Weekly Round Up #9

Sorry that this one is a little late! The weekend was busy for me but I was able to squeeze in some reading too. This week was a pretty good reading week for me! I had a lot of fun exploring some juvenile graphic novels and some YA manga. I also got to finish up two non-fiction books that I’ve been reading. One was amazing and the other not so much. I’ll get into those in a little more depth a little further down. How was everyone’s week? I hope you had a great week and got to get some reading in! Are you getting ready for Christmas? I have my real Christmas tree up but it’s still not decorated (maybe it’ll get done this weekend, who knows.). Our lights outside are up and so are our stockings but other than that nothing else is up. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get some presents wrapped and some cards filled out this weekend as well so that I can get those in the mail soon. Do you guys do holiday cards? I love to send them out and receive them. I always hang mine above my TV so I can see them every day.

The first book that I really loved this week was a non-fiction book called Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen. This was the non-fiction book that I was really in love with. It had 100 women that did something in their lifetime to change the world (as the title implies). It had women that I knew about such as Marie Curie, Joan Jett, and Ada Lovelace but then there were tons of women that I had never even heard about! And they all did amazing things to change the world but it just blew my mind that there were so many that I didn’t know about until I read this book! I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone but I really think this would be a great book to read along with your kids. It has some really great illustrations as well.

Now I did read another non-fiction book this week and it was called #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. This was the non-fiction book that I wasn’t too crazy about. Some of the advice was just really self-explanatory like don’t spend money that you don’t have. Really? That’s kind of a no-brainer there. I really liked the parts of the book that were about Amoruso’s life before she founded Nasty Gal. Hearing all about her youth and twenties was really fascinating and pretty entertaining. The rest of the book was pretty darn boring though.

One of my favorite things I read by far this week was a collection of a webcomic called Unshelved by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Now that I work in the library I really, really relate to this comic. It was hilarious and I highly recommend it to anyone that works with the public. You will find yourself going “Oh my god that happens to me too! And it is so annoying!” I did that multiple times throughout the book. I’ve included one of the strips below from http://www.unshelved.com.

Unshelved comic strip for 12/4/2018

I read a few graphic novels as well last week. Some of them were great but one of them didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The ones that I loved were Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm, All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson, and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. All of these were juvenile graphic novels. My favorite one was All’s Faire in Middle School which was all about a young girl who was home schooled and who’s family worked at the local Renaissance faire. She’s starting middle school as well and is dealing with trying to deal with that as well as her ren faire duties. It’s a great little book that really talks about making friends and balancing what is important to you with your day to day responsibilities.

The one graphic novel that I read that I really wasn’t a fan of was Life Sucks by Jessica Abel. This graphic novel was about a young vampire that worked the night shift at a convenience store. I just didn’t really like the main character. I found him to be very whiny and generally just annoying. This one really wasn’t for me.

That’s all for this week! I hope you all had a good week and I can’t wait to talk to you all again soon! Come say hi on Twitter!

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