October Reads (2020 Edition)

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I’ve pulled my nose out of a book long enough to put together the list of what I read during October and what I’m reading now. It’s all about distractions this week, some people binge TV (we do have old GBBO, TNG, and DS9 episodes on in the evenings), I read.

October’s Reading List

  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  • Ninth Step Station: The Complete Season 1 by Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Curtis C Chen
  • The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
  • True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments by Keith Recker
  • Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales ★ by Paula Guran (Editor)
  • Veggie Burger Atelier: Extraordinary Recipes for Nourishing Plant-Based Patties, Plus Buns, Condiments, and Sweets ★ by Nina Olsson
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik
  • Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
  • Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
  • Vision in Siver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop
  • Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop
  • Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop
  • Lake Silence (World of the Others #1) by Anne Bishop
  • Wild Country (World of the Others #2) by Anne Bishop
  • Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home by Kristine Vejar, Adrienne Rodriguez
  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  • The Dark Arts Book 1-3 (Dark Arts) by Bec McMaster

NetGalley Reviews

A ★ indicates I received the title through Netgalley, the FTC wants you to know.

Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales ★ by Paula Guran (Editor)
See my complete review »

Veggie Burger Atelier: Extraordinary Recipes for Nourishing Plant-Based Patties, Plus Buns, Condiments, and Sweets ★ by Nina Olsson

See my complete review »

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
This story is haunting and beautiful. I read the first half as an ebook and finished with the audiobook, its narration is stunning.

Ninth Step Station: The Complete Season 1 by Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Curtis C Chen
A bit of a police drama, set it an alternate Tokyo. It’s fun and I’m haunting the library catalogue for Season 2 from Serial Box.

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
Fforde is the master of using humor and satire to enact change.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Where can hope and memory transport you?

A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik
I’m not sure what I expected in this, but the entire story feels forced and not what I’ve come to expect from Novik.

The Others & World of the Others Series by Anne Bishop
This series caught me as soon as Meg stumbled into Simon’s Courtyard. The seven books are all enjoyable.

The Dark Arts Books 1-3 (Dark Arts) by Bec McMaster
McMaster writes steamy steampunk, this series was a fun adventure to an alternate Victorian-era London.

Non-fiction

True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments by Keith Recker
A beautiful look at what how different artists are embracing natural dyeing.

Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home by Kristine Vejar, Adrienne Rodriguez
A gorgeous and practical guide to learning how to use natural dyes. I wrote about this title and True Colors at littleacorncreations.com

SPQR by Mary Beard
This was on my to-read list for a while, the audiobook was a nice accompaniment to a large garter stitch knitting project. I listened off and on as ancient Rome isn’t one of my favorite times or places, but it’s an interesting read.

Current Reads

Over the past few days of stress, I’ve been tearing through Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. I’m not quite sure what will happen when I’ve finished the twelve books in the series, but there is so much unknown right now.

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