I'd like to say that I'm a consistent reader. *Like to say*. Unfortunately, because I have the attention span of a toddler looking at jangling keys in someone's hand, my personal reading periods are more of intense spurts rather than a consistent trend. That being said, hell it's been a great start to the year. I've managed, somehow, to slam down seven books so far this year. Part of the reason being I've shifted away from podcasts and back into audiobooks. Again, the attention span of ADD coke head who was slipped a not-so-small hit of meth... Right, anyway, carry on. In the spirit of the Halloween Horror marathon, let's strap in for some one-sentence reviews.
0/5 = did not finish
1/5 = didn't like
2/5 = meh
3/5 = pretty good - would recommend with a disclaimer
4/5 = really good - would definitely recommend - no disclaimers
5/5 = book hangover. don't talk to me for a few days
And that's the books so far! A couple other pieces I'd like to highlight that don't fall into the full blown novel or collection category. First, I'd like to highlight After Dinner Conversation, a monthly short story magazine that inspects the intersection of philosophy and ethics in often tragic settings and narratives. Browse their site, read something, and maybe spark a conversation or two.
Speaking of short stories... I feel compelled to highlight one in particular: Halloween by Marian Crotty. Originally published in Crazyhorse and then reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 2020, this piece follows the summer fling of a high-school student and a college kid who's home for the summer. The emotion in the piece is real. It's visceral. And it's goddamn good.
Till next time folks. Be well.