Comics History

Read A Bride’s Story 13

Read A Bride’s Story 13

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori’s tale of life on the nineteenth century Silk Road continues. Mr. Smith keeps on his journey retracing his steps, stopping next at a seaside village where he is greeted by a pair of enthusiastic young brides! Laila and Leily are eager to prove themselves as capable hostesses, but failing in the attempt could have serious social consequences. As the twins scramble in the kitchen, the discussion around the table turns to recent rumors of danger in the region. Mr. Smith now faces a difficult decision—turn back, or risk pressing on to his final stop?

Crafted in painstaking detail, Ms. Mori’s pen breathes life into the scenery and architecture of the period in this heart-warming, slice-of-life tale that is at once wholly exotic, yet familiar and accessible through the everyday lives of the characters she has created.

This was an enjoyable volume. I love Talas and was happy she got some feature moments in this volume. The twins are still mildly annoying but a little endearing in their earnest enthusiasm. I liked a bit more attention given to Ali and the bodyguard Mr. Nikolovski, who reveals a soft spot for kids.

Been a while since I read the previous volume: Read A Bride’s Story 12

Comics Fantasy

Read The Remarried Empress S1

Read The Remarried Empress

Navier Ellie Trovi was an empress perfect in every way — intelligent, courageous, and socially adept. She was kind to her subjects and devoted to her husband. Navier was perfectly content to live the rest of her days as the wise empress of the Eastern Empire. That is, until her husband brought home a mistress and demanded a divorce. “I accept this divorce… And I request an approval of my remarriage.” In a shocking twist, Navier remarries another emperor and retains her title and childhood dream as empress. But just how did everything unfold?

Beautiful art, interesting though frustrating story. The emperor is terrible and Rashta is obnoxious. Definitely going to be some reckonings coming when Navier learns Heinry’s plans. It bothers me how childish Heinry comes across when he is a Prince then King — he seems much younger than her, and for their partnership to work she needs to respect him as well.

Getting Shit Done

Read The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Read The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home–and life–in order.

This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy.

This worked well as a manga! I read the book when it came out, and have watched one of the episodes of her shows, so I’m familiar with her method but wanted a refresher. The framing story she used worked well to explain her philosophy and was cute 😊

I got all inspired to start purging stuff while I was reading but once I finished reading it sounded way too daunting of a project to start 😂

I thought it was a little funny they changed the manga to read left to right instead of right to left like a traditional manga, but I guess they were shooting for a broader audience who wouldn’t be put off by a formatting difference.

Comics History

Read A Bride’s Story 12

Read A Bride’s Story, Vol. 12 (A Bride’s Story, #12) by Kaoru Mori

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori’s tale of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road continues. Camera in tow, Smith retraces his journey to photograph the people and places that have come to mean so much to him. Though he has vast ground to cover, the inevitable delays of travel afford Smith an opportunity to rest and reflect. On Amir and Karluk, who have since sought the tutelage of Karluk’s hardy brother-in-law. On Pariya, struggling to complete the elaborate embroideries for her dowry. On the young, energetic twin brides, Laila and Leily. On the grand mansion that is to be the first stop on his return journey…

I really like Talas and the chapter with her shining and doing photography is fun. I know stormy waters are ahead for her when they make it to England but I want it to work out!!!

I liked the little mashup pieces checking in on all the main characters.

This volume it seems like the author had some fun with panel design. The chapter Hair has black borders for nighttime, and the chapter in Persia has beautiful floral illustrations making dreamy loose divisions and borders.


Read A Bride’s Story 11

Read A Bride’s Story, Vol. 11 (A Bride’s Story, #11) by Kaoru Mori

Having reached his destination in Ankara, Smith is not only reunited with his old friend, but also Talas, the woman he briefly stayed with on his journey. An agreement was made, and now Smith must travel back to Amir and Karluk with his new companions and newly acquired camera. However, the roads back are perilous as war approaches…

So happy that a good bit of this volume focused on Talas! I waited a long time for this and was so pleased when she came back at the end of the last volume.