Free Comic Book Day 2017 Haul



Rebirth Batman, Betty & Veronica, Steam Wars Strike Leader, Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, Catalyst Prime The Event, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

Went to my local comic book store on Free Comic Book Day (May 6, 2017). I arrived around 4pm and the line took approximately one hour just to get in. The employees were throwing out trivia questions for prizes, which is how I got the Batman comic that is in the picture. I wasn’t able to purchase any comic books because I was with someone who wanted to leave and they were my ride so I had to listen to them (the woes of not having my own car). Plus the line to purchase items looked like a two hour wait and I was in no mood to wait in another line. It was really great to see them have such good business though. It was the first time I’ve been to a comic book shop (because no car) and I was relieved I didn’t have to deal with any snide comments. I’m hoping the atmosphere is as positive during regular business days because I want to browse their Funko collection one day.

I highly recommend FCBD to anyone who has the chance to go. Many comic book stores sell comic books other than the Big 2. And FBCD has special issues to help people who wouldn’t normally be into comic books get into comic books, such as The Legend of Zelda or Spongebob Squarepants. They have kids and teenage and adult (not that kind of adult, mind you) comic books so anyone and everyone can find something they like on FBCD. It is an annual event on the first Saturday of May and you find a local comic book store that participates using this link.


March + April Recap

Books read:

Echoes in Death by JD Robb (review)

Books read but did not finish (due to library time restraints):

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley

The Six by Laura Thompson

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Books purchased:

Ranger’s Apprentice The Early Years: Battle at Hackham Heath by John Flanagan

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

DC Rebirth Batgirl Vol. 1 by Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque, and Dave McCaig

Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan

Placed on TBR:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Chattuck

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Symphony in Blue by MJ Duncan

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 Winner Announced


Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 Category for Younger Fiction

Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a cartographer who lives on the island of Joya; an isle both steeped in mythology and shrouded in mystery. For the last thirty years, a strict Governor has forbidden the island inhabitants from venturing beyond their small township.

Isabella is fascinated with the ancient myths of Joya, which is said to have once floated freely over the seas. Preoccupied with ideas of exploration and inspired by the far-flung places her father once documented, she yearns for adventure.

When her best friend Lupe runs away, disappearing into the forbidden forest, Isabella volunteers to bring her back. With only her knowledge of ancient myths and one of her father’s maps to guide her, Isabella ventures into the perilous world beyond, where monsters lurk and magical rivers run.

Expertly crafted with a loveable lead, this modern tale weaves myth, magic and even a thread of political intrigue into its expansive fantasy world. Beautifully presented, the book not only contains a wonderfully detailed map of the island, each page is also decorated with charming drawings in the margins.

“Exquisitely poised between sweetness and darkness, this is a novel that revels in the power of myth and storytelling.” -The Financial Times

“The Girl of Ink & Stars [is] a mesmerising, enchanting debut, full of adventure and fire and heart… [An] absolute jewel of a book, as vivid and real and the maps inside it. It’s a classic in the making.” – Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater s Daughter.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet and novelist who lives in Oxford. A Cambridge University graduate, she performed plays with the Footlights and has performed her poetry in venues across the world. She was only twenty six years old at the time her debut, The Girl of Ink & Stars, was published.

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
ISBN: 9781910002742


Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

The 55th entry in the In Death series brings nothing new. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and billionaire husband Roarke stumble upon a naked woman while on the drive home from a social event. They track her address and discover the woman’s dead husband. Dallas works the case to capture a man who uses makeup and costume to give his victims the idea that he is a demon when he attacks them.

After fifty-five books, the series has become stale. Within the first couple interviews between Dallas and her suspects, I was able to correctly predict who the killer was. There was no significant character or overarching plot development. I surmise the only ones enjoying the latest entry are people who enjoy the consistent and unchanging elements in every book. The In Death series is dependable, in its own way. But for those craving an exciting detective mystery/suspense, I suggest looking elsewhere.

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Moore’s debut novel tells two stories: one of Harold White, a modern day man who is a fervent fan of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, and another about Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The narrative switches back and forth between White in 2010 and Conan Doyle in 1900.

White is suddenly thrown into a hunt for a missing diary written by Conan Doyle that was supposed to cover the time period from October to December 1900. Not even the most dedicated Sherlock fan, Sherlockians as most of them call themselves, had been able to find the diary in the years since Conan Doyles’ passing and could only speculate as what was inside. Accompanied by the mysterious Sarah, White does his best to find the diary, not knowing who to trust and trying to stay alive. For his part, Conan Doyle has Bram Stoker for a companion. The events of his life covered in the missing diary turn out to be quite intriguing and suspenseful.

The book was an enjoyable read with how Moore brought Conan Doyle, Stoker, and 1900 London to life. White and the modern day chapters were actually the least interesting part of the book for me. The final reaction to the diary were quite confusing to me. But that was only a small wrinkle in a good book.