Friday Reads – 4/7 

Cheers to the freaking weekend, I’ll drink to that. The biggest, coldest glass of orange juice you have, ma’am. It has been a week but somehow, miraculously, I’ve made it to the other side. Blessings everywhere. Welcome to my first ever reading queue, Friday Reads! I made a banner and everything so you know it’s super official. This is the post where every week I will talk about what I’ve read that week, what I’m currently reading, and what I want to read the following week. And because it’s me, it’s in list form. Long live lists. Let’s jump in. 

What I’ve read this week: 

  • Averno by Louise Glück. This poetry collection is an “extended lamentation” about life, relationships, myth, and their relation to us. I really enjoyed this collection! I gave it 4/5 stars. 
  • Princeless Vol 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, Mia Goodwin, Jung-Ha Kim. This story follows a princess locked in a tower by her parents in the hopes that she’ll be rescued by a handsome prince, in a fit she decides to rescue herself. This is her journey. This was a really fun and self-aware read! I highly recommend it. I gave it 4/5 stars. 

What I’m reading: 

  • Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab. This a poetry collection by a seasoned poet. I’m finding it very interesting so far. I haven’t delved too far into it just yet. 
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Yes, you read that right! Harry Potter has always been such a big part of my life. On my 22nd birthday, I decided I wanted to reread the whole HP series because I thought it would be interesting to see how my thoughts and opinions about the books and its’ characters have changed. So far, so good. 

What I’m going to read: 

  • Princeless Vol 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin. It’s the continuation from Volume 1. 
  • Blue Lily, Blue Lily by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the third book in The Raven Cycle series. I started this series about a year ago and I’m ready to finish, finally. 
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. The fourth book in the series. 
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. Previously, my least favorite book in the series. I wonder how it’ll go and if anything will change. 

That’s it for this week, folks. Be sure to comment if you’ve read anything interesting this week, any fun work anecdotes you feel compelled to share, or the best yet, any and all thoughts you have about Harry Potter. See you soon! 


Joint Book Review: Graphic Novel Edition

Hello void friends, and welcome to part three of my week bulk review! Today we are reviewing three graphic novels. I made these joint reviews because they are shorter but I still enjoyed them immensely. They are Giant Days Volumes 1 and 2 and The Odyssey. Let’s get started.

Giant Days Volumes 1 and 2 by John Allison were my first experience with graphic novels in a few years and were a really nice re-introduction. The books follow a group of three new friends as they navigate college, studying, romantic relationships and personal relationships.

I personally found these books to be very fun! They were short reads and I found them to be very honest and relatable when it comes to the college experience. I also found them to be freaking hilarious! There were moments in Volume 2 were I found myself legit lol-ing in pubic space, it was such a fun experience. 10/10 would read again, will continue reading the series!

4/5 stars!

Next, I read The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds. It is essentially the epic poem by Homer in graphic novel form. This was not something that I knew that I wanted until I stumbled upon it at my library yesterday morning. One of my favorite subjects is Greek mythos, so I obviously had to grab and read.

The book follows Homers poem with really amazing graphics and translations. I found this to be a really cool version of the Odyssey. If this were your only point of reference for the epic, you’d obviously miss some of the finer details but I think you’d get a great big gist of the big details. The graphics are beautiful. The pacing and organization is beautiful. And I just think the concept was really neat. 3/5 stars for me.

That’s it for this one! Happy reading, void. UP NEXT: Missing you, Metropolis by Gary Jackson.