In August, I had a lot of free time and still ended up reading less than I expected; during September, I won’t have that much (any?) free time, so I want to be kinder to myself and write a slightly shorter TBR.
How August Went
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – read, ★★★ (review)
- War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi – still to read
- The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – still to read
- Jade War by Fonda Lee – read, ★★★ (review)
- A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna – still to read
- The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore – read, ★★★★½
- Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe – DNF, no rating
- Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard – read, ★★★★★
- The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard – reread, ★★★★¼ (review)
As you can see, not too bad – and as all the books on this list I read were adult fantasy/sci-fi novels, so the slower pace is also justified. Struggling so much with Jade War certainly didn’t help.
The true priorities of the month. I managed to get my September ARCs down to a manageable number in August, which is great, let’s keep up with this.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – this sounds like a somewhat heavy, beautifully written book, and I hope that, unlike this author’s Hugo-award-winning short story about librarians, I don’t end up hating it. (I mean, I loved another of her short stories, so I’m hopeful?)
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger – I actually have no idea what this is about, but I’ve heard so many promising things in the last few days. I also found Paul Krueger’s previous book Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge really enjoyable, so I hope this is just as fun.
A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna – I… don’t remember A Spark of White Fire that well, so I’m not as interested as I was when I first read it. It’s always like this with sequels when too much time has passed, but I hope trying to actually read the book will change my mind. It has happened before.
Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden – I’ve had the new novel by one of my favorite authors for months and I still haven’t read it. How. This is technically out in October, so not something I feel I need to get done right now, but I want to read it soon. It has biological spaceships!
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – I rarely include new releases I don’t already own in TBRs, but I really do want to get to the “lesbian necromancers in space” book when it comes out. If I’m not able to get to it in September (for example, if I order a physical copy and it doesn’t get here in time), I’m just going to replace this and won’t count it as a fail as long as I end up reading something else instead.
The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard (reread) – after my really successful reread of The House of Shattered Wings, I plan to go on and reread this one to finally get to The House of Sundering Flames. As this is one of my favorite fantasy books ever, I can’t wait.
Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?