I don’t have anything to share that I learned in school this week (we were learning about MARC records and I am thoroughly lost). Instead, I’m sharing two things with you.
#1) I’ve been reading and loving S.M. Reine’s books. I’m following along with her recommended reading list (found here). Because the author turned thirty on March 14 (just 30?!) she’s selling all of her Kindle books for 99 cents each (sale ends Monday morning!). This is a great deal, and if you want a book series that sucks you in, this is it. I’ve read six of her novels so far and haven’t been let down once.
#2) I realized something crazy just recently. Most of the amazing, fun, innovative books I’ve been reading all come from the same publisher. Ever since I quit taking ARCs I stopped caring about who published a book, but now I can’t ignore who keeps cropping up: Quirk Books. They’ve become my new instant-check-out books. Here are some great titles of theirs I’ve read or have on my TBR:
- Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
- Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss
- Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
- The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
- Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston
- Those Obama/Biden buddy hero books
- Those Miss Peregrine books
- Literary Yarns by Cindy Wang (crocheting bookish characters)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- Lots of kids books about feminism (factual, crafting, play sets)
- Turning Shakespeare’s works into pop songs or having Willy S. battle Darth Vader
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Although I made it 250 pages into Brad Gooch’s biography of Flannery O’Conner, I decided to stop reading when I realized I was frustrated by how abruptly he would change topics or introduce people with little context. Instead, I started reading The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor. It’s edited by Sally Fitzgerald, who gives excellent context to the letters and fills in confusing pronouns or clarifies who a person in O’Connor’s letter is with brackets. Thus, all my O’Conner reading led me to introduce the Flannery O’Connor short story read-along in May. I hope you’ll join me, even if you don’t have the book, even if you read only a story or two, some of which you can find on Google.
Thursday, I reviewed the second book in The Mage Wars trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, entitled The White Gryphon. A novel with loads of potential that isn’t carried out, Jackie and I appear to be questioning #ReadingValdemar a bit but are sticking to current plans.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I really struggle with memoirs about substance abuse because they’re all sort of read the same: traumatic, vague, and hopeless. Yet, Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum caught my eye. She chose to live in a homeless shelter to escape her step-father’s temper, and from there she encountered other teens who tried to convince her she didn’t have it that bad. Erlbaum does engage with illegal substances and promiscuity, but the way she writes made this memoir shine. Review on Tuesday.
A rather short audiobook, The Witchcraft of Salem Village was one of Shirley Jackson’s few nonfiction books. It recalls the facts of the Salem witchcraft trials, which were both more dramatic and surprisingly simpler than I had thought. Review on Thursday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We finished True Grit by Charles Portis, and unfortunately all the “one book, one community” events tied to it have been cancelled. However, we plan to re-watch both the John Wayne and Jeff Bridges film adaptations. At the end of my library copy was an afterward by Donna Tartt that describes her relationship to the book and also clarifies Rooster Cogburn’s time with Quantrill during the Civil War.
Next up we’re reading My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. It’s a choose-you-own-romance-plot book. It was recommended to me by Pages Unbound waaaay back in 2018. Published by Quirk Books!
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Thanks to Emily for her recommendation!