Hello, bookworld! It wouldn’t be a monthly post if I didn’t kick off by saying “where the hell did the time go?!” So, like, where DID it go?
– What Happened –
September was a busy and exciting month of books thanks to Self-Published Fantasy Month. I was happy to get through most of my list of self-published review copies!
My favourite read this month was The Aggressive, an intensely dark sci-fi thriller by debut author Gem Jackson. The Wolf and the Water was an interesting ancient Greece-inspired YA read, and The Synchronized Six was a dieselpunk fantasy featuring a psychic connection between strangers in the style of Sense8. This last book is definitely underrated, and I encourage other book reviewers to check it out!
For bonus points, I listened to and reviewed Walking to Aldebaran for the sake of having some Tchaikovsky on my blog, participated in a blog tour for Notes From Small Planets (which was weirdly abandoned by the publisher halfway through), and joined a cover reveal of Jesse Nolan Bailey’s new novella, Amethyst.
– The Damage –
In a shocking turn of events, I only purchased 9 books in total this month. This is down significantly from September (which turned out to be 25 books in total, because I forgot to count the Nevernight hardcovers I bought):
Physical books and pre-orders
I bought a copy of Seven Devils as I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, and I’m planning to read it for Sci-fi Month in November. I tried to hunt down the Illumicrate edition in all its pink-edged glory but ended up settling for the US edition shown above. I also picked up four sci-fi paperbacks in an HMV sale!
Oh, and in a moment of weakness, I pre-ordered the Goldsboro edition of Unconquerable Sun.
This month I backed Dyrk Ashton’s Kickstarter for a hardcover copy of Paternus: Rise of Gods and Paternus: Wrath of Gods. I’ve seen enough praise for this self-published, urban fantasy trilogy that I felt confident investing in the books without having read them. I’ll definitely be backing the Kickstarter for Paternus: War of Gods so that I have the complete set! I think it might also be my favourite of these awesome covers.
– What’s Gonna Happen –
While I discovered some great new books and authors in September, I definitely bit off far more than I could chew, which put pressure on my reading. I learnt that just like any hobby, book reviewing can become less fun when you take it too seriously.
Luckily, this month is the OcTBR Challenge which will keep me on track to catch up on review copies and then hopefully explore the dusty depths of my TBR pile.
I’ll be reading eBooks Once Again, a sci-fi thriller that has received praise from Max Gladstone himself, The Engineer, a self-published novel by Darran Handshaw that I didn’t get to for Self-published Fantasy Month, and The Thounsand Deaths of Ardor Benn, an upcoming re-release from Orbit.
If I manage to make it back to my TBR, I’d like to pick up The Traitor Baru Cormorant which I’ve been wanting to read for almost five years now, and I recently invested in the full set! I’m also looking forward to Brian Naslund’s The Dragon’s of Terra series because he promised mushroom zombies in the second book (’nuff said).
At the risk of turning this post into a diary entry, I’ve been struggling to keep up with social media in between reading and work (and my mixed feelings about social media in general). I’ve loved meeting fantastic people and seeing some quality bookish content, but I dislike how Twitter seems designed to make me compare myself to other people or obsess over engagement. At times I wish we could all pack up our books and move back to WordPress and Goodreads, but I know that would disadvantage authors.
I’ll continue to check out the latest posts from my favourite bloggers on Twitter and Instagram, but I won’t put as much pressure myself to check all of my accounts daily, as I think about how I want to do this blogging thing in the future. If any other bloggers have struggled with this focus on social media, I’m keen to hear your suggestions!
What will you be reading this October?