Thursday, June 8, 2017

Read Harder Challenge #6 -- An All Ages Comic

I've just finished #6 on the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge which was: Read an all-ages comic.

For this one, I chose "Adventure Time: Vol. 2" by Ryan North. I didn't actively choose volume 2 of a series, since I am pretty obsessive about reading things in order. However, it was destiny that I read volume 2 because I requested it twice from my library and twice they sent me volume 2. Why fight it, I thought?

I went into reading this comic cold; I know less than nothing about comic books. Aside from reading one Spiderman comic (and no, I don't know what series or volume or version or publisher) back in the 90s, I have no experience with the comic book universe. It makes me the least qualified to judge the myriad superhero movies that populate the theater every other week and, by extension, allows me to enjoy those movies.

I was intrigued by the "all-ages" aspect of the challenge and was surprised to find out just how many comics are published that fit that description. If I knew any children, I'd make a habit of reading one of these with them. It would crack me up.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found myself laughing out loud in reality and not just typing it on a keyboard, so...that helped qualify it as an enjoyable read. The world of Adventure Time is based on the cartoon series of the same name, one that is apparently extremely well known and popular. Apparently, I'm now of that age that misses what is popular and well known. So, yay me? It was a lot of fun following Finn and his bff Jake around the land of Ooo as they invented a time travel machine and got super, almost uncomfortably buff as adults.

 I'll definitely check out other volumes of this and, of course, the tv series because if I need one thing in my life, it is more animation and laughter.

1. Read a book about sports.
2. Read a debut novel.
3. Read a book about books.
4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
6. Read an all-ages comic.
7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
8. Read a travel memoir.
9. Read a book you’ve read before.
10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
12. Read a fantasy novel.
13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
14. Read a book about war.
15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
17. Read a classic by an author of color.
18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
19. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel.
20. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
21. Read a book published by a micropress.
22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.

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