August (Also Known as the Month of No Reading)

August brought a lot of unexpected change for us. We moved, had two funerals, and two weddings all in a very short time frame. Needless to say, this did not make for a great reading month.

Pete also had a rough stretch of books he didn’t finish, which inspired a new type of post we’ll be doing: DNF reviews. You should see a few of these in the next few weeks.

Indiana’s August Review and September TBR:

The Keep by Jennifer Egan — 5 out of 5 stars

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valentine

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

The Shame:

For the reasons detailed above, I just didn’t get to Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, Persuasion by Jane Austen or Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz. On the other hand, I did manage to read a handful of other books that I’ll be reviewing in the next few weeks: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, The School for Good and Evil: A World without Princes by Soman Chainani, and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld.

I think I just needed to sink into some good children’s literature over the past few weeks.

September TBR:

Take two for:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz

And I’ll be digging into:

The Book of Esther by Emily Barton

The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Pete’s August Review and September TBR:

The Keep by Jennifer Egan — 5 out of 5 stars

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones — review to come in the next couple of days!

The Haters by Jesse Andrews — team review to come

The Shame:

The Hare by César Aira wore me out by page 150, so that will be getting a DNF review. Along with Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, which was a bit slow for me.

September TBR:

Black Light Express by Philip Reeve, sequel to Railhead, has been a highly anticipated follow-up to a great book by one of my favorite authors. I’m halfway done, and it is absolutely delivering. I’m also in the middle of The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, which is going well. I’ll be starting Sherwood Smith’s Inda soon—I was going to wait until Oathbringer before starting another fantasy series, but I changed my mind. I will also be reading the graphic novel Stitches by David Small, which I’ve been warned is a tough one, but I’m looking forward to it.

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