SUNDAY FUNDAY – Comics, Cities of Literature, and Strange Things

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.

December 1 – 7, 2014

Last weekend I was pretty busy, so I wasn’t able to post on Sunday. After Thanksgiving, I met my friend at her home in Alabama and we drove up to Chattanooga, TN, where we saw The 1975 live. Then we went to the Tennessee Aquarium, drove down to Birmingham, and saw Augustana live. It was a lot of fun!

This week, FOUR new UNESCO Cities of Literature were announced. I did my Master’s dissertation on the Cities of Literature, so this was really cool for me. New cities: Dunedin, Granada, Heidelberg, and Prague.

What you might’ve missed on the blog this week: My review of the audiobook for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and my excited post about Jared Leto being cast as The Joker in Suicide Squad

Coming up on the blog this week: My review of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick; Top Ten Tuesday and Teaser Tuesday; Waiting on Wednesday and WWW Wednesday; my review of Evangeline Lilly’s The Squickerwonkers; another post or two thrown in that I haven’t decided on yet. Make sure you come by and check these out! Please?

Books read: I’ve been making my way through The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. It’s taking me a while but I’m enjoying it. It’s my first adult book in a while, which has taken some time to adjust to. It’s not necessarily action packed or anything, but it’s really interesting and full of soul. Expect a review in the next couple weeks.

TBR: I had a great comic book haul yesterday, and I also bought two of The Walking Dead Governor novels at Books-A-Million for $4 each! Check out my comic book haul below. I also received the package from Paige at The Paige-Turner – I won her giveaway! The second picture is the awesome books and swag I got from her!

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Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

Well, it’s by a bookish person. So does that make it bookish? I don’t know. Anyway, Maggie Stiefvater just opened a Society6 shop where she’s selling prints of some of her artwork. Yeah, you know I’m excited. I need some. I really want this one. There are several I really love, like The Raven Cycle Character Sketches. They’re not too expensive, so maybe I’ll buy one if I get any Christmas money. 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful? Sharing the link so others can check out her awesome artwork.

Maggie Stiefvater's Stag

So I had a pretty good week and my weekend has been full of making stuff for my Belle’s Enchanted Gift Exchange partner and my Bookish Christmas partner. I’ve read some, watched some Arrow, got paint all over my hands, and drank a lot of coffee. How’s your week been?

Suicide Squad Cast – Jared freaking Leto as The Joker

Alright, so here I was la-di-da-ing down my Facebook timeline when I come across THIS ARTICLE that says Jared FREAKING Leto is going to be the Joker in Suicide Squad. Yes, I had a minor freak out and read the article and a couple others like five times each. I, personally, think he’s going to do a great job. I think he’s an incredible actor and I’m seriously looking forward to seeing that film. Not sure how I feel about Will Smith as Deadshot, but I’m willing to give it a shot. And Cara Delevingne is going to go from Margo Roth Spiegelman in the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns to Enchantress in Suicide Squad. She’s obviously got the best agent ever. I can’t wait to see her in both – mostly because I really want to see both, not necessarily because she’s in it. Actually, I’ve never seen her in anything so I don’t know if she’s good.

Here’s the official cast/character list taken from the Variety article:Jared Leto

Jared Leto – The Joker

Will Smith – Deadshot

Tom Hardy – Rick Flag

Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn

Jai Courtney – Boomerang

Cara Delevingne – Enchantress

The movie is set to release August 5, 2016.

So what do you guys think about this? Have you read any of the Suicide Squad comics? What do you think about the actors cast? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

WWW Wednesday [6] – Floating Boys, comics, and indecision

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions: (As always, all titles are linked to their corresponding Goodreads pages)

  • What are you currently reading?Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

I am currently reading Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay. It’s an interesting book so far. I’m intrigued by the idea of a boy who floats and a girl who can’t. I do want to know what’s going to happen. I’m about 55% of the way through, and I plan to finish it today/tomorrow.

  • Superior Iron ManWhat did you recently finish reading?

Yesterday I read a bunch of new comics. Here’s what I read: Wytches #2, Annihilator #1, Saga #24, Gotham Academy #2, Superior Iron Man #1, The Walking Dead #134, Wild’s End #3, and Memetic #1. I enjoyed all of them. Superior Iron Man was my first Iron Man comic and I can’t wait to read more. I love how British Wild’s End is. Wytches is weird and creepy and awesome. Annihilator was…interesting. It’s Grant Morrison so you know it’s weird. The Walking Dead was great. Duh. Memetic is about a killer meme. A meme that kills, so yeah. Cool.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?Black Ice

I can’t decide if I’m going to start Becca Fitzpatrick’s new book Black Ice or Michael Grant’s new book Messenger of Fear. Both are due back at the library on the same day… um, today. So yeah. Which would you recommend I read first??

What did you read in the past week? What are you going to read next?

