July has been a hard slog in real life – work taking centre stage – so while I’ve done plenty of reading, I’ve not stayed on top of my reviews. This is unlikely to change any time soon – I’m nearly at the end of my extended trip to the US, but I’m hoping to take some actual holiday off the grid when I get home, so it could stay fairly quiet here for a while.

Reading Round-up 
  • Yesterday – Felicia Yap  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The Voyage of the Basilisk – Marie Brennan  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The Collector of Lost Things – Jeremy Page  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Caliban’s War – James S A Corey  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Signs for Lost Children – Sarah Moss  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
Review Round-up
Stacking the shelves

Read-alongs are terrible for my buying habit (I would have loaned these from the library, but being abroad I’ve no choice but to buy them. No choice I tell you. And given how re-readable these are, what a terrible shame), but honestly I’m just easily led astray.

Conscious demographics

My annual challenge is to read diversely and to love every book. This year I’ve made things a bit more complicated with subsidiary challenges and more fun with the Game of Books.

  • 13 male (29%) / 29 female (64%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (4%) + 1 antho
  • 9 (20%) – by authors of colour / 25 (56%) prominently featuring POC
  • 4 (9%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 19 (42%) featuring LGBTQIA characters
Challenges

Still ignoring challenges in favour of just enjoying my reading.

  • 45 / 35 books or novellas
  • 9 / 7 books by authors of colour
  • 5 / 7 non-SFF books of which non-fiction
  • 2 / 7 classic SFF books (5 incl. rereads)
  • 14 / 21 – off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away!)
  • Game of Books score: 238 / 175 (I should probably revise this…)
  • 20 Books of Summer score: 11 / 20 (novella and rereads don’t count)