COMIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS

Hey guys today I’m coming at you with a YA comic recommendations post. Depending on how new you are to my blog you probably know that I love comics. Though, for some reason I don’t actually talk about comics as much as I would like to.

I know that a bunch of you don’t read comics, or just don’t know where to start, so I’m hoping I can help you out with that!

By the way, if the words are blue, they’re links to the Goodreads pages. 

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Non-Superhero Comics

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Paper Girls – I know I’m starting out a recommendations post with a comic I didn’t actually enjoy but hear me out. I know I really didn’t like this at all but I know this series is still really popular, it was created by one of the dudes that makes Saga.

Anyway, so I know that I wasn’t a massive fan of this but I know that a whole bunch of people do love this, and the premise, while vaguely confusing, is really interesting. It’s a weird sci-fi comic based in the late 1980s surrounded by a group of girls who deliver newspapers around their suburbs…until something goes wrong.

Lumberjanes – I’m currently a volume behind in this series because my library hasn’t got the new volume in (even though the latest volume came out in April), and I am fuming. This is a comic series for all ages, I read it with both of my younger brothers and we always look forward to getting the series out from the library.

This is a fantastic series about a group of girls at a summer scouts camp. It’s got amazing artwork with bright colours, friendship and it’s LGBT, I reallllllly recommend that you guys pick it up.

Zodiac Starforce – Much like Lumberjanes, Zodiac Starforce, is a really fun and bright comic centered around friendship (also lgbt characters), but also badass female superheroes (who really remind me of Power Rangers, but like, efficient ones). The girls in this comic are really fun and I know this is a recommendations post, and I keep saying this but…  you should definitely read this (okay I’ll stop now).

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I Hate Fairyland – PLEASE READ THIS. I love this comic, so you guys need to get on this. If you like the character Deadpool then you will love this. The main character, Gertrud (yes, that is actually her name) has basically been trapped in this really bright, fantastical world and is trying to get out. It’s ridiculously violent, and really funny, also it’s written and drawn by my favourite comic guy: Skottie Young.

Alex + Ada – I read this the same day I read I Hate Fairyland, and what a great day it was. Along with I Hate Fairyland, I had been meaning to pick up this for years (they’ve been on my Goodreads tbr pretty much since I joined the site) so to read both of these in one day felt SOO GOOD.

Alex + Ada pretty much talks about whether or not robots and/or cyborgs should be allowed to have emotions, which is a topic I find really interesting so reading this was amazing, for me at least.

Bitch Planet – I loved this one so much that I actually reviewed it, and I think that speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed it. I really love this comic, and I also really appreciate how the comic has gotten readers who never touch comics to give the format a go! Also, this is a feminist comic and it gave me life!

Superhero Comics

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Young Avengers – I know guys, I recommend this comic trilogy constantly, but I promise you it’s worth it. This is a really fun trilogy with fantastic characters, and honestly if you really try you could probably read the entire trilogy in a few hours. I have read each volume multiple times and I have loved it each time. Also, this has an m/m couple who love each other and fight crime while surrounded by their awesome friends (and Loki).

Rocket Raccoon & Groot – THIS. THIS COMIC. YOU GUYS. I. AM. DYING.

Okay, so I don’t know if you noticed but I love this comic series. This is basically a buddy cop series, it’s just Rocket and Groot going around the Galaxy and getting into a load of trouble and I love it.

Amazing Spider-Man (World Wide) – I started this series early this year, and I really enjoy it. I don’t think it’s the best place to start out if you know nothing about the Spider-Verse, or Spider-Man in general, but if you do, then this is the comic for you.

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Silver Surfer – This, along with Nova (below) is one of my favourite comic series and I absolutely love it. It’s a great spot to start at if you know nothing about the comic-verse, or even know nothing about Silver Surfer. This is pretty much his origin story, also the power cosmic is where it’s at, and Dawn (the chick with the ladybug dress) is an amazing character!

Nova – Okay guys, I read this entire series last year and it is one of my favourites. I love it with all of my heart, and like Silver Surfer it is also a great place to start if you know nothing about the character or are new to comics. Basically, this kid is teen Spider-Man in space, and it’s kind of brilliant?

