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June Book Haul! | #41 – the ‘vol 3 haul’

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Happy almost-July! I actually bought books this month along with my manga, so I’m back to actually titling the posts as book hauls instead of manga hauls. Where I live, the bookstores have opened up again, albeit with limited capacity and masks required, so I went a few times because THERE WAS A HOLE IN MY SOUL, MAN. Also basically all the manga I bought this month were vol 3. Weird.

This is what I got!

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Demon Slayer vols 1-6 by Koyoharu Gotouge – I’ve mentioned before that I’m obsessed with the anime, particularly the music, so I wanted to give the source material a try as well. I’m happy to see that the covers of this series are just as vibrant as the anime.

This story follows Tanjiro – the boy on the cover of issue 1 – after his family is slayed and his sister is turned into a demon. He goes on a journey to become a demon slayer and turn his sister back into a human again. It has wonderful characters, beautiful art, and a plot that’s more than you’d think. It’s really, really good. Honestly I know I just bought the manga, but if you wanna check it out, I really recommend the anime. The music just makes it, man.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vol 3 by Waco Ioka – This is continuing my collection, and I’m on the hunt for more. I wrote a blabber about vols 1 and 2, spoiler-free, should you feel inclined to check it out.

Kakuriyo gives me serious Spirited Away vibes, but with slightly darker and more serious elements. The main character on the right of the cover is swept off into the spirit world, and is told she is to be the guy on the left’s bride. She obviously isn’t havin it though, so it’s the story of her trying to navigate this spirit world. It’s really nice and atmospheric.

Takane & Hana vol 3 by Yuki Shiwasu – I picked this up on one of my bookstore excursions!

This series fallows Hana, who stands in for her older sister during an arranged marriage meet-up, and Takane, who is the potential match. It’s cute and fluffy so far, but there’s a decent age gap, so I’m still luke-warm to it. It has the potential to be wholesome, but it could also go creepy, so I’m waiting to see which way it goes.

The Way of the House Husband vol 3 by Kousuke Oono – I’m really pumped for this one, the first two were hilarious!

This series follows a man once known as ‘The Immortal Dragon’, a high ranking member of the yakuza, after he settles down, gets married, and tries to run the household while his wife goes to work. It’s seriously wonderful and wholesome and the main couple has such a chill relationship, I love it.

Magus of the Library vol 3 by Mitsu Izumi – I’ve only read the first volume of this so far, but I’m rather smitten.

Magus of the Library takes place in a land where libraries are a powerful source of knowledge, and librarians are heroic adventurers that go around the world and collect rare and wonderful books. The main character stars off as a child in one of the villages the librarians visit to collect an enchanted tome, and it goes from there. Seriously, the first volume alone had me sold.

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – Honestly I can’t even tell you what this one is about, only that I’m excited to read it.

Juliet Marillier has become an auto-buy author for me, after only reading one of her books. I read Daughter of the Forest late last year and loved it, but I really fell in love with the settings of her books and the writing style. And for some reason, my book store never seems to keep her in stock. So when I do happen to see her books, I scoop them up!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – Last week, Ms Shetterly made a presentation where she basically got on and streamed to all of us live, talking about the events that inspired the book, the ladies the book was about, and everything that’s going on right now in today’s atmosphere with the Black Lives Matter movement. I thought she gave a wonderful presentation and she was really inspiring. I loved the movie when it came out and at her presentation I realized I didn’t have the book, so I bought it!

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan – This one I am very pumped about.

This is the second book in the series, the first being A Natural History of Dragons, which I read in April and loved. This book is essentially a travel and research journal written by a fantasy equivalent of a Victorian-age woman who ventures into the wild to study dragons! The first was really clever and witty and entertaining and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this one too.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – I’m rereading the original trilogy in prep for this one, since it’s been probably ten years since I actually read them.

The is the prequel, following I think President Snow and Mags? Or something? Honestly I’m not positive. But really how could I not get this?

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And that’s it! Four books, ten manga. I’ve already read about half the manga, so expect to see it again tomorrow in my wrap up 😛

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/27/2020 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #6

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Happy Sunday! Today is another post about where books I’ve hauled have ended up. This is the sixth time I’ve done this so it’ll be on book haul number six, originally posted Feb 28th, 2016.

