BUT, July was a month of reading. Or maybe "a month of looking at pictures." Even if a large chunk of my reading was graphic novels and picture books. It's been a long time since I've gone on an image binge, so it felt kinda good!
The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke, was a cute graphic novel for the younger set. When the parents go out of the house for an evening, a young girl and her brother become part of a human zoo!
Cinnamon and Gunpowder, by Eli Brown, was a rollicking sea adventure with beautiful writing, a really fun plot, and quirky characters. It doesn't get any better.
Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix, is one of the most unusual novels I've read in a while. Formatted like an IKEA catalog, this horror story plays out in a knockoff of the retail mecca. Thoughts coming closer to publication time!
The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, was a big hit for me. I love everything Yang does, and this was no exception. A multicultural graphic novel about the first Asian American superhero!
Sweet Tooth: Animal Armies (volume 3), by Jeff Lemire keeps this great series rolling. I can't get enough of Gus, his animal hybrid friends, and the forces of good and evil at war.
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, by Stephen James and David Thomas, was a book I found on Literary Lindsey's blog, and I knew straight off I had to have it. Non-fiction about boys' developmental stages? Yes, please! I have a boisterous 4-year-old at home, so this is my bag. More coming soon!
And speaking of my boisterous 4-year-old, he got some new picture books this month that we're really enjoying.
I won Pig and Small, by Alex Latimer, and Stanley the Builder, by William Bee, during Armchair BEA. My son was keen to start reading both when they came into the house. Pig and Small seems to be the winner of his affections for now, but that can change.
And you might remember that I already reviewed Pumpkin Time, by Erzsi Deák! There's still time to win your own copy of this adorable book about gardening and seasons right over here.
How was your July? What's on your plate for August?