Weekly Update

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

  • Review: How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman
  • Mini Review: Here by Richard McGuire
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Side characters that I loved as much as (or more than) the main characters
  • Review: The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsburg
  • Theme Thursday: Virtual Reality
  • Review: Slam, The Next Jam by Pamela Ribon

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

3 things this week:

  • So, first of all, Summerfest was amazing. I was in a crowd of 23,000 people singing along with Billie Eilish and then my boyfriend and I sprinted across the grounds to get to Bleachers as soon as we possibly could. I can’t even put into words how great of a musician and performer Jack Antonoff is. I could see him perform every night and never get sick of it.
  • Aside from that, I’m kind of still trying to get caught up on sleep and get back to my normal routine. I’ve hardly been reading at all, but hopefully things will get back to normal soon!
  • I’m slowly working my way through my backlog of tags. I have some from a couple months ago that I’m trying to get through first, but I plan to get through all of them by the end of the summer! I love doing tags, but time kind of got away from me.

Blog hopping:

  • Karlita shared pre-order incentives for books releasing from July through December!

Song of the week:

There was something very therapeutic about standing in a crowd and screaming “You know what? I HATE IT” at the top of my lungs last weekend. My love for Bleachers has increased about ten thousand times.


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Book Review: Slam, The Next Jam by Pamela Ribon

Slam, The Next Jam by Pamela Ribon
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Source: Borrowed

In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will need to balance the pull of budding relationships and family obligations with the demands and excitement of roller derby. 

After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone) Knockout and Can-Can are back on the track! But they have a lot of rehab to do, both on their battered bodies and their reputations in the league…will their friendship survive the dreaded derby drama?

From bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going In Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) and artist Marina Julia (Lumberjanes: Faire and Square) comes the next chapter in SLAM!.

After being so pleasantly surprised by volume one of Slam, I was really excited to jump into what I thought was volume two. It turns out that while Slam: The Next Jam is technically volume two in the series, it’s also considered a new series and the numbering resets at one. As if that isn’t confusing enough, we’ve also got a new artist, so while the characters are sort of identifiable, they also look surprisingly different.

While the pacing in the first volume was fast, I didn’t feel as though the actual work was rushed. I can’t say the same for The Next Jam. Everything in this volume, from the artwork to the storyline to the character development (or lack thereof) feels like it was assembled in about five minutes.

I might have finished volume one of this graphic novel feeling impressed, but I just finished volume two feeling disappointed. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I won’t be continuing on with this one.

#mm19: diversify your reading


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Weekly Update

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

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • I bought an issue of Saga with Ghüs on the cover, but I don’t think I’ve acquired any new books this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I did a little road trip to Wisconsin to see my mom and best friend and go to Summerfest! (I’m seeing Billie Eilish and Bleachers tonight and I am very, very excited.)

Blog hopping:

  • Jess shared tips for finding more time to read!
  • Ally talked about how to increase your blog traffic!

Song of the week:


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Book Review: Slam, Vol. 1 by Pamela Ribon

Slam, Vol. 1 by Pamela Ribon
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Source: Borrowed

When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit. 

From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted to different teams, the pull of competition — and their increasingly messy personal lives — threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better lover, and a better friend. Derby can heal your heart…but it might break a bone or two in the process. 

Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going In Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) joins artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Silk) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams.

Every time I go to the library, I tell myself that I need to just return books and not check anything else out. Every time I go to the library, I leave with books. What can I do. On this last trip, I was tempted by Slam. I have to say, I went in with zero expectations. I have no particular interest in roller derby, so I wasn’t sure if I’d relate to this one.

I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I read it all in one sitting and, despite some minor problems with it, I thought it was really well-written.

I’ll start with those problems, which really were pretty minor:

First of all, the pacing is a little off. Things happen very quickly, which isn’t necessarily a problem in a graphic novel (better than nothing happening, after all), but I felt like the resolution at the end kind of came out of nowhere.

My other problem is probably related to the very fast pacing — the fact that even after finishing this volume, I didn’t felt like I really knew any of the characters. We’ve been introduced, I recognize their faces, I know their names, I know little things about them… but I feel like we’ve just met, and by the end of the first volume, I like to feel more than just vaguely familiar with a character.

Those minor problems aside, here are some things that I really liked about this graphic novel:

First of all, the art. I really enjoyed the art style. It’s eye-catching and fun without being over-the-top. The characters are all really different from each other and easy to differentiate, which is something I haven’t found in a lot of graphic novels I’ve recently read.

Second of all, the friendships and the backstories. Here I want to say that this was shelved as YA at my library and while there’s nothing inappropriate in here, I don’t think that teenagers would necessarily relate to a lot of the problems that the characters face. We have one woman who joins roller derby because she finds out that her fiance had been cheating on her. I can relate at my current age. When I was fourteen years old? Probably not. We also have a friendship that really struggles because of school and work and other commitments. Also something I can relate to at my current age. As a teenager, I probably would have rolled my eyes and made some kind of comment about how if you really wanted the friendship to survive, you’d find the time to hang out. I thought this was really well-done because it wasn’t shoved in your face, but it was kind of a running theme through the volume.

I’m really excited to read the next volume of Slam. (Honestly, I’m probably going to do it a couple minutes after I finish writing this review.)


Have you read Slam? What was your most recent book-related surprise (positive or negative)?
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Weekly Update

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

  • Review: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez
  • Review: Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2019 TBR
  • Review: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
  • Tag: Who Am I Book Tag
  • Review: Shutter, Vol. 1 by Joe Keatinge
  • Mini Review: Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • Last Saturday, I went to my first Broadway show (Be More Chill) and then had chocolate fondue at Max Brenner, so that was a pretty great night.
  • I kind of just realized that I’m going away in like three days and had a little bit of a panic, but I’m like 99% sure everything is going to be okay now. Luckily, one of my best friends is really, really great and agreed to cat-sit for me over a holiday weekend with basically no notice.

Blog hopping:

  • Paige is celebrating her one-year anniversary and doing a giveaway!
  • Speaking of giveaways, Hamad is also doing one over on Twitter!
  • Amy reviewed some diverse graphic novels!
  • Andy talked about YA books with transgender protagonists!
  • Ally gave some tips on using Goodreads!
  • May is hosting the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards! (If I can get my act together before the deadline, I’m going to try to do my own nomination post!)

Song of the week:

IN ONE WEEK I AM SEEING BILLIE EILISH LIVE. IS THIS ACTUALLY REAL LIFE?


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