Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reader, Reader

Oooh books! I want to read them all at once. It's reading mania at its best (worst?). Here's what I've been reading and what I'd love to be reading if I had more heads, eyes, brains.



I finished East of Eden! It took me forever, but it was sooooo worth it. I actually really enjoyed stretching this one out and savoring it. More to come in weekly updates for the ongoing #EstellaProject discussion.

I finally read Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (vol. 1) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It was damn disturbing, but I'm hooked. 

I started The Supernatural Enhancements, by Edgar Cantero, which is comprised of snippets: letters, notes, newspaper bits, recordings, etc. People are saying it's a little Night Film, but I get the feeling it takes itself less seriously. It's fun with some neo-Victorian flavor and atmospheric weirdness. 


I also ordered myself some lovelies...

The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane, has been SERIOUSLY haunting my wishlist ever since Simon from Savidge Reads posted about it

Amanda from Fig and Thistle introduced me to White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi. You might remember I wasn't a huge fan of Boy, Snow, Bird (understatement), but this one looks fascinating, and the pages I've read thus far blew my socks right off. 


And in case you missed me hopping around screeching with joy on Twitter and Facebook, I'll tell you here, too. The folks behind Book Riot are starting a community devoted to comics! I'll be one of the launch contributors to Panels, and I could not be more thrilled to work with this talented group. You can go sign up here to be kept in the loop about all of the upcoming excitement!

What's shaking in your reading life? 







49 comments:

  1. A very low-key Sunday here, mostly Sunday Salon posts, but then maybe a little reading on meditation and Gillian Flynn...how's that for contrasts? :)

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    1. That sounds heavenly, Bryan. Gillian Flynn makes me nervous, though! lol

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  2. I'll be finishing up The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones and will hopefully finish Imperial Woman by Pearl Buck today, too. Then the reading slate will be clear for the new Classics Club spin tomorrow!

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    1. That book sounds so GOOD! Funerals, that is. But I'm into stuff like that in fiction and non. hehe Good luck with the Spin!

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  3. The Panels project sounds so cool, I'm thrilled you're going to be a part of that!

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    1. I can't wait for it to go live and be a thing! I need to get writing.

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  4. Good for you! So glad your book life and life life seem to be hummin' along.

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  5. Congrats on the new writing gig!

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    1. Thanks, Vasilly! It's going to keep me busy, I'm sure!

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  6. I'm so excited for you and Panels and can't wait to read what you're going to be putting out there!

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    1. Woohooo! I seem to have a wee case of writer's block. I'm intimidated!

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  7. Most of those books are new to me. I wish I had more time to read.

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    1. Me too, Kathy. I constantly struggle with that. :(

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  8. Ow I loved Locke & Key!! Hope you will enjoy the other books in the series too. Curious about you Panels contributions :)

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    1. I already put in an Interlibrary Loan request for the second volume. I'm really excited to try it out! And I'll keep you posted on Panels developments. :)

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  9. Looking forward to your Panels contributions! I'm powering through as many September and October galleys as I can at the moment for my Shelf commitments, because I'm taking September completely off and leaving the country so... that's pretty much all I'm doing. That and working my butt off to make the whole "taking September completely off" thing actually feasible.

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    1. Thanks, Kerry! Good luck clearing off your commitments!

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  10. I haven't read any of Helen Oyeyemi's works so I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of White is for Witching. Congrats on being a contributor to Panels!

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    1. Thanks!!! I'll definitely keep y'all posted on White is for Witching. I'm trying to keep my expectations in check!

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  11. I'm so proud of you rioting it up. Congrats, Andi!

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  12. I actually liked Boy, Snow, Bird more than White is for Witching. Oyeyemi is really hit or miss for me.

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    1. Yeah, the problem I had with Boy, Snow, Bird is that it really changed in the second section and it was all downhill from there. Hoping I don't have the same issues with White is for Witching. We'll see!

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  13. White is for Witching is one of my all-time favourite books! I'm glad you're liking it so far. :)

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    1. YAY!!! I'm so glad to hear that. I wasn't even aware of the book until recently.

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  14. I've read the first two volumes of Locke & Key and loved them! Like you said, pretty disturbing, but so great. I think I possibly enjoyed the second volume even more than the first, so I can't wait to carry on with the series!

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    1. Definitely! The artwork is really surreal and effective in confronting me.

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  15. Ooh, The Night Guest--I have a copy, and I think it's going to be vacation reading for me next week! Yay. I was just about to start Boy, Snow, Bird, actually--I'll have to look for your post about it. Not a hit for you, huh? I haven't read Oyeyemi yet, actually.

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    1. Not a hit for me. It was downhill after section two, but that's because I had a certain chain of events in my head, and she totally blew those aside. lol Good luck with The Night Guest!

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    2. I started Boy, Snow, Bird, and I'm really struggling. Hmm. It just SEEMS like a book I should love.

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  16. I was so addicted to Locke and Key. So good!

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    1. Soooooooooo good! Can't wait to gobble them all up.

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  17. I can't wait for Panels!

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  18. I am losing my mind over the new Murakami book which releases tomorrow. No midnight parties in my area. I must wait like a peasant.

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    1. I hope you're reading it RIGHT NOW!

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  19. What is this AMAZING Panels site??? I am so excited about this and about you contributing. So fantastic. Locke and Key = wonderful. Now you have me curious about Supernatural Enchantments.. that sounds like a wonderful book.

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    1. YAY YAY YAY! I can't even believe they took me on. So intimidated by my fellow Panelteers! lol I'm set to finish The Supernatural Enhancements later in the week, so I'll keep ya posted!

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  20. Panels sounds really exciting! I really need to find time to delve into comics! Locke and Key sounds interesting!! The Supernatural Enhancements does too, NF was filled with self importance, so a book with everything like that but none of the smug sounds nice!

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    1. It is! I can't wait for it to launch! Comics are fun because they're so quick to read. I'm blowing through issues this week.

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  21. I didn't adore Boy, Snow, Bird either but I will be interested to see what you think of White is for Witching.

    I hope you find lots of time to read this week!

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    1. I'll keep ya posted! Thanks, Lindsey!

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  22. The Night Guest is a doozy in the class of uncomfortable fiction. Really well done.

    I'm on the last 150 pages of The Bone Clocks and can't believe I'm not reading right now.

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    1. Good to know! I'm ready to be doozed. Word? lol

      I'll be curious to know what you think of The Bone Clocks.

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  23. Congrats on finishing East of Eden! That's one I've been wanting to read for a while. But it's hard for me to get up the guts to start it since it's such a large book.

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  24. I really loved East of Eden. Right now am enjoying Madame Picasso, and then on to the new Murakami!!

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  25. Oh I want to read East of Eden someday. Congrats on finishing it!

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  26. I am a HUGE fan of Locke & Key!! I think the first one is the most disturbing and they only get better and better from there. I love the ideas of the keys, but that is all I'm going to say so I don't give any spoilers. This is seriously one I want to own someday!!

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