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May ̶B̶o̶o̶k̶ Manga Haul! | #40

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Hi! Once again, I haven’t bought any books this month, just a ton of manga. I just haven’t been gravitating towards normal books for some reason lately, and I couldn’t tell you why. It is what it is though.

This is what I got!

Wild Adapter vols 1-6 by Kazuya Minekura – I’m pretty sure this is the complete series. I know there’s technically a volume 7, but it was never translated into English, and I’m fairly certain it’s like a ‘bonus’ volume, not directly tied to the plot of the first six. I’m really hoping I’m right though, because getting done with volume six and finding that the plot doesn’t resolve like I expect it to will be annoying, hah. Technically I read this back in high school but I do not remember a single thing about it. (And actually, I think I’m technically only haulings vols 4-6. I’m pretty sure I had 1-3 before this month)

Saiyuki vols 2, 4 and 9 and Saiyuki Reload vols 1, 3-9 by Kazuya Minekura – Same author as Wild Adapter, this series is out of print. So I’m collecting the volumes as I see them. Reload is the sequel series to the original Saiyuki, which has nine volumes. I think Reload has a tenth volume that was never translated into English so I’m not looking forward to that. The original series I’ve already read multiple times, just never picked up my own copies, and Reload I think I’ve read up through volume 6 or 7.

Magus of the Library vol 2 by Mitsu Izumi – This one I picked up because a friend of mine is a bit crazy about it. Turns out I rather like it too – it’s a fantasy where librarians hold power and books are coveted, and it’s like a reader’s wet dream. I really like this one so far!

O Maidens In Your Savage Season vol 6 by Mari Okada – Every time I pick up one of these, I sing its praises. I really like how this series delves into a teenage mindset when the brain’s experiencing all these new things and its being overly dramatic about it. It’s hilarious and endearing and I wrote a glowing five star blabber on volume 1, should anyone be interested.

Hotel Africa vols 1 and 2 by Hee Jung Park – This is another one where I read the first volume and absolutely adored it. When I read it though, it was a borrowed copy from a friend. But now I have my own, and volume 2 to boot! I’m very excited about these ones.

Given vol 1 by Natsuki Kizu – I gotta tell ya, I picked this up and read it because I love the anime. And while I did enjoy this too, I think the anime is actually a bit better. I don’t mean content-wise, they’re pretty lined up with each other – but I mean exhibition-wise. This is a story surrounding music. It was nice to actually hear the music, hah. The art in here does a really good job of emphasis though, I was always able to tell how a song was affecting a character, but unfortunately I obviously couldn’t hear the song. I’m still gonna collect this because I did enjoy it, but man I gotta rewatch the anime now.

Honey Darling by Norikazu Akira – This is a one-shot romance between a vet and a guy who is clueless when it comes to taking care of a kitten. This was short and sweet and I rather liked it.

Yarichin Bitch Club vols 1 and 2 by Tanaka Ogeretsu – I don’t really know how to describe this series other than ‘utter insanity’. It’s so damned entertaining though, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout the series. Volume 3 is out now I think, so I’ll be picking that up as well sometime in the future here.

Candy Color Paradox vols 1 and 2 by Isaku Natsume – This one I actually just read the first volume of yesterday, and I rather enjoyed it. This was definitely an impulse-buy. Rightstuf has sales right and I like the sales but you get free shipping at 50 dollars and who doesn’t want free shipping? So I got these to get free shipping, and I’m happy I did! This is super cute.

Takane & Hana vol 2 by Yuki Shiwas – I’m kinda iffy about this series, because it has the potential to go one of two ways: Super wholesome or super creepy. And I’m just crazy enough to find out. If it ends up going creepy I’m gonna drop the series like a stone, so I’m holding out hope for some wholesomeness here.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vols 1 and 2 by Waco Ioka – This one I actually just wrote a blabber on yesterday! This series reminds me of Spirited Away, but a bit darker I guess? It’s whimsical and slightly unsettling and I really, really like it so far.

Absolute Boyfriend vols 1-5 by Yuu Watase – Volume 6 is on back order, so I hope it shows up someday. This series I picked up because I read it in high school and remember thinking it was hilarious. It follows a girl who orders a robot boyfriend… and then doesn’t make the payments on him. It’s absolutely nuts and so entertaining, and I hope I like it this time around as much as I did the first time.

