Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you have a great and safe holiday. I'll be with the family counting down until I can read books for the new Goodreads challenge. I'm sure you know by now, most of my life centers around books so that shouldn't be a surprise. I hope the New Year brings you fun, happiness, and of course, wonderful books!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

Standalone. First Second (May 2013) Library
Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and the cheerleaders retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake? Student group funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms--but not both. 

Bad sportsmanship? Sure.

Chainsaws? Why not.

Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

Faith Erin Hicks was one of my first graphic novel reviews. After reading and loving Friends with Boys I could recognize her artistry anywhere. I love her art so much when it comes to the dramatic characters in this book. Prudence Shen isn't an author I've heard of before but I quickly grew to like this pairing as I read on.

The first thing you need to know is that Shen's writing is hilarious! Really that's the only thing you need to know. Nate, Charlie's ex-girlfriend, basically everyone is overdramatic and/or crazy. Charlie seems to be the only sane one who's dealing with some issues at home. 

Charlie and Nate aren't the typical best friends. They are opposites but it somehow works. Nate is the crazy and funny one out of them and Charlie is the one who gets stuck for the ride. The top cheerleaders get involved after Nate makes an attempt to save a trip to a robotics competition. Man, those cheerleaders scared Nate so badly in such an amusing way. Trouble ensues when Charlie unwillingly gets in the middle of Nate and the Cheerleaders argument making for a great time all around.

What I appreciated the most out of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is not only the hilarity that ensues but the heart of the story. Friends, no matter how different, will always have your back. I can't believe this is Shen's first book. I can't wait to see what else she writes.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish

This Top Ten Tuesday is the last of the year. It's a look back at all I read and all the books I fell in love with this past year. I've read some incredible ones. I can't decide my top favorite book. Have you?

* Superpowers! Very well written and fantastically fun.

* I grew to care about all the girls and loved that they were just like the book they read, Little Women.

*Aah! Fan-fiction from another book come to life? Nothing but amazing.

* I love the artistry and hilarity that is this book.

* Finished this series! Win and D.J. are the best siblings. D.J. is me and also who I want to be.

* This is the only four star book I have on here and it beat out so many others for its writing, main character, and crazy mystery/suspense.

* This is where I really started struggling to see what books was going to be my favorite. The relationship in this is a dream. I'm just in love with everything about this story.

* Even with the weird moments toward the end, this is everything I could have ever wanted in a sequel.

*I reread one part at the end over and over (even to my dad) because it was the greatest thing ever! The writing is ridiculously good, the relationship, the texting.... everything!

 The family is what won me over. The relationship didn't happen until at least half way through. I read a Dessen book before and disliked it so much that this was a breath of fresh air. Gorgeous book inside and out.

What are your Top Ten Favorite books from this year?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2017 10th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Reading Challenge

My last challenge (that I've planned) is up! I'm going one level up from last time to Silver Age: 52 books. I never planned to go up a level but this is the year I'm doing student teaching and *crosses fingers* will get a job as an elementary teacher! So small, fast reads like comics and manga are a must for me. I have a lot of books planned already that I'm thrilled to read. Here they are:

Are you planning on reading any comics or manga in 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish

Christmas is coming soon and I can't help but dream of some future books that might be under the Christmas tree. A few of them are books I've loved and want and the rest are those I desire to read.

What books would you like on your shelf?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ozma of Oz by Eric Shanower

Oz #1. Marvel (Sept. 2011) Library
Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation - and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics adaptation of L. Frank Baum's third Oz book! 


The tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic loved by many. I personally love Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy Gale and the journey she takes on the yellow brick road to get to get back home to Kansas. I read the original story a while back and I saw quite a lot of editing done in the movie compared to the book. I felt it was much needed editing after I finished reading it. There was just too much filler. But, I decided to give Ozma of Oz a try because generally comics make stories seem better - at least I think so.

Ozma of Oz is the third book in the Oz series. The second one, like the introduction explains, didn't have Dorothy but this one does. I was curious who Ozma was and happy I could read a different Dorothy book so that's why I landed on this one to read out of all the graphic novels available for this series.

The story starts off with Dorothy Gale on a ship that's in the middle of a storm. She's trying to visit relatives in Australia with her uncle before this storm hits her. She gets thrown out of the ship and into this box crate - getting herself stuck with a hen named Bill who remarkably talks (probably not so remarkable based on Dorothy's past experiences). That's when the real adventure begins through this island full of creatures named Wheelers, to a castle with a collector of heads, to meeting new characters including the ruler of Oz herself - Ozma, and finally, onto the journey to save children from the evil Nome King. All done with animated characters and illustrations. Skottie Young, the artist, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, the colorist, have great style. They made the characters come to life with their expressions and the beautiful colors across the page.

The problem I found with this story was the same I felt with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - there is too much packed in. Plus, there are too many new characters. I know that's not Shanower's fault. He includes what's in the original story presumably. I did like elements of the comic like the main plot where Dorothy had to find the children who were turned into objects by the Nome King. If you really loved the original book, then you don't have the problem I have so I would recommend Ozma of Oz to continue your adventure - comic book style.

Who's your favorite character in The Wizard of Oz?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Audiobook Challenge

I've participated in this challenge before and for the first time listened to and enjoyed audiobooks. I want to give them more of a chance this year and listen to more than I have ever before. I've even got some books picked out thanks to Hoopla at my library! I am in love with Hoopla. I'm still wary about audiobooks to some extent because I feel like it depends on the narrator if I will truly enjoy the experience. 

I'm going for Weekend Warrior (I'm Getting the Hang of This) 5 - 10

If you have any book recommendations of the YA and Middle-Grade variety let me know!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Operation Deepen Faith 2017

I had signed up for this one before but hardly read from the bible this year. I want to try again from where I'm at which isn't very far (I'm still in Genesis). I've created a monthly and weekly list as well as a couple of other spiritual books that I want to read throughout the year.



