Nice Dragons, Collapsing Empires, and Musical Holograms: My Favorite Books of Winter 2018

A while back I ran a book blog called Temporaryworlds over on livejournal (which should give you an idea on what I mean by “a while back”). And although it’s been some time since I’ve felt the urge to review every single book that I read, I still come across a lot of great books that I want to talk about and recommend to others. So, I figured why not do that here on a quarterly basis? Below you’ll find my top reads for Winter of 2018- or January, February, and March. Selections include both novels and graphic novels, as I read plenty of both.

Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron (Fantasy/Science Fiction)- The fifth and final book in Rachel Aaron’s wonderful Heartstriker series combines the vastness of epic fantasy, the fast moving plotting of urban fantasy, and the worldbuilding of post apocalyptic sci-fi. Julius, once shamed for being a nice dragon, has gained plenty of allies and BIG responsibilities over the course of multiple books. And he’s going to need all the help he can get if he’s to face his biggest challenge yet: the literal embodiment of the end of the world. This is one of my favorite series, filled with lots of action, great humor and compelling relationship dynamics (both of the romantic, and platonic variety). I was so happy to see it end on a high note.

Lady Killer, vol 2 by Joelle Jones (Horror)– The second volume in this story about a housewife who moonlights as a contract killer doubles down on both the gleeful violence of the first, as well as the nail biting suspense. I don’t know what I find more impressive, the skill in which Josie’s double life is brought to page on a visual level (the colorful fashions of the 60s against all the bloody carnage is an interesting contrast), or how Jones creates sympathy for a protagonist who does such awful things. We’re going to get a volume three, right? You just can’t leave things on that cliffhanger! Artwork also by the writer, Joelle Jones.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy)- The third volume in the Stormlight Archives delves deep into the character of Dalinar Kholin, and brings our heroes face to face with some hard truths about themselves, and the world around them. If you’re a fan of massive fantasy tomes, no one is dong the genre better right now then the master of magic systems, Brandon Sanderson. Filled with high stakes, sympathetic characters, and worldbuilding that you can really delve into, Oathbringer earns every one of its 1200+ pages. The only bad thing about finishing this book is knowing that I will need to wait years before the fourth volume hits the shelves.

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Science Fiction)– The first book in The Interdependencey series has everything you could want from a John Scalzi book: humorous dialogue, eye opening sci-fi concepts, and characters you can really fall in love with. The fact that the audiobook version is narrated by Wil Wheaton makes it even more impossible to put down. As you may have guessed from the title, The Collapsing Empire tells the story of a large inter-planetary empire, and what happens when it’s discovered that the intergalactic channels that connect its many pieces are about to collapse. I am eagerly looking forward to book two, which is set to come out later this year.

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (Science Fiction)–  Fuzzy Nation is actually a book that I’ve owned for a while now, having purchased the audio version in a sale YEARS ago. Despite being a fan of the author’s work, I put off reading it because it was a retelling of a classic sci-fi novel-Little Fuzzy-which I had yet to read. But after enjoying the shit out of The Collapsing Empire, I decided to it was time to dive in, regardless of how familiar I was with the source material. And you know what? I really enjoyed it. Fuzzy Nation tells the story of a prospector on an alien planet who comes across adorable cat-like creatures that he dubs “Fuzzies.” Only when he introduces his latest find to a local biologist, he discovers that these creatures might be more than just animals, but sapient beings who rightfully own the planet they are currently mining the shit out of. Fuzzy Nation combines adorableness with genuinely interesting ethical dilemmas, and the suspense of a court room drama. It was a fast read (I flew threw it in just a couple of days), but a really worth while one.

Jem and the Holograms, vol 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson (Contemporary)Showtime is the cartoon Jem rebooted in comic book format, and boy is it great. Think about everything you loved about the cartoon as a kid, only less soap opera-y, and updated for a modern audience. They even make the music performance aspect really work, despite the fact that it’s not an auditory medium. Unfortunately, my library does not have access to any of the other volumes in this series, so I’m going to have to go through other avenues if I want to continue the series. Artwork by Sophie Campbell.

Saga, vol 8: by Brian K Vaughan (Science Fiction)– Here’s a great example of a comic book series that’s still going strong, years after its debut. While previous volumes of Saga have taken things to epic sci-fi heights, volume eight takes a smaller route by examining the very real tragedy that comes with a miscarriage. We see this on a practical level, as Alanna and Marko struggle to find a place that will perform a late-term abortion on the dead fetus, as well as a more emotional one, as Hazel must come to terms with the loss of the brother she never had a chance to meet. Really strong stuff this time around. Artwork, as always by Fiona Staples.

