I don’t know where July went. One day I was marveling at the fact that it had arrived, then poof, it’s over.
Life-wise, it brought some changes. My roommate is now on an overnight schedule at work, and because my work (read: blogging) is flexible and can be done at any time of the day and because my past has shown that overnights work really well for me, I’ve switched to the same schedule. So now we’re both awake at night and sleep for most of the day.
Combined with my allergy to sunlight, this is working well for me.
Did I mention vampires?
Okay, in all seriousness, let’s take a look at what I accomplished here last month.
In Midnight’s Silence, by T Frohock
We Are Monsters, by Brian Kirk
Tainted Blood, by M L Brennan
Dark Orbit, by Carolyn Ives Gilman
The Affinities, by Robert Charles Wilson
Dark Ascension, by M L Brennan
The Night of the Long Knives, by Fritz Leiber
The Fifth Season, by N K Jemisin
I read 8 books and reviewed just as many! I was hoping to actually read more, but a large chunk of my days lately has been taken up trying to readjust my sleep schedule, leaving me tired and occasionally unable to do much beyond staring vacantly at a TV, so reading hasn’t been top of my priority list for the past week-and-a-bit. It’s getting better now, I’m adjusting, so hopefully next month will be better!
I looked at 6 books that are On the Watchlist, 1 of which I’ve received for review since then, which makes me pretty happy! I looked at some of the books that I didn’t have a chance to read and review before their release date, too, which makes me less happy, but sometimes that happens.
I reviewed a very weird Hong Kong horror movie called Baby Blues.
I announced the winner of the first round of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off! I’m happy to see Barbara J Webb’s City of Burning Shadows passed on to round 2, and I look forward to seeing what everyone else in the challenge thinks of it.
I wrote The Great Divide, which looks at gender issues and visibility in SFF, and the logic people try to use to excuse the lack of balance.
I look back on July and think, “Wow, I didn’t actually think I’d done that much.” Possibly because the month just flew by for me, so it didn’t feel like much could have been accomplished. But really, I’d be happy if I had months this good more often!
So what’s on the table for August? Well, I want to do the usual review goal of 8 books, of course. I’m hoping for another guest post or two, because they’re always good to read! Weeks 3 and 4 of the Full Fathom Five readalong will be in August, so there’ll be those posts too. I definitely want to look at some more movies to review, because I’m enjoying that more than I thought I would (and I thought I’d enjoy it right from the outset)!
I’m also going to be starting an in-depth look at certain older SFF novels, a chapter-by-chapter commentary, because I find that very often during the reading of a book I end up thinking a lot about certain scenes or themes and I want to talk about them, but there’s not always a good place in an overall review. So in-depth stuff is what I’m going for. Since my Patreon supporters get this news early, it won’t be a surprise to everyone, but starting in August I’ll be reading C S Friedman’s Coldfire trilogy. 5 chapters a week, with the commentary and analysis being posted on Fridays, until the whole trilogy is done.
I’m aware that this will take a long time, but it’s a project that I think I’ll enjoy and will help me better flex some analytical muscles. So readers can look forward to that, starting on August 7th.
So that’s my plan for August! Plenty of content, plenty of awesome books!
How did your July go? Any big plans for August? Let me know in the comments, or link to your own similar blog posts on the subject!