 

Stacking the Shelves: Comics galore!

This week I didn’t buy any new books (cue sad face) but I did get a stack of awesome comics today! None of which I’ve read yet (more sad face). Want to see what I got?

I’m doing this post from my phone, which I’ve never done, so please excuse any typos or mistakes or general ugliness.

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(Again, doing this from my phone, so this might not be the best picture)

I got: Thomas Alsop #6, Memetic #1 (this is about a killer meme. A meme that kills. Can’t wait to read), Saga #24, The Walking Dead #134, Wild’s End #3, Wytches #2, Annihilator #1 (new from Grant Morrison. Yes!), Superior Iron Man #1, and Gotham Academy #2.

I’m excited about all of these. I’m obsessed with TWD. I’m pretty much in love with how British Wild’s End is. Also, the first issue of Wytches was crazy cool so I’m looking forward to #2. I’m really excited to try my first Iron Man series. Plus, his suit is purple. Wuuut? Awesome.

What about you? Did you add anything to your shelves this week? Read comics? Recommend some to me in the comics!

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [17]

Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.

October 20 – 26, 2014

Yesterday, I started The Walking Dead TV show. I’ve watched three episodes so far. It’s interesting to see it come to life because I’m used to words with pictures in my head, but this already had pictures. I think I’m going to do a reaction post for each season as I finish. What do you guys think about that?

I don’t have much planned for this week except for the usual: Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and maybe a Teaser Tuesday, so this week will be a fly by the seat of my pants kind of week. 🙂

Books read:

This week, I finished and reviewed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Today, I started Get Happy by Mary Amato. I also read several issues of comics: TWD, Batman and Robin, Edward Scissorhands (which will be reviewed on WatchPlayRead this week), Batman Eternal, and more. I got to read Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers at work; it was amazing, of course. I’ll probably review that soon! I also finished rereading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater as an audiobook. It was pretty great. I think I’m going to do a review of that soon as well.

TBR:

Yesterday was Halloween ComicFest. I had a pretty awesome haul from that.

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I also bought the latest issues of TWD, Batman and Robin, Bodies, Wild’s End, and Trees and the first issue of Arkham Manor, which I’m looking forward to checking out.

From the library, I checked out Marie Lu’s The Young Elites and Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar. I’m so excited to read this, especially The Young Elites. I’ve heard such amazing things! Oh yeah, I also checked out Every Day by David Levithan, which I’m reading for the Magnolia Book Award here in Mississippi. I’ve been wanting to read that one for a long time, so yay!

What you might’ve missed:

My first blog tour! I participated in the Mortal Enchantment Blog Tour (Mortal Enchantment is by the lovely Stacey O’Neale)

I reviewed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I’ve been reviewing the comic series Bodies by Si Spencer over on WatchPlayRead. Check out my review of Issue #3.

I’ve also been reviewing Gotham over on WPR. My latest review can be found HERE.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

Hmmm. I’ve pretty much been in a bookish-only world recently.

I know this is a little early, but I’m going to see The 1975 next month, and I AM REALLY EXCITED. So yeah, definitely looking forward to that.

What about you guys? What’s new with you?

SUNDAY FUNDAY: WEEK IN REVIEW [15]

Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.
October 6 – 12, 2014

So this week was nuts for me. I was supposed to have Tuesday off, but ended up having to go into work. I had one of those days when I just wanted to shut down and do nothing even though I had a ton of stuff to do. That sucked. But I just went to bed early and then got up early to get things done. It worked. Thank goodness.

Things you might’ve missed on the blog:
Book Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
ARC Review of Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw
Things I wrote over on WatchPlayRead:
Book Review of The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
Review of Gotham’s third episode

Coming up on the blog this week: ARC Review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, Top Ten Tuesday – places books have made me want to visit, (probably) Teaser Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, (probably) WWW Wednesday, Audiobook Review of Panic by Lauren Oliver. That’s all I have planned so far, but there will probably be more.

WytchesBooks/comics read: I read several comics this week, including Thor #1 (my review will be up on WatchPlayRead tomorrow), about 8 issues of Batman Eternal, Punks: The Comic #1, and Wytches #1 (which I’ll probably review soon because it was AWESOME). Additionally, I read Volume 21 of The Walking Dead comics.

I also read and reviewed Oh Yeah, Audrey! and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (which will be reviewed on the blog tomorrow!). I’m rereading Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver but as an audiobook this time. It was tripping me up at first because the narrator, Jenna Lamia, also narrated The Help audiobook, so it was like, “Why is Skeeter in Mercy Falls?!” Haha.

Books/comics I’ve added to my shelves: I added a few things to my TBR this week. I forgot to mention it last week, so I wanted to say that I bought Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I’m really looking forward to that one! I didn’t buy any books this week, but I bought a few comics, including Gotham Academy #1, Bodies #3, Wytches #1 (SO GOOD!) Thor #1 (which I already mentioned), and several issues of The Walking Dead, which will catch me up on that series!

