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Great Hooked Monument Sky; Inhuman Tidying Science; Olympians No-Drama Shy Apocalypse

Monument 14 and Monument 14: Sky on Fire, by Emmy Laybourne
For both of these, I started reading and then didn't stop - even to get a drink of water or something - until the book was finished. Compelling as heck. I am a sucker for stories about kids of different ages having to work together to survive. (Less importantly, I also liked that it was set in Colorado. I enjoy stories like this even more when they happen somewhere I can clearly picture.)
(261, 284)

Peter Panzerfaust, vol. 1: The Great Escape and vol. 2: Hooked, by Kurtis J. Wiebe et al
The idea of Peter Pan in WW2 without magic is a really neat one, and these are well-told and well-illustrated. I'm not in love with them but they're so well-done I'll probably read the next one too.
(262, 277)

Inhuman Beings, by Jerry Jay Carroll (reread)
So much of this book is in the plot; it was fun to reread it and pay more attention to how it's built. All the same things appealed to me and annoyed me as last time through. It's more or less Philip K Dick if Veronica Mars' dad was telling the story, so if you like those guys, you should like this. I did.
(263, O49)

Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
This is such a weird and at times really perplexing book. But it did light a fire under me to get me started on cleaning up my house after years of grad-school-induced sloth in the housekeeping department (I'm on page 2 of my 6 page plan). And there were some exceptionally insightful points mixed in among the "really????"s.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, edited by Tim Folger and Deborah Blum
Lots of interesting essays in here, more than the average year. Some of them only barely felt like they fit, but since those ones were particularly good, I didn't mind. A particularly large number of global-warming-related stories, which is both reassuring and depressing.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy, by Jennifer Rardin
Bad-ass heroine, appealing romantic lead, intricate plot and engaging secondary characters. Yep, I will be reading more of these. I actually would've already except it reminded me of several other similar series that I had to abandon that I want to catch up first (Kelly Armstrong and Jennifer Estep and Rachel Caine's books, among others).

The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by Martin H. Greenberg
This anthology ranges widely through the 20th and 21st centuries. Funny to realize I could mostly tell when a story was written from the attitudes espoused therein. I enjoyed most of these stories though nothing made me swoon.

No-Drama Discipline, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Bryson
So I've been trying to re-parent my inner children (yeah, yeah, therapy speak) and I had the idea that reading some parenting books might help me with that. Turns out they did, but mostly by confirming that a) I wasn't doing such a bad job and b) I did an okay job with the parenting I did do as an oldest sibling with not-always-present-or-helpful parents. This one is very clearly written, with warmth, honesty, and thoughtfulness. Doesn't talk a whole lot about kids who aren't in "normal" situations, but it does acknowledge that they exist - I think they are trying to reach possibly-borderline-abusive parents, too, and thus were being careful of what they said and how they said it.
(269, O51)

The Olympians: Zeus: King of the Gods, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory, Hades: Lord of the Dead, Poseidon: Earth Shaker, and Aphrodite: Goddess of Love by George O'Connor
A hoot! Beautifully drawn, cleverly put together retellings of some of the major Greek myths, using individual gods as the focus points of each book. Poseidon and Hera were my favorites.
(270; 294, O63; 299, O65; 300, O66; 301, O67; 302, O68)

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