In February I read 8 books for a total of 15 books so far this year.
Book 8 was Belonging: A German reckons with history and home. The art is very Maira Kalman-like which I loved. It’s not that big of a book but there’s a lot to it so it took me awhile to read. Each page has a lot of text, a lot to take in, and gives you a lot to think about.
Book 9 was Little. This one took me forever to read it seemed and maybe I should have just given up on it. It was interesting and different but there was something about the writing that just didn’t flow for me.
Book 10 was From Lone Mountain. I really enjoyed this one. It’s like a graphic diary, graphic as in graphic novel not as in explicit. His drawings are so simple and I found that really encouraging. I got lots of ideas for drawing/telling my own stories and just generally felt inspired by this book.
Books 11 and 12 were these kids’ graphics novels that I got Clara for Valentine’s Day. She read them both in a day so I challenged myself to do the same. I liked Click better, she liked New Kid better. They were both good though. Click is more appropriate for her age (3rd grade) and New Kid is more for older elementary/middle school.
Book 13 was Alma Thomas. Every month I research an artist and share a little tidbit about their life and work every weekday on my Patreon page. Art books are expensive and so I try to find what I can at the library, though pickings are slim when it comes to female artists. This book was really good and I was able to borrow it through inter-library loan and Wash U. There’s just so much to love about Alma.
Book 14 was Sabrina. This was one of those books that was on everyone’s list of best graphics novels in 2018. I don’t really know how to describe this book though. It’s very different. I think the current phrase is I’m shook! It’s sort of scary real or maybe scary sad. There’s not really an ending or a resolution to the book and I found that frustrating.
Book 15 was Harry Potter: The Sorcerer’s Stone illustrated edition. The kids don’t really like being read to at night anymore which is both really nice but also kinda sad. They were interested in reading this one aloud together. We took turns reading usually one or two us reading one chapter in an evening. With different stuff going on, it took us probably 5 or 6 weeks to finish! We’ve all read book 1 before but it was still fun to re-experience the story together along with these amazing illustrations.
Now we are slowly working our way though book 2. I’m also reading Ready Player One and have a couple other books on deck for March.