Guys, I have been kicking around the idea of starting a YouTube channel. However, unlike this blog, I don’t want the YouTube channel to be about fashion. Fashion photography is one thing, but fashion videos are a whole different ballgame. I am not ready to undergo the Oscar-worthy production process it will take to get me fashionably video-ready every week.
Instead, I was thinking of making these reading review posts videos. Thoughts?! I mean, I love reading and talking about reading but would video reviews be too boring?
I need your advice. Also, if you have a YouTube channel and want to give me any tips, I will gladly take them. I will pay you in heaps of gratitude and genuine admiration (YouTube content creation looks tough.).
Okay — now on to the reviews! And a cute photo of Hannah because oh em gee she is the sweetest. Also, notice how much happier she is when she isn’t in the snow (lol).
The Fates and The Furies: I don’t want to say I didn’t like this book because that would be untrue. I appreciated this book. I thought the book was beautiful and poetic. But Fates wasn’t something I really enjoyed reading. It’s like going to an office potluck. I appreciate the effort, and I admire the presentation and the thoughtfulness — but I am still not eating food from a random person’s kitchen.
Let’s start with the good. Unlike a lot of popular books, this book was not a thinly veiled screenplay trying to disguise itself as a novel for six months until Hollywood buys the movie rights. This book is the closest thing I have read to modern literature in a while. It is Dickensian in scope (aka: long and detailed as all heck), the language is beautiful, and the character development is amazing. I can definitely see why critics lost their minds over this one. HOWEVER, this book is just dripping with pretension, y’all. The language is almost too flowery at times. Don’t get me started on some of the dialogue. Also, the book was too long (kinda like this review). Like Gone Girl, this book is divided into two parts with the two lead characters narrating each half. The first half was such a chore to get through that I was almost like, Nope! I’ll stop now. However, I kept going because I’m no quitter. The second half is much more interesting which saved this book from being total dud for me.
The Best American Short Stories (2015): After reading The Fates I decided I needed to continue reading more high-brow pieces. So I got this book of short stories. Apparently they publish one ever year! Who knew? It was really great. The stories were truly amazing, each one better than the last. I am definitely going to get the 2014 volume.
The Walking Dead Volume 7 & 8: How do people read comic books on the regular? Are they always this violent? I still love this series, though. I can’t get enough of the zombies! I just have to take breaks between volumes for my sanity.
The Paper Magician: I take my magic fiction very seriously. I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. The concept is amazing. The idea was right there. However, a critical mistake was made in this book that killed it before it got started: The lack of exposition or character development. In order for a book about magic to work, you have to establish a world that makes the magic credible (i.e. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc — they all establish, sometimes in great detail, why the reader should believe in the magic presented). The author of The Paper Magician ignored the exposition step entirely and just jumped right in with her little story. I had no idea why I should care about the magic or the magicians in this book. Also, the lead character constantly complained that ‘paper magic’ was dumb. By the end of the book I had to agree. Paper magic is dumb. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so dumb if a) the paper magic concept had been more fully fleshed out or b) the author hadn’t set the climatic battle scene right beside a body of water. Call me crazy but water isn’t exactly the best place to showcase paper’s winning properties. But what do I know? I’m not an author.
Alas, this wasn’t my best reading month but I am hopeful for February. Any recommendations??