Wednesday, October 14, 2020

My Weekly Pull [137] & Can't-Wait Wednesday [112]

My Weekly Pull is something I do every Wednesday to show which comics I had pulled for me that week! If you're into comics, or you're looking to start, please join me! If you decide to do your own post, there's a link-up at the bottom. I would love to stop by and check it out!

Seven Secrets #3 by Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Avengers #37 by Jason Aaron, Javi Garron, Matteo Scalera
Once & Future #12 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora 

Jacob's comics for the week!

Usagi Yojimbo #13 by Stan Sakai
Amazing Spider-Man #50 by Nick Spencer, Patrick Gleason
Bill & Ted Are Doomed #2 by Evan Dorkin, Roger Langridge, Sarah Dyer

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature that's hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. It highlights the upcoming releases we're really excited about reading! CWW is a spinoff of the feature Waiting on Wednesday (WoW), that was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Dark Library by Cyrille Martinez, Joseph Patrick Stancil (Translation) 
Expected publication: October 20th 2020 by Coach House Books

Synopsis (via Goodreads): In Cyrille Martinez's library, the books are alive: not just their ideas or their stories, but the books themselves. Meet the Angry Young Book, who has strong opinions about who reads what and why. He's tired of people reading bestsellers, so he places himself on the desks of those who might appreciate him. Meet the Old Historian who mysteriously vanished from the stacks. Meet the Blue Librarian, the Mauve Librarian, the Yellow Librarian, and spend a day with the Red Librarian trying to banish coffee cups and laptops.

Then one day there are no empty desks anywhere in the Great Library. A great horde of student workers has descended, and they will scan every single book in the library: the much-borrowed, the neglected, the popular, the obscure. What will happen to the library then? Will it still be necessary?

The Dark Library is a theoretical fiction, a meditation on what libraries mean in our digital world. Has the act of reading changed? What is a reader? A book? Martinez, a librarian himself, has written a love letter to the urban forest of the dark, wild library, where ideas and stories roam free.


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Alphabet's Alphabet by Chris Harris & Dan Santat
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

 
Halito friends! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for The Alphabet's Alphabet hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. The kids and I had a lot of fun with this one, so be sure to check out the giveaway below! Thanks for stopping by! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About The Book:
Title:
THE ALPHABET'S ALPHABET
Author: Chris Harris & Dan Santat (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 48
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

For fans of P is for Pterodactyl comes this groundbreaking spin on the ABC's from an acclaimed, bestselling author and artist pairing!

Here's a totally twisted take on the alphabet that invites readers to look at it in a whole new way: An A is an H that just won't stand up right, a B is a D with its belt on too tight, and a Z is an L in a tug-of-war fight! Twenty-six letters, unique from each other -- and yet, every letter looks just like one another! Kind of like...one big family.

From two bestselling masters of wordplay and visual hijinks comes a mind-bending riddle of delightful doppelgängers and surprising disguises that reveal we're more alike than we may think. You'll never look at the alphabet the same way again! 


I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. 

The Alphabet's Alphabet was an enjoyable read, although the letter comparisons did take some getting used to! I'm not sure if it was the wording or the illustrations themselves, but I had to repeatedly tell myself that it was actually this letter that only looked like that letter. Was that confusing? Let me show you an example and try to better explain myself!


The book starts at the beginning of the Alphabet... sort of. An A is actually an H; a B is really a D. It makes sense, but for some reason my brain kept trying to twist them around! I think that's what the author and illustrator were trying to do? Make people see something that wasn't really there, like an optical illusion? If that was what they were trying to do, it was really well done! I also think the kids enjoyed the mental gymnastics. I was verbally telling them one thing, while their eyes showed them something else. We had to stop and talk about each page before moving on, which did make this a slower read, but we didn't mind! I love when books really grab their attention and hold it - - challenging their brains is a bonus! 

If you like books with a unique concept, definitely check out The Alphabet's Alphabet. I'm 31-years old and still struggled to immediately make sense of each page! I'm sure this is a book we will re-read many times, so maybe the repetition will make the letters easier to identify in the future. ;)


About Chris: WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Chris Harris is the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, illustrated by Lane Smith. He has been an executive producer for comedies including How I Met Your Mother, and a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. His pieces have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. He lives in Los Angeles. 



Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, After the Fall, and Drawn Together, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets. His website is dantat.com.


Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a Finished Copy of THE ALPHABET'S ALPHABET, Website Only.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

My Weekly Pull [136] & Can't-Wait Wednesday [111]

 
My Weekly Pull is something I do every Wednesday to show which comics I had pulled for me that week! If you're into comics, or you're looking to start, please join me! If you decide to do your own post, there's a link-up at the bottom. I would love to stop by and check it out!

Champions #1 by Eve L. Ewing, Simone Di Meo, Kaare Andrews
Spider-Man Marvels Snapshots #1 by Howard Chaykin, Alex Ross
Miles Morales Spider-Man #19 by Saladin Ahmed, Carmen Nunez Carnero

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #2 by Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo

Jacob's comics for the week! 

