August is almost over! I gotta tell ya. August is my least favorite month. The weather here is offensive, the stress is egregious, and I generally feel like a slug. This week, the weather is giving us a break and it looks like our fall storm season is starting up. So, I'm quite happy to see the backside of August.
Of course, the end of the month means it's time for next month's reading plans. Caveat emptor: I have a meeting with my reading group on Sep. 9, so if any of the books I plan to read get removed from our reading list, I'll replace them with something else. This list might not look the same at the end of the month.
Away we go!
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He - This one is getting rave reviews on Booktube these days. It's based on Chinese culture and is about a young queen who is determined to find her father's killer, no matter what.
Revealing Hannah: The Myth of Cassandra by Laura Fedolfi - This kind of meets the Read Harder Challenge to read a book of mythology or folklore. I don't know if this is necessarily what they had in mind, but it was on my shelf, so it's going to have to work.
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller - This one is universally praised by my reading group readers. It's about some girls who leave Texas to get one of the girls an abortion. I guess it's a road trip book. I don't much care for the abortion plot line, but I read a book earlier this year that handled it pretty well, so I'll reserve judgment.
The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos - I had to go look this one up to remember what it's about. This is the one about the Russian immigrant ladies who can see what their lives will be like when they die. Until one day a great aunt dies and her life was nothing like her dream foretold.
Romanov by Nadine Brandes - I've been waiting for this one for months! This is a YA fiction retelling of the tale of Anastasia Romanov, with extra added magic.
Bloom by Kevin Panetta - This is a graphic novel about a guy who has just finished high school and wants to take his band to the big city. First, he has to hire his replacement at the family bakery. Then he meets a guy and maybe he doesn't want to leave anymore.
And Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley - This is about a girl in Louis XIV's court whose mother is part of a group of assassins taking out the French Court. Sounds fast-paced and exciting. It doesn't look like it's Fantasy. No magic. Just a poisoner and the slain king's illegitimate son.
Internment by Samira Ahmed - This is set in a near-future US, where Muslim Americans are interred in camps. Our main character works to overthrow the camp director and guards. All my reading group readers give it the thumbs up.
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler - I gotta have some sci-fi in my life. This is about a girl and her family who have left Earth to inhabit a new planet. Only things have gone all wrong. Then she unearths a secret that could destroy everything.
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter - And finally we come to the Book Club Book for September. Normally, I would put it at the top of the list to give myself lots of time to read it. But this one is only 135 pages, and it looks like it's told in verse. So lots of white space on the page. It has a blurb on the front from Emily St. John Mandel, so that's enticing.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson - Here we have another YA book about a girl rapper. Only this one is set in the '90s. I don't know a lot about rap, but I guess I'm about to learn.
The Dry by Jane Harper - This has been on my shelf for way too long. Luckily, it kind of meets the Read Harder challenge to read an own voices book set in Oceania. I am stretching "own voices" pretty far here. But again, it was on my shelf.
The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown - This book seems pretty emotional. Jess has a lot of issues that she doesn't know what to do with until she meets Vivi. Then she gets everything going right. But then Vivi dies, because of course she does. Jess throws out all her plans for herself until she meets a new friend who can help. It sounds like Jess needs to quit relying on other people to get herself in shape, but maybe that's just me.
Death at the Chateau Bremont by M. L. Longworth - This is me reading the books that have been on my TBR the longest. This one has been on the list since June of 2014. It's actually the second on the list, but number one has to wait until October because it's a spooky book, and it also meets a Read Harder challenge, so I'm skipping that one for now.
Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn - This one is actually number 12 on the list. I went through and assigned the books on my shelf the longest to the coming months. Then, I went back and added a couple more to the list for each month so I didn't end up reading too much YA all the time. I skipped the books that are super long and need a whole month to be read. So this one ended up here.
That's 15 books. I could add a short book or two if I was so inclined. That way, I can be flexible enough to add a book if I get a strong urge to read it right away.
What are your reading plans for September?