September 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

September’s been another great month. October means the start of uni and homework, so I decided to indulge while I still can. And indulge I did.

  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes (ARC): Review to come, but it lived up to the promise of the song it was based on. Black queer merpeople and themes of memory and the collective vs. individual. Thoughtful and interesting.
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (DNF 40%): After a few months of no progress and hitting an especially sexist and racist section, decided to call it a DNF. It may have been how it was back then, but I am simply not interested in wading through bigotry of the era to get to the story.
  • Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold: Relaxing, chill, but I couldn’t buy into the romance because of the age and experience difference between the characters. Also I couldn’t stop making LotR jokes (see: the review) because Dag reminded me way too much of Aragorn.
  • In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire: Gorgeously written, but really should have been a novel. Odd pacing, way too much skipping over important events…disappointing. Probably my least favourite installment in the series so far.
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan: Wonderful. Therapeutic. Heartwarming. It’s a fairly simple (if weird) story about a woman who loves her bread, but damn it’s amazing.
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (reread): The hardcover I preordered arrived and I simply had to. Still as good as the first time around. And the ending made me cry. Again.
  • The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gomez: A disappointment. The premise seemed very cool and some concept were interesting, but distant prose and immortals who do nothing with their immortality made it very very hard to enjoy.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: I have said that it’s the best book I ever regretted reading at least ten times by now and it’s no less true. The depiction of how people would act during/after the apcalypse is far too realistic, and the whole thing is disturbing and deeply, deeply sad. It’s stunningly written, but don’t read if you’re a fellow panicky mess.
  • Half Lost by Sally Green (DNF 60%): Not for me. Was sick of watching Nathan constantly making wrong choices, then I got spoiled about the ending and nope. Would have never picked it up if not for the 2nd Chance square in the first place either because of how much I hated the previous book. Once I had a viable alternative, I ditched it.
  • Vita Nostra by Sergey & Marina Dyachenko (reread): Volunteered as a bookclub leader, again. This is one of my favourite books, so it was a no-brainer. Can confirm, still good.
  • The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: Adorable. And badly needed after Station Eleven. The premise seems fairly typical, but it’s executed in a very charming, delightful way, so I didn’t mind at all. Even if having a mentor who doesn’t tell shit got very grating.

Currently reading

  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: Picked this up because I loved Tess of the Road but so far it’s a bit of a disappointment. Rather bland.
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Yes yes I know I’ve been reading the fucker since May, but this month I actually made progress!
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith: An ARC I’m sortakinda late on (releases today!). Oops. So far it’s alright though. I hpe I can finish and review it soon.

Books read this year: 55 (+ 16 rereads)
r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 17/25 (68%)

3 thoughts on “September 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up”

    1. Yeah, the past few months I even surprised myself with how much I managed to go through. Despite…all the other bullshit I had this summer. I’ll probably slow down a lot now, though…

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