Today is June 30th, 2015. Ugh Emily, stopping getting older.
This month, I read five books, two of them manga, one of them a graphic novel. Nowhere near as good as last month, but hey. I still read.
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
This was a very interesting book. It took me about an hour to read even though it’s fairly sized. The book is told through a series of pictures, text messages, letters, newspaper clippings… it follows a girl who is a competitive piano player and a neighbor boy she meets. The plot begins when the girl goes missing and through the methods shown above, you find out what happened to her. It’s a really neat way to read a book – can’t say I’ve done anything like it before. For me, this book was a solid three stars. Most of the appeal was the method of delivery. The story itself was alright I suppose.
The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes and Stephen Fry
WHYY does this book only have 22 ratings on Goodreads?! It’s such a good book! And I mean, it has Stephen Fry’s name attached to it, you would have thought it would be more well known than it is! Well, read this book. It’s a series of tweets from prominent people/things/entities in history from the creation of space to modern 2000s or so. The first tweet collection is from God and he’s doing the whole ‘making earth’ thing. (whether you’re religious or not, this is pretty funny let me tell ya). The tweets also jump to cave men, Napoleon, Bush… it’s just so much fun. Everybody who tweets has such a wry sense of humor about what they’re doing in history. It’s a very entertaining and fast read.
No. 6 vols 1 and 2 by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino
I just went over why I’m liking this series so much in my last post, so instead of dong it again, I’ll just link it if you’re interested in this series. It’s a neato futuristic dystopiany sci-fi-y thing. It’s pretty good!
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
The original Artemis Fowl novel, I read back when I first read Harry Potter. And I’ve reread it countless times since I bought it. It’s one of my favorite children’s novels of all time and will be read to my future children. And then, there’s this graphic novel version of it. It’s the same storyline, so I can’t fault it on that… it’s just… well, one I want to say ‘the art’, because really, it comes down to the art. It’s just… not right for this story. Artemis Fowl is full of whimsical and sciencey tones. This graphic novel has none of that. I felt like I was reading a true crime comic or something. The tone that I originally loved about the novel was not present in this art, which made me like it a great great deal less (and the art itself was not how I pictured the characters at all. Everyone’s default expression looks angry ;( ) So three stars for the graphic novel (and five for the original novel – go read that one, not this one)
And now for Currently Reading!
Still working on The Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. I have about 200 pages left. Ideally I’d finished it today but really, who am I kidding. Also listening to The Martian by Andy Weir, reading aloud with my SO Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams and kinda sorta still reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This last one I feel is my least likely to be finished. I just hate the main character and can’t bring myself to pick it up much. Have you read it? Is it worth finishing?
Also, my TBR Jar Challenge slip this month iiiis:
Begin reading a new graphic novel or series. I don’t remember what I meant by ‘or series’ when I wrote that… graphic novel series? Novel series? I have no clue. But for graphic novel, the first one that popped into my head is V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, who also wrote Watchmen if you’ve read that one. I’m so excited for this! 😀 The V for Vendetta movie is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time, so the fact that I haven’t read the graphic novel it was based off of yet is ridiculous! If you have never watched this movie, here is the trailer. I highly suggest checking it out.
And that’s it! Happy reading!