Happy 2020! I fell a little behind on posting due to holidays, a vacation with my best friend, and getting immediately addicted to Fire Emblem: Three Houses on my return. However, I wanted to present an update for my Reading Challenges for November and December 2019, as well as do a roundup of how many categories I hit throughout 2019 and how I felt about each challenge. (I had to adjust a few books I categorized earlier into different ones to make these fit, but I managed it! Didn’t lose a single book in the process.)
Will I be doing a reading challenge for 2020? Read on to find out!
I was born in the 90s, so by being published in the 80s, Watchmen is a classic that definitely fits the bill. We’ve already had a film about it, so I wanted to acknowledge the tv series inspired by the comic that came out this year instead. I haven’t watched it yet (ha!), but I’ve heard nothing but good things and am looking forward to it.
Hey, everyone! Happy Halloween—almost. The Witching Hour is closing in, and soon trick-or-treaters will be hitting the streets, and cosplayers will be showing off with convention-ready costumes.
It’s a special time of the year that no other holiday can match or imitate—and it gives me an excuse to finally do another Top Ten Tuesday, so thank you to That Artsy Reader Girlfor providing a freebie for us this time.
I’ve decided to do a Halloween Books – Vibe Check Edition, where I look at the books on my TBR shelf that give me both intense Halloween vibes and which I’m most excited to read (though in no particular order except alphabetical this time).
October is here, and that means creepy decorations, sugar-induced comas, and new books—all in time for Halloween! From a vampire murder mystery set in 1800s New Orleans to a creepy black door that lurks in every soul, this batch of books seems to be leaning into deliciously macabre and ghoulish themes.
Let’s get spoopy!
The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
Why I Want to Read This: Leigh Bardugo is one of my few auto-buy authors at this point, and I have been intrigued by Ninth House, Bardugo’s first foray into adult fantasy since she first announced it. Not just because it sounds dark and gritty, but also because of this mysterious occult element it’s touting, too. Secret societies have also been a weird fascination of mine, and Alex herself sounds like a protagonist I very much want to get to know. Ultimately, though, I love coming into this book, having absolutely no clue what’s going to happen and where it’s going to go, and from a new series standpoint, that is so exciting.
I am just destined to be late on things in July, apparently. But that’s okay! Because I’m still going to do what I want, and what I want right now is to do this really awesome tag I found on Soffi’s blog at A Book. A Thought (she’s super amazing and posts some really awesome stuff, so you should def follow her if you aren’t already).
I’m not sure who came up with the tag originally, but whoever you are: you’re lovely and amazing, too!
Here’s hoping you guys like this one. It’s the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!
Best Book I’ve Read so Far in 2019
Seanan McGuire just flexed on everybody with Middlegame. This is a standalone that packs a punch, the story grounded in real-world New England and California but rendered incredibly complex with alchemy and the cosmic forces of the universe summed up inside, well, people. McGuire demonstrates how much she’s mastered her craft with this one, similarly to how her character Reed attempts to master the Alchemical Doctrine: it’s stunning and terrifying, beautiful and unbelievable all at the same time. Combine all that with superior characterization, flawlessly balanced third-person omniscient, and timeline juggling, and we have an ambitious masterpiece I will live in awe of for years to come.