Monday, October 3, 2016

What Are You Reading? September 2016 Edition

September Total:73
Year to date: 279

Red Prophet (Tales of Alvin Maker, #2)        Card, Orson Scott
Prentice Alvin (Tales of Alvin Maker, #3)           Card, Orson Scott
Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence, #3) Gladstone, Max

The Lego Architect       Alphin, Tom
LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure     DK Publishing

Star Wars, Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon   Aaron, Jason
Vader Down   Aaron, Jason
Darth Vader, Vol 1: Vader         Gillen, Kieron
Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars     Lemire, Jeff
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea Delisle, Guy
Eternals             Gaiman, Neil
The Snodgrass Conspiracy         Klein, Grady
The Lost Colony, Book Two: The Red Menace Klein, Grady
The Lost Colony, Book Three: Last Rights   Klein, Grady
Hellboy in Mexico         Mignola, Mike
Hawkeye, Volume 2: Little Hits    Fraction, Matt
Princess Leia   Waid, Mark
Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Crawling from the Wreckage     Morrison, Grant
Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max     Stevenson, Noelle
Written and Drawn by Henrietta           Liniers
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less     Glidden, Sarah
Stinky Davis, Eleanor
Big City Otto (Elephants Never Forget, #1)        Slavin, Bill
Secret Coders (Secret Coders, #1)         Yang, Gene Luen
Paths & Portals (Secret Coders, #2)      Yang, Gene Luen
New Super-Man #1     Yang, Gene Luen
New Super-Man #2     Yang, Gene Luen
New Super-Man #3     Yang, Gene Luen
Prime Baby     Yang, Gene Luen
Batman (2016-) #1       King, Tom
Super: Issue One         Crowther, Joshua
Lumberjanes #9          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #10          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #11          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #12          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #13           Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #14          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #17          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #15          Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #16          Stevenson, Noelle
Giant Days #1  Allison, John
Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood       Azzarello, Brian
Princeless, Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself   Whitley, Jeremy
Pop Gun War Volume 1            Dalrymple, Farel
Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1)   Fridolfs, Derek

Picture Books
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat   Taback, Simms
My Two Grannies         Benjamin, Floella
Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good!       Johnson, D.B.
Henry's Night   Johnson, D.B.
Roly Poly Pangolin       Dewdney, Anna
North Woods Girl         Bissonette, Aimee
The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”   Bogart, Jo Ellen
A Library Book for Bear  Becker, Bonny
Sock Monkey Rides Again         Bell, Cece
I Love My Daddy           Braun, Sebastien
My Two Grandads       Benjamin, Floella
Heroes of the Surf       Carbone, Elisa
Cat Tale           Hall, Michael
My Heart Is Like a Zoo Hall, Michael
Perfect Square    Hall, Michael
Harold's Circus   Johnson, Crockett
Harold at the North Pole           Johnson, Crockett
Harold's Trip to the Sky  Johnson, Crockett
Harold's Fairy Tale         Johnson, Crockett
Curious George Flies a Kite       Rey, Margret
Hippo! No, Rhino         Newman, Jeff
Sleepover at Gramma's House   Joosse, Barbara
Julius   Johnson, Angela
Jazz On A Saturday Night (Coretta Scott King Honor Book)       Dillon, Leo
If Kids Ran the World   Dillon, Leo
Swamp Angel Isaacs, Anne
Dust Devil         Isaacs, Anne
Traction Man Is Here! Grey, Mini

Quick Takes
So! Many! Good! Books!  As you may be able to tell, this was the month I really began to dig in to my library's digital comics collection.  Also, there was a mini comic con where I got to meet Gene Luen Yang!  Nerd dream fulfilled.

Speaking of Gene Luen Yang, his "New Superman" series is taking the caped crusader in interesting directions-- this is the New Superman of China, a brash teenager who is given the powers of Superman by a government experiment after he stands up to super villain on national TV.  But the new superman is a bit of a bully, a self-centered layabout who is forced by experience to start caring and learn to be a hero.  Definitely worth watching.

I don't think I've plugged "Lumberjanes" here yet, but this is one of the most enjoyable comics series I've ever read.  The Lumberjanes are scouts at "Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types" and earn badges such as the mathematically-focused "Everything under the Sum Badge".  But besides the regular hijinks of summer camp, serious paranormal mysteries are afoot, and the Lumberjanes are dedicated to solving them.  It's a great story with amazing characters (each member of the cabin is a unique, fully-developed person rather than an action-hero or mystery-solving-teen cookie-cutter trope) and stunning writing and art.  Lots of people are pointing out what a wonderful feminist development a woman-written book about women that treats women as people is, and this it totally true, but I am recommending it to you mostly because this is the most fun comic you can read right now.  Plus, it's exactly how I remember summer camp being, except for the three-eyed foxes.

Discoveries of the month: "The White Cat and the Monk" by Jo Ellen Bogart, the playful art and words of Michael Hall (which strikes me as Eric Carle meets Chris Raschka), the clean lines and clear thinking of Sarah Glidden (who deeply trawls her own potential for self-doubt in order to better understand our world).

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