I love my spouse. I love books. However, my spouse does not love the books I love. He loves graphic novels. So sometimes I go on a binge and read lots of graphic novels and suggest he read them too so we can reference them and talk about it. Right now he’s obsessed with Locke and Key written by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King (in case you didn’t know). I got halfway through Joe Hill’s door stop of a book, The Fireman, so I didn’t go in to these books with high hopes. But they’re good!
I have finished Welcome to Lovecraft vol 1 and Head Games vol 2. There’s a bit of gore and violence so be prepared. Although the illustrations aren’t super realistic so it’s not as disturbing, in my opinion. There are 6 volumes thus far and we’re plowing right along. If you like graphic novels with a bit of horror and mystery these might be for you!
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book by an author who uses a pseudonym (Joe Hill is actually Joseph Hillstrom King – I assume he didn’t want to be known straight away as Stephen King’s son, although he doesn’t go so far as to hide it)
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : three books by the same author (I’m currently reading vol 3 so it counts)
I read some graphic novels for kids recently and loved them!
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. I kept seeing this gorgeous cover at bookstores so I was very pleased to pick it up at the library. Pri and her mother live in California. Pri finds a pashmina in a secret trunk in her house that when worn takes you to see you desire. When Pri wears it, it takes her to India. Pri wants to know more about her father, who she thinks is in India but her mother refuses to talk about him or why she came to America. By mysterious circumstances her aunt calls and requests Pri come to India, and her mother relents. This story is about learning about yourself and what you want and even learning answers to questions you may have wish you never asked.
Swing it, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. This is the second book about Sunny. The first is Sunny Side Up, where she is sent to her grandfather’s 55+ community for the summer. She’s not sure why she’s spending her summer there but she finds out that it’s because her brother Dale is acting out and he needs attention from her parents. In this second book Dale is sent away to what looks to be a military school. Sunny and her family have to change their dynamic now that one of the siblings is missing. These books are real life! I did just notice that on the Sunny Side Up cover she is in the same position as this cover but on a pool float and now she’s in a fall scene. Perhaps there will be winter and spring covers coming soon.
Jane by Aline McKenna is probably technically for young adults. It is a retelling of Jane Eyre through graphic novel and during current day rather than the 1800s. Now, I love Jane Eyre. I read The Flight of Gemma Hardy last year which is also (supposedly) a retelling of Jane Eyre. I did not enjoy it so I was a bit wary when picking this one up. However, this one was good! I loved the art, Jane in this book is an artist. I also liked the way they transferred the mother character. You can’t really claim insanity when locking someone up in an attic in 2017 so I think they did a good switch with that. I liked the relationship with Rochester. The only thing I didn’t like is the brother-in-law angle. It was a bit much. You’ll know what I mean if you read it.
I have lots and lots of books on my desk right now. So I thought I’d share a few. Mind you, I’ve started none of these books. I’m on page 0 with every single one. So if you’ve read them or have heard things let me know and help me make my stack smaller by process of elimination.
Kindred : the graphic novel adaptation by Octavia Butler. Ok so I lied. I’m on page 31 with this one. So far so good.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. I saw the movie trailer for this one when I went to go see Atomic Blonde last month and it looked equally parts scary and suspenseful. I typically hate scary movies but I think this one might be similar to Taking Lives. By that I mean it’s more about the detective and his relationship with people than about the serial killer. More suspenseful than horror-like. I’ll try the book first. See if I make it.
Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I saw this one on the Book Riot newsletter. It reminded me of A Discovery of Witches, with which I am obsessed. Speaking of, if you love the All Souls trilogy get ready to squeal. It’s being filmed for TV AS.WE.SPEAK!
Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory. A short story collection that I may or may not open.
I just finished this series, Giant Days. It’s the story of three friends who met at uni, which I’ve gathered is what they call college in England. It’s up to 5 volumes so far which takes them through their freshman year and the summer before their sophomore year. I actually don’t know if freshman / sophomore etc are the designations they use over there. But anyway. It’s very good. Real life college things, and super funny. I love the characters Esther, Daisy & Susan. They all have their own personalities and they are real people that you could meet at school and be friends with. I can’t imagine reading them in tiny parts (each volume is 5 parts) and much prefer the volume collections. Volume 6 comes out in October so you have plenty of time to read the first 5 and catch up.
I read the book. It was only 100 something pages. Very quick. I liked it. I’m sad I didn’t read it as a kid because some people I talked to did and really enjoyed it. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I was a kid. Cynical adult view and all that nonsense. But I wanted to finish it before the movie. As a rule, that’s how I work. Annoyingly, as an adult, I noticed the book had some religious comments that I wasn’t prepared for – i.e. those who believe in God will prevail and no harm will come to you. That wouldn’t fly these days. Talking about God is not a normal thing in kids books and you’re immediately called out for it if you do. Even heavy handed morals aren’t really accepted these days. However, it was a good story and a quick read. In the vein of Lion Witch & the Wardrobe (which also religious undertones because – C.S. Lewis..) I wonder if L’Engle is the same as Lewis in that you should go in prepared for religious comments. I don’t know anything about her. I should look.
Side note. It has a corresponding graphic novel. It won the Newbery Award in 1963.
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a Newbery award winner or honor book
I’m a bad librarian and have not read this book, but will before next year!
I’m not super “in” when it comes to graphic novels. I do try, but there’s so many that are 50 book series’ that I get bogged down and only like the ones that are standalone. I recently read the first Lumberjanes and it was hilarious. Not super surprising since the author also wrote Nimona and I liked that as well (although my review says otherwise..)
Anyway, Real Friends was quick and stands by itself. It’s a memoir of Shannon Hale’s experience in fourth and fifth grade and what it was like to try and make friends. Real friends. Not those catty girls who don’t really want to play with you but let you sit with them at lunch or are only nice to you because their mom is friends with your mom. I cringed reading some of the things that were said or done to poor Shannon but in hindsight those things were probably also done to me. Growing up is hard y’all.
I liked that at the end Shannon made a decision that a book that was trying to send a positive message might not have made. Shannon told a girl she couldn’t be in her group of friends because she was mean and made her feel bad about herself. In any other book Shannon would go home and have a heart to heart with her mom about how you have to be nice to everyone and she should let the mean girl in her group. But Shannon didn’t talk to her mom and she didn’t go back and change her mind. Everything was not fine with that girl and they did not become life long friends. And I liked that. Because not everyone will be your friend and you don’t have to be friends with everyone, especially if they’re mean to you. That is a positive message too.
Now that I said the thing I like I’m quick going to say the thing I didn’t like. Here it is. Shannon Hale throws Jesus in there at the WEIRDEST times. It makes no sense. Yes, she mentions going to church. But all of a sudden Jesus is sitting with her in a bush as her only friend. It was unnecessary and awkward.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with pictures