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Top Ten Tuesday: Most read authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

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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July Currently Reading! ’20

Currently Reading

Happy July! This is what I’m currently reading!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Picked this up in prep for reading the prequel that came out. As of writing this, I’m three chapters in. I’m rather liking it. Everyone and their mom has read this book so, no synopsis from me!

Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son, #1)

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – This is the first book in the Solder Son trilogy, the last remaining series written by Robin Hobb that I haven’t read yet. It’s also the only trilogy written under this name that’s not part of the Realm of the Elderlings world. I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and we’re both rather enjoying it so far. It follows the second son of a second son, destined to be a soldier in a world set on the frontier. The main character Navare lives on the edge of the kingdom, where the Plainspeople of the unclaimed lands can be interacted with. The magic in this is really neat – shamans and spirit realms and all sorts of things. I dig it. As of writing this, I’m just over the half way point, so I’m expecting this to be complete by the end of the month.

Reamde

Reamde by Neal Stephenson – This is my current audio book! This one’s a chunker. The book comes in at over 1000 pages, and the audio book is over 38 hours. I listen at 1.5 speed though, so I should have it done in about 29 or 30. This book follows a guy who creates a virtual video game world, and goes into economics of gold farming and yada yada. So far, the plot so far is really neat. The main character though is grating on my nerves. I’m hoping the audiobook will keep me interested – so far it’s the saving grace, hah.

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/05/2020 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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Independence Day Book Tag!

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Happy fourth! I found this tag, wasn’t tagged, as usual. Here’s the original!

1. George Washington: the most overrated book you’ve ever read?

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Anyone’s who’s been around on my blog for a bit probably knows I have a dislike of this book, namely the main character. It’s such a love-hate relationship, because I like a lot of other things about this book, but I really cannot stand Kvothe. This book has a high average rating though, so that’s why I think it’s overrated. I wrote a spoilerly review of it, if you’re interested.

2. John Adams: the most argumentative book you’ve ever read?

Honestly I don’t think I have one for this question, and the reason for that is because I read so little nonfiction. I assume I’m supposed to interpret this question as ‘book that argues a point’ and it’s kinda hard to do that when it’s not nonfiction. So shrug!

3. Samuel Adams: the most underrated book you’ve ever read?

Hotel Africa, Volume 1Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park. I’ve mentioned this manhwa a lot because I seriously want more people to read it. It’s a character-rich story following a young man named Elvis, who lives at a hotel his mom runs out in the middle of the desert. It goes into the stories of the visitors who find themselves there. It’s really, really good. I wrote a full spoiler-free review on this one too!

4. Abigail Adams: a secondary character who probably could have handled things as well as the main characters

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)Naomi from Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. One of the main plot lines of this story is that Jim Holden finds something that he shouldn’t and then has to deal with the reprecussions of that. And honestly Jim is a bit of a ding dong. His first in command, Naomi, would have done a much better job. But hey, whatevs.

5. Thomas Jefferson: the most hypocritical book you’ve ever read?

Again I feel like this question is geared towards nonfiction, so I don’t really have an answer. Boo!

6. Benjamin Franklin: the book by the oldest author you’ve read?

The IliadThe Illiad by Homer. This is super old, so it works.

7. Alexander Hamilton: the least charismatic – but important – book you’ve ever read?

The Diary of a Young GirlDiary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. And I don’t mean to say this isn’t charismatic as an insult. Far from it, I feel that this diary isn’t written to be. Obviously Anne Frank didn’t think anyone would ever read it. And because of that, she’s very honest with her thoughts in it. Any book that’s a memoir or diary that details someone’s life during an important or horrifying historical event should be held as important. You often get the overview of how things were – military movements, statistics, battles. But things like this let you know what it was like for the people, how horrifying things were. Statistics don’t really deliver that point home.

8. John Hancock: the most charismatic – but least important – book you’ve ever read?

Honestly the answer to this is really ‘most of the fiction I’ve read in the past five years’. And by that I mean… I read fiction. I read for entertainment, for a fun time. Very few of the books I read are actually trying to make a statement, and were written for entertainment purposes. So I’m not saying they’re not important, but most of the books I read are just that, books. Not revolutions, if that makes sense.

