Monthly Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

This month I read 9 books for a total of 3,080 pages and an average of 103 pages per day. Long Way was by far my favorite book, but The Serpent King was a close second. The Burning Light was also a fantastic novella.

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May Wrap Up

May!

This month I read 9 books for a total of 2,882 pages and an average of 93 pages per day. I started my journey to the Dark Tower and while I was loving the setting (well, most of it) and intrigued by the ideas in book one, books two and three left me dragging my heels. I am soldering on though! Why? Who the hell knows. My favorite read was Lady Trent’s memoir, In The Labyrinth of Drakes, but Bad Monkeys was a close second.

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March Wrap Up

March!

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.

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February Wrap Up

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February!

This month I read 8 books for a total of 2,490 pages and an average of 89 pages per day. I’m pleased with how Austen Month wrapped up – in addition to 7 Austen-inspired books, I tackled one of my genre switch up books (romance) and watched four movies. Overall I’m very pleased with the books I read, but Austenland reigns supreme.

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November Wrap Up

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November!

This month I read 10 books for a total of 2,705 pages and an average of 90 pages per day. I read some great books this month, but unfortunately a couple were really boring and terrible (reviews coming later this month on those stinkers.)

Reviewed:

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
First Sentence: On the third night after the day her father died, Liesl saw a ghost.
Notable Quotes: “People need other people to feel things for them. It gets lonely to feel things all by yourself.”
“When people were afraid, they did not always do what they knew to be right. They turned away. They closed their eyes. They said, tomorrow, tomorrow, perhaps, I’ll do something about it. And they said that until they died.”

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

The Book of Elsewhere: Spellbound by Jacqueline West
First Sentence: Everyone who lived in the big stone house on Linden Street eventually went insane.

Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo
First Sentence: We had not made landfall in more than fourteen years.

The Liszts by Kyo Maclear
First Sentence: The Liszts made list.

Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: “Every day is ordinary,” Father Willibald said, “until it isn’t.”


The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: A dark sky.

Dingo by Charles de Lint
First Sentence: No one likes to think it of their father, but there are days when I can’t help but feel that somehow I got stuck with the biggest loster of all loser dads.
Notable Quote: “But that’s the problem with words. Once you let them out of your mouth, there’s no taking them back again.”

Reviews to come:

After Alice by Gregory Maguire
First Sentence: Were there a god in charge of story – I mean one cut to Old Testament specifics, some hybrid of Zeus and Father Christmas – such a creature, such a diety, might be looking down upon a day opening in Oxford, England, a bit past the half-way mark of the 19th century.

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
First Sentence: This morning on planet Earth, there are one thousand, six hundred, and eighty-six enhanced, gifted, or otherwise-superpowered persons.

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
First Sentence: There are three suns in the sky ad it is the last day of autumn – perhaps forever.

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October Wrap Up

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October!

Holy shit! This month I read 16 books for a total of 4,115 pages and an average of 133 pages per day! This is my highest number of books and pages read all year. And I can tell you that’s because I really did little else other than read (aside from working and sleeping of course). I read a lot of great books this month – I loved revisiting the Unicorn trilogy and was pleasantly surprised by The Regional Office is Under Attack! and The Haunted House Project.

Reviewed:


Black Unicorn
by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: The first thing Tanaquil saw almost every morning on waking was her mother’s face.


Gold Unicorn
by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: Tanaquil’s mind was on higher things: the three flights of stairs that still lay ahead of her.


Red Unicorn
by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: The first thing Tanaquil saw almost every morning on waking was the face of the man she loved.


Book of Elsewhere: The Shadows
by Jacqueline West
First Sentence: Mrs. McMartin was definitely dead.


Devi vol 1
by Shekhar Kapur


The Haunted House Project
by Tricia Clasen (review up later today)
First Sentence: I knock on the door three times and then lean in close, listening for the rustle of the bedspread or the thud of feet hitting the floor.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:


Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
by Helen Fielding  (there’s also a video on my IG of my thoughts on this, but sadly, I couldn’t get it to link properly)
First Sentence: Hurrah!


Sword Song
by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: Darkness.


Bad Girls Throughout History
by Ann Shen


The Burning Land
by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: Not long ago I was in some monastery.

Reviews to come:


Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire
First Sentence: The girls were never present for the entrance interviews.


Underground Airlines
by Ben H. Winters
First Sentence: “So,” said the young priest, “I think that I’m the man you’re looking for.”
Notable Quote: “All we do all day long is deal with our own problems, handle our own shit some way or other, It felt nice, for a little while, to be dealing with someone else’s shit instead of my own.”


The Wangs vs The World
by Jade Chang
First Sentence: Charles Wang was mad at America.
Notable Quote: “The people of the world could be divided into two groups: those who used all of their chances, and those who stood still through opportunity after opportunity waiting for a moment that would never be perfect.”


The Regional Office is Under Attack!
by Manuel Gonzales
First Sentence: If you were wealthy, but extremely so, and you were in the market for a lavish adventurous getaway, one that might require the retainer of sherpas – in the event that you came across a mountain you wished to scale – as well as a hot air balloon and balloon crew in case, well, that came up, too, the desire, if you will, to hot-air-balloon over the glacial formations off the southern coast of Chile, then you could hardly do better than to contact the staff at the Morrison World Travel Concern.


Fish Girl
by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli


Henry Hunter & The Beast of Snagov
by John Matthews
First Sentence: The first time I saw Henry Hunter he was hanging by his fingertips from the windowsill of the principal’s office.

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September Wrap Up

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September!

This month I read 12 books (the most this year) for a total of 2,708 pages and an average of 90 pages per day. My favorite read this month was Cold-Forged Flame but Beacon 23 was also up there for me, as well as my re-read of Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Reviewed:

The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire
First Sentence: The night is dark, and the wind is high and strong and smells of snow: so gather close around the fire, my little friends, and I will tell you a tale of Baba Yaga the witch.

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder
First Sentence: The river flows.

Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan
First Sentence: The sound of the horn pierces the apeiron, shattering the stillness of that realm.

Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith
First Sentence: This was my last glimpse of Marrow Island before the boat pulled away: brown and green uniforms clustered on the beach, tramping up the hill to the chapel and through the trees to the cottages of Marrow Colony.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel
First Sentence: Would he die tonight?

The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: These days I look at twenty-year-olds and think they are pathetically young, scarcely weaned from their mothers’ tits, but whenI was twenty I considered myself a full grown man.

Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock


Matchless
by Gregory Maguire
First Sentence: On an island so far north that it snowed from September to April, a boy named Frederick kept himself warm by keeping a secret.

Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: I wanted darkness.

Reviews to come:

Timekeeper by Tara Sim
First Sentence: Two o’clock was missing.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
First Sentence: I will not: drink more than fourteen alcohol units a week.
Notable Quotes: “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s  like being named Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.”
“There’s nothing worse than people telling you you look tired. They might as well have done with it and say you look like five kinds of shit.”

Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
First Sentence: They don’t prepare you for the little noises.

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August Wrap Up

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August!

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.

Reviewed:

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.