Sunday, November 13, 2016

Murchie Plus Books: November 6th to 12th

I make my dog pose with every book I read, barring single issue comics. The photos go live on Instagram as I edit them and appear here in digest form every Sunday, with descriptive alt tags and additional commentary.

Murchie, a short-haired grey poodle, pokes his face out of a blanket cave. In front of him is a paperback copy of Yotsuba Volume 13. Its cover features a pale-skinned, green-haired small girl leaping into a puddle while a dark-haired Japanese man walks calmly beside her.

YOTSUBA&! Volume 13 [Amazon] delighted me exactly as much as I expected it to; so, a hell of a lot. I laughed so hard I'm surprised I didn't fall off my stationary bike, or pull a muscle, or give myself a coughing fit.

If you've missed all my previous gushing about this series, I'll refer to my review of volumes one through twelve.

Murchie lies on his side in his blanket cave. Slightly in front of him is a hardcover copy of Air Awakens. Its cover features a pale-skinned girl whose golden hair and white robe both swirl around her. She clutches a book to her chest.

I made it sixty pages into Elise Kova's AIR AWAKENS [Amazon] before I admitted it wasn't working for me. I couldn't click with Kova's syntax, which made it mighty difficult to care about the story.

Apparently abandoning popular YA novels is my schtick.

This one's probably for the best, as my library doesn't own any of the other books in the series and they've all been removed from Scribd.

Murchie lies with his head raised. Behind him is a white Kobo with So For Real's turquoise cover on its screen. The cover features a white three-tiered wedding cake with a sparkler coming out of it.

Then everything went to shit, and I found it impossible to find joy in anything.

I tried, though, with Rebekah Weatherspoon's final Sugar Baby novella. SO FOR REAL [Amazon | Scribd] is a lovely capstone to Kayla and Michael's story. Even more than that, I'm excited about the little blurb in the back for NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP, Weatherspoon's first book about Daniella. Trans rockstar romance yay yay yay!!!!!!!!!!

So that's something to look forward to.

Murchie lays his head flat on a red blanket. Propped up behind him is a white Kobo with Knockout Andrew's cover on its screen. The cover features a tanned boxer's bare chest.

I spent a Scribd credit on KNOCKOUT ANDREW [Amazon | Scribd] as part of my ongoing quest to read all Willow Scarlett's books. This novella didn't hit me the same way as her slightly longer offerings, but I think that was at least partly because of my current mood. I did have a good time with this story of former BFFs reconnecting, then starting to date, years after a failure to communicate tore them apart.

Murchie lies mostly out of a blanket nest, both paws pressed over his nose. Behind him, propped up on its side, is a trade paperback copy of Batgirl Volume 3. Its cover features a red-haired white girl in a bat suit. She rides a motorcycle.

Here's the thing: I feel like I should've had a lot of fun with BATGIRL VOLUME 3 [Amazon], but I didn't and I'm not entirely sure why. Was it the no joy thing? Did I leave too long a gap between this volume and the last? Or am I simply destined to fizzle out on every single DC series I sample?

I don't have the energy to search for a clear answer, so I'll just direct your attention to Murchie's paws-over-snout move. Sometimes the little dude gets grumpy when I ask him to pose, and his grumpiness is mighty adorable.

Next week: ONE HOT DECEMBER by Tiffany Reisz, which I actually finished yesterday but couldn't get Murchie to pose with. (Sometimes his grumpiness is less than adorable.) Probably some space opera, too, and a smidgen of YA contemporary.


  1. I am enjoying Batgirl, but I didn't enjoy the most recent volume as much as the first two.

    1. I wonder if the creative team's imminent departure had anything to do with it.

  2. Paw over snout move is the greatest move. THIS DOG.

    1. I squee and squee and squee whenever he puts his paws over his snout. It's usually both of them together. BOTH PAWS. TOGETHER. I can't even.