Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story

Last night I read an advance copy of QUIET GIRL IN A NOISY WORLD: AN INTROVERT’S STORY, a new book of cartoons by Debbie Tung.

If you like Allie Brosh’s HYPERBOLE AND A HALF comics, you might like this book, too. Its autobiographical cartoons feature a young woman (the author) as she navigates milestones of adulthood. She describes herself as an introvert and a person with anxiety. Parties are exhausting. She’s coming to terms with who she is.

The book has some lovely illustrations–line drawings and watercolor. The narrator’s stressed-out face was in a more cartoon-y style, while the single panel, full-page illustrations felt most polished (and were my favorites). Screencapping one of them would make a reassuring wallpaper.

Most of all, the book felt gentle. As I read, I thought of one of my younger cousins, a girl who’s struggled with mental health. I might give her this book. It would feel like sending a hug and a “you’re okay.”

The 17 best micro-flash stories from the past 17 years (at Vestal Review)

If you’re looking for quick, good reads, consider Vestal Review’s collection of its best 17 stories.

VR invited readers to vote on the best stories from their 17 years of publishing–and each story’s under 500 words. A couple weeks ago, I bookmarked the collection on my phone, and I’ve enjoyed returning to the page and reading another story every few days. My favorite, so far, is “Chickadees Dance on My Windowsill.”

If you find a favorite, let me know!