No one asked for it, no one needs it but me. Someone might find it, someone might appreciate it other than me.
I had initially considered writing a top ten for books in the past 2009-2019 period, but realised that books are not the only reading I do, or that anyone should do. In no real order, then, other than their timing, the top 10 reads from the past decade that have, in some way, stuck with me: fiction, non fiction, comics, short, illustrated, poetry, and bits in between.
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Fletto i muscoli, e mi libro
nello spazio tra le righe
negli scoli sulla carta
tra finestre e cornici.
Salto da un lato all’altro
indagando tempi futuri
e mondi paralleli rintanati
in vecchie città, incubi
in cui ballano antichi traditori.
Passo di nascosto e mi perdo
nelle strade tracciate e pensate
da orfani, armadilli e razziatori,
vigili sentinelle di altri piani.
Mi rifugio per un giorno, libero
fra le nuvole di pensiero
e di parole – in silenzio.
Not the covers, not the titles,
not the issues, not the hardcovers,
not the limited editions, not the trades,
not the retailer incentives, not the covers A and B,
not the crossovers, not the events,
not the retcons, not the reboots,
not the deaths, not the rebirths,
not the shock-factor, not the wow-factor,
not the cliffhangers, not the reveals,
not the frames, not the gutters,
not the pencils, not the inks,
not the colours, not the letters,
not the splash-pages, not the spreads,
not the digital, not the prints,
not the previews, not the reviews,
not the sketches, not the toys,
not the conventions, not the signings,
not the TV series, not the films.
Not art, not literature, not both.
Pas de BD, non i fumetti, no las historietas.
See, what we’re really looking for
is good stories.