Archive for November, 2015
Here we are, nearing the biggest holiday of the year! TIS THE SEASON, FRIENDS! I am bundled up in layers because I’m perpetually cold, which I prefer than sweating from the heat. November was a fairly chaotic month—in that I had to prep everything for the YA Book Cover Choice Awards!
I kicked off the 2015 YA Book Cover Choice Awards!
Busy, busy, busy!
For those who do not know what the YA Cover Choice Awards is, it’s an annual awards that I created because I wanted to show appreciation for the book covers that had been published. It’s my baby.
The YA Cover Choice Awards essentially took over my life. It’s quite exhausting and rewarding to do everything. I’m extremely thankful to everybody who commented, nominated, and voted. It means a lot to me that you are excited about this Awards like I am!
Stay tuned for Wednesday, December 2 PST when I should have the final round up!
First sentence: “Date: July 8.”
Time traveling + romance? Oh, how I fell for temptation, and it spat me out with my reading soul hurting.
You’d think I’d trust my instincts more, but any time I see time travel + romance, I’m hopeful it’ll be different, but it unfortunately never is.
Until We Meet Again tells a time travel romance about a pair of characters from two different time periods—Cassandra in 2015 and Lawrence in 1926—who meet each other on the beach of a Massachusett’s North Shore house. As the two characters learn about each other, the pair fall madly in love with each other (*rolls eyes*). However, Cassandra discovers that Lawrence may be endangered, and she and Lawrence try to figure out how they can prevent anything bad from happening to him. Ugh.
I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!
From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.
Prepare yourself because November has tons of first volumes that should really be on your to-buy list (or your Christmas wishlist).
Now, onto those November graphic novels I’m excited about (and you should too!). You’ll see ones about the infamous Birds of Prey, Princess Leia kicking ass, paranormal detectives, time paradoxes, and so much more!
|BIRDS OF PREY · VOL. 1|
Alone, they are driven vigilantes. Together they are a force to be reckoned with.
Witness the beginnings of the Birds of Prey team, as Oracle (the former Batgirl, Barbara Gordon) teams up with ex-Justice Leaguer Black Canary and other female heroes of the DC Universe in globetrotting adventures in espionage.
Black Canary goes undercover to expose the truth behind a corporate conspiracy. Oracle must send in reinforcements, but will this save Black Canary or doom her? Plus, the Birds of Prey invade Santa Prisca to stop a slavery ring while helping to overthrow the local government.
Collected for the first time in chronological order: BLACK CANARY/ORACLE: BIRDS OF PREY #1, SHOWCASE ’96 #3, BIRDS OF PREY: MANHUNT #1-4, BIRDS OF PREY: REVOLUTION #1, BIRDS OF PREY: WOLVES #1 and BIRDS OF PREY: BATGIRL #1
Written and created by Chuck Dixon, and illustrated by Matt Haley. — DC Comics
Publication date: November 4, 2015 by DC Comics
Why I’m excited: This is the one that kicks off the partnership of the infamous Birds of Prey! And boy, am I excited!
I love the ladies that make up Birds of Prey—Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Lance), and various other DC female superheroes! (By now, I’m sure you know how I’m a massive fan of Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance.) I haven’t gotten around to actually read the Birds of Prey comic even though I really should, and why not start with this volume which collects their beginnings chronologically?
Gobble, gobble, dear friends.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and well, it is a day we give thanks (but mainly it’s to stuff our faces with food and hang out with family).
Bye, bye nominations. Helllllloooo, voting round!
Let me say, 1. thank you to everybody who nominated! <3 and 2. I am EXHAUSTED after laying out and putting this post together non-stop. It’s so much to do for one person—compiling the votes, making the images and laying everything out. (Good thing is that I had this layout already, so I didn’t have to figure out the logistics of everything. Bless that I started doing the Cover Awards last year.)
What you find in this post are: 15 (yes, that’s right) covers for each category + polls. I was amazed at the many different covers that people nominated, but unfortunately not all of them made it in the semi-finals round because they didn’t have a lot of nominations for them or didn’t belong in the category or in YA. (So sad that Conviction didn’t make it into “Best Typography” or The Walls Around Us in “Best Illustration.”)
Enough chit chat. This is a lonnnnnnnng post, so beware of scrolling. ;D (Seriously. When you reach the bottom, you will go, “man, Cee wasn’t kiddin’ around.”)
And once again, we begin.
What You Need To Know
- This is the semi-finals. (This will determine the eight books that will make it to the final voting.)
- These covers are all reader nominated.
- Vote for the cover you believe should win each category because it’s superior and prettier than the others and fits.
- Judge base on the covers. Not what’s in the book.
- You’re only allowed to vote for up to THREE covers once. (You can vote for one cover or two or three.)
- DO NOT CHEAT. I will be checking the spreadsheet for suspicious activity.
- If you click on the pictures, it will pop up a bigger image. If you want a bigger picture, click on the links in the Google Docs poll.
- When you click on the category links below, it’ll take you directly to that category.
- If you have questions or need clarifications, feel free to ask them and I will answer. :)
- Voting ends Sunday, November 29, 2015 11:59 PM PST.
- Last but not least, have fun! Share this with friends and force them to vote!
First sentence: Was it Malcolm Gladwell who said, “Where you’re standing now is not where you’re going to be”?
Confession: I never watched Clarissa Explains It as a kid. I was very, very, very young when it aired and went off the air.
What I know about it are: it had Melissa Joan Hart in it, Clarissa talked to the camera a lot (breaking that fourth wall!), and Clarissa had a best friend named Sam who climbed into her window a lot.
With all that knowledge, I happily jumped into Things I Can’t Explain, and well, it was just ~okay. (A very loaded ~okay.)