January 12 2021

Emmie and Friends series, by Terri Libenson

Emmie and friends

Emmie and friends, by Terri Libenson

Title: Emmie and Friends series
Author: Terri Libenson
Genre/ issues: Middle grade. Friendship. Identity. Mental Health.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

This is a lovely middle grade series that looks at a range of friendship issues faced by a group of friends and peers in a middle school. All 4 books have a lovely part illustrated text, part comic panel presentation, with a sweet and engaging illustration style and a lovely colour palette. The characters are all flawed and interesting, and face a range of authentic problems that would be recognisable by most 8-12 year old readers navigating their own friendship problems. I love that these books model the process of seeing things from another person’s perspective, and encourage a sense of empathy. I also appreciated the practical methods to dealing with conflict that are modelled by characters on all sides of the issues. Each novel in the series deals with the problems of a different protagonist, and they could be read individually but are interconnected. Each novel also has its own interesting “twist” at the end – I’m not gonna lie, one of them completely threw me, even though I was on the lookout for something to happen!
If you’ve got middle to upper primary children in your life, and you’d like them to read something sweet and engaging with some great lessons to learn about how to be a good friend and to deal with conflict, this would be a great option.

#TamaraReads #2021readingchallenge 6-9/2021

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

January 7 2021

The Banks, by Roxanne Gay

The Banks

The Banks, by Roxanne Gay and Ming Doyle

Title: The Banks
Author: Roxanne Gay
Illustrator: Ming Doyle
Genre/ issues: Comic. Crime fiction. Queer rep. Family legacy.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

The Banks, by Roxanne Gay, Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire. This was a great read, beautifully illustrated in rich and vibrant tones. The Banks family have been the most successful family of thieves in Chicago for 50 years, and whilst the father/ grandfather may have done a few stints in prison, the women in the family have stayed clean by living by their golden rules: get in, get away, get paid, and never get greedy. The youngest Banks woman became arguably the biggest crook, however – an investment banker in line for a lucrative partnership at her firm. She stumbles across the opportunity for the heist of a lifetime, which may be just enough to bring the family back together again – for both an incredible score, and a chance at revenge.
If you liked Ocean’s 8 for its female-led heist narrative, then you’ll love this. The Banks family are strong and fabulous black women, and there’s a wonderful queer relationship thrown in for good measure. A fast-paced short -run comic series in a genre that isn’t one that I usually reach for, but Roxanne Gay’s name on the cover was enough to make me pick it up. I’m so glad I did!

#TamaraReads #2021readingchallenge 3/2021

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

January 4 2021

Marvel 1602, by Neil Gaiman

Darker shade of magic

A darker shade of magic, by WE Schwab

Title: Marvel 1602
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Andy Kubert
Illustrator: Richard Isanove
Genre/ issues: Fantasy/ sci-fi. Comics. Alternate history.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

My first read of the year, and it’s a doozy. Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman takes the characters we are familiar with from the Marvel Universe, and transposes them into early 17th century Europe. With clever adaptations of character names (pre-spidey Peter Parquagh is servant to the Queen’s intelligencer Sir Nicholas Fury) and subtle but unmistakable costuming that reflects our modern era expectations but contextualises them to the time and place of the comic, this is the Marvel we know, but also something completely different. Whilst the time period means that the United States of America is not yet on the map, Roanoke features as a looming concern, and despite the action being almost completely set in England and Europe, this still manages to be a text which speaks heavily to the concerns of the US, both when the comic was released, and sadly still today. Equality. Discrimination. Fear. Hatred of the other. Power and privilege.
And the artwork. Holy shit, folks, this is next level stunning. With illustrations by Andy Kubert and digital painting by Richard Isanove, every page – no, every frame is like an oil painting. The colour, texture and detail had me feeling like I was browsing a gallery of art from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.
A great first book for the year. Now to decide where to shelve it – both my comic and my Gaiman shelves are packed to overflowing!

#TamaraReads #2021readingchallenge 1/2021

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

January 4 2021

#2020ReadingChallenge wrap up

2020 books readBuckle in, readers, this is going to be a long one!

