Four stories united only by their protagonists being "older" women (and older spans a very broad range). I really enjoyed all four of them, especially the one about the expat living on another world and her relationship with the community she lived in.
The Philosopher's Pupil, by Iris Murdoch
It took me a long time to tackle this one (I think the first time I tried was in 2012), because one of the main characters is too much like someone in real life that upsets me. However, I'm glad I read it, finally - her novels aren't very much like real life in general (yes, I see the contradiction with my first sentence), but they soothe and excite me at the same time, much like Robertson Davies does. This is a rare and splendid thing.
Lhind the Thief, by Sherwood Smith (nook)
This was just *fun*. The author (hi, Sherwood!) says she kitchen-sinked in many of her favorite fun fantasy elements, and it does have a bit of a kitchen sink feeling, but I *like* all those things, so it worked out well for me. And it's funny how much just having a female gender-hiding-sometimes protagonist can make a classic quest plot feel relatively fresh (even though lots of quest fantasy has girl protagonists these days). Sherwood Smith has become one of the authors I hoard unread and dole out to myself in small doses, although I may have a binge later this summer...
The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin (nook)
Glad to have finally read this. As is often the case with travel and science books from this time, it is a mishmash of astonishingly modern ideas, astonishingly offensive ideas, gripping narrative, and tiresome digressions.
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, vols. 2 and 3, by Brian Michael Bendis et al
I had forgotten we had these! Then I was cleaning up and I found them. The perfect break from cleaning up.
(77, 78, O23, O24)
Cress, by Marissa Meyer
This series still has the power to invoke a major case of page-turning-itis. I had originally thought it was a trilogy? So I had that whole noooooooo, I still don't know what happens thing going on. But otherwise it was a lot of fun. Twisty but easy to read.
Things You Can Create, edited by Harvey Stanbrough (nook)
Very very many mostly quite short stories in honor of Jack Williamson. I read this because two people I know had stories in it, and they were my favorite stories - but there were some other good ones too.