Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/16 – 10/22

Another week, another weekly wrap-up!

Guys. Last week I read so much. So much bookage. I can’t remember the last time I read so many books during one week. Sure, most of them were graphic novels – but it still totally counts! And I had a 9 day reading streak on The StoryGraph. Oh, and I brought back Weekly Wrap-Ups last Monday, too!

I really don’t have too much to say in my little makeshift intro this time. So let’s get on with the post!

Tuesday 10/17: The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch Review

Last Tuesday, I reviewed a great October read – one that’s a new release to boot. It was The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub. Perfect for Jane Austen (as it’s a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice), as well as fans of historical fantasy and retellings. I gave it ★★★★☆.

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch Review

Wednesday 10/18: 1st Year Blogging Birthday / Can’t-Wait Wednesday

On Wednesday I ended up doing a rare double post, but it was a very special occasion. October 18th of 2022 is the day that I posted my first post on this blog, so it was my first blogging anniversary.

I also participated in Can’t-Wait Wednesday. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and is where the books we’re all excited to read are spotlighted and discussed. The book I focused on was A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber.

One Year of Book Blogging

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: A Curse for True Love

Friday 10/20: Fall Book Recommendations 2023

A few days ago on Friday, I finally, finally posted my book recommendations for fall. There are so many spooky novels that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, as well as a ton of books that just have great autumn vibes that I love.

I didn’t even mean to post it on the year anniversary of my Fall Book Recommendations from 2022, but sometimes these weird coincidences just happen. (I had actually hoped to get it posted earlier.)

Autumn Book Recommendations 2023

Sunday 10/22: Hooky Review

Yesterday, I reviewed the absolute cutest graphic novel – and one that has some of the most fall of fall vibes to boot! I really, really enjoyed it. Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur is a treasure. I gave it a median rating ★★★★✯.

Hooky Review

Books I Read Last Week

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub
Hooky: Volume One by Miriam Bonastre Tur
Hooky: Volume Two by Miriam Bonastre Tur
Hooky: Volume Three by Miriam Bonastre Tur
One Piece: Volumes 7 - 8 - 9 by Eiichiro Oda
One Piece: Volumes 10 - 11 - 12 by Eiichiro Oda
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

🎁💖 Wrapping It All Up 🎁💖

So I did the posts that I’d hoped to do this past week, which makes me really happy. I feel like I’m starting to get back into the groove of things. I also did a ton of stuff outside of the blog that I’d wanted to get done as well, which made me feel great too.

Still reading One Piece 👒🏴‍☠️🌊🗺️, and I’m planning to for the foreseeable future. (It’s long AF, after all.) I finished the first arc – the East Blue arc – though. I’m planning on starting the next arc in November.

Regarding the books on my TBR that I’m gonna read next, well, A Curse for True Love 🦊🃏🏹💘 is coming out tomorrow, so that is definitely next next. After that, I’m planning on starting the Iron Druid Chronicles. 🪄🗡️ Ever since it caught my eye a couple months ago (the series has bright and beautiful eye-catching colors!), it’s been on my radar. The books totally look right up my alley, and I’ve finally decided to start the series. I hope that I like it! 🤞🍀


Concerning non-book stuff that I did last week… there’s honestly not really anything. I just spent so much of it reading. I’ve been watching YouTube in some of my spare time not spent time reading or hanging with my spouse, and I mostly watched creepy videogames or continued with my Twilight Saga 🩸🧛🐺🌚 deep dives/roasts/in-depth plot summaries. I just finished the Eclipse one and am planning on moving to The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, before Breaking Dawn. It’s been a little thing I’ve been doing throughout the month of October to celebrate Halloween. 🎃🕸️ I’ve been watching one Twilight book analysis a week.

Other than all that… Hmmm, I haven’t been doing a ton else aside from the usual life stuff. Oh! My spouse and I picked up Super Mario Bros. Wonder 🐘🌈 yesterday to play, and have been enjoying it! It’s a lot of trippy fun, and is has some unique ideas. Other than that though, not a lot went on. I mean my spouse and I hit a relationship milestone, but that’s super personal so I’m not gonna be talking about it.

Anyway, what books did you read last week? What did you think of them? Have we been reading any of the same stuff lately?

As always, thanks to everyone so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day/night! ☀️🌙

See ya ~Mar

“Hooky” by Miriam Bonastre Tur | Book Review

{Dani} “Oh no – the bus is leaving!”

Hooky: Volumes #1, 2 & 3 by Miriam Bonastre Tur

Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Hooky (Volumes #1 – #3)

LENGTH: 1152 pages

GENRES: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Comics, Fiction

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books

RELEASE DATE: 7 September 2021 – 5 September 2023


Two twins. one prophecy, and a whole lot of hijinks. From WEBTOON, the #1 digital comic platform, comes a fantastical story about twin siblings Dani and Dorian who have missed the bus to magic school and scramble to find a mentor  to teach them before their parents find out. Perfect for fans of THE OKAY WITCH and the 5 Worlds series.

