katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my December reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint and Charles Vess

  • The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

  • The Drag Queen of Elfland by Lawrence Schimel

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. A Circle of Cats by Charles De Lint & Charles Vess
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/203388.html
    An original folktale with gorgeous art and words, where a little girl is turned into a kitten in order for her life to be saved.

  2. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/203084.html
    Huh. This is the story of two individuals who went through childhood traumas who found each other and try to cope with life. I don't know if it's because Italian readers have different expectations from me or what, but I was disappointed by this book. I loved the characters, but it was painful to read of their pain and then the story just ends!

  3. Polar: the Titanic Bear by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/202882.html
    A Titanic survivor wrote this story about her son's stuffed polar bear who accompanied her son through some good and bad of childhood. This was a lovely adventure with great illustrations as well as actual photos of the family's adventures. A great read!

  4. Coffin: The Art of Vampire Hunter D by Yoshitaka Amano
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/202555.html
    A nice 200-page collection of art found in Vampire Hunter D manga. Some bold, some beautiful, some detailed, some symbolic.

  5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/202232.html
    I can't believe I only just read this book! I haven't laughed so consistently through a book in a long, long time. What a fun, mission-driven adventure! Moral of the story: next time you've got your hands on the anti-christ, try not to lose him.

  6. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/201687.html
    A shiny continuation of the crew's adventures through the 'verse. Even when they're separated, they stay true to themselves and to each other.

  7. The Grannyman by Judy Schachner
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/201320.html
    Awwwwwwww! The family still loves their old kitty (Simon), but when a new kitten joins the family, it's up to Simon to teach it how to be a cat.

  8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/201056.html
    I really, really wish I'd liked this book more. I really should have, given the subject matter. I liked the characters, but I couldn't really get into their heads. They were all over the place (as teenage boys tend to be). And there wasn't as much emotion in the reading as I'd have liked; that probably would have helped. I did care about the boys, I just didn't get into them as much as I wish I could have.

  9. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/200818.html
    This book was designed to look like an IKEA catalog. But the creativity and style only helped to strengthen the story. I don't really love pure horror stories (and I never watch horror movies), but this was a fun, sometimes scary read. As a fan of IKEA, I loved all the details that went into this book to make the off-brand store feel real. I bought it as a Christmas gift but set to work reading it before I wrapped and gave it away!

  10. The Little Book of Celtic Wisdom by John Matthews & Caitlin Matthews
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/200080.html
    I got this as a Christmas present, then read it quickly and gave it away. It's a nice collection of quotations from Celtic tales--some I knew and some that were new-to-me. I copied down some of them so I wouldn't forget them.

  11. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/199875.html
    Took me a while to get through this (many months of short bits of reading!), but definitely worth it. It's got two related stories in alternating chapters. In one, Sherlock Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle (and his buddy, Bram Stoker) try to solve a mystery. In modern day, Harold (a member of the exclusive, literary Sherlock Holmes fanclub) tries to solve a murder that has to do with the missing journal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The two mysteries develop independently, then come together in an unexpected way.

  12. Untitled Manuscript
    I finally finished reading the novel one of the writers in my Writers' Roundtable wrote last National Novel Writing Month!


Here are my re-reads this month:
  1. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    This has been near the top of my list of favorite books ever. I was nervous about rereading it in case it wasn't as great as I'd remembered. Luckily, I really enjoyed it, not just for the story but for the wonderful way it was written.

  2. Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/201739.html
    Is Mr. Wuffles lazy or is he trying to protect the world against space aliens who are teaming up with insects? Adorable!


In all, I had a productive reading month!

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my November reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint and Charles Vess

  • A Circle of Cats by Charles De Lint and Charles Vess

  • Hiding in Plain Sight (Safe Harbor Book 2) Cassandra Carr

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/197443.html
    Most people apparently don't like this book. I didn't have a problem with it; it probably wouldn't be how I would have written it or guessed it would end, but this is what happened and I enjoyed learning about that. Interesting way of furthering the series.

  2. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/197660.html
    I shouldn't have read this book, because it made me emotional. But then I ended up reading it twice (once in audio and once in paper, so I could see all the photos/documents/etc.). This book takes quotes and firsthand accounts of the Titanic disaster and pieces them all together to show a good picture of what happened from so many different points of view. I actually learned some things I didn't know before, and I solidified my crush on Harold Bride. But, mostly, I was tense and anxious or crying uncontrollably during most of this book (neither of which is good when you're listening to it on audio while driving a car).

  3. The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/198028.html
    Maleeka is teased at school because her skin color is dark and her mother sews all her clothes (badly). But this is the story of how she realizes she is smart and beautiful and loved. The book deals with a lot of social issues--from discrimination to peer pressure to assault and more. I really loved Maleeka.

  4. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/198188.html
    More than any YA book I've read since becoming an adult, this one brought back my teenage years to me, and not in a good way. It reminded me of my obsessions and dreams and also the paranoia and anger and social pressures. There were parts I absolutely loved and parts that made me scared and sad. So I'm not sure how I feel about this book still.

  5. Veronica Mars: the Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/198684.html
    A great Veronica Mars mystery that takes place after the movie and extends the adventures of the characters a little further. The writing was great and the mystery was full of complications--both professional and personal--for Veronica, the private investigator. The twists kept me guessing right up until the end. But more than anything, I loved seeing these great characters again.

  6. Accepting Me by Jo Ramsey
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/199231.html
    More of a short story than a novel, I am still glad I bought it. Shane "comes out" to his friend and family as asexual without even realizing that that's a thing. I liked watching him discover himself. And I loved seeing myself in Shane; we all deserve to see ourselves in books. Yay for diversity in literature!


Most of my month was dedicated to writing my NaNoWriMo novel instead of reading, but I still enjoyed what I read this month :-)

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my October reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint and Charles Vess

  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/193683.html
    My hold finally came in at the library and I got to read this second book in the trilogy. I didn't like it quite as much as the first, but I still really enjoyed it. The faction system introduced to us in book 1 is breaking down and Tris isn't sure who to trust any more or how to save the people she cares about. I particularly liked finally getting much more of a look at each of the other factions.

  2. What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/193822.html
    My favorite character from all of Cassanda Clare's works gets his own series, and this is the first in it. I loved Magnus' humor and exploits here as he gets "banned" for all time from Peru (and, as an immortal, that's a long time!) I cannot wait to read more of this series soon!

  3. Just After Sunset by Stephen King
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/194106.html
    I love Stephen King's short stories; he does a great job with concepts without letting it run away from him. That being said, I liked some of the stories more than others. There were some I LOVED. And there was one in particular that was the most disgusting thing I'd ever read.

  4. Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/194423.html
    I loved the movie so much that it was hard to accept that the book was very different in places. But it still was a great story about a boy coming out and realizing that, at his high school, he's not alone.

  5. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/194786.html
    Esperanza's was the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner in Mexico... until her father died and she, her mother, and close servarts were forced out of the country. She has to learn what it's like to live when you have nothing. It's beautiful to watch her struggle in this book. She learns so much about the world and also about herself. I found it endearing and powerful, and it was great to find out it was heavily inspired by the author's family.

  6. The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/194874.html
    A library full of books and animals at night? I'm there! I loved the color scheme as well in this fun, sweet picture book.

  7. The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/195519.html
    I didn't quite understand this one, which is sad to me because it's a kids book and I feel like I should have understood it. But I'm still confused. It was a worthy attempt at taking a Celtic fairy tale and bringing it into modern(ish) times. It just didn't captivate me, sadly.

  8. Shug by Jenny Han
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/195794.html
    When Shug and her friends start middle school, life changes completely. While she's dealing with her emotions and losing friends, she almost doesn't notice what she's gaining. This book felt incredibly realistic to me, like I was right back in middle school all over again.

  9. Lucky by Eddie De Oliveira
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/195852.html
    Sam Smith likes both girls and boys, but he has a hard time admitting it to himself because of what it could mean to everyone in his life. I liked this thoughtful and emotional exploration as he comes out. Plus: ENGLAND! What's not to love? :-)

  10. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/196119.html
    An interesting take on immortality and what it means overall as well as what it means to this family in particular. A neat tale with a lot of kindness as a central theme.

  11. The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/196843.html
    A series of great stories--some intense, some moving, some funny. It was a real slice of life and culture from that time and place with characters I loved. Also, LeVar Burton was the audiobook narrator, and he was fantastic.