Week 1: 1 - 7: Genesis Chapters 10 - 38
Week 2: 8 - 14: Genesis Chapters 39 - 50 and Exodus Chapters 1 - 12
Week 3: 15 - 21: Exodus Chapters 13 - 40 
Week 4: 22 - 28: Leviticus Chapters 1 - 18
Week 5: 29 - 31: Leviticus Chapters 19 - 27



Week 1: 1 - 4: Numbers Chapters 1 - 28
Week 2: 5 - 11: Numbers Chapters 29 - 36 and Deuteronomy Chapters 1 - 21 
Week 3: 12 - 18: Deuteronomy Chapters 22 - 34 and Joshua Chapters 1 - 16
Week 4: 19 - 25: Joshua Chapters 17 - 24 and Judges Chapters 1 - 10
Week 5: 26 - 28: Judges Chapters 11 - 21


The First Book of Samuel
The Second Book of Samuel
The First Book of Kings
The Second Book of Kings

Week 1: 1 - 4: Ruth and The First Book of Samuel Chapters 1 - 24
Week 2: 5 - 11: The First Book of Samuel Chapters 25 - 31 and The Second Book of Samuel Chapters 1 - 20
Week 3: 12 - 18: The Second Book of Samuel Chapters 21 - 24 and The First Book of Kings Chapters 1 - 22
Week 4: 19 - 25: The Second Book of Kings Chapters 1 - 14 
Week 5: 26 - 31: The Second Book of Kings Chapters 14 - 25 


The First Book of Chronicles
The Second Book of Chronicles

Week 1: 1 - 8: The First Book of Chronicles
Week 2: 9 - 15: The Second Book of Chronicles 
Week 3: 16 - 22: The Second Book of Chronicles Chapters 29 - 36,  Ezra, and Nehemiah 
Week 4: 23 - 30: Tobit and Judith


The First Book of Maccabees
The Second Book of Maccabees

Week 1: 1 - 6: Esther Chapters 1 - 10 and The First Book of Maccabees Chapters 1 - 8
Week 2: 9 - 13: The First Book of Maccabees Chapters 9 - 16 and The Second Book of Maccabees Chapters 1 - 8
Week 3: 16 - 20: The Second Book of Maccabees Chapters 9 - 15 and Job Chapters 1 - 12
Week 4: 23 - 27: Job Chapters 13 - 42
Week 5: 28 - 31: Psalms Chapters 1 - 16



Week 1: 1 - 3: Psalms Chapters 17 - 48
Week 2: 9 - 10: Psalms Chapters 49 - 80
Week 3: 16 - 17: Psalms Chapters 81 - 112
Week 4: 23 - 24: Psalms Chapters 113 - 140
Week 5: 28 - 30: Psalms Chapters 141 - 150



Week 1: 1 - 8: Proverbs
Week 2: 9 - 15: Ecclesiastes, Songs, and Wisdom Chapters 1 - 7
Week 3: 16 - 22: Wisdom Chapters 8 - 19 and Sirach Chapters 1 - 16
Week 4: 23 - 31: Sirach Chapter 17 - 51



Week 1: 1 - 5: Isaiah Chapters 1 - 20
Week 2: 6 - 12: Isaiah Chapters 21 - 42
Week 3: 13 - 19: Isaiah Chapters 43 - 66
Week 4: 20 - 26: Jeremiah Chapters 1 - 26
Week 5: 27 - 31: Jeremiah Chapters 27 - 52



Week 1: 1 - 9: Lamentations, Baruch, and Ezekiel Chapters 1 - 21
Week 2: 10 - 16: Ezekiel Chapters 22 - 48
Week 3: 17 - 23: Daniel and Hosea
Week 4: 24 - 30: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah



Week 1: 1 - 7: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai
Week 2: 8 - 14: Zechariah and Malachi
Week 3: 15 - 21: Matthew
Week 4: 22 - 28: Mark and Luke Chapter 1 - 12
Week 5: 29 - 31: Luke Chapters 13 - 24


The First Letter to the Corinthians
The Second Letter to the Corinthians

Week 1: 1 - 4: John
Week 2: 5 - 11: Acts
Week 3: 12 - 18: Romans
Week 4: 19 - 25: The First Letter to the Corinthians and The Second Letter to the Corinthians
Week 5: 26 - 30: Galatians and Ephesians


The First Letter of Thessalonians
The Second Letter of Thessalonians
The First Letter of Timothy
The Second Letter of Timothy
The First Letter of Peter
The Second Letter of Peter
The First Letter of John
The Second Letter of John
The Third Letter of John
Revelation to John

Week 1: 1 - 9: Phillippians, Colossians, The First Letter of Thessalonians, The Second Letter of Thessalonians, and The First Letter of Timothy
Week 2: 10 - 16: The Second Letter of Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews
Week 3: 17 - 23: James, The First Letter of Peter, The Second Letter of Peter, The First Letter of John, The Second Letter of John, The Third Letter of John, and Jude
Week 4: 22 - 31: Revelation to John

2017 Steampunk Reading Challenge

This is one challenge VERY different from what I'm used to but I want to get out of my comfort zone. There are a couple of books I have my eye on but I haven't read that much steampunk books so if you see one that doesn't make sense on my list let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions I would love to know too.

I'm going for Navigator: 6-10 books

Do you have any steampunk recommendations?

Foodies Read 2017

Hosted @ Spirit Blog

I didn't really track my challenge of Foodies Read this year so I'm trying again next year. I have a few books I know I want to read but I'm pretty open to searching for new ones this year.

I'm going for Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books

If you have any suggestions let me know!