Top 5 Tuesday #45: Witches & Wytches

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 witches

What are your favourite witchy books?

I’m attracted to stories about witches and have bought a few of them. However, I haven’t read as many of them as I thought I had, so these aren’t my favorite books about witches but instead are books I’ve read that have witches in them.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

The is the second book in the Witches subseries of Pratchett’s larger Discworld fantasy series. I’ve only read two of Pratchett’s books so far, this and Equal Rites, which is the first book in the Witches series. I enjoyed them. They are humorous and quite entertaining. I think I prefer Wyrd Sisters of the two. In it, witches plot to overthrow a tyrant.

Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock

A horror comic book about a family that relocates to New Hamshire following a tragic incident and learn that there’s something weird about the woods there. The story is a bit creepy and is perfect for Halloween. I liked the father-daughter relationship in it and the colors used for the illustrations.

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

The first in a middle grade fantasy series about a girl who becomes an apprentice witch in a small, backwater town after flunking her witch exam. I liked the story but thought it didn’t adequately explain some things or show how certain relationships develop. However, I would like to read the second book. The story was interesting.

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.)

The first in a manga series about a girl who loves magic and wants to become a witch and is able to do so after a fateful accident. I love the illustrations and was very entertained by the story. I’ve since bought all the volumes in the series (about six) and intend to continue with it soon.

Sylvania, #1 by Kristin Kemper (illus.)

A sweet YA fantasy webcomic about three sisters who are tree witches. The star witches are seeking volunteers to help them terraform Mars and one of the sisters volunteer for the trip. I liked the story. It has a slow start, but it kept me interested and I liked the art. I hope the artist continues with it. It seems that they’ve been on a break from it for about a year now. You can read the webcomic here.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU’VE READ ANY OF THESE.

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 24 | Comics (continues)

I took a break from the bookshelf tour last week because I was unprepared (Monday crept up on me), but I’m back with it now because…

I have more comics to you! 😀

I kind of jumped headlong into comics once I started getting into them. The format really appeals to me and, shortly after getting into comics, I began to give in to my love of picture books as well and started to collect them (that’s coming up on the next shelf).

With comics, I’ve realized that I tend to lean toward fantasy stories (no surprise there) and stray away from superhero comics, which is a bit weird since I enjoy the Marvel movies. But I just prefer stories that aren’t about superheroes, and I enjoy seeing what creators do with the comic book format. So far, I keep collecting and not reading, so I really need to schedule a time where I focus on nothing but comics.

Anyway, the second bookcase:

We’re on the second row of the comics shelf, which is the fifth shelf from the bottom or the first one from the top. Let’s check it out:

Isn’t it beautiful? (Takes a guess at how many comics I managed to fit in this row.) Look at all those comics waiting for us to explore them, lol!

I got the square of polka-dots on the right from one of my favorite art exhibits, which was of Yayoi Kusuma’s work at the Hirshhorn museum. It was such a wonderful exhibit but, man, tickets were hard to come by. The event was free, but tickets would go in a matter of seconds when they dropped. I counted myself lucky to see the exhibit.

The square of polka-dots (I don’t know what these things are called. It looks different depending on how you turn it) is of Kusuma’s iconic giant pumpkin sculpture, see below.

SITTING ON TOP

Illegal by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers  by Ben Passmore (illus.)


STACKED: LEFT TO RIGHT

Ajala by Robert Garrett, illus. by N. Steven Harris & Walt Msonza Barna

Rivers of London, Vol. 1: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel, illus. by Lee Sullivan

The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes, illus. by D.J. Kirkland

Black, Vol. 1 by Kwanza Osajyefo, illus. by Jamal Igle

1602: Witch Hunter Angela, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett, illus. by Stephanie Hans

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, illus. by Annie Wu, Veronica Fish, & Fiona Staples ★★☆☆☆ ½

These were the only comics I used to read when I was younger. The New Riverdale updates it some. This volume introduces us to the characters. The story is about what led to Archie and Betty breaking up. I was bored by it but loved Staples’s illustrations (of course). Wu and Fish did a good job too. I’m tempted to unhaul it since I didn’t like the story, but… this is the first Archie comic I’ve owned that’s not the usual small ones so… I don’t know.

