Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Graphic Novels/Comics I Want to Read This Summer

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.)

Hello Readers!

I always say that I’m going to read more graphic novels/comics. And I somehow never get around to reading them. Well this summer, I’m truly hoping to read them. And today, I am sharing with you the top ten graphic novels/comics that I want to read this summer.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani – I first heard of this as I was preparing to go to this years Book Expo. While I read the summary on Goodreads I was just charmed.  And after meeting the author/illustrator, I’m just as charmed.

Ms. Marvel (Vol. 2) by G. Willow Wilson – I read volume one of Ms. Marvel for mainly one reason. It was set in Jersey City, New Jersey. And while I don’t live there, I live pretty close to it. That was the main reason why I read this comic, but after a few pages I really loved Ms. Marvel. I loved how it wasn’t what I expected, and I’m excited to continue on with it.

Giant Days by John Allison – Emma (aka Miss Print) said I should read it. Isn’t that enough of a reason to add it to my graphic novel/comic to be read list!

The Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson – This just sounds like fun. That’s enough for me to want to read a book!

Paper Girls (Vol. 1) by Brian K. Vaughn –  This is one of those books that I don’t know a lot about. What I do know is this: the cover totally drew me to it. I love the colors, how cool the girls look, and how it’s mysterious in a way. I can’t wait to read it to see what mystery unfolds

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu  – To be honest, I’m not sure where I’ve heard of this book from, but I have heard of it.  And I want to read it. I don’t know much about the plot, but the cover is so stunningly beautiful, how can I not WANT to read it.

Wytches (Vol. 1) by Scott Snyder – I like witches, and horror and this seems to be the perfect combination of the two.

Nana (Vol. 1) by Ai Yazawa – I’ve only read a handful of manga. And while I’ve enjoyed those I have read, I struggled through them. Not because of writing or illustrations, but because of the format.  The format is what keeps me from reading more. But I may have to suck up my struggles and finally pick up Nana because it’s one that I’ve wanted to read for quite some time. The premise sounds so … interesting and intriguing: two different girls with the same exact name. Is there a connection?

Fun House by Alison Bechdel – one of my best-est friends kind of sold me on this one. After she saw the play, and raved about it, she told me all about it. And I’m kind of glad she did because otherwise I wouldn’t have heard of it before.  And this friend knows me pretty well (seriously, sometime I think she knows me better than I know myself) so I can’t wait to read it and talk about it with her.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – I just recently heard of this one. I think I maybe/possibly read about it on a blog I follow. Wherever I read about it, I read good things. Good enough to add it to my TBR list.

Through the Woods by Emily  Carroll – I actually own this one. A year or so ago a local-ish to me bookstore opened. I had gone in with the intentions of buying something to show my support. While browsing around I stumbled upon their very small, yet very well stocked graphic novel/comic section. I picked this one up randomly because the plot sounded so go. I’m saddened (and a bit ashamed) that I have yet to pick it up a year later.

Spinning by Tillie Walden – this is a Book Expo book that I was lucky enough to meet and have signed. I don’t know what it is about this book, I just want to read it.

While I’m excited to read all these graphic novels/comics there is one comic that I am over the moon excited about.  And that comic is …

Skin & Earth written and illustrated by Lights.

Light is one of my most favorite musicians. She’s a super talented electro-pop artist whose music just puts me in a great mood. I can’t wait to read Skin & Earth.  I can’t wait to find out what this comic book holds and see where it takes her music.

 

Freebie Friday: What I Learned In Washington D.C.

Hello Readers!

A few weeks ago I took a mini vacation. Myself, my mother, a good friend and her son went down to Washington D.C. . We traveled down on a Friday and came back home on a Sunday … so yeah, when I said it was a mini vacation, I meant it was a mini vacation.

In the solid day and a half we were there we packed a TON of sightseeing in. To briefly recap we went to the zoo, saw the White House, the Washington Monument, the World War II memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, visited Ford’s Theater, the Peterson House, and even managed to squeeze in a haunted Georgetown ghost walk.

I also managed to have a very lovely breakfast with my friend Cecelia from The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia (if you haven’t heard of her blog, you should totally check it out!) We went to Busboys & Poets, and oh my! was it good! And it was great to see/catch up with Cecelia, even if it was only for an hour or so.

I decided that I am not going to give a play-by-play recap my mini vacation. Instead, I am going to share with you, not only pictures, but what I learned during my mini vacation.

John Wilkes Booth originally planned to kidnap President Lincoln and hold him hostage until Confederate soldiers/sympathizers were released from prison. When this plan failed, he decided that the only way to seek revenge was to shoot and kill him. 

The tradition of presidential pardoning a turkey started when Lincoln’s son Tad, barged into one of his fathers meetings and begged his father not to kill the turkey since the turkey was his friend.

Robert Todd Lincoln, though not responsible, is linked to not one but assassinations: his fathers, President Lincoln, President Garfield, and  President McKinley. 

Speaking of Booth and Lincoln, Booth’s brother, Edwin, once saved Robert Todd Lincoln from falling off a train platform. 

Never underestimate a beautiful woman. Betty Duvall was a confederate spy, who charmed her way past Union Soldiers with a hidden message hid in her hair. Because of this, the first and biggest battle of the Civil War, The Battle of Bull Run, was won by the Confederacy and led to over 1000 Union Soldiers being killed that day. 

Haint Blue can keep unwanted ghosts/spirits out of your house. According to Gullah belief painting a front door, porch ceiling, or even shutters this specific shade of blue will not let unwanted ghosts/spirits enter into the house. Because this shade resembles that of water, ghosts/spirits won’t be able to pass it. 

