Like a lot of people I know, I keep track of the books I read each month. Mostly, I just update Goodreads (you can follow me on there). But I thought it’d be a fun feature to add to the blog.
Unlike the newsletter, where I recommend a killer series of books, this “Monthly Reads” series is going to focus on what I’ve actually read during the course of the previous month. You can check out last month’s list right here.
At the end, I’ll also include some great articles I’ve read this month about books.
Alright, so away we go.
MONTHLY READS: BOOKS
At the end of last month, I hit my Goodreads goal for the year, 26 books. As I wrote in this post, I’m happy to be done with my reading goals because it frees up time for me to read longer books. I want to read because something interests me not because I can get through it in a few days.
So, expect that for the foreseeable future my monthly reads post will have fewer books. The bonus of this is I can probably dig into my thoughts a bit more.
Anyway, to the books!
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH
A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Well, it’s pretty easy to have a favorite book of the month when you’ve only read one book!
I’m a huge fan of the HBO Series Game of Thrones, which, as you should know by now, is what the series is based on.
Getting excited about this new season made me want to dig back into the books.
I read book one, A Game of Thrones, about 5 years ago and loved it. I remember being on a flight from Boston to Seattle and read the entire six hours I was so into it.
I immediately started this book, A Clash of Kings, but then life got in the way and I moved on. This month, I decided to start book two over in my quest to read all of the books before we see the final series of the show.
I think it’s this book that really helps set up the path for the rest of the series. The first book is all about meeting the characters at where they are. This book is all about the first wobbly steps they begin to take on their path towards where they want to be. It sort of places the locomotive of the story on the tracks towards the final destination. I can see that much more clearly now than I did
This book is all about the first wobbly steps they begin to take on their path towards where they want to be. It sort of places the locomotive of the story on the tracks towards the final destination. I can see that much more clearly now than I did the first time I dug into the book.
Arya starts by fleeing King’s Landing and ends with the seeds of “Valar Morghulis” planted in her mind. Jaime Lannister is the cocky sister banger who runs gallantly off into battle, only to end chained to a post in a Stark camp, the start of a new path for him.
I also kinda loved reading it while basically knowing what was going to happen. That freed me up to look deeper into the story, especially for foreshadowing and the never ending stream of prophecies that hit the characters. I felt we got the first taste of Bran’s future, not only from Meera and Jojen Reed’s time with him but also on a throwaway line from a Jon Snow chapter that stuck out to me.
We also meet a few new characters, especially some of my absolute favorites from the show Brienne of Tarth and Ser Davos Seaworth.
The thing I really enjoy about Martin’s writing is that every character isn’t all good or all bad. They feel more human than most and even the people you are ‘supposed’ to hate have moments where you feel empathy or cheer for their redemption.
I look forward continuing on with these people over the next few books.
More Listens: If you’re into GoT at all (both the show or the books), you have to check out the Binge Mode podcast on the series from The Ringer.
MONTHLY WEB READS
I figured I’d add in this little section about some of my favorite reads specifically about books.
- Winter’s Next Dozen: The Best Post Game of Throne’s Books for Fans: GOT is over for the next year (or more) but if you’ve read the books, here are a few new sets to get reading.
- 100 Books Across America: Fiction and Non-Fiction for Every State in America: I love the idea of this literary road trip and discovered quite a few new books.
- Reading Stephen King’s “It” is an Exhausting Way to Spend a Summer: The author of this post spent her summer reading It and kept a detailed journal of her experience.
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