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Books Read in September

51. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day I bought this for my boyfriend and we read most of it together. We're both fans of Felicia Day, The Guild, Geek & Sundry etc. I especially enjoyed the chapters on her childhood, which I knew nothing about. I won't spoil it since I think it's the most entertaining part of the book. Day writes exactly how she talks and her writing is interspersed with photos and Internet memes, so if you do get the audiobook, I'd recommend getting the book as well. She also goes behind-the-scenes into her life events leading up to The Guild and in-depth about the making of The Guild. I didn't feel like I needed that, because I think the show itself makes it pretty clear she's a recovering WoW addict, but if you're interested, everything you could want to know is there. A fun celebrity memoir, memorable for Day's unique voice. 52. The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts I picked this up o

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

So, I had this all set to go and then I guess never officially scheduled it for last Tuesday... Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Already time for Fall TBR--the biggest season of the book year! 1. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente 2. Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder 3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 4. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume 5. The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski 6. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli 7. After Alice by Gregory Maguire 8. Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno 9. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson 10. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Books Read in August

47. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen Anna Quindlen is a genius with voice. Her style and tone captured me so much that I never saw the obvious twist coming (I also didn't read the back cover). For fans of Anna Quindlen or just brilliant, funny writing, give this a try. 48. Brave New Girls, edited by Mary Fan and Paige Daniels I picked this up at Shore Leave Con because I wanted to support women engineers (proceeds go to the Society of Women Engineers), but these stories are good. Even though it's an anthology with stories from different writers, there's not a single story I skipped (rare for me). Each story features a young female heroine kicking butt in a brainy way. Most of the stories are set in dystopias; all take place in the near or far future, mostly not on Earth. I got to meet some of the authors and one of the editors, Mary Fan, at Shore Leave Con when I attended their panel. Highly, highly recommended to any science fiction fan, but definitely pick up a c

Top Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Glad this is a freebie because I was sad I missed this awesome topic just a couple weeks ago. Characters can really make or break a story for me--though there are a few rare occasions where I like a book because I don't like a character. 1. Lee Fiora from Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld Lee's passive-aggressive personality turns me off so much--but I couldn't stop watching her sabotage herself. 2. Blue from Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl Blue was a big reason I didn't like the book as much as I wanted to. I just didn't connect with her. Her emotions were not convincing to me and it made the whole book droop. 3. Esther from The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein Esther's passive, insipid attitude is the reason I did not like this book at all. 4. Antigone from Antigone by Sophocles Ok, I get where Antigone is coming from, but the fact that she was willing to sacrifice her sister's life (not just her own) to bu