I didn’t read much towards the start of the month, but towards the end of the month I had a case of the blues, and then I got sick, so I suddenly read a lot.
Which was perfectly fine with me.
I read some really good books, and I read absolutely one abysmal book. We’re talking a book that had me ranting for days after I finished it.
The best books of the month were re-reads: A Fistful Of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczynski, and the Jane Yellowrock series, by Faith Hunter . Plus one new read, the anthology Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran which was very good.
A Fistful Of Sky (2002) Nina Kiriki Hoffman (10/10)
Dirty Magic (2014) Jaye Wells (7/10)
Urban Shaman (2005) C.E. Murphy (6.5/10)
Skinwalker (2009) Faith Hunter (8/10)
Blood Cross (2010) Faith Hunter (8/10)
Mercy Blade (2011) Faith Hunter (7/10)
Raven Cursed (2012) Faith Hunter (8/10)
Death’s Rival (2012) Faith Hunter (8/10)
Blood Trade (2013) Faith Hunter (8/10)
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) Paula Guran (8.5/10)
Strange Brew (2009) edited by P.N. Elrod (7/10)
Fantasy: Historical / Steampunk
Farthing (2006) Jo Walton (7/10)
Hounds of Autumn (2013) Heather Blackwood (2/10)
Comic / Graphic Novel
Rising Stars: Born in Fire, Power, Fire and Ash (2001-2005) J. Michael Straczynski, Keu Cha, Ken Lashley et al (10/10)
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (2013) Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, Dave Stewart (7/10)
Hellboy in Hell Volume 1: The Descent (2014) Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart (7/10)
Local (2008) Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly (NR)
And now for my favorite part: THE NUMBERS!
I read 17 books this month, bringing the total so far this year to 105 books. I’m averaging 15 books a month, which is my highest average yet. But I’m sure that’ll drop down when cooler weather hits and I get outside more.
Because I had so many re-reads (8), I actually read more paper books than ebooks. The trade paperbacks were all comics, and I fully admit that I really prefer reading comics on paper. (The things that are supposed to increase your ereading pleasure with comics actually take me out of the story. But I’ll keep trying.)
Trade Paperback: 3
I read mostly fantasy this month (with even the comics mostly in the fantasy genre).
And I read very heavily of female authors this month.
Which brings the straight-up male:female ratio 1:1.
Joint + Anthology: 14%
Male Pseudonym: 2%
However, when you consider that the overwhelming majority of authors I read who are writing under initials are women, and a number of women writing under male pseudonyms, almost half the books I’ve read this year were written by women. Not too bad.