The Five-Eyed Bookworm

Eclectic Reader. Lover of beautiful book covers.


Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice * Image above created with Phoster and Percolator apps

Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice (#1-5)
Written by John Layman
Art by Rob Guillory
Winner of the 2010 “Best New Series” Eisner Award | Winner of the 2011 “Best Continuing Series” Eisner Award | Nominated for the 2011 “Best Writer” Eisner Award | Nominated for the 2011 “Best Penciller/Inker” Eisner Award

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Dear Santa

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. Please click on this link to find out more.

This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books I Wish Santa Would Bring“. Here is my top 10:

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

1. Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) – I think the cover is absolutely beautiful.

2. Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs by Steve McCurry – From one of my favorite photographers, this book was released this year.

3. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson – I’d like to try reading poetry books next year and this would be a good start, don’t you think?

4. Illustration School: Let’s Draw Happy People by Sachiko Umoto – Who doesn’t love doodling? I do!

5. Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges – It was nominated for Best Graphic Novels in Goodreads this year so I checked it out. I’m pretty excited to read a lot of graphic novels next year, even graphic novels that double as memoirs.

6. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine – What did I say with graphic novels again? This is another one and I sure would like to have this! ;)

7. Boxers & Saints Boxed Set by Gene Luen Yang – Another book nominated for Best Graphic Novels in Goodreads this year. So many find this latest work of Gene Luen Yang excellent!

8. Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine – Another book from Adrian Tomine – and another graphic novel! This is a compilation of Adrian Tomine’s comic series Optic Nerve.

9. Doctor Sleep: [Traycased Edition signed by Stephen King] – This is published by Cemetery Dance Publications and it’s huge! It contains artwork (color paintings) by Vincent Chong, black & white full page illustrationsby Erin S. Wells and illustrations by legendary horror artist Glenn Chadbourne! If that got you interested, you can check out some sample art work here.

10. The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami – The story sounds intriguing. I heard it was made into a movie in Japan.

I hope everyone’s having a great time with their families and friends! :) Happy Holidays!


Great Scott! It’s Clobberin’ Time!

My first encounter with a graphic novel was holding a rather thick comic book with the title “Death of Superman” that belonged to a neighbor. I had no idea what a graphic novel was at the time (only a comic book) but it got me reading all right. Having watched Superman and Batman when I was younger, I wasn’t new to the world of comic heroes. Our dog was even called Sheena. Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Sound familiar? Reading comics was a different thing because my parents couldn’t afford them. I resorted to borrowing Archie double digests from classmates, and Tin Tin and Asterix from the school library. An Archie Double Digest was a luxury and when they eventually bought me one, I was the happiest little thing on Earth. When I got older and my parents could spare some money for my voracious appetite for reading, I bought X-Men and X-Files comics.

Alice famously said, “What is the use of a book… without pictures or conversations?” While we might all agree with Alice on that, books intended for a more ‘mature’ audience don’t have any traces of pictures- well, at least most of them, but we still read them, don’t we? So when graphic novels emerged, I’m sure children of all ages rejoiced. You bet I did.

Having discovered graphic novels lately, I posted a personal challenge to read five graphic novels next year but when I discovered the 7th Annual Graphic Novels and Manga Challenge hosted by Nicola, I decided to join that instead. My aim is to read 12 graphic novels or comics.

Graphic Novel Reading Challenge 2014

The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31, 2014. This year has three levels of play:

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2014 Graphic Novels Challenge

This is a personal reading challenge. I’ve always loved illustrations, color and art so I bet I’m going to have lots of fun with this.

After reading the reviews for Watchmen, I was intrigued. I know it’s an old one but I couldn’t resist checking out what made people like it so much. Reading the first few pages, I was amazed at how it was written.

I went on to search for other comics or graphic novels that might pique my interest. So for 2014, my aim is to read at least five. Here is my list:

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