Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Announcement & TBR

I will be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this weekend! I participated back in October for the first time, and really enjoyed it, and cannot wait for the next round.

The video above has the books I might pick up during the day. Also, I plan on updating here, on twitter, and on instagram the most, so follow me there if you want to cheer each other on.

Good luck to everyone who is participating!

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona | Review

nonormalStats:

Title: Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
Publisher: Marvel
Genre: Graphic Novel
Page Count:120
My Rating: 4 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

Summary (From goodreads):

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!

It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

My thoughts:

I know absolutely nothing about Ms. Marvel, so being able to jump into a reboot with a new origin story was really great for me. I loved being introduced to all of the new characters. While Kamala’s family felt a little one-dimensional and stereotypical, I hope those characters are developed more in future volumes and venture away from the tropes. Kamala as a character is very relatable and it is a fun, coming-of-age story. Kamala is someone a lot of us can relate to in that she is part of fandom (she writes Avengers fanfiction!) I also really enjoyed the different side characters of her friends that we are introduced to and I’m looking forward to more of their interactions.

Being unfamiliar with Ms. Marvel, I found her powers and the way she got them to be a little confusing. This volume did make me want to go back and find out more about previous incarnations of Ms. Marvel as well as the current Captain Marvel.

Overall, I found the story a lot of fun and I loved the art style. I’m looking forward to seeing this character develop more in future volumes.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang | Review

inreallifeStats:

Title: In Real Life
Author: Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Graphic Novel
Page Count:175
My Rating: 3 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

Summary (From goodreads):

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little Brother, For the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

My thoughts:

First off, I loved the art style in this graphic novel. It matches the cover, so it is a very cute, simple art style that is very easy to get into. That being said, what you see is what you get. It’s not very complicated. I prefer my graphic novels to be a little more complex where I have to pay a bit more attention to the frames and with this one, you can skim most of them.

I enjoyed the story. As a fan of video games myself, it was fun to see and I knew about some of the topics that were brought up in the book and the issues that arose. With that being said, I found the story rather predictable. I also found it a short. I would have loved for it to be a bit longer and to see the characters develop more. They ended up being one dimensional.

Overall, I liked this graphic novel. It was cute, fun, and light. It is a nice break between heavier reads. I would recommend it to any video game fans or anyone who is looking to get into graphic novels and wants something light to start out with.

Characters I Want to Check In With | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is our top 10 characters we would like to check in with. I actually only have 5 because most characters I am satisfied with their endings and don’t need to re-visit them. But there are a select few that I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

As these are characters from finished series, this post MAY HAVE SPOILERS for those finished series. Read at your own risk.


5. The characters from under the never sky by veronica rossi

Did everything in the Still Blue work out or did it all descend into chaos after a few years? Are Aria and Perry as cute as ever? Did Roar find happiness again (because he freaking deserves to)? These are the burning questions I have.

4. Naji and Ananna from The assassin’s curse duology by cassandra rose clarke

How did that whole relationship work out? Because in my opinion that whole situation was very open ended. We did not go through two books of angst to have those two go their separate ways after a few years of “long distance.”

3. Any of the characters from the night circus by erin morgenstern

I would love just a little short story or novella about how the circus is doing in the future. I just loved this whole book and the atmosphere and I want more.

2. warner & juliette from Shatter me by tahereh mafi

Goddammit Tahereh, where is our epilogue you keep teasing at?!?

1. Nikolai from the grisha trilogy by leigh bardugo

Nikolai is my everything and I was NOT pleased with how his story left off in Ruin and Rising. Is he okay? Is he happy? Is he still sassy? What is going on with Nikolai?! Luckily, Leigh has hinted that this was just the beginning of his story so I have high hopes for seeing my precious baby in either the upcoming Six of Crows or future books of hers.


Any characters you want to check in with?