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Top Ten Tuesday: Most read authors

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is most read authors. I read a lot of manga, and obviously some of those series are 20 or 30 volumes long, so for the sake of actually mentioning novel authors, I’m going to focus on them specifically.

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At 5 books read…

Rae Carson, George R.R. Martin, and Stephenie Meyer

Rae Carson: The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, short story collection, and Walk On Earth a Stranger

George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire series (5)

Stephenie Meyer: Twilight series (4), The Host

At 6 books read…

Catherine Fisher, Patrick Ness, and Leigh Bardugo

Catherine Fisher: Relic Master series (4), Incarceron duology

Patrick Ness: Chaos Walking trilogy, short story, A Monster Calls, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Leigh Bardugo: Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows Duology, King of Scars

At 9 books read…

Sarah J Maas

Books 1-4 of the Throne of Glass series, the prequel bind up, and A Court of Thorns and Roses series (4)

At 11 books read…

Naomi Novik

The Temeraire series (9), Uprooted, and Spinning Silver

At 12 books read…

Eoin Colfer

1-7 of Artemis Fowl, 1-2 of Artemis Fowl graphic novels, Supernaturalist, The Wishlist, Airman

At 18 books read…

Robin Hobb

Realm of the Elderlings overarching series (16), The Wilfull Princess and the Piebald Prince, The Inheritance & Other stories short story collection

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And that’s it! This time five years ago, this list would have been every different. Robin Hobb however did I live without you! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/07/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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2020 Anticipated Releases! #2| Top Ten Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday! This week’s topic lines up perfectly with a post I do semi-annually anyways, which is anticipated releases! I made one of these posts back in January too, in case you’re interested.

This is what I’m lookin forward to for the rest of the year. I don’t have ten but I have enough:

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Malorie (Bird Box, #2)

Tentative release: July 21st

Malorie by Josh Malerman – I read Bird Box last year and really enjoyed it. The movie was decent too. But with the way the first book ended, it made me really curious what happened next! So I’m pumped about it.

Goodreads synopsis of Bird Box: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #2)

Tentative release: July 7th

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green – I was a late-comer to the first book in this series, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, but I ended up really enjoying it. This one picks up where the first left off and, again, I’m pumped for it.

Goodreads synopsis of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Black Butler, Vol. 29

Tentative release: Aug 18th

Black Butler vol 29 by Yana Toboso – I binged this series over the last few months and I am obsessed. It’s funny, it’s action-packed, it’s shocking, and heart stringy, it’s got everything, man. I am so, so very excited for this one.

Goodreads synopsis of volume 1: In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.

A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)

Tentative release: Sept 29th

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – Honestly I have zero idea what this is about, and I wanna keep it that way. It’s on my most anticipated because it’s by Naomi Novik, the author of the Temeraire series, Uprooted and Spinning Silver. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her, so I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love this too. And here’s the synopsis I didn’t actually read myself:

Goodreads synopsis: A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.

Piranesi

Tentative release: Sept 15th

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – This is the author of the well-known Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which I… own, have started, and haven’t finished. hyuck. The synopsis of this one sounds super interesting though so I think I’m gonna try to read it.

Goodread synopsis: Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol. 4

Tentative release: Oct 13th

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol 4 by Fujita – Maaaan I’ve been waiting for this one for like a year and a half, two years, something like that. Wotakoi ended up being one of my favorite books of 2019 (or 2018, I can’t remember how long it’s been) and I’ve been pining for the next volume. It’s just so nice and refreshing and pleasant!

Goodreads synopsis of volume 1: Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They’re young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They’re serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka’s a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

Tentative release: Aug 11th

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This is probably the one I’m looking forward to the most. I read Traitor and Monster, the first two books in the series, and loved them. This latest one, Tyrant, I have high hopes for. Maaaan I’m gonna get this on release day, I’m gonna I’m gonna. I’m so pumped!

Goodreads synopsis for The Traitor Baru Cormorant: Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

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And that’s it! These books I see myself definitely buying shortly after release if not exactly on release day. I think the only exception is Piranesi, but that’s only because it’s a new book and not a sequel or by an author that’s an auto-buy. But even then, I’ll get there eventually.

If you’re excited about any of these, or if you’ve got releases you think would be up my alley, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/30/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads

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Happy Tuesday! This week’s topic is celebrating Top Ten Tuesday turning ten years old! It gave one of two options: re-do a topic I’ve already done and change it, or do a past topic that I wasn’t around for. I’m choosing the latter, since I’ve only been doing TTT for a few months or so.

