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Half Bento Gifts; Steel Blood Discovery of Ant Crow

Half World, by Hiromi Goto, lightly illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Thoroughly, Japanesely weird, in that way which feels gentle but isn't really. I liked this very much, and would've liked it even better as a teenager.

Gifts, by Ursula K. LeGuin (reread)
Every time I reread a LeGuin book, I like it even better than the time before. All the things that struck me about this one this time are inexpressible without spoilers.

Bento Box in the Heartland, by Linda Furiya
This book wasn't really my thing stylistically, but the worth of the stories being told transcended that minor gripe.

Coronets and Steel, and Blood Spirits, by Sherwood Smith
I read the ~950 pages of this duology in less than 2 days (days in which I also did homework and worked and stuff like that). Perhaps understandably, when I osmose books like that, they get a bit blurry round the edges. It's a modern Ruritarian novel and it reminded me (in a good way) of Susanna Kearsley and it had the sensitivity and dry humor I expect from Sherwood's work, and yeah. Loved these.
(188/200, 108/100; 189/200, 109/100)

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness (nook)
I read this book on a library nook and I liked the interface so much I went and bought my own (marvelous) nook before I even finished it... Anyway, this falls into the "ripping good yarn" category for me. Flawed, but awesome. (Be warned, it's book 1 of ... at least 2. I hate that "oh, wait, I only just realized this isn't going to conclude" feeling at the end of really long books, so I thought I should save y'all from it.)

Ant, by Charlotte Sleigh
Artful synthesis is one of my favorite kinds of popcorn reading. GNOM NOM NOM.

Crow, by Boria Sax
This one was noticeably less artful, though still worth finishing. Too much literature and myth (even for me!), not enough science and history.

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