{Graphic Novel Week} My Reading List!

Graphic Novel Week

This past week, I’ve been reading all the non-graphic novels in preparation to read ALL the graphic novels this upcoming week … of course, sometimes I’ll read about 4 graphic novels in a row and just grave something without pictures, so I have an audiobook and a paperbook on hand for that, but I thought I’d share all the graphic novels I have ready to read this week … are you ready? It’s a LOT!

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Awesome, right?

The standout ones I’m looking forward to:

  1. Castle Waiting – I seriously have NO idea what this is about but I read the introduction to it in the car the other day and thought that a lot of what it was saying rang true for graphic novels. I had kind of thought this book was super, duper old, but it’s not. It references how people there’s a fine line between the graphic novels like Castle Waiting and something like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, which there totally is. You either have crazy spectacular illustrations with full-blown colour and dark stories, or you have some that are more traditional in their illustrations with stories all over the map. Like I said, this one looks super old, but it’s not. I have no idea what it’s about, but it gets really good ratings, so we’ll see.
  2. Sisters – Who doesn’t like Raina Telgemeier’s books? They’re freaking awesome. I was worried that I might not like this one, or get it as much as her other ones, since I don’t have a sister, but I was reassured that I most definitely will love it. Why did I have any doubts about that?
  3. Hidden – I got a library notification that this one was in and I was like, What?!? I could NOT recall what it was supposed to be about, but that’s usually the case when I go on requesting sprees, so once I read the synopsis that it was a tale of the haulocast from the perspective of a little boy, I was intrigued all over again. I’ve only glanced at this book, but so far I love the illustrations for it.
  4. Maus – NO idea what this one is about, either, but it gets lots of really great reviews. I like that it’s only a 2-part series, so hopefully I get what’s going on. It seems like one of those books that dives deeply into history and I find that they can be hit or miss for me.
  5. Binky the Space Cat – The 5th installment in this series. I’ve loved every single book in this series so far, so I have no doubts that I’ll love this one, too. I mean, it’s Binky. Need I say more?!

There you have it, my pile of graphic novels for the week! Be prepared for TONS of reviews this week, too, since I’ve been reading a LOT of graphic novels this month. It’s been great diving back into the art form and I hope to incorporate more throughout the year, instead of having to dedicated a week/month to it.

What’s on your Graphic Novel Week reading list this week? Anything I should add to my wishlist?

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{Book Review} The Game Changer by Marie Landry

the game changerOh Canada, thank you for producing so many awesome authors! Seriously, Marie Landry, where have you been all my life? Actually, you’ve been on my Twitter feed!

It’s so funny … and kind of terrible … how I always feel like I won’t like the books written by the people I know. Like for some reason, they’re just going to be awful. BUT that’s so not the case! I mean, Stephen King has friends, doesn’t he? Danielle Steel? I’m sure even Margaret Atwood has at least a couple!

All authors started at one point and it’s crazy to think that just because you know someone that they’re not amazing at something.

Anyway.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I knew right from the get-go that I was going to love it. I actually didn’t read anything about it before opening it up on my ereader … I wanted to be totally surprised … and I’m pretty sure I was smiling right off the bat. The whole story opens up with a break up, so it’s funny to think that I was smiling about it, but I kind of loved Melody. And hated Rick.

Rick the dick. Ha ha.

Melody had such a great head on her shoulders and was one of those characters who I knew I could be good friends with, who I wanted to be good friends with. And Olivia? Yup. Sign me up. I would totally be the third wheel in that relationship. They just had one of those friendships that makes you want to phone your best friend to make sure that she’s reading the same book as you because you know she’ll love it too and then you can both talk about it over win afterwards.

And Julian! Really, these are the kinds of male leads who I love in my books! Not the crazy bad boy, but the guy who seems totally down to earth, but needs that one girl, that game changer, to really make him into one amazing guy. I loved his relationship with Melody right from the start. Yeah, he was a total player at times, but I loved how he treated her, how he was always there for her … and, of course, that he was such a nerdy guy. A hottie who is also a nerd. Right? Yes!

