It’s been a while since I have been able to do a big blog post on the different books I consumed in a month.
With school starting again, I had even less time to read books for fun. However, this time, I reverted back to listening to audio books, and that was one of the best decisions I made.
Most of the books on this list and on future lists will be nonfiction. This is because I tend to find these easier to lose myself in rather than fiction (I’m very picky with voice actors).
As I do fuller book reviews for the ones on this list, I will link to them. I hope you find a new read to check out!
Fangs by Sarah Andersen
Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets Jimmy, a charming werewolf with a wry sense of humor and a fondness for running wild during the full moon. Together they enjoy horror films and scary novels, shady strolls, fine dining (though never with garlic), and a genuine fondness for each other’s unusual habits, macabre lifestyles, and monstrous appetites.
Being able to read these comics in a more cohesive order and with more connecting details made this an enjoyable experience. I loved reading how the two main characters grew in their relationship and as monsters. Another enjoyable read by Sarah Andersen.
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – – and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Llyod Perry
An incisive and compelling account of the case of 21-year-old Lucie Blackman, who stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.
The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl, involving Japanese policemen; British private detectives; Australian dowsers; and Lucie’s desperate, but bitterly divided, parents. As the case unfolded, it drew the attention of prime ministers and sado-masochists, ambassadors and con-men, and reporters from across the world. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult, or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work, as a “hostess” in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve?
The retelling of this crime was very engaging and was interspersed with interesting Japanese history. I had never heard of this crime despite it happening during a time when I was alive and actively watching the news.
The author wrote in a way that gave as much detail as he could with the information he had.
Since I listened to this on audio book, it was at a faster pace than I would normally have finished it.
For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant
Here is a light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature. A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, For the Love of Books is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them.
This was an alright read through. I learned some interesting facts and history about books and their authors, and I have a few new books to look into.
Unfortunately, the format left much to be desired. Rather than doing a deep dive, it briefly touched on everything to the point I felt I was reading a Buzzfeed list. This isn’t helped by the top 10 list read off at the end of each chapter.