  12. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/197116.html
    Strange but beautiful! A magician "accidentally" conjurs an elephant during a magic show act which, somewhat indirectly, makes it possible for a young boy to find his long-lost younger sister. I was enchanted by this book and how such impossible things brought so many people together.

There is also an untitled book that should be added as part of my not-yet-finished list above is a novel manuscript I've been reading and copyediting for a fellow writer in my writers' roundtable group. I'm enjoying finding out what happens next in the book even as I'm copyediting. I'm only about 30 pages from the end of it.

I earread a ton of juvie fiction this month, but there was a smattering of mystery, picture books, urban fantasy, and even horror (which was great timing, given this is the month with Halloween).

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my September reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • Lucky by Eddie de Oliveira

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. Love Control by Renai Sousa
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/193190.html
    This was a fun yaoi manga with some handsome gentlemen finding each other on the job. I liked the bonus stories in this one as well.

  2. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/192953.html
    The more graphic, disgusting book within this book colored my feelings for this book overall. I found I didn't much care about the author who'd gone missing in this mystery and I didn't like most of the suspects. However, I do love Strike and Robin, so it was worth reading anyway.

  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/192731.html
    Not as amazing a book as the first one, but the adventure took my four favorite clue-solving kids all over the world to save the kidnapped Mr. Benedict. Each of the kids had their moments to shine and I really enjoyed going on this journey with them. There was clever wordplay and lots of fun clues to solve along the way.

  4. Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/192511.html
    Adorable picture book where a bear climbs out of his book to have fun. When his family moves home and his book is accidentally left behind, he leaves his book for good and ends up finding friends at a library!

  5. Exorcisms and Pogo Sticks Vol 1 by Stephen Doerr
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/191782.html
    Hard yaoi and a little cartoony in style, but some super creative ideas and a heroic main character who saves the day in his own way (i.e. lots of sex) was fun to read.

  6. Exorcisms and Pogo Sticks Vol 2 by Stephen Doerr
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/192252.html
    I've said this twice so far during this list, but I didn't like this second book as much as the first. The story wasn't as much fun and the two main characters were separated. But, hey, can't go wrong with hot elfsex.

  7. Your Love Sickness by Hayate Kuku
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/191640.html
    Hot fox-spirits, gods, a police officer and a gang member... a great yaoi I'm really glad I got the chance to read as part of a bookbook.

  8. BookCrossing Through Middle-Earth by Skyring
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/191129.html
    Skyring takes us along on his family trip through New Zealand a few years ago, with flashbacks to his honeymoon trip there twenty years before. During this adventure, he leaves book throughout the country and even finds a few in the wild as well. It's the perfect book for a lover of the Lord of the Rings movies and books :-)

  9. Spider-Man, Volume 1 by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Daniel Quantz
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/190969.html
    I recently rekindled my love for Spider-Man, and this was a fun collection of four issues. Peter meets the Vulture, foils an alien takeover, fights the Sandman, and meets Doc Oc. That's a lot for one book! I also especially liked the Fantastic Four showing up in one of the stories too.

  10. Nonprofit by Matt Burriesci
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/190550.html
    John MacManus is the new director of a literary nonprofit in Washington, D.C. He soon finds out the organization is bankrupt and his board is crazypants. That's a lot to deal with, especially as he and his wife are trying to conceive. Oh boy. You can't help but feel for the guy... and maybe laugh a bit as well. This was written by my former boss (we worked for a literary nonprofit), but I'm sure I would have liked it even if I didn't know Matt.

  11. Schooled by Gordon Korman
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/190032.html
    Similar to Stargirl in many ways. But I hated that book and really enjoyed this one. Cap is so honest and true to himself, but he's also not afraid of learning and changing. This was a joy to read.



Book I re-read this month:
  1. Jazz Volume 2 by Sakae Maeda, Tamotsu Takamure
    http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10519042/
    Awwww. Jealous, yes, but these boys truly defy the odds and love each other. Loved their trip to New Orleans. Loved the doctor/patient theme popping up at the end.


There is also an untitled book that should be added as part of my not-yet-finished list above is a novel manuscript I've been reading and copyediting for a fellow writer in my writers' roundtable group. I'm enjoying finding out what happens next in the book even as I'm copyediting.

I had a fun month with lots of yaoi, a few mysteries, a memoir, a bit of literary fiction, and some teen fiction. I'm looking forward to finishing the books I have in progress!

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my August reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • The Maze Runnber by James Dashner

  • Nonprofit by Matt Burriesci

  • Schooled by Gordon Korman

  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. Forever by Roy MacGregor
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/189535.html
    Bump dreams of playing in his family's annual hockey game every Christmas, and longs of growing up faster. Loved the tradition and the hockey as well as the bigger themes at play in this book for kids.

  2. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/189013.html
    Stephen King's first attempt at a non-supernatural, pure mystery fell a little short for me, mostly just because the bad guy was so disgustingly bad. I didn't enjoy reading about him, but that certainly made it satisfying when the rag-tag group took him down!

  3. Doctor Who Quiz Book 3 by the BBC
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/188913.html
    A series of different sorts of quizzes about Doctor Who Series 3. It's been a while since I watched some of these episodes, so I didn't remember all the details. But that made it even more fun to relive some of my favorite moments in the Doctor Who tv show by reading these quizzes.

  4. Not Left Behind by Best Friends Animal Society
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/188478.html
    The tales behind those wonderful, caring volunteers who rescued pets during the disaster in New Orleans. It's told in photos and words, showing how hard their job of rescuing was and also what the rewards of doing so were. I cried, of course.

  5. Madness, Volume 1 by Kairi Shimotsuki
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/188285.html
    Way too much action to figure out exactly what was going on in most parts of this story, overshadowing the romance. Also, I fear a lot of the dialogue was lost in translation and came out halting and disconnected/random.

  6. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/187711.html
    Memoir read by Alan Alda on audio, that takes us through his childhood to his post-M.A.S.H. career. It's filled with humor and honesty, which are the two things I like best in a memoir!

  7. 29 Gifts by Cami Walker
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/187548.html
    What a great concept: giving away one gift every day for 29 days. I read this book to help inspire me to do the project myself. I enjoyed hearing about the gifts Cami gave and the ways it helped and changed her during a difficult part of her life.

  8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/187373.html
    Maybe I've read too much dystopian fiction, but there was nothing in here that seemed earth-shattering to me. But it was beautifully written and I enjoyed the world and the main character taking us on her journey in it.




Also this month, I finished re-reading a novel-length fanfic. I don't usually list fanfic here, because I read so much of it anyway, but this was an ebook version and it was as long as a proper novel, so it consumed a lot of my time and I felt the need to put it on here.
  • "Two Wolves" by Xanthe Walters (NCIS)
    http://www.xanthe.org/two-wolves/
    Even though I knew how it would turn out this second time around, I still really enjoyed this read with its head games and romance.


I didn't get a whole lot finished this month, but I did read some long books and I enjoyed most of what I read.

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my July reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):

  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • The Maze Runnber by James Dashner

  • The International Bank of Bob by Bob Harris

  • 29 Gifts by Cami Walker

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. Journey by Aaron Becker
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/186758.html
    A beautiful picture book about a girl whose imagination comes alive thanks to her crayon (more than just an homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon)

  2. Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/186149.html
    I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but I really liked where it went, even though that surprised me. I can see what it was a National Book Award finalist. I was totally on the side of the main character the whole time, as she showed me her life as a young girl whose family runs the local funeral home.

  3. Breakaway by Deirdre Martin
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/183542.html
    I love this author's hockey romance series--they're pretty much the only romances I have liked over the years. However, this one left me wanting. There was too much hate and not enough believable love in their love-hate relationship. There was also pretty much no romance or hockey in this hockey romance. Disappointing.

  4. Hip Check by Deirdre Martin
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/186023.html
    Loved this one. Playboy hockey player + niece he suddenly has custody of + sensible nanny = unexpected but satisfying romance. I liked the complications the little girl brought to this romance. Plus, there was a great amount of hockey. Loved this book.

  5. Picasso and Minou by P.I. Maltbie
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/185484.html
    Sweet story about the artist, Picasso, and his cat. Showed lots of different scenes that beautifully echoed Picasso's works. Also, elements of the story were true!

