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Monique

Monique

Joined May 2016

Obsessed with comics, weird stories, and books with good representation. ❤️
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“Guilt, the train wheels clucked like round black birds, and guilt, and guilt, and guilt.”

Plath's short allegorical story starts off innocently enough, subtly revealing the more sinister subplot as the tale weaves on.

Rejecting the guilt and expectation--running from a society that would have you shut up and keep your to your place--I loved that. It's dangerous and scary and the only way to be free.

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School assignments and reading is pretty heavy this weekend, so during my study breaks I‘m reorganizing and cataloguing my books to help with the stress 😝#bibliophile #homelibrary

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Embroideries | Marjane Satrapi
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My ‘E‘ entry for the #LitsyAtoZ2019 challenge by @BookishMarginalia

Satrapi put together a lovely vignette focusing on a gathering women coming together to have tea. The illustrative style pairs perfectly with the raw, unpolished narrative. It‘s a book about a bunch of women venting and sharing their personal and political thoughts and it‘s fantastic.

Highly recommended.

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Embroideries | Marjane Satrapi
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There‘s something I really love about stories that focus on small moments.

hermyknee I‘ve loved all of the books I‘ve read by Marjane ♥️ 3mo
Monique @hermyknee I read Persepolis years ago and loved it. I‘m planning to reread it again this year, but this is my first time reading her other work and I loved it as well ❤️ 3mo
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Dementia 21 | Shintaro Kago
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Dementia 21 is the D title for my #LitsyAtoZ2019 challenge by @BookishMarginalia

I‘m a bit behind with this challenge but I‘m having a lot of fun with it. Especially with this bizarre book 😋

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Dementia 21 | Shintaro Kago
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If you‘re a fan of horror or Junji Ito I‘m sure you‘ll get a kick out of this book. Fantagraphics have put together a beautiful edition. Rachel Matt Thorne has done a fantastic job with the translation. And there‘s even a bit of an interview in the back of the book, paired with fantastic full colour images.

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Dementia 21 | Shintaro Kago
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Kago‘s work ranges from bizarre to disturbing to silly. Each chapter is a new, wild scenario where health aide Sakai cares for a strange elderly person or people. Some have crazy powers, others seem possessed. It‘s always a wild ride to see where Kago‘s crazy mind goes next.

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Sparks! | Ian Boothby
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Silly, bizarre, and over-the-top, Sparks reminds me of a kids cartoon in all the best ways. I love the premise of two super intelligent cats saving the day while propelling a dog suit.

A fantastic all-ages comic. Recommended.

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Sparks! | Ian Boothby
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Matsumoto‘s art is expressive and Dedrick‘s colours are vivid. Combined, they have created a dynamic and fun comic to look at. Boothby‘s story has great comedic beats and a good narrative flow. He manages to provide character depth to an otherwise simplistic story. Great balance of goofiness and sincerity.

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The Breakaways | Cathy G. Johnson
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Johnson‘s latest comic with First Second is a cute and silly comic focusing on a team of elementary school girls each struggling with their own growing pains and slowly becoming friends.

I‘m very interested in reading more by Johnson and can easily recommend this book to kids and adults.

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The Breakaways | Cathy G. Johnson
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I loved the representation in this book. Their are tomboys and preppy girls, punks and studious kids. Everyone has a distinct personality and get a bit of backstory to give them depth. The different interactions are super cute. Bonus, if you‘re looking for positive LGBTQ+ rep, this book has it.

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The Breakaways | Cathy G. Johnson
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I really love the sketchy look to the illustrations in The Breakaways. It gives the girls energy and personality in every panel. Kevin Czap‘s colours pairs wonderfully with Johnson‘s work.

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Compass South | Hope Larson
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The first book in what promises to be a fantastic adventure series. It reminds me a lot of the Tintin comics I read as a kid. Theres a great ebb and flow of action and tension. Larson has a good sense of when to add her narrative beats.

The book is a fantastic, all-ages adventure, particularly if you want a break from the plethora of fantasy & sci-fi stories.

This is my C entry in the #LitsyAtoZ2019 Reading Challenge ❤️ by @BookishMarginalia

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Compass South | Hope Larson
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Larson has created a great balance of exposition and visual story telling with this title.

Mock‘s illustrations are fun and vibrant. She does a fantastic job relating personality into each of her characters. I love her bold lines and colours. It really makes the story come alive. #comicsread2019

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I always found the confrontation of Lady Catherine De Bourgh and Jane to be really thrilling and satisfying. I‘m happy to say Zoboi‘s reinterpretation is just as fantastic! 😆

Yeah Zuri! You are on fire! I love this girl. Her character is so well developed and interesting. Her motivations, prejudices, insecurities, and pride all feel very real. This book is so good ❤️

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I love how Zoboi takes the Pemberley moment and makes it something so empowering for Zuri. She‘s in her element, baring her soul, and that‘s when they see each other. God it was a great moment. ❤️

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Boundless | Jillian Tamaki
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Tamaki‘s short story collection is a surreal read with a variety of illustrative styles that show the breadth of her talent. There‘s so much to talk about here. I think I found a contender for my summer book club. Highly, highly recommended.

