TTT-Books on My Fall 2021 To-Read List

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT “was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.”

Wow. Is this a hard Top Ten Tuesday or what?

I’ll come up with ten books, but that doesn’t mean I’m actually going to read them. Because I don’t always read the books on my TBRs.

And, of course, I just have to remember to add them to my actual TBR’s over the next two months.

That’s not too much to ask, is it?

The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso

The final book in the Swords and Fire trilogy, I’ve been meaning to read this since last year! I just never got around to it. Shame on me. The first two books were great, so I have high hopes for this one.

We Could be Heroes by Mike Chen

Jamie and Zoe have no memories, but what they do have is superpowers. I picked this up through Book of the Month a while back and have been wanting to read it for a while now.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A school that wants you dead. This one has been sitting on my TBR cart for a while, so it’s about time I pick it up, right?

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The sequel to Mistborn is on my current TBR, and I am determined to read it this fall!

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

It seems like the fall is the perfect time for a horror book. Plus I really enjoyed the authors last book. So fingers crossed!

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

A horror book in which some of the KKK are actual demons? Yeah, perfect fall/spooky season read.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle

All Tom does is deliver a book. And it opens his world to the occult. This fantasy horror book sounded really interesting. And again, a good Halloween read…I hope.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

I read The Hazel Wood last year and really enjoyed it, so I need to read the sequel. Here’s hoping I remember to pick it up!

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

A story about a boy who sees monsters and lets them into his life. Now why does a horror book sound heartwarming? This will be an October read, for sure.

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Who knew C.S. Lewis wrote Sci-Fi? I sure didn’t until I picked this up. I’m looking forward to reading this.

Well, there it is. My fall TBR. Will I actually accomplish something and read all the books on this list? Who knows? I surely hope so. Now I just have to figure out which books I’m going to read in which months!

Oh the choices!

A Word of Warning for Holiday Book Shopping

So if you follow any indy book stores on Twitter, TikToc, or Facebook, you have probably already heard.

But if you don’t, this one is for you.

It would seem that due to the supply issues that will be plaguing the world this holiday season, book suppliers are anticipating a shortage on books.

Alas, it is true.

What does this mean for you?

Well, if you pre-order now? Not a whole lot. You might get those books on time and have them for your Christmas Book hauls.

But if you wait…well…you may be waiting for longer if the stock runs out at your favorite store.

And yes, this dire warning includes Amazon. I’ve already received a notice from them about a shipping delay regarding a book I pre-ordered a month and a half ago.

Personally, I’m making a list of books I want now, and having my family order them for me early so as to get the books I want in time for the holidays.

I’m making a list of upcoming releases through the end of the year so you can get to pre-ordering now. It should be up within a few weeks.

And just to be more of a debbie downer, this applies to more than just books. It also applies to things like Legos!

So run to your favorite indy book store, head to Barnes and Noble, log into Amazon. Pre-order those books people!

WWW Wednesday-September 15th

Ah, another week, another Wednesday.

That means it’s time for WWW Wednesday!

What is WWW Wednesday? Well, it’s a bookish meme that was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and was revitalized by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It asks the three W’s: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

On to the answers!

What are you currently reading?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

This particular book is a book club pick for my in person book club. I just started it the other day and am excited to really get into it. It has such a good premise. The daughters of Victorian monsters team up with Sherlock Holmes? Sounds amazing.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Hike by Drew Magary

So, I don’t know if it counts as finished, but I DNF’d this one. It was just a little too weird for me. And I really enjoyed The Postmortal by the author, so I had high hopes. This was a pick by my online book club, and yeah. The premise sounded good. A man goes on a hike, but if he strays from the path, he dies. Oh, and lots of weirdness happens. This book just wasn’t for me.

What book do you think you’ll read next?

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

I know what you’re thinking: “but Lauren, didn’t you already read this book this month?” Kinda? I haven’t finished it yet. I got about halfway through when I realized I had book club deadlines I had to reach, so I had to stop reading it. I’m hoping my ADHD rattled brain will allow me to pick this one back up instead of starting another book. We shall see.

And there it is! My WWW Wednesday for this week. Books are fun, aren’t they?

A Very Ambitious TBR-September 2021

Another month, another TBR I am probably going to fail.

I should probably be more optimistic in an effort to actually complete the thing, huh? That might increase my chances?

I mean, at this point, with so many failed TBR’s under my belt, I wonder why I even bother.

Oh, cause it’s fun! And because, apparently, I am a glutton for punishment.

On to the TBR!

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

The first in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is a mechanic who just so happens to be a were-coyote. Oh, and she was raised by werewolves. I love this series and have been meaning to re-read it for a while.

