What I Read in March and April

(Insert comment about how is it May already? here)

I’m so behind. I haven’t written a proper non-comic review of a book since, oh I don’t know, ages ago. I’m putting this post up just to remind myself of the many books I’ve read and not talked about! Because there were so many good ones, both comics and non-comics!

Hmm that is very telling of what my reading is like these days, that everything is ‘comics’ or ‘non-comics’. Is that good or bad? I can’t tell!




A Chinese life – Philippe Ôtié and Li Kunwu ; illustrated by Li Kunwu
Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary – Keshni Kashyap, Mari Araki (Illustrator)
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce #7) – Alan Bradley
Deadly Class Vol 1: Reagan Youth – Rick Remender (Writer), Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator)
Fortunately the milk – Neil Gaiman
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Black water rising – Attica Locke
Mary Poppins – P.L Travers
Children of the Sea #1 – Daisuke Igarashi
Children of the Sea #2 – Daisuke Igarashi

PLUTO: Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 001 – Naoki Urasawa, Ozamu Tezuka
Heidi – Joanna Spyri
Shadow Scale – Rachel Hartman
Mildred Pierce – James M Cain
Edward Scissorhands Vol 1: Parts Unknown – Kate Leth and Drew Rausch
Rot and Ruin Vol 1: Warrior Smart – Jonathan Maberry
Hinges Book 1: Clockwork City – Meredith McClaren
March Book Two – John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

Pleasantville – Attica Locke
Four Souls – Louise Erdrich
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The sculptor – Scott McCloud



The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
The Life of a Banana – P P Wong
No humans involved (Women of the Otherworld #7) – Kelley Armstrong
Lumberjanes #1 to #10 – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Ellen
For today I am a boy – Kim Fu
The Rice Mother – Rani Manicka
Understanding Comics: the invisible art – Scott McCloud
Moominvalley in November – Tove Jansson
Honeydew: Stories – Edith Pearlman

H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
All you need is kill 1 – Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata
All you need is kill 2 – Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata
Conversation #1 – James Kochalka and Craig Thompson
Ms Marvel Vol 1: Best of the best – Brian Reed and Roberto de la Torre
Ms Marvel Vol 2: Civil War – Brian Reed and Roberto de la Torre
Ms Marvel Vol 3: Operation Lightning Storm – Brian Reed and Roberto de la Torre
Ms Marvel Vol 4: Monster Smash – Brian Reed and Aaron Lopresti (Artist)
Ms Marvel Vol 5: Secret Invasion – Brian Reed and Adriana Melo
Ms Marvel Vol 6: Ascension – Brian Reed, Marcos Marz (Contributor), Paulo Siqueira (Artist)
The complete Essex County – Jeff Lemire
Ms Marvel Vol 7: Dark Reign – Brian Reed, Pat Olliffe, Patrick Olliffe (Illustrations)
In the kitchen with Alain Passard: Inside the world (and mind) of a master chef – Christophe Blain and Alain Passard
Love and Capes Vol 1: Do You Want To Know A Secret?  – Thomas F. Zahler
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Meanwhile in San Francisco: The city in its own words – Wendy MacNaughton
Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham
Sweet moments: two heart warming love stories – David Darck and Lidia Chan
Van Helsing’s Night off – Nicholas Mahler
Girl in Dior – Annie Goetzinger
Love and Capes Vol 2: Going to the Chapel – Thomas F. Zahler


  1. I loved the Mary Poppins books as a girl, and was endlessly frustrated by never being able to get the entire series in the proper order. But reading those quotes you’ve shared, I don’t think those were the bits that appealed to me; quite likely I just zoned in on the fun bits and overlooked the more serious aspects. A few years back, I read an article in The New Yorker about a biography that was written of PLT and I remember thinking that it was the most fascinating story and quite unlike the life I would have imagined for her; I’ve never followed up on the bio, but I am reminded now that I very much wanted to. Perhaps I should reread the novels first though! (Comments are closed on your MP post, so I am leaving this here, though by rights, I should be talking more about all the other books, right? It DOES look like you have been very, very busy with books: nice!)


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