September saw us starting to settle into a routine with the boys and school. Of course, Hurricane Florence saw to destroying that for those of us here in North Carolina and the surrounding states. My family here in the Triangle (and my mom in Greenville) was lucky enough to escape with little to no damage. We even kept power. Sadly, those on the eastern side of the state have it much harder. Many people lost their lives and some are still dealing with the flooding, weeks after the storm has dissipated. There will likely also be long-term effects thanks to flooding of pig-waste lagoons (a subject that makes me very angry, but I’m not touching it today). Through all of this, it is amazing to see the entire state band together to help our own.
On a much lighter note, being house-bound for three days meant I got a lot of reading done. Just not exactly the books I had told myself I should read.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy Book Club selection)
- Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
- Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2) by Joe Abercrombie
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Why?! Why can’t I bring myself to pick up Before They Are Hanged? I keep getting distracted by new interests or books from the library where my hold has finally popped. A part of it is also that it has been so long since I read the first book in the series. I am not a good re-reader, so I’ll need to find a decently in-depth synopsis to help me along. I also put off Outrun the Wind since it will not be released until November.
Books Read in September
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
- The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing by Thomas Kane
I am not sure I’ll end up writing reviews for them all, as I’ll talk about later in the blogging section. I wanted to really love The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I truly enjoyed Jemisin’s writing style of the first book in her Broken Earth trilogy, and this one had the more typical fantastical elements I enjoy. Sadly, the writing style was not up to par. It felt like a debut novel (which it was). Children of Blood and Bone was pretty good, though I more enjoyed the last third. The rest kind of screamed typical YA fantasy book, and I think I am about done with those for a while. I wrote a very long review for The Hate U Give, so I am not going to talk about that here. It took a long time, so go read it there! I loved Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I have been meaning to pick up Dirk Gently since hearing about the wacky television show. And while it had his trademark style, the subject matter just didn’t pull me in enough to love it.
The lovely guide to writing by Thomas Kane is for my copyediting course that starts this month. I wanted to get as much of the reading done ahead of time as possible. I am anticipating this course being more work, so I didn’t want to become overloaded. This book was also the restart of my self-study, which I may outline in a future post.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I think this is a case of falling out of favor with young adult for a while. I only got around thirty pages in. I found myself scoffing at some of the ideas surrounding the story, mostly the idea that they hate the Dragon (a man) for taking their daughters because they end up too educated and rich to want to live at home when they finally return. And this made the protagonist scared of him? So I read some reviews. It told me that the story ended up going in a direction that I didn’t really want it to go, and frankly, one I am a bit tired of at the moment. So, to prevent a possible slump, I put it on the shelf. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll come back to it.
Books to Read in October
- Fantasy Book Club selection (TBD)
- Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
- Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
- Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- At least two editing/writing books
It is sci-fi month for my book club in October, so there is a good chance I won’t read it. I really need to get to both Outrun the Wind and Empire of Sand as they were NetGalley ARCs. Both are to be published in November, and I want to get my reviews done before those dates. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic I have considered reading before but never gave it much thought. It keeps popping up on some of my favorite BookTube channels, so I finally bought a copy. I think it will be a great addition this month to break out from the fantasy genre and break away from the somewhat formulaic YA books I have been reading.
I want to put Before They Are Hanged on here again, but I am afraid I’ll just be disappointed in myself at the next wrap-up. I have already started Kings of the Wyld and am loving everything about it so far.
Added to My TBR Pile
- The Complete Claudine by Collete
- Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
- Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr
- Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah Dawson
- The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
- The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
- Alice by Christina Henry
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
- The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
I put my youngest son in a playgroup once a week for a few hours. It gives him an opportunity to finally play with kids his own age and get out of the routine of bussing his older brother everywhere. Poor second kids, their life kind of revolves around the oldest for a while. So with both boys in school, I now have about a three-hour window to be on my own every Friday. It’s only happened twice so far, but both times, I went to the bookstore. It was so great to wander around to sections I wanted to visit, read the back of books that looked interesting, and even sit in the cafe with a book and coffee in hand. Glorious.
Blogging in October
Last week, I wrote about the perceived pressures for bloggers and other people who participate in this kind of social media. Within that post, I came to a conclusion regarding where I wanted to take this blog, and I got some wonderful support from some other amazing bloggers who have felt the same pressure to perform. What does that mean for this blog? I’m not sure yet. It could mean I am posting less often, and it will likely mean less tag-style posts unless I am really feeling in the mood. It takes me a long time to write each post, no matter how simple it may come across, so I want to spend that time writing something I enjoy writing about. Here are a few posts I hope to get to this month.
- Tips for getting young children to read
- An initial look at my Copyediting II course
- My personal self-study program
I would also love to keep on up my book reviews, though I may not be dedicating such a long review to a book I didn’t have strong opinions about. I have several new series ideas I am interested in starting. And I don’t know if I dare say I want to continue with my Warcraft Readthrough. I very badly want to complete it, but I take way too long in analyzing and formulating those posts. We shall see! All I know is that I am excited to share some different kind of content with you.
I am hoping I can continue the trend of reading and writing at a decent pace this month. We have two visitors coming, a trip back to D.C. planned, and Halloween. It will be a busy month for sure. What are you reading in October?