Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (2015) – In this novel, Rainbow Rowell imagines how the world of Simon Snow (which she introduced as fanfiction/Harry Potter parody in Fangirl) would end if she were writing it. It’s Simon’s last year at Watford’s School of Wizarding, he’s trying to figure out how to defeat the Humdrum and stop it from sucking out all the world’s magic, and he needs to, as always, deal with his snotty roommate Baz (and their feelings). This is a fucking great book, and it’s so damn cute/heartbreaking. When I have eight seconds to breathe, I’m going to write an epic fanfic about it. I loved it.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (1981) – These short stories retell classic scary stories, songs, and urban legends, some of which are legitimately creepy (And if you get the versions with Stephen Gammell’s terrifying illustrations, you’re in for even more of a treat.). As an adult, not all of these carry the same punch, but they were still fun to reread.
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (1984) – This was the second installment of short stories and terrifying illustrations. It’s similar to the first – creepy as a kid, okay as an adult, and fun to reread.
Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 2: Godbomb by Jason Aaron (2013) – This second volume sees the rise and fall of Gorr and shows some truly epic battling on behalf of the time-traveling Thors. We also got to meet the Goddesses of Thunder, Thor’s granddaughters, who were cool but should have had more screen time. Overall, this was much better than the first volume.
Thor, Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron (2015) – In this new arc, Thor has become unworthy to wield Mjolnir, and so a nameless woman steps up to the plate, dons the mantle of Goddess of Thunder/Thor, and proceeds to kick epic, epic ass. Seriously, this volume is amazing. I didn’t have very high hopes for it because of some well-publicized sour notes (Thor kissing male Thor to prove she wasn’t his mother, and Titania and her husband giving Thor special treatment/shit for being female), but it was amazing. This series could really go far.
Thor, Vol. 2: Who Holds the Hammer? by Jason Aaron (2015) – So in this volume, male Thor gathers a bunch of awesome women to help Thor when she’s struggling to defeat the Destroyer. It’s a great moment, and a great battle, and the volume ends with a dramatic reveal of Thor’s true identity. However, the volume was very short (only three issues) and had four filler issues/shorts after it. It’s a bit disappointing, but the actual series to still kick-ass.
Steven Universe, Vol. 1 by Jeremy Sorese and Rebecca Sugar (2015) – This volume contains a bunch of little shorts set in the Steven Universe world, including the Crystal Gems making Steven a birthday cake, Steven taking part in a bike race, how Steven would make a bagel hot dog, and Steven trying to hire Lion out as a taxi service. Some of the stories (especially the longer ones) are a bit hit and miss with their bulky drawing style and compressed paneling, but it was still a great read. Very cute.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson (2015) – The third volume of Ms. Marvel is full of guest artists and fun little episodes like the Loki Valentine’s Day dance and Kamala crushing hard on a dude. However, it fell a little flat without Adrian Alphona’s signature style, and many of the issues felt too brief. It’s definitely the weakest of the volumes, but Kamala’s wonderful personality still shines.
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (2013) – In this short book, Maya Angelou details her life being raised by her grandmother, returning to the mother that gave her up, and establishing their relationship. It’s a touching read, but it did feel like it ran too quickly through certain events.
One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (1997 – ongoing) ch. 341 & 342 – In these chapters, the crew deals with Nico Robin’s supposed betrayal and the introduction of a weird cast of characters – the C9P. It’s still good, but I needed to take a little break from it.
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 138 – 140 – These chapters really establish a new arc, and it’s going well so far. The new director of the school, Erina’s father, has instituted some really dramatic changes, which the Elite Ten are enforcing (sometimes through nefarious and unethical means). I’m really excited to see where this is going, especially if the shokugeki is no longer an option.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing) ch. 158 – 161 – These chapters were more enjoyable than the last few, featuring more character development and a slow but sure set-up to the final battle. I can’t help wondering where this is going to go though.