Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone. Here’s my list:

1. I’ll Be There For You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller

2. Tidelands (The Fairmile #1) by Philippa Gregory

3. Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan

4. The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith

5. The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa

6. Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

7. A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

8. Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

9. The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, a Love Story, and a Friendship Across Time by Nell Stevens

10. The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

(All photos taken from Goodreads)

Review: The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1

Title: The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1
Author: Carly Usdin, Noah Hayes
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBT
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she belongs…in the school’s (terrible) basketball team.

As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be.

From Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer, Goldie Vance) comes an ensemble comedy series that understands that it’s the person you are off the court that matters most.


This is the perfect graphic novel for September. Charlie transfers to a new school, so we get to learn about the school through her new perspective. She was recruited to join the basketball team, where she found the perfect team.

I loved the variety of characters. Each one comes from a different background, yet they were all brought together by basketball. It was great to see how they found common ground in this sport.

I really enjoyed this book. I’m excited to see what happens next.

Thank you BOOM! Box for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva

Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar

Have you read The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – September 2

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading American Royals by Katharine McGee.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – September 1

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Permanent Record

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi.

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact, which Rainbow Rowell called “smart and funny,” comes an unforgettable new romance about how social media influences relationships every day.

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated. 

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Books I Think Should be Studied in School

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Books You Think Should be Studied in School. Here’s my list:

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

4. The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith

5. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

6. Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Books You Think Should be Studied in School?