8/20/18 Monday: What I’m Reading Now

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.

What I’m Reading Now:

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Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce (224 pages). I have read 59 pages so far.

 

 

 

 

31193404Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge ( 224 pages). I have read 0 pages so far, but I’m excited to read it.

 

 

 

 

 

35297272Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi (394 pages) okay, the cover’s gorgeous and the premise sounds super cute, so … You know I had to get it. I have read 0 pages so far.

 

 

 

 

 

34054703All About Mia by Lisa Williamson (324 pages) seems like it has an interesting premise. I have read 0 pages so far.

 

 

 

 

 

What I Read Last Week:

36896665In The Middle-Route Run (Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo #2) by Ben Costa (208 pages), I really like seeing more of Rickety’s origins and the cast of colorful, fun characters makes every scene play out like a movie. I like the mature tone taken with the story, meaning there is violence, existential crisis, and an even a sole curse word without feeling like “ooh, this story is sooo edgy.” I just admire the all-ages quality this story has.

Not to mention the artwork and coloring are A1. I definitely recommend it.

29773916In Chasma Knights by Boya Sun and Kate Reed Petty (128 pages), the imagination behind this story is so much fun! Little animals or monsters come with screws and gears, and you can combine their parts like robots to create vehicles or other devices.

I enjoyed the storybook, manwha-like artwork a lot.

Overall, I think this had a great end to a stand-alone or a good beginning for a series. Kids are going to love all the bright colors and cute characters.

It needs to be said: Coro needed to be choked out! I’m surprised there wasn’t an explicit conversation where they acknowledge you can’t just take someone’s stuff and do whatever you want with it. This fool really took her stuff twice!

7086986Scarlet Rose #2 I’ll Go Where You by Patricia Lyfoung (96 pages) is much better than the first book in the series. Where the first dragged and was filled with cliches, this second book manages to make the story fun. The Fox’s identity is revealed and Maud, of course, has a hard time coming to terms about her once-idolized hero. Some Scarlet Rose and Fox shenanigans abound and end with a fun pirate adventure. There are also some cute shipping-scenes if you’re invested in that sort of thing. I’m actually more interested in knowing more about the Baron brothers.

Some minor violence is present with a victim dying with a bloody arm. Still, a fun book for all ages.

SN: Ohmygosh! The author’s the one behind Totally Spies and Martin Mystery’s art direction. No wonder I thought the art was familiar 🙂

31123268In Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly Devos (376 pages), I wasn’t really blown away by Cookie at all. I like that she wasn’t afraid to call out buffoonery against plus-sized people, but I just never fell for her. Maybe she was too snarky for me. And I sho’ didn’t care for her 31-year-old-grown-behind-man-abusing-his-power love interest.

His nice-then-nasty personality was fun to an extent. Him and Cookie one-upping each other was fun. Good banter. When he progressed beyond that, I was kind of over it.

The funeral was the absolute best part. Everything else is pretty forgettable.

40994995In Luisa: Now or Later by Carole Maurel (276 pages), I hated older Luisa. She was just so cantankerous, ugh. Beautiful artwork. That is what really drew me in from the character expressions to the color changes. I guess the takeaway is to take all your opportunities or you will end up as a grouchy 32-year-old who missed her chance at love.

Still, the other characters besides older Luisa are really likable. There are strong lgbtq and time-travel themes present as well.

28818219Concerning Curse of the Attack-o-Lanterns (The Creeps #3) by Chris Schweizer (128 pages), you all should know that I love the Creeps series, and I think it would be cool to it see in a cartoon format.

As always, I liked the characters and their interaction with the sheriff. The humor’s spot-on, and the book doesn’t treat kids as stupid. Yeah, the premise is kiddy but the tension that stems from it is real. I’m always ready for more Creeps books!

Warning: A character dies in a pretty graphic, cartoony moment.

Pokemon Horizon: Sun and Moon by Tenya Yabuno (192 pages) is exactly what you would expect from the Pokemon franchise: a gung-ho shounen protagonist who isn’t really knowledgeable about the Poke-world though not dumb, a level-headed female character and a cute (poke)mon with an unquenchable fighting power. Cute drawings but nothing spectacular.

 

 

 

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.
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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 1/8/18

First one of the new year!

33517044What I’m Reading Now:

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (248 pages)

Interested in reading this. I have read 0 of 248 pages so far.

What I Read Last Week:

17332251Tune: Still Life (Tune #2) by Derek Kim (208 pages)

Much more entertaining than the first but a bit too crude for my taste…Too many poop jokes for me. :p Anyway, I did find Dash very fun with her childlike wonderment. I guess I’m stuck waiting for the third because these books never get to the meat of the story.

