12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

A tag today! This tag was created by Lizzie Loves books! I wasn’t tagged, I’m just doin it because CONTENT, MAN.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A partridge in a pear tree!

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

 

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir – This ended up being my favorite book of 2015 or so, and it still holds its title. It’s a pretty great one, and lives up to the hype in my opinion.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Two turtle doves!

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Honestly? I kinda don’t have one. I like a lot of romance ships, cannon and otherwise, but none stick out to me as ‘the one’.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Three French hens!

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb is definitely up there. Man </3

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Four calling birds!

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – it’s a nine book historical fantasy about dragon warfare in the Napoleonic era. It’s super neat.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Five golden rings!

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Augh this question. I can never really answer this question. I don’t read too many books with villains.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six geese a laying!

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
Robin Hobb again, but her entire Elderlings world is one of my favorites if not my absolute. I’m such a fangirl.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven swans a swimming!

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)

Robin Hobb again – Nighteyes! He shows up in I think the second book of the Farseer trilogy, and captured my heart. He’s such a wonderful wolf.

One the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eight maid a milking!

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Food Wars!, Vol. 1

Obviously need to go with Food Wars by Yuto Tsukuda – It’s a story about cooking competitions in a culinary school. It’s rather hilarious and all of the food looks like it’d be to die for.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine ladies dancing!

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Ella from Ella Enchanted – This story is a good one I think. The main character is placed under a curse to always be obedient, and though our main character deals with that, she’s still strong-willed and determined to live her own life. I really like her, and as a youngun growing up I thought she was really neat, too.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten lords a leaping!

How about your favorite leading lad?

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Already mentioned this series, but Lawrence from Temeraire. In the beginning of the series, he’s a naval captain who takes a French ship containing Temeraire’s egg, and once Temeraire claims him as a captain, Lawrence is flung head first into the Aerial Corp, the dragon division of the British military. I like him so much because of his sense of morals. He always strives to do what is right, even if it ends up being illegal, or having huge consequences. Throughout the series, he never loses this moral compass he has, no matter what happens to him, and I really like him for it.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eleven pipers piping!

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

Rothfuss’s Kingkiller trilogy has a neat thing. As many issues as I have with this book, which you can see here if you’re really curious, I really like the musical dynamic it has. The whole music competition, the high prospects of musicians, all of it. I think it’s really neat.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave ot me: Twelve drummers drumming!

Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

That… would be a spoiler. :”D I have a full favorites post coming out within the next week or two. You’ll just have to wait, hawhaw.


And that’s it! I know it’s super close to Christmas now, but if you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

Books I hope Santa brings

Blogmas 2019

I do one of these posts every year. This is my bookish wishlist for Christmas, and some of these I’ve requested, some I haven’t, so the odds of them all showing up are obviously slim to none. But this is would I would love to have!


Harry Potter: A History of Magic (American Edition)

A History of Magic, illustrated edition – I did ask for this one, so I’m hopin’, I’m hopin’!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated edition

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Again, I’ve asked for this one. It looks so prettyyyyyy

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

Jade City by Fonda Lee – This is the last book I’ve actually asked for. This time, asked my parents because for some reason they still insist on buying me gifts even though I tell them not to… sillies. If I don’t give them ideas though, they’ll just guess. So like… might as well tell them book titles, right?

Silver Spoon, Vol. 5

Silver Spoon vol 5 by Hiromu Arakawa – I’ve been collecting this series slowly, and this is the next one I need. Considering nobody who gets me gifts knows I even want this, I’m not getting it, but hopefully I’ll receive a gift card or two I can use to purchase it.

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – This is one of those ‘I’ve carried it around the store and almost bought it like five times now’ books. I’m thinking this’ll be purchase if I get some gift cards too.


And that’s it! Well, that’s not it, but that’s it. There are tons more I could mention, but these are my tops. Here’s hoping I receive one or two of these. :”D SANTA PLEASE.

