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Books are delicious.  Much like Brains, only I'm not a zombie.

Currently reading

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Saga, Volume 3
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman fully deserving of all the all star author reviews on the dust jacket.
Burma Chronicles - Guy Delisle Not as good as Chronicles, but still very interesting. I could feel my own world view expanding along with Delisle's.
Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik Shockingly good after the previous two.
The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress - Sarai Mitnick Also need to check this one out again when I'm sewing clothes sometime. The dresses are cute, and I want to try making a dress, but I'm not sure if any of the ones from this book suit me. Even so, there are very useful tips for fitting, and basic sewing of this nature.
Couture Sewing Techniques - Claire B. Shaeffer need to check this book out again when I am sewing clothes as opposed to animals, as it seems really useful and informative.
Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction - Abigail Patner Glassenberg While I've seen cuter animal designs out there, this book (and the author's blog) are a wonderful resource. I will definitely purchase this book, because the techniques described have already improved my own stuffed animal creation, and I've haven't even read the whole book yet. There are not a lot of books about creating your own stuffed animals out there, as if authors are reluctant to share their techniques, so I really admire Glassenberg for creating this book, and doing it so well.
How to Make Stuffed Animals: Modern, Simple Patterns and Instructions for 18 Projects - Sian Keegan, Jennifer Korff Only some of the patterns appeal to me, and the completed animals don't have the level of professionalism I enjoy.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman reminded me a lot of spirited away.
Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits - Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris interesting from a literary point of view, but not the ending I hoped for. but totally in character.
Lizard - Banana Yoshimoto The translation of this book is terrible, but the stories are excellent. Hopefully she gets a new translator someday. If possible, I will read in Japanese to avoid this translator.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan loved the ending.
Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King - Laura Geringer, William Joyce great kids book.
Earth Logic - Laurie J. Marks Medric is still the best.

A Hero For WondLa - Tony DiTerlizzi I enjoy this series, but the author has a weird way of using contractions. He's inconsistent.
The Hero of Ages  - Brandon Sanderson Made of amazing. If you haven't, read it right now.
Four Ways to Forgiveness - Ursula K. Le Guin I am always amazed with Le Guin's breadth of imagination and world-building (or should I say universe-building) capabilities every time I read one of her books.