Carol Danvers (Re)Read: Marvel Masterworks Ms. Marvel Vol. 2

This second volume collects issues #15-23 of Ms. Marvel, #10-11 of Marvel Super-Heroes (which were supposed to be #24-25 of Ms. Marvel before it got cancelled, I think), Avengers #200 and Avengers Annual #10. The stories in the earlier chapters weren’t really that memorable, but were still among the better ones in this collection as a whole.

I had loved seeing Carol butting heads with Jonah J. Jameson in the first collection, but here she spent more time super-heroing, fighting villains I can’t even remember now, and hanging out with the Avengers. When she went to work she was often stressed – I loved the bit in #17 where Gianelli (one of the staff at Woman magazine, and a friend of Carol’s) noticed that she was in need of cheering up, and organised a surprise snowball fight to get her mind off things. Continue reading “Carol Danvers (Re)Read: Marvel Masterworks Ms. Marvel Vol. 2”

Book Challenges · thinking out loud

A personal reading challenge!

It’s been a while since I did reading challenges, and doing YARC 2019 is making me remember how these challenges helped me focus my reading and gave me an excuse to finish reading all the books I’ve been planning to read anyway, in previous years (like in the Asian Lit Bingo back in 2017.) Lately there are two things that I care enough about to focus on: reading more books by Asian authors/featuring Asian characters (which is why I joined YARC 2019!), and reading more books featuring LGBT+ characters. I haven’t seen any challenges for the latter so I’m just going to challenge myself here πŸ™‚
I’m going to try to read AT LEAST 24-36 titles featuring LGBT+ main characters, and I’ll be using this post to keep track! Titles I’ve read will be in bold, and titles I’ve reviewed will be linked.
  1. I Hear the Sunspot, Fumino Yuki [1/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  2. I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness, Fumino Yuki [2/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  3. Every Heart A Doorway, Seanan McGuire [3/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  4. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire [4/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  5. Final Draft, Riley Redgate [5/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  6. Heartstopper Vol. 1, Alice Oseman [6/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  7. Static, L.A. Witt [7/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  8. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, Sabina Khan
  9. The Brightsiders, Jen Wilde
  10. Ship It, Britta Lundin
  11. Immoral Code, Alexandra Villasante
  12. The Music of What Happens, Bill Konigsberg
  13. Bloom, Kevin Panetta
  14. Running With Lions, Julian Winters
  15. You Asked For Perfect, Laura SilvermanΒ [8/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  16. Kiss Number 8, Colleen A.F. Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw
  17. The Red Scrolls of Magic, Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
  18. How Not to Ask A Boy to Prom, S.J. Goslee
  19. Belly Up, Eva Darrows
  20. If It Makes You Happy, Claire Kann
  21. The Love Interest, Cale Dietrich
  22. Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston [12/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  23. I Wish You All the Best, Mason Deaver
  24. Her Royal Highness, Rachel Hawkins
  25. Tell Me How You Really Feel, Amira Mae Safi
  26. Wonders of the Invisible World, Christopher Barzak
  27. The Dangerous Art of Blending In, Angelo Surmelis
  28. Picture Us in the Light, Kelly Loy Gilbert
  29. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, Tanya Boteju
  30. Switchback, Danika Stone
  31. The Princess & the Fangirl, Ashley PostonΒ [9/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  32. Hot Dog Girl, Jennifer Dugan
  33. Birthday, Meredith Russon
  34. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero O’Connell
  35. Anger Is A Gift, Mark Oshiro
  36. Dress Codes in Small Towns, Courtney C. Stevens
  37. The True Queen, Zen ChoΒ [10/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  38. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid [11/36] β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

An Invitation from a Crab by panpanya

An Invitation from a CrabΒ is a collection of several short stories in manga format (interspersed with short essays) featuring a character who always looks like a junior high school student. I say “looks like” because while the character does go to school and have homework and all the trappings of a kid, at least one chapter involves them driving, and another where they had a job. (Details like that don’t matter in this book, which seems to function on dream logic.) Continue reading “An Invitation from a Crab by panpanya”