Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics/Manga



Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics/Manga


Ah, yeah! I feel like this week's meme was made for me!


Cat Vs. Human - It's too funny and also, too true. A cat-owning comic for cat-owners by a fellow cat-owner.


Seconds - Although Scott Pilgrim was great, I love that the main character of Seconds is a 20+ lady. Also, time-travel.


Hyberbole and a Half - A motivational and hilarious comic! It's so cool that it's autobiographical. Gah, still waiting on the sequel.



Stepping on Roses - I felt like I grieved when this series was over...it was so funny, yet nail-biting that I struggled to find a series to replace it in my life.


I Am Pusheen The Cat - It's just too adorable. Even looking at the cover, how can it not make you smile???


Black Bird - Reads like a good YA paranormal romance. If you're into YA vampires or Inuyasha, this is a great what-to-read-next.


Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice - I can't say enough how well done this manga version is! Love it, revisit, and even color it, often!


Skip-Beat - On-going drama! Lights! Camera! Action! If you've ever daydreamed about becoming a movie star, this is a great escape. Lots of hijinks!


Batman: Earth One - I actually bought this as a gift for my brother, but decided to read it and see if he'd like it. I ended up liking it myself! It's as good as any Batman movie you've enjoyed.


Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye - True, it's old Star Wars canon, aka none-of-this-really-happened. However, it's clear that this "A New Hope" lost sequel influenced all the movies that have followed. It's a time-piece, but very cool.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Books and Authors To Read If You Like Jane Austen


Top Ten Books and Authors To Read If You Like Jane Austen

Ah, I intended to do this topic last year, but ran out of time. Anyhow, here it is now! Yay for Jane in January!

Jane Austen's World: The Life and Times of England's Most Popular Author - If you love all things Austen, this book contains an insightful look into the culture and customs of her world and novels. Includes biographical information on Austen, as well as, breakdowns of each book.

Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury - Ditto for this great book! If you're the hands-on type, this treasury contains card inserts of Austen's personal letters. An interactive must for any collection.

Georgette Heyer - Pretty much anything by this author is Austen-ish! Born in 1902, Heyer really captured the large sense of community, details, and some of the humor created by Austen. I like to think of her as an Austen fan writing for Austen fans.

George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans - Although her novel Middlemarch is a huge undertaking, at its heart, her portray a whole community and romantic complexities are reminiscent of Austen's work. The main character, Dorothea, is a complex heroine and very memorable.

Augusta Jane Evans - Sadly, a lot of her work is out-of-print. However, if you can find a copy of "St. Elmo" you're in for a dramatic story, the likes of which, Catherine from Northanger Abbey would love.

The Bronte Sisters - Even though Charlotte was no Austen fan, each sister created a romantic drama as page-turning as an any Austen novel. Their work is much darker. However, their heroes are, arguably, as heart-grabbing as Darcy.

Austenland - If someone creates a real English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, please sign me up! Next best thing, this entertaining story of a P&P obsessed lady looking for a Mr. Darcy of her own.

Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure - As far I as know, there's no highly interactive Jane Austen video game or app (shucks). However, this choose-your-own-adventure is the next best thing. Wield the decision making power of the heroine and make your way through the Austen world.

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover's Romp through Jane Austen's Classic - Too adorable! If you love cats and Austen, this is hands down, the perfect combination. I have the urge to dress my cat up like Darcy now.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - True, it's not for everyone, but I thought books and movie were strangely entertaining. A pop-culture trendy way to see Austen in a new light? Either way, fun for the Austen fan on Halloween.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ten Underrated Books (On My Goodreads "Read" List)


Ten Underrated Books (On My Goodreads "Read" List)

On your Goodreads "read list" it's easy to browse underrated books by sorting based on "number of ratings". Here are a few underrated gems that I enjoyed.


Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy, #1) by Maud Hart Lovelace - I loved this classic children's story. It was actually recommended to me on author Meg Cabot's website. However, I've never met anyone in person who's read or heard of the series. It's a great old-fashioned timepiece.


Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King - A beautiful manga edition to any Jane Eyre fan's collection. Sadly, I couldn't find it in stores anywhere! Oshie had to special order it for me.


The Courageous Princess - This was my gateway into graphic novels. It's a wonderful girl-power fairy tale. Great for fantasy adventure lovers who also like stories similar to The Neverending Story.



