Exploring My Bookshelves: A Poem in Graphic Novel Form

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds and co-hosted with Shannon at For the Love of Words. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

I’m combining two topics in this post since I didn’t post anything last weekend. First, I’ll do this week’s topic, which is:

A manga or graphic novel

The Rime of the Modern Mariner
“The Rime of the Modern Mariner” by Nick Hayes

Of all the comics and graphic novels I’ve recently acquired, I chose this one instead. I found it about a year or two ago at my job and decided to read it because it was the only book there with illustrations in it. I think I read the entire book on my ride home from work. It’s a retelling of the classic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, which I had to read for a literature class once. I’ve since forgotten what Coleridge’s poem is about but I enjoyed Hayes’ retelling immensely and appreciated the accompanying illustrations.

Hayes retelling is a fable that shows how pollution hurts our environment.

To read Hayes’s thoughts on his book and how he got the idea for it, click here.

Above are a few pages from the book. The color palette is minimal but it works. I love it and the illustrations.

As for last week’s topic:

Doesn’t quite fit

For this, I’ll just show the picture of my bookcase. It’s an old picture but it shows some of the books that do not fit on it, meaning all the books on the top. I’ve acquired many books since taking this picture and have had to wedge books in whatever spaces are available and stack them in front of the books already lining the shelves. Thus, my bookcase looks very messy right now, which why I didn’t bother taking pictures for this part.

my bookcase
my bookcase
How this meme works:
  1. Take a “shelfie” (a picture of your bookshelf). Preferably literal, but e-shelves work too.
  2. Write something on the day’s prompt.
  3. Give the blurb and the cover of the book (and what you thought of it if you’ve read it).
  4. Link back to Victoria’s post.

6 thoughts on “Exploring My Bookshelves: A Poem in Graphic Novel Form

  1. Those illustrations in The modern mariner look really good, beautiful.
    I just read the ancient mariner poem (almost, i got a little sleepy near the end)
    And I haven’t got a clue what it’s about!

    Apparently Coleridge was an opium addict and it really affected his mental health.

    It had interesting words though like :
    Swound & eftsoons & work em woe, i wist & hither to work us weal (which is probably my favourite, i might start using it)

    That’s a very tidy bookcase! There’s room aplenty before the ceiling 😉


    1. Haha! Yea, when I read it, I didn’t retain much either. Eftsoons sounds good to me. Let me try to use it in a sentence, hmm: Hopefully I’ll post more regularly again eftsoons receiving a fixed laptop. Lol, I don’t know if that’s correct.
      I’m glad you see my goal—the ceiling.


    1. I hope you like it. The illustrations are wonderful and I liked the poem. I’m not the best judge of poems though so I don’t know if it’s great. It’s a good read though.

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