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Katsucon and February Book Haul!

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Hi! Two weekends ago, I posted about going to Katsucon, and this past week, I went! I had put myself on a mini-ban for about a month beforehand, knowing full well I’d go a bit nutso over manga while there and shocker, I did.

So this is everything – books and more – I got at Katsu, and then also the other books I’ve purchased this month on top of that!

I’ve jumped into figure collecting, and this is my first one, if you don’t count the Aizawa Pop I have… So second one, I guess. It’s a slippery slope and I can already feel myself being pulled in.

This was made by shliikawaii!

I also got an Inuyasha mug, but the video’s being difficult, so I’ma link to my twitter post of it instead, which’ll actually show the damned thing if you’re curious to see it:

And finally, the manga:

There are so many manga here, so I’m not going to go into them individually. But some of the ones I’m most excited for are the Girl From the Other Side volumes and the Wild Adapter ones. A lot of these are series I read back in high school, have since gone out of print, and then have been on the outside of my peripherals for a decade. Almost all of these were two bucks a pop at the con, so how could I resist? There are 37 volumes here, and I think I might have spent 90 bucks on them. For all 37. Really, where else are you gonna find that.

I also got two books this month: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, which I’m currently reading, and Highfire by Eoin Colfer, which just sounds like a blast. I loved Artemis Fowl growing up so seeing a new work by this author is just neat.


And that’s it! I have a few more manga on the way in the mail, which will be in next month’s haul if they show up in time, so pumped about that, too.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/22/2020 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: The last ten books that gave me a book hangover

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Happy Tuesday! As per usual, I forgot it was Tuesday, so this is goin’ up a tad late in the day.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

In descending chronological order, these are the most recently read books that gave me a hangover:

Assassin’s Fate and Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb – All her books give me book hangovers, let’s be real here.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – I remember reading basically only manga for a while after this one.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This was one of my favorite books of last year and it left me reeling!

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu – This one unfortunately was a slump for a bad reason. I didn’t particularly care for this book. It took me ages to read and then after I wasn’t really in the mood to read anything.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Same reason as above. This was a negative hangover.

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan – Again, a negative hangover. This was actually a DNF, as well.

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa – This book was just heavy. After I finished it I was emotionally compromised.

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb – Robin Hobb, duh.

King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat – This entire trilogy gave me a hangover, a really good one. This series had me stuck on it for weeks after I finished it.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/18/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Wanderlust Book Tag!

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In the famous words of Zezee @Zezeewithbooks (who tagged me in this, thanks pal):

When in doubt, do a book tag.
When unprepared, do a book tag. 😀

So here we areeeee. The tag was created by Alexandra @Reading by Starlight.

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – this was an unexpectedly delightful read. It’s set at a hotel out in the middle of the desert in Utah, and follows a young man named Elvis both as a child at the hotel with his mom, and as an adult, trying to navigate life like the rest of us. This is a really, really great character study and I adored it.

Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – Baru’s country, at least where she’s placed in it at the beginning of the book, is along the coast I’m pretty sure.

Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik – This is the second book in the Temeraire series and they spend half this book if not more on a boat bound for China!

Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)

I have to go with Zezee’s answer and say Robin Hobb’s Rain Wild Chronicles. When ‘murky river’ is mentioned, the Rain Wild River was definitely the first one to pop into my head.

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost-bitten atmosphere

Blankets

Blankets by Craig Thompson – Unfortunately I didn’t much care for this book, but hey, it fits the prompt.

The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)

Hyperion by Dan Simmons – A modern day Canterbury Tales, this book has so many wacko terrains and planets and everything, including the Time Tombs where, well, you should read it. This is definitely a good book.

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – Gothic vampire western. It’s seriously a good series, I really like it.

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – I gotta tell ya, desert settings are typically not my thing. This book is the exception to the rule, and was pretty great.

Wild and untamed: a book set in the heart of the woods

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Can’t get more foresty than it being in the title, now can you.

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1

The Girl From the Other Side by Nagabe – This book is so neato, and I should really read volume three. It’s been on my shelf for like months now.


