* The Royal We – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
* Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding
* The Little World of Liz Climo – Liz Climo
* A Thousand Naked Strangers – Kevin Hazzard
* Giant Days, Vol. 1 – John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar
* Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
* Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, Maarta Laiho
* Adulthood Is A Myth – Sarah Andersen
* Giant Days, Vol. 2 – John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar
When I sit down to write this post (or, more accurately, when I pull my computer out from under the bed and reposition my hundred pillows and the hood on my oversized sweater to get comfortable), I always first load up the cellphone photos I’ve taken over the last month. It helps me remember all the things I did, as I am an avid picture-taker. This month, I was shocked to see just how much I actually packed into 30 days.
In April I went to two Blue Jays games, a Vintage Marketplace Show, met with tons of vendors we are dealing with for our wedding and checked off music, flowers, decorations and officiant off our list of things to get organized on, fell through the gap between the subway and the platform (and got the biggest bruise of my entire life), successfully threw a surprise dinner with some of Jay and my closest friends to send him off on his 6 month contract job, said goodbye to Jay when he left and hello again when he surprised me for my birthday (!!), travelled to-and-from my parents house to celebrate birthdays, visit family and check more wedding to-dos off the list, visited one of my girlfriends in her new place an hour away, became an amateur cook thanks to the Love & Lemons Cookbook and had a few lovely birthday get-togethers myself! I shit you not, I did a ton of things this month and I am pooped!
I spent a lot of this month dripping in gratitude. My birthday was a parade of kindness and surprises I did not see coming, and even some strangers were unbelievably sweet to me during my little subway debacle. After feeling pretty dejected in March, April really brought me up. I also got back into reading quite a bit, but oddly enough, gravitated towards comics.
In the previous months, I felt like my interest in comics was waning, but it came back in full force over the past few weeks. After Jay left, I couldn’t seem to concentrate on the books I was reading and only managed a few pages before falling asleep each night. Instead, I would get ready for bed early and barricade myself in bed with a comic book. I got Giant Days, Vol.1 from the library after reading about how much Andi from Estella’s Revenge loved it, and I am so glad I did. I laughed out loud and smiled through most of the book. A fun, sweet story about the bonds you forge with the friends you meet in university. I read the second volume a few weeks later and enjoyed that too. I think I’ve finally found another comic series to follow!
I also read the first Lumberjanes, which was cute, and then began my cartoon reading. I follow Sarah’s Scribbles on social media and send my friends at least one of her comics every week. Her drawings are relatable, hilarious and just so damn true. Her book, Adulthood is a Myth combines some of her best ones into an easily accessible collection that I can’t wait to pass on. As a kid, I always imagined that I would hit a certain age one day and finally feel like a grownup, and yet… Sarah Andersen gets that feeling, and I love it so much.
Then there is Liz Climo, whom I also love on the internet, but whose art I am so happy to finally have in a bound book. For my birthday, my friend and coworker Lauren gave me her tiny collection on friendship, Lobster is the Best Medicine. I read the entire thing at my desk, smiling from ear to ear, before dropping it on her desk for her to read. A few days later, I spent a gift card buying her first collection, The Little World of Liz Climo. What I love about Liz’s work is that she can go from adorable, to sarcastic and hilarious in a millisecond. I highly recommend everyone check out both Liz and Sarah’s work. They both cheered me up on lower days and put a huge smile on my face whenever I crack open either of their books.
The only actual novel I finished this month was an advanced copy of Dark Matter, a scifi thriller coming out in June. My friend/coworker Brandon read it in two days and raved about it so much that I dropped everything to read it. I’m not going to try to explain the plot, other than to say that it was basically a Bruce Willis action movie with physics thrown in. Its short sentences and constant action made it hard to put down and I enjoyed it immensely! Keep this one on your list!
For book buying this month, I toned it down but didn’t eradicate it entirely. After Jay left, I decided that I needed something cheerful and fun to read, which are two things I don’t tend to gravitate towards. I scoured my shelves for something lighter and ended up on Bridget Jones. I absolutely love the films but didn’t connect with the book when I read it nearly a decade ago. So I decided to try again, and also bought the newest one, Mad About the Boy, to continue on the series. I’m just under halfway through re-reading the first one and enjoying it so much more the second time around. On that same trip, I picked up The Royal We because … I just felt like it!
With the remainder of my birthday gift card, I picked up A Thousand Naked Strangers which is the memoir of a man who quit his job as a journalist after 9/11 because he wanted to make a difference in the world. He became an EMT and this book documents his experiences during those years. In another life, I would have loved to be an EMT or a nurse or surgeon (in this life, I’m clumsy and nearly pass out at the sight of blood) so I’ve always been fascinated by the inner workings of those careers. I’m a few chapters in and it’s really interesting!
And that was my month! May is already looking pretty busy, but I’m hoping to get a few more full-length books in there this month. What was the best thing you read last month? Hope you all have a wonderful May!