Man, August – you sucked. Lots of stuff happened (stupid it happens in threes rule of life), and August was annoyingly busy. I didn’t manage to read much, but here’s my smallish reviews on what I did read.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – This is about a Mexican family, the Riveras, who comes to the US to help their daughter, who hasn’t been the same since a bad accident. I wasn’t expecting it, but this book was really touching and wonderful. The Riveras bond in unexpected ways with other immigrants in their Delaware community, and you get a little bit of heartbreaking backstory from everyone. I absolutely recommend to everybody, especially with the ridiculous, racist wave of immigrant-hate that Trump is spreading all over the place.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – I can’t believe I’ve never read a Faber book before this! So, a Christian preacher gets the opportunity to go to another planet to spread religion to the native inhabitants – but in doing so, he leaves his wife behind on Earth, at a time when the whole world seems to be falling apart. Fascinating and sad and SO well-written.
Heh, just noticed that both of those titles start with “The Book of…”
The only other book/comic I read was a re-read, and that was Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. It was on Scribd, and it provided MANY laughs late at night when I should have been sleeping. Alright, let’s get to stats.
STATS – BOOKS
Books read: 3
Female authors: 2 (66%)
Non-white authors: 1 (33%)
Format breakdown: 2 print, 1 e-book
STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)
Issues read: 38
Female authors/illustrators: 12
Non-white authors/illustrators: 10
Format breakdown: 30 print, 8 e-book
So, not horrible I guess. I read more comics in August than in July, and had more female and POC creators in the comics I read. I started an audiobook, How to Rob a Bank by the Freakonomics guys, but I got bored with it 2/3 of the way through and haven’t finished it yet. And I started The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander which is BRILLIANT and I totally would have finished in August if I wasn’t watching my nephew so much. I’ll be finishing it soon though.
And because I’ve just been too busy to do decent comic reviews, I wanted to mention some of my favorites this month:
- Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and various artists (so good)
- Fables: Volume 3 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (loving this series but damn there’s so many volumes and they’re so expensive)
- Rat Queens #11 by Kurtis Wiebe and Tess Fowler (am SO SO psyched that Tess Fowler is the new artist and looking forward to seeing issues more regularly)
So then. Have you read anything good lately?