Mystery Society by Steve Niles, illus. by Fiona Staples

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodriguez ★★★★★

A horror comic about a family that relocates to New England following a tragic incident. They take up residence in a very interesting mansion. But despite their move, it seems that their past is still haunting them. I really enjoyed the story and liked the art. I intend to continue with the series (both the comics and the TV show).

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodriguez

Afar by Leila del Duca, illus. by Kit Seaton

The Autumnlands, Vol. 1: Tooth and Claw by Kurt Busiek, illus. by Benjamin Dewey

Birthright, Vol. 1: Homecoming by Joshua Williamson, illus. by Andrei Bressan ★★★★☆

A fantasy comic about a boy named Mikey who disappeared into the woods, which rips his family apart. A year later, a man pops up claiming to be Mikey, a hero returned from a world called Terrenos. I really enjoyed this story, liked the art. I intended to continue with it too.

Birthright, Vol. 2: Call to Adventure by Joshua Williamson, illus. by Andrei Bressan

The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon by Jonathan Hickman, illus. by Tomm Coker

Copperhead, Vol. 1 by Jay Faerber, illus. by Scott Godlewski ★★★★☆ ½

A sci-fi, Western comic set on a backwater planet that gets a new sheriff — Clara Bronson, who’s a single mom. This volume is about Clara getting used to the town and its the citizens. I liked the story. The underlying tension between the aliens and humans appealed to me: humans colonizing planets, displacing aliens and discriminating against them. An interesting story, but I wasn’t a big fan of the art. I intend to continue with it and have already gotten volume 2.

Curse Words, Vol. 1: The Devil’s Devil by Charles Soule, illus. by Ryan Browne

Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth by Rick Remender, illus. by Wes Craig

East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman, illus. by Nick Dragotta

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young (illus.) ★★★☆☆

Fantasy comic book about a 40-year-old woman stuck in a 6-year-old’s body in fairyland. It’s a fun, silly story that appealed to everyone except me, and I wasn’t a fan of the bright, cartoony illustrations. I was considering to unhaul this, but I’ll reread it first. I think the hype around this one spoiled it for me when I first read it.

Isola, Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl, illus. by Karl Kerschl & M.Sassy.K

Kabuki, Vol. 2: Dreams by David Mack (illus.)

Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender, illus. by Greg Tocchini

The Monstress comic book series are among my favorites. It’s a fantasy series with some horror elements about a young woman named Maika Halfwolf who has a monster instead her. Maika is trying to find out more about the monster as well as her mom. I love the story. It’s like an epic fantasy. It’s very detailed and has a slow build. I also love the illustrations, which are beautiful and have a lot of art deco influences in them. I HIGHLY recommend this one. The fifth volume was recently published, so I’ll get caught up on this soon.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda ★★★★★

Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda ★★★★★

Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda ★★★★★

Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder, illus. by Natacha Bustos ★☆☆☆☆

This one is based in the Marvel universe and is about Lunella Lafayette, a preteen genius who befriends a dinosaur that was sent through time to protect an orb that Lunella calls an Omni-Wave Projector from prehistoric savages. I got this because the protagonist is Black and wanted to read some comics with a protagonist who’s not White, but I was bored by it. The only thing I liked was the art. I will unhaul this.

Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle ★★☆☆☆

A fantasy comic book set in a college town populated by fantasy creatures (like werewolves, centaurs, etc.) as well as humans. The protagonist, a werewolf barista named Julie, has a disastrous first date with Selena when a magician casts a spell on Julie’s friend Chet, a centaur. The story is about the characters trying to reverse the spell. I liked certain parts of the story, but I think it suffers from pacing issues. I LOVE the art, so despite the low rating I gave it, I will hold onto this and might even read the next one in the series. It has some fun moments, and I like the diverse and positive LGBT representation in it.

Motor Crush, Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr (illus.), & Cameron Stewart (illus.)

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan, illus. by Cliff Chiang


STACKED: LEFT TO RIGHT (CONTINUED)

Rasputin, Vol. 1: The Road to the Winter Palace by Alex Grecian, illus. by Riley Rossmo ★★★☆☆

A historical fiction, paranormal comic about the historical figure Rasputin. The first volume mixes Russian folklore with some historical facts to give quite a supernatural background for Rasputin. I didn’t like the art much, but the story certainly caught and held my interest.

