Graphic Novels

Question of the Day: Some teachers say that graphic novels don’t count as reading due to the amount of pictures. What do you think of reading graphic novels? Can they have intellectual value?

Personally, I’ve started to get more into them. I think they count as reading, but you need to read more if them. I can read one in twenty minutes! You also need to actually read the text and select graphic novels with some substance to them!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!! 🙂

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Hello, Hello! Happy Halloween 2k14!

It feels like such a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and write whatever post I want! Don’t get me wrong, I love writing reviews, but there is something way more personal about  these kinds of posts! I like being more informal and writing posts where I can chat with you all!

So this Friday is Halloween! What are you guys dressing up as?

Here’s my costume…

I’m going to wear a blue skirt and possibly blue tights if it’s cold to tie everything together!

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I have also been on the hunt for some spooky reads. So far I’ve found Horrorstör sounds the most intriguing to me. Any other suggestions?

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Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

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Disclaimer: I was given this ARC in a goody bag at a book signing in September. I was not asked to review it and all opinions are my own!

Genre: Contemporary YA

Publication Date: December 2014

My Synopsis
It’s Christmas Eve and rather than spend her day relaxing or doing early celebrations with her family, Chloe is stuck working the six a.m. shift at Goodfoods Market. She and her fellow staff members know the day is the busiest of the year, but they certainly aren’t prepared for what follows; she and some of her coworkers are trapped in the store in so-called “work jail” after accusations arise that they stole $10,000. On top of this, Chloe is not getting very far with her crush Tyson. Will anyone step forward and admit to the crimes, and will Chloe finally work up the courage to ask out Tyson?

My Thoughts

The Good
– This is an easy read for when you feel like you haven’t read enough books and need to get one more in.

– I want Christmas to come ASAP! (*belts out* RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEEEEERRR)

– Chloe is relatable. She says the wrong things and is kinda awkward sometimes- that is so me!

– The book is totally appropriate for teens of all ages

The Bad

– This book is a quick read at just under 300 pages. (It took me an hour and fifteen minutes). However, it didn’t feel as quick because the whole book takes place in just one day. Normally in books, a day is just a few chapters, so you feel like you are moving through time. You don’t realize until the end of this book that you are in this one day for the whole book!

– I expected this book to be a romance. It turned out to be a lot less if a romance; the romance part was more to develop Chloe’s character and personality. However, I’m not a fan of full-on romance novels so I was totally OK with this!

Verdict: 3 to 3.5 stars!

I’d recommend you get this book when it comes out and read it during the Holiday season!!

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Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

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Description from Goodreads

My Thoughts
First off, I’ll tell you that I am no expert on graphic novels and I do not claim to be. I haven’t read a graphic novel in a couple years. But when I saw this at the library, something pulled me to it. I felt that for a minute I was a graphic-novel lover and I NEEDED that book right now.

The next thing that you should know about this graphic novel is that is an extremely quick read, especially since not all the pages have text. It is a hundred and seventy five pages, yes, but I read it in about 15 minutes, if even that. But since reading speeds vary from person to person, I’d say it’ll probably take you from 15-30 minutes.

I enjoyed it but I felt it went a little too fast. The book takes place over a couple of weeks, but it felt like maybe one or two days had passed. Again the entire book can be ready in 15 to 20 minutes depending on your reading speed. I wanted more! It was awesome to see a video game come in book form, and I didn’t understand why it had to be so short! I would’ve loved to meet the teacher in-game, for example.

One note critique; it says on the top of the front cover (cut off above), that it’s a “graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages.” However, that very statement, though meant to be a complement, probably turns off a lot of guys who may have thought of reading it. Boys and girls can and should totally read the same books, but what guy wants to walk around with a book that basically has a “girl alert” label on it?

The Verdict
– Awesome idea and illustrations from an amazing author and illustrator, but it left me wanting more. The story was good, so why limit it? I hope Doctorow will write more graphic novels in the future.

– This is a nice read for boring car rides or to cure any “book hangovers” you may have!

I give this one 3/5 stars!

