November ’19 Reading Recap

NaNoWrimo meant I read a lot fewer books, and most of them were on audio. My favorites this month were Joy Harjo’s new volume of poetry and Dorothy Sayers’ Peter Wimsey mysteries (narrated by Ian Fleming).



An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (5/5 stars)


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Ethan Sacks (3/5 stars)

Avatar the Last Airbender: Team Avatar Tales by Gene Luen Yang (3/5)

Star Wars: Allegiance by Ethan Sacks (2/5 stars)

Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino (4/5)


The Future of the Novel by Henry James (4/5 stars)

Henry James: A Life by Leon Edel (4/5)

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton (5/5)


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (3/5 stars)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5/5)

The Europeans by Henry James (5/5)

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger (5/5)

Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers (5/5)

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (5/5)

Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers (4/5)

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers (3/5)

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers (5/5)


October ’19 Reading Recap

I read a surprising amount of nonfiction this month, most of it very good! My favorite book overall this month was Regenesis by C. J. Cherryh (the sequel to Cyteen), and my favorite new-to-me author was Alice Oseman. I will watch her career with GREAT interest.


Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (5/5)

Regenesis by C. J. Cherryh (5/5)

Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan (4/5)

The Last Jedi by Jason Fry (3/5)

The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5)

The Archived by Victoria Schwab (2/5)

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (1/5)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (4/5)

Solitaire by Alice Oseman (1/5)

The Goblin Emperor  by Katherine Addison (5/5)

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (3/5)

Star Wars: Myths and Fables by George Mann (2/5)

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (4/5)

Dracula by Bram Stoker (4/5)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (5/5)


Black Ink edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver (5/5)

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker (3/5)

Point of No Return: The Story of the Twentieth Air Force by Wilbur H. Morrison (3/5)

Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose by Flannery O’Connor (5/5)

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (5/5)

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (5/5)

Comics/Graphic Novels

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Call Your Squirrelfriends by Ryan North (5/5)

The Wicked and the Divine: Old is the New New by Kieron Gillen (3/5)

Nightschool volumes 2-4 by Svetlana Chmakova (5/5)

The Royal Tutor volume 12 by Higasa Akai (5/5)

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (5/5)

Star Wars: TIE Fighter by Jody Houser (3/5)

Avatar the Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part Three by Faith Erin Hicks (4/5)

September ’19 Reading Recap

Most surprising read of this month was His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler. This was a very excellent collection of retellings of Edgar Allen Poe stories. I also loved Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first volume of Captain America comics and I am excited to read more of that run!


Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry edited by Stephen Corey (4/5 stars)

The Psychology of Reading by Robert G. Crowder and Richard K. Wagner (4/5)

The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction edited by Warren Slesinger (4/5)

The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary (4/5)

Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (4/5)

Comics/Graphic Novels

Witch Hat Atelier volume 2 by Kamome Shirahama (5/5)

Star Wars Adventures: Heroes of the Galaxy (2/5)

Star Wars Adventures: Unexpected Detour (2/5)

Captain America: Winter in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5/5)

Sparrowhawk volume 1 by Delilah S. Dawson (4/5)

Silver Spoon volume 10 by Hiromu Arakawa (5/5)


Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan (4/5)

Heat Wave by Richard Castle (2/5)

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee (4/5)

Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon (5/5)

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (4/5)

Behind the Shattered Glass by Tasha Alexander (3/5)

Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray (3/5)

Door Into Sunset by Diane Duane (4/5)

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (5/5)

The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander (3/5)

Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis (4/5)

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi (4/5)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (4/5)

A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Cordova (4/5)

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (3/5)

Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant (2/5)

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler (5/5)

August ’19 Reading Recap

Comics and Manga

Silver Spoon volumes 5-9 by Hiromu Arakawa (5/5 stars)

Noragami volume 2 by Adachitoka (3/5)

Lumberjanes volumes 11-12 by Shannon Watters (4-5/5)

Forces of Destiny by Jodi Houser (4/5)

Delicious in Dungeon volumes 1-2 Ryoko Kui (3-4/5)

