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Books Bought This Month
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
Drift by M.K. Hutchins

Books Received This Month
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (audiobook; gift for WBN book givers)
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (audiobook; gift for WBN book givers)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (audiobook; gift for WBN book givers)
Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester (Kindle First)
Her by Harriet Lane (Edelweiss ARC)
Blur by Steven James (special random free thing from Amazon)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (audiobook from Audiobook Sync)
Byronic by Sandi Beth Jones (e-ARC from publisher)
Winterspell by Claire Legrand (Edelweiss ARC)

Books Borrowed This Month
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Girl Trouble: Stories by Holly Goddard Jones
Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood
Screenwriting From the Soul: Letters to an Aspiring Screenwriter by Richard Kevolin
Fitzgerald Did It: The Writer’s Guide to Mastering the Screenplay by Meg Wolitzer
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan (audiobook)
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
Paper Shoes by Pavel Srut
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
Partials by Dan Wells
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe García McCall
The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts
Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
Storm by Donna Jo Napoli
(I’ve been stocking up for summer. Gotta take all the good stuff out of the library now before someone else wants it and keeps it until August.)

Books Finished This Month
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (audiobook)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Phineas Gage by John Fleischman
The Other Language by Francesca Marciano
The Lover by Marguerite Duras
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (gave up halfway through; maybe I’ll try again over the summer)
The F- It List by Julie Halpern
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin
Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

There were quite a few occasions of “I read an entire book in a day and then some of another book, besides” this month, and that’s awesome. Since I flew to Boston to finally walk at my graduation, I actually read Complicit, Phineas Gage, and half of The Other Language all in a single day of flying. The Lover was another airplane read on the day I flew back. And I’ve been doing a lot of single-day graphic novels, starting them at work on my break and either finishing them then as well or taking them home and back the next day. This One Summer and Will & Whit made me really happy (and go well together), as did Princeless. It’s good to read comics now and again, as I must always remind myself, as a terrible class experience made me shrink away from them in fear and anguish for awhile.

It just occurred to me that I committed to reading 13-18 books by/about people of color all year, and I’m already at 19. And there are quite a few more with prominent secondary characters of color, so that’s not bad (Indian seems to be the new sassy black, at least in my reading). I also read a lot of things that I got at ALA Midwinter, which is great, because I am notoriously bad at reading conference ARCs in a timely manner, even if that’s the only respectful thing to do when publishers give you so much free, wonderful stuff. Five of the books I read this month I picked up at that conference, so woohoo!

I am pretty pleased with the breadth of my reading this month. Books for adults, teens, AND kids all made the list. I read short stories for the first time in ages! Four books were nonfiction! All months should be so varied and rich in reading.


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