Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #41: January 20, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone! I can't believe we are almost done with January!  It seems like the New Year is off to a great start and I can't wait to see what February has in store!  I managed to read a couple of books this week, which is fantastic and I can't wait to wrap up Andy Weir's "The Martian" soon!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Jughead Volume 2 by Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North

Title:  Jughead Volume 2

Author:  Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North

Artist:  Derek Charm

Genre:  Comedy / School / Adventure / Spin Off / Magic / Fantasy

Year Published:  2017

Year Read: 1/18/2018

Series: Jughead #2

Publisher: Archie Comics

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 13+ (Some Language)


It has been awhile since I had last read the reboot of the recent “Archie” comics and at the same time, I was reading the reboot of the “Jughead” series, which I had enjoyed!  Now, I finally got the chance to read the second volume of the “Jughead” reboot series and I must admit that I have enjoyed this volume even more than the first volume!

What is this story about?

The first half of the volume starts off with both Jughead and Archie going to Camp Lucey to spend some time together, only to find out that a family reunion is going on at the campsite (unfortunately, it is the Mantle family reunion, meaning that Reggie Mantle is going to be there). This causes Jughead and Archie to have a horrible time at camp and it also causes a rift between them as they start arguing with each other about whether or not it was worth it spending time together at their old campsite. Later on, unfortunately, Jughead and Archie get lost in the woods and they would have to put aside their differences if they want to survive the woods!

Meanwhile, in the second story, Jughead meets a girl dressed up as a burger and Jughead refers to her as the “Burger Lady” and ends up falling for her.  Later on, when the “Burger Lady” reveals herself to be none other than…. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, Sabrina asks Jughead out on a date.  Unfortunately, Jughead does not seem to have any kind of romantic feelings for Sabrina and he has a hard time telling her this, which leads to Sabrina dishing out some unwarranted revenge on Jughead!

What I loved about this story:

Chip Zdarsky’s and Ryan North’s writing:  Wow!  I was amazed by both Chip Zdarsky’s and Ryan North’s writing in this volume!  Both Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North brought so much humor and drama to the stories and it really made both stories so original and creative at the same time!  In the first half of the story, I was surprised at how dramatic Chip Zdarsky’s writing had gotten when it involved Jughead and Archie getting lost in the woods and having an argument during the whole ordeal.  I was actually feeling sorry for Jughead during the whole ordeal since he believed that he was losing Archie’s friendship due to Archie paying more attention to getting a date rather than hanging out with his longtime friend and you can see how deep Archie and Jughead’s friendship with each other really is.  I also liked the way that Chip Zdarsky balanced the humor and drama in this story as while it focuses on Archie and Jughead’s friendship nearly falling apart, there are still some humorous moments spread throughout the story.  Ryan North has done a fantastic job at writing the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” segment of this volume as it was filled with humor and relationship drama at the same time!  I am so glad that we finally get to see Sabrina the Teenage Witch make her appearance in the “Jughead” reboot because what “Archie” reboot would be complete without “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” causing magical mischief in the “Archie” universe?  I really enjoyed Jughead and Sabrina’s relationship with each other as it was hilarious seeing how the misunderstanding between them unfolded and heartwarming at how they do care about each other’s feelings about the situation.

Derek Charm’s artwork:  Derek Charm’s artwork is both hilarious and adorable to look at as the “Archie” characters look much younger in this volume than they do in the first volume and I loved the exaggerated expressions that the characters occasionally show whenever they are frustrated or acting goofy.  I also honestly think that Derek Charm’s artwork is a vast improvement over the artwork in the first volume since I think that it fit the characters much more closely and it does not look as goofy as the artwork in the first volume.

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

For those of you who do not like language, there is some language in this volume, such as the usage of the word “friggin.”  However, the language in this volume is barely noticeable and it is still suitable for younger readers.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Jughead Volume Two” is a vast improvement over the first volume and fans who love both the “Archie” and “Jughead” reboot series will definitely get a kick out of this volume!

2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Humor Publication and Nominated for Best Publication for Teens (Ages 13-17)

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #74: The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title:  The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary
Author:  NoNieqa Ramos
Expected Publication Date:  February 1st, 2018

Macy's school officially classifies her as "disturbed," but Macy isn't interested in how others define her. She's got more pressing problems: her mom can't move off the couch, her dad's in prison, her brother's been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn't speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that's both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can't tell her incarcerated father that her mom's cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy's machete.