The Flash – I feel like all those Marvel recommendations I really should recommend you guys some DC (granted, I really do read a lot more Marvel). This comic series is based around The Flash (duh, Ellyn) and I really enjoy it. I actually don’t watch the show anymore, but I feel like everything I don’t like about the show is turned around in this series and so I enjoy this a lot more. That being said, my brother is obsessed with the show and absolutely LOVES this series and is constantly re-reading it.

I would also recommend The Flash Rebirth if you want to explore Wally West a bit more, or even if you just want to learn about the character.

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Do you read comics?
Do you have any comic recommendations?

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QUICK READS

We’re nearing the end of the year and I know a lot of you guys have reading challenges so I thought I would write a post recommending some books that I read quickly. 

Let me know if you’ve read them and what you thought!

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My Lady Jane  // Lux // Twilight

 

Okay, so I know I’m starting off with a 500 page book but My Lady Jane is seriously good! (You can read my review here!) It’s a hilarious twist on a small section of history, about  woman named Lady Jane Grey, a girl who jst wants to chill and read all the books but instead her mum is trying to set her up with a guy named G. Adventure and shennanigans ensue of course. Anyway, I know the book looks intimidating but it’s so funny that you’ll fly through it!

And then there’s the Lux series and the Twilight series. I’m going to talk about these two together because of how similar they are. Twilight and Obisidian (book one of Lux) are both ridiculously similar, though once you get to book 2 they start to differ. Both of these series are quick and easy to read, I will say that I do prefer Lux, because the main character, Katy is a blogger and I definitely relate to her more than I do Bella.

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Amulet // Scott Pilgrim // Door Trilogy

 

If you’re trying to catch up to your reading goal then you might want to read something short, like a graphic novel. A great place to start is with Amulet or Scott Pilgrim. Amulet is for middle-grade readers (but I still love and recommend it) where SP is definitely for teens (15+).  They’re both fun reads, about completely different things but still… they’re just really fun guys.

You can read my review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 here!

I also recommend The Door trilogy by Emily Rodda, one of my favourite series of all time. If you tried you could read this entire trilogy over a weekend, it’s just that good! Like all of Rodda’s other novels, this trilogy is a complete work of art, it’s got a really original and fun plot and I love it with my entire soul.

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The Raven Cycle // Simon vs The Homosapien’s Agenda // Starbound

 

These last three are all pretty well-known novels, I’ve talked about The Raven Cycle a lot on my blog but I don’t think I’ve ever talked baout how quickly I got through the novels. The first time I read The Raven Boys I got through it in roughly a week ( I had to get my mind around the whole thing) but I have re-read it since then and I listened to it on audiobook and got through it in two days. If you actually like the writing and can enjoy the plot then you’ll probably get through it quite quickly too!

Then you have Simon vs The Homosapien’s Agenda, a book that I read twice in two days. I loved this so much the first time I read this that I  picked it up straight away the next day and was up at all hours into the morning finishing it. I know a bunch of people have had the same experience, and certainly a hell of a lot of other people have also enjoyed the novel, I urge you all to give it a go!

I also read These Broken Stars pretty quickly, I don’t know why exactly, but for whatever reason I really enjoyed it. It’s a fun YA sci-fi companion trilogy, bu tin the last book all of the characters meet up and save the universe, it’s knd of great.

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What are your quick reads? How is your reading challenge going?

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Recommendations: High Fantasy

I know I write my monthly recommendations posts each month but I haven’t really written an actual recommendation post of a genre I’ve chosen in what feels like ages so without further ado; here are 4 high fantasy recommendations!

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A Song of Ice and Fire

My first three recommendations are all pretty obvious HF recommendations but I think they definitely count.

A Song Of Ice and Fire is quite possibly the most popular and well-known high fantasy series on the market. This series has taken the world by storm, it has an incredibly successful tv show adaptation and a very long graphic novel series. ASOIAF has fans from all over the world; all eagerly awaiting the next book in the eight book series – The Winds of Winter.

I’ve only read books one and two, along with the first part of book 3, and if I’m honest I don’t know if I’m going to continue the series past book 4. However, don’t let that discourage you from picking up the series! I know the books are daunting, I mean book one is 800 pages, and it’s one of the shorter books of the series!

