Some November 2018 Reads

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My latest book order came in at the end of October, but I haven’t cracked any of them open yet.

New Books Oct 2018

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?

October 2018 Reading Pile

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Time to get out some re-reading in addition to books that are new to me.

Reading Pile October 2018

From left to right: Mishelle Baker’s Impostor Syndrome, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko, A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney and, finally, Wise Craft Quilts by Blair Stocker.

What’s on top of your reading pile?

How Do You Like Your Coffee Chart a la Pride and Prejudice

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Since I seem to be in a Jane Austen mood this month, here’s an older but still brilliant “How do you like your coffee” chart:

JA Is My Spirit Animal How Do You Like Your Coffee

By Jane Austen Is My Spirit Animal on Facebook.

“I prefer tea” for me. Obviously. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

September 2018 Reading Piles

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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:

Reading Pile September 2018

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. 🙂

Library Reading Pile September 2018

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!

August 2018 Reading Pile

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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.

Reading Pile August 2018

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?

July 2018 Reading Pile

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I have a great selection of reading right now:

Reading Pile July 2018

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. 🙂

April 2018 Reading Pile

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I noticed I haven’t featured my reading piles in a while. Here are the most photogenic books in my reading pile for the month:

Reading Pile Apr 2018

From left to right, Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker, The Stone Sky by J.K. Jemisin, Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff, Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines and Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

I’ve already read a bunch, too, including Space Opera by Catherynne Valente, Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer and The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson.

April 2018 Already Read

An honorary mention has to go to Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. It’s her debut novel, it was fantastic, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her long fiction!

What are you looking forward to reading?

2017 Reading Recap

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For some years now, I’ve kept a tally of the books I read. In earlier years, I’ve blogged about a gender-breakdown on my reading. While interesting, it’s starting to get monotonous. Time to try something else!

As I started 2017 recuperating from an operation, I decided to focus on self-care all year. Among other things, it meant listening to myself more carefully than before and stopping when I began to feel wiped out instead of gritting my teeth and pushing through. I consciously made time for pleasurable activities (like reading) both indoors and outdoors. I’m glad to say my efforts paid off: my health and energy levels have improved noticeably. And yes, I have numbers to back it up. 🙂

Anyway, back to books. Here, alphabetically by title, are the nine most memorable stories I (re)read in 2017.

2017 Reading Recap Collage

 

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

I resisted picking up this novella because of the name Murderbot, but I’m really glad I did. A self-aware, self-named, part-synthetic, part-organic grumpy SecUnit bot reflects on personhood and solves a mystery involving sabotage and incomplete data. Also, first person POV that works really well. Looking forward to more in the series!

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

The final novel in the Divine Cities trilogy with action, philosophy and politics plus gripping characters and fates. While I didn’t care that much about the two preceding books, I actually felt genuinely sad at the end of CoM.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but works as a standalone. We focus on Pepper and the AI Lovelace and learn more about Pepper’s past (as a genetically modified child slave) in a story that is at least optimistic if not outright happy. Love it as much as Angry Planet; looking forward to July and Record of a Spaceborn Few.

The Five Daughters of the Moon and The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo

Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, together these novels make up the Waning Moon duology. Beautiful, creepy and haunting all at once. Likitalo is a fellow Finn.

Infomocracy and Null States by Malka Older

Two first installations in the Centenal Cycle trilogy about microdemocracy, a fascinating idea. Looking forward to September and State Tectonics.

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Another fellow Finn. The Red Abbey welcomes a new arrival whose past unfortunately brings problems for all the inhabitants of the island. I enjoyed it so much I read it twice AND dragged with me to Finland to Worldcon 75 to be autographed. I’ve also already bought the sequel, Naondel, but haven’t gotten to it yet.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

A murder mystery in space, with clones who cannot remember their previous lives. Awesome unveiling of the plot, characters and timelines.

What did you read last year that was special?

 

Quotes: One Should Not Seek Ugliness in This World

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“One should not seek ugliness in this world. There is no lack of it. You will find it soon enough, or it will find you.”

– Sigrud je Harkvaldsson in City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Although my life has been very different from that of a Dreyling operative and assassin, I agree. (For instance, I’ve never understood the appeal of vampire or horror genres, but to each their own.)

Bennett, Robert Jackson. City of Miracles. New York: Broadway Books, 2017, p. 177.

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.