Epic Update: September 12, 2022

Hello Epic folks! We took last week off for a long weekend, but now we’re back with booky goodness.

Just one note: the New Release Index-only level is now live for anyone and everyone, so if you’ve got a friend you think might be interested, feel free to clue them in!

What Are You Reading?

I just got back from a small outdoor wedding, which was my first real trip since the beginning of the pandemic, even though it was just an hour’s drive out of town. I packed a full ereader and a couple of paper books to read by the lake, but of course I didn’t get around to them, so it looks like they’ll be done this week instead!

cover of Laid Back Camp

As soon as I saw the title and cover of the Laid-Back Camp manga series, I knew I needed to pick it up ASAP, and now I’m three volumes in. It’s exactly what it says on the tin, and just what I wanted to squeeze the last drops of summer out of my reading life — though, they’re actually winter camping. I guess camping is less common in Japan, because I was delighted by the earnest instructions on how to do things like put up a tent and start a fire. At this point it has about zero conflict, which — I know it’s an unpopular opinion — I love in a book to break up my more bleak reads.

Next up, I have the upcoming anthology Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry edited by David Ly. Need I say more? This should be the perfect transition into my seasonal reading. Fun fact: I hate horror most of the year, but when October comes around, I can’t get enough of it. Looks like this year, I’m starting a little bit early. But who can resist queer monsters any time?

What’s on your TBR pile this week? Let us know in the comments!

— Danika