August Reads

I am all ready for September to get here. I’m already wishful thinking for fall. We have been eating soups, apples, pumpkin bread and drinking hot tea around here so as to better fool ourselves into thinking that autumn weather has arrived. But before we get to an all about blog celebration of fall, we need to do a few posts looking back over summer! And that means August Good Reads.

August Reads

Here is what was on the menu in August:

August Reads

Spike Omnibus (2009) by Peter David, Brian Lynch, Scott Tipton, Zach Howard, Joe Corroney, Nicola Scott, Mike Ratera, Franco Urru, and Fernando Goni

What you need to know: Don’t judge by the first comic in this collection; it gets awesome.

I borrowed this from my bestie Justen, whose library almost rivals mine. He hadn’t read past the first comic (because it isn’t that great), but I’m making him. It won’t be hard; all I have to say is two words: Spike puppet. Remember the last season of Angel? Oh yeah. Plus Spike vs. Dracula. If you’re into Buffy, you should be hooked with just that info.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Oscar Wilde

What you need to know: Other than one chapter that doesn’t quite need to be in there at all (but that happens in classics…ever read Moby Dick?), this book is awesome.

Sure, the message is mixed. What is it trying to say? Wilde is for aestheticism, but it ruins Dorian Gray. I love books that make you ponder. Extra tidbit: This book is pretty much offensive to women. I’m pretty sure Wilde thinks girls are useless.

A Wrinkle in Time (1962), A Wind in the Door (1973), Many Waters (1986), and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) by Madeleine L’Engle

What you need to know:Some of the best young adult books ever written.

I fell in love with A Wrinkle in Time in the sixth grade, but was unaware of the companion novels. Though I didn’t like the companion novels quite as much as A Wrinkle in Time, they are definitely worth reading. The plots get a little crazy, but it’s worth it just to spend more time with the amazing characters. A definite recommendation for youths that don’t feel like they fit in well, as the heroine is a little awkward and finds it difficult to fit in.

Jane Eyre (1857) by Charlotte Brontë

What you need to know:Gothic fiction chick flick on paper. Grab your ice cream.

Jane Eyre is not a glamorous heroine. She’s plain, underprivileged and striving for independence and identity in a patriarchal world. The most interesting thing about this novel is seeing how Jane overcomes life’s obstacles while retaining her morality.

Final Crisis (2009) by Grant Morrison

What you need to know:Awesome, but super confusing if you aren’t very familiar with the DC Universe.

Which I’m not. I think that I will understand this fully the second time through after a good 3 hours of researching the back story. A friend bought it for my birthday. It’s lovely, but not the right series to jump in with.

The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker

What you need to know: There’s a reason this won the Pulitzer.

Beautifully written, 100% depressing, and a reminder to be thankful for life. No matter how bad you have it, I guarantee Miss Celie had it worse. I love that this book is in the black female perspective; something that is difficult to find in American literature. It takes place in the 1930s and really shows how little things really changed for black women after the end of slavery.

Batman R.I.P. (2009) by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel

What you need to know: See Final Crisis above.

So so confused. I’ll get back to you after my second time through.

Youth in Revolt (1993) by C. D. Payne

What you need to know:Funny. Wrong. Never stops. Don’t let your kids read it.

Here recorded are the most messed up things done by and to a fifteen-year-old ever. Ever. Think Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis levels of transgression, but coming out of a hilarious teenager that is surely today’s Holden Caulfield. Don’t bother watching the movie.

Heidi (1880) by Johanna Spyri

What you need to know:Cute as a button.

Just like Shirley Temple (Heidi was one of my favorite movies as a child). This book is like a cup of hot chocolate. So sweet it warms your heart.

The Tale of the Body Thief (1992) by Anne Rice

What you need to know:Best book in the Vampire Chronicles so far.

Lestat narrates, which I love. But this one is better than the others because it is all action (no long-winded history of vampires) and really has a direction. There is a goal, which is a nice change. Also, the surprise twist at the end is awesome.

*I was a little lazy this time and didn’t take a photo of each book. Each photo thus links to its source.

P.S. I tried wardrobe rimix for the first time today. Crazy or cute? I can’t decide.

Wardrobe Remix 10/5

Wardrobe Remix 10/5