Recommendations | 5 Graphic Novels I Love!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re doing well and you’re having a nice day. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite graphic novels of all time. I admit I only pick up graphic novels occasionally, so I’m far from being an expert on the subject. Still, I have read a few that I loved and that’s what I’m bringing you today.

I tried my best to include different styles of art, so you’ll find not only your typical comic book, but I also included a manga I love and a creepier version of a comic. Also, don’t be surprised if you don’t find in this list superhero books – it’s not my cup of tea!

Okay, let’s get into the list already!

1. Thornhill by Pam Smy

“Thornhill” by Pam Smy is a graphic novel on a new level of creepy… and of course, I enjoyed every second of it!

There are so many great things about this book: the artwork is incredible, the story is mysterious and intriguing, the diary format, the creepiness of it all, the gothic elements, the heavy atmosphere… everything! I think this book is very well put together and was very entertaining. 

Definitely worth checking out if you like paranormal, scary books.

Synopsis:

Parallel plotlines, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.
Mary is an orphan at the Thornhill Institute for Children at the very moment that it’s closing down for good. But when a bully goes too far, Mary’s revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

Years later, Ella moves to a new town where she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute. Determined to befriend the mysterious, evasive girl she sees there, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s history and uncover its secrets.

Ella’s story is told through striking, bold art; Mary’s is told through diary entries. Each informs the other until the two eventually intersect to reveal the truth behind Thornhill’s shadowy past, once and for all. Strikingly told and masterfully illustrated, Pam Smy bends genres and expectations alike.

2. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Next on the list we have “Pumpkinheads” by Rainbow Rowell. If you never read this, I’m telling you: you are missing out. I strongly recommend reading this book near the Fall time because the reading experience is magical!

This graphic novel has a very immersive atmosphere, not only for the fun story with a Fall festival, but also with the artwork. The warm Fall colors and art details bring the reading experience to the next level.

It’s a very fun read and like I said, I highly recommend picking this one up when the weather is starting to get cooler!

Synopsis:

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years…

What if their last shift was an adventure?

3. Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo

Another great graphic novel that I highly recommend is “Eat, and Love Yourself” by Sweeney Boo. I got this book randomly as an arc from the publisher and I ended up loving it and recommending it to everyone I know!

The story is kind of heartbreaking. In this book we follow our main character Mindy, and we get to see her struggles with body image, depression and eating disorders.

As someone who has struggled with being overweight most of my life, this book touched me. Fortunately I didn’t struggle with eating disorders like the main character does, but I definitely identified myself with Mindy in a lot of ways.

It’s a book with a serious message, so if you are considering picking this up, please keep in mind that there are trigger warnings for eating disorders, body dysmorphia, depression and body shaming.

It may seem like a negative book, but it’s not. It talks a lot about self-acceptance and self-love, so I honestly think this is such an important book for young readers! It is very touching, personal, relatable and will probably make you cry. Definitely worth it!

Synopsis:

A story about Mindy, a woman living with an eating disorder who has to learn how to love herself again.

In pursuit of the perfect body, Mindy buys the low-fat diet products and the glossy magazines which promise the secret to losing weight. One night, while perusing the aisles of the neighborhood convenience store for a midnight snack, she finds a new product. A chocolate bar called “Eat and Love Yourself”. On a whim, Mindy buys the curious candy, not knowing that with every piece of chocolate she eats, she will be brought back to a specific moment of her past — helping her to look at herself honestly, learn to love her body the way it is, and accepting love. Perhaps, she will even realize that her long lost high school best friend, Elliot, was more than just a friend…

4. Card Captor Sakura by CLAMP

From all of the books that I’m sharing today, this one has a very special place in my heart. Not only is it one of my favorite graphic novels of all time, but it’s also one of my favorite book series of all time. I’m talking about the amazing manga series “Card Captor Sakura” by CLAMP. 

I can’t even express how much I love this series. I watched the anime version of Cardcaptor Sakura when I was younger and it easily became my favorite anime of all time. And after rewatching the series on Netflix, I decided to read the manga. Oh, and a fun fact: this was my first time reading manga!

I could ramble forever on why I love this series so much, but in a nutshell: the manga is full of a lot of my favorite tropes. There is a strong female heroine who is just a regular girl just trying to do her best; there is a slow burn cute romance that started from rivalry; there are a lot of references to yummy food and cakes; there are so many real friendships; there are special, inspiring outfits handmade just to catch the cards; the innocence of it all… just everything!

Whether you’re used to reading manga or not, I highly recommend this series. It’s absolute perfection!

