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Yeah. You read right. The spook doesn’t end till I say it ends.
I dare you to challenge me.

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THE BOOK OF X| by Sarah Rose Etter ➰πŸ₯©β™€οΈ

I learned about this book through an article on Electric Literature and was instantly drawn to it by the gorgeous cover. I know I’m vain when it comes to books. So sue me. It’s about a woman called Cassie who lives a in a surreal alternate earth, where she was born with her torso twisted into a knot, like her mother and grandmother before her. The book follows her from child to teen to adult and displays how her loneliness, trauma and isolation remain with her even when she is able to remove the knot.

The book is visceral and painful but also kinda cathartic to read. Personally it was kinda close to home for a variety of reasons (one being having a chronic illness and somewhat visible medical issue) and I think in that way it was especially good for me to read. But I think it would be incredibly relatable to any woman out there regardless of illness cause there really is something sadly relatable about being trapped in your body and feeling like an outsider. This bit in particular really struck a chord with me:

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STARGAZING | by Jen Wang πŸŒ πŸ’ƒπŸ₯

This was kinda sad but a mostly sweet story of 2 girls who become unlikely best friends. The art was really lovely and I really appreciated how REAL the girls felt. Sometimes adults forget how kids are like and the way they write them feels off somehow.. I really enjoyed The Prince and the Dressmaker so I had hopes that this would be as sweet as that – I wasn’t disappointed!! Although I feel like Stargazing is definitely for a younger set because EVEN THOUGH I enjoyed reading this, it was not on the same level for me simply because it was obvious this was written with a certain age group in mind lol.

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PUMPKINHEADS | by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks πŸŽƒπŸ€ πŸ‚

So I’ve actually not read anything by Rowell but I have read a couple graphic novels by Hicks so I was intrigued by this. I figured it would be something to do with teen friendship, much like her other books, so I knew to expect YA levels of dialogue. Which is not!! I’m just closer to 30 than I am to 20 now and sometimes that kind of dialogue gets on my nerves lol. This was actually more fun than I thought it would be.

The art was really vibrant and tasty for the eyes (look it makes sense just go with it), and the adventure that Deja and Josiah go on in order to find his crush before their last year together at the pumpkin patch was quite fun to follow along. Anyway it’s quite a cute feel good story even if I wasn’t fond of the romantic ending – it just felt forced and rushed and I thought they had zero romantic chemistry. WELP.

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GHOSTS | by Raina Telgemeier πŸ’€πŸŒ¬οΈπŸ‡²πŸ‡½

This was a really lovely graphic novel about the relationship between 2 sisters and how they learn to appreciate their Mexican heritage, and come to terms with a progressive genetic disease, which in this case was Cystic Fibrosis. I would definitely recommend this to any kid who has a close friend or loved one with a similar disease or any kind of chronic illness, as I think the way Raina uses Dia de los Muertos to show kids how to come to terms with the disease is a really soft but honest way without talking down to them.

I do have issues with this though. This is by no means a good way to learn about the holiday and I think before you give this to a kid you should give them a primer on the holiday. Like. At least watch Coco or The Book of Life lol. Second, why are the neighbours literally called the skulls??? It’s kinda corny and on the nose.. It’s not a HUGE deal but it’s like having a book about Chinese New Year and calling the family the Huat Ah’s lmfao…

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I really like this line of shorts that Faber has put out. There’s a lot of big names and the little books are lovely little bite sized things that could serve as introductions to these big names in literature!! Anyhow, this one by Djuna Barnes was interesting. I’m quite neutral about it to be honest. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. I’ve only read one book by Barnes before and that was Nightwood, and I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would but I thought I’d give this one a shot since it’s so incredibly short. Anyway. These 3 stories were not really that great and sadly I don’t think they’d be a good introduction on Djuna Barnes…

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ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND | by Box Brown πŸ€Όβ€β™‚οΈβ¬†οΈπŸ‡«πŸ‡·

This was quite an interesting peek into the quite literal larger than life man, ‘Andre the Giant’. I’ve only known about him through the Princess Bride film and also have 0 knowledge when it comes to wrestling. I appreciate that this book doesn’t shy away from the less pleasant aspects of his life, as well as showing how sad his life also was despite the highs of fame he had. Anyway, it was a really interesting read and Brown did a really good job of pacing the story while making it interesting to non-wrestling fans too.

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I’m not even sure if I should bother putting this on here lol. It’s more of a picture book than a graphic novel!! But I read it anyway so here we go I guess… It’s cute enough that kids shouldn’t be spooked and cute enough for adults to not get bored. I learned about some new creatures though!!

I connect spiritually with the Squonk :C

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SECONDS | by Bryan Lee O’Malley & Nathan Fairbairn β³πŸ—’οΈπŸ‘©β€πŸ³

FINALLY got around to reading this!! Katie is a young chef with her own restaurant and plans to open another, and she seems to have it all sorted, until one night she meets a weird person in her room who gives her a mushroom and a notepad and says, “eat one mushroom, write down your mistake and go to sleep”. When she wakes up her mistake is rectified! So with these ‘seconds’ (which I thought was a neat bit of word play of sorts since seconds also refers to: time, plates of food, having second chances..) she starts to go a bit more wild with what she wants fixed. It’s very magical realism/urban fantasy and while being funny is also a bit spooky with a sad undertone.

Also. I C U BRYAN!!!!!!


CAN’T GET PAST ME!!!!!!!!!!!

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RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN | by Lucy Kinsley πŸ‘©β€πŸ³πŸ₯—πŸ½οΈ

I think it’s safe to call this a cookbook meets memoir! I really enjoyed reading about food from the point of view of a foodie, and especially one who was brought up by chefs and surrounded by lovers of food from all aspects of life. The recipes included looked really tasty even if they were simple, so I can’t wait to try some of them ehehehe… My only issue is that the stories didn’t really flow as well so at times it felt like I was reading a webcomic more than a memoir or biography.

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AHHH DELILAH DIRK HOW I LOVE YOU SO!!!!!! I think I might love Selim more though.. LET THIS MAN REST!!!! He just wants to draw and read and drink his tea in peace. He’s so tired Delilah… Pls….. Anyhow. This third book is about them stumbling into an Indiana Jones style caper to find THE LEGENDARY THIRD PILLAR OF HERCULES!!!!!! *Not real. Yes the summary says she has to work with her sworn enemy, BUT! There’s more to it than just that. I really enjoyed this story and I really hope there’ll be more Delilah Dirk adventures soon!!!

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β€œEven now I'm not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I've gotten from books.” - [Beatrice Sparks] Go Ask Alice πŸƒβ˜•

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