This year's comic con cosplay is brought to you by Camel Lites, Utlra-brite toothpaste, and the Cleveland Preserver.
Week 1ish update for the NEWTs readathon. I have completed 4/7 books needed to be a potions professor. In order from L to R, I earned the following NEWTs:
A in transfiguration
A in arithmancy
E in potions
A in potions.
All that's left is my final read for potions and earning an E in DADA.
Catching up on posting some reviews before I get even more into my NEWTs reading.
First up is this book. I went in with zero expectations and was hooked. I didn't want to stop listening. This was excellent with political intrigue, angsty romance, and interesting characters. I saw a review online that described it as Tamora Pierce, but queer. This was the perfect way to describe this wonderful book.
I love the Shades of Magic trilogy with all my heart, but found the first part of the prequel comic to be meh. It felt rushed at times and I wanted more. I don't know if Schwab learning the world of comic writing or me being used to exploring this world in detailed prose is to blame for the pacing issues.
Despite its flaws, I am interested enough to keep reading and look forward to seeing if things improve in the next volume.
I was behind on posting my top books of 2019 so far so seeing the #top6reads tag today was perfect. I don't consider each issue/volume for comics and manga as separate books, therefore Saga and Fullmetal Alchemist represent the whole series (thus far). My number one book (well series) is tagged.
Thanks for creating the tag @Cinfhen
1) The tagged book (still, but I am enjoying it), Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 19
2) It is hard to say because I didn't love either book I read this month and I can't really separate different volumes of manga.
If I had to choose, I would say Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 18 because it has my favorite scene with the Colonel and the Lieutenant (who I ship with every fiber of my being).
3) The Princess and the Fangirl
This month's book club pick was an entertaining, important. Having a lesbian protagonist who was also faithful was great and something I wish we saw more of. However, there was something about this book that bugged me. I don't know what (maybe her friend), but it kept me from loving it. I liked it, but not as much as I had hoped to.
I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. I really liked how Lu showed us multiple sides of the world she created, and it was interesting to see how the points and virtual reality introduced in the Legend trilogy was developed in Warcross.
I am looking forward to reading Wildcard and hoping that it doesn't let me down like Prodigy did.
It took awhile for this book to fully engage me, but in the end I was quite moved and enjoyed it. Despite that, I am still not sure I understand the level of hype it is receiving.
And of course, always and forever here for good bi rep especially when the author doesn't shy away from addressing stereotypes.
Part 2 of my 2018 Wrap-Up
Here my top 10 best reads and 5 worst reads of 2018. Although I can't actually rank them, I can say for certain that the Shades of Magic Trilogy and I'll Give You the Sun were my favorites with the latter being the best of the year. I can't even describe how much I loved I'll Give You the Sun and how great of a story it was. Nelson wrote a heartwrenching yet hopeful tale that completely captured my heart.
Part 1 of my 2018 Wrap-Up
I am very happy with my reading this past year. I read outside my comfort zone (nonfiction and graphic novels) and discovered that audiobooks do work for me.
More importantly though, I had a lot more time to read during the school week resulting in an overall happier me.
1) Parks and Recreation ❤
2) Read the numerous graphic novels and manga I just checked out of the library. Also, sleep a normal amount.
3) Speculative Fiction. Bonus points for graphic novels in that genre because I am all about graphic novels right now.
4) About to get up and get ready for work despite not being a morning person in any way, shape, or form
5) WINTER VACATION!!! Only two more school days.
I have been terrible at posting updates and reviews from my reading, but here is a photo of everything I've read since the end of November. I clearly have been in a bit of a graphic novel mood.
Also if you have yet to read and/or watch Dumplin', I highly recommend doing both.
I really liked the humor of the first chapters and felt immediately engrossed in the story, but that feeling wained as I kept listening. Whether that was due to the story, the fact it was an audiobook, or the bit of a reading slump I am in, I am not sure. Regardless, I liked it, but didn't love it.
And cheers for the wonderful representation with a fat, latina protagonist who is all for body positivity.
Finally getting around to posting my October wrap-up. This month I started many books, but finished few. Of course that is likely due to the copious amount of fanfiction I read that isn't reflected above.
My favorite read of the month is the tagged book.
Halloween may have been 3 days ago, but today was my day to dress up. I attended my first ever Con and honored the ocassion by cosplaying as one of my favorite characters of all time, Daine from The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce. This is something I have wanted to do for years and if I didn't have to cut out my head to fit the entire outift in the photo, my smile would show just how happy I was.
I really liked the beginning and was starting to wonder why it had such mixed reviews. As I kept reading, however, I started to get confused by some of the world building and wanted some more that mixed in with the romance. I rarely say a book needed to be longer, but this one is an exception. More pages would have allowed for more explanations and therefore less confusion.
Also, the cover is beautiful.
Aftetr watching the trailer, I decided to read (well listen) to this book because book before movie. I was surprised by how much I loved this story. It was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking and overall a delightful time. Letters were an excellent way to tell this story as it allowed for more perceptives of the characters. (Also the book was way better than the movie)
With all the descriptions of the land of almost awake in the beginning of this book and not a lot of plot development, it took me awhile to get into the story. By the end, however, I was cheering and tearing up. I love Elsa and her love of Harry Potter is everything.
This book was an absolutely adorable read. Mattie's struggle with her crush felt realistic both as a girl dealing with her first crush on another girl, and from what I remember of middle school awkwardness. Also, I am so happy that there is a middle grade book in the world that uses the word bisexual.