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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

Summer, you are a lifesaver. I’ve been craving a holiday book tag but I wasn’t tagged so I was like um, what do? But now you tagged me and I get to do one! 😉

I’m going to try and post at least 3 times a week because I’m on break and I’ve been neglecting this blog a little

Name a book you’d like to see under your Christmas tree?

Any of the 300 books on my TBR lol..

No but I actually would really want books (like graphic novels) because they’re expensive and I usually can’t buy them so I would love the second volume of Rat Queens or Nimona.

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A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season?

I’m excited to start The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak. This book takes place during the Ottoman Empire and follows um..an architect’s..apprentice but I love architecture and this book promises a lot of that.

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Favorite Christmas movie?

Unaccompanied minors! I rewatch it every year and it’s by no means a great movie or even a good one for that matter but it makes me so happy and puts me in a festive mood even though it’s about kids trapped in an airport..but it’s funny I promise.

Do you like snow?

Can I tell you a secret? *whispers* I’ve never seen snow..unless you count that one time I saw fake snow at a ski lift in Big Bear..but I really liked that..

Name a character you would like to spend Christmas day with?

Cimorene from Dealing with Dragons because she’s such a delightful and quirky character and can make really good food :3

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To give or to receive?

Both! I love thinking of gifts to give to my friends and family but I love seeing what other people think to get me 🙂 It’s like a game of “who knows me better”.

What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

I think spending Christmas in Narnia would be the dream. I mean all that snow and the chance to get presents from Father Christmas. Christmas dinner at the beavers (what were their names again?) and then storytelling by the fire with Mr. Tumnus. A chance to go to the White Witch’s castle! There’s so much to explore in Narnia.

Fondest Christmas memory?

Probably when I was younger, I celebrated Christmas at my grandma’s house and there were so many presents and I got a princess “piggy bank” which I thought was the coolest thing and my cousins and I would always go outside and play with each other. Sigh, those were simpler times.

Can you say “Christmas tree” ten times fast in a row (while pronouncing them correctly)?

Just did and near the end, my christmases sounded like “wismas” lol.

I tag anyone who’s feeling the holiday spirit! 😉

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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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