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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for July 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop for July 29, 2011: 07/29/11

Book Blogger HopThis week we're asked to highlight a book we've recently received and are looking forward to reading. Since I don't enter many book contests and I'm not accepting many books for review, most of the books I do get I either buy or borrow from the library. Of those two options, about 80% of the books I read in any given week are from the library.

One book I got from the library on Wednesday and am already reading is Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner. I heard about the book when it first came out but I didn't make an effort to get a copy. I saw the second book at the library and decided to start reading the series. I put the first book on hold.

It's a hybrid graphic novel / YA fiction. It is mostly prose but it has illustrations worked into nearly every page. The main character has come to on a park bench in Blackrock and is trying to piece together her identity. She's sort of working, mostly hanging out at El Dungeon, the towns coffee shop, museum and who knows what else.

The book reminds me a lot of Charles de Lint's The Mystery of Grace but written for a slightly younger audience. As with so many of the YAs I like, it's written in diary form.

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The end papers spell out Emily Strange in repeating cat shapes.

An adorable baby pickle?
Here's a photograph of the page I'm currently on.

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Comment #1: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 16:32:35

Leeswammes (Judith)

Sounds like a really fun book! I've got a graphic novel with normal text pages waiting for me too. It's called The Surrogates - it doesn't look like an easy read at all! :-)



Comment #2: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 15:51:03

Pussreboots

The Surrogates sounds interesting. I look forward to your review.



Comment #3: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 16:36:32

Brenda Youngerman

This is so cool! I don't normally go for books with graphics, and I'm not normally a YA enthusiast, but I have to tell you that this book just might have to be my exception!



Comment #4: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 15:58:03

Pussreboots

Emily the Strange is a book I would have read as a teen, had it existed.



Comment #5: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 17:02:47

Alison

I keep hearing about the Emily the Strange books but haven't picked one up yet. The illustrations are cute!



Comment #6: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 15:59:10

Pussreboots

They are. It's a page turner too.



Comment #7: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 17:04:34

DT

Love it! Emily Strange is awesome!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I added myself as a follower to your blog.



Comment #8: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 16:00:10

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog.



Comment #9: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 19:48:43

April

Ahhhh! How adorable!! Love the pic! I am definitely going to have to check this one out!!



Comment #10: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 19:30:34

Pussreboots

Great. I hope you do. Happy reading.



Comment #11: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 19:53:12

Susan (Reading World)

I love diary format books. This one sounds like it has an interesting premise.



Comment #12: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 17:40:35

Pussreboots

It's a great book so far.



Comment #13: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 20:05:31

Ruthi

Oh, I fear I'd have to buy it just for the kitty kat artwork!



Comment #14: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 17:43:00

Pussreboots

There are lots of cats in this book.



Comment #15: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 20:19:26

Laurel-Rain Snow

How unique! Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for hopping by my blog.



Comment #16: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 17:44:14

Pussreboots

I am, thanks!



Comment #17: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 20:22:11

Cathy Keaton

Thanks for stopping by my blog! That is a super cute kitty drawing. I've never heard of hybrid graphic novels + fiction, but I love the idea. Sounds a lot like Japanese light novels, which I love reading. I'll have to look for this and others like it...



Comment #18: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 17:46:02

Pussreboots

They are very similar to the Japanese light novels. The ones I've read have been aimed at the middle grade and YA audience.



Comment #19: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 20:26:12

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Pussreboots

Yeah... but it's a satisfying crazy.



Comment #21: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 20:26:18

Kristina

I'm interested just because of the two pics. love creative things like the first one. Have a great weekend!



Comment #22: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 17:52:02

Pussreboots

I hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks for stopping by.



Comment #23: Friday, July, 29, 2011 at 21:50:15

kathy

Thanks for hopping by my blog! That sounds like a cool book. I wish more YA had illustrations, or some fun visuals like that. Have a fun weekend!



