Happy Friday, friends! I hope your week went well.
Last week, I co-hosted round 4 of graphics-a-thon, a readathon aimed at reading graphic novels, comics, etc. There were several prompts and a bingo board to complete, and I had a super ambitious TBR. I ended up having a busier week than I anticipated, so I didn’t get through all the books I wanted to. But, I did manage to read a ton, and graphics-a-thon pushed me to start a couple graphic novels I had been putting off.
So, today I’m going to do my wrap-up and talk about the books I read!
Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke: 2 stars (prompt: new to you author)
I ended up not enjoying this one. I found the author really pretentious with no redeeming qualities, and I found her narrative wandered and wasn’t totally connected. I didn’t really enjoy the art style. Additionally, the author accidentally steals the memorial photographs of a man who was killed/committed suicide, and when she realizes the photos were a memorial, instead of returning the photos, she takes them to Europe and loses them. The man’s family has read this book and questioned her about it, and, according the Goodreads, she has not apologized or done anything to remedy this. So overall, I have a hard time supporting this book.
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden: 5 stars (prompt: a different format)
I really loved this one! I loved the art style; the colours used are all so pretty and the settings are so beautiful. I really loved the story and found it really sweet and compelling. I also really loved the characters and was rooting for them. So overall, a fantastic read.
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson: 4.5 stars (prompt: a five-star prediction)
Technically, I gave this book five stars so my prediction was correct. I love Stevenson, so I really enjoyed reading this memoir. I love their art style, and liked seeing their commentary on certain things. The only gripe I have with this graphic novel is that it’s mainly just a collection of the art Stevenson has already posted on tumblr rather than a true graphic memoir, which it is advertised as. I still loved it, because I love Stevenson and their art style, but I would have loved it more had it been what it’s being marketed as.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Velero-O’Connell: 4 stars (prompt: a non-US/UK author)
I really enjoyed this graphic novel! I loved the art style and the pink (obviously). I thought the story was fun, and I loved that it was a messy queer story. We don’t often get messy queer love stories, and gay and lesbian love relationships are often portrayed as these prefect, problem-free, 100% pure, non-toxic relationships, which is not true. So I loved how real and authentic this graphic novel felt. It’s not the light-hearted story that a lot of people may be expecting, so just know that going in.
The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson: 3.5 stars (prompt: a BIPOC author)
I enjoyed this graphic novel as well! Senator Laboucane-Benson is involved with the program that is described in this graphic novel, so this graphic novel is basically just well-executed marketing and support for the program. I enjoyed the story in it and learned a lot from it. I’d highly recommend it if you’re interested in a lot of the complexities surrounding inter-generational trauma.
- Check, Please! Volume 2: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu: I am so happy to be back with Bitty and the gang. I’m hoping to finish this book this weekend!
- This Place: 150 Years Retold by various Indigenous authors: I am so glad I started this graphic novel. It has been super interesting, and I’m really excited to finish it.
- Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis: this is a photography collection of historical photographs taken by and of Indigenous people. I’ve been really enjoying reading the stories behind the photos and looking at the photos.
So those are the graphic novels I’ve read recently! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Have you read any graphic novels recently? Let me know!