This collection of essays was overall very worthwhile. I struggled markedly with the "Trophies" part of the book - I'm still not at all convinced that trophy convincing is ok in any way shape or form (other than "well, the trophy is a total side issue and they are really hunting for some other reason that doesn't make my head explode"). Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, and added several authors to my Read This list because of it.
The Office of Mercy, by Ariel Djanikian
Bleak bleak dystopia that I dug a whole lot. At first, it felt too derivative, and then I stumbled upon a review that basically said "this book transcends the references it makes" (paraphrasing) and I am SO GLAD I trusted that review and kept going, because wow. This is a very good book, for those of us what can't stop reading dystopias. Full of thinky thoughts; a good balance between philosophical stuff and story stuff.
Deep Wizardry, by Diane Duane (unabridged audiobook)
I wasn't as madly in love with this book as with the first in the series, but I still dug it big time. It's amazing how much suspense there can still be in a story you are pretty much able to predict half-way through. :) And the reader, Christina Moore? Continues to be AMAZING.
Let's Do Nothing!, by Tony Fucile
Cute, fun kids' book, worth a read on a day when you want some extra zip in your mood.
My Brother's Book, by Maurice Sendak
Weird and fragmented and Blakean and lovely. Not his most effective work, nor my favorite of them, but one of the most moving...
Venom, by Jennifer Estep
The third in this series. Not quite as gripping as the last one, but still right up my alley. Can't wait to read the next one! (Well, I *will* wait, a bit, but I'm very excited to read it. :D )
Evolving in Monkey Town, by Rachel Held Evans
Neat collection of essays about being a questioning evangelical Christian. It was a little less polished/more repetitive than A Year of Biblical Womanhood, but equally charming and thoughtful.