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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.
(185/200)

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.
(186/200)

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.
(187/200)

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.)
(190/200)

Ant, by Charlotte Sleigh
Artful synthesis is one of my favorite kinds of popcorn reading. GNOM NOM NOM.
(192/200)

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.
(193/200)
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