It’s been almost a month since I last posted a book haul, which is good. In that book haul, I said that I was burnt out from buying books. I didn’t feel the same excitement I usually do when I enter a bookstore to purchase them. It was a new feeling for me and I didn’t understand why I felt that way because I’m convinced I’m a book addict. But then I visited the comic book store and it was then I realized that my excitement for purchasing books had switched to comics. So here I am with a book haul that has a load of comics.
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
— because I love reading about creativity and how to improve my skills.
1602 Witch Hunter Angela by Marguerite Bennett, illus. by Stephanie Hans
— because I like the cover.
New Philosopher: Are you what you learn?
— because I’m stocking up on magazines I don’t have time to read, obviously.
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 10-12 and 13-15 by Hiromu Arakawa
— because I must.
The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker
— because I got it for free. By the way, if you’ve read the Aspect Emperor series, let me know what you think of it. I haven’t read it but owning the third book will motivate me to try it.
Image +, #3
— because I love Image comics.
Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser
— because it’s my new love.
Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender, illus. by Greg Tocchini
— because I love the cover and the comic book store dude told me it’s good.
Pisces, #3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas
— because I love the art and the story confuses me so much that I’m curious.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, #8 by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, illus. by Natacha Bustos
— because I’m a dumb-ass who can’t tell 1 from 8. I wanted the first issue or volume, not the eighth!
Pisces, #2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas
— because I bought the third.
Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser
— because I’m hooked on it.
Faith, Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser, illus. by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage
— because of Faith.
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
— because I LOVE the first issue. My volume is a little damaged, actually :(. I planned to return it to the store but when I went there for the book club, my shy butt was so nervous that I forgot to exchange my damaged issue. Is it too late now?
Book of the Month Club
The Girls by Emma Cline
— because it’s my pick for the Book of the Month Club. They revamped and now I love them.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
— because she’s a Jamaican author and everyone says it’s good and I read a few pages and was hooked.
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
— because I wanted it since last year but in paperback.
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin
— because I’m curious to learn why MacLaughlin, who was a writer and editor, decided to be a carpenter.
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 16-18, 19-21, and 22-24 by Hiromu Arakawa
— because coupons.
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
— because the author contacted me to read and review her debut literary novel. I’m so pleased and thankful to do so. The Summer That Melted Everything is about an Ohio town that receives a visit from the devil. I’m only a few pages in and I like it thus far. The novel will be out on July 26. See below to learn more about the novel and the author.
About the novel:
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever. (Goodreads page)
About the author:
An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel.