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Existential Light Sleep; Married Muppets Memory; Year of Beach Garlands

Sleep Like a Tiger, by Mary Logue
This is a charming go-to-sleep tale, distinguished from its peers both by the absolutely beautiful illustrations and by the sense that the storyteller is thinking about the kid more than the parents. I'll be giving it to a kid I know.

Existential Time-Limited Therapy, by Freddie and Alison Strasser
There were some neat ideas and some compelling case studies in here, but there was also a lot of heavy jargon and unnecessarily stuffy writing. Very self-consciously academic.

A Shiver of Light, by Laurell K. Hamilton
I'm not sure if the ending to this latest Merry Gentry magic, mayhem, and sex tale was abrupt and kind of a disappointment, or if it was just that I was like 50 pages from the end when the copy I was reading got trashed, so I didn't read the last part until about a week after I read the rest of the book. I find I enjoy Hamilton most if I swig her down all in one big gulp.

The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, by Craig Shemin\
It was deliciously nostalgic to be reminded of Muppets I haven't thought of since before I hit puberty. Not quite amazing (I admit I'd been expecting something even more detailed and geeky, given that it's published by DK), but still really fun to read through.

Maxine Banks is Getting Married, by Lori Aurelia Williams
Banks is a splendid conveyer of personality and relationship, so I deeply enjoyed this book even though the plot was well outside my experience / interest zone. I hope she writes more.

The Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta
The worldbuilding and plot of this post-climate-change dystopia got me to stick with it, even though the main character's quiet and distanced perspective made it hard to connect with her until several chapters in. By the end of the book, it had my mind and my heart.

Garlands of Moonlight, by Jai Sen and Rizky Wasisto Edi
A bizarre little horror comic based on a Malaysian legend that I thought had a terrible ending until I realized there was a sequel... also, while it's mostly black and white, the artist used a silver wash for highlights, which upped the illustrations from good to stunning.

Beach Reading, by Lorne Elliott
This was kind of hard for me to read for personal reasons that I don't feel like going into, but I'm glad I stayed the course. A warm, wry, charming, and homesickness-inducing coming-of-age novel.

The Year of Reading Dangerously, by Andy Miller
One of the most readable books about books I've ever read (and I've read many). Sometimes thigh-slappingly funny, sometimes awkward and gangly, most often feeling like you're having a beer with the guy while he tells you about his reading life and you laugh and ask questions and make suggestions and tell stories of your own. I liked this even more than I liked Nick Hornby's collections of book reviews (which was a lot).

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