August: The List

Title: Storm Rising by Mercedes Lackey

Genre: fantasy

Key Descriptors: mage-storms, alliances, Valdemar series #12

Why I’m Reading It: My buddy read with Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku entitled #ReadingValdemar is still going strong

Title: Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and The Real, edited by Celia Correas de Zapata

Genre: magical realism

Key Descriptors: women in translation, short stories, anthology

Why I’m Reading It: this is the oldest book I own on my TBR

Title: Wicked Woman: Women in Metal from the 1960s to Now by Addison Herron-Wheeler

Genre: nonfiction

Key Descriptors: self-published, heavy metal, niche bands

Why I’m Reading It: This is the newest book I own on my TBR

Title: Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood

Genre: mystery

Key Descriptors: bakery, Australia, Corinna Chapman series #1

Why I’m Reading It: Greenwood pens a whole series about Corinna Chapman, a fat women who isn’t dieting or dating to happiness!

Title: Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood

Genre: mystery

Key Descriptors: baking, chocolate-making, Corinna Chapman series #2

Why I’m Reading It: I typically read one book starring a fat woman per month, but I want to finish this who series in December and need to catch up!

Title: World’s End by Joan D. Vinge

Genre: science fiction

Key Descriptors: outer space, police, The Snow Queen Cycle series #2

Why I’m Reading It: After reading The Snow Queen for summer bingo, I found myself continuing to think about the characters and thus will finish this four-book series.

Title: Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels

Genre: short story collection

Key Descriptors: Detroit, auto industry, migration

Why I’m Reading It: I’ve read so many books I own by women on my TBR that I’m actually running low. I need to catch up on books I own on my TBR by men.

Title: The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure by Shoba Narayan

Genre: nonfiction

Key Descriptors: India, friendship, cows

Why I’m Reading It: I keep adding books from the library to my TBR, so I’m making a concerted effort to read one library pick each month so my adding to the list isn’t a meaningless action.

Happy August Reading, Book Nerds!


  1. I’m definitely a book nerd! Hope you enjoy Kerry Greenwood, they’re definitely lots of fun. She’s such a Melbourne person that it will be interesting to see how they read to a non-resident.

    i love the World’s End cover. I reckon I have some SF with covers by the same artist (but I’m not going to pull them all out and check).


    • I think in the 1980s there was one book cover artist who took over the entire SF/F market and made these nerdy yet fun covers that are iconic of the period. I love them, but I know some people feel bashful when reading such books in public.

      I’ve heard wonderful things about Kerry Greenwood from a fat activist in Australia, and I’m so glad that even the synopsis of each book is entertaining. If I have any Aussie questions, I’ll let you know.


  2. The collection of Latin American shirt stories looks really interesting – I’m trying to read more fiction from Latin American writers beyond the big names.


    • I’ve had this book for what feels like forever. I picked it up after a colleague said she enjoyed it (and I think she taught it in her lit classes, too). I have a list of the countries from which these authors originate, and it’s definitely a variety.

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    • I think most of my library pics are recommendations from you, dear bloggers! I only add books if they are available at the library or through WorldCat. I’ve really been ambitious about not buying books this year.

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  3. Heavenly Pleasures and Earthly Delights look interesting! I’d like to read more mysteries, and I’m always intrigued by books that feature bakeries and food.


  4. This is a really diverse TBD for you– I love to see you branching out. Do you feel like this is extra diverse or is that just me? Also– the mere fact that you want to continue to read The Snow Queen series excites me! There must be a review of it somewhere… you’re so good at writing reviews once you finish a book. Unlike some people I know… wah wah. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • I found The Snow Queen thanks to a book reviewer on Goodreads whom I like and talk to regularly. IRL, he’s a librarian. He read the rest of the series and continued to appreciate it. I do agree that my list is fairly diverse in terms of genre. I don’t have much knowledge of mysteries (and there are many than my brain refuses to understand), so those are new. The nonfiction book set in India is different for me. I tend to feel intimidated when I read books set in India because it’s such a large, diverse country that I feel like I have no context for what I’m reading. But year, short stories, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, nonfiction — it’s all over the place!


  5. Great TBR! I hope you are having a great reading month so far this month. How many of these books have you read so far?

    Wicked Woman: Women in Metal from the 1960s to Now sounds fascinating! Are you a heavy metal fan? I didn’t peg you as a metal head lol

    The cover for The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure by Shoba Narayan is so psychedelic! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚


    • I read Storm Rising for #ReadingValdemar and finished Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman (she’s not on the list, but I replaced the Latin American book with hers because the Latin American book was not good). I just started Wicked Woman today. So far it is more interesting and better written than What Are You Doing Here: Black Women in Metal. I listened to metal a lot growing up. I still do, but not as much. For some reason, the older I get the less I listen to music. I do NPR, the morning show on the local rock station, and audio books.


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