Comment #24: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 17:53:15

Pussreboots

It's a great book. There are quite a few tween books with illustrations, although that seems to be less so with the YAs.



Comment #25: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 07:19:00

Anja Kasap

I think at one point they made a doll of this character - I didn't realize there were books, and they sound interesting, I'll have to add them to the list!



Comment #26: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:31:11

Pussreboots

I remember the dolls too. That might have been how I heard of the books.



Comment #27: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 10:20:17

TC

Thanks for hopping on by. I love those graphics!



Comment #28: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:32:02

Pussreboots

Me too. It's a fun book.



Comment #29: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 10:25:05

Kathy aka Ruby

Hi Sarah: Interesting to learn about graphic novels - not something I've seen much of. Just hopping through, Happy Reading, Ruby



Comment #30: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:34:02

Pussreboots

Graphic novels are just as diverse as other types of books.



Comment #31: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 18:31:33

Karen

I'm always intrigued by the Emily books. They look so cute. I've flipped through but I haven't read one yet.



Comment #32: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:36:23

Pussreboots

Next time you're flipping through one, give a few pages a read. The first one is great so far.



Comment #33: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 23:20:43

Shirley @ My Bookshelf

That's the most adorable baby pickle I've ever seen!

Thanks for the visit today.



Comment #34: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:38:32

Pussreboots

I think so too. You're welcome.



Comment #35: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 23:56:31

Mel Ulm of The Reading Life

The books you mention sound very interesting-I confess to have no familiarity with them-learning about new authors is one of the great benefits of book blog hops



Comment #36: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:39:35

Pussreboots

I like learning about new books about these hops too.



Comment #37: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 00:53:08

Courtney

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I don't read a lot of graphic novels but I really like the ones I have read. The Exile and Watchman mainly.

And what an adorable baby pickle!!!

Have a great weekend!



Comment #38: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 22:42:05

Pussreboots

I have Watchman on my TBR but I haven't gotten to it yet.



Comment #39: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 09:08:01

Peggy

Sounds like an interesting one! Thanks for sharing!



Comment #40: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:18:30

Pussreboots

It is. I hope to finish it this week.



Comment #41: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 14:00:24

Molli

Thank you for stopping by my blog! The book you described sounds really interesting!



Comment #42: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:20:40

Pussreboots

It's great. I'm happy that I finally found a copy.



Comment #43: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 14:41:33

Barmy Bex

I've heard good things about Emily The Strange. Baby Pickle looks adorable. :D

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #44: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:21:44

Pussreboots

She was trying to remember the word "kitten" but came up with "pickle" instead.



Comment #45: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 14:49:03

The Book Diva

Following back! I look forward to checking out more of your blog.



Comment #46: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:24:44

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog.



Comment #47: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 15:18:56

Jo

Thanks for hopping by ˜ I get a kick out of Emily the Strange, so I hope you enjoy the book, too! :)



Comment #48: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:27:51

Pussreboots

I am enjoying the book. I hope to finish it this week.



Comment #49: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 23:55:37

Reading Romances

Awwwn ♥
They're so cute!!



Comment #50: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:28:35

Pussreboots

They are. It's a quirky mixture of Gothic and cute.



Comment #51: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 11:35:04

Mary Ann Langan

Very cute, liked it.



Comment #52: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:29:13

Pussreboots

Thanks!



Comment #53: Monday, August, 1, 2011 at 14:52:34

Stormi

Okay when you said you had a picture of a adorable baby pickle...that was not what I expected...LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been thinking about reading that book, so I hope you like it.



Comment #54: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:30:45

Pussreboots

I am. I hope you get a chance to read it.



Comment #55: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 07:28:11

Shirley Deeds

It is cute and looks like a fun YA read. I love the name Emily Strange in cat forms, really creative. Thanks for sharing such a unique book. :)



Comment #56: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:31:12

Pussreboots

You're welcome.

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