Graphic novels tell stories through text and art. While the exact definition of the term “graphic novel” has been endlessly debated, for the purposes of this blog we will include serialized comics (collected volumes), manga (Japanese comics, which are read from back to front, right to left), and stand-alone works. For my Top 5 graphic novels post, I’m focusing on graphic novels in the teen collection.
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Love in the air, couples fawning over each other, gooey love notes, Nicholas Sparks’ movies: Valentine’s Day grosses me out. I’m all for love and romance, as long as you keep it to yourself. Even though I’m extreme in my squeamishness for a day devoted to public displays of affection (yuck!), I’m certainly not the only person who dreads Valentine’s Day. Whether coupled or single, the day is kind of a pressure cooker of romantic expectations and disappointment.
‘My Essential Books’ is a new feature on the FRVPLD blog, where we talk up our favorite books in the hope that you may give them a chance, or at least appreciate our passion for the titles that have made us who we are.
The Norton Shakespeare (2nd Ed.)
I have been a fan of Alison Krauss for as long as I can remember. Which is almost lame when you consider the fact that I’m 24 years old and most people my age are listening to like…Fetty Wap and Big Mac (I made that name up). She’s the reason I love music as much as I do, and you’re nuts if you don’t agree that she has the best voice in bluegrass.
Here is a sample of some new titles that were added to our adult non-fiction collection this past month. Enjoy!
Crafts & Hobbies
I love The X-Files. Completely and whole-heartedly.
I was too young to watch it when it first aired (Barney & Friends was more my speed in 1993), and by the time I was old enough, the show had ended. By the time I was in college, I knew that the names Mulder and Scully and that the show had something to do with aliens. That was it.
“Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.”
Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
A 13-year-old boy named Conor is awakened from a recurrent nightmare. As he pushes aside the feelings of dread that always accompany his dreams, he hears a voice calling out to him from the darkness. Calling him by name.
Books can be a great way of finding inspiration for your New Year’s resolution. Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to cook every recipe in the Food 52 cookbook. It was my attempt to push my culinary comfort zone in both improving my cooking techniques and expanding my palette.
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Like, sometimes I eat Cheetos for breakfast and I’m honestly not trying to change that. I do like to reflect on the previous year, however, and what I accomplished (or didn’t). And in 2016, I read a lot of books.