Rasputin, Vol. 2: The Road to the White House by Alex Grecian, illus. by Riley Rossmo

Rat Queens is one of my favorite comic book series. I absolutely loved the first volume. It’s a fantasy comic about a group of female mercenaries of diverse backgrounds: “a hippy smidgen thief” (a gnome, I guess — now that I know some DnD stuff, lol!), a “hipster dwarven fighter,” a “rockabilly elven mage,” and an “Atheist human cleric” (lol!). The story is humorous, and the illustrations in the first volume are great. The illustration style changes about halfway through the second volume, I think.

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Roc Upchurch ★★★★★

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far-Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Roc Upchurch & Stjepan Sejic ★★★☆☆

Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Tess Fowler

Saga 🙂 It’s another of my favorite comics and it’s so popular that almost everyone has heard about it. It’s a sci-fi-fantasy mashup about a couple on the run from their respective governments that are at war against each other. The couple have a child together, but both governments do not want this news to be known. Both the story and art are great. HIGHLY recommend.

Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★★

Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★★

Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★★

Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★★

Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★☆ ½

Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★☆

Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples

The Tithe, Vol. 1 by Matt Hawkins, illus. by Rahsan Ekedal

Velvet is another favorite. It’s a historical fiction, mystery comic about a woman named Velvet who works at a spy agency as a secretary. One day, she’s framed for a murder. The story is about her trying to find out who the killer is. I loved it. I was easily hooked on the story and quickly liked Velvet. I didn’t care much for the art.

Velvet, Vol. 3: The Man Who Stole the World by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting

Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting ★★★★★

Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting ★★★★★

Wayward, Vol. 1: String Theory by Jim Zub, illus. by Steve Cummings

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 9: Okay by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie

Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock ★★★☆☆ ½

A horror comic about a family that moves to Litchfield, N.H., after a traumatic event and learn that there’s something evil in the woods outside the town. I liked the story and loved the father-daughter relationship in it because we hardly get stories about great dads. I wasn’t a big fan of the art, but I love the colors used. I wonder if there’s a volume 2 of this comic. I’d like to continue with it.

The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City by Jared Axelrod, illus. by Steve Walker ★★★☆☆

A steampunk comic about a young woman who runs a printing press and uses it to publish a newspaper that exposes the corruption in her flying city, Amperstam. I liked the story but didn’t like the art.

New Spring by Robert Jordan & Chuck Dixon, illus. by Mike Miller, Harvey Tolibao, & Joseph Cooper ★★☆☆☆

This is the comic book version of the prequel to Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, Wheel of Time. In New Spring we learn what set Moiraine and Lan on their quest to find the Dragon Reborn that eventually led them to Emond’s Field. I gave the novel the same rating. I wouldn’t recommend this comic book version. The story, art, and typography are all inconsistent. I’ll unhaul this. I don’t know why I even got it.

The Valiant by Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt, illus. by Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera

Harbinger, Vol. 2: Renegades by Joshua Dysart, illus. by Phil Briones, Barry Kitson, Lee Garbett, Khari Evans, Pere Pérez, Matthew Clark, Alvaro Martínez, Dimi Macheras, & Brian Thies

Harbinger, Vol. 1: Omega Rising by Joshua Dysart, illus. by Khari Evans, Lewis LaRosa, Matthew Clark, Jim Muniz

Faith, Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser, illus. by Francis Portela

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, Vol. 1: Risen by Robert Venditti, illus. by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

The Delinquents by James Asmus & Fred Van Lente, illus. by Kano

Daytripper by Fábio Moon (illus.) & Gabriel Bá (illus.)

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, illus. by Lan Medina

The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, & Malcolm Jones III

Is’nana: The Were-Spider by Gregory Anderson-Elysee, illus. by Walter Ostlie & Lee Milewski

Fullmetal Alchemist is my favorite manga. I watched the anime first and loved it and decided to read the manga to get familiar with that form. It’s a YA sci-fi-fantasy story about the Elric brothers who are trying to regain their original bodies after an experiment backfired resulting in the older brother, Ed, losing an arm and a leg and the younger brother, Alphonse, losing his entire body. Luckily, Ed was able to attach Alphonse’s spirit to a suit of armor. The story and art are fantastic and the characters are all great. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe ★★★★★

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 4-6 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe ★★★★★

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 7-9 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe ★★★★★

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 10-12 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe ★★★★★

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 13-15 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 16-18 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 19-21 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 22-24 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), transl. by Akira Watanbe

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda, illus. by Yu, transl. by Jocelyne Allen ★★★☆☆ ½

A fantasy manga about a single mom raising two half-wolf children. I can’t remember if I ended up watching the anime or not, but I really like the story and love the art.


Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 23 | Comics (begins)

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 25 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels, Pt. 2 

SOME STATS

Total books in this row(s) = 73
How many I completed = 29
How many I will unhaul = 4

Total shelves so far = 11
Total books so far = 916
How many completed = 407
How many I will unhaul = 30

Book Haul #65: A Few More

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.)

PURCHASES

PHYSICAL

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Top 5 Tuesday #44: Ghosts, Spirits, Spectres

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 ghosts

What are your favourite books that either have ghosts or talk about ghosts?

I don’t consider all these as favorites, but the following are books I’ve read that have ghosts in them.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (illus.)

A YA paranormal comic book about a girl named Anya who’s struggling with her cultural identity and body image. She encounters a ghost one day when she fell down a well and is haunted by it, which was fun at first until she realizes that the ghost is not as nice as it initially seemed.

I wasn’t swept away by the story, but it’s a decent read that’s perfect for this time of year.

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Let’s Rewind: September 2020

September has come and gone leaving autumn in its wake.

I’m happy to see the leaves change, to finally be able to rock my boots and scarves, but I’m going to miss the warm weather, although I didn’t spend much time in it this year.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


Ha! September. I tried my best to spend some time enjoying myself and doing stuff I love since this year is intent on being shit, so I visited a couple friends, bought a couple stuff, went for walks, and even managed to do two of my favorite things: randomly walk around D.C. and see an art exhibit.

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Top 5 Tuesday #43: Black & Orange

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Black & Orange Covers

Favorite books that have black or orange on the cover
(I selected a couple books from my collection that have those colors on the cover.
I haven’t read any of them.)

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

A nonfiction book about Black people’s hair. I think the U.K. title for it is Don’t Touch My Hair. It’s so confusing when publishers give the same book two different titles.

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 23 | Comics (begins)

Not everyone likes comics, but I do. I’m surprised it took me so long to really start reading them and to give in and start collecting them. I guess the delay is because I wrongly assumed that comics are mostly about superheroes, which I’m not interested in reading about.

I didn’t start reading and collecting comics until about 2015, when a comic book store opened close to my job at the time. I went there and got some recommendations and enjoyed all the ones I tried — Rat Queens, Saga, Wicked + Divine, etc. I was hooked after that and kept on purchasing comics, although I don’t read them as often as I would like (so many of those listed below are unread).

With comics, it’s not just the story that has to appeal to me. The art is a major part of it too. I’m notorious for cover buys for my books. If a book has a nice cover, it’s highly likely that I’ll get it. It’s even more so for comics. If it has great illustrations on the cover, I’ll pick it up. I’ll then do a quick flip through and it I LOVE the illustrations I see, I’ll buy it and probably not even read up on what it’s about before doing so. If I don’t like them, then I’ll read the synopsis before buying and look up reviews and do all that jazz. So yeah, stunning illustrations and use of color are catnip for me.

Well then, we’re on the second bookcase still:

And we’re nearing the top because now we’re on the first row of the comics shelf, which is the fifth shelf from the bottom or the first one from the top. Let’s check it out:

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Top 5 Tuesday #42: U – V – W – X – Y – Z

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

U – V – W – X – Y – Z

(characters whose name begins with the featured letters)
I SUCK at remembering character names, so this will be tough.

U IS FOR…

Uncle Iroh

I’m cheating a bit here because I was having a hard time thinking of a character whose name begins with U. Also, I recently finished rewatching Avatar: the Last Airbender so Uncle Iroh wasn’t too far from my mind.

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 22 | YA (continues)

I’m in a mood today.

I just want to stop time for a bit, ignore the world, and get lost in my books because I think this world is spinning out of control. Things are so bleak that I gotta fight to see positivity in all that’s going on.

Well, for me, blogging is one of the positive corners of my life, especially these posts. I’m enjoying sharing this tour of my bookshelves with you all, and I hope that it brings you some enjoyment too.

We’re touring my second bookcase; here it is:

And we are on the second row of the fourth shelf from the bottom that’s dedicated to only YA books. Let’s take a look:

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Top 5 Tuesday #41: P – Q – R – S – T

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

P – Q – R – S – T

(characters whose name begins with the featured letters)
I SUCK at remembering character names, so this will be tough.

P IS FOR…

Phédre

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