Somehow, it’s already time for Weekend Reading 7! Where does the time go when it’s under quarantine?
This week, the Beat staff has another full slate of reading planned. We have been enjoying the conversation with our readers, too, so please share your weekend reading plans with us in the comments section!
JOE GRUNENWALD: I need someone to tell me what to read this weekend. I have so many great options to choose from. I’m excited to dig into Jamie Lee Rotante & Brittney Williams’s Betty & Veronica: The Bond of Friendship graphic novel, kicking off Archie’s Blue Ribbon line. There are a couple of Comixology Originals, Chip Zdarsky & Jason Loo’s Afterlift and Monica Gallagher, Alex Segura, Marco Finnegan, & George Kambadais’s The Black Ghost, waiting on my tablet to be read. I also kind of want to read something Star Wars-related? Help me! There are too many good things to read!
NANCY POWELL: What I miss the most about quarantine is checking out what’s new at the local libraries. But thanks to its rich ebook collection, I finally get to read Noelle Stevenson’s The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir In Pictures. Also on my list this weekend is Rumi Hara’s Nori. The cover art is absolutely gorgeous, and the story brings back fond memories of the tall tales my own grandmother would spin to rein in an inquisitive grandchild.
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I’ll be breaking away from fantasy and reading some nonfiction thanks to Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII by Avery Cassell from Stacked Deck Press. Then, back to fantasy: I’ll be diving into Archie vs. Predator by Alex di Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, and Jason Millet.
JOSH HILGENBERG: Last week, Arpad checked out one of my favorite books in recent memory, Don’t Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. We chatted a bit and Casey Nowak’s Girl Town came up as a similar read, with more praise from Avery, so this weekend is a bit of a no-brainer for me! It’s Girl Town, followed with my first reread of Don’t Go Without Me.
TAIMUR DAR: I’ve been on a Harley Quinn kick in the past year, so I dived into the Mad Love TPB my sister gave me for my birthday years ago. Pleasantly surprised to discover there were a couple other stories in the collection I didn’t realize were included so got to read some new stories during my re-read.
SAJIDA AYYUP: If there’s something I really miss doing these days, it’s reading the first few pages of books at the Strand Bookstore by Union Square, Manhattan (magically a few doors down the Forbidden Planet). The Metamorphosis & Other Stories by Franz Kafka was the last book I bought there so this weekend will be about figuring out whether the Kafka-esque theme can be applied to the happenings of 2020 outdoors. Tip: If you’re buying a translated book, read the beginning of the same page from different translators.
RICARDO SERRANO: I’m already a few pages in, but the relatively new Aliens: The Essential Comics V.1 from Dark Horse came in the mail the other day and it’s a giant. These early Alien stories stand as some of the most successful licensed comics in the medium. They expand the Alien universe and even dare to experiment with the formula to great success. One story features a cult that sees the great Xenomorph as their god. It’s all great and very much in line with the tone of the movies. For new readers, this is like being among the first to find gold during the Gold Rush.
KYLE PINION: Having just recently acquired The Library of America’s collection of Ursula Le Guin’s Hainish novels – basically a series of books all set in the same universe, with each novel set on a different planet, I’ve started reading Rocannon’s World. Not only is it her first book in that “cycle,” it was also her debut I believe. Already a chapter in and totally hooked, a fantasy book that features time dilation? Most definitely my kind of thing.
CHLOE MAVEAL: This weekend I’m diving head first into psychedelic madness with Anarchy For The Masses: The Underground Guide To The Invisibles by Patrick Neighly and Kereth Cowe-Spigai. I’ve just started revisiting Grant Morrison‘s anarchic saga and this hefty appendix is ripe with behind the scenes information and heady, disturbing accounts from Morrison himself on the magic, madness, and mayhem in his life that prompted events in The Invisibles. It’s utterly delightful and the perfect referential reading companion.
ARPAD OKAY: I have an early Shirley Jackson novel about multiple personality disorder (written largely in first person perspective) that I put down some time ago because reading it was freaking me the hell out. I didn’t really have a SIT pick for this weekend, but I watched Elisabeth Moss in the trailer for Josephine Decker’s forthcoming film, Shirley, and plans have changed. If I can find the thing, I’ll be reading The Bird’s Nest.
BILLY HENEHAN: Back when House of X #2 was blowing our collective minds last year, Rob Liefeld tweeted out the similarities between that issue’s main concept and a novel from a few years prior, The First Fifteen Lives of Henry August, by Claire North. I managed to take the book out of the Brooklyn Public Library shortly before everything shut down, and I’m looking forward to diving into it this weekend.