I started 2020 with the ambitious goal of reading 52 books throughout the year. but ended up more than doubling that. I read some incredible books – in fact, there’s almost nothing on here that I wouldn’t recommend to someone. There were indeed some stand-outs, and I’ve compiled my top 5 books in a few different categories, as well as a top 5 and top 20 books overall – because it was hard to narrow it down! I’ve really enjoyed challenging myself to read new things this year – I read more non-fiction than I normally do, I got back into reading comics again, and most of my books were written by own voices and/or BIPOC authors, and feature diverse and authentic representation of characters and experiences.

My stats:
📚 Total books read: 111
📚 New-to-me authors: 68
📚 Books featuring significant diverse content/ characters: 84
📚 Books by diverse authors: 73
📚 Rereads: 7
📚 Non-fiction: 11
📚 Comics/ graphics: 36
📚 Picture books: 13
📚 Audiobooks: 16
📚 Main genres: Contemporary (46), Fantasy (31), Sci-fi (27)
📚 Most recommended books: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans
📚 Most purchased book: Euphoria Kids.

I focused a lot this year on #diversifyingmybookshelf – consciously reading books by authors of colour, and featuring BIPOC characters that were authentically represented. I’ve always read queer literature pretty extensively, and one of my increasing focuses as the year went on was the representation of mental health and disability in my reading, particularly in YA books. I’ve enjoyed some of these #ownvoices reads most of all, and will be seeking out more fiction that presents these types of issues and characters in authentic and meaningful ways.

2020 was a good reading year for me, and I was surprised to see that I’d read more contemporary than anything else – I think of myself as a sci-fi/fantasy girl! I’m using TheStorygraph to track my #2021readingchallenge, so I’m interested to see how those stats come out at the end of this year – the above info is taken from my highly unscientific excel spreadsheet dump, after I realised that GoodReads wasn’t going to give me the goods.

Top 5 books

Top Books Overall

I’ve been debating how to present my top 10 list of reads from 2020, and figured out that whilst I can do a top 5 easily, narrowing the next 5 down was considerably more difficult. So, here are my top 5 reads of last year, along with a top 20.

Every single book in my top 5 I will read again, and have recommended to multiple people. I’ve also purchased multiple copies of them to give as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and “just because” gifts throughout the year.

In no particular order:

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria “V.E.” Schwab
  • Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans
  • The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
top 20 booksThe rest of my top 20 are all excellent reads, and all for different reasons. Some made me laugh. Some made me cry. They all made me think, and feel a whole lot of feelz. They all made me proud to be a reader, and inspired me more to strive to be a writer. At least half of them could have made it into my top 5 if one of the aforementioned authors had done a less-than-perfect job on their books. So here are 6-20 on my top 20, in no particular order:
  • How it feels to float, by Helena Fox
  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann
  • The Strangeworlds travel agency by LD Lapinski
  • Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Long way down by Jason Reynolds
  • The poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Anxious people by Fredrik Backman
  • Future Girl by Asphyxia
  • They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
  • Snow, glass, apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran
  • Wonder Woman rebirth by Greg Rucka
  • Catch and kill by Ronan Farrow
  • Black enough: stories of being young and black in America, Ed by Ibi Zoboi
  • Peta Lyre’s rating normal by Anna Whateley

top 5 ya

Top 5 YA reads

I read a lot of YA – most than half the books in my 111 total for the year were young adult, and all of them great, so this was hard to narrow down. I didn’t include Euphoria Kids, which was on my top5 best books overall list, and that gave me room for one more on here, which I desperately needed.
I didn’t realise until taking this photo that this collection has a nice spread of issues and characters – queer, neurodivergence, race, mental health, disability – and it probably more fully captures my reading interests than any of my other top5 lists!
In no particular order (well ok – in the order they appear in the photo, but not in any order to assign preference, because they all freaking rock and you should read them all if you haven’t yet):
  •  How it feels to float by Helena Fox
  •  Future girl by Asphyxia
  •  Peta Lyre’s rating normal by Anna Whateley
  •  Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  •  Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
 Reiterating here – read these books. I will say, though, some/ most of them deal with some heavy content at some point. Trigger warnings particularly for mental health issues in HIFTF and PLRN, suicidal ideation in HIFTF, some extreme violence/torture/ racial discrimination in COBAB, dystopian issues around food insecurity in FG, family abandonment in PLRN. I’m not telling you this to discourage you – I just really believe you need to know what you’re getting into sometimes, and if these issues might be particularly triggering for you right now, wait until you’re feeling more able to cope with their fictional representation before you pick up these books. But please, pick them up. Outstanding novels, all.

