Book Love

Book Love

by Debbie Tung

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Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524851712
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 297,803
File size: 41 MB
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About the Author

Deborah “Debbie” Tung is a cartoonist and illustrator from Birmingham, England. Her comics are based on simple everyday life moments and her love for books and tea. She currently lives in Birmingham, UK, with her husband and son. 

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Book Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Griperang72a 8 months ago
I loved this book. The girl in it is so much like me. I do many of the same things. I found myself smiling while reading this book which is something I do not normally do. I will reading this again and again when I need a pick me up.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Debbie Tung doesn’t just understand book lovers, she is a book lover. I really enjoyed this quick read of Debbie's thoughts about everything to do with books and reading such as: how we read, where we read, why we read, and how we feel about books. Her illustrations perfectly capture the emotions we have when reading, stumbling across a book sale or a book we had forgotten about, the anguish when you finish a book on a cliff hanger, the feeling you get when you watch a movie based on a book and find out they destroyed the story and more. Every page validated one of my bookish experiences, even if it was over the top at times. This book will be in a few packages next year, once it is published.. The publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read and enjoy. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.
PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
If I had to describe this book with one word it would be “Adorkable.” It is super cute and nerdy and fun and, of course, its all about book love!! It is a collection of short comics all about the pros and cons of being a book nerd. (which lets be honest we are all book nerds here so this book was made for us!!) The collection included both funny and heartfelt comics about books. Considering this is a book about books, there really was a wide range of topics covered; smelling books, buying books, reading books, TBRs, taking pictures of books, you name it its in here. It had a little bit of everything!! And almost every single one applied to me! It was really cool to relate to the comics and I can’t count how many times I thought to myself: “I’ve done that! That is soooo me!!” The artwork is super simple and in black and white, but it fits perfectly. The artwork tells the story as much as the words do, if not more, and the characters show so much emotion. You can tell exactly what they are thinking even if they don’t have any word bubbles! I would highly recommend this book to every book lover!! I am considering buying a physical copy when it comes out because I love the drawings that much!! I’m just sad it doesn’t come out till January 1st so I can’t ask for it for Christmas.
Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
What a delightful comic book that felt as if it was written just for me! I would smile and nod when one of the cartoons especially pertained to my own bookish quirks, and there were many I can see gifting this to several of my bookish friends who also do these same things. This was such a quick fun read that really made me happy. *Thanks so much to NetGalley and Andrews McNeel Publishing for the advance copy!*
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
This is truly a delightful find! This book is a series of comics about being a book lover. The illustrations beautifully capture what it means to be a true book lover. I can completely relate to almost 100% of the book. I definitely have been guilty of using someone’s hand as my bookmark. Also, I always have a book with me whether it is a physical copy or an e-copy that I have on the reading app on my phone. This is a wonderful treasure that I recommend to any book lover. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
smweston More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable! I read through the entire thing in one sitting. I can't wait to buy copies so that I can share the comics since I know many people in my life are either readers or will recognize how they relate to me. I loved this book. It'd make a great gift for any reader.
jdowell More than 1 year ago
I've never related to a comic/cartoon book so completely - ever. This would make a great gift for every nerdy book lover. As a book lover I related to nearly every scenario in the book. The illustrations are adorable too and they are all in black and white. Debbie Tung shows how book lovers can't pass a book store without drooling and buying something; would rather stay home and read than go to a party; would rather lose sleep and finish a book than go to sleep not knowing the ending; and so much more. Lots of fun to read! Most of the pages hit home and I could see myself doing many of the things the booklover in the comic strip did. I think everyone who loves books would see themselves in the pages. Thanks to Debbie Tung and Andrews Mcmeel Publishing through Netgalley for an advance copy!
Kaleena More than 1 year ago
This collection of cartoons would be an ideal gift for the book lover(s) in your life, including yourself. I don't read a lot of comics these days, but when a friend told me about this title I just had to check it out for myself! And I am so glad that I did, because I really enjoyed flipping through and seeing some of my own personal bookish quirks immortalized. Tung's artistic style is lovely as well, and you can tell that the author has captured what it is like to be a bookworm because she is one of us. This is one that I'm sure every book lover will adore. Book Love is a collection of comics that depict what it is like to be a book lover - from incognito sniffing a new book to being beckoned by your TBR when you are trying to work to going into the bookshop for ONE book and being sidelined by the sale display. Honestly, every page brought a smile to my face at how relatable the comics are. Honestly I was having a bad day and reading this made my day a little brighter, so thank you for that. This is a love story to and for book lovers, and I highly recommend it! Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Book Love by Debbie Tung is a cute comic/ humor book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This is a book any bookstore will relate to! I know I did! Every illustration is cute and fun with the clever message spoke of unspoken...readers know what is means! Lol! The author has thought of everything we bookstore go through and has cleverly out it to one and paper! I think I could relate to every one of those cartoons! Very witty and fun! This is for that bookaholic in your life!
