We Read

Here’s the first installment of what I hope will be a regular Wednesday feature around these parts. After all, if this is a site about books—and it is—then what better topic could there be for me to blog about regularly than what I’m reading?

But, to put a spin on it, I’m calling this “We Read” instead of “I Read.” I’m going to include not only my own weekly reads, but my family’s as well. I write about families a lot, and about my family a fair deal, so I think the idea fits. Besides, I think what they’re reading could be just as interesting and relevant to you as my own narcissistic navel-gazing would be on its own.

Without further ado, here goes.

This week, I read:

  • the last hundred or so pages of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, a horror novel I found well-written, with well-drawn characters, but that never particularly scared me and that took far too long to get to where it was going for my tastes;
  • the superbly told first volume of Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, which was artistically a little too cartoony for me, but was otherwise flawless;
  • the short story “The New Veterans,” from Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove, about the changing face and story of a young vet’s back tattoo as seen through the eyes of his masseuse, a yarn every bit as odd as I've come to expect from Russell; and
  • the screenplay to the film Wish I Was Here by Zach Braff and Adam Braff, a film I Kickstarted but forgot to see in theaters and that seems somewhat more pedestrian on the page than Braff's breakout Garden State, but no less heartfelt.

This week, my wife Stephanie continued reading:

  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan, the eighth book in his Wheel of Time series, a go-to series for her, and one she’s returned to several times (though she hasn't made it posthumous volumes yet).

This week, my older daughter, Kaylee, and I read together:

And, lastly, this week, my younger daughter, Melody, and I read together:

And that’s all for this week. In the coming days, I’m looking forward to reading my copy of Inaccurate Realities, Volume Four: Superpowers, which features a story (“Retro-causality or the Allergy of Genghis Khan”) by my friend John Herman, as well as Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery. This might also be the week that I finally finish the aforementioned Vampires in the Lemon Grove, which I’ve been working at since the spring.

What did you read this week? Let me know on Twitter, where you can find me at @ecc1977, and use the hashtag #wereadclarkwoods so that everyone else can play along.