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guide-to-galaxy · 10 days ago
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Top 5 (graphic novels) Tuesdays
Top 5 (graphic novels) Tuesdays
I’ll admit – I haven’t read many graphic novels 😥 But I’m trying! I think this year might be the year of audiobooks, but no one said the year can’t be 2 things! Maybe in the second half of the year? Or just maybe time should STAND STILL for a lil bit so we can catch up a bit with our tbr… But let’s go talk about some graphic novels I loved reading! If you want to see some other Top 5 Tuesday…
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firstfullmoon · 15 days ago
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You put on some new pants. I put on some sunlight. I put on a coyote. You put on a bigger coyote. You put on all of the coyotes. You put on the sand as it flies beneath your incredible little paws. I put on rain not reaching the desert. You put on how we feel sad after this. You put on the sadness. You put on methods for dealing with it. The sadness tries to put you on but you say No! You wrestle the sadness to the ground. You are big and need large wings. You put on the large wings. You are still a coyote. You put on the howling. You put on things that howl back. There is nothing you won’t put on. You put on the darkness. You put on some stars and even what is between them. You put on the moon. The moon that shines. You put on how we want to stay here. You put on how we forget where we were before. You put on the earth how it cracks. You put on its face when it sees us.
— Wendy Xu, “You Think You Are Something Less Real Than You Are”
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a-dandelion-dreamer · 18 days ago
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I’m reading the graphic novel Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu and the wlw grandmas just decided to go investigate the demon in the forest. 10/10 I’m a big fan so far
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shangyang · a month ago
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what i read this week
mostly rereads this week - my tbr pile is growing by the day and i keep adding to it, so shame on me, lmao. next week: things i've actually read for the first time. promise.
EMERGENCY CONTACT, mary h.k. choi
For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
still one of my favorite books, ever. penny's voice is so on point and just so personal, and the way these two fall together? ugh. chef's kiss. i particularly love penny's relationship with her mother, and the way penny talks about it. but emergency contact has a special place in my heart for telling one of the first stories that made me realize asian american stories didn't have to revolve around our mythology, or the "homeland". 100000/10, if you haven't read emergency contact, what have you been doing, pick it up right now.
MOONCAKES, author: suzanne walker, illust: wendy xu
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft. Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any townhome. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
i finally got my hands on a fully-colored version of mooncakes, so this was another reread for me! i'm probably gonna talk in-depth about why i loved mooncakes as much as i did (spoiler: cute romance & witches make me weak lol). my actual copy is a pre-release version of it, which i was super lucky to get during bookcon in...i believe 2019? my copy is signed and i am not the least bit ashamed to admit that i cried when i realized wendy xu was still at her table and i got to meet her. so yeah. mooncakes. don't let yourself be fooled by the pastels, and cutesy art, mooncakes is by no means the most hardcore, or goriest story out there, but it's heavy in it's own way. still, it's schmoopy and cute and both nova and tam are great characters who i am in love with. but the MVP award absolutely goes to nova's kickass grandmas, who run a little shop underneath their home. 10/10 please read mooncakes. it's cute and fun, and you're supporting an asian-american creator.
COMING HOME AGAIN, chang-rae lee
In Coming Home Again, celebrated novelist Chang-rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea and Native Speaker, recalls the year he spent living at home, and learning to cook the Korean dishes of his childhood before his mother died of stomach cancer.
i had to read this initially for an assignment for one of my lectures last semester, but it stuck with me. so recently, i went back to properly reread it - out of enjoyment, not just obligation, haha - and yeah. published in the oct 16, 1995, edition of the new yorker, coming home again is a short story more than it is a novel/graphic novel, like the prev. two works i've listed. it's good. it's melancholic, and the last part of the story hurts, and i feel, is especially punchy considering the times we live in. (corona, stop asian hate, the full gamut.) coming home again is free to read on the new yorker's website, so if you're going to read any of these three, let it be this. 10000000/10, this piece hurts so much, but in a really good way. i had to call my grandma and my mom after reading it.
