Well, here are a few stuff I picked up since the last time I picked up stuff. I like picking up these pretty stuff. It would be even nicer if I could read them before picking up more stuff. Anyway…
(All are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise stated.)
WITCH HAT ATELIER, VOLS. 4, 5, 6 by Kamome Shirahama (ILLUS.), Transl. by Stephen Kohler
I enjoyed the first volume so much that I decided to just go ahead and collect them all. My plan is to binge on them at some point. It’s about a girl who loves magic and wants to become a witch and is able to do so at a dire cost. I enjoyed the story and loved the illustrations. (The link above is to my review of the first volume.)
SEASON OF THE WITCH: A SPELLBINDING HISTORY OF WITCHES AND OTHER MAGICAL FOLK by Matt Ralphs, illus. by Nuria Tamarit
I believe this is a nonfiction children’s picture book about women throughout history who were called witches… I don’t know for sure, but I linked to the Goodreads page above, in case you want to check it out. Obviously, I bought it because of the beautiful illustrations.
The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill (illus.)
This is the second book in O’Neill’s Tea Dragon series, a children’s fantasy graphic novel series about a society of people who raise tea dragons — little dragons that grow tea leaves from their horns. The story is sweet and I love the illustrations. The third book, Tea Dragon Tapestry, is slated to be published in June 2021.
The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo by Tom Feelings (illus.)
A children’s nonfiction picture book about slavery. I found this in an indie book store and was so happy about it that I had to get it.
I went to the comic bookshop to pick up my copy of the latest volume of Monstress and ended up with ALL these. I got a little too excited, and I also blame not being able to visit my comic bookshop for a while due to corona lockdowns. I missed being there.
Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman, illus. by Rob Guillory
This one I got at a second-hand bookshop. It came highly recommended and was in good condition, so bought it I did.
EXCELLENCE, VOL. 1: KILL THE PAST by Brandon Thomas, illus. by Khary Randolph
Never heard of this before, but the synopsis was intriguing. It’s about Black magicians, which is enough for me to buy it.
Kill or be Killed, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Sean Phillips
I loved Brubaker’s Velvet, which is another mystery comic book series but about a female spy, so I picked this up to try something else by him.
MONSTRESS, VOL. 5: WARCHILD by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
This was all I was supposed to buy. Just this! Lol! I’m really looking forward to reading this. Monstress is one of my favorite comic book series. It’s about a young woman who has a monster trapped inside her searching for answers about her past. The story is fantastic and the art is incredible. I love it.
Berserker Unbound, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire, illus. by Mike Deodato, Jr.
I’ve been curious about this one because I like the cover, so after reading Lashaan’s review (linked above), I decided to get it and did so when I visited the comic bookshop and went crazy buying all these, lol.
Folklords by Matt Kindt, illus. by Matt Smith
Lol! I thought this said “Folklores” when I bought it, lol. The synopsis sounds interesting and I didn’t mind the art much; plus, I like the cover. I can’t wait to dig into this one.
BITTER ROOT, VOL. 1: FAMILY BUSINESS by David F. Walker & Chuck Brown, illus. by Sanford Greene
For some reason, I think this one will be really funny. I don’t know why I think so. It’s about a family of monster hunters. I got it because I love the cover.
(Btw, check out my bookshelf tour to see more of my comics.)
THE FIELD GUIDE TO DUMB BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA by Matt Kracht (illus.)
A humorous book about bird watching that Millie’s post (linked above) convinced me I needed in my life, lol.
Severance by Ling Ma
It’s a zombie apocalypse book with a minimalist cover I like — easy buy.
THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark
I didn’t realize it’s a classic when I picked it up. I just liked the cover and how slim the book is. I think it’s a novella.
That Hair by Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, transl. by Eric M.B. Becker
I’m a sucker for books about zombies, witches, or Black hair, lol! Also, love the cover, so in my bag it went.
BLACK PANTHER, # 1-18, 166-172 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illus. by Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Wilfredo Torres, Adam Gorham, & Leonard Kirk
So all the digital issues of the Black Panther comics were free shortly after Chadwick Boseman passed, so I took the opportunity to stock up on them. I haven’t read any of them because I’m not interested in superhero comics, but I’d like to try it.
Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi (illus.)
A middle grade fantasy novel about a young rabbit who befriends a dragon. I borrowed it from a friend but, unfortunately, I didn’t like it. I was bored by the story, so I won’t bother with the second book, which was recently published, Kenny & the Book of Beasts.
THE BOOKSHOP OF SECOND CHANCES by Jackie Fraser
The synopsis makes me think it’ll be about romance in a bookshop, so I requested it. Shout out to Ballantine Books for granting me access to it. The novel is slated to be published on May 4, 2021.
In: A Graphic Novel by Will McPhail (illus.)
It’s a graphic novel about a millennial. I’m a millennial. I requested it. Lol! But for real, though, I’m looking forward to reading it. McPhail is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. His book is slated to be published on May 4, 2021. And shout out to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for granting me access to it.