Book Review: Book Love by Debbie Tung

Book Love by Debbie Tung

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BOOK INFO
Title: Book Love
Author: Debbie Tung
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date: January 1, 2019
Genre: Graphic Novel – Nonfiction
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.0 / Community 4.51

BOOK BLURB
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Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.


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MY REVIEW
A graphic novel that encompasses what it’s like to love books. Depicted in comic style, a variety of bookish topics are covered – favorite books, book formats, bookstores, libraries, and more.

I loved Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, so I was excited to see a new book by Debbie Tung. Even better, this one is all about books and the bibliophiles who love them.

A delightful book. I could relate to so many of the scenarios shown. A perfect read for book lovers. Charming, amusing, and accurate.

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Sheets by Brenna Thummler

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BOOK INFO
Title: Sheets
Author: Brenna Thummler
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Publish Date: August 28, 2018

BOOK BLURB
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.


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MY REVIEW ★★★☆☆
Marjorie is a lonely young teen. She has recently lost her mother, her father is depressed, and Marjorie has found herself in charge of the family laundry business. Wendell is a ghost. He died as a boy, and is adjusting to his new sheet-dependent afterlife. When they unexpectedly encounter one another, Marjorie and Wendell form an unlikely friendship.

The story starts slow as it introduces Marjorie. When Wendell is introduced, the story picks up a little more. For one, the whole ghosts wearing sheets is a humorous touch. However, both Marjorie and Wendell have sad stories of loneliness. When Marjorie and Wendell first encounter one another, the story gets more interesting.

The artwork in this graphic novel is great. I especially enjoyed the the color palette.

A sweet story about loneliness and grief. Lovely, enchanting, and heartbreaking.

I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

Supergirl: Being Super
by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

An introduction to Supergirl. Kara is a typical teen girl living a normal life with a couple of best friends and parents who love her. She also has a secret… she has superpowers.

This comic has a good story, interesting characters, and great artwork. A fun and entertaining read, and a nice update to Supergirl.

Supergirl: Being Super contains issues #1-4.
Chapter 1: Where Do I Begin – An introduction to Kara and her family and friends.
Chapter 2: Hold On! – Kara loses someone close to her, plus her powers are acting flaky.
Chapter 3: Who Are You? – Kara meets a fellow Kryptonian.
Chapter 4: Who I Am. – Kara must fight back to save her friend, and herself.

I received a digital copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

The Ghost, The Owl
by Franco

One evening, a ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp. She doesn’t remember who she is or why she is there, and a kindly owl offers to help her.

A short graphic novel. I liked the artwork, but wasn’t a fan of how the ghost was drawn. Everything else was excellent though.

A simple and quick read. A ghost needs to find closure. An owl offers to help, despite the fact that animals are not to interfere in human affairs. As they search for answers about the ghost, they are led to a nearby cabin, where a human is in danger.

Good for older kids. This story has a great message of kindness, but gets a little dark.

I received a digital copy of this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book’s expected publication is in May 2018.

Book Review: Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game
by Rosemary Mosco

A funny, yet informative, look at science and the natural world. This graphic novel is based on the webcomic Bird and Moon. A fun comic that depicts birding, animal life, nature, and biologists/naturalists. Cute illustrations.

I received a copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss

4 Kids Walk into a Bank by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss

4 Kids Walk into a Bank
by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss

A graphic novel about a group of kids (11 and 12 years olds) that decide to rob a bank. The kids are hanging out at Paige’s house when they first encounter a group of ex-cons her father knows. The kids figure out that the thugs are planning to rob a bank and want to involve her father. Since the ex-cons are not that bright, Paige decides she and her friends should rob the bank first to help out her father.

This is a crime caper that also deals with friendships and growing up. The kids are each smart and unique, and are basically outcasts from their peers. I liked the honesty and humor in the story, but it did get pretty dark. This story does have some bawdy humor, bad language, and a mature theme, so not really for younger kids.

I received an ebook version of this book from Diamond Book Distributors, Black Mask Studios, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
by Debbie Tung

A quiet, humorous autobiographical graphic novel that looks at the life of an introvert. This book focuses on early adulthood: college, falling in love, marriage, finding a job, and fitting in during social situations and at work.

An easy to read comic strip style book with black and white artwork. This simple and cute book was very relatable. I kept nodding my head thinking: I’ve done that, said that, or thought that.

Favorite quote:
Guy at party: You’re kind of quiet, aren’t you?
Quiet girl thinking: Just smile. Don’t strangle him.

I can’t even count the number of times people have commented on how quiet I am. 100% relatable.

While most of this book depicts a humorous look at an introvert’s life, some things are a little more serious, like the anxiety and self-doubt that a lot of introverts deal with.

Quote from the book:
My outer self: Calm, cheerful, friendly, and easygoing.
My inner self: A mixture of frustration, insanity, and dying on the inside.

An insightful look into an introvert’s life that is a wonderful read for introverts, and the extroverts who love them.

I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Herding Cats
by Sarah Andersen

A humorous take on being an introvert young adult, especially geared toward artists.

I’m not a huge fan of the illustrations, but the text was humorous and relatable for fellow introverts. I liked the section about online presence and the advice to aspiring artists.

This is the 3rd graphic novel in the Sarah’s Scribbles series, but the first one I have read. I enjoyed this one, and look forward to reading the others.

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book’s expected release is in March 2018.

Book Review: Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1
by Anthony Del Col

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books when I was a kid. Saw this on NetGalley and immediately wanted to read it.

In The Big Lie Frank and Joe’s dad has been murdered and they are suspected of killing him. Nancy shows up to help them clear their names and solve the case.

This a modern, dark story about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. A few other characters from older books make an appearance too, like Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins.

The artwork seemed a bit dated. Since the characters were more modern versions, I would have preferred more modern illustrations. As for the story, I enjoyed that this was a little bit noir. It’s definitely darker than the original stories, but I enjoyed this modern take on some of my favorite characters.