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!

Every New Release I Want-August 2021

I have searched the finest internets to find these, the newest of releases!

Huzzah!

Shard of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky-August 3rd

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . . Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers. After earth was destroyed, mankind created a fighting elite to save their species, enhanced humans such as Idris. In the silence of space they could communicate, mind-to-mind, with the enemy. Then their alien aggressors, the Architects, simply disappeared—and Idris and his kind became obsolete. Now, fifty years later, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects—but are they returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, that many would kill to obtain.

I’ve heard good things about this particular author, but I’ve never read any of his other work. This seems a good place to start.

Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger-August 3rd

Walli Beckwith is a model astronaut. She graduated at the top of her class from the Naval Academy, had a successful career flying fighter jets, and has spent more than three hundred days in space. So when she refuses to leave her post aboard the International Space Station following an accident that forces her fellow astronauts to evacuate, her American and Russian colleagues are mystified. For Walli, the matter at hand feels all too clear and terrifying for her to be worried about ruining her career. She is stuck in a race against time to save a part of the world that seems to have been forgotten, and also the life of the person she loves the most. She will go to any length necessary, using the only tool she has, to accomplish what she knows is right.

Mysteries! In space! Aboard the ISS! Also, that cover is fabulous.

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan-August 24th

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army.
 
Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces,
both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

Betrayal, the apocalypse, and venegance? I’ll take it. Sounds like a season of Buffy the Vampire slayer to me.

The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng- August 10th

Her birthday should be like any other night.

One minute Kelly’s a free-spirited artist in Chicago going to her best friend’s art show. The next, she opens a door and mysteriously emerges in her Michigan hometown. Suddenly her life is unrecognizable: She’s got twelve years of the wrong memories in her head and she’s married to Eric, a man she barely knew in high school.

Racing to get back to her old life, Kelly’s search leads only to more questions. In this life, she loves Eric and wants to trust him, but everything she discovers about him—including a connection to a mysterious tech startup—tells her she shouldn’t. And strange things keep happening. The tattoos she had when she was an artist briefly reappear on her skin, she remembers fights with Eric that he says never happened, and her relationships with loved ones both new and familiar seem to change without warning.

But the closer Kelly gets to putting the pieces together, the more her reality seems to shift. And if she can’t figure out what happened on her birthday, the next change could cost her everything…

This is time travel-y. I like the sound of this one.

In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu- August 31st

The city of Ora is watching.

Anima is an extrasensory human tasked with surveilling and protecting Ora’s citizens via a complex living network called the Gleaming. Although ær world is restricted to what æ can see and experience through the Gleaming, Anima takes pride and comfort in keeping Ora safe from harm.

When a mysterious outsider enters the city carrying a cabinet of curiosities from around with the world with a story attached to each item, Anima’s world expands beyond the borders of Ora to places—and possibilities—æ never before imagined to exist. But such knowledge leaves Anima with a question that throws into doubt ær entire purpose: What good is a city if it can’t protect its people?

This book sounds very intriguing. I wants it.

The Shimmering State by Meredith Westgate- August 10th

Lucien moves to Los Angeles to be with his grandmother as she undergoes an experimental memory treatment for Alzheimer’s using the new drug, Memoroxin. An emerging photographer, he’s also running from the sudden death of his mother, a well-known artist whose legacy haunts Lucien.

Sophie has just landed the lead in the upcoming performance of La Sylphide with the Los Angeles Ballet Company. She still waitresses at the Chateau Marmont during her off hours, witnessing the recreational use of Memoroxin—or Mem—among the Hollywood elite.

When Lucien and Sophie meet at The Center, founded by the ambitious yet conflicted Dr. Angelica Sloane to treat patients who’ve abused Mem, they have no memory of how they got there—or why they feel so inexplicably drawn to each other. Is it attraction, or something they cannot remember from “before”?

Books that play with memory have become more and more interesting to me recently. But having your memory messed with by a drug, now that’s interesting.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

Every Book I Bought-July 2021

Well, I didn’t do as bad this month as I did last month.

Improvement is always a welcome thing.

