T5W: Books I need to read, dammit

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Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group hosted by ThoughtsonTomes that curates weekly Wednesday top 5 lists. This week the topic is “Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year” and of course I cheated. I have been reading a hell of a lot more lately than I have for the first four months of 2018 and I have many plans for myself.

  1. Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore | I think my goal for 2018 is to bring up Anne-Marie McLemore in every single blog post. But also, like, why is it taking me so long to just read this damn book?
  2. The Callahan Chronicles by Spider Robinson | I just picked this up from our library book sale and I NEED to read it. I don’t know that much about it besides bar in space, but that’s all I needed.
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir | Everyone else in the entire world has already read this book, so this one probably isn’t too exciting for anyone else besides me, but my husband and I saw the movie in theaters and it was good. This is only relevant because my husband hates going to the movies and he was the one who wanted to see this one.
  4. The Weird Fiction Review #8 | I just bought this and posted about it, but if I don’t set a goal for myself I feel like I won’t pick it up ever. This is internet evidence that I will read this collection before the end of the year.
  5. All lastly, all these are books that I started in 2017 and put down for no reason other than “book slump”:
    1. The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
    2. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    3. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

The end! What should I read next? Was your answer The Weird Fiction Review? Because that’s what I chose immediately after taking this picture.

Zine-tastic June Book Haul

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So…I bought some more books. This month I went to a huge neighborhood-wide yard sale, my favorite Chicago book store, and ordered a couple things online. I also went to my library’s book sale, but I’m embarrassed to say I picked up quite a stack and figured it was best to give that it’s own post. Oops.

Z I N E S

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I picked up quite a few zines at both the aforementioned yard sale and Quimby’s, a bookstore that I cannot visit Chicago and not go. They have walls and walls full of zines of every style, genre, and medium. It’s one of the coolest places just to hang out in and they have one of the few working analog photo booths left in America. Even my non-reader husband found zines and items to purchase. A couple of these are poetry collections, some are informational packets, and some are personal, scrapbook-style journals. My favorite is the issue of Found Magazine, which includes random scraps of paper and letters and drawings that people find. It’s a fantastic idea and beautifully put together, but it annoys me that only a few editions of the magazine are on Goodreads, so I can’t add it to my shelves. Nerd rage!

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T H E   R E S T

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente | I don’t remember why I originally put this book on my TBR, but I was going through my Goodreads to-read list and rediscovered this one. I then realized I needed a book for the #becausedragonsRAT readathon (taking place 7/1 – 7/7) and I didn’t need another excuse. I’m including part of the Goodreads description below (you could click on the Goodreads link I always include, but you’re on the internet and I know you’re too lazy) because it just sounds incredibly interesting:

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

Feminism Unfinished by D. S. Cobble, L. Gordon, and A. Henry | This is a nonfiction book my younger sister threw in my face because she is not usually a reader of nonfiction, but bought this anyway. My goal (eventually) will be to read this and get her excited about it or find another educational feminist book for her to read. She’s high school-age and if anyone has suggestions for her, please let me know!

The Weird Fiction Review Vol. 8 | I found this periodical recommended at the Weird Lit subreddit and it seemed like a good introduction to the genre. This edition features an artist who was one of the original Dungeons and Dragons illustrators, so I snatched it right up.

Goliath by Tom Gauld | I recognized the creator’s name while at Quimby’s and picked this up. When I got home I realized I’ve been meaning to pick up his book Mooncop, but this book shall do. The illustrations are just so cute.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang | This is a graphic novel that weaves together three separate stories centered around the struggle of fitting in (I assume). I haven’t been reading too many graphic novels because I’ve been craving stories with more “substance” I suppose. Not that comics are bad, I mean I adore them, but this might be a good fit for what I’ve been in the mood for.

Japanese Masterworks: Paintings from the Indianapolis Museum of Art | I found this one at the yard sale. My husband and I are members at the art museum and my best friend and I had just spent an extraordinary amount of time in the Asia section the weekend before we went to the yard sale. I grabbed it thinking I would flip through it before the next time we go back. If you’re ever in Indy, our art museum is pretty awesome.

T H E   E N D

Congrats! You made it! Thanks for bearing with me and my recent purchases. Technically only three of them I bought brand new and one of them was on sale, so I’m pretty proud of myself all in all. Used books are life. Did any of these books pique your interest? Have you read any of them and recommend them? Let me know in the comments!