It’s Halloween! Or close to it, anyway! I am sad that I am no longer in a country that has autumns (I hate summer with the ferocity of a thousand suns, ironically), but hey, if things work out well in August, I just might be next year! Meanwhile, to keep off my nervousness regarding the Secret Thing I can’t talk of yet, I have been reading up a storm (in case you did not know, I use books to cope with my burdensome brain). I also tried for a more consistent and active blog this month, but I don’t know if it really felt like that to followers or not.
Anyway, about my reading this month:
This was a good month for reading: a total of 34 books – 20 full-length novels, 11 graphic novels, 3 short stories. I am hoping to keep up the speed next month, because I am only 25 books away from hitting my GR goal for this year.
Try it out maybe?
Page Trackers Challenge
Pages left: 61,152
Progress: 72/100 books published before 2018
Nyxia and Song of Achilles were first time reads while Bright Smoke Cold Fire and City of Lost Souls were rereads.
Progress: 3/24 series
Ah after 2 months of nothing, I finally finished 2 series this month! Both were duologies, though, so that made it easier?
Goals: 6/24 old galleys
Nothing this month so back in the shame box I go.
Goals: 15/24 debut books of 2018
Read many debuts this month, and not all were impressive. *sigh*
Goals: 40/50 books
3 audiobooks only, this month. I was still figuring out how to set aside time to read when I am at home.
Goals: 96/100 galleys
Major galley reading this month. I got through a lot of frontlist ones and a couple of backlist ones too.
Goals: 20/26 books
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Infidel, Nyxia and Zojaqan for I, N and Z respectively.
Goals: 13/16 books
Sea Witch is about the story of the witch in The Little Mermaid, Heart of Thorns is set in a world where women have powers over the body, and The Lantern’s Ember has a witch in our world with various other supernatural creatures.
Goals: 8/16 books
Copycat and Girl at the Grave are murder mysteries set in contemporary and historical high school settings, respectively. #FashionVictim is a contemporary thriller novel from the point of view of a serial killer.
SOS reading challenge
Goals: 31/40 challenges
31. 2017 debut author – Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Goals: 81/31 diverse books
Kaguya-Sama, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, The Water Dragon’s Bride, Juni Taisen are all manga by Japanese authors;
Infidel is a graphic novel with a Muslim woman as the protagonist;
Lost Gods is written by a black author and has an African/Middle East setting with majorly POC characters;
Hullmetal Girls has an aroace protagonist of color (who is also religious and hijabi-like), a trans girl major secondary character, Asian secondary characters (one of which is the other protagonist), and mostly POC characters.
The Nyxia Triad has POC characters as protagonists and secondary characters, and in book 2 there are gay couples, one of whom has POV chapters.
The Song of Achilles is a historical novel involving a romance between gay characters.
Contagion has one of its POV characters as a Indian-origin lesbian character, and the other is biracial, of Turkish-Korean origin.
Progress: 87/101 books
Progress: 45/24 books
Witchblade (magical amulet/demons), Fire & Heist (were-dragons) and Infidel (demons) are all urban fantasies, while Lydie (ghosts), The Song of Achilles (gods from Greek mythology), Sea Witch (mermaids and witches) and The Lantern’s Ember (witches, vampires, etc) are historical fantasies.
Goals: 16/8 books
Nothing this month.
Goals: 1/7 challenges
Goals: 16/20 challenges
Besides these year-long challenges, I also had a couple of challenges for July.
Completed reading the minimum of 5 books goals that I had set.
Graphic Novel readathon
Sadly my goals for this were vague – read all frontlist GN/manga galleys AND catch up on the Demon Price of Momochi House manga series. I didn’t complete either, but I did read 10 graphic novels, so I am satisfied!
I realized late in the afternoon of Day 1 that it had started, which meant I had not planned any time aside that weekend, and so had to bow out of participating this time.
There wasn’t a Podcast rec post this month, because I wasn’t in the mood to complete the draft, but I will try to have two rec posts next month to make up, so keep watch for that!
How was your July? What are you looking forward to most, for the rest of the year?