The dog protagonist of this picture book was extremely winsome. The rest of it was pretty but ultimately forgettable.
A Letter for Leo, by Sergio Ruzzier
Ruzzier's first book and it kinda shows. The text and plot don't meet the high standard set by the illustrations.
The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood
A novel in chunks (originally serialized) that covers some very very dark stuff. Pretty much any button you might have around sexual betrayal (including child abuse) WILL be pushed. That said, as hard as it was to read, I also had trouble putting it down. Atwood's still got it.
How to Swallow a Pig, by Steve Jenkins
Neat info, excellent illustrations. It was a lot more factual and less playful than I'd been hoping for based on the title, though.
Book, by David W. Miles, illustrated by Natalie Hoopes
I swooned over the illustrations from the beginning and was hopeful about the story. Then he started in with the litany of "praises" of books that are really bitching about e-readers and other devices, and I was tempted to throw the book across the room. So tired of those. But the illustrations stayed just as amazing all the way through. I hope Hoopes finds lots more illustrating work.
Out on the Wire, by Jessica Abel
This was wicked! Graphic non-fiction book about how public radio (mostly) podcasters put together their stories, with info about the technical aspects but focusing on the story aspects. Easy to read, engaging, and full of points. Also sometimes funny or touching. Also also I found like 3 new podcasts to listen to.
And that is my last book of 2015! Phew. Stay tuned for more this week, as I get caught up on the nearly 50 books I've already read in 2016 :D.