These are the books I hauled:

You can see I was in the midst of my compsci bioinformatics degree during this haul. The textbooks are everywhere, ahah. I hauled them because I was mad at having to spend so much on them in the first place. We’ll do those first:

The Molecular Biology of the Cell – Owned, read

This obviously was for molecular bio. My study method included taking notes in the book itself during lecture on the relevant pages, and then later combining info from the book and info from the lecture into organized notes. So I basically read this cover to cover, along with all the other textbooks I’ll be listing.

Data Structures & Algorithms in Java – Owned, read

This was for a data structures coding class. One thing to mention: I learned to code using Java but honestly I haven’t touched it at all since then. C# and Typescript for meeee

Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective – Owned, read

Tbh I kind of hated this class. It’s fiiiiine. Why do I still own all these books? Well… honestly I don’t really know. They’re a bit outdated now. Probably because I spent so much on them and I’m still mad about it.

Introducing the Theory of Computation – Owned, read

And on the other hand, I really loved this class. It was more philosophy than anything. All sorts of logic puzzles and stuff.

The Bees by Laline Paull – Owned, unread

Honestly I don’t remember what this one was about, other than it being from the perspective of a bee, I think. I remember wanting to read it when I bought it though and it’s survived probably ten or fifteen purges, so… I think it’s meant to be (bee, geddit). I’ll read it eventually.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – Owned, read

This book became one of my all-time favorites, along with the sequel that was released a year or so later. The third one is actually coming out this summer and man am I p u m p e d.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Owned, read

I actually bought this copy for cheap when I was in the middle of reading a library copy. So technically I’ve only read the last half of this physical copy. But it still counts, dammit.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Owned, unread

Once upon a time, I used to tell myself that ‘yeah I totally love classics’ when in reality I don’t. I don’t dislike them, mind you, I just don’t gravitate towards them. So one day I will pick this up, I just don’t see it happening in the near future unless I’m peer-pressured into it.


And that’s it for this one! I actually read most of these books so that’s pretty neat. I’ve definitely had posts like this where most of them were unread and most of them were unhauled, too. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/21/2020 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #5

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Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I figured it was time. For those unfamiliar, in this type of post, I look back in my past book hauls and talk about where the books are now, whether I actually read them, etc.

This is the fifth edition of this, so we’re going to look at my fifth book haul, originally posted on January 28th, 2016. These were the books I got:

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The first thing I notice about this photo is how dark it is. Man.

Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin – Owned, read

I’ve read all of these books at this point but honestly the likelihood of me picking up the sixth one (if it ever comes out) is pretty slim because I’d have to reread everything so I remember what’s going on, and I didn’t love them enough to want to actually do that.

Inuyasha vols 19 and 20 by Rumiko Takahashi – Owned, read (technically)

So technically I’ve read vols 19 and 20 of Inuyasha, but I haven’t read my specific copies yet. So maybe these are ‘unread’? Who knows. I do plan on re-reading the entire series at some point, but that also involves collecting the whole thing and there are 50-something volumes. Someday, someday.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Unhauled, read

This one I ended up reading and getting rid of. I didn’t dislike it. It was three stars. I thought it was good for what it was. But between the main character annoying me and the fact that I know I’ll never reread it, I got rid of it.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Owned, read

I actually just mentioned this in my post from yesterday: Three star books that weirdly stuck with me. Funny it comes up again. But yeah, read this, didn’t love it, but something pulls me towards it.

Locke & Key vol 1 by Joe Hill – Owned, read

I gotta say though, ‘owned’ is a rather tumultuous term for this one. I’ve been meaning to get rid of it. I actually have the second volume of this too and have read it, but I’m not crazy about the art style. I did watch the Netflix show and liked it but after that I’m not sure I’m up to collecting the series and re-going through the story. So.. this will likely disappear when the plague is over.


And that’s it for today! My first book hauls were so tiny in retrospect… man, I have a problem. Part of me wants to get back to those nice, concise hauls. Another part of me is super enjoying buying 30 volumes of manga per month. So. Hehe.

 
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Posted by on 05/17/2020 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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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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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #4

Blogmas 2019

Hello, happy Saturday! I’m officially on vacation, therefore this is pre-written and I am probably sleeping. Pbtbtbt.

Today’s book haul was originally posted on Jan 2nd, 2016.

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This is what’s happened to the books since then:

Attack on Titan vols 2-5 by Hajime Isayama – Owned, read

I think I have up through volume 18 or 19 now, all of them read. This is a pretty decent series

The Bitter Kingdom and The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories by Rae Carson – Owned, read

I ended up rather adoring this series, and I haven’t read it since I originally did. I’d definitely reread this series!

