Tuesday, March 03, 2015

February Reading Wrap Up!

February wasn't a good month for novels in number, but the quality of the two novels I read, alongside the ton of comics and graphic novels, made this a fantastic reading month.

Annihilation,  by Jeff VanderMeer, is the first novel in the Southern Reach trilogy. This short novel is a lot of fun in a scary, Lost sort of way. 

The Testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin, is a non-traditional look at the mother of God. In this particular take, she's an aging, somewhat bitter woman reflecting on her son's life. 

I just love Lucy Knisley. I know I say that every time I post about her work, but it's just so true! While I favored Displacement over An Age of License, Knisley's work is always a delight for me. 

Single issue comics were in no short supply this month. As always, Lumberjanes continues to be a big, adventurous, beautiful winner. I zipped through all six issues of Ares and Aphrodite, and I gobbled up the most recent issue of my favorite series, Alex + Ada

I really wasn't a fan of Bitch Planet when it first came out, but now that it's delving into some of the characters' backstories, it's becoming much more interesting to me. I hate to keep comparing books to TV shows, but this one smacks of Orange is the New Black, but far more brutal. I'll be doing a dedicated review of this one soon!

Batgirl #39 continued the drama! Batgirl has become a target for the media and a whole lotta haters. 

Wild's End is a stunning series that doesn't get enough love. I read issues 4-6 this month. 

I thought there was a good chance I wouldn't like Edward Scissorhands in comics format, but I looooove it. Another dedicated review coming soon!

What was your favorite book you read this month? 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday Meltdown, err Rundown

Ugh. Mondays are the worst, we all know that. Mine are made worse by the fact that I generally have insomnia on Sunday nights. Almost always. What does that say about my feelings for going back into a work week? Hmmm.

Anyway, last night (this morning), the dogs woke me up around 2:30 and I never went back to sleep. Needless to say, I practically have snakes growing out of my head right now. Even after coffee. My child was in nearly the same great mood as me, so we were quite the peachy crowd. I should also add, we had three and a half days off last week for ice and snow, so that makes the idea of a full week even more dismal.

On the brigher side, I have winners for my blogiversary giveaway!

B&N Card: Rachel Noel from Purple Owl Reviews!
Comixology: Memory Scarlet from In the Forest of Stories!
Sephora Card: Jennifer Berry!

In other news, this was not a very readerly week. That darned snow and ice I mentioned always jacks up my reading. When we get sent home for bad weather, I end up having to field eleventy zillion questions on social media about openings, closings, etc. Not conducive to reading. Nope. Nada.

This week is a new week, and the choices are looking bright!

These are the books I hear peeping at me from the shelves...

How's Monday treating you? 

Image credit to Capricious Reader!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Five of the Oldest Books on My To-Read List!

I keep a Goodreads wishlist/TBR, and it's just slightly out of control. You feel me, right? I figure we all have this problem lurking SOMEWHERE. On Goodreads, a spreadsheet...whatever.

These are five of the oldest books on that list. I think they were added way back in 2007 when I first became a Goodreads user.

Angela's Ashes is one of those heartrending memoirs that EVERYONE has read. Except me. 

Ethan Frome is one of those classics that everyone had to read in school. EXCEPT ME! I own it in a beautiful Penguin English Library edition, so I have no more excuses. 

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of those books that sends me down a shame spiral. It's one of Heather's favorites, and no matter how many times I say I'm going to read it...do I? Why, no! 

The Count of Monte Cristo is a book that beat me when I undertook it for a readalong. I hope this beautiful edition, which I purchased, will make me read it sometime. 

Plain Truth is a book I no longer have an interest. 

And I should point out...I do still have a genuine interest in reading most of these. That doesn't mean I will, but Jodi Picoult can definitely go. 

What are some of the oldest books on your TBR (list or physical stack...anything goes)? 

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