Yu Yu Hakusho vols 1 and 3 by Yoshihiro Togashi – Technically I’m rehauling my own old copy of vol 1 – I used to own it a while ago, and then gave it to my sister. Well, she gave it back, along with volume 3. I’m hoping to collect this whole series. It’s out of print so wish me luck.

Waiting For Spring vols 1-4 by Anashin – This one I picked up because it looked like a cute, fluffy romance and guess what, it’s a cute, fluffy romance. I’m rather enjoying this so far for what it is, and do plan on continuing to purchase it when I see it!


And that’s it! I might actually buy a book next month – the Hunger Games book is out, and I want it. We’ll see if I reread the originals in time, though. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/24/2020 in Books, Book Haul

 

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April ̶B̶o̶o̶k̶ Manga Haul #39

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Guess who only bought manga this month. It’s me!

This month, I purchased Black Butler volumes 13-28. This series has quickly become a favorite. I just finished volume 28 yesterday (which I’ll get to further in my wrap up) but it’s definitely entered my top five favorite manga of all time. Maybe even top three. It’s just so damned good. Volume 29 comes out in September and man am I pining.

I also made another order on rightstufanime, but as a couple of the books in the order are out of stock, it hasn’t arrived yet. So that’ll (hopefully) be in next month’s haul.

I miss going to the bookstore. I miss it so much.

And that’s it! Short and sweet this month, and as long as the lock down is in place, basically I’ll only be buying manga, and that’s ok with me, as that’s basically all I’m reading right now anyways.

Until next month!

 
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Posted by on 04/27/2020 in Book Haul, Books

 

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March ̶B̶o̶o̶k̶ Manga Haul! | #38

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Happy March! As of writing this (Friday) my county has just been issued a stay-at-home order so guess who’s just gonna read and work for the foreseeable future. Anyways, this is what I got to read:

Nina photobombed. I couldn’t bring myself to zoom in and cut her from the picture. Pbtbt.

I decided to just list them this time because other than ‘I’m super excited to read these!’ I don’t have much to say about them. You know the feeling. I got these, I’m pumped. If you’ve read any, do let me know. Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 03/28/2020 in Book Haul, Books

 

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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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January Book Haul! |#36

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It’s been a while since I posted, about since I made a post going ‘I’m gonna post consistently’. C’est la vie.

Today I’m gonna post about all the books I got this month, and I’m doing it a bit early because I’m going on a self-imposed mini ban, starting today through February 14th. Basically I got a lot this month and I wanna actually read a lot of them.

This is what I got:


Manga

I’m really on a manga kick right now. And you’ll see this in my wrap up, but I’ve literally not read anything else so far in 2020. Maybe that’ll change by the end of the month, but we’ll see.

Black Butler vol 1 by Yana Toboso – Finally bit the bullet and decided to start this series. I watched the anime a while back and thought it was decent. I wanted to see the source material though and find out if anything had been changed between the two medias.

Magus of the Library vol 1 by Mitsu Izumi – Confession here: I have no idea what this is about, aside from a Magus and a Library. I picked it up because Katy @Bookbinderway really loved it and her tastes in manga overlap mine a lot, so, Katy don’t let me down. No pressure.

All You Need is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi – I’ve actually read this one. If you’ve ever seen the movie Edge of Tomorrow, that Tom Cruise ‘Live, Die, Repeat’ movie, this is the source material of that. The movie definitely took some liberties but honestly I thought it was pretty solid. This manga in my opinion is even better.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 5 by Mari Okada – I need to reread the first four of these before hopping into this one. This is a recent favorite series, and I hope this volume keeps it up.

Ajin: Demi-Human vol 1 by Tsuina Miura – I picked this one up at the recommendation of my husband, who watched the anime and really liked it. I tried the anime, but I couldn’t get farther than like five seconds, purely due to the animation style. I didn’t dig it. The plot though sounds neat to me, so I’m gonna try the manga instead.

Our Dining Table by Mita Ori – This. This is my first five star read of the year. This is a little one shot, fluffy BL romance and it’s so damned cute. I loved this.

Ouran High School Host Club vol 3 by Bisco Hatori – Going through and collecting this still. I’ll read them eventually, probably after I have at least half of them.

