August Reads

Short Stories & Novels

Dream of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Not sure I got the resolution I absolutely wanted, but you know, I was ok with everything. I sometimes get weird about books who do reveals that are narratives of history that finally explain why everything was like it was in the last few books… but eh, that’s just me being nitpicky. That information is useful and it would have ruined some things to know it from the beginning (maybe).

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg – A nice little story; the whole idea of magician being bonded to one material, in particular paper, was interesting. Parts of the later middle dragged a bit for me (the whole Ceony vs Lira not quite chase scene dragging on.. I get it, that information was useful to the characters, but oy, I don’t know). Regardless. I totally want a little paper dog like Fennel. It’s a short read — under 300 pages. I’ll probably pick up the sequel just to see what Holmberg is going to do.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Ok, ok, ok. I get the hype now. Rowell can write, and very well. I saw a lot of my self in Cath (and yes, a little in Wren too). Such an endearing and lovely story. I could use, like, seven more books about these characters (though, I really don’t know if this story could hold for that long).

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – It started out ok, interesting. And then I wasn’t sure about it. But I pushed through and ugh. FEELS. Fangirl was still more endearing to me than this story, but yeah. It’s good but bittersweet.

The Death of the Short Story by J. David Stevens – Short story in one of the many anthologies I’ve got. Interesting concept.

Traveling Alone by Rob Carney – Another short story. Wasn’t really what I thought it’d be…

*Not including either short story in the final count…

Comics & Graphic Novels

Ms. Marvel #7: Healing Factor, Part II by G. Willow Wilson – Ugh. Just seriously. I love Ms. Marvel. But you know that, don’t you. The cover too. Kamala taking a selfie with Wolverine? Too much. LOVE IT.

Other reading…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve done a fair bit of reading, but it’s been fan fiction… which, yes, was largely in response to reading Fangirl. It’s sort of hard to quantify how much I’ve been reading in regards to fan fiction… Maybe 10 stories so far? Each with anywhere from 20,000-60,000 words. Not all of them I finish — and I really don’t feel guilty about that. It’s been entertaining and fun, but yeah, not adding this to my challenge because I’m not quite sure how. But maybe the word count/page length balance out the comics.

My goal this year is to read 50 books. According to Goodreads, I have read 40 books and am 8 books ahead of schedule.