It’s not yet October 1st but it will be by the time I finish composing this post. I am hideously tired but made the mistake of drinking a large mug of chai with enough caffeine to keep me going for at least two hours into the a.m.
So I figure I will talk to the internet (or the void, whichever makes you feel better) about the books I read in the month of September.
I am at that point in my current work in progress where it is slowly taking over my all my mind so chances are my reading progress will slow down significantly. I hope I do manage to keep an average of 20 books/month for the next three months because it seems like a shame to read less than 250 books this year.
Anyway. In the month of September, I read 20 books. As I recounted on Twitter, they were:
- 4 picturebooks
- 5 graphic novels
- 3 nonfic/poetry
- 2 MG
- 2 adult (fantasy) fiction
If you were to ask me what my favourite of these books were, I would laugh and tell you to go away. I DNF often and if a book manages to lose me before 50 pages, I stop reading it. I have too many books to read to slough away at something that I can’t feel. (Exceptions occur frequently.)
Here is the annotated list:
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
After I got over the fact that I probably would not like Xifeng, I was able to enjoy the complexity of her character and the story she was being woven into. I enjoyed the writing and the world and I am ready for the next one in the series. Give it to me now please.
- Brave – Svetlana Chmakova
I don’t know what it is about Chmakova but she has a way of making her characters come alive. Like right in your heart alive.
- Mighty Jack and the Goblin King – Ben Hatke
It’s Hatke so I automatically loved it though I felt it was too short and the medium is unable to give the story as much complexity as it deserves.
- The Way to Bea – Kat Yeh
I wrote this brilliant review on this book on The Book Wars if you are curious to know what I thought of it. (Spoiler: I loved it.)
- The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
I loved this one too but it has a CRUEL CLIFFHANGER, AUSMA YOU MEANIE.
- Castle in the Stars – Alex Alice
- Gray Wold Island – Tracey Neithercott
CHARLIE KIM IS AMAZING. Basically. He is my fave fictional character.
- Spinning – Tillie Walden
- You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins
- Adios Barbie – Edited by Ophira Edut
- Nejmah – Nayyirah Waheed
- Mind = Blown – Matthew Santoro
- Akata Warrior – Nnedia Okorafor
This WAS SO GOOD, DAMNIT. I want moaaar.
- Molly & Mae – Danny Parker
- Come With Me – Holly M. McGhee
- The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty
This was every bit as good as I wanted it to be.
- After the Fall – Dan Santat
Omigosh, this picturebook just made me weep. I WEPT.
- Imagine – John Lennon
- The Changeover – Margaret Mahy
THIS IS SO GOOD. I hope it is repackaged and remarketed to contemporary audiences who can enjoy Mahy’s genius as it ought to be enjoyed.
- Pashmina – Nidhi Chanani
Well, I want more from Nidhi. This was beautiful and tugged at my heart.