I have been away on a brief blogging hiatus due to a myriad of factors and life being generally frenetic, and perhaps unsurprisingly am behind on reading and writing reviews. But somehow- mysteriously!- more books have made their way onto my must-read list! Besides reading comics- which is my go-to comfort reading when things are bumpy- there are a few books I have managed to start in the last week. The first is a graphic novel called Invisible Emmie by Terri Libensen- I’m about halfway through and really enjoying it. Great mix of humour with aches and pains of middle school…This is a perfect read to recommend to any Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson fans out there! The second is a contemporary YA title by Canadian-based author Jennifer Honeybourn called Wesley James Ruined My Life. Due out in July, this is, so far, a delightful, frothy read, reminiscent of Lindsey Leavitt and Jessica Brody. I haven’t talked much lately about contemporary/romantic YA- it is unfortunately a genre that has fallen a bit off my radar. But having had the chance meet Jennifer at a recent event and getting to hear more about her writing, Wesley James, and her process to publication really cinched it for me as a YA title I wanted to dive into.
Also coming up this week- more YA! The Raincoast Books blog tour for Canadian author Danika Stone‘s young adult novel Internet Famous stops here on Friday, June 16th. You can take a look at the blog tour postcard to see which awesome bloggers/reviewers are participating and when!
Sometimes, one can feel a little bit like poor Charlie Brown up there getting duped yet again by Lucy and the football! I’m not getting all maudlin or dramatic, I promise, it’s just been yet another bit of a bumpy stretch with health issues and a genuine lack of time for reading or reviewing! Some really awesome bookish bits in the midst of everything, though: new books I’ve bought include Adam Silvera’s History Is All You Left Me and Lisa Lutz’s The Passenger; I received lovely books from Penguin Canada including Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe, Kyo Maclear’s Birds Art Life; and I also received some stunning picture book goodies from Raincoast Books including Tony by Ed Galing and Erin E. Stead (a favourite illustrator). Mr. Fab and I also finished (the original) Broadchurch series, season 2. Holy smokes, terrifically acted and put together- and intense. I would argue that it was even sharper, even better than the already stellar season one. We’re back to making our way through Psych now as I needed something a bit lighter to watch!
Next week, I am participating in the Raincoast Books organized tour for award-winning author, educator and poet Kwame Alexander‘s latest book The Playbook! Thrilled to be part of the tour as I am a BIG fan of Kwame Alexander’s work! Take a look below to check out the lineup of bloggers; the tour stops here on January 26th. Look forward to that coming up as well as a few new reviews I’ve got cooking!
What a week, folks! The New Year started off brilliantly with a dinner out and a trip to the theatre to see the gorgeous and moving La La Land and then…cue sad trombone music. I’ve been trying to recuperate from a dragging-on illness and then our little one got sick as well. It was a rare week in which I was barely able to read – save for some comic book reading (a good medicine)- and unable to post.
However! Next week on the site there are some good things planned, one of which is stop on the Raincoast Books hosted blog tour for Chelsea Sedoti‘s YA novel The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett!
Below is more information on the when’s and where’s of the tour. I hope you stop by here on the 12th to read my review and find out what I asked the author!
More from Tom Gauld! As a lover of everything Sherlockian (perhaps most especially the reincarnation with Cumberbatch and Freeman), this comic made me laugh!
Comic by Tom Gauld
Another smart and fantastically bookish comic from cartoonist Tom Gauld:
Happy weekend everyone!
Enjoy this comic from wonderful children’s author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi:
‘A Quality Picture Book’. Comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi via Inkygirl.com
Another wonderful (and very relatable!) bookish comic from Grant Snider:
This quote. I love it so! I get a twitch in my eye every time someone associates shushing or crotchety mean ol’ librarians with libraries. Yes, there are grains of truth and history to those sad stereotypes…BUT! Today’s libraries (and librarians) are just so much more!