The books are massive and the world is terribly complex, but it is still a really good series! I may not be continuing the series (I just don’t have the time, nor the memory space) but there are some die hard fans out there who love this series, so listen to them; grab the audiobook or turn on the tv show and give this series a go!

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The Kingkiller Chronicle

It took me roughly ten months and a reading slump to read The Name of The Wind. Since then, I must confess I haven’t actually continued the series. he reason for that is simple though – time and the lack of a third instalment.

So far this trilogy has two book out and a novella. Someday I shall continue this trilogy but as far as I’m concerned that could be in a few years to come, as book the novella, which is set after the second book came out in 2014 with book two having been released in 2011.

You may look at the amount of time it took me to finish this and expect that I didn’t like it. But, the truth is, I loved it. It had an amazing beginning and an awesome ending. I tired myself out too quickly and naturally, got stuck in the middle. Give me some credit, this book is nearly 700 pages long!

This is a unique, and mesmerszing high fantasy novel. It has its issues but overall I think it’s a pretty good novel. Also, I do believe this trilogy is becoming a tv series so that might help to persuade you guys to pick this one up!

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Mistborn

I read this trilogy last year and absolutely loved it. I read The Final Empire, the first novel in the series and fell in love with Brandon Sanderson’s world building and his writing. TFE is one of my top 5 favourite novels and Brandon Sanderson is one of my top 3 favourite authors. Either way I definitely recommend his works.

Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe is also in talks for a film series. I don’t know how it would translate into film but I do think it would look really cool to see the amazing world and the phenomenal magic system on screen.

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Strange The Dreamer

I read this back in April and have some pretty mixed feelings about it. I read Laini Taylor’s Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy and now this, yet I still can’t tell if I actually like her writing style.

What I do know is that I love how she builds her worlds and how complex and frankly, awesome her characters are. I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about Strange The Dreamer, until I started it. Part one of Strange is in the persepctive of Lazlo Strange, a librarian. Honestly, the first part of this novel was like if the Atlantis films and The Name of The Wind had a child. I enjoyed this book for the most part but sort of stopped enjoying it towards the tail end of the book. I know that I will be reading the next book in this series so I have pretty high hopes but I think it will have to determine my future with Laini Taylor’s novels.

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Do you have any high fantasy recommendations? Have you read any of these HF books?

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Monthly Recommendations: Auto-Read Authors

July: Auto-Read Authors 

July’s topic is Auto Read Authors. These are authors who you automatically read any book they publish because you love their writing so much! If you see their name attached to a book you don’t even care what it’s about, you already know you want to read it.

Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

O’Malley // Rowling/Galbraith // Rodda // Albertalli // Riordan

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) The Rig (The Rig, #1) Gone Girl

Kaufman&Spooner // Stiefvater // Meyer // Ducie // Flynn

It’s just occurred to me that I’ve put ten books above and I don’t have the brainpower or the time to talk about ten separate books. You’ve got your general popular YA authors like J K. Rowling, Becky Albertalli, Rick Riordan, Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer and the co-authors of the Starbound trilogy.

Brian Lee O’Malley – I’ve read the Scott Pilgrim series and Seconds by this author. And, I’m pretty excited to get to his graphic novel Lost At Sea.

You can read my review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 here!

Emily Rodda – I love Emily Rodda and her books with everything I am. Her Door trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time and I am slowly making it through her Deltora series and did I mention that I’m in love with her? ALSO,  she’s Australian, so double points for her!

Joe Ducie – Okay, so I’ve only read two books by this guy but I loved both of them and I know as soon as book 3 comes out I will be running to the store to buy it!

Gillian Flynn – I’ve only read Gone Girl and The Grownup by Gillian Flynn but I really enjoyed them both, Gone Girl I enjoyed the most though! Gone Girl is one of the best books I’ve ever read so of course Gillian Flynn is an auto-read for me! I know I haven’t read all of her books but GG left such an impact on me that I know I will love all of her other works.

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Who are your auto-read authors? Do we share any of the same auto-read authors?