Also, I bought quite a few newer releases, and that ate up my budget. And the cookbook. I can’t forget the cookbook.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

Robots up and walked out into the wilderness one day in what humanity calls The Great Awakening. Now, years later, a traveling monk happens to meet a robot who has come to find out how humanity has done, and it asks the question, what does humanity need?

Soulless by Gail Carriger

This book was chosen by one of my book clubs for the month of July, and was described as Buffy meets Jane Austin. I like Buffy, so I picked it up.

The Unbroken by C.L Clark

This book had me at the tagline: “Every Empire Demands Revolution”. The description also mentions assassinations and massacres. So naturally, when Orbit books emailed about it being on sale, I snapped it up.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

A collection of essays, notes, and stories the author wrote to himself to remind his future self that things aren’t always that bad. I loved the way he wrote the Midnight Library, so I snatched this up.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

A group of “final girls” form a support group to help each other deal with what they have been through. But someone starts picking off the girls one by one, it’s up to them to figure it out and save themselves. I loved The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’m hoping it works out, especially since I’m not a big horror person. This could end badly.

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Danso is on the verge of achieving greatness. There is just one small problem, he doesn’t want it. I love that concept. And when I saw this book in the store, I may have snatched it up super quick. Like, embarrassingly quick.

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Prince Kiem has long been a family disappointment, and he is commanded to marry Count Jainan, widower and murder suspect. I’ve been intrigued since I heard about this earlier this year, so I bought whilst in the bookstore. I should just avoid those at all costs.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Complete and Annotated by Luke Dempsey

This is pretty much what it says on the cover. The whole of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, complete with annotations. I bought it as a gift for the hubs, as he loves Monty Python. Picked it up for ten bucks! It’s on Amazon for fifty.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters

After those he loves are brutally murdered, Tau wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to achieve it. Also, there is magic, which Tau does not posses. This book has been all over the bookish community for a while now, so I thought I’d pick it up. I also thought the hubs might like it to read while I was out of town for two weeks.

Marvel Eat the Universe: the Offical Cookbook by Justin Warner

TikTok is a terrible place where people can learn all about interesting books. Take this cookbook that I turned around and bought two seconds after learning that it existed. There be nerds up in here.

The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger

This series is about Alxia Tarabotti, a preturnatural, one who is born without a soul. It was described on the Amazon listing as Buffy meets Jane Austin, and yes, I did buy all 5. The first one was a book club pick for the month, so I picked it up. Stay tuned for a review!

And that’s it, that’s all the books I bought last month. A smaller list compared to the two previous months. I’m going to try to buy fewer books next month, but that may not work out so well.

We shall see.

Every Book I Read-July 2021

Well, I made travel TBR last month. How did it go?

We shall see!

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

The story of a girl who is told a story about a woman who has a tiger spirit by her mom, only to wake up with the same tiger spirit in her! I’m not gonna lie, I DNF’d this book. I just couldn’t get past the writing style and as a result had a hard time getting into the story. I know there is an audience out there for this book, it just isn’t with me.

The Left Handed Book Sellers of London by Garth Nix

When Susan heads to London to find her father, she accidentally stumbles across Merlin, who is part of a shadowy organization called the Booksellers who protect society from the otherworldly. I gave this quirky little book 4 stars. I really hope we get another book set in this world.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Red has the misfortune of being born the second daughter. This means she will be sacrificed to the Wolf of the Wilderwoods. You can read my full review of this book here, but it’s safe to say I loved it. 5 stars.

Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

This story follows Chih as they learn about the exiled Empress In-Yo from Rabbit, a member of the Empresses house. This short novella was expertly done, and I can’t wait to read the next story in Chih’s journey to chronicle to truth of things. 5 stars.

