*cues obligatory update post*
In the span of the past few weeks, I gave a conference presentation in front of 150 people, I threw a surprise Hobbit party where guests showed up in succession and Mike (as Bilbo) had no idea what was going on, I ordered a grown-up sofa from a furniture store (a legit furniture store, not Amazon.com), my Drow warlock hit level 5, and in between all that, I turned 27. My poor blog feels completely neglected. I really wanted to hit 75 books in 2015, but I’m looking at my Goodreads shelf and slowly coming to the realization that I might not be entirely realistic with my goals right now. I’m going to try not to sweat it, because there are just so many other things going on.
I haven’t gotten around to a month-in-review post for most of the summer, so here’s some catch-up on what I’ve been reading:
Books I Read in July
- [1 Jul] Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler
- [6 Jul] The Sword Woman by Robert E. Howard
- [8 Jul] Rogue's Possession by Jeffe Kennedy
- [13 Jul] Oathkeeper by J.F. Lewis
- [15 Jul] Rogue's Paradise (Covenant of Thorns, #3) by Jeffe Kennedy
- [17 Jul] The Wormwood Event: An apocalyptic horror dystopian tale by J.M. Guillen
- [20 Jul] The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
- [28 Jul] Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
Books I Read in August
- [9 Aug] The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
- [11 Aug] Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- [13 Aug] Masks by E.C. Blake
- [17 Aug] Slave of the Sky Captain by J.M. Guillen
Upcoming Reading Plans
Now let’s talk about some upcoming reading plans. That’s right, it’s that time of year again!
I’ve participated in the Readers Imbibing Peril event for a few years now. This year it’s being hosted by The Estella Society. It’s a two-month long celebration of everything spooky that goes bump in the night. My goal is to read at least a couple books that fit with the theme, especially since I’ve got so many paranormal/horror books on my TBR. I’m not going to stress it too much though or come up with lots of concrete lists to choose from, because I never stick to them anyway.
I also have a few reviews in the works that should be coming out within the next couple weeks. I’m undecided whether I’m going to do a big batch of mini-reviews or go into more depth individually, but I have a lot of thoughts about these books that I want to share with you:
- Dark Star by Oliver Langmead
- Enclave by Anne Aguire
- The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
And in order to break my blogging dry spell, I’m scheduled to be on a bunch of September/October blog tours, because even though they greatly increase my stress level, they are a great way to make sure that I work on my blog regularly instead of mindlessly reading /r/relationships or watching bad movies on Netflix. Two are historical fiction and one is magical realism, so I should definitely be in for a treat!