Not sure about y’all but I had an AWESOME January. 9 books read! But I really slacked on reviews, because… reasons. I don’t know, not motivated to write them at the moment I guess. Anyways, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going on February.
- Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding – I’m really looking forward to re-reading this for the “Read a book you’ve read before” task for the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. It’s been about 4 years since I read the Ketty Jay series.
- Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science by Mary Roach – This is the Mary Roach I’ve been looking forward to the most.
- We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenridge – Something about a black family that agrees to live with a chimp and teach it sign language? I’ve had this on my radar for a while because I heard it was good, and since it’s on the Tournament of Books shortlist I figured now is a good time to read it.
- I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong – More science! I picked this book out as my 1 year wedding anniversary present (paper) and I’m psyched to dig into it.
- Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi – Poetry in translation about a theme other than love! This is one of the super specific tasks on the 2017 Read Harder Challenge, and I’m going to read kids books for it.
- A Movie in My Pillow by Jorge Argueta – Same task, and this one specifically focuses on the author’s immigrant experience so it’s timely as well.
- Fables: Volume 14 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – After this I’ll need to order the next few volumes! I bet I can finish the series this year.
- Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith – I can’t believe I didn’t get to read this last year! But I have it waiting on my Kindle for me now, so it’s time.
- Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor – The sequel to Binti just came out! Yay!
Alright, hopefully I’m not being too ambitious but I’m really psyched about all of these! And I have a 4-day weekend at the end of the month, so if I’m behind I can use that time to read a whole bunch. OH and I’ll probably be re-reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X this month too, for the Social Justice Book Club. Is there anything on your radar in February?
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?
June was pretty successful! I didn’t get quite as much reading done as I thought I would with the honeyman being gone for two weeks for drill, but still. I flew through 57 comics and 8 books. YEAH!
July’s pile I’m keeping short – I want to read these and then whatever else I feel in the mood for.
- Something New by Lucy Knisley – It’s almost my 6-month anniversary of being married to the honeyman, so Lucy Knisley’s newest comic seems appropriate.
- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – Back to my Outlander series re-read! I have it on Audible too, so I bet I can get through it pretty darn quickly. Funko Jamie & Claire are pretty psyched about it too.
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock – I’m really looking forward to this memoir about growing up trans, and what that journey has been like.
- Chew: Volume 11 by John Layman and Rob Guillory – Newest Chew volume!! This series is almost over and I am going to be SO SAD. But will probably re-read many times.
- Daredevil Back in Black: Volume 1 by Charles Soule and Ron Garney – I really liked the first issue but missed the next couple, so I grabbed the first volume.
And I have some e-galleys waiting on my Kindle for books coming out in August, I’ll probably try to get to those too:
- Not So Much Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott
What are you excited to read in July?
It’s time!!! Thank you so much to the lovelies who make Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon possible. You are rock stars.
I’m cheering this time around! It’s been years since I think I took part in cheering, and the process is a little different, so this will be interesting but I’m so psyched to come around and shake my pom poms at you guys! Watch out for me on #TeamRaven
As always, I’m going to attempt the full 24 hours. I haven’t succeeded once with this, but some year it’s going to happen, right? IT MIGHT FINALLY HAPPEN.
THE E-BOOKS, BOOKS, AND COMICS
- Not So Much Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
- The Face: Strangers On a Pier by Tash Aw
- Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
- A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
- Relativity by Antonia Hayes
- Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole
- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovell
- The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- Planetfall by Emma Newman
- Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
- I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1 by Skottie Young
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Volume 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
- Fables: Volumes 10 & 11 by Bill Willingham
- Hexed: Volume 1 by Michael Alan Nelson
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? NY
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hard to say, I have SO many that I’m excited to dive into.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Gummy bears.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! A tiny small part of me is considering a “#readathon” tattoo.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ll be cheering this time around!! Woohoo!!
I’m not setting any particular page goals or anything. I just want to read, do some challenges, cheer, and have fun. Feel free to check in with me on Twitter! (@SarahSaysRead)
LET’S DO THIS!
