RSS

Tag Archives: manga

May-June-y Book Haul | #18

Book Haul Base Banner

Hello, a haul today. And from this point until July 29th, I will not be purchasing any books. July 29th is the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and I’m gonna go bananas. So until then, I’m cutting myself off cold turkey. Part of me is all ‘nooooo~~~’ and the other part is ‘it’s like three weeks Emily, chill out – you’ll be fine’. 😛 I’ll probably be fine, haha.

In the meantime, I have corralled ten new books into my collection to tide me over.


20170709_094915The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I FINALLY FOUND A COPY OF THIS DAMN BOOK. You have no idea how often I’ve been all ‘I’m gonna get this book’ and then there wasn’t any copies available. Could I have just ordered it online? Yes, but I wanted to buy it in person. I wanted the instant gratification of ‘I FOUND IT’ and I got it and it was splendid. From what I’ve heard, this is one of the staple ‘welcome to the fantasy genre’ books and I wanna read it.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I did it – I caved. I’ve been sooo hesitant about buying this book for ages after reading Shiver and disliking it. But pretty much everyone who I’ve seen read this book has enjoyed it, even the ones who disliked Shiver… so, here goes nothing.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

What? I didn’t have a hardback copy of HP1? Nope, nope I didn’t. My original Harry Potter set, the one I re-read a billion times when I was younger, was paperback for vols 1-4 and hardback for 5-7. Recently, I’ve been trying to buy the hardbacks for the first four to have a complete hardback collection. I’ve been trying to pick them up used as well. This is the last one that I needed – do you know how hard it is to find a used Sorcerer’s Stone?! I’ve come across tons of copies of 2-4, but this is the first copy of the first one that I’ve found. So I snatched it and now it’s mine.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You know, I realized that I didn’t have any Austen books, nor have I actually read any. When my local B&N had a classics sale, I snatched up this book and the one I’m going to mention next. I figured this is the best entry for Austen I could get, since it seems to be the most loved. Wish me luck!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is another book I realized that I didn’t have but seems to be a staple. So I got this one in the sale, too. Hopefully I’ll like it – I’m very hesitant. Me and classics don’t usually mesh too well. I might end up listening on audio honestly. It’s easier for me to get through them that way, haha.

20170709_095022Chew vol 2 by John Layman

I picked up the first volume of this in the last haul and while reading it, I found it just okay… until the last few pages and then dammit, I liked it and I needed to read the rest. So here we are.

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

This one has been on my radar for a while. A trip to the comic book store had me carrying it around, so woot. :”D I’ve heard lovely things about it!

Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire

This is one that I’ve only heard about recently. It sounds super cute and neat though, so when I saw it on the shelves, I grabbed it. I feel like I’m in a comic kick at the moment. I’m hoping to actually read this relatively soon. :”D

20170709_095056

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Guess who got a $40 hardback graphic novel for $10. Me, that’s who. Woot. I feel like most of the time, when I read a graphic novel, I can rarely give it 5 stars. I’m hoping that with the length of this one, it’ll allow for enough character development and world building to get that rating from me. Here’s to hoping!

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

I’ve actually read this one since buying it and I really, really enjoyed it 😀 I feel like if I break my ‘no books’ ban between now and the 29th, it’ll be for the other volume of this series. We’ll see if I can hold out. This was a nice, heart-twanging book. I really, really liked it.


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
10 Comments

Posted by on 07/09/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

So uh… I went to another library sale | Book Haul #17

As the title says, I went to another one. 😛 Aaaaand there’s yet another one nearby this coming weekend. I’m going to try really hard to stay away, haha.

But I got a lot of books – some from that sale, some from Half Price Books, some bought out-right. 😛 Heeeeere we go.


IMG_20170517_190456_404

So, each one of these I’m very excited for…. and each one of these (aside from the ones I’ve already read, will likely take me a while to get to. I’ve reached the ‘I realize I have a problem’ epiphany. So I’m going to uh… attempt a ban? I guess? I’m not sure how I wanna go about it yet. I’ve done the read-5-buy-1 and it didn’t stick, I’ve gone cold turkey and it didn’t stick… so I’m not sure how to go about it, hyuck. Do let me know if you have any ideas that will be easier on my very undisciplined self-discipline. 😛

But if you’ve been planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D I’d love to do a buddy read!