Bow Legged Buccaneers From Outer Space by David Owain Huges

So the premise of this book is a little weird. A group of uber nerds from the 1990s takes over a city that ends up being walled up as a result of the lawlessness that reigns inside it. A friend, who shares my bookish tastes recommended this one to me. Um, I gotta disagree with her. I DNF’d this one. I don’t chaotic writing styles, and that’s what this book had. Also, it was just a little too weird for me.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

The story of a monk, Sibling Dex, who heads off into the remote woods and meets Mosscap, a robot who asks what humainty needs. I loved this short novella and fell in love with the characters. Becky Chambers certainly doesn’t shy away from the hard questions. I gave it 5 stars.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

The story of Alexia, a preturnatural, who wants to solve the mystery of why a vampire attacked her. I have a review on this book forthcoming, so stay tuned to find out my thoughts on this book! Spoiler alert, I bought the whole series.

Changeless by Gail Carriger

The sequel to Soulless. Sorry that I can’t tell you what it’s about, it would spoil the ending for Soulless! I will say it’s very good. 5 stars.

Blameless by Gail Carriger

And this is the sequel to Changeless. Again, the plot would spoil the previous book. But it was good. I enjoyed it muchly. Oh wait, 5 stars…again.

Well, look at that! 9 books (2640 pages)! Huzzah!

But as far as that original TBR went, I failed it. I read 3 of the 5 books on that list. So I still have those to read later on at some point. Oh well, that’s how the cookie crumbles.

Mmm…cookies.

On to the stats!

I love posting my stats each month. They give me an opportunity to look back and see how I’ve done with my reading and, well, yeah, I love it. As always the stats are brought to you by The Storygraph.

Moods

I read 9 books this month, and it seems that every one of them was adventurous. It was interesting to see that three of them were dark. I only figured on two of them being considered dark. Oh well.

Pace

It’s seems I was quite fond of medium paced books this month, reading 4 of those.

Page Numbers

Books over 300 pages are coming in hot this month!

Genres

I love seeing the genre break down of my books. I always assume that Fantasy is my most read Genre, given it’s what I am drawn to the most.

Star Ratings

Um, I may have a problem with handing out 5 star ratings. Maybe.

Also, if you don’t follow Jaysen on the TikTok what are you even doing with your life? He goes by Ezeekat if you want to check him out.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna have to go buy some cookies now.

Monthly Wrap Up-July 2021

Hello and well met! It’s time for the monthly wrap up, where I wrap up my blog posts for the month into one nice, neat place in case you missed one!

Did you miss one? That’s okay. You can always sign up to follow the blog in the bar to the right of the post! That way you don’t miss anything!

Now that I have begged sufficiently for this month, on to the wrap up!

Every Book I Read-June 2021: June was a great reading month for me. I read 8 titles and completed my TBR. If you count DNF’ing one of the books as completing it.

Every Book I Bought in June 2021: I gave up on the book buying ban in May, and June was no exception. I bought a fair few books in June, and my pocket book was angry with me as a result.

Every New Release I Want-June 2021: I love looking up all the new releases from the internets. A point I seem to make every month when I make this post. I also managed to pick up a few of the new releases this month, which is unusual for me, as I normally buy older releases from, say, book outlet.

Two Week Trip TBR: I went away for a fun (and chaotic) two weeks with my mom and my brother’s kids. I made a TBR to satisfy my reading needs during the long drives while we were gone.

Project Hail Mary: A Book Review: In which I reviewed Andy Weir’s latest offering. Check out my spoiler free review here!

Somewhere New: I’m going on a trip! I’m very excited and I know my fellow travelers are as well! Squee!

Bookish T-Shirts: I went online, out of curiosity, and fell down a rabbit hole of book related t-shirts. I was nice enough to take you with me.

For the Wolf-A Book Review: Well look at that! I achieved my goal of writing two book reviews this month. Go me!

WWW Wednesday-July 28th: I tried my hand at the WWW Wednesday meme. I gotta say, I enjoyed it. I may not be able to do it every week, because I am a mood reader, but we shall see!

And there you have it. A comprehensive list of all the blog posts I put up in July! I hope I inspired you to pick up a book this month!

Project Hail Mary – A Book Review

Today I bring to you the joyous news of a review for a book that I did, indeed, finish!

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir!

I’m going to be honest and say I’m a big Andy Weir fan. I loved The Martian and I really enjoyed Artemis (even though it wasn’t as good as The Martian) and I knew I was going to be picking this book up. I just wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to be waiting for it to come out as a paperback. Barnes & Nobel’s 50% sale on Prime Day made up my mind for me.

