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Get lost in nature 🍃
Get lost in nature 🍃
Change of course.
Change of course.
Reach for the sky 🍁
Reach for the sky 🍁
Kukolka / Lana Lux
(Originally written in German, I read the Dutch translation by Marcel Misset.)
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Set in Ukraine during the nineties we follow Samira as she escapes an orphanage and gets picked up by a guy who lets her live with him and some other kids. With him she has to steal money for a living and sing on the streets. Later as a teenager she ends up in human trafficking and forced sex work.
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I’m not really sure what to say about Kukolka.. It was good, but definitely not an easy read.
Especially during the second half things sometimes got a bit much (with the sexual abuse) and I ended up having to put it down a couple of times.
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I liked that it was written from the point of view of a child/teenager though and I liked the writing style. Simple, easy to follow and not overly flowery.
Kukolka / Lana Lux (Originally written in German, I read the Dutch translation by Marcel Misset.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ . Set in Ukraine during the nineties we follow Samira as she escapes an orphanage and gets picked up by a guy who lets her live with him and some other kids. With him she has to steal money for a living and sing on the streets. Later as a teenager she ends up in human trafficking and forced sex work. . I’m not really sure what to say about Kukolka.. It was good, but definitely not an easy read. Especially during the second half things sometimes got a bit much (with the sexual abuse) and I ended up having to put it down a couple of times. . I liked that it was written from the point of view of a child/teenager though and I liked the writing style. Simple, easy to follow and not overly flowery.
Witch tree🍂
Witch tree🍂
Inktober days 18 to 31 (swipe for more photos)
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I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t feeling Inktober that much anymore. There were still some prompts that I really liked and enjoyed, but other days just didn’t inspire me,  which lead to me not putting in much effort or skipping that day completely..
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Anyways I wouldn’t call Inktober a failure, 25/31 days is not bad if you ask me, but I’m also not completely happy with how things went.
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18 Bottle: Loved drawing these potion bottles, wish I had some more time to create a background though..
19 Scorched: I did draw something of this one, but I hate how it turned out so not showing it.
20 Breakable: Cracked vase.
21 Drain: Skipped.
22 Expensive: A diamond ring. I like how the diamond itself turned out with the water colour, but not a fan of the rest of the ring.
23 Muddy: Skipped.
24 Chop: Skipped.
25 Prickly: Cactus or Pumpkin?  Loved doing this one and quite happy with how it turned out.
26 Stretch: A guinea pig doing yoga, because why not..
27 Thunder: I like the simplicity of this, but that left lightning bolt looks terrible.
28 Gift: Skipped.
29 Double: Quite like this one. Really want to do some more ‘just ink’ illustrations.
30 Jolt: Skipped.
31 Slice: Skipped.
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#inktober #inktober2018#illustration#illustrations#watercolourillustration#winsorandnewton#staedlerpens#learningtodraw#linedrawing #doodles
Inktober days 18 to 31 (swipe for more photos) . I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t feeling Inktober that much anymore. There were still some prompts that I really liked and enjoyed, but other days just didn’t inspire me, which lead to me not putting in much effort or skipping that day completely.. . Anyways I wouldn’t call Inktober a failure, 25/31 days is not bad if you ask me, but I’m also not completely happy with how things went. . 18 Bottle: Loved drawing these potion bottles, wish I had some more time to create a background though.. 19 Scorched: I did draw something of this one, but I hate how it turned out so not showing it. 20 Breakable: Cracked vase. 21 Drain: Skipped. 22 Expensive: A diamond ring. I like how the diamond itself turned out with the water colour, but not a fan of the rest of the ring. 23 Muddy: Skipped. 24 Chop: Skipped. 25 Prickly: Cactus or Pumpkin? Loved doing this one and quite happy with how it turned out. 26 Stretch: A guinea pig doing yoga, because why not.. 27 Thunder: I like the simplicity of this, but that left lightning bolt looks terrible. 28 Gift: Skipped. 29 Double: Quite like this one. Really want to do some more ‘just ink’ illustrations. 30 Jolt: Skipped. 31 Slice: Skipped. . . #inktober  #inktober2018 #illustration #illustrations #watercolourillustration #winsorandnewton #staedlerpens #learningtodraw #linedrawing  #doodles 
(Yes, I am running out of photos..)
