Book Reviews XI

Mini reviews of lots of my recent (and not so recent) reads! Some good books and one (well, two) terrible ones.

things i mentioned in the video!
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books i mentioned:
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore buy Robin Sloan
Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
Armada by Ernest Cline
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
Soppy by Phillipa Rice
Girls Standing on Lawns by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (video:
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (video:
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (video:
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King (video:
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

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Lily says:

I bought soppy last year but I still read it whenever I feel sad or stressed

thatgirlavery says:

I love your videos!

Also, anyone reading this, I’m looking for some honest feedback on my channel so that I can continue to grow as a content creator. If you’re willing to stop by and let me know what you think I’d really appreciate it! Thanks and have a great day!

Castaway Lookingforahome says:

I’ve recently read Lost in translation and found it very interesting. Although my mother tongue is not English, so some of the words (just a few) do exist in my language. But I love languages in general, so this was an amazing book for me 🙂

BlueEyedBiblio says:

once i finished my last 2 papers of the semester, i’m starting Seconds and i’m super excited about it!! i’ve gotten so into graphic novels in the last year and i’m so diggin’ this phase. i also reeeeaaally want to read SuperMutant Magic Academy because i’m all about those super powers

thePANDEMlC says:

Just started reading recently, figured I’d look for some youtube channels related to books, anaylsis, reviews and what not. Found your channel, liked it. This is probably my third or so video as I procrastinate after finishing Stitches and I noticed you have Blankets in the background on your shelf. Which is the next book I have to read. No real point to any of this, just observations.

Stephanie Steph says:

haha I also didn’t finish the wind up bird chronicle!! Although I was more than halfway through, it just annoyed me after a while. I guess I am not into magical realism. Did you like anything else by Haruki Murakami? Cause I didn’t touch any of his books since then 😀 Thinking of reading Norwegian Wood though.. hmm.

Olivia aka LivTheBookNerd says:

You should do little complications of your snapchat stuff. i don’t have snapchat (and i can’t because my device is old as crap) and i’m really interested in what you’re picking <3 this isn't a demand so don't think i'm demanding anything of you <3 love your channel and your content <3

niicolereads says:

do you guys know her snapchat? does she have one? 🙂

Aoibhín Kelly says:

Check out This One Summer by Julian and Mariko Tamaki, it’s a very nice graphic novel !

camila garcía sáinz says:

gotta love u, ariel !

Alessandra Santamaría says:

there is a youtuber called arden rose you mentioned soppy on a video and she said that it was super sweet and cute but she wouldnt recommend it to people you arent in a happy relationship because it will probably make them kinda sad. so i cant read soppy

Malka Jacobs says:

Soppy is so cute! I’m so happy to finally see someone else loving it as much as I did.

Flyleaf Forever says:

I have seconds but I’m waiting for my best friend to buy it so that we can read it together ^.^

Rebecca Alden says:

I actually read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore a while ago and was super disappointed. It sounded right up my aisle but I found the whole thing just a little slow-moving and boring but I was especially disappointed by the love interest (and only female character) who was purely there as a love interest and who I thought was very flat. She just sort felt like a carbon copy manic pixie mary sue and the way that they met (he basically googled his dream girl and she fell into his lap) kinda makes me uncomfortable? Idk.

Iceabella says:

“Supermutant NINJA academy” hahaha love that book, don’t remember any ninjas though

RepresentingTheMinority says:

ariel i was just wondering what you are going to do now that you have your degree?? :)xx

ConductingThePages says:

I just got done reading WHY WE BROKE UP and it was FANTASTIC. It shattered me. Haha.

NaomiReadsDiversely says:

Really want to read Soppy, but is it any good for a person who’s never been in a relationship?

MissLysreign says:

I don’t know if they’ve always been like that, but your eyebrows look really nice!

Carry On Lion Girl says:

Skim is one of my favourite graphic novels, I love it, but I really disliked This One Summer, I just didn’t know what to feel about it. I haven’t read Super Murant Academy yet but I would really like to. I would really recommend In Real Life which is a graphic novel about a girl who befriends a Chinese boy over a video game, it’s short, the art is great, and it has an interesting message about economics and workers rights!

Marcela Orellana says:

I love this serie of videos!!

Frea says:

Thank you so much for mentioning Mr. Penumbra’s 24-house Bookstore! That was the book that I’m trying to remember when I was in a book sale yesterday. Now that I know the title and author, I can search for it easily 🙂

SwirlyGirlyReads says:

love this video – think I’m going to give Armada a miss…. Soppy on the other hand looks completely delightful x

Lulu Balda says:

And I who thought to have discovered a new exciting novel because I had never heard anyone talking about it before (although the “New York Times Bestseller” line should have given it away). Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was actually the first book I reviewed back in February, I really really liked it, it was heart-warming and perfect as an introduction to the jumble of opposites that is San Francisco. I’d love if you checked it out 🙂

Rae Sterling says:

I love these mini-reviews! Soppy looks so good and now I don’t feel bad about not having gotten around to Armada 😉

Andrea Robyn says:

Odd that everyone in Canada doesn’t learn about residential schools, where I grew up in Alberta we learned about it quite extensively.


Idk what it was but I loved your vibe. Loved this video. You deserve way more subscribers!

Leathersmith Reviews says:

I subscribed to you

Ash Certo says:

Not to sound creepy but I love listening to you speak. Your voice is just so calming.

pixelpi says:

I was actually re-reading some of Seconds today. Loved it, and can’t wait for Bryan Lee O’Malley’s next graphic novel 😀

Julianne Marie says:

I love these book reviews. I think you read so diversely – I always get great recommendations when I come to your channel. 🙂

Fien S says:

Oh Ariel, I love when you do these! Glad you’re going to pick it back up 🙂

Eva Berghamar says:

I love these videos! I was wondering if you could make a video about your favorite graphic novels, since I’m currently looking for some to read over summer?

missjoliana105 says:

oh GOD !! you always makes me exciting to start reading a new book !! & I loved ur reviews and put some of that books on my to read list ..for HARUKI MORAKAMI I’ve read two books for him and I didn’t liked any of them , u should check SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR’s books it’s amazing ..

The Novel Nomad says:

I loved Seconds, it was my favourite graphic novel of last year. Good luck for all the summer reading 🙂

Tsundoku Books says:

2:26 So flat she couldn’t even see them in the horizon.

Kieran Mcgarry says:

I recommend What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyoyemi if you want to read some more magical realism! I found it really ~magical~ to read 🙂

highly funktioning fangirl says:

I was wondering if you had any advice for a new booktuber like how to film, some tips for my profiles and banner and other things.

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Allison Reynolds says:

Love these videos!!!

AndreaMGC says:

I got to meet Richard Wagamese and honestly, I had nothing to say to him. I just couldn’t find a single question relevant enough to ask that man, who’d been through so much. I had to read it for my Canadian Lit seminar class and the focus was Canadian residential schools. Let’s just say it was an incredibly difficult semester emotionally. If you ever get the chance you should read the graphic novel The Outside Circle. Just outstanding.

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