  6. A Pillow for my Mom by Charissa Sgouros
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/185315.html
    With soft colors and gentle words, we follow a little girl who creates a pillow for her mother who is in the hospital, and then has the pillow to remember her mother by after her mother's death. I'm so glad this book exists for little kids.

  7. Little Elephants by Graeme Base
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/185026.html
    A struggling farm family is saved by a horn that brings them... little elephants! Strange and fantastic.

  8. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/184592.html
    Two kids solve a mystery to recover a stolen piece of art. The characters were good, but the puzzles and the way the mystery unfolded were good examples of what I don't like from mysteries (i.e. characters jumping to the correct conclusions out of the blue). I was really hoping to like this one more; I won't be reading the rest of the series.

  9. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/184509.html
    It's up to young little Ender to fight aliens and save the world. I really liked the world and Battle School. I liked following Ender's decisions and adventures. But I didn't find some of the analysis his character was able to do to be believable. I saw the big twist coming, but not the final outcome. I don't think I'll continue reading any of this author's books.

  10. The Followers (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice Special Edition 2 by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/183926.html
    Great book to finish with. This one involved the Sith and the way they go from legend to reality throughout this dozen years or so as Obi-Wan goes from apprentice to Master. I'm sad to see it end.

  11. The Journey that Saved Curious George by Louise Borden
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/183765.html
    Neat story about the authors of the Curious George books and what they had to go through to escape the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. They escaped to save their Curious George manuscript... but the manuscript heped save their lives as well! This book was written for kids, so it's simple and full of illustrations accompanying the story, but it's still powerful and engrossing.

  12. Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/183247.html
    This autobiography of a comic/artist is filled with as many images as words. We follow him through his childhood and see his skills and opportunities evolve. A good story.

  13. The Rockaways by Gilles Peress
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/185779.html
    Photographs and short essays about this part of New York in the aftermath of Sandy. Eye-opening and moving. A light read with heavy content.


Here are the books I re-read this month:

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling- I re-read this for a Harry Potter meetup group book discussion. I read it in little bits and pieces, a few pages a day during my lunch break. I really like that this book exists, adding to the culture of the wizarding world with its fairy tales. Some are interesting, some are heart-warming, one is pretty creepy and dark. But I like them and I love that they make the world richer by being in it.



I also started re-reading a novel-length fanfic, "Two Wolves" by Xanthe. That's a lot of reading in one month, and a variety of picture books, nonfiction, juvie/young adult fiction, and more.

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my June reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Followers by Jude Watson

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • Breakaway by Deirdre Martin

  • The International Bank of Bob by Bob Harris


Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. The Threat Within (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 18) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/177956.html
    Finally, a really nice return to the Master & Apprentice vibes I enjoyed from the beginning of the series. I loved watching them work together and on their own for the greater good

  2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/178500.html
    I read the entire book without realizing it was nonfiction. Which totally killed the way I perceived it. I didn't see a lot of hope in here, even though the subtitle is "Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity." It mostly just made me feel sad and depressed. I read this for the Nerdfighter book club but didn't get caught up on vlogbrother vids in time, so I missed out on discussion. Not feeling too bad about that, though, because this impressed and depressed me and I'm not sure I want to relive it at all.

  3. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/178745.html
    I'd been wanting to read this series for a while, as I love Mo's Piggy & Elephant books. It took me a little while to get into the art style, but I finally found it charming and creative. And I loved stuffed animals as a kid so this was right up my alley.

  4. Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/179160.html
    Aw! Trixie takes her precious knuffle bunny to school and it gets switched with a classmate's! Oh noes! Adorable, though.

  5. Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/179421.html
    Awww. Trixie grew up in a way I never have, and I admire her for that. This one was an emotional ride, but I loved finding out what happens to her knuffle bunny, especially with the bit at the very very end.

  6. Hawkeye, Volume 1 by Matt Fraction, others
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/179659.html
    I'm obsessed with these comics. It was a fantastic look at Hawkeye. The second I finished it, I wanted to restart the book and experience it all over again. One of the best investments I've ever made. I am so glad I finally bought it *snuggles book* Seriously. I loved this thing.

  7. Love Circles by Laura Carboni
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/180019.html
    A different sort of yaoi, set in Italy. It seemed pretty predictable for a while but didn't play out exactly as I'd expected. I liked the song notes at each chapter. And I liked the art a whole lot more than I thought.

  8. Tricky Prince by Yukari Hashida
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/180226.html
    A yaoi manga with a prince and a student and their love/hate relationship. Good interactions/complications and a satisfying surprise ending.

  9. Picnic by Yugi Yamada
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/180506.html
    A June yaoi manga (hey! I read a June manga in June! I'm only just realizing that) that's another collection of short stories. I lost the thread of a few of the stories, but there were some I really loved, especially "But Sometimes You're Kind" because awwww.

  10. Happy Yaoi Yum Yum Volume 1 by Yamila Abraham, Grace Hume, W.H. Tony
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/180985.html
    Hard yaoi, so it's kind of hard to review objectively. Some interesting stories and some very hot art in the gallery in the middle of the book. Yup.

  11. Crimson Snow by Hori Tomoki
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/181114.html
    I loved the main story (that came back with another bit at the end, when I wasn't expecting it) because I adore hurt/comfort and angst and that's 90% of the story. There was another story in the series I didn't like at all (kind of creeped me out). So it balanced out to an okay book

  12. Little Cry Baby by Keiko Kinoshita
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/181379.html
    I didn't love the main story, but I liked some of the other stories in the volume. A nice, light, yaoi read

  13. ECHO: A Chronological History 1968-2010 by Various people
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/181696.html
    A year-by-year history of the donation center in my hometown where I used to volunteer in high school. It was wonderful to learn about how it started and all the changes it went through over the years.

  14. The Girl Who Was On Fire edited by Leah Wilson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/182224.html
    A critical analysis of the Hunger Games series. Interesting to hear what these YA authors had to say about different aspects. There were some boring essays. There were some obvious observations. And there were some really great thoughts I'd never thunk before. So I'm glad I read it.

  15. First Grade Ladybugs by Joanne Ryder
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/181922.html
    I picked this up at a Little Free Library for a friend and it was registered on BookCrossing, so I read it so I could leave a good journal entry. It was nice but not really as informative as I'd expected it to be

  16. Deceptions (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice Special Edition 1) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/182367.html
    The first of two special editions in the JA series. It was sent after one of the biggest storyarcs in the series (one I actually liked). And it was a story that started with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and continued into the future with Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker. It was great getting so much of Obi changing over the years too.

  17. The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/182624.html
    In which I once again realize that I do like fantasy but I do NOT like magical realism. This book was a little too strange for me. I liked certain parts, and I loved the characters, even when I thought the scarecrow was a silly turniphead (no, seriously, he has a turnip for a head). Yeah. Strange.


Here are the books I re-read this month:

  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- I read this a few years back, not long after it came out. I started reading it again for my Harry Potter meetup group (we had a book rec meetup and that's the one the won the popular "let's read this together!" vote). I enjoyed it more the second time around, actually. Bod is a great main character and it's fun to dive into his unique world of the graveyard in which he lives as well as to figure out the mystery of who wanted his entire family killed. However, I didn't re-read it in time for the discussion with my friends about it. Also, I wasn't feeling up to going. Oh well. Still a great read.



So.. yeah. I read a lot more than usual this month. My secret? I got my gallbladder out! There wasn't a whole lot I could do for a few days except click around the Internet and read. Sadly, it is an excuse you can only use once, so choose wisely :-)

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my May reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, so I'll mention my comics read this month as well as my books this time:
  • Batman: Hush #608

  • Far From Wonder, Hatter M Volume One

  • Shigeru Mizuki's Showa: A History of Japan

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #48

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #49

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #50

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #51

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #52

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #53

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #54

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #55

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #56

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #57

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #58

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #59

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #60

  • Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #61

  • Batman & Spawn (in-progress)


Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Threat Within by Jude Watson

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson


Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and PlacesThat Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales by Marta McDowell
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/175021.html
    Not just a biography of Beatrix Potter, but a biography of her gardens as well. It was wonderful to see how her gardens inspired her and what her gardening life was like. The only drawback of this book was that it made me want to go visit the Lake District and her house at Hill Top again.

