This Week’s Blog Posts:
This week had a whole lot of fat female superhero Faith Herbert! I read four trade paperbacks and was so pleased to review them for you! Readers are introduced to Faith’s day job at an e-zine in Hollywood and Vine. Then, California Scheming notched up the humor when Faith takes her crush to a comic convention and has to fight a new foe. The next collection had a great main plot but got a bit messy when writer Jody Houser chose to include a special political Issue in Superstar. Things round out when a villain from each of the previous three books appear in The Faithless, a funny, fat-positive conclusion.
#ReadingValdemar is still going strong and on track! I reviewed Winds of Fury, the weakest book to date that thankfully concluded THE MAGE WINDS trilogy. Let’s hope the writing improves.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I finished We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, which is delivered as an oral history, organized by Yael Kohen. Review to come Tuesday!
Although I don’t plan to review The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton with critiques — it took me a full month to read it aloud to my husband — I did want to note that we finished. Final verdict: the spouse said the novel made him feel bad, and not in a way that made him appreciate anything. This was my 3rd reading.
Dust Bath Revival by Marianne Kirby is sure to slay! Check out my review of this YA horror novel on Friday.
Slow Books in Progress:
Book by a Male Author: The more I read Irvine Welsh’s characters in Porno, the less I love his writing. As infatuated as I was with him in my early twenties, the badness and/or stupidity of each person starts to feel gratuitous. And yet I have two more books in the series to read, books I’ve never read. And I own them. And I hope for change and character development.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse: We just started Have Pen, Will Autograph by Harnett T. Kane. I’ve never heard of this guy, but the synopsis made me laugh: here is “the world of the best-selling writer on tour. Here are the bizarre remarks, the eyebrow-raising questions, the blank accusations hurled at Mr. Kane by happy matrons, frowning misses, women who think is he somebody else. . .” Published in 1959.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
While my goal is always to read my newest and oldest shelved books plus a book with a fat female protagonist and keep up with #ReadingValdemar, I have to change some things. At my new job, we’re doing summer reading BINGO, and by golly, I am nothing if not determined to fill all 25 boxes — not just get some BINGOs. There is, like, no chance of me succeeding. It’s more books and less time than Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer Challenge, which I’ve only mastered once. But, I’m eager to get as many BINGOs as possible to enter for a big prize!