Great Mangas For Starters

For this reading year, I was introduced to mangas. I did read them from time to time but I didn’t really get into them until this year. If you don’t know, mangas are Japanese comics. Mangas get a bad rap for not being sufficient enough for a story, educational enough or could be demeaning to genders. However, mangas could be more engaging and entertaining than a prose novel. And this year was no exception. So if you are new to mangas or looking for newer ones, here are some great series to get you started:

Continue reading “Great Mangas For Starters”

Books to Read This Month: October Edition

October may be the perfect month to read haunting and spooky reads but that is not the only thing that can keep you entertained in this “chilling” month. This month, we book lovers are bombarded with some exciting releases yu don’t want to put down! (Particularly one new book from a favorite author in which I did not want to end❤):

Continue reading “Books to Read This Month: October Edition”

Great Graphic Novels of NYCC

New York Comic Con may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean the reading of comic books have to end! Graphic Novels and mangas gives us readers another alternative way for stories can be told and, as years gone by, they have become more fresh and just as realistic and entertaining compared to prose books. If you are looking to jump in the world of comic books or already a lover of them, here are some new releases that have been creating a lot of buzz but will also make you want to dive more into the world of comic books:

Continue reading “Great Graphic Novels of NYCC”

Controversial but Necessary: Recent Releases for Banned Books Week

While being on this book committee at work, I have read some amazing books this year. Some of these books, I feel, really should be highlighted to our library community and helmed as one the best books of the year for their ingenuity and compelling storytelling. Continue reading “Controversial but Necessary: Recent Releases for Banned Books Week”

Book Review: March Book 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

Format: Paperback

Pages: Book 1 (128 pages), Book 2 (192 pages), Book 3 (246 pages)

Published: Book 1 (August 13, 2013), Book 2 (January 13, 2015), Book 3 (August 2, 2016)

Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

Genre: Nonfiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Graphic Novels Continue reading “Book Review: March Book 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell”

Book Review: Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

34495927

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 752 pages

Published: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel

Continue reading “Book Review: Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson”

Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina; Illustrated by John Jennings and Stacey Robinson

34099859Format: Paperback

Pages: 168 pages

Published:  2017

Publisher: Tu Books

Genre: Graphic Novels

Continue reading “Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina; Illustrated by John Jennings and Stacey Robinson”

Book Review: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King

33776413

Format: Paperback

Pages: 308 pages

Published:  October 17, 2017

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Mangas, Classics, Graphic Novels

 

 

Synopsis:

The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secrets). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of ‘the Plague’), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover s decline into madness). Best read in a dimly-lit room with the curtains drawn, Poe s brilliant works come to life in darkly thrilling ways in this Manga Classic adaptation.” Continue reading “Book Review: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King”

Four Austen Graphic Novels

 

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice by Stacy King

21433253

Format: Paperback

Pages: 308 pages

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Graphic Novels, Mangas, Classics

If you are looking for an exact adaptation of the is beloved, then this is not the right book. But don’t let that deter you. This is another delightful edition in the Manga Classics series. It might be a tad dramatic but that doesn’t stop it from being a great story. The text was appropriate, especially if it’s targeting a younger audience. It felt more like teenagers were talking to one another which oddly enough made it more enjoyable . The art was fantastic as usual. I really loved how during the intense and important moments of the story, the weather reflected that such as raining during Darcy’s second proposal. So although this version does takes this classic in a new direction, don’t fret Austen lovers. It still brings all the charm and wit the original emits. Another successful adaptation!

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Continue reading “Four Austen Graphic Novels”

Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se

26591769Format: Harcover  

Pages: 308 pages

Published: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Graphic Novels, Mangas, Classics

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden Death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?

Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation! Continue reading “Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se”