This is also my ‘B‘ in @BookishMarginalia ‘s ListyAtoZ challenge. #LitsyAtoZ2019

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Boundless | Jillian Tamaki
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A common thread to all of the shorts stories in this book is an atmosphere of being present. What I mean by that is that it feel like I‘m being told a story by Tamaki, that she‘s right hear telling me tall tales in a somber voice. It‘s gorgeous.

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Boundless | Jillian Tamaki
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Boundless feels very experimental, but only in that Tamaki seems to be continually stretching herself creatively. I love being swept away into each now tale. Sometimes she uses sketchy lines, sometimes clean. Her change of style brings in or takes away energy in the narrative.

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GoGo Monster | Taiyo Matsumoto
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#TopTenoftheYear #2018 countdown: #4
A strange sci-fi/fantasy involving spirits and other realities. Mastsumoto is such a master at creating atmosphere I can still feel the story. The panels are dynamic, gorgeous, and unsettling. Go Go Monster is one of my favorite comics I‘ve ever read.

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I‘m going to guess that the authors of this book are wealthy, white, and able-bodied. Because time isn‘t an equal resource for me. I have to work more than I‘d like so that I can continue to scrape by. Even then, I‘m lucky to have the support and resources that I do. And my time in the day is limited. Constant fatigue from chronic mental health limits what I can do in a day. No. Time is not equal.

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#topfiveoftheyear #gamesof2018
4th on my list of favourite games of 2018 is Frostpunk. A survival, city-builder set in a steampunk, frozen apocalypse. I love the look and sound of this game. It throws you harsh choices to make as you attempt to survive against plummeting temperatures and starvation. This is easily one of my all-time favourites.

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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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#TopTenoftheYear #2018 countdown: #5
One of the last books I read in 2018, Hostage has incredible atmosphere and structure. Delisle really hits the mark with this one, balancing the pacing and narrative expertly. If you enjoy biographical works, add this one to your reading list.

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#topfiveoftheyear #gamesof2018
I got around to playing some really interesting games last year. Here are my favourites released in 2018:

Starting off is this fantastically cute, Simmiland. Made with very simple sprites, the game is a god sim where you use cards to grant gifts to your little people. There‘s a fair bit of strategy and discovery involved, which had me putting in a lot of hours and enjoyment into this tiny world.

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#TopTenoftheYear #2018 countdown: #6
A very lovely, charming comic created by a transgender woman living in Japan. This autobiographical look at this woman‘s life from childhood to marriage is a wonderful perspective to read. ❤️

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#TopTenoftheYear #2018 countdown: #7
The beautiful little book that started my obsession with all things succulents. I love the layout and the photographs and the obvious passion radiating off of every page. It‘s also one of the few nonfiction books I read (and finished) last year.

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Femme | Marshall Thornton
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#TopTenoftheYear #2018 countdown: #8
I love a good romantic comedy, especially if the MC is a bit of a smart-ass. I‘d love to read more by Marshall Thornton as I find his sense of humor delightful, and his stories well written.

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#Top10oftheYear #2018 Count down: #9
On of the first books I read last year and one of my favourites. I‘m pretty sure I reread this one several times. It‘s a cute romance, coming of age story that‘s a bit cliche, but filled will lots of fun, interesting characters. If you enjoyed Simon vs Homosapien Agenda, be sure to check this one out as well.

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Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly | Kyoko Okazaki, Kyaoko Okazaki
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#Top10oftheYear #2018 Count down: #10.
Starting off with a surprising one. Surprising in how much I loved this, and how it turned out to be a horror story. Okazaki‘s illustrative style works well with the unsettling narrative she‘s crafted. If you‘re looking for a manga title that does psychological horror well, here‘s my suggestion.

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Over the next few days I‘ll be posting my favorite books of 2018. I didn‘t get as much reading done as I would have liked, due to moving twice and a pretty major breakup, but I still got a good chunk read so I‘ll share the highlights or an otherwise mostly crummy year ❤️😁👍 #Top10oftheYear #2018

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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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If you are a person who enjoys some good, solid fun, grab this book. Its my first of 2019, but already one of my favorites! It‘s also my ‘A‘ for @BookishMarginalia ‘s A to Z challenge.

