Hi everyone! So I used to be a pretty voracious reader. In the last couple of years, I’ve fallen off that wagon, and I want to get back to the point where I feel like I’m reading a healthy amount of books every year. So I’ve promised myself I’m going to make the effort, no matter what, to complete at least one book a week OR, in the case that it’s a War and Peace-sized tome, read at least 300 pages.

This blog will be a way for me to hold myself accountable and not get distracted from that effort. I’ll also rate each book I read with a four star system and write a little blurb about it. So let’s get to it.

January

1/1-1/8: 

  • Alien: The Official Movie Novelization: A fantastic little tie-in that rises above the most of its peers. It’s not better than the movie but it does a good job of fleshing out The Nostromo’s crew by showing us their thoughts and fears. ***
  • Annihilation: VanderMeer’s sci-fi trilogy is getting an adaptation from the guy who wrote 28 Days Later and Ex Machina, two of the most interesting contemporary sci-fi films, so I thought I’d check this one out. The first book, Annihilation follows four women as they journey into a mysterious, quarantined land filled mysterious energy and is more focused on creating a Lovecraftian atmosphere where whatever the catalyst of each character’s dread is somewhere lurking out of sight than crafting an elegant plot. The start is SLOW but the payoff is immense, and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the other two books and checking out the film adaptation next month. ***

1/8-1/15:

  • Lincoln In The Bardo: George Saunders has long been one of my favorite short story writers and essayists. Dude can write complex, thought-provoking stories with brilliant concepts that also hit hard emotionally. His first novel, Lincoln In The Bardo, is no different. The book takes place after the death of William Lincoln, the president’s son, and follows the ghostly child’s ordeal as he remains in the nearby cemetery because his father refuses to stop visiting the grave. The spirits that take up the cemetery all spend the novel trying to convince him to move on to the afterlife while also dealing with the traumas and sins that have kept them trapped into this limbo. Hilarious, disturbing, and deeply moving, I loved the hell out of this book and will probably reread it again soon. ****