Monday, August 3, 2015

Reading Finished in July 2015

I returned to work July 6th after 10 weeks of maternity leave and surprisingly little reading, so I was glad to see that the time had been an anomaly. I finished 6 books during July, though I remain about halfway through two books that I had started early in the month.

I also outlined a novel of my own during July. Hopefully, with only a little more planning, I'll be ready to start a first draft. As a writer friend of mine reminded me when I lamented that my novel will probably be terrible, it isn't anything until it is written, so hopefully next update I'll be able to report progress in that area.


Top book in July: Brown Girl in the Ring

My favorite part of this book was that the protagonist was a mother with complicated feelings about her baby. I often find that the characters I most identify with are those that have feelings beyond the stereotypical. Ti-Jeanne also has a complex relationship with the baby's father, much like real relationships. Not all non-custodial fathers are deadbeats, not all single-mothers are saints. People fall together and apart for all sorts of reasons, some rational, some not.

Bottom book in July: The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

I have gone around and around in my head unable to decide if I will read the sequel to this book. There was so much potential that I still desperately want to see fulfilled. I suppose I'll wait for the reviews and hope that someone that disliked this one for the same reasons I did takes a chance on the next.


Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Medium: eBook
Challenges: Read the Sequel

The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee
Medium: eBook
Challenges: New Books of 2015, Women of Genre Fiction

Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
Medium: Massmarket paperback and eBook
Challenges: Listomania, The Definitive 1950s SF Reading Challenge

Dust by Elizabeth Bear
Medium: Audiobook
Challenges: The Unloved, Women of Genre Fiction

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Medium: Audiobook
Challenges: Women of Genre Fiction

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
Medium: Audiobook
Challenges: New Books of 2014, Women of Genre Fiction

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