I'd been meaning to read this forever and someone at work finally convinced me to do so. It was exceptionally good, although the big reveal at the end made me very uncomfortable (if you want it spoiled for you, just PM me). Still, I was glad to have read it.
The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich
This novel veered back and forth between parts that were hugely well-done and powerfully immersive and parts that just bored or irritated me. I can't even say why - I couldn't figure out a pattern - it was just ... patchy.
When We Wake, by Karen Healey
YA future dystopia, thorny and meaningful and even difficult, but also superfun. I <3 Karen Healey.
Square Peg, by Todd Rose
Part memoir, part advice book, about how kids - people in general - are all very different, and learn best when treated as individuals instead of trying to one-size-fits-all everybody. Good stuff about the effect of emotions on learning, and other related topics, as well. The author went from being the kind of kid who threw stink bombs in chem class, and never really wanted to go to college, to being a Harvard prof. Not the most writerly book, but I found it a really useful - and openhearted - read.
Buffy Season 9, vol. 4: Welcome to the Team, by Andrew Chambliss et al; Willow vol. 1: Wonderland, by Jeff Parker et al
Fun popcorn reading. Glad they kept these going after the show was over. They almost never reach the heights the show often did. The art in the Willow volume was often incredibly gorgeous, though, far beyond what TV special effects ever achieve.
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, by Mike Carey et al
This was grand altogether. Even though it's chronologically a prequel, reading it at the end of the series worked perfectly - so much richer because of all the echoes of what will happen.