Read This If You've Ever Had an Introvert Hangover

Because a Talking Hangover is a Real Thing (5 stars)

The world belongs to the extroverts. I learned that pretty quickly in primary school. But where does that leave everyone else? In my experience, it leaves most introverts feeling like they don't belong anywhere.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is a remarkably smart, funny look at how one person has made peace with her introversion. I've known many fellow introverts over the years and while Tung's level of introversion is a bit deeper than my own I found it so very relatable. It was nice to find that many of her experiences were quite universal for introverts (and often their extrovert partners, too). 

If you've ever declined an invitation or made a weak excuse to get out of a social event there's humor for you. Found yourself feeling majorly hungover after attending a mandatory work function or family gathering even though you didn't touch the booze? Yep, Tung covers the introvert hangover perfectly. If you sometimes find yourself huddled behind a big book or wearing headphones even when you've got no music on in public spaces chances are you'll feel comforted to discover you're far from alone.

With lovely illustrations, warm wit, and the courage to share all of the awkwardness that comes with being introverted Tung has written a tome I'm likely to read anytime I'm feeling down about my failings at extraversion. I also think it would be a great gift to give the introverts in your life to show them that you're cool with who they are. Maybe you'll even get lucky and they'll decide to sit next to you while they read it and you do something else—a high sign that an introvert likes you.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung

How relatable is this?
Graphic Novel, Self Help, Psychology
 Digital/Print (184 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL) 
This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie's life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.The first half of the book traces Debbie’s final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.

Beginning Readers Discover These Great Starters

Grow Stronger Readers with Discover Reading Leveled Titles (4 stars)

I teach reading at the elementary school level and very much enjoy doing so. Working with kindergarten and first-grade students of varying strengths I am always on the lookout for good reads to recommend for at home. While not without a few flaws, I found Discover Cats to be a good way to check out the imprint, and see if they would be digital reads worth a recommendation.

Most of my little readers love non-fiction and learning about animals. I work with mostly higher level readers so I don't think this Level 2 title would be challenging enough for my particular group but for a strong kindergartner or lower level first-grader I think it would be a good option.

I was impressed with the high-quality photos and simple typeface but found a couple of the word choices a bit odd. Potentially too challenging? Maybe, but not to the point I think it's a book to skip.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

Discover Cats by Katrina Streza

Non-fiction, Children, Animals
Print/Digital (34 pages, XIST)

Read all about cats in this Discover Reading Beginning Reader. Does your child love cats and kittens? This super cute nonfiction reader features adorable photos of cats and kittens paired with manageable sentences for kindergarten, first, and second-grade kids beginning to read fluently.Discover Reading titles feature short sentences, word lists, and questions at the end of each book to further the learning process. (Level 2)

Your Favorite Book from Childhood Is Now a Cookbook

Your Favorite Book from Childhood Is Now a Cookbook (4 stars)

If you grew up reading the marvelous Anne of Green Gables series chances are you're going to adore this cookbook. Peppered with story quotes, charming illustrations, and beautiful photographs this is a cookbook that would make a lovely gift for a fan. I rarely use but have a wide collection of fandom and pop culture-centric cookbooks so I can't vouch for whether the recipes are actually practical or delicious. My guess is that if the author paid as much close attention to the recipes as she did the little details they're probably great.

Whether you pick it up as a gift for a lover of all things Avonlea or for your own shelf it's a beautiful book.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook: Charming Recipes from Anne and Her Friends in Avonlea by Kate Macdonald, L.M. Montgomery

Cooking, Literature, Pop Culture, Nostalgia 
Digital/Print (112 pages, QUARTO) 
Finally experience the foods from this classic children's series with The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook.Join Anne Shirley and her friends in Avonlea with the charming recipes in The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook, a recipe collection inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s famous children’s book series, Anne of Green Gables.Have you ever wanted to sneak a sip of Diana Barry’s Favorite Raspberry Cordial or try a slice of Anne Shirley’s Liniment Cake (without the liniment!)? Now you can, with the delightful teatime snacks, mains, desserts, and more created by Kate Macdonald, L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter.From Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches and Marilla’s Plum Pudding with Caramel Pudding Sauce(without the mouse!) to Gilbert’s Hurry-Up Dinner, the recipes included here are mentioned throughout the books in the Anne of Green Gables series, along with recipes from L.M. Montgomery’s own kitchen. With a lovely grosgrain ribbon, full-color photography, whimsical illustrations, and quotes and anecdotes, this cookbook is the ideal gift for all “kindred spirits” and lovers of Avonlea.

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