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A middle-grade novel. I don't love it as much as the Ryan North Squirrel Girl comic series but it's still pretty charming.

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Or: Austenland does gothic romance. It was a really fun book! And overall rather charming, which is not a word I would usually expect to use for a gothic. But I was glad to have checked the end early on in the game so I knew spoilers )
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Why hello there book obviously inspired by the French Revolution. A good book! It's a sequel to Princess Academy, which I absolutely adored, and though I didn't love this book quite as much, it is still good-hearted and generally thoughtful, which is nice.

two quibbles )
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I found this book weirdly...upsetting, idk.

I liked the book rather a lot to begin with. It's a younger-end-of-YA book about teenage superheroes, astronaut boot camp, and spoilers from here on )
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I AM BACKKKK! Well actually I returned late sunday night but then I was exhausted and also I have work and also catching up on the real life things I wasn't doing while on vacation, so. I am still exhausted but I am at least nominally kind of here! AND I COME WITH LOTS OF BOOKS.

Look, my vacation was CANOE TRIPPING, which when you do it right (which obvs I do) leaves you lots of time to hang out in the beautiful wilderness with a book. So. I read NINE BOOKS while on vacation! Plus I had a couple I didn't post about from before the trip. Plus I read a book yesterday. So. Let's go!

Wired Love: a Romance of Dots and Dashes, by Ella Cheever Thayer )

Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril & Romance, by Marthe Jocelyn )

Monks-Hood, by Ellis Peters )

Complete Fairy Tales of George MacDonald )

The Confession of Brother Haluin, by Ellis Peters )

The Android's Dream, by John Scalzi )

The Wisdom of Father Brown, by GK Chesterton )

Psmith, Journalist, by PG Wodehouse )

A Matter of Oaths, by Helen S Wright )

Murder Must Advertise, by Dorothy L Sayers )

Strong Poison, by Dorothy L Sayers )

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale )

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L Sayers )

Poor Yorick, by Ryan North, William Shakespeare, and YOU )
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The Goose Girl is a novel retelling of the Grimm fairy tale by the same name, expanding on the story and doing some world-building to make it hang together coherently (I love fairy tales and their "right so this one dead horse can talk, whatevs, no need for explanations" perspective on worldbuilding but it doesn't work as well in a novel-length work).

It's been years since I last read this book and I'd forgotten how good it is. Gosh I love it. Well -- I'm always happy for a well-done fairy tale retelling, so I'm an easy sell on a book like this. But really it's more than that that I love about it. Spoilers! )

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