A Matter of Life

August Recap

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I read 4 books in August, same as July… So I’m glad that I managed at least that, even with moving and stuff. In all fairness one of them was a short play, but still. Oh, and 19 issues of comics.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This YA novel just came out this week, but I read the e-galley. Honestly, it didn’t live up to my high hopes, but maybe the sequels will strengthen it a bit?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – I liked Scorpius, but otherwise this didn’t really feel like a HP story. I would’ve been okay without it.

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Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid #2) – Second in the author’s post-apocalyptic romance series, this focuses on John falling for the man trying to steal from their vegetable garden. Looking forward to starting the third book!

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Damn, I still haven’t gotten around to writing an actual review of this. Basically, I went and bought the hard copy before I even finished reading the e-galley. It’s fantastic. This is my third Whitehead novel and he rocks.

 

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 4

Female authors: 3 (75%)

Non-white authors: 3 (75%)

Format breakdown: 2 e-book, 2 print

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 19

Female authors/illustrators: 7

Non-white author/illustrators: 4

Format breakdown: All print.

Some goals for September – read at least 5 books (almost done with my 2nd, so should be possible) and catch up on blogging things. Now that my book room is all set up at home, and I have a new laptop, this should be a breeze.

How was your August?

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Some Graphic Novel Reviews

In case you’ve forgotten already, last week was the Bout of Books readathon, and I read a LOT of graphic novels. Well, 5 seems like a lot in one week. Anyways, I decided to throw them all in one mega review post, because I didn’t have a whole ton of stuff to say about a lot of these.

Enjoy!

Boxers and Saints

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang –  These books have been praised ALL over the internet lately, so I was really excited to get into them. They’re two companion graphic novels revolving around the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers is about Bao, a boy who becomes a leader of the Boxer Rebellion. Saints is about Vibiana, a girl neglected by her family who discovers Christianity and hopes to be like Joan of Arc. I think that the idea of these books – creating companion books about characters on completely opposite sides of a conflict, and making them both sympathetic, is really awesome and I would enjoy seeing it done for other conflicts or wars that have occurred. And while I enjoyed the kind of “there are two sides to every story” lesson, it also seemed like a good argument against religion, which I’m okay with but I’m fairly certain wasn’t the author’s intention. The art was bold and simple, but striking. Overall, I didn’t completely love the characters and I think that’s what tampers my own praise a bit.

 

Sarah Says: 3 stars to both

 

Chew Volume 1

Chew: Volume 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory –  Cheewwww, I can’t wait to read more of youuuuuu. Chew is a graphic novel series about Tony Chu, a man who gets psychic impressions from the things he eats – including people. He’s kind of forced into using his skill to work as an FDA agent, solving crimes and murders along the way. This was SUPER AWESOME. It’s a weird, cool premise for a comic book series, but I totally love it. Chu is a good guy (not a cannibal, by the way… at least, not by choice), and there were some parts that just completely made me laugh out loud. And the ending of this one was a shocker, an “oh shit” kind of revelation, and I cannot wait to grab Chew: Volume 2.

 

Sarah Says: 4.5 stars

 

A Matter of Life

 

A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown – Jeffrey was raised in a religious household – his dad was a minister. But at some point, he realized that he didn’t believe in God, and wasn’t sure if he ever really had. While Jeffrey’s recollections were a little jumbled for my taste, I did enjoy his exploration of faith, or the lack thereof. And when he drew himself getting more into science and reading about physics (including books by Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman), the geek in me smiled. But overall, I love that he actually explored his faith instead of following, or not following, it blindly. It was easily relatable, for me. Definitely worth the quick read.

 

Sarah Says: 3.5 stars

Anya's Ghost

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – Anya is a Russian girl just trying to blend in at an American high school. She feels too chubby, she has a crush on the typical high school jock, and she hardly has any friends. And on top of all that, she falls in a well. When she’s down there, she meets a ghost who follows her back up into the world. At first the lonely ghost is annoying, but soon Anya learns that having a ghost as your best friend comes with a lot of perks. Until, of course, she realizes that the ghost is more than she seems. This was a really quick read, but I enjoyed it a lot. I REALLY liked the art – it was cartoonish, but cool and pretty. Anya is a likable girl, who reminds you just a bit what it’s like to be a teenager. And somehow, the storyline with the ghost caught me by surprise. I’d be interested in checking out more of Vera Brosgol’s work.

Sarah Says: 3.5 stars