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.)
- 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!
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.
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?
I’m a bad blogger.
I’m using that in a “it’s okay not to be perfect” kind of way, like Bad Feminist. I haven’t posted a single thing in weeks. I haven’t published a review since January. For some reason, these Monthly TBR and then the Monthly Recap posts are the only ones I feel like doing at the moment. Part of it is that I’m busy. Everyone is busy, but when I’m super busy in one area of my life (AKA work), all my brain power gets used on that thing and I end up with less brain power for other things. Work has been kind of bananas, probably will be for a while, and all I feel like doing when I get home is watching Parks and Rec with the honeyman and then taking a bath. Reading is keeping me sane. But my creative-side, the part that can put together thoughts and opinions and maybe gifs into some sort of review format, is just not operating. Even doing “Sarah Sunday” posts seems not worth it because the only thing happening is work and TV watching.
Anyways, so I’ll continue to do the blog posts that I am still enjoying because they don’t require as much effort until I get my groove back.
March wasn’t a bad month for reading! The February slump officially passed. I finished 8 books and 22 comics. Yeah, some of those were novellas and YA novels (I also miss having the attention span and brain power for reading heavy non-fiction, oy) but I enjoyed every single thing I read, so there. My hopes are kind of high for April too.
On the Kindle:
- Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan – Hooray! This is a NetGalley ARC for the third book in Kwan’s series and I’m super excited for it. Comes out May 23rd.
- A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon – At our last local Read Harder meet-up, Ana recommended this WOC romance author whose books always feature POC characters. If it has multiple points-of-view, I’ll be using it for the Read Harder task. This book about a woman who loses her job and her husband and then becomes one of those home party saleswomen (like Avon) for erotic toys. FUN.
- The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – Another e-galley, this is a non-fiction about the girls who eventually got sick because they worked in factories that used radium, and comes out May 2nd.
- We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby – Clearly I got ambitious with my ARC requests. I actually started this a while back, reading some nights in bed, but haven’t picked it up in a while. What I read was kind of funny though, so we’ll see how it goes.
- Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole – Because Alyssa Cole rocks.
- Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy – This middle grade/YA series is SO FUN. This is the third book, and I started it last night. The series is about a witty skeleton detective who can make fireballs and the young girl (starts out 12, she ages a year with each book I think) who becomes his sidekick.
In the stack:
- Oh yeah… I also have the Skulduggery books in paperback (I got excited and bought all 9 from one of those “other sellers” on Amazon.)
- The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, and I’m hoping it won’t be too dense for my current wuss of a brain. Apparently Jamison was an Standardized Patient (person who acts out a medical case for medical students to practice on) and that’s what got her thinking about empathy. I ALSO used to be an SP, so I’m curious to see what she says!
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – I’d been hearing so many great things, but honestly seeing the gorgeous cover in Barnes and Noble hooked me. I’m 60-ish pages in and enjoying it.
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – I like Okorafor’s novels, and Liberty at Book Riot was raving about this YA book by her so I’m really looking forward to it.
- Fables: Volume 18 – Only five more trades until I’m done with the series! Volume 17 dragged a bit so I hope this one is better.
I also have to decide on a book to read that’s within 100 miles of my town for the Read Harder challenge, and the Social Justice Book Club is reading Headscarves and Hymens Mona Eltahawy, so I’ll be grabbing that from the library.
If you have anything you’re excited to read this month, let me know. My TBR knows no bounds. Now I’m going to go bury myself in some books all weekend because for once I have zero obligations to leave the house.
So long, February! Actually it was a nice month – had a sweet, quiet Valentine’s Day and I turned 30 (woohoo!) – but I seemed to be stuck in a weird reading slump. I mean, I finished 6 books, but it felt like everything was kind of a struggle.
Anyways, because of that I’m aiming relatively low for my March reads. And hopefully I’ll be getting my reading mojo back and will read even more than expected! Foolproof.
- Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea – This caught my eye browsing around Barnes and Noble on my birthday, so it’s one of the books the husband bought for me. Something about a retired lady mercenary living out retirement in a brothel until a former coworker sends a team to fill her. Sounds action-y and fun!
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami – Using this for my “book about sports” for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. And also kind of hoping that it gives me some inspiration to run more seriously.
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison – And I’m planning on this being my “book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country” read. This is probably the first Morrison book I ever heard of, but somehow haven’t read it yet.
- A Red Death by Walter Mosley – The second in the Easy Rawlins series. I read the first in DC and I’ve kind of been wanting to capture that feel again, so diving into this might do the trick!
- Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario – Next up for the Social Justice Book Club, focusing on immigration.
Aaaaand I have a ton of books waiting for me on my Kindle, too, if the mood strikes.
What are you looking forward to reading this month?
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?