this, but I don’t know if it counts since it would be a re-read. It’s been a couple years so I might re-read it anyways, I kind of miss it.

10 – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – This sounds like it might be a really fun read, and it’ll work for the “takes place in Asia” category. The dynamics between the old and young, and mainland Chinese and American-born Chinese, sound really interesting. I added it to my holds list on Overdrive.

Is there anything in particular you’re excited to read this fall? A new release, or something just perfect for the season?

~Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Readin’

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Oh how I miss the joy of making lists on Tuesdays. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List – somewhat delayed I feel, since it’s almost the end of September, but ah well. There’s a little over two more months of fall. Is it likely that I’ll read all ten of these, or even five? Probably not, but I do love just making lists of books, so how could I resist?

 

1. Think Like a Freak by Steven D.  Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – I really feel like the authors of these books should just list themselves as “The Steves”. From the Steves that brought us the other Freakonomics books, comes a book about how to think more analytically about the world around you. I feel like this will be really interesting to listen to on audio. Perhaps I’ll actually get around to it before it’s due at the library. That, or I’ll maybe make it an Audible pick some time. Mayyyyybe.

2. Misery by Stephen King – It was Stephen King’s birthday on Sunday! Which has nothing to do with anything, really. This is one of my RIP IX picks that I’m hoping to start soon.

3. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean – Because sometimes the cozy weather in fall needs a little romance reading.

4. Bag of Bones by Stephen King – It was Stephen King’s birthday on Sunday! Which has nothing to do with anything, really. This is one of my RIP IX picks that I’m hoping to start soon. (Why yes, I did just copy and paste that…)

5. 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino – I have to be honest, I just grabbed this at the library because I saw a lot of hype about it around the blogosphere, but I really have no clue what it’s about. Any one want to convince me to actually get around to reading this one?

6. Season to Taste by Natalie Young – A charming housewife kills her crappy husband and decides to dispose of the evidence by eating him. I feel like only good things can come from this.

7. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay – Because I heart Bad Feminist and need to see if Gay’s fiction is equally fabulous.

8. Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Some sort of sci-fi space opera book about a lady spaceship mercenary. I’m in.

9. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique – I’ve heard soooooo many good things about how wonderful and beautifully-written this book is. You guys better not let me down here.

10. Black Widow volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto – Well let’s be honest; I have a crap ton more comics on the to-read list right now. But this in particular is a series I’m really looking forward to starting.

 

Let’s hope Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon in October REALLY helps me make a dent in this!

 

~Sarah

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX – Yeah, I’m doing RIP again.

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Reading Laura’s post reminded me – It’s RIP time! Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings give us all an excuse to read those horror/mystery/thriller/dark fantasy books that we’ve been meaning to get to. It runs from now until October 31st. My lack of reading time is a concern, so I’m going to aim for Peril the Second, which means I’m going to aim to read two books. If I read more than that, then hooray for me.

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My possible reads (some pictured here, some not):

  • Misery by Stephen King – I was planning to read this in September anyways.
  • Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer – It’s a detective story that takes place on Mars. Win.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Because I STILL have not read this, and hey wouldn’t it be nice to finally make some progress on that Classics Club list? Yes it would be.
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King – Another King novel I’ve heard great things about and should really finally get to. I believe it was on my pile last year, but I never started it.
  • Locke & Key comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • random Joe Hill novellas / short stories I have on my Kindle (are we seeing a pattern here?)
  • The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  • Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey (part of the Sandman Slim series, I really need to catch up on it)

Well, I’m going to try! We’ll see what I can fit in. This along with some pumpkin lattes should get me in the mood for autumn 🙂 Are you signed up?

Any other creepy books or comics I should try out?

~Sarah

September Monthly TBR

Happy September you guys! This summer went by WAY TOO FAST. But I am looking forward to wearing corduroys and drinking pumpkin lattes again, so there’s that.

August was a decent reading month, but I’m not even going to bother posting the picture of that TBR – I only read three of them. I read ten books total in August, but two of those were audiobooks (one a re-read), and some of them were carried over from July. Oh well. I’m trying not to focus so much on the stats anymore – I’m not going to meet my usual goal of 100 books a year. It just ain’t happening, with work and then trying to get back into running and going to the gym more. I’ll fit more audiobooks and Oyster reads in where I can, but I’m not going to sweat it.

 

Also, I’ve been reading a LOT more comics and I have not figured out how to work that into my stats yet… I might do a post on that later…

 

Anyways, let’s look at my pile for September!

