Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite “Non-Written” Books

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Top 5 Wendesday is hosted by Samatha. The guidelines and topics can be found on the Goodreads group.


Another Wednesday is here! This week is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels – graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. And here are my favourites!

1. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Author), Dave Gibbons (Illustrator), John Higgins (Colorist)

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I feel like I’ve been talking about Watchmen too much lately, but it’s amazing, so it’s well-deserved. This graphic novel is gritty, dark, and quite realistic compared to other superhero comics. It opens many questions about the very notion of a superhero, and about humanity as a whole.

2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Another graphic novel I already talked about, but this list would not be complete without it. Persepolis a memoir in which Marjane Satrapi talks about her childhood and adolescence in Tehran, and later on in Vienna, and her story is intertwined with the history of her country, Iran. This graphic novel truly taught me a lot.

3. Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa

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Paradise Kiss has only 5 volumes (and there’s also a 3-volume edition). It’s about a girl who becomes a part of the fashion world after meeting a group of designers. But most of all, it’s about growing up and finding yourself. And it was very fun, though heartbreaking at times. Ai Yazawa’s manga are always heartbreaking…

4. Nana by Ai Yazawa

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Which leads us to Nana, Ai Yazawa’s best-known manga. The manga has 21 volume, but is not finished due to the author’s illness. Ai Yazawa gave an interview recently, though, and said that she’s intending to continue with the manga. I liked Paradise Kiss more than Nana, but this one is also very good. The story follows two girls, both named Nana, but completely different in character, whose lives get intertwined.

5. Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 0: Don’t Call It A Team-Up

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This is a collection of Marvel comics in which Spider-man and Deadpool appear together, and it was such a joy to read! The first comic in the collection is from 1997, when Deadpool still had the red-and-blue suit, and others follow chronologically.This was published before Marvel released the first issue of Spider-man/Deadpool series last year. I haven’t read those yet, but I’ve read some great reviews and now I really, really want to! Spider-man is my favourite superhero, and Deadpool is my favourite kind-of superhero, and together they are my favourite (b)romance ever! 😉

Bonus:

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I’m not sure if this goes in this category, because the graphic novel uses original text from Frankenstein, but the illustrations are sooooo amazing!

And that’s it! Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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New York Times “By the Book” Tag

I haven’t done a fun book tag in a while, and I’ve come across this one (among others) many times and thought: Well, this one sounds fun. So I finally decided to do it. J The tag was originally created by booktuber Mary Berg.

So, let’s get to the questions!

What book is on your night stand now?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and I’m almost finished with it. It’s really fun! There’s also Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon, a double biography of the two wonderful Marys. I love them both, and I love the book as well.

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What was the last truly great book that you read?

The Vegetarian by Han Kang! I loved that book! It’s so beautifully written, and it’s very methapohorical, it almost feels like reading poetry.

But I also want to mention Alice by Christina Henry, for entirely different reasons. This retelling of Alice in Wonderland is truly disturbing, violent and bloody, but so sooo interesting. I love how Christina Henry deals with the characters, and makes entirely different stories for them, but they still have some of the essence of the original characters.

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What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I don’t think anything’s too surprising… I read different kinds of books, and I think I talk about different kinds of books here on the blog. But I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I really like superheroes, so maybe you wouldn’t expect me to own some comics. Spider-man is my favourite.🙂

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How do you organize your personal library?

In a way only I understand, and is impossible to explain.😄 But I know exactly where every book is, so it seems it works well.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut, a book I’ve wanted to read for so many years… I would actually like to read more Vonnegut in general. But I’m also quite embarrassed that I don’t read almost any contemporary Croatian authors, and I’m from Croatia. I definitely should…

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I actually like to read different things, depending on my current mood. Classics are always a go-to when I’m not sure what to read next, and I like to read about history. I’m also drawn to magic, in its different shapes and forms. And I like to read about different cultures… So, when I think about it, I guess I like to read about anything that I can’t experience myself, anything different and unknown.

The only thing I don’t read are contemporary romances. I just don’t find them interesting… Romance is fine as a part of the story, but I don’t like it to be the entire story.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? 

That’s an interesting question.😄 I don’t really like our (Croatian) president. (Sorry, not sorry.) She should read something nice and heart-warming, maybe something about a different culture, to make her more open-minded. For example A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. That’s such a beautiful, sad book… Or, if I was feeling mean, I’d give her something really, really boring to read.😉

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What do you plan to read next?

I’ll probably continue with the Shades of Magic series, and after that – who knows! I don’t usually plan ahead, it’s best to read the books you’re in the mood for. And who knows what mood I’m going to be in after A Gathering of Shadows.😄

And that’s it! Since I wasn’t tagged to do this, I won’t tag anyone, but if the questions seem interesting to you, I’d like to hear your answers. 🙂