 
10 Comments

Posted by on 05/17/2017 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Character Dating Profile | Bout of Books 19

InuyashaHater1

My self-summary:

I, Sesshoumaru, require a mate.

What I’m doing with my life:

Seeking to destroy Naraku, Inuyasha and any other bastard who dares cross me. Also, constant traveling.

I’m really good at:

Cross-country hiking, seeking revenge on my enemies, killing, throwing rocks at small demons

Favorite books, movies, shows, musics and food: 

I, Sesshoumaru, do not have knowledge of ‘movies’, and I, Sesshoumaru, do not eat human food.

The six things I could never do without:

Tokijin, acid claws, acid whip, transformation abilities, thirst for revenge…. and Tenseiga, I, Sesshoumaru, suppose.

I spend a lot of time thinking about:

The deaths of my enemies, where to get long-lasting shoes for walking.

On a typical Friday night I am: 

In the woods, on a trail, or killing something.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit:

I, Sesshomaru, owe nobody explanation.

I’m looking for:

A mate for mating purposes.

You should message me if:

You are a powerful female who doesn’t mind amputees, kids or pets and has a thirst for power.


Bout of Books

And that’s it. I modelled the profile off OkCupid’s profile setup, so that’s where the section headers came from. And if you don’t know the person I wrote about, it’s Sesshoumaru – Inuyasha’s half-brother from the manga Inuyasha. I tried to keep him semi-in-character but I couldn’t help but throw a couple OOC things in there, hawhaw. This challenge was seriously fun – I might make it a semi-regular occurrence on this blog, honestly.

Happy reading!

 
1 Comment

Posted by on 05/11/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Top 5 Non-Written Novels

Top 5 Wednesday

Aaaaand it’s hump day again, whop whop. This week’s topic is non-written novels – manga, comics, audiobooks, yada yada. And hey would you look at that, I like all of these things. If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to join the group!

If you’re even a semi-regular viewer of this blog, none of these titles should surprise you.


5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1  (Fruits Basket #1)23 volumes long. (I own 9 or so, but have read all 23)

This series I started reading when I was in high school (actually, all five series I’ve listed I’ve been reading since high school. Each one has been read over and over throughout the past decade). This particular series is a light-hearted comedy with hints of romance following a girl who finds herself taken in by her classmate and his family after she’s discovered living in a tent on the family property. She then stumbles across the family’s secret – the family is cursed by the signs of the zodiac, each one transforming into an animal when hugged by the opposite sex.

It’s cute, it’s funny and at times it gets kinda dark. It’s super good.

4. Death Note by Tsugumi OhbaDeath Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

12 volumes long. (I own 9, but used to own all 12. Long story that I’ll likely make a post about at some point)

I’ve noticed this series becoming rather popular again lately, especially with people who haven’t really read manga before. Well. Good, I say! Buy manga! Read manga! If you liked this series and want others, check out this list, ask me for more recommendations! The manga sections of stores in my area have gotten smaller lately – buy more so the sections get bigger again! Do it!

If you haven’t read or heard of this series before, it follows a young man who picks up a notebook dropped by a shinigami, a god of death. When a name is written in the notebook, that person dies. This series explores good and evil and lawfulness and chaos and all the gray areas of life. And it’s a super good thriller. Ahhh I love this series. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread it.

3. InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)56 volumes long. (I own 25 or so but have read all 56)

Inuyasha was my gateway anime (and gateway manga). It’s the one I have the most nostalgia for and will be a fan of for life. I’m slowly collecting the episodes on dvd and now that I think of it, should look into finding a bluray box set or something.

This series following a young woman, Kagome, who is dragged into an ancient well on her family’s shrine only to emerge 500 years in the past, smack in the middle of the Japanese Feudal Era. This is the feudal era of myth though – full of demons and spirits and lore. The story takes off when Kagome finds Inuyasha, a half-demon who has been pinned to a tree and kept in a deep sleep for 50 years.

This series man. Action, comedy, romance, tragedy, drama, conspiracy, EVERYTHING. I love this series! Both the anime and the manga are fantastic, so pick whichever one you want.

2. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu ArakawaFullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

27 volumes long. (I own all 27)

Honestly this one might be tied with my number one. Depending on the day, these two can swap places. I’m very happy to see this series picking up steam with readers who are just getting manga as well. This series seriously deserves every bit of praise it gets. One of the most intensive, epic, funny, serious, emotionally draining, entertaining series I’ve ever read, manga or otherwise. It just has everything.

For those who haven’t read it, it follows a pair of brothers as they try to regain their bodies. When the boys were young, their mother died. They attempted the forbidden art of human alchemy to revive her but severely underestimated the price. In exchange for their mortal crime, Ed lost his arm and leg and Alphonse lost his whole body. Now only his soul remains, tethered to the suit of armor you see in the cover. This series, man. This. Series. I need to reread it. Again.

1. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 0128 volumes long. (I own all 28)

My favorite series ever I think (maybe tied with #2). It follows a young man living in Meija Era Japan who during the bloody Bakumatsu revolution acted as a manslayer, killing hundreds of people. He now wanders aimlessly, having vowed to never kill again and protect everyone he can, but his past has a way of staying with him.

This series, if you hadn’t guessed, is historical fiction. The characters in it are based off real historical figures from the time period and between chapters, the author will give little blurbs of where he got his inspiration. I love this series. I’ve said that about every one listed here but I seriously love this series. It has action and comedy and suspense and plot twists and history and all sorts of stuff. I love it so much. 


So overall, if you take anything away from this post, it’s that if you don’t read manga already, you should really give it a chance. There’s some fantastic storytelling to be found here. Happy reading.

 

 
5 Comments

Posted by on 02/15/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

January Book Haul | #14

It’s that time of month again, the time where I show you how little self-control I have. Woot.

Between gift cards I’d received for Christmas, two different bargain outlet stores and just me burning through series and ‘NEEDING THE NEXT ONE NAOOOWWWWGHGHWOGHGH’ I’ve accumulated a lot of books this month. So here they are:

20170129_090706

So this is all of them together. I’m gonna go into a bit further detail this time around because I wanna. :”D

20170129_090758First, I wanna point out and be happy at my local bargain outlet. I mean seriously guys. Hardbacks. Look how much. If you’ve ever wondered how I end up with so many books each month, this is how. Seriously, can’t beat it. They’re new, too! Overstock is a lovely thing, ladies and gentlemen.

And this month, I’ve fallen into a YA fantasy kick. A huge one – it’ll be evident in the Wrap Up I’ll post in a few days. But I’ve been on a streak and that’s basically all I’ve been reading. Half the books below I’ve already zoomed through and there are others I’m currently working on and almost done with as well.

20170129_090853

The few books I got this month that weren’t YA fantasy were manga, sci-fi or cookbooks. I’ll start with the cookbook, which was actually a Christmas present from my fiance that I forgot to haul last month because I’m a ding dong. But if you’ve ever seen the show ‘Good Eats’, you’ll see why I’m obsessed with this book. It has recipes, snippets from the show, all sorts of stuff. I’ve been pining after it for years and my lovey was kind enough to give it to me for Christmas. :”D I like him.

img_20161225_125656_257

I spent all the gift cards I got for Christmas on manga, as my local bookstores (both of them!) were having a buy-two-get-one sale. I kinda went nuts. I also purchased vols 6-10 of Attack on Titan as well, but they’re currently lent out so they’re not pictured. I’m obsessed with this series like I haven’t been with a manga for years. It’s been years guys. I missed buying volumes and buzzing through them. It’s a nice feeling.

20170129_090935

And finally, this last purchase was a total cover-buy. I read the back and it definitely sounded like it’d be something up my alley but honestly I would have walked right past it if it wasn’t so beautiful. It caught my eye and drew me right to it. The last time I bought a book this way, it ended up being one of my favorites of all time (*cough* The Fold *cough*) so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one just as much. I’ve linked my instagram video I made of me taking off the cover below. LOOK AT IT. LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS OH MY GOSH.

IT'S SO LOVELY 😢 . . . #bookstagram #bookhaul #books #beautiful

A post shared by Emily (@embuhley) on

So that’s it for this month! As I’ve said, a good deal of these I ended up reading this month too, so I thinking I’m doing rather decently. If you’ve read any of these, do let me know! 😀

Happy reading!

