I chose comics rather than novels because it’s easier to read and is not time consuming for readers. Comics are best in terms of small size, so it’s easier for storage, and the weight is light.
# 1 《塗鴉日記》（Kakukaku Shikajika ）
東村明子（Higashimura Akiko） 著 ｜ 集英社（Shueisha）出版
An autobiographical story about how the author became where she is now as a comic artist. This comic talks about the struggles faced by young artists. For example, the pressure from your parents when you told them that you’re going be an artist. I recommend this comic whenever you want to motivate yourself.
Short stories about daily life with mysterious characters. Definitely a book that you will read at least 2-3 times. The simple line drawings make it a little confusing to identify each character, but once you get it, you’re like ‘wow’. The atmosphere throughout the comic is like you’re underwater – quiet and calm. I recommend this comic when you want to take a break to refresh your minds.
A romantic story between two high school boys during their school year. It is very satisfying just to look at the style of drawing. The story reminds me of the feeling of sweet and sour love in the teenage years. I recommend this comic when you want to see things differently.
22歲的 Lisa Kogawa是一位土生土長的日本女生，現於著名的洛杉磯藝術中心設計學院（Art Center College of Design）讀插畫，閒時最愛閱讀、逛書店和買書，對買書有種莫名的執著，拒絕網購，堅持摸過書本才肯買，高峰時期試過買80磅書回家。自稱「Nerdy Book Collector」的Lisa 喜愛收藏各類書籍──漫畫、雜誌、Zine、硬皮書等，還會到二手書店買參考書和設計書籍找靈感。
Sometimes I ask myself why I’m so fascinated with books. That mainly comes from the fact that I love paper textures. Anything cool printed or written on my beloved paper makes books awesome!