Comics Roundup #34: Tea Dragon Society, Monstress, & the Fullmetal Alchemist

And I’m back with another set of mini reviews. I might consider making this a thing.

This set contains two graphic novels, a comic book, and one manga, and all are great. I consider them all favorites and look forward to continuing with the stories.

The two graphic novels center on two of my favorite things: tea and dragons. The comic book is the third volume in one of my favorite series, and the manga is a collection of volumes of one of my favorite stories. Reading these were a treat and hopefully I’ll convince you all to try them too.


The Tea Dragon Society and The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill (illus.)

Genre:

MG Fantasy

Series:

Tea Dragon, book 1
Tea Dragon, book 2

Pubbed:

October 2017
September 2019

Quick summary:

The Tea Dragon Society introduces us to Greta, a young blacksmith apprentice, who finds a lost a tea dragon while at the market and returns it to its owner, a kind teashop owner named Hesekiel. Greta befriends Hesekiel and his partner Erik and learns from them the dying art of caring for tea dragons, small, gentle creatures that grow tea leaves from their horns. While visiting them, Greta runs into Minette, a shy, young girl who lives at the teashop who Greta hopes to befriend. It’s a sweet story about the beginning of a friendship. (Goodreads)

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Top 5 Tuesday #21: Current TBR & Authors I Need to Read

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

I’m doubling up on topics this week since I missed posting last week.

I’ll start with last week’s topic:

Top 5 books on my current TBR

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Let’s Rewind: October 2019

Blogging hasn’t been going great lately. I was in a blogging slump in October and now I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, which was unexpected, so I’ll have less time to blog in November and am barely managing to read any books. Super busy this month, y’all!

I’ll try to drop a post when I can, and hopefully I’ll be able to visit everyone’s blogs as well, but if not, I’ll see y’all in December instead.

But anyway, let’s rewind to October…

Let’s Rewind is my version of 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.

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Top 5 Tuesday #20: Creepy Atmospheres

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 creepy atmospheres

The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey

It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but oh man did I enjoy it when I did! It’s about a small town in Virginia where a group of teenagers provoke an old woman everyone claims is a witch into placing a curse on the town. It was creepy but engrossing and had me hooked all the way through.

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Comics Roundup #33: “Moonshot”

I totally bought this comic book for the cover. I learned about it from a review on Rich in Color back in 2016. The cover immediately sold me on the book, but the review intrigued me when I learned that it features stories by indigenous storytellers across North America.

It is an anthology, so some stories appealed to me while others didn’t; however, I appreciate that this anthology presents stories about indigenous people by indigenous creators and that I got to learn a bit about their cultures from the stories. Some background is given either about the creator or the story at the beginning of each story, which I greatly appreciated because we sometimes learn what inspired the story or where it originated from and why. So in addition to reading this comic book to be entertained, I learned something new as well.


Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol. 1 ed. By Hope Nicholson

Genre:

Fantasy; Sci-fi; Horror

Series:

Moonshot, volume 1

Pubbed:

2015

Goodreads summary:

Produced by AH Comics Inc. and edited by Hope Nicholson, Moonshot brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling.

From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work in North America. The traditional stories presented in the book are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication. Moonshot is an incredible collection that is sure to amaze, intrigue and entertain! (Goodreads)

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Top 5 Tuesday #19: Fav Audiobooks

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 favorite audiobooks

I really like this week’s topic. I’ve come a long way with audiobooks. It’s a format that took a while for me to get used to because of how I read and learn. I’m a visual learner, so physical books and e-books work best for me. I’m better able to remember what I read in those formats and, whenever I drift off into a daydream about the story, it’s easier to locate where I stopped reading.

It’s not the same with audiobooks. Learning by only listening is hard for me because I’m easily distracted by something else (or am thinking of something else, most often daydreaming…about something else). That’s why I slowly introduced myself to this format. I started first with books I’ve read numerous times — the Harry Potter books — so it wouldn’t matter if I missed something while listening because I knew the story so well. I gradually moved on to books I’ve never reread before trying books I’d never read before. I realized that fast-paced mystery and thriller audiobooks held my attention best, but I have to work harder to pay attention when listening to detailed books such as autobiographies and other nonfiction.

Audiobooks aren’t my favorite format, but they are useful. They allow you to read a book faster and are great for when you’re doing dull tasks at work or home. Here are my 5 favs.

the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, narr. by Jim Dale

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Let’s Rewind: September 2019

My blogging has been dragging lately, which is why we’re well into October and I’m now posting my September wrap-up. I’m borderline in a blogging slump. I think I read too many books for the NEWTs Magical Readathon so when I think of doing the reviews, I feel overwhelmed and give up.

About two months have passed since that readthon and I’m still reviewing books I read for the event. I enjoyed the event but this blogging slump isn’t gelling well with the review writing. But I intend to review each book I read on here, so I’ll write and post them…eventually. Anyway…

Let’s Rewind is my version of 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.

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