Book Love by Debbie Tung
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on January 1st, 2019
Genres: Graphic Novel
“Books can take you to magical places.”
A graphic novel containing comics about books and being a bibliophile? I mean, this is everything I could ever want in a book!
I had so much fun reading this short collection of comics and illustrations by Tung. I found myself nodding along and saying, “Yup” after almost every page.
Tung has written an adorable love letter to books. It perfectly encapsulates the joy we bookworms get when we smell a new book, find a new reading spot, or successfully finish a book in one sitting.
It’s funny, sweet, and very relatable. I found myself laughing out loud reading about all the crazy reading habits that bookworms pick up. Yes, you can borrow my book but only if you sign a contract about how you’re not going to dogear the pages. No, I do not want to own a copy of a book with the movie poster on the cover (page 52-53 if that sentence really resonated with you)!
Another reason why I think I enjoyed this book so much was because I understood why Tung loves to read so much. Yes, you get to experience new worlds, stories, and characters. But what it really does is it lets you escape the real world especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious in your everyday life.
That’s why I read so much. It calms me down when I’ve had an anxiety attack and it lets me shut off my brain from the anxiety, excessive worrying, and intrusive thoughts. I can be in a fantasy world or a world that looks like mine just with fictional characters.
Most of the comics were humorous, but I actually appreciated the more sentimental ones. I also liked that Tung included tips for reading more or how to get out of a reading slump.
This book isn’t for book-hoarding bibliophiles or people who are a part of a book club. It’s for people who even read casually and aren’t obsessively updating Goodreads (but, um, that’s definitely me).
I’d recommend this to anyone who’s a bit scared of the graphic novel genre. This is a great little book to start exploring the genre. But this is also something I’d recommend to people who are fans of Kate Beaton. The way Tung writes really reminds me of Beaton’s silly and punchy captions.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who already owns every book under the sun, I’d consider buying this one!