This was such a beautiful collection of stories. Sad, but so so beautiful. The sadness is incidental, there because that is how life is, not to push you to tears and revel in your sobs. It’s a comforting sadness. I like how one reviewer described them as: tender.
In doing research for this post, I found out what I had expected, there is no one hard and fast definition for ‘classic.’ I don’t think there can ever be one definition for what constitutes a classic book that will be agreed upon by everyone, nor a list of rules that will work for everyone and every book. Many people have tried though, and I think something can be learned from each attempted definition.
Growing up, I wanted to be Sam from iCarly. I wanted her confidence and her ability to be tough. I related to her uncomfortableness around femininity. I would fantasize about how Jennette probably had a perfect life. Oh how wrong I was. The fantasy I created was just that: a fantasy.
In honor of school starting back up, for this week I’d like to recommend one of my absolute favorite ongoing manga, Skip and Loafer. It’s a character driven, schoolplace romantic comedy that’s the perfect, easygoing read to break up all the action on your shelf.
For this week’s pick I’ve chosen Kaiju No. 8 by Naoya Matsumoto. It’s an ongoing, refreshing new battle shonen that impressively sets itself apart from everything else in the genre.