Adventures in Reading June 22 — June 28, 2015

This photo is property of Hazelden.

This photo is property of Hazelden.

What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out.

Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder by Rachel Reiland (2002). In this supposed memoir, Rachel Reiland is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder following severe anger, mood, and depression problems. She spends four years in intense psychoanalytical therapy with her psychiatrist Dr. Padgett, eventually finding God and becoming “cured.” This book is unbelievable trash that baits people with BPD into thinking there is a cure and tells them that their illness is their fault. To read more on what I think of this book, click here.

Supercakes by Kat Leyh (2015). Supercakes follows Mo (Molly) and May, two super-powered girlfriends figuring out how to navigate a relationship, their families, and the super-powered problems that comes their way. Kat Leyh has been publishing these stories for years on her website, but they were only recently collected and published by Yeti Press. Kat Leyh does a great job with these stories. Her characters are complicated and real, and the stories she chooses to tell are always very personal and poignant. Her art and coloring are amazing, and I’m completely in awe of her work. Highly recommend.

Make Yourself Happy by Lucy Knisley (2010). This graphic novel contains a variety of Lucy’s comics, including hourlies that show her day, a discussion of Julie & Julia, the process of publishing French Milk, and getting a new cat. It’s a cute book that was instantly soothing. I really loved it.

Stop Paying Attention by Lucy Knisley (2015). In this oversized book, Lucy Knisley puts together several of her published and unpublished web comics to document her twenties. It’s a great companion piece to her body of work, and I especially enjoyed her two page comic about her engagement, and her two page comic about haunted houses. Excellent, as always.

Photo property of Kaboom! Studios

Photo property of Kaboom! Studios

Steven Universe: Greg Universe Special #1 by assorted authors (2015). This 32-page comic has several stories featuring Greg from Steven Universe. It was nice getting to see more about him and how he interacts with Steven and the Gems. A fast read with uneven story-telling, very enjoyable.

Get Over It! by Corinne Mucha (2014). This autobiographical comic details Corinne’s somewhat amicable breakup with her ex and her three year long process of getting over it. She’s honest and funny and doesn’t try to sugarcoat how much the process hurt. This is a wonderful book with a great story and illustrations. It made me a Corinne Mucha fan. Highly recommend.

*Note: Hey, look! For a week, I pretty much read only female writers (There are a couple dudes who worked on the Greg Universe Special.)! Nice.

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