9. Paul Revere: a book that ALERTED you to something?

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryI actually have a nonfiction answer to this! The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. And what alerted me to this was all the eugenics experiments that the United States used to do. I honestly had no idea. I had heard the term eugenics before, but I didn’t know it was practiced here. This book really taught me a lot of disturbing things that my history classes not so shockingly didn’t cover.

 

10. James Madison: the smartest boring book you’ve ever read?

Probably most of my textbooks from back when I was in college. I read a lot of books on computer science and computational theory, a lot of biology, chemistry and bioinformatics, and a lot on psychology. Most were dry as hell, but they all taught me a good bit.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! If you’re in the states, don’t forget to eat a cheeseburger and blow something up to celebrate your right to each a cheeseburger and blow something up.

 
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Posted by on 07/04/2020 in Book Tag, Books

 

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2020 Anticipated Releases! #2| Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

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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June Wrap Up! ’20

Wrap Up

All the months are blending together, this month was a bit hotter than the last, but that’s all I can give ya about it. These are all the books I’ve read in the past thirty or so days:

Books

The Inheritance & Other Stories

The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm – This is a short story collection containing works by the same woman under different pen names. She one of my favorite authors of all-time, and over the past few years I’ve absorbed her Hobb Realm of the Elderlings series into my psyche. This short story collection contains a few stories set in that world, and were the last in-world materials I had yet to read, so I picked it up with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, because we’ve been buddy reading almost the entire over-arching world together at this point! After this we’re gonna have to find another huge series to lose ourselves in, will need something to fill the void.

The three Hobb stories in this I rather liked – They were between four and three stars each, which considering my track record with short story collections is pretty good. The Lindholm stories though were unfortunately not as palatable to me. There were a couple I liked, but most of them were either just ok or I actively disliked them. Emily-reads-short-stories-syndrome strikes again, I guess.

Overall though, this was a decent collection. The Hobbs stories were definitely my favorite bits. 3.5 stars

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – This is a bit outside my typical genre, as I’m not a huge literary fiction reader. It follows an elderly man after he passes away and meets five people in heaven. Kinda self-explanatory. I feel like this story was written to pull at the heartstrings throughout, but personally it didn’t really pull me in. I could see the elements that were to be really striking, but I don’t know, I wasn’t really affected, except for when the main character was talking to one specific person. I feel like I wasn’t the target audience for this. But regardless, I did overall enjoy it. I’m glad I read it, both because it’s so well-known and now I’m in the know, and because my mother in law loves this book and now we have one more thing to talk about together. 3.5 stars

Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White and & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – I picked this book up on audio this month! This follows the first son of the United States and a prince of Wales in a hate-to-love romance. I thought it was cute. The hype for this one definitely affected my judgement though. This book was listed in many people’s favorites from last year and I can totally see why, but because of that I guess I had my expectations a bit too high. Regardless though, I did rather enjoy it for what it was. 3.75 stars

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – Again, an audio book! This book follows a group of college students attending a prestigious arts college, studying Shakespeare, and a murder. The narration of this was fantastic, I really liked the way Shakespearean verse was interjected throughout the book, and the way it paralleled Shakespeare’s writing at times. This book really pulled me in, and I found myself wanting to reread all the plays that I read back in high school, convinced I’d appreciate them more this time around. This is again a bit outside my usual genre, but man, that did not stop me from really loving this. The only reason I’m knocking a half star is I was able to see the plot twists coming, so some of the wow factor was dissipated for me. But even so, I seriously recommend this book, it was fantastic. Definitely my favorite of the month. I don’t have a physical copy of this as I listened to it on Scribd, but I gotta get one, man. I can definitely see myself rereading this. 4.5 stars

