It’s been a scorching hot summer so far, but thankfully the extra degrees haven’t interfered with my appetite for reading. In fact, July’s reading has been extensive, fuelled by daily London commutes, a long-haul flight back to the US mid-month and the 24 in 48 hour readathon! It’s been lovely to reach the end of assigned reading lists and read free-range – before I tackle my ARC backlog in August (probably)…

Reading Round-up 

The quality has been high throughout, although my enjoyment has varied. Sadly, my two DNFs were two of my most-anticipated reads – I can’t quite decide if they just weren’t for me, or just couldn’t live up to the hype. I will give both Kings of the Wyld and Redemption’s Blade another go in future, but for now they just weren’t to my taste.

  • The Burning Page – Genevieve Cogman  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 Prey of Gods – Nicky Drayden  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Winter Tide – Ruthanna Emrys  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Alanna – Tamora Pierce  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 Tethered Mage – Melissa Caruso  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)
  • Bright Ruin – Vic James  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)
  • Three Parts Dead – Max Gladstone  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 Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison  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)
  • Bite-size Books:  The Citadel of Weeping Pearls – Aliette de Bodard  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) 
  • Bite-size Books:  Water into Wine – Joyce Chng  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)
  • Born to the Blade: All the Nations of the Sky – Michael R Underwood  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

I was feeling really proud to have only acquired one book this month (which I won in a giveaway)… and then I arrived in Portland and went to Powell’s. Honestly, the marvel is that I only bought 4. And yes, I already owned two of these on Kindle. But The Defiant Heir would have looked lonely on the shelf on its own, and I’ve been trying to get hold of a matching trade edition of Republic of Thieves since before it came out… #bookwormproblems #bookwormlogic

Reading statistics

My goal – as always – is to read diversely and to love every book. I’ve put no targets on my reading this year beyond a number of books, but I’m tracking some stats for my own interest.

  • 56 / 75 books or novellas + 3 DNFs
  • 18 male (32%) / 31 female (55%) / 5 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (9%) + 1 group effort
  • 19 (34%) – by authors of colour
  • 5 (9%) – by LGBTQIA authors
  • 10 ARCs / 9 off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away)
  • Game of Books score: 289 / 400
  • 20 Books of Summer: 15 / 20
Other Challenges

It’s the very last month of Subjective Chaos: I have bowed out of the SF category completely, but have a position on all our other finalists. And that’s about all I’ll say for now, as I don’t want to drop any hints on our likely winners! Watch out for the announcement at Nine Worlds on 11th August.

July was host to the year’s second 24 in 48 readathon, which I heard about just in time to take part! While I got nowhere near 24 hours reading done (I managed 13), it was delightful to spend the weekend doing little but read… and it was a perfect excuse to tackle some much-recommended reads that had been sat on Mount TBR for a very long time.

How has your month been?