Where has July gone?? Lakes here in Finland are cold, barely warm enough for a quick swim. And it’s not just my imagination: apparently this July has been coldest in 10 years. Luckily, I have Worldcon to look forward to in August (and my birthday)! Also, in the action heroine front Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron has just hit the theatres.

My Hugo reading continued in July; I read the rest of the Hugo novellas. I reviewed 6 books and novellas. Once again it’s hard to choose the best book, especially between Jemisin and McGuire. Neither of them are feel-good or easy reads. ”The Obelisk Gate” is the second book of a trilogy with massive Earth-shattering events while ”Every Heart a Doorway” is far more personal and intimate novella and also a stand-alone story. I also really enjoyed Kij Johnson’s ”The Dream-Quest of Vellitte Boe” and the two other Huge novellas I read this month. Both Lackey’s fairy-tale twisting fantasy book and Tilton’s Babylon 5 book were very good entertainment.

Challenges: 4 for Pick&Mix and one action heroine book (that’s Susan Ivanova taking the Raiders head-on)

Seanan McGuire: Every Heart a Doorway
N. K. Jemisin: The Obelisk Gate
Kij Johnson: The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
Mercedes Lackey: One Good Knight
Charlie Jane Anders: All the Birds in the Sky
Lois Tilton: Accusations

Best of the month: I’m going to go with