Last Thursday we met up for our monthly LGBTQ+ Book Club gathering! In July, we read Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman and had such a great response we decided to carry on with Volume Two. She created these graphic novels based off her webcomics which are available for free online. We will be mainly focusing on thoughts on Volume Two but some Volume One comments will be in this post too – it can be hard to separate for those who read it online and more people could attend Book Club this month so it was really nice to talk about both! People who made it and people who couldn’t but wanted to share their thoughts joined the conversation on our Google form too.
This weeks Top 5 Wednesday is my top 5 gateway books. A ‘gateway book’ is a book that introduces you to a genre. These are books that are easy to read and compass a certain genre easily so that the person entering that genre can get a good idea of what it is about. I really love reading gateway books because they always introduce you to new things, similarly i like hearing what others favourite gateway books are, it generally gives you a good idea of what the person likes and they’re interested in. Instead of doing my gateway books in to a specific genre, i’m going to be telling you all my top 5 books that are gateways in to graphic novels!
Free Comic Book Day is officially tomorrow, and we’re all so very excited about it! The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day which means it is the 7th of May 2016 this year! All your comic book readers or anyone who is starting to read comic books, make sure you take advantage of this very great day indeed.
Title: Sex Criminals
Author: Matt Fraction
Genre: Graphic Novel, Adult Fiction,
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 1st May 2014
Summery : Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks.
I have been on a book buying ban along with my father for about eight months now. This ban means that I cannot buy books at all with my own money (I can accept gifts or use gift vouchers to buy books) and if I was to buy a book I’d have to buy one for my father too. So far this has been a pretty successful deal as us tight arses don’t want to spend money buying books for each other! However as August brought a family holiday and the end of summer, the ban had been lifted and we were free to buy books until our hearts were content – or wallets were empty!
There are so many ideas of what comic book readers are like plastered all over the media from TV shows such as the Big Bang Theory, so many stereotypes about being a ‘geek’ or to use the American term ‘nerd.’ But what really is a ‘comic book geek?’ Do we have a right to label a group of people based on their interested of a comic book in the 21st century? Continue reading