Mini Review: Book Love by Debbie Tung


Title
: Book Love
Author: Debbie Tung
Pages: 144
Genre: Comics
Source: Free ARC from Andrews McMeel Publishing

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

Goodreads Summary

“Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.”

Review

As a lifelong book lover, I’m a huge fan of book-related…anything. A collection of cute comics about being insanely in love with books and all the quirkiness that goes along with that? Sign. Me. Up. And it is no surprise that many book lovers love Book Love. However, I’m in the minority.

Don’t get me wrong. I liked it. The illustrations are cute. I related to most of the book nerd characterizations. But it wasn’t particularly fresh. There was nothing new on offer, so it just felt a bit cliché. Like something I see on my FB and Twitter feeds every day. Cute. Relatable. Likable. But not amazing. 

12 Replies to “Mini Review: Book Love by Debbie Tung”

    • Thank you! Honest but hopefully diplomatic. Promise if I ever write anything that could be perceived as rude, you’ll let me know. I always try to review with the author’s feelings in mind.

    • That’s a fair point. This is a quick read and I was reading it during a readathon. I think it’s really more of a coffee table book. Like, pick it up and read a few bits and move on. Also, I had in mind something along the lines of Sarah Andersen of Sarah’s Scribbles. She has this great strip called How I Spend Money and it’s about how she is a tightwad when it comes to clothes, groceries, toilet paper, etc. but when it comes to books – all bets are off. It’s really well done, a twist on something all book lovers say/do, but the presentation is fresh instead of cliche. That’s sort of what I was hoping for.

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