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July 2022 Wrap-Up

I finished up the graphic novels for superhero class as I was teaching them during the first couple weeks of July (I got assigned the class late and didn't get to pick the books--not that I've read many graphic novels before). I definitely learned a lot about graphic novels! Fortunately, I seemed to know more than most of the kids who, like me, primarily knew about superheroes via Marvel and DC movies. I saw Thor: Love and Thunder after the session wrapped, but I can picture exactly how much my students enjoyed it!  Books Read This Month 1. Herobear and the Kid, Vol. 1 The Inheritance by Mike Kunkel--graphic novel for class; the librarians had fun taking out all my notes when I returned it! It was difficult to get since it wasn't recently published, the most conventional of the books we read (which was good for teaching archetypes, tropes, and the Hero's Journey), but I would really only recommend this for kids/American Christian kids (not to spoil too much but there
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Ten Books from My Past Seasonal TBR Lists I Still Haven't Read

 Although I've gotten a lot better at fulfilling my reading plans, due to book clubs, having a better sense of what I like to read, and sneaking in books I've already got or already started, I still usually end up with a few leftover books on my lists--though sometimes I do catch up months or even years later. Here are the books I still haven't read from some of my more recent seasonal TBR lists--I think I have read at least as many as I haven't though! Happy Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl! Ten Books from My Past Seasonal TBR Lists I Still Haven't Read In the Serpent's Wake by Rachel Hartman--I am still really looking forward to this one after Tess ! Dreams Greater Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders--I feel like I have to reread Victories Greater Than Death first. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare--I know I bought this one--oops. Visible City by Tova Mirvis--Forgot about this one.  Ariel Samon: Freelance Rabbi by MaNishtana Through It A

June 2022 Wrap-Up

 Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela-Muslim, Scottish interest, magical realism, interesting but not my jam except for the bird king stories (liked the Bird King better) The Village Maid: A Fairy-Tale with Benefits by Emily Jane Buehler-received for review from LibraryThing, fun fantasy romance-- very open-door. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict--did not know the story of Einstein's first wife or that he had more than one, very interesting, credits her with theory of relativity which might be true and she at least very likely assisted with calculations Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi--graphic novel for the class I'm teaching. Good for an elementary school reading level, although it does have some sad stuff (dead/incapacitated parents).

My Summer TBR

Today's TTT is bookish wishlists, but I don't need any new books right now, so I'll share my summer tbr list instead, especially since I will probably be too busy to post after I start teaching my Superheroes class next week. Some of the books are on the list for the class, which I got switched to after my original class was canceled so I didn't get to pick the books. Comics and graphic novels aren't my specialty, but I'm looking forward to learning more about them. Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Summer TBR List 1. Herobear and the Kid: The Inheritance by Mike Kunkel--graphic novel for class 2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson--graphic novel for class, by the creator of (Netflix's) She-Ra! 3. Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour--So excited that she has a new book out! 4. The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Kati Marton--Book club read. I'm looking forward to learning more about Merkel! 5. Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin--Other book club read. Hopeful

Books I Wish Had an Epilogue (or More Epilogue)

 I feel like most of the books I read have epilogues, especially these days, but when I really love characters, I could read about them forever! I saw a couple other people wishing for "more" epilogue though, so I'll put that down too. Basically, I want whole follow-up books, but I'll take what I can get! Happy Top Ten Tuesday over at That Artsy Reader Girl! Top 10 Books I Wish Had an Epilogue (or More Epilogue) The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders--I was sad when this ended so abruptly! Luckily, Anders wrote a follow-up short story, and I'm hoping there will be even more to come.  The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers/Wayfarers series--I enjoyed checking in on some of the characters through the rest of the series, but I'd love a more direct follow-up on the main characters from this book (Rosemary, Sissix, and Jenks especially) after the end of the series--or honestly, follow-ups on any characters from any books in the s

Books With a Unit of Time in the Title

  Happy Top Ten Tuesday over at That Artsy Reader Girl! I can't remember having done this one before--an interesting idea! I feel like this often, although not always, implies time loop and time travel books or books limited to particular units of time, all of which I think adds to excellent dramatic tension. I've read some of the books below, but others are books I want to read! Books with a Unit of Time in the Title 1. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie--Read this years ago--I don't remember much except that it's written in second person, references 1,001 Nights , and involves djinn.  2. The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1,001 Nights--this is a classic but I've never actually read it, although I watched the movie over and over. I'm definitely a big Scheherazade fan. 3. See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon--Haven't read it yet, but this is a time loop book that I really want to read! 3. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore b

May 2022 Wrap-Up

I couldn't believe my luck that Tor was giving away a free ebook of Becky Chambers' A Psalm for the Wild-Built , just in time for my anniversary too! I also had an ebook for review, a great book club read, and another great poetry read, so a fantastic reading month to end off the semester and some time between jobs... Books Read This Month Ashes of the Firebird by Amy Kuivalainen--I received the ebook for review from LibraryThing, and I truly enjoyed this fast-paced supernatural romp. I also enjoy jumping right in the thick of things with the second book in a trilogy. I was able to pick up fine, although there is an enormous cast including at least six viewpoints, so you might want to make notes! That said, the author does an excellent job of weaving and innovating lore to create a unique cast of supernatural beings--definitely a lot of Slavic influence but also Classical and indigenous, and an Elven race that's actually from another planet?!? Lots of romantic tension too,

April 2022 Wrap-Up

I'm looking forward to getting out of here--my husband and I are taking a little anniversary trip this week. The school year will wrap up next week, and then I'll be getting ready to teach summer classes. Hopefully, I can enjoy myself more this summer, which often means more reading! Books I Read This Month The Kings of Nowhere by C.G. Drews  --So glad to have the opportunity to get to read this on Patreon, and looking forward to buying the published book whenever that's possible. Drews has such a witty, whimsical way with words and her characters curl up in your heart and stay there.  The German House by Annette Hess (Book club)-Set during the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials in 1963, which I hadn't heard of before. The protagonist, Eva, is a translator in the court where SS officers are on trial. The book was translated from the German. Not a book I would have chosen, but an interesting perspective.  The Witch Collector by Charissa Weaks--This pretty cover (and Spinning Sil