What’s Good This Month: December 2016

Wow, December 31 already and I’m still having to stop myself writing 2015 for the date… It feels like 2016 went by really quickly–which is probably good; enough terrible things happened this year that we don’t really need it to go on any longer.

The last two months of this year, my regular routines got a bit derailed due to both holiday excitement and our national calamity (much less exciting), but I did still read a few books.

Around the World by Matt Phelan (2011)
I thought I’d talked about Matt Phelan before, but I guess I haven’t. I really like his art, and I also really like historical non-fiction graphic novels (calling something both non-fiction and a novel is an oxymoron, I know), so I’m not sure why I hadn’t seen Around the World before. It’s actually three separate stories, of three people who traveled around the world in the late 1800s. I’d only heard of one of them–Nellie Bly, who was the first person to break the “record” set by Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. My favorite was the third story, about Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone. I cried a little.

Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema (2016)
I wasn’t going to read this, but then I just picked it up and started reading it, and it was surprisingly good. And funny. Definitely one of my favorite contemporary YA novels this year. It reminded me a lot of the Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison (Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, those), and it made me really happy.

Read anything good lately?

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