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?

Quote for Thought: Just Kids by Patti Smith

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…you could feel a vibration in the air, a sense of hastening. It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was. Now men had walked upon it, rubber treads on a pearl of the gods. Perhaps it was an awareness of time passing, the last summer of the decade. Sometimes I just wanted to raise my hands and stop. But stop what? Maybe just growing up.

I’ve recently finished Just Kids by Patti Smith, a memoir about her youth and life with Robert Mapplethorpe. This book made me smile, but it mostly made me cry. I usually experience my emotions inwardly, but this time I actually cried. It’s a book about two people about my age, even younger, and what they have gone through in their search for artistic life is both sad and admirable. I can’t imagine experiencing everything that they did, and compared to theirs my life’s been quite easy. Still, I could understand them and sympathise with their story and emotional turmoils. Certain aspects of the story reflected some of the things I’ve been through, however far-fetched that might sound. Some doubts and questions they had are the same as those that I’ve often asked myself. It’s interesting to enter the mind of someone so different from you and still find traces of yourself. The experiences may be world apart, but emotions are always similar.

Obviously, it’s a book about art and artists. But even more so, it’s a book about life itself, about growing up, being happy and being hurt, about personal growth and maturing which never stops and can never be completed. It’s about finding yourself. It’s also about the ever-changing concepts of love and friendship which escape any definition. Life is complex and erratic, and this books portrays it beautifully. Life can get scary, and growing-up may seem unachievable or even unwelcome. At this point in my life, I realize that being an adult just means pretending to be one (and I admit I’m not good at it). No one truly grows up. It’ a process without end.

Everything distracted me, but most of all myself.

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