August proved work could get busier and hours could get longer – especially when you can do a working days across multiple timezones back to back. Not that I’d let a little thing like that get in the way of reading (although by mid-month it was taking chunks out of my energy for reviewing). Definitely looking forward to a holiday!

Reading Round-up 
  • Traitor’s Blade – Sebastien de Castell  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Broken Homes – 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) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • In the Labyrinth of Drakes – 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) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • New Pompeii – Daniel Godfrey Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Bitesize Books: Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire  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) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) 
  • Abaddon’s Gate – 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)
  • Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence – Michael Marshall Smith  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Bitesize Books: Acadie – Dave Hutchinson  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Foxglove Summer – 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) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
Review Round-up
Stacking the shelves

The ARCs came a-calling – I enjoyed Gilded Cage too much not to jump on Tarnished City, and Michael Marshall Smith holds a special place in my heart. Then I was offered Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new novel and I jumped at the chance as I loved Certain Dark Things and this sounds completely different and delightfully up my street. And then I heard about the new Lychford novella. THERE’S A NEW LYCHFORD NOVELLA COMING OUT SOON PEOPLE #pre-order

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.

  • 20 male (37%) / 31 female (57%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (4%) + 1 antho
  • 9 (17%) – by authors of colour / 30 (56%) prominently featuring POC
  • 5 (9%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 22 (41%) featuring LGBTQIA characters
Challenges

Still ignoring challenges in favour of just enjoying my reading.

  • 54 / 40 books or novellas
  • 9 / 8 books by authors of colour
  • 5 / 8 non-SFF books of which non-fiction
  • 2 / 8 classic SFF books (5 incl. rereads)
  • 17 / 24 – off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away!)
  • Game of Books score: 282 / 267 (I increased my annual target to 400)
  • 20 Books of Summer final score: 17 / 20 (novella and rereads don’t count)