"Enoki is practically the poster-boy for what a typical nerd looks like: short and slight, complete with big round glasses and social awkwardness. His main hobby is playing video games, and he's used to not having many friends at school. Then, he meets Shirataki, a former member of the baseball club and his exact opposite; tall, muscular and sporty. Despite their many differences, the spark of friendship between the two boys begins to grow into something more."
A cute story where a jock crushes on a lovable nerd. This Wonderful Season with You by Atsuko Yusen is a must for those that love cute art, meet-cutes, friends to lovers, and partners that bring out the best in each other by being encouraging and supportive.
Welcome to the A Rendezvous to Remember Book Tour!
Thank you for stopping by before the tour is over. At this tour spot, Bookish Ramblings is honored to spotlight A Rendezvous to Remember and a short Q&A with authors Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall!
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. It's a fun way for bookworms to share the upcoming releases that they are most excited for.
One of my favorite romance tropes is enemies/rivals to lovers. And that's how To Sir, with Love immediately made it on my TBR list.
This 2016 Kansas Notable Book had been on my radar for a while. So before the Artic weather came in, I went ahead and picked up a copy of To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves!
"Pete Stone hadn’t always been a private eye. He’d lost his dairy business at the toss of a coin when the depression hit. His children grew up, as children do, and his wife left him for a chinchilla farmer. He had learned to like his solitude. When Mrs. Lucille Hamilton walked through his door searching for her missing husband, Pete was the only one who believed her husband’s death hadn’t been a suicide."
Originally published in 1945, I can easily see how Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking became an immediate hit among children in Sweden.
A kind and rambunctious young girl who lives by herself, owns two odd pets, goes on adventures, and makes adults look silly. And of course, all the cookies a little girl could possibly eat.
Considering that Pippi Longstocking was published in 1945, there are many things that make her unique as a young female character. Her non-conformist attire (she designed it herself!), her strength, independence, her kindness toward those in society that are often not shown kindness, and her willingness to step in to help others even if she might get hurt.
Who knows what demons haunt the soul of another? Who knows what voices visit in the still of the night? Why does the guy who seems to have everything going for him cash in his chips when he’s ahead of the game? What makes a man cross over the line, cease resisting, and obey the voices in his head? What? Why?
I’m no head doctor. I’ve never heard the voices, but Hamilton must have. The only voice I heard said the same thing over and over, “This doesn’t add up.”
-To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves
I saw IndiiCreates's beautiful cover illustration for Pastel Pink and was immediately curious. And when I read the summary, even more so!
Pastel Pink by Nikki Minty is a fantasy/sci-fi YA book centered on Ruby. A young human teenager that was murdered on her eighteenth birthday and reincarnated on planet Zadok as Harlow. And unfortunately for Ruby, not only was she born at the bottom of Zadok's caste system, her memories of her previous life are still intact.
To make things worse, after an accident Ruby's spirit is able to return to Earth when she's unconscious. It's there that Ruby learns that her killer never faced justice and is now getting close to her sister. Now Ruby must keep her sister safe and manage to keep HERSELF safe as Zadok faces rising political tension.
A short and poetic story about a workaholic couple in 1980s Tokyo who bond with a local neighborhood cat.
Chibi, the neighborhood cat, enters the lives of the young couple during a period filled with constant change. The illness of a friend, having to move to a new home, job changes, and all the warning signs of an impeding economic recession (Japan's Lost Decade).
I absolutely love manga and graphic novels. They probably make up more than 50% of what I usually read and I enjoy keeping track of my favorite releases. Of course, being able to keep up with that much manga and graphic novel reading takes money and my pockets aren't the deepest. Thankfully, I've been reading graphic novels for nearly 16 years and I've been able to find small ways to continue supporting the creators that create the works that I love while not breaking the bank. So here are a few ways I've been able to keep reading graphic novels!
Although only 48 pages long, Gudetama: Mindfulness for the Lazy is an entertaining read that breaks down the concepts of mindfulness and provides helpful tips on self-improvement.
Gudetama: Mindfulness for the Lazy presents frustrating challenges that can easily happen in one's daily life and provides advice on how to handle those challenges in a mindful and positive way. Showing how we can make not only a positive difference in our own lives, but also in the lives of others.
I would recommend this short graphic novel to parents and teachers wanting to introduce their children to the concepts and importance of mindfulness. The concepts here are explained in a very understandable way and the colorful illustrations serve as fun visual aids.
My Rating: 💙💙💙💙
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I received this advance copy from NetGalley and Oni Press for a honest review.
Gudetama: Mindfulness for the Lazy by Wook-Jin Clark will release on April 6, 2021.