|Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata
Eyeshield 21: Volume 26
|Great continuation of the Oujou/Deimon game, leading to Monta developing the Devil Backfire move.
|Rebecca Sugar, Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland
Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems
|The trade paper version of the individual comic issues I read earlier this year! Great to have, especially since there's a cover gallery at the end.
The Free Lunch
|The nice balance between plot and character that Spider Robinson delivers is always pretty nice, and this one's no exception. I didn't care for the ending of this book but I liked some of the ideas and the main characters' relationship.
Invader Zim: Volume 2
|The first couple issues weren't that great, but I liked the latter half of this trade. When Zim is in the groove it's just hilarious.
The Phantom Tollbooth
|Really not my kind of book. I'm afraid I wasn't entertained by the wordplay. At all.
|Louisa May Alcott
|This book about the March sisters was worth reading, but not one of my favorites. I liked Jo the best because she was a writer and didn't like being expected to marry a boy just because they'd been good childhood friends. Some of it was difficult to relate to and there was some casual, uh, non-PC stuff obviously, but the characters feel real.
|Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
Avatar: The Search, Part 2
|All the sibling relationship talk is stellar in this series. I hope we get to find out what happened to Zuko's mom in the final chapter.
Three Rotten Eggs
|Fun, off-kilter kids' book I kinda accidentally ended up owning and finally read. Fire-breathing chickens!
|Francesca Lia Block
How to (Un)Cage a Girl
|Another poetry book by Ms. Block. I thought it had some nice images, but the obsession with physical beauty and body image stuff has gotten really tired for me I think.
|Rebecca Sugar, Tiffany Ford, & Elle Michalka
|Another Steven Universe book--this time about Ruby and Sapphire's relationship. Incredible!
A Year of Ritual
|This book for Pagans who want to celebrat Sabbat and Esbat rituals was pretty much exactly what I expected, and even though I don't really do this kind of thing anymore, I liked peeking into it and evaluating what it had to say.
Thirteen Reasons Why
|A mystery with a brave premise about a girl who killed herself and left behind thirteen stories on tape for the people left behind to listen to. I felt a little lost and not too invested reading it, but I respect what it was trying to do.
|A pretty good book about a plus-size girl in a small town who enters a pageant because it shouldn't be weird for her to do so. I really liked all the relationships in this.
Invader Zim: Volume 1
|Great trade paperback of five Zim issues--I love the cartoon and it was great to visit with these ridiculous characters again.
|Susan Daniels & Michael M. Piechowski
Living With Intensity
|Interesting perspective on giftedness, overexcitabilities, and the theory of positive disintegration. I am not sure how much I learned, but I did get to see some valuable comparisons and thoughts.
|Octavia E. Butler
|I kind of had a disconnect with the characters of this book, and was kinda bothered when I realized this is like the fourth work I've read by this author where humans get ensnared by nonhumans to be sexually attracted to and dependent upon them through a process they did not initially agree to, but other than that it was a good plot and a good concept. I didn't love the book but I liked it.
|Faith Erin Hicks
The Nameless City
|My friend Eric asked me to read this and I did. Nice comic set in fantasy Asia with emphasis on misfit "outsider" characters trying to find stability and trust in a volatile political situation. It was a little tropey but quite enjoyable to read.
|Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey, & Jeremy Sorese
Steven Universe: Too Cool for School
|Another Steven graphic novel, this one a full story about Steven going to school. Very cute but I hate nonsensical adults and this had a couple. But there were many cute moments.
|The weird Chosen One story adapted from Rowell's character's fanfiction in a previous book. I loved the romance in it, and sometimes it's hard to make me do that.
|Rebecca Sugar, Jeremy Sorese, & Coleman Engle
Steven Universe Volume 2
|This was a great collection of individual issues 5 through 8, plus bonus content.
The Wall Around Eden
|Interesting post-doomsday science fiction concepts, but I didn't care for the storytelling style and didn't really like the characters.
|Cartoon Network/Ian McGinty
Steven Universe: Live From Beach City!
|This sheet music and musical trivia book was fun to flip through, though it had some glitches and I don't realistically think kids can learn music notation from it well enough to write songs to the prompts provided. Cute idea though.
|Cartoon Network/Jake Black
Steven Universe: What in the Universe?
|Really adorable trivia book that didn't tell us anything we didn't already know, but colorful and fun!
|Julie Anne Peters
How Do You Spell G-E-E-K?
|I went back to read some of this author's earlier work because I liked her later stuff addressing LGBT teens. I couldn't stand this book. Everything about it was contrived and read like a grown-up faking her way through talking like a teen. Nobody was likable or believable.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
|Silliness by the man behind the Hitchhiker's series. I tried to read this a few times when I was younger and couldn't get into it, but though it has kind of a convoluted, slow beginning, I'm glad I stuck with it. It was quite a fun read, with that great Adamsesque narration that I love so much, featuring silly phrasing mixed with surprisingly poignant truths about being alive.
Are You My Mother?
|Another incredible graphic novel about family, self, artistry, and love. I related a lot to the author/character, which is weird considering her relationship with her mom isn't much like my relationship with my mom. But there was so much I recognized and so much that felt so authentic. I adored it.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
|The stark violence of the characters in this play and the desperation that was pervasive throughout made this a tough read for me, but also an emotional one.