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I’m still here! Sort of.

Truthfully, I have very little time to “free read” these days and even less time to write reviews of my favourite books. I wish it weren’t so, but that’s what comes with the territory when you’re trying to complete your PhD. I still pop in every now and then to share some book news or favourite bookish quotes. And I do try to keep my yearly reading challenge list updated. But posts are very erratic and unpredictable these days.


I’ll hope you’ll come back every now and then to see if there’s anything new. Happy reading!


Favourite Reads of 2017

So, as it turns out, I didn’t read a ton of novels last year. Even more surprising was the fact that I simply didn’t make time for some of my favourite romance authors. But I did read a fair amount, and all of my favourites from 2017 were comics and graphic novels, most especially the recent collected volumes of certain series. So here are some of my favourites from the last year:

  1. The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie – consistently excellent writing and art, with a story that constantly surprises me. These guys are among the best in the industry, no question.
  2. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young – it’s not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. But if you’re like me, with a twisted sense of humor, you’ll enjoy the foul-mouthed Gert and her…..”adventures.”
  3. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick – a comic series every woman should read. Timely and important, with sharp, biting social commentary and characters of every colour, shape, size, gender, and sexual orientation.
  4. Poe Dameron by Charles Soule – though it takes place leading up to The Force Awakens (and thus doesn’t contain any information relevant to the latest movie), this comic has done wonders for developing Poe’s character. If you had questions about his decisions in The Last Jedi, then read this series!
  5. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – I’ve loved Kamala Khan from the first issue, but Wilson continues to tie her story to current events in a way that never feels forced or contrived. And as a bonus, Kamala never feels unrealistic as a superhero. She’s still a teenager who makes mistakes.

2017 Reading Challenge, Final List

Initially, my reading goals for 2017 were fairly modest, considering that my PhD work and teaching takes up most of my time. But thanks to comics and graphic novels, I did bump up my goal from 50 books to 65 book, and I managed to even beat that with 73. So, in chronological order, here are the books and comics / graphic novels I read last year.

Novels and Non-Fiction:

  1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn et al
  2. When Love Happens by Darcy Burke
  3. Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
  4. The Wedding Gift by Lucy Kevin
  5. Game for Love by Bella Andre
  6. Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre
  7. The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
  8. Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
  9. Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
  10. Holiday Games by Jaci Burton
  11. Get Lucky by Lila Monroe
  12. The Secret by Julie Garwood
  13. Ransom by Julie Garwood
  14. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  15. The Bride by Julie Garwood
  16. The Thing About Love by Julie James
  17. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
  18. Three Sisters Island collection by Nora Roberts
  19. Hired Bride by Noelle Adams
  20. Substitute Bride by Noelle Adams
  21. Accidental Bride by Noelle Adams
  22. The SEAL’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun
  23. Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (re-read)
  24. Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan (re-read)
  25. The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe
  26. Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair
  27. A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell
  28. A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas et al
  29. Once Upon a Christmas by Jill Barnett et al
  30. The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun
  31. At the Christmas Wedding by Katharine Ashe et al
  32. Christmas in Kilts by Bronwen Evans et al
  33. Say Yes to the Scot by Lecia Cornwall et al
  34. Christmas Wishes by Nicole Flockton et al
  35. Complicating by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase

Comics and Graphic Novels:

  1. Vader Down by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen
  2. Darth Vader, Vol. 3 by Kieron Gillen
  3. Darth Vader, Vol. 4 by Kieron Gillen
  4. Ms. Marvel #14 by G. Willow Wilson
  5. Love is Love by IDW Publishing
  6. Ms. Marvel #15 by G. Willow Wilson
  7. Ms. Marvel #16 by G. Willow Wilson
  8. America #1 by Gabby Rivera
  9. Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn
  10. Ms. Marvel #17 by G. Willow Wilson
  11. Ms. Marvel #18 by G. Willow Wilson
  12. America #2 by Gabby Rivera
  13. America #3 by Gabby Rivera
  14. Rogue One #1 by Jody Houser
  15. Rogue One #2 by Jody Houser
  16. Bitch Planet, Vol. 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  17. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
  18. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  19. Ms. Marvel #19 by G. Willow Wilson
  20. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2 by Skottie Young
  21. The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron Gillen
  22. Ms. Marvel #20 by G. Willow Wilson
  23. Poe Dameron, Vol. 1 by Charles Soule
  24. Poe Dameron, Vol. 2 by Charles Soule
  25. Ms. Marvel #21 by G. Willow Wilson
  26. Jane by Aline McKenna
  27. Ms. Marvel #22 by G. Willow Wilson
  28. Ms. Marvel #23 by G. Willow Wilson
  29. Generations: Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel #1 by G. Willow Wilson
  30. I Hate Fairyland – I Hate Image by Skottie Young
  31. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3 by Skottie Young
  32. Ms. Marvel #24 by G. Willow Wilson
  33. Runaways Complete Collection Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
  34. Runaways (2017) #1 by Rainbow Rowell
  35. Runaways (2017) #2 by Rainbow Rowell
  36. Poe Dameron Vol. 3 by Charles Soule
  37. Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman

Yup, Still Alive

And still completely immersed in my PhD research. C’est la vie!

Here’s some random, book-ish things anyway:

  • The absolutely bonkers YA best-seller mystery story that was sweeping Twitter last week, from Pajiba and Book Riot
  • Have you seen the trailer for the new A Wrinkle in Time movie? Ava Du Vernay is an amazing director and I can’t wait to see this!
  • Apparently some dudes in Hollywood want to make an all-female version of Lord of the Flies and Libba Bray, rightly, is basically over there going “been there, done that, my version was better.” (Which it was/is.)
  • A few short days ago, 1 September 2017, was the day of the epilogue from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Albus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express for the first time. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for MY Hogwarts letter….

Happy reading, as always!

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