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apoemaday · a month ago
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This Year I Mean to Be an Elephant
by Wendy Xu
I don’t know if you understand me when   I say hopefully there is a future and we   are both allowed in it. I mean last year it   was OK just to be flattened by our ideas.   I sat in so many rooms and eventually felt   interesting and not like a chair. Do you   feel like a straight line? I worry about how   I don’t. I worry that when I turn on   the radio this morning it sounds just like I expect. I am thinking about kicking what I expect in the shin. Last year I forgot whole people until having lunch again with those people. Last year I forgot really embarrassing secrets like how I am allergic to regular soap. Cue all different kinds of light and what music makes you feel not dead. Last night I dreamt about sand.  
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wintryblight · a month ago
do you have poems about grief/sorrow that aren't about a person's death? I've been desperately wishing I could go back in time, to a time that's long gone now, to people that are still alive but not home anymore, to a feeling, etc. no one died this time. somehow, that doesn't seem to matter. not sure I'm making any sense.
hi anon! i’m so sorry for taking a long time to get to your prompt--i’ve had a difficult time in my personal life & haven’t had much time to respond to requests. i love your prompt & the way you phrased it, & here are some poems that i hope resonate with you. enjoy reading!
Meghan O’Rourke, “Unforced Error” | Heidegger: “Every man is born as many men / and dies as a single one.” / The bones in us still marrowful. / The moon up there, too, an arctic sorrow.
Ada Limón, “Before” | If you live, / you look back and beg / for it again, the hazardous / bliss before you know / what you would miss.
Jeff Hardin, “Concerning the Shape of Time” | The truth is: here we are / inside these lives we sometimes do not / recognize, these lives we don’t deserve. / So many selves we almost came to be / never came to be.
Wendy Xu, “Writing Home” | These days / the lyric’s sentiment floats / away from me. Like a river someone / forgets to bless. Memory, to memory, / to the dirt path opening / again in a dream.
Li-Young Lee, “I Ask My Mother to Sing” | how the waterlilies fill with rain until / they overturn, spilling water into water, / then rock back, and fill with more.
Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, “The Sublime Before (Is Someone's After)” | Summers, we bleach hair with / lemon, are warm as gold on skin, haven't / glimpsed the shapes we'll be hammered in.
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like-a-werewolfs-kiss · 3 months ago
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Wendy Xu, from "Things Other People Are Good At," You Are Not Dead
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thebooksareeverywhere · 3 months ago
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Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker + Wendy Xu
Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker + Wendy Xu #mooncakes #bookreview
Goodreads | Blackwells A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected:…
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koalatygirl · 4 months ago
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LGBT BOOK REVIEW: Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker (Sapphic Reader Challenge)
LGBT BOOK REVIEW: Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker (Sapphic Reader Challenge)
Welcome to another LGBT book review! All reviews touch on genre/plot, tropes (if any), quality of LGBT content, and avoid most spoilers. Catch up on my last book review of Stand-up (Comedy) for Introverts by Johvan Calvo. You can find all LGBT book reviews here. I read Mooncakes as part of Jae’s Sapphic Reader Challenge. Read 10 (or more) sapphic books in 2021 to participate! You can read Jae’s…
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mc-reviews · 4 months ago
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Reviewing: "Mooncakes" by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
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Warning: Some slight spoilers
I had heard about this graphic novel and had been meaning to read it for a while. And then I found it on my library app, so I decided to give it a try.
Immediately, I was sucked in. First of all, I was in love with the art. The colors were so soft, they reminded me of watercolors or really good markers (like Copics). I also loved some of the creature’s designs during the trip in the state park. They were so adorable!
Now to the story.
