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Well, I’m still struggling a little with finding a good balance between reading for the challenge–which I really do want to complete–and reading what I like, when I like. I got sidetracked by Bitterblue last week, which I was simply unable to resist, and then by a possibly-not-entirely-necessary-but-completely-enjoyable re-read of Princess Academy in preparation for the sequel, Palace of Stone (which I realize doesn’t come out for over two months, but I was sooo in the mood!). Oh yeah, and even before Bitterblue I tore through Charles de Lint’s new YA title Under My Skin (but this edition, with the awesome cover); I get a pass on that though, since a new de Lint pretty much always supplants whatever else I’m reading at the time.
That said, I did enjoy Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (though overall I found it a bit uneven, as I often do with anthologies) and Thor Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (wonderful!) and Why We Broke Up, which I probably would never have read if not for this challenge. Thanks, Best of the Best 2012!
That brings my total to six titles read (though I can’t help revising that number in my head to 18, in order to include the other 12 titles I finished pre-April). I’m starting Everybody See the Ants tonight and have The Curse of the Wendigo and How to Save a Life on tap.
I can say this, whether or not I actually make it through the challenge by the end of June, there are some really, really great books on this list and I’m thankful to have it as a guide.
— Julie, currently reading Everybody Sees the Ants (and re-reading de Lint’s The Blue Girl … because I can.)
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