I didn’t much on the blog this month either so not much to show off here if I am being honest. However I did read a lot, well, I say a lot. Mostly they were big books so that counts for a lot. I finally started on a long planned for fantasy series so I am very glad for that. I am still very behind on the Goodreads challenge but I still don’t care about it, so no loss there. I am truly enjoying the books I am reading that’s what really matters at the end of the day.
I did write a review for Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong so yay for that! There’s at least a couple of more reviews that I want to do and one review I definitely need to write but I have been procrastinating. I am easily in the mind frame for procrastination, unfortunately. I am hoping to get back into the groove of those things soon. I just can’t find the time nowadays for some reason. I can either read and work and maybe watch a few videos on YouTube or I can work and write reviews, there’s no in-between at the moment. Here’s to hoping that changes in near future.
I read a total of four books and four novellas. What a balanced reading, huh? You’ll know why I only read four books when I mention which books I read.
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Part I & II)
I think when I started the Stormlight Archive, I had but a rough idea for the ride I was in for. I thought The Way of Kings was gonna be my favourite of the year but Words of Radiance managed to topple that off so easily. This book has some of the best or rather, the most epic scenes I have read and my love for those scenes and the overall dynamics of the relationships beats everything else. I have only read till Oathbringer and I love that book too but for entirely different reasons. My love for this one knows no bounds. Let’s leave it at that. If you know then you know.
Beyond the Hallowed Sky by Ken MacLeod
This is the first book in the Lightspeed trilogy and it’s about a scientist who gets a letter from herself from the future where she proved something that seems impossible in the present time. It’s about so much more than that but I think people should go into it with just this much and enjoy the book thoroughly. I gave it 3.5 stars because I wanted more from this book than what were given. This was just me being greedy and nothing to do with the author. I enjoyed it a lot and can’t wait for the next books.
Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
I love Lift and Wyndle. Need I say more? I starvin’ love her, her love for pancakes and her love all things food in general just won me over, okay? She is such a breath of fresh air from the heavy plot shenanigans of the Stormlight Archive, not that this isn’t dark, it is but there’s more to this novella than just gloom and doom, you know?
Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather
This was another surprise for me. I had had my eye on it for so long and I finally picked it up and enjoyed it a lot. It was a good break in between huge fantasy books for sure. I really enjoyed the concept of having a huge being just sailing through space and hosting some passengers at the same time. Reminds of that Doctor Who episode.
The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky
At first I was a bit lost but once I started to pay attention, it slowly dawned on me exactly what was going on as Handry went through hell. This one was so good, the world building was great and the slow unfolding of history and realities of the world was all the more devastating for me.
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Part I & II)
Hoo, boy. This one was a bit hard to get through. Rather the first part of the book was. However as soon as I started with the second part, I was immediately reminded why I loved Sanderson’s books. This one explains so much about Dalinar Kholin and I cried when a certain key point in his life was revealed. I knew it was coming and I knew it was gonna be bad but I still wasn’t prepared for the devastation I felt. With that, I ask anyone who still hasn’t read this series, please, pick it up! It’s absolutely worth your time and heartache.
Dawnshard by Brandson Sanderson
I truly wasn’t expecting one of the interludes from Oathbringer to have a bigger part in the series but Dawnshard made it happen and I am so glad because I got read about Rysn and Chiri Chiri and the Lopen and that creepy island again. So, yay for that.
The Expert System’s Champion by Adrian Tchaikovsky
I had to read this one within the month because I had to know what was in store for Handry and his sister after the way the first novella ended. I wonder if there will be more books in this series. I haven’t tried to find out because I wanna be pleasantly surprised if it turns out to have more books coming out in future.
I am pretty happy that I managed to read this many books and the fact that I am almost catching up on the Stormlight Archive makes me so happy because it’s been a while since I had wanted to read all the books available. Now, only one more book left for me to say that I am all caught up on at least one series of a long, long series tbr. So yay for that!
What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it the most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.