Books

Monthly Wrap Up: My May 2020 Reads

 

I wanted to share my monthly reads for May! Although I do not think I’ll be able to do this every month, it’s still fun to look back at the books I read. I mainly read comics or manga this month in order to ease back into reading again.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman:

I was getting over another reading slump and finally finished Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman after starting it last year. This book is part of the Scythe trilogy. School played a big part in putting this book on pause. The plot of the book was well-paced and it answered some questions readers may have from the previous entry. I am looking forward to reading the finale! I’d go on a bit more about this series, though I don’t want to share any spoilers…

Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle:

This comic anthology was a much-needed lighter read, with bright colors and humor. It made me smile and was a great way to cheer up after a long day. I just wish the book was a bit longer!

Toyko Mew Mew Omnibus 1: by Mia Ikumi and Reiko Yoshida

This omnibus covers the first two volumes of Tokyo Mew Mew. I was motivated to re-read this series after news of a reboot  excited many fans. I love this series, mainly due to the simple designs of the characters which are very effective. The story is like most magical girl series, where there’s a team of girls who work to save their city from an evil force. The first translation by Tokyo Pop added some awkward , somewhat cheesy slang and stilted dialogue that made it hard to read.  The Kodansha version makes the dialogue flow so much better. 

Mia Ikumi’s style has really improved over the years, with vivid colors and fuller faces. The focal point of manga style illustrations usually are the eyes. The style is different to the point of being almost unrecognizable, but I love this change. Although this manga is almost twenty years old at this point, there have been a few new chapters and the magazine spread from the more recent release (below), looks amazing.

 

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Tokyo Mew Mew Re-Turn: Chapter 1 Spread from Nakayoshi Magazine

Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang:

I really loved this standalone comic. It had a steady plot line and quick pace, great representation, as well as a great message about acceptance. Jen Wang is a talented artist, who draws great backgrounds, scenes, and also draws a nice variety of character designs in terms of faces and body types. I also read her other comic, In Real Life, and really enjoyed it.

I look forward to reading more next month!

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