August ’18 Reading Recap

All right, here’s my last back-dated reading recap.

Reminder for everyone to read Martha Wells immediately.

Rereads this month were all of the Ilona Andrews and all of the audiobooks.

Fiction:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (2/5 stars)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (5/5 stars)

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (3/5 stars)

Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale (4/5 stars)

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly (3/5 stars)

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray (2/5 stars)

Witchmark by C.L. Polk (4/5 stars)

Running With Lions by Julian Winters (no rating)

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (4/5 stars)

Last Shot by Daniel Jose Older (2/5 stars)

Graphic Novels:

Poe Dameron: Legend Found by Charles Soule (2/5 stars)

Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino (3/5 stars)

Nightschool Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova (5/5 stars)

Han Solo by Marjorie M. Liu (5/5 stars)

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop: Masks by Kelly Thompson (5/5 stars)

Hawkeye Kate Bishop: Family Reunion by Kelly Thompson (4/5 stars)

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel by Kieron Gillen (4/5 stars)

Real Friends by Shannon Hale (4/5 stars)

Fruits Basket: Another Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya (4/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Allies by Marguerite Bennett (4/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Uprising by Marguerite Bennett (4/5 stars)

The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction:

Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron (3/5 stars)

Audiobooks:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (4/5 stars)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (3/5 stars)

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (4/5 stars)

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July ’18 Reading Recap

I’m still catching up on these monthly reading recaps. I was trying to finish off some series and trilogies I started a long time ago, with some success. Rereads were In Other Lands, Timekeeper, and Chainbreaker.

 

Fiction:

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (3/5 stars)

True Letters From a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (3/5 stars)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (1/5 stars)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (4/5 stars)

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (5/5 stars)

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (3/5 stars)

Dragon and Liberator by Timothy Zahn (4/5 stars)

How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell (5/5 stars)

The Fourth Wish by Lindsey Ribar (1/5 stars)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (4/5 stars)

The Aspern Papers, The Beast in the Jungle, and The Jolly Corner by Henry James (5/5 stars)

Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin (5/5 stars)

Rebel by Amy Tintera (3/5 stars)

How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero by Cressida Cowell (4/5 stars)

How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell (4/5 stars)

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (3/5 stars)

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

Graphic Novels:

Lumberjanes: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters (3/5 stars)

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (4/5 stars)

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World Part 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (4/5 stars)

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World Part 2 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett (4/5 stars)

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino (3/5 stars)

Spinning by Tillie Walden (4/5 stars)

Nonfiction:

The Portland Black Panthers by Lucas N. Burke (4/5 stars)

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Sztozak (4/5 stars)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5/5 stars)

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (5/5 stars)

The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Josh Kushins (5/5 stars)

Really Old Stuff:

Electra and The Phoenician Women by Euripides (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks:

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (5/5 stars)

Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold (4/5 stars)

Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (3/5 stars)

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (4/5 stars)

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim (4/5 stars)

 

 

June ’18 Reading Recap

It’s been months since I’ve blogged, but I do want to catch up on my reading recaps in case I want to look back at them later.

Rereads were The Return of the King, The Do-Over, and The Song of Achilles.

Fiction:

Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott (5/5 stars)

Silver Bullet by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham (4/5 stars)

Windraker by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham (4/5 stars)

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer (4/5 stars)

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures Vol. 2 by Emma Carlson Berne (3/5 stars)

The Leia Chronicles by Emma Carlson Berne (3/5 stars)

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (5/5 stars)

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (5/5 stars)

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens (4/5 stars)

Graphic Novels:

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! Vol. 1 by Kate Lethe (3/5 stars)

Nonfiction:

The Book Group Book ed. by Ellen Slezak (4/5 stars)

il Colosseo by Angelo Bottini (4/5 stars)

A Journey to Rome by Daniele Ohnheiser (5/5 stars)

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman (4/5 stars)

Really Old Stuff:

Three Greek Romances trans. by Moses Hadas (3/5 stars)

Ajax, Women of Trachis, Elextra, and Philoctetes by Sophocles (4/5 stars)

Alcestis, The Heracleidae, Hippolytus, Hecuba, Andromache, and Ion by Euripides (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks:

The Do-Over by Jon Acuff (5/5 stars)

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown (5/5 stars)

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (4/5 stars)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (3/5 stars)

Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold (5/5 stars)

 

May 2018 Reading Recap

I read SUCH GOOD THINGS THIS MONTH. I love them all.

I’m now done with The Books of the Raksura series so everything is sad in my life now.

The only reread was The Two Towers.

Crazy facts: I only read ONE comic this month, and I listened to an audiobook! Boom accomplishment.

 

Short Stories/Novellas

Dance, Princes, Dance! by Tansy Rayner Roberts (4/5 stars)

Pet by C.S. Pacat (5/5 stars)

Stories of the Raksura Volume 1 by Martha Wells (4/5 stars)

Stories of the Raksura Volume 2 by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

 

Novels

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (no rating)

Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Courtney Milan, Rose Lerner, and Alyssa Cole (3/5 stars)

Hamster Princess: Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon (5/5 stars)

Steel Blues by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham (4/5 stars)

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (5/5 stars)

 

Nonfiction

A Little History of Dragons by Joyce Hargreaves (4/5 stars)

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs (3/5 stars)

 

Graphic Novels/Comics

The Unbeatable Squirrel: I’ve Been Waiting for a Squirrel Like You by Ryan North (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (5/5 stars)

April 2018 Reading Recap

So I went on a bit of a trip this past month, and so I’m behind on my recaps, blogging, etc. But like…I was kind of busy in London, Dublin, and Italy. I read quite a bit before I left on my trip, though, so without further ado, here’s what I read last month!