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I picked this up because I recently purchased the prequel, as seen in this month’s haul. I haven’t actually read these books since I originally read them back in 2010 or so, when they had first come out. I’ve watched the movies multiple times but never actually reread the books. So with this new one coming out I wanted to refresh myself on the source material. When I originally read this at around 20 years old-ish, I gave it a five star rating. I remember loving it. This time around, it got a four. I think it’s just from 1, being a decade older and 2, having read more and more books and being able to better define what I’m looking for in a five star book. So I definitely enjoyed this reread, but I feel like I was able to give it a more realistic rating for my opinion of it. Catching Fire is next, hopefully this coming month. 4 stars

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I FINALLY FINISHED IT. I’ve been reading this book for literally years. Why? I don’t know. This book was basically always on the back-burner. I really liked it, mind you, but it always took a back seat, perhaps unfairly. Out of the four books I’ve read in this series, this is probably the one I liked the least. And by ‘least’ I mean it got a 4.25 when all the others got a 5, so take that as you will.

This series follows a slew of characters and involved a magic system based on the visible light spectrum. Users of this system are able to convert light into physical matter, forming it into whatever their heart desires, but the more the user does the magic, the closer it brings them to death. This series also has politics and war and religious factions and all sorts of things. I love it. And it’s funny! 4.25 stars

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Manga

Shaman King, Vol. 5: The Abominable Dr. Faust

Shaman King vols 5-6 by Hiroyuki Takei – Continued this series a bit this month, I really need to pick up the pace. Some new characters were introduced in these volumes, one of them being an necromancer that was way more intense than I remember in the filtered anime that came out a while ago. So I’m rather enjoying this, the plot is getting more and more involved with each volume. 4 and 3.75 stars

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 3 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #3)

Kakuriyo vol 3 by Waco Ioka – This was just as good as the first two volumes, and I’m solidly invested at this point. This series is very Spirited Away-y, only a bit darker and more involved. It follows the main character, who gets pulled into the spirit world and is made to be an ogre spirit’s wife. She isn’t having it though, and strives to be independent within the world she’s found herself. I really like it, and wrote a blabber on vols 1 and 2, in case you’re interested. 4 stars

Takane & Hana, Vol. 3

Takane & Hana vol 3 by Yuki Shiwasu – Continued this series a bit too! I’m still luke warm on this one but so far it’s still sweet and innocent, which is what I’m after. There’s a sizeable age gap in this, so it could potentially go weird. For now though, it’s pretty good, and I plan to continue it. 3.75 stars

Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 1 (Ajin: Demi-Human, #1)

Ajin vol 1 by Tsuina Miura – This is definitely an interesting manga. I’m only one volume in so far and I’m rather intrigued. It takes place in a world where occasionally, someone doesn’t die when they’re supposed to. They find out they can’t die, and therefore that they’re an Ajin. In this world, Ajin are seen as not human, as a different species slowly infiltrating the human race. And thing is, until someone dies… and then doesn’t, nobody knows if they’re one of them or not. It’s really fascinating, and deals with some heavy topics. 3.5 stars

5 Centimeters per Second (5 Centimeters per Second, #1-2)

5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai – This is a one shot manga, following a pair of childhood friends as they grow up and grow apart. It had a sort of melancholy feel to it, and the author did a really good job at showing how the characters subtly pined for each other as they lost contact. I really enjoyed the emotional elements to this. The plot though was a bit sedated. Nothing really happened except the passage of time, and the ending was ultimately unsatisfying to me, but then again maybe that was the point. This manga was based on the animated movie I believe which I haven’t seen yet but I would like to. 3 stars

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 3

Blue Exorcist vol 3 by Kazue Kato – This series is definitely getting more interesting with each volume. It follows a young man who discovers he’s the son of satan in a world where demons are routinely exorcised. The main character decides to take control of his situation and join the exorcism academy, set on defeating satan. It has a lot of action elements, some good character development, and even a bit of humor here and there. I really like it. 3.75 stars

Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 2

Absolute Boyfriend vols 1-6 by Yuu Watase – This is essentially a quintessential shojo manga. I read the whole series this month, and it was a blast from the past and so, so very entertaining. This series follows a teenage girl who orders a robot boyfriend on a free trial, and then doesn’t return him quickly enough and is then stuck trying to pay him off. The AI in this is very life-like and without knowing he’s a robot, you’d never be able to tell.

