In August I read 15 books for a total of 3,361 pages and an average of 118 pages per day. I actually listened to 4 audiobooks this month – I’m still experimenting to see if they’re something “for me.” As of right now, I’m still mostly listening to books I’ve already read or ones I’m only half interested in because I only half pay attention when listening. The standout book of the month for me was Cold Counsel. I’m still dragging my feet along the path of the Beam, slowly but surely. I’ve also added DNF number 6 to my list (though I still think I’m missing at least one from before I started tracking this.)
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
First Sentence: Before he was called The Wonderling, he had many names: Puddlehead, Plonker, Groundling, and Spike, among others.
Notable Quote: “…sometimes people have a strange habit of inviting hate into their house when they don’t get what they want or when someone hurts them.”
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
First Sentence: The amethyst dagger called to me from inside the drowned man’s chest.
Normal by Warren Ellis
First Sentence: “Hand over the entire internet now and nobody gets hurt,” she said, aiming the toothbrush at the nurse like an evil magic wand.
Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp
First Sentence: There were strange portents the night he was born.
A few thoughts on Goodreads:
Mash Up by Various Authors
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
First Sentence: On her tenth birthday Nessa overhears an argument in her parents’ bedroom.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
First Sentence: Tian was blessed (though few farmers would have used such a word) with three patches: River Field, where his family had grown nice since time out of mind; Roadside Field, where Ka-Jaffords had grown sharproot, pumpkin, and corn for those same long years and generations; and Son of a Bitch, a thankless tract which mostly grew rocks, blisters and busted hopes.
(Omg so annoying to type all that)
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Reviews to come:
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan
First Sentence: Toothed beaks sunk in low green and purple vegetation, the herd of plump, brown, four-legged dinosaurs grazed placidly, oblivious to the death that kited beside sheer white cliffs high above.
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
First Sentence: I felt safe that night in Laon, safer than I had any night before in the city.
*All covers from Goodreads