 

541094The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar (80 pages)

Beautiful artwork though the story jumps a bit sporadically. It has a sophisticated, quirky feel to it, and Imhotep’s father couldn’t have given a single care. He was also the highlight of the story if you ask me.

 

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Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks (112 pages)

The artwork is super cute and Mickey is kind of adorable. The story itself though just has no real purpose. The ending is majorly anti-climatic. I figured all of Mickey’s transgressions were building up to something but nah. I just… What was the point? I think this would work better as a webcomic.

Also, I am so tired of Mickey’s uncle’s constant “crook” spiel. Go shove it up your nose!

28116764The Sisters Vol. 2: Doing It Our Way! (Sisters #2) by Christophe Cazenove and William Maury (96 pages)

Very good! Cute comics with sister shenanigans.

 

 

32775823Stitch! Best Friends Forever! by Miho Asada (176 pages)

Ehh, the stories were pretty dry/not exciting, but maybe I’m biased because I always like Lilo best.

 

 

20613790Toto Trouble #2: A Deadly Jokester by Thierry Coppée (64 pages)

It’s good though I don’t care too much for Toto.

 

 

12075233NO! by Marta Altés (28 pages)

Super cute! I think even non-dog lovers will like this. I read this one in Spanish, but I’m sure the sentiment is the same in English.

 

 

 

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 7/17/17

What’s up!

Things are going pretty well. I started watching El Chapulín (the animated version), and it’s funny and easy to understand. I’m finally learning a bunch of Spanish and getting more confident in my speaking too. Very excited about that! ¡Quiero ser bilingüe!

What I’m Reading Now:

31371228Posted by John David Anderson

I have read 21 pages so far. The beginning’s interesting and I look forward to reading more. Sometimes, stories set in (American) high schools get overdone and terribly cliche, so a story set in middle school is almost a fresh breath of air.

 

 

 

What I Read Last Week:

32671347Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli by Ben Costa & James Parks (208 pages)

Nice little surprise worth reading perhaps a bit confusing at times. Wonderful artwork!

 

 

 

 

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 6/26/17

Hey guys, I thought I would give a little update because I’m always reading even if I don’t review.

What I’m Reading Now:

31177599The Adventures of John Blake by Phillip Pullman (illustrated by Fred Fordham).

I have read 23 pages so far. I somewhat have an idea of what’s going on.

 

What I Read Last Week:

33956433City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Pretty good! A little slow and dragged at times but good. I was so mad at first when I thought Tina was in love with her half-brother. I was like all these cute Kenyan boys and she got to like her brother!? With that being said (no, he wasn’t her half bro after all), I didn’t care for the romance at all and didn’t see why Michael was so pretty. Throw stones if you wanna, but the book could’ve done without Michael and not missed a beat.

I absolutely loved Bug Eye and detested Ketchup pretty much like everyone else did.

There were some heavy themes of rape, survivorship, and family bonds. I liked Tina, but I didn’t exactly care or not care for her. I know some people didn’t like it, but I was genuinely surprised at who the big boss was.

Overall, it was good (but too long) and I wouldn’t read it again.

28686840Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

People on Goodreads were so maddddT (yes, I meant the T) that a fat girl wanted a relationship and with a good-looking guy at that. What? Can’t round girls desire to be loved and be with attractive people? And yes, it’s dumb and unrealistic for her to think she would marry and have a kid with her (first?) boyfriend, but she was also a teenage girl. Let her have her dreams.

With all that being said, I didn’t enjoy this book. It was hard to read through Jack being so jerky (when he could’ve just told his family!). I liked Libby’s narrative better but she was whiny too.

I also really liked the sprinkle of diversity since Jack and his brothers were multi-ethnic and the few diverse school friends. I was surprised when Carolina the super-model pretty, popular mean girl was dark-skinned because generally that character trope is written as a blonde or brunette white girl. Anywho, Carolina was too flat of a character too.

I had never known about prosopagnosia, so this book definitely brought awareness to me.

Overall, I don’t recommend the book because it ended too cliche and high school love is oh-so-special and long-lasting. And I just couldn’t STAND Jack’s cheating dad. He just burned me up.

30419642Kid Savage by Joe Kelly and Ilya

Hated it. I didn’t like the art, story, or characters. Would not read again.

 

 

 

34057436Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special by Rugg and Maruca

It was okay, pretty cute. I found Jesse’s school friends to be adorable.

