Monthly Favorites: September 2019

I’m so happy that I had so many books to choose from for September’s favorites! This was my best reading month so far this year and I ended up having six books that I rated either four or five stars.


The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review is coming soon!

Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley
★★★★☆
Goodreads | my review


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in September? 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:

More than 1 thing this week for once:

  • I was definitely still asleep when last week’s Weekly Update posted, so here’s a picture from the dodie concert!
  • Um, I started a new job?? In a plot twist to end all plot twists, I left my job of seven years, moved like 800 miles, and took a new job in a different (yet related) field.

Blog hopping:

  • Kristi is doing a giveaway!
  • Elaine shared a calendar & list of fun holidays in October!

Song of the week:

Is this my new favorite Sigrid song? It might be.


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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Book Review: Revival, Vol. 2 by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 2 by Tim Seeley
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 17, 2013
Source: Borrowed
For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now, the living and the recently-returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, amidst political and religious conflicts.


Collects REVIVAL #6-11.
 

After finishing the first volume of Revival, I was both excited and a little apprehensive to read the second. I’ve read more than one graphic novel that got dramatically worse after a good first volume, but not to worry! That’s not the case with Revival.

I found volume two to be just as intriguing as the first. This kind of gory horror graphic novel wouldn’t normally be my thing, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. There’s a lot going on in this volume, with new characters and new plot lines introduced, but I have a feeling that it’ll be worth it. I think one of the things I appreciate most about this series, at least so far, is that the characters’ real life drama doesn’t disappear in the face of what’s basically the zombie apocalypse.

I also appreciated that the setting — Wausau, Wisconsin — still plays a big role in the story. I mentioned in my review of the first volume that it’s like I’m actually there when I’m reading, and this volume is no different. I mean, Seeley even mentions the smell of the paper mills! It’s little things like that that have really made this series for me so far.

I’m excited to check out some more volumes of this and see where it goes.


Have you read Revival? Have you read any books set in your hometown?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

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

  • Tag: Taylor Swift Book Tag
  • Tag: Game of Thrones Book Tag
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite things to eat or drink while reading
  • Review: The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD
  • Tag: Brave Book Tag
  • Review: Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • Concert season is officially on! I saw Sigrid on Sunday and Dodie last night. Chelsea Jade is in two weeks!!

Song of the week:

Raffaella opened for Sigrid and oh my goodness, it’s been a long time since an opening band was that good.


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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Book Review: Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 12, 2012
Source: Borrowed

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.

One day over the summer, I went into a comic book shop looking for some specific single issues of Saga. I flipped through the Image section and didn’t find the Saga issues I was looking for, but I did find an issue of Revival that featured my hometown inside the mouth of a skull.

It’s a little spooky, but I’ve never seen Wausau, Wisconsin featured in anything, so I had to read it. You know how sometimes, a book will be set somewhere, but only technically? Like, the characters say they’re in a specific place, but there’s nothing to indicate that they actually are? Not the case with Revival. I may have said, “OH MY GOD, THEY’RE ACTUALLY IN WAUSAU” out loud while I was reading this.

These characters go places I know. They drive down streets that are very close to the house I grew up in. They mention restaurants I’ve been to. I didn’t expect that at all and it made me love this graphic novel so much.

As for the actual story, it’s pretty spooky!! People are dying but they’re not staying dead. Sometimes they’re fine, but sometimes they revive with a thirst for blood. There’s a creepy white demon hiding in the woods and we don’t know much about it. The first volume of this graphic novel really just sets up the whole series, but I’m intrigued and I’m ready to jump into the next one.


Have you read Revival? Have you read any books set in your hometown?
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