Synopsis:

Sakura Kinomoto was just your average 4th grader—loved P.E., hated math. Until… One day, while looking through her father’s library, Sakura found The Clow, an enchanted book designed to hold a set of magical Clow Cards. But when Sakura opened the book, it was empty. Talk about disasters!! Kerberos, the Creature of the Seal, emerged from the cover of the book and told Sakura the cards must be returned to the book. “If the cards aren’t in the book, they come to Life and do evil!” Kero formed a contract with Sakura making her a Cardcaptor. And together with Kero and best friend Tomoyo, Sakura embarked on a mystical journey to capture all the Clow Cards before they wreak chaos and destruction.

5. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

The next one I want to share with you is the popular series “Heartstopper” by Alice Oseman! Is it really a surprise that this series is here? Absolutely not!

Before picking up the first volume, I saw this series everywhere! And I admit I was a little skeptical to read it because I thought this was probably overhyped on social media. I’m glad to say I was completely wrong!

This is one of the sweetest, cutest romances I have ever read – and that’s saying a lot! Nick and Charlie are adorable and deserve all the hype. Also, the artwork is stunning and complements the story beautifully!

If you pick anything from this list, make it this one! I highly recommend it.

Synopsis:

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

And there you have it friends, those were five of my favorite graphic novels! I’m still fairly new to the world of graphic novels, so I’m still exploring and finding new books. If you have any recs for me, let me know in the comments – I would appreciate it very much!

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope you liked what I had to share with you today. I’ll see you in the next post 🙂

Review | Maybe This Time by Kasie West

“I didn’t even care; he tasted like heaven and I felt like I was floating on air.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cherries, barns, a ton of skirts, college applications, football, balloons, corn mazes, fancy food, wedding bouquets, eyeliner, blue eyes, expensive suits, pecan pie, brotherhood, catering, designer sketches, calla lilies, rude chefs and beautiful flower arrangements.

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

My 10th Kasie West book! I can’t believe I’ve already read 10 books by the ultimate YA queen… that’s insane. I just love how she creates her stories and makes them so light-hearted and fun.

This was still a very different read from Kasie’s regular books since it only took place in specific events over a span of a year. One of my favorite things about this book is the way each event starts. And by this I mean how much I love the way the flowers are highlighted by their descriptions in the beginning.

I also really liked the characters and the hate-to-love romance going on. I just wished this book was released in the spring. This would be perfect for that time of the year!

And even though the book cover is absolutely beautiful, I wish it had something to do with the book itself. The main girl has short hair and doesn’t ride a bike. She has a flower crown, but still, Sophie doesn’t wear flower crowns in the book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book! It’s not my ultimate favorite, but definitely not far from it!

Kasie West is, and forever will be, my YA queen.

Review | Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

“Money will only make you more of what you already are.” 4/5 stars!

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving it!

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or their choice of jobs, businesses, or investments?

The shocking answer is: None of the above!

In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!” Eker does this by identifying your “money and success blueprint.” We all have a personal money blueprint ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money—and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works. Through Eker’s rare combination of street smarts, humor, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and “revise” it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.

In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen “Wealth Files,” which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.

If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you identify and revise it, and that’s exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book. According to T. Harv Eker, it’s simple. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you’ll get rich too!

This book was great! I feel like it has a very strong influence from “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, but it still had the author’s touch, which made it unique.

The money blueprint was one of the most important things I took from this book. If you don’t set your mind for success, it is most likely you will fail and you will never be happy no matter how much money you make. First you need to fix the invisible and then deal with the visible!

Even though this is a book about money, you can definitely apply this book to other areas of your life, because the mindset is what really is important. It’s all about having the right attitude in life!

There are so many great quotes I took from this book that I had a hard time deciding which one I was going to use as a main quote for the review. So here are some of my favorites that I still wanted to include here.

“Your life is not just about you. It’s also about contributing to others. It’s about living true to your mission and reason for being here on this earth at this time. It’s about adding your piece of the puzzle to the world. Most people are so stuck to their egos that everything revolves around me, me, and more me. But if you want to be rich in the truest sense of the word, it can’t only be about you. It has to include adding value to other people’s lives.”

“If you want to fly with the eagles, don’t swim with the ducks!”

“It’s not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You have to be the right person in the right place at the right time.”

“If you shoot for the stars, you’ll at least hit the moon”

“What you focus on expands.”

“Nothing has meaning except for the meaning you give it.”

“Keep your eye on the goal, keep moving toward your target.”

“If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.”

“The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want.”

Pretty cool quotes, huh? 

