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A lot of times, when I finish a book, I don’t have enough time or inclination to write a full blog post review.

So, I have recently started doing Bookstagram again and I’ve been posting mini-reviews of every book I’ve ever read, including going back and writing a review of every book I’ve read and never received in the past as well as going forward.

 

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Book Review – DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster! (DC Super Hero Girls Graphic Novels #6)

by Shea Fontana

From the highly successful multimedia pop culture property comes DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER!, starring one of its most popular characters, Batgirl.

Catwoman is out alone on the prowl one night when KABOOM–an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs rouses the other girls from their slumber. Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could’ve prepared Batgirl for what they see next–Batgirl’s dad on a date!

Batgirl is grossed out until her friends convince her Dads get lonely, too. And with the school dance coming up and everyone pairing off–heck, even Principal Waller has a date with a guy named Deadshot–maybe it’ll be okay just this once. The girls place a personal ad for Commissioner Gordon while they delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the explosion, but they’re about to discover more than who is behind the attack on S.T.A.R. Labs. Could it be that posting an ad looking for dates for the commissioner is like advertising catnip for criminals?

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER! continues to develop the relationships forged in DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS, HITS AND MYTHS, SUMMER OLYMPUS, PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH and OUT OF THE BOTTLE. Written by Shea Fontana, this Batgirl-centric story is perfect for girls ages 6-12.

The DC Super Hero Girls line is an exciting new universe of super-heroic storytelling that help .

Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by DC Comics

I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway!


AudioBook Review: Batgirl At Superhero High


4 Stars

 To be honest, a lot of my review for Batgirl At Superhero High could apply to this graphic novel volume –I like the idea of these books, making superheroes for girls too, not just books. Encouraging reading with the books etc. Its pretty cheesy and dumbed down, but it is a lower middle grade book, so I expected as much. I do think pretween girls, which its intended for, will enjoy it if they enjoy superhero stories at all.

In the beginning, it was pretty clear this was a sequel/companion, as previous events are recapped, but it didn’t impair the story at all past the initial “wait what” moment. At certain times, the characters seemed to act a bit older than their supposed ages, and it through me off when hearing a familiar DC comic name that was characterized differently, so get used to the idea of “alternate DC universe with every hero and villain a 12 year old in superhero boarding school”. –

Which makes sense, since the TV show, novels, and graphic novels are all the same continued universe – through I did think reading the entire thing in order is necessary, as this is the sixth graphic novel and I haven’t read any of the others. Something I really liked was the little “roll call” section in the beginning naming all the characters and their powers, further letting you pick up this volume without knowing the previous ones.

The artwork is really nicely done – though with all the loud colors, you can tell this is definitely meant for younger readers. The plot is a little simple, but fun overall. I like how they portrayed the girls dealing with and standing up to sexism, specifically when the mayor is letting Jimmy Olsen cover a story he claimed was too dangerous for Lois Lane, etc. A lot of puns were in the dialogue – if thats something you really like or dislike.

The romances were cute, Barbara freaking out about her dad dating, Harley playing matchmaker, and Steve Trevor flirting with Diana.

I thought it was cute overall, a good read if you like this sort of thing.


With the Giveaway, I also received

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Its a little shopping catalogue of all the DC volumes coming out this year – with some sections detailing TV adaptations and stuff too which I really enjoyed. I thought it was a cute addition.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


March 13: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)


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NetGalley Review – Captain America: Sub Rosa

I expected to LOVE this but it just wasn’t good…


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So many people LOVE this series and I could barely finish the first book.


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The synopsis makes this sounds like common sorts of white lies and idioms and so many of them were weird and unknown.

Netgalley Review: Lies We Tell Our Kids


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The ending surprised me, I LOVE this book.


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I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would, ugh.

NetGalley Review: The Hundred Lies Of Lizzie Lovett


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Just that there is a children’s book set in the world of Game of Thrones surprised me.

Book Review: The Ice Dragon


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I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. Its one of my favorites of all time.

Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me


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The ending surprised me SO MUCH. But I love this book.

Review: When We Collided


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12 year old me was so surprised when she discovered this book.


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The ending is A SURPRISE!!!!


 

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Okay, so…

These are really late. But, I wanted to post them anyways.

Enjoy!


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Original Release Date:

Published October 10th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1813)

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

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This was one of my AP Lit summer reading books, though I would have read it at some point even if it weren’t required because I’ve read and loved so many retellings I felt I had to read the original at some point. I did feel knowing the story lessened my enjoyment at some points, because certain sections drag out in descriptions that sort of make my eyes glaze over, but I did truly enjoy it for most of the book. I prefer Emma though.


