My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Graphic Novel | 2 comments

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil FerrisMy Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 386
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

My Thoughts:
Thank you to everyone who recommended this. It was exactly what you told me it would be. A completely unique and fascinating graphic novel the likes of which I’ve never seen before. I was a little hesitant to read it because I’m not nearly as big a horror fan as the main character. I shouldn’t have worried. What she loves is the old classic horror movies and comics that I loved as a kid myself.

The layers to both the story and the artwork in this graphic novel are both complex and wonderful. This is a hefty volume but I didn’t want to put it down. I’m so glad I started it when I had plenty of time.

There is a second volume to this story coming and I’m stalking my library website in order to be on the waiting list early.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Weekend Update: August 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 4 comments

Weekend Update
August 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

August 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

This was a good reading month for me.

Here’s what I read in August

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington


Graphic Novels and Comics

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (review coming this week)

Descender Vol. 4: Orbital Mechanics (review coming this week)


Short Stories
When a Child is Born: A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story by Jodi Taylor


Hope you had a great reading month in August. What was the best book you read last month?

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September 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

September 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for September:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my August 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in 2017, 3 stars, Book Review | 0 comments

How I Married a Marquess by Anna HarringtonHow I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook
Series: #3 in the Secret Life of Scoundrels series
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 276
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Josephine Carlisle, adopted daughter of a baron, is officially on the shelf. But the silly, marriage-minded misses in the ton can have their frilly dresses and their seasons in London, for all she cares. Josie has her freedom and her family . . . until an encounter with a dark, devilishly handsome stranger leaves her utterly breathless at a house party. His wicked charm intrigues her, but that’s where it ends. For Josie has a little secret . . .

Espionage was Thomas Matteson, Marquess of Chesney’s game-until a tragic accident cost him his career. Now to salvage his reputation and return to the life he loves, the marquess must find the criminal who’s been robbing London’s rich and powerful. He’s no fool-he knows Josie, with her wild chestnut hair and rapier-sharp wit, is hiding something and he won’t rest until he unravels her mysteries, one by one. But he never expected to be the one under arrest-body and soul . . .

My Thoughts:
It’s been ages since I read a good old historical romance. I saw a review of this one on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and it just sounded fun and fun was what I was in the mood for.

Although mostly predictable (see the title), this was nevertheless a fun romp. Although this is the third in a series is stands alone just fine.

There’s more adventure in this one than there is house parties and dances and that worked just fine for me. Josie and Thomas were both fun and a bit unconventional. There was plenty of quick witty banter to go along with the sex. I both liked and wanted to slap the them equally. Josie’s brothers were a great supporting cast and I’m glad to see Harrington has a series featuring them.

This was exactly the light fun entertainment I look for in this genre. I will probably pick up the other books in this series.

3 stars Rating 3/5

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