Jessica Novak

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Reading Interests: 
Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy and Mystery
What I'm Reading Now: 
Saga, Lumberjanes, The Wicked + The Divine, Fables

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Secret of the Kells jacket cover
Thursday, March 17, 2016 St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, Thursday March 17, 2016, and it will be here faster than you can say "Conan O'Brien." For most Americans who celebrate St. Patrick's Day, this typically means making corned beef and cabbage, maybe green spaghetti for the picky eaters in the family, and calling it a night. What turkey and cranberry sauce is to Thanksgiving, is corned beef and cabbage to St. Patrick's Day in America, with the addition of potatoes and choice beverages. Corned Beef & Cabbage Alternative Instead of the typical meal, step-up your St. Patty's...Read more...
cover of Alone Forever
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and it's the perfect time to curl up with one of these romantic reads! But don't forget, love can be celebrated year round, and you can enjoy these graphic novels anytime. Additionally, be sure to check out our Blind Date With A Book displays, located a several library branches! Alone Forever: The Singles Collection Liz Prince explores the joys of flying solo and focuses on what really matters: comics, punk rock, and cute boys with beards. Drawn in her ultra-charming style, filled with self-deprecation and cats, there's something for everyone to relate to in...Read more...
Cupcakes that say "Treat. Yo. Self."
No resolution, yet? No problem! We've got 9 to choose from! 2016 is here, and with the new year, comes the New Year's Resolutions. Now every time I've been asked this question, I respond with a blank stare because I haven't given it much thought. I want something I can accomplish in a week or two, so I can feel productive! So if you're without a resolution and have a short attention span, check out this helpful list and resources to get you started. And if you enjoy your easy resolution, you can make it a new habit for the...Read more...
cover of nimona
As 2015 draws to a close, we look back and review the best graphic novels of the year! Those that were up for review had to be standalone graphic novels that were released in 2015, or are new comic series with their first trade collection published in 2015. Nimona One of my absolute favorite graphic novels from the last few years, Nimona is a super fun yet touching story about friendship and self discovery. Nimona is a shape shifting girl who enlists herself as the supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart's trusty sidekick. What starts out as small acts of mischief escalates...Read more...
Heroes & Villains Fanfest banner
This weekend November 21 & 22, The Heroes & Villains Fan Fest will be coming to San Jose! Here are four great reasons to attend: 1) Meet the Cast of Some of Your Favorite Shows Are you a fan of the hit DC shows like Arrow and The Flash ? What about the Marvel hits like Agent Carter , or Guardians of the Galaxy ? Come meet the actors who play your favorite characters! 2) Go to the Awesome Panels Many of the big name actors will be hosting panels during the fan fest including Stephen Amell and John Barrowman...Read more...
cover of Secondhand Souls
Christopher Moore's new book, Secondhand Souls , just came out last month. To promote the highly anticipated sequel of A Dirty Job , Moore is doing a book tour all over the country and has some local meet ups and book signings, including right here in the Bay Area! Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 7:30PM, Bookshop Santa Cruz , Santa Cruz, CA Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 7:30PM, Kepler's , Menlo Park, CA Whether you're new to the dark humor of Christopher Moore, or want a refresher before you meet the man himself, below are some fan favorite Christopher Moore...Read more...
cover of timmy failure: mistakes were made
Stephan Pastis will be touring the US in honor of his new book, Pearls Gets Sacrificed . He is best known for his Pearls Before Swine comics which are currently running in over 650 newspapers worldwide. Come meet the former bay area lawyer, now Newspaper Comic Strip Award winning artist, on his book tour right here in San Jose! Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4:00pm at the San Jose Women's Club . You can read the full event description and check for updates here . Unfamiliar with Stephan Pastis and Pearls Before Swine ? Check out some of the collections...Read more...
cover of "hyperbole and a half"
August 16th is Tell a Joke Day! Whether you want to tell the jokes, or just pick up a book that'll make you laugh, the following are some favorite comedy and joke books that will brighten your day! Yes Please In her first book Amy Poehler delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All," there is never a dull moment in Yes Please . And if you want to check out one of the best comedies ever on...Read more...
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book
July is National Ice Cream Month! Additionally, National Ice Cream Day is the third Sunday of July, which is this Sunday, July 19, 2015! Learn about ice cream, make ice cream, and most importantly, eat ice cream! You can also celebrate by checking out The National Ice Cream Day Festival at SoMa StrEat Food Park , featuring the Bay Area's top ice cream vendors! Stories About Ice Cream History of Fun Stuff: The Scoop on Ice Cream! Chill out with the fascinating history behind ice cream! Did you know that George Washington spent more than $200 (over $5,000 today!) on...Read more...
Cover of "Batwoman"
June is LGBTQ Pride Month! San Francisco Pride is happening this weekend, June 27-28th. San Jose's own Silicon Valley Pride is celebrating it's 40th anniversary and will be on August 30th. San Jose's first lesbian and gay pride parade in 1974 . And here are some historical finds, fiction, and comics featuring LGBTQ figures and characters! Milk For those who aren't familiar, Harvey Milk, known as the Mayor of Castro Street, was the first openly gay politician to be elected into public office in the U.S. in 1977. You can check out the critically acclaimed movie based on his life,...Read more...