Top 5 Tuesday #45: Witches & Wytches

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 witches

What are your favourite witchy books?

I’m attracted to stories about witches and have bought a few of them. However, I haven’t read as many of them as I thought I had, so these aren’t my favorite books about witches but instead are books I’ve read that have witches in them.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

The is the second book in the Witches subseries of Pratchett’s larger Discworld fantasy series. I’ve only read two of Pratchett’s books so far, this and Equal Rites, which is the first book in the Witches series. I enjoyed them. They are humorous and quite entertaining. I think I prefer Wyrd Sisters of the two. In it, witches plot to overthrow a tyrant.

Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock

A horror comic book about a family that relocates to New Hamshire following a tragic incident and learn that there’s something weird about the woods there. The story is a bit creepy and is perfect for Halloween. I liked the father-daughter relationship in it and the colors used for the illustrations.

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

The first in a middle grade fantasy series about a girl who becomes an apprentice witch in a small, backwater town after flunking her witch exam. I liked the story but thought it didn’t adequately explain some things or show how certain relationships develop. However, I would like to read the second book. The story was interesting.

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.)

The first in a manga series about a girl who loves magic and wants to become a witch and is able to do so after a fateful accident. I love the illustrations and was very entertained by the story. I’ve since bought all the volumes in the series (about six) and intend to continue with it soon.

Sylvania, #1 by Kristin Kemper (illus.)

A sweet YA fantasy webcomic about three sisters who are tree witches. The star witches are seeking volunteers to help them terraform Mars and one of the sisters volunteer for the trip. I liked the story. It has a slow start, but it kept me interested and I liked the art. I hope the artist continues with it. It seems that they’ve been on a break from it for about a year now. You can read the webcomic here.


Comics Roundup #47: “Klaus: How Santa Claus Began”

I learned about this book from an Unbound Worlds post recommending sci-fi and fantasy books for Christmas. I’d link it, but Penguin Random House removed that website and now all blog posts, no matter the genre, appear on the main website… something like that. Anyway, that Unbound Worlds post convinced me that I NEEDED Klaus: How Santa Claus Began with this statement:

“And really, who doesn’t love a Santa who crafts all of his toys during an extended drug trip brought about by a hallucinogenic stew?”

Lol! I mean, yo! After reading that I had to find out what’s up with this Santa. So I bought the book (back in 2017) and waited 3 years to read it, lol!

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora





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Comics Roundup #46: “Watersnakes”

I love the cover of this book. The girls on it look ready for a battle. I like the fierce expression on their faces and, once I’d gotten my hands on a copy of the book, I liked the silver foil used for the title and the faint water snake flowing through it.

When I saw the book at the Lion Forge booth at the 2019 ALA Conference, I knew I had to get it because of the cover, so I did and recently read it.

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval (illus.), transl. from the French by Lucas Marangon


YA Fantasy; Horror





Goodreads summary

Mila is a solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of an ancient fallen king and a mouth full of teeth that used to be his guardian warriors.

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Top 5 Tuesday #44: Ghosts, Spirits, Spectres

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 ghosts

What are your favourite books that either have ghosts or talk about ghosts?

I don’t consider all these as favorites, but the following are books I’ve read that have ghosts in them.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (illus.)

A YA paranormal comic book about a girl named Anya who’s struggling with her cultural identity and body image. She encounters a ghost one day when she fell down a well and is haunted by it, which was fun at first until she realizes that the ghost is not as nice as it initially seemed.

I wasn’t swept away by the story, but it’s a decent read that’s perfect for this time of year.

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Comics Roundup #45: “Sobek”

I picked up Sobek on a whim. I was at Small Press Expo (back in 2019 when we could still attend such events in person) and was checking out the artists and publishers’ booths while desperately trying not to buy everything in sight. Then I saw the cover of Sobek and could not look away. That giant crocodile lured me over as well as the glint of gold winking at me from the cover.

Since then, the comic book has sat on my shelves, but I recently read it and am glad to report that this cover-buy paid off. I enjoyed it.

Sobek by James Stokoe (illus.)







Goodreads summary

Life is pretty good being a gigantic crocodile god: spend your days lazing on the riverbeds of the Nile while your devotees shower praise and juicy offerings upon you. But Sobek’s idyll is broken and he must limber into action when a distraught priest relays news of affront and vandalism from the followers of Set. An all-new, unmissable stunner from James Stokoe. (Goodreads)

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Weekend Reads #110: Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Ch. 80 to the end

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However, for this post I’ll instead discuss the final chapters of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. SPOILERS below.

Here we are at the end of this group read for Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. It was hosted by Imyril of the Wyrd & Wonder crew. However, each week, a different blogger would post discussion questions for participants to answer. For this week (the final week of the readalong), Lisa at Dear Geek Place is our host. Check out my thoughts on chapters 80 to the end below!

Phèdre risks everything yet again on a chance to finish what she started, and keep her word to Ysandre. Joscelin does the same trying to thwart Selig, if not stop him. What were your thoughts about their last confrontation with the Skaldi warlord, and what it means for their relationship?

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Let’s Rewind: September 2020

September has come and gone leaving autumn in its wake.

I’m happy to see the leaves change, to finally be able to rock my boots and scarves, but I’m going to miss the warm weather, although I didn’t spend much time in it this year.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.

Ha! September. I tried my best to spend some time enjoying myself and doing stuff I love since this year is intent on being shit, so I visited a couple friends, bought a couple stuff, went for walks, and even managed to do two of my favorite things: randomly walk around D.C. and see an art exhibit.

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Top 5 Tuesday #43: Black & Orange

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Black & Orange Covers

Favorite books that have black or orange on the cover
(I selected a couple books from my collection that have those colors on the cover.
I haven’t read any of them.)

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

A nonfiction book about Black people’s hair. I think the U.K. title for it is Don’t Touch My Hair. It’s so confusing when publishers give the same book two different titles.

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Kushiel’s Dart Readalong, Ch. 62-79

Gah!! I’m late again with my post for this readalong. But here, finally, are my thoughts on chapters 62-79 of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

Imyril of the Wyrd & Wonder crew is hosting a month-long readalong for this fantasy novel. Each week, a different blogger posts discussion questions for participants to answer. For this week (the fifth week of the readalong), Peat Long is our host. Check out my thoughts on these chapters below!

(Oh, and SPOILERS!!)

What were your first impressions of the Tsingani? What did you make of Hyacinthe’s reaction to his reception, and Phèdre’s reaction to that reaction? How did you feel finding out about Anasztaizia’s past? Finally — Hyacinthe’s choice: Could you have done what he did there? Give up finding you family just after finding them for your friend?

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Comics Roundup #44: Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1

I really enjoyed reading this story 😄. A conversation with my fellow bookseller friends made me buy it. One of them mentioned wanting to read it, so I took it as a sign that I should purchase it because I was considering to do so before, 🤣. I love the cover and when I started reading, I quickly fell for the illustrations.

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler


Manga — fantasy


Witch Hat Atelier



Goodreads summary:

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem… (Goodreads)

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