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ARC Book Review: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review. Herding Cats is set to be released March 27, 2018.


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Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel
Series: Sarah’s Scribbles, book 3
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via NetGalley):
Sarah’s Scribbles,  Goodreads Choice Award for 2016:  Best Graphic Novels & Comics

“. . . author Sarah Andersen uses hilarious (and adorable) comics to illustrate the very specific growing pains that occur on your way to becoming a mature, put-together grownup. Andersen’s spot-on illustrations also show how to navigate this newfound adulthood once you arrive, since maturity is equally as hard to maintain as it is to find … “
–The Huffington Post

Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.


My Review:
Fantastic. Hilarious. Just what a creative person (and everyone) needs to hear and see. Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen is an art and narrative to be experienced.

The first half of the book contains a series of hilariously quirky, meme-worthy comics that perfectly illustrate the day to day happenings of an artist and introvert. Some jokes flew over my head, but I found myself nodding in agreement with several panels.

The second half gets serious. Still funny. But serious. During which Andersen provides an honest look at the internet of today and how it effects artists (and people in general). It is a narrative whose sole purpose is to encourage those to not give up on their passions in this sometimes scary world.

I think no matter what stage in your creative endeavors you’re at, you’ll learn a thing or two from Herding Cats and be reminded that, at its core, art is fun.


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Women’s History Month 2018: My Favorite Female Characters

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For today’s post, I wanted to recognize female characters who I admire and view as trailblazers in their own way.

Encompassing a wide span of ages and circumstance, these character have shaped not only how I see things but the world in which they live in. Within their stories, they have proven to be resilience, courage, and heart in the face of adversity that would have otherwise kept them in a prescribe box.

I love these characters for their strength and vitality. I am fascinated by how they choose to navigate the world. I admire how they are able to rise up after being knocked down countless times in order to overcome – not just for themselves but for others. And I respect the good – big and small – that they leave behind long after their stories are over.

*I left out the why to avoid spoilers but included my reviews posted for if you wanted an inkling of why I put certain characters on this list.


Alanna of Trebond
from Song of the Lioness quartet – Tamora Pierce

Keladry of Mindelan
from Protector of the Small quartet – Tamora Pierce
Lady Night (book 4)

Thayet jian Wilima
from Torall universe – Tamora Pierce

Beka Cooper
from Beka Cooper trilogy – Tamora Piercce
Mastiff (book 3)

Yelena Zaltana
from Study series – Maria V. Snyder
Shadow Study (book 4) | Night Study (book 5) | Dawn Study (book 6)

from Study series – Maria V. Snyder

Irys Jewelrose
from Study series – Maria V. Snyder

Miranda Grey
from A Shadow World Novel series – Dianne Sylvan

from Star of the Morning, The Mage’s Daughter, Princess of the Sword (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms series) – Lynn Kurland

from Snow Like Ashes trilogy – Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes (book 1) | Ice Like Fire (book 2) | Frost Like Night (book 3)

Rhoma Grace
from Zodiac quartet – Romina Russell
Zodiac (book 1)| Wandering Star (book 2) | Black Moon (book 3)

Libby Strout
from Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

Sorcha of Sevenwaters
from Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters series) – Juliet Marilier

Maeve of Sevenwaters
from Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters series) – Juliet Marillier

from Mustaches for Maddie – Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

My question to you: Who are your favorite female characters and why?

And, As Always, Happy Reading!!!


March Happenings!

Welcome March 2018!

Three New Milestones Reached…

Last month I wrote my 300th post, reached 200 followers on this blog, and received a new NetGalley badge. These were pleasant surprises that came up unexpectedly. I’m happy that I’ve written so many posts and that so many people decided to follow this blog (thank you, thank you so much!). Also am happy to have been able to read so many titles from NetGalley (17 in all).

I’m going to use these new milestones as motivation to keep working hard in all I do.

Some Light Reading…

A less demanding reading list for this month, one I believe I can get through. I’m holding off on requesting any NetGalley titles until this current list is completed.

Currently Reading:

  • A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Reading Next:

  • Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, with Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe, and Megan Messinger
  • Fruits Basket – continued; no review
  • Black Butler – continued; no review

Reviews Coming Soon:

  • (ARC) Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen – March 6
  • (ARC) Blood Veil by Megan Erickson – March 20

Some Light Posting…

Posts for the month of March will be on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Book Recommendation of the Month

The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
The Icemark Chronicles, book 1
First Published: January 3, 2005
Hardcover Image Edition: April 3, 2005 by The Chicken House
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Adventure, Magic

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Goodreads Summary: The Icemark is a kingdom in grave danger. Its king has been killed in battle, its enemy lies in wait, and its fate rests on the shoulders of one girl. Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion. She will forge an extraordinary alliance of noble Snow Leopards, ancient Vampires, and ferocious Wolf-folk. She will find unexpected strength in her friendship with a young warlock. And she will lead her allies to victory with her fierce battle cry: “Blood! Blast! And Fire!”

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NetGalley Book Review: Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews, Illustrated by Colleen Madden

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN’S for providing me with an e-copy to read and review. Henry Hodges Needs a Friend was published March 3, 2015.


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Genre: Picture Book, Children’s Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Recommend to Others?: Unsure


Summary (via NetGalley):
From the author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.
Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!


My Review:
This book was okay but I’m not sure about the overall impressions I get from it. Henry is bored, lonely, and without a friend nearby. His parents decide to get him a pet. I’m all for getting a pet for your kid to be friends with (having a pet has many benefits) but why doesn’t Henry just invite friends over from time to time or go to their house?Just seems like there’s something missing from the story and it leaves me skeptical.

The illustrations are fantastic. They’re so smooth, bright and colorful. I did laugh at the funny imaginings Henry had of what his new friend might be like. The narrative told in couplets/abab rhyme scheme was a nice touch as well.

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Weekend Writing Prompt #8

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
— Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Self-Reflection/Discussion Prompt: What story (or stories) are you just eager to write and share with the world? What is the story about? What genre is it? Where did the story idea come from? What about the idea drew you to it?