Reading? What is this reading thing? Is it some kind of magic? Or perchance a yummy treat, preferably with chocolate. No? Hmmm… maybe it’s a juicy roast chicken! Not that either, hu? How about a floofy mutation of cat? No way you say? Well then, my friend, you’ve got me beat.
Silliness aside, I have not picked up a single book thus far in August. There has been so much shite going on—in the world, in my personal life, with my friends—that my brain has not been able to properly concentrate on anything that isn’t work or video gaming related. Normally, I would embrace the break as a message from my mind and body to chill. But there are so many things that I want to read, especially before my obligations shift around at the end of the month, and not being able to partake in this hobby has been driving me baddy, to say the least. For example, not being able to read The Empire of Gold has been torture because all I want to do is sit down and completely lose myself in the pages of that glorious finale.
So, this weekend, I’m going to meditate and try this frustratingly strange thing called relaxing in an effort to find my bibliophilic groove again. There are three books that I’m going to rotate between. One is an anticipated sci-fi pick, another is a graphic novel, and the third is a re-read of one of my favourite creature-feature type adventure thrillers. I’m hopefully that one of these shall help lure me back to the bookish dark side.
Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu: One night, a crew of fishermen dropped anchor near a small island to the south of Japan and awaken to discover that the island has completely vanished. Scientists theorise that the island had been overcome by the same forces that divided the Japanese archipelago from the mainland and that a disastrous shifting of faults in the Japan Trench have placed the entire country at treacherous risk of being swallowed by the sea.
This book has been my reading lists for years, but when I saw that Netflix had an anime film adaptation of it releasing, I knew it was time to get off my arse, find a copy, and finally read it. Hailed as being one of the most realistic pieces of sci-fi to ever come out of Japan, the book became quite irresistible to me as an aficionado of Japanese fiction. So, while the anime interests me so much, I really want to read this book before I watch the film.
Ultimate X-Men Volume 1: The Tomorrow People by Mark Millar and Adam Kubert: This graphic novel volume collects the first six issues of Ultimate X-Men, following Professor X as he forges his X-Men into a badass force, strong enough to defend the Earth from the evil machinations of Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants.
It’s no secret that I’m a basically a whore for DC comics, specifically the original Batman comics, so whenever people try to get me to read Marvel, it tends to be a difficult gig for me. In my defence, I have read stuff from Marvel before and I just couldn’t get into it with the same passion. Madame Gabs made me realise that maybe Marvel isn’t the issue per say, and it’s more related the specific characters that I’m reading about. So, knowing my deep-found respect for X-Men, she suggested that I give Marvel another shot, this time with my favourite set of characters from the imprint.
Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten: A story about a prehistoric shark known as the megalodon, which existed roughly 20 million years ago. When some folx go down into the Mariana Trench to do a bit of scientific poking-and-prodding, they accidentally create a situation where this savage beauty gets released into the vast, free ocean, causing terror-fuelled horror everywhere.
I really loved this book. It was a cheesy, wild ride of sharky shenanigans and since then it’s become a treat of a read for me. I also really liked the film—as a B-grade action-adventure, not as a book adaptation—and enjoy watching and re-watching it whenever I need a few laughs. Since I’m dealing with one of the worst reading ruts I’ve had all year, I thought it couldn’t hurt to turn to this well-loved gem.
Do you have any books that help you work through reading ruts? Or do you just ride the wave of the rut until the mood returns? Please, come chat with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, I wish y’all a lovely weekend and happy reading vibes.