I’m a girl who likes a sale.

I also happen to be a girl who likes sci-fi.

This book is about Ryland Grace, who wakes up on a space ship, with no memory and two dead crewmen. Oh, he also happens to be humanities only hope of solving an extinction level event having to do with the sun.

So why beat around the bush, I loved this book. I read it in two days. Would have been one but I got distracted by The Golden Girls.

I know, I got side tracked by a thirty year old tv show. Go me.

You’re moved back in forth through time as Ryland regains his memories. This happens slowly over the course of the book. And it’s great to see how that pays off. And the memories themselves are full of colorful characters. Although Andy Weir still can’t write women very well (this was a problem in Artemis, which has a female main character) he has improved, so he gets points for that.

I enjoyed Ryland’s time in the Hail Mary. I loved the ship, how they traveled, how they got artificial gravity, the lab, all of it. The author writes complicated science jargon in a way that makes it easy for everyone to understand, it’s part of the reason I enjoyed the the time ship so much.

There is a lot in this book to love. From the character interactions to the actual puzzle of why the sun was dimming. As is typical of the authors books, I did laugh, a lot. Andy Weir like to remind you that even stressful situations can have humorous moments. It works.

Basically, pick this one up if you love great sci-fi! I gave it 5 stars.

Spoiler Alert in the comments folks!

Every New Release I Want-April 2021

Another month, another spate of new releases to add to the ever growing TBR that I’m not supposed to buy any books for.

Like that’s actually going to happen.

On to the list!

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer-April 6th

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world.

I’m not usually drawn to big tech thrillers, but this one sounds good.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson-April 6th

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

I love Jenny Lawson and have all of her books, even the coloring book! I pre-ordered this one the day it was announced. I have much excite!

Malice: A Novel by Heather Walter-April 13th

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though a power like mine was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain.

Well this sounds utterly delightful.

The Beautiful Ones by Silivia Moreno-Garcia-April 27th

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins.

I’m sorry, but a love story about two telekinetics? I’m in!

Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey-April 20th

Thora and Santi are strangers in a foreign city when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.

But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again: as a teacher and brilliant student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. As blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.

Aww, a reincarnation love story! I’ll read that.

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club by Doug Henderson-April 15th

On Thursday nights, the players assemble in the back of Readmore Comix and Games. Celeste is the dungeon master; Valerie, who works at the store, was roped in by default; Mooneyham, the banker, likes to argue; and Ben, sensitive, unemployed, and living at home, is still recovering from an unrequited love. In the real world they go about their days falling in love, coming out at work, and dealing with their family lives all with varying degrees of success. But in the world of their fantasy game, they are heroes and wizards fighting to stop an evil cult from waking a sleeping god.

But then a sexy new guy, Albert, joins the club, Ben’s character is killed, and Mooneyham’s boyfriend is accosted on the street. The connections and parallels between the real world and the fantasy one become stronger and more important than ever as Ben struggles to bring his character back to life and win Albert’s affection, and the group unites to organize a protest at a neighborhood bar. All the while the slighted and competing vampire role playing club, working secretly in the shadows, begins to make its move.

Just based on the title this book is a yes for me. Cause yeah, nerd things.

And there you have it, the six books I am looking forward to this month. What books are you most looking forward to?

Book Unhaul 2021

Well, wasn’t that a week? If you don’t know, I live in Texas, the Dallas area, to be more specific. There was a small winter storm last week. It knocked out our power for a few days, then we were on the rolling blackout schedule. Ruined everything in our fridge. Luckily we were able to put all of our frozen items outside on the back patio to stay frozen for those few days without power.

Huzzah.

Alas, I was not able to post last week, cause no power means no internet. We didn’t even have internet on our phones. We suffered so.

Still, we were lucky compared to some. We did get power back eventually, and we live in a newer house so we have better insulation on our house, plus gas logs in the fireplace and a gas stove top to cook on. Oh, and I was still able to make the all important cup of tea on that same stove. I can’t go without my tea!

But on with the regularly scheduled blog post!

The time has come, my book shelves say, to get rid of some books!

