November Wrap Up

November was a rollercoaster. Good and bad things happened.

I found a job. (More on that at a later date.)
I finished the first draft of the novel I was writing. (I will start revisions after a break.)
And my uncle was run over by a car while crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing. Even if he lives, he is going to be bound to a wheelchair. I…am angry.

Anyway, I read a fair bit this month but the stuff I read weren’t books. I read Korean webtoons, a lot. Too much? Maaaybe. I still don’t feel like reading. I think this fatigue of reading comes with writing. You deal with words so much that after a while you just want to turn off your brain. Still, the month wasn’t a complete write-off, bookwise. I did manage to read some books. They are:

  1. The Graphic Canon of Children’s Lit collected by Rus Kick.
    This was beautiful.
  2. Behind the Canvas – Alexander Vance
    This was good but for some reason I didn’t love it as much as I had thought I would.
  3. Lines by Suzy Lee
    This wordless picturebook was amazing.
  4. The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
    Apart from one or two stories that didn’t work for me, this collection features some very strong storytelling and absolutely gorgeous illustrations.
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
    Look out for a review of this one here soon.
  6. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison
    I seriously lovedĀ  this one. I reviewed it on thebookwars.ca if you are so inclined.
  7. Cheese in the Trap Season 1 – Soonki
  8. Cheese in the Trap Season 2 – Soonki
  9. The Ghosts in the Castle – Zetta Elliott
  10. The Phantom Unicorn – Zetta Elliott
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October Wrap Up

October ran away from me. I was busier than I had expected to be, sadder than I had expected to be, and just not in a reading mood. I still managed to read 15 books which I suppose are no mean feat. I mean, it feels like nothing to me. Do you remember the time I used to read about 60 books per month? I don’t know where she went, that girl.

I wrote 13295 words in October and I am proud of that. Every word hurt.

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Anyway, here’s what I read:

  • 3 graphic novels
  • 3 literary novels
  • 3 middle grade novels
  • 2 adult genre
  • 1 poetry collection
  • 2 YA novels
  • 1 nonfiction

I feel that is quite eclectic a range, don’t you?

Here’s the list of titles I read:

  1. Chemistry by Weike Wang
    So fantastic. I adored this.
  2. Boundless – Jillian Tamaki
  3. No Rules – R. A. Spratt
  4. The Big Bad Fox – Benjamin Renner
  5. Demi-Gods – Eliza Robertson
  6. Murder in Thrall – Anne Cleeland
    Ughhhhhhh.
  7. The Poisoned House – Michael Ford
  8. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  9. Song of the Current – Sarah Tolcser
  10. The Glass Sentence – S. E. Grove
  11. 300 Arguments – Sarah Manguso
  12. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  13. The Cloven Viscount – Italo Calvino
  14. A Conspiracy in Belgravia – Sherry Thomas
  15. The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo

September Wrap Up

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
    I loved this one too but it has a CRUEL CLIFFHANGER, AUSMA YOU MEANIE.
  6. Castle in the Stars – Alex Alice
  7. Gray Wold Island – Tracey Neithercott
    CHARLIE KIM IS AMAZING. Basically. He is my fave fictional character.
  8. Spinning – Tillie Walden
  9. You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins
  10. Adios Barbie – Edited by Ophira Edut
  11. Nejmah – Nayyirah Waheed
  12. Mind = Blown – Matthew Santoro
  13. Akata Warrior – Nnedia Okorafor
    This WAS SO GOOD, DAMNIT. I want moaaar.
  14. Molly & Mae – Danny Parker
  15. Come With Me – Holly M. McGhee
  16. The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty
    This was every bit as good as I wanted it to be.
  17. After the Fall – Dan Santat
    Omigosh, this picturebook just made me weep. I WEPT.
  18. Imagine – John Lennon
  19. 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.
  20. Pashmina – Nidhi Chanani
    Well, I want more from Nidhi. This was beautiful and tugged at my heart.

August Wrap Up

Another month has zoomed on by and I am left befuddled at the speedy pace the year assumes during its latter months. I have zero expectations that September will go by any slower. But hey, at least we’ll be done with the heat so that’s a good thing, right? I do so love autumn.

