Harvesting the garden bounty is a little consolation for the mornings not being as bright and the sky tucking away into darkness more closely to my bedtime. But the world still tilts and we are keeping track of the summer weekends we have left to make the most of them. I realized I only have a week left of summer camp lunches to put together because I am doing my second week of Ward Off Mom Guilt vacation with my son this summer and we are going to visit my sister, which he has been BEGGING to do for, like, 8 months. I hope the trip is everything that he has been hoping that it will be. If it isn’t I’m going to blame Strong Museum of Play for running ads all the way out here and reminding him that we haven’t done that in way too long.
So, more graphics this week, as I binged the graphics with better library access during my other week of warding off the mom guilt for putting my kid in camp for most of the summer. I didn’t try to get fancy with this one and wander outside BookRiot’s recommendations. As I said at the end of my previous post, I didn’t want to be poking into my author’s proclivities in order to see if they fit the category or not.
Through the Woods, Emily Carroll
A collection of five dark, nightmarish shorts that have the ability to keep you up at night, all with illustrations on every page. It was haunting and diverting and I was carried away from my library chair tucked in the stacks reading it for a rainy afternoon.
It has been a month now about since I read it two stories particularly stand out. Two that were longer where she had more of a chance to develop the plot line. I’m all about flashes and super shorts, they are absolutely their own art form, but the ones I liked best of hers were the longer ones, and some of the reviews I see agreed. It must have been an amazing amount of work to illustrate five scary stories like that, pictures spread across 200 plus pages. Three might have been better? I loved it though. It would have scared the crap out of me as a teenager. If I had a a teen to give it to I would due to the excellent macabre feelings it invokes. A teenager who would read it multiple times as their creepy diversion reading at the end of a long day of reading what everyone else wants them to read.
Goldie Vance, Vol 1, Hope Larsen
An amateur sleuth gets into tangles at the luxury resort she is working at and finds a promising love match along the way in this first volume of comics.
I read this during a morning in bed. Those reading mornings don’t happen much in the bustle of summer, they are more a winter thing for me, and usually at the end of the year when it’s a BookRiot demand for something graphic and its a last minute cram in. This was fun, I can see where graphics have their pull. Lots of plot lines spun out and Goldie has an assertive, impulsive, get yourself into trouble kind of personality that should make her a fun character to read over a series. She’s likeable and she does stupid things and has an enemy out of the girls whose father employs her, so perfect right? Not all the characters are white, Goldie’s parents aren’t together and the love interest is same sex, which is nicely becoming more of a thing. So a kid who might not be a strong reader who picks this up may have more in common with her than in other comic characters.
I will begrudgingly admit that the graphic requirement for these challenges is becoming significantly less onerous as I get into it more. Not that I will become a graphic reader for myself. I don’t see that.
I have one more BookRiot post next week to finish out (!) my August of challenge posts. The fall I will be a little diverted because my diversion reads piled on and I have been able to categorize them into posts with some seasonal themes to them. I can think of at least three more posts I have in my head to get out in the fall months, buy me time to do the last three categories of BookRiot as well as obligatory seasonal reads as the year ends in the blink of an eye. Because you all know it will.