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.

Fiction

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)

Nonfiction

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

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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.

Fiction

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)

Rereads

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)

Folklore

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

Comics

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)

Poetry

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)

Nonfiction

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.

Fiction

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)

Reread

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

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

Comics

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)

Poetry

The Kalevala (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

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

April ’19 Reading Recap

Oooooooooooooo lots of good reads this month! I adored Spindle by E. K. Johnston (I’m almost finished with her backlist now!). The Bedlam Stacks confirmed that I’m obsessed with every word Natasha Pulley writes. I read my first Cherryh book and vastly enjoyed it so I’m on the prowl for more Cherryh now.

On the nonfiction side, Be Quiet, Be Heard is a fantastic book on How to Communicate and I really recommend it.

Please don’t yell at me for not rating Sandman higher. It’s clearly not my cup of tea. I’m determined to finish Gaiman’s run, though!

Comics

Sandman volumes 5-8 by Neil Gaiman (3-4/5 stars)

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (3 stars)

Fiction

Dumplin by Julie Murphy (4/5 stars)

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (5/5 stars)

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (4/5 stars)

Lovecraft Unbound short story anthology ed. by Ellen Datlow (4/5 stars)

Spindle by E. K. Johnston (5/5 stars)

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley (4/5 stars)

Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly (5/5 stars)

Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly (4/5 stars)

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (4/5 stars)

Wild Robert by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5 stars)

A Sudden Wild Magic by Diana Wynne Jones (4/5 stars)

Chanur Saga books 1-3 by C. J. Cherryh (4/5 stars)

Prairie Fire by E. K. Johnston (3/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Be Quiet, Be Heard by Susan Glaser (5/5 stars)

A Brief History of Painting by Roy Bolton (2/5 stars)

Tussie-Mussies by Geraldine Adamich Laufer (4/5 stars)

Bibliophile by Jane Mount (5/5 stars)

Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees by Ernst and Johanna Lehner (4/5 stars)

March ’19 Reading Recap

I’m just . . . going to keep doing these. It was really fun to look back over my 2018 ones so let’s keep a good thing going.

I finished 2 series about dragons this month: the first arc of the Wings of Fire series, and the Lady Trent series. My favorite reads this month were Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston and any of the Diana Wynne Jones picks.

#DWJMarch

(aka that month where I try to read a lot of Diana Wynne Jones and sometimes succeed)

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5 stars)

A Tale of Time’s City by Diana Wynne Jones (4/5 stars)

Drowned Ammett by Diana Wynne Jones (4/5 stars)

Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5 stars)

The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones (4/5 stars)

Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5 stars)

The Game by Diana Wynne Jones (4/5 stars)

Witch’s Business by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5 stars)

The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (5/5 stars)

Comics

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (4/5 stars)

Fence volume 2 by C.S. Pacat (5/5 stars)

Giant Days volumes 7-8 by John Allison (4/5 stars)

Noragami volumes 13-19 by Adachitoka (3-4/5 stars)

Sandman volume 4 by Neil Gaiman (3/5 stars)

Fiction

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (5/5 stars)

Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston (5/5 stars)

Dark Secret by Tui Sutherland (4/5 stars)

Brightest Night by Tui Sutherland (5/5 stars)

Tolkien’s World by David Day (4/5 stars)

Rereads

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (4/5 stars)

Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey (4/5 stars)

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (4/5 stars)

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (5/5 stars, read Jan-Mar)

Nonfiction

The Road to Middle-Earth by Tom Shippey (4/5 stars)

Poetry

Sir Orfeo ed. by A.J. Bliss (5/5 stars)

February ’19 Reading Recap

Another month full of insanely excellent reads! Death Prefers Blondes and The Afterward both stood out as personal favorites: Both had a really fun ensemble of characters, made me feel all the feelings and were jolly good tales. The manga series Noragami started out sort of weak but I’m glad I stuck it out because it’s turning into a really fascinating story, 10 volumes in (haha).

Comics/Manga

Noragami volume 7-12 by Adachitoka (4/5 stars)

Royal Tutor volume 10 by Higasa Akai (5/5 stars)

Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman (3/5 stars)

The Wicked and the Divine volume 7 by Kieran Gillen (3/5 stars)

Fence volume 1 by C.S. Pacat (4/5 stars)

Fruits Basket Another volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya (4/5 stars)

Fiction

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (4/5 stars)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (4/5 stars)

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi (5/5 stars)

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles (4/5 stars)

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig (5/5 stars)

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (4/5 stars)

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston (5/5 stars)

The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan (5/5 stars)

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (5/5 stars)

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson (5/5 stars)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (3/5 stars)

Thrall by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish (3/5 stars)

Poetry

A Spring Harvest by Geoffrey Bache Smith (4/5 stars)

Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey (4/5 stars)

Incidents in the Life of a Slavegirl by Harriet Jacobs (5/5 stars)

The Tolkien Scrapbook by Alida Becker (3/5 stars)

 

 

January ’19 Reading Recap

I’m behind on these recaps, but putting this together reminded me how many AMAZING books I’ve read so far this year already! January especially was filled with Christmas/birthday presents so ideal choices were made by everyone. The books this month were all too good for me to pick favorites, but I was the most surprised by Tolkien and the Great War and Pride, both of which were by authors I haven’t read before and they were DELIGHTFUL.

Comics/Manga

Royal Tutor volumes 2-9 by Higasa Akai (4/5 stars)

Noragami volume 5 by Adachitoka (3/5 stars)

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (5/5 stars)

Fiction

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes (5/5 stars)

The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis (5/5 stars)

Pride by Ibi Zoboi (4/5 stars)

Firestarter by Tara Sim (4/5 stars)

Slayer by Kiersten White (4/5 stars)

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (3/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England by Eleanor Parker (5/5 stars)

Mediaeval Latin Lyrics by Helen Waddell (4/5 stars)

Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Iliad and the Odyssey by Eva Brann (4/5 stars)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (4/5 stars)

Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth (5/5 stars)

Girl, Wash Your Face! by Rachel Hollis (4/5 stars)

Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe et al. (5/5 stars)

 

 

You can check out my 2018 reading recaps here.