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:
- The Graphic Canon of Children’s Lit collected by Rus Kick.
This was beautiful.
- 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.
- Lines by Suzy Lee
This wordless picturebook was amazing.
- 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.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Look out for a review of this one here soon.
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison
I seriously loved this one. I reviewed it on thebookwars.ca if you are so inclined.
- Cheese in the Trap Season 1 – Soonki
- Cheese in the Trap Season 2 – Soonki
- The Ghosts in the Castle – Zetta Elliott
- The Phantom Unicorn – Zetta Elliott
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.
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:
- Chemistry by Weike Wang
So fantastic. I adored this.
- Boundless – Jillian Tamaki
- No Rules – R. A. Spratt
- The Big Bad Fox – Benjamin Renner
- Demi-Gods – Eliza Robertson
- Murder in Thrall – Anne Cleeland
- The Poisoned House – Michael Ford
- Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
- Song of the Current – Sarah Tolcser
- The Glass Sentence – S. E. Grove
- 300 Arguments – Sarah Manguso
- Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
- The Cloven Viscount – Italo Calvino
- A Conspiracy in Belgravia – Sherry Thomas
- The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo
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.
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:
- salt. – Nayyirah Waheed
- Rebel Seoul – Axie Oh
- One Hundred Shadows – Hwang Jungeun
- A Play of Shadow – Julie E. Czernada
- Words in the Deep Blue – Cath Crowley
- Maisie Dobbs – Jacqueline Winspear
- Shade, the Changing Girl – Cecil Castellucci
- Art of the Street: Rio de Janaeiro – Andy Cantillion
- Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley-Doyle
- The Princess Saves Herself in this One – Amanda Lovelace
- My Life with Bob – Pamela Paul
- An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors – Curtis Craddock
- Sarabella’s Thinking Cap – Judy Chachner
- Brother’s Ruin – Emma Newman
- Warcross – Marie Lu
- The Masked City – Genevieve Cogman
- Maya Lin – Susan Rubin
- The Burning Page – Genevieve Cogman
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli
- Gone – Min Kym
- How to Make Friends with a Ghost – Rebecca Green
- The House of Binding Thorns – Aliette de Bodard
- The Nonexistent Knight – Italo Calvino
June was mostly a good reading month for me. These are the titles I read:
- Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami
- The Possessions – Sara Flannery Murhpy
- Girl in Dior – Annie Goetzinger
- Beautifully Different – Dana Salim
- Shark Lady – Jess Keating
- March Book One: John Lewis
- The Impossible Fairy Tale – Han Yu Joo
- The Sand Warrior – Mark Siegel
- Alphabetter – Linda Ragsdale
- A Turn of Light – Julie E. Czerneda
- Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson
- How I Did It – Linda Ragsdale
- When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
- Big Trouble – R. A. Spratt
- Faith volume 1 – Jody Houser
- I Like Myself! – Karen Beaumont
- Giant Days vol. 2 – John Allison
- Afar – Leila del Luca
- The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog – Mo Willems
- Frantumaglia – Elena Ferrante
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:
- Becoming Unbecoming – Una (graphic memoir)
- The Clothing of Books – Jhumpa Lahiri (Short, nonfic)
- The Fog – Kyo Maclear (PB)
- Exit West – Mohsin Ahmed (Lit-Fic/Spec-Fic)
- Saints and Misfits – S. K. Alit (YA)
- The Crystal Ribbon – Celeste Lim (MG)
- 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age – Kelly Grovier (Nonfic)
- Men Explain Things To Me – Rebecca Solnit (Nonfic)
- This Impossible Light – Lily Myers (YA)
- The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shuka (Nonfic)
- Books Do Not Have Wings – Brynne Barnes (PB)
- Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong (Poetry)
- Sacrifice – Cindy Pon (YA)
- Etched in Bone – Anne Bishop (Urban Fantasy)
- Kamala – Ethel Johnston Phelps (Short Stories)
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.
- A Short History of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
- Paper Girls vol. 1 – Brian K. Vaughan
- Paper Girls vol. 2 – Brian K. Vaughan
- The Cold Eye – Laura Ann Gilman
- Underground – Haruki Murakami
- Animal Ark – Kwame Alexander
- Colette’s Lost Pet – Isabel Arsenault
- Take It As a Compliment – Maria Stoian
- The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi
- NewsPrints – RuXu
- Arabella of Mars – David D. Levine
- A Perilous Undertaking – Deanna Raybourn
- Heartstone – Elle Katharine White
- Fuzzy, Furry Hat – Etienne Delessert
- Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library – Julia Gassman
- Miss Muffet or What Came After – Marilyn Singer
- Shrill – Lindy West
- Dear Ijeawele – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Reflections – Diana Wynne Jones
- The Door in the Alley – Adrienne Kress
- Dream Fossil – Satoshi Kon
- Compass South – Hope Larson
- The Island – Alison Croggon (short story)
- Cast in Flight – Michelle Sagara