Review: Toilet Bound Hanako-Kun

I went into this manga pretty blind to the plot. I was doing research on popular and appropriate mangas for my 15 year old niece and Toilet Bound Hanako-Kun kept popping up on blogs and top ten lists. I try to read some of the same manga and they do so we can we can talk about books when we’re together.

I was totally shocked by how cute and ridiculous this was. I’m glad I have book two in the Toilet Bound Hanako-Kun series already on my TBR pile to read!

Review: Food Wars Vol. 1

I love books that revolve around food, and this manga – Food Wars – definitely checked all of my boxes.

Cooking, competitiveness, witty banter – check, check, check.

I picked this up mainly because of the cover, but the story definitely did not disappoint. I am looking forward to reading volume 2!

Review: Pumpkinheads

Pumpkinheads is such a cute graphic novel – and perfect reading for fall reading.

Deja and Josiah are “seasonal friends” working together at the local Pumpkin Patch. But on their last day of the season, during their last year working at the Patch before heading off to college, the duo decides to go out with a bang. They seek out the girl Josiah has been crushing on for three years, but on the way, they also try all of the snacks!

I absolutely, positively connected with Deja – she planned their night around eating all of the snacks at the Pumpkin Patch, including the epic sounding pumpkin bomb.

I wish I had read this slower, and sooner, it was such a heart warming graphic novel.

Review: Crumbs

I picked Crumbs up at the book store because of the artwork. The cover drew me in and the artwork inside was just beautiful.

That said, while I enjoyed the relationship between Ray and Laurie, and even the career growth and decisions that Ray needs to make along the way.

But, I wanted to know more about the magic system and how it worked, and more about the Council and what it does and why it is so important. I also wanted more information about Ray and Laurie’s mobile devices. They acted like cell phones, but also were spell books?

I really did enjoy Crumbs, and the drawings of the baked goods and coffee and teas had me craving fresh pastries and hot drinks the whole time. I just wanted more from this story.

Heartstopper Vol. 4

I tried to read this slowly and savor every minute of Heartstopper Volume 4. However, I read this so fast because I absolutely love Nick and Charlie and their story.

I loved the way mental health was openly and honestly discussed in this book. Not just as representation in one character, but something the characters struggle through together, and something that is acknowledged as a part of the character that will continue to need to be worked on.

Nick and Charlie have become my favorite fictional couple – they’re super cute and honestly awkward together. Which is so refreshing to see, because, what relationship is perfect?

I was delighted to see there will be a volume 5 – I was so worried that this was the end of the series.

Review: 50 Ways to Wake Your Human

I have seen Scott Metzger’s cartoons on Facebook and Instagram, so when I saw 50 Ways to Wake Your Human, I knew it would be the perfect bedtime book!

Every night before heading to bed, The Boyfriend; my kitty, Cora; and I read stories together. We had many good laughs while reading this book. Metzger definitely captures cat life in these cartoons!

Review: Chef’s Kiss

Chef’s Kiss was a cute, quick read. I really liked the story of discovering yourself and your passions.

I really liked how supportive the chefs at the restaurant were, but I did feel like Ben made the wrong decision by not talking about his difficulty finding a job when he graduated, and his job at the restaurant with his family.

Also, Watson was such a fun character – and I loved the scenes he was in.

I will definitely be trying the butternut squash soup recipe in the back of the book! That sounds so, so good!

Review: Girl on Fire

I didn’t know anything about this book when I picked it up. I bought it because Alicia Keys has always been a fantastic artist, whose voice is soothing and powerful, and Fiction Addiction Bookstore in Greenville, SC had a signed copy. 

What I got was a poignant story of family and learning to be yourself. Even if yourself is someone with superpowers. 

I do hope to see more of this world and of Lolo, because I feel like her story was just getting started. 

Review: They Called Us Enemy

I feel like my knowledge of recent history is lacking. In school, we spent so much time on ancient history, the building of civilizations, that by the time we got to more current history, either we had to breeze through it or the school year was over. 

Luckily, we have people around still today who can tell their stories so we don’t forget our history. I’m so thankful for writers like George Takei who are willing to share their past. 

They Called Us Enemy is told from the point of view of a child in the Japanese internment camps during WW2. 

George’s story was heartbreaking, I had to put this aside a few times because it was hard to read. But, I am so thankful I did.

This is one of those parts of history that we don’t talk about – we don’t teach in schools – and it’s such an important lesson to learn. 

If you haven’t already read this graphic novel, definitely pick it up.