Monday, October 5, 2015

September Reads 2015

I didn't blog much (read: at all) in September. Truth be told I didn't get much reading done either. It was a pretty hectic month to be honest. I've never been one of those people who get through stacks and stacks of books each month (unless I'm reading a lot of YA, which I'm not), I'll usually get through just one or two novels a month. Occasionally I remember that I have a stack of comics to get through as well and I cross a few of those off my list as well. September was like that.  I managed to read two novels, two volumes of comics, and I finished off a short story collection that was started in August. I think I did alright:

Moral Disorder and Other Stories The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Station Eleven
 Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope Saga, Volume 5

  1. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood: I love everything I read by Margaret Atwood with very few exceptions.  I think my issues with this book were more about my problems with short stories as a whole and not reflective of her amazing skills. All the stories in this collection revolve around the life of a single woman and the relationships in her life, and how they shape and affect her. Her writing itself is fabulous, but I personally had a hard time not reading this collection as if it were a disjointed novel. I originally gave it three stars and then bumped it to four because of the gorgeous cover and it felt like blasphemy to give the literary ambassador of my country (Oh, Canada) anything less. 
  2. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King: I signed up for the #HailtotheKing Challenge back in January and it took me all of nine months to finally get around to cracking open one of his books. The Gunslinger was my first Stephen King read and I enjoyed it much more that I expected to. Yes, it was confusing at parts, and yes, you could tell it was written by a writer early in his career. But you quickly get over those things and enjoy the book for what it is: a truly great story. I have definite plans to continue with the series and maybe even explore more of King's works. I have somehow managed to compile a small collection over the years without ever cracking a spine. It's definitely time to remedy that. 
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: This book was our NovelTea Book Club pick for the month of September, and I am so glad it was since I have a horrible habit of stockpiling amazing books and taking forever to get around to actually reading them. And this book was just that: amazing. It was dark but also hopeful. I actually had two dreams about an apocalypse while reading it, and I truly believe that if I'm having dreams about the book I'm reading, it's a real winner. Go now and read this book if you haven't already. I've been kicking myself for putting it off for so long. 
  4. Low: Volume One by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini: From dystopian  novels to dystopian comics. This one was breathtaking both in storytelling and in art. The face of the Earth is uninhabitable and the last of mankind now lives under the sea, with resources and oxygen reserves running out. One woman has the hope and resilience to try and find a probe on the surface that has returned to Earth after years of searching space in order to find a new planet to call home. I wasn't really into it at first as I found the opening pages to be a tad confusing, but it all falls together bit by bit and by the end I was totally hooked. I'll definitely by picking up Volume Two and some of Remender's other works, such as Black Science
  5. Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I cannot say enough about how much I love Vaughan's work, and this series especially. This wasn't my favourite volume of the series so far as not a lot seemed to actually happen, but I can tell it's leading up to something big and that is something that I am excited for. 

What I plan to read in October: 

Half-Blood BluesI haven't been doing well on my challenges this year (like at all) except for the Stephen King Challenge (above) which was easy enough as it only involved reading 1-3 books (1 and done - checked it off my list at last), so I was really hoping to get through some of my challenge books this month (and maybe also a few new releases that I have been eagerly awaiting all year). So far I have started Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan and I am really enjoying it. It's really put me in a mood to read more WWII fiction and watch more movies surrounding that era (The Imitation Game is now on Netflix in Canada and it is FANTASTIC). Other than that I'm just really going to play it by ear. I'd like to maybe sneak in a few spooky reads this month. Dracula is on my Classics Club list, but I haven't fully decided if it's the one I want to read yet. 

If you've got any quick spooky reads to recommend for October, please let me know!