(Yes, I am running out of photos..)
The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde (reread)
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I don’t feel very confident in discussing/analyzing classics, I feel like, as someone who has never studied them, I lack the knowledge for that.
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What I can say though is that I love this book. I love Oscar Wilde’s writing style, this story and its characters. They may not always be likable, but I do really enjoy reading about them.
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This was my second time reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and while my star rating might be lower (5 to 4 stars) I liked it just as much, if not more (I’ve just gotten a bit more critical with my star ratings over the years.) I feel like I got a lot more out of it this time around and was kind of surprised with how little I actually remembered from my first read.
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The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the way women are treated/talked about in this book. Mainly by Lord Henry, but also by the other characters. While yes it could be put down to it being a product of its time, I can’t fully forgive it for that. I did like the Shakespeare/Romeo & Juliet references though.
Also, I wonder how much of these thoughts belong to the author and how much of it is ‘just the character’?
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Did Oscar Wilde put himself in the book? And if so, was he like Lord Henry as I mostly hear people comparing him to or is it like Oscar Wilde himself once wrote in a letter: "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be — in other ages, perhaps".
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#thepictureofdoriangray #oscarwilde #staycriticalbookclub
The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde (reread) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . I don’t feel very confident in discussing/analyzing classics, I feel like, as someone who has never studied them, I lack the knowledge for that. . What I can say though is that I love this book. I love Oscar Wilde’s writing style, this story and its characters. They may not always be likable, but I do really enjoy reading about them. . This was my second time reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and while my star rating might be lower (5 to 4 stars) I liked it just as much, if not more (I’ve just gotten a bit more critical with my star ratings over the years.) I feel like I got a lot more out of it this time around and was kind of surprised with how little I actually remembered from my first read. . The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the way women are treated/talked about in this book. Mainly by Lord Henry, but also by the other characters. While yes it could be put down to it being a product of its time, I can’t fully forgive it for that. I did like the Shakespeare/Romeo & Juliet references though. Also, I wonder how much of these thoughts belong to the author and how much of it is ‘just the character’? . Did Oscar Wilde put himself in the book? And if so, was he like Lord Henry as I mostly hear people comparing him to or is it like Oscar Wilde himself once wrote in a letter: "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be — in other ages, perhaps". . . #thepictureofdoriangray  #oscarwilde  #staycriticalbookclub 
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Marcella (@booksandmacchiatos) tagged me to do the #readinghabitsbooktag, Thank you! Here are my answers:
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📖 When do you read the most? It really depends on my work hours/shifts but I think most of my reading is done either in the morning or the evening.
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🌳 Where do you read? Mostly sitting is a chair in my bedroom or in bed, but if the weather is nice during the spring/summer, I also like to read outside.
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📖 Do you watch the films first? Sometimes. I prefer reading the book first, but I don’t mind the other way around from time to time.
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🌳 Can you stop reading in the middle of a chapter? I prefer not too, but yes. (Only at the end of a paragraph though!)
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#nature #naturephotography #latergram #autumn #fall #herfst #changingseasons #autumntrees #falltrees
🍂🌸 Marcella (@booksandmacchiatos) tagged me to do the #readinghabitsbooktag , Thank you! Here are my answers: . 📖 When do you read the most? It really depends on my work hours/shifts but I think most of my reading is done either in the morning or the evening. . 🌳 Where do you read? Mostly sitting is a chair in my bedroom or in bed, but if the weather is nice during the spring/summer, I also like to read outside. . 📖 Do you watch the films first? Sometimes. I prefer reading the book first, but I don’t mind the other way around from time to time. . 🌳 Can you stop reading in the middle of a chapter? I prefer not too, but yes. (Only at the end of a paragraph though!) . . #nature  #naturephotography  #latergram  #autumn  #fall  #herfst  #changingseasons  #autumntrees  #falltrees 
In Bloom / C.J. Skuse
(Sweetpea # 2)
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Featuring a Strategically placed flower to hide a spoiler for book 1 printed on the cover.
