July 2021 Reading Recap

What even was July? It was my last month in Chicago, I moved to Texas (am still moving in Texas, no, I won’t be getting into more specific details). Reading was a bit fraught. I had lofty goals, like reading everything I borrowed from the library (didn’t happen). But I did enjoy a bunch of what I read, which is always a blessing.

I had two authors interviews on my blog for their debut works. First, horror YA writer Ryan Douglass talked about his debut, The Taking of Jake Livingston, and short story writer Charles Payseur told us a bit about his process of putting a short story collection, The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories.

ARCs

  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (2021, adult, science fiction, queer)
    • A kind novel in the truest sense
    • Very specific in its perspective on life and purpose
    • Cozy and re-affirming
  • The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories by Charles Payseur (2021, adult, science fiction, short stories, queer)
    • A short story collection that covers a wide breadth of science fiction
    • I had so many personal favorites
    • I really enjoyed how blue collar many of the tales were
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (2021, adult, fantasy, queer)
    • This book has everything I like: murder queers, role-as-identity, subversions of destiny
    • Epic in every sense of the word

Audiobooks

Physical Copies

Manga

  • Azumanga Daioh Vol. 4 by Kiyohiko Azuma (2004, shoujo slice-of-life)
    • No brain cells, but absolutely charming
    • Still feeling pretty bittersweet at the end when the characters go their separate ways
  • Dai Dark Vol. 1-2 by Q Hayashida (2021, seinen, science fiction horror comedy)
    • Good chaulk for the gap between The Locked Tomb entries
    • Space horror with comedy and very good character designs
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood by Hirohiko Araki (2004, shonen, historical fantasy)
    • Really lives up to the “bizarre” bit
    • Vampires, magic, and the most incredible poses I’ve ever seen
    • A classic for a reason

Until next month,
Jo

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