This topic is from February of 2019. Some of these are going to be manga, so for fairness’s sake, I’m only going to include it if volume 1 has fewer than 2000 ratings. It’s not fair to use volume 28 of something with 600 ratings when volume 1 has over 97,000 (coughBlackButlercough). So them’s my rules.

As usual, this list is in no particular order.

Our Dining Table by Ori Mita – 716 ratings

Our Dining TableThis is a cute one-shot fluffy romance manga following a young man who has trouble eating in front of others when he meets another guy and his younger brother. They bond, they work through issues, it’s cute, it’s funny. It’s one of my favorite manga, honestly.

 

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits by Waco Ioka – 729 ratings

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)I actually just wrote a review on this one not too long ago. I really enjoyed it. It’s a fantasy set in a spirit world parallel to our own, and it gives me serious Spirited Away vibes, but darker.

 

 

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan – 808 ratings

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese SchoolgirlThis is what it says: It’s the diary of a Chinese girl, living with her family, in the early 2000s. It talks about her struggles with obtaining an education, and just living her life, and it’s a really powerful read.

 

 

Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose – 998 ratings

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 (Goblin Slayer Manga, #1)This one might technically be cheating because the anime is so popular. Apparently the manga is less well known? Who knows. Anyways, this follows a priestess as she joins a man only known as Goblin Slayer, well, slaying goblins. This one is pretty graphic – violent – so not for the kiddies.

 

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita – 1981 ratings

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)I think what’s so refreshing about this manga is its simplicity. It follows a light romance between two office workers, as they slowly get closer and be nerdy. And honestly that’s it. It’s just so relaxing.

 

 

Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa – 1614 ratings

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1I wrote a review on this one too! This is a nice, sedated-pace manga following a young man who goes to agricultural school, but has never really been on a farm before. It delves into the grit required to work with farm animals, all while being rather funny.

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – 592 ratings

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedGothic vampire western. Need I say more.

 

 

 

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang – 1149 ratings

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to FreedomI don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve read quite a few memoirs from North Korean defectors, and all of them have stayed in my mind. This one has the fewest ratings out of all of them, so it’s the one I bring up today. Honestly this book is a powerful read.

 

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – 51 ratings

Hotel Africa, Volume 1This is seriously an underrated manhwa. It’s just.. it’s so good. I wrote a review on it! It follows a young man named Elvis who lives with his mom in a hotel out in the middle of the dessert, and goes into the various stories of the people who end up staying there. It’s a really interesting character study.

 

O Maidens In Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – 328 ratings

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1I wrote a review on this one tooooo! This is a coming of age, self-discovery story about a group of teenage girls navigating being a teenager in modern times. It’s awkward, funny, and endearing, and I seriously love it.

 

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And that’s it! Mostly manga… it’s weird how few actual novels I’ve read with lower rating counts. I think it means I need to branch out more. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 06/23/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my summer tbr!

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Happy Tuesday! I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks, so I’m pumped about it.

I don’t really do TBRs, first off. I never stick to them. I’m definitely one to just pick up a book I feel like reading and read it, unless it’s for a readathon or a buddy read. So the books I’ll be listing today are ones I have lined up for buddy reads or that my mind is currently telling me I feel like reading! Whether I read them or not remains to be seen. But as of today, this is what I wanna read.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This will be a reread for me. The third book in the series, The Tyrant Baru Cormorant, comes out in August and I want a refresher. This series has quickly become an all-time favorite and I’m so, so very excited for the new one!

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – I fell in love with Marillier’s writing when I read Daughter of the Forest last year, so when I saw this in stores I snatched it up. Honestly I couldn’t even tell you what this is about, only that I wanna read it because of who it’s by.

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan – This is the sequel to A Natural History of Dragons, which I read in April and really liked. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this world, and I’m itching to get into this one.

Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose – This one I’ll be starting by rereading vols 1 and 2, since it’s been a while, and then picking up on volume 3 as a new read, which is what I have shown above. Goblin Slayer surprised me with how much I liked the anime of it last year, and I’ve been slowly collecting the manga as I see it. Now I just gotta read it all.

