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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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...
Cover of "Thor God of Thunder: Godbutcher"
The Avengers highly anticipated sequel , Avengers 2: Age of Ultron comes out this Friday, May 1st! Here are some awesome comics about your favorite Avengers to read before, after, or in between your additional viewings. Thor: God of Thunder - With a story tens of thousands of years in the making, this three part series gives readers a look at Thor as his past, present/Avenger, and future self. In the first volume, The God Butcher , a young and impulsive Thor (who wields an axe instead of his hammer Mjolnir since he's not worthy yet) runs into the God...Read more...
March is Women's History Month. Spread the Word.
March is National Women's History Month, or Women's HerStory Month! Here are some wonderful books about bold women: Some great books for children include Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children , how one woman created the first children's book collection in a library. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World , each letter of the alphabet an amazing woman. Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell , the first the first American female doctor and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women. And...Read more...
Cover of "Sex Criminals" a fuzzy illustration of a couple kissing
Valentine's Day is coming! As well as the theatrical release of 50 Shades of Grey . If you're looking for some alternatives to this popular book, curl up with some of these steamy reads instead! Maybe Someday For the romantics. A good hearty love story, about two people who are decent human beings, and a forbidden love with an interesting and original twist! Unlike a lot romantic novels, these characters feel like real people. "The way Ridge and Sydney connected through their music was hypnotic, beautiful and downright hot. They each had something that the other needed and pretty soon,...Read more...
Cover of "The World of Ice & Fire," the Targaryen 3-headed dragon sigil
Winter is here Hodor, but the new season of Game of Thrones isn't! While previous seasons have premiered in February or March, this year we have to wait until April 12... that's too long! Whatever will we do until then?! Here are some suggestions to tide you over. The Iron King Recommended by George R. R. Martin himself, The Accursed Kings series was a source of inspiration for Game of Thrones. In the the first installment, The Iron King , you can see for yourself the violent similarities that would even please Joffrey. "Iron kings and strangled queens, battles and...Read more...
cover of Ms. Marvel vol. 1
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal Marvel Comics and presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Written by Willow G. Wilson , Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts from Captain Marvel. This is one of the best superhero comics of the year. It has become an internet sensation and already has a large fanbase for being such a new comic. Because this comic is THAT good. It's very different from most superhero comics, and that's what makes it so much fun!...Read more...
Hunger Games cover
The newest installment of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part 1 has just come out! If you're like most fans, you've probably already seen it this weekend, maybe even more than once. But now, you're wondering what to do with your life while waiting for the next movie? To sooth the empty space in your heart, one of my favorite suggestions is Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. In the future, everyone receives plastic surgery and becomes a "Pretty" on their 16th birthday. When Tally's best friend Shay runs away right before their operation, Tally must find her and turn her in,...Read more...