I did not read as much as I was hoping in February. Shocking, I know. In fact, I’ve only finished 4 books so far this year (and I’m behind in my monthly recap posts). But one of those books was the 730-ish paged Alexander Hamilton, and the #HamAlong was delightful, so no regrets.
March, I am sure, will be more varied.
From top to bottom:
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler – Because I need some Butler in my life right now. And you know, had this book around for ages now.
- Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer – Pulpy detective fic set on Mars? I’m in. And again, have had this for a while now.
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – She’s Mindy Kaling’s favorite writer. So clearly I’ve been missing out by not reading more Lahiri.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – Pretty sure I’ve had this in my TBR pile at least two other times before. Why do I keep putting it off??? I could probably read it in an afternoon.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’ve had another book by this author (Vicious) on my to-read list for a long time, but someone somewhere in my social media was tweeting about her coming out with a new book soon, which is apparently a sequel to this one, and it sounded even better than the one I initially had on my list. It’s weird the roundabout way we hear about books. Anyways, this sounds like my jam.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Because some crazy YA fantasy that fellow book bloggers have raved about sounds like something I’m in the mood for right now.
- Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – Honestly, after I read Mr. Fox by Oyeyemi last year I thought maybe she was just too “out there” for me. This one seemed more popular among readers so I grabbed it last time I was at the library. Honestly I’m most of the way through it right now and it’s pretty damn good.
- Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell – This was in my pile last month, but I decided I had to finish Hamilton before moving on to Lafayette. I have the audiobook on Scribd too.
And here are the comics I want to read this month because I forgot to include them in the other picture. Whoops.
- Fables volume 9 & 10 – Obviously.
- Civil War – Because I like to know how the big events happened in the comics before I see the movies, when possible.
- Magical Girl Apocalypse volume 1 – The honeyman is finally starting to buy and read this series (he’s had his eye on it for a while). I’m going to check it out.
- Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory – Because C&H will forever be hilarious to me.
Let the reading commence! What’s on your list this month?
I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in January. I mean, I kind of did because I read about half of damn Alexander Hamilton plus three other books, but still. And I’m SO behind in my comic reading, it’s a shame.
But then I said to myself: “So create an even BIGGER pile for February!” Logical, I am not. But who knows.
From the top…
- Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Already 25% through this, continuing with my Outlander series re-read.
- Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins – Romance, because you know, February / Valentine’s Day. And I think the heroine in this one is a pirate or something, so fun stuff.
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – I’ve never read Junot Diaz, but he’s a popular author and I’ve had this book for a long time now.
- Jazz by Toni Morrison – Honestly, my attention span and general inclination at the moment for some lighter reading means this may not happen this month. But I like to be optimistic.
- Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell – LAFAYETTE! ‘Nuff said.
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – And this shall be the month we finish off the #HamAlong, which has been delightful. I get the sense that Chernow is a bit of a sexist, and he’s way too much of a Hamilton fanboy, but this might actually end up on my best-of list at the end of the year. I’m sure reading it after loving the Hamilton musical makes it seem much more fun and lively than if I had read it before, but whatever.
- Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 2 – More Miles Morales!
- Fables Volume 8-10 – MOOARRR FABLES!!
There’s no way this is all gonna happen, but I’ll give it a shot. What are you excited to read this month?
November was rough. I don’t know what it was, but I just struggled to get reading in. It took me a full three weeks to finish a book I was actually super excited about and enjoying. Ugh.
In 2016, I’m joining Andi for her #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge, in which there are no rules but my own and I’m aiming for 75% of my reading next year to be from my own shelves. Because of this, my December TBR is loaded up with library books, mostly from Overdrive.
From the top…
- The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead – A short non-fiction work about Whitehead’s love for NYC. Having just visited NYC and probably visiting my sister and mom there more often, I thought this might be interesting.
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – Because it’s a damn disgrace that I haven’t read more Lahiri.
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, and honestly I was surprised it was available on Overdrive without a wait list. Hell yeah.
- Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami – I think I heard about this on Book Riot or something? It sounded familiar and was on Overdrive’s “recently added” list, so here we are. I’m actually about 25% into it and it’s good so far.
