Top 5 Reads of 2018

Top5

Top Thing of the Year lists are the hot thing in December, and I am a weak willed person, so I’m making a list of my own. Welcome to the first ever Writerly Kind Top 5 Reads of the Year, where I look back at all the books I finished and highlight my absolute favorites and summarize what I liked the most about them. Links to my full reviews are included with each!

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just post the answers to the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Review: Monstress Volume 1

Monstress Volume 1 Cover3 out of 5 stars. I wish I liked this more than I did, but I sat down the second Volume halfway through and have had 0 interest in picking it back up again. Sana Takeda’s painting-like artwork is gorgeous and vivid, bringing the world of Monstress to life in exquisite detail, but that’s where my interest in this both begins and ends. The gorgeous artwork carried me through this, but I feel as if I was dropped into the middle of the story with this volume–so much so that the “twist” at the end simply left me feeling confused. Why should I care exactly? What could the character motivations here possibly be? I’m not invested enough in the characters by this point to legitimately want the answers to this question, which is why I’m struggling so hard to finish the second volume, I think.

The art really is beautiful, though. I’m not “good” at reading comics (I normally catch myself focusing only on the text bubbles), but Takeda’s work is so compelling that I would’ve gladly flipped through only for the wonderful details. I’ll wrap up the second volume soon, I think, but given how much praise this comic has received I was quite surprised to see that I wasn’t more invested. Probably just not my cup of tea!

Review: City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts cover5 out of 5 stars. City of Ghosts is a cute, quick little read that I really enjoyed my time with, despite its simplicity. Very obviously targeted at a much younger age group, Schwab’s vivid attention to detail still shines through, creating an enchanting little ghost world for Cassidy and Jacob to explore. This world coupled with the usual charming characters and Schwab’s solid skill with writing make this worth reading even as an adult. It will take you about an hour or two to get through, so why not! Read it. Admire how cute Cassidy and Jacob are. Buy a few copies for the adventure-loving kids in your life who are more interested in the morbid side (as a pre-teen, I’m certain I would’ve just devoured this book. It is exactly my style).

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