That’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

 
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Posted by on 02/15/2020 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie! Shojo manga that are kinda ridiculous but I love anyways | #2

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Today’s topic is officially ‘Love freebie’, allowing us to come up with a topic that fits, and considering I’ve been in a major shojo manga kick recently, I figured ‘Shojo manga that are kinda ridiculous but I love anyways’ would fit the bill.

Top Ten Tuesday is run by That Artsy Reader Girl!

For anyone not familiar with manga genres:

Shojo manga are typically romance manga, aimed towards teenage girls, think the equivalent of YA. They often have humor in them along with over-the-top dramatic events and quasi-unbelievable plots. But that’s the whole point, they’re meant to be entertaining, not realistic. And dammit, I think they’re cute.

So here are my favorite shojo manga that are totally batshit insane sometimes but I love them anyways, divided into categories:

Honorable Mentions

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1   Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)

These two are just honorable mentions, but I’m listing them so it’ll get me to almost ten (pbtbt). The reason for both of these is that they’re technically not shojo, they just feel like shojo. O Maidens In Your Savage Season by Mari Okada is actually shonen, and Wotakoi by Fujita is josei. But whatever they are, they both have shojo-esque feels to them, so they’re making the list, even if they don’t qualify for the list. Fight me.

Read a long time ago and remember really liking

Wanted   Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 1

Both of these, I read back when I was a teenager and really liked them. The one on the left, Wanted, is a one shot, fluffy thing about sailors and pirates and first love. Absolute Boyfriend on the right is about this girl who orders a ‘love figurine’, an AI boyfriend. I remember the second one in particular being completely ridiculous but man was it funny.

Read for the first time recently

Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 (Orange: The Complete Collection, #1)   Wild Ones, Vol. 1 (Wild Ones, #1)   Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1

Recently, I got back into the kick, which is what inspired this post! My favorites of all the shojo I’ve read recently are these: Orange, Wild Ones and Kiss Him, Not Me! The first is definitely the most serious of the three and deals with some pretty heavy topics, including suicide. Wild Ones is more light hearted, following a girl living with a yakuza household, and Kiss Him, Not Me is definitely the goofiest one. It follows the girl on the cover as she tries to navigate a bunch of boys while shipping them all together instead of with herself. It’s pretty funny.

Favorites from teenagerdom

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 (Ouran High School Host Club, #1)   Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

And out of all the shojo I’ve read, these two are my faves. I read them back when I was a teenager and I’ve reread the manga and rewatched the anime multiple times throughout the years. They’re just so wholesome. Ouran High School Host Club follows a middle to low class girl who gets accepted to a prestigious high school, and shortly after breaks a vase she could never afford, so she dresses as a boy and joins the Host Club to work off her debt. It’s cute and funny and I like it!

Fruits Basket follows a girl whose mother passes away, and instead of burdening her grandfather, she decides to live in a tent. She quickly finds out she’s camping out on the Sohma property, and when they find her, invite her to live within the household, where she accidentally discovers the family’s curse, that they transform into animals. This one I think, is my favorite out of the two. So much nostalgia, waaah.


And that’s it! I got up to nine this time. Maybe next week I’ll actually make ten? Who knows! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/11/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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I’m going to Katsucon!

This coming Thursday, I’ll be piling into a car with a couple of buddies and we’ll be going to Katuscon in Maryland!

This’ll be my second anime con ever, the first being Otakon, which I attended this past August.

I’m very excited for this one. Currently I’m on a self-imposed book buying ban that will be over, you guessed it, on Day 1 of Katsucon… and then I’m gonna go nuts getting manga. I’m so excited!

If you’re in the area and are going and if we’ve spoken a few times already now, lemme know!

Happy conning!

 
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Posted by on 02/09/2020 in Announcement

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello, a neat thing today! I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by Alex @MyBookWorld24, so thanks pal!

  • Rules
    • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
    • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
    • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
    • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts/pinging them
    • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

 

Alex’s questions:

  1. Favourite book?

This is a difficult question. According to my favorites shelf, I have 42 favorite books, so I’m going to go with my most recently added favorite, which is Our Dining Table by Ori Mita!