Wreath by Judy Christie - A heartwarming tale of survival, perfect for anyone who enjoys inspirational YA fiction. Reminiscent of "Where The Heart Is." Well done and kept me turning the pages late at night.



The Adventures of Buster Bear by Thornton W. Burgess - Another forgotten classic from yesteryear, my grandmother's generation. If you like sweet animal stories, such as Winnie the Pooh, Wind in the Willows, etc, this is for you.



The Christmas Doll by Elvira Woodruff - Wow, I reviewed this so long ago, like 2010, but it still sticks out in my memory. It's currently out-of-print. However if you're obsessed with the Victorian era like I am, this heartwarming tale is worth buying used.


The Worrier's Guide to Life by Gemma Correll - Hilarious! A life-style guide for all us overthinkers. I loved this so much and got tons of lols from it. Highly recommended.


Film Isms...: Understanding Cinema - Ah movies. This nifty little guide helped me understand my favorite genres and even learn what some my favorite genres are. Includes helpful examples and recommendations.


Clues to American Dress - Quick, handy overview of American fashion through the ages. Great for students, history lovers, writers, and artists.


Fat Cat Art - Love art? Love cats? Love art AND cats? Then sit back and watch how well a ginger cat improves famous masterpieces. Oshie and I were busting out laughing in the bookstore.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Han Solo comic by Marjorie M. Liu

Han SoloHan Solo by Marjorie M. Liu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting! While the race in the comic is a must for fans of the Millennium Falcon, for us ladies, I felt the comic shows a sensitive side of Han Solo, hinted at in TESB. Some funny and sweet moments for the "courtship" between Han and Leia, as well.

Story also led me to wonder, is Han a little "force sensitive"?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.




For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked RoseBlood by A. G. Howard.

Release Date: January 10, 2017

Book Summary: "Rune Germain moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera–inspired retelling in which Rune’s biggest talent—her voice—is also her biggest curse. Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Splintered series will find themselves captivated by this pulse-pounding spin on a classic tale.
 
Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.
 
Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.
 
A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood."


My Thoughts: I love all things Phantom of the Opera, so, of course, I'm very interested in this re-telling. Special thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for featuring it on one of their memes! Otherwise, I'm so far out of the new release loop right now, I probably would have missed it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)



2016 Releases I Meant To Read...


Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton - A desert adventure anyone? Yes! Too bad I didn't get to it. Soon, very soon.


Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo - I feel like everyone rushed to the bookstore to buy this! I'm still working on the first one.

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown - Ditto, but it's so good, I'll get to it soon.


The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon - Sounds like a great fantasy read for me. Luckily, I got it for my birthday.

Walking On Water by Madeleine L'Engle - Okay, this is technically a re-release, but it was re-released in 2016. I'll be reviewing it soon.


A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck - Love Hauck's work. I was very happy to get this for Christmas.

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1) by Erin Summerill - I'm curious about this one. Hopefully I'll get to check it out in the New Year. I'm resolving to read more YA fantasy.


Saga, Volume 6 by by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples - What happened to me? I meant to read this! I kept waiting to try Comixology and never got to it.

George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones - As an aspiring writer and artist, George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Willow was one of my first influences. I don't know much about him personally, so maybe I'll looking to this in the future.



Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen - The most highly recommended book I couldn't find anywhere! Here's to hoping I'll find it or be able to read it on Comixology.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: Red Rising

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the best science fiction books I wish I’d placed higher on my TBR pile!

All and all, I agree with Kirkus Reviews that it is reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. In fact, I wish I’d had this to read immediately after finishing The Hunger Games series, as it has the same down-the-rabbit-hole, dystopian, desperation I enjoyed and have rarely found since.

The main character, Darrow, is a simple working-guy, and a member of the lowest caste in his society. After a tragic loss, he finds himself caught up in cause for freedom and revenge. Instead of going to beauty base zero, he is literally transformed into a Golden god. Once he’s able to look and act the part of the high caste society, becoming his enemy, he’s entered in a life-or-death fray, intended to challenge the youth of the ruling class. Can Darrow fool everyone? Can he survive and even win?

