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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
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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
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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)
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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
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March Reading Wrap Up

I accomplished a number of things in March. One, I finished the first draft of The Fire Within. Two, I read 22 books. I’m quite pleased with myself. Of course the high number is due to the many picturebooks read but still, achievements are achievements.

(I also re-caught a cough so there’s that.)

Here are the titles I read:

  1. I’m Judging You – Luvvie Ajayi
  2. A Curious Land – Susan Muaddi Darraj
  3. The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill
  4. The Road Home – Katie Cotton
  5. Pandora – Victoria Turnbull
  6. If My Love Were a Fire Truck – Luke Reynolds
  7. Princess Cora and the Crocodile – Laura Amy Schlitz
  8. Lint Boy – Aileen Liejten
  9. This Is How We Do It – Matt LaMothe
  10. Real Friends – Shannon Hale
  11. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katharine Arden
  12. bone – Yrsa Daly-Ward
  13. Wires and Nerve vol 1 – Marissa Meyer
  14. Cigarette Girl – Masahiko Matsumoto
  15. How to Find a Fox – Nilah Magruder
  16. Puss and Boots – Ayano Imai
  17. Dream Big, Princess – Andrea Posner-Sanchez
  18. Lila and the Crow – Gabrielle Grimard
  19. The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro
  20. FukuFuku – Kanata Konami
  21. Seventh Day – Yu Hua
  22. Questions for Ada – Ijeoma Umebinyuo
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October Reading Wrap Up

My reading this month wasn’t as great as it could have been but I have had such a wonderful track that I can’t complain too much. I mean, it was a deliberate choice to slow down on the reading which, you know, I’m okay with doing at the moment. I’m sure I’ll fling myself back into my favourite past time soon enough but right now, let’s take things easy.

I read 37 books this month. Of these:

  • 12 were from my TBR pile
  • 4 were from the library
  • 3 were rereads
  • 18 were borrowed (manga)/ sent to beta read (manuscript)

I received 17 books this month.

  • 2 were purchased
  • 15 were sent for review.

The TBR pile stands at 513.

Books read this month:

  1. The Storybook Knight – Helen Docherty
  2. Curious George – H. A. Rey
  3. Buried Heart – Kate Elliott
  4. The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King
  5. Clariel – Garth Nix
  6. Magic Binds – Ilona Andrews
  7. Down with the Shine – Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Citizen – Claudia Rankine
  9. Unspoken – Sarah Rees Brennan
  10. Untold – Sarah Rees Brennan
  11. Unmade – Sarah Rees Brennan
  12. The Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep
  13. Wonder Women – Sam Maggs
  14. Wee Gallery: Jungle – Surya Sajnani
  15. Wee Gallery: Farm – Surya Sajnani
  16. Hunting – Andrea K Host
  17. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
  18. Rad Women Worldwide – Kate Schatz
  19. Komomo Confiserie vol 1-5 – Maki Minami
  20. Seiyuu Ka vol 1-12 – Maki Minami
  21. Petty Treason – Madeleine E. Robins
  22. Women in Science – Rachel  Ignotofsky
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September Reading Wrap-Up

September might have been my worst reading month of the entire year but there are 3 more months left in the year and I might surprise myself. I am caught in a reading slump of sorts. Or perhaps I have just stopped reading fast. Whatever it is, it takes me forever to finish a book now because I just don’t gravitate towards reading as much as I did. Maybe it’s a temporary thing. I hope it’s a temporary thing. I don’t know.

Here are my stats for the month:

I read 19 (eep!) books last month. Of these:

  • 6 were from my TBR pile.
  • 12 were from the library.
  • 1 was a reread.

All were physical copies except for one.

I received 22 books this month.

  • 1 was purchased.
  • 16 were requested/accepted review copies.
  • 5 were unsolicited review copies.

The TBR pile currently stands at 510.

These are the titles I read in September:

  1. Death Wears a Mask – Ashley Weaver
  2. A Useful Woman – Darcie Wilde
  3. Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn
  4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill
  5. Champion of the Rose – Andrea K Host
  6. Vassa of the Night – Sarah Porter
  7. Bones of the Fair – Andrea K Host
  8. The Art of Subtext – Charles Baxter
  9. Heartless – Gail Carriger
  10. The Clever Little Witch – Laeve Baeton
  11. Snow Bears Never Lie – Said
  12. The Swan Riders – Erin Bow
  13. The Fantastic Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Heinz Janisch
  14. Beautiful Bastard – Christina Lauren
  15. A Little Taste of Poison – R. J. Anderson
  16. The Adventures of Miss Petitfour – Anne Michaels
  17. Heartless – Gail Carriger
  18. The Diary of Ma Yan – Ma Yan
  19. A Front Page Affair – Radha Vatsal