- Confess by Colleen Hoover – Because Brandie LOVES this author and I’ve been meaning to check her out for a while.
- The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan – I own this one and it was on my TBR a while ago, but I really really do want to finally read it.
- On Immunity by Eula Biss – I started this on Audible but haven’t had the chance to listen to it much lately. So, the physical book. I will finish this, dammit, it’s interesting.
- Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou – One of those comic works on non-fiction that’s been on my radar for a while. A co-worker had to read it for a class and actually gave it to me because she didn’t want it anymore. Win!
- Fables volumes 6 and 7 – Because I looooove this series but I really have to pace myself reading them.
- A whole bunch of the unread single comics I have sitting on my table right now. I think there’s at least a dozen, I’m really behind.
It’s a long shot I’ll get to all of these. I’m getting married in like 5 weeks. FIVE FREAKING WEEKS. So I should probably start doing shit, like call the place and find out how many tables there are, do centerpieces and some decorations, get music together, figure out what exactly I’m gonna wear, etc. So yeah, minimal chance that I’ll read all these. But still, here’s to an exciting and happy last month of the year!
I joined in on Andi’s #15in31 challenge for October, and while I didn’t succeed I did better than I expected – I read 11 books in October. Were some of them pretty short? Yeah, but who cares. I also managed 57 issues of comics, so October was pretty decent. My only regret is that I didn’t get to some books that I was looking forward to, but eh – I’ll get to them eventually. I might make December a “catch-up” month, in which I just aim to read books that were on previous TBRs but I still haven’t read.
Anyways, let’s see what’s on the table for November!
From top to bottom:
- Last God Standing by Michael Boatman – Actually, I’ve had this on my shelf for a while and I really do want to read it now. It’s about God skipping out to be a stand-up comedian, I mean come on.
- US(a.) by Saul Williams – NEW SAUL WILLIAMS POETRY. And apparently written after he traveled abroad and then came back to the US. I happened to see this on an endcap at Barnes and Noble yesterday and instantly bought it.
- Doughnut by Tom Holt – I have no idea how I stumbled upon Tom Holt, but he appears to write humor fiction and that’s a thing I love. This one is about a guy whose hit a bit of a rough patch in life after blowing up the Very Very Large Hadron Collider, and then his physicist friend dies and leaves him a safety deposit box. I’m not 100% sure, but I think what happens involves quantum physics and a doughnut. So weird, so in my wheelhouse.
- On Immunity by Eula Biss – I’m not that interested in the to vaccinate or not to vaccinate debate, but I have the audiobook too and it was on Book Riot’s list for “published by an indie press” for the Read Harder challenge, so what the hell. It’s short.
On the Kindle:
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – Got this on SUCH a good deal last month, super excited to read it. She writes really great sci-fi.
- 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James – Honestly, I read the first chapter and I don’t know if I can make it all the way through. I need a “guilty pleasure” book for the Read Harder challenge, so I got this on Overdrive… I figured it’s a book that I would feel kind of awkward reading, and I’ll get pleasure out of hate-reading it. On the plus side, these books were a huge phenomenon in the book world, so I’ll have the experience of reading the first book to back up any discussion on it.
- Fables (volumes 4 and 5) by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – I just got volumes 4 through 7 from my comic shop – I’m going to read these two this month, and save the other two for December. I have been itching to get back to the Fables world, so hella excited about these. The only reason I haven’t started them yet is because I wanted to finish TWD Compendium 1 first.
- a bunch of new Marvel titles – November is when all of the All-New, All-Different titles I’m psyched for are coming out (Ultimates, Vision, ANAD Avengers, new Thor, new Hulk, new Ms. Marvel, etc…)
November is going to be busy – trying to go to NYC one weekend to see my family, then there’s Thanksgiving, and wedding planning stuff… but here’s hoping I can read all of these and more!
What’s on your radar this month?
Well August turned out to be a little brat. I was expecting the last month of summer to be relaxed and not busy. I was SO wrong. Between my little sister being in the hospital (Lyme Disease), my grandma dying, my mom having kidney stone complications (she’s recovering from the surgery now), watching my nephew, and work being busy because of vacations and moving our office to a new location – CRAP it as hectic.
