I read a lot of books. A LOT. I set my Goodreads annual goal at anywhere from 80-100 books each year, and each year I meet or surpass it. I can read surprisingly fast and can retain information well, which made grad school just a smidge easier. If it has not been clearly expressed in earlier posts, I love books.
So what have I been reading lately? Besides informative and funny Twitter posts and too much information about hurricane preparedness, here are the latest reads:
The Infinity Gauntlet
Any of you watch Marvel movies? Anyone feel a range of emotions about the ending of Avengers: Infinity War? Read this comic. Published by Marvel, written by Jim Starlin, and created by many other artists and editors, this will answer all your burning questions and concerns regarding all your favorite superheroes.
Be forewarned that this will deviate from the movie (obviously) and will probably give you a few spoilers to the storyline. Then again, the next film may be entirely different from the comic and you may find yourself outraged when viewing said film. Either way, this is an entertaining and informative read to tide you over until next year’s movie release. This is actually the second time I am reading Infinity Gauntlet – I like it that much.
The Flight Attendant
I saw the cover of this book and was intrigued. This is Chris Bohjalian’s 20th novel but the first of his I have read. The book introduces a flight attendant with a penchant for binge-drinking and poor decision making as she travels the world for work. Her latest trip lands her in the biggest dilemma yet, and her choices and actions have repercussions beyond one night. I’m being vague because I do not want to give this story away! Although it was challenging to follow this character and not want to shake her for her actions, The Flight Attendant was a page-turner that I finished in 2 days.
Lord of Shadows: The Dark Artifices
Truth: I still love young adult novels. Yes, I am 33 years old and definitely not a young adult. But these books are usually fantasy based, easy to read, and entertaining in their storyline and characters. I read the first of Cassandra Clare’s novels, City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, back in 2012 before the film adaptation released. One book and I was hooked, and I’ve been reading all attached to this series.
I finally snagged a copy of this book at the library and have been digging my way into the lives of Julian, Emma, Christina, Mark, and the other Shadowhunters and Downworlders. The characters are fighting evil demons and their own kind in this novel as alliances are torn, relationships are broken, and hidden truths are forced into the open. These novels are long; Lord of Shadows is 699 pages alone. So much happens in each that you just have to read them – so go!
Another truth: I have never read this book. Crazy, right? Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, and shouldn’t this have been required in high school? It wasn’t during my experience. Now that HBO released a film version of the book that I am anxious too see (Michael B. Jordan, need I say more?), I have to read this. Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian tale of a world without books. Books are banned and firemen are charged with burning any that are discovered and punishing the owners. Citizens get all their information via large screens in their homes. How is this not listed in the horror genre of the bookstore?
Bradbury wrote this in the 1950s, in the wake of the Nazi practice of book burning and in the midst of McCarthyism. Televisions were also becoming more common in homes and daily lives. You can see how he took all these and produced a foretelling novel about the danger of mass media and the fall of traditional reading and learning. This book is just as relevant today as it was then, wouldn’t you say?