Us by Curtis Wiklund

With a focus on the little things, this cute book will bring the romantic out in anyone.

3/5 stars.
ebook, 114 pages.
Read on November 11, 2017.

One of the best things about Goodreads and Netgalley is coming across books that you would not have found otherwise, like this book. After spotting it on Goodreads I was happy to see that it was available on Netgalley and gladly devoured it.

The creation of this book is thanks to the internet as the author posted some of his sketches online and found that they went viral. The book is brief, with a little over 100 pages and while some images follow a consistent style, others contain different mediums and complexities. The author began the project after being inspired by his wife’s own art project and committed to drawing or doodling one image a day with the main topic being about his everyday life with his wife. ae5f3c3d8556e89b4a7a6735b3f077a8From the trivial every day to the intimate moments that only couples can share, the author allows the reader a glimpse into his marriage. With a focus on the little things, this cute book will bring the romantic out in anyone.

This book is best read in one sitting and would make a great gift for a wedding shower or anniversary.  The book and story are uncomplicated, as it just follows everyday life with no hailing climax or conflict, but it is meant to induce smiles rather than reflection.

This beauty will be available just in time for the holidays, December 5, 2017, and would make a great stocking stuffer and keepsake for that special person in your life. Pre-order your copy today!

Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota

An internet meme meets a romantic comedy, with cats. And it’s everything you could have hoped for.

An internet meme meets a romantic comedy, with cats. And it’s everything you could have hoped for.

4/5 stars.
ebook, 416 pages.
Read from November 02 to 03, 2016.

As I was perusing through the available titles on Netgalley I stopped at this colorful cover and read the title. That was enough for me to request to read it. It’s been a long while since I have had the pleasure of reading a graphic novel so it’s good to read one of quality at our chance meeting.

This graphic novel is an autobiographical story of Ananth, the writer, and his girlfriend Yuko, who is the illustrator. The two of them detail the quirks of their young adult lives. From numerous moves to prominent cities, persistent and hilarious remarks about how Yuko looks much younger than she is, to acquiring new roommates and friends, both human and feline. They also show the intricacies of being a poor young adult and artist as well as the strange things that happen when you live with roommates. The novel is also about their relationship and how the two of them grow together.

The comics are short, a page or two each, but they all tie in together to create the story. The images in the first portion of the novel are done in one color while the second half gets more colorful. Perhaps that is an intentional metaphor for the couple’s lives? The artwork also marries well with the narrative and captures every individual character well. Yuko has a defined style that is clear of the work she has invested in it. While admittedly, it took me a while to warm to the writing style, it didn’t take long to get acquainted to it.What is also welcomed, are the few Japanese recipes and culture tidbits that are mixed in the book giving insight to not only Yuko’s cooking abilities but heritage.

Overall this is a solid graphic novel that I would recommend to either a newbie graphic novel reader or a veteran. Light-hearted and easy to follow, I feel this is just the beginning for this couple and I believe can expect more good things from them in the future.