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My Favorite Thing is Monsters
My Favorite Thing is Monsters | Emil Ferris
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
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manifestsanity
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For those of you that can't wait until 2020 for Book 2, there is a My Favorite Thing Is Monsters comic in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. It consists of shorts, memoirs, and Emil Ferris's amazing artwork. Ferris's bout with illness that led to the book's creation is a triumphant story.

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Schnoebs
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Happy free comic book day everyone!!! I got to pick of these plus a few graphic novels I‘ve been wanting and even got all my manga holds from the library today! Good day for some illustrated novels 😍

#comicbook #freecomicbookday #graphicnovels #graphicnovel2019 #manga #mpls #twincities

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eri.reads
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I absolutely adore this graphic novel! It's huge and heavy, but so worth the read! Karen Reyes is a 10 yr old monster loving artist who uses her notebook and drawings to capture the essence of her emotions and surroundings as she lives with her ill mother, her sometimes dysfunctional brother and a murder in their building. A superb read; some of the most awesome line drawing I've ever seen. Can't wait to get my hands on Vol. 2! 🤗

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Liberty
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Celebrating spring and feeling better by relaxing this afternoon with this AMAZING graphic novel. This is my eighth time reading it. It is one of the most incredible works of art I have ever seen, and even though it won awards, it could stand to win another 100 or so. The sad news is Vol. 2 appears to have been pushed until 2020. 😢 But that‘s okay, it will be worth the wait. (This could also be me spreading misinformation - let‘s hope!) 📚❤️📚

Emilymdxn This looks amazing! I really want to read more graphic novels 4mo
kyraleseberg 2020 now?! It's been pushed back like five times now 😭😭😭 4mo
scowler1 I'm really not interested in the content, but this is so incredible to look at I keep picking it up at the bookstore and thumbing through the whole thing. 4mo
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Laughterhp
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1. Tagged book and either Dead Witch Walking or An Unwanted Guest - I have a stack of library books looking at me!
2. Having friends over on Saturday to hang out and drink. That‘s it!
3. Nope
4. No, but will visit eventually!! (Hopefully)
5. 🍀🍀Luck to a few new followers! @Lydsters @BookHoarder32

#HelloThursday #StPatricksDayEdition

Lydsters Thanks so much! Back at you 💕 4mo
wanderinglynn I enjoyed Kim Harrison‘s The Hollows series. Thanks for playing! 🍀 4mo
BookHoarder32 👍👍🍀 4mo
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Tex2Flo
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Fruit: mango
Chunkster:City on Fire
Graphic: My Favorite Thing is Monsters
5 Years: RETIRED
@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs 🥂retirement 🎉 4mo
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litenthusiast
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#wondrouswednesday
1. Watermelon
2. None recently, but currently reading N0S482 and Black Leopard, Red Wolf which are 600+ pages.
3. See tagged book.
4. Hopefully healthy and happy.
@Eggs

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xicanti
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Pickpick

Okay. WOW.

Emil Ferris knows how to construct a story, y'all. This comic has layers on layers on layers, and each one gives the reader about a million new puzzle pieces to consider. Nothing's simple, whether it's Karen's family dynamic, the politics of her Chicago neighbourhood, the murder she sets out to solve, or the true nature of each monster she encounters. The ending gets a bit abstract, but it's still damned remarkable.

Art-wise... ⬇️

xicanti to be honest, Ferris's style ain't my favourite. It's heavily crosshatched, and most of the characters have the sort of round, exaggerated features that hit my eye the wrong way. My aesthetic preferences aside, I can't imagine this would be as effective in any other mode. The story DEMANDS busy art that makes everyone look at least a little monstrous and forces the reader to dig deep. I admire Ferris's design choices very much. #caseyplusbooks 4mo
GatheringBooks one of my greatest reads last year! :) 4mo
Texreader Your pup is so precious!! 4mo
BiblioLitten Those 👀. 😃 4mo
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Kboltz
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Pickpick

The story here is one thing but the art in this is beyond amazing and impressive. Art!🎨

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Regi_C
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I went a little crazy at the library....

