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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. This week, I’m featuring both my own graphic novel recommendations and those that have been *highly* suggested to me!

The Lists

I Recommend…

Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan – OMG is about all I can say about the Saga series! The first graphic novel I ever picked up and laid eyes on, volume one introduced me to one of my newest top favorite genres. Immediately after reading this first installment, I set my sights on collecting each book in the series, which includes seven, with volume eight releasing in January 2018. 

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – The first book I’ve read by Telgemeier is different from any other graphic novel I’ve read, or book for that matter. Dealing with spirits, of course, as well as a little sister with a life-transforming illness, Ghosts opened my eyes to more than I ever expected.

The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman – Now, I gave up on The Walking Dead TV series on AMC – it got silly and incredibly convoluted after a couple of seasons. However, with the graphic novels, of which I’ve read four volumes as of this typing, I actually understand who the characters are and what in the hell is happening with the plot!

Moon Knight, Vol. 1: Lunatic by Jeff Lemire – Moon Knight, Vol. 1 left me confused, asking many questions, and wanting more! Dabbling in Egyptian mythology, this series, although I’ve read only volume one thus far, blows me away!

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan – It’s no secret that I love Vaughan’s work, after all, I did start out with his Saga series, as mentioned above and Paper Girls is no exception. With a premise I wasn’t expecting, I’m very anxious to continue this series and read volume two before number three releases in August.

Recommended to Me…

Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill – First of all, I discovered that Joe Hill is in fact the son of Stephen King, whose novel, The Stand, I have been working my way through since June! I am fascinated by King’s writing style and am really excited to get to Hill’s graphic novel series, which has come very highly recommended. I’m hopeful that Locke and Key has horror elements; I mean, hell, King’s books are horror-based after all!

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu – I’m also really excited to get to Liu’s series! Not only are the titles and covers appealing, I keep seeing rave reviews for Liu’s work everywhere I turn – bookishly speaking, of course!

Assassins Creed, Vol. 1: Trial by Fire by Anthony Del Col – I’ve never played an Assassins Creed game nor read a book based on the story, so I’m looking forward to finding out what this series is all about!

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya – Another recommended series, Fruits Basket has an appealing title – I’m a sucker for titles and covers – and seems very different from the graphic novels I’ve read so far.

With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 1 by Keiko Tobe – I’m mainly interested in this series because my older brother is autistic and I have been by his side throughout his journey – we are merely 15 months apart. So, I’m looking forward to seeing how autism is covered in a graphic manner.

Love, Maggie

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Top Ten Tuesday

Series I Need to Get Serious About

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. This week I’ll be talking about series I have yet to start!

The List

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I’m honestly embarrassed that I haven’t even started reading this sure-to-be amazing series! I’ve had all the books forever, but others have taken precedent. Once I start a series, I tend to become obsessed and MUST read all the books and I just haven’t nailed down a good time to start.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare – Well, so far, the only book I’ve read by Clare is Clockwork Angel, which I adored. The steampunk vibes of the story intrigued me. I want to hurry up and get to Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, but I feel like I should read Clare’s interconnected tales in order!

P.S. I just discovered the order Clare recommends reading them in on Goodreads! 😀 Naturally, I started way out of order!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – This series caught my eye when I fell in love with the title of book two, The Rose Society. When I realized that there is a book previous to number two, The Young Elites, I knew this series needed to be read by me!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I absolutely adore the Shadow and Bone trilogy and I can’t wait to get to this duology! If Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are half as good as the Grisha trilogy, I’ll be one happy reader!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I’m really looking forward to this series; it just seems so sweet! Plus, I’m hoping the books are full of fluff!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – I’ve had the first book in the series, Rebel of the Sands, on audio for what seems like forever, but still haven’t listened to it. I’ve heard lots of good things about Hamilton’s series and I’m looking forward to carving out a place in my TBR pile for it!

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I do actually have the first book, A Darker Shade of Magic, on my Kindle and actually started reading it before getting bored and putting it down. I will try reading it again; I feel like the only reader in the world who hasn’t blown through the series yet! Everyone whose read the books seems to adore them; hopefully, my next try will be successful!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – I have yet to read a Maggie Stiefvater book! Eek! I’m dying to read them all though! She has a few series that I need to begin. You’d think I’d be moving her books up my TBR list, because, hey, we share a name!

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski – I’m really excited to get through this trilogy – I only hear and see excellent reviews, so far! I’m so silly that I bought the second book, The Winner’s Crime, first, as I didn’t realize it was part of a trilogy! So, naturally, I had to get The Winner’s Curse before even thinking about starting Rutkoski’s trilogy!

Air Awakens by Elise Kova – I’ve been busting a gut to start Kova’s Air Awakens series forever! I feel like I’ve been putting off starting it, well, other books just get in the way and I’m a total mood reader. I’m really looking forward to reading this series on Kindle Unlimited! Plus, the covers are breathtaking!

Love, Maggie

Top Ten Tuesday

Crown the King

Hello! I’m posting this week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a day late, as I like the topic – the top books from X genre I’ve added to my TBR list recently.

