Recommendations: Graphic Novels The Second Edition

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I’ve done a graphic novels recommendation post before but when I was looking over it again, it was severely lacking and I’ve been reading so many more graphic novels within the past year or so. So here’s an updated version. I wholeheartedly recommend all of these. I find that graphic novels are so great for reading slumps or if you don’t have a lot of time like you’re waiting for your late friend to come pick you up or you’re waiting for people to hurry the fuck up even though they said they were ready 20 minutes ago, a graphic novel is perfect for that in between time. But it’s also perfect for a rainy day when you just want to stare at beautiful artwork. Bear in mind though that I don’t really know a thing about art so if my descriptions of art are off, that’s why.

*All pictures are not my own unless otherwise stated.

Dark Fairytale Retellings


Image result for fables graphic novelFables (Series) by Bill Willingham & others

Type of Artwork: Comic Book Style, Ink and pencil

Read if you like: Fairy Tales (Duh), Mystery, Crime, Gritty Worldbuilding

I really enjoyed the culmination of finding all your favorite fairy tale characters portrayed in a way that that makes then less than perfect people. There’s also a android/apple game based on this series. I review both here.

 

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Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & KerascoetImage result for beautiful darkness

Translated by: Helge Dascher

Read if you like: Dark Subversion of Fairytales

Type of Artwork: Watercolor, Cartoon, Realistic landscape and animal drawings

This French graphic novel starts off all cute and fuzzy but then quickly spirals into an existential and symbolic subversion of fairy tales and their tropes before you realize what you’re even reading. It actually is quite violent and graphic at times; it almost feels like fairytales written by a horror author. It will leave you wondering what the fuck you just read but it was still very memorable to me.

 

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Science Fiction/Fantasy

Image result for descenders vol 1Descenders (series) by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen

Type of Artwork: Watercolor

Read if you like: Star Wars, Pacific Rim, Mini Robot Companions, classic adventure character tropes: the underdog, the mentor etc. etc.

Although it doesn’t boast anything particularly new or original, Descenders is for those scifi fans who want a little comfort food or even those who want to get more into science fiction and love the plot of a scifi opera. There’s a little bit of mystery but also has a bigger, more epic plot that plays out in the next installments.

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Sweet Tooth (Series) by Jeff LemireImage result for sweet tooth vol. 1

Type of Artwork: Ink, Realistic color scheme

Read if you like: Person-traveling-alone-to-find-paradise stories, post-apocalyptic, stories about genetic manipulation

After his father dies, Gus, a human/animal hybrid travels across post-epidemic America to find a refuge for hybrids to live in peace. The first volume is spent mostly traveling but it’s partly coming of age where Gus, an innocent soul, learns about the world around him. What I enjoyed about this more than other post-apocalyptic novels is the addition of scifi and a dystopian atmosphere.

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Image result for harrow county volume 1Harrow County by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Cook

Type of Artwork: Watercolor, Gradient shading

Read if you like: witches, horror, small towns

The story is readable but the true standout of this novel is the fabulous artwork. It just makes everything a little more fluid but compact and little more scarier.

 

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Paper Girls by Brian K. VaughnImage result for paper girls vol. 1

Type of Artwork: Saturated, Contrast, Realistic Colors but occasionally uses a monochrome color palette

Read if you like: Stranger Things, Ensemble Casts, the ’80s, time travel, scifi creatures

So instead of a bunch of boys and one girl exploring the suburbs together, it’s a group of girls all distinct and all really sassy. They discover super cool supernatural creatures and time travel contraptions in a break neck and action-packed plot.

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Coming-of-age

Image result for this one summerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Type of Artwork: Monochrome Palette of Purples and Grays

Read if you like: Slice-of-life, ambiguous endings, feminist commentary, friendship, family

One of the criticisms of this novel is that it doesn’t have a clear-cut conclusion but it’s actually something I like about it. It’s literally about following two friends one summer. It’s a very quiet, melancholic look at family and friends and what it means to grow up as a girl.