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ofbooksandme
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I'm looooooving this book. How gorgeous is it? Plus the story is intriguing and super fun.
I think I got this because lst year someone recommended it here si, once again, THANK YOU LITSY!

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ofbooksandme
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1. Yesterday I started "My favorite thing is monsters". I had it for a long time! Can't believe I didn't read it before.
2. ¿Por qué volvías cada verano? From 2018, by Belén López Peiró, an Argentinian author.
3. Probably The Illiad.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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FernsAndFairyTales
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Pickpick

Oh my goodness. I completely get the love for this graphic novel now. It‘s weird and endearing and sad and gripping and surprising and so lovely. It had a hold on my heart from the get-go. I absolutely cannot wait for the second volume to come out.

And the art is just beyond words.

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Soubhiville
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I‘ve never seen a graphic novel quite like this before! Great sketches and drawings, part cartoon part realism, cool mystery. I wish there weren‘t a cliffhanger ending, but at least that means there‘s a sequel coming! Thank you Holly!
#LitsyAtoZ #LetterF for author
Started during #24in48

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome. I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 6mo
Valink The artwork in this was amazing!! 6mo
Redwritinghood Still waiting for volume 2! Hopefully, it‘ll be out this year. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 6mo
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Swe_Eva THANK YOU for the cliffhanger warning! 6mo
AmyG I loved this. My first graphic novel. Just gorgeous. 6mo
Leftcoastzen I loved it too! Longing for the sequel. 6mo
vaanshere Mine too... 6mo
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Soubhiville
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And.... time! Whew! What a great weekend of reading! I finished two of these that I‘d already started, read the entirety of three of them, and started two others. Reviews to come over the next couple days. I‘m going to rest my eyes and make dinner 😊. I‘m one happy reader!
#24in48

readinginthedark Wow, way to go! 6mo
parttimedomestic Awesome job! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
Eyelit Fantastic!! 6mo
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allthingskayla Congrats! 🎉🎊🍾🎈 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!! 6mo
saresmoore Brilliant! 6mo
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 6mo
Tanisha_A Wow! 👌😎 6mo
Kalalalatja Well done! 6mo
Simona Congrats 👏👏👏 6mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 6mo
vivastory Congratulations! 🎉👏📚 6mo
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ElizaMarie
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This was so beautiful how could I not just love it!?

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ElizaMarie
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Chelseabillups30 💥💥💥 6mo
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rohit-sawant
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#CopSong
While the title refers to a body in the truck, Michael Connelley, a big fan of jazz, often mentions music in his books, especially Frank Morgan whose "Lullaby" is Harry Bosch's favorite song.

#Tomorrow's Child, a Ray Bradbury short story about a child who is shaped like a little blue pyramid.
(Image by Mark S. Fisher)

Conisdering one of #MyFavoriteThings is Monsters, I should really cross this off my TBR already. *sigh*
#MusicalNewYear

vivastory Great post & My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is amazing. I can't wait for the second volume! Have you heard of 6mo
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thanks! And I'm just hearing about Infidel. It looks soo terrific! 6mo
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Cinfhen Loving your collages 😊 6mo
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Thanks so much! 😊 6mo
readordierachel I really want to read Monsters, too! It's gotten so much love. 6mo
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ElizaMarie
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“Love is the weirdest monster out there”

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ElizaMarie
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It‘s beautiful!

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ElizaMarie
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My husband got this for me to read before he flew back home. He looked through it and believed I‘d love it. He usually is right about these things :)

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Cinfhen I was hoping somebody would choose this one!!! I still haven‘t gotten to it yet 🙈 6mo
litenthusiast I love this book! It was so unique. I keep recommending it to others. 6mo
irre I preordered it over a year ago. They keep changing the release date. (edited) 6mo
vivastory I. Can't. Wait. For. The. Second. Book. 6mo
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eris404
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My favorite place to read: by the fireplace in this Starbucks. The day I was reading this, the person next to me told me he was friends with the author‘s mother and we had a nice chat about the book. Both of us had lived in Uptown (where the book is set) and I shared my favorite illustrations of the neighborhood. It‘s an odd feeling seeing a place you know well in a book (or a movie), especially when the creator knows it so intimately.