Now, we don’t get rid of books haphazardly. Members of this household are scarred from the last time they got rid of books. So we do it sparingly.

But, I’ve been saving a few books to unhaul, and I don’t want to keep something I know I’m not going to read again. That’s just a waste of space that could be better put towards storing books that I like. Which would mean I get to buy more books.

Huzzah!

Plus, I’m going to take them to a Half Priced Books, which is a book re-sale shop here in Texas (and all over the country if I’m honest) where I can get store credit to buy more books. So yeah.

Look. I’m not saying I have a problem buying books. Well, I am, but that’s not the point. The point of this post is the unhauling of books! Let’s get to it!

The Road Not Taken by Susan Rubin

This story about a woman who meets her doppelgänger who just happens to be part of an alien race seemed promising but fell short for me. Very, very short. I DNF’d this book last year after only 25 pages. Which stinks, because I wanted to like it.

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

The story about an unlikely chosen one. I wanted to like this one. I heard it was really funny, but, it just… wasn’t. My husband, who read it first, didn’t like it either.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason

The story about a girl who gets thirteen fairy blessings and then uses them to help her get out of a sticky situation. This one wasn’t terrible. I gave it two stars. I just don’t see myself reaching for it to re-read it.

The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

I only have the series up to book 13. That’s right after they took a turn from books with plot to, well, books with a lot less plot. I like plot. Plot is important. Now, the author may have improved this since I stopped reading the books, but I’m not going to buy more books to figure it out. Off they go to the used book store!

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A book about a guy that gets a new job as death. Sounds like it would be right up my alley. I was wrong, and so I will cart this book off to somewhere else so someone else can give it a good home.

I have a few books that I DNF’d last year that I am telling myself I am going to try and read again, like The Four Profound Weaves and Dune, because for some reason I just can’t give up on that book.

January 2021 Book Haul

Does anyone else go to write 2021 and still write 2020 first? Or have you adapted yet? Cause I’m still doing it. It’s annoying and I would like it to stop now.

And I know I said I wasn’t going to buy anymore books. But hear me out. My logic is sound.

I still had room on my TBR cart.

And Book Outlet was having a sale.

I know, I know. You don’t have to tell me. I’m weak.

The Angel of Crows by Katherine Addison

A story set in 1880’s London about angels, vampires, and werewolves. Plus Jack the ripper? Yes please. I’ll happily read this one.

A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney

Urban fantasy meets Alice in Wonderland. Consider me sold!

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

A girl disguising herself as a boy to ride a phoenix, which happens to be my favorite mythical creature. Like I’m gonna say no to that.

The Hike by Drew Magary

A simple hike takes a turn for the fantastical in this book by Drew Magary. I’m not gonna lie, I bought this one cause I enjoyed his book The Postmortal so much.

The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

A woman dreams of birds her whole life. Turns out those birds guard human souls, go figure. I needed this book!

Perelandra by C.S.Lewis

This is the second book in the indomitable C.S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy. I didn’t look at the description before I bought it because I haven’t read the first book yet. What? It’s on my TBR cart.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Soldiers, pirates, heretics, missing countrymen! This book claims to have everything. I have to see for myself.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

A Man does a good deed and plunges headfirst into a world he never dreamed existed. I’m pretty sure, based on the votes, that this is going to be one of my book clubs picks for February. So I was really stoked to see the Kindle version on sale for $2. That’s right, $2! Of course I picked it up.

Year One by Nora Roberts

A plague sweeps the land, and the world as we have come to know it crumbles. Umm…anyways. This was picked by one of my books clubs as the book for January. Didn’t hurt that it had been sitting in my Shopping Cart for the better part of 4 months.

Outlawed by Anna North

A barren woman risks being labeled a witch and hung, so she runs for her life to a group of outlaws. This was my Book of the Month pick.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

She has the unique ability to travel through universes, but someone is killing all her doppelgangers. Sounds like a Sci-Fi epic I needed to own! So I bought it!

And hey, would you look at that! I only bought 11 books this month! That’s actually worse than I thought. Next month I vow to only buy three.

Maybe.

Hopefully.