  2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/175115.html
    I was utterly consumed by this book, to the point where I would 1-talk about it to everyone I met, even people who hadn't read it and 2-started feeling like maybe the main character could actually go back and save JFK from being shot. There were times I couldn't imagine how Stephen King could make the book last longer and times when I couldn't figure out how he was going to wrap it up in time. I also shrieked a few times, including when there was a cameo by some characters from It, my favorite book of his. I think this might be my second favorite Stephen King book now. Loved it!

  3. The Call to Vengeance (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 16) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/175394.html
    Qui-Gon was wildly out of character, which made me sad. Obi-Wan was on the outside of everything and everyone was angry with him, which made me sadder. But at least this storyarc is over and we can be moving on. My poor Jedi.

  4. The Good Neighbors: Kind (book three) by Holly Black
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/175635.html
    The big conclusion to this trilogy was dark, impressive, and surprising. Good going, Rue. Way to save us all.

  5. Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 11: Carnage by Brian Michael Bendis & others
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/176092.html
    Loved this collection of Spider-Man stories. Poor Peter thinks he can save the world, but things go terribly wrong. Peter handles it, though, as he must. I definitely fell in love with Spider-Man this month.

  6. The Only Witness (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 17) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/176627.html
    Though the boys are still on unsteady ground after the events of this last storyarc, I definitely saw a lot of their old dynamic coming back out in this book on this mission. Glad to see it, especially the very end.

  7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/176802.html
    A great dystopia about the life and use of clones. I still feel like something in this book eluded me... but I enjoyed the ride and all the thinking about human nature this book made me do.

  8. Touching Darkness (Midnighters #2) by Scott Westerfeld
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/176911.html
    I didn't like this quite as much as the first, but it definitely expanded their situation in interesting and unexpected ways. And even though things went badly for some of these characters I came to love during the first book, the exciting climax kept me on the edge of my seat, and I'm excited to read the final book in the trilogy now.

  9. This Star Won't Go Out: the Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl, Instroduction by John Green
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/177365.html
    Felt like I was diving right into her mind. It felt intimate and almost intrusive but mostly touching and inspirational. I love that her words can continue to inspire and remind us what's important in life.


Another strange mix of things read this month: biographies, comics, young adult, sci-fi, thriller, literary fiction, and graphic novels. I don't usually read a lot of biographies or nonfiction, but that was the theme this month at Carpe Librum on swap-bot, so it was nice to have an excuse to dive into it. I enjoy it when I do, I just usually can't resist the lure of young adult fiction over anything else. LOL I bought another 23 comics this month I haven't yet read, but comics were definitely a big part of my May. And it was wonderful to finally find out how 11/22/63 ends... but I wish it could have gone on forever. Amazing book. I actually considered starting it all over again from the beginning (all 30 discs). But a hold came in at the library for me, followed by another hold, so I had to move on. I think I'd like to re-read It some time and then re-read 11/22/63 afterward :-) But I also really want to read Doctor Sleep ASAP. So that'll be next on my list after I finish Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which I'm reading for the summer Nerdfighter "book club." And I'm excited about getting to book 18 out of 20 in the Jedi Apprentice series. Almost done! :-)

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my April reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

I dove back into Stephen King this month and am currently so in love with 11/22/63 that I've been talking about it over and over again with people who haven't even read it yet. LOL I'm only a third of the way through, but I'm excited to find out what happens next!

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):

  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Call to Vengeance by Jude Watson

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

  • Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld

  • The Good Nighbors: Kind (book three) by Holly Black

  • For Packrats Only by Don Aslett

  • This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl


Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/170468.html
    Not life-changing YA, but a good read at a time when I needed what was in this book. Deanna and her friends & family felt extremely true-to-life. I thought the author was just okay at reading her own book for the audio.

  2. Raf by Anke De Cries
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/170685.html
    Raf is a stuffed giraffe who gets lost one day, but just when his owner is about to give up ever seeing him again, Raf sends a postcard--he's in Africa! This was cute... strange, as I couldn't figure out how realistic or imaginative it was supposed to be.

  3. Oliver by Birgitta Sif
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/170993.html
    Oliver is a bit different. He puts on puppet shows and reads books. He's used to being called weird and doing his own things alone or with his stuffed animals and other toys. Oliver is, basically, me when I was a kid. This was a lovely story!

  4. Torchwood: The Dead Line by Phil Ford
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/171230.html
    The audiodrama version of this included the actual cast members; what a treat! A very simple mystery that Tosh could have figured out in a second. But a lot of great moments I really enjoyed. Lovely to jump back into this world again.

  5. Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/171412.html
    Second book of a trilogy; I read the other two and liked them. I liked the music references in this book. And I liked seeing how the characters came together in this book. But I did not like how every other sentence had to start with either But, And, or Because. It got on my nerves. So annoying.

  6. The Green Mile by Stephen King
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/171959.html
    I'd seen the movie, but the book was just as powerful and the ending was something I hadn't remembered. I was moved and overwhelmed by the simple beauty and terribleness of this tale.

  7. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/172209.html
    Beautiful words--each one like its own perfect little poem showing truth and realness. But beautiful words are not enough for me. I HATED every character. I didn't feel for any of them. It was a good picture of a place and time, but it's a place and time I could easily have lived without. Did not like this book.

  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/172331.html
    Read for a swap-bot swap. I finally got to read this decades after putting it on Mt. TBR! I really, really enjoyed the mystery. It definitely challenged me and I didn't figure it out (though it made me feel good at the police at the end didn't figure it out either and needed the murderer to explain it to all of us). I watched one of the movies and HATED the way the ending was changed!

  9. The Good Neighbors: Kin (book one) by Holly Black
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/173226.html
    I've had a lovely, signed edition of this book on my shelves since it came out, and I'm only now getting around to reading it. I liked the art. I liked the dark faerie world Holly Black created (she is EXCELLENT at that). This book is mostly Rue starting to fall down a rabbit hole.

  10. The Good Neighbors: Kith (book two) by Holly Black
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/173317.html
    Things don't go well for Rue in this book. She's not only falling down a rabbit hole; now she's being pelted by rocks while falling. Some interesting twists and turns in this one; I felt really sorry for her.

  11. Star Trek: I, Q by John de Lancie, Peter David
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/173716.html
    I liked about as much as I disliked, but in the end I enjoyed this one. There were some strange moments I thought were a bit out of character. But I enjoyed this in the end and felt entertained with the actor reading the book on audio.

  12. Torchwood: The Undertaker's Gift by Trevor Baxendale
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/173849.html
    I didn't feel like I was quite on top of the story at times, but I enjoyed the ride. And I loved the Ianto & Jack storylines. I even liked the civilian characters who get pulled into the problem as well.

  13. Good Night, Harry by Kim Lewis
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/174250.html
    Adorable stuffed elephant can't fall asleep. This book is just filled with so much awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!


That's my April. I'm hosting a biography swap next month on swap-bot, which is not a genre I read much of. But there are two books I'm planning to read (one listed above, the other in my purse as I just picked it up from the library where it was on hold for me). So I'm excited about my May... especially finding out what happens next in 11/22/63!

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my March reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

My major accomplishment this month was finally finishing a novel-length fanfiction I've been wanting to read for a decade now. I thoroughly enjoyed it:

After that, I danced around among children's books for a while before suddenly starting down another Stephen King kick. Luckily, there are still plenty of Stephen King books I've never read. I got through two of them this month.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):

  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Call to Vengeance by Jude Watson

  • The Green Mile by Stephen King

  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

  • Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. A Perfet Day by Remy Charlip
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/169975.html
    A sweet picture book about a day that a father and son spent together. I read this because I attended a tribute to the author last year and have been meaning to find more of his books.

  2. The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/169641.html
    Run run as fast as you can! Unless you've been kidnapped and are duct taped to a chair by a crazy man. Oh dear.

  3. Wolf Won't Bite! by Emily Gravett
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/169304.html
    The three little pigs, in a circus, totally take advantage of the wolf and claim that whatever they do to him, he won't bite...

  4. Spells by Emily Gravett
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/169137.html
    Gorgeous art makes this creative picture book quite special but the storyreally charmed me.

  5. The Death of Hope (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 15) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/168893.html
    Ugh. More kidnapped Jedi and a mission of rescue... that goes terribly wrong. Am not loving this storyarc at all, but I did love the flashbacks.

  6. Z is for Zamboni by Matt Napier
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/168515.html
    A hockey alphabet that does more than just teach ABCs--it looks at so many different aspects of the sport and presents them alphabetically with both a clever rhyme and information in the sidebars to learn from.

