Only 46 weeks to go and I’ve read another five books. (*Insert me doing a successful touchdown style dance*) My aim this year is not only to read 50 books but to also read more diversely. I’m doing well on that front, I think. I love graphic novels and really started dive into them last year. Not only are they a great way to jump start your reading if you’re in a reading slump, it’s also an amazing way to discover new stories and different forms of storytelling.
Here we go…
- Perfect Bullets (Agents of SHIELD): Vol 1 by Mark Waid, Art by Pacheo, Ramos, Davis, Choi, Sprouse, Renaud
I picked up this graphic novel on a whim while wandering through my comic book store last year and it’s been sitting in my TBR pile since then. It was interesting read and connects to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and Doctor Strange all make an appearance in this trade along with Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. While it was an interesting read and a great look into the television show Agents of Shield I’m not going to be continuing with the series.
- Men Explains Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
I had never read any of Rebecca’s work prior to reading this book. I have subsequently gone and purchased two of her backlist books, so that should tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. This book, while on the shorter side, discusses different issues like feminism, race, equality and other important issues that affect women on a daily basis in today’s world. I am a feminist. I’m an intersectional feminist. I care about gender, race, social class and the issues of equality of not only each matter but how it all interconnects with one another. This book made me think, it made me question. I gained knowledge from reading it. That’s really all I can ask of a book, really. I would definitely recommend this book to others, feminist or not, because equality is an issue that cannot be swept under the rug any longer.
- Montress: Issues 1-3 by Marjorie Liu, Art by Sana Takeda
Monstress absolutely deserves all of the praise it gets. It does not disappoint. I absolutely fell in love with the main characters and story that Marjorie and Sana are telling with every panel in this series. The world that these two create in the first issue is not only breathtaking beautiful and lush, but its filled with dark magic, science, racial and social divide, and war, but more importantly the story of discovery for its main character Maika is the face of all of this. Not only does Maika have to contend with all of those issues, she also got a dark secret herself. She’s a monster. A literal monster that she has no control over. The story is absolutely visceral; it takes no prisoners, and holds nothing back. Of the five books that I’ve talked about in this review, this is the title that I absolutely, whole-heartedly recommend out of all five. Read it! Seriously! Read it! Only three issues of the series have been released so you can catch up in no time.
- Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.
This book did not transform my sex life but that does not mean it won’t transform yours. (It didn’t transform mine because a lot of the things she talks about are things I, to a certain degree, know and already accept about myself. To a degree. There are things about myself that I just lock in a box and never open.) A lot of the things that Emily discusses throughout the book were very enlightening in terms of all the science and research that has gone into discovering more about women and how our sex lives differs from that of men. (Viagra for women, probably never going to happen.) Not only is this book imbuing you with knowledge about how sex and all the different issues that surround it but it’s also offers some advice on how to solve those issues. I really enjoyed reading the composite stories told throughout the book that emphasizes the different topics that each chapter hits on. The one message that I took away from the book is that women are all normal, we’re made of all the same parts, we’re just all organized differently and that is okay.
- Silk (Second Series): Issue 1-3 by Robbie Thompson, Art by Stacey Lee
This is the second series in the Silk run from Marvel and it’s just as good as the first one, IMO. I love Silk, not only because we share the same first name and that she is an female Asian superhero, but because a lot of the issues she faces are ones that I can relate to. (Except the fighting villains and saving the day part, I can’t relate to that part.) The same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker bit Cindy Moon but while Peter swung around being Spiderman, Cindy was locked away in a bunker and completely isolated for 10 years before emerging into a world that she had not recognition of. Not only is she trying to come to terms with that, she’s also trying to save her city from villains on a daily basis and trying to find her family that seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet. This is a story of her journey and I’m enjoying the ride. I love that Marvel is encompassing diversity in their comic books (even if their bosses have issues with it).
I’ll be posting these small reviews after every fifth book I read this year. If you’re interested in seeing what I am reading at the moment then check out my Twitter for the latest update.
Currently reading: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer