January Wrap Up ’21

Happy end of January! I swear, this month went so fast. It still feels like March of 2020, but that’s another story.

Anyways, I read nine things this month, most of them manga. This is what I completed:

Books

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb – I wrote a blabber for this one, if you’re interested. I buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and found this final book in its trilogy to be… decent. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either. It was decent. For more in depth thoughts, check out that blabber.

3.75 stars

Manga

Ouran High School Host Club vols 3-7 by Bisco Hatori – This is a such a pleasant, ridiculous series. I originally read this back in high school, but that was before Goodreads, so it’s my first time officially marking it as read. This past summer for my 30th birthday I bought myself the box set of this series, and I’m now making my way through it. There are 18 volumes total, so I’m hoping to finish it by March or so. This series is so outrageous and over the top, it’s fluffy and nice and wholesome. Some of the vocab it uses is outdated though and can be considered offensive, so fair warning. It was made back in the mid 2000s.

But overall? So far I’m really enjoying this series. 3.25-4 stars each.

Kamisama Kiss vol 1 by Julietta Suzuki – This one I picked up last year some time after a recommendation to do so ‘if I want more series like Inuyasha’. So far it’s decent but I feel like I’ll need more volumes to make a full judgement on the thing.

3.75 stars

Yana Toboso Black Butler Artworks vol 2 by Yana Toboso – Technically this isn’t manga but it’s the closest category. This is a book of extra arts by the author of Black Butler. It’s a gorgeous book itself, on top of the art included within, and I really hope I can find the English translation of vol 1 at some point.

5 stars

Fanfiction

I’ve been reading a lot of fanfics recently, and some of the more well-known ones have entries in Goodreads. So I’m going to start covering the ones I read on a couple conditions: 1) if they’re popular enough to have a Goodreads entry, therefore count as a book toward my Goodreads goal, or 2) I just really liked it to the point where I want to share what it is. I’m sure there will be a lot I read that aren’t worth mentioning, but the good ones I’ll be sure to link to.

This month I read one notable one, namely You’ll Be the Death of Me by Niteryde, which is a Dragon Ball Z fanfiction that tells the story of the three year gap between future Trunks warning of the imminent android invasion and when they arrive. It focuses mainly on Bulma and Vegeta, and how the two came together, because it’s a canon thing that they did, but it’s never talked about how. So this fanfiction writes the story of their romance, and I really enjoyed it. 4 stars


2021 Reading Goals

  • Read 100 books – 9/100
  • Reduce physical fiction tbr to 185 – 200
  • Reduce manga tbr to 50 – 152
  • Maintain blog schedule – 
    • January: Good
  • Finish my 10 in 2021 list – 0/10

Stats

  • 9 things read this month
    • 1 novel
    • 7 manga
    • 1 fanfiction
  • 6 things purchased this month
    • 3 novels
    • 3 manga
    • Total money spent: $99.47
  • Genre breakdown:
    • 1 fantasy
    • 1 romance
    • 6 shojo
    • 1 paranormal

And that’s it! Lemme know how your reading month went. Happy reading!

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