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Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 28, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Paper Girls, Volume 1: 08/24/17

Paper Girls, Volume 1  by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan is the start of a graphic novel series involving a plucky group of tween-and-teenage girls who deliver the papers in their suburban neighborhood. Although this series has been talked about a bunch since it was launched, I've apparently kept myself under enough of a rock to avoid spoilers.

The book starts off as I expected — a girl doing her route, getting harassed by dick teenage boys — and hooking up with the older girls. But like Lumberjanes, there's more than just camaraderie. If Lumberjanes goes in the direction of Gravity Falls, Paper Girls goes in the direction of Stranger Things and Continuum.

I was going to say Terminator but there's an undertone of corporate control in the time travel dystopia. Things we take for granted — our iPhones and other smart devices — take on a sinister meaning here. Going more literary – there's a bit of Oryx and Crake too.

Of course just as things are starting to make sense and are getting good — the volume ends. That's how these series are. So, yes, I'm hooked.

Five stars

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