Four stars, cause while I devoured the beginning through the transformation, all the way to the start of the competition, the competition itself was slow for me. And, for someone supremely motived by the loss of someone he loved, Darrow sure was ready to move on with an enemy character. Makes me feel like he’s an unreliable narrator. Maybe it was intentional.

However, the ending was a surprising twist for me. Hope to enjoy the rest of the series soon!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 End of Year Survey

Ahh! It's 2017 and I'm still stuck in 2016, oh well, better late than never ;-)

MY READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 109
Number of Re-Reads: 3 (An Offer From A Gentleman, Jane Eyre (manga), and read Star Wars: TFA novelization over and over)
Genre You Read The Most From: Graphic Novels, Romance


BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?


Inspired me to let my geek girl flag fly! Offline, I don't know many people as geeky (bookish or otherwise) as I am. Felicia reminded me that maybe I'm just a unique mythical creature. Both funny and motivational.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

A Gathering of Shadows was much slower than I expected. I hope the last book in the series picks up the pace.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 



I read a lot of mixed reviews for this one and ultimately, decided to "wait" to read it. What? I ended up loving it! True, it's a bittersweet coming-of-age tale, but it's well done.
 
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?


Having read and reviewed Vader comics in the past, I was curious about the new canon. As a wholehearted Vader fan, I knew Oshie would love this. Now that he's read them, he's sad the series is over.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?




Started: Red Rising! Sequel: After You by JoJo Moyes! Ender: Chi's Sweet Home!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?


Julie Klassen, yay :)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Do I have a reading comfort zone? I don't think I read anything our of my comfort zone, if I do.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


So witty, I couldn't stop reading!

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Perfect for any Star Wars geek. The perfect reference for my Star Wars blog ;)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?


It might seem boring to some, but I really like the type and tri-colors. It's bold and eye-catching.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Princess Leia, all the way! The new canon got it right, IMO.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Thomas Hardy, man oh man, could he write. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
In my quest to write my own epic fiction, this book was very educational.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games, but very well done.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“I think you underestimate my capacity for taking normal human interaction and making it awkward.” ― Tessa DareWhen a Scot Ties the Knot

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?


17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Cause it turned out to be a play...and Harry Potter is "the man" now, forgotten his youth.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR




19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Batman & Joker


20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously



21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:


Another blogger commented that she couldn't believe I'd never read "The Maze Runner," so I moved it higher on my TBR.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?


Mr. Gabriel Oak, Far From Madding Crowd


23. Best 2016 debut you read?

No debuts this year :-/

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (again)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Funny and a little absurd.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?


I felt emotionally exhausted after reading this...well done, but I dunno, I think I'm too sensitive to read her work in the future.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?


Took a chance on fantasy romance and was surprised!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Ditto for November 9

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

I was interested in the Kudzu plant. It took over my state after all. However, I never guessed it'd have so many Japanese recipes.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I wanted, maybe, a volume 2, as this book mostly talked about A New Hope. But, as you probably heard, in light of her passing, I'm mad she died so young. Her personality was beautiful.

MY BOOKISH LIFE

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

Alexis'a Books and Such - My Secret Santa

The Mark Of A Book Fan - My Secret Santa giftee

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

Classics Corner: Far From Madding Crowd

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

My DBF post is always one of my favs to share.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

DBF 2016, yeah, yeah!



5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Getting this book at a deep discount. Oshie wanted me to wait on it, however, as B&N members I knew we could get a good deal. At the counter the awesome clerk also gave me one of her coupons. Her kindness made my day. I'll never forget it.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I also started a bucket list blog and a Star Wars blog, both with Instagram accounts. So, in addition to this blog, and creative writing (150,000 words, yay), and being a wifey, I was spread thinly. I really need to come up with a better blog plan/time management/or let something go...but I love it all too much....

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?


Review: Jane Austen Coloring Book (Manga Classics)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I'm really happy to have any post love! Especially with how little I updated and reviewed this year...and I accomplished none of my blogging resolutions.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Together, Oshie and I discovered a large, lovely library in a town we might move to.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes, met my Goodreads reading challenge of 100. However, I didn't read and giveaway as many books as I wanted. :(

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?


AHH, my Secret Santa gave this to me last, last year...but let me tell you, 2016 was just a crazy busy year. I did so much, but feel like I did so little, too. :(

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?



3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?



4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?



5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Time management skills

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