Graphic Novel · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

If you received a letter from your future self and it told you what was going to happen to you that day, what would you do? That’s the premise of Ichigo Takano’s Orange. Takamiya Naho runs late to school for the first time in her life and receives….

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Classics · Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy

Paradise Lost by Pablo Auladell & John Milton

Spanish artist Pablo Auladell set out to adapt John Milton’s Paradise Lost into this graphic novel. A few days after Satan’s Fall, he awakens in Hell and rallies his troops to come up with a new plan to attack God. Meanwhile, Adam and Eve are starting their lives together in the Garden of Eden. In this adaptation, we see a condensed and beautiful version of Paradise Lost, even if the characters are relatively flat.

Graphic Novel · Nonfiction · Review

Fetch by Nicole J. Georges

When Nicole J. Georges was sixteen, she adopted Beija, the shar-pei/corgi mix with a difficult disposition. For the next fifteen, sixteen years, Nicole and Beija live together and fight for each other through depression, heartbreak, and people’s carelessness about dogs’ needs. Nicole learns how to be responsible for and how to care for a pet. In Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, they learn how to deal with each other’s needs.

Graphic Novel · Nonfiction · Review

Zen for Beginners by Judith Blackstone & Zoran Josipovic

The Language Learning Challenge had a theme last month of reading about the history of the region, culture, or our target language. My target language of focus for the month was Japanese, so I tried to find books about that culture. I’m going to change up what I would typically write as only a review… Continue reading Zen for Beginners by Judith Blackstone & Zoran Josipovic

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 2, by Kore Yamazaki

No longer a slave but now an magus’ apprentice, Chise Hatori has been introduced to people and creatures of many sorts, including fae royalty. We start where we left off with the King of Cats and the blight haunting the cats’ home. As the story goes on, she learns about more of the cruel effects of being a sleigh beggy, a person who can generate and use tremendous magic. This second volume of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, by Kore Yamazaki, continues one story line and shows more of the side effects of being a sleigh beggy.

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 1, by Kore Yamazaki

I first learned about The Ancient Magus’ Bride anime from akidearest, but I decided I would watch it when it becomes available on a platform I have access to. Then I saw the manga at my library and checked it out. The recommendation I heard for the anime was that it gives you a sense of wonder and tells you just what you need to know for current events and feel there’s still more to the fantasy world, and the manga delivers on that too.

Graphic Novel · Nonfiction · Review

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

After reading Hostage by Guy Delisle last year, I wanted to read more of his graphic novels, which brought me to Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea. This one focuses on the Delisle’s adventures while working at an animation studio in Pyongyang. He deals with corrections to animations, being followed everywhere, and seeing attractions and behaviors that glorify the leader of North Korea. This travel memoir gives an unsettling look at North Korea.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Ever since I saw the review for Blue Is the Warmest Color on From Isi, I wanted to read it. Before this, I only saw the movie listed on Netflix. I checked the book out from the library and enjoyed it. In a colorless world, Clementine, a high school junior, has a family, friends, and a boyfriend she can’t reciprocate feelings for. She breaks up with him. Her gay friend takes her out to a gay bar where she meets Emma, the confident art student with blue hair. This event starts Clementine on the path of self-discovery and love. Narrated in diary entries, this graphic novel is a love story about two women in France in the ’90s.

Graphic Novel · Review

Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori

Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at a rich kids’ school who has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club to repay the debt she owes for breaking a priceless vase. On top of that, she has to keep it secret now that she is a girl. But now it’s time for physical exams. How is the club supposed to keep the doctors and their customers from finding out Haruhi is a girl? As the official start of a series plot, the second volume of Ouran High School Host Club, by Bisco Hatori, throws new issues at the Host Club to develop characters who did not get as much page-time in the previous book.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

One day in a programming class in Flagstaff, Arizona, a guest speaker visits to get the girls in the class to play as female characters in Coarsegold Online. Anda Bridge decides to play the game and quickly levels up in her guild by killing gold farmers for money. She meets a gold farmer, a person who illegally collects rare items and sells them to other players, from China and learns that life isn’t easy for everyone. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and illustrated by Jen Wang, examines a culture clash, workers’ rights, and a black market.