Book Hunters in Brief #137: Stranger Things

The advent of streaming video from services like Netflix, Hulu and HCPL's own (FREE!) Hoopla, has given rise to more lost weekends than Friday happy hour two-fer tequila shots. I'm speaking, of course, of the binge-watch. You know how it goes: you plop down on the couch to commune for a short while with the more vegetative aspects of your nature. The next thing you know, you're rooted to the cushions, you haven't showered in two days, and you've footed the pizza guy's tuition bill for the coming semester. You have also methodically consumed entire runs of obscure, short-lived but eminently worthwhile TV series--which makes it all worth it.

Readers know that the same thing can happen with the stack of books on their nightstands.

The fact is that it is occasionally necessary to unplug by plugging in. To devour things whole instead of a nibble here, a nibble there--to remind you that pushing the limits of your attention span is rewarding and also a sovereign antidote to that feeling you're drowning in the flood of infobytes that, for good and ill, defines 21st century life. It's not that you're missing the forest for the trees. It's that you're missing that one tree that contains whole worlds in and of itself.

Let it be known that today, August 5, 2016, Book Hunters in Brief absolves you of all responsibilities this weekend. Washing the dog can wait. Mowing the lawn can wait. Calling your mom can wait. Pull the shades, turn off the phone. Give yourself over to a long, deep breath.

It by Stephen King
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

You say you're a go-getter? You say Gung-ho is your middle name? You say your picture is next to 'work ethic' in the dictionary? We say, "go get 'em, Tiger." But you'll need something to read while you wait for the rest of us to catch up. Visit Book Hunters, tell us what you like and don't like to read, and we'll compile a reading list customized for your particular tastes.