Thursday, August 27, 2015

July Reading: Art, Utopia and Cuteness

My July reading is introduced to you by my lovely owl friend! 

Wolf Kankare “Kettujumala palelee” [Finland] 
Cristy C. Road “Spit and Passion” [USA] 
Ellen Forney “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: a graphic memoir” [USA]
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (Begum Rokeya) “Sultana's Dream” [then the British India, now Bangladesh] 
Jeffrey Brown “Goodnight Darth Vader” [USA] 
Arthur Conan Doyle “The Hound of the Baskervilles” [UK] 
Ann Leckie “Ancillary Sword” [USA] 
Na Liu, Andrés Vera Martínez “Little White Duck: A Childhood in China” [China, USA] 
あずまきよひこ 『よつばと!』3 (Kiyohiko Azuma “Yotsuba to!” vol. 3) [Japan] 
George Orwell “1984” [UK] 
Milla Paloniemi, Anni Nykänen, Antti Hintsa, Karri Lehtonen, Joonas Lehtimäki, Tuuli Hypén “Höh! ...ja muita sarjakuvakertomuksia lapsille” [Finland]

Wolf Kankare “Kettujumala palelee
Some stories barely need words, this is one of them.

Cristy C. Road “Spit and Passion
Although the art style wasn't my cup of tea, I liked this book about growing up as a confused, queer teen.
“At its core, Spit and Passion is about the transformative moment when music crashes into a stifling adolescent bedroom and saves you. Suddenly, you belong. At twelve years old, Cristy C. Road is struggling to balance tradition in a Cuban Catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and begins a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In this stunning graphic biography, Road renders the clash between her rich inner world of fantasy and the numbing suburban conformity she is surrounded by. She finds solace in the closet—where she lets her deep excitement about punk rock foment, and finds in that angst and euphoria a path to self-acceptance.”*

Ellen Forney “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
A graphic memoir about bipolar disorder and art. 
“Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.”

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain “Sultana's Dream” 
One of the earliest (published in 1908) feminist science fiction works portraying utopian society ruled by women and science. You can read it here, it's quite interesting!

Jeffrey Brown “Goodnight Darth Vader
Cute little book. : )

Arthur Conan Doyle “The Hound of the Baskervilles
The beast from legends is roaming the moor spreading fear, and Holmes and Watson must investigate the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. Was it a murder and if so, is his heir now in danger?

Almost everything I read in July was illustrated. ^^

Ann Leckie “Ancillary Sword
Although slower and less action-y than Ancillary Justice, the second book in this space opera trilogy is cool too!

Na Liu, Andrés Vera Martínez “Little White Duck: A Childhood in China
A graphic novel about growing up in China.
Warning: animal violence.
“The world is changing for two girls in China in the 1970s. Da Qin—Big Piano—and her younger sister, Xiao Qin—Little Piano—live in the city of Wuhan with their parents. For decades, China's government had kept the country separated from the rest of the world. When their country's leader, Chairman Mao, dies, new opportunities begin to emerge. Da Qin and Xiao Qin soon learn that their childhood will be much different than the upbringing their parents experienced.”

Kiyohiko Azuma “Yotsuba to!” vol. 3
More adventures of quirky Yotsuba!

George Orwell “1984
Ugh... Didn't like most of it. The main character was so unpleasant, the style dry. Oh well, at least I read one more dystopian novel, I do like them a lot. ^^

Höh! ...ja muita sarjakuvakertomuksia lapsille
Little comics for children in Finnish. Much cuteness! ^^

*Descriptions from Goodreads.

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