THROUGH THE WOODS [Graphic Novel] | Book Review

THROUGH THE WOODS

  • Written & illustrated by the talented Emily Carroll.
  • This graphic novel contains 5 different horror themed short stories.
    (can’t really elaborate on the summary without giving away the twist, so yea…)
  • Though, I could say they are not as scary as to give you nightmares but some of them are quite creepy if you read it under a lamp, alone, at night, with the lights off.
  • My personal favourite would be “HIS FACE ALL RED”.
  • Note that despite the cover, all 5 short stories ironically does not involve the tale of red riding hood. (just want to clear the air before you turn away from this book.)
  • Every page’s gorgeously illustrated and I thoroughly enjoyed the choice of colour scheme very much used in different scenarios throughout the stories to prompt certain emotions. So good!
  • I also take pleasure in the fact that certain scenes illustrated in full page.
  • The entire book was just so well designed and I really appreciate when artists take the smallest details into consideration.
  • Texture of the shell of this book was great as well, very high quality print both inside and out.
  • Overall, it is a graphic novel so it doesn’t take all that long to finish and if you’re looking for some inspiration, this book would be a great option to check out.

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YOTSUBA [MANGA] | BOOK REVIEW

YOTSUBA

  • Yotsuba is an ongoing Japanese comedy/slice of life manga series by Kiyohiko Azuma.
  • It follows a little girl named Yotsuba and her adoptive father Koiwai, relocating to a new city and neighbourhood.
  • With a total of 86 chapters in 12 volumes, each tells a different day-to-day adventure.
  • For example, adventures like discovering the functions of an air-conditioner, watching the fireworks for the very first time, and visiting the farm.

  • This manga was originally introduced to me by a friend from highschool.
  • At the time, I only read 4 volumes because that was the only ones accessible to me.
  • After so many years, I finally got my hands on the entire volume 1-12 when I was in Japan last year.
  • I bought the original where the dialogs are written in Japanese because the translated ones costed a boom. And What I do is, I read the translated english dialog online then refer back to the physical manga for another good laugh. (tedious but so worth it!)
  • Like the first time I read it in class, the manga’s just as good as I remembered it to be.
  • Beautifully heartwarming, absolutely adorable, and so hilarious I could not say enough good things about this series!
  • It definitely deserves more raves and a no brainer when it comes to giving a 5 star rating on Goodreads.
  • I highly highly recommend it if you’re looking to start reading mangas, Yotsuba is a great one to start with or if you’re simply looking for something light and funny.

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VIVIAN MAIER_STREET PHOTOGRAPHER | Book Review

VIVIAN MAIER_STREET PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Edited by John Maloof, foreword by Geoff Dyer
  • This book is a compilation of Vivan Maier’s work, an unknown street photographer who worked as a professional nanny back in the 1950s to 1990s. It wasn’t until later on in 2007 that her negatives was discovered/purchased by John Maloof in a Chicago auction house. Vivian Maier had stored away approximately one hundred thousand undeveloped negatives, until today.———————————————————————————————————
  • The book contains a selective compilation of her work and it’s brilliant.
  • I personally prefer the hardcover with the fabric like material and the initial V.N debossed on the bottom left corner, over the paper wrap of this book. So classy.
  • Only three pages of writing that includes an introduction from John Maloof and some of Geoff Dyer’s thoughts, with the rest of the book filled with Vivian Maier’s compelling work.
  • Each page sits a different filtered sepia photograph, taken with her high-end Twin Lens Reflex Rolleiflex camera.
  • In the video, are just a couple of my favourite photographs from the book.———————————————————————————————————
  • I remember ordering my own copy of the book right after I watched the documentary. (because I have no self control)
  • The thought of possessing some of her prints in book form brings me great satisfaction, a physical copy that I could flip through whenever I please.
    Yes, please.
  • If you’re a photography enthusiast (or not), I highly recommend you watching the documentary first before deciding to purchase the book.
  • Just so you get more of the style of her work and how it came to be in the first place, oh-so amusing.

    “We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel – you get on, you go to the end, and someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end, and so on, and somebody else takes their place. There’s nothing new under the sun” – Vivian Maier

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THE NEW GHOST | Book Review

THE NEW GHOST

  • This book is done beautifully by the talented Robert Hunter, published in 2011.
  • A contemporary short story that follows a recently deceased new ghost, on a haunting discovery of his purpose in the “afterlife”.
  • I could have easily skim through the book in less than 5mins, but the illustrations was just so gorgeous that I just couldn’t help but lingered on to admire the artwork.
  • To put it into words, it sort of resembles the combination of watercolour paintings and crayon drawings, simplistic nonetheless.
  • The illustrator also uses quite a bit of turquoise as the general colour scheme in the book.
  • Overall, despite the weird ending, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • If you like what you see in the video and the style of artwork, then this is definitely worth the money as a collection on the shelf.

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Tuesdays With Morrie [Mitch Albom]

If you’re a fellow reader (or not), do yourself a favor and get “Tuesdays With Morrie” written by Mitch Albom. I wouldn’t say it changed my life or anything so melodramatic but through the middle until the end I did get this strong urge to hug my family and tell them I love and appreciate them so much.

Yes, the content is pretty touchy-feely but with just the right amount of deep quotes and insightful materials. Here are some of my favorites…

“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”

“Maybe death is the great equalizer” 

“Learn how to die, and you learn how to live”