top 5 poetry

Top 5 Poetry reads

My top 5 poetry reads for 2020 are all verse novels. I love the verse novel form, and I read quite a few last year. My faves, in no particular order, are:
  •  Worse things by @sallymurphyauthor
  •  Long way down by @jasonreynolds83
  •  The poet X by @acevedowrites
  •  Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann
  •  The crossover by @kwamealexander
A couple of these could also have made their way onto some of my other Top 5 lists – Worse Things is an excellent middle grade/ lower secondary novel, and The Poet X is one of the best YA books I’ve read this year. They’re all excellent reads. If you have slightly reluctant readers, or those who struggle to find the time to read a full-length traditional novel, I highly recommend the verse novel format as a way to help bridge that gap for them.
One of the features I love about verse novels is how the form seems to allow us to connect with characters on a deep emotional level, and after reading a few of these earlier in the year I started dabbling in writing in verse for my NaNoWriMo project. I’m really loving it, both as a reader and a writer. If you’ve not read a verse novel before, any of these would be great places to start.

top 5 picture books

Top 5 picture books

My top 5 picture books are all very different. Ranging from sweet easy read-along books suitable for younger children, to something to inspire deeper thought for middle grade readers, to deep and complex examination of capitalism, exploitation of workers, and human rights.
My top 5, in no particular order, are:
  •  How to make a bird, by @megmckinlay and @mattottleyart
  •  Migrants, by Issa Watanabe
  •  Julian at the wedding, by @jesslovedraws
  •  Diamonds, by Armin Greder
  •  Alphabetical Tashi by Anna and Barbara Fienberg
I love picture books. I believe that they offer incredible opportunities to engage with stories for readers of all ages and skill levels. And yet, when it came to including them on my #2020readingchallenge list, I still kind of felt a bit like I was cheating. They don’t take nearly as long as a full-sized prose novel. Could I really justify including a book with no words on a reading list? Turns out, yes. Yes I can. Because the length of time a book takes to consume doesn’t influence its impact. What matters is that you find a world to immerse yourself in that engages you, that entertains, inspires, challenges or comforts you while you read it, and hopefully beyond that. All of these books did that for me, from the nostalgia of Tashi to the inspiration of How to make a bird to the challenge of Diamonds. If you want to read more, but don’t feel like you have time, head into your library and ask them to point you to their collection of picture books for older readers. They aren’t just for little kids until they’re ready to move onto “real” reading. What was your favourite picture book of 2020?

top 5 comics

Top 5 Comic/ Graphic reads

2020 was the year of rediscovering my love of comics. I used to read them a bit when I was a kid, but stopped when I was around 12 – I don’t remember why. For the past few years I’ve wanted to get back into reading them, but there always seemed to be such a big barrier to entry and I didn’t know where to start. After a discussion with Jacob, though, I did a bit of research, asked some comic nerd friends for advice, and bit the bullet. I’ve read 36 comics and graphic novels this year, and I’ve loved the diversity of the worlds and characters I’ve discovered. One of Jacob’s friends recommended “anything by Greg Rucka”, and that has proven to be useful advice indeed. My top 5 comic/ graphic reads for 2020 are:

