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60. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone / by J.K. Rowling (8/1; fiction)
61. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / by J.K. Rowling (8/3; fiction)
62. Sensei / John Donohue (8/5; fiction)
63. A proud taste for scarlet and miniver / written and illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg (8/5; fiction)
64. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban / by J.K. Rowling (8/8; fiction)
65. Harry Potter and the goblet of fire / by J.K. Rowling (8/10; fiction)
66. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / J. K. Rowling (8/13; fiction)
67. A monstrous regiment of women / Laurie R. King (8/15; fiction)
68. In the Garden of Iden / Kage Baker (8/26; fiction)
69. A grave talent / Laurie R. King (8/30; fiction)

I spent a large portion of August, as we can see, re-reading the first four Harry Potter books, so that I could finally read the Order of the Phoenix, which I hadn't read yet, and then read Half-Blood Prince with the rest of the world. However, in doing so, I thoroughly burned myself out on Harry Potter, and as a consequence, got 70 pages into HBP and stopped. Whoops. :) I gave the library back its copy and have supremegoddess1's, which will be there once I'm in the mood again for HP. I suspect it may be awhile.

Sensei was a very random pick. There was another book by the same author on the new fiction shelf that looked good, but I checked and Sensei came first in the serious, so I grabbed it. A part-time college instructor and martial arts student is drug into helping his cop brother investigate martial arts related murders. It was tighly plotted and had good characters, and I love books that throw me headfirst into subcultures, so I was pretty pleased. The sequel is sitting here waiting for me to read it, but I have to finish this month's book club selection, which is a week late, first.

A proud taste for scarlet and miniver was the random kidlit selection for the month. I loved this book at a child, and I love it now, and it always makes me want to go read more about Elanor of Aquitaine, and I never quite manage it.

A monstrous regiment of women is the second in a series about Sherlock Holmes during his "retirement" and his apprentice/partner, Mary Russel. I love these novels so far, because while I love Holmes, I get tired of reading him in the original - all the short stories are very much the same, very quickly, and Watson is treated like a baboon by Doyle. It's nice to see Holmes paired with someone treated like an equal.

In the Garden of Iden was another in the "first of the series of books that encompasses something that looks good on the new book shelf line". A group referred to as "the Company" has sometime a couple centuries from now discovered time travel, and discovered that while they can't change written history, non-recorded history is fair game. They create a race of cyborgs to help them in their quest throughout history, and Mendoza, whom we meet in this novel, is one of their recruits. If you like time travel and technology and stories that grow fairly organically, this is your thing. I thought it was a fantastic read.

A grave talent is the first in another series by the same author as the Sherlock Holmes books I've been reading. I was wary, because sometimes if I love one series by an author I won't like another, but this was fantastic. Real, human characters, that compelled you to care about them, and a well-developed, twisty mystery, with enough backstory to not let you forget that there were really people involved here. I have the next one checked out, though I don't know when I'm going to get to read it.

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    Like a boss.

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    Yuletide letter placeholder, ahoy!

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    I did Not Prime Time this year, which made me actually write something for the first time since Yuletide. It was fun! It was also a lot more low key…

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