Monthly TBR

October Monthly TBR

Man, I haven’t posted a Monthly TBR here since June! Which is a damn shame, but whatever. I’m jumping back in. I might even do a September recap post later because I read 9 books and some of them were pretty awesome.

Most of my TBR for this month is digital, but here we go with the physical from top to bottom:

  • Changing Planes by Ursula K. le Guin – I’m about halfway through this and hoping to finish it this month. I’m reading it because it’s been on my shelf for like a decade and seemed short and good enough for the “collection of stories by a woman” Read Harder task. I got really pissed at it the other morning through because it literally had short stories WITHIN short stories. Arghhh.
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler – One day I’m going to be really sad that I’ve read all of Butler’s works, but then I guess I’ll just start reading them again. Anyways, looking forward to this one because I’ve heard amazing things.
  • Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older – Yayyyyy, been waiting for this for a while! (The sequel to Shadowshaper.)

Digital:

  • Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro – This is a crime novel, written by (what Google tells me) is Argentina’s most popular crime writer. I’m using this for one of the Read Harder tasks and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. Luckily it was available to borrow on Overdrive through NYPL.
  • Infomocracy by Malka Older – So I think this is a sci-fi novel about technology and elections or something? I’ve been wanting to read it for a while but it also seemed like maybe I needed time to distance by emotions from last year’s election.
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter – I was very pumped to get this through NetGalley, and started it almost immediately… and then stopped around 30% in to read something else. I haven’t exactly had the itch to go back to it but I’m gonna try. It comes out November 7th.
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – This prequel to Practical Magic comes out next week! I have an e-galley for it, and I’m going to try hard to buckle down and read it this month… I started it and it’s very quaint but also seems repetitive.
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur – I’m listening to this an audio now, and have about 5 hours left in it. I only vaguely remember hearing Katy’s name during the election season, but as she states in her subtitle – it was crazy. The only downside so far is the lack of citations/notes, I even checked the hard copy in the store. I guess it’s meant to be more memoir-ish, but it would’ve seemed easy to put in a list of sources somewhere for some of the things she’s recounting. Decades later, this probably won’t be a book people picked up to learn about this presidential election.
  • Sagitta by Ruby Lionsdrake – You guys, this is the third in a space romance series I’ve been reading and I’m really psyched about it. It is so insanely nerdy.

Aaaand there are also some books coming out in October that I’m looking forward to, and will try to squeeze in. Dewey’s readathon is also this month so I mean, I should be able to read a ton, right?

  • 10/3/17 – The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • 10/10/17 – Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
  • 10/17/17 – Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

If you’ve read any of these, let me know how you liked em!

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June Monthly TBR

May was super sucky because of this DAMN SPRAINED KNEE (it’s been 4.5 weeks but who’s counting) but I did manage to read 8 books and 17 comics, so at least there’s that. It feels weird because I definitely went through like 2 slumps, but then I guess I’d just sit and read a bunch of books in a row so it kind of made up for it, I don’t know.

My TBR for June isn’t too ambitious, and part of me even hopes that I fail hard at it because that would mean my knee would be back to normal and I can do normal shit again like laundry (can’t carry it down the stairs, too unsteady), going for walks, and even maybe even running someday ever.

Le sigh.

On the Kindle:

  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – So Alice Clayton somehow came on my radar because she has a new romance novel out called Buns and that just cracks me up. However, neither of my libraries have that available yet so instead I’m trying this one out. I actually checked out the sample first and it seems humorous and fluffy with some sexy times thrown in.
  • Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen (e-galley) – Comes out June 20th, and I’ve already started it! Good job, me. This is about the women in the public eye that the public loves to hate on (Kim Kardashian, for example) and the sexism that goes into some of these ridiculous critiques. The first chapter is on Serena Williams, and it’s really interesting so far.
  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (e-galley) – This is a collection of stories about the women in comics who were kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and otherwise given the “women in refrigerators” treatment in the name of advancing the male superhero’s storyline. Comes out June 6th!