Grass For His Pillow by Lian Hearn – Owned, unread

Hehe, book two of a series where I still haven’t read book one. One day, one day.

Replay by Ken Grimwood – Owned, unread

This one I received as a gift in a reddit secret santa event! Still… unread. :”D

Soulless by Gail Carriger – Owned, unread

I believe I picked this one up to fulfill a free shipping dollar amount, hawhaw. I do wanna read it, eventually. I’ll get there, I’ll get there.

You by Caroline Kepnes – Owned, read

I actually just read this recently! Like… last month, haha.

14 by Peter Clines – Owned, read

I read this one a while ago. It was weird! Good, but weird.

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – Owned, read

This one ended up being a five star read for me, and honestly if you’re looking to get into sci-fi and don’t know where to start I definitely recommend this one

Horns by Joe Hill – Owned, unread

One day. I saw the movie and thought it was neat.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/21/2019 in Blogmas, Books, Coffee Time

 

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November Book Haul! | #34

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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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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #3

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Hello, happy Sunday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series a couple months ago, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today’s book haul I originally posted on November 26th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Owned, unread

I’ve still only read the one Sanderson novel, Elantris. I liked it, and I own a good bit of his books now, including these three, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Four years, man.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

Yet another ‘I’ve read one book by this author but have a lot of other books by them, all unread’. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – Owned, unread

This one, I’m hoping I really like. I’ve heard literally zero bad things about it.

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Owned, unread

I really like the premise of this one – each country is in a different time period. Other than that, I know nothing about it. I have the second one too… I’ll get to them. I will, dammit.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac by a buttload of authors – Owned, unread

So, problem. I bought this before I realized that I don’t like short story collections. This is the only one I still own that I haven’t read yet, and I’m afraid, honestly. I don’t want to dislike it, but I’ve disliked literally every other short story collection I’ve read. I just think the format is not for me, regardless of the content. I’ll probably pick this up as a challenge for a readathon. I’m nervous, ahaha.

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of other authors – Unhauled, read

This one I did read! And then I got rid of it because iiiiit’s a short story collection and I didn’t care for it. heeh.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Unhauled, unread

This one I ended up getting rid of due to disinterest before I read it. I read the first one in the series ages ago and thought it was just ok. And by the time I got around to looking at this one, I had forgotten the contents of the first one and didn’t want to reread it. So.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Owned, unread

Honestly, this one just intimidates me. I’ll get there eventually.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Owned, read

Literally the only ‘owned, read’ one this haul, I’ve read this book so many times! Almost every year, and I think I’m due for a reread.


And that’s it! As you can see, the majority of these are ‘yes, still have it, no, still haven’t read it. hm hm hm

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/24/2019 in Books, Coffee Time, Uncategorized

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #1

Coffee Time

Happy Saturday! Today I wanted to start a new mini-series within my Coffee Time series of posts called ‘The Fate of my Book Haul Books’ where I go back to my very first (and then second, and then third, etc) book haul, take a look at the books that were in them, and tell you about where they are now, whether I read them, whether I liked them, and if I no longer have them, why I don’t.

I know I’m not the only one that got caught up in ‘I want that and that and that and that and that’ when first joining the book community, back when I was still solidifying exactly what kinds of books were for me or not. So I thought it’d be neat to see if any patterns emerged when looking at what stayed, what went, and what actually got read.

PS, if you’d like to do this kind of thing for your book hauls, go for it! Please link here though so I can read it! I plan on doing this once a month or so, but however fast you wanna do it is up to you.


Book Haul #1 on my blog was posted back on April 4th, 2015. At the time, I didn’t bother numbering my book hauls, and honestly I’m surprised I actually took a picture. So go 24 year old me for that, I suppose.

This is what I had originally hauled:

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First I wanna point out, by the background of that picture, that was my apartment two apartments ago. It was a tiny one bedroom that I shared with my boyfriend-now-husband. Holy poop I haven’t thought about that place in ages. Anyways, the books. By the looks of them, these were a library sale haul. One of many to come. This is where the books are now:

Dune by Frank Herbert – Still owned, still unread.

Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)I also have two copies of it now, technically. My husband brought in his own copy when we moved in together. This book I know I’ll pick up eventually, but it intimidates me. It’s such a long series and it’s a classic. I wanna love it but I’m afraid I won’t, haha. Basically I need a good readathon or something with just the right prompt, and then I’ll pick it up.

Priest vols 1 and 2 by Min-Woo Hyung – Still owned, both read!

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedI actually did pick up these a while ago, I think for a readathon. I need to reread them though, because now I own six volumes and can’t remember anything about them. I really did like them though at the time, and they both got a solid 4 stars from me!

 

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Unhauled, unread

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)This will be the first evidence of what I know will become a pattern: Me getting and then getting rid of middle grade. No offense to middle grade, (most of the time) it’s just not for me. But there was a point back in the beginning of my blog when everyone was talking about this series and reading it and I went ‘I wanna read it too!’ so I picked up the first three or four books or whatever… and then never read them for like three years. So I got rid of them, probably within the last two years or so. I haven’t had them on my shelves for a while.

Emma by Jane Austen – Still owned, still unread

EmmaAnother pattern! Where I acquire classics, never read them, but then keep them anyways in some vain hope that I’ll actually wanna read a classic. You watch, you’ll see it eventually too. No suprise: I haven’t read this. At the time I had no idea but now I full realize that I am terrified of classics.

 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Owned, read!

A Little PrincessI’ve broken the mold! I read a classic! I remember I picked this up a few years ago as part of a readathon. I ended up liking it decently but I remember definitely having trouble getting through it. I’ll be bad and say I like the movie more… because I do. Pbtbt.

Note I just predicted a pattern above and promptly broke it here. Believe me though, this book is the exception to the rule. I gave this 4 stars.

Night by Elie Wiesel – Owned, read!

Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)I picked this book up I think shortly after I got it, believe it or not. I don’t remember if it was prompted or if I was just brave. I gave it a 5 stars at the time, but honestly I feel weird rating someone’s life anything else.

 

 

Alias Grace and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – Owned, both unread

Cat's EyeI think at this point, in my mind, I consider Margaret Atwood a ‘modern classics’ writer, just because of The Handmaid’s Tale (which I did read). Because of that, the same classics mental block is there. But I do wanna read these… eventually, haha.

 

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Unhauled, unread

Little WomenHere’s a classic that I did actually manage to get rid of. Honestly the urge to read it never struck me, not even a little bit.

 

 

 

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Owned, unread

GeishaThis is a nonfiction, of which I read very little. I picked this up though after hearing about how Memoirs of Geisha was a little factually inaccurate. So I’m hoping this one will be more so. I do intend to read this… some day.

 

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan – Owned, unread

The Hundred Secret SensesAmy Tan is one of those authors that I tend to auto-buy but have actually read very little of (there are a few of those). This is another that I’ve owned for ages by her and haven’t picked up yet. Honestly I could probably fill a book shelf with her books alone. They’ve all survived purges though, just because I do wanna read them… I just need to be in the mood for literary.

 

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And that’s it for book haul one. I didn’t realize before going into this that my first haul was a library haul. It’ll be interesting to see if the ratio of unread to read books changes depending on where I got the books. Because honestly, my library sale hauls consist of ‘maybe someday’ books, whereas my ‘normal’ book hauls tend to be ones I’m super excited for at the time of purchase.

If you thought this post was interesting at all, do let me know. I’m hoping I don’t just speaking into the void for these posts.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/14/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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August book haul!| #31

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Hello, welcome to September first! Last month, I purchased five books and a lot of manga and graphic novels. This is what I got:

I went on various vacations and trips this August, and picked up a few different books at each, so if appropriate I’ll point out where I got them.

Fence vol 3 by CS Pacat

I’ve been awaiting this volume for quite a while now. My feelings on this series are positive, but I don’t love it yet. I’m waiting. I know something will happen and I’ll grow to adore it.

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!

I Hate Fairyland vol 1 by Skottie Young

I’ve had my eye on this for a while. It sounds absolutely hilarious! This one was a birthday gift from my parents, as my bday was the 7th of August. 😀

Goodreads synopsis: An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old’s body who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

My Hero Academia vols 17-20 by Kohei Horikoshi

With these four volumes, I’m completely caught up to what’s been released in English so far. I’m tempted to read them now but season 4 of the anime is gonna be released soon and I kinda wanna experience it for the first time that way. I’ll likely binge read all 20 volumes after season 4 is over and I go into withdrawal.

