Check These Out – Harry Potter & The Misfits

That would be a cool band name, wouldn’t it? 😀 But it’s actually just a reference to the two things I read/watched/heard this week beyond my planned list and want to recommend.

So far I’m pretty happy with how well I’ve kept to my reading goals. And sure, it’s only week one, but in previous years I haven’t even made it that far. I think by actually scheduling what I want to read, organizing the list around themes, and planning to write about it I’ve made it less of a chore and more of a fun project. Already one book down and 1/4 of the way through another.

As a bonus project, I’m trying to work through the stack of single issue comics I’ve collected and then got too busy and/or tired to read! Ideally 3 a week, but I only got one this time. The good news is, it was fantastic!

Jem: The Misfits #1
Who doesn’t love The Misfits? Their songs are better and their drama is like 10 times more heart-wrenching. I really, really love what the Jem & The Holograms comic has done with all the Misfits but especially Pizzaz, and I’m so excited about them starring in their own comic so we can get to know them better.

I’m not entirely sure I buy this self-aware, level-headed Pizzaz and I wonder how long it will last. But I like it, and I appreciate the perspective on her past and motivations we get here. She can be so over the top awful sometimes, it’s good to see her in a different light and better understand what it is that makes the rest of the band care about her enough to tolerate her tendency to lash out.

Side note: Since I’ve been reading Jem since the first issue, I haven’t really paid much attention to the collected editions. The hardcover “Outrageous Edition” caught my eye yesterday so I took a look and wow! Both that one and the paperbacks are absolutely gorgeous. If you haven’t been following the series at all, I suggest starting there.

Harry Potter & the Sacred Text
Originally I planned for these posts to focus on what I read in the last week, because I want to read more. But hey, podcasts and other recommendations are good too, and I just have to talk about this one. And it’s…sort of reading? Literary-related, anyway. But I don’t think I’ll keep that as a requirement.

I don’t even like Harry Potter, but this podcast is so much fun and also just an amazing example of what I envisioned when I started this blog but don’t necessarily do so well myself. These podcasters perfectly merge theology and spiritual practice with their reading of something “secular” they love, and they do it with incredible insight and authenticity. It’s the sort of thing that sounds silly and could easily become a joke, but they never fall into that and instead bring new depths to the series while also making the things we learn at seminary more accessible and relevant to contemporary life.

Whether you’re into this whole pop culture religion thing or not, I recommend giving this a listen. And then come talk to me about it! It’s giving me so much to think about and I want to share with someone.

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