In the stack:

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – I ALSO have this on audio and Neil himself is the one reading, so I’m psyched about that. (I tried another one of his books on audio and I just couldn’t do it because it wasn’t his voice!) This will be my next audiobook but I like having a hard copy to make notes in too.
  • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – I only ever read the first book in that other trilogy this author has out, but this sounds really weird and interesting. Liberty described it on All the Books and got me interested.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I’ve been looking forward to this for AGES and a big Amazon splurge I went ahead and pre-ordered it. It sounds like a YA rom-com between two Indian-American teens who’s parents are in cahoots to get them together.
  • Touch by Courtney Maum – Also part of my Amazon splurge (it was a costly splurge, you guys), I threw this in. The cover was pretty and it’s something about how a woman who has made a job out of catching trends as they’re about to happen realizes that people are going to start turning away from technology and embracing “in real life” experiences again.
  • Fables: Volume 20 but also if I can manage it, 21 and 22 and then I’ll be done with the whole series!
  • First Crush by Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan – This hasn’t actually arrived yet, but it’s from Hyacinth Girl Press and I’m going to read it for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, for the micropress category.

What are you looking forward to this month?

December Monthly TBR

I can’t believe it’s December. It’s here, you guys. 2016 is almost over and good riddance. I only finished 4 books in November (but I’m halfway through like 4 others.) I’m already looking forward to 2017 reading – especially because January usually means that life in general slows down a bit. So here’s my December TBR, and let’s hope I get around to at least half of it.

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – This was actually on my November list and I didn’t get around to it but I really do want to soon.
  • Folding the Red Into the Black by Walter Mosely – I bought this at Book Riot Live and it’s some sort of non-fiction I guess? Whatever, I’m trying it because Walter Mosely.
  • Human Acts by Han Kang – I was one of the #readathon winners in October and this is what I picked! It comes out in January so I feel like I should read it now.
  • How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad – Okay so my favorite panel at Book Riot Live by far was “If We’re Not Crying, We’re Laughing” and Negin was on that panel and she was fantastically hilarious. I bought her book ASAP (before BRL was over).
  • Plucked by Rebecca Herzig – I’ve been dying to read this! And I wanted to in November when the paperback was released, and I bought it, but just didn’t have the time. It sounds like just a kind of goofy thing – the history of hair removal – but she goes into the social and political aspects of hair grooming and I’m just so here for it. I’m going to start this as soon as my family leaves (they’re going to be visiting for the next week, so).
  • The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang – I’m so mad I didn’t read this before going to BRL. I bought it back when it was released in October but you know how it goes. Time and all. Jade was another delightful woman on the same panel as Negin and yeah I need this.

On the Kindle:

  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – Comes out in January! But I still haven’t finished the e-galley yet because I’m bad about reading short stories. But I will, I swear.
  • Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran – Another January release. I got approved for this kind of late, but I’m going to try to fit it in because I think it has to do a bit with the immigrant experience and having a child in a place you’re new to.
  • The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp – I feel like I was seeing this everywhere and it grabbed it while it was on a Kindle sale. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I saw the words “occult” “Twitter” “died” and “YouTube” in the description and that hooked me, I guess.

Here’s to hoping December is nice and relaxing! What are you aiming to read this month? I just realized I don’t have a single Christmas-y title in my pile. Hmph.

November Monthly TBR

Woot! October was another decent month (7 books read, 23 comics) and now things are about to get crazy up in here.

So, I don’t even remember if it’s still a thing but almost every year I’d see people participating in Nonfiction November, in which you binge on nonfiction for the month. Well, for the first time ever I actually remembered that before November hit, so I’m doing it whether it’s a “official” thing or not.

Now, this is kind of horrible timing because I’m doing quite a bit of travelling this month, plus Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but whatever I’m gonna try to do it. And I have a couple novels here, for easy plane and bed reading.

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – Everyone has been praising this romance novel, so I finally bought it. I don’t buy much romance in paperback anymore, but I was at the bookstore and it sounds great, so why not. It was funny seeing the look on my husband’s face though when he saw it.
  • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley – I’d love to fit this in before Book Riot Live in mid-November, since Walter Mosley will be there!
  • I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi – Funny lady calls people out on their shitty behavior. This should be a riot.
  • For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English – I’ve been wanting to read this book for AGES.
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith – Finally diving into this, and I’m sure it will be fantastic as I keep hearing.
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – I have this on audiobook too, I really want to read it before seeing the movie.
  • Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Jim Al-Khalili and Joe McFadden – Quantum biology! I started reading the first chapter the other night, I’m really looking forward to diving in.
  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, it came out so long ago and I love Michio Kaku’s books.