A girl who has a horrible home life and it's possible that she may be a serial killer?  Sign me up!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up Post!

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 21. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/8
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Books Read: 0
Pages Read: 0
Notes:  I haven't read anything for the day!

Tuesday 1/9

Share your 2018 reading goal(s):

1) Be able to read up to 80 books this year.
2) Read up to 10 books per month.
3) Read more adult and young adult novels.
4) Read more books that are over 1,000 pages.
5) Read some classic books like "Dracula" and "Frankenstein."

Books Read: 1 (The Martian)
Pages Read: 30 pages (pages 80 - 110)  
Notes:  This book is getting really exciting so far and I can't wait to see what happens! 

Wednesday 1/10
Book spine rainbow

Books Read: 0
Pages Read: 0
Notes:  Sort of slacked off today!

Thursday 1/11

Books Read: 1 (The Martian)
Pages Read: 18 pages (pages 110 - 128)  
Notes:  Didn't get much reading in today, but the book is really getting interesting!

Friday 1/12
Newspaper headlines

Books Read: 1 (The Martian)
Pages Read: 52 pages (pages 128 - 180)  
Notes:  Wow! I got in a lot of pages for today! Things are really getting intense for Mark and I hope that the crew rescues Mark soon!

Saturday 1/13
Book spine poetry

Books Read: 1 (The Martian)
Pages Read: 30 pages (pages 180 - 210)  
Notes:  Oooh! This book is getting even more intense! I hope Mark makes it out alive!

Sunday 1/14
Leave a book review

Overall, even though I haven't finished "The Martian" during this readathon, I have managed to get in much deeper in this book than I did before, which is a huge success for me!

Top Ten Tuesday #61: Top 10 Bookish Goals for 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme that was formerly created at The Broke and the Bookish but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. 

This week's top 10 Tuesday topic is "Top 10 Bookish Goals for 2018!"  So, it BEGINS!  There are so many bookish goals that I want to get around to and complete this year, but for the previous years, I was NEVER able to complete these goals and I just end up at SQUARE ONE again!  So, this will be the year where I will finally accomplish those bookish goals that I wasn't able to complete before!

So, here's my top 10 Bookish Goals for 2018 (in no particular order, of course)!

1.  Read up to 10 books a month:  I seriously can NEVER EVER get through this goal!  I think my reading life would have been so much easier if I could just reach that MAGIC number 10 for books being read per month!

2.  Read more classics:  Another goal that I have been striving for and yet, I can NEVER get through this one!  Hopefully, this will be the year where I tackle classics like "Frankenstein," "A Christmas Carol," and "Dracula..." SOON!!!

3. Beat the 100 books reading goal:  I know I set up my Goodreads goal for 80 books this year, but wouldn't it be nice to reach up to 100 books this year (just like the GOOD OLE DAYS) and get to see how many LOVELIES I've managed to read this year?

4. Read more adult and young adult books:  Now, I SERIOUSLY don't have a problem when it comes to reading picture books and graphic novels, but I have noticed lately that I read WAY more graphic novels and picture books than I do with the REGULAR OLE adult and young adult novels. So, it's time to change that habit this year!

5.  Complete my Reading Challenges:  Okay, I have a confession to make. I tend to join up in over like a THOUSAND reading challenges and because of this, I was NEVER able to complete most of my reading challenges. Although, I'm still going to be that HAPPY GO LUCKY challenge seeking girl, I'm going to make it my goal to complete all of my reading challenges this year!

6. Clean out my TBR shelf:  I have SO MANY books in my TBR shelf that it's RIDICULOUS (in a good way).  So, I'm making it my goal this year to clean out my EVER GROWING TBR shelf!

7.  Have more Guest Posts on my blog:  I've always enjoyed hearing other people's opinions about a particular book series they like or seeing what kind of book topics they like to discuss about.  So, my goal this year is to get as many guest posts on my AWESOME book blog AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

8.  Get more participants in my Comic Book Bingo Challenge:  I've held this challenge for over 3 years now and I want to get EVEN MORE participants in this awesome challenge I've just created!  So, if you are a HUGE fan of comic books, then feel free to join in this year's Comic Book Bingo Challenge!  And also, a LITTLE HELP on getting more participants in this challenge: how do you get MORE participants in your SELF MADE reading challenges?  PLEASE ADVISE!

