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text 2018-01-31 18:45
January 2018-That's a Wrap!
The Warblers - Amber Fallon
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes
City of the Dead - Brian Keene,Joe Hempel
The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman
My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix
Splatterpunk Fighting Back - Jack Bantry,Tim Curran,Glenn Rolfe,Bracken MacLeod,Kristopher Rufty,Adam Millard,John Boden,Matt Shaw,W.D. Gagliani,Elizabeth Power
The Conversationalist: Horrorstruck Novella One - Justin Richards
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating (Random House Large Print) - Alan Alda
Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand

I've started the year off by reading 18 books in January.

 

Graphic Novels

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman 5*

Bitch Planet Volume One: Extraordinary Machine by Kellie Sue DeConnick 4*

The Walking Dead: Book 14 by Robert Kirkman 4*

Total: 3

 

Novellas

The Warblers by Amber Fallon 4*

Infestation by William Meikle 3.5*

The Conversationalist by Justin Bog 4*

Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand 4*

Total: 4

 

Audiobooks

You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana BOTH-5*

City of the Dead by Brian Keene, narrated by Joe Hempel 3.5*

Seriously...I'm Kidding written and narrated by Ellen DeGeneres 3*

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, narrated by Rob McQuay 3*

If I Understood You...written and narrated by Alan Alda 4*

Total: 6

 

ARCS

After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard 3*

Dark Screams Volume Nine (Anthology) 4*

Hardened Hearts (Anthology) 4.5*

Total: 3

 

Random Reads

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix 4*

Splatterpunk Fighting Back (An anthology benefiting the fight against cancer) 4.5*

Total: 2

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

Status: 2/40

 

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review 2018-01-04 04:38
Maus 1: My Father Bleeds History
Maus I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History - Art Spiegelman

 

So, I started reading this book in June, ended up getting caught up in other things, including other readings, and I finally just finished it. I actually had to start again from the beginning, but it was worth it.

 

This graphic novel is written by Art Spiegelman and based on his father's experiences before and during World War II. The book skips back and forth in time between the adult author speaking to his father and the years around World War II. In the illustrations, the Jewish people are represented by mice, the Germans cats, and the Polish people by pigs. This graphic novel is at times touching, at times horrifying, and at times just sad. A definite must-read for anyone interested in this time period.

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text 2017-11-30 21:09
November 2017 Reading Wrap Up
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman

Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly for November. This whole household has been sick since Thanksgiving and we are slowly recovering. Planning on setting up holiday decorations this weekend. Today we got snow showers, and tonight we even got some snow to stick to the ground; my son said that seeing the snow is makes him feel the holiday spirit.

 

I finished two series, March and Call of Crows. Turns out this month was not good for mysteries, as I DNF'd 3 cozy mysteries, mostly due to characters I could not get into or like enough to stay in their head for novel length of time.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 159/150

Pop Sugar: 4; 49/52 for the year

16 Festive Tasks: 16 points

Library Love: 4; 52/36 for the year (I definitely should have gone with the higher goal level)

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love from the Great War by Various Authors (one story used for Pop Sugar prompt Set in 2 different time periods) - 4 stars

2. March Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al - 5 stars

3. A Taste of Chardonnay (Napa Wine Heiresses #1) by Heather Heyford (Library Love) - 3.5 stars

4. Check These Out by Gina Sheridan (Library Love) (Pop Sugar prompt Career Advice) - 3 stars

5. Love's First Flames (Banished Saga #0.5) by Ramona Flightner - 2 stars

6. A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs - 2.5 stars

7. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelley Laurenston - 5 stars

8. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin - 5 stars

9. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (Library Love) (Pop Sugar prompts Recommended by a Librarian and Story within a Story) - 4 stars

10. Reasons Mommy Drinks by Lyranda Martin-Evans and Fiona Stevenson (Library Love) - 3 stars

11. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen - 1 star

 

DNFs:

12. It Had to Be You by Delynn Royer

13. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

14. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

 

Currently Reading

1. Unleashed (Love to the Rescue #1) by Rachel Lacey

2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

3. Saga Volumes 2-4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

4. Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Stories by Various Authors

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-26 20:21
Review: Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman
Maus I and II (boxed set) - Art Spiegelman

I have been meaning to get around to reading Maus but could never find the time or the space to do so. Luckily my library has both books and the book recommendation book by the librarian I had read earlier this month named Maus as a book that all librarians should read/recommend to patrons, and the time and place for reading was now and for the Pop Sugar challenge (each book filled one prompt).

 

I really liked the stark artwork and how the story was told via mice (Jews), cats (Germans), pigs (Poles), and frogs (French). There are two stories within Maus: the story of Spiegelman's father and mother going through the Holocaust and the story of Spiegelman and his father learning about each other and how to deal with conflict in their relationship. I didn't see any reason for Spiegelman's wife to be in the story in the second book - she didn't have any insight and was used as mainly a back up for when Spiegelman had a fight with his dad. By the end of the story, I think Spiegelman grew close with his dad after knowing what his parents' went through but was not quite at the complete understanding of what that kind of trauma formed the father he knew and the lingering issues that crept up in his life later.

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review 2017-01-13 14:45
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Maus I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History - Art Spiegelman

Because of the disturbing subject matter I may not have read Maus if it wasn’t for my RL book club. I’d never read a graphic novel before but loved how artwork and narrative were teamed together.

 

The book followed Artie, a man who decided to write and draw a graphic novel based on his father’ experiences in the second world war. 

 

During the book Artie’s interviewing his father who recounts his time before the war. I liked how Artie talking with his dad in the present was interspersed with the past. The subject was heavy and this helped to make it a little easier to bear.

 

I really liked how people were depicted by different animals, for example Jewish people were mice, Germans were cats and Poles were pigs. This helped make the reality a little easier to bear. Some of my friends at the book club found this made it harder to identify with the characters, but it didn’t affect me because I have such an affinity with animals.

 

The character’s weren’t explored in huge depth except for Artie’s father which was the right choice as it was his story. I loved how each of his infuriating idiosyncrasies could be related to the past.

 

As with most graphic novels it was short, but I think the gravity of the issue meant this was a wise choice. It still took me a few days to read anyway due to the subject matter, regardless of how fantastic I thought it was.

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