Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Diary Comics. This post was originally published at Panels, our sister site about all things comics!
Check out more from them here. I’m nosy by nature. I love to peek inside someone else’s mind and see how they think and what their life is like. Sometimes it’s a learning experience, and sometimes I discover someone is more similar to me than I’d thought, and I feel less alone. Because they haven’t yet made a real version of the key from Locke and Key that lets you open someone’s mind and poke around (or, you know, an ethical way to use it), I read diaries for a deep look at a character or person. Everywhere Antennas by Julie Delporte: Our anonymous narrator has chronic, debilitating headaches, and as she starts to suspect they’re caused by a sensitivity to radiation from the electronics all around us, she becomes more and more uncomfortable in our modern world. 18 Creepily Fascinating True Crime Books You Really Need To Read. Oy Gevalt!: 32 Books for Jewish Book Month.
L’Seforim (to books)!
Each year, in the month before Chanukah, and thanks to the efforts of a public librarian in 20th century Boston, American Jews are given an opening to celebrate Jewish books. This year, Book Riot (or: me. I am. This list includes some of my perennial favorites.) is reading along with its own list of Jewish titles. These thirty-two books include novels, biographies, a children’s book, textual criticism, works on Israel and the diaspora, and scholarship for Shabbat reading. Wiccan Fiction for Everyday Witches. Though I still own a wood chest full of tarot cards, runes, herbs, and bits of DNA from people who have crossed me (kidding…), I haven’t practiced since that day in my dorm room where I crushed wet marigolds on my eyes and didn’t see fairies.
But I still have the tattoo, the amusing memories, and this list of books to remind me of my foray into Wicca. While the following reads aren’t all explicitly about contemporary Pagan Wicca, these are books I either picked up or would have been interested in because of their Wiccan themes. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Let’s start with a classic, and one that pops up on every list of witchy recs. How can you help but befriend the Quaker witch when you’re a Barbados girl transplanted to bleak Connecticut among people who think you’re strange, and maybe even dangerous, for being yourself?
The top 10 novels about lost friendships. Ian, one of the protagonists of my novel In Real Life, is just as useless a friend as I always seem to end up being.
Depressed, unemployed and attempting to avoid the internet, he carries around a large brown envelope, stuffed full of unanswered letters from his friend Andrew in Japan, intending to reply just “as soon as something good happens” to him. And in the meantime, he merely transports these letters from rented room to rented room, re-reading them for comfort, in exactly the same way I might carry around and re-read any one of the following 10 novels, instead of catching up with my own neglected friendships. 1. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? Amazon. 5 Irreverent Self-Help Books. Having recently become a self-help author in my own right (and been dubbed an “anti-guru”), I thought it would be fun to explore some other titles in the category that promote the same kind of sass and sauciness of my book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, while simultaneously helping people become their best selves.
So, without further fucking ado… 1. 9 Space Comics that Will Take You to the Final Frontier. This post was originally published at Panels, our sister site about all things comics!
Check out more from them here. I can’t tell you when it started, and I can’t really tell you why. But I’m absolutely gaga for space operas and space westerns—anything featuring unlikely heroes set beyond this earthly plane. October Reads - introvertedbookworm24: Magical Realism Book... Amazon. 5 Graphic Memoirs to Pick Up Immediately. This post was originally published at Panels, our sister site about all things comics!
Check out more from them here. I always say that graphic memoirs are what got me into comics. I’d been reading and loving them for years before I started reading any types of series; they’re my first love. I stopped reading them for awhile—not on purpose, but because I had a lot of other “work” reading to do, and I stopped prioritizing them. But one day, I just looked at all the awesome graphic memoirs on my shelves desperate to be read, and I knew that it was time for a binge. Amazon. 9 Books You Should Read Now That The Oscars Are Over. My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel in Fiction Fiction at Strand Books. After an appendix operation puts her in the hospital, New York writer Lucy Barton reconnects with her estranged mother as the pair reminisce about the past.
By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge. From Pulitzer Prize-winning Strout (The Burgess Boys, 2013, etc.), a short, stark novel about the ways we break and maintain the bonds of family. The eponymous narrator looks back to the mid-1980s, when she goes into the hospital for an appendix removal and succumbs to a mysterious fever that keeps her there for nine weeks. The possible threat to her life brings Lucy's mother, from whom she has been estranged for years, to her bedside—but not the father whose World War II-related trauma is largely responsible for clever Lucy's fleeing her impoverished family for college and life as a writer.
