Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca (★★★☆☆)
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (★★★★☆)
A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams (★★★☆☆)
Practical Magic by Nikki Van De Car (★★★★★)
Assembly by Natasha Brown (★★★★☆)
Madam by Phoebe Wynne (★★★☆☆)
Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater (★★★★★)
Dragonslayer by Duncan Hamilton (★★★☆☆)
Breach of Peace by Daniel Greene (★★★★☆)
Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (★★★★★)
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (★★★★☆)
The Colour of God by Ayesha S. Chaudry (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 12 YEARLY SO FAR: 58
It’s been a weird reading month. I can’t seem to determine if I’m in a reading slump or if I’m just being extra picky about the books I read. I DNF’d three books this month, and set two aside for later reading, when I’m in a hopefully better mood. I don’t know, I feel like this year in general I’ve been way more liberal with DNF-ing, and that tends to make me think I’m in a slump, but maybe I’m just being extra discerning? Because I have managed to read quite a few books this month, and I have five-starred and four-starred a few of them, so maybe I’m just being real with myself about which books I don’t want to waste my energy on.
The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 5 YEARLY SO FAR: 46
I started off the month by almost immediately DNF-ing POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt lmaooo, literally did not even make it 20 pages into the book before I put it down. Pretentious, distant literary fiction works for a lot of people, but it’s just really, really not for me except in a handful of circumstances, and I need to learn to stop forcing myself to try to like it. In any case, one of these exceptions was THE OPHELIA GIRLS, which I picked up completely on a whim after seeing a review on Goodreads, and I enjoyed it a lot even though it does have aspects of pretentious lit fic. It was beautifully written and full of mythological symbolism.
This month three friends and I took road trip up to Maine, where we hung out for five days! After California, Maine is the state that I’ve always wanted to visit, since I’ve heard such great things about Portland and the seaside up there, and it did not disappoint!
A few years ago I wrote up a similar post about books I’d like to reread, but I wanted to do an updated version that was more niche. In this case, these are books I want to reread for one of two reasons:
I distinctly recall enjoying the book very much, but have almost entirely forgotten it, and could not recall specific details if my life depended on it.
I read it when I was much younger and would like to reread it with a fresh, older perspective to see how I feel about it now.
Most of the books I mention fall under a combination of two of these conditions.
I am also trying to stay away from series starters, which fall under a whole other category (yes, several of the books I mention are technically part of a series but can also stand alone, so I’m not counting them).