my boss gave me a bag of some birthday gifts (coffee, gift card, etc.) and ….. two bags of cat treats that these freakin idiots LOVE. i’m laughing so hard. i love fellow cat people. don’t worry, i’m gonna share the treats with Silas too, he’s been here for almost 3 weeks he’s officially the fourth member of The Goon Squad™ and thus, family.
Fascinating and exciting, this book follows a man who just got out of prison only to be entangled in a war between Gods
Taurus: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
One of the most moving books I’ve ever read. About so many things that it’s hard to explain but if you read it you won’t be disappointed.
Gemini: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Although technically a children’s book, this book has so much nuance that adults will appreciate, while keeping the charm and ambition of a children’s book
Cancer: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This beautiful novel explores race and belonging in America, and the love story kept me riveted throughout.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Dystopian, feminist, adventure, philosophy; there’s just not one genre that describes The Handmaid’s Tale.
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
If this doesn’t trigger wanderlust, nothing will. Absolutely beautiful by every measure. Explores travel, belonging, and what makes a city home.
Libra: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
This lively book “pulses with movement” and captures what it means to be human, with diverging life experiences and ideas.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This book hinges between thriller and philosophy, mystery and madness. I read it in one night.
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
Although this is historical fiction, it’s definitely not boring. Focusing on the period under the dictatorship of Cromwell, Wolf Hall is exciting and thought provoking
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
This book is sci-fi, and action packed to the core, but it also questions what makes us human, the meaning of empathy, and what makes emotions authentic
Aquarius: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
This book is from the perspective of a boy with autism who discovers a dead dog and is determined to figure out what happened to it.
Pisces: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book made both me and my mom cry. It’s also from the perspective of death. The Book Thief is a book about the holocaust and the Nazis that is funny, insightful, and beautiful.
I’ve been collecting the odd one liners and strange sentences our Dark Heresy II inquisitorial goon squad has said in our most recent mission.
“I like murder, but only when it’s appropriate! there’s a time and a place for bloody dismemberment!” - desperado “I like breaking their knees too much to be honest” - arbite who seems to only rolls to hit legs in melee
“I didn’t have to give away my drugs, that’s useful” - our desperado ooc after convincing an enemy merc guard to let him take over guard duty. He then blew up the ammo dump being guarded, and burnt off his arm and is out of it for the rest of the mission.
“I /was/ flanking the tank, it just turned around” - on a leman russ pivoting and burning two guardsmen and a replacement character for said desperado.
“come join me in my tunnel” - female arbite to the heavy weapons guy
“I am in the business of taking bodyparts. Somehow.” - weird psyker after collecting a guardsman’s arm the heavy’s arm, and an eldar wych’s leg.
Okay, so this question requires a bit of explanation of my reading habits. There are four types of books that I read: Dime Store Novels, of Literary Merit, Smart Books, and Reference Books.
Dime store novels: Books that are written to tell a story and just to tell a story. They’re not out to challenge the genre or blow our minds with inventive structure. Currently on my nightstand:
Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega series): Actually anything by Patricia Briggs. I love her. Everything she’s written is the sort of strong, female characters that I craved growing up.
Tamora Pierce (ALL): Same as above, she’s got wonderfully strong female characters and I love her.
Victoria Laurie (Ghost Hunter series): Simple, straight-forward series with exciting characters and premise! I read her books super fast, I’d say it takes me about two, three hours to read one of hers.
Mira Grant (Parasitology): She’s always so wonderful about building worlds through character/character relationships. Fun read, edge of the seat in a lot of ways, can’t wait to get to book two! Probably takes me 4-8 hours to read one book.
Of Literary Merit: Books that do defy genre, blow our minds, are probably going to win a handful of awards. Currently on my nightstand:
George Saunders (10th of December): One of my FAVE short story collections, it won something like…three? awards including like best short story collection of the year.
Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You): I actually don’t know if this has won an award but it was AMAZING NO SPOILERS GO READ IT
Flannery O’Connor (Wise Blood): I’m actually just starting this! I’ll keep you posted~
Jennifer Egan (A visit from the goon squad): One of my all time FAVES, got me into intertwining narrative, I love it.
Smart Books: Books that make me look very intelligent (or pretentious) when I go home for the holidays. They tend to be fairly controversial in subject matter and/or wildly misunderstood to be smart in the first place. Most of them I even like which is a bonus! My go to books:
Candide by Voltaire: Great book, hilarious and people think it’s not filled with A plus satire because Voltaire sounds very fancy.
The Dubliners by James Joyce: Short story collection of classic narrative, big themes of imminent death, man vs. nature, etc.
The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo: About the Stanford Prison experiment. It’s okay, I don’t necessarily agree with the stance Dr. Zimbardo takes on his experiment/actions, but he doesn’t expect you too, I don’t think.
Reference Books: Books that I read over and over again because I WANT TO WRITE LIKE THAT:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman: What the fuck. What the fuck. The detail?????? The characters???? Shadow???? What the fuck.
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison - I cry every time I read this book. It’s so raw and honest, it takes my breath away. Every time.
The Earth and Everything Underneath by K.M Ferebee: So gorgous, the imagery is incredible and it’s about witches. It’s actually a short story that you can read here (X) and I really recommend you check out Shimmer in general because it’s a great magazine.
As always, there’s a ton more that I enjoy, but these are in my rotation right now! Ask me again in a month and they’ll be all different.