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March 2020 Updates

Hi! ^_^

This was a graphic novel heavy month, as I found myself kind of exhausted after finally finishing The Fireman, and while I really liked that book, it was long and exhausting, just like the last Joe Hill book I read, but I’m caught up on his novels now, graphic novels and anthologies aside. I tried to read a YA sci-fi that I picked up from the library. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but I didn’t finish it because I didn’t care. The main character was smart, sure, but she was boring, and I’m 100% sure I had the entire plot figured out two pages into chapter three. Smart MC invented something that is going to make everyone’s lives easier, including all the poor people suffering on other spaceships, she’ll repair her friendship, they’ll fall (back) in love, and the story will end happily ever after. Tell me I’m wrong!!

12: The Grumpy Guide to Life
Author: Grumpy Cat
Genre: Comedy
Rating: 5 stars
PREACH! 😀 Cute, fun, and a perfect pick me up on a metaphorically cloudy day. It puts things in perspective. 😛 Nothing matters, and it’s okay to sleep all day. Great coffee table book.

13: Suicide Squad: Kicked in the Teeth (Volume 1)
Author: Adam Glass & Various Illustrators
Genre: DC Comics/Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
So bloody! The basic plot overview is that a bunch of super villains join Task Force X aka the Suicide Squad in order to shave time off their long prison sentences. Nano bombs are implanted in their necks to keep them in line and anyone can die along the way because everyone is disposable, and there are a lot of super villains in lock down. The actual missions they go on are crazy, ranging from tracking a rogue super villain to some crazy near-apocalypse sci-fi stuff. I’m not clamoring to read more Suicide Squad issues, but it’s interesting. I might try a different author.

14: The Fireman
Author: Joe Hill
Genre: Apocalyptic Suspense
Rating: 4 stars
I finally finished this book! I could have cried. The audiobook is so long (22h), and I can only speed it up so much. It’s about a spore called Dragon Scale that causes people to spontaneously combust and follows a pregnant nurse who’s infected with it. This story goes back and forth between moving slowly and being incredibly suspenseful. I’ve probably said this before, but I’ll say it again, there’s only so much suspense I can take before I’m restless and impatient and angry, but my biggest gripe comes down to the writing style: Joe Hill CONSTANTLY gives things away by saying “she would tell him next time, but there wouldn’t be a next time” or “he said the trip would be easy, but he was wrong” and other such nonsense. Instead of building suspense, it irritated the crap out of me, because then I knew things were going to be hard for everyone, again, without the joy of getting to be surprised by it. But it was very interesting, and like all of his books, I get quite invested in the characters and just want everyone to be happy and safe!! So the endings to his books are a relief.

15: Standing Up to OCD Workbook for Kids
Author: Tyson Reuter, PhD
Genre: Self-Help
Rating: 5 stars
I get free items from Amazon’s Vine Program from time to time and picked this up for myself. 🙂 It’s for kids ages 6-11, but I think it has exercises and information useful for all ages. It helped me understand my compulsions better, mostly by helping me realize that they’re compulsions in the first place. For example, constantly asking for validation and asking the same questions over and over (to the same person or different people) until the answer “feels right” is a compulsion. I didn’t know that. I thought I was just super insecure. So, I feel like I can work on that, and some other things, now, and maybe actually make progress, and it never occurred to me to try and find a workbook for OCD before.

16: Shadow Kiss: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy #3)
Author: Richelle Mead, Adapted by: Leigh Dragoon, Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
Genre: YA Paranormal/Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
I really have to read the books now!! I’m missing so much stuff! And it’s so good! I’m out of graphic novels now, and there are six books. So, the whole series is on the TBR now, because while the main plot in this book ends, like, there’s still so much to do! It’s so exciting. In this book, the guardians-in-training are being tested while some mortal vampires are starting a weird little club, the vampire princess is losing her mind, and some immortal vampires are planning a huge attack on the campus. A lot to squeeze into a graphic novel, but they did a good job. It makes sense and it’s fun.

