I decided I would start a monthly Recommendation post. I post a lot of reviews and such, but this would be a good place to come if you’re looking for something new to check out, and you’re just not sure what you should check out next. I will probably keep it to books mostly, but I think I will also sprinkle a movie, show or music or some combination of those as well.
So let’s get to it.
Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi
I recently read the first two in this series, and fell instantly in love with the story. The Amulet series is a series of children’s graphic novels. It is considered middle grade to be exact. The themes are a bit dark, so if you’re wondering if this would be good for your own children, I would recommend reading it first yourself, as only you can truly say what your child can and cannot handle. I did really love the way this story is written though.
While the themes have a certain darkness to them, I also think it packs a moral punch, just like Harry Potter. Speaking of which, if the art style looks familiar to you Potterheads, that’s because Kazu Kibuishi designed the new covers for the special editions of the Harry Potter books that were released for the 15th Anniversary of the series. The art style is really gorgeous, and the reason I discovered his own series, was through my love of Harry Potter. The imagination behind the story in the Amulet series will have you hooked. You do not need to be a child to read it, just like you don’t need to be a child to enjoy HP.
Shattered Sea Series by Joe Abercrombie
The Shattered Sea Series starts with the novel Half a King. I have already spoken quite highly of it on a number of occasions, but feel that this is a great recommendation for those of you who might be going through Game of Thrones withdrawals, and I mean the books, not the tv show. George R.R.Martin himself has a blurb on the books. Personally it has a similar feel to Game of Thrones, but it is more fast paced, and a lot less jumping around from point of view to point of view. I highly recommend you check this series out.
Lost Ocean Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
I realize that the adult coloring books have become a trend, but I really adore them. This one in particular is quite beautiful. For me, when I am having a really bad time with my anxiety, a nice cup of tea, an audio book, and a coloring book can help me wind down a bit. It’s not miracle work of course, but it helps me focus my energy a bit, and I really love the artwork in this one. If you haven’t given the adult coloring a try, this would be a nice one to check out.
Little known fact about me: I LOVE SIMON PEGG. I think he’s the biggest geek to ever geek. I recently watched this movie when I wanted something more light hearted to watch, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. It’s worlds away from Shaun of the Dead, but I loved it still. Yes, it is a romantic comedy, so if you’re looking for something to watch on date night, this might be a cute one to check out.
Stranded by Gojira
Stranded is the brand new single from French metal band Gojira. It is the first song of their new album Magma that will be released in June. I have been waiting for a new release from this band for a while now, and I have to say I really love the new tune. Some may not feel the same, but I have learned a long time ago, that I can’t listen to the opinions of some of the hardcore metalheads because any slight melody and they feel the song isn’t heavy enough. I personally love Stranded, and it has me really excited for the new album.
Those are my recommendations for the month of April. Come back next month for a new list of recs from me.