Monday, March 12, 2018

Tales From the Bookshelf - January/February Reads

Hello! Been awhile since I've done one of these. My reading has slowed down a bit. So with that in mind this is a roundup of reads from the past two months. I've been making an attempt at doing more bookish-related things lately too, which has been fun. I've been going to a monthly book group called Book Pub, where we meet at a local pub to discuss a different book genre each month. I also joined Silent Book Club on Facebook, which I really like (most drama-free FB group I've EVER seen - I love it!).

Now, on to some books! Two novels and two comic volumes :)

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
👽👽 (2/5 aliens)

Based on a true story, Alias Grace is about Grace Marks, who was convicted for the murder of her employer and his housekeeper/mistress. Grace is the definition of an unreliable narrator. The whole book is basically a debate on whether or not she really committed the crime, and even Grace supposedly doesn't know the answer as she claims to have lost her memory. This is my second book by Margaret Atwood (the first was The Heart Goes Last). I really want to like her books, but its been difficult. Alias Grace was so hard to get through. The perspective kept changing (which I usually don't mind) and there were no quotation marks!!! I watched the Netflix series first and really enjoyed it, though. So what gives?? I don't know. I also watched The Handmaids Tale hulu series and really enjoyed it (umm...if that's the right word). I recently bought the book at a used book sale so I plan on trying to read that, too.

Saga, Vol. 8, by Brian K. Vaughan
👽👽👽👽👽 (5/5 aliens)

As always, Saga is a winner for me. Not gonna get in depth reviewy for this one because 1) If you're not reading Saga yet, then a review of the eighth volume isn't a great place to start (but seriously, read it!) and 2) Spoilers for the people that are reading it. Also good to know - all volumes of Saga are available on my favorite reading app, Hoopla, for freeeeee!

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 6: Imperial Phase Part 2, by Kieron Gillen
👽👽 (2/5 aliens)

This is a series I continuously go back and forth on. Not recapping this volume for the same reasons listed above. Honestly I'm not sure if I'd recommend this series? Which sounds silly considering I'm on book 6, but it's true. Half the time I can't figure out what's going on. I do love the art style (great character designs, so many colors!) and the character development has been interesting. Fans of this series chime in - am I just too dim to enjoy this???

Dietland by Sarai Walker
👽👽👽👽 (4/5 aliens)
This book was a pretty crazy ride! The protagonist is a plus sized woman named Plum, who's planning to have a weight loss surgery. One day a mysterious woman starts following her, which leads her down a rabbit hole connected to a national conspiracy. Along the way she meets lots of badass woman that live life on their own terms and encourage Plum to do the same (and not get a weight loss surgery). Some parts of the book come off as very over the top, but I think that's kinda the point.

That's all for now :) What have you been reading lately?