Tag: The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Thanks to Rebecca for recommending my recommendations and tagging me to do The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag!


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1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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My favorite genre is YA contemporary, and since it’s been a while since I’ve shouted about it, I’m going with Starry Eyes. This book features a great friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance, a camping trip that made even me (a non-camper) want to spend some time in the wilderness, and a great discussion of safe, consensual sex.

2. Recommend a short book

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The Backstagers is a super cute graphic novel about the magical world that happens backstage at a school production. It’s filled with friendship and magical creatures and is so much fun.

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation


I have to go with Coraline. The adaptation is basically the same as the book. The book was also a lot spookier than I’d expected! If you’re going to read it, I’d highly recommend the audio, since it’s narrated by Gaiman himself and features some creepy music.

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone


I don’t tend to love thrillers, but You had me on the edge of my seat! I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. There was a lot happening and a lot of it was really crazy, but it never felt like too much, like I’d need to set the book aside or take a breather.

5. Recommend a book series

There are so many series I could have gone with, but the first one that came to mind was Dumplin‘ and Puddin‘, so I’ll go with them. I got into Julie Murphy’s books at the end of 2019, and I ended up loving both of these so much.

6. Recommend a standalone


If you’re looking for a book that deals with religion, sexism, misogyny, finding yourself, you can’t really go wrong with The Poet X. I was blown away by this book, and since it’s written in verse, it’s a pretty quick read, too.

7. Recommend a book you don’t talk about enough 

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There are a lot of books that I don’t think I talk about enough, but for this prompt, I wanted to go with one I loved that I don’t really see other people talking about, either. Beauty Queens is one of those books. Between the cover and the synopsis, it sounds kind of like a trainwreck. But I promise it’s not. It’s so, so good. It’s unapologetic satire of our obsession with reality television, with looking perfect, with being the best at everything. It has a really positive, really feminist message, and as a bonus, the “beauty queens” don’t just fit one stereotypical image of what a pageant girl should be.

8. Recommend your “staple” book 


Is it even a book tag if I don’t somehow work The Hating Game in there? I mean, really.

9. Recommend the book/s that got you into reading


I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but the first books I remember reading on my own and really loving were the Beverly Cleary books. I had a stack of them at my grandma’s house and would often read them after I finished my homework.

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books

Tag! You’re It!

I’m tagging the three people above along with Lori, Alex, and Jamsu!

Feel free to steal this tag even if I didn’t directly tag you! I’d love to see your answers! What’s a book that got you into reading? What’s an adaptation that you’ve enjoyed? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Mini-Reviews: The Kitchen, Paper Girls Vol. 6, and Emily the Strange

The Kitchen by Ollie Masters
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Source: Borrowed

New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. The city teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while blackouts can strike at any moment. This is the world of THE KITCHEN.

The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they’re all put in prison, their wives—Kath, Raven and Angie—decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop.

THE KITCHEN takes one of the most popular genres in entertainment and, like The Sopranos, reimagines it for a new generation to present a classic gangster story told from a fresh point of view.

Written by talented newcomer Ollie Masters with stunning art by Ming Doyle (Mara) and killer covers by Becky Cloonan (GOTHAM ACADEMY, Killjoys, DEMO), THE KITCHEN is not to be missed.

Collects THE KITCHEN #1-8.

I hadn’t heard of The Kitchen before searching for books that I hadn’t already read that were becoming movies, but it was available on Hoopla and it sounded interesting enough. This graphic novel takes a very simple concept — what if a bunch of mobsters went to prison and their wives took over — and attempts to turn it into a story about gender roles.

I can’t really say that it succeeds, because there’s little difference between the husbands and wives. The women, understandably, want to be taken seriously, but their way of being taken seriously is basically just being very, very violent. Mob stories in general aren’t my favorite, and this one just didn’t have enough outside of the standard grisly murder scenes to keep my interest.

I can see how this could be expanded into a decent movie, but as a graphic novel, it left me disappointed.

#ps19: a book becoming a movie in 2019

Paper Girls, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Source: Borrowed


After surviving adventures in their past, present and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey, a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form one complete mega-image!

Collects PAPER GIRLS #26-30

Paper Girls has been kind of hit or miss for me, wavering between “um, it’s fine” and “wow, that was actually pretty good,” depending on the volume. I was pretty excited when I saw that the final volume was out. I’d definitely been missing Vaughan’s work.

The final volume definitely falls into the “um, it’s fine” category. A lot happens and, honestly, it’s a little confusing. But as usual, the characters are great and the art is amazing. This isn’t my favorite of Vaughan’s work, but I’m glad I read it.

Emily the Strange by Rob Reger
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 19, 2002
Source: Borrowed
Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl — she’s got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats and famous friends in very odd places! She’s got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you’re invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

I’ve seen Emily the Strange stuff for years without really knowing what it was all about. I needed a book that someone was reading in a movie or on a TV show, and this was on the Gilmore Girls book list, so I went for it.

I am confused.

Because there’s no story.

That can be okay depending on how it’s done. I mean, graphic novels can just be a collection of short stories. But I want it to at least tell me something, not just show me an edgy teenage girl doing edgy things. I guess the title is accurate because I was lost, the story was dark, and it was incredibly boring.

#ps19: a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

Have you read any of these books? What’s the best graphic novel you’ve read recently?
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