Book Review: Tintin and the Picaros by Hergé #1976Club

This is my first pick for the #1976Club hosted by Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon at Stuck in a Book. Politics and Conspiracy are at the heart of the twenty-third Tintin adventure (also the last one to be completed by Hergé), Tintin and the Picaros, which takes us to a fictional South American…

Book Review: Blissful Land vol 1 by Ichimon Izumi

My thanks to NetGalley and Kodansha Comics for a review copy of this one. Blissful Land is a manga comic/graphic novel set in eighteenth-century Tibet, and it was this setting that essentially drew me to this book. This tells the story of Khang Zhipa, a thirteen-year-old “doctor-in-training”, who lives with his father, a doctor/farmer, his…

Review: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1

My thanks to NetGalley for a review copy of this one.   This was my very first manga read. I have watched some of the animated versions of course, Fushigi Yuugi (Curious Play), Nodame Cantabile, Emma, and Yatitake Japan, among them but had never really read any. So when I saw this on NetGalley, and…

Children’s Book of the Month: Cairo Jim and the Secret Sepulchre of the Sphinx

This was a chance find on the shop-soiled table in my local bookshop. The cover grabbed me because of the title—an Egyptian setting obviously, the Sphinx, and the ‘hero’—a Tintin-like character hanging onto the Sphinx’s nose. This is the sixth of a series of eighteen books (though according to some listings it’s the ninth) by…

Fay the performer, and Selina the artist!

I haven’t been doing very much reading this week though earlier in the week I finished All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor which I absolutely loved (my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1716276635?book_show_action=false), and for the rest am part way through Sophie’s World (which I had started last year but stopped part way in because of reading challenges and things)…