 

 

 

 

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

 

Monday: What I’m Reading Now 3/27/17

My big brother’s really gone, guys, and not in a dead way. He has moved and found a great job, which is, again, great but the vacant room next to mine seems a little lonely. Things have to change eventually. At least, books are always a constant.

Also, nostalgia has brought me to rewatch episodes of Code Lyoko and other French-origin cartoons (Totally Spiez, Cedric, Corneil and Bernie, Dragon Hunters etc) dubbed into English. I remember watching the show in the afternoons on Miguzi. Ulrich was always my favorite character, and Aelita used to take her sweet time with those towers. The entire Yumi/Ulrich couple was frustrating but fun to watch, and I never cared about Jeremie lusting after Aelita. Most people remember the show for those massive foreheads, but I always think about how angsty and dramatic it was. To be honest, Code Lyoko was my soap opera because Yumi and Ulrich could never get their romantic relationship together, Xana always tried to kill people in the most soap opera-ish way possible, and of course, Aelita’s family issues.

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Enough strolling down memory lane! Most of you wanna know what I have been reading, so I’m going to tell ya.

What I’m Reading Now:

31213700Boy X by Dan Smith

I have currently read 84 pages, and I am not super impressed with any of the characters yet because they are pretty bland as of now. I have never been a fan of dystopian-like stories. I guess there is just enough depressing junk in real life that I don’t want to read about it arbitrarily. Of course, this is not a slight on the story itself. Once I finish it, my review of this book will be up soon!

What I Read Last Week:

17408897 Princess X by Cherie Priest

Pretty good! Here’s my review!

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 3/12/17

My Spring Break’s over! I did not get around to getting my driver’s license because I had homework to do over the break, a paper and a review for a test today. Yeah, one of my teachers for real scheduled a massive test the first day back.disney sad crying pixar sadness

I watched Suicide Squad on DVD last week. On a scale of 1-10, I gave it a 6. It had its admirable moments but nothing I would watch again. The ending was too anticlimactic. I liked Diablo and Amanda Waller the most (Deadshot was fine but I felt like Will Smith was just acting as himself). Killer Croc and his dialogue disappointed me and made me roll my eyes.

Anyway, this is what ya girl’s reading!

What I’m reading now:

106134 Bone: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith:

So far, I have read 0 pages of Bone. I have seen this book a bunch of times at my local library, but I have always ignored it. I enjoy graphic novels a lot, so I finally decided to read it. My expectations for this book are average, neither high or low.

What I Read Last Week:

A bigger selection than usual because I had free time.

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Newsprints by Ru Xu:

This was a fun read. You can read my review of it for my full thoughts.

 

 

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Caveboy Dave by Aaron Reynolds:

A gross but charming book that has me ready for a sequel. I gave a mini review.

 

 

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Goldie Vance by Hope Larson:

The artwork was wonderful! A couple surprises here and there as well.

 

 

 

Trayarus and the Enchanted Crystal by Dan TDM (Dan Middleton):

30256121I could not get into this book. It was a graphic novel, had pigs, and an overall cartoony style. But, I did not like the characters and I got so bored I skimmed through the pages. I think this might be a great book for someone else, but for me, it was not fun.

 

 

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Hackerteen by Marcelo Marques:

Overall, a meh book. Full review here.

 

 

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 2/20/17

Happy Monday! Unless, of course, you’re like Garfield and hate Mondays.

Last week, I had been super busy with my college workload. I had to learn a skit for my Spanish class, pull an all-nighter to finish a history paper, and do some edits on an English paper. Hopefully, I will see the fruits of my labor this week?

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Spring break seems so far away. In the fall semester, I had so many holidays and days of school off. I want to work on my stories, my art, and my study for driving. If I don’t laze around too much this break, I want to try and get my license. I wanted to get my license last winter break, but I was too lazy. For me, it seems like it would be difficult to study for all my classes and then try to remember information for the written car test.

Anyway, enough of that irrelevant junk!

What I’m reading now:

30324Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klause

Unique title. I’m going to be disappointed if chocolate has no relevance to the story. Maybe the author wanted to use “sweet blood” but thought it would sound too vampire-ish?

So far, I have read 120 pages and Vivian’s still not too likable to me. I will explain why in my upcoming Blood and Chocolate review.

Here’s a decent quote from the book (there are a lot of corny and cringeworthy ones to skim through):

“It was then she realized that she didn’t know how to make friends.”

I hope the story’s ending leaves me with a good impression. Cause right now…

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What I Read Last Week:

22042763Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

This was a fun and imaginative read. If you like seeing shy characters become more confident and fantasy elements, then consider this book.

Bye!

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