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review 2017-06-26 06:30
So Much I Want to Tell You
So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister - Anna Akana

I first heard of Anna Akana when her video How to put on your face went viral. Since then I occasionally check out her channel.

 

Having watched a few of her videos, it was very easy to read the book in her voice. She is very frank, and it was interesting to learn how she got into youtube and about her family history. I've never read another youtuber's book, but this felt very similar to reading a celebrity memoir.

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review 2017-06-08 17:50
Penguin in Love
Penguin in Love - Salina Yoon,Salina Yoon

I read this whole series (all the ones we had at the library anyway) over lunch. They're cute stories, but I thought they might have a little more substance to them. I still enjoyed the books. The illustrations are very cute. This one gets dramatic in the middle and I probably enjoyed it the most.

 

I also didn't look up their publish order beforehand so I kept starting one and then setting it aside because it referenced characters or past events I hadn't met or read about yet. There are some slight spoilers if you read certain books out of order.

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review 2017-06-08 17:43
My Brother's Husband
My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (Pantheon Graphic Novels) - Gengoroh Tagame,Anne Ishii

An interesting manga dealing with attitudes in Japan towards gay people and relationships. I really loved the story and how frank and honest it feels. Can't wait for volume 2.

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review 2017-06-08 17:39
Young Miss Holmes, Casebook 5-7
Young Miss Holmes Casebook 5-7 - Kaoru Shintani

This volume strays the furthest from Holmes canon. Several of the stories are inspired by original Sherlock Holmes stories (their version of Moriarty shows up), or cases mentioned in the stories (like The Giant Rat of Sumatra). I didn't mind this deviation because I liked the characters and the stories were interesting. I thought the ending was quite anticlimactic though.

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review 2017-06-08 17:36
Young Miss Holmes, Casebook 3-4
Young Miss Holmes, Casebook 3-4 - Kaoru Shintani,Shintani

This volume branches out more from the Holmes canon. It develops these particular characters. Nora even gets a whole chapter to herself. I wasn't a huge fan of her backstory. The story itself is quite progressive in many ways even though it's set in Victorian England, so it was odd to me that g***y was used to describe Nora and the people who raised her.

 

There's also a crossover with another manga I've never heard of (and now can't remember). Without any knowledge of those characters and their stories I was still able to understand that part of the casebook just fine. So it seemed kind of strange, but didn't ruin my reading experience.

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