Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t catch Ellyn’s post or our Twitter, there was a mini-round of Graphics-A-Thon starting on the 16th and ending on the 19th. For me, it was a rough start but I eventually found my footing. However, I’m still excited to talk about the books I ended up reading and to see if I can get to the 8 books I predicted for myself so let’s see.
Day 1: January 16th
On Day 1, I had to work so I didn’t get much time to read. However, I did finish one book and that was Diana: Princess of the Amazons. This graphic novel follows Diana being the only kid on Themyscira and what happens when she tries to make matters into her own hands with things. While this was pretty cute, it wasn’t anything amazing and it was clearly made for a different audience than me. Ultimately cute but not much else. 3/5 stars
Day 2: January 17th
The first book I finished on Day 2 was Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill. This book follows Lana who goes to visit her aunt with her father and it’s basically her learning how important the sea is and how she can help to protect it. This had Katie O’Neill’s signature cutesy art-style and still had an adorable message. Easily one of my favorite reads of this round and I can’t wait to read more from her. 4/5 stars
My second read on Day 2 was Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Vol. 1 which is one I didn’t have on my radar until I saw it at the library. This one follows a guy who gets into a culinary school and it’s basically him trying to prove that he’s an incredible chef and will finally be able to beat his father. As odd as it might seem, this book was overly sexual for my tastes (which is saying something lmao) but I felt like I would have enjoyed more of the competition aspect. 3/5 stars
My third and final read for Day 3 was Pretty Violent which is about a superhero who grows up in a family of villains and it’s basically her trying to be a hero but inevitably fucking it up. Honestly, I enjoyed the art style but this book felt super boring to me and a little bit too wordy. Maybe I’m just picky but this one didn’t wow me as I hoped. 3/5 stars
Day 3: January 18th
Moving onto my next read, I finally read Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell which is about Freddy who keeps getting broken up with Laura Dean and not getting over her. Honestly, I feel like this graphic novel did a great job of illustrating toxic relationships and how we can fall into a trap with someone. However, it wasn’t a lot of fun although I enjoyed the art style. 3/5 stars
The second book I finished on Day 3 was Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee. This was about a girl who has a séance tea party and befriends a ghost. I absolutely adored the art style in this one and I felt like it was a warm hug. While it dealt with topics such as grief, growing up and moving on, it was still cute. I can’t wait to read more from this author and I thought this was enjoyable. 4/5 stars
Day 4: January 19th
The first book I finished in Day 4 was The Truth about Stacey which is a graphic novel version of the Baby-Sitters Club. It’s basically a retelling of the novel but told in graphic form and it was enjoyable. I really enjoy getting to see the story as it’s been forever since I’ve read this one and I also loved the art-style. 4/5 stars
The final book I finished for this round was Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed which was probably my favorite read of this round. It follows a 16-year-old Diana as she leaves Themyscira and ends up at a refuegee camp before going to the US where she finds out how harsh the outside world really is. Honestly, I loved the art style for this, the message and how it wasn’t afraid to handle tough topics.
This was obviously written with a younger/teenage audience in mind but I wouldn’t be mad if there was an adult version that was a little bit gritter and darker. This one didn’t push the envelope but it easily could have. 4/5 stars
Let’s get into my stats for this round of Graphics-A-Thon and then we can move on to get excited for the next full-length round.
Star Ratings: 5-stars (0), 4-stars (4) and 3-stars (4)
Average Rating: 3.5
Favorite Read: Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
Least Favorite Read: Pretty Violent, Vol. 1
Those are the 8 books I read for this mini-round of the Graphics-A-Thon. I really enjoyed this round despite me not having a 5-star read in the bunch. However, it does help me decide what I want to read for the next round and get me hyped for some books I know I have saved up for it. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.