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Welcome to Books & Brews! This is my first blog post here on DailyUV.com and I am excited to be here (maybe a little too excited). Here at Books & Brews I am going to talk about those things….books and some great drinks to go with them!
I have been blogging and reviewing young adult, middle grade and children’s books for over seven years online, I still love them, but wanted to have more adult content– so here I am. My hope is to share new adult titles with you and a good beverage to drink with it.
All that being said, here are a few important disclaimers:
- Some of the books that I will write about will be advance or review copies provided by the publishers, authors, and/or publicists, this in no way alters my opinions or reviews. When this is the case it will be noted per FTC guidelines.
- I will be writing about adult beverages, so if you are under 21 - I hope that you are here for my amazing book content only. On some occasions I will be sharing non-alcoholic options as well, because not everyone drinks and that is OK.
On to the fun stuff!
The Book & The Brew
In honor of my first post I wanted to keep it pretty light, it is summer after all and we are all getting busy being outdoors (FINALLY!) Todays review is for Buni: Happiness is a State of Mind by Ryan Pagelow an adult Graphic Novel release on June 5, 2018.
[Disclaimer: This book was received from Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.]
This cover can be pretty deceiving – it looks like a kids book but it is far from it. This graphic novel is a collection of comics featuring a bunny named Buni (not so original, but it works). There are no words to read, it is just images and it is hilarious. However, the humor of this book is very twisted and can even fall into that ‘overly dark and sad’ category but it is that punch that really grabs you for these comics. Each comic within the book is one to a few pages in length of vivid colors and imagery – some of it pretty violent, but Buni is SO optimistic that you feel for him. Even if you have never read a Buni comic online this is a pretty fun collection.
What makes this a good adult summertime read? Well, it is all pictures and pretty short at about 130 pages, so for someone that is just looking for a quick ‘read’ Buni is an easy one to pick up and fly through. And I think that more adults should be reading comics and graphic novels, they are a great medium for storytelling and they can really make you feel like a kid again. As a book chillin’ in your house, friends and family will think you are quirky and maybe even a little disturbed but it is fun nonetheless.
So… what drink goes best with a cartoon bunny who doesn’t really understand the world around him and has all the best intentions? I think something light and crisp.
Today’s brew is Leinenkugels Grapefruit Shandy. If you don’t know, a ‘shandy’ is essentially a beer mixed with a non-alcoholic drink, normally lemonade. The Leinenkugels Grapefruit Shandy is a Weiss beer with honey and grapefruit juice. Weiss beer is a lighter beer, so when mixed with a fruity drink, the fruitiness kind of takes over. In the case of the Grapefruit Shandy, you get a crisp, citrus taste with a bit of sweet from the honey – which you CAN taste. Poured, the beer is a light amber color. It is a refreshing summertime beer with 4.2% ABV and it sits at an 11 on the IBU scale, meaning it is not bitter (the scale goes up to 100). The Grapefruit Shandy is available year round.
Leinenkugels Grapefruit Shandy
offers a Summer Shandy that is a more traditional lemonade/ Weiss beer combo if
you are looking to try the lemonade version.
About the Book
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: June 5, 2018
What do you get when you throw an incessantly optimistic bunny into a dark, antagonistic world? The twisted and side-splitting hilarity of Buni!
positive, Buni doesn’t understand that the cute world he lives in is usually
out to get him. The girl he loves loves someone else. And his best
intentions never seem to work. Yet he wakes up each day hopeful.
Together with his cynical dad and determined dog, he inhabits a surreal world populated by teddy bears, cupcakes, unicorns, and zombies. With few words, these comics rely on images to tell the story, which is often twisted, sad and funny all at the same time. But more than anything, they show that nothing will keep Buni down. Because true happiness is a state of mind.
Ryan Pagelow is the creator of the webcomic Buni which was named Best Online Comic by the National Cartoonist Society in 2013. His work has also appeared in Mad magazine. Ryan lives in Chicago with his wife.