November 10th, 2018

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March 2018 reading (playing catch up)

March 2018 reading:

10. A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire (377 pages)
REREAD. Another of October Daye's adventures, taking her out of San Francisco and into a potential faerie civil war. Definitely interesting, with lots of in-depth discussion about the nature of the different fae races.

11. An Artificial Night, by Seanan McGuire (354 pages)
REREAD. I really love seeing how different authors portray the Hunt. This book is fantastic! Glad to see there's another one coming out in this series, too.

12. Late Eclipses, by Seanan McGuire (372 pages)
REREAD. I really love this series, and this one had me engrossed.

13. One Salt Sea, by Seanan McGuire (354 pages)
REREAD. I really, really love this series. I may be verging on blasphemy for some people, but I think I like it more than Dresden Files, even. Toby is just a really interesting heroine, and this book just continued with the intrigue and fascinating fae issues. Definitely a huge fan of the October Daye series!

14. Chimes at Midnight, by Seanan McGuire (346 pages)
REREAD. Toby somehow manages to get herself into even worse trouble than she normally manages, and if she doesn't learn to depend upon her allies, this time none of them might survive. This book is fairly fast-paced and provides even more insight into the world of the Faerie.

15. The Winter Long, by Seanan McGuire (358 pages)
REREAD. October continues to get herself into the most interesting situations--oft ending with her covered in blood. At least she is getting better at looking before she leaps and relying upon those who wish to help her. She's going to need both in this misadventure if she hopes to stay alive, one which will leave her knowing more about herself than she wanted.

16. Once Broken Faith, by Seanan McGuire (420 pages)
REREAD. October should be used to everything going spectacularly wrong by now, but when a Pureblood is murdered and a dignitary elf-shot at a Conclave to decide what should be done with Walther's alchemical elf-shot cure, it's a bit more than she's dealt with before. Someone at the Conclave is a murderer, and she has to find them before they strike again. Bonus novelette from Arden's point of view. Good read.

17. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire (368 pages)
REREAD. For once Toby's life is looking good as her friends join her for the bachelorette party May put together. Then she opens the door to find her mother on her doorstep, the mother who disappeared years ago... and her intentions aren't good. Now October must track down her long lost sister August, or she'll lose everything. Great read.

18. Dinotopia: The Maze, by Peter David (140 pages)
Gwen feels her father doesn’t love her, but when he falls deathly ill, she will stop at nothing to find a cure—even if it involves finding a mythic healer through a dangerous maze. Fortunately, she has help. Decent read.

19. Dinotopia: Sabertooth Mountan. by John Vornholt (133 pages)
Cai isn’t quite ready to grow up, which is why he quits school and winds up dragged in the wake of his sister, a Habitat Partner, as she looks into an avalanche that has stopped the Death Caravans that feed the isolated Sabertooths. Or he is until he falls from an airship and winds up stranded among them. Now he and his new friend Redstripe must stop a sabertooth who doesn’t want to follow the Oath of Peace, and somehow save the Sabertooths in the process. Good read. A bildungsroman.

20. Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse (227 pages)
This book is fascinating and beautiful, a novel told in the form of poetry from the narrating character’s perspective. Billie Jo lives during the dust bowl, and despite that her family is happy—until tragedy strikes. Loved this book.

21. Dead Man's Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West, edited by John Joseph Adams (464 pages)
This was a really fun read. I got it for the Seanan McGuire story, but all the stories were worth reading. Plucky saloon prostitutes, alien infestations, mythological references, werewolves, time travel—definitely ran the gamut. Settings were fun, too. Very inclusive in terms of race, gender and gender identity, and sexuality too.

March pages: 3,913

Pages to date: 7,352

Progress: 21/52

March 2018 comics/manga reading:

48. xxxHolic Rei: Volume 4, by CLAMP (192 pages)
49. Swamp Thing: Volume 3, by Alan Moore (192 pages)
50. Saturn Apartments: Volume 7, by Hisae Iwaoka (264 pages)
51. DMZ: Volume 5, by Brian Wood (144 pages)
52. Crossed: Volume 10, by Garth Ennis (176 pages)
53. Kuma Miko: Volume 1, by Masume Yoshimoto (159 pages)
54. Star Trek Boldly Go: Volume 1, by Mike Johnson (136 pages)
55. Paper Girls: Volume 1, by Brian K. Vaughan (144 pages)
56. D.N. Angel: Volume 10, by Yukiru Sugiaki (200 pages)
57. Blue Exorcist: Volume 13, by Kazue Kato (202 pages)
58. Black Butler: Volume 24, by Yana Toboso (200 pages)
59. Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth, by Joe Hill (72 pages)
60. The Massive: Ninth Wave, by Brian Wood (152 pages)
61. Lady Killer: Volume 2, by Joëlle Jones (136 pages)
62. Guardians of the Galaxy, New Guard: Volume 2, by Brian Michael Bendis (136 pages)
63. Monstress: Volume 1, by Marjorie M. Liu (192 pages)
64. Hyper Police: Volume 7, by Minoru Tachikawa (189 pages)
65. New Suicide Squad: Volume 1, by Sean Ryan (192 pages)
66. Love is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting, by Various (144 pages)
67. After School Nightmare: Volume 6, by Setona Mizushiro (200 pages)
68. Harley's Little Black Book, by Amanda Conner (256 pages)

