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Learning to read Manga

Hey guys, two posts in one day, i’m spoiling you!

Just had to share my books which just arrived.

Manga and short stories

Yes, I’m getting into Manga. This could be very bad as apparently most of these books come in series of as many as 50 books! and they don’t come cheap so it will take me many millennia to read them all but what the heck eh?

I really wanted to get Orange also by Ichigo Takano but Volume 1 is sold out everywhere so I thought id give this series a go instead.  It will take some getting used to, to read the book backwards and right to left on each page!

  Brain exploding right now!

And as for Above Sugar Hill by Linda Mannheim this was the quickest most impulsive buy of my life!  I literally saw it on Twitter, fell in love with the cover, read a few pages via Amazon and bought it all within 10 minutes. I’d never even heard of book or author before!  I am truly a lost cause.

Book Mail #3

BOOM! take a look at this!

I only got a copy of the wonderful Jen Cambell’s book, The Beginning of the world in the middle of the night! How exciting is that?

A huge thank you to Two Roads books for this treat.

It came with some fab little goodies too including:

  • a sort of tea ball? not sure as i dont drink tea
  • A bag of silver Smarties
  • a large seed, which looks like it could be some sort of bean. I will definitely plant it and see what happens.
  • a nice letter from Jen herself

Isn’t that such a cool idea? and i’m so honoured to be one of the lucky bloggers to get a copy.

Its published in Hardback on 2nd November

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A Change is Gonna Come – Book Review

This ARC was sent to me by Stripes Publishing – @StripesBooks in return for an honest review so thank you very much guys!

This is a book of short stories and poetry by 12 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers.

For someone who doesn’t often read books of short stories/poetry this was a real treat and totally hit the spot for me. The diverse range of genres in this book is amazing. There are contemporary, dystopian, magical realism, time slip and historical tales all under one gorgeous cover, designed by Lucy Banaji, her cover design is so striking.

As with a lot of short story collections, I didn’t necessarily love all of them but I did like them all, very much and the ones I did love, I really, really loved!

I hadn’t read anything by these authors before which was exciting as I love discovering new voices in literature.

Favourite stories/poems include:

Hackney Moon by Tanya Byrne. Full of warmth, humour and honesty. I wanted this story to go on and on, her writing is so beautiful and i’m pleased to see she has other books already published.

Of Lizard Skin and Dust Storms by Inua Ellams is a really powerful and moving poem, its sparse lines just say so much.

Iridescent Adolescent by Phoebe Roy is full of magical realism,(which I always love reading), symbolism and has a gorgeous fairy tale quality about it.

Dear Asha by Mary Bello is so moving and tenderly written and follows a girl who loses something precious but discovers who she really is by doing so.

If I had to pick a favourite, favourite though (and this is very hard to do)it would be the wonderfully titled:

The Unwritten Future of Moses Mohammed Shabazz Banneker King by Irfan Master. A really short, quirky, time travellish story which really grabbed me with its skillful words.How they managed to pack so much into so few words astounds me.

In the back of the book there is a mini biography of all the contributors so you can see if they have published anything else before and they even have a list of the subject matter covered by the stories and poems in case you want to avoid anything you dont like, which I think is a such a cool idea.

I’m so glad I requested a proof copy of this from Stripes Publishing, its been such a wonderful reading experience.

Its published today, and its in your local shop now so rush out and buy a copy for yourself and everyone you know, this is a an excellent collection.

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