Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Salon!

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This wasn't a very productive week for me, as I was just coming off of the intensity of the read-a-thon and it took me several days to catch up around the house. I am easing back into it and have finished some books this week and started others. I had a hard time wanting to sit inside so I brought my macbook outside and posted away between gardening breaks.

I posted a discussion post this week, if you care to join in, it is about reviews and what you think is a must have in a review you read. Do you like a personal touch? That the review is more formal? put in your two cents telling the rest of us What do you think makes a good review?
I am also currently hosting a giveaway for some two sweet homemade lunch bags that I made from a pattern out of Linen, Wool, Cotton (a fab book) check out the review and giveaway !
Reviews posted this week:
Books that I read this week:

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So lately I have fallen in love with Mangas (AKA Graphic novels) I love them! I didn't ever think that I would, or that I would love them this much. These are perfect for me this week, as since the read-a-thon I have had a hard time with my attention span and reading. What are your experiences with graphic novels? Is there a certain genre which you were surprised by?



14 comments:

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

I've read all of L.M. Montgomery's work except the Anne books. I'm pretty sure that must be a crime of some sort.

I've had very limited experience with graphic novels. I've read a few of the Star Wars ones, and some Sandman by Neil Gaiman. It's a genre that is expanding exponentially right now, and one that I've always wanted to explore more. I just wish graphic novels weren't so expensive (or that my local library would carry more of them). Maybe it's time to see what Powell's has for sale in their used section...

claire said...

I've been a bit hung over from the read-a-thon, too, but slowly easing back, like you. I haven't had too many experiences with manga, although the few I really liked. Have you encountered Kampung Boy by Lat? It's wonderful, you might enjoy it. Also the sequel, Town Boy.

heidenkind said...

I just started reading manga--it is super addictive! I'm actually limiting my reading to vampire & paranormal manga at the moment; otherwise there are too many to choose from. I caught up with Vampire Knight last weekend, and that is a pretty good series. I also love Bleach, but that has over 300 chapters, so combing through that one is going to take a while. Next I'm planning on reading Vampire Hunter D.

susan said...

I didn't participate in the read-a-thon. Was impressed with those who did.

I'm very interested in graphic novels and have enjoyed a few. Glad to see your post.

tea said...

I have to find those books. They look soooo good.

bermudaonion said...

I have enjoyed a graphic novel from time to time, but I wouldn't want a steady diet of them - they're not developed enough for me.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

I've only read one graphic novel, actually a graphic memoir - The Shiniest Jewel. It was a story of a foreign adoption, and I thought it was fantastic. I didn't expect to like the format as much as I did, what a nice surprise. I'd like to read more graphic novels - Persepolis has been suggested to me.

Bellezza said...

I, too, was surprised by my affection for Manga. I read six for Rhinoa's manga challenge (GTO: Great Teacher Ozinga) and they were so entertaining! Maybe that's in part due to me being a teacher, but like you, I enjoyed the lighter quality of the text. It was also fun to read right to left, and back of the book to front.

Chris said...

It's been a really slow week for me too post read-a-thon. I think it took all of the blogging out of me :p I've noticed the whole gang has been pretty quiet this week.

You use a macbook! I just got mine last year and I'm in love with it. I had always had PCs up until now and I can certainly say that I'll never go back!

I'm a big manga fan too. CLAMP is my absolute favorite...you should check out some of their stuff. They're a group of writers who produce gorgeous manga. My favorite is X/1999...highly recommended. Chobits is really fun too :)

Violet said...

I have got to try a manga sometime soon, but they are so expensive here and our library doesn't carry it. I am a little apprehensive spending so much on something I am not sure i will like.

But it's so cool that you like them. It's always great to discover a new genre.

Kailana said...

I really like the Emma series! I have read all eight books. I was thinking about trying the Shirley one, but haven't got around to it yet!

Diane said...

I'm enjoying graphic novels, but I can't get into Manga. It's hard for me to follow the story with too few visual clues about where my eyes should go--not to mention reading from back to front. I have much better luck with straight graphic novels--and admit that I tend to read those by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (Y:Umanned series is terrific) and Brian Wood (DMZ series is great!). Fair warning these are for adults (sexuality and graphic violence) and DMZ has a war theme, but they are what I like :-)

Local libraries will tend to buy what people are interested in, so keep asking and requesting (through reserve or inter library loan) graphic novels and manga for adults. I'm a library director, and I always want to know what my users are into so I can support their reading habits--as much as I can within budgets.

Tea said...

So far I have read only two Graphic Novels. I love, love them. The ones on your homepage look really good.

Trish said...

I've been searching for another graphic novel to read after reading Fun Home during the 'thon. I LOVED it. I've had my eye on Emma after reading Tanabata's thoughts, so maybe that. Look forward to seeing what you think!

By the way, I hope to pop by the PO tomorrow. I've got everything packaged, just gotta hope traffic goes my way. :)