This book was ok, it did a lot of stating what happened and telling instead of showing the story.
Quality #graphicnovel haul from the library today.
What happens when your refuge, in this case ice skating & the camaraderie that comes with being on a team, becomes a source of pain & confusion, an unrelenting chore that brings you little joy? How do you let go & be true to yourself? Tillie must answer these questions after she & her family move to Texas & everything changes. A powerful, heart-wrenching story about growing up, coming out & understanding & accepting yourself. A definite recommend.
Walked in to Chicago Comics today to pick up an order, Fence #10 which they were out of on release day (never mind that I also have an electronic copy because I couldn‘t wait to read it), and walked out with Deadpool (Skottie Young) and two recommendations. First, Spinning which I‘ve seen around but not read. I don‘t even know what to say about Sparrowhawk except they told me I would love it and they are always right. Plus, Delilah S. Dawson!!!
Heartwrenching and beautifully drawn, it was immediately clear why this won an Eisner award this year. Shooting it to the top of my to read list was the right decision.
I will admit that I had to take a couple of hours between sittings. I could have devoured it in one go, and usually would have done, but I got the news my parents' Corgi was hospitalized yesterday, so was very worried and not in the mood for sad stuff. He's doing fine now though!
When I got this book, at first glance, I thought it was about ballet.
It isn't. It is about ice skaters. More than that, it's about the many relationships that are built and broken over the course of Tillie's adolescence.
The story is told so lovingly that when it ended, I felt joy and sorrow. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, painful and full of emotion.
I'm a better person for reading this. You will be, too.
I grew up figure skating, and this book brought all those memories of the rink back to me. Early mornings, long practices, and lots of shivering. A dear friend of mine gifted this book to me because she knew I was a figure skater when I was young, and I am so thankful she did! This book is such a great example of the power books have to take us back to the familiar places in our hearts while also leading us on a new journey.
#riotgrams day 10: book & beverage
Watching the Winter Olympics is making me want to go figure skating again ⛸ (I haven‘t gone since college and was never very good, but the skaters make it look so nice 🤗)
Spinning is an adorable graphic memoir about a young ice skater, btw. Anyone have another rec for a book about figure skating?
This graphic novel is about ice skating, bullying, coming out, etc. It felt a bit disjointed to me though I liked a lot about the illustrations and themes. It wasn‘t until reading the author‘s note at the end, though, that I realized how impressive an accomplishment the book was. She‘s only 22! That is so cool! Given that, I feel more lenient about some of the elements I didn‘t love.
Littens, I‘m feeling inspired to start a bullet journal to track my reading. I‘ve been stalking the #bujo hashtag and just messaged some of you to ask about it, but then I thought I‘d ask everyone. Do you have any suggestions for how to get started? I‘m not artistic but I like to be precise, if that makes sense. I‘m not going to freehand cool drawings but I can letter neatly. I like the ones with charts and tracking stats... where should I begin?
Spinning came in my @jrlibraryguild shipment for the month and I loved it! I swear I had an arc of this at one time but 🤷🏼♀️
@tilliewalden does a great job covering a lot of topics in this graphic novel memoir - ice skating of course, but also friendship, loneliness, coming out, parental relationships and more. I recommend it! 👍🏻
I also love the wordless panels!
"Spinning" is similar in some ways to "Roller Girl" because of subject matter. It's about the success's and failures of ice skating and competition. It's also just about growing up and figuring out who you are. It's for a slightly more mature readership than "Roller Girl" because it's more dense, less colorful and (tw) sexual assault. ?
The concept of this book was really engaging and the artwork was lovely. However, the book itself was too fragmented. It was hard to follow the narrative and the story stayed surface level, making it hard to connect with Tillie. There was a lot of telling instead of showing that made this just okay for me.
Working through my #Netgalley backlist: 2/18
The whole library haul, organized.
Lots of DC, lots of Image, more Vertigo than I usually read, a couple Marvel, and a sprinkling from other publishers. Plus two crochet books (one about Jane Austen era crochet!) and a book on gingerbread houses. The overall goal here is to finish some series, and try out some new ones I've had my eye on.
Meeting my daughter and husband at a diner and I got here early so of course I have a book. While i love my family, these few moments to myself are rare and treasured.
A poignant coming of age memoir told in #comics format. Walden says she knew she was gay from the time she was 5, but she spent 12 years in the hyper-feminine world of competitive figure skating & didn‘t feel comfortable coming out there. Clear line drawings made me complicit in the 4 a.m. mornings, the cold rinks & exhausting schedule, the awkwardness of making new friends, the humiliations & triumphs in front of skating judges. So good! #LGBT
Tillie Walden's memoir is moving, yet at times muted lending to this feeling of claustrophobia during scenes where Tillie feels trapped in her ice skating gigs. The pictures are black and white with color used sparingly to make a emphasis. It also tends to add warmth that is usually lacking with the black and white motif. Furthermore, the use of a lot of empty space in different panels helped contribute to the loneliness Tillie felt at times.