Our Take Ten staffer for February: Kiwi Calhoun
From Mamie: Kiwi’s given name is Kalee, but she has embraced her nickname here at QRB. She loves food-themed names: her cat’s name is Pepper! When she’s not reading, Kiwi spends her time making art, baking, and playing outside in nature. Her two favorite aesthetics are cute, and creepy. Below are Kiwi's top ten books, accompanied by her reviews:
A talented writer spirals into depression and struggles to make decisions about her life. Partly autobiographical, this classic piece of literature is an exercise in empathy for those who struggle with mental health issues.
This is unreliable narration at its best and most wicked. Three novellas combine into one disturbing biography of twin boys growing up in a violence-ridden country during WWII. A unique and riveting read, but not for the faint-of-heart.
After having an intensely violent nightmare, Yeong-hye abruptly rids her life of all animal products. Told from their alternating perspectives, her family members struggle to understand as her behavior becomes more and more extreme. A disturbing exploration of the human psyche and the impossibility of truly knowing someone.
This book revolutionized the way I make and see images and stories. Inside, you will find handwritten passages, quirky cartoons, multimedia collages, and writing exercises. At its heart, this is a deeply moving memoir of an intelligent and eccentric maker.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this book follows the intertwined destinies of Henri, a French soldier, and Villanelle, a web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman whose heart was gambled away by her husband. This story bursts with magic and intrigue!
So cute and quirky—and surprisingly touching! A super-villain and his sidekick, Nimona, set out to prove that so-called “heroes” aren’t as good as everyone believes. This book is full of diverse characters, beautiful art, and dark wit.
Read this graphic memoir if you have an artistic soul and have ever felt lost or beaten down. Read it if you've ever misplaced your hopes and dreams. Liana's story is a big ol’ hug that will help you remember who you are and make you feel okay about being human.
A coming-of-age story with sharp edges. As drama unfolds in the lives of the teens she idolizes and the tension between her parents becomes unbearable, Rose must navigate through adolescence while at her family’s summer beach home. Beautifully illustrated.
This should be required reading for everyone ages 12-100! Stargirl transfers to a new high school where her ukulele-playing and unconditional kindness go unappreciated—but then she meets Leo, and her eccentricities make him see the world differently.
When two siblings visit Halmoni's (Grandma's) home, they find her house full of paw prints! They follow the prints and stumble into a fantastical land full of characters from Korean folklore. To return home, they must trade snacks with dokkebi (friendly Korean goblins), beat a tiger at rock-paper-scissors, and more! The illustrations are charming, and there are even translations of the Korean text and an introduction to Korean folklore in the last few pages!