Books,  Reading

October Reads: 2019

Hi! (waves) ^_^

I had to go a little easier on myself this month, because I think I overdid it a bit in September. Lol!

52: Batman: The Killing Joke
Author: Alan Moore, Illustrator: Brian Bolland
Genre: Comic Book, DC Comics
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
I like how we get a Joker origin story and we still don’t get his name. This was quite dark. Like, the Joker is an actual psycho. Alan Moore also wrote Watchmen, which is super violent and super dark as well, so I really should have expected it. I didn’t, but I thought this was good. On a side note, I decided to read this after watching the Joker movie, which I loved.

53: Nocturnal
Author: Wilder
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
The poetry is beautiful, if not a bit too symbolic for my taste, though I liked the poems I understood. Most of this seemed like a collection of pretty words and pictures with no meaning, which isn’t a complaint really, because the book is quite physically beautiful, inside and out.

54: Locke & Key: Vol. 1, Welcome to Lovecraft
Author: Joe Hill, Illustrator: Gabriel Rodríguez
Genre: Horror/Supernatural/Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
Holy crap this was dark! I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, but the gritty artwork and early non-supernatural violence in the story aren’t my cup of tea. However, since I’m a Joe Hill fan, Amazon notified me that this was available on Prime Reading, so I thought, why not? I haven’t read a graphic novel on my iPad yet, and this would get another book off my TBR. I almost read it straight through. It’s very interesting, like I almost took my iPad into the shower with me so I could keep reading, but I don’t think iPads are as water resistant as iPhones. Anyone know? Haha. In any case, this is about the Locke family, and Daddy Locke is murdered by this delinquent over the whereabouts of some keys: the anywhere key and the black key, which he found out about from a ghost? Thing? Whatever. The surviving family members move across the country, and things get more violent and weirder from there. It’s very, very bloody, and not the kind of blood or violence I like, but the supernatural elements are extremely intriguing, and I’m glad I read the first volume if nothing else.

55: Giant Days, Vol. 11
Author: John Allison, Art by: Max Sarin & John Allison
Genre: Contemporary/Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
Like I always say when I talk about these, it’s about a trio of UK college buds and their humorous adventures through life. They’re in their last year of Uni now, and this volume wraps up the first semester.

56: The Book with No Pictures
Author: B.J. Novak
Genre: Children’s
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
This was cute. I actually laughed out loud at one point. It’s a completely ridiculous book where the joy probably comes mostly from reading it to a kid who gets a kick out of the wacky things you say and the funny noises you make while reading the book. My nephew is turning one this week, so it’s a gift for him, but of course I wanted to read it before wrapping it up because I’ve been super curious about this book.

I’m ahead of schedule for my reading goal by 6 books currently, and I only have 4 books left to meet my goal, which should be easy enough, even with National Novel Writing Month. I’m almost done with my graphic novel, and I’m listening to an audiobook, so really, there’s only two books left to reach my goal, and I’m so happy about that, because at a few points this year, I thought I’d lost my mind picking a goal of 60 books to read.

But speaking of NaNoWriMo, I’m doing a progress report next week, so check back for that excitement! 😀 I am 100% participating, but I haven’t updated my work count yet so I don’t stress out by my slower start. Things are going well thus far, though, and I’m not too far behind that I can tell. I’m also not trying to push myself to win. I mostly just want to get unstuck and get past the 20k mark that I tend to quit at. With this project in particular, I really want to get to the 30k mark by the end of the month.

Anyway, hope everyone is having a great start to the month! Happy reading and writing! ^_^


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