2018 Books (First Half)

I read some excellent books in the first half of 2018. Admittedly, I did go on an alien/dragon romance kick (the alien abduction series is just plain fun), but that is my normal end of semester stress reaction.

Favorites

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The story moved quickly, and Murderbot, for all that he was a ‘droid, was incredibly relateable. He was fairly apathetic about his existence, his job, and humans in general; his main desire being to have uninterrupted tv-watching time. While Murderbot didn’t completely lack emotions, he did try to quash them. Towards the end of the novella, he did start developing some level of attachment to the crew. I am looking forward to reading the remaining three novellas in this series as they are published.

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
I didn’t know exactly what to expect from a book about an 11-year girl who goes on the lam with her just-released convict father while he tries to find a way to protect her from a kill order. It was surprisingly gripping – I had a hard time putting the book down. The narrative flowed and was well-paced. I loved how Harper used words and cadence, and how he allowed Polly and Nate to grow. Definitely a book I will read again.

Honorable Mentions: Beauty in Autumn, An Unkindness of Magicians, The Language of Thorns

Fiction (42)
The Duchess Deal
River of Teeth
Taste of Marrow
Binti
Destiny’s Captive
Such Small Hands
Seven Seasons of Buffy
Death of a Salesman
Super Extra Grande
Daughter of Fortune
Lotus Blue
Sandstorm
The Bookseller
Time Salvager
Mad Hatters and March Hares
A Dragonling’s Haunted Halloween
All Systems Red
Clockwork Dynasty
The Bird Tribunal
Enemy of Mine
Mercenary Abduction
Heroic Abduction
Holiday Abduction
Reader Abduction
Alien Mate
Jarek: Dragon of Preor
Abducting Abby
Capturing Cara
Tracking Trisha
Ambushing Ariel
Cornering Carmen
Not So Little Green Man
The Alien’s Mail Order Bride
Beauty in Autumn
Fire in his Blood
Going Green
Snowed in With the Alien Warlord
Fire in his Kiss
The Black Tides of Heaven
She Rides Shotgun
An Unkindness of Magicians
Electric Arches

Nonfiction (3)
The Wicked Boy
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

YA (15)
Beneath a Sugar Sky
The Lifeboat Clique
Done Dirt Cheap
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
#NotYourPrincess (nonfiction)
Landscape with Invisible Hand
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found (nonfiction)
Long Way Down
A Court of Thorns and Roses
The Starlit Wood
Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Dear Martin
Dreadnought
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
The Language of Thorns

Children’s (12)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Coraline
The Notebook of Doom: March of the Vanderpants
Eerie Elementary: The Locker Ate Lucy
Eerie Elementary:  Sam Battles the Machines
Eerie Elementary: Classes are Canceled
Searching for Dragons
Travels of Thelonious (Fog Mound)
The Notebook of Doom: Battle of the Boss-Monster
Faradawn (Fog Mound)
Simon’s Dream (Fog Mound)
The Phantom of the Opera (Classic Starts)

November Books

The pace of November didn’t slow down, but I was still able to get a lot of books read. I’ve hit a slump with my Amazon TBR #3 with 16 books remaining. I will probably only read 1-3 more books from that list before the end of the year. I need to focus on finishing up PopSugar (5 books left), but it’s up in the air if I’ll finish it.

November Favs: Lost Boy, Old Man’s War, I’ll Meet You There, Delicious in Dungeon, vol 1

Audiobooks Fiction (10) / Nonfiction (7)

 

Novels (11)

Graphic (2)

 

2018 Manga / Graphic Novels (First Half)

Almost all of my graphic reading was for various reading challenges. It was a mixed bag of books. Some of them were amazing – The One Hundred Nights of Hero – and some were duds – As the Crow Flies and Jonesy.

2018 Audiobooks (First Half) – coming soon
2018 Books (First Half) – coming soon

Favorites

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
I almost put this book down after the boring introduction. While it was a set up, and explained aspects of the following story, removing it wouldn’t have taken anything away from the narrative. Once past that, however, and The One Hundred Nights of Hero was a dark, beautiful, and painful feminist fairy tale. The framing is similar to Arabian Nights and Scheherazade, though in this case a young woman must protect her friend/mistress from unwanted sexual advances by telling stories to her would-be assaulter. The running theme throughout was how educated and/or powerful women can be scary to men.

Honorable Mentions: The Backstagers, vol 1, Henchgirl, Spill Zone

Graphic Novels (18)
Pashmina (read twice)
Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune
Ares & Aphrodite
The Backstagers, vol 1
Black Hammer, vol 1
Jonesy, vol 1
Brave
Scooby Apocalpyse, vol 1
Mooncop
Henchgirl
Roughneck
As the Crow Flies
One Hundred Nights of Hero
Spill Zone
I Am Alfonso Jones
Mega Princess
Kindred

Graphic Nonfiction (2)
Lighter than my Shadow
Sandwiches

Manga (1)
My Brother’s Husband, vol 1

Husband’s Books: 2018 3rd Quarter

My husband seems to be a on roll lately. I need to get him on a more positive path.

The Son by Philipp Meyer
Sarum by Edward Rutherford
New York by Edward Rutherford
Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
God: A Human History by Reza Aslan
Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David Mccullough
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne

October Books

October was crazy, and I was home for maybe half of it – between a cruise to Bermuda and a last minute two week long out-of-state training course for my job (yes to a workcation!).

As of today, November 17th, I have 18 books left on my Amazon TBR list #3. I won’t finish it this year, but I should end up with less than 10 books remaining. I’ve been reading for PopSugar again, and I’ve been working on both my Amazon TBR list #2 and Audible TBR.

Fav books from October: Dragon Teeth, The Calculating Stars, Moxie, and Unnatural Creatures

Audiobooks Fiction (10) / Nonfiction (4)

 

Novels (15)

 

Noontime Ninjas

Today I ran a program at the library called “Noontime Ninjas”. We seem to have better participation with families when an event is held on a Saturday afternoon as opposed to a weeknight (bar storytime), so “Ninjas at Night” had to be modified. 15 children, 25 people total participated, which is a great turn out for us.

The program itself was very simple – create your ninja symbol, make a headband, navigate the courses. My one requirement was that in order to run the courses, you had to hear a headband.

Headband

This is my younger daughter’s panda bear headband. The circle is approximately 3″, and both it and the slots were cut using my Silhouette (completely worth the money spent and learning curve learned). Threaded through it is a strip of black plastic tablecloth.

Course #1

I made a relatively simple course using red crepe paper streamers. This was meant more for the little kids, though some of the big kids managed to weave their way through it.

Course #2

Participants had to battle their way through a field of ninjas. While my field of ninjas is less than impressive, it was extremely popular. If I had more space, I would have constructed a fourth course combining the streamers and balloons.

Course #3

The big kid course made using red yarn. This course needed a lot of touch ups because shoes, capes, and hat bobbles kept catching on the yarn and pulling sections of it down. Still a lot of fun.

September Books

I am actually on top of a post for once! September was a busy month as well, though the busy was different than in August – planning Girl Scout meetings and library storytimes/programming, and prepping for a Disney cruise (I take this stuff seriously).

Headway is being made on my Amazon TBR list (list #3, to be exact). I knocked the list down to 53 books! Note, however, that of those 41 books, almost half were DNFs. And somewhere my numbers aren’t adding up between my spreadsheet and bullet journal, so my count is more suggestion than reality.

Fav books from September: Radium Girls, Strange the Dreamer, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and The Wicked Deep.

Audiobooks (19)

Novels (10)