What I Read in January
|February 7, 2014||Posted by Jess under Books, Comics, Television|
Okay, so we’re not calling this a resolution, because we’ve already discussed how I feel about that, but look. I’ve got a ludicrously high stack of books to be read next to my bed. And then I have more hidden in a cabinet. I need to do something about this.
So my goal (not a resolution!) is to read one book off that stack every week in 2014. My coworkers are aghast at this goal. (I work in publishing. I’m a little worried about my coworkers.) Now, I don’t expect to necessarily stick to a one-book-a-week pace – some will take more than a week to get through, some less – but for each week in 2014, I want to get one book off of that stack.
Here’s how I’m doing so far:
Week One (January 1-4): The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare. At less than 150 pages, this is more of a novella (the internet tells me it was originally published as part of a compilation), and the plot is pretty standard: proper young lady who’s not as good as she should be meets charming rake who’s not as bad as he should be, wild physical attraction ensues. (Note: This is not a complaint. This plot is why I read romance.) It was funny and engaging, but I’d like to read a longer work of Dare’s (this was my first) where she can really sink her teeth into it a bit more – this one felt a bit rushed.
Week Two (January 5-11): Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America by “Leslie Knope.” I love Parks and Recreation, and Leslie Knope is my own personal hero, so of course I had to read this! If you really, really love Parks and Rec (like, have marathoned it all the way through three times like I have), you will enjoy this book. Lots of inside jokes. Ron’s camping diary in particular had me crying with laughter. MOST IMPORTANT TRIVIA: The Snakehole Lounge serves a drink called a “him-osa,” for dudes. (It’s a mimosa with black food coloring.)
Week Three (January 12-18): Earthward by Bryan Q. Miller and Marcio Takara. Bryan Q. Miller’s Batgirl series (the Stephanie Brown one) is one of my favorite comics of all time, so when I heard he was Kickstartering an original graphic novel about a diverse cast of kids have space adventures, I was all over that. This was a fun read! The pacing is lively and Takara’s art is very pretty. I would like to get to know the characters a bit better, but I believe there are yearly future volumes planned, so I’m sure that’s in the cards.
Week Four (January 19-25): Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger. Travis the nerd and Craig the jock meet in high school and fall in love, but go their separate ways in college. Twenty years later, Travis realizes he’s still in love with Craig, and goes on a crazy road trip to find him and tell him so. This was cute and funny, but it’s told in this weird almost-epistolary format, where most of the novel is in the form of emails, memos, essay questions, vocabulary lists, checklists, hypothetical scenes, etc., and it got a bit much for me. I liked the story and the characters and after a while I just wanted the other stuff to go away so I could read it like a normal book.
Week Five (January 26-February 1): Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer. Penniless orphan Mary Faber disguises herself as a boy and becomes a ship’s boy on the H.M.S. Dolphin. Adventures ensue. I’m a little unsure what age group this is aimed at – there’s pederasty and sexual assault but also, like, discussion questions at the end? – but either way, I just loved it. Really atmospheric and swashbuckling and the voice is fantastic. I just adored Jacky/Mary and wanted to give her some food that didn’t have weevils in it and be her friend. A+, would read again. (Luckily, there are like ten more in the series!)
P.S. I should note that four out of five of these books were either given or lent to me by a friend. I have really fantastic friends, you guys.