Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have Read and Would Like in My Personal Library (8/27/19)

Rules:

  • That Artsy Reader Girl – Posts a topic every Tuesday, and the goal is to come up with answers to that post. You don’t have to have ten answers. It can be 2, 5, 10, 20, 100, etc. It’s whatever works for you. You can also put a twist on a topic.
  • Make sure you link to the host, That Artsy Reader Girl!

Book I’ve read and would like in my personal library:

  1. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  3. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
  4. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  6. All Systems Red (and the rest of the series) by Martha Wells
  7. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
  8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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July 2019 Reading Wrap Up!

Hello, friends! I have a pretty decent July wrap up for ya. I haven’t had much time to do anything lately. July was basically a miracle. I’ve been in a bit of a life rut as well, and I’ve mentally clocked out. I hope I can get back on track and make August another good reading month. I get to take a week off work at the end of the month, so fingers crossed I get a lot done then. Alright, continue to the wrap up! ↓

Total Books Read: 17

Total Pages Read: ~4,566 (page count according to Goodreads.)

ARC: The Last Book Partyby Karen Dukess – ⭐⭐⭐

ARC: Buried (Agent Sayer Altair #2)by Ellison Cooper – ⭐⭐⭐

ARC: A Divided Mindby M. Billiter – ⭐⭐⭐

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC: The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang – ⭐⭐⭐

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Animal Farm by George Orwell – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

And Every Morning the Walk Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne – ⭐⭐⭐

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong – ⭐⭐

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *RTC

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Book Review: 3 of Katie O’Neill’s Graphic Novels

Aquicorn Cove

Published October 6, 2018 by Oni Press

96 pages

ISBN: 9781620105290

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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SYNOPSIS:

Lana and her father visit Lana’s aunt at a seaside village. to help clean up after a storm. Lana ends up discovering Aquicorns, sea-horse like residents who live in the coral reef. They explain to her that the coral reef is dying and they need her help. Lana learns quickly that she cannot rely on grown-ups for this. She needs to be able to protect the ocean and her own happiness on her own.

REVIEW:

I loved the message this one sends out! It’s very important. I think kids would really benefit from reading this. It teaches you to think about what you’re doing to the environment. It goes into how we always want more. Sometimes more is too much and there will eventually be consequences.

I unfortunately didn’t enjoy this as much, but I still loved it! I have given up half star ratings, so I’m giving this a 4. I didn’t love the characters as much in this one. I feel like you aren’t given the option to really get to know them.

Illustrations were very cute and extremely similar to The Tea Dragon Society. I still highly recommend this one!

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The Tea Dragon Society (Tea Dragon #1)

Published October 31, 2017 by Oni Press

72 pages

ISBN: 9781621014415

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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SYNOPSIS:

Greta is learning the ways of a blacksmith from her mother, and one day she ends up saving a little tea dragon. When she brings it back home her papa tells her that he knows who the dragon belongs to. The owner’s name is Hesekiel and he runs a tea shop. From there you meet Minette, Erik, Hesekiel himself, and all the cute tea dragons. You learn why the tea is so special and what it can do.

REVIEW:

This was probably the sweetest thing I have ever laid my eyes on. All of the characters were interesting, and I loved all of them equally! I bought the kindle version to read, but I have to buy the physical copy. It’s too pretty not to own.

I can’t believe it’s a children’s book! I loved it so much that I cannot wait for the second one!

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The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon #2)

Publication date is September 17, 2019

136 pages

ISBN: 9781620106556

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Thank you Oni Press / Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review! 

SYNOPSIS:

In the Tea Dragon Festival you get more backstory of Erik and Hesekiel! They set off on a journey to discover what put the real dragon, Aedhan, asleep eighty years ago when he was supposed to protect Rinn’s village.

Rinn, Erik’s niece, grew up with Tea Dragons but when she discovers Aedhan one day, everything changes. She now has the challenge of teaching Aedhan to accept the fact that he has lost eighty years of memories. He can only make new ones from here on out.

REVIEW:

Adorable, heartwarming, beautiful.

This graphic novel talks about sign language, and whether or not dragons can choose between female and male forms! How awesome is that? Katie O’Neill has a way with words. She doesn’t have to say much in order to get her point across.

I loved this so much. I love The Tea Dragon Society and The Tea Dragon Festival in different ways. It’s really hard to explain even though they are part of the same series. They gave off different vibes. These graphic novels are a breath of fresh air for me. I’m used to reading science fiction graphic novels.

Highly recommend this with my whole heart. Please go pre-order this one. You won’t regret it!


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