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richelledotcom
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Incredible story accompanied by breathtaking illustration.

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Lisaw13
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Okay so my #18in2018 is more like 25, but I grouped the series together so it looks like 16 - a little fudging 😋

Was nice to look and see some of the great books I read this year!

sprainedbrain I see some of my favorites from this year on your list! Great year🥳 7mo
Lisaw13 @sprainedbrain Glad you agree! 🤓 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking Evelyn might be my first read for 2019 7mo
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Lisaw13 @Cinfhen I did the audio for that and it was good - I don't normally like audio books because my mind wanders, but the narrator did a great job. 7mo
Cinfhen I find the only audios I can listen to are memoirs or NF and read by the author otherwise I completely tune out. 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great list! Circe is on my list for Jan. 7mo
Lisaw13 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Circe starts a little slow, but it's totally worth it 😊 7mo
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nelehelen
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5/5
I just loooooved everything about this. It‘s a beautiful big book of amazing artwork. And I loved that we see the world through the eyes of a 10-year-old as the author takes us through very “adult” or dark issues as she tries to solve a mystery.

#ReadHarder2018

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Soubhiville
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Holly, wow! Thank you so much for the holiday package! Every book I opened I immediately wanted to start reading, lol. I actually did read a little of Don‘t call me Princess right away.

The cross stitch you made is beautiful. I‘m touched that you spent so much time on something for me. Thank you so much! I‘m going to post a closer picture of it so everyone can sing it‘s praises.

I hope you‘re doing ok and Gunther‘s feeling well. 💕

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I have cross stitched for years but never done a project before with beading on it, so that was a fun new adventure. I am traveling and enjoying myself. Gunther is home and hopefully will make it for us to return home. Fingers crossed. Enjoy all the books! 7mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I will absolutely enjoy them. Safe travels to you, and hugs. 7mo
AmyG Lovely gift! 7mo
Leftcoastzen The tagged book is so amazing! 7mo
Soubhiville @Leftcoastzen it‘s beautiful! I‘m excited to read it! 7mo
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nelehelen
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Sunday Night Plans

#DogsOfLitsy
#ReadHarder2018

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Robothugs
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#CallingAllTheMonsters #OctoberXFiles It‘s been so awesome co-hosting this month! I‘ve loved seeing all of the books or things you all have come up with for the prompts and have added to my TBR because of it! Thanks to everyone who played along, and Happy Halloween! 🖤👻

BarbaraBB Thank you for hosting! It has been fun again! 💕 9mo
Robothugs @BarbaraBB I‘m so glad! 9mo
JennyM Thanks for hosting 😘😘😘 9mo
Robothugs @JennyM Thanks for playing along!! 🤗🤗 9mo
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AMVP
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#riotgrams #day22

While there's plenty in this book to get the tears going, what's got me crying right now is the realization that we'll have to wait another year for vol. 2 to drop.😫

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I am completely blown away by the intricate and varied art in this graphic novel, which is all done with ballpoint pen! The story is also impressive, with multiple plotlines for tween Karen who's growing up poor in 60s Chicago. Lots of tough stuff in here: sexual assault (not pictured), death from cancer, the Holocaust, and forced prostitution. But even though it had a dark feel (sometimes in fun old horror movie way), it didn't make me feel dark.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Also, Karen is a little baby dyke. #QueerBooks #GraphicNovels 9mo
queerbookreader She's such a baby dyke 😭😭 I didn't know there was any queer content so when I finally got around to reading it I lost my mind 9mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

Loved this. The stories and the illustrations were just excellent. I loved all of it and need the second one! This is at the top of the list for graphic novels without a doubt! Also, it was wonderful reading this with my spooky blanket @JamieLou

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MirrorMask
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Leftcoastzen I loved this ! It rocked my world. 9mo
AmyG Blew me away. I loved it, too. 9mo
Clwojick I love this graphic novel so much! 9mo
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kyraleseberg
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I've had friends ask me for some spooky book recommendations for October.
These are some of my favorites! Creepy and/or fun but none downright terrifying.

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Phlamboyant
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She used to like monsters, so me and her were best friends, but now she likes boys instead (a bad mistake).