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Type of Artwork: Ink Brush, Black and White

Read if you like: high school coming of age

A student commits suicide and this is the story of how another student grows up. She deals with family and friends. It’s a very slow story as can be expected from a Tamaki author and delves into everything from weight to suicide to depression.

 

 

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Image result for el deafoEl Deafo by Cece Bell

Type of Artwork: Cartoon, No Shading

Read if you like: Children’s stories, children’s coming-of-age

El Deafo uses anamorphic characters to portray a sense of innocence and relatability. It’s a memoir about a girl who is deaf as she navigates first friendships and things like that. In the novel, her hearing aids are attached to a box which looks really big and bulky and although technology has caught up and hearing aids are a lot smaller and compatible now, it doesn’t undermine the same feelings of being different and self-conscious that most, if not all kids go through. It is also fluffy and light so it’s easily readable for kids too.

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Lumberjanes (series) by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Waters, Brooke A. AllenImage result for lumberjanes vol.1

Type of Artwork: Digital Cartoon, Bright Colors

Read if you like: Friendship, Ensemble casts, cartoon animation shows

This is the definition of a cute and fun pick-me-up. It’s nothing too insightful but it will make you want to have adventures out in the woods with your best friends. Camping and girl scouts has never looked more appealing.

 

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Social Commentary

Image result for march vol. 1March Vol. 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Ayon, Nate Powell

Type of Artwork: Black, Gray, and White Colors, Sketchy

Read if you are interested in: Civil Rights Movement

This is a memoir about Lewis’s experiences being at the forefront of the Civil Rights movements from training others to how to participate at restaurant stand-ins. The novel starts when Lewis is meeting Obama and he recounts his past living in an era of intense racism where even his given rights were attacked. It felt so incredibly heartbreaking because this happened in recent memory and it seems like it’s happening now.

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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
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Type of Artwork: Cartoon, Photographs

Read if you like: weddings, wedding trivia, first-world problems

Lucy Knisley wrote this book about planning her wedding while actually planning her wedding. She talks about the societal pressures and expectations of planning her wedding and weddings in general. I really liked how she deconstructs wedding myths and expectations and strives to make her wedding her own. For example, she avoided the sexist tradition of having your father walk you down the aisle by having both her and her husband’s parents walk both of them down the aisle. She also talks about her own love story, how she met her husband and their relationship. This might be the epitome of first-world problems but it was still pretty inspiring.

 

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Romance

17465574Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Translated by: Ivanka Hahnenberger

Type of Artwork: Watercolor, Monochrome Palette of Grays and Blues

Read if you like: first love, relationship stories, discovering sexuality

Clementine is both a coming-of-age story and a story about her relationship with Emma. I love the gradual buildup of this relationship as well as the slow discovery of Clementine’s sexuality while grappling with her identity and of the expectations around her.  Only Clementine’s hair is blue throughout highlights the isolation but also the excitement of distinguishing your identity.

Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic

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Type of Artwork: Digital, Cartoon-Realistic

Read if you like: Romance, Romantic Comedies, Erotica

This is a romantic comedy about two women who meet online and subsequently start a loving, caring, but steamy BDSM relationship. It’s half about finding someone who shares the same kinks as you but also the fears and anxiety of meeting someone in person that you’ve only interacted with online which I thought were handled well. It follows a standard romantic comedy formula so it’s a lot cuter than you might expect. The two girls, although not as fleshed out as I would like, still relatable and endearing.

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December 2016 Wrap Up (I read a lot!)

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I definitely went crazy during December which was awesome. I read so much mostly thanks to the many graphic novels I read. I basically went on a graphic novel binge which helped bring my total books read last month to 14. I haven’t read 14 books in a month since 2015 so yay me. Without further ado, let’s get to the books.

First of all, the books..

The first thing I read was:

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (4/5)

This was so cute and light and fluffy and just the type of book that is food for my romantic soul (I’m definitely not immune to the idea of a meet-cute in NYC and falling in love in a day). I felt like the chapters were too short for me to feel truly invested in the other perspectives besides Natasha’s and Daniel’s. I wanted more from those chapters considering they touched on such interesting topics regarding the parents and their lives . I also thought Natasha changed her mind really quickly for someone who was dead set on not falling in love but whatever. I thought the way she wrote Daniel’s perspective was so spot on, probably helped by the fact that the author herself is married to a Korean man. I flew through this book and read it in a day so it’s a good pick-me-up or for when you’re in a reading slump.


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George by Alex Gino (3/5)

I was so disappointed in this book. It is a book about a trans girl (Melissa) who is known as George to everyone else and wants to play the part of Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web) in her school play except everyone thinks she’s a boy. She wants to find a way to tell who she is to the people around her. For a book that is #ownvoices and written from a trans girl’s perspective, it surprisingly gives in to many of the gender stereotypes it intended to subvert. At one point in the novel, Melissa’s brother says this after Melissa comes out to him, “Oh that makes sense because you don’t make a very good boy” and I was thinking what does that even mean because up until that point, the author shows the reader Melissa does not make a good boy because she likes pink and doesn’t like violent video games…what a disappointment.


I have reviews for both of these in my memoir mash up

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Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (4/5)

This reminded me of my young days reading 90’s/2000’s type fantasy. You know the ones, the traditional sword and sorcery with princesses and dragons and a very traditional good vs evil storyline. I completely adored the simple but entertaining worldbuilding. It’s a world you want to visit despite its problems. I really liked how the heroine finds strength in sewing that’s considered boring and normally devalued because of its feminine qualities. There’s some good action near the end, a really clean romance, and some really archetypal but entertaining characters. 

 

 


 

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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (4/5)

This book was adorable and Anne is one of those characters that I would hate in real life. She’s so self-righteous and wayyy too talkative but I really liked reading about her. But you can’t really help but be charmed by her because she’s lived a difficult life before moving in with Marilla and Matthew and to see her be so optimistic in spite of the odds is just kind of inspiring. I completely love the way that she writes the relationship between Anne and Matthew and Marilla. The way LM Montgomery writes the charm of Green Gables and Anne’s frenetic dialogue is effortless and top-notch.


And the rest were graphic novels.. I went crazy on the graphic novels last month as you will see.

First I went on a Wonder Woman binge because she is awesome but apparently she is really hard to write because most of the ones I’ve read so far don’t give her enough justice.

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Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult (3/5)

I should have know this was going to disappoint when I saw that Jodi Picoult was writing it..I liked the beginning when Diana was talking about she can’t get used to the ways of humans when she is an immortal but the plot got too rushed near the end and lost any possibility for good character development. Also why does Steve Trevor keep being portrayed as a creepy womanizer. It’s weird. The art is fine although a bit too chaotic for me.

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DC Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett & Sauvage (3/5)

I said just last month that my favorite artwork ever in a graphic novel was Harrow County. Well I was wrong, this is my favorite. It’s just so beautifully matte and every character is so beautifully drawn. The content itself was ok although the premise itself seemed so promising. It’s an alternate WWII fought with by all DC superheroines and if women were on the front lines. I think it just focused on too many characters for me to feel any cohesiveness, although if I’m to be honest I only read it for Wonder Woman’s origin story. I never get tired of it. But if you’re looking for something that includes many of the DC comics women superheroes but a paper thin, confusing plot, this is for you.

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DC Comics Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 by various authors (3/5)

I’m still very angry about the fact that Wonder Woman was dropped as a UN ambassador because she was seen as only a sex symbol. Just read this collection of short stories and you can see that it is an insult to consider Wonder Woman just a sex symbol. It’s perfectly fine to be a sex symbol, in fact, most superheroes are. Just look at Batman’s muscles etc.  She is so much more than that. She stands for so much more. And this collection does just that. Some of the stories are a little simplified but there’s some gorgeous artwork that pays homage to who Wonder Woman is. I wish there was more.