Otomen vols 1-12 by Aya Kanno – I’m also on a shojo manga kick and guys. Guys. This is one of the most ridiculous series I’ve ever read. I like it. I shouldn’t. But I do. I’ve read four volumes so far and literally in volume four a guys chucked a shark over his head. It’s. ridiculous. But I can’t stop, hahahaaa

Books

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb – The trek I had to go through to get a copy of this damned book, man. I ordered it in early December, and it never came. Never came, never came. Then, I get a message from the seller going ‘so…. we received this book back – USPS returned it to us because it was damaged.’ and I was all ‘oh no, can you send me another’ and they went, ‘No 😦 that was our only copy’.

Cue me finding another seller, ordering it, aaaaaand…. it never came. Eventually, I contacted this seller, too, saying ‘what gives’. They respond with ‘we’re having trouble getting a copy of this from our supplier. Would you like to cancel or wait?’

As soon as I finished being mopey about it, I responded saying that if they can confirm the supplier is working on it, I’ll wait, but otherwise, I’ll cancel. Then I get an email with shipping confirmation, and the seller replies with ‘well it just shipped, so’.

It arrived. It’s above. That’s it. Goodness. I’ll eventually buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’ll be neat.

The Wolf by Leo Carew – My buddy got me this book! And then I dropped it twice and bent it up. Whoops. I’m still digging it though – I’m in the middle of it right now.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Jumped on the bandwagon with this one. Honestly I’m not sure if I’m gonna like it or not. I hope I do, but we’ll see.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Bandwagon buy. Might be neat!

Jerusalem by Alan Moore – This is a bucketlist book. One of those ‘I’ll read it some day’ books, but I saw it for cheap, and I knew I wouldn’t see it that cheap again. PS I can’t get the damned sticker off without ripping the cover. So there’s that.

Windwitch and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – These aren’t actually going on my TBR, as I’ve read both of them at this point via audio. But I saw them for cheap so I got’em. All I need is Bloodwitch now.


And that’s it! As you can see from above, I got a decent amount. On the plus side though, I paid list price for 0 of them, so pbtbtbt. Ban for me, then fun manga things which I’ll get into later. Peace!

 

 
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Posted by on 01/25/2020 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

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December Book Haul! |#35

Blogmas 2019

Happy Monday! This is the only time I’ll say that because I’m still on vacation this Monday, so a happy Monday it is indeed, people. Next Monday is different and we’re denying it’s existence right now.

So for December, I received two books as gifts, bought three on my own, and then used gift cards I received as gifts to get the rest. So technically I went over my five, but hey, they’re gifts and we’re about to enter a new decade. I do not caaaaare.

This is what I got!

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – This book I got from my husband, and man, did he get creative with it. He’s the type of person who buys and wraps everything a day or two before Christmas, so all of the 23rd, he’s hiding in his office, and there are paper sounds and curses and thuds and all that and I’m in the next room reading, just listening to all this, right.

So he finally comes out with a pile of gifts for me, and there’s one that’s about three feet long, two and a half feet wide, and about eight inches thick. And I’m looking at it like ‘there’s nothing I asked for that’s that big, he has to have been creative and got me something else’. So he’s putting it under the tree and I’m looking at it and go, ‘Wow, I have no idea what that could be!’ and he looks at me and goes, ‘It’s a book, obviously!’ and I laugh and he laughs and the cat laughs and we move on.

Christmas morning, I open the honking huge package to find… two giant sheets of styrofoam, sandwiching paper towel tubes that have been taped between them. And on this inside of the paper towel tubes? This book. He had told me it was a book and we all laughed and it was actually a book. What a nerd.

Rave Master vols 7-9 by Hiro Mashima – These three I bought myself. I picked them up second hand at Half Price Books! I’ve been collecting this series as I see it. It’s hard, as it’s out of print, but as of now, I think I have 1-9 and then 12!

The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm – These are the same people, both pen names. But I picked up this in tangent with picking up The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, which…. never arrived, waah. The seller contacted me and told me it was damaged in the mail and that they didn’t have a second copy to send me. Sad 😦 So I’ve re-ordered it from another seller, and it’s on its way, but it’s gonna be a bit. In the meantime though, I’m excited about this one.