Christmas Vacation TBR!

Blogmas 2019

Happy Friday! If you are reading this the morning it comes out, I’m currently at work, but today is my last work day of the year! I saved up six PTO days, and between them, holidays, and weekends, I’m getting twelve days off in a row and I’m so ready for it, man. I’M SO READY.

So I’m gonna celebrate by hopefully reading a lot. This is what I plan to read for the rest of the year:

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – I’m buddy reading this, and should have it done by next weekend if all goes well. I’m about 3/4ths through it, and I’m really enjoying it.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – I’ve been in the middle of this book for a while, it just hasn’t been a focus recently, but I’m hoping to finish it as it’s a 10 in 2019 book.

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – In addition to fulfilling the ‘read a book about a vampire’ prompt in Fantasy Bingo, it’s also the last remaining 10 in 2019 book on my list, so if I get this one and the one above done, I’ll be happy.

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audio book, and it’d be nice to finish it honestly. I like it so far, I just haven’t focused on it recently.

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This is one of the many ‘I’ve been reading this forever’ books that I’d like to finish. Out of all the ones listed, this has the lowest priority, so I’ll get to it if I have time, but otherwise it’ll be a 2020 read.


And that’s it! Twelve days, five books. Doable? Maybe!

Unpopular Opinions: Christmas Edition

Blogmas 2019

Happy Tuesday! ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL I’M FREE FOR TWO WEEKS.

Today I’m gonna post some of my unpopular opinions about the Christmas season! I saw this idea on Chloe @ChloeMetzger‘s blog, and thought it was neato, so here I am doin’ it. Note some of these might not be actual unpopular opinions, but I’m saying them because I’ve personally gotten flack for them. So there. Pbtbt.

  • It’s ok to listen to Christmas music on Thanksgiving

Really, a bit of Trans-Siberian while the turkey is in the oven can only be an improvement.

  • Listening to Christmas music after Christmas is ok too

All the radio stations stop playing Christmas music around here in December 26th. I’m not done yet, man! I tend to keep listening until New Year’s or so

  • It’s fun to go out on Black Friday

It really is. I don’t go out at 4am or whatever, but… it’s fun. It is, I love it, haha.

  • Office Christmas Party is a good movie

It’s crude and gross, but man is it hilarious.

  • You should be able to say whatever you want as a greeting, and not be surprised if the person says something different back

ie: “Merry, Christmas!” “Thanks, happy holidays!” = good, “Happy Holidays!” “Thanks, blessed Yule!” = good, “Merry Christmas!” “Thanks, blessed Yule!” = good, “Happy Hanukkah!” “Thanks! Happy Kwanzaa!” = good, “Happy Holidays!” “Thanks, Merry Christmas!” = good.

etc etc etc. whatever you wanna say. no need to throw a hissy. Just be nice to each other, augh.

  • The month leading up to Christmas is better than Christmas itself

The anticipation! ❤

  • Eggnog is disgusting

It smells like barf.

  • Buying presents for other adults is stressful

I would love it if I could just buy for all the kids in the family and not worry about the adults. As an adult myself, I’m a-ok not receiving anything. Really. I can buy what I want myself, and go ‘Merry Christmas to me!’

  • Gift cards are the ideal present

Because of the reasons stated above, that way I can just go get stuff myself, and then when I give a gift card I don’t have to worry about buying the wrong thing or the same thing as someone else bought.


And that’s it! Lemme know what you think of my opinions! Tell me yours!

Unfinished Series 2019

Blogmas 2019

Happy Monday! Unlike yesterday’s post, these are all the series I’ve started and will continue. It’s an update from last year’s post, and I’m hoping I haven’t added too many more to the list, but you know me.

First I will put all the ones from last year’s post, and put any updates and progress in blue. Any series I’ve since finished and will drop off the list as of next year will be in green. After, I’ll throw in the new series I’ve started this year.