P.S You may have noticed I have switched to a different uploading schedule. Before, I was posting every day, or as many days a week as possible. However, most posts were not reviews. I am trying to strike a balance between reviews and posts where you can get to know me better as a blogger and a person! Thanks for your patience and understanding! Blogging can be difficult; sometimes you feel like you are talking to a wall! Please don’t be a wall! 🙂

Review: Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

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Goodreads’ Description:

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Book Genre: YA, high fantasy

My Thoughts
I enjoyed this book very much. It was different than what I’ve read in both good and bad ways.

Beginning with the “bad”, I thought the narration/point of view was a little strange. The book is told from a point of view that seems like it is a third person narration. You know, your run-of-the-mill third-person narrator that isn’t actually a character in the story but somehow knows a little too much about the lives of the major characters. But right away, I could see in the rhetoric that something was a little off about this so-called third-person narrator. Then you discover that this narrator is actually a minor character in the story, but at the same time is acting like a third person narrator. I don’t know how else to explain this, & I doubt I’m explaining it well, but I think you see why I thought this was bizarre. Original, but bizarre. Perhaps this was not intentional, and it wasn’t supposed to seem like this person was a third person narrator. Whatever the case, I felt like the execution of that idea was a little off. Still, the story definitely makes up for this.

Now, the good. Once you overlook the odd perspective of the story (which really does make a difference in how you read it!) you see this cool fairy tale story unravel. Mr.  Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was the last book I read that revolved around books. There’s something magical bookworm reading a book about books, especially about magical books! (Have a cookie every time I say book in this post and you’ll be diabetic!)

But seriously, I love the idea of stories coming to life and the way magic is used in the novel. There are no wizards and witches. Instead, the magic is more “subtle.”

And of course, I have to talk about dragons. I love dragon books, yet I’ve only read a couple in my life. Forget those last-human-on-Earth tales; this is a last-dragon-on-Earth story. You’ll fall in love with this dragon, and the engrossing story of Violet and Demetrius.

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Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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Fasten your seat belts for this wild read. (Pun totally intended!)

Disclaimer: I did read an advanced readers copy of this book however I received this at a book event in September, after the book was published.

Short and Sweet Summary:
Leila is on a road trip to the Northern Lights, all by herself. But along the way, she makes friends, has her heart broken, and has a hell of a lot of fun. The book is divided into sections based on who Leila meets, and chapters within these sections.

So basically, all you can expect from this book is to have fun.

And boy,  did it deliver.

I felt like I was on a road trip. My life is pretty boring, which is probably why I read books. But my life didn’t feel boring when I read this. I felt like a wild teenager on a road trip that I won’t get in trouble for since I wasn’t actually on it. Leila and her road trip adventures are a ton of fun, and honestly a breath of fresh air. Leila is encouraging and all about living the moment. Don’t wait to get the guy/girl; life is too short.

Don’t be mistaken; this is no meaningless road trip. This is a road trip about finding yourself and making both a physical and mental journey from start to finish. Along the way, Leila changes the lives of random strangers, and each stranger makes an impact on her too.You can really see this book has a lot of meaning to the author.

However, I do have a couple critiques.
Why do none of the parents in this book care about anything, aside from the teens eventually returning home!?! For example, Leila’s parents? Hudson’s Dad?

But hey, if parents got involved, this book wouldn’t exist and I want this book to exist!

Bonus points for the book having one of the cutest book covers of 2014. I mean actually, I gave my mom a hearty speech about how in a dream world I’d have the book cover framed or displayed it’s that beautiful. (I swear I’m normal!) The postcards between sections are also an adorable touch! Aesthetically, this YA novel is nearly perfect.

Thanks, Adi; now I want to take a road trip too!
(But realistically, next stop, the library!!)

I give Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid a 4.5/5 stars for being a fun, feel-good read that still managed to have meaning.

Two Truths and One Lie?!?!

Here’s a fun game to get you through this hectic week; two truths and one lie!

Two of the following statements are true, and one is not. Leave your guess if the lie in the comments below!

Set 1

1. I hate sweet potatoes
2. I have only been on an airplane once
3. I have had a black eye

Set 2- books edition!
1. My favorite picture book was Blueberry Mouse by Alice Low
2. I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
3. I am currently reading two books

Let’s see how well you can guess! 🙂

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