What is A/S Reading? – No. 19

We’ve been super hard at work on Issue 3 the last few weeks (we’ll be shipping that bad boy off to the printer soon) and have pretty much no extra time, but… awww hell, we still love to read. So, this is: What is A/S Reading?


Publicist Vicki Lame just finished Libba Bray’s The Diviners and is already oh my god ready to read it again.

What isn’t to love about a YA book with flappers and the occult and serials killers (oh my!), that is hella funny to boot?! I don’t think I need to say anymore.

Managing Editor John M. Cusick is reading Life as We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, a terrifying and moving story about what happens after a meteor strikes the moon, moving it slightly closer to the Earth and causing all kinds of environmental havoc.

This is a realist post-apocalyptic novel, less evocative of The Hunger Games than the real-life post-9-11 / post-Katrina national turmoil and response to disaster. Not always the fun kind of scary, this book makes me want to sleep with the lights on. And stockpile canned soup. An excellent pick for fans of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Managing Editor Adam Read-Brown is currently reading Just My Type: a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.

A cute little thang about the history of some of our most famous (and infamous) fonts. In that latter category, it is worth the price of admission just to find out about the twisted mind that created Comic Sans. It turns out it was a font forged in the bowels of Mount Doom, by Sauron himself. Just kidding. The guy who created it actually sounds pretty nice and down to earth. He also invented Trebuchet. So, you know, he’s got chops. The book also includes the classic font joke: Comic Sans walks into a bar and the bartender says, “We don’t serve your type.”


Managing Editor Laura McMillan is reading a Turkish phrase book.

She can say:

Drive slowly!

He is walking sneakily.

I’m innocent. (“mah-SOO-moom”)

You’re very attractive.

Can I breastfeed the baby here?

I ate too much. (“chohk yeh-DEEM”)

Can you fix this denture?

I’ll tag you in the pictures.

And, last but not least, Amy Rosenbaum is currently thumbing through Rebecca Serle’s When You Were Mine, a modern-day update of Romeo and Juliet from Rosaline’s perspective.

Rosaline—the girl Romeo loved and forgot in favor of Juliet—is referenced in Shakespeare’s play but is never actually given a voice, so it’s a fresh take on a very done story. Picture Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with teenagers. I’m only halfway through and there’s only tragedy ahead, but I can’t wait to get to the end. The book has a strong voice with well-observed details and secondary characters that shine. Reading it is making me all achy and high-schooly. Recommended for anyone who’s ever felt like they were a supporting character in someone else’s epic story.

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