9.  Get more participants in my Book Photo Sunday Meme:  I just recently started this new Book Meme called "Book Photo Sundays" where you post up photos of your books every Sunday.  I know that this is like ADVERTISING my product on another product (in this case, ADVERTISING my book meme on another book meme), but SERIOUSLY, I would be the HAPPIEST person on EARTH if I get more participants in my Book Photo Sundays book meme!  Also, little HELP on how to get more participants for this meme: how do I get more participants for my book meme? PLEASE ADVISE!

10. Explore different genres:  I will admit that I'm a FANTASY, HORROR, and ROMANCE type of gal.  But, I would love to spend this year exploring different genres I've never explored before like NONFICTION, more SCIENCE FICTION and more LGBT ROMANCE!

Monday, January 15, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Farmer Goff and His Turkey Sam by Brian Schatell

Title:  Farmer Goff and His Turkey Sam

Author:  Brian Schatell

Genre:  Animals / Contests / Fair / Food / Humor

Year Published: 1982

Year Read:  1994 (Re Read: 2018)

J.B. Lippincott

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 5+  (Some Suggestive Themes)

Now, I have a little story to tell here.  When I was in the first grade, my teacher was reading us this book that involved a farmer, a turkey and a pie eating contest and for the longest time, I could not remember the name of this book and therefore, I was not able to read this book for years…. until NOW!  Now, I found out that the title of this book was called “Farmer Goff and his Turkey Sam” by Brian Schatell and man, was it awesome reliving this book again after all of these years!

Farmer Goff was a farmer who lived with his wife and his turkey Sam on a small farm and every year, Farmer Goff would take Sam to the county fair for the annual Turkey contest where Sam would win a blue ribbon every year.  Sam also happens to be extremely fond of Mrs. Goff’s delicious apple and turnip pies, but Farmer Goff is always telling Sam that he has to eat his turkey feed and to not eat any of the pies…or ELSE!  One day, Mrs. Goff baked over 294 pies for the county fair and Farmer Goff took the pies and Sam with him to the fair.  Once Farmer Goff and Sam got into the contest, Farmer Goff started bragging to the other farmers that his turkey Sam will win the contest since he had been training him and feeding him nothing but turkey feed.  At this, Sam got angry at Farmer Goff since he does not like eating turkey feed and he decided to do something about it.

Will Sam the turkey wins the contest and will he finally eat Mrs. Goff’s famous apple and turnip pies?

Read this book to find out!

YAY!  I finally got the chance to read this book again after so many years!  It is a shame that this book is not so well-known among the book community and it is an even bigger shame that this book ended up going out of print, to the point where I had to buy a library copy of this book just to own this book (not that it is bad that it is a library copy, but that just tells me that this book does not have its own printed edition).  Brian Schatell has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this book as the tone of the book is extremely humorous and sarcastic and I loved the way that Sam the Turkey gets back at Farmer Goff for all the abuse he has taken from Farmer Goff.  I also like the fact that this book is a bit similar to the antics of Looney Tunes as Farmer Goff and Sam seem to have a bit of a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner type of relationship with each other as Farmer Goff is Wile E. Coyote and Sam is the Road Runner.  Brian Schatell’s artwork may seem a bit too simplistic, but I think that the artwork works extremely well with the book’s simple yet sarcastic and humorous tone.  The only problem I had with the artwork is that they say that the characters won blue ribbons, but because of the colorings being mainly gray, light brown and red, the *BLUE* ribbons are shown to be *RED* ribbons instead.

Parents might want to know that Farmer Goff acts extremely condescending towards Sam the turkey, especially denying him the right to eat Mrs. Goff’s pies, even though Sam has not done anything wrong prior to the contest.  Parents should let their children know that it is wrong to act rude towards other people and that they should be more kind towards people who have helped them out many times.

Overall, “Farmer Goff and His Turkey Sam” is a truly fantastic and underrated classic that anyone who loves checking out obscure books and books with sarcastic tones will definitely enjoy!  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up due to Farmer Goff having a bad attitude throughout this book.

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