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Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey
Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey | Ngozi Ukazu
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Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur ptissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? Theres checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jackhis very attractive but moody captain. A collection of the first half, freshmen and sophomore year, of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life. This book includes updated art and a hilarious, curated selection of Bitty's beloved tweets.
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HelvetiCannnoan
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Shitty is like me during Thanksgiving dinner while my Dad and Uncle yell about politics 🤣🤣

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Jas16
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Litsy is slowly but surely getting me to give more graphic novels a chance. I am honestly surprised it took me so long to give and read this one. A gay hockey player who loves to bake? I should have stormed my library after reading the first Litsy review. This was pretty much as adorable as all of the Litsy love proclaims and you can bet I will be keeping an eye out for book two.

mrp27 I really enjoyed this one too! 1mo
Reggie I love when he‘s getting chastised for trying to give the hazed new recruits pie and jackets. He‘s so funny. 1mo
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danimgill
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This was one of the cutest graphic novels I have ever read - how am I supposed to go back to work after finishing this over lunch? Can‘t wait for volume 2!!!

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Eyelit
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Y‘all, believe the hype on this one. Such a cute and fun read! So good. The only downside is the wait for volume 2. 🤣

Mandigolightly Oh I have an ARC of this one that floated in from a patron, but I never cracked it open. I think I‘ll have to now 3mo
Eyelit Do! It really is the sweetest thing 😁 @Mandigolightly (edited) 3mo
Sarahreadstoomuch I love this book! I was so glad when we were able to make it a finalist for the Morris Award this year! (First graphic novel in that award history) 3mo
Peddler410 I‘ve been eyeing it. I‘ll need to check it out from the library — it‘s not appropriate for MS so I haven‘t purchased it. 3mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Spent my #audiowalk adding to my TBR with the help of Modern Mrs. Darcy. The tagged book is the one I want to read the most. Also, said hi to a cat and really enjoyed the flowers.

Crazeedi Such a lovely walk! 7mo
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razmanda
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OMG! What a sweet and delightful comic! I read it straight through this afternoon and can‘t wait to read what happens next. Escapist romance with a queer bent and a great supporting cast of silly bros.

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razmanda
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Library book haul! Not pictured: all of the beastie‘s selections.

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DyAnne
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O. M. G. This was adorable. How long do I have to wait for book 2?

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DyAnne
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This. Is. Freaking. Adorable. I‘m trying to go slow.

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DyAnne
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Look. I was in Redmond, so I had to go to the indie bookstore. It‘s like a rule. (Finished my punch card. Next time I go back, the card is worth $20!) Look at that adorable Pride & Prejudice pin. ❤️

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xicanti
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Y'all, this is a sports comic about a gay baker who's obsessed with pie. It should've been my thing to the core.

But here we are. It was cute and I very much appreciated the slow burn romance, but I felt the character development lacked punch. Ukazu told me these characters were BFFs, but I saw little evidence of it on the page until well over halfway through. The story plays out in fragments; understandable, given the book's webcomics roots, ⬇️

xicanti but frustrating in that so many telling moments obviously happen off panel.

Sometimes I find this between-the-lines approach super effective. Here, it hampered my connection to the characters.

I did like the ending enough that I'll try vol 2, though, and I LOVED Bitty's tweets in the back matter. #caseyplusbooks
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Bklover ❤️🐶❤️ 8mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 8mo
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xicanti
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Every once in a while I stumble across this "Canadian milk comes in bags" thing, and it low key frustrates me because I've never ever ever seen bagged milk in either MB or BC. And I do a LOT of grocery shopping.

So, what's the deal here? Is this something the easterners do and just assume the rest of us are in on, or does the conspiracy go deeper? Is it one of those ON-only things that gets cited as Canada-wide because of Torontorosis?

tournevis I have personally seen bagged milk in MB, ON, QC, NB, NS and PEI. 8mo
xicanti @tournevis but WHERE in MB? Up north? In the country? None of my Winnipeg grocery stores carry it. All our milk comes in jugs and cartons. 8mo
tournevis @xicanti I a Great Canadian Superstore in Winnipeg 8mo
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xicanti @tournevis this is so weird. Was it recently? Or many years ago? 8mo
9999 I was an American awestruck at bagged milk in Toronto. It completely threw me. Then it took me months to figure out they sold a pitcher to place the bag of milk in while you snip the corner. That pitcher was a total gamechanger. 8mo
xicanti @sskk I once saw a demo with the pitcher, but the whole thing still struck me as unnecessarily complicated. 8mo
Ysabet Last time I paid attention, milk came both ways in NS. 8mo
tournevis @xicanti 10-ish 8mo
UnidragonFrag The only times I've ever seen bagged milk is when I lived in North Carolina, they gave them to us at lunch at school, and in pictures my brother brought back from Singapore. I had no idea this was a Canadian thing? 8mo
xicanti @Ysabet I asked another NS friend about it this morning and she said her mom used to buy the bagged stuff for the family because it was cheaper. 8mo
xicanti @tournevis the plot thickens. 8mo
xicanti @UnidragonFrag it's definitely not a pan-Canadian thing. 8mo
9999 In Ontario when you want to purchase roughly the equivalent of a gallon of milk, it is only sold bagged. If you want a smaller amount than 4 liters you can find it in the cartons. I have never seen this in the states 8mo
xicanti @sskk y'see, I'd think large quantities of any liquid would be awkward in bagged form. I always imagined this bagged milk at 2L. 8mo
9999 Its a larger bag containing 3 smaller bags that equal 4L in total. The pitcher is made so that one of the (smaller) bags fit inside it. Then you snip the corner and pour the milk. You never empty the milk out of the bag into the pitcher. It just holds it upright. The milk always tastes fresh and I am told the waste from the bags is more environmentally friendly than the hard plastic gallons. 8mo
xicanti @sskk ahhhhh. That makes a bit more sense. 8mo
tournevis @sskk @xicanti I've seen in in London as well, come to think of it. 8mo
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xicanti
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I did the beer & comics thing last night.

It pains me to say it, but I'm on the fence about this book. It feels fragmented, and while the text tells me certain characters have particular relationships, I don't see it for myself. I'll give it another go tonight and hope I click with it.

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xicanti
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I went to place a hold on CHECK, PLEASE! and discovered it was on the shelving cart at my usual branch! Hurray! I headed over there this afternoon, snatched it up, and found my hold on DARK NIGHTS: METAL waiting for me when I went to check out. Double hurray!

writerlibrarian It's quite good. 😁 8mo
xicanti @writerlibrarian I'm excited it's finally in my hands. I've got a couple of friends who've been gushing about it since it was a webcomic. 8mo
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This was such a cute story. I am not a big sports person, but the characters were hilarious and compelling. I love Bitty and Jack and I need volume 2 immediately.

Overall 5*

Plot 5*
Characters 5*
Writing 5*
Art 5*