This month I was able to finish four books and get halfway through one. Below is my list and thoughts for the month.
Book #1 – Sweet Tooth: The Return by Jeff Lemire
When I first saw the cover for Sweet Tooth years ago I thought it was just weird.
Then at the suggestion of my local comic book shop, I checked it out.
I really enjoyed the original run and think it may be one of my favorite comics series.
For that reason, I was super excited to read this new book set 300 years after the original story.
I enjoyed the story and seeing what happened to the Sweet Tooth world but the overall book is not necessary since it didn’t really add anything to the Sweet Tooth mythology.
As a completionist, I’m glad I read this but I don’t think I will ever reread it like I would with the original series.
Book #2 – Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber
This was my audiobook for the month. (Side note….am I the only one who hates when nonauthors read audiobooks?)
The theory that Graeber presents is interesting and does make you rethink how you work.
My only gripe with the book was that it was kind of long and seemed to repeat itself at times.
Book #3 – Survive the Night by Riley Sager
I got interested in this book after reading the basic explanation of the plot…A movie-obsessed college-aged woman in the early 1990s accepts a ride back home from a male stranger who may or may not have killed her best friend.
Total 90s slasher movie feel right? This could have easily been a movie that you rented with your friends at Blockbuster on a Friday night.
Of course, the plot had lots of twists and turns and while I wasn’t a fan of the last chapter, it did keep you guessing up until the end.
I really enjoyed how this book was structured.
The chapters were short and the chapter titles were written as locations in a movie script which helped visualize what was going on.
I would highly recommend this book for people who enjoy tense who dun it stories.
Book #4 – Batman Earth One Vol 1 – Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
As a Batman fan, I had always heard of this story but never actually read it.
Since the new Batman movie borrowed ideas from this series I figured it was finally time to check it out.
The story is a retelling of Batman’s origin story but this time they make Batman more human.
He is fallible and messes up. He is not yet the cool slick hero that we all know.
The story is very fast-paced and if I wanted to I could have read it in one sitting.
Even though it was not my traditional Batman that I love, I enjoyed what Johns was going for and will be checking out Vol 2 and 3 very soon.
My April Reading List
For April my goal is to read/finish the following books.
- Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything by Kelly Weill (I started this in March but did not finish it)
- Daredevil: The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.
- My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
- Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari
I am always looking for reading recommendations. If you have any please make sure to leave a comment below!