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Monthly Recommendations: RETELLINGS

June 2017: Retellings

In June we are focusing on Retellings. You could also go with re-imaginings, as this topic is not exclusive to books that are a direct remake of the original. Feel free to throw in any book that follows along to a classic story, fairy tale or mythology that you love.

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My retelings recommendations are all pretty meh and will probably be on every other list but oh well. I really enjoy all of these books so I hope you add them to your TBRs!

First & Then

First & Then

In terms of retellings this is a really smart and funny one. Mills created a really inventive and modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Even if you don’t want to read the original this is a fun way to still get the gist of the story.

Heartless

Heartless

I only rated this three stars when I read this last year but I did still really enjoy it. I think that Marissa Meyer is a really smart writer, she creates really inventive stories based off of well-known stories. Heartless is her latest novel, about the Queen of Hearts before she goes nuts.

My review of Heartless

The Lunar Chronicles

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If you read my May wrap up then you know that I wasn’t actually a big fan of Cinder upon my 3rd re-read, and if you’ve been around my blog even longer then you know that I’m not a big fan of book 2 either. However, please do not let me discourage you from reading this series. It still remains one of my favourites and books 3 and 4 are some of my favourite books to read.

+ BONUS, RETELLINGS ON MY TBR

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Have you read these novels? What are your favourite retellings?

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Monthly Recommendations: Contemporary

May 2017: Contemporary

This group is run on Goodreads (link) by Kayla Rayne and Trina from Between Chapters!

I tried to find a wider range of books to recommend in this genre for you guys. I hope you enjoy them!

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseIf You Find Me

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I know a bunch of people don’t really enjoy this series but personally I really like it!

It kept me up all night, I had to know who the killer was! It’s actually written by J. K. Rowling if that’s any incentive for you to pick it up.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

If you haven’t already, you need to add this to your tbr. In fact, why not go and add everything on Becky Albertalli’s Goodreads page! Her debut novel, SVTHA was so amazing that I read it twice in two days. Becky Albertalli also released her second novel last month which I haven’t read yet but boy, am I excited!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I actually wrote a review on this last year if you want to check that out.

AADDTSOFU (woah, that is a long-ass acronym) is actually a really good book, I didn’t particularly enjoy it but even saying that I did read it in one sitting which nearly never happens. It’s a good lgbt novel that pretty much everyone enjoys so don’t let me not enjoying it discourage you from picking it up!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Wow, it has been many moons since I read this!

I’m just going to leave Wendy Darling’s opening line for her review because I think it perfectly sums up this book.

If You Find Me is a stunning debut that explores the consequences of child neglect.


Have you guys read any of the books I recommended? Have you made a monthly rec post?


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Monthly recommendations: BIG BOOKS

April 2017: Big Books

I find that big books are often the ones I enjoy the most, and yet I found it difficult to talk about a great list of books here. I guess I just need to read some more big books!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)My Lady JaneThe Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Paperback: 823 pages

This is my favourite novel in The Lunar Chronicles, while the last book is over 8oo pages and the third book is just over 500 pages. The first two books in this series are pretty meh but as the group really gets to know each other in the third book and the plot starts to really pick up. This is an enjoyable and re-readable sci-fi series.

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton &  Jodi Meadows

Hardcover: 491 pages

I loved this book. It may be long but I managed to read it over a weekend. It’s hilarious and puts a fantastic twist on history. There’s no insta love and the main character, Jane is a massive book-nerd. She is completely relatable, she always has a book with her and prefers reading over interaction with humans.

Also, I must reiterate how amazing the humour in this book is, every page will have you laughing.

My review.

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Paperback: 647 pages

This was probably my favourite book of 2016. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the world and Brandon Sanderson’s writing on the first page. This trilog is something new – the magic system is brilliant and the characters are all entirely different, yet they seem to form #squad goals. I love this series and the fact that not too many people have actually read it hurts me.

My review.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover: 766 pages

Whenever someone asks me which book is my favourite I can never give them an answer – all of them is the only answer I could ever supply. But in my ever-changing top 3 HP this is definitely up there. I love this book, it’s long, it’s magical and it’s dark. It’s everything a Potterhead could ever need.