Recent ARC Approvals – My Excitement!

If you lived next door to me this morning… you’d have heard my squeals and probably assumed I’d burnt something in the kitchen again (my neighbours are quite used to the frequent sound of my fire alarm from my disastrous attempts to make toast) but alas it was GOOD NEWS this time!

I just got approved for two graphic novel ARCs that I’ve been HIGHLY ANTICIPATING. My Top TenTuesday last week outlined some of the GNs I’m super excited to try this year! My happiness can only be summed up by the gif above. Add in the sound of squeals and it’s practically me… except twenty years younger haha.

Here they are:


Reporter for the Boston Lede, Madison Jackson is young, scrappy, and hungry to prove that she deserves her coveted college internship. When her police scanner mentions a brutal murder tied to the prominent Boston Kennedys, Madison races to the crime scene. What she finds will change her life forever: Dahlia Kennedy, celebrity socialite, now widow, covered in gore and the prime suspect in the murder of her husband and child. When Dahlia refuses to talk to anyone but Madison, they begin a dangerous game of cat and mouse that leads the young journalist down a twisted path. I’ve been thinking of branching out in to crime fiction lately but thought graphic might be the better way to start. I’m excited to see where this mysterious story leads!

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Named One of the 41 Best LGBTQ Book That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019 by O: The Oprah Magazine.


An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible

In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.

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The premise of this story is so relatable and heart-wrenchingly authentic. I’m eager to give this a try!

// are you excited to try any of these graphic novels or any others being released this year? //


32 thoughts on “Recent ARC Approvals – My Excitement!

    • Im so sorry for the late reply Pam! This ended up in my spam folder (I have no idea why) but I hate not replying to comments. It always seems rude! I’m so glad you loved Commute. I’ve just finished it and have to agree with you about how timely and relatable it is. There were a few instances during it that were hard to read for their honesty but it’s GN like these that really help to raise awareness of the issues a lot of women are forced to face. Thanks for commenting 🙂 Jen

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  1. Haha- this is so me- squealing in delight whenever I get approved for one I really wanted!

    Along with the wondering if why anyone would approve me and my tiny blog for anything lol.

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    • Thank you Yesha! I’m so sorry for not replying earlier. Your comment somehow went in to my spam folder (I have no idea why) so I didn’t see it. I was so excited to receive these ARCs and I’ve finished one of the books, Commute. It was deeply engrossing and was harshly honest about the abuse a lot of women have to suffer. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment 🙂 Jen

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    • I think they still do? I’m half way through it at the moment and it’s so heart-wrenchingly honest and emotional. I’m having to read it a bit slower because of the deeper themes. On to toast though… I’m notoriously hopeless with that! I almost always burn it and have admitted defeat 😛


    • I’m half way through them both at the moment and they’re just as good as I was hoping they’d be! I’ve had some bad ARCs recently so this is a relief! 😀 I can see why you’d take a break from them!

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