Review: The Lottery – The Authorized Graphic Novel by Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman

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Publication: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Pages:  160 pages
Source: Birthday Present (for my Dad!)
Genre: Short story, graphic novel, fiction, classic, horror
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

How could I not love this graphic novel? It’s one of Shirley Jackson’s most well-known works AND it was illustrated by her grandson!

I had never read Jackson’s infamous short story before reading the graphic novel, but I did know what happened in the story. Still, know the story didn’t stop me from loving it, if anything it made me keener to analyze the story (and illustrations) for what was to come. Continue reading

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Review: Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History by Sam Maggs

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Publication: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages:  272 pages
Source: Fan Expo Canada (ARC)
Genre: Non Fiction, History, Feminism
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

I was incredibly lucky to receive an ARC of Girl Squads at Fan Expo Canada this August. This is my honest review of the book.

When I received this book at Fan Expo (THE LAST ARC!) I knew it was the book for me. In recent years I’ve been looking to expand my list of feminist reads, and discovering that Sam Maggs had written a book looking at all the different girl squads around the world that have changed history was exactly what I was looking for.  Continue reading

Review: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Publication: July 17th 2018
Publisher: MCD
Pages:  308 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling, Contemporary, Mythology
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Here’s the truth of the world, here it is. You’re never everything anyone else wants. In the end, it’s going to be you, all alone, on a mountain, or you, all alone, in a hospital room. Love isn’t enough, and you do it anyway. Love isn’t enough, and it’s still this thing that everyone wants,” (Dahvana Headley 216-217).

Honestly, I don’t know a lot about Beowulf. I only read a snippet of it in high school, and picking up this book I knew I’d be reading it more as a book than as an adaption. I was intrigued by the idea of an adaption of Beowulf set in the suburbs, even if my memory on the original myth is fuzzy and incomplete. But still, I enjoyed it, and if anything it made me want to read Beowulf so that I could see the connections Dahvana Headley weaved into her work. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! I wasn’t into today’s theme (and I had to make a queue to prepare for my vacation) so here’s a theme from two weeks ago: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype! I’ve read a lot of “hot” books and am always disappointed when they aren’t as good as I hope they’ll be, but more often than not I get the reason they’re so talked about. So here are some of my favourites!

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Review: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Harper
Pages:  368 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adult, Adult Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Tamed. A word for a wild girl made obedient. A word for a hawk with clipped wings, a declawed tiger. A word that made me safe,” (Fine 245).

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. I wouldn’t say I’ve been in a reading slump the past few months, but I’ve read more blah books than good books. Sure the good books are there, but it’s maybe one book that really hooks me a month with the other dragging by. Not bad per se, but forgettable. Entertaining at the time but not in the long run.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Here’s another theme I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while: Books You’d Mash Together. I ended up having a conversation with one of my friends about this, about what some of our favourite books were and what epic stories could come if they were all smashed together. This theme turned out to be a great kind of writing prompt, and I’ll probably look back to this list in the future for writing ideas!

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Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Long time no Library Loot bookworms! By this point I’m never going to finish the Unread Shelf Project 2018, I guess I’ll always have 2019 to finish it. Right now I’m more interested in getting closer to my Goodreads end year goal (I’m crazy behind) so reading anything will help. Continue reading

Review: House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

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Publication: June 1 2008
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Pages:  327 pages
Source: Bought (Amazon)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Children’s
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve finished the Howl’s Moving Castle series and don’t know how I’ll ever recover. House of Many Ways is the perfect end to Howl, Sophie, and the many new characters we get to meet adventures and a good farewell to Ingary. It felt very final, though Jones did talk before her death about more Howl stories she wanted to write. Still, I’m happy it ended with House of Many Ways in true Jones fashion: magic, humour, and sweetness all rolled into one magnificent book. Continue reading

Review: The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Publication: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages:  288 pages
Source: Bought (Indigo)
Genre: Fiction, Experimental, Ghost Story, Horror, Fantasy, Poetry
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“‘They cut every time,’ warned The Man With No Arms. ‘Every time'” (Danielewski 170).

I’ve been fascinated by Danielewski’s work ever since I read House of Leaves, an incredible, brilliant, and terrifying book that has never really left me. I’ve only read one of his books since reading House of LeavesThe Familiar: Volume 1 and though it didn’t scare me like House of Leaves it was a story that stuck with me just the same. Continue reading

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Publication: September 24 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages:  371 pages
Source: Bought (Indigo)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human” (Schwab 289).

V.E. SCHWAB I AM ADDICTED TO YOUR BOOKS! HOW DOES YOUR BRILLIANT MIND WORK? HOW DO YOU MAKE SUCH COMPELLING, INTERESTING, AND DARK CHARACTERS AND MAKE ME LOVE THEM? WHY ARE YOU SO AMAZING?

So if it isn’t obvious, I loved Vicious and I love V.E. Schwab (which is bound to become an old mantra very very soon). Vicious has been on my reading list since last year when I first read and fell in love with the Shades of Magic series (and V.E. Schwab), and if it weren’t for my many many holds at the library last year I probably would have read it sooner. But then Schwab announced that Vicious was getting a face lift to match the cover to its sequel Vengeful, so I made myself wait until the new cover came out to buy it. And am I ever glad I did. Continue reading