My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s July 2017 Wrap Up

Final Girls by Riley Sager (★★★★½)

A decade ago, Quincy Carpenter became a final girl, the sole survivor of a horror movie-esque massacre. Struggling to move past the title, Quincy is dragged back into the spotlight when one of her fellow final girls is found dead. Deemed “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King, Riley Sager’s Final Girls is a suspenseful thrill ride that will have you guessing* until the very end.

*guessing wrong

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez (★★★½)

Much like Milk and Honey, I didn’t find love, and you nearly as fulfilling as The Princess Saves Herself in This One — both of which were recommended based on my fondness for Amanda Lovelace’s poetry. However, much like with the work of Rupi Kaur, Gomez has some really great and touching pieces toward the end of her collection.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (★★★★½)

Lord Henry Montague (AKA Monty) is a fashionable rake about to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe alongside his best friend and the secret love of his life, Percy. It’s the 18th century road trip novel you never knew you wanted! While I greatly enjoyed Monty’s hijinks and his slow-burn romance with Percy, I was a little thrown by the strange, almost supernatural turn the story took.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s May 2017 Wrap Up

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (★★★★)

The first trade in a new graphic novel series by young adult author Scott Westerfeld takes place after a series of localized disasters around the globe bends reality itself. Full of terrifying and incredibly imaginative monsters, so-called Spill Zones around the world have turned former idyllic towns into nightmarish landscapes. Intriguingly plotted and beautifully colored, my only complaint is how quickly I devoured this.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★)

Even though it was just as beautifully written as its predecessor, I had a lot of trouble getting into the second book in The Raven Cycle. Despite the extremely slow start however, The Dream Thieves ended up containing my favorite new character — the enigmatic Mr. Gray — and cemented my new favorite Raven Boy: Ronan. Just as predicted.

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly (★★★★)

I didn’t know what to expect going into the soon-to-be adapted I Kill Giants, but I certainly didn’t anticipate being a crying mess by the end. While the graphic novel started off confusing, frustrating and a little too on the juvenile side for my tastes, I was blown away and incredibly touched by the final reveal. Get your hankies ready, because this one takes a hard left turn!

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Have Some Non-Fiction: Cassie-la Hunts for Villains in “I Wear the Black Hat” by Chuck Klosterman

I Wear the Black Hat Chuck KlostermanI Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman
: Non-fiction, humor, essays, villains, pop-culture, where does this man come up with these awesome parallels?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary: Pop-culture writer Chuck Klosterman’s new book has taken a turn for the evil, exploring villainy in fiction and in real life in order to determine what makes a person a true villain. Whether or not he arrives at a conclusion about what constitutes a villain is a different thing entirely. Featuring Klosterman’s typical brand of wit, humor and penchant for essay-writing into one cohesive thesis, it’s good to see him back at what he does best. Even if his quirky footnotes have been replaced with brackets.

I happened to attend Chuck Klosterman’s reading/Q&A for his new book in Jersey City at an arcade slash bar (Barcade for anyone in the tri-state area) that was held by the eventually to be opened bookstore WORD, an offshoot of the popular New York based bookstore WORD in Brooklyn. Yes, they can only seem to function in hipster central but it was okay, I got to drink some alcoholic pear cider and listen to Klosterman talk with the assurance of a semi-entitled author even though he had a voice you would expect to hear emanating from a closed locker in high school.

And regardless of the $26 cost for a 200 page book and the fact that the signing was such a clusterfuck that I didn’t even take advantage of it, I was glad I went. Despite his hints of arrogance (some of which are deserved), Klosterman is a funny guy. He knows his pop culture, he’s supremely intelligent and even though I disagree that Kanye West will one day be a joke (because he currently is a running joke, see proof in my own writing HERE, HERE, and HERE) I’m in line with the majority of his beliefs. Except about Young Adult being the most underrated Diablo Cody film of the past decade. That would be Jennifer’s Body sir.

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