July is my birthday month! I read a lot and had some fun adventures with my fiance and my parents. We went to the zoo in Miami one day and then we went to see the new Top Gun movie and got lunch at my favorite place, Thai Island. It was a really great birthday and I loved getting to see my parents, even though it was only for a few days. Now onto the books!
First up we have the last volume in the You’re My Pet series by Yayoi Ogawa, volume 14. I was so sad that I was finishing this series. I mean I pretty much figured out HOW it was going to end but seeing them finally happy and together was so cute!! I loved this series and I really enjoyed this last volume. I thought that the “Demon Sister Quarter” (Takeshi’s sisters) we’re great and it was nice to finally see all of Takeshi’s family. I know that this is an older manga, but I would highly suggest checking it out!
Next we have another end of a series. The last volume of Sweetness and Lightning by Gido Amagakure, volume 12. Oh my goddddd I can’t believe that this series is over! I started reading this series in 2018 and it’s just been such a fun, lighthearted, comforting manga series throughout some really hard times in my life. This is one manga series that I would happily read over and over again. Reading it is like hanging out at your best friend’s house all day, just doing all your favorite things together. This is the definition of a comfort read for me. 100% recommend checking out this adorable series.
Next we have the first volume of Zom 100 by Haro Aso. Listen, I thought this was going to be a very run of the mill zombie/apocalypse manga but it has way more depth than I thought it was going to. We follow Akira, a beaten down office worker who has done nothing but work for the last three years. All he does is eat, sleep, and work. He’s tired of it and decides, you know what I’m done. But before he can quit his horrible job he sees his landlord eating lunch – lunch is a human being. Suddenly, Akira’s life is turned upside down and he is fighting for his life. Along the way we meet some other fun characters who I’ll talk about more when I review the next volume! Overall, this is such a fun first volume and I’m really excited to see where the story goes.
This next book was recommended by one of my coworkers. It is Penny Nichols by M.K. Reed (who also wrote Americus which is fantastic and you should definitely read that book too.). Penny Nichols is just going through the motions of life. She works crappy temps jobs to make ends meet and doesn’t really have much of a life. While at one of her many temp jobs, she gets roped into making a low budget slasher film with a group of strange characters. Over the course of making the movie, Penny seems to find her footing and keeps everything from falling apart – multiple times. As the filming and editing come to an end, Penny realizes that she’s finally found something that she likes to do and people that she likes to work with – they might have even become her friends. This was a great graphic novel and I definitely will be reading more of this author’s work.
The next comic book was also a suggestion from a coworker and one I’ve been wanting to read for a long time and finally got around to it – Sweet Tooth volume 1 by Jeff Lemire! I have read a few other comics by Jeff Lemire and been a fan so I was really excited to read this one. I knew nothing going in so I was really excited to figure out what the story was all about. We follow Gus AKA Sweet Tooth, a deer-boy hybrid who lives in a cabin in the woods with his father after a global pandemic wiped out most of the population 10 years earlier. Once Gus’ father dies he meets a drifter that lures him out of the safety of the woods with candy. The drifter is named Jeppard and tells Gus that he will take him to a sanctuary – although that’s not exactly what happens. No spoilers here because I really think you should check this series out. It’s so good!
And lastly we have Wet Hot Allosaurus Summer by Lola Faust. This e-book was only 68 pages long but boy did they pack a lot into those 68 pages (missed opportunity to have it be 69 pages long)! I honestly don’t know what I thought this was going to be but boy was it way worse! The writing was pretty good but it was just so short and rushed that things were introduced and then moved past so quickly that the reader was left with dino-sized whiplash. This is one that I would honestly skip unless you just want to read it for the shits and gigs. It was definitely… entertaining?
That’s it for July! Sorry this is so late, life has been a little busy. Work is picking up and I just started classes this week to get my Bachelor’s! So posts may be a little (more) sporadic until I get the hang of balancing school and work. I hope you guys had a great summer and I’ll see you in the next one!