This month I read 14 books for a total of 3,885 pages and an average of 125 pages per day. Boy am I happy with this month’s turnout! It was largely due to focusing on middle-grade, but it also helped me cross more books off my TBR, some of which have been gathering dust (literally and figuratively.) Sadly, much of the middle-grade I read didn’t wow me, but Tanith saved the day. Arabella and Bats were huge hits for me too.
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
First Sentence: Arabella Ashby lay prone atop a dune, her whole length pressed tight upon the cool red sands of Mars.
Bats of the Republic by Zachary Dodson
First Sentence: It was the third massacre I’d witnessed
Phoenix Rising by Bryony Pearce
First Sentence: The ship was empty; silent but for the creak of rigging, the ticking of the boiler, and the hiss of the fire as it consumed the fuel Toby had fed it.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
First Sentence: Once upon a time, a girl was born.
A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt
First Sentence: Wren Matthews was about to lose the Science Olympiad Trivia Challenge.
Piratica by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: One day when she was sixteen, Art remembered her mother.
A few thoughts on Goodreads:
Darcy Swipes Left by Courtney Carbone
The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West
First Sentence: Winter is a dangerous time.
Yvain by M.T. Anderson
Sixty-Eight Rooms: Stealing Magic by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: It was some time before dawn when Ruthie Stewart opened her eyes.
Sixty-Eight Rooms: The Pirate’s Coin by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: “Ahoy mates!”
Sixty-Eight Rooms: The Secret of the Key by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: A job – a real job!
The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
First Sentence: Visitors to the Jeweled Valley should expect rustic accommodations and varying degrees of adventure, as the area is both remote and not under the protection of any State or Commonwealth.
Review to come:
Piratica II: Return to Parrot Island by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “Nnn-nh! By the Bull’s Rushshes-“