October was a much better month for me, despite a lot of stress, extra hours at work, and transitioning to a new office. We had a good friend visit from London, and we spent a great day (enjoying the last gasp of warm weather) driving around to Virginia wineries.
I didn’t read as much as usual, but I’ll make up reading time over the holidays, which are pretty quiet for us. This month’s reads:
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
- The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns
- No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron
- The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle
I did a little better in October posting book reviews, including a review of two children’s classics. I posted my top authors to read for Halloween. I also wrote a post about witches in the Oz books for Emerald City Book Review’s Witch Week, happening all this week.
Favorite read? The Obelisk Gate is very intense; it takes a while to understand, and even though I read the first book in the series just a few months ago, I found I had to go back to it a few times. Jemisin isn’t an easy read but definitely a rewarding one (the first book, The Fifth Season, won the Hugo award).
On a lighter note, I also loved the newest book in the “Good Dragon” series by Rachel Aaron. This is a fun series with a different take on dragons, and the series keeps getting better. If you’re looking for something fluffy, I highly recommend.
I also read a new book by Rebecca Burns called The Bishop’s Girl. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this one, set in 1899 Greece, 1917 France, and present-day Britain. More to come.
What’s next? I’m reading Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, about World War I (which builds nicely on The Bishop’s Girl), and I’m also reading The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (similar to his Percy Jackson series, this one is built around Norse mythology). And I have a review copy of Faller, a new novel by Will McIntosh (I loved Love Minus Eighty).
What’s left in my Fall TBR? The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, and Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. The last three are on my library wait list, so we’ll see when they come in. I’ve got Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed on there as well.
Happy fall and happy reading!