After the travails of September, October has been a bit surreal: all work, my first trip to Dublin, home for a lesson in butchery (that’s not a metaphor), and a lot more work. I’m back in the US for a couple of weeks, learning that yes, Hallowe’en makes me really uncomfortable… and getting really excited for SciFi Month starting tomorrow!
I’ve got back to my usual reading this month (yes, can you tell I got on to the SciFi train early? I have no regrets). While I struggled to settle with a few things (jetlag and migraine aren’t easy to please), it’s been a strong month overall. Reviews may be substituted by mostly vowels…
- The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch – OOOOOH
- Shadowblack – Sebastien de Castell
- The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi
- Nemesis Games – James S A Corey
- Tarnished City – Vic James
- Revenger – Alastair Reynolds – EEEEEE
- Artemis – Andy Weir [DNF]
- Within the Sanctuary of Wings – Marie Brennan
- Tremontaine Season 3: Ambition | The Siege of Riverside | The Bridge
Stacking the shelves
I’ve given up exercising self-restraint in favour of being wildly excited about books.
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.
- 27 male (42%) / 33 female (52%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (3%) + 2 anthos
- 9 (14%) – by authors of colour / 35 (55%) prominently featuring POC
- 5 (8%) – by LGBTQIA authors / 24 (38%) featuring LGBTQIA characters
Challenges? Pffft. More like guidelines anyway
- 64 / 45 books or novellas (excl. Tremontaine)
- 9 / 10 books by authors of colour
- 5 / 10 non-SFF books of which 0 non-fiction
- 2 / 10 classic SFF books (6 incl. rereads)
- 18 / 30 – off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away!)
- Game of Books score: 329 / 400