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Countdown to December! Spending 2 months without going home, so I have to keep myself occupied somehow!

Livia: Empress of Rome by Matthew Dennison - I stumbled onto this at a used bookstore and was thrilled. It's so difficult to find books about the Roman empresses! Good book, very absorbing and informative.
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr - first, a disclaimer: I find Marr to be a very difficult author to get a grasp on. She has written several decent books, such as Wicked Lovely, which I enjoyed; she has also written several truly mediocre books. And then she wrote Graveminder, which is one of my all-time favorite books. So I keep reading her, hoping to discover another gem. Well, The Arrivals is another really good book that I wish she'd developed more fully. There is so much potential there it is practically straining at the seams and oh, the places it could go! Loved the book and was so sad to see it end there. On it's own, it's good, despite reading more like an outline for a novel than a novel itself. With a bit of love and work, I could see this being mind-blowing.
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater - another author that I respect immensely, Stiefvater manages to twist phrases and evoke images in a way that reminds me of Catherynne Valente. This whole werewolf series wasn't my favorite of hers (actually I think these books were my least-favorite of anything I've read by her), but Sinner was so much more solid and real than the others. Definitely my favorite of these.
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - I picked this up on a whim and because I'd heard good things about it. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, so I really had to slough through the first hundred pages or so, but after that I was hooked. The cultural setting added some interest, the characters were flawed and driven, and the way the disparate storylines start spiraling together faster and faster as the story unfolds was very good.
Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover - I read a short story by this author and really enjoyed her style, so I decided to try the books. Definitely along the light and fluffy urban fantasy lines, but enjoyable.
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob - this is something I stumbled onto at the airport bookstore and thought I'd look up when I got home. A surprisingly heart-wrenching story with vivid characters who speak it very individual voices, and the shifting time-frame made me unable to put it down. So good!
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (reread)
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

The Last Witch Hunter (2015) - oh, so terrible but thoroughly enjoyable.
Killer Elite (2011) - the Jason Statham Netflix movie marathon continues....
Public Enemies (2009)
The Intern (2015) - actually surprisingly good.


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