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Blankets.

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I’ve only ever read one graphic novel before this year, and that was for a queer lit course – Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. I enjoyed it, and the format wasn’t really what I was expecting, but still didn’t go out of my way to read others.

Yesterday, a friend presented me with a copy of Blankets by Craig Thompson. Despite the fact that I’m in the middle of two other books, I dutifully began it immediately, as requested, and was engrossed from the first frames. The story is compelling enough, but the added visual mayhem, details of a life remembered, even the small grammatical errors – they create such an experience.

And panels like this one… so simple, but so expressive. I’m maybe a bit smitten.

If you’re a graphic novel reader, was there one that got you hooked? Which one? What are some of your favorites? Have links to reviews that aren’t spoiler-y? Drop them in the comments!

Psst…

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

… Anyone still here? :)

I apologize for the lengthy absence. My life got turned rather upside-down, in more ways than one, and I really hadn’t the heart for reading, or writing, or writing about reading, for a long time.

I’m back, though. At least physically. I probably won’t be diving right into daily posting, but then, that was never a strong suit of mine, anyway. I mostly just wanted to break the silence, and finally felt inspired to do so when I started reading The Perks of being a Wallflower last night.

For those of you who have read both Chbosky’s Wallflower and Loser by Jerry Spinelli, I think you’ll understand why the former brought the latter to mind within the first five pages. If you’ve read one but not the other, or not read either, FIX IT. Soon.

This also made me think about the book pairings we offered for Sync over on ABC – The Lottery with The Hunger Games. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with The Looking Glass Wars. Treasure Island with Bloody Jack. What are some other read-alikes/listen-alikes you’ve particularly enjoyed? Do you prefer not to read them too closely so as not to judge one against another?  Do you seek out similar stories to, or stories deliberately based upon, ones you’ve read and enjoyed?

Booking Through Thursday

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Are your book choices influenced by friends and family? Do their recommendations carry weight for you? Or do you choose your books solely by what you want to read?

The books I buy are almost exclusively based on recommendations from family, friends, and book bloggers whose opinions I value. Rarely do I pick up a book without having heard anything about it previously, though I’ve been broadening my horizons that way with audiobooks recently.

I’ve been reading quite a bit of memoir and “creative” autobiography, as Rachel is a huge fan of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and James Frey. We also have Sarah Silverman’s The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee on its way from AudioFile for us to listen to and review. Neil Gaiman’s Stardust was a recent read based on a recommendation from my roommates, and I think everything I have lined up for anytime soon was suggested by my partner, one of my closest friends, a new colleague at the magazine, or someone from the blogosphere. What on earth would I do if I had to choose my books entirely from scratch??? :)

Now it’s all you – what turns you onto the books you read?