Monthly Musings: September 2015

October 2, 2015

MonthlyMusingsThis is a where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I from the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/under-read books so if anyone missed my reviews for them, and don’t make it to the end of this post, they’ll be easy to find.


Well, I feel like I didn’t get much blogging done here at Tenacious Reader this month, but that’s probably because I was setting up The Speculative Herald. I also held a few of my reviews for books I’ve read recently so they will run over there first. And my husband has been out of town, which always seems like I should get more reading done while he is gone, but it seems to be the opposite. Oh well. I think overall I did pretty well with what I accomplished, it just looks a bit slower on Tenacious Reader. But seeing as my goal is to really average 1 review a week, I am actually on target. (I keep my goal low so that I don’t stress, this is fun, I’m just one person, and well, 1 review sounds like a decent thing to aim for, if I get more that’s just an added bonus)

Highlighted Reads from 


My highlighted read for the month is easy this time. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was incredibly fun! I have not read much space opera, but as much as I enjoyed this one I am thinking perhaps I should try some more. This one features a wonderful crew dynamic plus interesting world building/race relations/etc. Highly recommend it.


The Speculative Herald


We launched The Speculative Herald, and I think we had a great first week! We started out with a list of our Fall 2015 Anticipated Releases. There are lots of great books on the list, definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

We ran 5 reviews, one from each contributor. My contribution this week was The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. This was a such a great book! Definitely encourage people to check it out. My review will run here on TenaciousReader this coming week, but you can read the review now over on The Speculative Herald.

Here’s a rundown of the reviews of there this week:

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher reviewed by Tammy Sparks from Books, Bones and Buffy

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood review by myself

Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley reviewed by Bob Milne from Beauty in Ruins

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson review by Stephenie Sheung of The BiblioSanctum

The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz reviewed by Lynn Williams from Lynn’s Book Blog


Tenacious Reader Review Summary for September 2015


Looking Forward to October 2015

Here’s what I am hoping to read in the coming month. Once again, I know I won’t read everything on the list, but hope I get to as many as possible!




  • Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy October 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I would say starting up a new blog, in addition to keeping your own going is a BIG accomplishment! It looks great over there, and I hope the SH continues to do well. I didn’t comment much, but I plan on commenting when the reviews go up on everyone’s sites, I guess. We have some of the same books for October! I hope to start Our Lady of the Ice very soon:-)
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  • Anne @ Lovely Literature October 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I’m very excited for Tower of Thorns! I’ll need to go check out Speculative Herald! Congrats on launching another site.
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  • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum October 3, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Great job with The Speculative Herald, you deserve a great round of applause for a successful launch! I can’t even imagine all the work that must have gone into it, thanks for setting it all up 🙂

    I also look forward to checking out the same books this month. Everything you listed is a book I hope to hit in October, those that I haven’t read already 🙂
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  • DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) October 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I’m liking the Speculative Herald so far! 🙂 And in my opinion, posting 1 review a week is impressive itself – that 52 books a year! Any more than that a week is a bonus.

    Hope that you get to, and enjoy, Swords and Scoundrels! I first heard of that one from your WoW.
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