Happy November! From this point onward, if you’re reading my post, there’s a good chance it’s prewritten, maybe by a few weeks (obviously wrap ups, currently readings, etc, will be written closer to the actual date) because right now I’m neck-deep in Nanowrimo. And then next month, Blogmas. It’s gonna be a whirlwind all the way through the end of the year, people.
This month was a month full of manga. I’m kinda on a kick right now, and I’m digging it.
The Girl From the Other Side vol 2 by Nagabe – This series is really cute but also a bit eerie. It follows the little girl and the creature on the cover, in a world divided between the inside and the outside, where those touched by the creatures become the creatures themselves. In this volume, the world is expanded a bit, and you get to see a bit more of humanity. It’s pretty neat. – 3.5 stars
Ten Count vol 1 by Rihito Takari – This… was actually a pleasant surprise. Looking at the cover, it’s kinda obvious I wasn’t expecting too much plot, right. But turns out, this was really… wholesome! It follows two characters, one named Shirotani with obsessive compulsive disorder with germophobic behavior and the other a man named Kurose that he runs into who happens to be a therapist. Kurose agrees to help Shirotani off the books to work on lessening and coping with his disorder. And then romance, yada yada. But really, this is was sweet and cute and I really liked it. There are more volumes of this out there and I think I’m gonna pick them up. – 4 stars
Kiss Him, Not Me! vols 1-14 by Junko – Man this was my obsession this month. I literally bought and read the entire series. I blame the Kodansha manga sale, dammit. But man was this cute. This follows the main character Kae, on the front, who’s a huge anime nerd with a particular taste for yaoi. Now, you kinda have to go into this with suspended belief, or just be like ‘this is totally magical realism’ because one of the main plot mechanics is utterly ridiculous but also kinda funny. Kae in the beginning is overweight. When her favorite anime character dies, she goes into a depression and loses a lot of weight really fast from not eating (and then later in the series gains it back.. and then loses it.. and then gains it..and then loses it. The other characters also point out that her body makes no sense so I just kinda rolled with it.) And then suddenly she attracts the attention of the four dudes on the cover, all of whom start crushing on her (note some like her no matter what she looks like, others are obviously more shallow) but instead of wanting to reciprocate any of their feelings, Kae as a yaoi fan, can’t help but ship them… together. And man, is it absolutely hilarious. It pokes fun at the reverse harem trope in the best way. I loved this series. – 4 stars overall
Land of the Lustrous vol 6 by Haruko Ichikawa – This series just keeps getting more and more intriguing. It follows these gem-based creatures called the Lustrous, in a world where humans have disappeared, and the world is divided into different creatures and landscapes and… it’s just really, really neat. This volume only deepened the mystery. – 4 stars
Noragami vol 1 by Adachitoka – This is a new series for me, and so far I’ve only read the one volume (I have the second, though). Basically, I needed a 3rd manga in the buy 2 get 1 sale that was going on and Katy @Bookbinderway recommended this one. Welp, it was a pretty solid beginning I think, with the potential to be really cool. I’m hoping to get to the second one this month! – 3.5 stars
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – I’ve been reading this book since July or something, and I finally picked it up and finished it this month. It was pretty decent. The love interest was sweet, the main character was sweet, but man did they have some communication issues. Unfortunately, the miscommunication trope is like… one of my least favorites, ever. So that dropped the rating a bit. But overall, it was decent. This follows the main character who follows a boy to Paris for the summer. Romance ensues. Really, there’s not much more to it than that. It was a pleasant read. – 3.5 stars
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – I picked up this novella as a buddy read with Katy @Bookbinderway and Sarah @Windsorwrites! It follows a thing without a name who skulks the streets of Elendhaven, a bleak city along the edge of a poison ocean, and a sorcerer who finds him. Well… this book was weird. I feel like one of its biggest weaknesses was that it was the kind of story it was: a novella. Everything felt underdeveloped. Nothing felt like it had a point. I mean, it was interesting. The characters themselves were something else, but man.. something just kept me from loving this, unfortunately. – 3 stars
O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 4 by Mari Okada – This series started out pretty awesome and while it’s still good, I think it’s suffering from mid-series lull. I still liked this volume, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like it’s at the point where it’s building up to something, and as I’m reading them as they come out, I can’t exactly binge them to find out what it is. Maybe it’s a me problem and not a book problem, haha. Either way, still enjoying this series very much. I wrote a spoiler-free blabber on volume 1, if you’re interested. – 3.5 stars
She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai – This was… pleasant. This is a one-shot manga following, you guessed it, a woman and her cat. It’s told from the cat’s perspective, which was interesting. So as you go along, you can tell things are happening in the woman’s life, but you only get a cat’s awareness of them. It was really interesting. As a one-shot though it didn’t get too in-depth. It’s definitely a slice-of-life kinda thing. It was nice though, I liked it. – 3.5 stars
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – This I picked up for two reasons: one, it’s a comedy fantasy, and I wanted to get a feel of how one can incorporate comedy into fantasy writing, and two, it was a personal recommendation from r/Fantasy to me, which means it fulfills the bingo space on Fantasy Bingo! So this book ended up being pretty good. I had a few issues towards the beginning of it with how the author was writing the his female characters, but the issues kinda disappeared as the book continued. Either he realized he was writing them badly or who knows. But by the end, his depictions were definitely better. But this book follows a group of has-been heroes as they cross the country to rescue one of the member’s daughters from a siege in a stronghold, surrounded by a horde of monsters. The book is funny, entertaining, and written well. It has a matter-of-fact writing style which I really liked. It was really good. – 4 stars
And that’s it for books! I read 20-something things this month, which is honestly kinda awesome.
- I did nanoplanmo!
- October was nice.
- Read 50 books – 108/50 – Complete!
- Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 7/10
- Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
- J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J – 5 | A – 5 | S – 4| O -2 | N | D
- Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
- Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – Currently 248 – Complete (now maintaining)
- Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
- Post monthly book hauls
- J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
- Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
- J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
- Keep track of statistics
- J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
And that’s it! I think I had a pretty good October. I hope yours was lovely. Happy reading!