Thirty-ish books seems to be my monthly average. It helps that I listen to a lot of audiobooks and read manga/graphic novels. There isn’t much else to report. I read. A lot. To the exclusion of things I should not be ignoring.
My audiobooks this month were split evenly between fiction and nonfiction. Three books were rereads (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf). Victorian Britain was a basic overview of the Victorian Era. Given that each lecture was 30 minutes long, it did not go into a lot of depth. Rise of the Rocket Girls was amazing! I’ve known about women computers for since I was child, but never really knew anything beyond that they existed. Rocket Girls focused on the women who helped turn the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) into the powerhouse it is today. It is boggling to think that (for example) the Viking mission trajectory calculations, etc… were done longhand by women. Ghengis Khan was also fascinating. Yes, he was ruthless, but he was also incredibly progressive and religiously tolerant. The Invention of Nature kept the amazing/fascinating nonfiction train going. Alexander Von Humboldt is the father/grandfather of modern natural science. His central idea was that all living things were connected – the web of life. This might seem blasé to us now, but the idea was incredibly revolutionary when he first presented it. His ideas inspired scientists such as Charles Darwin – whose own ideas had a strong foundation in Von Humboldt’s. Henry David Thoreau and John Muir are two other men who wouldn’t have become who they were without Von Humboldt.
I’m skipping over my thoughts on eight of the listed books because I read them for various PopSugar challenges and will talk about them in other posts. Sarah McLean is one of my favorite romance authors, and as I mentioned in another post, assholishness is something I can overlook in male characters. Most of the time. A Scot in the Dark was not one of those times. Neither Lily nor Alec did anything for me. They had zero chemistry. Alec also drove me nuts. Really, give the man a fedora or some black eyeliner. Kudos that he was in touch with his inner self, but he spent too much time agonizing over how unworthy he was, and in his drive to “protect” Lily from his unworthiness, HE LEFT HER multiple times when she needed him. Nope. Just nope. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic was alright. I liked the concept; kind of Alice in Wonderland. It’s gotten a ton of mixed reviews, and it’s easy to see why. It’s rambly, not a lot actually happens, and there is a very poorly executed attempt to draw parallels between Elizabeth/Darcy and Nora/Aruendiel. Again, with the total lack of chemistry or romance. The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion was a cute book – dorky guy asks the popular girl he has a crush on to the prom, she says yes…then gets abducted by aliens. Dorky guy then has to figure out how to rescue her, and ends up on his own adventure with a washed up alien rock band. The book doesn’t take itself too seriously, so neither should the reader.
Read Aloud (2)
I never thought I would say that a Magic Tree House book is a preferable read, but I would gladly read a stack of 40 of those suckers before I would even think about picking up another Anna & Elsa book. Beyond the horrible writing, it’s just obnoxious on too many levels. The Candymakers was good book. I liked how the story was told from multiple perspectives, and having to piece together what was going on. The only thing I didn’t like was that the tension was built up and then let down without an explanation for how the issue was resolved.