Quarterly Reading Recap: July-September

As part of my attempts to document my reading for anyone who might be interested, enjoy the third installment of my log and general analysis of my reading over the last quarter of a year (you can find the first two quarters of the year in these two posts Quarterly Reading Recap and Mid-year Reading Recap).I read fifteen books over the last three months, they are listed below and as always, any reviews will be linked.

The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas, gifted, first read

Skin Game (Dresden FIles #15) by Jim Butcher, owned, re-read

Death Masks (Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher, owned, re-read

Proven Guilty (Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher, owned, re-read

Cold Days (Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher, owned, re-read

Rediscovery: SF by Women by Gideon Marcus, gifted, first read

Peace Talks (Dresden Files #16) by Jim Butcher, owned, first read

The Peace Machine by Oezguer Mumcu, gifted, first read

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews, owned, first read

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K Hamilton, owned, re-read

The House of Styx (Venus Ascendant #1) by Derek Künsken, gifted, first read

The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, SL Huang and Rivers Solomon, gifted, first read

Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families and Friends (Anthology) by Sheila Williams, gifted, first read

The Midnight Circus by Jane Yolen, gifted, first read

The 5th Gender by GL Carriger, owned, first read

As you can see, the majority of the books were read for the first time, which also explains why reading slowed down in the latter half of the quarter, when rather than re-reading books I already knew the storyline of, and knew I enjoyed, I was reading and evaluating new stories. One other thing that jumped out at me was the amount of sci-fi I’ve read recently. I still consider myself a lot more of a fantasy fan than a science fiction lover, but ever since Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire series (along with SL Huang’s Russels’s Attic–now Cas Russel–series, and the incredible Villains series by VE Schwab) rekindled my passion for the genre; I’ve been reading more sci fi books, and I do genuinely enjoy the ethical and social commentary that sci fi scenarios often allow for.

Fully a third of the books I’ve read (or largely re-read) belong to Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, so obviously urban fantasy still reigns supreme in my literary tastes. This Dresden Files binge isn’t surprising to me, I enjoy re-reading older books in a long-running series to refresh the details in my mind while anticipating a new release, as I’m sure do many of you.

You’ll notice Battle Grounds (Dresden Files #17) isn’t on the list, though not for lack of trying on my part. My pre-order is once again languishing in purgatory, and I haven’t yet cancelled it and purchased the book from another source, as I had to do with Peace Talks (international purchasing during a pandemic could be a whole other blog post, and I’m trying not to get too off-topic). Once Battle Grounds does make it’s way to my bookcase, I may write a review of it along with Peace Talks in an attempt to evaluate the almost conjoined nature of the two books.

There’s no review up yet for the last book on this list, either, though it should be posted soon. GL Carriger/Gail Carriger is a favourite author of mine, as I truly enjoy the light but not sacharine fiction with robust GSM/LGBTAIQ+ representation that she writes.

Twenty percent of the books I read this quarter were anthologies, as I find them interesting to review, giving as they do a chance to sample multiple authors/styles of writing. Thanks to NetGalley, I got to read works from more than eight new authors over the last three months (I’m not enclined to count how many authors were new to me from the anthologies I read), a chance I appreciate and that I believe makes for interesting reviews. While I give my opinion on series and authors I’ve been a fan of for years, I understand that my views are likely biased on this front, and appreciate the diversity of content that review copies of books allow for.

Overall, I’m happy with my reading over the last quarter. I have a lot of pre-orders due in October (though receiving them is somewhat complicated by the current postage delays being experienced world-wide), and as such will hopefully be reading a good balance of new and old books in the remainder of the year. I;m not currently sure if I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo next month, though if I do this may slow my reading somewhat.

If you’ve read this far and you’d like to, let me know what you’ve read recently, and any trends you’ve noticed (if any) in your own reading habits. I’d genuinely like to know.

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