March pages: 3,678

Pages to date: 11,940

Progress: 68/150
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April 2018 reading

April 2018 reading:

22. Dark Magic, by Cheyenne McCray (292 pages)
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April pages: 292

Pages to date: 7,644

Progress: 22/52

April 2018 comics/manga reading:

69. Invader Zim: Book 1, by Jhonen Vásquez (140 pages)
70. Ghostbusters: Volume 7, by Erik Burnham (104 pages)
71. Lumberjanes: Volume 6, by Shannon Watters (112 pages)
72. Y The Last Man: Volume 8, by Brian K. Vaughan (144 pages)
73. Gravel: Volume 2, by Warren Ellis (176 pages)
74. The Mighty Thor: Volume 1, by Jason Aaron (146 pages)
75. DC Bombshells: Volume 5, by Marguerite Bennett (176 pages)
76. Bleach: Volume 69, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
77. The Wonder Woman Chronicles: Volume 1, by William Moulton Marston (192 pages)
78. Star Trek, The New Adventures: Volume 1, by Mike Johnson (300 pages)
79. Kuma Miko: Volume 2, by Masume Yoshimoto (140 pages)
80. Video Girl Ai: Volume 7, by Masakazu Katsura (192 pages)
81. Black Butler: Volume 25, by Yana Toboso (178 pages)
82. Case Closed: Volume 65, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
83. Afterschool Charisma: Volume 4, by Kumiko Suekane (208 pages)
84. Library Wars, Love & War: Volume 13, by Kiiro Yumi (192 pages)
85. Moon Knight: Volume 1, by Warren Ellis (136 pages)
86. Twin Spica: Volume 9, by Kou Yaginuma (200 pages)

April pages: 3,120

Pages to date: 15,060

Progress: 86/150
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May 2018 reading

May 2018 reading:

23. Dhampir, by Barb and J.C. Hendee (376 pages)
While this was interesting, I felt like I didn’t get Magiere’s motivations. Many of the characters were like this. Even when in the parts written in different characters’ POV their motivations were shrouded. I still enjoyed the book, and want to read more in the series. Just feeling like the most developed character is Leesil.

24. Black Magic Woman, by Justin Gustainis (336 pages)
Quincey Morris takes a job to help a family that thinks it’s being haunted, and quickly realizes that it’s not as simple as that. The family is cursed, the target of a centuries old blood feud that he needs help in finishing. Even then, it might not be enough. Fun read.

May pages: 712

Pages to date: 8,356

Progress: 24/52

May 2018 comics/manga reading:

87. Otomen: Volume 8, by Aya Kanno (200 pages)
88. Ooku, The Inner Chambers: Volume 10, by Fumi Yoshinaga (264 pages)
89. Moon Knight: Volume 2, by Brian Wood (136 pages)
90. Aria: Volume 5, by Kozue Amano (178 pages)
91. Kingyo Used Books: Volume 4, by Seimu Yoshizaki (208 pages)

May pages: 986

Pages to date: 16,046

Progress: 91/150
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June 2018 reading

June 2018 reading:

25. Spice & Wolf: Volume 16, by Isuna Hasekura (304 pages)
Pulled into the idea of a free town, Lawrence and Holo try to save it when greed gets the best of the trading company responsible. Holo leaves to retrieve the book that can prevent bloodshed, but things go south for Lawrence and he must escape with the mercenaries—only to find they’re being herded to a dead end. Will they be able to win and save the free town? Or themselves?

26. The Sweet Scent of Blood, by Suzanne McLeod (363 pages)
Genny is fae but she has a secret—she’s been infected with the vampire virus since birth and is on the run from an arranged marriage with the cruel vampire who had her created. Only an alliance with witches keeps her safe. For some reason though she has bought a spell that allows her to change into a vampire body to sate the needs of the virus. Not clear why this was necessary. The vampires draw her in, knowing she can help them with a curse they want, trying to keep her ignorant to its nature. Involves her foggy past come back to haunt her. It was a fun read but not fleshed our enough to grab me into the series.

