Pardon my absence, I’ve been struggling + books to warm your (*my) cold soulless body (that aren’t YA)

Hi, friends! How are you? Hope this blog post finds you well!

How this blog post finds me

Sorry for being away. I swear I’m alive. Being a frontliner* sucks. Lol. ANYWAY!

With everything going on, I’ve been looking for some heart-warming reads that are easy to consume.

P.s who is giving me access to NetGalley?? WHO?? Because my requests keep getting accepted. And whilst I’m happy with every acceptance (YAY, validation!), that means I must WORK. Nevertheless, I keep getting surprised my requests get accepted despite knowing it was me who’s been logging on and begging for ARCs. Why am I like this lol.

๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: The Tea Dragon Tapestry
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: K. O’Neill
๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: K. O’Neill
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Comics & Graphic Novels
๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: Oni Press


Behold! The Tea Dragon Tapestry is a magical heartwarming story. This book is the equivalent of the perfect marshmallow in the form of a book! However, said marshmallow isn’t edible, but it is sure is light, fluffy, and just melts your heart. Plus, it leaves you a slight concern of developing early-onset diabetes from all the sweetness it exudes. Let me just get this out of the way first: I am in love with the art style. The illustrations are gorgeous, soft, and beautifully detailed. The panels are engaging and the art captures and evokes emotions well. This graphic novel is not only heart-warming in the sense of characters and story-telling, but it also explores other avenues such as disabilities, grief, loss, and acceptance. Overall, this was an amazing book and I would highly recommend this book to everyone.


๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: grief, loss, disabilities, acceptance, purpose
๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: fans of graphic novels, people looking for a wholesome, heart-warming read, basically recommend this to everyone
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Oni Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: That Can Be Arranged
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: Huda Fahmy
๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: Huda Fahmy
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humour
๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: Andrews McMeel Publishing

I’ve been following Fahmy’s Instagram for quite some time and always thought her comics and content were truly funny and great. And this book definitely delivered. ‘That Can Be Arranged’ is an endearing read where we follow Fahmy’s journey to finding a husband. I liked the insights Fahmy shared upon her journey (self-worth, self-love, taking initiative, staying true to your belief, etc.) and how she kept a light-hearted tone despite covering some serious topics. I truly enjoyed this read. There were plenty of moments that made me smile and chuckle.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: love, self-love, self-worth, taking initiative, staying true to your beliefs
๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: I’d definitely recommend this to any hopeless romantics, fans of Jane Austen, and anyone curious about this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: Bear
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: Ben Queen
๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: Joe Todd-Stanton
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Comics & Graphic Novels
๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: BOOM! Studios

In Bear, we follow the paw steps of a guide dog named Bear. As a guide dog, Bearโ€™s job is to assist his owner Patrick, who is blind. Patrick and Bear happily live their lives in-sync until the unthinkable happensโ€”Bear loses his sight. Scared heโ€™ll no longer be useful to Patrick and lose his job, Bear then follows the racoons to find a mysterious bear to teach Bear magic for his sight. Despite making friends in unlikely places, Bear finds trouble and then gets lost. Bearโ€™s search is rewarded and reunites with Patrick. After their reunion, Bear undergoes surgery for his eyes. Whilst Bear states he wasnโ€™t โ€œone hundred per centโ€ after the surgery, he notes that he gained something far greater than what he thought he ever wantedโ€”he becomes Patrickโ€™s friend.

Bear is such an endearing character and I found it easy to emotionally invest in him and his endeavours. I enjoyed the themes explored in this book and liked the unique premise of the story and how it highlights the importance of guide dogs. The book also educates the readers regarding how blindness impacts people.

This is a heart-warming read with themes of identity, friendship, and perseverance woven into Bearโ€™s journey. Through his blindness and his tireless search, Bear discovers true friendship and acceptance. His emotional journey for purpose showcases resilience in the face of adversity. Also, I LOVE the illustration! The artwork is adorable and colourful. The art panels are engaging, successfully evoking intended emotions upon reading the book.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: friendship, acceptance, resilience
๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: This is a book Iโ€™d highly recommend and Iโ€™d definitely buy a copy. I canโ€™t wait to read this to the kids.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: All The Colors of Life
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: Lisa Aisato
๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: Lisa Aisato
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Arts & Photography
๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: Arctis Books

๐†๐”๐’๐‡:
โ€ข Gorgeous, breathtakingly beautiful illustrations depicting different phases of life accompanied by short poems.
โ€ข The illustrations are vivid, whimsical, and engaging. I can’t get over how stunning, atmospheric, and expressive each picture is and how well fitted it was to the prose.
โ€ข I feel like this book would be a perfect coffee table book. Great to peruse and keep around.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: the exploration of human experiences and life
๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: fans of art, everyone
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Artics Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: Beneath the Trees
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: Dav
๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: Dav
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Children’s Fiction
๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: Diamond Book Distributors


๐†๐”๐’๐‡:
โ€ข A charming read about a character (Mister Grumpf) who is a grumpy badger trying to rake leaves in front of his house however, gets continually distracted by his neighbours
โ€ข Simple and fun read with a great message (helping those in need)
โ€ข Gorgeous art style with vibrant and a beautiful colour scheme befitting for Autumn/Fall
โ€ข The ending made me chuckle
โ€ข Perfect Autumnal read

๐ˆ๐ง ๐š ๐ง๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž:
โœ” grumpy characters with a heart of gold
โœ” seasonal mood reader looking for a cozy read
โœ” fan of Disney-like art style/storytelling

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: community, never judge a person by their appearance, kindness
๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: everyone, fans of Disney, those looking for a charming and cozy read
Thank you to @NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: My Pet Cloud
๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ: Amanda Rawson Hill
๐ˆ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: Laia Arriols
๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: Children’s Fiction
๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ: Capstone


๐†๐”๐’๐‡:
โ€ข A sweet and charming story about a boy and a pet cloud
โ€ข Not only is this a cute read that explores the importance and responsibilities of owning a pet but there is also an educational factor regarding weather and science
โ€ข Beautiful illustrations with a gentle colour palette, befitting of the narrative and themes
โ€ข Perfect read before bedtime

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ: responsibilities of having a pet, friendship, educational (weather and science)
๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ: young children, curious children, children wanting pets (great conversation starter when discussing responsibilities and compassion)
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Capstone for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


How are you?
What are some of your favourite heart-warming reads?

bannernewerbwj
newestnewstjoy
newjoywb

InstagramGoodReadsTwitter