And just as a side note: I also liked when the author asks the readers to touch their heads and say “I have a millionaire mind”. I see why people think it’s corny, but I understand the purpose of connecting the feeling to the thought.

I liked this a lot! It was a quick, informative read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to have a millionaire mind!

Review | Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter (Pretty Girls #0.5)

“The only reason my daughter has not come home is because someone is keeping her.” Keeping her.” 2/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: bars, young girls, and… not much more.

A missing girl in the news reminds Julia Carroll of herself: nineteen, beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyes.

Julia begins to dig deeper and plans an article for her college paper. She becomes gradually more obsessed with the case, never imagining how close she herself is to danger.

Includes an extract from Karin Slaughter’s gripping new novel, Pretty Girls.

What was even the point of this novella? I picked this up right after finishing “Pretty Girls”, and I was expecting to get Julia’s perspective on the night she went missing.

And I guess that’s what you get but… nothing actually happens. There’s a lot of her going to class and thinking about the girls that were missing… and that’s it.

Sure, I understand this is supposed to be a short novella, but I still thought we would get at least something interesting from it. When the story finally got interesting… It ended. So again: what was even the point of this short book?

The only thing I found interesting is how she was a little different from what her sisters described her in the main story. Other than that, it was a waste of time.

Review | Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (Pretty Girls #1)

“It’s the truth. I’m sorry to be blunt about it, but girls don’t like guys who are doormats. Especially pretty girls, because there’s no novelty in it. Guys are hitting on them all of the time. They can’t walk down the street or order a coffee or stand on a corner without some idiot making a comment about how attractive they are. And the women smile because it’s easier than telling them to go fuck themselves. And less dangerous, because if a man rejects a woman, she goes home and cries for a few days. If a woman rejects a man, he can rape and kill her.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: siblings, diary entries, necklaces, creepy photographs, shocking pasts, a lot of secrets and incredible revelations.

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

I know this book is very popular with thriller fans, so I was excited to pick it up and have my own thoughts on it.

My experience reading this book was very positive! Now I get the hype of this story being so immersive and well written, but I still don’t understand why some people say this is the best book they have ever read. I agree that it is a good, well constructed mystery, but in the end it felt just like another thriller to me.

In this book we follow two sisters, Claire and Lydia, who overcome their differences to investigate their sister’s disappearance together. Julia, the missing sister, disappeared a long time ago but now there is evidence that her disappearance may be connected to the disappearance of another girl the same age in the present. And of course, a lot of dark secrets are revealed by the sisters…

The topics in this are pretty heavy and I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. There were scenes in here that made me really uncomfortable and I had to stop reading a few times just to breathe and gain courage to keep going. So if you’re considering reading this, be aware of the trigger warnings for: rape, sexual assault, suicide, violence, murder and horrible torture.

The plot was really good, though! There are a lot of surprises and twists, so you feel captivated to keep reading and finding out more. Also, the writing was incredible. I just wonder if it was really necessary to have this big of a book for this story in particular? 

I have two more Karin Slaughter books on my shelf waiting for me and I’m very curious to see what they’re all about. Now I have high expectations! If you love shocking and horrific thrillers, you should seriously consider reading this one!

Recommendations | Books with Weddings

Hello friends!

I hope you’re all doing well and I hope the first half of the year was nice to you – time flies in a blink of an eye! Tell me dear reader, can you hear the wedding bells chiming? Because today I’m bringing you a fun little post all about wedding themed books!

Maybe it’s my romantic nature speaking, but I thought it would be a cool idea to make a post about a few of my favorite wedding books! These recommendations I’m bringing you today are all fiction books I’ve read in the past that have some sort of wedding celebration in the story. No non-fiction today, sorry!

So without further ado, here are five wedding themed books. Enjoy!

1. Once And For All” by Sarah Dessen

First on the list we have “Once and For All” by the one and only Sarah Dessen! This fluffy, cute YA book is all about wedding planning and preparations. You get to see the backstage of the entire wedding planning while falling in love with our very special main characters!
This is obviously a romance book, but the characters in this are… peculiar, to say the least! Well, just Ambrose to be honest (the male lead), but you have to see it for yourself. I promise you’ll laugh a lot!
This book is packed with a lot of good stuff: great family dynamics, a fluffy (and unique) romance, likable characters and a hint of drama. It is definitely a fun option if you like wedding books. Also, Sarah Dessen’s writing is incredible and perfect for this time of the year!

