books, books, books!
August is almost at an end and that means it’s time for another reading update. Thankfully it’s been another productive month in which I managed to get through 12 books (6 novels, 3 short story collections, a poetry collection and 2 graphic novels).
It was an interesting selection, with a lot of variety in terms of genres and styles. Highlights were probably Kirsty Logan’s collection, The Rental Heart and other Fairy Tales, (Logan is fast becoming one of my favourite writers) and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (yes, my quest to catch up with that mammoth series has officially begun).
In total, I have now read 77 books this year so far, meaning that failing some kind of unmitigated disaster, I should hit my 80 book target at some point within September, so that’s a nice feeling 🙂
As always, I’m excited to see what the next month has in store in terms of reading, but in other book related news, my own one, The Vessel, picked up a wonderful 5* review on Amazon earlier today.
What was your favourite read in August?
The snap of crisp spines
Releasing a hidden world
To mend broken hearts.
Support Indie Authors
As an author in my own right, I know the struggle of getting noticed by would-be readers. As such, every now and then I like to do a little ‘haul’ of some of the indie books I’ve read in recent months. You can click each author’s name if you want to check out their blog or website for more information on them or their work.
The Silent Balance: A Collection of Waka Poetry – A collection of beautiful, short poems written in the form of traditional Japanese verse. They are easy to read yet bursting with depth. (As a lovely side note, all profits from this book go to an LGBT support group set up by the poet’s brother.)
Nothing But The Rain – Another of Weston’s wonderful poetry collections; this one feels both personal and whimsical at times but always brings pause for thought.
Procession of Eternity – Having previously read a beta version of this sequel to The Soul, I was more than happy to re-visit these fascinating characters and Carrillo’s vivid imagery once the final version was released.
The Fallen – The first book in a new series, The Fallen is a fun, fast read packed with excitement and lovable characters within an interesting world.
Summer Magic – A highly unique collection of poetry, Summer Magic first features a selection of poems from the perspective of one of the characters from her novel that are filled with nostalgic charm. We then get a much more personal selection of poems from Meara’s own heart.
Dark Fey: The Reviled – A charming fantasy read that feels in many ways like a traditional fairy tale and is ultimately a tale of good vs evil.
Gina Briganti & Melissa Barker-Simpson
Changing Worlds – This is a double novella anthology, with both authors offering us a glimpse into worlds they have created in their own works. The two tales themselves both have a fantastical feel and feature a likable heroine.
Deep within the labyrinth of my bones
there lives a sordid being,
he gazes from my eyes
and whispers twisted lies
to taint the things I’m seeing.
To cut him from my flesh
is an impossibility,
like holding back a flood
or cleansing one’s own blood,
he’s my reality.
A dance within my lungs
to the beat of my own heart,
I feel his icy grip
it crackles like a whip;
stings like a poison dart.
If I granted him his wish
I would surely be undone,
but only I can see
how he slowly tortures me
in battles yet un-won.
Time for another fun tag! This time I was invited by the awesome Lia over at BookLand to do the Inside Out Book Tag. Based on the new movie, it has us pair books with certain emotions – both of which are things I feel regularly (… That got weird). Let’s just get to the questions.
- A book that brings you joy
[Insert generic Harry Potter answer here]. Seriously though, will I ever manage to do a tag without mentioning good ol’ HP? I doubt it but I’m okay with that.
- A book that makes you angry
I’m going to go with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – but this made me a ‘good’ kind of angry, if that makes sense. It’s historical fiction set during the genocide of Baltic people under Stalinist rule, so it’s incredibly harrowing but a strong reminder of the cruelty that humans are capable of.
- A book that makes you sad
For this I could choose A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, for reasons obvious to anyone who’s read it but as with HP I seem to choose Ness books in every tag, so instead I’m going to pick Alice and the Fly by James Rice. There is quite a lot of sadness throughout this book but I think this is another important read as it highlights the need to accept and address mental health issues, both within ourselves and in others.
Along the same vein as to why I chose Between Shades of Gray, for this I’m going to choose The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Any reminder as to the atrocities committed during Nazi terror are enough to make your blood boil but every time I think about this book, I’m hit with the horrible bitter-sweetness that Anne’s biggest dream was to be a writer and though she is undoubtedly one of the most famous writers that has ever lived, the deserved honour of knowing she achieved this was robbed from her, as were the dreams of so many like her.
- A book that brings you fear
I recently read Through the Woods, a graphic novel that’s a collection of short stories by Emily Carroll. Mainly due to the colour palette and art style, it does a great job of establishing a creepy, unsettling atmosphere. While I won’t necessarily remember the plot of any of the stories themselves, I will remember the ambience they created.
Thanks again to Lia for tagging me. I’ve done a few tags recently, so I’m just going to make this one an open invitation to anyone who wants to take part. Have fun!
This mighty planet
lost within the tapestry
These petals unfold
To welcome the rising sun –
A new day begins