  7. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/168276.html
    What a treat! I've seen the miniseries so many times that it was great to finally read the book. I absolutely loved my time with Nan again here, getting inside her head and seeing her life as she learns who she is and makes her way in the world (with great difficulty).

  8. Whittington by Alan Armstrong
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/167683.html
    This jumps around among three different stories--one of an old cat and his new friends/family in a barn, one of the grandkids of the owner of the barn who come visit the animals 9the boy struggles with a reading problem), and one of Dick Whittington and his cat from hundreds of years before.

  9. The Dark Half by Stephen King
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/167474.html
    Thad is a writer whose penname comes to life and starts killing people. Don't you hate it when that happens? I just watched the movie for it a few minutes ago; I definitely liked the book more because of all the details of how this could even be possible.

  10. Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol 4 by Dwight Zimmerman et. al
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/167270.html
    Two major stories about Wolverine, one of which was in a jungle and a little strange, the other featuring a major appearance by Ghost Rider, who I wasn't too familiar with. So not my favorite grpahic novel, but it was an okay read. Definitely had its moements.

  11. The Daria Diaries by Anne D. Bernstein
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/167087.html
    I companion full of interesting, creative content to supplement the hit TV show from years ago. I liked the show, so it's little surprise I like this book as well.

  12. The Reader by Amy Hest
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/166903.html
    A boy and his dog brave the cold and snow for an exciting, unqie experience: sharing a book together at the top of a hill.

  13. Iron Armory by Fred Van Lente, et. al
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/166449.html
    Four different iron man suits in four different stories, showing the range and diversity of Iron Man/Tony. Everything from underwater to space!


That's my March. Interesting balance between kids books and horror novels, huh? LOL

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my February reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

For a while there, I wasn't sure I'd have very many books to report this time around, then I ended up plowing through some graphic novels.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):

  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Death of Hope by Jude Watson

  • The Green Mile by Stephen King

  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

  • The Dark Half by Stephen King

  • Marvel Adventures Iron Man: Iron Armory (Vol 2) by Fred Van Lente, Rafa Sandoval et. al



Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. The Ties that Bind (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 14) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/163238.html
    I didn't like where this book went at all.

  2. Midnighters *!: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/163736.html
    Definitely a series I plan to devour, because this was so much fun and such a quick read. I loved the concept of the secret hour (the 25th hour of the day that only a select number of people and a lot of monsters are aware of). I look forward to seeing where the teens (which their gifts) go from here in the next book in the series.

  3. Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/163977.html
    Awww. Kitten thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk and tries to drink it. Kitten doesn't succeed, but it's cure watching the attempts.

  4. Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories by Zach Whedon
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/164343.html
    Awesome collection of Dr. Horrible comics. Creative takes and explorations on the great characters.

  5. Boston Boys Club by Johnny Diaz
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/164363.html
    After a year of trying to read this, I finally gave up a third of the way in. Bad writing, characters I didn't like or care about, and just drama after drama with no real plot.

  6. 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/164789.html
    I earread this not knowing that it was the middle book in a series. Oops! It's okay coming in on this book, though, as the main character is new to Willow Falls along with me, the reader. What a fun town full of magic and coincidences that are definitely not coincidences. I certainly want to find the others in the series now.

  7. Supernatural: The Roads Not Taken by Tim Waggoner
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/164995.html
    A Supernatural tv tie-in done in the style of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Apart from the fact that I kept immediately choosing the paths that killed off my Sam & Dean, I loved the book. Well written, clever, and fun!

  8. Uncanny X-Men: Quarantine by Fraction, Gillen, Land
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/165452.html
    A great collection/story. Not entirely self-contained, so at times I felt a little lost as far as subplots went. But the overall was a great story arc with some moments I adored. Possibly one of the best X-Men stories I've ever read.

  9. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/165858.html
    A return to the kind of Sedaris humor I like the best: his personal essays. I was crying I was laughing so hard at times. He reads the essays himself, which is great, and some of them are recordings in front of live audiences, which turned out really nice as well. I highly recommend this book.

That's my February. I read some fanfiction as well (a novel-length one) at the end of the month that I haven't quite finished yet. So my March reading is slow until I get that finished. But I'm working on audio books in the meantime.

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my January reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

For a while there, I wasn't sure I'd have very many books to report this time around, then I ended up plowing through some graphic novels.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):

  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Ties That Bind by Jude Watson

  • The Green Mile by Stephen King

  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

  • 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

  • The Secret Hour (Midnighters, #1) by Scott Westerfeld


Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/160717.html
    I adored this book. The characters were rich and fantastic. The mystery was deep and layered. The tropes were both familiar and fresh. The themes were explored beautifully. There were so many twists and turns I didn't see coming, even though I suspected EVERYONE at one point or another. JK's last book left me cold, but this one rocked my world. I can't wait for book 2!

  2. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/160190.html
    I'd read most of the Outlander series, but not this one. And reading this really made me want to start my re-read of the series :-) I loved seeing Jamie and Lord John together on an adventure. There was a little of everything that I love about the series all in one book. I wasn't so fond of the choice of two readers for the audiobook, but I have a copy in hardcover as well and I know I will be re-reading this many times over the years.

  3. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Vol 1 by Scott Tipton, David Tipton, others
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/161084.html
    Two of my favorite fandoms combine with great results. The cybermen and borg teaming up? Epic! I loved all the little details that rang true for both of the fandoms. It was even great to have some classic Doctor Who and original Star Trek series in the mix. Now I need to buy Volume 2 to find out how it all turns out.

  4. Spider-Men by Brian Michael Bendis & others
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/161482.html
    Amazing story where Spider-Man (Peter) from one Marvel universe enters another Marvel universe and meets another Spider-Man (Miles) in a reality where Peter Parker was killed and is publicly known. It was great watching all the characters adjust to this wrinkle and stop the villain who caused this in the first place. Extremely clever writing (I'm such a Bendis fangirl)

  5. Blue Bloods: the graphic novel by Melissa de la Cruz, Robert Venditti, others
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/161537.html
    I haven't read the YA book this graphic novel is based off of, but I absolutely loved the characters and the new twists on the vampire mythos here, so I think I will try out the series some time now. I'm glad this graphic novel opened my eyes to it.

  6. Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography by Nelson Mandela
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/161981.html
    I knew very little about the details of Nelson Mandela's life, and to see photographs as well as hear his story in words was quite powerful. I also realized how little I actually knew about the political and cultural situation in South Africa. This book was a bit confusing at times, but mostly informative, revealing, interesting, and emotionally powerful. I don't read a whole lot of biographies and even fewer autobiographies, but I'm glad I grabbed this off the shelves at the library.

  7. Uglies: Cutters by Scott Westerfeld
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/162056.html
    I didn't really love this book. I read it because I liked his Uglies series and I read the first graphic novel. The idea is to redo each of the books in the series in graphic novels, but through Shay's point of view instead of Tally's. I liked some of the overlap between the two, but I really wanted more things that are unique to Shay, things we don't get to see in the actual book. The cutters storyline was only a few pages in comparison with the rest of the book, which was sad given that it's the title and it's a huge thing I was hoping would be explored in more detail as it shows Shay's cleverness and independence and is the thing that attracts Special Circumstance's attention.

  8. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/159800.html
    The second Penderwick novel was just as charming as the first. I adore the characters and seeing them at their home this time was a delight. I love all the little struggles they go through and how each one of them gets an adventure of their own--even Mr. Penderwick this time.

  9. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/162550.html
    The third Penderwick novel, and I wish I could think of another word apart from charming, but that's what these books are. I can't get enough of these wonderful characters and their adventures. I wanted to reach right in and hug them during this book especially. In it, three of the sisters vacation in Maine along with their friend Jeffery, and they meet someone they don't expect.


That's my January. I had a really good time with the books I read this month. I picked up two holds at the library today I can't wait to start reading :-)

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my December reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

I ran into some audiobook problems this month. One I downloaded from the library expired before I could finish it and two I borrowed from the library were full of so many scratches (I have to get another copy of one of them, the other I've been filling in the gaps using the hardcover copy of the book I own).