17: Strange Planet
Author: Nathan W. Pyle
Genre: Comedy/Comic Book
Rating: 5 stars
Omg, this book is my new favorite thing! It’s filled with panels of aliens experiencing common human stuff and describing it in their own special alien way with their own special alien words for stuff, and I love it so much. So cute and so hilarious.

18: Wicked Plants
Author: Amy Stewart
Genre: Reference/Botany
Rating: 5 stars
It took me forever to read this, because I can only process so much information at a time, but it makes a good quick reference book, which is what I was looking for, and I walked away with several perfect poisons for a couple of plot bunnies. Yew berry, anyone? 😉 Some of the mini stories were really interesting, and this instilled a nice, healthy fear of nature in me that’s sure to haunt me the next time I think it’s good idea to go traipsing through the woods.

19: The Last Unicorn: Graphic Novel
Author: Peter S. Beagle, Adapted by: Peter B. Gillis, Illustrators: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillion
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Now I have to read this book, too! This is one of my most favorite movies of all time, and while I’ve seen it about a hundred times, I’ve never actually read the book. I’m missing so much! There are things in here not in the movie, and things in the book not in here! Basic plot rundown: a unicorn discovers that she may be the only unicorn left in the world so she goes on a journey to discover what happened to the others, meets a magician, gets turned into a woman for a spell, and the crew searches for a way to beat the red bull, who is made of fire! Such a beautiful story. ^_^

I only have 6 books on next month’s TBR. 🙂


  • Michelle

    Wasn’t Grumpy Cat hilarious?? Perfect for times like these! I haven’t gotten nearly as much reading done as I really want to, even though I have WAY more time. Too anxious to really sink into a story, even though I’m really liking Stardust so far.

  • Kristy A.

    I didn’t know there was a Last Unicorn graphic novel! 😀 I totally agree with your Joe Hill assessment. I haven’t read any of the graphic novels, but I’ve read everything else. He’s really really bad about over foreshadowing. I’m going to check out that alien book. It looks super cute.

    • Krystal Jane

      I didn’t know the unicorn book existed until a few weeks ago! Definitely highly recommend the aliens. 😀 The only Hill graphic novel I’ve read is volume 1 of Locke & Key – interesting but very violent.

  • Jodi Perkins (@Perkjo)

    The Last Unicorn! My mom rented this for me when I was stuck home from school one day with the flu. I remember she rented me three, which was excessive and exciting for me back then. The first one I’ve forgotten, the second one was the original Little Mermaid (well-before Disney’s was released–the little mermaid doesn’t win the prince’s heart and ends up turning into sea foam at the end), and the third one was The Last Unicorn. I LOVED that movie. Now I need to watch it as an adult. Or read the book…I didn’t even know there was a book!

    “…and while I really liked that book, it was long and exhausting…” This reminds me of one of the movie Braveheart. I think it’s such a beautiful movie, but I can’t seem to motivate myself to watch it again because it’s heavy and emotionally draining.

    “he said the trip would be easy, but he was wrong.” I DNF’d a series last month for this exact reason. It was an apocalyptic series (SHTF) and the author seriously did that same thing (almost word for word) at the end of each chapter. Drove me nuts. I think authors who do that think they’re building more tension and suspense, not realizing they’re actually taking it away.

    • Krystal Jane

      Yes! I still have that Little Mermaid movie somewhere. It’s so sad. I’ve had The Last Unicorn book for years. It’s past time for me to read it.

      I’m so glad you get me with the suspense books!! Totally crazy making. Braveheart is one of those movies that I’m really happy I saw but I don’t need to watch it again.

  • Tonja Drecker

    Wow! You did hit the books hard this last month. Grumpy Cat and the alien one sound so funny! I’m going to check out the Wicked Plants. It sounds so different than what I’ve been reading…and a change is good sometimes.

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