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The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1 by Renae De Liz (4/5)

This was the best wonder woman comic of the bunch because the story wasn’t rushed and it knew that it didn’t have to have page after page of action in order to keep the reader’s attention and her character was truly developed. It follows her journey before she left Paradise Island through her childhood and her teen years. I enjoyed learning how she really came to embody the characteristics Wonder Woman and why she is the way she is. The artwork is also pretty great.

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Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn

Paper girls Vol. 2 gives me so many answers from Vol. 1 but gives me just as many questions. But this volume is clearly better than Vol. 1 because the characters feel more distinct and there’s a lot more situations where the characters face their fears. I’m also excited about the ending because there’s so much potential for more epic plot lines and I really have no idea what’s going to happen next. This volume just felt way more cohesive so if you thought the first one was just ok, continue on! I think it was worth it.


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The Arrival by Shaun Tan (3/5)

The Arrival is drawn entirely in shades of brown, black and white (almost like a silent movie) and no words. It’s sort of an extended metaphor for immigration and going to a new place. I seriously want some of the artwork framed on my wall. A lovely book but nothing exactly memorable content wise.

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I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1 by Skottie Young (3/5)

This book was so full of debauchery and fun. Don’t go into this book looking for anything character-driven. The art is so tacky; it’s drawn with vivid combinations of colors that should never work together but somehow does. There’s so many fairytale tropes turned on its head. It sort of reminds me of animated show on cartoon network..but for adults and with adult humor. If you’re into that, I think it’s worth it.

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Now I’m paranoid that I forgot a book but I don’t think I did..Anyways, let me know if you’ve read any of these. I know I was pretty brief on some of them but if you want more of my thoughts, just let me know =)

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Best of 2016!

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2016 wasn’t an amazing reading year but no matter what kind of reading year it is, a few will always emerge as my favorites. Eve @ Eve Messenger’s Otherworldly Endeavors kindly tagged me in a “Best of 2016” tag and I’m going to try and incorporate it into my favorites!

So here are some of the best that will not be mentioned in my favorites.

Books so Fun They Felt Like Reading Parties

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The main character reminds me of the bitch from Cats Don’t Dance both physically and personality wise. This graphic novel also reminds me a lot of Wreck it Ralph but for adults.

 

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omg she was so evil..

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There’s a princess, dragons, a prince, political scheming and old-school fantasy characters. Young Carolyn would have been ecstatic. Present Carolyn was still pretty ecstatic

 

 

Best Female Protagonist

Is it weird to say that my favorite is Wonder Woman? I found and fell in love with her this year. She stands for everything I have come to love in my changing life: wonder and courage but also the utmost compassion.

Best Book Boyfriend

Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. I just think he is funny but also very honorable and loyal. I love him.

Best Cover

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Look how gorgeous this Puffin edition is?? I borrowed it from library just so I can take pictures of it. Oh and read it.

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How exquisite.

Favorite Audiobook

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I kind of love her voice and her sarcasm “voice” is so similar to mine.

The #1 Book No One Else Seems to Like But Me

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Plenty of people like this book I know but just as many people don’t like it. 

I’m also adding categories:

Best Play

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An unexpected look at the different ways people deal with grief. 

Best Graphic Novels

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I’ve read so many WW comics this year and I don’t understand why this character is so hard to write about. But thankfully this one did not disappoint.

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I like the idea of your future self meeting your younger self which is exactly what I got in this sequel. Also a ton of action and a stellar ending.

