Whew, I had a really good time this September! With RWW’s homework readings, I managed to stumble across new authors that I really enjoyed, and I even discovered new books by authors I hadn’t kept up with! Needless to say, I was a happy clam this month. So, in true bookworm fashion, I’m going to recommend these wonderful books to new wonderful readers! Here we go…
The Color Master, Aimee Bender
What an intriguing and thematic collection of stories! The elements of magical realism woven throughout highlight deeper meanings that on first glance might seem confusing, but upon deeper reflection are quite brilliant! I 100% recommend this book!
On Writing and Worldbuilding, Volume 1, Timothy Hickson
This is a fun, interesting, and informative book that reads very quickly! With plenty of examples of effective and ineffective worldbuilding from multiple sources, Vol. I explores niche concepts that are just as compelling and helpful as they are in YouTube video form. Highly recommended!
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
This book isn’t what I typically read, but every little detail had a lot of meaning and tension to it. The only reason I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I might have is that the pacing made it hard for me to stay invested in the story. But with each new strange, odd character, I became invested again and again. This book reminds me a lot of Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Paramo or even Marisha Pessl’s Night Film. It boasts beautiful imagery, engaging mystery, and pacing that makes sense for the book.
The Scourge, Jennifer A. Nielsen
I sped right through this book! It’s amazing, as expected from Jennifer A. Nielsen. Lovable characters (Ani and Weevil’s friendship is about as wholesome as it gets), a vivid setting, and engaging plot twists made this one a page-turner for me.
Of Steel That Stings an Other Sharp Things, David Samuels
I had so much fun following another one of Emelith’s adventures! This short story focusing completely on the “sneakthief” is such a delight to experience. The detail in setting and character that’s so strong in all of David Samuels’ writing is as vivid as ever here. Would definitely recommend!
Here’s to another month of reading!