Ongoing series from last year

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons – 1/4 read (1 owned)

Contours of the Heart series by Tammara Webber – 2/4 read (2 owned)

The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey – 1/6 read (2 owned)

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas – 5/8 read (7 owned)

Snow Likes Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch – 2/3 read (1 owned)

Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson – 1/3 read (1 owned)

An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir – 1/3 read (2 owned)

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – 2/6 read (6 owned)

Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown – 1/4 read (0 owned)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams – 3/5 read (0 owned)

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)

Bas-Lag trilogy by China Mieville – 1/3 read (2 owned)

The Monstrumologist quartet by Rick Yancey – 1/4 read (3 owned)

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – 9/9 read (7 owned)

Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke – 2/3 read (3 owned)

Shanghai Girls duology by Lisa See – 1/2 read (2 owned)

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Attack on Titan, Volume 1

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)

The Gungslinger by Steven King – 1/7 read (0 owned)

The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – 3/5 read (5 owned)

Attack on Titan series by Hajime Isayama – 18/31 read (18 owned)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill – 2/6 read (2 owned)

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase – 3/10 read (6 owned)

Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns (Trigun Maximum, #1)

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)

Rave Master, Vol. 1

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased

Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow – 4/14 read (4 owned)

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – 18/56 read (23 owned)

Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama – 4/26 read (4 owned)

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima – 3/35 read (6 owned)

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – 2/16 read (6 owned)

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

Chew, Vol. 1 by John Layman

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi

Halo by Eric S. Nylund

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan – 7/10 read (0 owned)

Descender by Jeff Lemire – 2/6 read (2 owned)

Chew by John Layman – 4/12 read (4 owned)

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi – 2/25 read (20 owned)

Halo by multiple authors – 3/18 read (0 owned)

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 by Haruko Ichikawa

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya – 2/3 read (3 owned)

Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa – 8/9 read (0 owned)

The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft – 1/3 read (2 owned)

Saga by Brian K Vaughan – 9/9 read (9 owned)

The Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb – 4/4 read (4 owned)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa

The Masquerade by Seth Dickinson – 2/2 read (2 owned)

Monster by Naoki Urasawa – 4/18 read (4 owned)

So, some of them I haven’t touched in over a year. We’ll see if they show up on next year’s ‘will not finish’ post. Wah. Now for the new ones started this year and not yet finished:

New series

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 by Ryoko Kui

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 by Kumo Kagyu

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Spice & Wolf, Vol. 1 by Isuna Hasekura

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Ten Count, Vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai

Noragami by Adachitoka

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

I’m not even gonna link them, there are a lot. I’m hoping to finish up a lot of these this year. And who knows, some of them might end up on the ‘not reading anymore’ list next year though, there are some iffy ones.

Anyways, if you’ve read any of the above, lemme know!

Series I won’t finish | #3

Blogmas 2019

Happy Sunday! Today I will be posting the third rendition of ‘Series I Won’t Finish’. The last time I posted this was in 2017, so these are all the series I’ve started and decided to discontinue since then!


Scryed, Volume 1

Scryed by Yasunari Toda – I read one volume of this and decided it wasn’t for me. It’s a bit of a shame though – I loved the anime.

Merman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)

Merman in My Tub by Itokichi – Again, not for me. A friend lent me this, and when she lends me books I always either love them or hate them, no in between. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a love.

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1)

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – I picked this up because I heard good things, and it was alright. I liked it, but it was nothing to write home about. I mean if I find the sequel for a buck somewhere, I’m not saying I won’t get it, but I’m not going out of my way to find the second one of these.

