The editors of The Wild Hunt serve up a handful of their current reads. Have you read any of these titles? What is on your To Be Read list?
"July is a travel month for me, so I’m reading stories that are full of adventure and also easy to carry through airport security."
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE I’m currently snapping up any books recommended by A Court of Mist and Fury fans, because I’m thoroughly obsessed with all things magic and adventure. I’m also obsessed with anyone who feels the same way (let’s be friends). I recently heard someone mention the similarities between Howl’s Moving Castle and ACOMAF, so I immediately ordered the Diana Wynne Jones classic. No, I have not seen the movie. Yes, I am waiting for my coworker to bring me her copy. I’m only one third of the way through this tale, but I can already tell I’m in love. Howl’s is so unique and fun and magical, and I would not compare it to anything I’ve read before. There is a fire demon, a curse, a wonderfully wicked magician, and a main character with the last name “Hatter.” What more could you want?
LILY AND THE OCTOPUS “It’s Thursday the first time I see it. I know that it’s Thursday because Thursday nights are the nights my dog, Lily, and I set aside to talk about boys we think are cute.” I bought Lily and the Octopus this past weekend after reading those first two sentences from the main character, Ted Flask. I only found out the octopus in the story is actually a tumor on Lily’s head after I was already at the register. I don’t know why I do these things to myself, but I have this wild hope that this will all end happily.
RAT QUEENS, VOL. 1: SASS & SORCERY My friend, Alison, has been trying to get me to purchase this series for 285 days. She is a person I really admire, and she’s made me a more courageous human and reader. She’s all about badass female characters slaying the world, and I’ve recently begun to follow that mindset in the last year or two. I finally took a good look at this series (and the little character to the far left on the cover) and decided this graphic novel is everything I need in my world. Let’s also appreciate that these fierce women are of all shapes and sizes. I can’t wait to slip into this world.
"I've been caught in an unimaginable reading slump, nothing quite piquing my interests, but these recent adventures are a cure-all."
A VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS A reading slump is really miserable and when it goes on for months, there is a sense of dread every time I open a new book. Sometimes, I find moseying on over to non-fiction a good way to shake things up and when a new Neil Gaiman book releases, that is doubly wonderful. The massive collection of Gaiman's essays and speeches did my reader soul good. The author always has a way of reminding me of the fantastic and marvel that comes with reading and writing, especially in the more liminal spaces of genre.
WYTCHES, VOL. 1 Graphic novels like Wytches remind me why I need to read more graphic novels. It was one of those Goodreads random recommendations and for the life of me, I can't recall what the rabbit hole was that got me there. But I'm glad I picked this up. Sure, the story is a draw and creepy and horrifying, but the artwork is fantastic. I found myself stopping for long periods of time on certain pages taking in the colors, lines, and brushstrokes. This is one of the most beautiful comics I've read in recent memory.
THE TELLING I really am a sucker for dark, enigmatic tales, and I'm not going to lie: the cover image for this book was so striking, it completely caught my eye. I'm only about a quarter of the way through this one, but I jones for a moment when I can sneak away to get in a few pages. Mysterious murders, mysterious bodies being found, horror and fairy tales. Come on!