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Book Review: Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Collection of Life’s Awkward Moments by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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DAY 8

Cover of Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson
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Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Whoever said there’s strength in numbers lied. Meet Marzi. She’s an introvert who often finds herself in awkward situations. Marzi used to feel strange about her introverted tendencies. Not anymore! Now she knows that there are tons of introverts out there just like her–introverts who enjoy peace and quiet, need time alone to recharge their battery, and who prefer staying in with their pet and a good book to awkward social interactions. Just like Marzi, these introverts can often be found in libraries, at home watching Netflix, brainstorming excuses to miss your next party, or doodling cute cartoons. Being an introvert in an extrovert world isn’t always easy, but it certainly is an adventure. In Introvert Doodles, follow Marzi through all of her most uncomfortable, charming, honest, and hilarious moments that everyone–introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between–can relate to.

 

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Introvert Doodles was like looking in a mirror. I felt a deep connection with Marzi as she illustrates in honest and humorous details the trials and tribulations introverts experience, how we think, feel and behave, the meaning of the awkward things we tend to say, but as all the wonderful beautiful things that make up introverts.

“Introverts want you to know…I am more than ‘quiet.’ I am intensely focused and wildly creative. I’m PASSIONATE about my work and/or hobbies.”

It’s not often I read a book I relate to so considerably or see myself so clearly. Readers won’t relate to everything in this book nor is this the 100% truth about all introverts since this is one person’s experiences. But as Marzi points out, no matter if you’re an “introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between,” you may find some part of the story that resonates with you. This is what I love most about this book.

I adore and appreciate Introvert Doodle and would recommend it to others if you like graphic novels, candid, funny moments, and learning about personality types.


Maureen Marzi Wilson

The Little Book of Big Feelings

Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety

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Book Review: “Big Nate Makes The Grade” by Lincoln Peirce

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Genre: Children’s Fiction, Graphic Novel
Series: Big Nate: Comics
Rating: 2 out of 5 (DNF @ pg.114)
Recommend to Others?: No

 

ABOUT: Self-described comic genius Big Nate keeps parents and teaching on their toes in this hilarious……Nate Wright is known to his pals and teachers for many things, his penchant for mischief and his school record for detentions being the foremost. But beating out brainiac Gina’s grades is not one of those things! In Big Nate Makes the Grade, the school life goings-on of Nate, his pals, and his long-suffering teachers are recounted in hilarious detail……

 

My Review:
I wanted to read this book because it was a popular series for this age group and I wanted to know why. It looked like a good read. It’s a very character driven story. Nate’s character holds a lot of presence.

However, I couldn’t finish it because of Nate’s character. He’s very unlikable, oblivious, and too troublesome. He’s not the best academically (which is fine) but he doesn’t try out of sheer laziness it seems. He’s quick to blame everything and everyone else for his troubles. If this wasn’t a graphic novel, I’d say Nate was an unreliable narrator.

The comic art style is great and done in such a classically nostalgic way. The writing is really good. There were a few times here and there when I was actually liking the story because of the dialogue.

I just couldn’t care enough to finish and I don’t think Kid Me would have finished it either. The book has a few merits but not enough to keep me reading.

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ARC Book Review: “The Little Book of Big Feelings” by Maureen Marzi Wilson

FULL TITLE: “The Little Book of Big Feelings: An Illustrated Exploration of Life’s Many Emotions”

Thank you to Adams Media and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review. The Little Book of Big Feelings by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson is set to published November 26, 2019.

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Genre: Graphic Novel, Self-Help, Nonfiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: We’ve been conditioned to think that the most acceptable response to “How are you?” is, “I’m fine.” But our emotions are much more complicated than that! Sometimes we feel a little annoyed, or elated, or afraid. And you know, that’s okay!

In The Little Book of Big Feelings, Maureen “Marzi” Wilson takes us on a journey of self-acceptance and validation. After all, our emotions are only reactions to experiences that we can learn from; there’s no such thing as a “bad” emotion. It’s okay to be scared, it’s alright to feel hopeful, and it’s perfectly fine to feel both at the same time. There is a wide range of human emotions, and it’s time we start embracing each one!

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My Review:
The title is very apt to what is described and visualized in this book. I found what I was reading and seeing very relabtable in actions and reactions, which made for a very endearing yet introspective read. Some of the things in it were so scarily accurate. It’s almost like the author and I are long lost twins – spooky!

I love how the drawings are just okay. I think the simplicity embellishes the author’s intent. “Okay” is such a simple, short word. Two-syllables. But the author describes all the emotions that can be packed within words like “okay” and “fine.”

This was a good read and I’d definitely recommend it to others who may be struggling but also for enjoyment.

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Book Review: “Adulthood Is A Myth” & “Big Mushy Happy Lump” by Sarah Andersen (combined review)

Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: Sarah’s Scribbles, book 1 & 2
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
Book 1Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

 

Book 2Sarah Andersen’s second comics collection picks up right where the first left off – huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweater theft, and the joy of staying home all day with a box of pizza. All aboard.

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My Review:
In both books, Sarah Andersen draws life in a nutshell. She draws brief accurate scribbles of what we are really feeling as human beings. It’s tremdously relatable and eye-opening. Theses comics are fantastic. Andersen illustration paint a thousand words and more.

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Reading 2018: Best of ARCs/NetGalley

It’s been a successful reading year for me with over 100 books read. As much as I enjoyed looking back on all those wonderful tales, it was exceedingly difficult to narrow it down to the best of the best. Sometimes you can’t just pick one. This week I’ll be spotlighting my favorite ARCs/NetGalley, Children’s fiction, manga, young adult contemporary, and adult contemporary romance books.


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Baby, I’m Howling For You by Christine Warren

(Alphaville, book 1)

Published: January 30, 2018
Paranormal Romance

My ARC Review

 

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Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

(Sarah’s Scribbles, book 3)

Published: March 27, 2018
Comics, Graphic Novel

My ARC Review

 

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Startup Fiancé by Shilpa Mudiganti

(The Startup Series, book 1)

Adult Contemporary Romance

My Review

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Happy Book Release Day! to Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Thank you again to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review.

*title/author link leads to my review of Herding Cats*


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Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

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.

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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.

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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.