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January’s Books (plus ramblings on Civil War II: The Oath)

BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2017

Young Adult
* Heartless, Marissa Meyer
* Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth
* Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Jaye Robin Brown
* True Letters From A Fictional Life, Kenneth Logan
* Thick As Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
* You Know Me Well, Nina LaCour & David Levithan
* Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan Continue reading “January’s Books (plus ramblings on Civil War II: The Oath)”

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December’s Books

BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2016

Fiction
* The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
* A Sudden Wild Magic by Diana Wynne Jones
* Urban by Azrin Fauzi (short stories)

Comics
* What Did You Eat Yesterday? (11) by Yoshinaga Fumi
* Haikyuu! (15) by Furudate Haruichi
* Ms. Marvel Vol.6 by G. Willow Wilson
* The Beauty Vol.2 by Jeremy Haun
* The Vision Vol.2: Little Better Than A Beast by Tom King
* Paper Girls Vol.2 by Brian K. Vaughan
* Mockingbird Vol.1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain
* Mooncop by Tom Gauld
* Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Picture Books
* Triangle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
* Penguin Problems by John Jory

Well, I did manage to complete my Goodreads Challenge this year, although it was mostly thanks to the comics (probably). I read a LOT of comics this year – and a lot of really good fiction, too! I finished Diana Wynne Jones’ A Sudden Wild Magic, which I think is the last previously unread DWJ (not counting Changeover) novel in my list. That made me feel a bit sad, because even though DWJ’s writing made it so that every read feels different, there are no more new worlds from her for me to explore. And then, of course, after reading her it took me a long time to even be able to pick up another work of fiction because who could ever compare?

(Okay, Megan Whalen  Turner, maybe, but I’m saving my Queen’s Thief reread for next year.)

Anyway. I also read The Evil Wizard Smallbone which Kit said was DWJ-esque and I loved it and saw her point, although I don’t completely agree. It is a very lovely book, however.

I’m going to Malacca over this weekend, where there’s hardly any wifi or phone reception, so I probably won’t be posting my usual end-of-year wrap-up until next week (yes, in January.)

Happy New Year!

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November’s Books

BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER 2016

Young Adult
* The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli
* A Million Worlds With You, Claudia Gray
* Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale, Ashley Poston

Fantasy/SF
* Necessity, Jo Walton

Comics
* Seven Days: Monday-Thursday, Takarai Rihito
* Seven Days: Friday-Sunday, Takarai Rihito
* Ashita no Tanin, Masao Sangatsu
* Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man, Christos Gage
* Civil War II: Choosing Sides, Declan Shalvey

Children’s/Picture Books
* A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, Lucy Ruth Cummins
* Secret Agent Splat, Rob Scotton
* The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast, Jenni Desmon
* The Sleepy Book, Charlotte Zolotow
* Noggin and the Whale, Oliver Postgate

My nieces have been in KL for the last two weeks or so; a few of the picture books were really read out loud to one of them. I started the month trying to catch up with my comics stack, but soon fell behind again as I had to run event… after event… after event… at the store. I’ve started listening to audiobooks earlier this month because I realised that I hadn’t been able to read in the train as much as I used to – not enough space to hold a book most of the time, and my brain too tired to look at more words some of the time.

I’m really in the contemporary YA mood right now, but that isn’t reflected much in my November reads. Earlier in the month I read Jo Walton, and Jo Walton always made me want to tackle the more challenging stuff. But I’ve been in that “fire bad, tree pretty” kind of mode these days… so I’ll probably be switching things up this month, once I finish my current read!

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October’s Books

BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER 2016

Children’s
* Noggin and the Moon Mouse, Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin
* Nogbad Comes Back, Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin
* King Baby, Kate Beaton
* The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, Michelle Cuevas
* We Found A Hat, Jon Klassen

Young Adult
* Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
* No Love Allowed, Kate Evangelista
* No Holding Back, Kate Evangelista
* Been Here All Along, Sandy Hall
* A Thousand Pieces of You, Claudia Gray

Comics
* The Beauty Vol.1, Jeremy Haun
* The Wicked + The Divine Vol.3: Commercial Suicide, Kieron Gillen
* Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol.1: Isn’t It Bromantic, Joe Kelly
* All-New All-Different Avengers Vol.2: Family Business, Mark Waid
* やがて君になる, 仲谷鳰

Finally, my monthly reading list is starting to look semi-normal again. I’m still playing PokeGo more than I read on the way to/back from work these days, if only because it’s easier during rush hour train madness. My favourite read in October is probably Jon Klassen’s We Found A Hat, which is also my current fave among his hat books. As for the novels, I can’t choose a favourite – they’re all fun to read in one way or another. The Claudia Gray stands out to me right now because I’ve been wanting to read it since it came out but only had the chance recently, because we’re doing a bookclub for the Firebird series at our store.

The Caine family made me think of the Murrys from Madeleine L’Engle’s Time books, and there were moments in A Thousand Pieces of You where Marguerite reminds me of Meg Murry. The jumps between dimensions also reminded me a little of The Homeward Bounders. But they’re really very different stories, of course.

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September’s Books

BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER 2016

* Batman Vol.3: Death of the Family, Scott Snyder
* A-Force Vol.1: Hypertime, G. Willow Wilson
* X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, Max Bemis
* Spider-Man: Miles Morales: Vol.1, Brian Michael Bendis
* Mirror: The Mountain, Emma Rios & Hwei Lim
* Jughead Vol.1, Chip Zdarsky & Erica Henderson
* Snow White: A Graphic Novel, Matt Phelan
* Princess Princess Ever After, Katie O’Neill
* Crosstalk, Connie Willis
* Bird Box, Josh Malerman
* Empire of Storms, Sarah J. Maas
* The Tale of Kitty In Boots, Beatrix Potter

At least I read three novels this month, compared to last month’s two? And a lot of comic trades, but the damage is done – my desk can hardly be seen with all the “to be read” trades stacked on it. I really need to catch up, quick.

I love Miles Morales even if I do wish that other writers get to write him for a bit. And Princess Princess Ever After is just the cutest. All three books I read this month are great in their own way – Bird Box is truly creepy, even if it does have its flaws; Crosstalk makes me want to buy up every other Connie Willis in the store; and Empire of Storms comes with character and plot developments I enjoy, and a cliffhanger that bugs me even now, weeks after I finished it.

Right now I’m reading Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom and I really, really wish that it would be a movie one day.