Damn, non-fiction needs to chill with these long damn titles. OH and there’s a book coming out in paperback today, Plucked by Rebecca M. Herzig, that I’d like to grab and read as well. It’s about the history of hair removal / grooming and it sounds amazing.

So, what’s on your radar this month?

October Monthly TBR

I don’t know what is was, but September kind of rocked. I finished 8 books, (8!) and 19 issues of comics. So, I’m being a little ambitious in my October reading.

In the stack:

  • Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler – I’ve been meaning to read this FOR.EV.ER. It’s about a little black girl vampire who is actual in her 50’s and is able to be outside during the day.
  • Super Extra Grande by Yoss – Cuban sci-fi! Space travel faster than the speed of light  is a real thing thanks to Latin American scientists, and a veterinarian will be responsible for saving the day and keeping the peace among the galaxy’s species.
  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow – This is about a biracial girl who loses her family and has to rethink how she identifies. I think. I don’t know, it’s gotten so many great reviews.
  • Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer – Seniors students start exploding in class, with no rhyme or reason. I heard about this on the Book Riot podcast and it sounds weird and hilarious.
  • Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon – I have the first three volumes from the library and I really do want to check it out, ideally before I get around to watching the show.

On the Kindle:

  • Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam – Focuses on two best friends who are really different? Honestly the premise isn’t my usual jam, but it’s gotten fabulous reviews and the author will be at Book Riot Live.
  • IQ by Joe Ide – A young inner city kid starts to try to solve the crimes that the police just ignore or dismiss. I am BEYOND PSYCHED that I got approved for this on NetGalley.
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle – I’m about 15% into this, the premise is basically like Bio-Dome (that Pauly Shore movie). But you know… without stoners creeping into the giant science experiment. Of course I had to request it on NetGalley!
  • Never Look an American in the Eye by Okey Ndibe – Another NetGalley approval. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but his memoir is about moving from Nigeria to America and it sounds so great.

Alright, and then there are a couple other books coming out this month that sound fantastic and hopefully I’ll get to those too. It’s gonna be a good month, right? Right.

What are you excited to read soon?

September Monthly TBR

I’m baaaack!

I read 4 books in August, which honestly was more than I thought I’d be able to, so that’s cool, plus 19 issues of comics. Not too bad. We’re all moved into the new place and books are unpacked, so I can finally get back into the swing of things with blogging and such. Yay! So this is late, but here’s what I’m gonna try for this month.

From top to bottom:

  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon – Continuing on with my Outlander re-reads. Not sure if’ I’ll actually finish this in September, but I’d like to dive into it.
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – Because it’s one of the books on my physical “unread” shelf.
  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn – I actually only have about 130 pages left in this – so far I strongly recommend.
  • The Hike by Drew Magary – New Drew Magary novel! I’m excited but I also admit to being a little hesitant because what if it’s not as good as his first book? It’s not a sequel, but you still always have that risk, ya know?
  • Jessica Jones: The Pulse, The Complete Collection by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – Library find win!

On the Kindle:

  • You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson – ARC and I’m really looking forward to it, and the author is going to be at Book Riot Live!
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle – Another ARC and the premise reminds me of the Pauly Shore movie Bio-Dome so I’m quite excited to start it.
  • The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine – Seriously, I have a ton of ARCs for books coming out in October. I’ve heard great things about Alameddine so I bet this will be a good one!
  • More by Hakan Gunday – Another ARC, I think this is a novel about the human traffickers who smuggle refugees into Greece.

And of course, I have ton of other books on my Kindle waiting for me. After my books being packed for so long though, I’m finding myself reaching for print more, so I’m struggling a tiny bit with e-book reading. I’m sure that will fade.

What else are you excited to read this month?

~Sarah