Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch – We were debating what to read next for April YA book club, and when I saw that this book was blurbed by the author of Feeling Sorry for Celia I said “That one!” Having a first person narrator with an intriguing, funny, and unique personality can be tricky to pull off, but Murdoch’s story about a girl named D.J. who finds herself running her family’s farm and training the quarterback of her rival school’s football team was one of the most entertaining YA books I’ve read in a long time. This book even managed to make me care about football when I was reading it! There are two sequels that I’m very interested in reading. I’ve been happy to stop with the first book of many of the YA series I’ve tried recently, but Dairy Queen really hooked me.
Succubus Series (Books 1-5) by Richelle Mead – Good paranormal romance series by the author of Vampire Academy
Inside out and Outside in by Maria Snyder – The Poison Study series is my favorite of Snyder’s works. I was less of a fan of the Glass trilogy due to some questionable sexual politics. This is sci-fi for a change, and I enjoyed these books but I probably won’t be rereading them.
May Day by Jess Loury – This murder mystery features a library worker, so is nice if you are a librarian and like reading abou
t random corpses turning up in libraries.
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – YA paranormal romance for March’s book club. Author owes much to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Book was entertaining, but not enough to make me want to seek out the sequels.
The Other Guys Bride by Connie Brockaway
The Goblin King by Shona Husk
Manga and Graphic Novels
Daredevil Volume 1 by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, and Pablo Rivera – I read the first issue of this and decided I’d wait for the trade, because don’t tend to be very good at keeping single comics issues in good shape. It was nice after seeing Daredevil being the misery king of the Marvel Universe for so long to read a series where he actually seems to be having fun. And the art is so innovative in portraying Daredevil’s blindness and super senses. This is one of the best comics that I’ve read recently.
House of Five Leaves Vols 4-6
Oresama Teacher #7
Library Wars #7
Stepping on Roses #6
Skip Beat #27
Dawn of the Arcana #3
A Bride’s Story #2
Tenka Ichi!! #1
Harlequin Manga: Avoiding Mr Right, The Celebrity Doctor’s Proposal, and Princess of Convenience