July 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up

July was an incredible month for reading. I was alternating between not reading much one week then reading two books in one day the next when I stumbled upon something I was in the mood for (the ever mysterious reading moods…), but it still got the job done.

Finished:

  • The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread): I needed my never-fail comfort read. That’s pretty much it 😂
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (reread): Picked it up on a whim and reread it in like an hour and a half. Why? I don’t know. But it sure felt good.
  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (ARC): Mostly, as good as everyone said it would be, and a much faster read than expected. Loved the hurt/comfort aspect of the romance especially.
  • The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison (ARC): I may have adored The Goblin Emperor, but this was a disappointment. Pancake-flat characters and none of the charm.
  • After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang (ARC): Short enough to almost be a novella, this was so good and melancholic and kind, even if it dealt with a climate disaster and chronic (terminal?) illness.
  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread): I’m apparently on a Bujold kick this month. Less good than I remember but still good.
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (ARC): Review is taking me a little longer, but it’s very good and very queer. Recommended to all fans of epic fantasy. (Plus, there’s the very memed romantic fisting lmao)
  • Amatka by Karin Tidbeck: Another near-novella. Creepy, weird, and dystopian.
  • Mindline by M.C.A. Hogarth (twice in a row): I didn’t think I’d ever continue the series, but I needed this so badly. Despite some issues, it’s a complete comfort read. Mini review to go up when I have enough of them for a post.

Currently reading:

  • The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis (ARC): Ebook, kindle. Need to reduce my ARC pile badly and this one doubles for Bingo. Vampires in historical (19th c?) Prague. Promising.
  • Voltaire and the Century of Light by A. Owen Aldridge: Hardcover. About halfway through and in absolutely no rush. Learned of some some hilarious new anecdotes and I love that letter reference numbers are cited directly in the text. Even if they’re slightly inaccurate and going to look slows me down. If it wasn’t so damn rare, I’d recommend this bio to anyone interested in this petty asshole.
  • Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely by Andrew S. Curran: Ebook, pc. I’ve been curious about the guy for a while and finally picked it up after the Ada Palmer AMA. So far, so good. Getting similar chaotic vibes to Voltaire.

Books read in 2021: 32 (+ 5 rereads)
r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 14/25 (56%)

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