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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capt.america and iron facing off with the caption "divided we fall"
The highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War movie was recently released and has been met with excellent reviews ! While the movie is different from the comics, there are a lot of similarities and tie-in's from the source material. Marvel's Civil War was a comic event that spanned across over a dozen series, and totaled in at nearly a hundred issues. This a a daunting feat to go through all of them, so I've narrowed it down to the basics and some additional reading. This overview will include some light spoilers of both the movie and comics. The Basics In...Read more...
cover of the dark knight returns
The new Batman Vs. Superman movie hit theaters a couple weeks ago. It's release has brought in mixed reviews , as well as the birth of the "Sad Affleck" meme . Some of the top criticisms of the movie, (aside from it's disoriented editing, grim and convoluted storyline, and bad supportive acting choices) was it's departure and unimprovement from the classic comics the movie pulled from. Additionally, fans were disappointed in the departure of core values of their beloved characters. Superman is an appealing character because he is absolute power that is not corrupted, and is a symbol and ray...Read more...
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...