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Ties That Bind by Jude Watson

  • The Green Mile by Stephen King

  • The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

  • The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

  • Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography by Nelson Mandela

  • Return to Labyrinth Volume 2 by Jake T. Forbes


Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. 'Twas the Night Before Christmukkah (The O.C. #7) by Andes Hruby:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/158412.html
    Not the best tv tie-in I've ever read, but entertaining and right for the holiday season. It was neat seeing the characters again in this fun little story that explored a few aspects we didn't get to see in the series

  2. Marvel Adventures (Iron Man): Heart of Steel by Fred Van Lente & others
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/158010.html
    A fun, light collection of Iron Man issues #1-4. I love seeing Tony trying to hide his identity and take care of his company at the same time.

  3. Marvel Adventures (Fantastic Four): All 4 One, 4 for All by Zeb Wells & Kano with Alvario Lopez
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/157713.html
    Each issue in this volume focuses on a different member of the Fantastic Four. The stories show their weaknesses but also their strengths. They work really well together in this collection.

  4. The Dangerous Rescue (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 13) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/157197.html
    Obi-Wan finally rescues his master from the evil scientist... but that's not the only rescue he has to mount in this story. I liked seeing some other Jedi helping out as well, and it was good to finally see some resolution with this story arc.

  5. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/157129.html
    This is a short story I read because the book threw itself at me at the library and it seemed appropriate, given the season. It's a great but bittersweet look at his life when he was a little kid and lived with elderly relatives. It was so well written that I felt like I was right in there with Truman, experiencing the world through his eyes.

  6. Redshirts: a Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/156697.html
    Definitely the right book for a sci-fi tv show fangirl like me. It was funny, definitely, but not as hilarious as I'd hoped. I thought it was clever and enjoyed it, but I sort of wish I'd listened to the audiobook instead. Maybe I'll re-read it one day.

  7. Little Panda by Renata Liwska
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/156640.html
    Adorable picture book with a panda whose name is the same as the new baby panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. This is a cute story about a panda and a flying tiger. Yes, you read that right!

  8. The Evil Experiment (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice 12) by Jude Watson
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/156345.html
    Qui-Gon has been kidnapped. It's up to Obi-Wan to find the evil scientist in order to save Qui-Gon's dying friend and then to save Qui-Gon himself. Thank goodness for smart, brave padawans!

  9. The Sherlock Files #1: The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/156066.html
    Two kids learn they are descendants of the great Sherlock Holmes and decide to try to solve one of the unsolved mysteries in Sherlock's casefiles. It's a fun little mystery with kids doing relatively legal and realistic things to solve the case; I like that. I probably won't seek out any others in the series, but this was definitely a fun read.

  10. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/155892.html
    A clever, enjoyable story about four very different young children who are gifted and manage to save the world. There's everything from drama and action to humor and tragedy. I loved every second of this!


That's my December! I wish I'd been able to finish more of the books I started, but maybe I'll be able to finish them in January :-)

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my November reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Evil Experiment by Jude Watson

  • Redshirts by John Scalzi

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton lee Stewart


Here are the books I finished this month:

  1. Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/152677.html
    A cute juvie mystery I read because it was on a list of books recommended to local kids. As an adult who likes to follow rules, I had a huge problem with the amount of law breaking the main character does in order to solve the mystery. I guess there's a fine line between empowering kid main characters in books and encouraging them to break big laws and put themselves in danger. The mystery was complex and fun to figure out. And the play within the story was a nice subplot and metaphor. Enjoyable, but hard for me to handle, as an adult.

  2. Vader's Littler Princess by Jeffery Brown:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/153034.html
    Clever AU-type take on what might have happened if Darth Vader had raised Princess Leia. Everything from them having a tea party together to Vader freezing Han Solo because he kissed his daughter. Jeffery Brown has written other books with this general concept; I can't wait to read those too! And I might have to give my dad this book for father's day next year.

  3. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/153256.html
    Incredibly charming. One of the best books I've read all year. Great adventures, great characters, great emotions. I adored this book and can't wait to get my hands on others with the same characters.

  4. The Deadly Hunter (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 11) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/153538.html
    Obi-Wan spends this book being hungry, despite the fact that he's in a lot of restaurants. Qui-Gon spends the book trying to help a friend. And the ending leaves both the friend and Qui-Gon in jeopardy.

  5. Rules by Cynthia Lord:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/153658.html
    A great teen book about a girl with an Austistic brother and a friend who's in a wheelchair and can't talk. She slowly discovers she doesn't really want a normal life after all. But the way she discovers this is so honest and realistic I really enjoyed every second of this book.

  6. Things That Are by Andrew Clements:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/154245.html
    I didn't realize this was the third book in a series, so I missed book number two. I enjoyed this story, told from the point of view of a blind character. But I definitely didn't like it as much as the first book, told from the point of view of a character who one day wakes up invisible. In this story, the ramifications of that incident are still coming back to affect his family and his girlfriend's family.

  7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/154564.html
    I've read this book a number of times before, but not in at least seventeen years. All the charm and darkness of the story came flooding right back. It was neat to see how much I'd remembered and what parts I had forgotten. Such a great book; I'm glad I re-read it!

  8. Allergies by T.A. Chase:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/154827.html
    My first T.A. Chase novel. It wasn't fantastically written. But it was light and fun and pushed a lot of my buttons. Three cheers for sexy gay werewolves :-)

  9. Marvel Adventures- Iron Man: Armored Avenger by Fred Van lente, Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/155289.html
    A collection of four great Iron Man stories. Even though each was quite different, I actually enjoyed all of them. There was also a really useful bonus drawing in one of the comics that came just at the right time for me to understand something about one of Iron Man's adversaries.

That's my November! I was doing NaNoWriMo, so most of my free time was spent writing, not reading. And one of my 101 Goals in 1001 Days is to read a certain fanfic that's more than 2,000 electronic pages long. So I haven't made as much progress in books as I'd have liked. Still, 9 books finished in a month isn't too bad at all.

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my October reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Deadly Hunter by Jude Watson

  • Redshirts by John Scalzi

  • Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams


Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/152206.html
    While this fits a lot of forumlas for middle-grade or YA lit, I swear this book is meant for adults. It's a fairy tale for us, to not only entertain us but remind us of what we forget about when we become adults. This was a perfect October read; I was spooked a number of times!

  2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/151165.html
    Lincoln gets a job monitoring a newpaper's employee email accounts. He becomes interested in the email correspondance of several of the employees. And just as he realizes he knows too much and can never approach them, he also realizes he likes them. And he reads that one of the girls likes him as well. Awkward! The writing is magnificent and the characters are so real and likeable.

  3. The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/150936.html
    A beautiful collection of children's book illustrators paying tribute to books by discussing the books that made them fall in love with reading and creating accompanying tribute illustrations.

  4. Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader edited by Cassandra Clare:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/149465.html
    A series of essays about lots of different elements in the Mortal Instruments series. A few were a little dry, but there was a lot of interesting analysis I hadn't thought of. I was most interested in what different things this YA authors focus on.

  5. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/150189.html
    I thought I'd love this, but I just didn't. I'm a character person, and the characters fell flat to me. The concept was neat and there was an interesting story, but I just didn't care about the characters or what happened to them.

  6. The Day of Reckoning (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 8) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/148557.html
    Finally, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are back together as apprentice and master, out to stop Xanatos at all cost. They just didn't count on Xanatos taking over an entire planet.

  7. The Fight for Truth (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 9) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/151301.html
    Offworld with another Master & Apprentice team, the Jedi find themselves on a practically xenophobic planet that thinks the rest of the universe is dangerous... and makes sure everyone on their world doesn't question that.

  8. The Shattered Peace (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 10) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/151706.html
    Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon work together to save two worlds from going back to war with each other. They try to help some of the future rulers in the meantime. I loved Obi-Wan trying to figure out what he thought about the situations.

  9. Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/149148.html
    A great picture book about Calvin, a bookworm birdie. Calvin's bird friends mock him for reading so much. But one day, they need help that only he can provide, because he read the solution in a book. As a great twist, Calvin needs their help as well, because he's spent all his time reading and not learning how to fly. It's a good book to learn about balancing one's life.

  10. Archie by Domenica More Gordon:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/148870.html
    Full of lovely art, this picture book is about a dog who gets a sewing machine and starts making clothes... for his dog and other dogs. I couldn't get past the fact that the characters are dogs who are able to operate a small business but who also own dogs as pets who are just pets. It was very strange to me.

  11. Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/149522.html
    A really neat concept. What if Brian hadn't been rescued at the end of Hatchet? This book keeps Brian in the book, on the island, having to adapt and survive as winter comes.

