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Full Fathom Five, by Max Gladstone
Just like with Gladstone's other novels, it took me about 100 pages to like this book. Once again, by page 150 I thought it was the best book ever. I am baffled as to how that works. And it's not like I could just start reading at page 90 or something; the first part is intrinsic to my enjoyment of the whole by the time I finish.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney (reread)
Such a good book! And last time I listened to the audio, which was splendidly read, but I was glad to see the illustrations this time. So many dimensions to a book like this.

Gin: A Global History, by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
Delightful and easy to read story of gin's beginnings and subsequent ups and downs. I haven't been able to drink much at all this year due to health problems, so I enjoy some vicarious literary imbibing more than I might otherwise.

The Making of a Poker Player, by Matt Matros
This was fun, although I wanted more memoir and less advice while the author seemed to be pushing toward more advice and less memoir. The stories he tells remind me quite a bit of another Matt I know, which was endearing.

diffordsguide Gin: The Bartender's Bible, by Simon Difford
More with the vicarious imbibing. This one has allllllll the pretty pictures in.

The Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan
A light and engaging installment in the series. I like that the author is really using the series format to enrich the characterizations / worldbuilding instead of just throwing in more and more characters and subplots without any restraint. There are plenty of adult fantasy authors who could stand to learn that.

Egg & Spoon, by Gregory Maguire
I always adore Maguire's writing on the sentence level and sometimes on the paragraph level, but this was not one of my favorites of his books on the story level. A bit too steady and predictable - I was rarely surprised by how this book unfolded. And the characters seemed a bit less like people than I was expecting.

Graphs, Maps, Trees, by Franco Moretti
An intriguing long essay about the ways in which large-scale visualizations can be used to deepen literature scholars' understanding of their field. Much more accessible than that description probably makes it sound.

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