And if you end up reading this series and enjoy it, then I‘d highly recommend the podcast it was based off of, by the same name: https://twitter.com/TheZoneCast

#listyAtoZ2019

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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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The McElroy's have a humor that I find heart-warming and pure. Carey Pietsch has done an amazing job translating this into comic form. and Tess Stone's lettering is dynamic, professional, and paired perfectly with Pietsch's art.

#powerfulpanel

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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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I'd be curious to see how people like this book if they have not listened to the podcast, because I can't help but love this as an extension of that podcast. But I suspect that adorable art, lovely colors, and cute humor will make this a book that's easy to love.
#comicsread2019 #litsyAtoZ2019

emtobiasz I read this book before listening to the podcast for the first time (my bf was already a big fan). It actually convinced me to start listening! 6mo
Monique 😁yay! Hope you‘re enjoying it ❤️ 6mo
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Death of the Author | Gilbert Adair
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Have you heard of Lindsay Ellis? She‘s brilliant. Her recent video on death of the author is also brilliant. And it has a lovely surprise appearance of the charming John Green.
https://youtu.be/MGn9x4-Y_7A

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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Delisle has written an impressively hefty book based on a harrowing experience. I loved how he formatted the panels into a rigged structure, and toned the comic in dark blues. It does a great job creating an oppressive atmosphere, and highlighting the stark and repetitive days of isolation. It was a captivating read.

Also, I‘m happy to report that there is no torture or anything that might need a trigger warning.

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Re-reading this guy and it‘s still as fun as ever. Grizzly and gross in the best of ways.

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Re-reading this creepy book. I love Ito‘s work. It‘s so gnarly. 😁

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GoGo Monster | Taiyo Matsumoto
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This bookis surreal. I adore the art style, which has a much messier, organic feel than many other manga titles. The balance of negative space and the clever panel transitions do a phenomenal job creating an atmosphere of unease. The narrative follows Yuki as he becomes more and more sucked into the other. There's a lot of cool symbolism and subtle horror. Definitely worth checking out.

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GoGo Monster | Taiyo Matsumoto
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The way Matsumoto works with panels and symbolism is awesome. I love this section of the book where things are at there darkest after Yuki goes through the black door. A very compelling style that works super well for creating a very creepy narrative.

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GoGo Monster | Taiyo Matsumoto
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So much work went into this book. It looks so gorgeous with its coloured edges and it‘s sturdy cover. Which is why I‘m so confused as to why the slipcase is a cheap cardboard. The bottom is even coming loose. I‘ll have to re-glue it. The book is a weird combination of good and cheap materials. Bizarre.

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GoGo Monster | Taiyo Matsumoto
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I‘m halfway through the book and loving the subtle, creepy vibe. Matsumoto is excellent at creating two atmospheres existing together: one of a vibrant school and one of a phantom world living alongside it. Not an easy feat, and one that Matsumoto pulls off expertly.

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I already love this book and it‘s already making me hungry

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Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Oliver's writing style is elegant, haunting, and a bit distant, like wind in the trees. I loved the shifting perspectives and the slow piecing together of everyone's hidden hurts. The ending is lovely and hugely satisfying as everything clicks together and the last of the secrets are let loose.

The skill Oliver shows in creating a rich atmosphere caused me to feel a lot of peripheral discomfort that haunted me long after I put the book down.

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Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly | Kyoko Okazaki, Kyaoko Okazaki
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I would easily recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a dark read. Its quite the ride to see Liliko slowly fall apart (in more ways than one).

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Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly | Kyoko Okazaki, Kyaoko Okazaki
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Helter Skelter is fascinating, thrilling, and dark. I loved Liliko's nasty ambition. Her motives made sense. Her actions aligned with her morals. While no one was very likable, every character was interesting. The story was well paced with a narrative that kept me hooked. The illustrations are loose and stark, which works well with the type of story Okazaki has created. Recommended!

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In Clothes Called Fat | Moyoco Anno
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Anno's art is messy and expressive, which may put some off. I like her style. Its the most interesting thing about the book. I love the cover with its ragged desperation. Its just a pity the story itself wasn't as dynamic.

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In Clothes Called Fat | Moyoco Anno
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More horror story than anything, this world is filled with awful people, including the protagonist. Its a dark, depressing narrative with plot threads that often go nowhere. Its meandering and often doesn't seem to know what it wants to say. It deals with eating disorders but doesn‘t do it well. Big trigger warning for this title.

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Panpan

I‘m a bit confused as to the reason behind translating this one. The amount of anime and manga references is a bit much and copious amounts of translation notes are needed to explain them all. The dialogue is stilted and reads in a very unnatural way. It feels like it may have been translated too literally. It‘s just kind of a boring, awkward read.