The only reason I would have to not gush about this book would be the ex’s crazy girlfriend. She was a bit much and added a lot of drama at one point in the story, I’m not totally sure it was necessary. It did work out, but I think that there were so many amazing storylines happening that this one little one didn’t really need to happen.

Anyway, I have completely fallen in love with Marie’s writing and will be reading more of her in the near distant future! This is classic romance at its finest AND it’s Canadian. Could you ask for anything more?

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{Book Review & Giveaway} Tight Knit by Allie Brennan

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00031]Yesterday I was so lucky to get to share an interview with Allie Brennan with you guys, and today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on her book, Tight Knit.

If you don’t know what this book is about, here’s the synopsis:

Talia Gregory relies on her Nan for everything, especially helping her calm the anxiety that controls her life. But Nan gets sick, and it couldn’t be worse timing. Talia’s panic attacks are getting worse, her boyfriend is a jerk, her best friend is distant, her parents are more absent than usual and she’s stuck planning the Cozy Christmas Charity Drive for her knitting group in place of Nan. If that’s not panic inducing enough, enter Lachlan.

Lachlan McCreedy doesn’t rely on anyone. Not after what he’s been through. It’s him and Gram, nothing else matters but keeping his past buried, and his secrets hidden. So when Gram forces him to help with her Christmas sale, Talia is the last thing he expected, and trusting her with his secrets comes as a shock to both of them. But when he unexpectedly falls for her, the question becomes can he trust her with his heart?

Cute, right?

So a long, long time ago, I started dabbling with yarn projects. I bought a few different sets of knitting needs, some crochet hooks, and various other supplies and decided I was going to create things! Unfortunately for me, knitting was too hard, so those knitting needles are currently gathering dust. Tight Knit made me want to pick up my knitting needles again — or, at the very least, start crocheting again (way easier than knitting, if you ask me). Talia, the main character in the story, sounds like someone I’d love to have around. With the Canadian winters being as cold as they are, it’d be great to have someone create some cool hats for me.

Anyway.

While I loved all of the characters in this story, I have to say that it’s the relationships I loved most. I longed for my grandma while reading, wishing she was still around to help me with my crocheting or to make me some of her epic grilled cheese sandwiches (she seriously made the best!). Talia and Lachlan both have amazing relationships with their grandmas and it was nice to read a story that had such relationships. I mean, usually it’s just about the boy and the girl, so it was nice to see that family was a big part of the story.

And really, when I talk about relationships, I can’t help but talk about Lachlan. It’s funny because I remember talking with Allie about the book and she mentioned (as you can read in the interview yesterday!) that all of the characters have a bit of her Nan in them … except for Lachlan. He’s definitely a character all his own! I fell in love with Lachlan. He’s got that tough-guy persona to him and is still dealing with issues from his past, but he’s just such a great character. He loves his Gran and even though he tries to hold on to that whole “bad boy” image, it’s great to see him break out of his shell and bring a little bit of goodness to his character, and really, allow himself to feel happy despite his rough past. And he and Talia really have a great balance with one another. I swear, whenever they were around one another, I was smiling!

The writing was also wonderful … I loved how each chapter was told by either Talia or Lachlan — it’s always great to get into the boy’s head in a story! And Lachlan is a little complicated, so we really needed to be in his head! The story also sucked me in right from the first page and I remember going to read “just a few pages” before going to bed and then the drama would suck me back in again! I love a story like that!

If you love contemporary YA reads, I highly suggest this book! I started reading it after my horror short story read-a-thon just after Halloween and it was the perfect book to get out of that genre. It’s not just a light, fluffy read, but a story with depth, great characters, and, well … it’s just a great story! I also love how the end of the story was a little open ended, leaving the possibility of maybe a second book. I would love to see more of Talia and Lachlan in the future!

Want to win a copy of this book? 

I will gift a ebook version of Tight Knit to one lucky reader! The giveaway will be open until November 30th. Just leave a meaningful comment below, as well as an email address I can reach you at, and I will pick a winner the beginning of December!

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Open to everyone! The winner will be picked using Random.org.

Giveaway Policy applies.

Good luck!

Have you ever read a book that made you want to dive back into an abandoned hobby? 

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