Recent Reads Roundup!

I have been trying to get back into reading again for fun. I graduated from university–and received my degree in the mail a few days before writing this post–and had been going through a bit of a reading slump. I think part of this slump was from excitement: I have so much to read, yet at the same time, the possibilities seem nearly endless. Still, something about holding the degree in my hands made this accomplishment all the more real.

The books I mention below are graphic novels and manga. I actually got into the habit of reading from graphic novels and manga growing up, so it’s an interesting way to get back to my roots!

Roselia Stage BanG Dream Girls’s Band Party: Dr. Pepperco

Yukina is determined to be a successful singer and make her father proud. She saw firsthand, how he was unable to accomplish his dream of being a musician. Yukina strives the make the perfect j-rock band and has a very serious demeanor, to the extent where she is cold towards others and pushes people away. This book is a great supplementary read, for those who may enjoy the BangDream anime or mobile rhytym game. There are a lot of characters within the franchise. Although the main band, Roselia, is the focus, I feel that readers may connect more with the story and characters if they listen to the music or are familiar with other BangDream-related media. The art is gorgeous, and the artist really excels in conveying the feelings of the five main characters.

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Primer: Jennifer Muro, Thomas Krajewski, and Gretel Lusky

Primer is a D.C. comics graphic novel with a manga-inspired art style. The main character, Ashley, is a foster child, who went from one home to another before the start of the story. She goes into a new family again, discovering a set of paints in the process. The paints give her special abilities. Ashley creates a superhero identity, calling herself Primer She finds herself in the middle of a fight between a soldier who wants to use the paints to his advantage,while also struggling with her own personal issues, such as family relationships. This is a middle grade novel that gets surprisingly dark. But despite this, the overall book is very cheerful and witty. There are a few instances that are a bit quirky, such as the conversation Ashley has with her adopted father on using text abbreviations such as LOL out loud, as well as the point where she takes a selfie in front of the main villain. But other than these minor issues, it’s a pretty enjoyable graphic novel.

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Tea Dragon Festival: Katie O’Neil

This graphic novel is a prequel to the Tea Dragon Society. The novel is in a unique world, where small dragons called tea dragons brew unique flavors of tea with the flowers they grow on their horns. Rinn has grown up in this world, but has never seen a full-fledged dragon– until meeting one who has woken up from a long sleep. This novel features sign language and a variety of characters. The art work is gorgeous and detailed, while also keeping the characters one of the main focus. I usually am the type of person who likes grittier books, with a constant plot. But this series was different from what I was accustomed to, and quite relaxing.

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What are some of your recent reads? If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear about them!

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