CatarinaF More than 1 year ago
Found myself laughing while reading because it’s so accurate! Expresses so well a bookworm, there’s no need for a mirror. The passion, the vices, the worries, the happiness…. Just perfect. And very single page I could relate to me. I loved the artist style. This book from a bookworm perspective it’s funny because we see the actions we have that became for us as natural as air. But it’s interesting even for those who aren’t so addicted to books, open their minds and show them how the specie bookworm can act, out and in their natural habitat. Shows something so simple like spend all day reading or other things like the exciting of find the title of the book in the story or just the pain when you lend a book because you love it so much that you fear for their safety. It’s a cute and enjoyable comic book!
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this comic book! Every single comic brings a smile, if not an outright fit of laughter. I could relate to many of the book situations as I am an avid reader myself. I haven't read a book of comic strips since I was a kid, but when I saw a couple of positive reviews about this one I downloaded it immediately. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. The drawings are simple, yet expressive. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it was too short. I reached the end and was immediately sad.
SkyeWright More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** The struggle is real for book lovers and this adorable comic collection beautifully and hilariously encapsulates it. Fun and witty, Book Love will have many book lovers nodding along as they read and connect with many (if not all) of Debbie Tung’s illustrations in the daily life of book nerds.
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this comic eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . Okay so Andrews McMeel Publishing is make me happy again.  I previously reviewed loading penguin hugs which I got because I needed a pick-me-up.  I still be feeling a bit under the weather and so when I saw comics about book lovers, I had to immediately read them. Debbie Tung is definitely one of me crew (even if she has no idea who I be).  She be me guru and spirit animal.  Her comics perfectly reflect book love, introversion, and habits that arise from the two. This adorable collection is 144 pages of book fun.  All the crew should read it.  I just know that I am glad I found this author to brighten me windy and stormy nights.  Arrr! So lastly . . . Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing!
357800 More than 1 year ago
OKAY....NOW this is the PERFECT book for us diehard book readers...lovers... addicts...and saviors of the written word! We should all shelve this as non-fiction. OMGOSH....I laughed. So much of it I've experienced. So much All is absolutely true....and those stars of love in our book-reader's eyes! Oh Yes! I LOVE....graphic novels and try to read several each year, (am picky) but this one by cartoonist and illustrator Debbie Tung is just the bees knees!
CiihSnoU More than 1 year ago
"The right book will have stories that stay with the reader forever" - With amazing art, and with cute concepts that really hit that spot in - probably - all of us bookworms, Debbie Tung got us a book that makes us connect. A book for us, book lovers that just know by looking at someone's nice bookshelf with amazing books that we'll get along just fine. That just love to spend time with just you, a cup of tea and some book. That, yes, will take a book everywhere they go! I just loved the cuteness of all the comics, and really - except the boyfriend part that I don't have - connected with all of it! It was just some relaxing fun time to read this book, and I recommend it all!
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
When browsing NetGalley I couldn't believe my eyes that Debbie Tung's latest book was there and a Read Now too! I was so excited to start this book though I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to her previous book. I'm definitely glad that it lived up to my expectations. I fell in love with Debbie Tung's comics when I saw them on facebook. I fell even more in love with her comics when I read her first book "Quite Girl in a Noisy World." Book love has the same feel as Quite Girl in a Noisy world but removes the introvert part and substitutes a book reader instead. I love how much fun this book was. Half the time I was convinced that the author has followed me around. Some of the comics seemed to be taken straight from my life. I love the illustrations and I love the style the comics are in. It has a simplicity and yet on certain pages, it's complex. I just found myself in awe of Debbie Tung's abilities. This book resonates with me just like her first book but in a different kind of way. I could definitely see any reader loving this book. It's easy to relate to and so much fun to read. **I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
sm0120 More than 1 year ago
This was cute, for what it is- I definitely think it would be better as a physical book instead of an ebook. I'm pretty sure I've seen most of the quotes/sayings floating around on social media somewhere or another, and they really weren't presented in a unique or different way. The illustrations were just okay to be honest, nothing really special about them. Although most things were relatable as a bookworm, it was pretty underwhelming all around.
