Hello. It’s been something absurd like two months since I showed my face around these parts. Life has been really intense. I went on a 55 miles backpacking trip in the High Sierra and then about two weeks later my beloved grandmother passed away, so my life outside of Book Punks has been full of both physical and emotional challenges. But, I’m back! For now, anyways, until the next fresh calamity arrives.
Enough personal stuff, what did I read this summer?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This brings my 2016 total up to 45, not too shabby! Because this is a reading round-up for TWO months, I am going to choose TWO desert island books, which are Saga (volume 1) and A Tangle of Gold. For those of you who have not read Saga yet, good gracious ass bodacious, do it NOW. I’ve been seeing Nikki not-so-quietly lose her shit over this series for basically all of eternity and I kept shuffling it around my mental to-read list, but it wasn’t until a dear friend loaned me the first volume and then threatened to take it away from me again if I didn’t read it already that I cracked it open and was instantly hooked, transported, mesmerized, etc. etc. etc. It is everything that is good when it comes to visual literacy. The art is amazing, the story is amazing, and both further the narrative like a creative burst of symbiosis. Just, guh. There are so many visual details adding richness to the already incredibly rich and unique story, it’s honestly unlike anything I’ve ever read, and that’s saying something.
A Tangle of Gold is the wonderful conclusion to Jaclyn Moriarty’s whimsical yet poignant Colours of Madeleine trilogy, a speculative fiction feast of parallel worlds and magic and identity and sigh. It’s just so good, and this was an immensely satisfying series finale.
So, that’s it! See you all in a few weeks, and in the meantime, tell me what you’ve been reading. <3