Three little books get to be discussed today: two of them has a similar theme – what we do to our bodies. One is poetry and one is a short, sweet story. The third book is a comic about books. It doesn’t go with the other, too, but I couldn’t resist: come on, it’s about books! There’s literally ‘book’ in the title. I knew I must read it, and I simply had to include it!
Read my thoughts below! 😉
‘Book Learnin’ by John McNamee
Okay, let’s get this over with.
I’d really love to say I liked this book, but the truth is that it didn’t leave a huge impression. It was a very quick read (even while being terribly tired) and there were many comics that had a deeper meaning (e.g. about society issues), and the arrangement of the comics worked fine. The style of the drawings matched the style of the text/humor. These are on the plus side. What lacked in this book was the humor side (for me, at least). I’m all for sarcasm (really, that’s a language I’m fluent in) – though maybe that was my problem. Most of the jokes weren’t strong enough for me. I didn’t have to laugh and I didn’t feel the need to share what I saw. I’m sure some people would love this little comic book, and I’d try others from the same author, because I see there is a potential here. But this one was not a book for me.
I rated this book 2 stars.
I got this book from Diamond Books Distributors/Lion Forge via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
‘If My Body Could Speak’ by Blythe Baird
Once again I’m a bit contradicted because of modern poetry. In general, I tend to like a bit more old-fashioned poems (I mean in style, like rhymes and verses, not in theme/topics!) at first I thought that this would be the case with this collection, too, but all in all I have to say that it convinced me by the end. These poems are powerful and they all made me feel something. I could relate to so many things mentioned in them, and I love that the poet says what’s on her mind and heart. I could feel for her. I think these poems are ones that very young people can understand and relate to, but the poet also shows a more mature side of thinking – because of the topics and life stage I knew she must be young, but I was actually surprised to find out how young she is. I’ll be on the look for more work of hers!
I rated this book 4 stars.
I got this book from Button Poetry and NetGalley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
‘Flawed’ by Andrea Dorfman
This book was a very quick read that I can’t fully make my mind up about. It’s a sweet story with a bit childish but not less sweet illustrations, and it kept my attention all the 10-15 minutes it took me to get through, but I feel like it wasn’t strong enough. It didn’t leave an impression. It has something to say, that’s for sure, and that meaning in itself is powerful and something I stand by with my whole self, but the story itself was too light and flat to really touch me. It’s a nice one-time read, though, and I’m sure many people would enjoy this book. I know I did, even though it won’t be my favorite. I think it might work better on screen. (I take it that version exists, too, though I haven’t yet checked it out.)
I rated it 3 stars.
I got this book from Firefly Books Ltd. via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Well, it was really quick today!
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?