July (Briefly)

For those new to the scene, I used to do quarterlies. Then they got too long, so I decided to switch to monthlies. After giving some (read: little) thought to quirky, interesting titles, I finally gave up. Prepare for names to change, formats to morph, and all-around funky blog behavior. (Remember, it's all in the spirit of experimentation!)

So, last month I read 18 books, which I call "not bad for being on the road." What follows are my top recommendations. 

The Demon's Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan.
I wasn't completely thrilled by the first, but was intrigued enough to read the second. And boy, did it blow me out of the water. Awesome. Am now eagerly awaiting the final book of the trilogy.

The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness.
Weird to get into because of the format, but definitely an interesting, original book. There was this one scene that just killed me, though. I started crying in the middle of a restaurant, so be warned.

Soulless & Changeless, by Gail Carriger.
LOVE HER! Possibly my favorite new author find this year. Light steampunk, highly entertaining vampires and werewolves, a dash of Austenian wit, and a dollop of steamy romance. Can't wait for the next.

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman.
I reviewed this book here. Excellent nonfiction with an environmental bent, for those interested.

Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher.
This one reminded me a little of Doctor Who, specifically that episode with Madame de Pompadour. (That probably shouldn't surprise me, since Fisher's British, I believe.) An intriguing blend of fantasy and science fiction. Very mind bending. I am very much looking forward to the next.