The Exorcist steps are steeper than they appear in the movie. Speaking of The Exorcist,its author William Peter Blatty, had written several books but was unsuccessful in getting them published. His first published novel, The Exorcist, was an instant best seller. 

So there you have it reader! That’s just some of the interesting things I learned while I visited Washington D.C.

Wherever Nina Lies

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

When Ellie’s older sister Nina left two years ago, she took more than just a bag of clothes. She took a piece of Ellie’s heart with her. And ever since then, Ellie hasn’t given up hope that she’ll find Nina.

When stumbles upon a drawing that looks like one of Nina’s, she’s sure this is a sign. Nina is out there, just waiting to be found. Ellie isn’t sure how she’s going to find it, but she’s certain there’s another clue out there waiting for her.

So when she meets Sean, a charming stranger who says he understands – not only Ellie but also her feelings – she wastes no time. Together they set off on a last minute, whirlwind road trip in search of, not only the next clue, but for Nina herself.

Sean seems too good to be true.  The more time the more Ellie starts to suspect that maybe he’s hiding something. Will she figure his secrets out, or will figuring out his secrets cost Ellie her and her sister’s lives.

Wherever Nina Lies, is a suspenseful mystery, that is written by author Lynn Weingarten.

Weingarten is a master of her craft. Wherever Nina Lies is a well written mystery that will keep readers, not only entertained and engaged, but will also keep them guessing. With each twist and turn the suspense builds and builds. Readers will be kept gripping the edge of their seats as they try to crack this almost uncrackable mystery.

In my opinion, Wherever Nina Lies is a character driven book. And while all of the characters are vividly crafted, they aren’t always likable, nor are they reliable. Take Nina, while she isn’t present in the book (or is she?!) you get the sense that she’s a bit flakey, and that maybe she doesn’t want to be found.

Then there’s Ellie, who upon first meeting seems to be a smart, well adjusted teen who’s been through a really tough situation. But when she willingly gets into a car and travels with a complete strange you’ll start to question just how smart she is.  And then there’s Ellie’s traveling companion, Sean. He’s a serious charmer that will easily work his way into reader’s minds, just as he’s worked his way into Ellie’s life. He is so charming, that it’s actually a flaw. Reader’s won’t necessarily believe in his motives.

And while these don’t seem like the characteristics that make up a cast of great characters, they truly are. The unreliable cast of characters only lends to the overall mystery.  And in all honesty, even though I didn’t necessarily trust Ellie and Sean, or even Nina for that matter, I really liked them. And I felt for them as well.

Wherever Nina Lies is a book that has been living on my Kindle shelf for quite some time. I’m so happy that I finally got around to reading it because I really enjoyed it. I feel like I experienced every emotion, and that there was a little bit of something for almost every reader. If you’re looking for suspense filled mystery about a missing person, Wherever Nina Lies is the book for you!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Picture Books I’ve Read (And Enjoyed) Recently

Hello Readers!

As you already know Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. As of right now, they are on a bit of a break (until August), so I’m operating on my own here. 

This means that I’ll continue to post, but each week I will select my own topics. And the topic I’ve chosen this week is the top ten picture books I’ve read and enjoyed recently. 
If you didn’t know this, I absolutely love picture books! I love the simplicity of them, the beautiful artwork, and how the story is almost always contained in this single volume. 

And because I read A LOT of picture books, I figured I could easily share some of my recent faves. 



I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.    While it isn’t exactly a newer book, it’s still one of my faves. I can’t help but laugh each and every time I read this book, and I’ve read it a lot.

The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His Grrrrr by Rob Biddulph                                                       I recently stumbled upon this book about a bear, who just happens to be the champion of the woodland games, until the day that his Grrrrr is suddenly gone!

Seaver the Weaver by Paul Czajak          Seaver is a spider who weaves beautiful webs just like all of the other spiders. But Seaver’s webs are different … Differently shaped and sized. His webs stand out, and even though the other spiders give him grief over it, he eventually comes to realize that being different isn’t a Bad thing. 

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins             This book seriously mKes me laugh and laugh. It’s about a grumpy bear – Bruce – who somehow becomes the mother to three goslings. 

Miss Moon Wise Words From a Dog Governes by Janet Hill                           Simply put, I love this book because of the beautiful artwork. Don’t get me wrong the writing is outstanding, but those illustrations … 



Actual Size by Steve Jenkins                Thanks to bff Emma (you may know her as Miss Print for giving me a tip that this is a great book to read a lot. Not only do kids love it, but I do too. It’s full of interesting animal facts that are just unbelievably true! 

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett           It’s a ghost story, what’s not to love! And this book isn’t just for Halloween! 

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon                                                              It’s a retelling of the classic The Boy Who Cried Wold but with a funny twist of Bigfoot! 

Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler              I love how this book is about discovery on so many levels. Main character Earnest is bored and decides to explore the depths of the pond outside his house. What he finds is truly amazing! 

Every Color by Erin Eitter Kono                       I loved the sweet story and the use of all the colors of the rainbow. Besides that I felt that this was a quiet book that will left a lasting impact 

Have you read any picture books lately? What were some of your faves? 

Stacking The Shelves

(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.)

 

A few weeks ago I attended Book Expo in New York City.  As always I picked up some highly anticipated books, and today I’m going to share with you what those books are!

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Odd & True by Cat Winters

When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner

Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

Lucky in Love by Kasie West

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Dramatically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today by Jancee Dunn

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Spinning by Tilly Walden

Pashmina  by Nidhi Chanani

Bad Girls With Beautiful Faces by Lynn Weingarten