Holy shit! This month I read 16 books for a total of 4,115 pages and an average of 133 pages per day! This is my highest number of books and pages read all year. And I can tell you that’s because I really did little else other than read (aside from working and sleeping of course). I read a lot of great books this month – I loved revisiting the Unicorn trilogy and was pleasantly surprised by The Regional Office is Under Attack! and The Haunted House Project.
Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: The first thing Tanaquil saw almost every morning on waking was her mother’s face.
Gold Unicorn by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: Tanaquil’s mind was on higher things: the three flights of stairs that still lay ahead of her.
Red Unicorn by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: The first thing Tanaquil saw almost every morning on waking was the face of the man she loved.
Book of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West
First Sentence: Mrs. McMartin was definitely dead.
Devi vol 1 by Shekhar Kapur
The Haunted House Project by Tricia Clasen (review up later today)
First Sentence: I knock on the door three times and then lean in close, listening for the rustle of the bedspread or the thud of feet hitting the floor.
A few thoughts on Goodreads:
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding (there’s also a video on my IG of my thoughts on this, but sadly, I couldn’t get it to link properly)
First Sentence: Hurrah!
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: Darkness.
Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: Not long ago I was in some monastery.
Reviews to come:
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
First Sentence: The girls were never present for the entrance interviews.
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
First Sentence: “So,” said the young priest, “I think that I’m the man you’re looking for.”
Notable Quote: “All we do all day long is deal with our own problems, handle our own shit some way or other, It felt nice, for a little while, to be dealing with someone else’s shit instead of my own.”
The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang
First Sentence: Charles Wang was mad at America.
Notable Quote: “The people of the world could be divided into two groups: those who used all of their chances, and those who stood still through opportunity after opportunity waiting for a moment that would never be perfect.”
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
First Sentence: If you were wealthy, but extremely so, and you were in the market for a lavish adventurous getaway, one that might require the retainer of sherpas – in the event that you came across a mountain you wished to scale – as well as a hot air balloon and balloon crew in case, well, that came up, too, the desire, if you will, to hot-air-balloon over the glacial formations off the southern coast of Chile, then you could hardly do better than to contact the staff at the Morrison World Travel Concern.
Fish Girl by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli
Henry Hunter & The Beast of Snagov by John Matthews
First Sentence: The first time I saw Henry Hunter he was hanging by his fingertips from the windowsill of the principal’s office.