This is my next wrap-up of the last five books I read. Enjoy.
I have no idea why I bought this, or when, or how. I just know it’s been
on my Kindle forever. And I was sort of distracted and absent-minded and wanted
to read everything and you know, I'm a mood reader for sure. I just thought, now is good. So I read it. I
don’t know why I haven’t read it before. It’s essentially what it says on the
tin. It’s great and famous speeches by African Americans. It includes the “I
have a dream” speech, and “Ain’t I a Woman” by Soujourner Truth. It was so
beautiful, and it was so heartbreaking. And it was so badass. So I loved that.
It was very good.
This is the stories from Norse Mythology written from Loki’s
perspective. I was very excited to read this, because I love Loki. I have
always loved Loki, because I was a nerd in school, and I loved Norse Mythology.
Also because I didn’t like the other parts of our religious studies class,
because I found it boring, I was snooty. I loved Norse Mythology though. I feel
like this book changed some things that made no sense, like Loki’s origin. And
the book wasn’t original enough in other places. It was just a bit; and then
this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened. And that annoyed
me. It was however written in a very modern vernacular, which I appreciated. It
wasn’t like Olde Fashioned English. It was modern, and I liked that. It just
wasn’t interesting and funny enough.
The Supergirls is a non-fiction book about female superheroes and how
they are treated in comic books. It looks at how they are dressed, and how they
evolved through time, and it is really fun. I am not very well versed in comic
books and graphic novels. I’ve read some of the like big ones that are popular
now, but I’m not big into superhero comics. I would, but I have no idea where
to start. I’m off topic. Anyway. I really liked the idea of this book, and so I
thought, yeah. It’s cool. It’s clearly written by a comic book fan, and he has
been a fan of female comic book heroes and villains since he was a kid. It was
fairly comprehensive as far as I can tell, and I want to look into some of the
comic book heroines he talked about. So it was great.
This is a classic that I’ve had on my shelves since forever. And also
it’s a classic, so there we go. This is the classic novel about Dorian Gray, a
young man who sells his soul to the devil to stay young and handsome forever.
He’s a narcissistic hedonist who sits for a painting by an artist named Basil
Hallward. He is given the painting, and it sits in his house and as Dorian
doesn’t grow older, and isn’t affected by his hedonist, vain, narcissistic,
cruel, immoral life, the painting changes, becomes old, cruel, and ugly. It’s
great. Dorian is clearly an awful person, but it isn’t all his fault. He
probably had the potential for being a cunt, and losing his soul didn’t help,
but lord Henry Wotton clearly wasn’t a good influence on him. It’s… it’s very
good. I kind of want to read it again, but I hate the edition I have, so I feel
like that’s an excuse to buy a different edition. I’m clearly a child.
Rampant is about a girl named Astrid Llewellyn who has grown up with her
single mother filling her head with stories of murderous unicorns who eat
people and are hunted by young virgin women. Astrid descends from this line of
women, and she lives in a world where unicorns are extinct, until one attacks
her boyfriend. Then she’s sent off to Rome to learn how to hunt unicorns. It
was fun, it was interesting, it was cool to see a Young Adult book about
something other than vampires, werewolves, etc. I did have some problems
though. Astrid is raised by a very absent-minded, non-involved mother. Her
mother doesn’t seem to care about Astrid’s actual life, just her potential life
as a hunter. When Astrid says she’s scared, tired and feels alone, and wants to
go home her mother doesn’t hear her, just says she’s probably not trying hard
enough. She is basically living vicariously through Astrid, straight up tortures
her, and sees her niece’s assault as a possibility for Astrid to shine. I also
had big issues with the concept of virginity in the book, and how important it
was, and I don’t think it was handled very well necessarily. So I wasn’t won
over, and I think I got overly critical, but I will stand by it.