Monthly Wrap-Up

October’s Books

BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER 2018

Novels
* And I Darken, Kiersten White (audio)
* Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!, Mariko Tamaki (audio)
* Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up, Mariko Tamaki (audio)
* Muse of Nightmares, Laini Taylor
* Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor (audio) (reread)
* Days of Blood & Starlight, Laini Taylor (audio) (reread)
* Night of Cake & Puppets, Laini Taylor (audio)
* Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Laini Taylor (audio)
* Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle
* Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, Tim Federle
* Nate Expectations, Tim Federle (audio)
* Honestly Ben, Bill Konigsberg
* The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Mackenzi Lee (audio)

Picture Books
* Dragon Post, Emma Yarlett
* Corduroy Takes A Bow, Viola Davis
* Take Your Pet to School Day, Linda Ashman

Comics
* Batman Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift, Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
* Batman Vol. 7: Endgame, Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
* Saga Vol. 3, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (re-read)
* Saga Vol. 4, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
* Saga Vol. 5, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
* Saga Vol. 6, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
* Saga Vol. 7, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
* Aquicorn Cove, Katie O’Neill
* Emotions Explained With Buff Dudes, Andrew Tsyaston
* Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 2, Greg Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa

Single Issues
* Champions #14
* Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #302
* Batman #56
* Edge of Spider-Geddon #2
* Blackbird #1
* X-Men Black: Mojo #1
* X-Men Black: Mystique #1
* Sparrowhawk #1
* Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
* Life of Captain Marvel #4
* Unstoppable Wasp #1

This is the first month this whole year that my monthly wrap-up comes anywhere near what I’m used to (over the last few years), and it’s only thanks to audiobooks. Lately my only reading time is in the train, and sometimes over lunch, so audiobooks make things a lot easier. Nearly all my comics are digital, too, which makes me wonder… am I going to eventually leave physical books behind? I hope not. I still love them, and prefer them, even though I don’t have the time or energy for them these days.

I finally reread (first time on audio, though) the first two Daughter of Smoke & Bones books, so that I could listen to Night of Cake & Puppets and Dreams of Gods & Monsters. I don’t know why it took me so long, these books are some of the best YA fantasies I’ve read. And of course, Strange the Dreamer/Muse of Nightmares are even better. Someone was asking me if I could choose a favourite between the two, and I think it’s really hard, because I think of them as two parts of the same book, rather than two different books. I’m partial to Strange the Dreamer because we get to see Lazlo the librarian, this foundling who lives and works in a library dreaming of adventure. See, the thing is, this had been my default character background for D&D games for AGES, so I immediately loved Lazlo. But Strange the Dreamer really isn’t complete without Muse of Nightmares, which brings with it so many important revelations, and the whole THYON ARC, I just can’t. I love it too much. This book made me kind of want to love and protect Mina, which was something I never thought was possible at the end of the first book.

And Tim Federle! I tried reading The Great American Whatever once and DNF-ed it (mainly because of the formatting in my ebook, I think.) But the Nate Foster books are so fun, I read the first two in one sitting (each, that is.) I wish I could’ve read books like these as a kid.

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