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Original Release Date:

Published May 22nd 2007 by Riverhead

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

At once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them – in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul – they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

This was one of our summer reading books for AP Lit this past year. Its well written, with amazingly real characters. I think its historically accurate, but I’m can’t be entirely certain. I am going to say its horribly depressing and I couldn’t really handle reading it for extended periods. If you like to cry when you read, you’ll enjoy this immensely.


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Original Release Date:

1886

Date I Read The Book:

November 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Chronology:

Novella

Official Summary:

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was an artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction.
A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I only just recently finished reading this in class for AP Lit. Maybe I’m a little traumatized because we had to write a three grade essay and stuff, but I didn’t like this very much. It was okay, I didn’t mind reading it, I just didn’t particularly want to. Its entirely about death and despair, and in my constant state of anxiety of college right now, I was not in a state where I could enjoy this. I can see why others might though, and I know its of great literary significance.

Mini DNF Book Reviews: The SciFi End of the Supernatural / The New Voices of Fantasy / Prophecy Awakened / The Clay Lion

A while ago, I posted my first set of mini DNF reviews – DNF Mini Reviews #1 -consisting of three books (all Netgalley ARCs) that I couldn’t bring myself to finish.

I went a little request crazy and instead of torturing myself by trying to read and finish books I lost interest in, I’m just officially DNF-ing them.

Feel free to shame me for it, or if you like one of the below, try and convince you to finish it.


I requested and was approved for all these books from Netgalley. Because they are review copies, I tried to stick it out, but I couldn’t. I opinions are not changed because they are review copies. I may or may not revisit any in the future. But at the moment, I have no intention of finishing them at the moment.


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The SciFi End of the Supernatural
by R. Campbell

I read the first two stories, and they were beautifully written but super confusing. I couldn’t follow what was happening at all, like I was missing pages or something (except, its an ebook so thats not possible). Didn’t finish this.


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The New Voices of Fantasy
by Eugene Fisher, Brooke Bolander, Amal El-Mohtar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Max Gladstone, Ben Loory, Carmen Maria Machado, Usman T. Malik, Sarah Pinsker, Hannu Rajaniemi, Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Sofia Samatar, Kelly Sandoval, Chris Tarry, A. C. Wise, Alyssa Wong, JY Yang, E. Lily Yu, Peter S. Beagle

I literally don’t remember requesting this one, and since I’m not particularly into adult fantasy, I’m not sure why I did. I probably will never get to this and I’ll own it.


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Prophecy Awakened -Prime Prophecy Series Book 1
by Tamar Sloan

By the time I was approved for this request, I had lost interest in reading it. I might pick it up one day, but for know I don’t intend to.


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The Clay Lion
by Amalie Jahn

Some as above, by the time I was approved for this request, I had lost interest in reading it. I might pick it up one day, but for know I don’t intend to.


Mini Book Reviews: If You Give a Man a Cookie – A Parody / A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies / Please Don’t Do Coke in the Bathroom / The Geeky Chef Strikes Back! / The Crime Book

I received an e-arc of each of these books from netgalley and this is my honest review.


If You Give a Man a Cookie: A Parody

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff, author of the hugely popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, offers this hilarious parody of her own book for the man in your life.

If you give a man a cookie…he’s going to want milk to go with it…God forbid he should get it himself.

If You Give a Man a Cookie is a woman’s commentary about her helpless man and the chain of events that leads him on a journey from the bed to the bathroom to the couch and back to bed at nightfall.

Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
 My Review: 3 Stars
This is an entertaining parody, made by the author of the original. The artwork is great, and its written in the same children’s style of the original, which makes it pretty funny, but its full of common stereotypes and is a little patronizing, which brings it down a little for me.

A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse 

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A darkly comic fable that offers visions of the apocalypse for every letter of the alphabet.

Starting with a father whose son has been asking questions about global dangers, A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies takes us inside our worst fears, laughing at some and taking others seriously. With macabre verse and fantastically gory illustrations, it provides gallows humor for our doom-haunted times.

Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
 My Review: 5 Stars
 A super fun, if darkly comedic bedtime story. Its written like a kids book, but much like “Go the Fuck to Sleep”, you probably shouldn’t read it to kids, especially younger ones. As it is all about the morbid inescapable end of the world. The art was super gorgeous though, and I thought it was hilarious.

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Irreverent Lettering for Every F*cking Occasion

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Want to wish someone a happy f*cking New Year? Or perhaps you want to tell a Facebook friend that no one cares about her a**hole cat? Now you can express your irreverent sentiments with beautiful calligraphy and hand-lettering!

