Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez
  • Review: Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2019 TBR
  • Review: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
  • Tag: Who Am I Book Tag
  • Review: Shutter, Vol. 1 by Joe Keatinge
  • Mini Review: Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • Last Saturday, I went to my first Broadway show (Be More Chill) and then had chocolate fondue at Max Brenner, so that was a pretty great night.
  • I kind of just realized that I’m going away in like three days and had a little bit of a panic, but I’m like 99% sure everything is going to be okay now. Luckily, one of my best friends is really, really great and agreed to cat-sit for me over a holiday weekend with basically no notice.

Blog hopping:

  • Paige is celebrating her one-year anniversary and doing a giveaway!
  • Speaking of giveaways, Hamad is also doing one over on Twitter!
  • Amy reviewed some diverse graphic novels!
  • Andy talked about YA books with transgender protagonists!
  • Ally gave some tips on using Goodreads!
  • May is hosting the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards! (If I can get my act together before the deadline, I’m going to try to do my own nomination post!)

Song of the week:

IN ONE WEEK I AM SEEING BILLIE EILISH LIVE. IS THIS ACTUALLY REAL LIFE?


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Book review: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 17, 2014
Source: Borrowed

Featuring Hernandez’s longtime Love and Rockets heroine Maggie, The Love Bunglers is tied together by the initial thread of the suppression of family history. Because these secrets can’t be dealt with openly, their lingering effect is even more powerful. But Maggie’s ability to navigate and find meaning in her life — despite losing her culture, her brother, her profession, and her friends — is what’s made her a compelling character. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie’s emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story) and eventually to love and contentment. Much like what John Updike created in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character, Maggie, around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.

Alright, so there I was in my library’s graphic novel section when this spine (and then cover) jumped out at me. I should really learn to look books up on Goodreads before checking them out, or at least before reading them, because it turns out that this is NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT IN A SERIES. Oddly enough, I just checked my library’s online catalog (just in case I was completely oblivious to the other twenty-seven volumes of this series) and I did not just miss an entire row of books — this is the only one they have. This also isn’t mentioned anywhere on the copy I checked out, which I find a bit odd.

Because of the very minimalistic art style, the various time jumps, and the whole “number 28 in a series” thing, I had a hard time keeping the characters straight and remembering what was happening to who and how everybody was connected. Overall, the book was very confusing, which was, again, at least partially my fault. That said, I feel like, after 110 pages, who was who and what was going on should have been at least somewhat clear to me.

As for the plot, or what little of it I understood, it was just so sad. And why, I’m not sure. I mean, I figured that a book called “The Love Bunglers” would be at least a little sad, but I didn’t expect something like the repeated rape of a child to be something that would be a throwaway plot line. I suppose I can’t speak to what happened in the 27 volumes that came before this one or anything that comes after it, but in The Love Bunglers, it’s just something that happens, is a thing for a few pages, and then disappears.

With a Goodreads average of 4.25 stars, this is clearly a very well-loved book, but it wasn’t for me. I nearly DNFed it around page 25 (that’s when the rape starts happening) but I wanted to push through to the end to see how everything was resolved. Turns out it wasn’t and I’m mad that I wasted my time.


Have you read The Love Bunglers? What about the rest of the Love and Rockets series?
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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I went to Coney Island and rode one of the oldest roller coasters that’s still running!

Song of the week:

It’s probably not any surprise that Taylor Swift’s new song is the song of the week…


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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