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42. Black: The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau

A few years back, I read Blue: The History of a Color, by the same author. This is the sort of history that's right up my alley, microscopic almost to the point of absurdity. It's very interesting, and beautifully illustrated. The meaning of the color black hasn't changed that terribly much, but it's still interesting to see all of the different meanings, in art and fashion and everything else, gone through all in one place.

43. Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation, by Thomas Siddell

This is a collection of the first 14 chapters of the online comic Gunnerkrigg Court. I love online comics, they're about the only ones I read anymore. I don't remember now what brought the collected book to my attention, and what made me read the book instead of just going online and reading the comic itself, but I'm glad I did. It's a good presentation. As for the comic itself... Well, I'm working on catching up on it from chapter 15 onwards now. I really like the art style, which has always been important for me in a comic. Ugly and generic art is one of the reasons I've drifted away from comics in the first place. I also like the characters, and the story is shaping up nicely. It was a bit of a hodgepodge of stuff at the start, but it always seemed to work, and it seems like the author has settled in to a story (but still with a lot of nice side stuff).

44. Giraffe, by Edgar Williams

Just another Animal book. Not much to say. But this is the book that sort of did it for the Animal series for me. Rather, it was the next one I'd checked out, Pigeon. I just realized that I don't want to read about all of these animals. Yes, I'll read Fox, happily, but Fly? Cockroach? I'm happy somebody wrote them, and I'm sure many people will read and enjoy them, but I won't be one of them. So now there's only a few more Animal books left for me to read. Yay!

I've been doing my reading list a "favor" lately and binging on YA book blogs. What a horribly, terribly bad idea. My list has now topped 530 books to be read. I currenly have a 22 month turnaround time from when I add a book to the list and when I read it. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, look at all those books! On the other hand, look at all those books!

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