August Redux: swimming through treacle

A pair of burgundy boots rest on a bookshelf of fantasy novels

At some point every summer, I hit a reading slump. This year, it was caused by an overseas trip too far (so tired, people. So tired) and an endless cascade of work deadlines (ongoing through the end of September); too much fun (Nine Worlds!) …and too much reading. I couldn’t keep up with my reviews, and that left me reluctant to pick up anything new until I caught up. I allowed myself a time out, so here’s to getting back on top of reviews and reading in the autumn.

Reading Round-up 

If you’re not going to read much, make it good. Honestly, Melissa Caruso’s trilogy is my new favourite thing and I cannot wait for The Unleashed Empire next year.

  • The Defiant Heir – 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) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Rosewater – Tade Thompson  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 Hand of the Goddess – Tamora Pierce  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • …and a Tremontaine S3 reread in preparation for S4!
Review Round-up

Stacking the shelves

I did my best to restrain my book buying instincts at Nine Worlds, but there were some irresistible opportunities to pick up some backlist gems for a song – and some Kickstarters came along that were far too good to even try to resist. And there’s no way I was resisting the offers on classics from Octavia Butler and Juliet McKenna. Now to finish work so I can read it all!

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.

  • 59 / 75 books or novellas + 3 DNFs
  • 19 male (32%) / 33 female (56%) / 5 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (8%) + 1 group effort
  • 20 (34%) – by authors of colour
  • 5 (8%) – by LGBTQIA authors
  • 11 ARCs / 9 off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away)
  • Game of Books score: 303 / 400
  • 20 Books of Summer: 18 / 20
The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards

August meant Nine Worlds 2018 and time for our little panel to make its final decisions about our (kind of) Award winners. Cue some scrambling to complete shortlist reading for those who had gaps and much debate of the merits of our final few. In some cases it was a closer run thing than it seemed (Under the Pendulum Sun was a favourite for much of the panel from the nomination stage, but it had to see off stiff competition when the lesser-known Metronome sailed in and stole our hearts) and in others there was no beating a firm favourite (we, too, think The Broken Earth deserves every award being showered on it). However, there was lots of room for heartache and soul-searching across the categories! Check out the winners, and watch this space – like most self-appointed tasks that prove both intensely hard work and incredibly rewarding, it was less than an hour before we started wondering about next year…

How has your month been?