August Wrap Up



In August I read 7 books, for a total of 2,502 pages and an average of 81 pages per day. I exceeded my page count from last month, but at this point, I would need to read 12 books a month to reach my goal and unless I get into some graphic novels (which I might), I’m not sure I’ll make that goal. But that’s ok! I read a few excellent books this month, but I’d have to say Chimera was my favorite.


The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: My name is Uhtred.

Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
First Sentence: Depending on your temperament, you may be either pleased or puzzles to see that I have chosen to include my time upon the Basilisk in my memoirs.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint
First Sentence: The town of Fernwillow was the picturesque consequence of centuries of unplanned and disordered growth.
Notable Quote: “I’m not angry. Just…a little sad that the world has touched us in such a way that we can’t look on such a thing and appreciate its wonder and its beauty without seeking some practical use for it.”

His Monkey Wife by John Collier
First Sentence: If thou be’st born to strange sights and if you don’t mind picking your way through the untidy tropics of this, the globe, and this, the heart, in order to behold them, come with me into the highly coloured Bargain Basement Toy Bazaar of the Upper Congo.

Chimera by Mira Grant
First Sentence: The recording quality is low, filled with static and choppy artifacts left over from the transcription process.

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
First Sentence: The day my future was foretold, I was just five years old.

Reviews to come:


The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
First Sentence: Orphan came down to see the old man by the Thames.

May Wrap Up



This month I read 9 books for a total of 3,079 pages and an average of 99 pages per day! I’m really happy with my stats this month, and more importantly I really enjoyed almost all of the books I picked up! I was especially enamored with The Wild Robot and Alias Hook!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
First Sentence: The exorcist is dead.

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
First Sentence: Micah brought the music box to her on the night of the meteor storm.

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
First Sentence: “Did you see what happened?”

Sung in Shadow by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “And do you not know, then?”

Risuko by David Kudler
First Sentence: My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Risuko.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
First Sentence: Our story begins on the ocean, with with and rain and thunder and lighting and waves.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
First Sentence: Second star to the right of what?
Notable Quote: “Kindness freely offered that asks for no reward, love that values another above yourself, the wisdom to live without fear. This is the best of life.”

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
First Sentence: I sat up high, oak branch ‘tween my knees, and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
First Sentence: Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened.
Notable Quotes: “Kissing looks like too much of someone else’s dental hygiene if you ask me.”
“Our mother used to have mystery under her skin, and we paid not the slightest attention.”
“…it’s still frightening when the things you love appear suddenly changed from what you have always known.”

October Wrap Up



This month I only read 6 books, for a total of 1,496 pages and an average of 48 pages per day. This is the least amount of pages I’ve read in a month, however, I’ve now read over 100 books this year, so I’m well on my way to meet my 110 book goal!

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio
First Sentence: Warren the 13th tiptoed across the roof of the Warren Hotel, and the old slate tiles clattered like bones.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “It has now been more than eight months since the girl went missing.”

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
First Sentence: At the height of the long wet summer of the seventy-seventh year of Sendovani, the Theifmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.
Challenge: A book with more than 500 pages

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: On the hilltop above the harbor stands the huge square building that used to be the barracks for the Turkish army, but is now home to Hell on Earth.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer
First Sentence: “Mister Sherlock, I’m that glad to see you, I am, and that obliged…”
Notable Quote: “You cannot be a mother without first being a person; family, husband and children should not be allowed, as is so often the case, to steal a woman’s selfhood and her dreams.”

Saga vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan