Originally posted on June 3, 2018.
There's only one week left until the LSAT! Which is both terrifying and exciting. Terrifying because, well, there's only one week left to prepare. Exciting because the end of my marathon study-sessions can soon be replaced with books. Lots and lots of books. Which will, hopefully, get me back on my original goal of reading four books per month. For May, though, I remained buried by analytical reasoning problems and riddling through sufficient and necessary assumptions. I still managed to get some reading done. Here's everything I read in May!
DROPKICKromance BY CYRUS PARKER
This book has so much heart. It lives and breathes with its author, it draws in with emotion and a story that is all-too-familiar for so many of us. I especially love Cyrus's wordplay and use of shapes and spacing in many of his pieces. Something as simple as moving one single word to the opposite side of the page carries so much weight in these poems. His style is concise and poignant, and his voice holds a tone that will surely resonate with so many readers. You can flip through the pages and go "yes, I know what that feels like" and instantly feel just a little bit less alone. This is a beautiful debut collection from a wonderful poet - can't wait to see more from such an honest and open mind.
STAN LEE: THE MAN BEHIND MARVEL BY BOB BATCHELOR
As a long-time fan of Marvel, this book was such a fun and insightful read. I grew up delighted by Stan Lee's many cameos in Marvel superhero flicks, and while I knew that he was the creator (and cocreator) of many characters and that he was essentially the face the Marvel Comics, I don't think I fully grasped his long history with the company or the struggles he went through to create such iconic characters and stories. Batchelor's extensive research delves into Lee's life from his upbringing during the Great Depression, through his army days, the inception of his first hero team in the Fantastic Four, all the way to his MCU cameos and geek culture stardom. It's an all-encompassing account of the life one of the most prolific figures in popular culture over the past six some-odd decades. I came away from this book feeling both inspired and awed - inspired to create, and awed at the tenacity and persistency of one man as he stormed American and worldwide popular culture. Stan Lee is a remarkable figure. He's a hardworking, creative, tireless talent who is notorious for taking ideas and running with them. This book gave me a much deeper appreciation for him as a creator and as a writer. It's definitely a must-read for Lee aficionados!
IT BY STEPHEN KING
I've been meaning to read this book for ages, and I'm so glad I finally did! I will admit that if I didn't listen to this as an audiobook I don't think I ever would have finished, so shout-out to Audible for the helping hand. It's not the story isn't fascinating - because it truly is - but there is just so much to this book, and while each little detail is important to the overall story, it can be tough to get into the first few chapters. About a third of the way through the book, though, I was hooked! The omnipotent narration gives an incredible cinematic quality to the story. I loved the way the book was broken up; the splits between past and present were perfectly balanced, and the interludes aided them brilliantly. The relationships between the characters are so authentic, and King's mastery of capturing their personalities both in childhood and adulthood is wonderfully real, charming, heartbreaking, and about a million other adjectives. This is a layered story, with many different twists and turns, that is thoroughly engaging, will tug at your heartstrings, and despite being a true brick of a book, will somehow leave you desperate for me even after you turn the past page. Stephen King has a wonderful way of writing horror with heart, and this book proves that about ten times over.