I gotta tell ya, this series is like, absolutely insane. It’s completely over the top absurd and funny and really, don’t go into this expecting an actual serious plot. Just go with the flow and take each plot development with humor and you’ll love it. It’s. Nuts. 3.5-4.5 stars each


Other Stuff

  • I went to the bookstore this month! Like three times! Though I have a feeling it’s a luxury that’ll go away again. Spikes are a thing because nobody feels like taking preventative measures, apparently.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 134/100
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
    April – Pass
    May – Pass
    June – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 235

And that’s it! I actually read books this month (and bought books too, which hasn’t happened in a while). I’m glad I’m actually in the mood for novels again, I missed them.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/28/2020 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

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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The books, they are spreeeaaading

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Back in 2017, my husband and I moved into our current place. It’s a three-bedroom thing and we have no children currently. The idea was that we would have a bedroom and then each get a room to basically make our own.

My husband chose to make his an office. He’s a computer guy by profession, a tinkerer by heart, and a gamer when he’s not being either of those. So our office has his gaming rig, and like, a million spare computer parts all over the place. I do have a PC in there too for when we game together, but I’m in there maybe 5% of the time that he is, so it’s his space, I just visit.

My space however is my book room. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ve probably seen pictures or heard me yabber about it. My book room has six full size and one half size book cases in it, along with a big pleather recliner, a side table and a lamp. I have the shelves and walls decorated with various whats-its, so I’m pretty happy with how it is. There’s also a second chair in there, an antique rocking chair, and my husband will come in with me occasionally to read. My space, he just visits.

So about the books spreading. Recently – the last probably three or four months – you may have noticed I’ve purchased nothing but manga. And by nothing but I mean a lot of manga. I’ve increased my collection quite a bit as a result.

So, you know, get bored, buy manga. Eventually the manga overflows on my shelves. For a while I was triple stacked and very recently I decided to get another book case. Problem is, it won’t fit in the book room. Literally all the wall space is taken now.

So it has gone into the hallway outside the book room. I’m taking more space, it’s mine. I moved all the nonfiction out there and now all my manga are together and actually single-stacked.

The books are spreading, and soon they will be all over the house!

See look, isn’t it beautiful?!?!? :’D

That’s all, I just wanted to pretend I’m some monster from the black lagoon slowly taking over the world house.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/07/2020 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Update 1

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It’s June now! Back in April, Fantasy Bingo 2020 began. It’s a year-long reading bingo hosted by reddit’s r/Fantasy. If you’re interested in participating (You can start whenever and retroactively add books read after April 1st of this year) check out the details here.

This is the progress I’ve made so far. Books are subject to move around if I find a better book to go there.

So I’ve read six fantasy novels since April 1st, and luckily all of them counted for at least one category! So far, so good!

If you’re participating in Fantasy Bingo, do let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/06/2020 in Books

 

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June Currently Reading!

Currently Reading

Today is almost June and it’s blowing my mind, people. This is what I’m currently reading:

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I feel like I’ve been talking about this one for ages, but I’m still chuggin along. I rather like it so I’m hoping to finish it this month.

The Inheritance & Other Stories

The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm – I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and I’m bad because I was supposed to have it done today. In theory by the time this goes up it’ll actually be done – I only have about fifty pages left and I can knock that out in an hour. Regardless though, this is a short story collection and usually that’s not my jam, but I’m rather enjoying these. Probably because they’re Hobb-y.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This one is my current audio book and a bit outside my usual genre. I’m liking it so far though – the narration is compelling and the characters are interesting!


And that’s it! I’m keeping my currently reading books minimum right now – my ‘main’ read, a buddy read, and an audio book. The format is helping me keep books from falling to the wayside and get stuck on the back burner for years. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/31/2020 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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May Wrap Up | ’20

Wrap Up

Happy end-of-May! I read quite a bit this monthly, mostly manga still. I just can’t shake this kick that I’m in, I don’t know what’s up with it.

