I helped kickstart this, because I was so intrigued by the premise. An erotic graphic novel about a 61 year old mortal man falling in love with a vampI helped kickstart this, because I was so intrigued by the premise. An erotic graphic novel about a 61 year old mortal man falling in love with a vampire? Hell yes. These are the vampire stories we deserve.
But honestly this is a very, very tender, warm and loving story of the love that blossoms between two men - one of which will live forever. It's at its heart a story about the things that love will conquer and blind us to, and the dangers of loving truly and deeply, when one of you are destined to leave this earth so much sooner than the other.
And it's an erotic graphic novel. Very erotic. Which I liked. And while it really does put everything on display, it does it with such emotion. And you feel you're trapped in a moment of love between two people. It felt very honest, although, not being a gay man, I don't know how accurate it is.
On the whole I found it incredibly moving. And I cried a lot. Maybe because I was reading it right after breaking up with my boyfriend. But even without that, I think I would've still cried. It's that sort of story.
There's simply something captivating about genuine affection between two people. It punches me right in the heart.
The art is spectacular, too. It's all in black and white and it just fits the story so perfectly? It's all slightly rough lines, soft curves and so much heart. You can tell this is a creation born of passion from Noora Heikkilä, and I cannot wait for the sequel. ...more
2016 was a remarkable reading year, although a lot less pleasantly remarkable in many other areas.
First of all, I actually reviewed every single book2016 was a remarkable reading year, although a lot less pleasantly remarkable in many other areas.
First of all, I actually reviewed every single book I read in 2016 (with only three books left hanging, which I'll get to soon). Not always on goodreads, but either here, on my blog or some other place. I'm proud of that. I may not keep it up this year, but it was a good exercise, so I'll definitely try.
I read more books by women this year than I probably ever have, out of 106 books 65, as far as I can tell, were written by women. And thus, my ratio of women to men is now at 213/343. Slowly evening out.
The biggest read of the year was definitely In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, which I read while having a class on it during the spring. Looking back on those three months of reading, it is with an immense tenderness. Like I was placed in a beautiful, painful, but empathic dream of discontent, fragile happiness and slippery memory. Someday I hope to reread the whole thing. It deserves it.
There were a lot of other notable reads. Particularly the Nightrunner series, starting with Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Fantasy after my own heart. Give me many more fuly fleshed out fantasy worlds, powerful Queens and bisexual rogues.
In the same genre (well, not really at all, but there's magic!) I read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and it's perhaps the most impressive single book I've ever read (Proust doesn't count). Immense and enthralling.
I also fell in a sort of desperate love with Delphine de Vigan and her two books Nothing holds back the night and Baseret på en sand historie. Certainly a writer worth picking up, especially Nothing holds back the night. It's the powerful, moving story of her mother, and nothing else I've read has been quite like it.
Han Kang is another author I felt ate a bit of my heart; simply perfectly devoured it and left me reeling. The Vegetarian is perhaps the most unsettling, but Human Acts touched the very core of my soul. Neither are books you are likely to forget. Each one outstanding.
Another very, very excellent book was Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi, perhaps the most delightful work I read this year. And a beautiful piece of literary, feminist critique. I loved it very much.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda I absolutely adored, and whose ending I've reread the most out of all books ever. It makes me splendidly happy every single time. My love for it comes from a personal place. But it has not yet been diminished. A lovely, lovely YA novel.
I can't mention them all. But it's been a stellar year.
However, I wish I'd managed to complete the challenge I set for myself with reading books by women of color. I set myself up for 16 books, but only managed 12. I hope to rectify this in 2017. I also wish I'd read more poetry, as I have more than one poetry collection lying waiting.
But most of all I wish I'd been better at really using goodreads and interacting with more of you. Something about the new layout is reall off-putting for me. I just can't seem to do it as easily as before. But I'll try harder in 2017, because this is my favorite social media site, and you are all amazing.
For 2017 I have a lot of books I look forward to, especially History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Home by Nnedi Okorafor - the sequel to Binti, another excellent read from this year, and many, many others.
Here's to a new year, and I hope it'll be filled with brilliant books and wondrous stories. ...more