Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, is a treasure. I could end my review there, but I’ll continue.

When I first saw Nimona in stores, I thought the art looked weird and immature. Yes, I was one of those comic art purists who believed every art style in comics, graphic novels, and the like should be in traditional manga or Marvel/DC art style. I’m talking the 60s-70s Steve Ditko-y style. So I thumbed my nose at it and went along. (I’m sensing a theme in my selections of slightly older books. I guess I used to be a bit of a snob. Hopefully I’ve outgrown that) Continue reading “Nimona”


The Actor and the Housewife

The Actor and the Housewife, by Shannon Hale, is a book I didn’t know existed until I found it in a library book sale. I’d read The Goose Girl and listened to her other Books of Bayern. I knew about her Princess Academy books (though I’ve never read them because when I learned of them I was at that stage where I disliked such “girly” things as an academy for princesses). I’d even seen the film adaptation of her book Austenland. So when I ran across this book, I giggled. The premise sounded too funny. A world-famous actor and a Mormon housewife meet and, what–fall in love? Become best friends? It sounded like the perfect lighthearted comedy. Continue reading “The Actor and the Housewife”

Kids, Camels, & Cairo

Remember how in my last post I had to apologize to the author for taking so long to read her book. Well, it happened again. At the same time as I got a request to review The Vines We Planted, I got another request to review Kids, Camels, & Cairo by Jill Dobbe. The same depression and life events that slowed me down with Vines slowed me down with Cairo. And now it’s October.

I’m sorry for the delay. I even bought a copy of the Kindle ebook instead of relying on the file provided by Ms. Dobbe. It’s the least I could do. (Wait. I didn’t do that for Vines. I’ll be right back after I purchase a Kindle copy)

(Okay, I’m back) Continue reading “Kids, Camels, & Cairo”