March Reads Recap: Graphic Novels, Maps + Graphs, Duds

March Reads Recap: Graphic Novels, Maps + Graphs, Duds

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Reading recaps are mini-reviews of the books I’ve read each month.

Unfortunately, this was a dud month for reading material. I bailed on two books this month.

The first bail was non-fiction Going Solo, which was recommended on Dan Savage’s podcast. Even though the early material was focused on 20/30-somethings living alone in ny (a demographic I should be able to relate to) it just came across as incredibly boring. Reading about people living alone isn’t interesting. Maybe if I held out some of the research + history would have livened things up but I just couldn’t bear through the overly-casual writing style.

The second bail was Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I’m sorry, Internet but I just couldn’t do it. After fifty pages I wanted to hurl the book out the window. I like both authors individually but find some aspects of their writing style annoying. Putting them both together amplified these annoyances and really distracted me from the story. I will give it another go at some point. Maybe.

After those two duds right in a row, I went to my bookshelf and decided to read some graphic novels that I purchased last year but haven’t had a chance to read yet. Far Arden was fun but NonNonBa really stood out. The artwork is astounding and the vignette stories really bring you into the family’s life. It’s a great balance of light/dark and comes off feeling very real. This makes my top pick for the month.

Pick of the Month

NonNonBa
Author: Shigeru Mizuki
Genre: Graphic Novel
Source: Own
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Vignettes of a child’s life in 1930’s Japan

And The Rest…

The Dinner
Author: Herman Koch
Genre: Mystery
Source: NYPL
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Rich people eat dinner & beat up people they don’t like


On The Map
Author: Simon Garfield
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Maps are interesting!


Going Solo:The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
Author: Eric Klinenberg
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: n/a
Summary: The uninteresting lives of singletons


Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More
Author: Dianne Jacob
Genre: Non-Fiction, How-To
Source: NYPL
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Great how-to for all beginning writers + freelancers


Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Genre: Fantasy Comedy
Source: Borrowed
Rating: n/a
Summary: End of the world satire


Far Arden
Author: Kevin Cannon
Genre: Graphic Novel
Source: Own
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Schtick-like artwork, overlapping storylines, and a plot that doesn’t matter


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Author: Edward R. Tufte
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Graphs are interesting!

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