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Books Read in March 2018

April 4, 2018

The YALSA Hub challenge started this month, which makes me very happy. It’s a challenge to read through 25 of the past year’s award winning YA titles. Having a list of over 100 to choose from between now and June makes this challenge manageable. The shorter books on the Hub challenge, and a couple of weeks nursing a cold and lying low beefed up my book totals for the month.

Hub titles will be starred *


  1. *Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali. A Muslim teen girl, dealing with ordinary high school things- crushes, friends drama, family, and also dealing with being a Muslim in her community. Well done. (Library book)
  2. Keeper of the King’s Secrets- Michelle Diener.  Historical romance (Library book)
  3. Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler. The idea of a virgin birth given 20th century treatment… Not as good as I was hoping.  (Library book)
  4. *Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. Creepy riff on fairy tale and fantasy magic, and sisterhood.  (Library book)
  5. The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon, I Mean Noel by Ellen Raskin. A goofy puzzle book, whimsical and strange. About midway through, I remembered reading it as a kid, but I still enjoyed the ending.
  6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli- Sweet and charming and worth the hype it’s been getting.  (Library book)
  7. Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold. An omnibus of multiple Miles Vorkosigan novels, so I feel that I should get extra credit.
  8. *42 is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport. This slim volume packs in a lot of information about Jackie Robinson.
  9. *Dreadnought by April Sinclair. Danny lives in a city where superheroes and their battles are the norm. When the mantle of the dying Dreadnought passes on to her, it gives her superpowers, and also remakes her body into the girl’s body that matches her true gender identity. I was really impressed with the way this book handled the superheroics and Danny’s coming into her own.
  10. *Malagash by Joey Comeau. An interesting little meditation on dealing with grief, though too short for me to really feel I knew the characters.  (Library book)


  1. *Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, read by Eddie Redmayne. A weird choice for an audiobook,, but it was part of the Hub Challenge, so….  (Library book)
  2. *Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. This worked really well as an audiobook- it was like getting to listen to the book as a great oral history. Very cool.  (Library book)

Graphic Novels

  1. *Jonsey Vol 1. by Sam Humphries. Too Steven Universe for my taste.  (Library book)
  2. The Comic Book Story of Beer by Jonathan Hennessy. Great blend of fun and informative, and the graphic novel format really served this well.  (Library book)
  3. *Backstagers by James Tynion. Great fun romp, I’ll keep reading the series.  (Library book)
  4. *Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. A graphic novel with memoir elements would catch my attention, even if not for the challenge. I wish this had been longer.  (Library book)

The grand total is an entirely respectable 16. I’m pleased with myself.

Two were books I owned, and the rest were from various libraries.

That’s 10 for the Hub Challenge (!!!!) out of the challenge’s potential 25. So I’m off to a good start!

I’m pleased with March, even though I spent most of it having a cold.


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