Anyways, this is what I read:

Books

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – While I did like this book, I fear I have the unpopular opinion of ‘it didn’t leave me wanting more’. I know there are like four or five books in this series now but honestly I don’t plan on continuing. I rated this highly, so don’t think it was because I didn’t like it, but I don’t know, it just didn’t really… ensnare me, I guess? 4 stars

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo

Shaman King vols 1-4 by Hiroyuki Takei – Shaman King is a series I read a lot as a teen. I used to own the first seven or eight volumes, and the first volume in particular – the one shown above – I’ve probably read fifty times. I ended up giving my copies to my sister though, who went on to collect the the entire 32 volumes of it. I decided since I’m stuck at home anyways, that I should finally read the whole thing. I like it just as much as I remember! 4, 3.5, 4, and 4 stars respectively

Waiting for Spring 1 (Waiting for Spring, #1)

Waiting for Spring vols 1-4 by Anashin – If you follow my wrap ups at all, you’ll know that I just read this back in March or so. Well, I read it again when I picked up the volumes physically, along with three more. I like it just as much as I did, and I do plan on getting more volumes in this series. This is a fluffy romance and it’s cute and I love it. 4, 4, 4, and 3.75 stars respectively

Yarichin Bitch Club, Vol. 1 (Yaoi Manga)

Yarichin Bitch Club vols 1-2 by Ogeretsu Tanaka – Honestly going from the synopsis, I went into this expecting it to be pwp, but surprisingly there is a plot, along with some pretty interesting character dynamics. I’m definitely interested in reading more of this but I still gotta tell ya, it’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever read. 3.5 and 4 stars respectively

The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Again, I’m an unpopular opinion here: I thought this book was alright. I didn’t hate it at all mind you. I thought it was cute. But I think the hype got to me about this one, and I didn’t rate it anywhere near the almost-constant five stars that I’ve been seeing around. It was enjoyable for what it was, though. 3.75 stars

Honey Darling (Yaoi Manga)

Honey Darling by Norikazu Akira – This was a cute one-shot romance fluff between a vet and a guy who has no idea how to care for a kitten. Went into it expecting fluff and that’s what I got. I rather liked it. 4 stars

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1  (Blue Exorcist, #1)

Blue Exorcist vols 1-2 by Kazue Kato – This is another series I borrowed from my sister along with Shaman King. This one she really likes, and it has an anime that my husband has seen and liked, but I’ve never been exposed to either. So I picked it up and aside from a sixteen year old being a professor, I’m rather enjoying the story. I’m gonna continue. 3.75 and 4 stars

Given, Vol. 1

Given vol 1 by Natsuki Kizu – This I picked up because I adore the anime. Honestly reading this had me wanting to really watch the whole thing start to finish, which I still might do. I rather liked this format, but for a story about music, I feel the anime does it a bit more justice. 4 stars

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vols 1-2 by Waco Ioka – This series I picked up having heard nothing about it and I unexpectedly found myself loving it. It’s so whimsical and Spirited Away-y. I did write a full spoiler-free blabber on it, if you’re interested. 4 and 4.5 stars

Takane & Hana, Vol. 2

Takane & Hana vol 2 by Yuki Shiwasu – I’m still luke-warm to this series unfortunately. I kinda like it, but there’s an uncomfortable age gap between the two main characters and it has the potential to get weird. It hasn’t… yet. And I’m holding out hope that it’ll go wholesome instead, but if it does go creepy, I’m dropping it, man. 3.5 stars

Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1

Candy Color Paradox vols 1-2 by Isaku Natsume – This one I really liked. The romance is sweet and both characters are rather likeable. It’s funny, too. I definitely plan on continuing this one. 3.75 and 4 stars

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And that’s it for books! I’m almost done with another, but it’s just too soon for me to add it to the list. It’ll be on next month’s for sure!


Other Stuff

  • Honestly nothing much of note has happened this month. Still being a hermit. I miss the bookstore.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 105/100
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
    April – Pass
    May – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 235

And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/30/2020 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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