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:Gotham 1.2 Oswald

I’m really enjoying Gotham on Fox! I’m reviewing each episode over on WatchPlayRead if you are interested in reading that. 🙂

We’re doing wand making at my library this week. I can’t wait to make my own wizard wand. Pictures next Sunday!

This is such a fatty thing to be excited about, but Keebler is now making red velvet fudge striped cookies, and they are delicious. Haha.

I am NOT excited about the fact that I am getting my wisdom teeth taken out this Friday. But rest assured, there will be NO crazy videos of me high on meds. I’ve already made my family promise. Lol.

What about you? Update me on your liiiiiiiives!

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Driven Books and Comic Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

Novels:

The Help by Kathryn StockettLet's Get Lost

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Comics: (Comics are driven by a lot of things, but these three have such great characters that I had to mention them)

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by various artists (this is everything driven, but the characters are awesome and you really get attached to them. I want everyone to read these, so I’m including them even though they aren’t ONLY character driven)

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples

Batman and Robin created by Grant Morrison – Damien, ftw. Also, 😦

What books or comics would you put in this category? If you participated, link me up to your TTT!

Sunday…er. Monday Funday! Week in Review

[Monday] Funday: Week in Review

Ooops. It’s Monday. Not Sunday. Oh well. I’ve been sick for the past few days, so I haven’t felt like doing ANYTHING. You might have noticed I haven’t posted anything on the blog since Wednesday. I know that isn’t that long, but I feel like my blog is a little lonely and sad. So I’m going to do my regular Sunday Funday post today instead! (I also forgot to do one last weekend, so I’ll have a few things from that in here)

September 22 – October 6, 2014

In the past two weeks, I’ve mostly been working, BUT I went to see Joshua James for the THIRD time. That was awesome. He’s incredible live, so I had a blast (it didn’t hurt that he remembered me and gave me a huge hug afterward). 🙂

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I also went to a wedding, to see TMR for the second time, bought some new comics, and put up some pretty displays in the library where I work.

I am so sorry, but I forgot to announce on my blog (I announced it on Twitter) that Dana (from DanaSquare) won my giveaway! Yay! LINK UP

What have I read in the past two weeks?

I finished and reviewed Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

I read Volumes 15-20 of The Walking Dead comics (which means I’ve read all the volumes we currently have in our library system. Good thing I bought Volume 21 yesterday!!)

I also read The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer (which I’ll be reviewing on WatchPlayRead this week)

I listened to the audiobook of Panic by Lauren Oliver (read by Sarah Drew) – which I’ll be reviewing on the blog this week

I read an assortment of children’s books at work, but one of the ones I really enjoyed was Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum. I read this one for my library’s preschool story time and the kids (and I) thought it was adorable. It even inspired me to draw Kiki. 🙂

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Books/comics I’ve added to my shelves:

I don’t believe I have bought any new books in the past two weeks (WHAT? I know, right?) but I checked out The One and Only Ivan from the library; it looks like a fun and easy read.

I bought several new comics yesterday though – like I mentioned earlier, I bought Volume 21 of The Walking Dead because we didn’t have it in our library system. I also bought Issues #129, 130, and 132. I need Issues #127, 128, and 131 so I can be completely caught up to the last issue. I’ll probably order those three online (unless one of you lovely people has it and would like to send it to me!! – I’ll pay!). I also got Issue #23 of Saga. I bought Issue #1 of Low (from Image) and Thor (who’s a girl now! From Marvel). I’m excited to start those and see if I like them. I haven’t read a whole lot from Marvel since starting comics, so hopefully I’ll be able to dive in with Thor.

Also, I thought I’d update everyone on my Goodreads reading challenge: I set my challenge in March to read 100 books this year. I didn’t really start updating Goodreads until then (when I started my blog), and I’ve currently read 118/100 books. Haha. Yay!! That doesn’t even count my single issue comics I’ve read (which has to be about 100 at least). I think I’ll set my goal higher next year!

So what about you guys? What’s been happening in your life in the last few weeks? What great books have you read or added to your TBR? Fill me in below!

Stacking the Shelves: Decatur Book Festival and some new comics!

This past weekend I went to the Decatur Book Festival (check out my recap of the weekend here). I had the awesome opportunity to meet several of my favorite authors and get my books signed. I already owned most of the books I got signed, but I bought a few new ones. 🙂
Here are the ones I already owned that I got signed!

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Here are three books I didn’t already own but bought at the festival and the ARC I got at the festival!
(This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith; ARC of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)

IMG_4109 IMG_4111I also bought several new comics this week:
(The Wicked and the Divine Issue #3, Bodies Issue #2, Batman and Robin Issue #34, Trees Issue #1)

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Did you get any new books or comics this week? Let me know what you got so I can check it out!