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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

The Collected Essex County - Jeff Lemire The Complete Essex County is a collection of the graphic novel trilogy including Tales From the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse. As well as two additional stories, The Essex County Boxing Club and The Sad and Lonely Life of Eddie Elephant Ears.I had no idea what this book was about, I just saw it on the library shelf standing out amongst all the Marvels comics and 14+ rated manga and just had to see what it was. The cover of Essex County although the incentive for me to pick up the 500 page volume doesn't really give you a good idea of what the art is truly like. It's jarring and almost indescribable with the way it mixes realism with sketch. The art pulled me in and yet made me cringe with its harsh lines and uneven edges. It is understandable why some people find the art to be unappealing. But with the stories being told I felt that the style is what blended everything together, making the simple moments captivating. Th stories being told are both simple and complex, they remind me of the stories you would sit down to hear someone much older then you retell. Throughout each story there is an undertone that draws you in and makes you think about what is really going on with these characters. The characters are the true drive of the graphic novel, they tie things together and make the stories feel like real events. At times I found the way that everything weaved together to be a bit confusing. It didn't really click till I saw the family tree near the end and connected the dotes. I would have liked to have seen that earlier in the collection to have things make more sense.Overall this is a surprising good read. It isn't for everyone but the book is still interesting enough to be worth it for those who are up for it.