Wrap up: August 2017

I have decided to start doing monthly wrap-ups … and the first month I already didn’t manage to put it up on time. Sometimes being a responsible adult with a job really blows. Here’s to being on time maybe next time…

Books read in August:

  1. The End We Start From – Megan Hunter: 4 out of 5 stars
  2. City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) – Robert Jackson Bennet: 4 out of 5 stars
  3. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid: 4 out of five stars
  4. Magpie’s Song (IronHeart Chronicles #1) – Allison Pang: 3 out of 5 stars
  5. Tales of Falling and Flying – Ben Loory: 4 out of 5 stars
  6. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance – Ruth Emmie Lang: 3 out of 5 stars
  7. The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) – N. K. Jemisin: 5 out of 5 stars
  8. Solar Bones – Mike McCormack: 4 out of 5 stars
  9. Nine Continents: A Memoir in and Out of China – Xiaolu Guo: 4 out of 4 stars

Favourite of the month: The Stone Sky … Obviously. I adore N. K. Jemisin and she absolutely stuck the landing here. It rare that I rate the last book in a trilogy as high as the first. She is a gift to all of us who love fantasy.

Man Booker Long List Update:

I only managed to read two of the long list this month (Exit West and Solar Bones). While I enjoyed them both, I loved Solar Bones more. Surprisingly, because this could have been so very very pretentious.

Currently reading:

  1. Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan: I was super excited about this book; I loved “A Visit from the Goon Squad” a whole lot, but I have to admit I am struggling a bit. I am about 60% in and I don’t really get what the book is supposed to achieve.
  2. City of Miracles – Robert Jackson Bennet: I got distracted by “The Stone Sky” but will pick this up again sooner rather than later.
  3. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead: This is the book I am currently reading from the long list. I think it is devastatingly beautifully written but it is also endlessly bleak.

Sneakily Reading*:

  1. The Relive Box and Other Stories – T. K. Boyle: It’s ok… Nothing groundbreaking and filled with unpleasant characters.
  2. The Girl in The Tower (The Bear and The Nightingale #2) – Katherine Arden: I was too excited to finally have the arc in my hands to not at least read the first few pages. I just adored the first book.
  3. Riot Days – Maria Alyokhina: I want to love this, but I am not getting used to the fragmented style of writing.

*as in I haven’t added it on Goodreads yet.

To read soonish:

I am not good with TBRs as I am a fickle reader and can only read a book when I am in the mood. But the following books are arcs I need to get to soon:

  1. The Uploaded – Ferret Steinmetz: YA Sci Fi is always hit or miss for me, but this one sounds intriguing.
  2. Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories – Venita Blackburn: I requested this on the strength of the title alone. How could I not?
  3. Fever – Deon Mayer: Sounds intriguing but is very long. I don’t know if I have the attention span at the moment.

 

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