Finished: 01/08/20

Grade: A

A collection of about 100 essays from poet Ross Gay's experiment to document a different delight every day for a year. Some are funny, some are kinda dumb, some are really lovely, but they are all saccharine to the max. Reading this book is like eating a box of candy. Nice to pick up now and then for a treat, but if you read it all in one sitting you might get sick.

Big ups to Will Sonheim for letting me borrow this bad boy!

Finished: 12/10/19

Grade: C+

A graphic novel about a young muslim woman living in New York City who is haunted by visions of terrifying demons after an alleged terrorist attack in her apartment building.

What begins as a heavy-handed allegory about the phycological effects of racism, takes a sharp left turn about halfway through the story when literal white supremacist demons start killing everyone.

At that point you can enjoy the story without constantly tracking the allegory and trying to figure out which larger social issue each character represents, but I would say that the message got a little muddled when the final surviving character defeats the racist demons, not with the power of love and understanding, but by shooting them with a gun and then blowing herself up, destroying the entire apartment building.

Ether I lost the plot somewhere or the writers did. Either way the artwork is so good you don't notice how cheesy the story is most of the time.

Finished: 11/30/19

Grade: A+

The story of Willie Lincoln's death and afterlife, as told by a group of ghosts in the cemetary where he is buried.

The narrative constantly shifts perspective in the style of an oral history and blends fiction, history, religion, fantasy, and American myth into one big murky soup. It is beautiful, bleak, and different from anything I have ever read! A great book! I liked it a lot!