Monthly Recap: September 2014

Reading 2

I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time!

What I’ve Read This Month:

  1. The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich
  2. Visions by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Disappearing Moon Cafe by SKY Lee (school)
  4. Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada’s Left History by Ian McKay (school)
  5. Lock In by John Scalzi
  6. The Castle of Perseverance by Unknown Author (school)
  7. Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
  8. Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill, illustrations by Gabriel Rodriguez
  9. The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor (school)

As you can see I’ve actually had a pretty good reading month! Unfortunately it’s mostly been books for school…womp, womp. School has been majorly kicking my ass this semester. Not that surprising given that this is the last year of my undergrad, but it’s even more intense because I’m also applying to grad schools this month. I’m applying for my Masters of Library and Information Science so that I can be a librarian. Haven’t you heard? Libraries are the best!

Unfortunately I am is stressed out of my damn mind right now. To alleviate the stress, next month will be a reading month comprised of fun books – no grimdark for this girl! At least not in October. Here’s what I’ve got lined up as potential candidates:

  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (currently reading)
  2. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (currently listening)
  3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  4. Fire by Kristin Cashore

What do you think? Are these good choices for my “only fun books that won’t destroy my soul” mandate? Sound off below!

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  • I keep checking out Rosemary and Rue and not actually reading it. Maybe I can find it on audio.

    • The audio version is really good so far! It’s narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal and she does an amazing job. Pretty cool to have another author read your book, I think. I guess the SFF community is a small one!

  • What class/course are you taking that required you to read Disappearing Moon Cafe? I read that years ago, for school as well, I was taking an English course in Asian American literature or something like that 🙂

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    • Mine’s pretty similar, actually! It’s a class about Chinese Canadian and Indigenous literature; it’s my favourite class this semester, and it’s taught by one of the best profs I’ve ever had. Wasn’t a huge fan of Disappearing Moon Cafe, though. 😉

  • Tammy Sparks

    I hope you write a review of Black Dog, I’ve got that on my list to read this month. Good luck with school:-)

    • I’ve actually already written the review, but I’m going to wait a couple weeks until the publication date is a bit closer to post it. Probably one of the first times I’ve written a review so far in advance! I’ll be interested to hear what you thought of it, Tammy! As for school, I just gotta keep my head down and study – reading for fun will be my reward. 😉

  • You did have a good reading month. I remember how the school required reading can get you down. I hope you like Rosemary and Rue. I really liked it when I read it. I have Lock In on my list to read soon.

    • The worst thing about those books for school is that they’re all total downers. Add to that they’re uber literary style and it definitely slows me down. I’m about halfway through Rosemary and Rue on audio and I love it so far!!!

  • Mistborn is definitely a good choice – I heard not so great things about Afterworlds only because it was half Contemporary and I’m not into contemp. Fire I’ve heard good and bad things so I’ve no idea about it or Rosemary and Rue.

    What you NEEED in your life is some humor! Like like Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s GOOD OMENS or some Discworld! Orrrrrr some A. Lee Martinez – he’s just silly and enjoyable there is one I read last year that I adored I forget the name now.

    I need some good happy and fun fast moving books too to get me out of my slump!

    • Totally loving Mistborn so far, although I think it’ll take me most of the month to read it. I’ve been averaging about 30 pages per day, haha. I’ll definitely let y’all know what I think of Afterworlds; it seems pretty polarizing.

      Good call on the humour! I may actually dive back into some Pratchett…the Tiffany Aching books are sitting unread on my shelves, after all!

  • Anya E. J.

    Haha, I love that you’ve chosen October as the month to not read grimdark ;-). I looooooved Mistborn and Fire so much! Mistborn took me a bit to get into, but Sanderson keeps things out of the grimdark end of the spectrum for sure 😀 I hope this coming month is less stressful!

  • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    You read way more than I ever could when I was in school. 🙂 curious what you thought of Locke and Key 🙂 Mistborn is the only one of those books I’ve read, so I’m not much help there 🙂