Summer Wrap-Up & September Reading Plans | Space Opera September 2020

This summer, my reading was all over the place. In July, I read two books and dropped one halfway through because it was putting me in a slump. In August, I read fifteen books. July was my last month in South Korea and it’s probably why I didn’t read a lot, I just wanted to enjoy my last days but sadly, the weather was terrible and I couldn’t do much outside. I could have spent my time indoors reading, but nop, I was so frustrated that I couldn’t concentrate on anything except YouTube videos and Kdramas.

August was way better; I loved my semester in South Korea but it was amazing to be back in France and to see my family and friends. I traveled a bit in the country with some friends that I hadn’t seen in months and I had a great time. I also read a lot of things; it was the best reading months I had in ages! (I think the last time I read as much was in 2016! :O)

I also started my Arthur C. Clarke Shortlist reading project again and I had so much fun reading the 6 finalists. I will review the last two: The Old Drift and The Light Brigade at the beginning of the month. I wanted to review them in August but,I was more in a reading than a reviewing mood and I didn’t want to half-ass my reviews.


In July

  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two by Temi Oh ★★★★
  • Sula by Toni Morrison ★★★★
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty ★★ [DNF]

In August

  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders ★★★★ 1/2
  • Apex Magazine February 2019 edited by Jason Sizemore ★★★★
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine ★★★★
  • Driftwood by Marie Brennan [RE-READ] ★★★★ 1/2
  • Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★
  • The Chase by Elle Kennedy ★★★★
  • The Last Astronaut by David Wellington ★★★
  • Clarkesworld issue 162 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★
  • Clarkesworld issue 163 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★★
  • The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell ★★★ 1/2
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston ★★★★★
  • Interzone issue 173 edited by Andy Cox ★★★
  • The Risk by Elle Kennedy ★★
  • The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley ★★★★★
  • Ring Shout by P. Djéli Clark ★★★★


I’m very picky with five stars ratings, a few books I read in August were *almost* five stars like The City in the Middle of the Night and Driftwood but they didn’t quite make the cut. However, last month I rated not one but two books five stars! They are completely different books, one of them is an adorable romance book and the other is one of the most messed up and brutal story I’ve ever read.

Red, White & Royal Blue is a romance story set in an alternate universe where the President of the U.S. is a Democrat woman of Mexican descent. It follows her son and the hate-to-love relationship he develops with the prince of England. I was expecting to read a cute YA romance but it had a lot of hidden depths and it was very much not YA. Also, it made me cry like a baby towards the end (both happy and sad tears). I really didn’t expect to love the story as much as I did but wow, it looks like I have a heart after all! 🤣

The Light Brigade is completely different, it’s a brutal story about the consequences of war on soldiers. I had a feeling I was going to love it and I did. I will review it later this month so I won’t write about it too much here but it’s an amazing book and the writing is superb.



In September, I want to take part in Space Opera September (aka S.O.S), an event hosted by Thomas from the Youtube Channel SFF 180. It’s a fun event promoting space opera and the goal is to complete several challenges by reading several space opera books and novellas. Space Opera September was also hosted in 2019 and Thomas did a really entertaining video at the time highlighting the challenges and I recommend watching it! 🙂

My aim is to become a Fleet Admiral so, I have to read 4 books. I also want to obtain Dreadnought ship so I have to complete 4 challenges. Here are the challenges and the books I would like to read to complete them! 😀

  1.  Read a space opera novella: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  2. Read two space operas written by women: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
  3. Read a space opera published before you were born: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  4. Read a space opera 500 pages or longer: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Of course, I want to read other things as well this month! Consideringthe fact that I’m going back to college next week, it’s probably a bit too ambitious but, I’ll try my best! Here are the ten things I would like to read:

I hope you had a good month of August! Have you read any of the books I read? 🙂

10 thoughts on “Summer Wrap-Up & September Reading Plans | Space Opera September 2020

  1. I‘ve reviewed House of Styx, Driftwood and Phoenix Extravagant- all of them really good. I‘m happy with my summer plunder. Autumn is here, and I have to catch up with my Netgalley arcs. But the end of this is near, and I‘ll be able to slice in other books. But I don’t attend motto months, so space opera would be a random choice for me.

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    1. I’m a bit behind with my ARC copies so I’m only getting to House of Styx now, I hope to be able to review it before the end of the month. I can’t wait to read it and your review made me even more excited! 🙂
      Understandable, I like motto months, they usually are a lot of fun and I like complteing reading challenges. 😀

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  2. Space Opera September sounds very cool!
    Sorry City of Brass didn’t work out for you – though I share your opinion on it! I did finish it, but hated every moment 😉
    Good luck with Simmons! The Hyperion duology is among my favorite SF books, I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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    1. Yes, it is! 😀
      I suffered until the halfway mark and then, I realized that I should just stop reading. A lot of people adore The City of Brass but I don’t get the hype. 😅 I’m glad I’m not the only lost soul who didn’t enjoy it!
      The Fall of Hyperion is a re-read since I want to read Endymion and I don’t remember a lot of it except that I really liked it. Hyperion is also one of my favorite science fiction books, it’s so damn brilliant.

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