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February / March Bookshelf

Right, time for the book shelf update. Seeing that I missed the February one, this is going to be two months of reading history. There’s quite a few to get through, so let’s get on with it!

February

1. Emily The Strange : The Lost Days

A mystery is a foot, a girl with amnesia wakes up on a park bench and can’t remember anything. Part novel, part notebook / casebook on her path to remembering who she is and what she is doing. It’s very kooky, but that was to be expected. Maybe it was a bit weird in places, but the ludicrous can be good sometimes.

2. The Secret Service: Kingsmen

I read this comic after we saw the movie, and it’ll be one of the few things I can say that I preferred the movie. I liked the silly over the top spy stuff that happened. It was very easy to read, and the comic was different to the movie so it was not too much trouble to read it afterwards.

3. The Revenge of Seven

The latest installment in the Lorien Legacies. We are really hitting the action now. The gang is determined to continue on their quest to save the earth and restore their home planet. I like the turn this is taking, and I’m really hoping that we see some more action and battles in the next one. I love seeing their powers being used.

4. Justice League Vol. 1: Origin

I have to admit this one didn’t thrill me, I expected to really like reading about all of these characters together but it just didn’t work for me. It felt like there were too many people fighting to lead the team.

5. Blood Song

First note about this book – it felt so long. I loved the training element of the book where the main character guy was learning so much stuff. Can anyone say wizard school? I just found the battles so arduous and difficult to get through, not being well versed in military stuff I found all the details very challenge. Also… the blood song doesn’t really get covered enough. Even though its meant to be the thing that is leading him through life or whatever.

6. Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons

Boop. More fairytale goodness, we see some new additions to Fabletown [adorable ones] and we live through the aftermath of the invasion. It’s a hard time to be a fable as everything is changing. I could just devour this series.

7. Fables Vol.6: Homelands

In this volume we uncover some truths about the homeland and the adversary. I liked exploring the new places, and really seeing what Boy Blue can do, as he has been a minor character up until this volume. Boy can really come through for the fables! [I have four more volumes on the way, so there will be more of these soon]

8. Superman Vol. 1: What Price Tomorrow

While I enjoyed seeing Superman in the Supergirl comics, I wasn’t as fond of him in his own storyline. The new direction for him is quite dark and troubled instead of his traditional golden boy saviour role. Not sure how I feel about it, it might take another volume or so to get used to his new character.

9. Hero Cats of Stellar City Vol.1

Super hero cats who want to save the world? Yes please. This book is very small and only collects 3 issues of this comic. It’s so cute. I loved the montage nature of training the new cat to be a part of the team. And also cats.

10. American Honey

I won this book last year as part of a goodreads contest, and it’s taken me quite a while to get around to reading it. I picked it for the February IGGPPC Book Challenge (a book with a heart on the cover). It’s a  very short book, and a perfect example of a self contained YA book. I’d recommend it if you enjoy music and singing, as it is a very easy read. The main character was flighty and annoying and couldn’t make up her mind about a boy. Jack didn’t come across as someone to share your dreams with – he’s too selfish.

The singing contest part of the book was excellent, it fell apart for me after that. I didn’t need anything to happen after that.

11. The Guild Vol. 1

This comic is a sort of prequel to the webshow. I think I preferred the comic to the webshow, it was a fairly entertaining read about how the guild formed.

12. Fairest Vol. 1

This is a spin off from Fables, mainly focussing on the female characters. It happens mid-way through the Fables storyline, which I haven’t gotten to yet so I was lucky that there weren’t too many spoilers. I loved this one, the artwork is so lovely. And I love seeing the different lands.

13. Trees Vol. 1

Set in a future where aliens have landed on the planet but ignored humans for the last 10 years. There were lots of different storylines happening at once, and this book is really about how people deal with the situation and adapt to life once the ‘Trees’  arrive. So much changes, governments topple, climates change. Whole new societies bloom at the base of these trees. The characters are so well written, and I really liked that at no point was it a us vs. them kind of plot.

 

March

1. Usagi Yojimbo Vol 1: The Ronin

Rabbit Bodyguard. Not my favourite book of recent history. I have no real interest in the ancient Japanese setting this book lives in, and in an odd turn of events, having animals as the characters didn’t work for me at all [it normally does]… I found myself uninterested in what was happening quite quickly, and the art style couldn’t really keep me interested.

2. Days of the Bagnold Summer

This is a slice if life comic, it’s very meloncholy and reminded me a lot of Ghost World. The book follows six weeks of time with a single mother and her son. It has it’s awkward moments but you see some development in the son and he isn’t always surly by the end of the book.

3. Days of Blood and Starlight

The second book in the trilogy really took a turn a turn for the dark, in the aftermath of the war there is so much vengeance being enacted. Karou has a new job, and she’s not enjoying it at all, it’s so hard for her to follow orders and restore the balance.