When Dani and Dorian missed the bus to magic school, they never thought they’d wind up declared traitors to their own kind! Now, thanks to a series of mishaps, they are being chased by powerful magic families seeking the prophesied King of Witches and royals searching for missing princes.

But they aren’t alone. With a local troublemaker, a princess, and a teacher who can see the future on their side, they might just be able to clear their names…but can they heal their torn kingdom?

Based on the beloved webcomic from WEBTOON, Hooky is in stunning print format for the first time with exclusive new content sure to please fans new and old.

My Review(s)

Hooky was absolutely the cutest little set of graphic novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far. The art and the characters are both so completely adorable. I love so much about this comic.

Since it was three different volumes, however, and since I gave each volume its own rating, I’ve decided to give each book a mini review and rate them individually. They’re all more than novel length anyway, so it feels completely okay to me to treat them as three installments of a series. Kind of like what I did for the Murderbot Diaries last year.

But I’ll stop blabbering. Here’s the full review.

Hooky: Volume #1

Hooky: Volume #1 by Miriam Bonastre Tur

{Dorian} “Oh, Nico… So you were playing hooky?”

{Nico} “I can’t go to class like this!”

Out of the three volumes, the one is probably the most adorable. It’s also definitely the most lighthearted. So much of it gives me Kiki’s Delivery Service vibes, and I’m all here for it.

The art is so pretty – the author is very, very talented. The art style in general is very Ghibli-esque, which is why it probably reminded me of Kiki. That, and the whole witchy theme going on.

The characters were also very loveable. I love it when stories have twins, and especially twin protagonists. This aspect of the novels honestly reminded me of Gravity Falls (an American cartoon) a little bit. Especially with Dani being the more outgoing of the two, and Dorian being more bookish and shy – it seemed a similar dichotomy to Mabel and Dipper. Of course, they are still very different characters despite their similarities.

I also really enjoyed the other protagonists – Monica, Nico and Mark. They added an additional flavor to the cast, and helped the twins come out of their shells. The characters and character and friendship development were definitely the strongest part of the book, after the artwork.

This is a very festive read for spooky season – even though it’s not at all scary. Fall in general is perfect to read this graphic novel in, perhaps with a pumpkin spice candle burning in the background and with some hot chocolate or tea.

Hooky: Volume #2

Hooky: Volume #2 by Miriam Bonastre Tur

{Dani} “I love you so much.”

{Dorian} “…I love you too, silly.”

In volume two, things start to heat up. The plot definitely begins to move more and become more defined. The author also starts to lay down a little bit of foreshadowing, which is always appreciated.

The art is still just as cute and pretty as it was in the first volume, but then I didn’t expect it to change at all. There’s also more character and relationship development here then before, but then the story has also moved forward as well.

The romance that’s been inching along since volume one, but far more prevalent here, is also completely adorable. I can’t help but ship all the canon pairings – the characters are just so cute together! And the chemistry between everyone, romantic or friendship based, as just so amazing.

But yeah, definitely still festive for the season. The volume might even be more so, as it’s darker than its predecessor. I’d definitely rather read this one in October.

Hooky: Volume #3

Hooky: Volume #3 by Miriam Bonastre Tur

{Monica} “I promise we’ll find a solution. Together.”

{Dorian} “Thank you for everything. Seriously.”

In Hooky: Volume #3 we’re thoroughly embroiled in the plot. Though there’s obviously always been a plot here, this is definitely the most story focused of the three. The first two focused more on character interaction, I found. (This one still focuses on character interaction too, don’t worry!)

(Also, I just realized that I gave all three volumes the same exact star rating, and could have totally just put one star rating at the top of this review, instead of one for each book. Whoops.)

The artwork is, as always, beautiful. I know it might seem a little bit redundant to comment on it a third time, but 1) I really, really like it and 2) there’s been a significant enough that timeskip between volumes two and three that the protagonists have all had character redesigns. And they’re still great, everything’s just a little different.

The romance is also somewhat more prevalent, as the characters are all older now – they’re well into their teens. It’s all just as cute and sweet as it always was, but there are confessions this time around. The chemistry is also as palpable as ever.

This is definitely a solid ending to this graphic novel. I was pretty satisfied with everything about it. And yes, this volume is also perfect reading for autumn, as if you couldn’t already guess.

Closing Thoughts

Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur is a brilliant and adorable graphic novel. I loved nearly everything about it, and even though it’s geared more towards middle grade, I think everyone should read it regardless of age.

Those who enjoy fantasy and comics will probably enjoy it, but I also think that Studio Ghibli fans will also really like it. Actually, I think most people in general will enjoy it.

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day/night!

See ya ~Mar

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