June pages: 667

Pages to date: 9,023

Progress: 26/52

June 2018 comics/manga reading:

92. Puella Magi Suzune Magica: Volume 3, by Magica Quartet (144 pages)
93. After School Nightmare: Volume 7, by Setsona Mizushiro (200 pages)
94. What Did You Eat Yesterday?, by Fumi Yoshinaga (160 pages)
95. Hyper Police: Volume 8, by Mee (186 pages)
96. D.N. Angel: Volume 11, by Yukiru Sugisaki (176 pages)
97. Black Panther, The Complete Collection: Volume 1, by Christopher J. Priest (416 pages)
98. Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, by Mike Johnson (140 pages)
99. Star Trek, Boldly Go: Volume 2, by Mike Johnson (144 pages)
100. Star Trek: Khan, by Mike Johnson (124 pages)
101. Natsume's Book of Friends: Volume 21, by Yuki Midorikawa (192 pages)

June pages: 1,882

Pages to date: 17,928

Progress: 101/150
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July 2018 reading

July 2018 reading:

27. Unclean Spirits, by M.L.N. Hanover (373 pages)
Jayne is on the cusp of ruin, a college drop-out estranged from her family who just got out of a bad breakup. When she receives a call that her uncle died, she goes to settle his estate expecting a few days to gather herself. Instead she is thrust into a war, her uncle a victim, and a whole new world of demons to contend with. She also finds she’s the sole inheritor of his massive estate. She has little choice, assaulted within 24 hours by those who killed her uncle, but to finish what he started. And just maybe grow up a little in the process. Interesting read.

28. Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris (292 pages)
Sookie Stackhouse works at a bar in small-town Louisiana and has spent her whole life trying to hide her secret: she’s a telepath. Instead the community just sees her as crazy. Then Bill the vampire shows up and she saves him from being drained for his blood by the local sleezeballs. Her life will never be the same. Interesting read.

29. Key to Conflict, by Talia Gryphon (57 pages)
Made it to page 57 and was impressed I lasted that long. The inconsistent points of view within sections that were supposed to be one character’s POV was bad enough, but then we have a full-blown seduction with essentially no build-up combined with poorly-defined characters whose personalities shift at whim. No thank you. In my mind rocks have fallen and everyone died the end.

30. Naked, by David Sedaris (304 pages)
I essentially adore everything Sedaris writes. His voices is very strong, and he deals with some very raw issues and experiences in often humorous ways, letting the audience feel a little better about their own experiences and demonstrating how to see them in less negative ways.

31. Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris (291 pages)
So this series is addictive. Sookie winds up going to Dallas, and things get crazy. Somehow trouble seems to find her--or she finds trouble!

32. The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke (350 pages)
I'd been meaning to read this for quite some time. The story revolves around two runaways whose parents have died. Their aunt and uncle want to send older Prospero to a boarding school and keep only his younger angelic brother. They've been taken in by a group of homeless children whose leader is Scipio, the Thief Lord. But Scipio hides a secret, and it could mean disaster for them all.

July pages: 1,667

Pages to date: 10,690

Progress: 32/52

July 2018 comics/manga reading:

None this month

July pages: 0

Pages to date: 17,928

Progress: 101/150
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August 2018 reading

August 2018 reading:

33. Yellowcake, by Margo Lanagan (240 pages)
There were some really awesome stories in here, focused toward young adults and exploring humanity in different genres. Definitely recommend.

34. The Music of Dolphins, by Karen Hesse (181 pages)
Written in the style of journal entries by the main character, a girl who has been raised by dolphins is "saved" and put into a program to see if feral children can develop language and social abilities. Equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking. I want to read more by this writer, as the two books I've read have been amazing.

35. Sword Art Online, Progressive: Volume 1, by Reki Kawahara (368 pages)
The entire world-building and premise of this series is fascinating. In an immersive video game, there is no option to exit to the real world, trapping players. It is believed or confirmed that anyone who dies in the game dies in the real world, leaving many people distraught over the prospect of ever making it home. I really enjoyed the characters, as well.

36. Sword Art Online, Progressive: Volume 2, by Reki Kawahara (256 pages)
The first level of the game has been cleared, but not without a critical loss of a player. Kirito and Asuna wind up going off on their own, and discovering that the game has some critical differences from the beta version--and almost seems sentient.

37. Under Wraps, by Hannah Jayne (330 pages)
A human who can see through magic works for the Underworld Detective Agency, but her boss has gone missing. A new vampire, her roommate's perpetually-teenage nephew, is in town, and her new partner seems untrustworthy. She needs to find her boss and somehow stay alive despite danger being tossed her way. Decent read.

August pages: 1,375

Pages to date: 12,065

Progress: 37/52

August 2018 comics/manga reading:

102. Barefoot Gen: Volume 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (284 pages)

August pages: 284

Pages to date: 18,212

Progress: 102/150