Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier


Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 211
Source: eARC for Review via NetGalley
ISBN:  9780545540605
Rating: 5 beignets and a cafe au lait
          Book Description from Goodreads:

The companion to Raina Telgemeier’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE.

Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.


Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina has another wonderful tale from her childhood, this time about her sister, Amara. Told with the humor and adventures we look forward to from Raina, this graphic novel does not disappoint. Flashing back and forth between when the sisters were little and the time period in the story (ages 14 & 9) is a great mirror to the current scene. 

Besides the fun sister scenarios, toss in a brother (or two), road trips, headphones (and batteries), pets (and the circle of life), family changes (and bonding), and… a snake.

Personally, as a mom of two girls with a big age difference and a boy in-between, I loved Sisters.  I see my family on every single page.  Well…. except the whole snake part. 🙂

If you don’t have your copy on pre-order, hurry and get yours today! This companion to Smile will be a popular addition to Raina’s collection.

Five Beignets and Cafe au Lait

5+ ~ Five Beignets & a Cafe au Lait

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Feline Friday

It’s Feline Friday!! My dear friend Sandee over at Comedy Plus let me know about it!!  (I don’t know if Sandee has put 3 and 3 together yet to realize that I’m the same NOLADawn that was good blogging buddies with her before I gave up my blog 7 yrs ago…. Oh, Sandee!!) 🙂

Steve of Burnt Food Dude started this meme, so get to posting!

Here’s my Feline Friday!

IMG_1852This is our third oldest rescue cat, Mouse.  He is all white with blue eyes and carries the deaf gene.  He was found in an attic and we fell in love with his tiny little white body and huge pink ears immediately, hence the name Mouse.  He is certainly NOT quiet as a mouse, as he cannot hear the pots, pans, books, and other loud, annoying things he knocks over and “plays with” at 3am.  Mouse will celebrate his 7th Gotcha Day this October.

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“Waiting” on Wednesday- the retribution of mara dyer

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15768409the retribution of mara dyer (mara dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

Synopsis and photo from Goodreads:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Estimated publication date: NOVEMBER 4, 2014!!!! UGH!

Top 10 Tuesday — You GOTTA read this book!! You AIN’T gonna believe how goooood this was!!

toptentuesdayHosted by The Broke and the Bookish–Visit them for info on how to join in for another Top 10 Tues.

August 19:10 books people around keep telling me I should read either because I’ll enjoy it because, ooh, it’s your kinda thing… or you need to give this a try, I bet you’ll like it if you try it (like my PawPaw said about peas…psst he was wrong).

1. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys; I purchased it at my school book fair, but just can’t seem to get past the name.  Such an unfortunate timing.

2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling.  Whip me, punish me, do what you will.  I’m a bad teacher, librarian & mother.  I’ve not read any of the series.  AND I started teaching when book 1 began as I was teaching 3rd graders.  For shame. 

3. Whilst my head hangeth in shame…. I’m pestered away about Lord of the Rings by Tolkien as well. 

4. My last shame post because, dagnabit, I don’t read fantasy, but I get a ton of “BUT if you tried it you’d love it, and then you could watch the show and love it too!!” <said in the most sing-song whiny voice you can imagine> Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

5. This one I will read and I’m kinda glad people keep reminding me about…. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Just another for the TBR!!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; my daughter read it about three years ago and has been giving me little snide remarks since then.  Well, now that the sequel is out I won’t ever hear the end of it until I read it AND THE SEQUEL, SO….

7. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs…. because, see above. 🙂

8. Several friends over the years have told me to read this and I wouldn’t feel the same afterwards.  I’ve still never had the chance.  Maybe now is the time! One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

9. Especially being from NOLA and South LA, the home of Sookie, I get tons of people telling me I should read the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.  Maybe once the series ends, I’ll give them a try. 

10, Finally, when Khaled Hosseni‘s two most popular books, Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, came out I was in the busiest time in my teaching career and was reading middle grade, YA, and nonfiction books.  These two were all anyone was talking about and still today they remain at the top of lists of books you should read.  I will move these to the top of my TBR stack for a Throwback session coming soon.

See y’all next Tuesday for 10 more things!

Books and Beignets,



Questions, Questions, Questions: The WordPress Community Experiment

I can’t really remember much from my old life in blogging to answer these. I’m anxious to see the results as a rejuvenated blogger.

Suzie Speaks


Last December I asked a set of seven questions to the WordPress community and invited anyone and everyone to participate. The response that I received was incredible, and the resulting answers gave me a small insight into the blogging world and it’s members.

Since then, my following has tripled, I have received nearly A QUARTER OF A MILLION views (I still can’t believe that) and over the last eight months I have ‘met’ and formed small relationships with lots of wonderful people, so I thought it would be a nice idea to do this experiment again. It isn’t a blog party, so please don’t leave links to your general posts, but it (if enough people participate) will provide a great opportunity for bloggers to meet new people who share similar interests. You don’t have to follow this blog, or have a lot of blogging experience to participate.

Here’s how it…

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New Adventures in Blogging

Hello Blogosphere!  It is I, NOLADawn, back from the beyond.  When last we met, I was blogging over at Kids, Cats, & Books.  Life got the best of me and, well, here we are.  I’m retired from teaching now.  I retired a year ago due to an auto immune disorder, ankylosing spondylitis, and fibromyalgia.  So, here I am now a year later feeling the ache of my classroom and library and “my” kids.  I decided that what better way to get over the ache of missing my library than to start blogging again…. ABOUT BOOKS!  

I hope you’ll join me on this journey.  I’ll have reviews of some advanced reader’s copies, some throw backs, some highlights from New Orleans, and of course I have to brag about my kids and cats!