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I won’t go into the plot of this one (because: spoilers), but I really enjoyed In Bloom. Maybe not quite as much as Sweetpea (see previous post for my thoughts) but still a very entertaining read!
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(I’m trying to avoid spoilers, so this might be a bit vague, but there’s a side characters that has some mental health issues and I’m not sure I’m okay with how this played out/how Rhiannon (our main character) treated her. But (and this is a big but) Rhiannon is a psychopath and a serial killer so her morality is questionable at best.)
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#inbloom #sweetpea #cjskuse #hqstories #harpercollins #harpercollinspublishers
In Bloom / C.J. Skuse (Sweetpea # 2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Featuring a Strategically placed flower to hide a spoiler for book 1 printed on the cover. . I won’t go into the plot of this one (because: spoilers), but I really enjoyed In Bloom. Maybe not quite as much as Sweetpea (see previous post for my thoughts) but still a very entertaining read! . (I’m trying to avoid spoilers, so this might be a bit vague, but there’s a side characters that has some mental health issues and I’m not sure I’m okay with how this played out/how Rhiannon (our main character) treated her. But (and this is a big but) Rhiannon is a psychopath and a serial killer so her morality is questionable at best.) . . #inbloom  #sweetpea  #cjskuse  #hqstories  #harpercollins  #harpercollinspublishers 
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Autumn walks.
(#latergram, I really need to take some new photos..)
🐕 Autumn walks. (#latergram , I really need to take some new photos..)
Sweetpea / C.J. Skuse
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In theory I should not have liked this book. Described as Bridget Jones meets American Psycho, two books I did not like, this should not have been my cup of tea. Add to that that, aside from the occasional thriller, I am not a fan of books with a lot of graphic violence this really shouldn’t have worked for me. Yet somehow it did.
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Written in diary entries, in Sweatpea we follow Rhiannon, your typical, twenty-something, girl next door. She works at a local newspaper, lives with her boyfriend and has a little dog called Tink. Oh, and she’s a serial killer.
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It’s dark and twisted, gruesome, inappropriate and offensive at times, but also a funny, surprisingly light and a fast read with twists that I definitely did not see coming.
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Not a book I would recommend to everyone though.
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#sweetpea #cjskuse #hqstories #harpercollins #harpercollinspublishers
Sweetpea / C.J. Skuse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . In theory I should not have liked this book. Described as Bridget Jones meets American Psycho, two books I did not like, this should not have been my cup of tea. Add to that that, aside from the occasional thriller, I am not a fan of books with a lot of graphic violence this really shouldn’t have worked for me. Yet somehow it did. . Written in diary entries, in Sweatpea we follow Rhiannon, your typical, twenty-something, girl next door. She works at a local newspaper, lives with her boyfriend and has a little dog called Tink. Oh, and she’s a serial killer. . It’s dark and twisted, gruesome, inappropriate and offensive at times, but also a funny, surprisingly light and a fast read with twists that I definitely did not see coming. . Not a book I would recommend to everyone though. . . #sweetpea  #cjskuse  #hqstories  #harpercollins  #harpercollinspublishers 
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Sunset in the forest.
🌞 Sunset in the forest.
Vengeful / V.E.Schwab
(Villains 2)
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This was one of my most anticipated books of 2018 and I love V.E. Schwab as an author and a person (based on following her social media). Knowing how much she put into this book, it really hurts me to say this, but I didn’t love it.
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I think my main issue is that it falls into the trap of sequels trying to be more than the first book in the series. Bigger, higher stakes, etc.  It also felt a bit messy at times. Too many characters and storylines, their connections too thin to fully work and the place & timeline jumps kind of hard to keep up with (especially in the beginning.)
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Vengeful has less of that morally gray area that made Vicious so strong (in my opinion), instead it relies a lot more on the evil, power hungry sides of our characters. Not necessarily bad, but not my preference.
