I decided to read these comic strips because the author was one of the talking heads in a Bill Watterson documentary and I really liked her.... even though I'm usually not a big fan of modern strips produced for mass syndication. So I suppose it was predictable that I really enjoyed her framing text and only very rarely was amused by the actual comics. Sigh.
True Tales of Lust and Love, edited by Anna David
Some of these were really fun, but I've pretty much forgotten them all a month later. Good popcorn reading.
Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing so much that I will swallow all kinds of implausibilities. At the end of the day this one was a tad overly didactic / obvious for me. And yet, Barbara Kingsolver. Yum.
Matched, Crossed, and Reached by Allie Condie
I picked up the first of these very casually from a display at my public library. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and its sequels. Readability is a thing, and these books have it in spades. Plus, like, dystopias are my favorite kind of YA (yes, I am QUITE enjoying the genre glut of the last few years).
(192, 226, 227)
Blood Red, by Mercedes Lackey
Latest in a series of fairy tale retellings set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I dug it a lot - a Red Riding Hood I could sink my teeth into. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Lackey has some weird mental thing about the Roma, though, which leads to her working a (rather broad, uncomfortable) version of them into most of her stories that I've read lately... it's gotten a bit grating because I often feel like she is trying too hard while also not really treating them like people rather than symbols. Only a tiny part of this book though! Which was mostly very enjoyable.
The Magician's Land, by Lev Grossman
Sooooooooooooooooooooooo soo soo soo good. I loved this book unreservedly. I *almost* started rereading the trilogy over from scratch as soon as I finished this one, but I held off. It's probably going to happen over winter break though. Many pieces from the previous novels came together and the annoying leftovers were resolved meaningfully and the scary parts were scary and the delightful parts were delightful and and and. YAY BOOK.