MyTBR#55: Fathers as Readers and in Fiction

With Father’s Day this past weekend, we decided to share a bit about how our fathers (and other male relatives) impacted our reading as children, how we’re doing the same with our kids, as well as talking about fathers in fiction: good, bad, or missing.

I had a pretty busy reading week with a mix of graphic novels, non-fiction, and new release indie fiction.

First off, I had a chance to read an ARC copy of Kevin Tumlinson’s book that came out just last week, Evergreen. I really enjoyed this adult sci-fi/superhero/espionage story.

I started Jeff Smith’s adult graphic novel series RASL, with volume 1. I’m not a huge fan of the artwork for the main character, but the rest looks good in black and white, and the dimension-travelling sci-fi story is really intriguing. I’ll be reading more.

With my son we continued Attack of the Clones, Asterix, and I read Neil Gaiman’s children’s(?) story The Wolves in the Walls. That one was supposed to be for my son, but he thought it looked too creepy. It’s an odd one that might not have a market, because the language fits for kids, but the artwork and idea might freak them out a bit.

And Hugh Howey tipped me off to another interesting nature non-fiction read: Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. I’m early in the book, so more on it in future weeks, but it has been talking about the shocking amount of reforestation that happened in the Eastern USA over the past 50+ years. Very interesting stuff.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.