December is almost over so I decided that it was the time to show the things I managed (or not) to read. This month I finished ten novels, one short story and I dropped one book.
Here are all of the books that I finished :
- Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson ★★★★★
- Dark Matters by Michael Dow ★★ 1/2
- Golden Son by Pierce Brown ★★★★★
- The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan ★★★★★
- Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont ★★★ 1/2
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★
- Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey ★★★★ 1/2
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik ★★★ 1/2
- All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr ★★★ 1/2
- The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston ★★★★
This was a really great reading month so picking favorites is going to be hard. The ones that really stood out to me probably were those books :
Those two books are now two of my favorite books ever.
However, I have to make an honorable for those three books, that were also really fun and interesting reads :
DNF (Did Not Finish)
I DNF’d one book which was The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. I decided as an early resolution to drop books that I don’t enjoy. Life is too short to read bad books. I forced myself to read it half of it but the I realized that I was skimming every battle scenes (and they are a lot). This book has way to many POV that were not necessary for the story and I did not like at all how the women were portrayed. It was not very original because it followed the very classical Man vs the Wild trope. I found myself being a lot more interested by the bad guys than the ones we are supposed to like and since it is planned to be a five books series and that each book out is pretty massive, I decided to stop there.
I read only one short story this month which was Oral Argument by Kim Stanley Robinson. It was the first KSR work that I read and I really enjoyed it. It was a very short piece about the possible economic consequences of a promising invention : a tatoo-ink that would enables human to do photosynthesis. I think that the idea was great and that the possible consequences were very well thought out. I would have liked it to be a little longer but it is always my problem with short fiction. This work was published by Tor.com and you can read it for free here.
What I plan on reading next
I don’t know for sure of what I am going to read but I would like to get to The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson which is the sixth tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, the only problem I have with this book is its lenght, I don’t mind 500+ pages books but this one is more than 1200 pages long… I would also like to read Only the Stones Survive by Morgan Llewyn and The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu that I received from Netgalley. Also, I would like to reread Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I have other books in mind but if I only managed to get to those mentionned, I would still be happy.