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On the Kindle:

  • The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke – This is the second book in Clarke’s Strange Chemistry series. I flew through the first one last month – they’re good, entertaining reads that I don’t have to use too much brain power to read, really.
  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – Okay so this has been on my lists since it came out in February and I WILL read it, because I love Kaku’s books. And now I have it on my Kindle, so I can read it in bed if I want. And if I don’t fall immediately asleep.
  • Ayiti by Roxane Gay – You guys, Gay’s book Bad Feminist was my favorite read last month. Ayiti by her was on sale for $1.99, so I scooped it up. Plus, it will count towards Diversiverse if I read it in the second half of the month.
  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Alright so in the picture, this is just the sample, but I read the sample and really liked it so I want to get my hands on it this month. It’s about a female space pilot. It’s sounds very space opera, which I’m really in the mood for right now.
  • Dawn by Octavia Butler – I’ve had this on my Kindle for AGES now, and I like Butler, and it will also count towards Diversiverse if I read it later in the month.
  • Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn – Last time I visited my dad he RAVED about this book, and I promised I’d try to read it soon. So.

In the book stack:

  • Misery by Stephen King – I’ve been wanting to read more King ever since the AWESOME Epic Rap Battle of History in which he beat Poe’s ass, so I picked this up at the library used book store. I also put the first Dark Tower book on hold on Overdrive.
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – This would also could towards Diversiverse, but I think I might start it today. I’ve been itching to read it for ages.
  • Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – This is the second book in the Farseer trilogy, and I really enjoyed the first one, so I want to continue on with it. Can you tell I’m in the mood for fantasy reads this month?
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Oh look, another fantasy read! This has been getting a lot of praise over at BookRiot, and I usually trust their recs. This is actually due at the library in a couple days and I can’t renew it online, so this is a maybe read.

Comics:

  • (also in the pic above) East of West volume 1 by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin, and Rus Wooten – I bought this last month and can’t wait to start it!
  • Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone #2 by Mikey Neumann and Augustin Padilla – So my awesome local comic book shop got their hands on issue #1 of this, and it was pretty fantastic. Issue #2 just came out, and I hope they have it in so I can grab it next weekend.
  • Y: The Last Man volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra – Part of me isn’t sure I want to continue on with this series… I don’t know if it’s because it’s not super entertaining or if the newspaper-style art isn’t for me, but I DO really love the concept and I like that the honeyman is reading these too, so for now I’ll keep on with em I guess.
  • Rat Queens #8 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch – Issue #8 comes out on September 17th and I cannot wait. Rat Queens is quickly becoming one of my favorite comics. Maybe not quite on the same level as Chew, but close.

Audiobooks:

  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield – I picked this with my most recent Audible credit, and I’m enjoying it a lot. I really love it when authors narrate their own books, especially when it comes to non-fic, and Chris’s story of how be came an astronaut is really inspiring and insightful.
  • The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson – I have this on Audible as well, since it came up on sale for only $2. And look, another Diversiverse pick! I wish Tyson was the narrator, but it should be a good listen anyways.

 

Soooo… yeah, that seems like a lot. It’s not, really, but it seems like it. We’ll see how it goes.

What are you looking forward to this month? Tell me! Clearly I don’t have enough to read.

 

~Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read This Fall

Good morning guys! Soooo, it’s Tuesday, and that means Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books on Your Fall TBR List. Wellll, I already listed the books I want to read in September in the Monthly TBR meme, but here’s the books I’m kind of hoping I’ll get around to later this fall sometime.

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1. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio – This comes out September 25th, and since I loved Sarah Jio’s last novel The Bungalow, I’m really looking forward to this one.

2. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket – Can you believe that I have never read these books? Me neither. I really want to though.

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3. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – I’m SO excited that another Cemetary of Forgotten Books book is out, but I really want to re-read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game first, so it might be a while before I get to it.

4. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – This is a different take of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, and I think this would be a perfect Halloween-time read.

5. The Diviners by Libba Bray – Comes out in about 2 weeks and I’m so excited to read it! LOVED Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

6. Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington – I started reading this book a few years ago and had to stop because it actually made me feel sick while reading it. I’d really like to try it again and finish it.

7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – It’s kind of ridiculous how many classic horrors I haven’t read. Maybe this will be the year I can knock one off my list?

8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Re-read! But I haven’t read it since I was in 3rd or 4th grade. And I really want to go on to read the other books in the series.

9. The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander – I enjoyed The Kitchen Boy by this author so much that I immediately went on Paperbackswap and ordered his other books about the Romanovs, so I’d really like to finally read another one.

10. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – The only Austen novel I haven’t read. I think I’ve been putting it off because I’ll be sad to have no more “new-to-me” Austen books to read, but I think the time has come.

 

What books are you looking forward to this fall?

~Sarah