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Oh look, re-reading a book I wax poetical about all the time. I recently had to buy a new paperback copy of this, although it is available on Kindle for $2.99. This is the story of Rohan, a desert prince, who is forced to match wits with the High Prince Roelstra after the death of his father. Oh, did I mention the Sunrunners? I love this book.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Soon to be released as a series by Amazon, I started listening to this as an audiobook a few years ago, but I never finished it. This is the month I complete it…I hope. Will I finish it as an audiobook or a physical book? I have no idea. But I will do my best!

The Hike by Drew Magary

This is the story of a man who decided to go on a hike. And then it gets weird. This was a book club pick, and I got real excited when they picked it, because I already owned it! Talk about fortuitous.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The second book in the Mistborn series, I read the first book last December and I loved it. I know the hubs will be excited for me to read this one.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theadora Goss

This is another book club pick! Although I’m a little worried because I ordered this book on Wednesday and it’s not supposed to get here until two days before the book club meeting. Cutting it a little close, dontcha think!

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

The story of Wallace, who died, is given a week to cross over. He decides to live his death to the fullest in that one week. I got an ARC of this through NetGalley! Squee! I have much excite! I’ll have a review up for it soon, as I have already finished reading it!

So, a seven book TBR. I can do this, right? I mean, it’s all books I’ve been meaning to read. I can so totally do this.

What a Month For New Releases-September 2021

Well I certainly had fun this month. Look at all the new releases this month! Just look at them!

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – September 21st

Welcome to Charon’s Crossing.
The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.

And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead.

But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

I might have pre-ordered this month’s ago. Because who wouldn’t after having read The House in the Cerulean Sea? So excited!

The Last Graduate: A Novel by Naomi Novick – September 28th

In Wisdom, Shelter. That’s the official motto of the Scholomance. I suppose you could even argue that it’s true—only the wisdom is hard to come by, so the shelter’s rather scant. 
 
Our beloved school does its best to devour all its students—but now that I’ve reached my senior year and have actually won myself a handful of allies, it’s suddenly developed a very particular craving for me. And even if I somehow make it through the endless waves of maleficaria that it keeps throwing at me in between grueling homework assignments, I haven’t any idea how my allies and I are going to make it through the graduation hall alive. 
 
Unless, of course, I finally accept my foretold destiny of dark sorcery and destruction. That would certainly let me sail straight out of here. The course of wisdom, surely.
 
But I’m not giving in—not to the mals, not to fate, and especially not to the Scholomance. I’m going to get myself and my friends out of this hideous place for good—even if it’s the last thing I do.

I haven’t even read the first book. I have a feeling this series is going to be one where I purchase them all and then read them.

The Inheritance of Orquidea Davina by Zoraida Cordova- September 7th

The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers.

Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly’s daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea’s line. Determined to save what’s left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back.

Confession time, I recieved this book last month with my Book of the Month subscription. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know about it.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia- September 7th

Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized.

Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn’t include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.

Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them all?

Vampires? Yes please.

No Gods. No Monsters. by Cadwell Turnbull- September 7th

One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother has been shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

As creatures from myth and legend come out of the shadows, seeking safety through visibility, their emergence sets off a chain of seemingly unrelated events. Members of a local werewolf pack are threatened into silence. A professor follows a missing friend’s trail of bread crumbs to a mysterious secret society. And a young boy with unique abilities seeks refuge in a pro-monster organization with secrets of its own. Meanwhile, more people start disappearing, suicides and hate crimes increase, and protests erupt globally, both for and against the monsters.

At the center is a mystery no one thinks to ask: Why now? What has frightened the monsters out of the dark?

The world will soon find out.

Um yes. This book sounds amazing.

The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel- September 21st

 In the future you can have any body you want—as long as you can afford it.

But in a New York ravaged by climate change and repeat pandemics, Kobo is barely scraping by. He scouts the latest in gene-edited talent for Big Pharma-owned baseball teams, but his own cybernetics are a decade out of date and twin sister loan sharks are banging down his door. Things couldn’t get much worse.

Then his brother—Monsanto Mets slugger J.J. Zunz—is murdered at home plate.

Determined to find the killer, Kobo plunges into a world of genetically modified CEOs, philosophical Neanderthals, and back-alley body modification, only to quickly find he’s in a game far bigger and more corrupt than he imagined. To keep himself together while the world is falling apart, he’ll have to navigate a time where both body and soul are sold to the highest bidder. 

This kind of reminds me of Repo: the Genetic Opera. I’m here for it.

The Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao- September 21st

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
 
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​
 
To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

I’m sorry, but what? This book sounds fabulous! I’m really looking forward to it.

Steelstriker by Marie Lu- September 28th

As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Karensa Federation’s tyranny.

But Mara has fallen. And its destruction has unleashed Talin’s worst nightmare.

With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, Talin is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. She has no choice but to become the Federation’s most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter.

Red is no stranger to the cruelty of the Federation or the torture within its Skyhunter labs, but he knows this isn’t the end for Mara – or Talin. The link between them may be weak, but it could be Talin and Red’s only hope to salvage their past and safeguard their future.

While the fate of a broken world hangs in the balance, Talin and Red must reunite the Strikers and find their way back to each other.

This is another sequel to a book I haven’t read yet but own. I may have a problem. Maybe.

The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl- September 14th

Holly Liddell has been stuck with crimped hair since 1987 when she agreed to let her boyfriend, Elton, turn her into a vampire. But when he ditches her at a gas station a few decades into their eternity together, she realizes that being young forever actually means working graveyard shifts at Taco Bell, sleeping in seedy motels, and being supernaturally compelled to follow your ex from town to town—at least until Holly meets Elton’s other exes.

It seems that Holly isn’t the only girl Elton seduced into this wretched existence. He turned Ida in 1921, then Rose in 1954, and he abandoned them both before Holly was even born. Now Rose and Ida want to kill him before he can trick another girl into eternal adolescence, and they’ll need Holly’s help to do it. And once Holly starts falling for Elton’s vulnerable new conquest, Parker, she’ll do anything to save her.

To kill Elton for good, Holly and her friends will have to dig up their pasts, rob a bank, and reconcile with the people they’ve hurt in their search for eternal love. And to win the girl, Holly will have to convince Parker that she’s more than just Elton’s crazy ex—even though she is trying to kill him.

This is kind of giving me Scott Pilgrim vibes, but with queer romance and murder. I’m here for it.

Will you look at that list? My wallet is going to be in trouble. So many good options to choose from.

WWW Wednesday-September 8th!

Happiest Wednesday to you all! Are you having a good week so far? If you are in the US of A, did you have a relaxing Labor Day?

I did. I sat at home and read. Big, huge shocker. I know.

Anyhoo. It’s time for WWW Wednesday!

It’s that time of the week when we ask our selves three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, but was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. We thank them for it, because it’s fun!

What are you currently reading?

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

I first started this book as an audio book some years ago. I am determined to finish it before the first season comes out in November. I am still listening to it as an audio book, but that’s while I work on my Animal Crossing island. I’m trying to finish that before October comes. Zeesh.

The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

I’ve been meaning to re-read this book for years, so I added it to my TBR for this month. It’s been fun getting to know all the characters again. Though I still have no idea how to pronounce any of their names. Part of the fun.

What did you recently finish reading?

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

I recently received the ARC of this from NetGalley and couldn’t have been more excited to get this one. I have a book review of it coming next week that I’m excited to share with all of you, so that will be fun! For me at least. I don’t know if you will find it fun. You know how I ramble when I get excited.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

I’ve been meaning to pick this series back up for a while, so I figured this month was the perfect month to do that. Here’s hoping I’m not wrong!

What does your WWW Wednesday look like? Comment below!

TTT-Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

You ever stop and think about the books you read that make you happy? Or maybe even fill you with happy memories?

That’s what today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about!

What is Top Ten Tuesday, you may ask?

Well, “Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

I’ve really enjoyed the books on this list, though thinking of ten was hard. Like seriously. Most of my books are filled with pain and anguish. Perks of reading sci-fi/fantasy!

On to the books!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Anyone who has read this book and doesn’t have this on their list is lying to you. I read it earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Everyone, including me, describes reading it as being wrapped in a warm hug. They aren’t wrong.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

I loved this book about Santa Claus. Of course I did, I’m a Christmas nut. It left me feeling all warm and cozy inside, which has desperately been needed in recent months. Plus, it’s a great book to read with some of your older kids. You might not find the topics of war and conflict appropriate for the youngest of readers.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

This series of essays and blurbs on things and thoughts that bring the author comfort in his darkest of times brought a smile to my face. He even includes playlists of TV shows, movies, and songs!

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

This heartwarming story about a tea monk and robot who simply wants to know what humanity needs asks some interesting questions about humanity, all while making you smile. It’s a gentle (and short) read. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd

Catana Comics are utterly heartwarming. She posts regularly on Instagram, but this collection also contains new (as of 2020) comics guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This book is a complicated one to add to the list. But I love it and it makes me smile to think about it! Plus positive trans rep!

