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December 2015 Books and Games


#31: Act of God by Jill Ciment (f)

#32: Out of Sorts  by Aurelie Valognes (f)

#33: The Grinding by Matt Dinniman (m) – I really liked Dinniman’s book The Shivered Sky, but I was disappointed in The Grinding. As a second book (they are not a series), it’s good enough, but it just didn’t blow me away. It actually reminded me a bit of Ryan States’ book I read earlier this year. Oh, and there was more casual misogyny and transphobia than I was personally comfortable with.



#88: Mint Tin Apocalypse (2 player, <30 min)

#89: Pass the Pigs (2 player, <30 min)


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November 2015: Books and Games


#29: Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan

#30: Parasite by Mira Grant


#78: Threadbare

#79: Family Band

#80: Crazy 8s

#81: Clock Work Gnomes

#82: Bluebeard’s Bride

#83: Amazing Stick

#84: Chinese Menu

#85: Mythic Mortals

#86: Mythic Mortals (different game)

#87: Fall of Magic

October 2015 Books and Games


#25: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (f)

#26: Coming of Age at the End of Days (f)

#27: Helen of Sparta (f) – I abandoned this book about 28% of the way in because “rape as character development” is tired, I’m tired of it, and the main character didn’t inspire me enough to want to keep reading.

#28: Cold Kiss (f) – This is YA fiction, but I really liked it. There were echoes of The Fault In Our Stars in it– that sense of being so deeply in love and loss.

August and September 2015: Books and Games


#20: Cloud Atlas (m)

#21: The Martian (m)

#22: Assassination Classroom #1 (m)

#22: The Fault in Our Stars (m)

#23: Younger (f)

#24: The Lost Art of Listening, 2nd Edition (m)


#64: Love Letter

#65: Cthulhu Live (played twice over Gen Con weekend– once in July, once in August)

#66: Magical Fury

#67: Red November

#68: Ssh!

#69: Love Letter

#70: Roll for the Galaxy

#71: Incredible Expeditions (5 players)

#72: Trail of Cthulhu (4 players)

#73: Spirit of 77 (5 players)

#74: Fate Accelerated (3 players)

#75: Fate (3 players, new campaign, character creation)

#76: Our Last Best Hope (5 players, all female game)

#77: Monster Under the Bed (2 player, female designer, horse in the race… this is the card game I’m working on)

June 2015 books and games

Books #50bookchallenge
#14: The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl, by Julian David Stone (m)
#15: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (f)
#16: Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett (m)

Games #51in15
#50: Community Radio (4 players)
#51: Passport (2 players, horse in the race, 50% female designed)
#52: Love Letter Batman edition (2 player, <30 minutes)
#53: Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf (5 player, 2 hours)
#54: Ashen Stars (5 players, new campaign)
#55: 13th Age (5 players, new campaign)
#56: Whispering Road (2 players)
#57: Spirit of 77 (4 players)
#58: Batman Love Letter (4 player, 2 hours)

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