The Outlander in Fiction Fiction at Strand Books. Fleeing the law in 1903 after killing her husband, Mary Boulton races toward the mountains while being tormented by visions of the cold-blooded brothers-in-law who pursue her, forcing her to retreat deeper into the wilds of the West and her own imagination.
The perambulations of a young woman across an austere landscape, knowing what she's running from but fuzzy about what she's running toward.At the age of 19, Mary Boulton becomes a fugitive: The self-made widow killed her husband with his own rifle. This murderous act doesn't occur in frustration or in rage but is done calmly, almost dispassionately, owing to a cumulative series of outrages in their brief marriage. The novel traces her journey across an early-20th-century landscape. Pursuing her are her two beefy twin brothers-in-law, who want revenge if not justice for the killing of their younger brother. Outline in Fiction Fiction at Strand Books. Short-listed for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize, finalist for the 2014 Folio PrizeNamed one of the best fiction books of 2014 by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Independent andGlamour A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week and Flavorwire Staff PickA luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane.
They get to talking-about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Play It As It Lays in Fiction Fiction at Strand Books. Nightwood in Fiction Fiction at Strand Books. A Field Guide to Getting Lost in Colleen C. Colleen C. at Strand Books. A series of autobiographical essays draws on key moments and relationships in the author's life to explore such issues as trust, loss, and desire, in a volume that focuses on a central theme of losing oneself in the pleasures of experience. By the author of Largely autobiographical meditations and wanderings through landscapes external and internal.National Book Critics Circle Award–winner Solnit (River of Shadows: Edward Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, 2003, etc.) roams through a large territory here.
The book cries out for an explanatory subtitle: "field guide" shouldn't be taken as a literal description of these eclectic memories, keen observations and provocative musings. Four of Solnit's essays have the same title, "The Blue of Distance," but the first segues from the blue in Renaissance paintings to a turquoise blouse the author wore as a child, then to the blue of distance seen on a walk across the drought-shrunken Great Salt Lake.
6 Comics Writer/Artists to Know. This post was originally published at Panels, our sister site about all things comics! Check out more from them here. The comic book scene right now is full of incredible writers and artists. It’s also full of writers and artists that pull double duty, writing and drawing their own books or writing one and drawing another. These creators are tearing through the comic market, publishing amazing books and paving the way for other writer/artists to get their own work seen. The People in the Trees (9780345803313): Hanya Yanagihara: Books. 13 of the Best Books of 2015 You Might Have Missed. Our great big round-up of the Best Books of the Year is full of books we’ve been championing all year (so you’ve probably heard of them). Now, let’s talk about some excellent reads of 2015 that flew under the radar and didn’t get the attention or buzz we think they deserved: Act of God by Jill Ciment.
This was one of the first 2015 titles I read, and it’s stuck with me. Featuring an interleaving cast of characters faced with a slow-growing but catastrophic fungus outbreak in New York City, Ciment’s novel is both pretty odd and oddly moving. The characters are strikingly, sometimes appallingly human, and the threat is mysterious but heartbreaking. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth. West with the Night. 6 Small Press Books to Read in November.
I honestly have no idea how I’m going to narrow this down to a reasonable amount of books. I have found fifty books minimum that I want in my hands right now. 1. See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai (Koyama Press, 10 November 2015) 1) I immediately clicked this because of the title (I mean, come on). 2) While doing research, I went to Jane Mai’s website and found the BEST GIFS EVER. 3) I followed her on Twitter and read how she has been using pennies to pay for bus fare specifically because they told her that she couldn’t do that and she’s my favorite forever now. See You Next Tuesday is a collection of diary comics that range from high art to toilet humor (literally, there are bathroom mishaps). 2. If you’ve been looking for more stories about badass queer women of color, get this book yesterday. 3.
10 Books to Celebrate Jane Austen's Birthday. Today is Jane Austen’s 240th birthday! Celebrate with these fun books about and inspired by her life and work. 1. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin The most lauded Austen biography in print today, Jane Austen: A Life sheds light on this beloved authoress who was not nearly as sheltered as popular history has made her out to be. 2. Dive into Jane Austen’s world and discover how commoners and gentry lived in an era of significant social and political change. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players: Stefan Fatsis: 9780142002261: Amazon.com: Books. 4 Small Press Books to Read in December. Maybe not in December. 15 New Releases Coming in 2016: Non-fiction Edition. The 19 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2015. 34 Young Adult Novels To Diversify Your Bookshelf. My Life on the Road: Gloria Steinem: 9780679456209: Amazon.com: Books.
