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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-04-25 21:01
Subject: 50 Books 2016-22 through 25 (more catching up)
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2016-22
Crenshaw (unabridged audiobook)
by Katherine Applegate, read by Kirby Heyborne
A really good YA book about a boy whose family is on the verge of being homeless for a second time and the return of his imaginary friend, a large, black and white cat named Crenshaw.

2016-23:
3 Below (unabridged audiobook)
Floors Series, Book 2
by Patrick Carman, read by Jesse Bernstein

2016-24:
The Field of Wacky Inventions (unabridged audiobook)
Floors Series, Book 3
by Patrick Carman, read by Jesse Bernstein
I ended up finishing the series despite having numerous issues with it, chiefly that the fabulously wealthy, eccentric genius running things is rather too fey, despite some handwaving at the end about his level of supervision; the main antagonist's scene chewing; the number of sympathetic human female characters; some timeline/continuity wobbles; some klunky word choices; and a running gag involving burping that permeated the second book and had call backs in the third.

2016-25:
Wynonna Earp: Strange Inheritance (graphic novel)
by Beau Smith (Author), Enrique Villagran (Artist), Manual Vidal (Artist), Pat Lee (Artist), Carlos Ferreira (Artist), Luis Diaz (Artist), Joyce Chin (Artist)
I've been enjoying the tv series. It doesn't have a lot in common with its source material. I like the tv property more.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-04-20 17:52
Subject: 50 Books 2016-18 through 21 (catching up)
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2016-18:
Dragonbreath
Dragonbreath #1
written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon
I'm reading these prior to handing them off to my six-year-old nephew. They are fun. I hope he likes them.

2016-19:
Floors (unabridged audiobook)
Floors Series, Book 1
by Patrick Carman, read by Jesse Bernstein
This is the first in a series. I'm not sure it manages to be whimsical enough in its wackiness for me, but it's probably a hit with younger readers. I started book two immediately after book one, but stalled out and switched to another audiobook.

2016-20:
Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs
Dragonbreath #2
written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon

2016-21:
Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-wiener
Dragonbreath #3
written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-04-09 09:58
Subject: 50 Books 2016-17: The Hearts of Horses (unabridged audiobook)
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The Hearts of Horses (unabridged audiobook)
by Molly Gloss, read by Rene Raudman

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-03-31 23:54
Subject: 50 Books 2016-16: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
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by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-03-21 23:21
Subject: 50 Books 2016-12 through 15 (catching up)
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2016-12:
Slaughterhouse Five (unabridged audiobook)
by Kurt Vonnegut, read by James Franco

2016-13:
Harriet the Invincible
Hamster Princess, book 1
by Ursula Vernon

2016-14:
Of Mice and Magic
Hamster Princess, book 2
by Ursula Vernon

2016-15:
Chaos Choreography
InCryptid, book 5
by Seanan McGuire

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-03-09 06:00
Subject: Why?
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Why does Dove soap think that I should be worried about my soap having soap in it? A recent commercial informs me with alarm that my body wash might -- horrors! -- have some of the same ingredients as my dish soap. Gosh!

(It's not as if we're cleaning our dishes with lye or other caustic cleansers: Palm Olive has been advertising itself as suitable for soaking hands in for something like forty years and everyone should know at this point that Dawn is the go-to-product for degreasing oil-fouled wildlife and deskunking pets which makes it practically the poster-soap for safe yet effective.)

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-02-28 18:15
Subject: 50 Books 2016-08 through 11: Sharing Knife series
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Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1)
Legacy (The Sharing Knife, Book 2)
Passage (The Sharing Knife, Book 3)
Horizon (The Sharing Knife, Book 4)
by Lois McMaster Bujold

One long story divided up into four volumes.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-02-23 21:31
Subject: 50 Books 2016-07: Uprooted (unabridged audiobook)
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by Naomi Novik, ready by Julia Emelin

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-02-21 14:15
Subject: 50 Books 2016-06: My Neighbor Totoro
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My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel
by Tsugiko Kubo and Hayao Miyazaki

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-02-15 11:53
Subject: Temperature is subjective
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According to the thermometer, it is 12 degrees warmer outside right now than it was yesterday at this time. The rhododendrons don't believe this*, nor do I. The difference? Today is overcast and windy. Yesterday it was sunny enough that the snow on the roof melted all day long. Today, the remaining snow remains resolutely frozen.


*Their leaves are droopy and contracted. Yesterday their leaves were spread out to catch every bit of sunlight.

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