Jade City by Fonda Lee– My parents got me this! 😀 It was on my books I hope Santa brings list, so I was v happy to get it. I’m pumped about it too!

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – Second book in the series! I read the first earlier this year and really liked it, so I’m hoping to like this too. I got this for myself at Hpb.

Blackwing by Ed McDonald – Another Hpb purchase, I got this because I saw it and I had heard good things, soo…. it’s mine now.

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai – Picked this up with giftcards, so thanks, aunts and uncles! Honestly the only thing I know about this is that it’ll rip my heart, and I kinda wanna no nothing else until I jump into it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – Another giftcard buy. I’m jumping on the train, whaddya want.

Ouran High School Host Club vols 1 and 2 by Bisco Hatori – Hpb buy! These are actually still in print. I’ve been meaning to pick them up for like… forever, and when I saw them for cheap I couldn’t refuse. I read this originally when I was in high school, so I’ve got the nostalgic factor going for them, big time.

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa – This is a gift card buy, and super nostalgic. A friend I had in high school loved this series, and I’ve since lost contact with her. I remember reading them and liking them, but honestly… I got this series just so I can remember her better. I literally have zero way to contact her. She had no social media that I can find and moved away from the area. -_- MELANIE, I MISS YOU. This is the bind up edition of the entire series and it is thiiiiick.

Dragon Ball bind up vol 1 by Akira Toriyama – I’ve decided to collect the original Dragon Ball series. I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z and loved it, and recently I watched Super and thought it was okay. But the original Dragon Ball, I’ve seen bits and pieces of. So I figured why not collect the manga? As the original editions are out of print, and because I don’t own any already, I decided to collect this edition. Gift card!


And that’s it! A total of six books, eight manga. I’m pretty pumped, honestly.

Also, when I was trying to take pictures of all these yesterday under the tree, my cat came over and reminded me why I can’t have nice things:

Sigh.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/30/2019 in Blogmas, Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

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November Book Haul! | #34

Blogmas 2019

Hello! I got some books this month, and I’m pretty pumped about them:

I took myself on a date this month – went to see Frozen 2, and then got coffee and went to Half Price Books, which is where the above three came from. It was nice, and I might make it a monthly or bi-monthly thing.

A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Honestly I don’t know too much about this one other than it’s an angsty retelling. I’m in the mood for something like this so hopefully I’ll dig it.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one’s a bit outside my normal genre, and while it sounded intriguing, it was going to be a library read for me… until I saw it for cheap at HPB, soooo

The Passage by Justin Cronin – To be frank, this book intimidates me. It’s big, it’s not a happy book, and… it’s big. I’ll get to this. I want to read it. But man, I am going to have to work up my courage to do it.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith – This one sounds really, really good. It’s a new release but it came out immediately in paperback, something that was unexpected but super great. I prefer paperbacks when I can get them.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Finally, finally I’ll be started a Marillier book. This really should have gone into my currently reading yesterday – I’m buddy reading it with a friend – but I hadn’t technically started it when writing that, so. Needless to say, this one won’t be on my TBR for long.

Food Wars vol 1 by Yuto Tsukada – I’ve read this one, yay! And I liked it. I’ve been following this anime for a while now, and when I saw book one on the shelf, I had to grab it. I intend to collect this series here and there as I see them.

Again!! vols 1 and 2 by Mitsurou Kubo – These were utter impulse buys for me. I can’t tell you a single thing about them, other than that they were on the shelf at HPB and I think it’s some kind of sci-fi? Who knows. I hope I like it though, should be quick to get through.

Fruits Basket Another vol 3 by Natsuki Takaya – This is bittersweet. I loved Fruits Basket as a teen and with the re-release of the new anime this summer, this series has been on my mind a lot. This particular one follows the next generation of Sohmas, and this – volume 3 – is the final volume. Considering the original series was 23 volumes long, I was hoping there’d be more of this too. But I’ll take what I can get, man.


And that’s it! With Christmas coming up, my buying is gonna be limited. I plan on getting two books that I can think of – one of them a manga – but aside from that, any books I get will likely be gifts or the result of a gift card.

If you’ve read any of the above or are planning to, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/03/2019 in Blogmas, Book Haul, Uncategorized

 

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