Friday, December 08, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: 3 Popular Books Worth the Hype

I HAVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS PROMPT! I had to go back into Goodreads and poke around, but I definitely have things to say.

I've mostly been out of the popular book loop but some of these are overall-popular while others are probably more popular within their own genre communities. Let's dig in!

I will read abso-freaking-lutely-anything that Caitlin Doughty writes. Then I'll probably listen to it, too. She's become an auto-buy author for me, and From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death did not dissapoint in the slightest. I love her candor and humor in regards to death practices all over the world. She reminds me a bit of Mary Roach in Stiff in the way that she's able to find a giggle in the morbid without being disrespectful at all. Open pyre funeral in Colorado, anyone?

Ohhh, Roxane Gay...you slay my heart every time. I listened to Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body all in one go as I was driving to Tennessee to meet up with friends, and while it gutted me, it was also the perfect way to listen. As a fat woman, I could relate so much to Gay's point of view and to many of her life experiences...living life online, taking stupid chances, moving across the country. It was a lot of similarity...experientially and emotionally. It was so good to hear someone give voice to issues I've grappled with my whole life but never knew how to express.

I am SO not into Archie comics, and I never have been. They're enough of a cultural staple that I know enough to follow along if I want to watch Riverdale, but a fangirl I am not. However, as is the case with a lot of things I don't love (see Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland), I adore a good take-off...something that spins a same-old, meh-for-me story on its head, and that's exactly what Afterlife with Archie vol. 1 does. The characters are just a bit screwier, darker, deader. I loved this first volume so much I gave it five stars, and I'm already on to the issues that comprise volume 2. It's available for download on Comixology Unlimited if that's a thing you do.

So there ya have it...three popular books (in very diferent circles) worth the hype!

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12 comments:

  1. I still need to read Hunger...have heard so many great things.

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    1. It's sooooo gooooood. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  2. I had so many more things to say about this prompt than I gave myself time for. I am glad you loved Hunger!

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  3. I have heard a lot about Roxanne Gay. I think she's making the book tour rounds here in the Bay Area. I might have to take a look at her.

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    1. Definitely try her out. I love her fiction and her nonfiction.

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  4. I still need to read Hunger I thought about putting The Nest on my list too! Glad you enjoyed it. Sadly, I’m one of the few that couldn’t get into All the Light…I didn’t make it past the sample and felt like even that was a slog. All the Light has been on my TBR list for ages. It sounds like a good one! I’ve also heard great things about The Nest, but I don’t think it’s for me. My book club read Uprooted last month and I have to agree, it’s well worth all the hype! I don’t know that I’ll pick up Taylor’s series any time soon, Thank you for sharing your article about #AMONTHOFFAVES: 3 POPULAR BOOKS WORTH THE HYPE. If you interested to know more information please visit http://onedaytop.com/100-worshipers-killed-egypt-mosque-assault/

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    1. I've found a lot of those books here lately...that I can't get past the samples!

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  5. I'm honestly scared to read Hunger. I've read op ed pieces and whatnot by Gay, and know her writing is worthy. But something about confronting body feels like too much. I have it on my TBR but it's one of those things that I feel like I have to work up to - in terms of being ready for.

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    1. It's a lot. I can certainly understand being hesitant of it. I was on the way to meet friends for a weekend, so I knew if it brought me too far down I'd pop right back up in good company and with friends who understand those issues. I look forward to your thoughts on it when you're ready!

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  6. I actually have both From Here to Eternity and Hunger on my shelves right now! And I'm glad to see you mention From Here to Eternity especially as being so good, because I need to pick it up soon if I want to avoid returning it to the library unread :)

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    1. Oh gosh, I hope you can get to From Here to Eternity before it's due back! Soooo so so so good. I found myself Googling the whole time I was reading. So many things to see around the world.

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