Mt TBR Report: August 2018


My Mt TBR cracked 400 books this month; I may have a problem. I can’t even blame it on the Aurealis judging this time. Instead, I found myself picking up a lot of romance novels… even though it’s going to take me a while to get to them.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2018: 351
Mt TBR @ 31 July 2018: 387
Mt TBR @ 31 August 2018: 407

Books Read

93. One Hell of a Ride by Seanan McGuire. A short story in the InCryptid series. Jonathan Healy is returning home with the lovely Frances Brown in tow. However, their journey proves a bit more eventful than expected when their train drives through a portal to Hell. An enjoyable story with some classic train fighting sequences. However, I ultimately found it lacked tension.

94. Wanted, A Writer by KJ Charles. An epilogue to the m/m romance novel Wanted, A Gentleman. After waking up with a hangover, Theo is offered a dream job… but one that poses a risk to the happy life he shares with Martin. Sweet, and the ties to a historical event were a fantastic touch. But once again I found it ultimately didn’t add much to the wider story.

95. Accelerants by Lena Wilson. Reviewed here.

96. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan. Reviewed here.

97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Technically a reread, but this particular version was a genderswapped version read by Tansy Rayner Roberts. It made me a lot more aware of my assumptions around gender.

98. The Butterfly Stone by Laurie Bell. Read for the Aurealis Awards.

99. A Glimmer of Silver by Juliet Kemp. Review forthcoming.

100. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina. Reread. Previously reviewed here and new review forthcoming.

101. Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee. Last book in the Machineries of Empire series. Hexarch Nerai Kujen revives a young version of Shuos Jedao to pit him against the older version. I admit I was a little lost at times, which perhaps explained why I didn’t feel it had quite the emotional punch it should have.


Books Acquired

Sword and Sonnet edited by Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones & E. Catherine Tobler
Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Wanted, An Author by KJ Charles
Accelerants by Lena Wilson
A Glimmer of Silver by Juliet Kemp
How to Fracture A Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen
Gentlewomen of the Press by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Girls Who Read Austen by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Shadows Fate by Aiki Flintheart
Edge of Time by Thalia Kalkipsakis
The Path of the Lost by Beau Kondos
Decon by Kit Rocha
Ivan by Kit Rocha
The Southern Arcana Series by Moira Rogers
Restoration by Angela Slatter
Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction edited by Dominik Parisen and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Online Reading

The Spoils of the Spoiled, Chapters 1-11 by not_poignant. A contemporary AU of not_poignant’s Fae Tales. Gwyn and Augus are students at a boarding school. As the scholarship kid, Augus resents Gwyn, whose family pretty much owns the academy and half the town. However, he soon comes to realise the golden boy isn’t exactly leading a charmed life. Comes with some heavy trigger warnings for explicit content, domestic abuse and dubcon.

As Green as the Ragged Grass, Chapters 1-2 by not_poignant. Another contemporary AU in which Gwyn is a young arborist employed to tend the grounds belonging to the stately, older Augus. Again, a warning for explicit content.

The rest of this is pretty much all Spiderman: Homecoming fanfic featuring Peter Parker/Michelle Jones.

The Cosmic Conspiracy Parts 1-4 by nire. A series of soul bond AU one-shots. I’m not generally into soul bonds… but neither is MJ. I also enjoyed the friendship between MJ and Liz.

your quiet afternoon crush by penelopes. Peter brings MJ tea and struggles to deal with his crush. No superhero antics, just high school fluff.

the only falling i want to do is for you by AppleJuiz. The Green Goblin kidnaps MJ but she doesn’t come quietly. Kind of merges Spiderman: Homecoming with Tobey Maguire’s Spider-man, but with added sass from MJ.

there’s nothing fake about the look in your eyes by AppleJuiz. Peter asks MJ to be his fake date to one of Tony’s functions.

the only room with a view by AppleJuiz. Peter commissions MJ to paint the view of his third favourite skyline. Beautiful fluff.

any universe with you can’t be the darkest timeline by AppleJuiz. Peter accidentally finds himself in the wrong timeline. Contains spoilers for The Avengers: Infinity War.

4 thoughts on “Mt TBR Report: August 2018”

  1. I feel this. Not counting library books or ebooks, I’m only supposed to have TBR books that fit on a designated shelf. Yesterday, I went over that space limit because I picked up three must-haves on sale. I’m also spending less time reading lately, too, which doesn’t help!

    1. Having a space limitation sounds like an excellent idea. I’m so grateful that a significant chunk of my Mt TBR is in digital format.

      I hope you’re able to find some reading time soon so that you can dive into your exciting new books!

  2. Oh man, I ALSO feel that I did not understand as much of Revenant Gun as I wanted to. I did not reread the first two books before reading Revenant Gun, and it was a terrible mistake. Yoon Ha Lee is not an author to dive into unprepared. :p

    1. OH GOOD! I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one. And you are so right about diving in unprepared. I’d read the second one not too long ago, but even that short a gap made for a challenge.

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