Author: Debbie Tung Series: Standalone Genre: Graphic Novel Release Date: January 1, 2019 Book Length: 137 pages Publisher: Penguin Random House Review: 4/5
Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!
Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.
Have you ever been stuck waiting for the train, or at the doctor’s office and realized, with horror, that you forgot to pack a book in your bag before you left the house? Have you ever seen a stranger in public reading a book you love and had the impulse to approach them to gush about it? Have you ever bought a book whose sticker left a pesky residue that made you want to scream in annoyance? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are more than likely a book lover, and this book was made for you!
This graphic novel was very beautifully done, and reading it made me feel seen. It was filled with relatable dialogue about the great (and not so great) parts of being a book lover and the drawings were adorable – I mean, if the cover is any indication then obviously the drawings are adorable, just look at her. I even laughed out loud a few times, which surprised me because I didn’t think it was going to be funny. I guess it was funny because I didn’t realize that half of the things I do when it comes to books is something that only fellow book lovers will understand, and not what is generally recognized as ‘normal’ – and I am totally okay with that! 🙂
Anyway, this was my first graphic novel and a really good intro into the genre! Definitely want to make it my mission pick up more (so if anyone has any recommendations, let me know!). Highly recommend this one if you are looking for a cute, quick, relatable read.