This month has been so epic on my book front! I got quite a haul from the library – I even had to put two books back on the shelf because of all of the ILLs that had arrived!
Top to bottom they are: Millenneagram: The Enneagram Guide for Discovering Your Truest, Baddest Self by Hannah Paasch, Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse, and Ursula Le Guin’s The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (illustrated by Charles Vess). I also grabbed Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley, and Flossie Teacake’s Guide to English Paper Piecing by Florence Knapp.
I also bought some books. Here are a few:
From left to right: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers, Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse, and Kathleen Herbert’s Peace-Weavers & Shield-Maidens: Women in Early English Society.
Yes indeed, I had already nabbed Storm of Locusts from the library because my order was delayed, only to have the order arrive to my door within two days. Well, such is life. 🙂
I’m looking forward to diving into these, especially To Be Taught, If Fortunate. As soon as I heard Chambers had another Wayfarers universe book coming out I knew I had to get it. I adore her writing for its humanity. Before the publication date I saw Lee Mandelo’s review at Tor.com, which didn’t exactly help – among others Mandelo says the novella is a “reminder of our responsibilities to one another as a social group, not as lone individuals on solitary islands. None of us exist without each other, or survive without each other.” Right up my alley!
Can’t wait! 🙂
Since I didn’t post this last month, here’s my August reading pile:
From top to bottom: Norma by Sofi Oksanen, Hath No Fury edited by Melanie R. Meadors, and Susan Cooper’s young adult series The Dark Is Rising in a one-cover edition (Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree). Lastly, there is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s excellent Gods of Jade and Shadow.
What’s on your TBR stack at the moment?
My March reading piles stretched well into April, so my current pile isn’t that large:
The quality will make up for the quantity, though, or so I suspect: I have Kameron Hurley’s military time-traveling scifi novel The Light Brigade, Arkady Martine’s debut novel A Memory Called Empire, and The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore.
Can’t wait! 🙂
Anything intriguing in your pile? Do share!
I got quite an awesome haul from the library:
In fiction I found The Afterwards by EK Johnston, The Song of All by Tina LeCount Myers, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Ann Leckie’s The Raven Tower. On the non-fiction side, there’s Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister by Sheila Johnson Kindred.
I’m apparently really hungry for reading, for that’s not my only pile this month:
From top to bottom: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, Mem by Bethany C. Morrow, Home Fires by Julie Summers and the non-fiction title Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives by Jane Brox. Finally, there’s the not-quite-brand-new-anymore Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines.
In addition, I’m slogging my way through all of Agatha Christie’s Hercules Poirot books, slowly but surely. The latest I’ve gotten to is Mrs. McGinty’s Dead – a fascinating case hinging (in part) by the first name Evelyn, which can apparently be both male or female. I love the fact that despite a Master’s degree and 20+ years of daily use I still learn new things about English!
Anything special you’d recommend?
My latest book order came in at the end of October, but I haven’t cracked any of them open yet.
From left to right: Thoraiya Dyer’s Echoes of Understorey, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, Emma Newman’s Before Mars, Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers and, finally, what sounds like a very interesting take on Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell.
November is already looking like a great reading month. Anything else you’d recommend?
After last month’s busy, it was pure joy to take the long Labor Day weekend and just read. For pleasure. For hours on end! Here are some of my latest reads:
From left to right: The Shattered Vine (book 3 of the Vineart War) by Laura Anne Gilman, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, Never Stop: Finnish Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, an anthology edited by Emmi Itäranta, and Myke Cole’s Siege Line.
It’s as if after a comparative reading drought, I’m restocking my story reserves. 🙂
And more from an inter-library loan haul: Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao, Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry and Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give. The last one I’m reading for the banned books week.
I’ve devoured Siege Line, Mirage and The Shattered Vine already. (I heartily recommend Mirage, by the way!!) I couldn’t resist a peek into Space Unicorn Blues even if I haven’t quite finished my current read. 😀
In addition, Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains by Helen Thomson is also back at the library. What a fascinating read that was!
Anything especially intriguing in your TBR pile? Do share!
Phew! So far I’ve been way too busy to do any gaming, and I’ve barely touched my TBR pile in August even though there’s plenty I’d really like to read.
From left to right: Ann Leckie’s Provenance, Weight of Stone (sequel to Flesh and Fire which I read last month) by Laura Anne Gilman and That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman.
I wonder whether I can get through all three; I’ve started Lipman and Weight of Stone, at least.
How’s your reading lately?
I have a great selection of reading right now:
From left to right: Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman, Hit by Delilah Dawson, Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell, Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie, The Winter War: Russia’s Invasion of Finland, 1939-1940 by Robert Edwards and Just One Damned Thing after Another by Jodi Taylor.
Not pictured is Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie because it’s on my nightstand. Also, I’ve already read Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson. 🙂
Here are some of my June SF/F readings:
From left to right: The Other Wind (more Earthsea stories) by Ursula Le Guin, Vanished by Kat Richardson and Siege Line by Myke Cole. Plus, I’ve already read some non-fiction and the novelette Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Anything special in your reading pile?
I actually did a double take while looking at this elaborate bedroom gallery wall:
Yes, it IS Inigo! Smack in the middle in a fancy gilt frame.
Seeing Inigo’s portrait reminds me of how my sister and I went to see The Princess Bride (without knowing what it was about), came out and went straight back in again to see it for the second time in a row. It turned out to have been the last weekend it was showing locally in the theaters, too. It was the first and only time I’ve done that, and I’ve never regretted it. 🙂
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
From the small but unabashedly colorful and inventive home of freelance designer and author Peaches Freund. Found via design*sponge – visit the post for more photos of Peaches’s incredible style!
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.