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Reading recaps are mini-reviews of the books I’ve read each month.
I spent a lot of time this month reading Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I wanted to love this book, really. I love Bradbury completely – everything he writes is just beautiful. Something Wicked is no exception. The words are so smooth, whimsical, soft, floaty, dreamy – the descriptions felt like you were floating as you read them. Everything was beautiful.
The problem, however, is the story in itself was supposed to be a bit creepy/scary/suspenseful considering it is about a carnival that kidnaps + morphs people into other things. Any time the boys in the story felt scared, I didn’t feel scared along with them. I was more entranced with Bradbury’ wonderful descriptions of their surroundings. In this way, I felt conflicted between the pretty writing & the dark story.
If you love Bradbury, you will absolutely love this and I do recommend it – it was just a strange reading experience for me.
The Cheese Monkeys
Author: Chip Kidd
Summary: Set a State University in 1957, the characters feel real, the “villain” relate-able, and strong writing throughout.
Preacher Vol 3: Proud Americans
Author: Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon
Summary: Preacher, the story of a possessed preacher, his lover, and a vampire, seemed to falter in this volume but still had some brilliant moments.
Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
Summary: You know how you feel when listening to a Wilco album? That’s the same feeling this book gives you.
Author: Lionel Shriver
Summary: This had potential for a weekend read but the writing is so pretentious it wasn’t even fun to read.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: YA Creepy Sci-Fi
Summary: The writing is so wonderfully beautiful that it actually distracted from the supposedly creepy story. A younger aged boy would probably love this.
Chaos: Making A New Science
Author: James Gleick
Summary: Great easy-to-read-for-non-math-people introduction to Chaos Theory and the history behind it.
Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Summary: Fun Saturday read that is far from literary fiction but the writing is tight and the story is enjoyable.
Me Like You Very Much
Author: Lauren Barnett
Summary: Oddball comics featuring silly characters like birds + bananas.