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!
Happy New Year, bookworms! I continue to be sadly behind on updating this blog, but on the plus side, I did manage to read 57 books in 2016 – seven more than my goal of 50. Granted, some of those books were rather short single issue comics, but reading is reading and in my mind, it all counts.
I had planned to write a separate post about my favourite books of the year, but let’s be honest: that’s probably not going to happen. Instead, the books and comics in bold below are those I’ve designated as favourites. Hyperlinks lead to the Goodreads page for each book, as I definitely didn’t review most (if any?) books this year. What can I say? Being a PhD candidate is hard and I’m just lucky I had time to read for fun at all.
Novels and Non-Fiction:
- Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James
- Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James
- Short Rides by Lorelei James
- Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James
- All Jacked Up by Lorelei James
- My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
- Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale
- The Deal by Elle Kennedy
- Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler
- Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl
- Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl
- Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
- My American Duchess by Eloisa James
- A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James
- Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
- Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Lorelei James
- Strong, Silent Type by Lorelei James
- Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James
- Every Beat of My Heart by Bella Andre
- Snowbound at Christmas by Jennifer Ryan et al
- That Mistletoe Moment by Cat Johnson et al
- Only in My Dreams by Darcy Burke
- Yours to Hold by Darcy Burke
Comics and Graphic Novels:
- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 by Amy Reeder
- Ms. Marvel #2 by G. Willow Wilson
- ANAD Avengers #2 by Mark Waid
- Looking for Group, Vol. 1 by Ryan Sohmer
- Ms. Marvel #3 by G. Willow Wilson
- ANAD Avengers #3 by Mark Waid
- ANAD Avengers #4 by Mark Waid
- The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 by Kieron Gillen
- Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Luna
- Ms. Marvel #4 by G. Willow Wilson
- Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub
- Ms. Marvel #5 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel #6 by G. Willow Wilson
- Orphan Black, Vol.1 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
- Ms. Marvel #7 by G. Willow Wilson
- Orphan Black: Helsinki #1 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
- Orphan Black: Helsinki #2 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
- Orphan Black: Helsinki #3 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
- Orphan Black: Helsinki #4 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
- Orphan Black: Helsinki #5 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
- I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 by Skottie Young
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- Ms. Marvel #8 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel #9 by G. Willow Wilson
- Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
- Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser
- Ms. Marvel #10 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel #11 by G. Willow Wilson
- The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4 by Kieron Gillen
- Ms. Marvel #12 by G. Willow Wilson
- Darth Vader Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen
- Darth Vader Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen
- Ms Marvel #13 by G. Willow Wilson
It’s been awhile, bookworms. And so much has happened. SO. MUCH. I won’t comment on recent events here, because I’ve tried to keep this blog focused on books, reading, and the bookish world. So here are some book-related news stories that might make you happy. Just in case you maybe weren’t happy for reasons. Books may not solve all the world’s problems or make things magically better, but they can be comforting and familiar. So enjoy a good book today, and enjoy this random collection of book news.
- In September, to honour Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, the Oxford English Dictionary added a number of words from Dahl’s writing to the dictionary. Along with those new words (including “scrumptious” and “splendiferous”), several existing words received updates, among them “gremlin.”
- A new TV movie adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is coming to PBS later this month. The Canadian production aired in Canada earlier this year and now it will make its way to the U.S. The movie, whose trailer you can watch by clicking on the link, stars Ella Ballentine as Anne and Martin Sheen as Matthew.
- In other literary adaptation news, a feature film version of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is in production and the casting news makes me very hopeful. The lead role of Meg Murray will be played by actress Storm Reid, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine taking on the parts of Meg’s scientist parents. Perhaps even more exciting is the news that Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling will portray Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, respectively. Directed by Ava DuVernay, this film is shaping up to be spectacular!
- And in the last bit of adaptation news, director David Yates confirmed that a young Albus Dumbledore will indeed appear in the second planned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. The first movie is due in theatres later this month, and will give fans a glimpse of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, once and former best friend of Dumbledore. The only downside? Apparently, Grindelwald will be played by Johnny Depp. Ugh.
- And while on the subject of the JK Rowling-created wizarding world, a Harry Potter fan created a data set that shows how many times a specific spell was used in the novels. The chart can be sorted to view spells by most occurrences or by order of appearance. According to Tor.com, the most commonly used spells by Harry and his friends were spells of non-violent resistance (e.g., Expecto Patronum, Expelliarmus, and Stupefy).
- Turns out, Shakespeare had some help after all. For the first time, Christopher Marlowe will be listed as a co-author to Shakespeare on three plays (Henry VI Parts I, II, and III) in a new publication from Oxford University Press. Shakespeare’s collaboration with Marlowe (or possible theft of his material) has long been a topic of discussion among Shakespearean scholars. With regards to Henry VI, at least, that question has been answered.
As always, happy reading.