August has still been a pretty busy month for me with social activities and work–we’re short staffed and for two weeks out of the month I was pretty much on my own and it left me feeling burned out and not like doing much of anything once I was home. Yet, somehow I managed to catch up on a bunch of things with the free time I had available–got a lot of reviews written and a lot of reading in whenever I could.
I’ve managed to finish 20 books in August! Holy moly! 15 SFF, 2 YA Romance, 2 Adult Romance, 1 Mystery. It’s helped that some of these books were fairly short and/or quick reads/listens. I did go off my reading schedule a bit near the end of the month getting distracted by romances, but once in a while I need a palate cleanser from SFF.
We also wrapped up our Kushiel’s Dart read along on r/fantasy this month and we’re taking a bit of a break before moving on to the second book sometime in October. (Really looking forward to this break!)
Overall I read many great books this August, a lot of which I’d been anticipating and my expectations were not let down.
Favorite Reads of the Month:
- Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. This series has such heart and even when bad things happen there’s always an underlying sense of hope. It would be easy to take a cynical route with some of the stuff covered here, but the fact that I came out feeling hopeful says a lot. We could all use a little more hope, imo.
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. This book is so unrepentantly feminist. There were times things happening in it made me so angry! But in a good way. I’m a fan of Kowal’s but I feel like she’s hit on something really special with this one. Can’t wait to dive into the second book!
- The Nightmare We Know by Krista D. Ball. This a sequel that I was highly anticipating since the last book left off on a bit of a cliff-hanger. It was totally worth the wait. It has everything I love–romance, small doses of well-written battle scenes, and politics!
- Year One by Nora Roberts. Oh man, I really did not know exactly what to expect from this one. Despite reading a lot of romance and Nora Roberts being a somewhat local author I have never read any of her work until now. This was kind of like Contagion meets X-Men, but with some more fantasy tropes like prophecies thrown in for good measure. Somehow it works. This also a very hopeful book even though it showcases humanity’s darker side at times.
- The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dmitri. This book was so weird. I don’t know if I’d call it magical realism, but it definitely has a more literary vibe. Honestly, I think whether it’s even fantasy may lie with the mind of the reader and how they interpret the events of the book. This book was creepy, at times horrifying, and a roller coaster of emotions. I can’t wait to write my full review of it.
August’s Book Reviews:
Here are all the book reviews that went up in August in case you missed them. I managed to get out a whopping eleven book reviews in August–phew!
I did a couple of book tag posts and wrote about the book club I run.
You can also find my collected Friday Favorite Five posts linked on my FFF page in case you missed any or if you want to see upcoming topics. In August I wrote about favorite sequels, publishers, guilty pleasure reads, cover artists, and non-sff authors.
Plans for September:
I have three review requests I have scheduled for September so I’ll be reading those books. I don’t have any read alongs but I’ll also be tailoring some of my reading for upcoming book events. I’ve already talked a little about the World Fantasy Convention coming up in November, but there’s something coming up even sooner.
At the end of September I have The Baltimore Book Festival which is a fairly large event over three days in downtown Baltimore. SFWA has a tent and there are panels and such just like a convention. It’s a great (totally free) event and we have a ton of authors coming this year including Theodora Goss, Charlie Jane Anders, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sam J. Miller, Michael Underwood, Malka Older, Justina Ireland, Lawrence M. Schoen, Kosoko Jackson, Andrea Tang, Vivian Shaw…just to name a few. Guys, BBF is going to be so amazing this year. I’m so excited! I’m going to buy so many books! 😀
So, that was my August and my plans for September. How did your month go? Got any exciting book-ish plans for September? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!