  •  Ms Marvel, vol1
  •  Wonder Woman Rebirth, vol1, by @ruckawriter et al
  •  The old guard, another Rucka masterpiece.
  •  Heartstopper, by Alice Oseman
  •  Lumberjanes, by @gingerhazing et al
If you don’t read comics but would like to, here are my tried and true tips for getting started!
Pick a character from pop culture you like and do some googling. Comic fans somewhere will have debated the best entry point to get into their story!
Have you loved a tv show that’s based on a comic or graphic? Get that! You already know you’ll enjoy the story and characters, no matter how weirdly different they may be in comic form (I’m looking at you, Umbrella Academy).
There are plenty of graphic novels adapted from traditional novels – check to see if there are any made of books you like.
If you find the prospect of a whole comic series daunting, try a shorter arc. I’m currently reading Marvel 1602 and I think it’s be a great comic entry point for MCU fans who want to start reading comics (plus, it’s written by @neilhimself!)
And finally, do some research to find your most helpful local comic store. I’ve loved the service at @kingscomics, and they’ve really helped me develop my comics collection this year. I tend to do most of my inquiries online, because whilst they all seem great in person, I still have some “middle aged woman in a comic store” hang ups when it comes to asking for advice in store. The staff are great, though, and know their stuff.

top 5 middle grade reads

Top 5 middle grade reads

One more top5 for today- my fave middle grade reads of my #2020readingchallenge. Some are solid middle grade books, others are transitional middle grade/ YA – all are excellent reads.
  • George, by @alexginoofficial
  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, by @ldlapinski
  • Ghost, by @jasonreynolds83
  • Bindi, by @kirli.saunders and @dubleffler
  • Hollowpox: the hunt for Morrigan Crow, by @digressica
There’s some diversity here. An illustrated verse novel about Indigenous family and community. A black kid finding his place on a track team. A trans girl dealing with coming out to her family and friends. And a couple of cracker middle grade/ YAish fantasy books with fantastic complex characters. I think Hollowpox is the pick of the Morrigan Crow series, for what it’s worth, and I have high hopes for what comes next in the Strangeworlds series. Younger readers can deal with deeper and more complex issues than we give them credit for, especially when those issues are presented with such beautiful, sensitive and thoughtful writing as it is by these authors.
Have you read any of these? What do you think?

top 5 non fiction

Top 5 Non-fiction reads

My top 5 non-fiction for 2020 is an eclectic bunch. I don’t tend to read a lot of non-fiction, so the fact that I had enough for a top 5 was a surprise to me – in fact, 10% of my #2020readingchallenge was non-fiction books.
The best of them for me were:
  •  Stamped from the beginning: a history of racist ideas in America, by @ibramxk (YA version pictured – I listened to the audiobook on Spotify)
  •  Dragon Hoops, by @geneluenyang
  •  Astronauts: Women on the final frontier, by @gtlabsrat and @mariswicks
  •  Living on stolen land, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  •  Catch and Kill: lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators, by @ronanfarrow
It’s an eclectic mix. A detailed historical examination of racist ideas in the US. A graphic novel memoir of the author’s life in parallel with his portrayal of the championship basketball team at his school. A graphic novel history of women’s involvement in the space program. A verse novel manifesto about the importance of acknowledging Indigenous custodianship of the land. And, finally, and expose on one of the key cases of the #metoo movement. I’ve enjoyed consciously reading a bit more non-fiction this year, and will be looking for more, particularly those in non-prose form. I’ve enjoyed the graphic novel format for non-fiction, and it allows for some deeper reflections on the nature of memory and recreating history on the page.
So, that’s my 2020 in books. At the time of posting this, I’m already about 8 books into my 2021 reading challenge – I’ve not set myself a number target this year, but I am hoping read a similar amount of diverse and interesting stories. I’m starting a reread of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, which I’m really looking forward to, and I’m going to read more middle grade books – it’s an area that I don’t read widely from. I hope you read something great last year – if you didn’t that’s ok too. Start now! If you want any recommendations, hit me up – it’d be an honour to help you find your next favourite read.

