Book Love

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 Jan 2019

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Let's talk about love. But not any kind of love. One of the most longstanding, honest and rewarding of all of them: Book love. Faithful companions, although they can also disappoint you once in a while, they will never leave you. Actually, you can learn even from a bad book, especially if you are a writer. 

In a graphic novel exploring everything a bookworm will expect from a work called Book Love, Debbie Tung develops topics well appreciated among those who love reading. 'Books are best friends, bringing pure joy', says in one of the sketches and I fully agree with that. 

Although I personally not agree completely that books equals escapism and you read to escape from the current reality - an accusation often threw by those who despise reading people, this topic appears a couple of times in the book. In addition to explaining and elaborating about the book love, there are also not a few ideas about bookish lifestyle and even a couple of hints about why to date a bookworm (couldn't agree more). 

The ideas are relatively easy and frequently referred to by bookworms, the illustration are also simple and without a high level of sophistication. If you have teenagers that need a motivation why to read, Book Love appeals to them in a very direct way, suited for their everyday style and elliptic, telegraphic-like communication. If you are a bookworm yourself - as I do - you can spend some pleasant after-work time in the company of this graphic story. You might want to read (even) more after that.
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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 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.
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A cute and sweet little book about book lovers!

There's not much more to say than that!  Quirky and a fun, fast read!
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Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing who provided a copy via NetGalley.!

On a day, a friend calls me at WhatsApp and shows me a book. And she simply compels me to know it because I had a duty to read since I talk so much about books as I say I love them. She also said that I had the obligation to read the book if I really love books as much as I say out there.
So I read it and I just fall in love. I felt that this book is about me, that Debbie Tung was inspired by me to write the comics about this girl who loves books and know stories so much.
Book love is an ode to books and people who love books and stories. It is a tribute, a gift to all lovers of this wonderful object that it’s capable to transport us to real and imaginary worlds.
Since the first comic strip, I've gone crazy about this book. The author was able to express all the feelings that book fans have about being in touch with their object of love.
The comic strips show reader’s routine and all the situations we have as we come across incredible stories. We can notice many feelings while we are reading: the love to the books, the inexplicable sensation when we get in a library or a bookstore, the afflictions for an inexplicable and pitiless end; and so on. There is kindness in its pages that I cannot explain.
Another nice detail is that Tung, when designing and writing the books, reveals the importance that books have in people's lives for their growth as a transformative citizen. It is not specific, but you can notice it in every comic strip.
Book love is a very short book and is a great gift tip for those who love books. I just think that everyone who really says they love books and stories should read it. Unfortunately he still does not have a Portuguese version, but we're already in the crowd for some cool publishing house to release it for us. It will be a success here in Brazil and in the world.

Thank you so much Debbie Tung for express our feelings about books and reading
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a book lovers life on the page. Very enjoyable and related with a little humor thrown in. Would recommend to book lovers
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I love this book SO MUCH. I fell in love with Quiet Girl In A Noisy World last year and Book Love did not disappoint! I adore Debbie Tung’s artwork and this is incredibly relatable for anyone who lives and breathes books. If you’re ever in a reading slump I highly recommend picking this up! It definitely reminded me why I love reading at a time where I was struggling to pick up books.
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I don’t usually read comic books, probably because the only ones I’ve come across have been superhero type stories that I prefer to watch on the big screen. I do enjoy cartoons though and this book is just perfect. It’s full of fab cartoons all bookworms will appreciate. It had me smiling, laughing, nodding my head in agreement and sighing out loud, because Debbie Tung knows exactly how I feel about books.

I enjoyed this ARC so much that I pre-ordered a physical copy and it arrived at the end of last week!! I love it, it’s so much better than the digital ARC and it’s the perfect size for carrying around in my handbag. It’s a definite must in hard copy rather than digital.

I highly recommend it for all book lovers and if you celebrate Valentine’s day it really would be the ultimate gift for your book loving Valentine!
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Bibliophiles (especially young women) will resonate with the scenarios and sentiments that fill the pages of this entertaining book of cartoons. Simply illustrated, the author captures the ethos of book lovers' hearts--at times exaggerated but with a ring of truth. Many of Andrews McMeel cartoon publications have been a bit too off color for our tastes. Not so with this one. Book lovers will recognize themselves here.
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I thought I wasn't going to like this book but it was so relatable! I loved it and enjoyed every single comic. The art was cute and on point.
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Easily one of the best books that capture the essence of being a bookworm. If you need a definitive guide for your resident bookworm, please consult this book.

The art could have been a little better but I have been reading an advance copy. It gets so many things right about bookworms and there were so many instances that I could relate to. 

I would definitely recommend this.
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This was such a wonderful comics. It's enjoyable and actually pretty relatable for book nerds. It made me smile so many times throughout the book. Thanks Debbie Tung!
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Book Love is, simply put, adorable. It's the perfect graphic novel for bibliophiles. It celebrates books, reading, and how magical both can be. The book is relatable and on trend with the popularity of book memes and book comics on Instagram.

The art is lovely, cute, beautiful. I would honestly love to frame some of the art panels. I like that the art is simple and whimsical, with a greyscale colour scheme. It suits the subject matter perfectly.
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I absolutely adored this collection of comics! So many were accurate to what it's like to be a book nerd.
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Tung's comics really speak to me. They aren't particularly funny. Not in a fall down laughing sort of way. More in that clever/witty observation that makes you smile sort of way. Enjoyable either way.
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Unfortunately the time has passed on reviewing this book for me. I am still interested in it, but not immediately. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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In this graphic novel, Debbie Tung explores the daily life of a bookworm.
I love the artwork and the simplistic nature of the book.
The strips are and, of course, relatable! It’s perfect for book lovers. I recommend it.
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Book Love by Debbie Tung is a collection of comics and such about the everyday life and thoughts of a book lover. There is humor and relatable moments for every reader that has trouble leaving a bookstore or library empty handed, or simply enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea.

I related to Book Love quite a bit, although I will admit that I spend much less time in bookshops and libraries (as a patron) that I used to. I enjoyed the tone and simplicity of the individual comics. I was kind of sad that I had seen so many of them on social media platforms before having read the book, I wish there were more new work included. However, all of the comics are timeless and struck home on some level, even if I am more likely to be reading and ebook and buying the print books for my kids rather than myself. 

I think Book Love is a sweet and enjoyable book. It would be the perfect gift book for any book lover, although those that refrain from social media and have not seen Tung's work before will likely appreciate it more than those that have seen her work online previously.
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This book was adorable. I was not prepared for how fun it would be and at a time when I really needed it. I would definitely recommend this book to my patrons who may need a little pick me up!
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A super cute book that capture the feeling you get when opening up an old book. That good book smell. This is what I imagine for my self in a few years. Just need a good book room and an old rocking chair.
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It was so relatable and I think that every book lover will enjoy read this quick and fun graphic novel. Regarding the art, it was quite simple but it works perfectly well with the story.
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