A look into what I read, am currently reading and what I plan to read next.
ReadMarvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe Quick thoughts: An engaging history of Marvel comics and its evolution over the decades. Howe did an amazing job of staying on point, never straying from his narrative of the transformations of Marvel comics, the controversial treatment of the artists and creators, and its overall role in helping shape the comic book industry in the US. It is a well done history that comic book fans and pseudo-comic book fans (me) can enjoy.
ReadingThe Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling Quick thoughts: It’s strikingly similar to Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. A quiet novel about a quiet English town with lots of dysfunctional relationships and small-town bickering and gossip. I’m enjoying it thus far. The characters are complicated, different from each other, and are incredibly amusing. The Innocents by Lili Peloquin Quick thoughts: This debut novel by YA author Lili Peloquin traces the path of two sisters suddenly shifted into a higher social strata of New York elite life when their mother marries a widowed rich-man after a brief dating spree. Gothic undertones permeate through the novel, giving it a Rebecca type of feel. The characters are somewhat stunted and 2-dimensional in regards to originality. I am curious to see how the novel plays out. It is the first in a series. Its Gossip Girl, but slightly darker.
Waiting to readUnder Wildwood by Colin Meloy Quick thoughts: The sequel to Wildwood is finally out! I am beyond excited to get my hands on this novel. I loved the first in the trilogy. It was a fantastic mix of Labyrinth meets The Lion, The With & the Wardrobe. The first book wrapped up pretty neatly, so I’m wonder where this sequel will go.