This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
What Did I Recently Finish Reading?
I think I might be the only weirdo who regularly picks up reading material at the grocery store. I did a poll recently in two writer’s discords. I asked how many people buy reading material at the grocery store. Literally everyone except for me said they do not. I guess I’m the weird one lol
But yeah, I love to pick up fluffy stuff to read when I go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is a chore and it’s nice to have a break in the middle of that chore to flip through paperbacks and magazines.
I recently finished this magazine of scariest places. I think the most interesting place I read about what was sculpture garden of Veijo Ronkkonen.
This notoriously shy Finnish recluse spent almost 50 years filling the forest behind his house with these eerie statues with real human teeth.
He never promoted his work and never agreed to lend any of his sculptures to museums or art exhibits.
The sculpture garden has almost 500 pieces. Nobody knows where the human teeth came from.
Another book from the grocery store that I just finished is this Darcy Coates haunted house book.
Darcy Coates has a LOT of haunted house books. The general consensus in the book community seems to be that she writes fluffy, formulaic, but perfectly serviceable haunted house books for when you’re in the mood for something spooky but light.
My thoughts are the same. Light spooky story. Classic haunted house, but with the twist of a very happy ending. A lot of people have called her “cozy horror.”
What Am I Currently Reading?
I’m still reading Dracula for a book club that I’m in.
I’m also still working my way through my reread of Frankenstein.
For anyone about to delve into a critical reading of Frankenstein, I recommend researching the following:
-The Enlightment era and the new focus on rationality, empiricism, and scientific discovery.
-The tension between science and religion during the Enlightenment era
-Galvanism: particularly the experiments of Galvani
-Naturalist philosophy: especially the role of nature in transcendence and the sublime
-Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron’s views on vegetarianism (Shelley has an essay on this topic). You see vegetarianism make an appearance in Frankenstein as the monster talks about her meatless diet.
What Will I Read Next?
I started this a while back and really need to get back into it! This is a wattpad story about a hot mess of a character. You can read it for free on Emily Hurricane’s profile here.
And I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages! It’s a buddy cop story with a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl character archetype that is actually a manic pixie! XD I love that idea. That’s also up on wattpad.
That’s it for me! What are you reading this week?