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I loved our little group of characters in vicious. Loved their connections with each other, their motives.
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In Vengeful, Victor once complex and morally gray, is now ‘just a villain’ with little redeemable qualities. I didn’t like him or the direction of his storyline that much anymore. (Though props to Victoria for having him be canon asexual and how that was handled. Not as a result of him being an EO, something being ‘broken’, but part of who he has always been.)
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As for the new characters, they had a lot of potential, but I just wish their motives were more clear (June) and less “I’m evil, I want to have the power and destroy anyone who steps in my way” (Marcella).
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I did still really love Sydney and Mitch, though especially Mitch wasn’t in it nearly as much as I would have liked. The story really could have used some more of his softness.
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I got a lot more into it during the last quarter or so when things really started to move forward. The actual ending has an openness to it that gives the potential for a third book and while Vengeful might not have been my favourite, I do really hope there will be a next one.
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(I should probably add though that vicious improved for me upon a reread and while on a first read I still liked it more than I did Vengeful, maybe I need to reread Vengeful to fully appreciate it.)
Vengeful / V.E.Schwab (Villains 2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was one of my most anticipated books of 2018 and I love V.E. Schwab as an author and a person (based on following her social media). Knowing how much she put into this book, it really hurts me to say this, but I didn’t love it. . I think my main issue is that it falls into the trap of sequels trying to be more than the first book in the series. Bigger, higher stakes, etc. It also felt a bit messy at times. Too many characters and storylines, their connections too thin to fully work and the place & timeline jumps kind of hard to keep up with (especially in the beginning.) . Vengeful has less of that morally gray area that made Vicious so strong (in my opinion), instead it relies a lot more on the evil, power hungry sides of our characters. Not necessarily bad, but not my preference. . I loved our little group of characters in vicious. Loved their connections with each other, their motives. . In Vengeful, Victor once complex and morally gray, is now ‘just a villain’ with little redeemable qualities. I didn’t like him or the direction of his storyline that much anymore. (Though props to Victoria for having him be canon asexual and how that was handled. Not as a result of him being an EO, something being ‘broken’, but part of who he has always been.) . As for the new characters, they had a lot of potential, but I just wish their motives were more clear (June) and less “I’m evil, I want to have the power and destroy anyone who steps in my way” (Marcella). . I did still really love Sydney and Mitch, though especially Mitch wasn’t in it nearly as much as I would have liked. The story really could have used some more of his softness. . I got a lot more into it during the last quarter or so when things really started to move forward. The actual ending has an openness to it that gives the potential for a third book and while Vengeful might not have been my favourite, I do really hope there will be a next one. . (I should probably add though that vicious improved for me upon a reread and while on a first read I still liked it more than I did Vengeful, maybe I need to reread Vengeful to fully appreciate it.)
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Find the beauty in the world around you.
🍂 Find the beauty in the world around you.
Inktober days 9 to 17 (swipe for more photos)
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It’s getting a little harder to keep up with, but I’m still really enjoying the challenge.
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9 Precious: Really like this one. Love the colours
10 Flowing: The ocean was the first thing I thought about for this prompt. It didn’t quite turn out how I wanted it though..
11 Cruel: the only one this week without watercolour. I want to do more like this, with just the ink, but also enjoy working with water colours too much..
