BR: Lumberjanes

I have heard the names of the Lumberjanes creators around the Internet for years. But, I am not really familiar with graphic novels, so I hesitated to read it. Guess who read the first volume from the library? That’s right. ME! And, man oh man, do I have things to say.


So, the story is about a group of girls in a camp for badassery. It’s a bunch of very different people. Some are tall, short, blonde, red hair, brunette. Their personalities are different as well.

It took me a while to honestly figure out who the heck is who. I’m still not entirely sure I got all their names down, to be quite honest.

Anyway, so they’re at the camp, and they go on adventures in the forest because there are monsters and such.


The whole time I was read this graphic novel, all I could think of is how much the characters reminded me (in spirit) of the Powerpuff Girls. Like a lot. They were all just great people to read about. One of them used a scrunchie to hit a monster in the face.

That’s brilliant, dear reader.

think I was shipping Mal and Molly. But, there was no time to really fully ship much. It was mostly all about the adventure and the absurdity of their bravery.

Like, maybe I’m too much of a Slytherin to fully comprehend why anyone would put themselves in danger just…to get badges?


I like the art style of this graphic novel. It kind of reminds me of these drawings I used to work on in therapy. My style is way messier and less cute. But, it was lovely to be exposed to such a sweet art style that went with the tone of the story.

Noelle Stevenson apparently didn’t draw this? Or, like, she’s not the main person drawing the stuff. I don’t know why this is a bad thing. Haven’t read Nimona yet, but, the humor is there and the style is cute. I say go for it, if you are interested.

Okay, but really…

Ultimately, I feel like the story is charming. Some of it is amusing. I give it three stars. Liked it, but not too crazy about it. Bonus points for diversity, though. That’s for sure.

Your Turn:

Have you read Lumberjanes? What did you think of it? Do you have any favorite characters or ships? Share them in the comments. I’d love to hear more of your perspectives on this story!

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Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Stories Sans Romance

Today’s Top Five Wednesday is focused on the top five novels I have read that have no romance. Top Five Wednesday is a Goodreads Group, which I’ll link here for topics and more.

5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

This book was required reading in high school, and perhaps that is why I have mixed feelings about it. It does cover some serious topics in regards to civilizations and human nature. While it is not a favorite, this book definitely left a lasting impression. I think of it often.

4. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

This story about brave mouse’s adventures is one of the dearest things I have ever read. My sister was little when I first heard the story, and I even stole the book from her when she didn’t want it anymore. If you want sweetness, try this story. I think it’s a touching story regardless of the readers’ ages.


3. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien 

No romance here for sure. I love the movies and everything, but that subplot involving a dwarf and an elf did not exist in the story. They’re cute, but their love is not presented in canon. Bilbo is more concerned with this adventure he’s on, and he cares about his dwarf friends in a platonic way. It’s such a wonderful story. And, it’s a nice way to transition into the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Alice’s story used to make very uncomfortable, because (well) I too have moments with an unclear reality vs. illusion relationship. After diagnosis, though, this story became a lifeline.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

This book is more focused on Lisel’s journey with death during the Holocaust. It is not so much centered on romance, and instead explores platonic love.


Others Relevant Books: 

Holes by Louis Sachar
Chronicles of Narnia 
by C.S. Lewis (all of them!)
The Giver by Lois Lowry


 Your Turn:

What are some of your favorite novels that have little to no romance? Share in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Villains I Have Encountered in Literature

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme run by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Because the meme is on a break until August, I decided to write about my favorite villains in books so far.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I understand that you’re expecting me to talk about President Snow. But, that’s not who I have in mind for this one. It’s President Coin, actually, because of this pure and unwavering ambition and aspiration to do whatever is necessary for her goals to become true.

9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Darkling was an engaging, charming, and haunting person. I do wish there was more of him in the story, because, frankly, I like him way more than Mal. He has this tough backstory and he is driven to do such terrible stuff to people close to him.


8. Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 

The White Witch is a beautiful and terrifying figure in C.S. Lewis’ work. I couldn’t get over her, even if I tried. While I didn’t read these books as a child, I was still in awe of how cunning and clever the White Witch is. We get a bit of a story to her, but I feel like she deserved to get more of an arc. Still, she is this terrible ruler of Narnia.


7. Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab 

How can I ever forget The Dane Twins from this series? They were perfectly creepy. More importantly, it was their effect on Holland that stayed with me, long after finishing those books. They also make Kel feel uneasy, which is a difficult feat, I think.


6. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 

Sauron,  with this creepy eye seeing everything, is another fantastic villain. I do wish we’d gotten to see more of his backstory, and how he got to this point. Sort of like how Tolkien showed Gollum’s story and how the Ring affected him.


5. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Malcolm Fade has such a tragic backstory and I just wish there was more time with him to understand him better. I feel like he makes more sense now with this book out in the world. Him and Annabelle are fascinating to me. Scary, but still very interesting people.

4. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

The adult lady in this series is so, so infuriating. I remember her even now, and it has been years since I have read these books. She was cruel and frightening. I didn’t even read these books super young or anything. Her goals were terrifying.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Kavinsky could have had a whole book just dedicated to him. He is my favorite person in Ronan’s book.


2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Dolores Umbridge sticks out the most. The little “Hm Hm” she does irks me infinitely. I understand Tom Riddle (Voldemort) a lot more than I do with her. Even though there’s a background story for her on Pottermore, I am not sympathetic towards her still.


 1. Paradise Lost by Milton

Satan!!! I am biased, because my whole class on Milton was dedicated to this dude–Satan. We talked about how he was truly misunderstood and how he deserved to get a chance in life. And, I am a sucker for underdogs.


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Monthly Book Haul: July’s Books

I’m starting a new feature on here dedicated to my book hauls. For me, I order books once at the beginning of the month with my mom. Let’s begin.

New Series

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Her Girl of Fire and Thorns novel made quite the impression on me. I need to finish her first trilogy, and then get into this one. There’s a Native American character in these books, and I want to read more diverse stories. Plus, this is historical fiction with a touch of magic. I haven’t read any Gold Rush stories yet.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I got the first three books (the first series). The author just sounds AMAZING and I adore her already. So excited to read this series. Again, Chiara has quite the collection of these stories, and I want to experience it for myself.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Westerns are another genre I have not fully experienced. I have only read Revenge and the Wild which was a steampunk Western. From that experience,  I found myself very interested in this kind of storytelling.


The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

I have not read the first book in this series, but I WILL. Chiara talks about this series a lot, and I want to discuss them with her. It’s definitely something I’m into: Victorian Scotland with fairies and a huntress.

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Finished the first book a few days ago, and had to order a new copy of the second one. Very curious to see what will happen in this book. In fact, I already have the final book ready to go. I’m kind of doubtful that I’ll read after the trilogy, so I have no plans on getting the last two books.

Your Turn:

What did you get to order for July? Any new releases you’re psyched for?

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BR: The Selection

I finished The Selection by Keira Cass earlier this past week. There are some thoughts I’d like to share with you in this book review. Spoilers ahead.


The story is basically about a girl called America Singer, who joins a competition called The Selection. In this competition, there is a group of girls trying to connect with the prince of their country. His name is Prince Maxon.


My assumption was that this is going to be a fluffy story, because of the premise. But, it is actually got a touch of dystopia to it. Apparently, there are rebels in this country, and they keep attacking the castle. But, there is not much development in terms of the world-building.

Like, yes, there is a caste system for some reason. It’s not explained why this is the case. What is the logic behind having this system in place? There are mentions of starvation, but I never actually saw any of it in the story.

There are also references to rules regarding premarital sex, but, again, they don’t really have much of an explanation and/or justification.


America Singer is a musician. She fights with her mom all the time. And, she has a secret. She likes a boy called Aspen, this dude who is frustrating because he wants her to put her name in the Selection.

What he doesn’t tell her is what he expects her to do once she gets there. I do not like Aspen. At all.

Maxon, on the other hand, is sweet to her. He calls everyone “dear” and he gets yelled at by America.

I like America enough to read through her journey. She and Maxon have a sweet connection.


Why I am Continuing

No matter how flimsy the writing was, it was also a calming experience. I enjoyed the courting experience that America has. I enjoyed Maxon and his family. I also enjoyed seeing the worldview of the prince get challenged by America. It’s charming enough for me to carry on.


Some of you may know that I lived in Egypt in the 90s. I was
In the most recent months of 2018, I have been aiming to read beyond my
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