Recent Reads

Even though previous post makes me out to be an outrageous TV monster, I have been reading! A lot! Sadly, I’m still about *mumblesmumbles* books behind on my Goodreads challenge, but I remain steadfast and determined. I’ll channel my inner-Pocahontas to get me through the rest of my TBR.

Going steady as the beating drum

Of my recent reads, I’ve been really enjoying the graphic novels and comic books I’ve picked up! I’ve been ordering them from the library like a madwoman, and all have been such fantastic gems to read. So funny and clever, wonderfully illustrated, and just infused with so much heart that my feels go out of control. Here are some of my favorites of my recent reads:

 

Fables has been on my radar for a long time, and it has not disappointed. I’ve already burned through the first three volumes and I’m dying to get my hands on the next ones! It has so many elements that I just love—it’s dark, gritty, mysterious, and revolves around fairy tales and folklore. It sort of reminds me of Once Upon a Time, but a way more mature version which really utilizes a lot of the different stories and characters out there in such inventive ways. Definitely pick it up if you’d like to see your fairy tale favorites a bit more jaded and slightly inappropriate.

 

Ohmygoodness, Rat Queens. This is probably one of the funniest things I’ve read in so long, filled with some of the most foul-mouthed characters I’ve ever met. I definitely felt a Guardians of the Galaxy/Sailor Moon meets fantasy-on-crack vibe while reading this because it showcases a rowdy, diverse band of misfits fighting in this crazy magical world that views them more as troublemakers than heroes. The girl power energy is off the charts with this one, and the ladies themselves are simply hysterical and awesome. I NEED the next one like now.

 

I seriously just finished Nimona this morning and am already sad that it’s over. This one has so much heart and humor to it. With every other page, I just felt like I was constantly laughing along because Nimona is such a spunky character, and her dynamic with Ballister Blackheart is both hilarious and endearing. Not only are the characters awesome, but the concept is as well in that it cleverly deals with our perception of heroes and villains versus who truly stands for good and evil. I absolutely loved it and hope the creator makes a sequel because I want moarrr.

 

Along with those, I’ve also been burning through a ton of other books (The Winner’s Crime almost destroyed me; and shout out to the Black Dagger Brotherhood due to Maddy and Ella‘s recommendations). And because I’m attending the Boston Teen Author Festival next month with my two writing partners-in-crime Maddy and Akshaya, there is even more to read from the impressive authors they have lined up! And on top of all I have to read for work, there is just so much reading to get through. Nevertheless, I’m still coming for you, Goodreads challenge, like Kocoum in attack-mode.

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Book Haul Huzzah

FINALLY—as promised—A BOOK POST!

So in between having a wonderful Boston reunion with my awesome CP Maddy and flying through an embarrassing amount of episodes from my latest TV obsession Baby Daddy (do NOT judge it by the name), I’ve been accumulating quite a lot of books and have been itching to post about them.

If you’re like me and cannot buy the endless river of books you want (because, you know, money), the library will become your personal paradise. My library has definitely been mine for a long time. In high school, I was always the girl who hung around the aisles of books, who proudly checked out toddler-sized towers of books, and who even enjoyed paying late fees if only to give more money to the library. Yes, I was that girl.

Oh wait, I’m still that girl.

Except now, it’s getting much harder to plow through those towers of books before they’re due back for return. And boy, do I feel like a sad puppy with its tail between its legs when I have to walk up to the library return slot and dump in my mountain of un-read books.

But—hopefully—not anymore! Since the year is halfway over and I’m still ridiculously behind on my Goodreads challenge (fun fact: this morning I just got an email from GR regarding needing a boost on my challenge—even THEY know I’m failing!), I’m posting my library hauls so that you guys can be my accountability buddies. I SHALL read—and if I fail, you can throw as many virtual tomatoes at me as you want.

So, voila: my most recent library haul, which includes a variety of awesome graphic novels, contemporaries, fantasy, and paranormal that I’ve already made some progress on!

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Graphic novels included: Fables by Bill Willingham (devoured and finished), Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.

Books included: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Slammed by Colleen Hoover, The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski, In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente (currently devouring and loving), The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski, and Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black (also finished).

Along with today’s latest library haul, I’m also including a small book haul I indulged in as a little birthday gift to myself. *confetti*

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Books included: Uprooted by Naomi Novik (SO excited for this one!), The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop (finished the first two, now must finish the last because I MUST), along with Darkfever and Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning.

It’s been my mission to get through my library haul before my birthday one, and so far I’ve been making steady progress which I hope will continue. But if I fail—and I’m really, really determined not to—I am more than ready for the virtual tomato-slinging.

Last note: here is the lovely book hauls all thrown together. Look at alllllll the pretty.

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