Monthly Recommendations – May


It’s time for another recommendations post! Look at that, I said it would be monthly, and I have been able to keep that promise. High five everybody!! :: holds hand in the air :: Anybody? Anybody at all?!

Anyway I hope you enjoy this months recs! I like doing these because I can share what made me happy whether its books, shows, movies,etc. These were things that really stood out for me this month so let’s get started. If you want you can check out April Recommendations for more ideas.

Giant Days by John Allison (Illustrations: Whitney Cogar, Max Sarin, Lissa Treiman)

What initially caught my attention for the first volume was the cover. The art reminded me of myself actually when I was a bit younger. Honestly, my fashion sense or lack there of hasn’t changed much either. Who knew that just by loving the cover illustration I would end up loving the story as well. You follow Susan, Esther and Daisy as they go through the ups and downs of being away at school. I laughed quite a few times, and these are much lighter reads than some of the other Graphic Novels I have read recently. I think if you’re looking for something fun, this is it!

Mr.Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore By Robin Sloan


I did a review for Mr.Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore recently, so you can check it out for more details on how lovely I thought this book was because it is quite lovely. If you are looking for something fast paced, this isn’t it, but if you need something with a detailed story, and really great characters then this is for you. Plus an adventure involving books? What more could a book nerd ask for?



Okay and here’s a surprising one. I know there are many people out there who love KDramas and KPop, and no judgements here, I have just never been one of those people. When I was trying to find something entertaining for me to watch the other night, Dramaworld popped up and I did one of those awkward shrugs and said “Why not?” and that was the beginning of my love story with Dramaworld. IT IS SO MUCH FUN!!! It’s K-Drama with an American twist. It is basically and alternate Universe, where these K-Dramas seem like real life? Or at least the “actors” think it is there real life. If I try to explain I will end up spoiling it, so GO WATCH!! The episodes are super short and wonderful! Go do it! It is on Netflix worldwide!!

Hamilton Soundtrack


Let’s start from the beginning here…EVERYONE kept talking about Hamilton. Hamilton this, and Hamilton that. I sat there like:


I was utterly confused by the sudden popularity of a Broadway show. I kept thinking to myself “Stay away Joana, you don’t need something else to fangirl over” …”It’s Just a broadway show, what’s the big deal?” …”Ho, Don’t do it!” But I did. I sat down and went on Spotify and found the soundtrack. I knew the show was about the life of Alexander Hamilton, and thought “Honestly, what could be so interesting about this?” Then I hit play. Whatever I thought I was about to hear, it wasn’t that. Suddenly I am walking around the house singing “My name is Alexander Hamilton!” and looking at my cat saying “Pardon me, Are you Aaron Burr,Sir?” I am obsessed. This entire idea and show is genius. The more interviews and such with Lin-Manuel Miranda I saw, the more I got sucked into the whole thing. I actually bought the Alexander Hamilton biography because there is just so much I NEVER knew about him. I have fallen down the rabbit hole. So maybe I was confused before, but now I’m like:


So those are the few recommendations I have for you this month! If you have not read, seen, or heard any of it…go do it now!! Till next time!!


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