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Book review: Book Love

Book Love, by Debbie Tung

21 Book loveDescription: (from Andrews McMeel Publishing)

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.

Publication date: Januart 1st, 2019
A review copy (eARC) of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. Some things might change in the final copy.

I loved Debbie Tung’s Quiet Girl in a Noisy World so when I saw that she had a new book coming up, and especially one about books, I had to read it.

Capture d_écran (345)Without surprise I really liked this book. Cute, funny, and relatable, she writes and draws a love letter to books Book Love. With dialogues and observations, comic strips and lists, Tung writes about books but also about readers, reading, libraries, bookshops, annoying things like stickers on book covers but also the joy to share books (or not) and I loved the addition of her favourites books. This book can feel repetitive because it’s a collection of past strips, I’m not sure if I recognised some from her previous book or if she posted them on social media before.

Book Love can sometimes be a bit cliché or rehashing things we might have seen over and over on tumblr or twitter. It’s also a bit harsh on non-readers or movie adaptations (though, okay, we’ve all been hurt in the past at least once by one of those) but overall I’d still recommend it. Every reader can find a little bit of themselves in it, and be reminded that bookish people exist everywhere ❤

The highlights of this book were the fully illustrated pages. Debbie Tung can draw and colour gorgeous scenes only with shades of grey, giving this book a very peaceful tone and atmosphere.

Content warning: mention of suicide on page 61 regarding a fictional character 

2 thoughts on “Book review: Book Love

  1. I’m so disappointed that I found out about this book too late to request it on Netgalley! My elibrary doesn’t have it. Maybe my physical library will have it by the time I visit home again. xD


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