Monthly Round-Up: May 2016

Greetings from Indiana! Looking back over the month, I read a LOT of adult stuff. Which is unusual for me. (Or not, maybe I’ve gone through spurts like this?) And most of what I read this month was good. Even so, my favorite was this:

Real Friends

Any graphic novel that makes me cry has to be the favorite of the month.

As for the rest…

Middle Grade:

Feliz Yz

Young Adult:

Alex, Approximately

Adult Fiction:

A Man Called Ove
A Conjuring of Light
The Light We Lost


Paddle Your Own Canoe (audio)
Make Your Bed (audio)
A Walk in the Woods

What was your favorite read this month?

Monthly Round-Up: April 2017

So, I know it doesn’t look like it when you see the books below, but my reading actually ground to  a halt for a bit this month. (Most of these were read in March, believe it or not.) Which means, next month’s posting may be kind of light. We’ll see. I pulled an old favorite off the shelf a week or so ago and am slowly working through it, and I read the third in a series that I love, so maybe I can find books to read.

That said, my favorite last month (no surprise here):

Strange the Dreamer

M had some valid criticisms of it, but overall, I thought it was gorgeous.

Middle Grade:

Amina’s Voice
Funny Girl
The Star Thief


The Thief (reread)
Thick as Thieves
I Shall Wear Midnight (reread)

Graphic Novel:

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior


Good Clean Fun (audio)


Small Gods

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: March 2017

Time is just slipping away from me; how can it be that it’s the last day of the month?

My favorite this month, or at least the one I can’t stop thinking about:

Hillbilly Elegy (audio book)

The audio is excellent, and I  keep seeing its relevance all around me (most recently in the rollbacks of the clean air policies). Definitely worth reading.

As for the rest…


Exit West
A Study in Scarlet


The Falconer

Middle Grade:

Flying Lessons (audio book)


The Princess Diarist (audio book)
The Tao of Pooh

Graphic Novels:

One Trick Pony
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-up: February 2017

Between rough times at work and being sick, this month got away from me. So, I’m not surprised that I’m a day late on this!

My favorite this month, also happened to be the Cybils Audiobook winner:


The Inquisitor’s Tale (audio book)

Really. Such a well-done audiobook, and a great story as well!

As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

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See You in the Cosmos

Out of Abaton: The Wooden Prince (audio book)



Victoria (audiobook)


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Like a River Glorious
City of Saints & Thieves
Trouble Makes a Comeback
Wintersmith (reread)
Traitor to the Throne

What were your favorite reads this month?

Monthly Round-Up: January 2017

I suppose now is as a good of time as any to announce that I’ve gone back to school to get my MLIS. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while (say, 6 years or so), and I’ve finally reached a point in my life where we can not only afford it (sort of), but I can fit it in (hopefully). I’m not quitting my job, so between the demands of that, and the demands of the program (though I’m taking it REALLY slow: only one class at a time), I don’t know how much blogging will be taking place. I was a much more sporadic blogger when I started 12 years ago (!), and even though I’ve been blogging pretty steadily for a while now, I think I might go back to where I was when I started. As long as I’m reading, though, I’ll be blogging: I have to have somewhere to put all my thoughts.

That said, the best book this month?

worldofpoohThe World of Pooh

It was a touch choice between that and Tiffany Aching. But Pooh Bear was such a delight to read. It makes me smile just thinking about it.

And the rest:


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This Savage Song
A Hat Full of Sky
The Wee Free Men
The Hammer of Thor


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The Matchstick Castle
The Playbook
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Graphic Novel

Ms. Marvel: Super Famous

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: December 2016

Tis the week after Christmas and there hasn’t been much time for much of anything. Still, I had a decent enough month for reading…

Stay tuned for the year-end wrap up tomorrow!

Middle Grade:



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Flawed (audio)
We Are Okay



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Today Will Be Different (audio)
Reader, I Married Him
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Graphic Novel:

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Tetris: The Games People Play
Fish Girl


Lone Survivor (DNF)

Monthly Round Up: November 2016

So, my reading completely and utterly slowed down in November. And I really didn’t have a favorite this month; it’s all kind of a blur.  I suspect I’m not the only one in this situation…

That said, here’s what I did get read. And here’s hoping December (with all its busy) will be a better reading month.


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Three Dark Crowns (audio)
Jacob Have I Loved
Falling Over Sideways
Crooked Kingdom

Middle Grade
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When the Sea Turned to Silver
Journey’s End

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Searching for John Hughes (DNF)

Graphic Novel
Razzle Dazzle Unicorn