What I’ve Read in 2015 (So Far)
|April 8, 2015||Posted by Jess under Books, Comics|
So that whole “book a week” thing pretty much failed last year, huh? Whoops. I think I’m going to try a simpler way of keeping track of my rereading and just check off books as I get through ‘em. Here’s the first batch:
1. Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Peterson: I loved AHP’s Hairpin column by the same name, now sadly defunct(?), and enjoyed this book, which is more of the same. And by “more of the same,” I mean that a fair amount of the book, maybe 60-70%, is just the column reprinted (but with the personal anecdotes removed, which I think weakens the fun of it a bit). I liked it, but unless you are a major classic Hollywood buff or are specifically interested in the stars covered in the book but not the column, I wouldn’t say it’s a necessary addition to your library when the column is free. (Or you could receive it as a gift, like I did!)
2. Viscount Vagabond by Loretta Chase: When Catherine flees a forced marriage and finds herself kidnapped and held in a brothel, she has no one to turn to for help but a would-be customer, dissolute viscount Max. Shenanigans ensue. I love Loretta Chase and this book, an early Regency pastiche of hers and more PG-13 than her other work, is just as funny and charming and loaded with chemistry as everything else I’ve read by her. Truly delightful.
3. The Devil’s Delilah by Loretta Chase: The sequel to Viscount Vagabond features Delilah, the daughter of the scandalous “Devil” Desmond, trying to keep her father’s memoirs unpublished, with the reluctant help of the bookish Jack, who was introduced in the previous book. This…well, I guess no one can be perfect all the time. Honestly, this got uncomfortably sexual assault-y for me. Jack’s charm in the previous book was being a shy, gentle bookworm, so I’m not sure why Chase decided to have him repeatedly force violent kisses on Delilah – which of course Delilah finds super hot. Like, during the climax he basically assaults her while disguised as a highwayman, and even though she has no idea it’s him, she finds herself melting under the awesome power of his kisses. Yuck. Delilah, meanwhile, though very witty and always packing heat, lacked any real agency. The whole thing was just frustrating – set up to be unconventional, but fairly retrograde at its heart. I’ma go reread Lord of Scoundrels a hundred times instead, okay?
4. Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics (1946-1948) by Bob Montana: Every couple of years I go on an Archie kick, and this one happened just in time to get this for my birthday. It is a DELIGHT. Montana’s cartooning is so gorgeous and kinetic and fun; the action is so gleefully slapstick and the timing is brilliant. I could swim in his inks, they’re so beautiful. Plus, it’s a fascinating peek into late 40s teenagerhood (as seen through the gently mocking filter of a probably-several-years-out-of-date adult, as with today’s Archie).
Single Issue Comics: Bandette #9, Batgirl #38-40, Batgirl: Endgame, Flash Gordon #8, Gotham Academy #4-6, Gotham Academy: Endgame, Grayson #6-7, Hawkeye #21, Ms. Marvel #11-13, ODY-C #1, Sensation Comics #21-30, Sex Criminals #10, She-Hulk #1-5, Spider-Gwen #1, The Thrilling Adventure Hour #1-2, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, and a whole mess of Archie stuff.
Books I Read Last Year That I Never Got Around to Reviewing:
- The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan (B+)
- The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo (A+)
- America’s Songs II: Songs from the 1890s to the Post-War Years by Michael Lasser (B+)
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler (A+++)