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A Haul of Bookish Goodies

Recently I won a giveaway! I won a freaking giveaway! You guys probably know this already but if you don’t the lovely blogger BiblioNyan recently hit 1000 followers and decided to do a giveaway to celebrate. By some magic I ended up being one of the lucky winners which is crazy to me because I never win anything. So with my winnings I got the chance to hop onto Book Depository and get some books which I have been wanting for a while now so I thought it’d be fun to go through the books I picked out!

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

Teen Titans: Raven follows Raven Roth who is involved in a tragic accident which sadly kills her foster mother. After the accident Raven then moves in to live with her foster mothers family but she cannot remember much of anything to do with her past and instead tries to bury the darkness of it all. As she becomes closer with her mothers foster family she begins to try and face her memories and the darkness building within her face on.

I adore Raven as a character and a while back I found out that one of my favourite artists Gabriel Picolo would be working on the project to illustrate the comic. Of course, I knew I had to pick it up at some point and the giveaway gave me the perfect opportunity to give it a read. One of my favourite artists matched with one of my favourite DC characters is sure to make for an enjoyable read!

Gyo by Junji Ito

Junji Ito’s classic book Gyo follows the story of Tadashi and Kaori, a couple who decide to visit Okinawa only to be plagued by a foul odour whilst they are there. They soon realise that the awful smell is coming from these mysterious dead fish who seem to be walking onto land using strange metal legs. More and more of these strange fish carrying the foul odour begin to invade Japan’s shores until the country is completely consumed.

Gyo is the last book that I needed to complete my collection of Junji Ito books which are currently out in the UK. The idea of creepy, dead walking fish sounds pretty damn horrifying so I was excited to sink my teeth into this book. I have already finished this manga and can safely say that Gyo is both a horrifying and amazing piece of work. Some of the panels throughout the manga as well as the artwork on the inside of the covers are some of the most grim work I have seen so far from Ito. Some of it made me feel pretty uncomfortable which is exactly what I want from horror.

IT by Stephen King

The Stephen King novel titled IT is set in the town of Derry in Maine. The town overall, is your average town but the children living within Derry come to realise that a horrifying nightmare takes shape within the town which haunts them and takes form of their worst nightmares. The entity in question is simply known as IT. As the children grow up and move on with their lives they soon forget about IT’s existence until the time when they have to confront IT and dig up all of their past trauma from their childhood encounters with the creature.

I have only fallen in love with King’s work within the past year or so. With the second instalment of the IT movie franchise coming out soon, I have been bombarded with advertisements for the new film and therefore my curiosity and want to read the infamous IT novel has grown more and more. So, I gave into temptation and I’m going to tackle this one thousand page book. Despite the Hefty page count which awaits me, I am really excited to give IT a read. I have high hopes for this book and I’m hoping that Pennywise will creep the heck out of me and gives me chills, especially since I hate clowns.

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 1 by Tomohito Oda

Komi Can’t Communicate follows the silly slice of life tale Komi Shouko who is a beautiful, silent beauty who has the whole school entranced with her charm. Almost everyone in the school sees Komi as an unapproachable goddess like girl who they are unworthy of being near. However, this simply is not the case and Komi is simply a girl who struggles to communicate with others and can barely string a sentence together. One day Komi’s classmate Tadano learns of Komi’s communication problem and decides to help her make one hundred friends.

This manga series has been floating around the internet for some time now and the concept of it always sounded really cute and relatable. Plus, I took one look at Komi and her expressions and I was sold on her adorably awkward character. I have already given the first volume a read and so far I’m really impressed with the series. This is my first time reading a slice of life manga which has stories coming in small chunks instead of larger chapters. It’s a really fun and easy read.

Until next time thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day!

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7 thoughts on “A Haul of Bookish Goodies

  1. Glad to see you reading Komi-san.

    It’s a series that really improves overtime, but always keeps true to the fluffy spirit. It’s always a relaxing read.


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