I haven't kept up with this feature for a few months, but I'm going to try to do better. As National Poetry Month, April made for a fitting time to read a collection of poems for the first time in a while. I read and wrote so much poetry in college, that I've been somewhat burnt out on it, but I've been feeling the itch again lately. I found Dark Sparkler to be absolutely devastating. I think it's going to be one of those collections that I come back to again and again.
I also read a lot of comics this month. I've been really in the mood for them lately. I like how economical they are. You can read a whole story in a sitting, which is nice when you've been so busy that your progress through other books has slowed. Alex + Ada is one of my favorite comics I've read so far. It definitely hits that sci-fi/romantic tone that I've enjoyed so much in things like Her, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Lydia Netzer's books. Pretty Deadly was engrossingly mysterious, but I'm not sure if I'll read the next trade when it drops. The Wicked and the Divine however was definitely addictive enough to make me want to read the next trade... like, right now.
I read So You've Been Publicly Shamed for book club, and I really enjoyed it. It's almost up there with the Psychopath Test for me. Wild was very enjoyable, but I have to admit to enjoying Cheryl Strayed's Dear Sugar column more. Sometime I'll get around to reading one of her novels to see how that compares for me. Ryan and I are making our way through Tiny Beautiful Things (a collection of Strayed's Dear Sugar columns) together, reading a column or two before bed, and it's just breathtakingly good.
Steal Like an Artist is one of those books that comes highly recommended by so many people, so I'm excited to see what the fuss is about. Worn Stories is like a venn diagram of things I love: fashion, photography, and personal stories, so that should be good. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir will be a great continuation of the comics kick I've been on.