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Jill’s Little Library

How was y’alls July? Mine was very eventful and not really in a great way. First we had a small kitchen fire where our stove caught on fire. Luckily there was no damage to the actual kitchen, just our stove. We had to get a new one which got delivered today, thank god. We’ve been without a stove/oven for a week. It wasn’t too bad though, we just cooked on our camp stove on the porch. Then two days later I ended up in the ER with kidney stones! And then it was my birthday on the 31st! Like I said, it was an eventful July. But everything has calmed down now and is all good. Now onto the books!

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Next up we have a graphic novel that I had been dying to read called Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki. Here is the Goodreads description: “Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.

Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.”

This was a fantastic graphic novel. I really enjoyed reading about Freddy and her questionable decisions. Honestly, she was a really crappy friend throughout the book and it was really nice to see her growth by the end of the story. This is a great high school slice of life type book so if that is something that you are into then this will be right up your alley.


The next book that I read is volume two of Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga. This is the second book in the series and in this book we really get to go back and see how some of the characters got to where they are now. This is a fantastic volume where we explore the history of the Red Face Pox which is the disease that wiped out most of the male population. We also get to see how and why the most beautiful men and secreted away in the Shogun’s Inner Chamber. I will say that this is a book that I would definitely recommend for adults or older teens. This has explicit content and is something that would be more appropriate for an older audience.

Princess Jellyfish

This next book was the finale of one of my favorite manga series, Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura. I am so sad that this series is over! I loved all of the characters and the story and all of the ways that they grew and changed. I felt like this was a really great wrap-up to the series as a whole. One of the things that I really liked about this last volume was that not everything ended up perfectly. Not everyone ended up paired up and all their life’s problems fixed for them. There was also a preview at the end of the book for the author’s next series, Tokyo Tarareba Girls. All in all, I really enjoyed this series and I am so sad that it’s over! Although I have read the first volume of Tokyo Taraeba Girls and I really enjoyed that as well so hopefully that will be another great series.

If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord

This last book has a long title and it is called If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord by CHIROLU and illustrated by Hota. Here is the blurb from Goodreads: “While on a job, Dale–a young but accomplished adventurer–comes across a little demon girl all alone in the forest. Dale can’t bear to leave her there to die, so instead, he takes her home! Demon or not, Latina is beyond adorable, and it is not long before he finds himself head over heels with being her guardian. Can Dale handle the trials and tribulations of childcare and being an adventurer?” 

This was such a cute little manga! I really liked all the characters and the story flowed nicely. I’m very excited to see what the next few volumes bring. This was a good start and I’m hopeful that the author will keep it up!

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Black Canary: Ignite

This next book is a comic called Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot. I have read a lot of Meg Cabot’s work so I was very interested to read a comic book by her (illustrated by Cara McGee). I’ll start off with saying that I did really like this but, you need to go into it knowing that this book is geared towards younger kids. I hate when people read something for kids and go, “It’s not sophisticated enough blah blah blah” it’s for children!! Keeping that in mind, I really liked this comic book. It was a good introduction to the world of Black Canary without having so much backstory that it would be overwhelming to someone new to comics. I liked the character of Dinah Lance and the story flowed nicely. This is something that I would recommend to a kid that comes in and is looking for a comic book with a strong (but flawed) girl MC. Also keep your eye on this title! We may be having a special event around this 😀


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