No, I haven’t blogged in a good long while and it isn’t Wednesday, but I am here with a coffee and a quick bookish wrap up anyway. Join me?
This week’s Steampunk coffee is a Peruvian coffee. The Elvis Tineo Rafael Microlot has tasting notes of honey, melon, and yellow plum.
Things here at HQ continue to be a shit show to be quite honest. Aunty’s funeral was in early September and there are still so many things to sort out. Work is busy. S is back to school, and we’re now having to look at secondary schools to apply for next month (he is growing up too fast).
I haven’t found much time for blogging, but I have been reading and trying to complete the Orilium readathon. I am hoping to get back to blogging more consistently next month, but I am currently making no promises.
Number of books read: 17 Pages Read: 5960
StoryGraph Stats: In August, I read predominantly YA and MG Fantasy books. They were mostly medium paced and between 300-499 pages, although I also read two absolute beasts and a fair few shorter books this month.
The moods of the books I read this month were:
Books I Read:
The Storm Keepers’ Battle by Catherine Doyle – The perfect ending to the Storm Keeper trilogy. Packed with magic and messages about the importance of friendship, family, and believing in yourself. I am sad Fionn’s story has ended but I absolutely loved it.
Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby – Loved this collection of hilarious essays about life. I found much of it very relatable and laughed a lot. Brilliantly narrated by the author.
Twin Crowns by Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle – Absolutely loved this. It has everything I want in a fantasy: adventure, magic, friendship, romance, witches and political intrigue. Also, twins separated at birth and a particularly brilliant wolf. Preorder it now. You won’t regret it.
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – I didn’t think this series could shock me more than it did at the end of book 1. But here we are. Loved being back in this world. Already started book 3 because I could not wait after that ending.
Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story by Catherine Johnson – I hadn’t heard of Matthew Henson before reading this book. It’s brilliantly written, engaging and informative, and really pulls the reader into Matthew’s excitement at travelling and finally reaching the North Pole.
The Bewitching of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes – This is the second Aveline Jones book and I am thoroughly hooked on this series now. I loved the story of the witches and witch stones, the return of Harold, and the adventure they have. It’s another brilliantly creepy book and perfect for the upcoming spooky season.
The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti – Wonderfully written, heartbreaking book told from the point of view of a young child who is losing her sight. Enjoy is the wrong word to use, but I would definitely recommend.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi – Akwaeke has broken my heart. This is such a powerful, heartbreaking and emotional story. It will take a long time to get over this one.
Kite Spirit by Sita Bramachari – Gorgeously written, heart-breaking book about a girl struggling with grief and her friend’s suicide. I loved the Lake District setting and the owls and how this helps Kite process what’s happened.
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly – This is such a gorgeous story about feeling different, finding connection and dealing with grief told through the view of Iris, who is deaf, and her relationship with a very unusual whale.
A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Ludekke – I loved being back in this world. Lisa’s writing is beautiful and evocative and really draws you in. I adored Janna and Enja’s story, the exploration of their shared grief, and their journey outside the village.
Sister Switch by Beth Garrod – Absolutely loved this body swap story. Beth’s brilliant sense of humour shines through along with the more serious point that you never truly know what someone else is going through.
How to be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood – Minnie is an artist who loses her ability to see colours after her mother’s disappearance, and with it her sense of self. We see her and her sisters struggle to exist together and work through their shared grief. It is gorgeous and heartbreaking.
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty – Phenomenal ending to this trilogy. It kept me on edge. Brilliant twists and I loved the way it ended.
Lying Ways by Rachel Lynch – Another brilliant Kelly Porter book. I loved the development of Kelly’s friendship with Kate. The ending has given me all kinds of feelings and it appears I have to wait for the next book.
That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger – A gripping read about the survivors of a school shooting. Raises some interesting questions about who controls the story that emerges and whether the truth is more important than other people’s peace.
The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan – Loved this magical adventure. I loved the relationship the twins had with their grandad and each other. I loved the magical land of Roar and the way the book celebrates the power of imagination. Worth all the hype. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of this series.
Storygraph: 116/150. I increased my target after passing the 100 mark. I am ahead by 4 books at the moment so this seems like an achievable number.
Read Diversely Challenge: 17/20. This challenge is going well and there’s no reason to think I can’t manage the last three books in the next three months.
Diverse Reading Challenge: 26/38. Progress is slow on this one, and I’ve only got one book from this on my planned TBR for October, so I’ll be prioritising some of these reads once I finish the TBR.
TBR: I ended August with 81 books on my TBR and am now down to 76. I bought books I should not have bought. I will not be taking any questions at this time.
Unread Shelf: 15/24. I am not winning on this challenge and I’ve neglected to include any of these reads in next month’s TBR. Oops.
Beat the Backlist: 38/52. This one is going okay. I am plodding along with it anyway! I have three books from this one on next month’s planned TBR.
Next month releases I am looking forward to are:
Lying Ways by Rachel Lynch
A Splintered Spindle by Alix E Harrow
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
What books are you looking forward to in October? Any that should be on my list?