What’s Michael? by Makoto Kobayashi – This is a bindup of the first half of the What’s Michael issues, which I read as a teen. What’s Michael is a humorous, episodic manga about a cat named Michael and just… him being himself. It’s super cute and I really look forward to finishing this.

Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge – So, I watched the anime of this last season and fell in love with it. The aesthetic, the plot, the music, the animation, the colors, all of it. The music I still think about daily, honestly. So I picked up the manga to hopefully fill the void. Seriously, the opening theme song is really great (and this clip shows off the animation and vibrancy of the colors really well, too):

 

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter – This one’s on my 10 in 2020 list and considering we’re nearly half way through the year and I still haven’t read it, I should really get a move on.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – I reread The Hunger Games recently, in prep for reading the prequel that came out, so obviously I gotta finish the trilogy first!

The Burning White by Brent Weeks – I can finally say I’m actually looking forward to picking this one up. I finished the fourth one recently, after reading it for two years. I’ve been ‘looking forward’ to this one for a while, but now I’m really looking forward to it, man.

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – I’m gonna buddy-read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! We recently finished Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling series and now we’re on to this one. I’m really excited, I hope I love this book as much as I love all her other ones!


And that’s it! I’m tempted to do a wrap up at the end of the summer to see if I’ve actually read any of these. I mean as of now it’s my intent but… books coming out all the time, you know. It’s easy to get distracted.

If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/16/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: The last ten books I abandoned

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So I gotta tell ya, I don’t DNF books too often. I have no qualm in doing so, mind you, but most of the time I’m pretty accurate when it comes to picking out books that are to my taste, so it doesn’t happen much. Because of this, my definition of ‘abandoned’ is going to include ‘books I’ve dnf’d’ and ‘books that went on the back-burner‘. By back-burner I mean books I’m ‘currently reading’, literally haven’t picked up in ages, but do intend on finishing.


Books on the back-burner:

There are only three at the moment. Usually there are five or six on this list. Basically all of these I’ve started but haven’t picked up in a good while. I haven’t DNF’d them, I intend to continue on with all of them. I just… haven’t in a bit. I’m pretty sure that counts as abandonment.

The DNFs:

So going by date, these are the most recent seven DNFs of mine.

  • The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan – I picked this up as a read-along book for r/Fantasy’s book of the month but I just didn’t vibe with it, and quit it after about 150 pages
  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker – This one I feel bad about every time I mention it. This book is one of my mom’s favorites and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it. Well, I really didn’t, and it was really hard for me to tell her that, haha.
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells – Honestly I could see myself giving this one a second chance. I quit it because of the narrator on the audio book, and I didn’t have a physical copy to pick up
  • Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies by Barry Burd – Honestly I quit this one because 1) it was too low of a level for what I was after and 2) it didn’t have an actual coding exercises, which is what I wanted.
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – I get that this was supposed to be a huge satire but I just couldn’t get into it
  • Keepers of the Garden by Dolores Cannon – This is a metaphysics-y spiritual-y book that a friend in college lent me and while it was interesting, by chapter ten it was basically repeating the same concepts over and over, so I decided to bail.
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I tend to dislike books where the main character is an asshole and surprise, surprise.

And that’s it! According to Goodreads at least, I’ve not finished only 12 books, so I’m glad this isn’t top twenty tuesday or we’d be in trouble. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/12/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wish I would have read as a kid

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic are books I wish I would have read when I was younger. And for me that basically translates to ‘YA I wish I would have read when I was an actual teenager’. Whatevs.

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City of Bones, Divergent, Miss Peregrine’s, Kiss of Deception, and Cinder are all well-known YA books that I unfortunately read in my mid-twenties. I can appreciate them for what they are and I did enjoy them for the most part, but I know if I would have read them a decade earlier than I had, I would have been obsessed.

Orange is another one I wish I would have read as a teen. I did read a lot of manga during that time, but this obviously didn’t exist in the mid 2000s. I still really loved it now, but I don’t have the nostalgic love for it like I do a lot of manga I talk about. Ready Player One was another one that would have been good for when I was about eighteen. I liked the book well enough when I read it a few years ago, but I couldn’t get into the melodrama love dynamic. But as a teen I would have been all smitten, hah.