Ms. Marvel, vol 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson (Superheroes)– Ms. Marvel remains one of Marvel comics most consistent offerings, and the latest volume Mecca really shows you why. Author G. Willow Wilson uses the storyline of people targeting super powered individuals in Jersey City as a metaphor for examining prejudice and radicalization. There are some pretty big twists this time around, and things end on a bit of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see how things are resolved in volume 9, which is supposed to come out on my birthday (!!!) July 31st.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (Historical Fiction/Romance)– This has to be the strongest stand alone graphic novel I’ve read in years. The Prince and the Dressmaker is a love story, set in France, between a poor dressmaker with big dreams, and a prince who sometimes likes to wear dresses. This book is filled with lovable characters that you can route for, and wonderful artwork (especially when it comes to the dresses!). If you have any interest in graphic novels and historical romances, I’d recommend picking this up ASAP. Artwork done by the writer, Jen Wang.

Geek Actually: Season 1 by Cathy Yardley, Melissa Blue, Cecilia Tan, and Rachel Stuhler (Contemporary/Chick Lit)– Now here’s something a little different. Geek Actually is a Serial Box Production, meaning that it’s basically a television series in fiction form. Each serial is written in “seasons”, and the story is broken down into episodes that roughly take the same amount of time to read as it does to watch an episode of television. Geek Actually is my second serial that I’ve experienced through Serial Box, and I’m really impressed with the results. It focuses on the story of five different nerd women from different walks of life, each struggling with the challenges related to their professions, love lives, sexualities and more. I think the thing I like the most about Geek Actually is the variety of perspectives presented, covering everything from the gaming industry, to publishing, to cosplay. The characters themselves are both complex and diverse, each one having a significant arc. The story starts off lighthearted and fun, but it’s not afraid to examine with some of the darker struggles that women have to deal with- including stalking and sexual assault. It’s clear from the finale that there is more story to tell, and I look forward to seeing where our five leading ladies will go in season two.

Honorable Mentions: Desperate Hours by David Mack, Black Bolt: Vol 1: Hard Times by Saladin Ahmed, Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn, The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu.

So that’s it! What books have you fallen in love with lately?

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My 2017 To-Be-Read Pile

I read quite a bit last year (125 books between traditional books, graphic novels, audiobooks, and manga), but have once again found myself fallen behind on some of my favorite authors. To make up for this, I’ve decided to make a list of the books I want to make top priority in 2017.

The lists can be found below. I’ve separated it out into books that I own, published books that I don’t own, and some of my most anticipated releases of 2017.

Books That I Already Own
The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron (read 01/17)
Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Imprudence by Gail Carriger
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin (read 01/17)
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty (read 01/17)
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (read 01/17)

Books that Have Already been Released (pre 2017)
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu
Rise: A Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant
Feedback by Mira Grant
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Most Anticipated 2017 Releases
Heartstrikers: Book 4 by Rachel Aaron*
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson*
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Batgirl at Superhero High by Lisa Yee (read 01/17)

Genre Breakdown
Fantasy- 14
Sci-Fi- 8
Paranormal- 7
Superhero- 2
Thriller- 2

The two books in the “most anticipated” section are starred due to the fact that they do not have a solid release date. They ARE supposed to come out in 2017 though!

So those are my top priority books of 2017. Obviously, I’m going to read more than just those, but these are the ones I really want to get to (or at least try out. If a book doesn’t work for me, I’m unlikely to force myself to finish unless I’m a huge fan of the writer/series). Also, as we’re a ways into 2017 already, I’ve actually already dug into a few of these. I’ll be doing regular posts on the books I’ve been reading, so expect to hear my thoughts about those soon!

Updated Feb to reflect January reads

Everything I Read in 2014

Hello, all! As I don’t think I’ll be finishing anything else in the next two hours, this will be my list of everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) I read in 2014, including books, audiobooks, short ebooks (think stand alone novellas and short stories), and comics and graphic novels. I hope to make another post that includes more in depth thoughts, including my strengths and shortcomings as a reader in 2014, but for now, here is a list of what I read. My favorite titles are bolded and I am more than happy to talk about any of them in more detail in the comments. All and all it was  good year for reading for me, and I hope it was for everyone else too!

Books
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong and MA Meyer
Visions by Kelley Armstrong
Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
Sword and Laser Anthology by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
The Bitter Kingdoms by Rae Carson
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
Parasite by Mira Grant
Symbiont by Mira Grant
The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines
Dust by Hugh Howey
Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Shadowplay by Laura Lam
The Devil in the white City by Erik Larson
Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
Clariel by Garth Nix
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
The Woman who Rides like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
One and Only by Lauren Sandler
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Infected by Scott Sigler
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Stayed
Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood
The Girl who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
The Martian by Andy Weir
Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
Total: 39

Audiobooks
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
The ABC Murderers by Agatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
The Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
14 by Peter Clines
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Hexed by Kevin Herne
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened a Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
The Bat by Jo Nesbo
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Attack the Geek by Michael R. Underwood
Celebromancy by Michael R. Underwood
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Total: 39

