Hey fellow readers! How’s your summer been? Mine has been so hot, definitely the kind that makes you want to stay in and read. It’s paid off. I was on Good Reads a couple of days ago and noticed that I had met my yearly goal. 227/225 books finished. I guess I should have set it higher, but I’m pretty happy with it.
As for August, here are the stats.
Sherlock Holmes Never Dies, anthology
The Book of Swords, anthology
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke 4/5
Human Error: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes by Nathan Lents 3/5
Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini 5/5
I went on a binge at the library and read a bunch I’ve been meaning to read. Please note that I don’t have little kids anymore, so the ratings are based on what I think, not on the intended audience. Kids might rate them differently.
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. Loved the art more than the story. 3.5/5
Little Red Hood by Marjolaine Leray 2/5
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke. Charming and magical. 4/5
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke 4/5
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds. Predator humor. 4/5
Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio 3/5
Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell 4/5
Greywalker by Kat Richardson. Recommended by my sister, but I thought it was too slow and didn’t like the MC. 2.5/5
The Iron Jackal (Tales of the Ketty Jay 3) by Chris Wooding. Freaking awesome, especially the ending. This series just keeps getting better.
Bad Move by Linwood Barclay. Amusing domestic thriller. 3.25/5
Split the Party (Spells, Swords & Stealth 2) by Drew Hayes. Really fun lit-RPG romp with satisfying ending. 4/5
The Genius Plague by David Walton. Not at all what I expected. 4/5
The High House (Evenmere 1) by James Stoddard. Modern book with Victorian worldbuilding. Strange, but good. 4/5
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. Only audiobook this month. Loved it! 5/5
Death on a Quiet Day (Sir John Appleby 16) by Michael Innes. Didn’t love it quite as much as the first time, but still very good. 4/5
The Ion Raider (Dark Angels 2) by Ian Whately. Introduces a new set of characters, lots of twists. 4/5
Snowflakes (Snow Queen 2.5) by K M Shea. Nice stories, but didn’t add anything. 2.5
Best of the Month The Iron Jackal. Great character growth, really upped the stakes for the story, and explosive ending that was really unexpected.
Worst of the Month Sherlock Holmes Never Dies. I only read part of one story, but it was so bad, it put me off the rest of the book.
Best Picture Book Julia’s House for Lost Creatures. The art was delightful and what a fun idea for a book.
Most Enraging Book Superior. Nazis just make me mad, whether they were brown suits and swastikas or lab coats.
Biggest surprise The Genius Plague. The plot was so wild and crazy but I was completely absorbed in the story. Creepy fun.
That’s it for me. Let me know what you read this month, what you liked, what you didn’t. And for the US reader, enjoy your 3 day weekend!