1001 Books to Read Before You Die. VENGEANCE ROAD at Houghton MIfflin Harcourt. 19 Awesome New Books You Need To Read This Fall. 100-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien book to be published this summer. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” in 1955. A manuscript from 1914 titled “The Story of Kullervo” will be widely distributed for the first time this August. Jim Henson's Lost Epic: "Tale of Sand" In his early years, Jim Henson wrote a screenplay called Tale of Sand that was never produced. He and his writing partner Jerry Juhl returned to the project repeatedly over the years, revising it, but it was never filmed, and the screenplay went into a drawer in the mid-1970s.
Now the project has been resurrected, adapted by Ramón Pérez into a graphic novel that conveys the sardonic, absurdist humor of early Henson and Juhl. Read on for my review and an exclusive interview with Karen Falk, Archives Director and historian for The Henson Company. Time Piece. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Books to Spur Your Creative Spirit. Like all people who are creative, I go through droughts. I’m a big believer in the power of those droughts though, especially as my job is, in part, to tap into my creativity to be successful. Droughts are part of the process — you need them to rest, relax, reflect, and reconsider your message and your objective. There’s a reason that nature has four seasons. You have periods of non-stop growth, but it has to be followed by slower, less fruitful periods, else you have no reason to keep pushing and challenging yourself.
I’m also a huge fan of pulling out a fresh notebook and pen to write freehand, whether it’s a poem or lists. It can be really intimidating to jump into a new hobby or creative pursuit sometimes. Tattoo A Banana and Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything into Art by Phil Hansen Whether you want to jumpstart, rediscover or further your creative pursuits, this book will help you build your creative muscles by experimenting with the unexpected. Awesome YA Dragon Books Out This Year. Last year, Book Riot’s own Preeti Chhibber introduced me to Talker 25 by Joshua McCune. Orhan's Inheritance - Algonquin Books - Books For A Well-Read Life. Amazon. Amazon.
Alexandrian Summer: Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, Yardenne Greenspan, André Aciman: 9781939931207: Amazon.com: Books. Books About Travel. Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories: Joyce Carol Oates: 9780062356949: Amazon.com: Books. Amazon.com: Compass Rose (9781556594670): Arthur Sze: Books. Amazon.com: The Things They Carried (9780767902892): Tim O'Brien: Books. Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn. A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans.
Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe in Italian Italian Italian at Strand Books. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History in Natural History Natural History Natural History at Strand Books. Digest (Stahlecker Series Selections) by Gregory Pardlo. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Coverama by Marc Simonetti - Limited Edition - ITS ART. Amazon. Amazon. The Most Begun "Read but Unfinished" (Initiated) book ever (1523 books) Best Middle Ages Books (827 books) Historical fiction: The Wars of the Roses (172 books) Best Middle Ages Books (813 books) Skylight: José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa: 9780544090026: Amazon.com: Books. The Boston Girl: A Novel (9781439199350): Anita Diamant: Books.
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream: Joshua Davis: 9780374534981: Amazon.com: Books. The Strange Library: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen: 9780385354301: Amazon.com: Books. Here: Richard McGuire: 9780375406508: Amazon.com: Books. Amazon. When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II: Molly Guptill Manning: 9780544535022: Amazon.com: Books. Amazon. We Were Liars (9780385741262): E. Lockhart: Books. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions: Randall Munroe: 9780544272996: Amazon.com: Books. The Painter: A novel: Peter Heller: 9780385352093: Amazon.com: Books.
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The ten best books of 2014. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee. Boy, Snow, Bird - Picador. Helen Oyeyemi BOY Novak turns twenty and decides to try for a brand-new life. Flax Hill, Massachusetts, isn’t exactly a welcoming town, but it does have the virtue of being the last stop on the bus route she took from New York. Flax Hill is also the hometown of Arturo Whitman – craftsman, widower, and father of Snow.
SNOW is mild-mannered, radiant and deeply cherished – exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was, and Boy is utterly beguiled by her. If Snow displays a certain inscrutability at times, that’s simply a characteristic she shares with her father, harmless until Boy gives birth to Snow’s sister, Bird. When BIRD is born Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo’s family have presented to her, and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken apart. Sparkling with wit and vibrancy, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women and the strange connection between them.
The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything I Never Told You — CELESTE NG. Katherine Faw Morris. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu. Song of the Shank. The Last Illusion - Porochista Khakpour.com. The Wilds - Fiction / Poetry - Books - Tin House. All My Puny Sorrows - The McSweeney's Store.
Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven. An Untamed State. Tyrant Books. Ugly girls.