The characters were believable and diverse. There was Nova, the Nanas, Tam, and Tatyana. They are all complex and act differently in varying situations. And while some aspects, like who they’re attracted to, doesn’t affect the story, other parts do. For instance, Nova is hard of hearing (or partially deaf, I might be mixing the terms up) and has to perform nonverbal spells. Tatyana is a scientist who alerts Nova whenever something out of the ordinary happens.
The main characters also grow throughout the story, challenging their fears, but that would give away some big spoilers. To summarize in an easy way, both of their fears share the theme of losing people and family.
I also want to take another aspect into account. The Nanas were really amazing! They didn’t just sit around and wait for something to happen. There is a literal chapter where they decide to go investigate the demon that Tam is trying to fight and battle it for a while. And then they go home and tease both Nova and Tam. All I can say is that they’re so much fun to read.
The revelation of the antagonist wasn’t much of a surprise. I had gotten hints, but I didn’t predict what came after afterward. So much happened and it really pulled me in. And the ending felt really sweet, it felt like a breath of fresh air when it happened. All in all, this had been a really good graphic novel. It wasn’t heavy and dragged the story. It was light and even the conflict (you don’t really worry much about the demon after a while) didn’t make me anxious. If you’re looking for a graphic novel with magic, diverse characters, and good art, I suggest this book!
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supercalime · 4 months ago
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Mooncakes commentary
Alright, guess who’s back with a book commentary no one asked for? This girl! I got a bunch of graphic novels to read during this weekend, so be prepared to be spammed! This is my thoughts on Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker. Enjoy!
- alright I already love the representation!
- I love the colors
- What kind of unholy horse is THAT?
- Nova and Tam are so cute!
- Oh shit! Horse girl? Horse demon? Am I connecting the dots? Or am I reaching?
- I’ll trust Tat for now cause she’s funny and she ships Nova and Tam but I got my eye open for you, horse girl
- The little creatures on the nanas’ backyard are adorable! Their designs are so cute! They look like pokemon
- Benches are gay, a continuation
- Oh fuck they kissed already? That was quicker than I expected! Good for them
- Cousin terry I-
- Tam’s puns give me life!
- They’re ghosts??
- Oof- hearing your mom say that is just... oof. Poor nova
- Is mrs Crawford evil? I’m getting evil vibes
- Crystal magic is so cool
- Unrelated, but I really like Nova’s hair. It looks so soft and shiny
- I knew mrs c was evil! Ha!
- I don’t see the point of having magic being hidden in this world. Maybe there’s some hidden meaning I didn’t get, but it feels like these magical beings are very integrated, why not let it be the reality of this world?
- Of course there’s a cult. There’s always a cult
- Tam, don’t do it
- Sudden lack of color took me out. I don’t know if this is a weird version or if it was a choice, but anyway, moving on
- I love tatyanna
- The Pokémon are back!
- Ugh, the stepdad
- Queue avengers theme song! The Calvary is here!
- Flower wolf is an aesthetic for sure
- Awn, what a lovely ending
- This graphic novel is cute
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longwindedliterary · 4 months ago
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Finished December 27, 2020. Four stars.
Mooncakes illustrated by Wendy Xu and written by Suzanne Walker
Listen folks, I’m a simple gal. You say “hearing impaired teen witch finding her way while also rekindling her love with a nonbinary werewolf with a sick haircut” and I’m there! AND it’s fall and everyone drinks a bunch of tea and the grandma witches own a bookstore? Say no more!!!
Other than ostensibly being the exact target demographic for this book, I really thought it was so much fun. The pacing was great, character development great, and I thought there was a lot of really good balance between dialogue driving the plot and then just illustrated panels moving things along. The stakes felt real and the relationship at the heart of the story was so sweet. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a series or if it’s a standalone, but I really enjoyed this one. I always forget how much I love and enjoy graphic novels, especially super niche ones like queer teen witches. We love to see it!
