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!

4/23/17 Faith Erin Hicks
The Stone Heart
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.
4/20/17 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
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
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
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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