Weekly Round-Up! #28

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How was your week? I had a lot of fun with my friends this week so I didn’t get to read much but what I did read I really loved! I especially loved a graphic novel that I read yesterday and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1

One of the first books that I really enjoyed this week is called The Avant-Guards (vol. 1) by Carly Usdin. I got to read an advanced reader’s copy of this comic off of NetGalley and it actually just released a few days ago so you can snag a copy for yourself (not spon.)! Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she belongs…in the school’s (terrible) basketball team.

As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be.”

You guys I adored this comic book! I loved all of the different characters that were in the book. There was a lot of really good rep from gender rep to religious rep and everything in between. I feel like there is a character for everyone to relate to in this. Even though this was a sports comic and it did revolve around a basketball team you do not need to know anything about basketball or sports in general. You will still love this book even if you are not a fan of sports at all. I would highly recommend this book to pretty much everyone! I cannot wait to get a copy for myself and add it to my collection.

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The next book that I really enjoyed is Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn. This is another ARC from NetGalley and unfortunately, this one has not been released yet. But it is coming out soon! It will release on October 8th of this year so only a month away!

This book is fantastic! It is all about Madison, an intern for the Boston Lede and her quest to land a front page story. She gets her opportunity in the form of Dahlia Kennedy; a socialite accused of killing her husband and possibly her son as well. The newspaper sends more seasoned reporters to the jail to talk to her and get a story but she won’t talk to anyone. Except Madison.

This is an amazing crime comic. I have read my fair shape of graphic novels and comic books and this one had me hooked pretty much right from the beginning. I really liked the pacing of this comic book. It pretty much starts off at a break neck speed and doesn’t let up. I also really loved the representation that is in this comic book as well. Not only do we have a bi MC, we also have a bi, Catholic, Boston cop (which I have yet to see in a comic book), gay characters, and plenty of other rep that you will have to discover yourself. I would definitely recommend this comic book to anyone but especially fans of mystery or noir type books.

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Next up we have a graphic novel that is new to the library called Chesire Crossing by Andy Weir of The Martian fame. This graphic novel is about Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy who have ended up at Chesire Crossing, a place to help them deal with their supernatural powers. For once, they are at a place where people believe them and don’t think that they’re insane. Of course the girls, who are now older, quickly get into trouble and go off to Neverland, Oz, and Wonderland and have some really badass adventures.

I really liked getting to revisit these characters now that they are in their teens. Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz are some of my favorite stories so I was very excited to get to hang out with them again. I was never really a fan of Peter Pan, BUT, I really loved Wendy in this book. She was so bad ass and self sufficient throughout the story so I really came to like her much more than before. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the original works that the girls are from OR really likes a graphic novel about bad ass girls.

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Next up was one of the manga that I read this week called Delicious Dungeon, vol. 2 by Ryoko Kui. This is (obviously by the title) the second volume in this series. This manga is about a group of adventurers that are going through a dungeon to try and save a captured member of their party. But they have run out of food and don’t have much money to get more. Because of that they are eating their way through the dungeon, literally.

I’ve read and really liked volume one so I was really excited to read this next volume. I love manga that are about food or cooking so I absolutely adore this series. I love the characters but I’m really just here for them fighting and then eating the monsters. Sometimes they come across a monster and I’m just like how are they going to eat this???? But they somehow find a way to do just that. If you are a fan of cooking manga such as Sweetness and Lightning or adventure manga such as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime then I think this one would be right up your alley!

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Ok that is it for this week! I hope you all had a good Labor Day Weekend. I look forward to talking to you all next weekend!

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