This Week’s Blog Posts:
Monday kicked off a new trilogy in #ReadingValdemar, and Storm Warning was the first book. Mercedes Lackey has upped her game! Are you reading along? Be sure to include your Valdemar posts on our Linky to enter the December giveaway.
Wednesday was a fun side step: I read another comic book volume! Comic books aren’t usually for me — I’m more a graphic novel reader, and I don’t say that to be pretentious. A “comic book” (to me) is serialized art and text, whereas a “graphic novel” is literally a novel-length story told with images that comes in one book. I don’t tend to keep up on comic books for the sheer fact that you have to keep up. Thanks to the library, I got a volume of Man-eaters by Chelsea Cain and enjoyed how it explored the female body and gender issues through satire.
Friday took readers down Brutal Alley, a place just off of Murder Lane, past the Break-Their-Arms-and-Legs Village. Daphne du Maurier’s horror novel Jamaica Inn was much more violent and terrifying than I bargained for!
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Erotic vampires may not be your “thing,” but don’t you scoff at the original books in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Her 1976 novel, Interview with the Vampire, created a resurgence in vampire interest. My review will be posted Tuesday, and the plan is to have The Vampire Lestat up on Friday!
Slow Books in Progress:
Book by a Male Author: Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography by Robert E. Hemenway
I’ve never seen another work cited as often as Hemenway’s in the field of Hurston studies. He appears to argue for Hurston to some degree, but exposes her issues, such as plagiarism and a stubbornness to only do what she wants, too. I’m using this book to fulfill my “biography” bingo square. To be clear, this category encourages me to read books by a male author from my owned TBR.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Just when Davy Copperfield finds a guardian in Aunt Betsy, he is sent away to board with Mr. Wickfield so he can attend school. It’s lovely to see his aunt is sad to part from him, showing that she cares about him deeply. Thankfully, it was the simple Mr. Dick who convinced her to keep Davy because he answers “put him in the bath” when the aunt shrieked that she didn’t know what to do with the raggedy orphan who arrived unexpectedly on her doorstep.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: