I learned years ago that planning what I’m going to read never works (reading challenges are sadly not for me). Instead, what works is having a lot of books on my to-read list and choosing whatever I feel like reading. This month exemplified that perfectly. I read Uprooted because I was still in the mood for fairy tales after reading Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale last month, but I finished reading Dead Until Dark because I hated that it was sitting in my “currently reading” list on GoodReads for basically a full year. Whatever works, as long as I still find joy in reading.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
- Ill Will by Dan Chaon
- A Stranger In the House by Shari Lapena
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Codependent No More by by Melody Beattie
The highlight of the month was definitely Six of Crows by the queen Leigh Bardugo. I’m kicking myself for leaving this unread for so long (I bought it the week it came out… two years ago). The second highlight is the self help book, Codependent No More. With my background, I’ve resisted getting help for a long time. This book was therapist recommended and hugely helpful for me. If you feel like a caretaker to others, particularly at the expense of yourself, I’d highly recommend it.
According to GoodReads, I read my 666th book this month… which was ironically a book about the Satanic cult panic (Ill Will by Dan Chaon). Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the book much. Parts of it were intriguing, but I felt like the story meandered unnecessarily and tried too hard to end in a spooky way. I don’t enjoy writing reviews for books I didn’t gain much from so it won’t get a proper review. It sounds counter intuitive, but reviews take me a long time to write, and I don’t want to keep my focus on a book I didn’t enjoy or gain something from.