Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - February Update: Hellboy & Fun Home


February seemed to fly by - and that means 4 out of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  The tasks I completed required me to read a comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image and a comic written and illustrated by the same person.  For the tasks, I selected Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for March:


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I have no idea why I haven't started in on this graphic novel series before now because I like the movies. Needless to say I had pretty high hopes for the source material (the books are usually better, right?), and for the most part my expectations were met. Hellboy is just so much fun. The art and the characters feel like they could just walk off the page. Plus, there's a bit more depth to the comics and Hellboy is a bit more philosophical here than he is in the movies. Overall, I highly recommend this graphic novel - and I will definitely be continuing on with the series.


I read this graphic novel from February 3 - 5, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I went into this is fairly blind - I had the most basic idea of what this graphic memoir's about. I'm not sure how I managed to go in that way since I'm coming in twelve years late. Either way, I was fully engaged from the beginning. I wanted to help unravel the mystery of Alison's father's life alongside her as she's coming to terms with herself and her newfound knowledge about him. This memoir is practically the epitome of the dysfunctional family and is full of raw emotion. If you haven't already tried Fun Home by Alsion Bechdel, you need to pick up a copy soon.


I read this graphic novel on February 6, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Next Up For March:

A book published posthumously


My choice: The Opposite of Loneliness by Maria Keegan - Keegan passed away in a 2012 car accident, this collection of her stories and essays was published two years later.  I've heard so many great things about this bestselling collection, and it's about time I see what it's all about.

A celebrity memoir 


My choice: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes - The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies, so, of course, I feel like I should have read this yesterday.  Plus, I plan on trying it on audio which is narrated by Elwes and features the voice talents of many others from the film.


Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

12 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of them, but I'm glad to see you enjoyed them all.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  2. I have a copy of Fun Home but it's just sitting in a pile somewhere! After seeing you gave it 5 stars, I'm definitely going to read it😊

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    1. Yay! It's definitely worth it - I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it, Tammy!

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  3. oh so much fun :D sounds like a very exciting month. I hope march is just as great

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    1. Fingers crossed!

      Thanks for coming over, Lily!

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  4. Phew, wow, the Read Harder Challenge is a doozie! I was toying with the idea of doing it this year,but I am glad I didn't. I need to knock off a lot of backlist review books before I can consider this challenge. I was thinking next year, but it might be the year after. Ha ha.📚

    I love the Hellboy movies! I did get approved, either last tear or the tear before, for a review copy of the first GN on Edelweiss, but the little bugger wouldn't load anywhere. I should look in the library to see if they have them.

    Fun Home looks wonderful, too. ☺

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    1. It sure is, but it's definitely worth it. I hope you get the chance to try it sometime. :)

      Yes! I hope you can find them!

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  5. I've heard really good things about The Opposite of Loneliness. I hope you enjoy all the reads you pick up for this challenge in March!

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    1. Fingers crossed.

      Thanks for coming over, Alicia!

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  6. I'm so bummed I didn't like Fun House. Maybe I picked it up at a bad time...

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    1. Too bad - I guess you have to be in just the right mood for it.

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