Our Dining Table

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Honestly somewhere with more snow. When I was a kid, it would start snowing in October and keep snowing until April and I loved it. Now, we’re lucky if we get blusters before Christmas, and it’s usually about done by March. Keep in mind it never stays cold enough to keep snow on the ground anymore. It all melts every few days. 😦 So yeah, somewhere colder… but a place that’d still give me a short spurt of summer. A short one.

  • Favourite blog design?

The one I have! It’s called ‘Choco’ and I think it’s not supported anymore by the creator, which is a bummer.

  • What’s your best life advice?

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it’ll take to achieve it. The time will pass anyway.”

  • A quote to stand by?

Uh.. see above? :”D

  • Your dream job?

Computational neuroscientist!

  • What’s one thing you think the world needs to work on?

Being effing nice to each other.

  • If you could live on one food, what would it be?

Tacos.

  • One post that you enjoyed doing?

I really love doing Blogmas, I can’t pick one kind of post in particular. But all the end of year ones and holiday ones and just the atmosphere of everyone doing all this together for a month or so… it’s so great, I look forward to it every year!

  • What’s the first thing that comes to your mind right now?

…tacos

  • A blog you just started following?

Lauren @Narrative Paradise! And it’s funny because… I thought I’d followed her a long time ago, because I know I’ve been on her page a few times now and have interacted a handful of times too through tags and whatnot. But I was on there today leaving a comment and the little ‘follow?’ button popped up and I went ‘wat, I already did’. But apparently my dumb ass never actually hit the follow button way back when. I am sorry friend, I have fixed that now. :”D Forgive?

PS everyone go check her out, she’s neato!


I nominate:

NarrativeParadise | BookBinderWay | WindsorWrites | TheMadiWay

My questions:

  • What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
  • What object that you own is the most precious to you?
  • If you were to combine two books to make a better book, which would they be?
  • If you could add some plot device or character twist to a favorite book, what book and what would you add?
  • Did you participate in the Book-It program as a kid? Did they have it where you grew up?
  • Do you decorate your bookshelves at all?
  • Would you rather have a goat scream in your ear every time you sat down to eat dinner, or have to eat dinner standing up for the rest of your life?
  • What’s the most disappointing book you’ve ever read? Not bad per say, but a let-down
  •  What is your favorite video game, if any?
  • Coffee or tea or something else?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person?

That’s it! Now run away!

 
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Posted by on 02/08/2020 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: 5 Star Predictions | #1

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Today is an exciting day! Today I am starting the Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by The Artsy Reader! I was missing a mid-week post topic for a while now, and looking at the future topics of this one, I figured it’d be a good match. I can’t guarantee I’ll always come up with ten, but the topic itself will still be worth while even if I only name a few. So, here we go!


I figured this was a good topic to start with. Forever ago, I made a Coffee Time post about what goes into predicting five star predictions. I’ve since almost finished those, so I’m gonna list the ones I still have yet to read and add some more! There will be a post eventually when all the books are read – those ones and these – talking about my expectations vs reality. Eventually.

First, the ones on my previous list that I’ve yet to get to:

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – As said in the original post, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone dislike this. And I tend to really like fantasy like this, so I’m hoping this one will be a five.

 

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Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This one I’ve actually read a good chunk of. I haven’t finished it yet, though. I made this prediction before I started the book, so pbtbt.

 

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And now onto the new predictions. These were selected from the books I currently own:

I could only come up with three! Shock! I went through the 250-some-odd books I own that I haven’t read and really, honestly, these are the only three I truly feel will be five stars. I’m not saying the others won’t, but these were the only ones that stuck out. Obviously I hope all my books are five star reads, but my average rating is 3.5 or so, so that’s unrealistic.

Anyways, The Burning White by Brent Weeks made the list because it’s the final book in the Lightbringer series. I’m in the middle of book four right now, and books 1-3 all got a five star rating from me. So this has a good track record in its favor.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell I think I’ll love mostly because I adore the movie. Like, I love this movie. It’s easily in my top ten, ever. And I haven’t read the book! For shame!

And finally, I chose Jade City by Fonda Lee, because… well, it’s a gut feeling. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just feel like I’m going to love it. I really hope I do.


And that’s it! My first Top Ten Tuesday post! Maybe next week.. maybe next week I’ll actually have ten books to talk about. :”D

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/04/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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