July 2022 Reading Recap

July was…heavy, to say the least. There was some writing professional news that netted out less than positively, a meteor of a personal emergency that is still unfolding, and I think I finally figured a writing time management system that works for me (and a realization that I definitely write to run away, and there is a lot I want to run from).

I also went to NYC to see my family and catch up with some friends. Equally restful and stressful. I’ve stayed safe from disease the best I can, and wish the same for you and yours.

This month’s blog interviews were:

In August, I have four days off from my dayjob, which I intend to use for making lots of paintings

ARCs

  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers (adult, science fiction, sequel)
    • The adventures of Brother Dex and Mosscap continue
    • They wander some more towns and ponder the meaning of existence
    • I loved the currency of service
  • All the Hometowns You Can’t Stay Away From by Izzy Wasserstein (adult, speculative, short stories)
    • Impressive, intricate, queer as all get out
    • Something for everyone across speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy
    • Author interviewed on 7/26/2022
  • I Never Liked You Anyway by Jordan Kurella (adult, mythology retelling)
    • Orpheus and Eurydice get the CW treatment as dramatic music majors
    • Do you like coffee or “coffee”?
    • Forthcoming author interview on 8/15/2022
  • The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia (adult, fantasy)
    • Novella about a healer trying their best as a plague ravages their newfound home
    • Compact with dense queernormative world-building that centers people of color
    • Forthcoming author interview on 8/9/2022
  • The Sleepless by Victor Manibo (adult, science fiction)
    • Jamie is physically incapable of falling asleep and that is the least of his problems
    • A murder mystery with unexpected twists and a meditation on the toxic myth of productivity
    • Forthcoming author interview on 8/23/2022

Audiobooks

  • Hide by Kiersten White (adult, horror, 2022)
    • Hide and seek in an abandoned amusement park where something supernatural is afoot
    • A final reveal I found insulting, especially in the context of how small this book is
  • Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe (adult, nonfiction, 2022)
    • A collection of New Yorker profiles, each as thoughtful and careful as the one before it
    • Excellent as far as humanizing the people involved with shades of gray with regards to endorsement or condemnation
  • The Ones That Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones (adult, horror, 2010)
    • Masterfully crafted horror stories that drop you in the middle of it all
    • Gently guides the reader until the rug disappears beneath their feet

eBooks

In the Bedroom of Medusa by Magen Cubed (adult, horror romance, 2022)

  • An escort starts working for dommy mommy Medusa
  • Hot, short, and respectful of all kinds of work and says that all women are women

Physical Copies

  • Into the Drowning Deep (Into the Drowning Deep #1) by Mira Grant (adult, horror, 2022)
    • An expedition to find out what killed a documentary crew trying to film mermaids discovers that it is, in fact, mermaids
    • Choices made in the name of inclusion did not land as thoughtfully as they could have
  • Jagged Little Pill by Eric Smith (YA, contemporary, 2022)
    • Novelization of the jukebox musical of the same name
    • Every problem I had with this book is a problem with the source material itself
  • Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh (adult, historical fiction, 2022)
    • The real horror is trying to exist in a fictional medieval village
    • Seriously, heed the content warnings, everyone is vile and every new sentence provided either the new worst thing I ever read or a beautiful turn of phrase (complementary)

Light Novel

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Vol. 1 by Kei Sazane and Ao Nekonabe (seinen, fantasy, 2019)

  • A war of magic and tech in which neither is winning
  • Enemies to lovers and I’m obsessed with the world building

Manga

  • Land of the Lustrous Vol. 1 – 11 by Haruko Ichikawa (seinen, fantasy, 2017-2021)
    • Meticulously researched world full of gem people
    • Ship of Theseus of a character arc, beautiful art, and so much angst
  • The Rokudo Rounds Vol. 1 – 3 by Serina Oda (science fiction, seinen, 2022)
    • A cyborg named En enters a competition for literal upward nobility
    • Rad art, rad world-building, cool fights

Until next year,
Jo

3 thoughts on “July 2022 Reading Recap

  1. This is such a great list of books! I have to ask: have you ever heard of or read House of Leaves? It’s really creepy and very artfully done. I think you would enjoy it. I first saw it at Comic Con about five years ago, and it is one of the best horrors I have ever read 😊

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