Deadpool #7 by Kelly Thompson, Gerardo Sandoval, Chris Bachalo
Amazing Spider-Man #850 by Nick Spencer, Marcelo Ferreira, Ryan Ottley
Lost Soldiers #3 by Ales Kot, Luca Casalanguida, Heather Moore

Comics for the kiddos!

My Little Pony Transformers Friendship #3 by James Asmus, Sam Maggs, Priscilla Tramontano, Jack Lawrence, Tony Fleecs
Batman The Adventures Continues #5 by Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, Ty Templeton, Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
DC Classics Batman Adventures #5 by Martin Pasko, Kelley Puckett, Brad Rader, Rick Burchett

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature that's hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. It highlights the upcoming releases we're really excited about reading! CWW is a spinoff of the feature Waiting on Wednesday (WoW), that was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Berkley Books

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiancés might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can't give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend's little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy's matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather's will. If only he hadn't broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago...
Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren't about to follow the rules of this engagement.

This book sounds amazing! I haven't read The Marriage Game, but I feel like I should move it up on my TBR before this one comes out. Have you read anything by this author? What do you think of The Dating Plan? I love the fake dating trope! 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Breathless by Jennifer Niven
[Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway]

Halito! Good morning my lovelies! Welcome to the next stop on the Breathless blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I was originally slotted to review this book for the tour, but my parents were in the hospital (COVID-19) and I took some time off. Hopefully I will be able to get to it soon, since the story sounds amazing and the book boxes were insanely creative (the author and her husband made the boxes and all of the items inside)! Check out my Instagram post for pictures. Thankfully, I still get to share this lovely spotlight post with you, AND there's a giveaway at the bottom! Thanks for stopping by! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About The Book:
Title: BREATHLESS
Author: Jennifer Niven
Pub. Date: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 400
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org


From Jennifer Niven, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places, comes an unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life--sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.

Before: With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine Henry is making plans: college in the fall, become a famous author, and maybe--finally--have sex. She doesn't even need to be in Amazon. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he's leaving Claude's mother. Suddenly, Claude's entire world feels like a lie, and her future anything but under control.

After: Claude's mom whisks them away to the last place Claude could imagine nursing a broken heart: a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia. But then Jeremiah Crew happens. Miah is a local trail guide with a passion for photography--and a past he doesn't like to talk about. He's brash and enigmatic, and even more infuriatingly, he's the only one who seems to see Claude for who she wants to be. So when Claude decides to sleep with Miah, she tells herself it's just sex, nothing more. There's not enough time to fall in love, especially if it means putting her already broken heart at risk. 

Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Jennifer Niven's luminous new novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman ready to write her own story.


About Jennifer:

Jennifer Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe, as well as the popular Velva Jean series. She is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Ada Blackjack, The Aqua-Net Diaries, and The Ice Master, which was named a top non-fiction book by Entertainment Weekly. Her New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places is soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.

Photo: Justin Conway

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


Giveaway Details: 
3 winners will receive a Finished Copy of BREATHLESS, US Only.


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Saturday, October 3, 2020

State of the ARC [26]

 
State of the ARC is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah at Avalinah's Books! It's an opportunity for readers to catch up on their long overdue ARCs, but right now I'm using it to keep up with my upcoming ARCs instead. It helps me stay organized! Edit: State of the ARC is currently being hosted by Sarah (All the Book Blog Names Are Taken) while Evelina is on hiatus.

The Clockwork Crow (The Clockwork Crow, #1) by Catherine Fisher (10/4) Review
The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes (10/6) Review
Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries) by Elizabeth C. Bunce (10/6)
How to Get Away with Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries) by Elizabeth C. Bunce (10/6)
Broken Wish (The Mirror, #1) by Julie C. Dao (10/6) 

The Wrong Kind of Woman by Sarah McCraw Crow (10/6)
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (10/6)
AAAlligator! by Judith Henderson (10/6)
Old Man and the Penguin by Julie Abery (10/6) 
Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse (10/13)

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka (10/13) 
The Emperor's Wolves (Wolves of Elantra, #1) by Michelle Sagara
A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe (10/13)
Beyond the Ruby Veil (Beyond the Ruby Veil, #1) by Mara Fitzgerald (10/13)
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly (10/20)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (10/24)
Love & Olives (Love & Gelato, #3) by Jenna Evans Welch (11/10)
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett (11/10)
The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh (11/17)
Admission by Julie Buxbaum (12/1)

2021 Releases!

You Have a Match by Emma Lord (1/5)
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (1/5)
If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier (1/26)
Outlawed by Anna North (1/26)
Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon (Sandhya Menon) (2/2)

Meet You in the Middle by Devon Daniels (2/2)
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher (2/16)
The Initial Insult (The Initial Insult, #1) by Mindy McGinnis 🎧 (2/23) 
Float Plan by Trish Doller (3/2)
Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3) by Talia Hibbert (3/9)

The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (3/9)
When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert (3/9)
Malice by Heather Walter (4/13)
Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein (4/27)

Where did all of these books come from??? 😅 

via GIPHY

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