Send an artfully lettered note telling your boss to f*ck off, your company that a meeting is bullsh*t, and more. With a crash course in learning calligraphy and hand-lettering, you’ll also get a chapter on cringe-worthy words like “moist” and “dingleberry,” along with more than 25 gorgeous hand-lettered signs that you can hang anywhere including favorites like “Monday is a D*ck,” “Your Spirit Animal is an A**hole,” and more.

Just because it’s profanity doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful! Tell the sh*tty person in your life how you really feel with delicate swirls and hand-drawn letters in Your Spirit Animal Is an Asshole!
Pub Date 26 Sep 2017

My Review: 3 Stars

This is pretty funny, it about writing and lettering in different fonts and style, with sassy/cussy humor as its frame. Pretty entertaining but I’m not super into it.


The Geeky Chef Strikes Back!

Even More Unofficial Recipes from Minecraft, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Twin Peaks, and More!

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The Geeky Chef is back with even more delicious, real-life recipes from your favorite sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, TV shows, and video games. Discover the foods you’ve always wanted to taste from realms like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to The Legend of ZeldaFireflyMinecraftFinal Fantasy, and more.
In the Geeky Chef Strikes Back, author Cassandra Reeder has imagined the delicious foods in these faraway worlds and created recipes that are sure to transport you to galaxies far, far way. So if you’ve found yourself craving Pumpkin Juice from Harry PotterLingonberry Pancakes from The Big LebowskiNorma’s Cherry Pie from Twin PeaksWife Soup from Firefly, or the White Dragon Noodles from Blade Runner, then look no further. With easy step-by-step instructions and fun theme photos, these creative recipes are perfect for your next big viewing party or your standing reservation for a party of one. Fantasy foods are fantasy no longer!
Pub Date 15 Sep 2017

My Review: 5 Stars

I like baking, and I am a very geeky human, so I LOVED this. There was nice mix of fandoms, and I recognized most if not all, even of the ones I wasn’t a part of. The pictures and graphics are very nicely done, and the instructions super easy to follow. I want a physical copy of this one!


The Crime Book

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An essential guide to criminology, exploring the most infamous cases of all time, from serial killers to mob hits to war crimes and more.

From Jack the Ripper to Jeffrey Dahmer, The Crime Book is a complete study of international true crime history that unpacks the shocking stories through info-graphics and in-depth research that lays out every key fact and detail. Examine the science, psychology, and sociology of criminal behavior, and read profiles of villains, victims, and detectives. See each clue and follow the investigation from start to finish, and study the police and detective work of each case.

Find out how pirates, the Japanese yakuza, Chinese triads, and modern drug cartels operate around the world. Dive deep into the Black Dahlia murder investigation and follow other high-profile cases, including Lizzie Borden with her ax and the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Learn how media coverage changed through history, from the tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln to romanticizing Bonnie and Clyde’s doomed fate to the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s baby, which is considered the first international crime tabloid story.

The Crime Book is a complete compendium for crime aficionados to add to their collection.

Pub: May 2nd 2017

My Review: 4 Stars

Super interesting read! Well formatted, descriptive, and detailed without getting bogged down with them. The crime stories chosen were well written and had a nice variety. If true crime is something you like, its a good read. Though not meant to be read straight through all at once.

Discussion: On DNF Books And Reviews

DNF stands for “Did Not Finish” – an acronym you’ve probably heard around the book blogging community before.


People DNF books all the time, for all sorts of reasons.

Because they just weren’t liking the book.
Because they were bored.
Because they took a particular issue with the book (problematic /trope they dislike etc.).

Everyone has their own policy on this and I can’t speak for everyone.


I personally dislike DNFing books – it feels dishonest to pass judgement if I didn’t see it through.

I have only DNFed a handful of books. Generally because the content made me physically uncomfortable (like Nerdy and the Dirty) or I am extremely bored / disengaged / hitting a reading slump because of a book. Especially recently with my growing TBR.
Usually, if I put a book down, it’s with the intention of coming back later.


But why?
Why feel guilty about not enjoying a book and doing without it?
Book reviews are often subjective – what I enjoy or don’t enjoy may influence those of similar opinions – but it isn’t the end all be all of a books worth or who may enjoy it even if I don’t.


Recently my views of DNFing has changed. I think it’s okay. We read because our enjoy it, why continue if it becomes a chore. But we should explain ourselves.
Why did we DNF a book?
Something objective or something  subjective in its influence?
Could others potentially like it?
And definitely don’t bash a book you couldn’t finish – that I do see as unfair.


What do you think?

Do you agree with me?

What do you think of DNF books?