Marvel Rising by Devin Grayson (4/5)

Ms. Marvel: Time and Again  by G. Willow Wilson (5/5)


Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn (5/5 stars)

Middlemarch by George Eliot (5/5 stars)

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (5/5)

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (5/5)

X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston (5/5 stars)

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (5/5 stars)

Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge by Ian Doescher (4/5 stars)

Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed (4/5)

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden (2/5)

Canto Bight by Ahmed/Grant/Miller/Carson (3/5)

Rebel Rising by Beth Revis (3/5)

The Ascent to Godhood by J.Y. Yang (5/5)

Dark Disciple by Christie Golden (3/5)

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp (4/5)

Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson (3/5)

Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne (3/5)

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (5/5)


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (3/5 stars)

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard (4/5)

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans (4/5)

July ’19 Reading Recap

I didn’t read as much this month but everything I read was E X C E L L E N T. Huge fan of everything here.


Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (4/5 stars)
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger (4/5)
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston (5/5)
The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff (4/5)
The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (4/5)
The Kindly Ones by Melissa Scott (5/5)
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (4/5)

Comics and Manga

Silver Spoon volumes 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa (5/5)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volumes 9-10 by Ryan North (5/5)


The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (5/5)
Quiet by Susan Cain (5/5)
American Nightingale by Bob Welch (5/5)

June ’19 Reading Recap

I read some really great stuff this month to it’s hard to pick favorites! But all of the Welcome to Night Vale volumes were probably the most enjoyable reading experience of June. I made progress on my poetry goal for the year. Melissa Scott continues to be an absolute treat even when she scares me with artificial intelligence.


The Buying of Lot 37 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (5/5 stars)
Who’s a Good Boy? by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (5/5)
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (5/5)
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (4/5)
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (3/5)
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (4/5)
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh (5/5)
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente (3/5)
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer (4/5)
The Disasters by M. K. England (3/5)
Dreamships by Melissa Scott (4/5)
Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston (3/5)


Feed by Mira Grant (4/5)
Deadline by Mira Grant (4/5)
Blackout by Mira Grant (4/5)
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (5/5)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (5/5)


Maori Tales of Long Ago by A. W. Reed (5/5)


Poe Dameron: The Spark and The Fire by Charles Soule (4/5)
Avatar the Last Airbender: Imbalance volume 2 by Faith Erin Hicks (4/5)
Legend of Korra: Ruins of Empire volume 1 by Michael Dante DiMartino (4/5)
Runaways: That Was Yesterday by Rainbow Rowell (5/5)
Thrawn by Jodi Houser (3/5)


Oculus by Sally Wen Mao (4/5)
Felicity by Mary Oliver (5/5)
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken (4/5)
So Far So Good by Ursula K. Leguin (3/5)


Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson (5/5)

May ’19 Reading Recap

I am loving the reboot of Runaways by Rainbow Rowell. She manages to capture everything I loved about the first run but also break new ground with the characters. And it’s so fun to read and so nice to look at. A+.

My favorite reads this month were probably Finders by Melissa Scott and Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear, which both started with a similar premise: hardworking salvagers go out on a routine work-trip and find MUCH more than they bargain for in the depths of space. Both books went in very different directions, though, and I really enjoyed both takes.


Nate Expectations by Tim Federle (5/5 stars)

The Tale of the Five by Diane Duane (4/5 stars)

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson (4/5 stars)

Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel (3/5 stars)

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (3/5 stars)

Finders by Melissa Scott (5/5 stars)

Shadow Man by Melissa Scott (5/5 stars)

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear (4/5 stars)

A Middle-Earth Traveler by John Howe (4/5 stars)


The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin (5/5 stars, read Jan-May)

Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (5/5 stars)


Sandman 9-12 by Neil Gaiman (2-4/5 stars)

Runaways: Best Friends Forever by Rainbow Rowell (5/5 stars)

The Royal Tutor volume 11 by Higasa Akai (4/5 stars)

Avatar the Last Airbender: Imbalance volume 1 by Faith Erin Hicks (4/5 stars)


The Kalevala (5/5 stars)


The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan (4/5 stars)