12 Whale: I really like when you can see the watercolours like this.
13 Guarded: If only we could guard nature from the humans.
14 Clock: I don’t like clocks that much and also just wasn’t really in the mood to draw so this will have to do.
15 Weak: Wasn’t feeling the word ‘weak’ so changed it to ‘strong’.
16 Angular: The four elements. They may be simple, but I quite like the two on the bottom (water & earth).
17 Swollen: Cacti (and other plants) are one of my favourites to paint/doodle.
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#inktober #inktober2018 #illustration#illustrations #watercolourillustration#winsorandnewton #staedlerpens#learningtodraw #linedrawing #doodles
Inktober days 9 to 17 (swipe for more photos) . It’s getting a little harder to keep up with, but I’m still really enjoying the challenge. . 9 Precious: Really like this one. Love the colours 10 Flowing: The ocean was the first thing I thought about for this prompt. It didn’t quite turn out how I wanted it though.. 11 Cruel: the only one this week without watercolour. I want to do more like this, with just the ink, but also enjoy working with water colours too much.. 12 Whale: I really like when you can see the watercolours like this. 13 Guarded: If only we could guard nature from the humans. 14 Clock: I don’t like clocks that much and also just wasn’t really in the mood to draw so this will have to do. 15 Weak: Wasn’t feeling the word ‘weak’ so changed it to ‘strong’. 16 Angular: The four elements. They may be simple, but I quite like the two on the bottom (water & earth). 17 Swollen: Cacti (and other plants) are one of my favourites to paint/doodle. . . #inktober  #inktober2018  #illustration #illustrations  #watercolourillustration #winsorandnewton  #staedlerpens #learningtodraw  #linedrawing  #doodles 
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My head feels too full at the moment and I’m having a hard time keeping up with everything. 
It’s like that Katy Perry song (Chained to the Rhythm) is playing on full volume and double speed inside my head and I can’t keep up.
🌤 My head feels too full at the moment and I’m having a hard time keeping up with everything. It’s like that Katy Perry song (Chained to the Rhythm) is playing on full volume and double speed inside my head and I can’t keep up.
Saga reread:
Vol.1⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vol.2⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vol.3⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vol.4⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vol.5⭐️⭐️
I first read Saga in 2015, but after not liking Vol.5 that much I never continued.
Recently I got interested in maybe continuing the series so I decided to reread volumes 1 to 5 to refresh my memory and see if I would still want to read the newer volumes.
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While I liked Volumes 1 to 4 there were definitely things I could do without. I’m not a fan of the more obscene/sex scenes in the series and just not someone who enjoys violence in comics. Call me sensitive or a prude, it’s just not my thing. I prefer my comics more on the fun side. (Sais the one who’s currently reading and loving a book with a serial killer as the protagonist.)
I did love Izabel & Lying Cat, but wasn’t a fan of the robot storyline.
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So yeah, I wasn’t loving them, but still interested enough to at least continue my reread.
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Then came Vol.5 and I lost all interest again. I just didn’t like it. Things moved too fast and the characters were a mess. That dragon was just gross and the situation with Alana calling someone a retard and the way it was handled rubbed me the wrong way.
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It’s now time to decide whether to continue or not and honeslty I don’t think I will. I’ve heard the next ones are better again, but I don’t think it’s worth my time and money. Maybe Saga just isn’t for me and that’s okay.
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#saga #sagacomic #briankvaughan #fionastaples #imagecomics
Saga reread: Vol.1⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vol.2⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vol.3⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vol.4⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vol.5⭐️⭐️ I first read Saga in 2015, but after not liking Vol.5 that much I never continued. Recently I got interested in maybe continuing the series so I decided to reread volumes 1 to 5 to refresh my memory and see if I would still want to read the newer volumes. . While I liked Volumes 1 to 4 there were definitely things I could do without. I’m not a fan of the more obscene/sex scenes in the series and just not someone who enjoys violence in comics. Call me sensitive or a prude, it’s just not my thing. I prefer my comics more on the fun side. (Sais the one who’s currently reading and loving a book with a serial killer as the protagonist.) I did love Izabel & Lying Cat, but wasn’t a fan of the robot storyline. . So yeah, I wasn’t loving them, but still interested enough to at least continue my reread. . Then came Vol.5 and I lost all interest again. I just didn’t like it. Things moved too fast and the characters were a mess. That dragon was just gross and the situation with Alana calling someone a retard and the way it was handled rubbed me the wrong way. . It’s now time to decide whether to continue or not and honeslty I don’t think I will. I’ve heard the next ones are better again, but I don’t think it’s worth my time and money. Maybe Saga just isn’t for me and that’s okay. . . #saga  #sagacomic  #briankvaughan  #fionastaples  #imagecomics