I’m going to read more of his books. 1 month ago
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The Walking Dead
We’ve been blazing through these, thanks to the library where I’ve been double fisting the 6 issue volumes. I’m not sure whether I want to stop where the TV series is currently at or keep going.
The comics have quite a few differences from the series, particularly when it comes to the life and death of the characters, so there are plenty of surprises to be had. I don’t want to spoil any major ones the series holds, but it’s hard to stop reading.
I’ve got a dozen volumes under my belt now (M. is catching up fast) and the next two on hold.
Where to stop, where to stop…
Vol. 4: The Heart’s Desire (#19–24)
Vol. 5: The Best Defense (#25–30)
Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life (#31–36)
Vol. 7: The Calm Before (#37–42)
Vol. 8: Made To Suffer (#43–48)
Vol. 9: Here We Remain (#49–54)
Vol. 10: What We Become (#55–60)
Vol. 11: Fear The Hunters (#61–66)
Vol. 12: Life Among Them (#67–72) 1 month ago
Read lots of positive reviews so here we goooooooo!
Started reading this morning – hope it’s as good as I’ve heard :) 2 months ago
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
This will probably be my last book listed here (I now have two on the go, because my funny bone is full of darkness and quirk and needs some love right now).
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.2 months ago
Good. Uh, it was a little, like, Gilmore Girls-y. Quick dialog, characters without relatable flaws. It didn’t rock me, or anything, despite the fact that I’ve done the Children’s Hospital thing and the Amsterdam thing. And the poetry thing, and the consider the universe through math thing. Will not see the movie.
Where did I put that Patti Smith book . . . . . 2 months ago
I think I’ve managed this. I read books much more often than I did. 3 months ago
I finished reading Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. I thought the Holocaust-related material was powerful and gripping. However, I was not attached enough to most of the characters, and found Styron’s choice of narrating the story primarily through the eyes of an American, non-Jewish 22-year-old interesting. Maybe the narrator represented the majority of America’s initial understanding of, and attitudes towards, the Holocaust. At the same time, Stingo (the aforementioned youth) had a lot of typical 22-year-old male thoughts. Though I didn’t regret reading it, ultimately, this book will not place on my list of all-time favorites. It was a complex book that I felt covered only the Holocaust and Holocaust qua South comparison really well.
Total books finished this year: 6/12 3 months ago
I blazed through the zombies vol. 1 – 3, axes flying. I’m on the list for #4, but there’s a wait. I need a book-book to read, so I delved into the Pre-Bookcrossing box and came up with this one.
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Lannan Literary Fiction Award, & the Guardian Fiction Award.
“In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry.
With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.”3 months ago