In August I read 11 books for a total of 2,994 pages and an average of 97 pages per day. It turned out to be a pretty solid month for me, though I feel like most of the books I read were average.
There’s not a whole lot I feel like shouting from the rooftops about. The Witch was by far my favorite read of the month with my nostalgic love for Sailor Moon bringing the manga to second place. Weird Little Robots was cute and enjoyable, but not quite as emotionally moving as I prefer my middle-grade to be.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon vol 5
By Naoko Takeuchi
Graphic novel, futuristic fantasy, YA
By Cadwell Turnbull
First Sentence: After school, Patrice and Derrick rushed to beat midafternoon traffic.
Tales from Earthsea
By Ursula K. LeGuin
Short stories, fantasy, Earthsea series
Weird Little Robots
By Carolyn Crimi
First Sentence: The Cool September breeze blew down from the north.
Middle-grade, contemporary, magical realism
The Murder on the Links
By Agatha Christie
First Sentence: I believe that a well-known anecdote exists to the effect that a young writer, determined to make the commencement of his story forcible and original enough to rivet the attention of the most blasé of editors, penned the following sentence: ‘Hell!’ said the Duchess.
Murder mystery, whodunit
By Robert Jackson Bennett
First Sentence: Aline in the elevator, John McDean shuts his eyes, listens to the hum of the machinery, and mentally recites his research.
The Lost Years of Merlin
By T.A. Barron
First Sentence: If I close my eyes, and breathe to the rolling rhythm of the sea, I can still remember that long ago day.
The Witch & Other Tales Re-Told
By Jean Thompson
Contemporary, fairytale retellings
All the Birds in the Sky
By Charlie Jane Anders
First Sentence: When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird.
Notable Quote: “You know…no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you’re not. But if you’re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”
Contemporary fantasy, magical realism, sci-fi
Six Months, Three Days, Five Others
By Charlie Jane Anders
Short stories, sci-fi
The Skyrim Library Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast
Video game lore, bestiary
Better Reads Challenge:
Yes! Managed to read a little every day! This has been a surprisingly fun little thing to track. I’m thinking I’ll probably track again next year too.
TBR Tear Down:
Wow, how many times will I give myself a pass on this Philippa Gregory book? As many times as I want to, ok!?
*cover images from Goodreads