This week’s Top 5 Wednesday was a difficult one for me hence why I changed it a bit.
I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I haven’t actually read any graphic novels or manga, or at least nothing that I could recommend here. I do have one comic book series that I absolutely loved but it’s only available in Dutch. It’s a re-imagination of a comic books series called ‘Suske en Wiske’, which has been running since forever. I think you would call them Spike and Suzy. The new version is a series called Amoras and I thought it was really impressive how they used the old characters and made them more modern while still maintaining their original self. The drawings aren’t bad either 😉
It’s very violent though, let’s say it’s an adult version of the original comic books.
Extra information (in Dutch) here.
This being the only one I can truly talk about, I changed the original topic “Favorite non-written novels” to “Non-written novels I want to get to soon”. I hope you don’t mind.
- Maus – Art Spiegelman
This book has been sitting on my shelf for soooooo long. I’ll just have to set my mind to it and read it in one go or I’ll never read it at all. In case you don’t know what it’s about, this is Art Spiegelman interviewing his father who tells him about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor.
Even my husband has read it (and he doesn’t read a lot) so I should really, really pick it up.
- The Arrival – Shaun Tan
I’m not sure where I first heard about The Arrival but it caught my attention instantly. This book is a wordless graphic novel. (So definitely non-written, perfect for this topic!) It’s a story of immigration, of leaving everything behind to build a better life for yourself and your family.
I mean, just look at it. Isn’t it beautiful?
- The Harry Potter audiobooks
To switch it up a little, let’s talk about Harry Potter. I would love to listen to the audiobooks. The ones narrated by Stephen Fry. I like his voice and I like the stories so there’s no way I would end up not liking it, right? But when do you listen to audiobooks? It’s like I’ve never found the time. It takes me fifteen minutes to get to work, I’m never ‘on the road’ and just sitting there at home, listening.. it just feels weird to me. Maybe that’s because I haven’t tried it yet. I’ve thought about listening to the radioplay of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman too…
If you listen to audiobooks, when do you listen to them? And which ones would you recommend?
- This one summer – Mariko & Jillian Tamaki
Back to the graphic novels! I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned that my best friend from home and I have been setting up some little projects. She draws and I write and can I just say that I think she’s great at what she does. Let me show you one of the drawings she did for a series of Christmas cards we made:
You can follow her on Instagram, it would really make her day 🙂
So why am I telling you this? I’ve been thinking about sending “This one summer” to Heleen as a little bookpresent. I think she would like it. That was quite the segway, wasn’t it.
This is the story of two girls who always spend their summer together (kind of like Heleen and I used to do). As they are growing up, they discover boys but also that life is not always easy.
Based on the descriptions I’ve read, I think I’ll really enjoy this story. I’ll keep you posted!
- Adulthood is a myth – Sarah Andersen
Last but not least, I wanted to include some Sarah Andersen. I’ve been following her for a while now and I always feel so connected to her comics.
Yup, that’s me…
She has a collection of her work out now in book-form. So I’ll just have to pick that one up, won’t I?
What are some of your favorite alternative ways of reading?
Are you a graphic novel person? Do you prefer manga?
What are some audiobooks you would recommend?
Lot’s of love