Now on to my favorites of 2016!! I’ve only included 8 this year and there was never any doubt that they would end up on this list. Banners will all link to my review =)

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Best Small Press Standalone

Author: Silvia Moreno Garcia

I find it funny how glad I am to leave my high school days behind but somehow want to read about characters that are finding themselves in high school settings. Maybe it’s the accuracy and grace with which Garcia portrays teens with a not-so-great home life navigating high school. But I think more than anything, I love coming-of-age stories that illustrate friendship in all its frustrations but ultimately its glories. A stand out story that features magical realism and the weaving of folklore and music.

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Author: Shaun David Hutchinson

I just loved my coming-of-age this year. Like Signal to Noise, it’s not a straight up contemporary but includes hints of science fiction that blend together so nicely with its more realistic aspects. This book is standout among its type because it gives layers to all of its characters, the bully is not just the bully because there needs to be a bully in a YA contemporary and the brother doesn’t exist just to be an asshole, even if you don’t like them, you can sometimes glimpse an understanding of them. It is pessimistic but inspiring all at once and so genuinely written, it will be hard not to love.

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Best Plot Twist

Author: Marisha Pessl

Night Film was so deliciously creepy and eerie. I loved the mystery, the suspense and that plot twist at the end was so mind boggling. And to top it all off, it gives such a unique reading experience with its addition of articles and blogs and photos interspersed throughout.

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Best Worldbuilding

Best Setting

Author: Becky Chambers

Whenever I think about this book, I think about how wondrous this world really is (as cheesy as that sounds). It’s also one of those books where you just sit in awe at how they could create a world like this, a world so teeming with possibility and comfort you kind fo wish it was real. Becky Chambers just turns your expectations of gender, orientation, culture, and identity upside down in the most unexpected and wonderful ways possible. It sort of harkens back to what Star Trek use to be, a low-stakes (for the most part) heartwarming scifi opera.

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Author: Jung Yun

As Shelter progressed, it grew a lot more intense that I expected. There’s that sense of claustrophobia and ominous foreboding. The main character is also deeply flawed as main characters go but what it does best is explore the intersection of family fidelity and individualism that a lot of Asian cultures face and explores the extent of human endurance.

It’s down to my last three!! Let’s go…

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Best Sequel

Author: Libba Bray

Libba Bray’s writing is so, so underrated. It takes a couple of years between her books but you know that each second of her writing time is dedicated to details of making 1920’s New York seem as real as possible. I also really respect the diversity of her characters and that she doesn’t blame the historical period for not including people from other walks of life.

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Favorite Series

Author: Marie Rutkoski

This is the third book in The Winner’s Trilogy and while I loved her writing in the previous two books, this third book just showcases how exquisite her writing is. It just hits all the sentimentality and the dramatic that I love in writing. The plot was even more intense than ever and it was almost the perfect conclusion I wanted from this series. Kestrel will always remain one of my favorite female characters of all time. I will be rereading this series for many years to come.

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Most Devastating Read

Author: Bryan Stevenson

I always save my favorite book for something that worms its way into my heart and opens it in unexpected ways. Last year, it was A Little Life and this year, it’s no less emotional in Just Mercy. This book talks about those who have always been sidelined and talks about them with such compassion. This book broke my heart and really forced me to think about the laws that I have always  stood by and turned them upside down.

Those are my favorite books of 2016! I’m accompanied with that same sense of sadness and hope that follows me at the end of every year. Let me know what you think of my choices. I want to thank you all for reading my blog this year. I have so many plans for this blog for next year and I hope you’ll be there with me. I hope you’re having a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I will see you next year in 2017 😉

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August 2016 Wrap Up

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I don’t know what happened this month but I haven’t read this much in one month since last year. I usually read around 5-7 things per month in 2016 but this month? 12. And all of them were pretty good. So let me share them with y’all.

