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Books Read, September and October

I can’t believe I skipped my reading update in September! I’ve been a bit busier than usual lately. I’ve not been great about logging what I’ve been reading in Goodreads either, so I think I’m missing some titles.

Books

Shiver, Linger and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater – I remember deciding not to read these when they came out because I had werewolf fatigue due to Twilight. I did love the Scorpio Races so much, I figured that I would finally try this series. While not as great stylistically as the Scorpio Races, this trilogy was much better than than the average YA paranormal romance book, with unique and clearly delineated characters.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – this was one of the October selections for my YA book club along with Vampire Academy #1, which I reread.
Dragon Actually by GA Aiken
Against the Wind by Kat Martin

Manga and Graphic Novels

Full Moon O Sagashite #1-7
Gentlemen’s Alliance #1-6 – I need to pick up the last couple books and finish this series
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden #10
Kamisama Kiss #10
Paradise Kiss #1
Limit #1
Record of a Fallen Vampire #1-3
Jiu Jiu #2
Showcase Presents: Amethyst Princess of Gemworld

Books Read, August 2012

Books

Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum – Nice, bleak Scandinavian murder mystery. Good antidote to the usual romance-oriented genre reading I usually do.
Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – I liked Discovery of Witches quite a bit, even though I knew that a person in my knitting group gave up on it because nothing ever seemed to happen. I found the lack of narrative urgency rather soothing, and the romance between a vampire and a history prof/witch was amusingly like Twilight, if Twilight had been written by someone with a firm grasp of the English language, good world building instincts, penchant for historical research, and love of wine. Shadow of Night was a bit harder to get through, while I appreciated the historical setting having one character be the “Evil Gay” just seemed a bit too expected. Will probably read the third book to finish up the trilogy in any case.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Incredibly cynical thriller. Reminded me of American Psycho and War of the Roses, a little bit. Very compelling to read, I think I finished it in a day and a half and promptly decided to read a cheapo Pirate Romance novel ebook in order to scrub my brain of the characters in this book.
The Pirate Next Door by Jennifer Ashley – I think the title says it all 🙂 This was amusing.
His Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone – Were-jaguars! I wonder what were-creatures will populate romance novels next. I’m pulling for something completely unexpected like were-antelopes or were-marmosets.
Scarlet by AC Gaughen – Very nice revisiting of the Robin Hood myth from a female character point of view. This was discounted last month in kindle form.

Graphic Novels and Manga

Library Wars: Love and War #8
Late Advent #1 and #2
Oresama Teacher #8
Devil and Her Love Song #4
Walking Butterfly #1-4
Dawn of the Arcana #5
Slam Dunk #23
Ai Ore #6

Books Read, July 2012

Books

The highlights of my reading this month were to very different YA novels.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – This was one of the best written YA novels I’ve read in some time. It is set somewhere in the British Isles, and explores the traditional Celtic myth of water horses. In this book, the water horses are terrifying carnivores, but the island culture is built around a dangerous race every year where the islanders capture and ride the horses. Puck is the young female protagonist who decides to enter the traditional races on her normal island pony. Sean is a horse trainer with an almost unearthly bond with his chosen horse, and as the teenagers prepare for the deadly event, they also get to know each other better. There’s romance in this book of course, but one of the nice things about it was that Puck and Sean are initially wary and suspicious of each other. Also, their lives are totally shaped by the economic depression on the island, and the setting plays just as important a role with the novel as the characters. The book is written in alternating points of view between Puck and Sean, which is a narrative device that I always enjoy when it is executed as well as it is here.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This was a fun contemporary romance about a girl who is sent away to Paris for her senior year of high school against her will. Anna is crazy for cinema and spends most of her time moping in her room until she falls in with a group of new friends and meets St. Clair, the impossibly handsome and unavailable object of her affections. Perkins creates an engaging first person narration for Anna, and as the friendship between Anna and St. Clair develops it was nice to see the romance presented as developing despite some very visible character flaws for Anna and St. Clair. Also, seeing Paris through teenage eyes gave this book a bit of a breezy vacation feel while reading it even though it made me want to seek out a French Bakery.

I think this is going to be my last paranormal romance binge for some time, as I am now feeling an urge to read murder mysteries.

I tore through most of Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series: Dragon Bound, Storm’s Heart, Oracle’s Moon, True Colors, Natural Evil, Devil’s Gate
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

Manga and Graphic Novels

Daredevil volume 2 by Mark Waid
Jiu Jiu #1
Slam Dunk #23
Alice in the Country of Hearts #3
Kaze Hikaru #20
Legal Drug #1-3
Wish #1-4
A bunch of romance manga online from jmanga.com

Books Read, June 2012

Books

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder – After reading all of Snyder’s series, her formula is a bit too familiar – heroine with mystical powers meets stoic and silent man, but still this is fun to read if you’ve enjoyed her other works. Not as squicky with the sexual politics as the Glass series (so far).
Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts – I am finally using Overdrive more on my ipad to check out library e-books like these. Fun, despite the somewhat cumbersome process one has to go through to check out books.
Dark Angel and Lord Carew’s Bride by Mary Balough
A Rogue by Any Other Name: First Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth – Not bad dystopic YA fiction, would recommend to people who are looking for a read-alike after finishing the Hunger Games series. More romancey and less detailed world-building than some similar books of the genre. It is amusing that the setting is a future destroyed Chicago, as one often doesn’t get stories set in the ravaged midwest.
Heart of Steel – Always excellent steampunk romance from Meljean Brook.


