May / June Bookshelf Update

I haven’t done of of these updates in a long time, I wish I hadn’t gotten so sidetracked with other things. So, from now, I will be catching you up on all the books I have read this year – because it is an impressive number [of graphic novels / trade paperbacks at least].

May

1. Fables Vol. 11: War and Pieces 

2. Fables Vol 12: The Dark Ages

3. Fables Vol 13: The Great Fables Crossover

So… lots and lots of Fables have been read this lately… as the last ever issues of Fables came out in August – I wanted to try and catch up with everything so I could have it ticked off my to read list.

The crossover one sticks out in my mind as there was a whole new cast of characters from the Jack of Fables spin off series, it did its job, it made me go out and pick up Jack Vol 1.

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses

Now this, this is what I call a good book! I picked up this one because I was going to meet the author at a book signing. I read this book all the way down on the train, and boy was I glad I’d been introduced to this author. This is a retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast, and there is magic and fae and such. I was so hooked all the way through, and to top it off – the author was absolutely lovely! I can’t wait for the next installment of this series to come out.

5. Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth

This is a fairly solid team of bad guys going on missions to cover up when things go wrong for the bad guys. I enjoyed this at the time, but I have since read a lot more DC superhero comics and I am a lot less enamored with DC comics at the moment, as they rely so heavily on you reading all the other books they are bringing out so that it all makes sense.

6. Saga Vol. 3

This is a good continuation of the story line, I’m still not 100% sure that I like the artwork in this one, but I like the space fantasy elements of this. I like the narrator too, telling her story from the future!

7. The Vintage Teacup Club

This one was a nice simple read – a group of three women all wanted teacups at the same time for various reasons. It was a light and fluffy palette cleanser of a book.

8. Fashion Beast

I picked this one up many months before because the back made it sound like it was going to be quite fairy tale in a way – and I guess you can say that it was [sort of] but I didn’t really like the execution. The artwork was all sketchy messy which we all know is a style I didn’t like at all. I should stop it with the picking up of random graphic novels.

9. Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

A solid choice from the book club this month. I devoured this book in one sitting near enough – I love books about books and bookshops. And this one had a mystery running through it too. I wish that we had a bookshop like that one, that feels like it goes on forever and is full of all kinds of strange books and stories you’ve never even dreamed of.

10. Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen

Short story for world book day, I loved the illustrations, I love the author to absolute pieces. Goth Girl is one of my favourite children’s book characters at the moment, she is eccentric and she likes to do her own thing. I love her independent spirit and I actually think she makes a good role model for girls to read about. Much better than soppy wastrels in other stories.

11. The Vintage Summer Wedding

The snark came out strong in this one, I don’t know what it was about it – every single dilemma felt like it was checking off something on a list of things that women’s fiction needs. Mean mother in law? Check. Disinterested best friend? Check. Lost all their money? Check. However the romantic ending made me feel all mushy – which is why I  will always end up going back to this type of book. Even if I only use them as a way to blank my mind after a harder fantasy book.

June

1. Sex Criminals Vol 2: Two Worlds, One Cup

2. Saga, Vol. 4

3. Fables 14: Witches

4. Fables 15: Rose Red

More Fables – more drama. I just love these… not that I can remember what happened in each and every volume any more! haha.

5. Vivian’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop

This one was adorable. Give up your real job? Check. Struggle to make ends meet trying to continue a sentimental business? Check. Hunky Italian? Check. Romance abounds in this one, and it was easy and fun, and a perfect summer read. And no snark! Go me.

6. Sloppy Firsts

I was gifted this book for a Secret Santa, but I felt like it was going to be a perfect summer read so I saved it. It’s very teen as a book, but I liked the main character, and I related to her struggles.

7. Fables 16: Super Team

8. Fables 17: Inherit the Wind

Boop boop Fables. She’s really churning through these.

9. Low Vol 1

This was a very grim comic, set in the future where we all live underground. The kids get kidnapped and they are brought up in a terrible fashion. The whole world is so eerie under the ocean, and they are trying to find a way to keep sustaining life – but it is getting harder and harder. And some of the other settlements have already fallen to chaos and decay. I really like the setting and the idea behind this book – but the pictures did not grab me at all. It was messy, but I suppose that really fits with the genre and such.

10. The Year of Taking Chances

I don’t even remember.

11. Ender’s Game Vol. 1 Battle School

I’ve wanted to read more stuff about Ender Wiggin since we saw the movie – this comic is a very brief overview of the plot of the book, and it’s only the first section. I loved it, I really need to pick up the books sometime. So make sure I do that!

12. The Assassin’s Blade

Celaena Sardothian is one of my favourite main characters of the moment, she’s such a bundle of opposites. Strong and deadly but she loves sweets and fancy furniture. This collection of short stories helps you see more of her background, what makes her tick and what led her to be the assassin that is feared all over the nation.

13. Mary Jane Vol 1: Circle of Friends

14. Mary Jane Vol 2: Homecoming

15. Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first one, it felt strained. I missed the puffin, even though I know that he should be with his puffin friends instead of living in the lighthouse. But drama and resolution and blah.

16. Oz: Road to Oz

17. Oz: The Marvellous Land of Oz

18. Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

19. Oz: Ozma of Oz

20. Oz: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Many Oz comics this month too. These are drawn by Skottie Young, and I absolutely love his style, there’s something just so super cute about it. I love stories like these, and I had never read anything in the expanded Oz universe before so it was quite refreshing to cover so much new material with familiar characters. At first I was confused, but I worked out the order that I was supposed to be reading them in, and all fell into place in my brain.

21. Angelfall

I’m not sure why angels in fiction became such a thing, but there are a whole bunch of angel fiction these days. I won this one from a contest on GoodReads, and I was skeptical to say the least. The whole Earth being punished by angels / God thing is not something that I would ever pick to read about, but this one kept me interested. The events were paced quickly after the initial slow scene setting. I’m not sure if I’ll ever finish of the trilogy, but if they appear at the library then I will probably check them out.

22. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

I am so glad the Veronica Mars got a series of books. After I was introduced to the show I devoured it, and I have always wanted more. I was so excited to hear about the film and the books too. I love seeing Veronica as a little bit more of a grown up, with a real job. I love mystery books and the sassiness of Ms Mars.

Well… that’s two months of books, so I think I’ll leave it there. And ask you if you have any recommendations for fairy tale retellings?

-girlinthenerdshop

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