Women running from houses

women running from houses shelfieI’ve been theoretically obsessed with Gothic Romance novels for awhile now. The old, pulpy ones with the cool covers that usually feature women running from houses. Or castles. Or manors. Seriously check them out at this defunct blog.

I wanted to actually read one for awhile, and I stumbled on a  few for 25 cents each at Goodwill, so obviously I needed to snag them. I read one of them The Laughing Ghost by Dorothy Eden and got instantly smitten. So I started perusing eBay and I found a lot of 22 books and I managed to win them for $30. Pretty great, right?

I’ll be reading these in between everything else that I’m reading and I’m going to try to start a little Women Running from Houses series of reviews here.


New This Week 11.25

New This Week 11.25I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before, but I work in a comic shop. On Tuesdays, we get the new comics for the week with the perk of getting to read (some of) them before they go out for sale on Wednesday.
So far* I’ve made my way through:

  • Archie #4 – #lipstickincident revealed, finally! Annie Wu took over Fiona Staples for the art. And I am
  • Jughead #2 – Still not sure how I feel about it as a book. But Jughead is my #1 comics crush.
  • All-New Wolverine #2 – Laura Kinney meets Orphan Black? Maybe?
  • Carnage #2 – Here for it until then end and then uhh.
  • Ringside #1 – “For example, I’ve never watched a Texas high school football game but I loved Friday Night Lights.” Okay, definitely not FNL. That quote is from the writer, but it’s true. All I know about wrestling I know from Boy Meets World.
  • Hellboy & The B.P.R.D. 1953 – I picked this up just cause Itty Bitty Hellboy came out and looked adorable and I never read any Hellboy before. Why haven’t I read any Hellboy before???
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 – Lunella’s got some Inhuman genes in her and she winds up pairing up with Devil Dinosaur. Which is totally a thing (I can’t with the Marvel footnoting “reference this” when it’s not incredibly tongue in cheek.) That said, this is pretty cute.
  • Silk #1 – Has Cindy Moon turned bad? Honestly I only know the touchstones of her story. Definitely going to snag Silk  vol. 0.

Now, to power my way though the last 8 of the books. Definitely not going to be able to finish up reading Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking tonight.

*I will possibly updating with initial thoughts as the evening progresses.

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Bookshelf Rachel Rising : The Shadow of Death

Rachel Rising

The first book of November, belatedly posted (as per usual.)

Rachel Rising — Terry Moore : 4/5

Rachel is dead, but she’s very convinced that she’s not dead and instead just having a very, very bad day. She’s trying to convince everyone of the fact that she’s still alive while trying to piece together what happened last night. No wait, was that three nights ago?
Rachel Rising is my first Terry Moore book. I’m pretty sure that picked up the first issue last year’s Halloween during Halloween Comics Fest? Anyway. I have this thing with black and white books, I just want to color them in. That’s not really important to this review. I like horror comics. I like offbeat zombies. (Give me iZombie or give me death!)
Rachel Rising is no exception. I really enjoyed Moore’s art in this and the story was pretty solid too. It ends too soon, and it leaves you hungry for more. Definitely going to have to pick up the second volume.


August 2015 Bookshelf

I dropped the ball in August, y’all. I’m casually blaming it on the fact that I spent 4 days in Asheville flanked in 12 hours of travel on either side. Keeping my eyes open was a struggle. FOR REALS. That’s not what this post is about though. Asheville post to come.
On the bright side, I rearranged my main bookshelf. And I’ve got my room back in order after an ENTIRE SUMMER of renovations. Yikes.
That said, 8 books is nothing to turn my nose up at, especially seeing as Pioneer Girl is massive. Especially if you’re reading all of the annotations. And I managed to sneak in 2 books from August in my July list because I’m a confused mess. Seriously Goodreads, your mobile app needs updating.
Excuses, excuses. This post is late. I know. Trying to get my head in the game in all other aspects of my life has been a struggle. But here I am.
August 2015 Bookshelf

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June 2015 Bookshelf

I figured since I’ve been a  more voracious reader this year than I’ve been since pre-college that I would do monthly updates with what I’ve read.
Last year, I started using my Goodreads account more seriously and participated in 2014’s Reading Challenge where you set your own reading goal and track your progress. This year, I decided to go with 32 books which now seems like such a small number. However, in 2014 I went with a goal of 26 books. Which would be a book about every 2 weeks. I surpassed it by a lot. 45 books, but 25 of them were single issue comics, picture books from the comic shop or books of photographs with blurbs that I re-read in order to decide if I should konmari them out of my life.

So really, I feel like I didn’t meet my goal.

But this year I was reinvigorated, and I set up some rules for myself: prose books count no matter what, trade paperbacks and graphic novels count. Single issues of comics do not. I have a massive TBR stack of comic related bits (actually a basket from Home Goods) and I am steadily making my way through. And that’s how I read 30 books by the end of June.

June Books

So, onto the books!

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