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!

8/25/17 Kelly Thompson & Sophie Campbell
Jem and the Holograms Volume 1
This was a cute reboot. I enjoyed the increased, more authentic diversity and some of the characters' interplay.
8/21/17 Marieke Nijkamp
This Is Where It Ends
A school shooting story following four individuals all related to the shooter in different ways. I liked a lot of things about it, though it wasn't quite as emotional as I was hoping for considering the subject.
8/8/17 Jaclyn Moriarty
The Cracks in the Kingdom
Awesome book 2 in the "Colors of Madeleine" series, with more info about Elliot Baranski helping Princess Ko find her family and developing a really interesting relationship with Madeleine. I just love the author's fresh take on a fantasy mythology.
7/29/17 Richard Dawkins
The Ancestor's Tale
Took me a while to get through this thick book, but it was worth it. Good journey through evolutionary history and little anecdotes about each creature with whom we share a common ancestor. With funny stories sometimes.
7/11/17 Chris McDonnell
Steven Universe: Art and Origins
Incredible art book with information on the creation and development of my favorite cartoon. So many fun pictures and so much great inside information, especially about who did what to make it happen at the beginning!
6/13/17 Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
The Rift: Volume 1
Great first volume in a trilogy about old meets new, past meets future. Wow, we're going to have some baggage for Toph and Aang, aren't we?
6/9/17 Paul Zindel
Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball!
What did I just read? I didn't get this at all. Everything was disconnected and nobody acted like a real person, and it was full of weird racist, sexist, and fat-shaming narration. Plus of course the good old fun story of a girl who gets treated terribly by a boy and she falls for him in the end. Gross. Wish I hadn't read this.
5/26/17 Peter S. Beagle
The Last Unicorn
Saw the film as a kid and really wanted to read the book--so I finally did. Very close to the film and I loved the simple but evocative language and the concepts of human nature when viewed through the eyes of a unicorn.
5/18/17 Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata
Eyeshield 21: Volume 27
The Oujou game is over! Wow, what a finale on that game. Monta is adorable and Sena and Shin's rivalry is wonderful.
5/12/17 Paul Krugman
The Conscience of a Liberal
Learned a lot about income inequality, the role of racism in shaping conservative messages, and the fight for universal health care. Not a particularly entertaining book, but a well-written one.
4/28/17 Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game
Finally read this classic. I actually expected it to blow me away way more given what I have heard about it, but still really enjoyed it despite not having much emotional connection to it. It kinda reminded me why I usually prefer softer science fiction though.
4/23/17 Faith Erin Hicks
The Stone Heart
Really enjoyed this second volume of the Nameless City series. The art and the characters are both really well thought out. I read it so I could talk about it on a podcast with my friends.
4/20/17 Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist
Pretty dang good collection of essays. I didn't learn much from it but I nodded along in agreement more times than I can count.
4/19/17 Matt Burnett & Ben Levin
Keep Beach City Weird
Just Ronaldo being Ronaldo. Mostly conspiracy theories that go nowhere, with the occasional shred of unexpected truth.
4/7/17 Jaclyn Moriarty
A Corner of White
This author's books are always great! Love the Kingdom of Cello and the way the princesses are portrayed and the concept of Colors and the way Elliot and Madeleine communicate. Really interesting stuff all the time. She always manages to surprise me.
3/31/17 Meg Rosoff
Picture Me Gone
I liked How I Live Now so I wanted to read this, and I appreciated that the people ARE the mysteries. It's sort of a missing person search but more about uncomfortable relationships.
3/25/17 Andrew Smith
Winger
I don't know man, I really didn't like the protagonist because he was kind of a horny jerk whose interactions with other people felt more misogynistic, mean-spirited, or underhanded than I think they were meant, but he was also pretty realistic in some senses, and the book was funny. Hate the protagonist most of the time, but enjoyed reading the book for some reason.
3/17/17 Carl Hiaasen
Scat
Another story surrounding a missing person mystery and an endangered species. The usual Hiaasen stuff, for kids! It was a good read.
3/8/17 Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
Avatar: The Search, Part 3
And they've wrapped up what happened to Zuko's mom! I'm satisfied honestly, and really there was quite a lot of nuance here. Art is great as usual. I'm so happy with this one.
3/4/17 Natalka Burian
Welcome to the Slipstream
One of my Pitch Wars mentees wrote a book and I got a mention in the acknowledgments and my own advance reader copy! It was an excellent book about a teenage girl with a mentally ill mom she has to try to protect while also trying to live her life and play her guitar. With lots of weirdness at the end. Whee!
3/2/17 Alison Bechdel
Dykes to Watch Out For
Great graphic novel compilation of this long-running script featuring a large cast of (mostly) lesbian friends and lovers.
2/5/17 Christopher Moore
Fluke
As usual, Moore's absurdist work is a delight. A guy studies whale songs and ends up stumbling into information those connected with the whales don't want him to know. . . .
1/19/17 Ann Brashares
The Here and Now
I really loved this one--even though I wouldn't say I'm a romance fan or a time travel fan. I love Brashares's very specific, sometimes contradictory way of writing characters' feelings.

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