Top Ten Tuesday: Book events I’d love to go to someday

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is book events I’d love to go to someday. I would pretty much love to go to any book event, so this theme wasn’t too difficult. 🙂 Hopefully the world will be back to normal soon and we’ll be able to have bookish events again!


SIX FESTIVALS I’D LOVE TO ATTEND

FOUR SIGNINGS I’D LOVE TO GO TO


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you been to any of these events? Have you met any of these authors? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Let’s talk about: My favorite graphic novels (part 3)

Last year in April, I shared part one of my favorite graphic novels. I did part two in March of this year, so I figured it’s about time for a part three!


Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV

Audience: Adult • Genre: Horror • Series/Standalone: Series

When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos – and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.

IT’S THE MONSTERS WHO SHOULD BE AFRAID.

When the children of Archer’s Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see. 

Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.


Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Audience: YA • Genre: Coming of age • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it – at least that’s what she tells people – at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs – or maybe it can help her find what she needs – or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along.


Here by Richard McGuire

Audience: Adult • Genre: Art • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Here is Richard McGuire’s unique graphic novel based on the legendary 1989 comic strip of the same name.

Richard McGuire’s groundbreaking comic strip Here was published under Art Spiegelman’s editorship at RAW in 1989.

Built in six pages of interlocking panels, dated by year, it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room – and its inhabitants – between the years 500,957,406,073 BC and 2313 AD.

The strip remains one of the most influential and widely discussed contributions to the medium, and it has now been developed, expanded and reimagined by the artist into this full-length, full-colour graphic novel – a must for any fan of the genre.


I love this part by Tillie Walden

Audience: YA • Genre: LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school.

They watch videos, share earbuds as they play each other songs and exchange their stories. In the process they form a deep connection and an unexpected relationship begins to develop.

In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it’s possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could.


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Audience: YA • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Series

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.


Revival by Tim Seeley

Audience: Adult • Genre: Horror • Series/Standalone: Series

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!


The Backstagers by James Tynion IV

Audience: YA • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Series

All the world’s a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic literally!

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.

James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.


Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Audience: YA • Genre: Sports/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Series

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.


What are some of the best graphic novels you’ve read? Have you read any of these books? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ALC Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 16, 2020
Source: ALC via Netgalley

Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

 

In case you hadn’t heard the news, Netgalley now has audiobooks! I was really excited to find Beth O’Leary’s new book available for download and got to listening right away.

First things first, I loved both Eileen and Leena. I could totally relate to Leena’s struggles with a stressful job and a long-distance relationship. I also loved Eileen and I think she’d be such a great grandma to have! Just like with The Flatshare, O’Leary touches on some deeper topics than just swapping lives. Leena’s dealing with grief and there’s a lot of commentary on mental health and healthy relationships.

I really liked both Eileen and Leena’s romances in this book. Both characters ended up with such sweet romances with such great people. I think this book had a great message about finding love and happiness and not just sticking with the same thing (or the same person) because it’s what’s comfortable.

As for the audio, both of the narrators did a great job. I will say that I listened at 1.75x speed, though, because they spoke so slowly! But sped up, it was really easy to listen to this book.

Overall, I’m giving this four stars because although I enjoyed it, I never really had trouble setting it down.


Have you read The Switch? Is it on your TBR?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

3 things this week:

  • Last week, I mentioned that I was making a ton of masks in celebration of my county’s new mask mandate. Turns out I’m selling them now, so if you’re looking… they’re on Etsy! You can use code CHAPTER01 for $1 off!
  • After seven years of book blogging, I’ve finally been auto-approved on Netgalley! Thank goodness it’s for audiobooks, because otherwise I’d never get through all my impulsive downloads.
  • I have a few days off next week, and I cannot wait. Who knew that staring at my laptop in my pajamas all day would be so exhausting?

Song of the week:


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Books As First Dates

I was tagged by Amber to do the books as first dates book tag! This is such a fun idea for a tag!


THE CREATOR & THE RULES

The creators of this tag is Alice @ Love for Words! The rules are …
↠ Link back to the original tag.
↠ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
↠ Tag 5+ bloggers.
↠ Have fun!


First and Last: A book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again

Having not enjoyed the last couple books I read by Krista & Becca Ritchie, I’m terrified that I wouldn’t like the Addicted series anymore if I reread it.

With a friend of my friend: A book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected.

A few people recommended Bad Blood to me, and I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this absolutely riveting true crime story.

Double date: A book whose sequel you immediately had to read

I marathoned the first four books in the Wayward Children series! I could not get enough! (My hold on book five expired so I am back on the list and impatiently waiting…)

Let’s go to the movies: A book/series that should be adapted to the screen

I didn’t love Jennifer Strange, but I think it would make a really cool movie!

Dreamy stargazing: A book that made you go ahhhh and ohhhh

Definitely Saga! I’m not sure if this would be the “dreamy stargazing” kind of oohing and aahing, but there were definitely oohs and ahhs happening while I read.

Fun at the fair: A book full of colours

I’m interpreting this really literally and going with another graphic novel: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me! I loved the color palette in this book.

Amusement park adventure: A book that was a rollercoaster

I think Love and Other Words is kind of the definition of an emotional rollercoaster. I think I felt every possible emotion while reading this book.

Picnic with cherries: A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*

Most recently, Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

Trip to the museum: A book that taught you valuable stuff

“What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen and how bad would that really be” is something that Calm the F*ck Down taught me to ask myself whenever I’m panicking.


Please consider yourself tagged if you think this looks like fun! What’s a book that taught you something? Which book was an emotional rollercoaster? Let’s talk in the comments!

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