So first off, I actually read a couple of poetry collections. It’s shocking because I’m not a poetry person at all but I thought I’d give them another shot and it turned out pretty well.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

23513349If you’re looking to get into poetry, this is an amazing place to start. A lot of people, myself included, are discouraged from reading poetry because they don’t “get it”. But this poetry collection is easily understandable and covers a lot of accessible topics like breaking up a relationship, abusive relationships, and modern feminism. If you are a veteran of poetry or have read a couple of poetry collections, you can skip this one. Personally I found it a little lacking, the words lack precision and the themes weren’t even reiterated in a fresh or original way. It, however, would work really well as spoken poetry. I read a couple of them aloud (don’t judge me) and they just have a sense of power and anger in them that I don’t think you would get as much of with just reading them.


The Colossus and other poems by Sylvia Plath

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her own right. She went to Smith College and graduated with highest honors, married a fellow poet Ted Hughes but suffered from depression her entire life and tried several times to kill herself, first attempting to commit suicide in 1953 by overdosing on her mother’s pills and then in 1962, by trying to crash her car off the road and finally succeeded in 1963 by sticking her head in a gas oven and dying by carbon monoxide poisoning. I think it’s clear from her life why death pervades her poetry so much. She was utterly fascinated with it. Her words are so biting and anguished though not entirely understandable even if you tried. But I was less concerned with understanding her poetry than reveling in her mastery of language.


Poems by Emily Dickinson

Dickinson is one of my favorite poets of all time. She just uses these perfect analogies to describe emotion and it’s just perfect. She, too, was as equally fascinating as Sylvia Plath. She was a recluse in her own house for much of the time she wrote her poetry not even coming out of her room to attend her father’s funeral. But I think she’s a brilliant poet and it’s clear that she really liked nature..and also dashes.


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Onto the play I read and did not like, the infamous Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I did a full review and spoiler discussion here.


I finally, after two months, finished A History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, a contemporary masterpiece that won the Man Booker in 2015.

20893314Marlon James’s writing is amazing. It’s mesmerizing in a way that music is mesmerizing, it just has a power and beat rhythm to it. It’s really violent but despite the plethora of violence, each violent incident still feels like a fresh wound. It is epic in scope, covering the time periods from the 70’s to the 90’s centering around the killing of Bob Marley and covers a complex network of Jamaican politics, corruption, gang life, and drug operations. I’m so impressed with James’s ability to use dialect. Because he doesn’t just use it accurately, he uses it to its maximum potential, combining dialect in a sort of poetic frenzy as he seamlessly writes from one polarizing perspective to another from CIA agents to drug overlords to dead politicians. It’s not an easy read, both stylistically and content wise. In fact, I was confused for a lot of the book but I think if you’re really interested, I think it’s worth it.


And on the subject of Man Booker authors, I read and reviewed Hanya YanigihImage result for the people in the treesara’s debut novel about a renowned scientist that is convicted of rape, The People in the Trees and I really enjoyed it. My full thoughts here

I balanced a lot of these more heavier works with some YA and NA reads even though they were pretty dark too woops.

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I did mini book reviews of Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, and And I Darken by Kiersten White here.


I then read a little graphic short story called It’s Going to Be Okay by The Oatmeal which actually won (was nominated?) an Esiner award. It’s really sweet and took me less than 2 minutes to read and appreciate the art. You can read it here.

And more graphic stuff! I read two lovely, lovely graphic novels this month.

Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughn

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Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Image result for far from the madding crowd book penguinAnd I even got to squeeze in a classic this month *drops mic*. This book really reminded me of why I love classics. The writing is gorgeous and I feel like a lot of things actually happen in this novel even if they were a little on the soap operay end. Hardy is not quite as witty as Jane Austen but the way he describes the Wessex countryside is nothing short of poetry. It is both oddly scientific at times (he describes body parts sometimes in their actual terms like larynx and coronary artery) but equally romantic and otherworldly. It’s also odd in the sense that it’s quite feminist but Hardy can’t fully escape the sexist notions of his time. I can see why this is boring to some, there are quite a few descriptions of sheep raising but for me, Batsheba’s adventures with her 3 lovers were just so fascinating that I didn’t really care.

How was your August reading? Have you read any of these, if so, what did you think of them?

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