Two I wish I would have read as a kid in particular are the Amulet series and The Hobbit. Amulet, because it’s a comic that honestly has a plot that I would have loved at twelve, not so much at twenty seven, when I actually read it. For the Hobbit, I wish my dad would have read it to me as a kid. He read the Lotr books and had this book. He even encouraged me to read it on my own, but I really wish he would have read it to me. By the time I actually read it, it was last year, so I was what, 28? And unfortunately I didn’t care for it.

And finally, the book where I think I missed the window by a lot was Fangirl. Why? Because I read this last year and didn’t care for it too much, mostly because I couldn’t get into the mindset of the main character. But I know, I know if I would have read this at sixteen or eighteen, I would have adored this book like everyone else. I’ve always been one for fandoms, but at that point in my life, I was in so deep. So deep. It would have been the perfect book to obsess over. And I just… missed the window.

Man, I’m old.


And that’s it! All of these books as mentioned are ones I’ve read in my twenties and wish I read earlier. I know there are ones I haven’t read at all because I know I wouldn’t enjoy them now when I would have at 13. That’s a whole different list, though.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/28/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book titles that’d make good band names

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Happy Tuesday! This topic is pretty neat.

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Because the topic is all about titles, I’m not going to go into the books, I’m just gonna list the titles.


And that’s it! This one was a pretty word-light post. The titles speak for themselves, I guess. So tell me what you think! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/21/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I enjoyed but rarely talk about | #8

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Happy Tuesday! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done one of these and I’m pretty pumped about this topic. Time to talk up some books!

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The Fold (Threshold, #2)

The Fold by Peter Clines – I bought this book back in I think 2015 or so. Basically it was a cover-buy originally. I was walking down a boardwalk at the beach and this was displayed in a window of a local bookshop. I literally stopped in my tracks, went in, and bought it. I don’t know what it was about the cover but it was mesmerizing. And honestly, this picture doesn’t give it justice. It’s brighter, it’s textured, it gives the illusion of depth. It’s a really nice cover. But then I read the book after and I loved it. It follows a group conducting a study on what they call the Albuquerque Door, a device that lets you fold space and time to travel hundreds of miles in one step. And I don’t want to tell you anything else because spoilers, man. But this was so good.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time will probably raise their eyebrows at this one. That’s because I hate book two. I despise it. And my rage at that one often overshadows how much I actually liked the first one. I think because I liked the first one so much, the second one was even more of a let down as a result. (Will I still read the third? Yes, but that’s not the point). For those of you who somehow still don’t know what this is about, this book tells a ‘let me tell you my life story’-style narration by the main character named Kvothe, who recalls his childhood and early adulthood across three books. This one starts with when he was little, and goes up through after he enters magic school. There’s so, so much more to it than that, but as a fantasy, this book was a solid beginning book and I do recommend this one, at least.

The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee – This one I rarely mention just because it’s so rare that I read nonfiction in the first place. But this one was really great. I learned so much about the history of biology, about controversial practices my (USA’s) government used to do, about all the bits and bobs about genes that I didn’t know already, it was really neat. When I was in school for my computer science degree, I focused in bioinformatics, so I knew a good bit of the basics already, and while this book didn’t really go into super technical stuff it definitely broadened my knowledge base. This was entertaining and fun and I’d really recommend it to anyone.

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks (which now that I’m looking at it, the author might be writing under J. J. Stevenson now?) – This book has so much nostalgia for me and every time I think about it I get the warm fuzzies. Which… is weird considering it’s really not a warm fuzzy book. When I first read this book, it was back when it was on fictionpress in maybe 2006 or so? I read it as a teenager and remember adoring it. It actually ended up getting self-published, and when I mentioned liking it on here a few years ago, the author sent me a copy, which I appreciated so much. This book follows a human, a pixie, a chaotic political system, and a king obsessed with immortality. The world in takes place in to me, in addition to nostalgic, is rather whimsical in a dark kind of way. I dig it. Man, just writing about it makes me wanna reread it.

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – This is a first volume of a manga series (which… I think there are only two or three) but essentially it’s a character study, and it’s super neat. It follows Elvis, a young man living with his mother in a hotel out in the middle of the desert in Utah, and all the people who come to stay there. It’s nice and slow paced but each character’s story really pulls at the heartstrings and I absolutely loved this.

Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – As I mentioned, nonfiction isn’t normally my thing, so I’m gonna mention a few here. Bad Feminist is a collection of essays talking about Feminism and how it’s still growing and changing today, and how all the different subgroups within have somewhat differing ideas, how those merge, and how they can’t. And it’s funny, to boot. I really liked this one.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan – I read this back when I was a teenager, back when ‘dystopian ya novels’ were just beginning to be a thing. I think this one was… post hunger games, pre anything else? Not sure. Anyways, I have a fair bit of nostalgia for this book. It follows a young girl in a religious commune, one that is surrounded on all sides by fences. And on the other side of those fences, stand thousands and thousands of zombies. I particularly liked this one due to the religious twist. It’s not just a group of survivors, it’s a cult living in the apocalypse. It’s neat.

Kindred

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – I feel that overall this is a highly mentioned book in the book community. I just never talk about it for some reason though, which is a shame because I really liked this one. It follows a young black woman who is thrown back in time and appears in Maryland, smack in the middle of slave-holding America. This book was rough to read. Not because of the writing, the writing was excellent, but this book definitely got deep into a bunch of serious topics, including (obviously) racism, sexism, and all of that. It was a really good read and I recommend this one.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day – I chose this one mostly because it resonates with me so much. Felicia Day is well known among the nerdy online community. She’s done some acting – she was in The Guild, a webshow turned tv show about a gaming guild in a world of warcraft-esque online game, which is where I know her the best, but she’s also been in Supernatural and various other roles on tv and movies. But mostly she’s known for being a geek. And this book, her memoir, talks about her growing up and being one, and it really just hit home a lot. I really liked this.

Our Dining Table

Our Dining Table by Mito Ori – This is my most recent favorite manga, and I wanna reread it just writing about it now. It’s a one-shot, a single volume story about a man who cannot eat in front of other people due to family issues, and another man and his little brother that slowly break through to him through sharing cooking time and eventually, meals. This is a fluffy story with a bit of romance, and it’s just so pleasant and wholesome and nice that I can’t help but love it. This one is really super cute.


And that’s it! I really liked this topic. It’s nice mentioning some books that I feel like deserve way more attention than they get. Go read all of these! Happy reading!

 
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Top Ten Tuesday: Genre Freebie! Out of print manga I’m still collecting

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Happy Tuesday, the world is falling into chaos. 😀 At least we still have our books. Today’s topic is a genre freebie, so I’m going with manga that are out of print that I haven’t finished collecting yet. And for clarity’s sake, my definition of ‘out of print’ will be ‘the original run of it is out of print’. Meaning there might be bind-up editions still being produced but the single volume manga is no longer being published.

The order for these manga will take into account how long the series is, how many I have, how actively I’m looking for volumes, and how hard to find they are. And because they’re out of print, I tend to buy them when I see them, regardless of what volume they are, so you’ll see rando volumes here and there in my collection.

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10. Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This one makes the bottom of the list for two reasons: It’s the one I have the most of already, and it’s the one that’s easiest to find. You can still get new copies of random issues online, and used ones of others fairly easily.

  • Owned: 25/58. Vols 1-24, 26

9. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino – This one is on the list where it is because honestly I started collecting it by accident. It was right next to a Wild Ones issue I bought and I accidentally scooped this one up too and didn’t realize it til later when I was going through my haul. But it’s a series that’s been on my radar for a while so I figure I’ll collect it. Now I just need to get volume 1. :”D

  • Owned: 1/19. Vol 6

8. Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – This one is where it is because while I only have a handful, I tend to see them pop up in clearance sales and whatnot, so getting a hold of them shouldn’t be too hard if I make the effort to hunt them out. This is a gothic vampire western and from what I’ve read so far, pretty damned good.

  • Owned: 6/16. Vols 1-6

7. Rave Master by Hiro Mashima – This one’s by the same author that wrote Fairy Tale. I watched this anime a long time ago when it first aired and collected the first three volumes when it was in print. For some reason I never kept up with it and now that it’s done I kinda want it all, so… I picked them up when I see them.

  • Owned: 10/35. Vols 1-9, 12

6. Wild Adapter by Kazuya Minekura – This one is a recent addition to my collection. This is by the same author that wrote Saiyuki, which is another out of print manga that I love but don’t collect (yet) because my sister owns it and I can just borrow it if I wanna read.

  • Owned: 3/7. Vols 1-3

5. Confidential Confessions by Momochi Reiko – This is another recent addition. I started collecting this within the last couple months, but I originally read it back when I was a teenager. This is a manga that dives into serious topics and isn’t for kiddies.

