Graphic Novel Review – Book Love by Debbie Tung



“The book I’m reading is about a magical world of dragons and wizards! They go on adventures and explore unknown places! And then at the mansion in Hertfordshire, a wealthy man, and Mr. Darcy…Oh, wait…that’s a different story.”

“You’re reading two books at the same time again, huh?”



From the publisher, “Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers.

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.”

My Thoughts

On one hand, I do believe that Debbie Tung is my spirit animal.


The feels. 


Who else but my spirit animal could understand my profound love of books? Thank you, Debbie Tung, for illustrating what I feel so deeply when I hold a book. I literally cried when Harry Potter was over and was straight up depressed that I live in a world with no powers or anything cool.


You understand my pain.


But on the other hand, I almost feel like I need to give up my book cred now. This book was just too long with too much love. At least it is for one sitting. This book reminds me of a gigantic chocolate milkshake. The largest chocolate milkshake in the history of all milkshakes. On the first sip, your taste buds are literally doing the salsa with all the flavor. On the 50th sip, it is still great but you are losing some of the subtler flavors. On the 150th sip, you are nauseated and will not drink another chocolate shake in the near future. This book is like that, well not the nauseated part.  I will happily adore, embrace, remember and understand her love of books (and mine as well) for about 50 pages. I have been in every one of the scenarios she draws adorable cartoons of. Believe me, I agree and get it. After page 50 it gets repetitive. There are only so many different scenarios in which I can get all the feels in one sitting. After page 100 it loses me.


I have huffed so many books.


If a reader were to pick this up and randomly turn to any page, read it, smile, and move one about your day it would be perfect. Seriously perfect. These are scenarios that a reader can visit again and again.

I would recommend this for an adorable coffee table book. One that you turn to occasionally when you need a smile, read a few pages, get the feels and put down.

*All images are illustrations by Debbie Tung*



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