I’m a mood reader. For me, this usually means setting a TBR, following it for a few days, and then abandoning all of the books I didn’t manage to read in favor of a new TBR.
I’ve read anywhere between 7 and 19 books per month this year, so picking five(ish) books seems reasonable.
Most Anticipated Release
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart was one of my favorite books of 2020. Now that I have the e-ARC of The Bone Shard Emperor, I want to get to that as soon as possible.
The first book follows Lin Sukai, the daughter of an emperor. Lin doesn’t remember much about her past, but she knows she wants to prove that she is the rightful heir to her father’s throne. The emperor is highly skilled in bone shard magic, which has helped him create animal-like constructs that keep him in control over the empire.
The first book also follows:
- Jovis, a man looking for his wife
- Phalue, the daughter of her island’s governor
- Sand, who lives on a remote island and begins to question their daily routines
I’m still undecided on whether or not I will reread the first book before starting the second book, but at this point it seems likely.
Continuing a Series
I intended to read a book from the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire every month or two until I finished, but I’ve failed to do that. The Wayward Children series is a portal fantasy series of novellas that follows children who have gone through doors to other worlds, only to be sent home later. They go to a school to learn how to cope with being back in our world, though that is an oversimplified way of describing the series. The next book that I need to read is Come Tumbling Down, which follows Jack, one of the characters from the earlier books.
Starting a Series
Reading A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers inspired me to read more novellas. In this case, I’m looking at All Systems Red by Martha Wells. I’ve wanted to read the Murderbot series for over a year now, but I have to be in a specific mood for sci-fi. Now is the time. All Systems Red follows Murderbot, an A.I. who must work with humans to figure out why a certain mission went wrong. I’ve heard that people love Murderbot as a character, and as a character-driven reader, this seems like the right thing to read now.
Having My Soul Destroyed (??)
I started reading The Poppy War trilogy by R.F. Kuang earlier this year. Now it’s time to finish it. The final book is The Burning God. This trilogy follows Rin, a peasant girl from Rooster Province. At the beginning of the first book, she aces a test that allows her to study at Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan. Though the empire is at peace when Rin begins her time at Sinegard, it seems like a third Poppy War is about to break out. Rin also discovers that the gods once believed to be dead are actually alive, and that her powers might be the only way for her to save her people.
I will probably read The Drowning Faith (a collection of short stories from Nezha’s POV, which can be found here) before starting The Burning God.
A Book About Writing
Apart from finishing Never Say You Can’t Survive: How to get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories by Charlie Jane Anders, I want to pick up another book about writing. I haven’t picked this book yet, though. My goal is to attempt NaNoWriMo this year, even though I don’t expect to win.
What are some of your reading plans for October? I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below!