Short Ebooks
Gifted by Kelley Armstrong
The Waiting Stars by Aliette de Bodard
The Truth of Fact, Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang
The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu
Opera Vita Aeterna by Vox Day
Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
21 Reasons You think You Don’t have Time to Write by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Stolen Throne by Gary Hauger
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Hunting Monsters by SL Huang
The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Card Sharp by Laura Lam
The Fisherman’s Net by Laura Lam
The Snake Charm by Laura Lam
The Tarot Reader by Laura Lam
One Hell of a Ride by Seanan McGuire
Total: 16

Literary Magazines
Fantasy Magazine: October 2014, Women Destroy Fantasy Special Issue
Inaccurate Realities: Magic
Lightspeed Magazine, January 2014
Lightspeed Magazine, February 2014
Lightspeed Magazine, March 2014
Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014
Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 018
Total: 7

Graphic Novels
Alias, Vol 2: Come Home by Brian Michael Bendis
Alias, Vol 3: The Underneath by Brian Michael Bendis
Alias, Vol 4: The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis
Avengers: The Enemy Within by Kelley Sue DeConnick
Batgirl, vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
Batgirl, vol 2: Knightfall Descends by Gail Simone
Batgirl, Vol 3: Death in the Family by Gail Simone
Batgirl, vol 4: Wanted by Gail Simone
Batman, vol 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 2: The City of the Owls by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 4: Zero Year- Secret City by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 5: Zero Year- Dark City by Scott Snyder
Batwoman, Vol 3: World’s Finest by JH Williams III
Batwoman, Vol 4: The Blood is Thick by JH Williams III
Captain Marvel: Higher, Furthur, Faster More by Kelley Sue DeConnick
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Daredevil, vol 1 by Mark Waid
Daredevil, vol 2 by Mark Waid
Daredevil, vol 3 by Mark Waid
Erstwhile, Untold Tales from the Brothers Grim, Vol 2 by Gina Biggs, Louisa Roy and Elle Skinner
Fables, Vol 19: Snow White by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham
Journey into Mystery featuring Sif, vol 1: Stronger than Monsters by Katheryn Immonen
Justice League Dark, vol 3: The Death of Magic by Jeff Lemire
Ms. Marvel, vol 1: No Normal by G Willow Wilson
Rat Queens, vol 1: Sass and Sorcery Kurtis J Weibe
Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction
Shutter, vol 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge
Thor: The God of Thunder, vol 1: The God Butcher by Jason Aaron
Thor: The God of Thunder, vol 2: Godbomb by Jason Aaron
Thor: The God of Thunder, vol 3: Accursed by Jason Aaron
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
Wonder Woman, Vol 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello
Wonder Woman, Vol 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello
Wonder Woman, Vol 3: Iron by Brian Azzarello
Wonder Woman, Vol 4: War by Brian Azzarello
X-23: Innocence Lost by Craig Kyle
X-23: Target X by Craig Kyle
X-23, Vol 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M Liu
X-23/Daken: Collision by Marjorie M. Liu
X-23, Vol 2: Chaos Theory by Marjorie M. Liu
X-23, Vol 3: Don’t Look Back by Marjorie M. Liu
Total: 43

Single Issue Comics
All New Ultimates #1
All New X-men #21-33
Amazing X-Men #1-4
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1
Angel and Faith: Season 10 #1-8
Black Widow #1-13
Buffy: Season 10: #1-9
Cyclops #1-7
Death of Wolverine #1-4
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #10-21
Lazarus #6-13
Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spiderman #1-8
Ms. Marvel #1-3
Mighty Avengers #5-10
Pretty Deadly #5
Rocket Girl #4-5
Saga #19-24
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1-6
She Hulk #1-11
Superior Spiderman #1-18
Thor #1-2
Trillium #6-8
Ultimate Spiderman #200
Uncanny X-men #23-28
Ultimate Spider-man Cataclysm #3
Veil #1-5
Velvet #3-6
The Wake #5-10
Wolverine #1-12
X-men #9-10
Total: 177 issues

Everything I Read in October 2014

Similar to the “everything I watched post” for last month, if you want to see what I read for the months that I didn’t update here, you can check out my goodreads, or pinterest page.

