November found me a long way off my reading game. I had some time-consuming personal commitments which chewed into my reading time. And I DNFed two books this month. Combined, it makes for the worst reading month I’ve had all year.
Of course, acquisitions haven’t slowed down at all. I managed to pick up some exciting review books as well as some bargains on sale. And then there was that second-hand book-shopping trip I made with Elanor. Oops.
My other goals were a mixed bag. I’ve had no trouble making one trip to the library this month. However, for the first time this year, I’ve missed reading this month’s piece of fanfiction. I’m a little disappointed in myself, especially considering how close I am to the end of the year.
Mt TBR Status
Mt TBR @ 1 January 2017: 327
Mt TBR @ 31 October: 343
Mt TBR @ 30 November: 364
160. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. First in the Iron Fae series. When Meagan Turner’s brother is replaced by a changeling, she must go on a quest to rescue him. I usually love books about the fae, but I found this extremely derivative.
161. Paranoia: Players Handbook by James Wallis, Grant Howitt and Paul Dean. Pretty much as it says on the label. Paranoia is a game in which players are clones that live in Alpha Complex. The place is run by Friend Computer who has all of our best interests at heart. Friend Computer wants us all to be on the lookout for traitors, terrorists, secret society members and people with mutant powers. Happiness is mandatory. The manual is relatively concise, though the rules around combat could have used a little more clarity. I was also annoyed that the sample game given on the first page had just one female player in a group of six. *sigh*
162. Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee. Reviewed here.
163. The Time of the Stripes by Amanda Bridgeman. Reviewed here.
164. Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. Review forthcoming.
165. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. First in The Loyal League series. Historical m/f romance between a former slave and a Pinkerton detective, both working undercover to spy on a Confederate senator. It did an excellent job of balancing the romance with some crunchy issues. I’ll definitely be looking for the next in the series.
DNF. Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson.
DNF. Keeper by Kim Chance.
Uncanny Magazine, Issue 19
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
Nexus by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
A Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Deep by Kylie Scott
Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster
Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
The Interminables by Paige Orwin
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells
Girl Reporter by Tansy Rayner Roberts
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Medalon by Jennifer Fallon
Treason Keep by Jennifer Fallon
Harshini by Jennifer Fallon
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick