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Fall Activities Book Tag

It’s finally feeling like fall here in SoCal, probably because it’s been raining..but I decided to do the fall book tag to get into the fall spirit. I was tagged by Ashley @Dreamingthroughliterature so thank you! Definitely check out her blog; I always get awesome graphic novel recommendations from her.

Apple Picking: A book on yImage result for the stories of ibisour TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

I recently bought The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto which is a Japanese scifi book that takes place way in the future where androids have taken over humanity and our main character is a storyteller that spreads stories about how humanity came to this end. It sounds soo freaking good and I’ve seriously been slacking on scifi this year so this book sounds perfect right now.

Corn MazeImage result for a torch against the night: A book that’s so much fun to get lost in.

I recently read and finished A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I had my problems with it (surprise, surprise) but I think Tahir did a good job with maintaining the suspense and the action-packed plot. She’s definitely not afraid to cut a few fingers or break a few..bones. I was definitely there for the plot and that made it really easy to get into.

Haunted HImage result for night filmouses: A book that scared you silly.

I’ve decided that straight up horror books are just not for me although horror movies are (it’s weird). So I wouldn’t say Night Film by Marisha Pessl scared me persay but it did give me the chills and it was really suspenseful and darkly atmospheric which kept me on the edge of my seat.

 

Pumpkin Patchsteam: The latest book you picked up (purchased).

The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer is a gorgeous coffee table book that I borrowed from my library detailing the history of Steampunk and steampunk literature. It’s a great reference guide for writers. Lately I’ve been really wanting to read how-to guides for writing or reference books (what a nerd) because it just makes me a better, analytical reader. So now you can read more of my book reviews where I pretend to know what I’m talking about. Hoorah!

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And speaking of pumpkin patches, I went to one. I’m doing a Fall activities tag so I thought it fitting that I include a picture of me actually doing a fall activity :3

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I might be smiling but I was internally dying from the heat..

Scenic DrivImage result for kitchen banana yoshimotoes: A book that is lyrically beautiful.

I actually refuse to say any prose is more gorgeous and ephemeral than The Night Circus’s but I feel like I always include that book in the previous tags I’ve done so I’m gonna go with Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. It’s more of a quiet beautiful like a the sky after it rains type of beautiful.

 

Pumpkin Carving: A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up.Image result for wolf by wolf ryan graudin

I’m gonna cheat and say Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin even though I’ve only read like 30 pages of it and have since DNF’ed it. I’ve noticed this trend in YA writing and it’s when the author writes something really dramatic in one line and then inserts one line under that to emphasize how dramatic the previous sentence was. It annoys me to no end mostly because I feel like it’s grabbing a pan and banging me over the head with how oh so dramatic it is when it’s..not.

The world was not just moving. It was alive.
And it was ready to fight.

Hiking: A book that was a highly enjoyable romp.Image result for cleopatra in space

Romp reminds me of adventure so I’m going to go with Cleopatra in space by Mike Maihack. It’s about a girl named Cleopatra (what did you expect?) who finds a tablet that transports her to the far future and there she goes to school in space and has a mission to defeat an evil ruler. It’s so much middle grade fun and it made me smile like an idiot. It’s not just an adventurous romp though. It has a lot of heart and the fluid artwork that helps you appreciate the world.

Drinking Apple Cider: A sweet book to curl up under the covers with.

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I’m gonna go with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan because it’s just so cute and it’s about two teens falling in love during the holiday season. I was reminded of this because the sequel is actually coming out (after like what 500 years? I didn’t even though there was going to be a sequel) and it’s called The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily. I’m so excited. I definitely need more rom-coms to read that are set during Christmas…

Jumping inImage result for the queen of attolia a Leaf Pile: A book that reminds you of your childhood.

I’m currently working my way through The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner which is a YA fantasy written in the 90’s or is it early 2000’s? It reminds me of the days I went to the library and looked on the shelves for cool-looking fantasy covers and read a lot of traditional fantasy books with sword fighting and old-fashioned political intrigue like Tamora Pierce’s books.

Scary Movie Night: Your favorite spooky read.Image result for harrow countyImage result for the bloody chamber angela carter

I’ve mentioned Psycho and Nailbiter before but again I don’t think I’m into horror books anymore so I’m choosing The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter. It’s vividly dark and follows the Gothic tradition of atmosphere. These stories are also subversive and more gory retellings of fairytales so it was pretty creepy and definitely good for October. I do have a horror graphic novel on my TBR that would have fit this category that I really want to get to called Harrow County which is described as a “southern Gothic fairytale” about a witch. Sounds awesome.

Image result for crooked kingdomBonus! Costume Party: A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I haven’t read about a more lovable cast of characters than the ones in Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for a while. I adore these delinquents and thieves and gang members as though they were my own friends. If you haven’t checked out this duology, do it; it’s one of the better YA fantasies. I just found out yesterday that Bardugo is writing a new book called Ninth House which features a New Adult protagonist who gets involved with the occult. Uhmmm, sign me up pleaseee.

I hope you enjoyed this tag. I know I haven’t done one in forever but this one was so fun to do. Let me know what your answers would be or if you’ve read any of these books. Feel free to do this tag if you so wish. I’m, once again, too lazy to tag anyone. I’m not finished with the fall/Halloween spirit yet because my next post will be some mini reviews on Halloween/horror movies I’ve been watching lately so stay tuned for that =)

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Book Recommendations

Recommendations: Graphic Novels

The world of graphic novels is awesome. You can read them in one sitting or read them when you need a break from your heavier dystopian or long ass classic but you need a sense of accomplishment from finishing a book. Maybe you love art combined with storytelling.

System: You can buy graphic novels the same way you buy single issue comics, that is to say whenever they’re released. Or you can buy what you all the trade paperback which is essentially a bind up of several single issues in one book.

If you would like to enter into the world of graphic novels, click play..i mean keep on reading..if not don’t read this and sit in the corner by yourself because that was uncalled for

Instructions for beginners:

  • Start off with something you know. Read the graphic novel adaptation of a series you’ve already read. Some examples include The Infernal Devices, Vampire Academy, Legend.
  • Flip through it at the beginning and see if you like the art style. If you don’t like it, come back to it but chances are you might not enjoy it as much.

Level 1: The Beginning aka for the beginners

In Which I try to pick graphic novels meant for a younger audience. The simpler story line makes the graphic novel easy to follow and is a great start for graphic novel beginners.

18527488Cleopatra in Space– Reminds me a lot of an animated Disney channel cartoon. The story is just so much fun. The art is crisp and clean so it’s super easy to follow.

Zita the Spacegirl-Has some adorable animal sidekicks and an old-fashioned good vs. evil storyline. 8879121

Bonus Level: Amulet series– Also has some adorable animal sidekicks and a really epic storyline and just brings out the adventurous spirit in you. It also some of the most gorgeous artwork in a graphic novel series I’ve seen. You can’t move onto the other levels without reading this one. Jk you can, but I highly recommend.1238684


Level 2: The Important Issues

American Born Chinese- This graphic novel has a lot to say about being an Asian immigrant in America without being too preachy or even heavy. It has a lot of humor and heart to it.

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Level 3: Graphic Memoirs

15196Maus  I & II– Maus is a memoir about Spiegelman’s experience in the concentration camps during WWII. It flashes back and forth between the past and present and the most interesting about it is that it’s drawn in an anamorphic way. The Nazis are cats and the Jews are mice. I’ve read a lot of WWII literature and this still manages to be thought-provoking because it delves into the mental consequences of having lived through such a horrific event but still trying to live a normal life after that.

9516Persepolis– About a young girl coming of age during the Islamic Reolution. I loved reading from the perspective of a young girl and her views on the world at such a period of turmoil.

Stitches by David Smalls- This one is about a mute boy and his relationship with his tumultuous relationship with his parents.    Completely heartbreaking but it’s one of those books that cheesy as it sounds makes you feel    like you can survive anything.


Level 4: The Weird..and the Explicit (Please don’t let this deter you from picking these up because their stories are so, so amazing.)

Chew– It’s about a detective who is a cibopath which means he gets psychic impressions from the things he eats. Anything he eats. Expect lots of cannibalism. Also expect laud out loud moments and super fun plotline.

