Monthly Favorites: July 2019

It turns out that July wasn’t the greatest reading month of all time, but I did end up with two five-star books! Probably unsurprisingly, both were graphic novels.


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in July? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

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

  • Review: We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar
  • Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d like to see more of (or at all)
  • Review: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
  • Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 12)
  • Review: The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I’m really excited to be part of The Babysitters Coven blog tour in September! I’ve been looking forward to this book for a really long time.

Blog hopping:

Song of the week:

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this song, but I’ve sure heard it a lot this 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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Book Review: The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
Series: Early Earth
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 20, 2016
Source: Purchased

In the tradition of The Arabian Nights, a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.

As intricate and richly imagined as the works of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton’s in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg’s One Hundred Nights of Hero will capture readers’ hearts and minds, taking them through a magical medieval world. 

You might remember me reviewing The Encyclopedia of Early Earth not too long ago. I ended up buying The One Hundred Nights of Hero since I enjoyed both the art style and the subtle humor in The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, and I was not disappointed.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero is the story of a young woman, Cherry, who is married to an evil man, Jerome, who bets a friend that he can’t seduce Cherry while Jerome is away. If his friend, Manfred, succeeds in seducing Cherry, Jerome is willing to give him both his castle and his wife. When Cherry finds out about the wager, she knows that Manfred will do everything in his power to sleep with her, including by force if necessary. Luckily, her maid, friend, and lover Hero is a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers and weaves stories, night after night, to keep Manfred distracted from the seduction.

I loved the larger story here, including the positive portrayal of a f/f relationship in a time when that was not accepted, but what I really adored were Hero’s stories. The stories were empowering, fantastical, and whimsical. The stories could be a bit quirky and a bit sassy at times, but everything balanced so well that I don’t really have any complaints.

I had initially thought I’d rate this four stars, but looking back… there’s nothing I didn’t like, so it turns out it’s a five.

#mm19: through the years


Have you read The One Hundred Nights of Hero? What about The Encyclopedia of Early Earth? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

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

  • Review: The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz
  • Review: Soppy by Philippa Rice
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-buy authors
  • Review: Little Birds by Anais Nin
  • Tag: Versatile Blogger Award (Take 7)
  • Review: No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I went to NYC last weekend and went to both The Strand and a little used bookstore in Brooklyn (Unnameable Books) and I somehow only bought one thing!

Blog hopping:

  • Jasper & Spice shared relatable sh*t readers say and I think I most related to #5!!
  • Kristi wrote a great discussion post about whether we’re policing books too hard.

Song of the week:

I forgot how much I loved this album until a few days ago. I was obsessed when this album came out (way back in 2008!).


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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