Recently Read Books!

This is a list of the books I've read this year, with a few of my thoughts on each.

Go here for last year's list!
Go here for the jump-off point of all the years I've been recording my reading list, separated by year!

8/13/18 Carl Hiaasen
Native Tongue
More environmentally conscious Florida weirdness in which the bad guys get theirs. Pretty funny, I liked.
7/16/18 Louise Rennison
Love is a Many Trousered Thing
The rude British schoolgirl returns again and it's pretty funny, like usual.
7/5/18 Douglas Coupland
Microserfs
I loved this quirky story about tech nerds moving into their adulthood. It just felt really authentic.
6/9/18 Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Amazing story of Maya's childhood--full of triumphs, battles, oppression, sweet moments, culture, hope, and curiosity. I loved it.
5/25/18 Diane Duane
Interim Errantry
Really intriguing holiday stories about the young wizards during Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. Includes talking pumpkins, sentient Christmas trees, and love rituals on another planet? I enjoyed it except for the things I usually don't enjoy about the series.
5/3/18 Christopher Hastings
Gwenpool #2
Eh, this was kinda fun, really like the art, but I got a little bit tired of the schtick and I don't really read Marvel comics, so I think reading a couple graphic novels was enough for this series!
4/26/18 Tom Robbins
Still Life With Woodpecker
Some of the phrases and concepts were innovative or interesting, but I just couldn't get past how the author wouldn't stop sexualizing his protagonist and fixating on her private parts, so . . . not for me.
4/3/18 Melanie Gillman & Katy Farina
Steven Universe: Punching Up
This was the second trade paperback for the ongoing comic series for Steven Universe. I read the individual issues as they came out but I like to have the collection (with the variant covers) too. Love these stories.
4/2/18 N.K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season
I enjoyed this sorta apocalyptic SF world, and the ideas, and the diversity, and the storytelling style! I didn't connect that much to the protagonist even though I sympathized with her problems, but I thought it was really good!
2/23/18 Jaclyn Moriarty
A Tangle of Gold
The Colours of Madeleine series is concluded with this lovely volume. So adorable, with revelations I was expecting but wasn't disappointed by the delivery on, and I really like Madeleine and Elliot's relationship and also as usual the epistolary bits were just fantastic.
2/6/18 Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata
Eyeshield 21: Volume 28
Another great volume of the football manga, with the Devilbats watching the Gunmen getting defeated by the Dinosaurs. Now their quarterback will face a bone-crushing threat in the next game. Woo! And we got a flashback about Hiruma as a kid!
1/30/18 Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Awesome story about a teenage boy who's falling in love with a boy from his school--through e-mail. But he's being blackmailed by someone who wants to out him to the school. Unusually authentic and very well told!
1/20/18 Wally Lamb
Wishin' and Hopin'
It's a cute story about a boy's hijinks in Catholic school just kinda trying to understand what life is, but I didn't love it or hate it.

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