I am so behind on all things book related here on the blog! Book reviews are something I’m going to continue writing, for relatively selfish reasons. I really like writing about books, but I don’t feel I’m that good at it. I feel like I have trouble articulating my thoughts on a book (especially if I like it…I go into fangirl mode of I LOVE IT SO GOOD YAY! which is great, but not exactly informative) and taking the time to put thought into my reviews helps with that!
First up, here’s what my reading year looked like for 2015. I’m such a sucker for an info graphic. I first saw this over on Natalie Patalie, and of course had to get my own from Goodreads! (Psst, if we’re not already, let’s be reading buddies there!)
I’m pretty happy with 47 books! Granted that number does include graphic novels/trade issues of comics that I read, but hey, it’s reading, so I guess it counts? Anyway, onto December reads.
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
“One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.” -via Goodreads
This is the third book in the Iron Druid Chronicles and so far it is my least favorite of the series. While the fun, playful fantasy aspects were still there and Atticus still had all his usual charm and wit, for some reason it just wasn’t working for me. The main plot was the weakest of the three so far, there were too many plot holes, and things felt really forced. But, it was a quick read, and I don’t feel like I wasted my time; just that of the three it’s definitely the least enjoyable at this point.
Classic Human Anatomy in Motion by Valerie L. Winslow
“This essential companion book to the bestselling Classic Human Anatomy provides artists and art students with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art.” – via Goodreads
I can say without a doubt that this is a thoroughly comprehensive resource. It covers anatomy on a hugely in depth scale, and gives excellent examples of how the body moves. However, for me personally, it’s a bit too in depth to be all that useful for me. For one thing, it reads like a medical textbook. That alone can make combing through it a chore. I find it far more useful as a visual reference than one to read hoping to glean helpful information. It is filled with fantastic illustrations, all of which are great to flip through when looking for help with posing and figuring out how the body moves. If you are someone who is studying anatomy, or studying realism figure drawing, this is a great resource. For the casual artist, I think it’s more than you may be looking for.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
“Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.” -via Goodreads
I knew nothing about Amanda Palmer going into this book. I didn’t know her music, hadn’t seen her TED Talk; I’d simply heard of the book via the internet and when my BFF said it was good, I borrowed it. After reading it, I find Amanda to be such a beautiful person. I loved this book. It is easily one of my favorite books of 2015. I found how she writes and shares her experiences of simply interacting with other human beings so moving. She is brave is ways I don’t think I ever could be, just by being so vulnerable and trusting of others. I actually cried at the end of this book, entirely overwhelmed at the beautiful experiences she has with people. It made me think, which I always appreciate in a book, about how I choose to view people, and what can happen when we open up a little and allow ourselves to connect with a little vulnerability. All in all, a great read.
What were your favorite books of 2015? Any you’re really looking forward to this year?