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autumnvilabooks · 4 months ago
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Hello! Hope everyone who celebrated had a great Christmas! I definitely did! You have no idea how excited I am for these books! No idea what I'm going to start first but I'm not going to read any of them until January as I'm already completing my 2020 Reading Goal, at least my altered version as I orginally wanted to do 70 books, which definitely would've been accomplished had Covid not happened. But I'm happy with 50, the fact I was able to do that many any way is amazing. Hope everyone has a great New Year, let's hope it's at least slightly better than this one!
Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate!
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spoilersaheadbr · 5 months ago
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Books I've Read in the Middle of November
It's been so long since I posted another book review. I've been busy with a lot of things lately, except for reading, I always have time for that... it's our priority right?
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
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So far, I've read eight books and Elatsoe is one of my earlier reads. This is all about a girl who have the ability to communicate with ghosts (Their family actually) and her cousin was murdered, with only a dream of him telling her who the murderer was. So she goes on a quest with her ghost dog and her bestfriend to prevent this murderer from doing a lot of damage.
This book is one of the cozy and adventure books that I've read and aside from the fact that it certainly had lots of actions in it, this just gave me the satisfaction of relaxed reading just to get out of the school responsibility and this whole world.
Sheets by Brenna Thummler
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I am deeply annoyed by the ghost HAHAHAHAHA, but I love the innocence wrapped in the pages and the words of this book. It is a very quick read and I love the art. Go for a hot chocolate and a reading fort if your want to read this!
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
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I'll be super honest here, because I am honest with all of you. I didn't like the book. This is my first ever Stephen King read and I know very well that a lot of you here loves him as a horror writer. I would most probably like him as a movie writer than a book writer because the way it is written doesn't just sit with me. The atmosphere spooked me, and the whole twist of events and I really want to love this okay? I don't know but this book just made me feel eerie. Which is a point for this HAHAHAHAHA BUT C'MON! I don't actually kow how to rate this one okay? lol.
Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
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After a supah spooky read, let's ove on to a light one. I almost  highlighted the whole book. The sense, the lesson, the innocence. Even though you're an adult, you will get a lot from here I tell you. One advice. READ. IT. NOW.
Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
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One thing: I love the respect that the authors put here. The importance of pronouns and no discrimations, gosh I just love it here on this world. But a little flaw, the characters is just a little idiot at times and I hate that HAHAHAHAHA.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
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The most suspenseful, spooky and "I will think it all night" type of read. The artworks??? IS SO SCARY. I love the writing style, and I love the suspense period.
Vassa In the Night by Sarah Porter
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I skipped a lot. The Russian literature is just so wierd. I love the prompt okay, talking dolls, dancing houses, witchcraft. I love how this book is just so dark and gruesome but I can't grasp the writing style and there is something missing that I can't pinpoint but I kept myself from DNFing this. There still a lot of characters here that I didn't know the history of and I think that's one of the major flaw that make me lose my interest. Some of the scenes just doesn't make sense, I'm quite disappointed because I want to love this one.
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
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Last but definitely not the least, this is the best actually... The Phantom of the Opera. I actually watched the movie first (please don't blame me, please don't curse me) and it made me interested in reading this. The classical way of writing just sit in with the atmosphere that transported me to their world and it's just so amazing. This is definitely one of my most treasured classics of all time and it's just so atmospheric and whimsical.
The book show how Raoul passionately love Christine and there are just some points here that you would want to take note of: the toxic love, immaturity, pity and greed. This book is perfect, I would definitely go on for a reread.
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aikosmith · 6 months ago
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“i met some friends in the forest today”
fanart of wendy xu’s comic CALLA AND THE FOREST GODS!
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tinyghosthands · 6 months ago
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Wendy Xu
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seekingstars · 6 months ago
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What it means to stay here - Wendy Xu
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runninglilacs · 9 months ago
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feeling small
i need my girl / the national
it's almost my birthday don't tell anyone / wendy xu
buzz / dunya mikhail
never grow up / taylor swift
a wolf at the table / augusten burroughs
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