{2014} July Reading

Friday, August 1, 2014
Books bought:
~ Preorder of Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
~ GRANTA Japan
~ Shades of Milk and Honey, and
~ Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville
~ The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
~ The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
~ The Story: Love, Loss and the Lives of Women (Collection of Short Stories) collected by Victoria Hislop
~ Preorder of Lullabies by Lang Leav
~ Miles in Love (Omnibus edition) by Lois McMaster Bujold
~ North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
~ Preorder of the Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Books received:
~ Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
~ The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano
~ The Young World by Chris Weitz
~ The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue present: Macbeth
~ Kalona's Fall by P.C. and Kristen Cast
~ In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
~ The Rise of Aurora West
~ The Shadow Hero
~ Julia's House for Lost Creatures

Books read:
~ The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
~ Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
~ The Seventh Miss Hatfield
~ The Young World
~ Eleanor and Park
~ Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue...
~ Americanah
~ Kalona's Fall
~ Alexandra's Legacy by N. J. Walters
~ The Silkworm
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
~ In Real Life

This month feels humongous, looking back on it now. Reading and finishing The Bell Jar feels so long ago... but I still remember really enjoying it, despite fearing that it would make me feel really depressed. It actually did such an interesting job of comforting me in how I feel when I'm depressed...
I jumped around quite a bit this month, but still managed to review four or so books. I am overjoyed that I am now getting some review books from Hachette - often a package will turn up and I will have no idea what's inside, which is exciting.
A couple of notable mentions from this month include Shades of Milk and Honey - such a lovely mix of a Jane Austen-esque world mixed with magic, Americanah - I picked this one up on a whim and ended up finding it a fascinating read, and The Silkworm - Galbraith (Rowling) just writes so wonderfully that I immediately wanted more. If I'd still had my copy of Cuckoo's Calling, I would have re-read it. I may need to get myself another copy in the future. This is probably what led me on to re-reading the Harry Potter books, the pace of which has slowed considerably over the last couple of days due to illness. I'm still in book four - about halfway through now - and may stop after I finish that one, or I might keep going. Not really sure at this point. Though I am loving the new covers that will be coming out in September - what are your thoughts?
In Real Life was also a fabulous read, and particularly lovely for me to read as I have started gaming again just recently.
In terms of book-buying, I've had to put myself on a ban for a couple of months. This month just got a bit out of hand (you can probably see that... 12 books in one month...). So I am not buying myself any books until September 20. I am giving myself two emergency 'outs' - one for each month - but hoping not to use them. Wish me luck!
I am looking forward to next month and hopefully the start up of the Aurealis Awards!

What are you reading right now?


  1. I've been meaning to get into Vorkosigan Saga for YEARS and still haven't started.


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