  12. Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/150355.html
    The first two books in the Brian series were great. The third was an interesting twist. This one was kind of confused. Brian is suddenly not fitting back into the real world, getting into fights at school, etc. He decides to head back to the wilderness, with equipment this time, and deep down decides he's not going to return (even though he doesn't tell his parents this). So much of the book was him planning how to get back so that once he was there, it felt a bit anticlimactic.

  13. Brian's Hunt by Gary Paulsen:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/150635.html
    I'm glad to have read this, just so I can be done with the series. Brian seems to be a different character in it altogether. And while I liked these adventures of his more than the previous book, it just wasn't as interesting as the dynamic set up in Hatchet.


That's my October! I haven't been feeling well since late September, so I've had many chances to sit and read in hospital waiting rooms, which I hadn't counted on. But at least some good reading came out of it.

Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my September reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning by Jude Watson

  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

  • The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Gailbraith

  • Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Holly Black and Rachel Caine

  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. The Avengers, Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr.:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/145360.html
    I really enjoy Bendis's storylines and takes on characters, and this was a great start of a series. My library doesn't have the next two volumes, so I might have to wait a while to find out what happens next. But this one had some restructuring and rebooting after a big Marvel crisis... and some time travel that puts a serious wrinkle in things--a nice, exciting balance.

  2. The Lady of Shallot by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Genevieve Cote:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/145413.html
    The concept of this "series" is to take classic poems and illustrate them beautifully in new and slightly more modern ways. I read this version of The Highwayman which, I thought, worked. This one didn't work quite as well. It was difficult to figure out when this was supposed to be taking place. In some cases, the images matched nicely or creatively. However, there were times where the images didn't match well enough for me. Still, a worthy project. I hope to track down others in this "series."

  3. Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/145695.html
    I don't read a lot of memoirs, because I really love fiction. But there are few memoirs I haven't enjoyed, and this is among my favorites ever, so far. I saw Cheryl earlier this year in Boston at the AWP Conference and again last week at my local book festival. In-between these two times, I earread Wild. I hadn't heard of the PCT before, as I live on the east coast of the US just an hour or two away from the AT, a more popular hiking trail. But I can honestly say I could never have done what Cheryl did. Her journey emotionally and physically was powerful. As she said last week, "when you write about your life, you get to look back and see the way life works as symbol and metaphor." And the bonus is that it also means the readers get to see those things as well and enjoy and learn a little from them as well.

  4. The Uncertain Path (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 6) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/146624.html
    An emotional book for both my Jedi boys. They're separated and stuggling with not only the fact that Obi-Wan broke their training bond and is no longer a Jedi but dealing with their own dramas--with a world that just finished a war that seems to want to slip back into the fighting and with someone causing trouble inside the Jedi Temple itself. When the two unite, it's still emotional, but it feels right and it leads beautifully into the next book with great drama.

  5. The Captive Temple (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 7) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/146768.html
    Though Obi is on probation and not trusted in the Temple, he still manages to help his former master in foiling a great plot that will take down the entire temple and the Jedi within it. And he slowly rebuilds a little of the trust. Spoiler (sort of): the temple does not explode and we move on to book 8 with most but not ALL of the characters. There have been some significant deaths in the series so far, but the one in this book is a powerful one indeed.

  6. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Volume 1 by Bendis, Samnee, and Ponsor:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/147007.html
    I read the first set of books in this series by Bendis, and I wasn't sure I wanted to read this. Another Spider-Man after Peter? Isn't that in bad taste? Turns out, the answer is yes, it is. Also turns out that I kind of adore Miles. He comes into his powers similarly to Peter, but he has a much different path before him almost immediately, and it's fascinating to see how such a young boy assumes the already-established role of Spider-Man. I was totally hooked, and I hadn't expected that.

  7. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Volume 2 by Bendis, Samnee, Pichelli, Marquez:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/147218.html
    The continuing adventures of the new Spider-Man, where Miles tries to figure out how to be Spider-Man and learns that watching YouTube videos of the previous Spider-Man doesn't really help as much as he had hoped. He also learns that there's a whole lot more going on than just him being Spider-Man. There's a new crime lord and his uncle practically blackmailing him. And there's a roommate who become suspicious of him. Poor Miles!

  8. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/147627.html
    I've been eying this in the library for a couple years now and finally picked it up and earread it. It was an interesting story; I can see why it's recommended for kids. It gives kids a lot of big concepts to think about that they might not have thought about before--the morality of cloning, how one defines "human," what it means to choose a path your life takes, how far someone will go to survive, how the way you treat people define your character, etc. And the characters are good--some are a little flat (really good or really bad, but I rather like knowing where I stand with characters, so I was okay with that). But this felt like two different, short books that weren't long enough by themselves and were stuck together and kind of held together somehow. I liked it, but it wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped it would be.

  9. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/147934.html
    A book I thought I'd read as a kid but hadn't, as it turned out. I would have surely remembered THIS! Brian crash lands as the only survivor on an island in a remote part of Canada. He's a city boy who must learn to survive in the tough wilderness. His struggle is dramatic. Sometimes it felt realistic to me, other times too convenient, and other times annoyingly complicated. I really liked it, though, enough to read the next adventure with Brian in it.

  10. The River by Gary Paulsen:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/148011.html
    Poor Brian's just trying to help out when he agrees to take a government psychologist into the wilderness to show him how to survive. But something unexpected and unplanned (which is typical, really, as nature is the most uncontrollable force out there) happens which leads to Brian having to survive under even more extreme circumstances. Bring on the third book now!

That's my September! It was great to have a change to read a book and then immediately see the author read and speak in person this month. I've got a little bit of fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and a good helping of graphic novel comics and juvie fiction in this month. Where will October take me? Who knows? Happy reading, everyone!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my August reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish (or haven't finished yet):
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path by Jude Watson

  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Holly Black and Rachel Caine

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/142153.html
    Not as wonderful as The Shadow of the Wind but I liked it better than The Angel's Game. It was wonderful seeing these great characters again in a new story and to learn aout Fermin's backstory finally!

  2. Fifteen Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/142875.html
    An easy, quick read for me that I adored. I could have written this book when I was 17 :-) I loved it and the brave & noble struggle of the main character coping to take care of himself & his young brother when their mother abandons them

  3. Nana... and Other Grandmothers by the Writers of Chantilly:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/143333.html
    A nice, themed collection of pieces about grandmothers. Some pieces are of better quality than others, but I enjoyed reading an anthology from another local writers' roundtable group.

  4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/143609.html
    An amazing end to the Infernal Devices trilogy. I adored it, even if it made me sob. There were so many beautiful moments and fun ones as well as heartbreaking ones. I definitely love this series and the writing in these books more than the Mortal Instruments series.

  5. The Defenders of the Dead (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 5) by Jude Watson:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/144092.html
    The ending made me so confused and sad I had to read the backs of the next few books in order to feel a little better. I'll be interested to see where the series goes from here.

  6. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/144307.html
    An enjoyable story mixing fantasy, magic, and old timey kingdoms with modern day commercialism, automobiles, and media. It's told in Fforde's usual quirky tone, funny and fun! And now that I know it's a trilogy, I look forward to tracking down the others to read.

  7. Batman: Knightfall, Part One: Broken Bat by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon:
    http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/144676.html
    I like my Batman to be dark, brooding, and hurt physically and emotionally. I wasn't prepared for just how broken the bat would be in this one. It's a great story, with a breakout of Arkam Asylum releasing all of Batman's greatest enemies. He has to track them down, fight them, and round them up. Part one is almost 300 pages but ends suddenly!

That's my August. Young adult fiction both contemporary and urban fantasy, graphic novel, memoir, historical LGBT fiction, anthology, literary analysis, and juvie science fiction. There's a variety all right! I managed to complete my adult summer reading list. I'm looking forward to the fall! Happy reading, everybody!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my July reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for. I chose to post it here so that I can format it the way I want. See below for a very brief recap of what I thought of the books along with a link to read more about my thoughts, if you so desire.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish:
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: Defenders of the Dead by Jude Watson

  • The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll

  • Nana... and Other Grandmothers by the Writers of Chantilly

  • Batman: Knightfall (1) by various

  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. The Hidden Past (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 3) by Jude Watson: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/139284.html
    Got a little tired with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon being side-tracked while on a mission. I loved the relationships and the terror Obi-Wan felt at having hsi mind erased.

