Books featured in this episode:
Dog Man #1 by Dav Pilkey
Roll With It by Jamie Sumner
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
The One Night Stand Before Christmas by Jana Aston
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar
Unwrapped by Callie Harper (Erotica)
Stocking stuffers (So Over the Holidays, #1) by Erin McLellan (Erotica)
Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (Erotica)
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
Crowded, Volume 1 (Graphic Novel)
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa dela Cruz
Y'all. This series was so much fun to read. It is set in WW2 and is what would have happened if Hitler had won the war. The main character, Yael, is a BADASS! She is traumatized after being experimented on in a Jewish containment camp and watching her family die, but allows nothing to stop her from accomplishing her mission-to kill Adolf Hitler. IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! Watch the vlog review for more details. If you like adventure, sci-fi, or historical fiction, this series is for you. Readers who enjoy Throne of Glass will love this series!
Sorry that I've been MIA, friends, the start of a new school year in a new school has been CRAZY! But I'm loving every second of it :) I've been reading many graphic novels to prepare for the end of the Maverick committee's voting season and of course, I'm still looking for the prefect anime book to nominate. The last three that I've read and really enjoyed are:
The Bride Was a Boy by Chii is a webcomic turned into a book. Chii chronicled her journey of trans-womanhood to full womanhood to marriage. She shares her story in a truly honest and understandable way. I appreciated the interruptions after chapters that explained what different terms were. Overall, it was a cute "fluffy" story.
Giant Spider and Me was suggested to me at Austin Books and Comics after I asked them for recommendations on recent anime. It starts off slow and picks up gradually; a story of a girl left alone by her father in a post-apocalyptic era who enjoys cooking (easy recipes are strewn throughout the novel). She finds a creature-a giant spider-that she names Asa and invites them to live with her. They find a soft of comfort in each other and learn about each other. This first volume ends with a cliffhanger as an "unexpected visitor" arrives and threatens Asa. Reading this book reminded me of watching the Totoro movie.
Goldfisch is definitely my favorite of the three anime titles. It was recommended to me by Karina, aka "Cue." It is such a fun story of unexpected friendships and adventure. The main character has the Midas touch and turns everything to gold. As the story goes on, the readers find out that he is being hunted by people who want to abuse his powers and take the treasures that he has found.
GoldA fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.A fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.A fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.A fluffy graphic novel about a transwoman planning to marry a man in Japan. It goes through her transition process through their marriage. The book is a blog turned Into a graphic novel. Very Informative and cute drawings.
This graphic novel is awesome! It is Diverse, Inclusive, magical, and fun! Moonstruck is set in a universe where centaurs and lesbian werewolves work together in coffee shops that serve everyone. Two werewolves, Selena and Julie are in the very beginning stages of a relationship and are still getting to know each other when they go on a date that includes Chet, their centaur friend, who ends up becoming human in an evil magic show and loses his horse butt. While funny, the graphic novel does an amazing job of showing how disastrous and emotionally traumatizing this is to him. The girls and their friends have to help find the evil magician that put on the magic show, get Chet’s butt back, and stop him from hurting others all while trying to figure out their feelings and new relationship!
The main character, Julie the werewolf, is pretty whiny and emotional, but she is a great representation of how feelings of others need to be respected and how to be kind. Overall, this was a great book!
Clara Shin lives with her dad in L.A and is the class clown. She likes to "stay in the shallow end" of feelings and make jokes of everything, but when she and the class president, Rose, get into a fight at prom and almost burn down the school cafeteria, she is forced to work with Rose in her dad's food truck all summer. As the two work together, Clara learns about having to face your feelings and what real friendship and relationships are like.
I loved every second of this book, so much so that I couldn't put it down and finished it in a little under a day. Clara is very real and relatable, her journey from class clown to actual person was easy to follow. I'd love to see a spinoff or novela about her dad and his realtionships being a single dad or her mom's adventures as a social media influencer.
The Way You Make Me Feel is another book that I will be reviewing and booktalking in a Junior Library Guild webcast next month!