And now, for October! I got a lot of reading done this month. Links go to goodreads reviews

Books
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed– BEST BOOK
Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Audiobooks
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire– BEST AUDIOBOOK

Short Ebooks
The Card Sharp by Laura Lam– BEST SHORT EBOOK
Hunting Monsters by SL Huang

Literary Magazines
Fantasy Magazine, October 2014. Women Destory Fantasy Special Issue

Graphic Novels
Thor, the God of Thunder, vol 3: The Accursed by Jason Aaron
Batgirl, vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
Batman, vol 4: Zero Year- Secret City by Scott Snyder
Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction– BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
Batgirl, vol 2: Knigtfall Descends by Gail Simone
Batgirl, vol 3: Death of the Family by Gail Simone

Single Issue Comics
All New X-men #32
Angel and Faith: Season 10 #7
Black Widow #11
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #7-8
Cyclops #5
Death of Wolverine #2-4
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #19
Lazarus #12
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spiderman #6- BEST COMIC THAT’S NOT SAGA
Saga #24- BEST COMIC
She-Hulk #9
Superior Spiderman #14-16
Thor #1
Uncanny X-men #26-27
Veil #5

Everything I read in February

February was a pretty good reading month. I’ve linked to my thoughts on goodreads, but if you want to chat about any of the selections here, that’s good as well.

Books
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson– BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH
Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong and MA Meyer
Shadowplay by Laura Lam
Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Audiobooks
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Taste of Darkness by Mara V. Snyder

Graphic Novels
X-23: Innocence Lost by Craig Kyle– BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
X-23: Target X by Craig Kyle
X-23, Vol 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu

Comics
All New X-men #23
Black Widow #2-3
Guardians of the Galaxy #11-12
Lazarus #6
Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
Mighty Avengers #6-7
Ms. Marvel #1
Saga #18
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1-2- BEST COMIC OF THE MONTH
She Hulk #1
Trillium #6
The Wake #6
Wolverine #1-2
X-men #10

Why I Haven’t Blogged in over a Week

I just took a look at the blog and realized that I haven’t updated in over a week. I couldn’t help but wince, because keeping regular updates is important to me. Miss a week of updates, and it’s really easy for me to let that slide further, so I try not to let that happen. For this update, I’m going to talk about some of the things that have taken up my mental space this week instead of blogging.

1. Wedding Pans- This is a biggie. Every day I have to worry about buying the right shoes (which, if you’re looking for a pair of size 6 dress shoes with a sensible heel in February, is ANY pair of size six dress shoes with a sensible heel), finding gifts for the bridesmaids, finding a time when we can apply for our marriage licence, scheduling a fitting (hopefully, I haven’t gotten too fat), buying center pierces and favors, figuring out flowers, finding music for the ceremony, buying a cake, compiling RSVPs, and figuring out a million other little details. Seriously, I dedicate time to this every day. It’s eating into my reading time, which makes me grumpy. When it eats into my writing time (as it did on Monday) I get pissed. It’s also dug into my cleaning time, which I don’t notice until I realize how long it’s been since I’ve swept…

2. Writing– So you know when you’re working on that first draft and have to tell that internal editor to piss off? Well, eventually you need to deal with the consequences of that. This happened to me today with a VERY problematic scene. I spent three hours on writing (not just on that scene but mostly) today, and I’m SO glad I did. It’s much better now.

3. Awesome podcast- Podcasts and audiobooks are great because my commute is about 45 minutes, giving me plenty of listening time. I recenting discovered Hello Internet, which is a new podcast put out by youtubers CGP Grey and Brady Haran. As an informational professional I found the first two episodes (on being wrong on the internet and copyright) to be immensely interesting, and all three are must listens for any fans of CGP Grey’s work.

4. Shadowplay- This is the sequel to Pantomime by Laura Lam (you can win a copy of either book at my giveaway here), and I wish I had more time to read it. I’m about 250 pages in and am enjoying it quite a bit.


5. Chocolate– No, not the edible kind, it’s a song! I’m a pretty big fan of Japanese music. My most recent love is the song Chocolate by Leo Ieiri. It just has such a sweet and wistful air to it. I listen to it whenever I’m stressed, and it really helps to calm me down. The video above is just a sample, but is IS available on itunes (which isn’t always the case with jpop)!

So that’s what’s been on my mind lately! Hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s day tomorrow.

Everything I Read in January

Trying something new this month, and I’m going to link all of the books I read to my goodreads reviews. The reviews are nothing special, but if you’re curious what I thought, well there you go! I’m also open to discussing things here. Quiet month for comics it seems.

Books
Dust by Hugh Howey
Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong– Best Book of the Month
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Audiobooks
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson– Best Audiobook of the Month
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Short Ebooks
21 Reasons You Think you Don’t have Time to Write by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Stolen Throne by Gary Hauger

Graphic Novels
Alias, Vol 2: Come Home by Brian Michael Bendis
Fables, Vol 19: Snow White by Bill Willingham
Alias, Vol 3: The Underneath by Brian Michael Bendis– Best Graphic Novel of the Month

Comics
All New X-men 21-22 (#22- Best comic of the month)
Amazing X-Men #1-3
Black Widow #1
Mighty Avengers #5
Guardians of the Galaxy #10
Ultimate Spider-man Cataclysm #3
Velvet #3
The Wake #5
X-men #9