Rat Queens– Forgive me for using the “X meets Y” formula but this really is like Lord of the Rings meets Bridesmaids. The funny and endearing characters really make this story worth rooting for.

Saga– It is essentially about two planets that are at war with each other. Well, two members of the opposing sides fall in love and have a child and are now on the run.

Sex Criminals– Whenever a couple has sex, they stop time. What do

they do with this ability? Read it and find out! I sound like an infomercial but seriously it’s good.

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BOSS LEVEL: The Adventures of TIntin

I’m not putting this last because it’s difficult to read, it’s just one of, if not my favorite graphic novel series of all time. I love the artwork, the characters, just the adventure and mystery are so well-crafted and fun.

What are your favorite graphic novels?

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book review

Book Review: Cleopatra in Space (Book One: Target Practice)

Author: Mike Maihack

Synopsis: Goodreads

Genre: Middle Grade SciFi (Graphic Novel)

Rating: ★★★★ (4.5)

Read the title again and tell me that’s not intriguing. An Egyptian queen in space? What? And surprisingly, it worked really well. This book is a charming and hilarious scifi romp where the cats are the ruling council and a flying sphinx is the main character’s mode of transportation.

First of all, I love the artwork. It’s crisp, clean, and vibrant even though there’s so much going on in each panel. I love the art of the world because it is creative and familiar at the same time using Egyptian mythology as its foundation.

I adored all the characters and there’s a particularly adorable cat that serves as Cleopatra’s mentor. There’s an awesome friendship between Cleopatra and her new roommate, Akila. Despite the far fetched nature of the story arc, the story is grounded by the characters who have problems that any middle grade child would have.

This is the first book in a so-far 2 book series. I can’t wait to read the next installment in Cleopatra’s adventure. Highly recommended for anyone of all ages but especially fans of middle-grade fiction.

Miscellaneous

Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale Experience + Thoughts

On Friday, I went to a Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale and it was awesome. If you don’t know what this is, it is basically a sale hosted by the publishing company Scholastic where they sell books for super cheap. And I’m talking suuuupper cheap. There are several across the country during different periods of the year. I don’t know the timing but I feel as though they are random. I attended the one in Anaheim, California. All the dates and locations can be found here. I apologize in advance for these really, really bad photos lol. I’m not a good photographer and that was combined with the fact that I felt weird taking pictures in there.

When I walked in, this worker asked me if I wanted a box to fill up with books all for $24.97. Basically, you put in as many books as you can fit into this box and you get it all for $24.97. However, you can only put books in your box from a certain section of the warehouse. About 80 percent of the warehouse is not eligible for the box so that sucked. No wonder why it sounded too good to be true. Le sigh. And the 20 percent that were eligible for the box were things like the Jonas Brothers fangirl guide from like 2007. Which you know, I might have wanted in..2007 when the Jonas Brothers were still a hot thing.

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Everything from the warehouse on is 50 percent off. Everything. Unless it says this is only 20 percent off but those are only some books. They even have special discounts where the final price is $5, $4, even $1 which means you pay only half of those prices.

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Most of the books here are for children and middle grade kids, however, there is a decent selection of YA books but very few adult books. Though I do regret not getting a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for only $0.50. That was because I literally went back to the cash register twice and I felt like I was bothering the cash register lady and just as I was about to leave the warehouse, I saw a copy lying around, hidden behind some other books..#problemsofanawkwardcollegegirl

I got two books but I believe I would have gotten at least 10 if I wasn’t on a very tight budget at the moment. I honestly could have stayed there for longer but it was SOOOO hot in the warehouse. The fans there were as helpful as pinwheels in 90 degree weather. On top of that, I felt hungry so I felt like I was about to faint.

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The red sticker said $5 as the final price which means I paid $2.50 for it. Crazy. Normally these graphic novels are 10 dollars a piece.

I saw a lot of parents and their kids there so if you are a parent looking for some great deals, I highly suggest going. It’s mostly meant for teachers and school staff but you can easily get in even if you don’t work at a school. Overall, I was really satisfied and I’m planning to go again when they have another one close to me.

Have any of you been to any of these book warehouse sales? If so, is it only Scholastic that does these?