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Book Love

Here’s a fun game to play the next time that you’re out in public… See if you can spot fellow book lovers based on your own reading habits. You might watch for people who casually pull a book out of purses or backpacks while at the doctor’s office. (I’ve actually been known to carry paperbacks into the arena during hockey season so I can read between periods.) Or, look and see who appears disgruntled when leaving the movie theater. There’s a fairly good chance that they read the book first.

Not all book lovers are the same. We don’t all enjoy the same genres, and we don’t all read in the same way. Some people have embraced the convenience of eBooks, while others prefer the feel and smell of a physical copy. Other book lovers choose the convenience of listening to audiobooks during their long morning commutes.

There are, however, many experiences that are common among book lovers…

The copy I read belongs to the library, so I’ll have to return it soon. This is one book that is going on my Christmas wish list for sure!

Debbie Tung’s Book Love is a collection of comics all about people who love to read. Most of the comics (with a few exceptions) are four-panel stories, but Tung is able to capture many of the moments that are central to the life of a book lover. From having to make a choice between buying food and buying books, to the moment of realization that the sequel you so desperately need to read won’t be out for at least another year, there are many moments that I was intimately familiar with.

It’s clear that Tung is a huge fan of books and reading, and her love for both comes across in her artwork and storytelling. I found myself relating very strongly to nearly every part of the book, just like I did with Tung’s earlier work, Quiet Girl in a Noisy World. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Debbie Tung is now officially one of my favorite authors. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next!

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