I began this summer excited by my newfound free time and swelled with delusions of magically overcoming my inability to read. When I made this TBR, I was Icarus. I had forgotten that my wings are paper, like the lies I used to turn in instead of book reports. What is that supposed to mean? I explain it at length in this post about why I can’t write reviews. That out of the way, let’s get into this wrap-up of paper and fire with my not-star-rated, non-review thoughts on the titles I actually got to reading for Pride Month.
The Tea Dragon Society Katie O’Neill
This little comic persisted with its cuteness to the end. I would say that if you like the look of the cover art, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the story itself, which is just as whimsical and sweet. I gush about this comic’s cuteness, but this by no means impedes its ability to deal in depth. A wonderful little nugget of a story!
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This is a beautifully written book that sadly never really had me engaged. I’m not sure if that’s the book’s fault or if I’m just the wrong age and/or type of reader. (More thoughts on Girls of Paper and Fire)
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
The writing in this novella was offensively beautiful. Particularly impressive to me was Wilson’s use of English vernacular to write dialogue between two people without complete command of each others’ language and dialect. I know firsthand that that isn’t easy and most authors (myself included) choose to take short-cuts in service of moving the story forward. Not Wilson. I’ve read complaints about the split timeline being confusing, but I enjoyed the confusion.
Still far from done reading this. I often struggle to read comics (which constitute the bulk of this volume, along with a few short stories) because, even though they typically have less text than novels, the images are too distracting to my already distractable brain. I would, however, like to shout out some particularly stunning full-page artwork by Caroline Doherty, M. Liu, and Sera Bell. From my layman’s perspective, there has been a steady improvement in the general art quality from Dates! #1 to this volume.
Oh, and I backed this one, so my name is in it, which automatically makes it cool!
So, that was my first and last TBR! I hope you liked it because it will not be happening again!