september reading in review

Books Bought This Month

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Little White Lies by Brianna Baker (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]
Bluescreen by Dan Wells (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]
Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]
Mirage by Tracy Clark (Edelweiss ARC) [IndieBound]

Books Borrowed This Month
Nimona by Nicole Stevenson [IndieBound]
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera [IndieBound]
Vicious by V.E. Schwab [IndieBound]
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson [IndieBound]
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes [IndieBound]
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi [IndieBound]
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson [IndieBound]
The Terror of the Southlands by Caroline Carlson [IndieBound]
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai [IndieBound]
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis [IndieBound]
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (audiobook) [IndieBound]
Twain, Alcott, and the Birth of the Adolescent Reform Novel by Roberta Seelinger Trites
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes [IndieBound]
Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels (audiobook) [IndieBound]

Books Finished This Month
See No Color by Shannon Gibney [IndieBound]
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (audiobook) [IndieBound]
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Disgruntled by Asali Solomon [IndieBound]
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (audiobook)

Look at me reading in so many formats! Graphic novels, audiobooks, and verse. It almost makes me not feel bad that I read so little. Also, I believe only one creator on this list is not a person of color, and I could actually be wrong there. And I didn’t even try for that, diversity naysayers and privileged ones! As I always say, if you’re actually a real reader who likes books, I would think it would be pretty natural to seek out a broad variety of interesting things. Then again, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if that were natural for people. Anyway, moving on.

I swear I had a plan to prioritize my reading as far as ARCs/e-ARCs and library books and the one box of books that I brought out in my car instead of mailing, which is thus unpacked and accessible. I swear. As usual, I have gone crazy on Edelweiss even though I hate digital ARCs, and the titles I have downloaded sound amazeballs and I really cannot wait to read them. But. The backlist stuff you see cropping up is because of an undergraduate class at the University of Arizona called Learning Adolescence Through Literature. I haven’t been an undergraduate for five years (wow) or even a student at all for two, but I have insinuated my way into this course as a part-TA, part-participant, part-field observer, because they want me to teach the course as the actual university-sanctioned instructor and PhD candidate next fall! I didn’t get my mind together in time to apply last year, so I can’t officially enroll as a student unless I want to pay for classes myself, so for this year I’m a fake grad student but doing very real things until I can be a real one again in fall of 2016, and I AM SO EXCITED. There are many things I want to do in my life and many exciting dreams I have had, but if I’m being realistic, this is the thing that’s actually accessible to me, and I also think I will love it.


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