September turned out to be a surprisingly good month for keeping pace with my reading goals. I say “surprisingly” because I ended August by starting Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, the paperback of which clocks in at over 1,200 pages. I felt I’d be happy if I could finish just that in September, but I wound up finishing two more books as well: David Lender’s Mickey Outside and Graphic Design School.
I have written in the past about how I used to really like fantasy novels and want to read more. Last year, I had read Sanderson’s Elantris which I liked more than not but wasn’t overly thrilled with. Although The Way of Kings is slow in parts, overall, it is a great work of fantasy. Unlike Elantris, which has great world building but is a bit dry in other areas, The Way of Kings has a fascinating plot and engaging characters in addition to presenting and intricate and compelling world. I look forward to soon reading the follow-up. Words of Radiance.
One of the benefits of being an Amazon Prime member is their Kindle First program. Each month, members get one free Kindle book in advance of its official release date. I’ve only read a few of the selections so far, but what has been really great about the program is that I have read works outside of my usual comfort zone, to wit, Mickey Outside, which is a crime thriller about an ex-con who gets wrapped up in a scheme to sell an art forgery. This wasn’t a great book, but, honestly, I couldn’t put it down. The characters were thinly drawn and the plot was fairly obvious but it was a quick and entertaining read. If that’s what Lender was going for, he totally hit the mark.
Finally, I read Graphic Design School. Over the past year or so, I have become increasingly interested in drawing and in graphic design, so I wanted a book that would ground me in the basics of the later. This book did exactly that in an easy to understand way for a beginner like me, with plenty of great examples and exercises.
I finished 25 books by the end of August:
- The Illearth War
- The Wisdom of the Heart
- Léger: Modern Art and the Modern City (library book)
- The Goldfinch (ebook)
- Mrs. Dalloway (ebook)
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem
- The Yellow Birds
- To the Lighthouse (ebook)
- Saga, Volume 3
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
- The Air Conditioned Nightmare
- I Am Livia (ebook)
- The Joke
- CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (library book)
- Chasing the Sun (ebook)
- Siege 13
- The Little Disturbances of Man (library book)
- Stranger in a Strange Land
- Tacos in Chicago (Day One ebook)
- The Way of Kings
- Mickey Outside (ebook)
- Graphic Design School (library book)