Hello, Epic Insiders! May your books be plentiful and the right mix of escapist, engaging, and enlightening. No announcements this week, so let’s dive right in.
What Are You Reading?
This weekend was… a lot. I hope everyone is doing okay with everything going on.
I did get some reading in towards the beginning of the weekend, somehow. I made a lot of progress with Book Lovers, which has some of the best banter between characters I’ve seen in a while. Case in point (remember, the main character is widely seen as being kind of cold):
“You seem pretty pleased with yourself,” he says, “for a woman who just found out she was the inspiration for Cruella de Vil.” I scowl at him. Charlie rolls his eyes. “Come on. I’ll buy you a martini. Or a puppy coat.”
A read! I’m also really liking how Nora and her sister Libby’s childhood is being unfolded. We’re seeing how differently Nora viewed their childhood struggles compared to Libby, and the issues they have in their sibling relationship are just starting to come to the surface. Sibling issues are an interesting addition to a romance for me, and I think a lot of what is in the book rings true for many. There’s also a bit of a mystery surrounding some of Libby’s behavior that I’m looking forward to getting to the bottom of.
As far as the other books I’ve mentioned, I haven’t made too much progress with Chinua Achebe’s Collected Poems , or The Children on the Hill, but did start and read all of the available chapters of Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto. It’s about a teen, Denji, whose dad died leaving him in debt to the yakuza. To pay it off, and stave off hunger, he works for them as a devil hunter. As a hunter, he kills “devils,” which are physical manifestations of what people fear. To save his life, he ends up needing to make a contract with his pet devil dog Pochita, which grants him strength and the ability to turn parts of his body into chainsaws. Yes, it is super on the nose and a little campy, but it was pretty enjoyable I think. It was a super wild ride and I’m curious to see how its adaptation will turn out since its release is so highly anticipated.
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