Books Read in August

Whit1. Whit – Iain Banks. I read this as a teenager and upon re-read, I found it a lot funnier than I remembered. A great book told from the point of view of a girl raised in a cult (rather gentler on the whole than, say, the People’s Temple) who has to go into the big, wide world to find her possibly apostate cousin.

2. Otherbound – Corinne Duyvis. I got to read this well in advance. Are you jealous? You should be jealous. It’s a wonderful book about a boy who’s transported into the life of a mute girl in another world every time he blinks.

3. Little Star – John Ajvide Lindqvist – A very creepy tale about a psychopathic young girl who goes on Swedish Idol.  But it’s a lot more than that.

4. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon – I think the hype sort of jaded me going in. I was left a little cold by it, but because it starts so slow, I think I’ll give the sequel a chance to see what happens now that the world has been set up.

saga5. Saga Volume 1 – Brian K. Vaughan – I loved Y: The Last Man so borrowed this when I was in Amsterdam visiting Corinne. A great opening to a new series and I’ll be continuing. Love the mesh of sci fi and fantasy.

6. The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson – Another re-read. I loved it when I was 15 and loved it now. So complicated and wonderfully written. I love Nell!

bloodandfeathers7. Blood and Feathers – Lou Morgan. A Mushens agent-sister book. I’ll admit that angels aren’t my favourite supernatural creatures to read about, but this was snappily written and lots of fun.

8. The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making – Cat Valente. This was on sale for Kindle so I snapped it up. Beautifully written but a bit too twee for me. Think I wasn’t quite in the right mood for it. It’ be something great to read to an 11-12 year old, though.

Total for the year:

50 books!

2 thoughts on “Books Read in August

  1. Ah, Saga is one of my favourite currently-running comics. I have a softspot for Marvel Now’s current Hawkeye series as well — smart, strong sense of humor, good art and excellent colour. Second volume is a little sloppily arranged, though, which made it hard to follow, but it’s still good.

  2. I have to agree with you on The Bone Season. Too much hype and it just didn’t deliver for me. I’m intrigued by Otherbound. Must add to the TBR pile!

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