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 111/111

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

December 31 2020

Wonder Woman: Rebirth, by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman Rebirth

Wonder Woman: Rebirth, volume 1, by Greg Rucka

Title: Wonder Woman: Rebirth
Author: Greg Rucka
Genre/ issues: Sci-fi. Superheroes. Feminism. Identity.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

Comics by candlelight. When I set out on my quest to get back into reading comics after a 30 year break earlier this year, I knew Wonder Woman would be high on my list – but there are so many options, it was hard to know where to start. Thanks to some great advice from a friend of Jacob’s (“you can’t go wrong with Greg Rucka”) I picked up Wonder Woman Rebirth, and I finally read it today. Sigh. My heart is full of joy right now. I’ve loved Wonder Woman for as long as I can remember, and this collection includes 1-14 of the Wonder Woman rebirth series, providing the parallel narratives of her early days on Themiscyra along with her modern day quest to return home. The art is stunning, the stories are sublime, and the characters are outstanding. I hopped onto @kingscomics and ordered volume 2 and 3 this afternoon, and I can’t wait to read them.

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 111/100

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

December 30 2020

Illegal, by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Illegal

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Title: Illegal
Author: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Illustrator: Giovanni Rigano
Genre/ issues: Contemporary. Refugees.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

Illegal, by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano. Wow. What a beautiful book, telling such a heartbreaking and terrible story. Illegal tells the story of Ebo, who along with his brother attempts to find refuge and safety by making the perilous journey from his home in Northern Africa, across the Sahara and then across the ocean to Italy. Whilst fictional, Ebo’s story reflects the reality of countless numbers of people who are desperate for a better life for their family – not just a better home or an easier life, but the fundamentals of safety that so many of us take for granted. A powerful read, and a timely reminder that there’s nothing illegal about being human.

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 110/100

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

December 29 2020

Doom Patrol, by Grant Morrison

Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison

Title: Doom Patrol, volume 3
Author: Grant Morrison
Genre/ issues: Sci-fi.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

I’ve read a lot of comics this year, and Doom Patrol certainly takes the top spot for weirdest. That’s not an insult, and I’m pretty sure what Morrison et.al. were going for! This is volume 3, which contains number 35-41 of the comic series. Part of me kept thinking that perhaps it’d make more sense if I’d read from the beginning, but I soon realised that no, I don’t think that would be the case at all. An alien war, a sentient trans street, a team member who suddenly undergoes their own transformation, and a whole bunch of attacks on normality that were warping my brain a bit. The art is surreal, and the dialogue sharply and wittily funny. It’s a hell of a read, and one that has taken my 2020-addled brain months to get through!

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 109/100

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

December 28 2020

Simon Stalenhag art books – Tales from the loop

Title: Tales from the loop, Things from the flood, and The Electric State
Author: Simon Stalenhag
Genre/ issues: Sci-fi. Dystopian fiction. Art books.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

Tales from the loop

Tales from the loop

Tales from the Loop is incredible. This is another Christmas gift from Jacob, as we had watched the TV series made from this book and enjoyed it so much, we were both fascinated with its origins as an art book. It didn’t disappoint. Presented in pseudo-documentary style as the memoirs of a childhood lived in Sweden, the artwork and accompanying narratives tell of a world similar but oh-so-different to ours. The Loop operates outside of town, and creates anomalies in time and space. Abandoned metal spheres and robots litter the landscape, providing opportunities for strange and unusual encounters that just seem like normal experiences growing up around the Loop. Descriptions of magnetic flight and transport seemed so authentic and believable that at times I had to remind myself that this is fiction. And the artwork! Beautifully detailed and evocative of a rural, 80’s childhood not unlike the one I led, albeit with more metal structures, robots and dinosaurs in the surrounding fields. This is a truly fascinating book, highly recommended whether or not you have watched Prime’s Tales from the Loop. If you enjoy Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone, this could be right up your alley,

Things from the flood

Things from the flood

Things From the Flood. Aka, Tales from the Loop , now with 40% added spookiness!