Anyways, so I ended up reading 3 books and 38 issues of comics. I am tentatively optimistic about September – my mom and nephew are still in town at least for the next couple weeks before moving to NYC to be with my little sister, so I’ll be baby-sitting more again. But who knows, maybe after that things will calm down.
From left to right…
- Time Salvager by Wesley Chu – Wesley Chu’s Tao trilogy is absolutely awesome, so I’m really excited to dig into his new book. I am so in the mood for some good, intense sci-fi.
- Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore – NEW CHRISTOPHER MOORE BOOK! And it’s a sequel to A Dirty Job, which is my second favorite of his books. I am hella excited to dive into this.
- Concrete Park: Volume 1 by Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander – I forget how I heard about this, but it takes place on planet Oasis – where poor young people are shipped to mine for resources, which is a hopeless endeavor since nothing grows there. I also read articles that this was originally developed as a sci-fi show/film and pitched to a Hollywood studio exec who wanted to change the race of all of the characters. The creators decided not to go that route (thank goodness) and developed the story as a comic instead.
So that’s all I’m putting on my list this month. I have a lot of stuff left over from my pile last month that I’d still like to get to, so I’m purposely keeping my TBR post this month light.
What are you excited to read this month?
July was actually a pretty good month for me – I ended up reading 7 books, and 27 issues of comics. I feel like maybe I’m forgetting some comics there, I thought it was a little higher.
I’m VERY hopeful for August, as you may be able to tell from the giant stack below. No major birthdays, events, or celebrations this month AND there’s a Bout of Books readathon, so I should be a reading monster.
From top to bottom…
- Subliminal: How You Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow – I’m weirdly excited about this book. It should be a fascinating read. Also, the cover lured me in because in almost unnoticeable type on the cover it says “Pssst… Hey There. Yes: You, Sexy. Buy This Book Now. You Know You Want It.” I’m such a sucker.
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – This seems like a book I should have read by now, because I feel like I hear it mentioned a lot. I’ll probably save this for B.o.B. week, since it’s a shorty.
- After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat – Danticat heads home to Haiti to better understand Carnival, which had always terrified her. Seems like this will be part travel, part history, part memoir and I’m thinking it’s going to be fantastic. And also that I should read it on a nice, hot day.
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez – I’ve heard this book mentioned a lot, and it was on the B&N “Buy 2 get the 3rd free” table, so I threw it in my pile. (Confession: I actually bought 4 books off that table. Oy.)
- Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby – Another book I’ve heard mention of, and it sounds AWESOME. The back blurb describes the obituary for Yvonne Brill – how she had a husband and kids and made a great beef stroganoff, and then eventually got around to mentioning that she invented the propulsion system that keeps satellites in orbit and won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Praising women for their contributions to science and the world? I am so here for that.
- The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – I’ve been wanting to read this for AGES and it’s in paperback now and it was on that B&N table so really it was meant to finally be.
- Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski – I bought this last month but then I read Missoula and kind of didn’t feel like reading a book about sexuality and sexy times and whatnot. I think I’ve recovered enough now. Maybe.
On the Kindle/Scribd:
- When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – Another Freakonomics-like book, and the audiobook is on Scribd. It’s basically a collection of their best blog posts from their websites, but I’m really enjoying it.
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander – This is about mass incarceration and the racism of the criminal justice system. I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time, and with current events being what they are… it seems fitting.
- Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – I read Beah’s memoir years ago, and this is a novel by him. It’s been collecting dust on my digital Kindle shelf for far too long.
- Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli – Miles Morales!! I haven’t read any Peter Parker comics, but I am sick to death of him because of the never-ending movies. This is the only version of Spider-Man I find remotely interesting right now.
- Fables Volume 3 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – Continuing on with this series, which will probably take me years to complete but I do really like it. This volume is called “Storybook Love” so I think we all know it’s gonna be great.
- More single issues and stuff, clearly.
Alright, so that’s my list! I think I’m going to go paint my toenails and start digging into The Book of Strange New Things. What’s on your radar this month?