TUDORQUEEN More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This is a book laid out in black and white comic book format depicting the many ways book lovers experience joy with their books. It's as simple as that! Each page has it's own example and message and if you're an avid reader you will relate. Some of the scenarios will cause you to laugh out loud in recognition and some will make your heart swell with joy, as you recognize all the ways in which you love your books. You like the feel of them, the cover art, you inhale that wonderful book smell, and when you walk into a library or book store you feel that euphoric thrill of expectation. I saw myself in so many of these pages! Carrying a book around with me at all times (now it's thousands on a kindle), curling up with a book and a hot beverage in a comfortable chair or bed, preferring to read a book rather than converse or interact with people. One concept I really identified with is the feeling of travelling in a limitless fashion all over the world through reading. Also, walking into a library and thinking of the millions of stories mined within the treasured binding of beloved books. When I was reading this, I would periodically laugh out loud and nod my head. It caught the attention of my husband, who never reads books. He asked me what I was laughing about and I told him it was a book that only book lovers would understand. As expected, he walked away in a disinterested fashion. In fact, when I write my reviews for arc's he can't understand why I'm doing it if I'm not getting paid for it monetarily. Then I tell him I AM getting paid for the exchange of my pleasure for just reading the book. Well, he wouldn't understand...but, that's the point of this book, isn't it? If you're a book lover, you will see yourself in this book, and it will make you smile. I especially loved the full-page drawings, and imagined how nice one of them would look hanging on my wall.
rc1836 More than 1 year ago
Amusing look into the world of a book lover I don't read many comics or graphic novels but the title Book Love compelled me to pick it up. I'm so glad I did as Debbie Tung's humor and perspective of the dedicated book lover was on point every time. The dialogue and drawings were perfect. I read this in one sitting with the biggest smile on my face. If you are a book lover or know one, this book is the perfect present to yourself or them! I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars rounded up. Cute cartoons for avid readers - especially female ones between tens and twenties. I like the smell of new books, I like running my hand over their backs. I like the places and people a well-written diatribe evokes. Yes, once I walked into my closed bedroom door because I was reading a book. Reviewing an ecopy of a book for (paper) book lovers did not quite work for me. I found myself wishing that the author would portray 'book loves' of other races, creeds, colors, ages. Book Love could have appealed to so many more.
CRSK More than 1 year ago
Debbie Tung is a very gifted artist, illustrator / graphic artist from Birmingham, England whose exceptional gifts are shared in her book of comics, Book Love. This book is sure to appeal to those who love to read. Her illustrations are charming, without being too simplistic or ornate, appealing to all age groups. For many of us, reading is an essential part of our lives, like eating, sleeping, and Tung shows how well she understands and relates to those feelings in these wonderful little peeks into the life of another book lover. The way you feel pulled into a bookstore that you are walking past, the way a book calls to you when you are tending to real-life things, the way a book can make you feel seen. This conversation was one of my favourites: Him: Didn’t you finish reading that book a week ago? Her: Yeah, I did. Him: Then why are you still carrying it around? Her: Um… I don’t know. Her: I just feel like I’ve bonded with this book so much. Her: Now that it’s over, I’m finding it hard to let go. Who doesn’t love to feel understood? Highly recommend it to all book lovers. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Bluemoons More than 1 year ago
Book Love was a fun, short read filled with cute illustrations and the relatable thoughts and actions of a book-obsessed person. Even though it was an enjoyable read, at times the thoughts and ideas could become a little repetitive. I really recommend this to any avid reader and it would also be a welcome respite to read in between heavier books.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
Book nerds rejoice! Debbie Tung doesn’t just understand us; she’s one of us! Debbie first drew scenes from my life in her debut ‘Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story’ and now she’s gained access to the bookish part of me which, let’s face it, is pretty much all that’s left once you take away the introvert part. This is my second (but not final) read of this graphic novel and once again Debbie’s nailed it. Her illustrations perfectly capture the bliss of escaping into a book, the allure of a book sale, the horror of finishing a book and knowing you have to wait a whole year before you can dive into the sequel, and the special kind of magic you experience when your book order arrives. Debbie explores bookish nightmare of a favourite book being massacred by its film, the horror of price sticker residue and the devastation you feel when someone ruins the end of the book you’re reading. Debbie talks about how we read, where we read, why we read, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so understood. Every turn of the page resulted in validation of my bookish experiences. There was only one page I was glad I couldn’t relate to - when you have to choose between books because you’ve reached the maximum amount you can have on loan at any one time from the library. Thankfully my wonderful librarians consider the loan limit a suggestion, not a strict rule, where I’m involved; just one more reason why my library is the best in the world! I cannot get enough of this book and only wish it had been several hundred pages longer. I wonder what part of my life Debbie is going to tackle next… Whatever it is, I need to read it immediately! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for introducing me to Debbie with ‘Quiet Girl’ and giving me the opportunity to remember why I need every book she ever publishes.