Monthly Round-up: March 2020

I had no idea — none of us did, really — at the beginning that we would be all stuck at home trying our best to slow the onset of a pandemic. On the upside? A lot of time to read. Maybe. I find that I’m having a hard time focusing on print books, so I’ve been listening to a lot of audio while doing puzzles. It seems to be easier.

I’m not sure I had a favorite this past month; everything seems to have blurred together. Here’s what I read:

Graphic Novels:

Grimoire Noir
Surviving the City
They Called Us Enemy
Mooncakes
This Place: 150 Years Retold

YA:

The Vanishing Stair
Girls of Paper and Fire

Adult Fiction:

The Worst Best Man (audiobook)
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Non-Fiction:

Round Ireland With a Fridge
Becoming (audiobook)
Stamped: Racism, Anti-racisim, and You (audiobook)

Did you have a favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: February 2020

I totally forgot about this yesterday! Something about there only being 29 days in February totally threw me off…

I actually didn’t read a whole lot this month; most of what posted was from when I was judging the Cybils. That said, this was my favorite:

It was just so stinking beautiful and charming.

As for the rest:

Graphic Novels

Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy
Tiger vs. Nightmare
The Tea Dragon Festival
Operatic
Crush

Middle Grade

The Girl with the Dragon Heart
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Black Brother, Black Brother

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: January 2020

I know my blog’s been quiet this month, but I am reading. Promise. It’s just that I’m reading as part of my role as a judge for the Cybils Graphic Novels category, and I can’t post my thoughts until after the winners are announced.

Also: you know it’s been a month when I’ve read the most adult fiction of anything. Wild!

As for the other things I read this month:

Adult Fiction:

The Bear and the Nightingale
Qualityland
The Authenticity Project

Middle Grade:

A High Five for Glenn Burke
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Young Adult:

Of Curses and Kisses

Non-Fiction:

The Witches Are Coming (audio book)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: December 2019

I had a less crazy month than I was expecting to, and so got more reading done (but not the insane crazy reading of a Cybils year!)

My favorite?

Gideon the Ninth

It was so weird and wild and wonderful and amazing. I can’t wait for the next in the series!

And the rest:

Young Adult:

The Good Luck Girls
Throw Like a Girl
A Blade So Black
The Children of Virtue and Vengeance
The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Graphic Novels:

To Dance

Non-fiction:

Once More to the Rodeo
Talking to Strangers (audio book)
North Korea Journals (audio book)

Adult fiction:

Lords and Ladies
Domincana
Maskerade

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: November 2019

Can you believe that 2019 — that the 2010s! — are almost over? I really can’t. This year has been so crazy, in a much different way than the past few years, but it’s gone by so incredibly quickly!

I was super heavy on the YA this month, but my favorite was this one:

Are you surprised? No, you are not. It really is a great book. As for the rest:

YA:

10 Blind Dates
The Toll
American Street
The Queen of Nothing
Tarnished Are the Stars

Non-Fiction:

Nine Pints
Lab Girl
Born a Crime

Adult Fiction:

Twenty-One Truths About Love

Middle Grade:

Look Both Ways

Monthly Round-up: October 2019

Happy Halloween! We’re probably staying home and doing… something? I don’t know. All the kids have outgrown trick-or-treating, and looking at the weather, I think we might be getting less than our usual three trick-or-treaters. So, stay inside, watch a movie, maybe, and go to bed at a decent hour. I’m officially #old.

My favorite book this month was (it was hard to choose; there were so many good ones!):

It’s so so so very perfect.

As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

The Bookwanderers

YA:

Dream Thieves (link to an old review)
Raven Boys (this is my review for the bookstore which I wrote in 2012 and I’m still super proud of.)

Adult Fiction:

Red, White, and Royal Blue
The Power
Red at the Bone (audio book)
Witches Abroad

Non-Fiction:

Invisible Women
Running with Sherman
The Book of Delights

Graphic Novels:

Pumpkinheads
Stargazing
Guts
Kiss No. 8

Monthly Round-up: September 2019

Thoughts? I read an awful lot of adult fiction this month. A LOT. And I’ve noticed over the months that I’ve read less and less middle grade. I wonder why.

My favorite this month?

She is such a good historical fiction writer.

YA:

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

Adult:

The Peacock Emporium
Autopsy of a Boring Wife
The Reckless Oath We Made (audio)
The Testaments
Ninth House

Middle Grade:

Some Places More than Others
Dear Sweet Pea

Non-Fiction:

The Sun is a Compass (audio)

Graphic Novels:

Here There Be Gerblins
Best Friends

What was your favorite this month?