Synopsis:

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

2. Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Another book I thought about when I first created this list is “Maybe This Time” by Kasie West. This book is a little different from the others in this list in the sense that it takes place not only in a wedding, but in different events over a span of a year. So not only do you get a wedding in this book, but you get a set of different events! The reason for this is because the main character works in a flower shop that is doing flower arrangements for all of these events.
It’s a very cute book with great characters and a nice romance. I highly recommend it for a light reading!

Synopsis:

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to… fall in love?
Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.
Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all…
Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

3. “Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Next on the list is a very fun and summery book: “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren! This super fun chick lit not only is wedding themed, but also honeymoon themed. The cover gives a glimpse of the atmosphere of the book very well: what you get in this book is the most perfect tropical honeymoon…  with a twist! The couple is not the bride and groom, but the bride’s sister and groom’s best man! Interesting right? The bride and groom got food poisoning so they sent them to enjoy the honeymoon instead (or they would just lose the money). The problem is they hate each other. Well, you know what happens next! If you’re a big fan of the hate-to-love trope, this will be a treat.
The setting is gorgeous and summery and the couple has the best banter and hate/love relationship. It’s a really good option to bring to the beach!

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

4. “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley

This one is a little different from the other books because it’s everything BUT romantic. This is not a romance book, it is a thriller! I decided to add something a little different to this list for my thriller fans out there.
How to describe this book? This was a really fun murder-mystery set on an isolated island… during a wedding! The cool thing is that you’re not only trying to find who was the murder… you don’t know who dies in the first place, so you’ll be guessing on that too! It was a very fun mystery full of possible suspects and different motives. I highly recommend it!
You can find my thoughts on this book right here.

Synopsis:

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

5. “Save the Date by Morgan Matson

The next recommendation is “Save the Date” by Morgan Matson! This is another very fun option to pick due to its great humor and family dynamics. The cool thing about this book is that it’s wedding themed… but only disasters! Everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong, so you’ll be laughing the entire time of the perfect disaster that is happening (and maybe get some anxiety as well).
This wonderful and heartwarming book also has amazing sibling relationships that were beautifully written and explored. Needless to say, if you like wedding books, this one is a must!

Synopsis:

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

And that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed these wedding themed recommendations. Tell me about you! Do you like wedding themed books? If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading! I’ll see you in the next post 🙂

Review | Everything is OK by Debbie Tung

“Recognize your uniqueness. Be proud of who you are, what you have, what your life is about, and what you want to pursue. Pay attention to your own path. You don’t need validation from others.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cute illustrations, depression, mental illness, feelings, being overwhelmed, big workloads and great partners.

From the bestselling author of Quiet Girl in a Noisy World comes a gently humorous and poignant collection of comics about anxiety and depression—because sometimes even the simple things like getting out of bed every day feel like an uphill battle.

Everything Is OK is the story of Debbie Tung’s struggle with anxiety and her experience with depression. She shares what it’s like navigating life, overthinking every possible worst-case scenario, and constantly feeling like all hope is lost.

The book explores her journey to understanding the importance of mental health in her day-to-day life and how she learns to embrace the highs and lows when things feel out of control. Debbie opens up about deeply personal issues and the winding road to recovery, discovers the value of self-love, and rebuilds a more mindful relationship with her mental health.

In this graphic memoir, Debbie aims to provide positive and comforting messages to anyone who is facing similar difficulties or is just trying to get through a tough time in life. She hopes to encourage readers to be kinder to themselves, to know that they are not alone, and that it’s okay to be vulnerable because they are not defined by their mental health struggles. The dark clouds won’t be there forever. Everything will turn out all right.

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this up, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised with this book!

This graphic novel is, in essence, a memoir. In it you’ll read about the author’s struggles with mental illness and depression and how she overcame those challenges in her life. She talks about how it started and how people’s expectations built up to her feeling overwhelmed and depressed. She then shares with the reader how she felt and how professional help was crucial in getting her better.

There’s a lot of great things about this book, but what I think makes this book so amazing is how relatable it is and how it almost works as a guide for other people going through the same situation. You get everything here: you read about how it started, how she felt and what she did to overcome it. Not only that but you also get great advice and motivation from her. She touches in a lot of important points like being aware of your internal dialog and taking care of yourself. I’m very glad there are a lot of inspirational and motivational moments in this book!

I was also surprised with the art and how it paired beautifully with the content of the book! It was simple, but beautiful. I really liked how the author used color to highlight the happier times and black/white for the times she was depressed. I also really liked the color scheme the author used for the novel! There’s a lot of purple, pink and blue.

While I was reading this, I kept taking note of the quotes that I loved and there were so many of them. So here are a few of my favorites:

“I used to see my sensitivity as a weakness. I’ve come to understand that it is also my strength.”

