“We’re not even done with the first week of January 2018, and you’re already claiming it as great reading year?”, you might ask…
As I’m writing this blog post, it is currently January 7, 2018 (Sunday) and I have already finished reading 8 books!!!
Now you see what I meant by already claiming 2018 as a great reading year?
I should say, though, that said books are fairly short and easy to read because I have gotten into reading graphic novels and mangas.
Nevertheless, they’re still books. So let’s talk about them, shall we?
Here are mini, word-vomit, reviews!
#1 Alex + Ada (Vol. 1)
Technically, this isn’t the first graphic novel/comics I have read (I got Saga Vol. 1 on the last week of December 2017 and that’s the very first one I ever bought and read and it was amazing).
I craved more graphic novels and I decided to pick this one. I regret nothing because I really loved it!
It’s set in our future world where AIs and robots are part of the norm. Our main character, Alex, has just been left by his girlfriend and is bored out of his daily routine. On his birthday, his rich grandmother bought him the latest robot that one can buy and it looks and acts like a real human being, with the hopes that Alex will move on and enjoy life with a companion — albeit an artificial one.
Although the robot is smart beyond belief, it doesn’t have an opinion and Alex is quick to tire of it. But when news of “rogue robots” being found and destroyed by angry mobs surface, Alex decides to search for someone or something to help him improve his robot whom he decided to call Ada.
He doesn’t just want a robot that follows his every will and whim, he wants a friend. But of course, you don’t always get what you wish for.
I loved the story and the art style! Ada is beautiful. I especially love the color palette of this one. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
Kindle Edition 128 pages Published 16 July 2014 Image Comics
#2 Orange (Vol. 1-2)
First ever manga that I have bought and read! Once again, I regret nothing.
I admit, I used to see manga as a waste of money. Not only are they expensive, they are also short (per volume) and easy to read through. I felt like I wasn’t getting my money’s worth.
However, I’ve gotten curious about this particular manga due to some BookTubers’ insistence that it’s really good and that it has a great set of characters. And I am all about books with great friendships on them. So I caved.
Each book cost me $20! But it’s fine… because it really is beautiful! The art, the characters, the story. I love all of it! And from this day on, I will forever talk the ear off anyone who will listen about this series.
It’s about this girl, Naho, who one day receives a letter from her future self. There it says that their new friend Kakeru will commit suicide and that even 10 years after his death, she and her friends will still be so full of guilt and that in order to avoid that kind of future which her future self is suffering from, her present self should do her best to help Kakeru. The letters contain a day-to-day recount of all that they’ve done and some tips on what to change.
Honestly, the time travel aspect of this wasn’t focused on. It also ended quite abruptly in my opinion. But I still loved it because of the friendship! The characters were the best part of this story and my favorite is definitely Hagita. Whenever he’s around and talks (which is rare), he says something funny and logical. Suwa is my next favorite character. Naho is definitely my least liked character. She just seemed so stupid to me. She already has the letters from her future self and yet she still does the exact same thing even if it told her to avoid doing this and that. Also, I’m pretty sure she’s told Kakeru her feelings more than once…and yet every now and then she doubts him and herself on whether she’s gonna come out or not? I don’t get it! Still, though, I really enjoyed this manga.
Paperback 523 pages Published 31 May 2016 Seven Seas
#3 The Wicked + The Divine (Vol. 1)
More, graphic novel? Surprise! I really enjoyed reading comics now so I continued on with the streak and started this series. I’ve heard amazing things about this, especially from some of my favorite BookTubers.
It’s about this girl who gets tangled in all the drama that is the modern gods. Apparently, every 90 years, gods are reincarnated into teenagers and that they rule over the modern worlds. But the world sees them as shams and nobody really believes that they are divine beings. Except their fans. Because apparently, being a god equates to being a pop star.
I admit, this volume confused me a little. Just because information for later on in the series were already being thrown at you. No back stories yet, just the now and it’s hella confusing. The art and characters, though! Really beautiful. It ended in a cliff hanger as well… so I need volume 2 asap.
*Trigger warning for violence and gore*
Kindle Edition 180 pages Published 12 November 2014 Image Comics
#4 Locke & Key (Vol. 1-3)
Why did I pick this series up? I don’t know.
Is it because Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King and is a renowned author by his own rights? Nope. I didn’t even know these details until after I read this.
Something just guided me to it.
And boy am I ever so grateful!
This comic series is definitely a favorite of mine!
It’s about the Locke family who has had a series of violent and traumatic events happen to them lately. In order to turn over a new leaf and live a fresh start, they transferred to their ancestral home called Lovecraft. But danger follows them. This time, though, they get a little help from their house which contains doors and keys that have different magical abilities. Together, they discover and uncover the secrets of their father’s past and their mansion.
This is really amazing. It made me want to read a Joe Hill novel but I don’t know where to start. I’m kind of sad that this only has 6 volumes. But I’ve already read half of them and I honestly can’t wait to finish it and see where the story goes. I may not have read a lot of comics/graphic novels, but this one for sure is the best for me. The art and characters were so fleshed out. They were so genuine without it coming off as trying too hard. I am rooting for all of them!
*Trigger warning for rape, violence, suicide, and gore*
Kindle Edition 152 pages Published 14 March 2012 IDW Publishing
First novel to finish reading in 2018!
A contemporary, retelling of Cinderella in a modern day setting…with lots of fandom, geekiness, and nerdiness.
What is not to love?
I don’t think I need to tell you the premise of this because, Cinderella! There are references to Star Wars, Star Trek, and a whole bunch of other fandoms.
You should definitely read it. This is one story retelling that I will never get tired of reading about.
The only thing I didn’t like about this was the insta-love. I’m so over that.
Paperback 320 pages Published 4 April 2017 Quirk Books
**All photos are grabbed off of the internet**