I read 7 books to start off the year. It’s hard not to get excited about that but on the other hand, looking back… it’s pretty typical for me to read more during January/Feburuay. I mean what else is there to do?! I started the year off with The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness. It’s a memoir and I love memoirs. This one is about becoming a parent to a child with a serious illness. It was really good and though it sounds like it might be depressing it was a very upbeat, look on the bright side, everything will work itself out kind of book.
I got this Oliver Jeffers book for Christmas, I LOVE him! It’s hard to tell just how big and amazing this book is, so the photo with my hand is to try to show that. I loved reading about what inspired his series and his books, especially his dipped painting series. He is just so dang smart and funny and interesting and clever!
There’s all those ‘best of 2018’ lists out there and so I reserved (from the library) a bunch of the best graphic novels of 2018. Coyote Doggirl was the first one to come in. I never would have picked it to read but it was fun and that kinda is the point, to find something new and different. It is different but it’s delightful. She also wrote/illustrated Hot Dog Taste Test and if I hadn’t read that somewhere, I would have never thought they were made by the same person!
The Great Alone was probably my favorite book this month. It is THE perfect ❄️snow❄️ day book. I’m so bummed that I finished it because I miss these characters and this story. There were a couple of parts that stressed me out; I guess you could say it was suspenseful. But overall it was just so much fun to read about homesteading in Alaska. That’s not something I thought I’d be interested in at all so it must be a fantastic book!
On a Sunbeam is another graphic novel on the best-of-2018 lists. It reminded me of Paper Girls. It’s sci-fi but has enough other story to it that it held my attention. This book is a brick! It’s 500+ pages!! I like the little blurb at the beginning explaining that it was all drawn on Canson Bristol board with pens, then cleaned up in Photoshop. At the end she explains that this was originally a webcomic. I like knowing a little about the process and it made me appreciate the book even more.
To Shake the Sleeping Self is a memoir about a bicycle journey from Oregon to Patagonia. Between this book and The Great Alone, I’m ready for an adventure! I liked this passage from To Shake the Sleeping Self:
“Exposure to human stories reminds us that we're all human. I mean real exposure. Listening, hearing. Not point from across the room. Engaging. And most of us are just trying to make it day by day without hurting anyone else.”
For some reason I avoided starting this one, I’m not sure why. The Lie and How We Told It is another graphic novel that was on some of the ‘best of 2018’ lists. Once I started, I read it one sitting. The story reveals itself almost like a movie and I like that there’s sort of two stories in one. One is color and one is in black & white on heavier paper. (FYI: adult themes)
I’ve already started on books 8 and 9 and they are both so good! Reading is definitely my favorite thing right now. :) What are you reading?