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Kalalalatja
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This book was a complete #MonsterMash and I loved it! 👌

#OctoberXFiles

Cinfhen Another one I‘m super curious about!! 9mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen the artwork is just stunning! 👌 9mo
Reviewsbylola Great pick! I loved the art in this one but the storyline wasn‘t for me and I ended up bailing. 😵 9mo
sofiaga It‘s awesome. I think the second is coming out soon 9mo
Robothugs Nice choice!! 9mo
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Tex2Flo
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📘 My Favorite Thing is Monsters
👩🏽‍💻Maya Angelou
🎬 My Favorite Year
🍕my grandmothers chocolate cake
(On a kind of a roll here)
#manicmonday #letterm @JoScho

JoScho 💙😊💙 9mo
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booklover3258
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Panpan

I was disappointed by this thick graphic novel i thought it would be about monsters...fake ones not real life like killers, bullies and prostitutes. Art was hit and miss. Only thing i did like was Karen and how cute she looked as a kid werewolf. 2 stars.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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The art in this graphic novel is incredible! My favourite part here is "Missy has changed a lot. She used to like monsters, so me and her were best friends, but now she likes boys instead (a bad mistake)." Something tells me 10-year-old Karen is a little baby dyke. #QueerBooks

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GeorgeanneD
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This thing is massive and hard to read in bed but definitely worth the arm workout so far

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Bindrosbookshelf
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So I went to pick up one hold again...
This has to stop happening. I‘m up to 18 books out at the moment 🙈 #libraryhaul

laytonwoman3rd Tangerine was a good read. 9mo
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Lkardos12
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I haven‘t felt this many feels while reading a graphic novel in a long time. Little kid imagination with crushing reality and ageless-ness of family love and trauma. And the ARTWORK is 🤩

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missbrewbrew
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This book is so dang big!! I wanna keep reading but my candle burned out so I guess that means it's bedtime

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cobwebmoth
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@GrilledCheeseSamurai You frickin' rock! Your book choices are perfect. I have been wanting the tagged book for so long. I'm so excited to have it!😁 Love the Canadian themed goodies, too. Thank you!❤
@Avanders #SFMBC

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽😍😍 10mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Oh Yay! I don't know how I missed this?? Was wondering where it was at just now. 😂 10mo
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 8: Just a few of my #FiveStarredBooks this year. I always feel blessed knowing I am able to enrich myself with this life-altering, thought-provoking reads. I will never take this for granted. Food for the soul. Nourishment for the mind.

Kalalalatja I loved the two graphic novels, haven‘t read the others. Have you read Greenberg‘s other book? 10mo
GatheringBooks @Kalalalatja oh yes!!! my first introduction to greenberg‘s work. reviewed 100 nights of hero here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2018/03/10/saturday-reads-33/ :) 10mo
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GatheringBooks
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Exciting Friday night with monsters and moscato. And fried feta cheese. 😍 What are you reading this weekend? 📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty!! I‘m going to be reading Crazy Rich Asians when I get off work!! 11mo
batsy Moscato and feta... Yum!! 11mo
RealLifeReading Fried feta cheese! I‘ve never had that before! 11mo
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Bklover Fried feta sounds yummy! I think this weekend I may start 11mo
GypsyKat Great picture! 11mo
youneverarrived Sounds good! 👍 11mo
Cathythoughts Fried feta is next on my menu ! I‘ve tried baked .. but never fried .. can‘t wait to try 11mo
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manifestsanity
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Great NPR article on Emil Ferris. Her graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters just won 3 Eisner Awards. Such an amazing book. Couldn't recommend it more.

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/03/635407169/every-full-moon-we-can-howl-at-is-a-vic...

SkeletonKey I can‘t waaaait for the second volume! 11mo
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DeeLew
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Part of my birthday gift card haul. So excited! I‘m on a graphic novel kick! What graphic novels are you reading?

MStew Your getting some good books! 11mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai My favorite thing is Monsters and Harrow County are 👌 11mo
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jckphnx
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Pickpick

As if the breathtakingly rendered visuals weren‘t enough, featured on these pages is also a wholly emotional tale, and the reader‘s only regret will be the need to await a second volume.

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