Friday, May 22, 2020

Five on Friday - May 22, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I love a short work week because Friday comes so much quicker! Woo hoo! 


Graphic Novels TBR
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I have been loving really getting back in to reading (I used to share my book reviews on a whole separate page here, and I know it didn't really fit), but I've really been trying to expand and share what I've been reading, because it's something I do basically every day and I do love it! So I hope you guys enjoy seeing what I'm planning on reading! 
If you are a bookworm too and are on Goodreads, I would love to connect - you can find my Goodreads here! I really love seeing what everyone is reading! I will read every genre and am always looking for more recommendations! I recently shared my Spring Fiction To Be Reads, my Spring Non-Fiction Books, and now I really want to read some Graphic Novels! I've been personally reading some heavy books, so I think a different genre will be a nice, light reading break! Some of the graphic novels I'm planning on reading are:
  • The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson ~ I've been a Noelle Stevenson fan for a while - I love reading her graphic novels Lumberjanes and Nimona, so when I saw that she was coming out with a graphic novel memoir, I knew I had to pick it up! This covers an 8 year span of her young adult life that includes some important turning points! 
  • Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill ~ I have heard so many good things about this show on Netflix and I haven't quite gotten in to it (personally, I think I need to pay a little more attention to it when I'm watching it!). It's about a family who returns to their father's childhood home after he's killed in a violent home invasion and the youngest son quickly finds a new toy - a "key". I love this concept, but I have heard that the graphic novels are a little more violent than the show if you are sensitive to that! 
  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol ~ This sounds like a funny story about a young girl trying to fit in in a Russian Summer camp and the drama and antics that ensue at the camp! 
  • Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab ~ I loved the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, so when I saw that V.E. Schwab is releasing a prequel trilogy to the series in graphic novel from, I knew I had to check them out! This series will follow Rhys and Kell's father Maxim when he was a prince and sent by his father to an unmanageable city to establish his military presence. 
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill ~ Okay, is there a cuter looking book than this?! The only thing that may be cuter is the storyline - a blacksmith's apprentice encounters a lost tea dragon and becomes entwined in the world of tea-dragon caretaking she discovers how the craft enriches their lives and their own! I haven't even read this yet and I already want a tea dragon! 
  • The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin ~ I jumped on this on a Book Outlet order as I was pretty excited to see that George R.R. Martin had come out with 3 prequel graphic novels that are set about 100 years before the book series of A Song of Ice and Fire and follows a young squire on his journey to become a knight. (I just realized that this book is the third, but I actually bought my husband the first two so I will have to them all!)
  • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy ~ This book is everywhere right now and I saw it come up as one of the best books of 2019 - it's a bit of a stretch as a graphic novel, it's certainly a picture book for all ages. It's a modern fable that explores life's universal lessons! It looks beautiful! 
  • Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu ~ Speaking of gorgeous books, this one looks amazing! This is an art deco/steampunk world of a 1900s Asia that has a matriarchal society and is about a teenage girl who shares a psychic connection with a monster of tremendous power! 
I'm so exciting to read these! 


Heartland Cafe Raspberry Yogurt Muffins

A couple of weeks ago, Julie Van Rosendaal (an amazing Calgary cookbook author), shared some old recipes from an older Calgary cafe, the Heartland Cafe and I had to try them! So, I made these Raspberry Yogurt Muffins and they are delicious! 


Heartland Cafe Nutri Cookies

Also, in the recipes were the delicious Nutri-cookies and I can tell you that these disappeared rather quickly this week in my house - everyone loved them and I will be making these a lot! (The best is this is one of those recipes that you can substitute whatever you have on hand!)


Have you guys tried Frose?! It's rose wine and I blended mine with some strawberries and then put it in the freezer for a little bit and boom - blended wine! It was so delicious outside this past weekend because it was gorgeous out in Calgary. I have a feeling this will be a go-to Summer drink! So yummy!


I am getting my garden all prepped for this season (I totally neglected it last year, so I had a lot to do) and I was out weeding the whole weekend - it took 4 hours one day, with a little prep work a few days before! It was a big job, but I just ordered a ton more flowers to fill it in and I will share the progress as it comes this year! 

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

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