I feel like I'm doing the Tour de France or something. Except it's not a competition, just a personal best sort of thing.
It's Girl Detective's 15 Books in 15 Days Project, which started yesterday. I was easy on myself for day one and picked this book:
Emma, by Kaoru Mori. Kind of an odd combination of manga and Victorian Britain, Emma is the story of a maid for an elderly woman who apparently is so lovely that men of all social stature try to woo her. But she holds steadfast in her refusals of them, because she does have feelings for William, a young man whose upscale family is not in the least bit interested in having him involved with a maid.
At 183 pages, I blew through this in an hour, so it almost felt like cheating. That said, I don't know exactly how I feel about it. It's the opening book in a series, which means that most of the book is spent introducing characters, setting up backstory, etc. In other words, not a whole lot happens. I haven't read many graphic novels, but the ones I've read--Fun Home, Persepolis, Logicomix--had much weightier themes to them, and this feels pretty darned lightweight. I thought I'd enjoy it more, because I love that whole Victorian era, and the artist's illustrations are lovely, but--but...
I dunno. Part of me is just "meh" about it, and yet another part of me wants to get volume 2 from the library and see if it improves. I guess, given how quickly I read it, I wouldn't be committing a big chunk of time to another installment.
Now onto book 2: it's going to be an all-poetry weekend. Stay tuned.