Written by Stephen King
Overall Impression: Loved it! I’m obsessed with this book. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age story with the perfect amount of whodunnit mystery. It made me long to visit an amusement park, too. Highly recommended.
Sex Criminals (Volume 2): Two Worlds, One Cop
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Chip Zdarsky
Overall Impression: Liked it! This is one of those series that is way out there, and you kinda just have to be along for the ride. These books keep me intrigued and giggling, so I’m in.
A Monster Calls
Written by Patrick Ness
Based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd
Art by Jim Kay
Overall Impression: Loved it! A gorgeous and heart-wrenching modern fairytale that tackles some very difficult material. Beautifully done, and the illustrations are a delight.
Written by Jane Green
Overall Impression: Liked it! At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, because the protagonist is straight up unlikeable in the first chapter or two, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with a hilarious narrative about what’s good in real life versus what’s good on paper.
Written and illustrated by Tom Beland
Overall Impression: Liked it! First of all, the art in this graphic novel is stunning. Secondly, the premise is so much fun. I enjoyed the characters and the overall message of the story, even when the narrative went a bit astray. Definitely a fun read!
Written by Han Kang
Overall Impression: Liked it! Haunting and disturbing, and Han Kang’s social commentary about the possession of women’s bodies is unflinchingly brutal. An incredible read, but not for the faint of heart.
Scrappy Little Nobody
Written by Anna Kendrick
Overall Impression: Loved it! Seriously, if you’re an Anna Kendrick fan, read this immediately! She is absolutely hilarious, and this memoir is brilliant in its quirkiness and honesty.
A.D.: After Death: Volume 1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jeff Lemire
Overall Impression: Loved it! What an incredible pairing! Between Snyder’s undeniable storytelling talent and Lemire’s evocative watercolor renderings, this volume was enjoyable from start to finish.