Well, hello there. Fancy a bit of a greeting do ya?
Whatever that was. Hello everyone, happy new month to each and every one of you. Yes, I realize that the new month was a couple of days ago. Almost a week in fact. But you see, I had this awesome idea to share with you guys the books that I would be reading this month. So I decided to collect them all and then I – it gets a bit boring really – had to do some other stuff and then I … yeah.
That said, I do have a list of books that I will be reading this month and I was wondering – hoping, more like – if maybe you guys would want to read them with me. I mean, I think they’re all pretty good books and it would make for great conversation for all of us. So without further ado ladies and gentlemen, these are the books that I’m reading this month (and the links to purchase them if you’re so willing). Keep in mind that I have not read any of these books, they have been recommended to me. And I think reading together is better, right?
The books are predominantly sci-fi and fantasy. By predominantly, I mean only. Of course horror books are great, but the reason why I shy – run – away from them is most likely a story for another day.
I feel like I have to stress that this is by no means a review of any of the books. It is just my thoughts on them, and what I’ve gathered apart from the summaries. And also, *whispers conspiratorially* links to buy them. 😅
And now, without much further ado and in alphabetical order, they are:
Artemis by Andy Weir
Okay, so this book has a really really fascinating cover. No, really. I was drawn to it – not because the author also wrote The Martian pfft – but because I love Greek mythology. And although this book probably has nothing to do with Zeus’s child, it is one that I feel deserves attention. The first and only city on the moon has a nice ring to it. Get it? See how on the cover there’s …. *sighs* never mind. So, Artemis, my friends.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
I haven’t read a lot of books by Nigerian authors. And we can argue about whether or not Nnedi is a Nigerian author, or we can just breathe in the awesomeness of this book. I’ve heard many good things about Binti and more about Nnedi. But we also have to accredit the fact that the book has gotten a couple of awards. I don’t know the exact number, but that doesn’t really matter. I’m excited to see what’s on these pages.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth:
While reading the summary of the book, I kinda froze at “… everyone has a gift”. If you’ve read the summary, you know that’s the first line. Everyone loves a good superhero book or movie. I think the only thing better is when *clears throat* “everyone has a gift”. Veronica has quite a reputation, and I’ve wanted to read a book of hers for a while. And now I shall.
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Like many of you, I only know Joey as a vlogger. Well, knew – in light of this. If you don’t know him however, he’s a YouTuber, actor, author, producer and singer. Not bad, right? I stumbled upon the book a couple of weeks back and I must say, I am very intrigued. The ratings are commendable, the plot arms you with lots of ideas. Or maybe that’s just me. But I really want to see what’s inside. I’m practically itching, because the second book in the series is out already. I’ll be reading that too, soon after.
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Maybe it’s just the amazingly simple title or the plot or something about “Ilona” but I’ve been drawn to this book since I saw it. And vampires and werewolves? It basically had my name all over it. I’ve been searching for a book on the beasts of the moon and the night for a while. And yes, yes, there are lots? But how many promise the use of a broom? 😂
Dark Run by Mike Brooks
Although the plot is a tad vague, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and the trilogy it begins. Plus it’s space opera, and I’ve been meaning to broaden my reading categories – don’t ask me about horror. I do feel though that this book will light up my imagination’s space exploration abilities. That sentence might not have made sense. But I do want to read this book.
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Okay. Flame in the mist. There’s a lot going on in the summary, which kinda makes it easy to envision what to expect. So it wouldn’t surprise you that I stopped breathing at “alchemist”. You already know by now that I’m a big fan of a lot of fantastical philosophies. Alchemy being close to the top. And I hope that it is fully expressed in this book, although the book has a lot more going for it.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
I need not speak much of this book. Cassandra Clare is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her Shadowhunter series is probably the only series I’m even close to following. There’s so much to say about Shadowhunters if you don’t know about them already. This book is the second in The Dark Artifices series, and I cannot wait to read it. I’ve seen enough spoilers already. Also, the third book comes out this year. Yippee! 😂
Provenance by Ann Leckie
I once had a book like this in my library, but my device crashed and I couldn’t remember the title. Most of the plot is similar to this book, but I haven’t read either. And Provenance has a great plot that I wouldn’t mind burying my head in for a while. Also, Ann is no newbie to this space – see what I did there? I reckon her experience with past books will shine through (I’ll stop now).
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
I’m going to say it outright. If you’re writing fantasy, have an awesome cover please. The cover is what pulled me to this book. I mean, she has a cloak. She looks straight out of a game. Now that all that geek stuff is out of the way, the synopsis reminds me of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy with everyone’s witchery. And do I need to say more? Everyone has powers!
Finally, I know you’ve counted ten. But I always try – try – to read a nonfiction book every month. I know some people read them daily, but this is my pace. For this month, I picked Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers which you can get here or here.
That’s all. Okay, not really. But let’s do these first. I already have a pretty big headstart – there’s a pretty big head somewhere – as I’m almost done with Lord of Shadows. But there’s enough time to meet up (I’m pretty lazy).
Do let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you think. Also, did you like this list? I’m thinking of making this a monthly thing. I don’t think I can say “April on!” But we’ll figure something out. Thanks for visiting my blog and as always, have fun reading!