Eclectic Reads: Something old, something new...

My reading is always all over the place. When you work in a library you want it all! 

Something old
Understanding Comics
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
Think comics are for kids? Nope. Comics are for everyone. They are a sequential art that can convey just as much feeling and information as the written word. Although this was written in the early 90s the information is still great. Read it for the history and significance of comics and why we still care about them.

How to drawHow to draw the human body step-by-step by Sergio Guinot
I haven't drawn anything seriously since high school. I won't say how long ago that was. This book is not really for beginners. While the author tries to make it seem that way at first, I would call this an intermediate guide. If you are already somewhat familiar with drawing this will give you instruction on filling in the finer details like shading/lighting and whatnot. I don't recommend it for figuring out body proportions (it gives some, but not all of the proportions).

Something new

6:41 to ParisThe 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel
You get on the 6:41AM to Paris and think it will just be another relaxing and slightly boring commute. And then your lover of 4 months from 27 years ago sits next to you. As the hour and a half ticks by you both take a walk down memory lane: how that was a shameful, awful breakup between the two of you, how you thought you would do better or worse than where you're at now. Do you talk to each other? Do you have the guts? As the story progresses you are rooting for the characters to come to some type of closure after all this time. A quick read with what I considered a satisfying ending.

You know all this stuff is borrowed...

Something blue
13 ways
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad.

In 13 chapters we follow Lizzie through her insecure, overweight teenage years into her dysfunctional and still insecure adulthood. If she could just lose the weight she would be...what? Happy? Loved? Deserving? Awad showcases our culture's obsession with body image and how it affects . A haunting book without a neatly wrapped ending. Read this if you're looking for dark commentary the expectations of women.

Tidying upSpark JoyThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
I am a cluttered person. My desk will prove it! I actually read Tidying Up last summer and went through clothes, books, papers, sentimental, and some miscellany. Miscellany was so hard! So much of it! I'm going to admit it: I didn't do it the KonMari way. Ain't no one got time to touch every single thing and contemplate "does it spark joy in my life?" Having said that, I hit a plateau of discarding and never made it to the tidying part. One year later reading the next book has relit the tidying fire and my kitchen actually looks like somewhere you can prepare food! Forget all the hype and articles for or against these books. Just read them. They are stupidly small. And then think "does my life have so much junk that it distracts from the things I'd really like to accomplish?" Less is more.

Posted by SallyB on June 3, 2016