Song of the Hanging Sky, Volume 1

Song of the Hanging Sky by Toriko Gin – This was another borrow from that same friend. Not for me. Usually when I start a manga, I try to give it a few volumes before deciding whether or not I’ll read it, but this one just.. well, it bored me, haha.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu – This book took me ages to read. I’m talking months, and that’s because it was rather dull in my opinion. I didn’t connect with the characters, the plot dragged… the ending of it was exciting, but not exciting enough to convince me to pick up book two.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I hated this book, point blank. I’m not picking up the next one.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening

Monstress by Marjorie Liu – I tried two volumes of this and my main issue with it is… when I’m not reading it, I forget everything about it. I couldn’t tell you anyone’s name, or what the plot is aside from there’s an eyeball swirly black creature. I’ve even reread the first volume and I have no idea. So I’ve given this one up.

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1)

Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley – I didn’t like this book. The romance was horrifically unhealthy and nobody in the book seemed to have an issue with it. Not for me.

Seraph of the End, Volume 1 (Seraph of the End: Vampire End, #1)

Seraph of the End by Takaya Kagami – Yet another borrow from that same friend. THis one kinda bored me. I gave it two volumes and nada.


And that’s it! Next year’s post will contain series I start this coming year and decide to abandon. Until tomorrow, happy reading!

Blogmas and vlogmas faves!

Blogmas 2019

Hello, today’s the day! If you’ve been following my blogmas posts and want to follow more people doing the same thing, here are some wonderful blogs and vlogs you can check out! Everyone here, I’ve found their content to be very entertaining as the month has gone on!

Blogmas-ers

Vlogmas-ers


And that’s it!

If I follow you, if you’re doing blogmas, and if I haven’t linked you above, please please tell me! It just means I somehow missed you, not that I don’t like your blogmas posts, ahaha. I’ll edit the post and throw you in. 😀

I hope that every checks out these peeps above and dives right into the festivities!

Slow cooker hot chocolate recipe

Blogmas 2019

Happy Thursday! A recipe today!

This recipe I’ve made like three times, and plan on doing so again next Friday for work.

I originally found a version of this on Crystal @MrsHappyHomemaker’s page, and I’ve since tweaked it a bit to suit my needs. But definitely check out the original recipe as my version, while not altered by a lot, definitely comes out differently. Full credit to her!

My version of this recipe (I’ll have scratch-outs where I altered it)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk
  • 6 cups milk whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups 2 1/4 cups milk or semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Put stuff in the crock pot and stir
  • Cook on low for two hours, stirring occasionally

I gotta warn you though man – this stuff is thick. That’s how I like it though. So if you don’t like it super thick and creamy, you might wanna stick with a thinner milk type. When you stir, it’ll basically just looks like milk until near the end of the two hours when the chocolate has melted thoroughly, so dun fret and be all ‘I CAN’T JUST SERVE HOT MILK’. It won’t be hot milk, I promise.


And that’s it! If you try it, lemme know how you like it!

Books that make me think of Christmas

Blogmas 2019

Hello! Today’s post will be books that make me think of Christmas. These won’t be ‘Christmas’ books, but just ones I associate with the holiday because I either got them as gifts for it, or I read them during it or what have you.

Basically they make me all nostalgicy.


All My Friends Are Dead

All my friends are dead – Why, you ask? Because my sister got this book on Christmas and I remember her opening it and losing her shit laughing about it.

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life

We are never meeting in real life – This one I associate with Christmas because I bought it I believe two days afterward when I went to visit my friend in Connecticut. I guess it’s more accurate to say I associate this book with Christmas break and with curling up in front of her wood oven in her living room and reading it. This was a decent book, but even if I decide to never reread it, I’m gonna keep it because it reminds me of my buddy and the time we’ve spent together.

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1)

Shadow and Bone – This book (and the second book) I read while on Christmas break at college (the second time there). Basically, I was working full time over winter break at the computer help desk in the campus library since there were winter classes happening. But man, that place was empty, so I’d spend eight hours a day reading and streaming X Files on Netflix. I brought this book with me one day and I buzzed through the whole thing in one shift. I literally got paid to read, people. My boss knew it too, he was in his office behind me watching The Office all day.