Anyway, I read 23 books in August. A lot less than in July but these were all substantial and weightier than the pbs and graphic novels consumed in the previous month. Here’s a list:

  1. salt. – Nayyirah Waheed
  2. Rebel Seoul – Axie Oh
  3. One Hundred Shadows – Hwang Jungeun
  4. A Play of Shadow – Julie E. Czernada
  5. Words in the Deep Blue – Cath Crowley
  6. Maisie Dobbs – Jacqueline Winspear
  7. Shade, the Changing Girl – Cecil Castellucci
  8. Art of the Street: Rio de Janaeiro – Andy Cantillion
  9. Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley-Doyle
  10. The Princess Saves Herself in this One – Amanda Lovelace
  11. My Life with Bob – Pamela Paul
  12. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors – Curtis Craddock
  13. Sarabella’s Thinking Cap – Judy Chachner
  14. Brother’s Ruin – Emma Newman
  15. Warcross – Marie Lu
  16. The Masked City – Genevieve Cogman
  17. Maya Lin – Susan Rubin
  18. The Burning Page – Genevieve Cogman
  19. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli
  20. Gone – Min Kym
  21. How to Make Friends with a Ghost – Rebecca Green
  22. The House of Binding Thorns – Aliette de Bodard
  23. The Nonexistent Knight – Italo Calvino

June Wrap Up

June was mostly a good reading month for me. These are the titles I read:

  1. Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami
  2. The Possessions – Sara Flannery Murhpy
  3. Girl in Dior – Annie Goetzinger
  4. Beautifully Different – Dana Salim
  5. Shark Lady – Jess Keating
  6. March Book One: John Lewis
  7. The Impossible Fairy Tale – Han Yu Joo
  8. The Sand Warrior – Mark Siegel
  9. Alphabetter – Linda Ragsdale
  10. A Turn of Light – Julie E. Czerneda
  11. Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson
  12. How I Did It – Linda Ragsdale
  13. When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
  14. Big Trouble – R. A. Spratt
  15. Faith volume 1 – Jody Houser
  16. I Like Myself! – Karen Beaumont
  17. Giant Days vol. 2 – John Allison
  18. Afar – Leila del Luca
  19. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog – Mo Willems
  20. Frantumaglia – Elena Ferrante

May Wrap Up

Months fly by, don’t they?

Here we are, yet again. And I read some interesting books this month. Not a huge number but I am fine with that. I did read a variety of genres though and that’s always awesome.

The titles I read:

  1. Becoming Unbecoming – Una (graphic memoir)
  2. The Clothing of Books – Jhumpa Lahiri (Short, nonfic)
  3. The Fog – Kyo Maclear (PB)
  4. Exit West – Mohsin Ahmed (Lit-Fic/Spec-Fic)
  5. Saints and Misfits – S. K. Alit (YA)
  6. The Crystal Ribbon – Celeste Lim (MG)
  7. 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age – Kelly Grovier (Nonfic)
  8. Men Explain Things To Me – Rebecca Solnit (Nonfic)
  9. This Impossible Light – Lily Myers (YA)
  10. The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shuka (Nonfic)
  11. Books Do Not Have Wings – Brynne Barnes (PB)
  12. Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong (Poetry)
  13. Sacrifice – Cindy Pon (YA)
  14. Etched in Bone – Anne Bishop (Urban Fantasy)
  15. Kamala – Ethel Johnston Phelps (Short Stories)

April Reading Wrap Up

April was a time of tumult and madness. Not really. It was just not my favourite month but it has passed and I read a lot of good books.

They are:

  1. A Short History of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
  2. Paper Girls vol. 1 – Brian K. Vaughan
  3. Paper Girls vol. 2 – Brian K. Vaughan
  4. The Cold Eye – Laura Ann Gilman
  5. Underground – Haruki Murakami
  6. Animal Ark – Kwame Alexander
  7. Colette’s Lost Pet – Isabel Arsenault
  8. Take It As a Compliment – Maria Stoian
  9. The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi
  10. NewsPrints – RuXu
  11. Arabella of Mars – David D. Levine
  12. A Perilous Undertaking – Deanna Raybourn
  13. Heartstone – Elle Katharine White
  14. Fuzzy, Furry Hat – Etienne Delessert
  15. Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library – Julia Gassman
  16. Miss Muffet or What Came After – Marilyn Singer
  17. Shrill – Lindy West
  18. Dear Ijeawele – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  19. Reflections – Diana Wynne Jones
  20. The Door in the Alley – Adrienne Kress
  21. Dream Fossil – Satoshi Kon
  22. Compass South – Hope Larson
  23. The Island – Alison Croggon (short story)
  24. Cast in Flight – Michelle Sagara