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Books Read in January 2018

February 2, 2018

January started out somewhat mellow, and then gathered speed. I have a feeling that the next couple of months are going to be a similar stampede of library and life busyness. Hoping that at least committing to a monthly blog post tallying up my reading will help remind me that I’m taking time for myself and my TBR pile.

Paper and E-Books

  1. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. (Library book). Been meaning to read this for ages, and glad I read it at least somewhat close to Christmas.
  2. The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin. (Library book) Wow. This series… just… wow. The worldbuilding and language really got into my head.
  3. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. (Library book). Yeah. Wow.
  4. Whiskey Words & a Shovel III by R.H. Sin. (Own book) A poetry collection I picked up a while ago. I really liked several poems and will come back to this.
  5. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. (Library book). Narrative journalism that told an important story, about a crime and its consequences for two teenagers and their families. I didn’t love the disjointed, mediated way the story was structured. I read it for a discussion group with my fellow YA-ers.
  6. Stunt Cat to the Stars by Constance Lombardo. (Own book) A funny little middle-grade novel I’ve had on my shelf since several Book Expos ago. Can see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans loving this.
  7. And the Rest is History by Jodi Taylor. (Library book.) The latest in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s ripped my heart out. Ripped my heart right out. Ugh. I was too shocked to weep.
  8. The Big Meow by Diane Duane. (Own book.) I’m so glad this latest in Diane Duane’s cat wizard series is finally out. I zoomed through it delightedly.
  9. Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood. (Own book.) Phryne Fisher is a good comfort read. I’d had a tough week.

Graphic Novels

Superman: American Alien by Max Landis. (Library Book) Superman as a young 20something. I like that he has friends and family ties, still from growing up in Smallvile in this version.

Audiobooks

I re-listened to Snuff, by Terry Pratchett, as read by Stephen Briggs, as my bedtime book for a few nights. Got it from the library.

The resolution reckoning…

11 books, 4 of which I own. And even the library books I chose had been on my Goodreads TBR, of meaning-to-read for a while. So I feel that things are getting off to a good start.

I’ve also been scrolling through the earlier reaches of my Goodreads Want-to-Read shelf, as well as my stacks of physical books, and getting rid of books I’m unlikely to read in the next year or so, or those I could get from the library if I feel the whim. I have a stack to donate to Housingworks that’s almost as tall as I am. I just keep having free time on days with soggy weather, which has kept me from actually getting said books out of the house.

 

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