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review 2017-09-29 23:17
Great for the visual learner!
Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide t... Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life - INFJoe

You may have seen comics by Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (aka INFJoe) portraying the life of an introvert: avoiding crowds, dealing with people who don't understand introversion, how introverts recharge or find happiness, etc. It was great to see he had come out with a book and I was happy to pick this up.

 

If you're new to introversion or want to learn more about it AND you're a visual learner I'd say this is a great pick. Interspersed with text and comics, INFJoe talks about what introversion is, what introverts do, and so on and so forth. If you're already familiar with the comics you might be disappointed since you've probably seen most of these online. But if you're looking for a guide or a short explainer for someone this might make a pretty good gift.

 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this but I was happy to support a fellow introvert. There's not much more to say about this book since it's just a bunch of comics with a little text. It's somewhat similar to 'Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World' by Maureen "Marzi" Wilson which I felt was more about introverts and introverted life in general. 

 

I'd say if I had a criticism of it I suppose I was a bit disappointed by seeing so many of the same comics I've seen online and that I wish it were longer.

 

But if you know someone who wants to learn more about introverts and introversion as a topic and is a visual learner/like graphic novels this could be a great introduction. There's no plot like a GN, but if someone is not inclined to read a more text-heavy book (like Susan Cain's 'Quiet' for example) then this could be a great alternative. I bought this and was a bit disappointed because it's a bit pricey (I guess for the art and quality of the book itself) but it's not at my library and again I was happy to support the author.

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review 2017-09-12 13:38
Cute overview but nothing special
Fries!: An Illustrated Guide to the Worl... Fries!: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Favorite Food - Blake Lingle

Another entry in the microhistories of foods, this time about fries. I was very pleased to find that this book is actually about fries vs. it being tangentially related like another book I read. This small book talks about what fries are, how they came to be, what are the different types/styles, how they are eaten (as a side, as a compliment to the main dish, etc.). There you have it. Fries.

 

There's not much more to say to it. I was surprised to see how small the book is: a book like this could have very easily been a coffee table style book (it has some very nice pictures) but it's actually somewhat comparable to a smaller tablet. But I suppose that fits. The author is clearly very enthusiastic about the subject but the book itself is just eh. There are some nice bits of history and interesting fun trivia factoids and the author's writing style is chatty and easy-going. 

 

But it's not really a history book, nor is it a recipe-filled cookbook. As a fun, light read I enjoyed it but I'm not sure who its for since it's not really big enough for display and it's not a cookbook either. I suppose if you're a foodie or just interested in a story like this it might be a good pickup.

 

I got it at a discount but I wish it had been available at my library instead. Wouldn't really go out of your way to find it unless you need it as a source of you REALLY adore fries.

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review 2017-08-25 00:00
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition
The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition - J.R.R. Tolkien,Jemima Catlin

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

 

So begins one of the most famous tales in all literature, beloved by children and adults since first published in 1937. The most delightful illustration of Jemima Catlin enhances this particular edition (2013) of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins through wonder and terror and tremendous moral growth. The narrator, with his asides to the readers, is part of the great charm of this tale.

 

If you have only seen the movies, which do no justice to this wonderful book, read it and discover the tale as Bilbo lived and wrote it. 

 

Enjoy!

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review 2017-08-14 23:07
An honest memoir about eating disorders.
Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) - Lacy J. Davis,Jim Kettner

Graphic illustrations are a rather underused technique when it comes to mainstream literature, but they work particularly well with highly emotional issues like eating disorders. Lacy Davis has come clean with her problems with Anorexia and Bulimia (although she shies away from these terms), through a memoir that is honest and down-to-earth, and will hopefully provide motivation and encouragement for other sufferers.

The art work is done by her partner, Jim Kettner, who we meet in the memoir. I have to admit to being particularly impressed that someone else understands her well enough to do these illustrations, throughout the book I had assumed they were done by Lacy, herself.

 

Society puts huge pressures on youngsters these days, particularly the women, but men too. It is little surprise that many people crack under these pressures. In my opinion, any advice shared by those who have lived through their issues, is of tremendous value to those still battling their demons. This readily accessible format makes these shared experiences even more widely available.

 

Good luck to Lacy and Kett, I shall be interested to see what they come up with next.

 

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review 2017-08-07 16:17
Giveaway & Review – The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant @Sybrina_spt @GoddessFish
The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm Illustrated Book: Full Color Illustrations - JPGs Only - Sybrina Durant,Sudipta Dasgupta,Kimberly Avery

I love the magical and elusive unicorn, so when I heard about The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm, I had to ‘saddle up.’

 

 

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant

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GENRE: Teen Fantasy Book

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MY REVIEW

 

There’s no place like home…OSM means awesome.

 

He is supposed to be their savior. But how can that be possible? He has no magic.

 

He feels an outsider, he just doesn’t fit in. Does anyone feel a touch of Rudolph in this?

 

The fun, colorful, imaginative illustrations are wonderful, filled with fantastical creatures, both good and bad.

 

Each creature is unique, individual, just like in real life.

 

Is there such a thing as a fish unicorn? If so, imagine the possibilities.

 

Set your imagination free.

 

The Blue Unicorn…reads like old time fairy tales…where life and death choices are made…And …maybe, you will learn why you never see a unicorn.

 

This magical fantasy filled with fun and humor, sadness and happiness, and lessons learned. We are not alone.

 

I voluntarily reviewed The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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