Seriously if you haven’t started watching this one yet, I highly, highly recommend it.

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…

Inspection by Josh Malerman

This is the guy who wrote Bird Box! And since I really liked that one, I wanted to pick up this one! I got this book in Bookoff when I visited NYC this year for like six bucks. I about peed my pants.

Goodreads synopsis: J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I’ve been after this one for a while but just haven’t seen it floating around. So when I did see it, I grabbed it. I was kinda surprised to see it was so little though. On the plus side I should get through it quickly!

Goodreads synopsis: Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

Rave Master vols 4-5 by Hiro Mashima

This is a series from my teenager-hood, so I’ve been trying to collect the volumes when I find them. They’re out of print, so I have random ones. Total, I’ve got 1-6 now and 12. So if you have any randos you don’t want, lemme know, I’ll buy them off you, ahah. I got these at Otakon in DC!

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: The Continent of Song is in chaos. The sinister secret society known as Demon Card is using the power of Dark Bring to destroy everything in their path. The only things capable of stopping Dark Bring are the Rave stones. Unfortunately, the Rave Stones were scattered around the globe in an explosion 50 years ago, so now they must be collected by the Rave Master in order to stop Dark Bring once and for all.

Ten Count vol 1 by Rihito Takarai

I’ve had my eyeballs on this series too for a while, and decided to pick it up recently. I’m hoping I dig it – I haven’t seen anyone talk about it yet.

Goodreads synopsis: Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

This was an almost-impulse buy that I picked up in almost-NYC. Basically I was walking by when I was in NYC and saw this displayed. Stopped dead in my tracks and went ‘I WANT IT, IT’S MINE’. I had never heard of it before, haha. But, I managed to talk myself out of getting in there and then, paying list price. But you bet as soon as I got home, I picked it up at my local bookstore (…using member discounts and sales and coupons, ahaha).

Goodreads synopsis: The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

I have such bitter sweet feelings about this book. It’s the last one in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings land – book 16 – and I’M NOT READY ;~;

Goodreads synopsis of Assassin’s Apprentice (book 1): In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

Man am I so excited for this sequel. I read book one earlier this year and ended up really liking it! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I definitely recommend it.

Goodreads synopsis of The Poppy War (book 1): When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Only the Ring Finger Knows by Satoru Kannagi

This book brings me such nostalgia. I read it back when I was a teen, borrowing it from a friend. The story has more or less stuck with me since then, and when I saw a copy for the first time ever at Otakon, 14 years later, I had to pick it up. I’m looking forward to rereading it, and I hope I like it as much as I did the first time. This is a standalone manga.

Goodreads synopsis: It’s the ultimate expression of love – to wear matching rings with your significant other, showing the world that you are a couple.

High school student, Wataru Fujii, also wears one though he is single. When he accidentally switches rings with popular and handsome senior, Yuichi Kazuki, they discover that their rings pair up! Since then, Kazuki, who is known for being kind to all becomes strangely harsh to Wataru. They alternate between hot and cold, as in between clashes they begin to sort their feelings for one another. Are Wataru and Kazuki the worst of enemies or are they actually soulmates?

Delicious in Dungeon vol 4 by Ryoko Kui

I also picked this up at Otakon! This is such a pleasant series, I adore it. I’m hoping this one will be just as good. 😀

Goodreads synopsis of volume 1: When young adventurer Laios and his company are attacked and soundly thrashed by a dragon deep in a dungeon, the party loses all its money and provisions…and a member! They’re eager to go back and save her, but there is just one problem: If they set out with no food or coin to speak of, they’re sure to starve on the way! But Laios comes up with a brilliant idea: “Let’s eat the monsters!” Slimes, basilisks, and even dragons…none are safe from the appetites of these dungeon-crawling gourmands!

Goblin Slayer vol 1 by Kumo Kagyu

Also purchased at Otakon, this is the light novel that the manga came from! I’ve never read a light novel before, so I’m hoping I like this one. I really like Goblin Slayer as is, so I figured this was the best place to start.

Goodreads synopsis: A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue–a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next…


And that’s it! Technically I got six books, but one of them is a light novel, so I’m counting it more as a manga. ;P pbtbtbt everything is artibrary.

Also, I got some new bookshelf decorations, look-it!

Aren’t they cute? I got some for my mother to match, too!

Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/01/2019 in Book Haul, Books

 

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