Monthly Recap September 2016

Today I’m going over all my posts for the last month, mentioning the books I didn’t finish, and talking some about what I’ve got coming up for October.

22328546I actually read two hundred pages of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, a YA dystopian. It does not convince me to keep reading the subgenre – basically, if you put all the other YA dystopians in a blender, you’d get Red Queen. And forget love triangles, it’s got a love quadrilateral! Plus there was some weird gender stuff with all the other girls seeming to be Mean Girls – aka bitchy romantic rivals. Really, the surprise should be that I picked this one up in the first place, not that I dropped it.


I read roughly half of The Size of the World by Ivana Skye. It’s beautifully written, but I felt like there was more style than substance. The tone and atmosphere was very dreamlike as the narrator and her girlfriend travel across seven different seas to visit seven different realms. There wasn’t much in the way of conflict or plot beyond that, at least for the first half. It still may be of interest to those who are looking for a slower paced, dreamlike fantasy novel about a romance between two women.

Reviews should continued to be posted at a slower rate thanks to college and life in general. I’m having less time for reading which translates into fewer books to review here. I’m in something of a reading slump at the moment and it’s been very hard to motivate myself to read and review. With any luck things will get better in the future, but for now you can consider this blog scaled back, if not on a full hiatus.

For October, I already have reviews written for After Atlas by Emma Newman and The Starlit Wood, an anthology of fairy tale retellings edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. There’s three books I’ve read and still need to write reviews for – The Reader by Traci Chee, Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C. Planck, and The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells. Hopefully you’ll see reviews of those in October. Right now I’m also reading Shaggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear, so you may also be seeing a review of that in October.

Here are my reviews for September 2016:

4 stars

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

3 1/2 stars

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

3 stars

The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

The Temple at Landfall by Jane Fletcher

What are some noteworthy books you read this month? Anything you’re looking forward to for October?