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Books Bought This Month
The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova (preordered a few months ago)
Rebecca, 1775: The Birthday Connection by Trudy Snaith
The History of Underclothes by C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington

Books Received This Month
Intuition by C.J. Omololu (Netgalley ARC)
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins (ARC from friend)
The Witches of Ruidoso by John Sandoval (from publisher, not for public review)
Firecracker by David Iserson (from publisher, not for public review)
How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine (from publisher)
The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy (from publisher, not for public review)
The Last Academy by Anne Applegate (from publisher, not for public review)
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick (from publisher)
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard (from publisher, not for public review)
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman (from publisher, not for public review)
Defriended by Ruth Baron (from publisher, not for public review)
The Path of Names by Ari Goelman (from publisher, not for public review)
My Adventures As a Young Filmmaker by Andrew Jenks (from publisher, not for public review)
An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw (from publisher, not for public review)
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos (ARC, not for public review)
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (from publisher, not for public review)
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (from publisher, not for public review)
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke (from publisher, not for public review)
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (from publisher, not for public review)
The Loop by Shandy Lawson (from publisher, not for public review)
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (from publisher, not for public review)
When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes (from publisher, not for public review)
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor (ARC from publisher, not for public review)
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton (from publisher, not for public review)
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson (from publisher, not for public review)
15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins (from publisher, not for public review)
My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco (from publisher, not for public review)
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (from publisher, not for public review)
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff (from publisher, not for public review)
The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles (from publisher, not for public review)

Books Borrowed This Month
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works edited by Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams
Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati
The Cheetah Girls: Wishing on a Star by Deborah Gregory
The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove
The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin
Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden
Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Books Finished This Month
Otherborn by Anna Silver
Sudden Flash Youth edited by Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka and Mark Budman
Intuition by C.J. Omololu
Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
The Ruining by Anna Collomore
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Purity by Jackson Pearce
The Witches of Ruidoso by John Sandoval
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Firecracker by David Iserson
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

I went on vacation this month. Like, actual vacation, where I wasn’t just home hanging out with my family or going somewhere really quickly to do one specific thing, like 24 hours in Texas followed by 36 in San Francisco. Like at one point, from Friday thru Thursday, I was on a plane or in an airport every single day. Anyway. Vacation was great. A whole week with my parents and other family, going around and doing historical things in Virginia and DC. I learned that Latvia holds an international copyright or patent or something on turning amber into thread and weaving with it. And it’s beautiful. If you’re in DC near Dupont Circle, go to the Latvian Embassy and look at it. Also, now I want to go to Riga.

But when I’m on vacation, I tend to be the opposite of normal people and do less reading. I just don’t want to. And no matter how many books I bring with me, it’s never enough or the right ones. So that’s why the final two books on the list are the only ones I read between May 24 and today. That’s way, way below my usual abilities and desires.

After a wedding in DC, we headed to Williamsburg, VA, for the “historic triangle.” One day in Jamestown, where I couldn’t get the soundtrack to Pocahontas out of my head, followed by one in Yorktown and one in Colonial Williamsburg. Hence the two books I bought. Apparently there is a colonial history book series for girls called Bermudian Girl that is completely American Girl, down to the typeface and chapter heading designs. I’m a little confused as to how American Girl doesn’t have some sort of international copyright and yet Latvia has something to protect their amber spinning, but whatever. It made for such a fascinating little knockoff that I had to buy it, plus I know nothing about Bermuda.

June will be dedicated to summer school, which, as usual, I probably won’t count in my lists here, and then my independent study, which I will, because I figure if I assign it to myself, it counts as pleasure reading, sort of.

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