Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What Are You Reading? December 2016 Edition

December Total: 25
2017 Total: 400

H is for Hawk Macdonald, Helen
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Beecroft, Simon
F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers Benson, Richard

Saga, Volume 3 Vaughan, Brian K.
Saga, Volume 4 Vaughan, Brian K.
Saga, Volume 5 Vaughan, Brian K.
Dendo: One Year and One Half in Tokyo Olsen, Brittany Long
Watchmen Moore, Alan
The Courageous Princess: Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms    Espinosa, Rod
The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln Van Sciver, Noah

Picture Books
Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup Mayer, Pamela
Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre Lainez, Rene Colato
Gary Rudge, Leila
A Family Is a Family Is a Family O'Leary, Sara
NanoBots Gall, Chris
The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog deGennaro, Sue
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night Tuma, Refe
The Bossier Baby Frazee, Marla
Ooko Shapiro, Esme
We Came to America Ringgold, Faith
88 Instruments Barton, Chris
Roy's House Rubin, Susan Goldman
The Snow Globe Family O'Connor, Jane
The Inventors of Lego Toys    Hagar, Erin
Less Than Half, More Than Whole Lacapa, Kathleen

Quick Takes: 
I will completely admit to reading just enough books in December to hit the nice round total of 400 books for the year.  It's been a pretty good year for me, life-wise and reading-wise.

"H is for Hawk" deserves its status as an instant classic.  It's a moving memoir of the author's grief after her father's unexpected death, mixed with an account of her training of a goshawk as she grieves, along with some history of falconry and the story of T. H. White's own experience as a falconer.  Manages to be incredibly specific to her own experience and yet also universal in its approach to human grief, society, nature and history.  Also, she writes beautifully, and there were numerous passages I had to stop and read aloud.

"The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog" is a strange book about two children, potentially on the autism spectrum, who become friends due to some shared quirks, and then learning how not to offend each other. It's worth a look.

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