4. Alex + Ada Vol. 1

Glorious. Futuristic. Go get one now. I want a robot to be a companion, so we could go to places and do things together. And the whole AI debate touched on some issues. I’m really interested to see where this story goes.

5. Grandville Mon Amour

The artwork in this book is phenomenal – I mean absolutely stunning. I could just sit and look at the book all day.

6. Supergirl Vol 2: Girl in the World

More supergirl, this volume didn’t work as well for me, I think because it had been so long since I read the last volume. We see her tackle some bad guys solo, which was cool. And she’s trying harder to fit in on Earth until the last issue that is when plot twist.

7. Requiem

I read this book for the March IGGPPC Book Challenge. I’d been putting off finishing this trilogy –  as the second book felt like such a chore. I was disappointed with the ending, as no conclusions are drawn about anything. I’m glad she found Grace, but it feels like an afterthought as she isn’t really mentioned at all after Lena escapes into the wilds. Also the love triangle is incredibly frustrating and pointless – I didn’t care who she ended up with at all. It’s done now though, goodbye love cure land!

8. Y: The Last Man Book 1

Omigosh – this book? I loved it, once I picked it up I could not put it down. I’m really enjoying sci-fi comics at the moment. In a future when all the men and male things die off at once, and only one survives with his pet monkey? Confusion and infighting abound, it’s a very cleverly crafted setting.

9. Supergirl Vol 3. Sanctuary

This volume finished a crossover event that covered a lot of the super-titles. So, having not read the other comics, some bits confused me, but I still love this book. It was dramatic, and stuff. I loved the Super-people teaming up and the Small Justice League appearance to save Supergirl.

 

So, there are all the books. What are you reading at the moment?

– girlinthenerdshop

Day 20: Who Inspires Me

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

These people inspire me for lots of different reasons, for what they have achieved, or what they show me I can be.

1. Alex [sickening I know]

2. My Iggles

3. Rebecca Adlington

4. My Parents

 

Day 19: Short Term Goals

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

I’m classing short term as this year, so here goes.

1. My reading goal, 100 books.

2. Boardgame playthrough, List shared with my friend Gareth [currently more games added than played!]

3. Keep on top of Kitty allergies, they’re so happy again at the moment I don’t want to see that slip.

4. Get back to doing DuoLingo everyday.

5. Finish Pretty Little Liars

Day 17: Pet Peeves

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

Once I got started with this list, the ideas kept coming! Very satisfying list.

1. When people ask you questions during a movie that you’re all watching for the first time

2. When people guess the ending after a couple of minutes and are certain that they’re right.

3. People asking questions that they could easily Google.

4. When someone wipes the knife on the edge of the butter container and leaves crumbs behind.

5. How inefficient my local pharmacy is

6. When people get expressions wrong (the example in question is ‘Lover’s Quiff’. It’s not a thing, but in one day I heard 4 or 5 people say it.

7. People that judge you for liking a TV show or a movie, when they haven’t even seen it themselves.

Day 16: I Can’t Live Without

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

I can’t live without

1. Cats

2. Chocolate

3. Iggles

4. Hugs

5. My Bed

Day 15: On My Reading List

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

My To-Read pile is ever increasing, and I’m struggling to get a hold on it… However, books I’m planning to read next are:

1. Days of Blood and Starlight

2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

3. Seconds

4. Fables Vol. 5

5. Throne of Glass

Day 14: My Favourite Boardgames

20 day challenge

My collection of board games is growing fast, there are just so many games coming out at the moment so it was really hard to pick!

1. Machi Koro & Harbour Expansion

2. Love Letter

3. Tokaido

4. Carcassonne // Carcasonne Winter Edition

5. Ladies and Gentlemen

6. Takenoko

7. Parade

8. Sushi Go

9. Gloom

10. Firefly

Day 13: My Super Powers

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

I’m going to interpret this in two ways… firstly as my ideal super power, and secondly my actual powers.

In an ideal world I would:

1. Have the power of Montage.

2. Be able to Fly

Currently my super powers are:

1. Remembering email addresses

2. Snail mail love

3. Cat herding

4. Stationery hoarding

Day 12: I’m Proud Of…

20 day challenge

Today is an interesting topic, it really made me think about the places I’ve been and things I have done.

1. I am proud of my business, and how hard we work.

2. I am proud that I finished my degree, it was a close call.

3. I am proud of my book collection, and the speed at which it grows.

4. I am proud of who I am [and that I said that, even though it was hard.]

Day 11: Favourite Geeky Items

20 day challenge

20 day challenge

1. My Funko Pop collection

2. The thing I like to call Book  Mountain

3. Deathly Hallows Dress from Hot Topic, I also have a necklace and a bracelet with the Deathly Hallowsdd