Last Day of School and Webcomics!

Harooo to all my friendly followers!

I’m so excited! As my entry title suggests, it’s the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

*cue music*

(giggle)

This lovely librarian will be on summer holidays for a month and a few weeks. Plans? Not really.

Source: via Tumblr

– Fireworks for Canada Day in Edmonton

– I’m running a 5K in Edmonton on July 4th! (Happy Independence Day to my American peeps)

– I also have a birthday party that same day. Bring on the crepes (it’s Paris themed)

A lull in the middle and then…

– Wedding in Kelowna in August.

I’m so excited! I’ve already paid my tuition for Sociology to start in September. Now it’s just a matter of R&R’ing until I go back to work at the end of August.

That’s it for that… now moving on to PART TWO of my title.

WEBCOMICS

For the last little while I was on the hunt for webcomics that were relatively new and yet still being updated. Since my fall-back comic was: Girls with Slingshots, but Danielle Corsetto put a halt to that!

I was also peeking in on Chester 5000 XYV (NSFW) and I’m not gonna lie the scenes have thrown me through utter confusion, so I just enjoy the art.

But nowadays I’m rolling with a new crowd:

Meet

Source: via helvetica.jnwiedle.com/

Helvetica by j.n. wiedle (Updates Fridays)

Helvetica is  a young man who has recently died! When you die, you don’t remember anything in life, and your first word(s) is your name. This story follows Helvetica’s desire to uncover who he was in life, his existential crises, and his struggle to make death worth living. – Sourced from “About” section

Follow this talented artist on Twitter @jnwiedle

Love Not Found by Gina Biggs (Updates Monday, Wednesday, & Friday)

The series launched June, 2014. A story about a young woman in time where touching has become outdated.  She has recently moved to a new planet and finds that touching might not be such a bad idea. – Source from “About” section

Gina’s also on Twitter @ginabiggs

Tripping Over You by Suzana and Owen (Updates Monday and Thursday)

I love the relationship between the characters.

An ongoing story about a same-sex relationship. We aim to keep things light on drama while addressing real issues and problems that crop up in day to day life. – Source from “About”.

Follow the comic on Twitter for updates @ToYthecomic

Source: via wildelifecomics.com

Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas

Wilde Life is a supernatural adventure/horror series set in a small town in rural Oklahoma. It focuses on stories about creatures from Native American mythology as witnessed and documented by a journalist from Chicago, Illinois.

I love the supernatural story line, which is super different from the others on my list. Pascalle’s also on Twitter @lepas

That’s it peoples! I’m going to do some traveling, catch up on some reading, and just overall enjoy every second of my time away from work, kids and etcs.

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Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Full Title: Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale
Published:
 2015
By: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:   9780374172077

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If the author’s name sound familiar, here’s why:

Source: Flavor Wire

David Duchovny is famous, and I mean movies, screen writing, acting, and directing, and stuff. So when I realized this I was really skeptical of this book, throwing the assumption that a man who has achieved much must be trying to get his fingers in the publishing industry too.

I honestly don’t know where to go with this novel. It was a recommendation from somebody after hearing about it on an NPR interview and told me I should check it because I might like it.

Needless to say, this book was something. When I texted the recommender of the fact that I finished the look in about 4 hours, his question was: “How was it?” and my vague response was “It was… weird”.

I’m all for reading about the personal politics of characters, but after reading Animal Farm (which is also referenced in this book) I don’t know what I could’ve expected. It’s a “modern fairy tale” because we don’t truly know if the main character, a cow, is sent to slaughter in the end – it truly is a happily every after scenario.

Cow makes plan to escape. Cow works with two other barnyard animals and makes it happen. Each animal gets to experience each other’s dream. A pig gets circumcised. Turkey learns to fly a private jet. And a cow realizes she’s okay with not considering herself or being considered a goddess. Animals fly back to US and live happily ever after – or so we are led to believe.

That seriously sums up the most of the more important banter. It’s all narrated by the cow. The story has some interesting thought-provokers, but otherwise it’s just a beach read.

3 Star

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Review : When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

Published: 2014
By: Arsenal Pulp Press
Source: FMPL
Format: Paperback
ISBN:   9781551525747

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With breaks in-between, I managed to finish this book in one night.  Raziel Reid certainly knows how to drop an addictive piece of literature on the table. Although When Everything Feels Like the Movies is very much realistic fiction, I was completely drawn into the main character’s life as he portrays it.

In this book, the reader is locked arm-in-arm with Jude, a small town out-of-the-closet gay, and he is, to be blunt, flaming. He wears pink lipstick, manicured nails, and sports platform boots. Fitting in was not his strong suit, but he lived his life like if he were a famous starlet. From haters being turned into followers and paparazzi, and the presumption that those that hate him are just secretly in love with him.

I LOVE this book, and I have a feeling that because it made me shed a tear by the end that it will probably land itself on my Top 5 list at the end of the 2015.

I’ve known about Canada Reads for the last 5-ish years while listening to CBC Edmonton every morning on my commute, but this title was the most appealing of runners up. Maybe it’s my preference in literary genres, or maybe because I had come to understand that this title should be found in every high school library and I needed to read it for myself to find out, it is read and I totally agree. I couldn’t put it in my school’s library for the sake of the very mature content – and I’m not talking about the sexual content – but for the way the story ends, for the deep conversations of drug abuse.. okay perhaps some of the sexual content might be a bit much, but I do think this book needs to be lovingly regarded to diversify a school’s collection.

I’d highly recommend this book to anybody looking for something just out of, perhaps, your typical norm of fiction. Or perhaps you’re looking to add titles to your bucketlist of LGBTQ lit, but borrow it, buy it, download it, what ever! It’s a must read.

If you’ve read this book please feel free to share your thoughts, or if you’ve reviewed please link it up below!

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