This book follows the experiences of our narrator who shared his life growing up in the 80’s in Tales From the Loop, and shows us his life in the 90’s as the Loop operations are shut down, the neighbourhood floods with strange waters from the Loop, and the robots and machinery begin to exhibit some strange other-worldly traits. I was particularly fascinated by the chapter featuring itinerant robots with malfunctioning AI, one of which graces the cover. The illustrations are crafted with exquisite detail and I found myself getting lost in speculation about what life must be like for them. Whilst Tales from the Loop is serenely sci-fi pastoral, Things From The Flood adds a slightly more looming and sinister tone to the landscape. Equally brilliant but with a tension and suspense that raised the hairs on the back of my neck. I’m sure that was the artist’s aim – and it was a job well done.
The electric state

The Electric State

The Electric State. The third book by Stålenhag, I didn’t think it possible for it to be weirder or my chilling than Things from the Flood – and yet here we are. Set in the US, a young woman and her robot companion are on a journey through the desert to the coast line, whilst around them the landscape and the remaining people become more disturbing. Drones take on a sinister role, engaging with humanity in inexplicable and disturbing ways. The majority of people left in the abandoned towns the girl and robot pass through wear neurocasters – a type of VR headset that resembles a plague doctor’s mask, and bodes just as ill for them. There are scarce few answers in this chilling narrative of an alternate 1990’s American landscape, but a lot of unpleasant questions, and thankfully this one feels slightly more fictional than Stålenhag’s previous two works – a fact for which I’m especially grateful as I’ve been kept up by insomnia and tinnitus, it’s almost 2am, and I don’t think a more realistic portrayal of this chilling story would have done anything to help me sleep when I eventually get back to bed tonight!

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 104-106/100

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

December 26 2020

Snowpiercer the prequel

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer, the prequel

Title: Snowpiercer The prequel: Part 1 Extinction and Part 2, Apocalypse
Author: Matz
Genre/ issues: Sci-fi. Dystopian fiction. Climate change.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

Snowpiercer the prequel, Part 1: Extinction and Part 2: Apocalypse. If you’re familiar with any of the other incarnations of Snowpiercer – the Netflix series, the movie, or the graphic novels translated from their original French that started the whole train journey – you’ll know this is not a pleasant story. Snowpiercer, 1001 cars long, is a train circling the earth and maintaining human life, such as it is, after an environmental apocalypse caused a global freeze. These two prequel graphics show the lead up to that apocalypse, and how a number of groups and individuals responded to the increasing environmental and economic issues on the planet.
The prequels are visually different to the main graphic novels, containing a colour and warmth that is fittingly lacking in the stark black and white colouring of life on the train after the world is covered in ice and snow. There are still a lot of questions left for me after reading these, and I was hoping for more background on the train itself, but the logistics and mechanics of that behemoth are left frustratingly vague. Still, all in all, a fascinating read.

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 102-103/100

Happy reading,

Tamara

 

 

December 26 2020

The old guard, by Greg Rucka

Old guard

The old guard, by Greg Rucka

Title: The old guard, book 1: opening fire
Author: Greg Rucka
Genre/ issues: Sci-fi. Immortality. Action/adventure.

Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.

“That man is not my boyfriend. That man is more to me than you can dream in your simpering, pathetic life. That man is the stars in my sky, and the sun that lights my days. That man is the moon when I am lost in darkness and warmth when I shiver in cold. I love that man beyond reason and measure. His kiss still thrills me, even after a millennium. […] His heart overflows with the kindness of which this world is not worthy. His very thoughts make music of the mundane. He is not my boyfriend. He is not my lover, nor is he my partner. He is all and more. He is my everything.”
clipMy partner and I watched The Old Guard movie as one of our #longdistancedatenight sessions this year, and I loved it, so I was thrilled to get the comic for Christmas, and I read it today as part of my #BoxingDayBookFeast. Such an incredible story, and the movie does a great job of capturing both the action and the fantastic characters of the source material. This scene made my heart melt in the movie, and it is even more impactful in the comic- partly, I suspect, because I’m missing my own all and more after he headed back to Perth yesterday.
@ruckawriter’s name on a comic is rapidly becoming an auto-recommend for me, and this one is no exception. A 5/5 read, which has made it more difficult to compile my top 20 list of reads this year!

#TamaraReads #2020readingchallenge 101/100

Happy reading,

Tamara