  • Owned: 3/7. Vols 1-3

4. Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase – While I read this whole series ages ago, it was via borrowing from buddies. But since I’ve fallen into a shojo kick since the beginning of the year I started collecting this myself. I only have the one so far, and I haven’t seen the others around yet, but I also haven’t looked, so who knows, maybe this’ll be a breeze to get, maybe it’ll be a pain.

  • Owned: 1/6. Vol 1

3. Wild Ones by Kiyo Fujiwara – This one I borrowed from the library late last year and adored. It’s a pain in the butt to find though, which is why it’s so high in the list. I’ve only a couple volumes of my own so far. I’ll get there I’ll get there.

  • Owned: 2/10. Vols 1, 6

2. Immortal Rain by Kaori Ozaki – This was one of the first manga series I started collecting back when I was a teen, and I never finished my collection. It went out of print before I did and now I barely see this anywhere. I was lucky enough to come across volume 7 a few months ago and boy did I snatch that up. I don’t have too much more to get, so if you see them online anywhere, do let me know. And honestly…. I don’t even think the whole thing was translated into English. The last few volumes on Goodreads suggest that they weren’t. Boo!

  • Owned: 7/11. Vols 1-7

Bitter Virgin, Volume 1 (Bitter Virgin, #1)

1. Bitter Virgin by Kei Kusunoki – This is the hardest one to find. Honestly, I don’t think it was ever officially translated into English. So obviously I don’t own any of these, but I’d love to. I read it online probably ten years ago and even now the story has stuck with me. It’s only four volumes long, but it packs a wallop. I’d really love to get a hold of these so if you live overseas from the US and you spot English editions of these please, please let me know. Hell I’d even take a bind up. Anything! ANYTHING.

  • Owned: 0/4.

And that’s it! There are other out of printies that I’m collecting too, but these ten are the ones I’m most actively after (and this isn’t including the in-print ones I’m collecting, obviously). If you’ve read any of these, or more importantly, if you’ve seen any of these floating around, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/24/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to read next

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Hi! Today’s post is books on my spring TBR, but I tend to not really do TBRs, so… I’m editing this a bit to ‘books I want to read next‘. Whether or not I actually read them remains to be seen, because as I said, I don’t really follow TBRs. But at the point of writing this, these are the books that I look at and go ‘yeah I’m totally in the mood for that’.

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Wild Adapter by Kazuya Minekura – This series is by the same author who wrote Saiyuki, which I bring up every so often and rather adore. This one’s a more mature series and I remember reading it in high school and loving it. So I’ve picked up the first three volumes recently and plan to jump into it.

Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo – This is a neat series I started recently (hence me posting a pic of volume 2) about a student who falls down the stairs on his final day of high school and wakes up to find he’s been sent back to his first day. It’s pretty interesting so far!

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makota Shinkai – This one I’ve heard a lot of good things about. It’s actually based off an animated movie of the same name, which people seem to love so I’m rather excited for it.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – This one is one the list for two reasons: One is I recently finished collecting it – I have all 23 volumes of the original series and all 3 volumes of the sequel, which means I can binge the whoooooole thiiiiiiing. The other is that season 2 of the anime reboot is premiering April 6th and I’m getting all pumped for it!

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – If I’m being honest I’m always in the mood for Inuyasha. I tend to rewatch the anime every few months or so. It’s been a while since I reread the manga though. I still need to finish collecting it, too.

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Confidential Confessions by Reiko Momochi – This is a recent buy, and again one I read back when I was in high school. It deals with serious topics and is not a happy manga. But I think I’m in the mood for that kind of thing.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This manga I’ve recently become hooked to. I bought and read the first three volumes this month, so I’m listing showing volume four as the pic because now I need that one. This is a period drama fantasy paranormal comedy manga and it’s hilarious and I love it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – One of the few books on my list. I haven’t stopped thinking about reading this since I picked it up, man. I wannnnnnaaaaaaa.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Sometimes I just get on YA kicks, man. And I feel myself at the brink of one with wanting to pick this up.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one is pretty far outside my typical genres but it’s just calling to me. I feel like I’d fly through it, too!


And that’s it! If you couldn’t tell, I’m on a manga kick right now. Out of all the 30-something books I’ve read this year so far, about 75% of them have been manga. I’m sure I’ll hover towards another genre at some point but right now man, I want pictures.

 

 
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Posted by on 03/17/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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