“It’s OK to not know what you’re doing. It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. It’s OK to feel scared and confused. It’s all OK.”

“I can be really hard on myself. But I’m still learning. I’m trying my best. And that’s what matters.”

“You are allowed to have a little cry. It doesn’t mean you’re not coping. It doesn’t mean you’re failing.”

I’m impressed. Now I have a great book to recommend to other people who are going through the same challenges. I think the author did an amazing job with this book!

A big thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review

Review | The Blouse by Bastien Vivès

1/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: silk blouses, affairs, college classes, babysitters, birthday parties, game nights and neglectful boyfriends.

A student of Classical Literature at the Sorbonne, Séverine is neither beautiful, ugly, brilliant, nor mediocre. The young woman lives a banal existence, without brilliance but without drama, alongside a companion who pays her less attention than a television series or video game.

After babysitting, she is given a silk blouse that will mysteriously change her life. From that day forward, men give her a different look, loaded with desire. Does the garment have a magic power? Séverine doesn’t know, but she finds that it gives her confidence. And it allows her to take destiny into her own hands…

With the grace and the sensuality which he has in particular already demonstrated in “A Sister”, Bastien Vivès draws a new female portrait completely adult and contemporary in “The Blouse”.

I’m struggling here. Maybe I simply don’t understand what this book is trying to achieve, but I’m feeling conflicted about (what I think) the message is.

So in this book we follow a plain Jane named Séverine. She doesn’t stand out in any way, shape or form… until she puts on a silk blouse. Then all of a sudden she becomes a sex bomb. And not only that, but her personality changes just like magic. First she’s very shy, does not smoke and is very quiet. After putting on the blouse, she starts smoking, starts cheating on her boyfriend and “interacts” with strangers with confidence.

When I started reading this book I was shocked with some of the things I was reading, so I started taking notes to talk about them later in my review. I quickly realized I was wasting my time, because it kept getting worse and worse. The first scene that made me icky was when she was babysitting the girl and she pulled her pants down and they talked about her “butterfly” (like they said, not me). I just remember thinking “okaaay… this is pretty weird”. And it just escalated from there (fortunately not with kids anymore). 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind steamy scenes. As a matter of fact, I’m an avid romance reader and I love good romantic scenes. But the amount of vulgarity and cheating in this book made me uncomfortable. Especially that scene when she was in the car and some guy appeared close to the window… What in the world was that?

Now, here’s the thing: I think it’s important to know that this book is originally French, and I can see how this book would be more easily accepted with the French book community because of the strong cultural influence it has. And I’m not talking just about the setting of the story being in France, but also the way the story is written and presented. From everything I’ve experienced when I was in France, I know they talk a lot about topics like sex and periods more freely than in other places, and I completely understand that may be weird to other people. I remember how shocked I was when I saw a commercial on tv about period pads, and they “showed” vulvas and blood on the commercial. I think there’s a possibility that if you’re from another country and you pick up this book, that you’ll find some of the things here a little shocking, so keep that in mind!

I personally don’t mind simple artwork, but this was particularly underwhelming to me. The color scheme and drawings were just okay. Nothing too interesting to look at, in my humble opinion. Not bad, but also nothing stood out.

Am I the target audience for this book? Maybe not. Still, I believe the story is probably underwhelming and weird for everyone – but that’s just my opinion.

A big thank you to NetGalley, ABLAZE Publishing and Diamond Book Distributors for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review

Wrap-Up | What I Read in July 2022

Hello friends!

August is here, and with it comes another wrap up here in the blog. So today I’m sharing with you what I read in July.

I have to be honest with you, I did TERRIBLY this month. I really wanted to read more this month, but I had a few health scares that made me turn my focus on my well being instead. So I ended up only reading 2 books in July. And here they are!

  1. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen: 2/5⭐
  2. Truth or Dare by Camilla Läckberg: 3.5/5

As you can see, not even the ratings were great. I read the romance “The Kiss Thief” but I didn’t love the amount of unnecessary drama and toxicity, so I decided to rate it 2 stars out of 5. And then close to the end of the month I read “Truth or Dare” (in portuguese, “A Noite É Um Jogo”) which was a nice short thriller that I ended up giving 3.5 stars out of 5. I’m glad I picked up this smaller book because it helped me to feel like I was at least reading something! You can see my thoughts on each individual book here on the blog.

To be honest, I don’t have high hopes for August when it comes to reading. I’m going to do what feels right for now, and I’m not sure if I’m going to be in the mood for reading. But who knows… I might be surprised 🙂

What about you guys? How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading friends, I’ll see you later.