Thursday, February 17, 2022

Where Is Your Bookmark: A Wedding and a Dead Body & Connect Five: Top of My Graphic Novel/Manga TBR Pile

A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the amazing Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.

There is a curse in my family.  [opening line from prologue of Dial A for Aunties]
I take a deep breath before pushing open the swing doors. Noise spills out, a cacophony of Mandarin and Cantonese, and I step aside so Ma can walk inside before me. [opening lines from first chapter of Dial A for Aunties]

A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.

I run all the way back to my room. Even before I open the door, I can hear the faint sound of music. I tap the key card at the door sensor frantically and burst into the room. Fourth Aunt jumps up, then sighs when she sees me. [excerpt from 56% of Dial A for Aunties]

The opening grabbed me right away--a family curse definitely piqued my interest. I also like the way the first chapter opens. The first two sentences give us a sense of place as well as where the main character's head is in the moment with just a breath. She is mentally preparing herself for what is to come. I am just past the excerpt from 56% in the novel as of right now. It does not reveal much out of context--Meddy is obviously in a hurry to get back to her room. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto had me laughing out loud early on and just keeps getting better. It is proving to be the perfect read for de-stressing after work.

What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family?

You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—"Don't leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!"—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?
 [Goodreads Summary]

Does this sound like something you would enjoy reading? If you have read it, what did you think? What are you reading right now? 

Connect Five Friday is a weekly meme where readers share a list of five books, 
read or unread, or bookish things, that share a common theme. 
Hosted by the  Kathryn of of Book Date.

I enjoy reading graphic novels from time to time and thought I would share five graphic novels/manga I hope to read soon. 

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 5 by Kamome Shirahama, translated by Stephen Kohler

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo, translated by Casey Loe

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker

We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration by Frank Abe, Tamiko Nimura, Matt Sasaki, Ross Ishikawa 

Do you read graphic novels or manga? Have you read any of these? Are there any you would recommend? 

 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!

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  1. I haven't read Dial A for Aunties, but I've heard a lot of great things about it. I have to agree with you. The opening line grabbed my attention.

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about that book. Hope you enjoy.

  3. Ooh I love the sound of 'Dial A for Aunties', it looks like it will be both really fun and mysterious! I've also slowly been getting into graphic novels again so I'll look into the ones you feature here as well. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. I'm going to add We Hereby Refuse to my tbr. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I do like graphic novels- sometimes I get in a spate and read a whole bunch at once. Drama was pretty good. I'm hoping to read They Called Us Enemy someday.

  6. I have enjoyed graphic novels in the past. I used to pick them up as I was shelving them at the library. Quick reads. Think I've read most of the books by Raina Telgemeier. Loved them. Hope you guys are doing well and will have a nice weekend!

  7. Intriguing Friday 56!
    Mine is in French this time:
    I have free copies and also a giveaway, so if you read French or have friends who do, please pass the information along. Have a great week-end

  8. Sounds tempting and intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I don't read graphic novels or MANGA. I have Dial A for Aunties on my TBR and can't wait to get to it.

  10. I've heard many good things about Dial A for Aunties. It sounds like a fun read! Enjoy your weekend!!

  11. I have read graphic novels before. There are some I like and some I don't. I did like George Takei's. I learned a lot. I also liked Maus by Art Spiegelman. Usually with graphic novels, I find myself wishing the story was more detailed and in book form. But, sometimes the pictures show what words can't.

  12. I'm one of the ones who voted for Dial A for Aunties, so I'm glad you're enjoying it so much. Now I think it's well past time that I read it because I need something lighthearted and funny to help lift my flagging spirits.

    What am I reading? Physical: Opal Country by Chris Hammer, gritty mystery set in the Australian Outback. eBook: Girl in Ice by Erica Ferencik, set in Greenland. So far, the heroine has too many tics and twitches for me, but the story is really grabbing me. Audiobook: One Got Away by S.A. Lelchuk, which I'm really enjoying.

  13. A book that I really want to read!! Happy weekend!

  14. Dial A for Aunties looks so good. I want to read that one. Have a great weekend!

  15. I hope you enjoy this one! Happy Friday!

  16. My daughter loved Raina Telgemeier when she was younger, but I don't think she ever read Drama. All of those graphic novels sound good😁

  17. Title sounds fun, not sure the opening grabbed my attention though. Let us know what you think once you're done. My first post is up on my blog -

  18. I've read a few of Raina Telgemeier's books - mostly when I was teaching though. I'd still happily read anything in graphic novels she does though.

  19. Dial A for Aunties sounds like such a fun read! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  20. Spy x Family is SO FUN! I hope you enjoy it too, I think it's a hoot! It's also getting an anime adaptation (:

  21. I really need to pick up Dial A for Auntie. It sounds like so much fun! I had no idea that George Takei had a graphic novel but it looks very interesting.

  22. I love manga and graphic novels. I've not read any of these but I'm going to look more into them!

  23. That's interesting that George Takei has a graphic novel out. I looked up the synopsis and it sounds like a great read.


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