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Books Read in December

December 31, 2017

Book totals for the final month of 2017, and for the year.

E-Books/Paper Books

  1. The Long and Short of It by Jodi Taylor. St. Mary’s short stories, some of which I’d read elsewhere, but didn’t count until I read this in book form. Never sure what to do with short stories in my book tallies, really.
  2. Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem. YA set in Russia and NY in the 80’s. Sets up a series I’m not sure I’ll keep reading, though.
  3. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia. Excellent historical fiction for middle grade readers, with a very much 11 year old protagonist, in the summer of 1968 in San Francisco.
  4. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan. Really well done middle-grade fiction I will happily hand to tweens.
  5. Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson. I read this for a book discussion with my fellow YAbrarians, and it’s about the dystopian aftermath of alien first contact… it felt remote, like a thought experiment, and also too real in its dystopian discomforts. Did not like this.
  6. Interim Errantry: On Ordeal by Diane Duane. Novellas about some of the other characters from the Young Wizards’ universe. I really liked Ronan’s. And Mamvish’s was impressively strange.
  7. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. An anthology of all kinds of authors writing in various parts of the Star Wars universe. Really interesting, and I liked a lot of the stories by familiar favorite authors (I read it for Daniel Jose Older, not going to lie), and authors that were new to me.
  8. Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds. So good. I need more Miles Morales in my life. Novels or comics, not picky.
  9. The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig. Reread, because Christmas.
  10. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh. Meh. English country manor mystery with histrionic characters. Not much fun, kind of irked it was my last book of 2017.

 

Graphic Novels

  1. Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Riess
  2. Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan
  3. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 by James Tynion. Actually not as ridiculous as it could have been.
  4. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Who Run the World? Squirrels. by Ryan North. Aw, yeah!
  5. Batgirl, Vol 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart. I like this iteration of Batgirl. Not hideously dark.
  6. Deadpool: The Complete Collection by Daniel Way. I wanted to like this more than I did.
  7. Gotham Academy Vol 2. Calamity by Becky Cloonan. I’m still not sure this series won’t collapse under the weight of its own mythology and the larger Batman universe, but for now, it’s doing well.
  8. Lumberjanes Vol. 7: Birds’ Eye View by Shannon Watters. Love this series.
  9. Batgirl Vol 1: Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone. Darker than Cameron Stewart’s take, but interesting to see how they incorporate some of the source material and take it to different directions.
  10. Superman: Earth 1, Volume 2 by J. Michael Stracyzinski. I don’t think I’ve read Vol 1, but this was a solid introduction, and a pretty good mix of dark and hopeful, which is about what I’d expect from JMS.

 

Audiobooks

  1. The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett. What you read when you’re starved for more Discworld audiobooks. On the plus side, it includes audio of an interview with Sir Terry, himself. Which was lovely.
  2. Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, as read by the author. About 15 minutes long, but a good fairy tale.

Twenty things read? Hooray for me! Not too shabby at all!

And that’s it for 2017!!!  195 according to Goodreads, and I’m sure heaps more than that if you count the picture books I’ve been reading for storytime.

EveryLibrary - Any Library Initiative Anywhere for Every Library EverywhereIn honor of all this, I’ve made my donation to EveryLibrary, because they do good, important work to help libraries. I rounded up to $200.

A year of firsts. My first, working as a public librarian, with actual teenagers. My first time reading manga. My introduction to a lot of comic series, even as I follow up with old favorites.

Can I pick a favorite book of the year? I’m not sure I can. There were several great ones. A few I didn’t love, but mostly a great reading year.

Lessons learned: I’m not going to shoot for 200 again next year, because starting in December I got kind of competitive, and chose shorter books and graphic novels to make the numbers work.

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