So the biggest thing on the blog this month was joining the 2017 Discussion Challenge, eight months late. ‘Cause that’s how we roll around here. We only got two posts linked up, When Fandom Stands Alone and Are You a Book-Hoarder? which is 50% of the month’s goal. Whoops… maybe next month?
~ New Books ~
There were actually a number of 2017 books this month! The Last Magician and One of Us is Lying were both 3.5 to 4 star books, although very different from each other. The first is a time-traveling alternate history and the second sort of a high school thriller murder mystery. Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods (I don’t think Sleeping Giants was published in 2017, but you have to read it before the sequel, right?) both sounded interesting but were thick with sci-fi clichés. Finally, What To Say Next and Darkness of Dragons are both down near the bottom of the rating slide, although to be fair to What To Say Next I think that may have been a case of “It’s me not you”. It’s actually pretty good for a contemporary romance/highschool story.
~ Somewhat Older ~
I finished up the Finishing School series with Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry, and Manners & Mutiny. Also picked up Crown’s Game on a relative’s recommendation: basically Russian Magical Hunger Games with only two competitors. Two stars from me. Mountain of Kept Memory is one fantasy I had a hard time categorizing, but overall it was fun!
And the oldest: The Sioux Spaceman is an Andre Norton tale from back in 1960, not anywhere near my favorite of hers. The White Mountain is another sci-fi from about the same period: a signally different style from YA or sci-fi right now, but I liked it.
~ Coming Up ~
Look, we all know what October means for book reading.
I’ve got a couple classics on my list, like Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dracula, but I’m also really really hoping my library gets The Empty Grave, finale to Lockwoode & Coe. Creepy stories not really your forte? Don’t worry, that won’t be exclusive. In fact, a couple specific reviews coming up are The Serial Garden, a collection of magical stories from Joan Aiken, The Shadow of a Bear, and Sense and Sensibility. See? No worries, there’ll be plenty of nice and friendly books.
Got any specific books/discussions/bookish questions you want to see coming up? Leave a comment!