 

 
1 Comment

Posted by on 01/29/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic is villains, and apparently, I haven’t read many books with actual ‘villains’. It took me a while to come up with this list, and they’re all comic characters anyways. So whatevs. :”D

Here is the link to the goodreads group if you’d like to join.


5. Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona

NimonaHe’s the most adorable villain I’ve come across, and while he’s evil, I get the feeling he’s not truly evil. He’s a cutie pie and I like him.

 

 

 

4. Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z

Image result for vegeta mangaI feel like Vegeta is one of those characters that while he goes through a lot of character development and becomes a bit nicer, I can still see him going nutso and destroying everything. He’s develops but sticks to his original character, if that makes sense.

 

 

 

 

3. Wrath from Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)Specifically in the manga. In the original anime series, Wrath is a different character. And I’m not going to put a picture of them because they’re identity is a bit of a spoiler. But Wrath is one of those characters that chills me, and I love it.

 

 

 

 

2. Light Yagami from Death Note

Image result for light yagami mangaThe term ‘villain’ here is relative. Some see him as a hero, some an anti-hero, some a villain. I personally think he’s a butt, so he’s a villain to me. Either way though, he’s definitely a fascinating character. If you haven’t read or watched this series yet, DO IT.

 

 

 

1. Naraku from Inuyasha

Image result for naraku mangaThis guy is such an ass, and what I love best about him is that he’s so good at it. He’s able to manipulate the rest of the characters to his whim, pit them against each other and leak falsehoods into their trust for each other without even getting his hands dirty. He’s so good at being a bad guy. I hate him! 😀

 

 

 

 

.


And that’s it! Happy reading. 😀

 
1 Comment

Posted by on 11/30/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

The Deserted Island Book Tag

Hello, a tag today. :”D I was tagged by The Orang-utan Librarian, so thank you!

Water — A book you simply cannot live without

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

I’d have to say Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki. This was essentially one of my first gateway manga and I’ve reread the series so many times that the first volume’s cover doesn’t even offer any resistance when I open it more. It just lays open for me. I love this series and it’ll be my favorite forever.

 

Food — A book that is a close second on your favourites list

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

Another manga – Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. When I was a teenager, I read almost solely manga. I did read books, but these predominated. This was another series that became one of my staples. I haven’t reread this one quite as often, but it’s definitely up there. If you’re looking for a manga to start but don’t know which to pick, I recommend this one. It’s. So. Good.

 

Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Again, I’ve reread this book so many times – I used to rent and re-rent it out of the library when I was younger, and when I’m there I feel home, so I thought it would be the perfect choice. 😀

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read

(What does a flare gun have to do with it, you silly). Again, not to repeat myself, but Fullmetal Alchemist. I’ve found it’s easier to get people who don’t read to pick up comics instead of novels. And this one – the story, the characters – I’m thinking it might be enough to pull them in.

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart

The Night Circus

I’m going with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book is so whimsical and light and dark and fluffy and dense and all around lovely. I was swept away when I read this and I still think about it. I wrote a review on it, if you’re interested.

 

 

Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading

Usually for questions like this, I choose Harry Potter or one of the Pokemon novelizations, but there’s another one I just thought of. When I was little, before I could actually read, my dad would read this book to my sister and I. I don’t know the title of it and probably wouldn’t even recognize the cover at this point, but I remember it was a nonfiction about animals where there would be pages of animals in their habitats with numbers by them. At the bottom of the page, there would be a legend with the number that would state the name of the animal, where they lived, what they ate, etc. I remember loving that my dad would let me find the right number, then he would read me what it said. If anyone knows what book I’m talking about, let me know. We don’t have a copy of it anymore, and my father states he doesn’t remember it. I want to find it!


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
4 Comments

Posted by on 10/06/2016 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

 
MetalPhantasmReads

Book reviews, tags and music stuff

It's Simply Me, Jasmine

Simply just a teenage girl living in the UK, with her own little corner on the Internet!

Maxxesbooktopia

A place where books and imaginations spring into life

toomuchofabooknerd

forever crying about YA books

Lainey Kress

BA in English from Iowa | 25 | Writer