The beginning of a new year means the beginning of a new reading challenge. A time to clean out that TBR shelf, to start fresh, and reach a new goal. 2012 was my first year participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, so I made my goal simple enough — 20 books in one year. Completely doable! In 2013, I planned to aim for 50 books, more than double what I had read the previous year. But 2 months before the end of the year and with 7 books to go, I realized —
I didn’t want to challenge myself anymore.
BOOK REVIEW: Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Published April 2nd, 2013, 192 pages
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a
gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her
obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and
funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus
far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons
learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is
bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them
treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original
We’re at that time of year. The pressure to complete our year’s reading challenge is fast approaching, and some of us are a little bit behind… Solution? Graphic novels!
After picking up a couple fun volumes at my local comic shop, I made the resolution to try and do a better job at reading more graphic novels. I wanted to start with something I already knew and loved (Adventure Time and Doctor Horrible!), then gradually make my way into the original content. Relish was the perfect “in between” graphic novel.
Growing up in an incredibly multicultural city, I’ve been exposed to many cuisines and unique foods. Sushi? No big. Spicy curries? Bring it. But Lucy Knisley, the daughter of a New York chef, put me to shame. Set in locations such as New York City, Chicago, Venice, Tokyo & Vancouver (got a kick out of that one!), Relish will leave you with a hunger for not only food, but travel.
This memoir-style graphic novel recounts Lucy’s childhood and adolescent relationship with food, with each chapter ending with a recipe for you to try! I know I personally cannot wait to try my hand at her carbonara and huevos rancheros recipes.
Relish is the perfect balance between a graphic novel and a cookbook, something that I have never seen before. It’s definitely an original concept that works amazingly well. I highly suggest you pick this up if you are a food lover, looking for some good recipes, or just want to hear stories of food and travel. I know I am looking forward to reading more of Lucy’s work, as I have already ordered another of her novels, French Milk!
I have 2 and a half months to read 10 books in order to meet my reading goal. I can do this.
Pretty excited because I just got the final cover design for my next book, Landline, which comes out in July.
I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
It was designed by Olga Grlc, who also designed Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.
Here’s a synopsis of the book:
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts …
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if they never got married at all?
Cover Reveal: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2) by Ransom Riggs!
When I first discovered that there was going to be a sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I couldn’t be more excited. However, I was a little worried about what the cover (and the title!) was going to be like. The Miss Peregrine cover is one of my absolute favourites of all time, so I had high expectations for the second cover, especially with all of Quirk’s design being so beautiful. Whoever designed these covers is super talented.
Now that the cover has been revealed, though, I’m really happy with how it turned out! I can’t wait to get a copy of it and I’m SO EXCITED to see all the pictures inside. *does happy dance*