Comparatively, I read a lot of Tai Nehisi-Coates. I really enjoy reading him: I don’t always agree with him, but he always makes me think. Also his Black Panther comics are good storytelling!

My favorite reads were by Patricia McKillip and Martha Wells (all fantasy novels, so I’m staying on brand).

Fiction

Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia McKillip (5/5 stars)

Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon (4/5 stars)

Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon (4/5 stars)

Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon (4/5 stars)

And I Darken by Kiersten White (5/5 stars)

The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

Persuasion by Jane Austen (5/5 stars)

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (4/5 stars)

Graphic Novels/Comics

The Wicked and the Divine: Imperial Phase II by Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (4/5 stars)

Afar by Leila del Luca (4/5 stars)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Who Run the World? Squirrels by Ryan North (5/5 stars)

Poe Dameron: Legend Lost by Charles Soule (3/5 stars)

Ms. Marvel: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson (5/5 stars)

Black Panther and the Crew: We Are the Streets by Tai Nehisi-Coates (4/5 stars)

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet book 2 by Tai Nehisi-Coates (4/5 stars)

Nonfiction

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Tai Nehisi-Coates (4/5 stars)

The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian (4/5 stars)

 

March 2018 Reading Recap

Whew I read a lot this month! And most of it was really amazing. My favorites were Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series (this was just nominated for a Hugo award, too!), and The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski (my review here). My favorite comics were Joyride, which I’m pumped to read more of, and the Library Wars manga series, which is hilarious but also really resonant. Yikes.

What were your favorite reads this month?

Comics/Graphic Novels

Fruits Basket 16-23 by Natsuki Takaya (5/5 stars)

Library Wars 1-15 by Kiiro Yumi (5/5 stars)

Heart and Brain by Nick Seluk (5/5 stars)

March: Book Three by John Lewis (5/5 stars)

Garbage Night by Jen Lee (2/5 stars)

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown (4/5 stars)

M.F.K. Book One by Nilah Magruder (4/5 stars)

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates (3/5 stars)

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Who Is Oracle? by Julie Benson (3/5 stars)

Joyride Volume 1 by Jackson Lanzer (5/5 stars)

The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig (2/5 stars)

Lumberjanes: A Bird’s-Eye View by Shannon Watters (4/5 stars)

The Wicked and The Divine: Imperial Phase 2 by Kieron Gillen (4/5 stars)

Afar by Leila del Duca (4/5 stars)

Poetry

How We Became Human by Joy Harjo (4/5 stars)

Fiction

Opal by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5 stars)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (4/5 stars)

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip (4/5 stars)

Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess) by Ursula Vernon (5/5 stars)

Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham (5/5 stars)

Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia McKillip (5/5 stars)

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Castles by Alan Lee (3/5 stars)

The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski (5/5 stars)

 

A Book for the Book Nerds

95979.jpgI recently read a fantastic book detailing the technology of books and bookshelves in the western world called The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski. I recommend reading it if you’re a bookworm or interested in learning about basic things that we take for granted.

The main questions this book answers are: “How and why did we get books in the form they are today? How and why did we get bookshelves in the form they are today?

The Book on the Bookshelf goes through the history of books in the western world, starting with scrolls, tablets, etc and going all the way through 1999 (when it was published), when e-readers were in development. This book is worth it if only for the (sometimes hilarious) speculation and analysis the potential effects of e-readers and e-books. It also goes into how we came to organize the books the way we do, and goes over the different ways of arranging books, which I found fascinating because I am constantly reorganizing my personal library.

However, whether or not you end up reading it, I’m going to share some (BUT NOT ALL) of my favorite facts that I learned from this book:

  • capsae are adorable-looking hat-boxes that one could use to carry one’s scrolls about with them. I want to get some scrolls and then I want to get a capsae and I want to frolic around and whip out my scrolls whenever I need to look up fun facts.

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    Online Source (this image of a capsae is also shown in The Book on the Bookshelf)
  •  Apparently in the 11th century, English Benedictines had really strict rules on using the limited-and-precious books they had. In some monasteries, the librarian would assign ONE book per brother per year to read. At the end of the year, the librarian would gather all the brothers and read off their names and the book they had been assigned. If the brother had NOT read their assigned book, they had to confess their terrible literary sin on their knees to the librarian. I’m not saying we should bring this one back, but….
  • Books were stored in locked chests, but eventually the chests were turned on one end and left open and shelves put in, leading to the first armarium which turned into bookshelves!
  • Monasteries had the biggest collections of books until the Reformation, when they DESTROYED ALL THE MONASTERIES AND BURNED ALL THE BOOKS because no one has any religious chill. The printing press took a while to replace all of those big collections. Boo!
  • Spines were considered ugly for a VERY LONG TIME, like until the 17th/18th centuries. Books were shelved with their spines facing the back, because no one wants to look at that ugly thing. Sometimes librarians used slips of paper sticking out of the pages to mark what book it was, since titles weren’t on the spines and the spines were facing the back.

 

There’s lots more where those came from! I really enjoyed this book, although I’d love to read something similar that looks at book technology around the world. This one didn’t often specify if/what technology we received from or gave to the middle-east, east, etc.