Fangs by Sarah Anderson

The illustrated love story between a vampire and a werewolf. It came out last year and I loved it! It was sweet and wholesome, as much as anything involving vampires and werewolves can be. I mean, they cuddle while he’s in wolf form. It’s adorable!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson has a way of making you smile through the pain of your depression. I really enjoy each of her books, but her first one is special. The audiobook is fantastic. Brings a smile to my face, and makes me laugh out loud every time I read/listen to it.

Mother, Can You Not? By Kate Seigel

This is another one where the audiobook is amazing. Especially because the authors mother helps narrate the book. I was wandering through a store listening to this and laughing out loud. I need to listen to this again. Definitely brings a smile to my face.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I’m love this book. The irreverent British humor gets me every time. This book always brings a smile to my face. Of course, the excellent TV series didn’t hurt the books popularity either.

What books bring a smile to your face?

All the Books I Bought in August 2021

Well.

I seem to have bought a few books last month.

Oops.

The Humans by Matt Haig

An Alien comes to Earth to stop a scientist after he solves a math equation and steps into his life. This was a book club pick that, due to a hectic month, I wasn’t able to read. I am determined to read this one this year.

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Just like his father, who built a park around them, Noah sees monsters. But unlike the rest of his family, Noah opens the door and lets them in. This book has been on my radar since it came out last year and when I saw it at my used book store I snatched it up!

Falling & Uprising by Natalie Cammaratta

Serenity never questioned her island’s boasting as the last dry land on Earth, but soon she begins to question everything. This was written by one of the members of one of my books clubs! Huzzah!

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

This is basically John Green reviewing the current geological age. He reviews geese y’all. Geese. I bought it for that alone. Also, if you want to pick it up, every first edition is signed by the author.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Vern is seven months pregnant and fleeing the only life she has ever known for the safety of the woods. But even in the woods, Vern is hunted. I picked this up in the B&N book haul sale, where books were 50% off.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Starr lives in two worlds, her prep school, and her home life. But when her childhood best friend is killed by police, it upends her communities. And only Starr knows the truth of what really happened that night. This book feels like a very relevant and important read. So glad I found it at my local used book store.

The Walking Land by Callie Bates

When Elanna is accused of the murder of the king who raised her, she must flee back to the land where she was born, and the birth father she despises. I picked this one up from my favorite used book store in Knoxville, TN, McKay’s!

Provenance by Anne Leckie

Ingray wants nothing more than to take her place in her mother’s kingdom as her rightful heir. So she hatches a plan to free a thief and steal an artifact. Sounded fun and the author has a great reputation. Another McKay’s find!

The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien

Myrra is a contract worker with the Carlyles family, with fifty years left on her contract. But when they die, she must go on the run with their baby, and their terrible secret. Also there is a spaceship. So yeah, another Barnes and Noble book haul find.

The Inheritance of Orquidea Davina by Zoraida Cordova

Orquidea Divina lives a strange life. her pantry never runs dry and she never leaves her land. Ever. So when she summons her family to her side, they expect answers, that they don’t get. Now it’s seven years later and her family has received several powers, but an unknown enemy is determined to destroy them. Um, yes. I got this through Book of the Month. Sounds so good.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi has a house. It has infinite corridors. Oh, and an ocean in it. I picked this one up through Book of the Month as well. So excited to read it.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Jess had given up on love, until she heard about a dating service that uses DNA based matching. But surprisingly, she is matched, at 98%, to the companies founder. I’m still not sold on this whole modern romance thing, but I didn’t hate In a Holidaze (I gave it 3 stars) so I thought I’d give another book by these authors a try.

Supernova Era by Cixin Liu

A star has died and it will shower the earth in deadly radiation. It’ll take a year, but everyone over the age of thirteen will die. What a concept.

Axiom’s End by Lindsey Ellis

Cora’s father may or may not be the whistle blower that told the world the truth about extra terrestrials. But Cora wants nothing to do with her father, or the press that seems to be following her around. A story about aliens? I’ll take it. A good used book store find.

And there you have it. My book store finds this month. It’s a bit of a long list, so I think I’m not going to buy very many books this month. I’m hoping I can get away with just the book club picks. And one of those I already own!

Every Book I Read (Sorta)-August 2021

So this was the month of my first themed TBR. Greek setting/myth retellings. I pretty much failed. Kind of like how my cat sat on my book’s dust jacket and completely ruined it.

Le sigh.

So here’s the books I read or didn’t finish cause the library took them back before I was done.

