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Book club: Cool girl reading list

critiques de livres, je suppose(!)
avril 2019

My eyesight is weak from years of reading in the dull glow of a red heart-shaped IKEA nightlight. The thrill of my mom finding me at 1AM encouraged me to speedread, which is how I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember.

So I’ve read a bunch of stuff this year, here are the books, graphic novels and zines that have stayed with me! 

Aoko Matsuda | The Girl Who Is Getting Married

An unusual short story where the speech is odd and we don’t really know who anybody is or what timeline we’re in. The staircase scenes are excellent and remind me of @sighswoon’s Instagram. At the time I was reading this, I was also The Girl Who Is Getting Married, I just didn’t know it yet. ♥

Hobbs et.al | Market Cafe Magazine (Issue 3)

Interesting zine about data visualization. My favorite piece is where museum workers who are looking at art pieces after hours, are throwing out curator data being used to estimate the popularity of said art.

Marie Kondo & Yuko Uramoto | The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Okay, I know. My husband and I picked this up as a joke on a recent trip to GOSH, but I read it the other night and enjoyed it! The art is super tidy and it’s a nice little uplifting read if you have fifteen minutes to kill. It has visual guides on KonMari and folding. Look – it’s spring, read the Marie Kondo graphic novel and clean out your house.


slanted.de | Slanted #31 Tokyo

Magazine focusing on Japanese design, good inspo for poster designers. There’s a booklet on contemporary typefaces in every slanted edition, and this one helped me visualize typography beyond English characters. Sounds basic, but its something I hadn’t thought about in detail. P.S. my cover is super stained, it’s actually gorgeous IRL.


Ian Williams | The Lady Doctor

This is one of those stories that truly shine in graphic novel form. The art style is great, the story is solid and it has the vibe of an intellectual chick flick throughout. Very much reminded me of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. I’m surprised this was written by a man - it’s written pretty well.

Adam Kay | This Is Going to Hurt

Y’know it’s been a really long time since a book gave me watery eyes and real tears. This should be required reading for anyone using the NHS, and gives me a newfound appreciation for medical practitioners. It’s also written incredibly well, and is hilarious until it gets heartwrenching.

John Carreyrou | Bad Blood

So this was a real PAGE TURNER!!! Literally everyone loves a juicy story and this brings the drama. It also sadly hits a little too close to home. It’s fascinating to watch the lies spiral, and its amazing that sometimes, all it really takes to get people to invest billions in you is a black turtleneck and a pretty face!

P.S. Have you seen the Book Cover Archive?

“Kids these days are always reading books on their damn PHONES ”