  2. Anno's Britain by Mitsumasa Anno: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/139892.html
    A fantastic version of the Anno's Journey-type story I loved as a child. So many more hidden scenes and things to notice in this one. And so many wonderful British scenes!

  3. Batman: the Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/140411.html
    A wonderfully dark, depressing Batman story where Bruce comes out of "retirement" for one last spin as the bat, his last chance at saving the city he cares for. Lots of surprises in thi one.

  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/140991.html
    I don't read many biographies or autobiographies and I'm not even familiar with Mindy as an actor. But I was still shaking with laughter sometimes. Hilarious and quirky!

  5. Anno's USA by Mitsumasa Anno: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/141071.html
    Following my reading of Anno's Britian, I tracked this book down and read it. I enjoyed this look at the various parts of my country, though I felt like it concentrated a lot about the middle sections of the US. Lots of little jokes and references--I especially loved the Macy's Day Parade.

  6. The Mark of the Crown (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 4) by Jude Watson: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/141380.html
    My favorite in the series so far, I think, because they finally accomplish the mission they were sent to do. And even though my two Jedi split up, Obi-Wan does a brilliant job of thwarting or at least uncovering a lot of evil schemes.

  7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/141745.html
    Very glad I finally gave it a read. it wasn't at all what I'd expected. It was good and interesting at parts. A unique viewpoint and the story stretched on for so long, so we truily understand what sort of an impact it made on her friends and family. Really, I just read this because it was a popular book and I wanted to get it off my TBR (To Be Read) shelves.

  8. How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/142558.html
    Adorable and with a simple yet powerful style (black and white cut-outs).

  9. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/142039.html
    A story chronicling the accounts and incidents of magic in England at the turn of the century. The story follows two magicians whose abilities are similar but whose styles differe vastly. However, it doesn't go well for either of them thanks to the intervention of another individual (or two) who pop up within the story.

That's my July. A wide variety, I guess you could say! :-) Happy reading to everybody in August!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my June reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for.

I am usually in the middle of three or four books at once in various locations--the one by my bed, the one in my car (audio book), the one in my purse (lines/doctor's appointments), etc. I also occasionally stand in the middle of the children's section at the library during my volunteer shift and read picture books. It just happens. LOL This month, I added a new spot: during lunch in my living room with my cat.

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish:
  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past by Jude Watson

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller & others

  • The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Here are the books I finished this month:
  1. A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/135989.html
    I haven't finished writing the prompts in this book, but I did read the book in time for a swap-bot writing book review swap.

  2. Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival by Jude Watson: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/136295.html
    It was fascinating to see Xanatos for the first time in canon, having encountered references to him many times in fanfiction over the past decade. I enjoyed watching Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon getting to know each other, fighting together, and eventually becomming Padawan and Master. Awwww.

  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/136460.html
    A fantastic dystopia where future Chicago is divided up into factions based on their defining characteristic/value. Tris, the main character, is brave beyond comparison and thrust into situations she couldn't have imagined when she gives up her family in her current faction and chooses another. I thought the world was done very believably and the characters were great. I know future books revolve around Tris and the characters we see here. But it would be fascinating to see each of the four factions the way we see Dauntless in this book.

  4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/136752.html
    This is a good book with some realistic, hearty drama in a believable small town. However, the pace was kind of slow for me and I wasn't drawn into it as deeply as I would have liked. I liked a few of the characters, though all are flawed in different ways.

  5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/136960.html
    I like werewolf stories and YA, so this was a book I'd been meaning to read for a while. I enjoyed the werewolf mythos in this book and the love story built on top of it. I'll definitely read the next book in the series.

  6. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/137222.html
    This was my first Umberto Eco book. it came to me from a BookCrossing friend who knows I enjoy a good audiobook. This story was of a man named Yambo who loses all his personal memory of who he is but remembers all the books/stories/comics/music he has ever experienced. So he goes on a journey to rediscover himself, through literature, through his journales, etc. The reader of this book did an excellent job with the accents. And there were many beautiful moments in the book. However, there were also some parts with too many details. The ending felt a bit anticlimatic to me, but there were many moments throughout I enjoyed.

  7. Brisbane by Steve Parish: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/137830.html
    A travel book of photos of Brisbane--everything from the reflection of skyscrapers in the bay filled with boats to people riding bikes across a bridge to a Priscilla bus in downtown! A fun, quick. lovely look at many aspects of this city.

  8. Sector 7 by David Wiesner: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/137998.html
    A beautiful, award-nominated picture book that sparks imagination. It's a fun story about a friendship between a mischievous cloud and a young boy.

  9. Wallace's Lists by Barbara Battner and George Kruglik: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/138468.html
    A children's book about an obsessive, list-making mouse I can relate to and his new neighbor, a free-spirit of a mouse eager to turn Wallace's world upside-down.

  10. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/138574.html
    A tale of morality about a little fish who steals a hat from a big fish and is certain he will get away with it. Adorable, award-winning, and dark!

  11. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/138962.html
    An emotional journey with two teens who stepped right out of my childhood. A familiar world. Familiar sorts of characters. But a unique look at brilliant, realistic characters from different worlds and the beginnings of a fist love. All I want to do since finishing this book is hug it tight.


That's my June! I got a lot of books finished finally :-) Happy reading to everybody in July!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a recap of my May reading, for a swap-bot swap I signed up for.

I am usually in the middle of three or four books at once in various locations--the one by my bed, the one in my car (audio book), the one in my purse (lines/doctor's appointments), etc. I also occasionally stand in the middle of the children's section at the library during my volunteer shift and read picture books. It just happens. LOL

Here's a list of books I read during the month but didn't finish:
  • A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Audio)

  • Star Wars Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival by Jude Watson

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

  • Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater (Audio)

  • Starfish by Donna George

  • A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life (Revised Edition) by Judy Reeves

Here are the books I finished in May:
  1. the Sequel by John Green: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/135403.html
    An unfinished beginning of an abandoned book, this was bittersweet. On one hand, new work by my favorite contemporary writer rocks my world! On another hand, it's just an unfinished draft. Still, the voice is strong and the characters were great. And it was a download I got as a reward for donating to the Harry Potter Alliance Equality FTW campaign, so it's a win-win.

  2. The Roberts by Justin Shady: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/134997.html
    A dark, disturbing, entertaining book about two serial killers (the Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer) who meet each other when they're old and have moved into the same retirement community. Also contains some handwirtten letters from real serial killers, which was creepier.

  3. Shay's Story by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, and Steven Cummings: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/134314.html
    Graphic novel version of Uglies, only told from Shay's point of view, instead of Tally's. This was a great concept and it was neat seeing some aspects of the story that happen without Tally or before Tally. However, the art was far too pretty for me and I felt like the canon wasn't matching up all the time, so it hurt my brain a little.

  4. Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1: Mister Monday by Garth Nix: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/134061.html
    The first in a series that I've been wanting to read for years. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was creative and fun and I can't wait to track down book 2.

  5. The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/133702.html
    A cute, short story about a magical cafe that changes people's outlooks and lives.

  6. The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves by Sarah Moon, James Lecesne, others: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/133514.html
    Touching, inspiring, sometimes strangely similar, and diverse in subject matter, this was a great book. I hope that teens out there find it as supportive and reassuring as I found it interesting and inspiring as a writer.

  7. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/133152.html
    A creative spin on the well-known fairy tale, beautifully executed.

  8. Black Dog by Levi Pinfold: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/132987.html
    Whether your black dog is actual depression or literally a gigantic dog outside your house, this book puts things in perspective and helps deal with the issue creatively. The artwork is absolutely astounding, from color pallet to the level of detail. Worth picking up for the art alone!

  9. Wormwood by G.P. Taylor: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/132628.html
    Okay story about London as a comet is on its way to hitting the area. Confusing and giant cast of characters whose motivations are constantly in flux (due to spells, sometimes, but still). A nice blending of magic, science, and faith, but an execution that made me want to just get the book finished and move onto something better

And here are comics I read in May (May 4 was Free Comic Book Day, so it's only fitting):
  1. The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty volume 2

  2. The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty volume 4

  3. Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #1, IDW (comic)

  4. Infinity, Marvel (free comic book day score)

  5. The Steam Engines of Oz, Arcana (free comic book day score)

  6. Grimm, Dynamite (free comic book day score)

  7. Master of the Future (Batman)

That's my May! Happy reading to everybody in June!

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