Yeah, that happened to.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The story about what is, essentially, a robot and her relationship with the world around her. This book wasn’t blowing my mind, but I was only halfway through when the library reclaimed it. I am back on the waiting list for it for now. But it was a solid 3 star read for me, for what I read.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

It’s a book of essays and chapters about the things and thoughts that bring the author comfort when he’s struggling. I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of quotable lines in it, which is great if your looking for that pearl of wisdom to hold to through a dark day. 4 stars.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

If you don’t know by now, this is the story of Percy Jackson, a demigod, who is charged with finding Zeus’ lightning bolts. As usual, the book is much better than the movie, but I only gave the book 3 stars. No particular reason. It wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t great. So yeah, 3 stars. I have heard the series gets better though, so I may continue it.

I just don’t know.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A retelling of the Iliad, this is the story of Patroclus and Achilles. And I didn’t like it. I know, unpopular opinion. I just didn’t like the overly flowery prose. I couldn’t get past it. Drove me nuts. Sorry folks, I gave this 1 star and DNF’d it.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The story of the Minotaur’s sister. It just wasn’t for me. I may try to read it again in the future, but for right now, it’s a no for me. 1 star.

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide to Science’s Most Puzzling Discovery by J.P. McEvoy, Oscar Zárate

This is the illustrated story of quantum physics. I love physics. I did not love this. It took me two months to read. Two months! The Horror! I did end up giving it 3 stars, but I can’t remember anything I read, so there’s that.

Now on to everyone’s favorite part of the post, the stats! As always, the stats come from The Storygraph. Want to see yours? What are you waiting for? Go join!

Moods

Well, apparently I was feeling emotional this month, as I picked three emotional books. I also picked three adventurous books, so you know, all’s normal there.

Pace

The pace of my books was split evenly between the three categories. I kind of love that.

Page Numbers

One book under three hundred pages? Only one? I must up my short story intake! Or, I could not view this as a failure and look at it as if reading five books over three hundred pages is a positive thing, because it is.

Fiction VS. Non-Fiction

I read two non-fiction books this month! Two! This far out strips my usual reading average of none!

Genre

This month was an interesting mix of genres. But what does literary mean? Is that just fiction that they are struggling to find a place for? Because I thought Klara and the sun was Sci-Fi, but it was listed as literary. Oh well.

Ratings

In a shocking move by me, I have no five star books this month. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I may be broken. Also a non-fiction book got four stars! Well, dang.

And there you have it everyone! My books and stats for the month of August! I don’t think I did too bad considering I was out of town for two weeks and had no time to read.

Go me!

But I failed at my TBR, so maybe not go me?

Oh well. Them’s the breaks!

WWW Wednesday-September 1st!

And just like that it’s a whole new month! Welcome friends, to September!

Fall is almost here!

Although I did buy a fall candle on Monday, so does that mean it has already arrived in my house? Ooh, can I put out my pumpkins? Would my husband be a fan of Halloween in September?

I’m going to go with no on that last one. He always asks me to wait on the Halloween decorations.

But why wait, I ask you? Why wait?

Oh dear, I seem to have lost the plot, which is WWW Wednesday! It’s a bookish meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three W’s: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Heartless by Gail Carriger

I loved the last three books in this series and had purchased the whole run, but I hadn’t finished it. So I thought, well, why not work on that? So I am. Totally makes sense.

What did you recently finish reading?

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide to Science’s Most Puzzling Discovery by J.P. McEvoy, Oscar Zárate

This book took me two months to slough through, and I remember none of it. At all. Not one iota. You can ask me anything about quantum theory and my reply will be “whatever”. I’m more interested in cosmology or astrophysics. That holds my attention and I can retain that information. But, if you are into quantum theory and want to learn more, this book may be for you.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Timeless by Gail Carriger

I suppose I’ll try and finish the Parasol Protectorate series, now won’t I? This is the last book in the series, but thanks to The Storygraph, I have learned there are tiny little stories set in the world that I now have to track down and find. Bother.

The Hike by Drew Magary

This is the pick for the month of September for the Literarily Wasted book club. If you’re a Sci-fi/Fantasy fan, go join! You can find them on the Facebook in two places, the official page where they host the book club meetings twice a month for one hour each time (online!), or the lounge, which is for members to gather and talk. Each month they split the book in twain, you read up to a certain point and that’s the point the first discussion is up to when they do the live chat. At the end of the month they discuss they whole book. It’s a lot of fun.

So I’m a mood reader (What? No? You’ve never mentioned this before she say’s sarcastically) so who knows if those will actually be the two books I get to next, but we shall see!