I’m on a major Stephen King kick and am currently scooting through his apocalyptic epic, The Stand, the first of King’s books I’ve tackled. I’m in awe of his writing and finally saw the original movie version of It, making me even more anxious to read as many of his 50+ novels and stories as possible.

The List

The Shining is my favorite movie adaptation of a King book, so far. The creep factor is intense and the child actor is amazingly talented. Of course, one cannot forget Jack Nicholson’s penultimate role as Jack. I’m really looking forward to reading The Shining and being creeped out via an entirely different format!

It is, in my opinion, the ultimate creepy clown movie! Who am I kidding – clowns are just plain creepy regardless! I have the Audible edition of this particular work and I’m excited to see what Pennywise’s voice sounds like in it!

Carrie is among my most favorite King movies – about a telekinetic power possessing, isolated, teen girl with a creep show mother, I’m looking forward to reading this. Of course, I’ve seen the movie countless times; the psychotic mom is my favorite character.

Misery is another movie adaptation I’ve seen, but have yet to read. Kathy Bates, I think, was perfection in her role as a reader obsessed with a writer! The fact that this book concerns books at all makes me smile very big!

Pet Sematary is admittedly a cheesy, albeit creepy, movie. Pet Sematary 2 is just hilarious! Anyhow, I recently got a cool edition with a comic booky cover and I’ve heard that the book is amazing!

The Gunslinger, the beginning of King’s The Dark Tower series intrigues me. Plus, it comes very highly recommended. I heard that a movie adaptation is coming soon – with none other than Matthew McConaughey in the starring role! 😀

‘Salem’s Lot is a book I received through a swap and I’m really looking forward to hopefully figuring out why there’s an apostrophe at the beginning of the title!

The Green Mile seems very different from some of King’s tales. I’ve never seen the movie version, so reading it will be a total surprise!

Needful Things is a book I’ve been curious about for a long time. I remember when the movie came out – I haven’t seen it – and being creeped out by the previews. I hope to be creeped out when I read it as well!

Christine, the classic killer car tale, will undoubtedly be great in print, as I love the movie. It tickles me that the nerdy main character is avenged by his dang car!

Love, Maggie

Top Ten Tuesday

Literary Lovebirds

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! In honor of the day of love, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is highlighting readers’ favorite ships, OTPs – all love, all the time! Here are my all-time favorite literary lovebirds!

The List

Buttercup and Westley from William Goldman’s gorgeous The Princess Bride are an absolutely magical couple, ruled by ‘twoo love.’ The lengths Westley goes to to save his beloved Buttercup make my heart melt every time.

Anna Karenina and Count Vronksy of the Russian classic Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy are a pair in forbidden love, made more difficult to bear due to the society in which they live. Although terribly tragic, Anna and Count Vronsky’s tale is beautiful

I fell in love with Tessa Gray & Will Herondale being in love when I read Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel. I adore that the couple’s romance is a slow burn and it doesn’t hurt that Will is gorgeous in my mind!

Zia Rashid and Carter Kane from Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series are precious together. I’m currently reading the second book in the Kane series, The Throne of Fire, and Carter’s dedication to finding his missing love is incredible.

Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson of Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories are a pair of wholesome sweethearts. Their courting-type relationship is the kind I’d like my boys to have when they hit high school. However, I do realize it’s the 21st century!

Karou and Akiva make another gorgeous, literally and figuratively, couple. I met these two while reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone and look forward to discovering exactly where their destined love goes in the remaining books in Taylor’s trilogy.

Love, Maggie

Top Ten Tuesday

Picture it…

Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favorite memes ever! Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, TTT involves listing books, etc. based on the week’s topic. This week I’m highlighting my all-time favorite children’s picture books.

The List

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown – I have fond memories of my mom reading this book to my brother and me at bedtime. The love the mommy bunny has for her baby bunny is comforting and precious.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – This is another tale I loved to listen to as I slipped into dreamland. The full-page illustrations are adorable, as is the story – perfect for bedtime!

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – I can totally identify with this story, as I have been attached to MANY stuffed animals and generally assigned feelings to them anyway! I have a special Valentine’s Day edition Eeyore that I got at The Disney Store back in 2003. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of cuddling with a plushie…

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day is another story I recall being read to me as I lay in bed. I love the sense of wonder possessed by the little boy central to the book.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs – I did not realize The Snowman was a book until I recently found and bought it for my sons’ library. My brother and I grew up watching the VHS version at all times. While it’s one of my favorite stories, I could cry just thinking of the ending.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – This precious picture book is almost too cute for words! It’s a book I bought for my boys and my oldest son loves it – the illustrations and story are terrific and so much fun!

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish – I remember when I discovered I had been mispronouncing the title character’s name until my grade school librarian began reading the Amelia Bedelia books to my class. Oops!

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag – A lifelong cat lover, how could I not include Millions of Cats? Another book eliciting happy childhood memories, I remember wishing that I in fact had millions of cats myself!

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – About a witch and featuring fantastic rhymes, Room on a Broom is loved by my son and, of course, got chewed up a bit by one of our dogs. Oh, well. At least the book looks as well-loved as it is!

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen – I’ve always loved fictional characters with poor attitudes and the title fish is quite naturally loved by me. 😀

Love, Maggie