Man I miss that job.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus – So I think I read this in the middle fall – I think I was done at the beginning of November or so. But the themes in it are so whimsical and enchanting that it makes it feel kinda Christmasy to me. I know it has nothing to do with the actual holiday, but that ‘ooo’ kind of magicy feeling you get while reading this? That’s what I feel at Christmas every year. Now you can see why I’m such a big fan.


And that’s it! I’m sure there are more but man I wanna be able to do this post again next year. pBtbtbt

Happy reading!

10 Year Challenge Book Tag!

Blogmas 2019

I was tagged in a tag! Thanks Zezee for tagging me! This tag was made by Rincey Reads.

What was your favorite book in 2009?

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

In 2009, I was very much into manga, so my favorite was Rurouni Kenshin. It follows the red-headed character on the front, eleven years in Meiji Era Japan. Kenshin, during the Bakumatsu regime, eleven years beforehand, was a manslayer – an agent of death for one side of the revolution. He killed many, and his killer name – Battousai, became legend. Years after, Kenshin has sworn off killing, and has been wondering, saving people when he can to try to repent for his previous life. His past however, is hard to outrun.

This series is a decent length – 28 volumes – but it’s full of historical fun facts, good character development, interesting arcs and even a bit of humor. I really love this one.

What is your favorite book of 2019?

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

The Monster Baru Cormorant – I’ve only rated five books five stars this year (so far) and this is one of them. I can’t pick between them, so I’m going with the one I’ve talked about least recently. This is the second book in Dickinson’s Masquerade series, and this one is just as good as if not better than the first one. I. adore. it.

It follows Baru, a woman whose home is invaded and colonized by a foreign nation, as she tries to bring it down from the inside. This series is smart, well thought out, and twisty. I really, really love it. The third one comes out next year and I’m SO EXCITED FOR IT, MAN.

What was your least favorite book in 2009?

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

I wasn’t actively tracking my reading so long ago, so I’m going to go with Breaking Dawn, which is a book I read around then that I remember not liking. I know it’s beating a dead horse, but… honestly I didn’t mind the first three books. I thought they were ok for what they were. But this fourth one man. Holy cow, it was the worst.

What was your least favorite book in 2019?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf – I really didn’t care for this book, like at all. It was really explicit, and normally this doesn’t bother me, but the general attitude towards rape in this book is what I didn’t like. Like… I can handle graphic content and themes, but I didn’t like this because it was never called out as a negative. It was never questioned. It was just status quo. Like, things would happen, the main character even would threaten to do things like this, and it was just all… ‘this is how it is here, la de da’. Like there was so much unnecessary violence in here. Characters would get killed via sexual violence and the main character would see it because he happened to be there and then like.. would move on, and none of the characters he saw would be mentioned again, nor would the scene be relevant to the plot. I feel like it was just put in there for shock value, and I did not dig it.

What is a book published in 2009 that you still want to read?

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)

The Edge of the World – I’ve had this book and the second book in the trilogy on my shelves for, well, almost a decade. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

What is a book published in 2019 you want to get to before 2020?

Honestly nothing. I have my books planned for the rest of the year and none of them were published this year, haah.

What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much of anymore?

Historical and literary fiction. I used to read quite a bit of it on top of manga, and now I stick mostly to fantasy. I’ll still pick historical or lit fiction up occasionally, but I really have to be in the mood for it.

What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2009?

Science fiction! And by that I mostly mean space operas. I read a bit of light sci-fi back when I was a teen, but I had never picked up a chunky space opera before. I really like them though, and I’m glad I got into them!

What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?

Having hundreds of unread books. I’ve been trying to decrease my purchasing, and I’ve been purging as well. Ideally I want about 20-30 unread books at any one time. Enough to have a selection when choosing something new to read, but few enough that it’s not overwhelming and I don’t feel guilty for getting more. I need to pick up my reading speed, man.

What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?

As mentioned, getting my unread pile of books to a manageable number, either by reading them or by losing interest/purging them. Either way, I wanna get it down.


And that’s it! I tag Katy!