Manga and Graphic Novels

Ai Ore Vols 4 and 5
Slam Dunk 1-6
Real 1-5
Vagabond Vizbig 9 and 10
Ouran High School Host Club #18
Kimi Ni Todoke #14
Dengeki Daisy #10
Skip Beat #28

Books Read, April and May 2012

I have been in a horrible reading funk recently. I keep picking up books, reading them partway and putting them down. I’m rereading a bunch of series I’ve read before just because none of my current book options are all that appealing to me. Things were pretty bad in April and got better towards the end of May. I’m probably still on track with my general average of a book a week or so.

Books

Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase
Fayfever series (reread)
Poison Study Series by Maria V Snyder (reread)
Devil’s Kiss by Zoe Archer
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I did enjoy the Vampire Academy series, so it was fun if a bit familiar to read the first volume of this spin-off series.
Unraveled, Unveiled, Unclaimed, Unlocked, and The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan – Good, affordable romance ebooks! Better than average characterization and humor. Milan is one of those authors where I’ll now happily read whatever new novels she produces, much like Loretta Chase.

A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee – This is my YA book club pick for June, and I suggested it. This is a story of a poor girl who ends up being recurited into a top secret agency of Victorian Lady-Spies. This might seem frivilous, and it is a fun book but it is notable for YA historical fiction in a couple ways. It actually deals with race in an interesting way, which you don’t often find in other books of this genre. The other thing I enjoyed is the fact that the characters actually commented on and were affected by the horrible sanitation practices of the time. The Thames is wretched during the summer, and it was an issue in the book. Too often in historic fiction unpleasant details like this are glossed over.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Tesoro by Natsume Ono
We Were There Volume 14
Story of Saiunkoku Volume 7
Oresama Teacher Volume 9
Hana Kimi 3 in 1 Edition Volume 2
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 3
Dawn of the Arcana Volume 4 by Rei Toma
Daredevil Volume 1 – I feel like in many ways Daredevil has been the misery king of the Marvel universe, so it is just fun to see him actually enjoying himself for a change. And the art in this series is both stunning and incredibly clever in portraying Daredevil’s unique powers. Looking forward to the second volume.
Skip Beat 27
A Bride’s Story 2
Dawn of The Arcana 3
Stepping on Roses 6
Blue Exorcist 3

Books Read, March 2012

Books

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
Otomen #12
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

Books Read, Feb 2012

Books

Blood Red Road by Moria Young – This was a great post apocalyptic YA Romance that is essentially about a girl who goes into Thunderdome. Some of the storytelling conventions (written in dialect, no punctuation for dialog) were a little wearying at times, but overall this was a very compelling story. Great to recommend to people who want read alikes to the Hunger Games books, but also totally different. By far one of the best YA books that I’ve read recently.

Eye of Heaven by Marjorie Liu

Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan

The Other Guy’s Bride by Connie Brockway

Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay (rereads)

Probably half a dozen Harlequin romances (bought on the cheap in Kindle bundle form)

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier (my YA book club selection)

Manga and Graphic Novels

Legion of Superheroes: The Curse

Hana Kimi 3 in 1 Edition

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon #3

Princess Knight Volumes 1 and 2

A Devil and Her Love Song #1

Story of Saiunkoku #6

Books Read, January 2012

Books

I still need to do my reading tally for last year! I will try to get to that soon.

Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt – This was the highlight of my January reading. A great, darkly humorous novel about a pair of sibling assassins during the gold rush era. Usually I tend to read books that are not very challenging or interesting from a prose styling standpoint, so it was nice to read some very good literary fiction for a change.
Mayhem in High Heels and Alibi in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
Dark Heavens Trilogy by Kylie Chan – This was initially sort of interesting for a paranormal romance series because it incorporates martial arts and Chinese mythology. On the other hand, by the end the heroine has so many random superpowers it becomes fairly boring because there isn’t much suspense about any difficulties she will face.
Lord Scandal by Kalen Hughes
The Blue Devil by Melinda Beth Skinner
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier – This was my YA book group selection for Feb. Fun and quirky.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Legion of Superheroes: The Curse – Some great LSH stories in this collection
Sakura Hime 6
Skip Beat 26
Dawn of the Arcana #2
Kamisama Kiss #7
Basara #9 and 10

Books Read, November and December 2011

Books

God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake – Classic grifter novel!
Faefever series #1-5 by Karen Marie Moning – Very good urban fantasy series
Tiger Eye, Shadow Touch, The Red Heart of Jade by Marjorie M. Liu
One Night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins
A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore
Undercover in High Heels and Killer in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

Manga and Graphic Novels

Dengeki Daisy #7 and 8
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon #2
Codename: Sailor V #2
Drops of God #1
Stellar Six of Gingacho #2
Oresama Teacher #6
Basara 3-10 by Yumi Tamura (reread)

Books Read, October 2011

I need to do a better job of tracking things as I read them, as I’m always tallying things up at the end of the month and forgetting to list things. Here’s (mostly) what I read this past month.

Books

Mostly lots of quick read romance novels, as that is what I tend to read when times are a little stressed out. Most of these I picked up on super sale in ebook format some time ago and am just now getting around to reading them.

One night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins
Once a Princess by Joanna Lindsey
I love the Earl by Caroline Linden
Noble Intentions and The Trouble with Harry by Katie MacAlister
Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Graphic Novels and Manga

Itsuwaribito #2 and 3
Urameshiya Volume 1
Sherlock Holmes Volume 1
Cross Game Volume 4
Twin Spica Volumes 4-6
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Volumes 6 and 7
Library Wars Volume 6
Detroit Metal City Volume 10