Happy end of February! My reading month was pretty decent, though I admit my blogging has suffered a bit. I’m hoping to turn it around in March, but we’ll see how it goes.
This is what I read:
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin – I’m very late to this train, but I absolutely loved this book. I did a blabber on it earlier this month, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. This story takes place in a world that ends over and over again, and follows the people trying to live there.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – This was another favorite of the month, I absolutely adored it. A review for this one though likely won’t be coming, just because it’s been so long since I finished it. But who knows, maybe I’ll get inspired. But I loved this book just as much as the one above – I couldn’t pick a favorite between the two.
The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – Unfortunately this book really disappointed me. I picked it up off a recommendation from one of my buddies so I was hoping to love it, buuuuut I didn’t. I felt the ending was too abrupt, and the characterization was one dimensional. I tried to read this with a mindset knowing it was middle grade or just above but I feel like I would have disliked this even if I had been twelve. Sorry pal.
Ouran High School Host Clubvols 8-18 by Bisco Hatori – I finished it! I finished my reread! Well, according to Goodreads it’s my “initial” read, but I did read it back in 2006 or so during high school. This reread though showed that the series holds up over the test of time. There are definitely some jokes in it that haven’t aged well, but overall? it’s pretty good. It was just as funny and sweet as I remember, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
3.25 stars – 4.5 stars each
Shaman Kingvol 9 by Hiroyuki Takei – I’m really trying to catch up with this series. My sister lent it to me back in like April or May, so I’d have something to read during the plague, but I’m a bad sister and haven’t binged it yet like she’d hoped. I’m hoping to get a lot farther into it in March, or even complete it. We shall see.
So far the story is pretty decent. This specific volume wasn’t my favorite but I do like the series overall.
No striking ones this month, but I feel like that’s going to change in March. I’ve been eyeing another DBZ fanfic, and was just waiting for the right time to start it.
2021 Reading Goals
Read 100 books – 24/100
Reduce physical fiction tbr to 185 – 215
Reduce manga tbr to 50 – 147
Maintain blog schedule –
Finish my 10 in 2021 list – 1/10
15 things read this month
9 things purchased this month
Total money spent: 133.80
And that’s it! Lemme know how your reading month went!
Happy Saturday! This month I picked up a few things, mostly manga, but there’s a couple books in there too. This is what I got:
As you can see, I picked up eight things – two books, six manga!
InuyashaVizbig editions vols 9 and 10 by Rumiko Takahashi – I finally caved. I’ve been collecting the original editions of this manga for years, but they’ve gone out of print and with the sequel coming out and the series getting popular again, the single volumes have become really hard to find, and when I do find them, they’re expensive. So I’ve decided to just pick up where my singles left off and get the bind up editions which are still in print and much more affordable. I believe I have eight more bind up volumes to get after this before I have the full collection!
O Maidens in Your Savage Season vols 7 and 8 by Mari Okada – These are the last two volumes in the series, now my collection is complete! I picked up this series I think two years ago and loved it. I’m gonna do a whole reread of this, I’m pretty pumped about it.
Given vol 5 by Natsuki Kizu – I need to catch up on this series. I loved the anime and at this point in the manga, it has to be past the end of the first season. Here’s hopin’.
Magus of the Library vol 4 by Mitsu Izumi – Same with this series, I need to catch up! I read the first volume and adored it. I’m hoping to binge the whole thing at some point here.
The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin – After completely adoring the first book, I had to pick these two up right away. I’m in the middle of the second one now and I’m really liking it.
And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know! Happy reading!
Happy end of January! I swear, this month went so fast. It still feels like March of 2020, but that’s another story.
Anyways, I read nine things this month, most of them manga. This is what I completed:
Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb – I wrote a blabber for this one, if you’re interested. I buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooksand found this final book in its trilogy to be… decent. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either. It was decent. For more in depth thoughts, check out that blabber.
Ouran High School Host Club vols 3-7 by Bisco Hatori – This is a such a pleasant, ridiculous series. I originally read this back in high school, but that was before Goodreads, so it’s my first time officially marking it as read. This past summer for my 30th birthday I bought myself the box set of this series, and I’m now making my way through it. There are 18 volumes total, so I’m hoping to finish it by March or so. This series is so outrageous and over the top, it’s fluffy and nice and wholesome. Some of the vocab it uses is outdated though and can be considered offensive, so fair warning. It was made back in the mid 2000s.
But overall? So far I’m really enjoying this series. 3.25-4 stars each.
Kamisama Kiss vol 1 by Julietta Suzuki – This one I picked up last year some time after a recommendation to do so ‘if I want more series like Inuyasha’. So far it’s decent but I feel like I’ll need more volumes to make a full judgement on the thing.
Yana Toboso Black Butler Artworks vol 2 by Yana Toboso – Technically this isn’t manga but it’s the closest category. This is a book of extra arts by the author of Black Butler. It’s a gorgeous book itself, on top of the art included within, and I really hope I can find the English translation of vol 1 at some point.
I’ve been reading a lot of fanfics recently, and some of the more well-known ones have entries in Goodreads. So I’m going to start covering the ones I read on a couple conditions: 1) if they’re popular enough to have a Goodreads entry, therefore count as a book toward my Goodreads goal, or 2) I just really liked it to the point where I want to share what it is. I’m sure there will be a lot I read that aren’t worth mentioning, but the good ones I’ll be sure to link to.
This month I read one notable one, namely You’ll Be the Death of Me by Niteryde, which is a Dragon Ball Z fanfiction that tells the story of the three year gap between future Trunks warning of the imminent android invasion and when they arrive. It focuses mainly on Bulma and Vegeta, and how the two came together, because it’s a canon thing that they did, but it’s never talked about how. So this fanfiction writes the story of their romance, and I really enjoyed it. 4 stars
2021 Reading Goals
Read 100 books – 9/100
Reduce physical fiction tbr to 185 – 200
Reduce manga tbr to 50 – 152
Maintain blog schedule –
Finish my 10 in 2021 list – 0/10
9 things read this month
6 things purchased this month
Total money spent: $99.47
And that’s it! Lemme know how your reading month went. Happy reading!
It’s second-to-last-day-of-Blogmas! Today’s post is my updated book collection!
Overview of book room:
I’m pretty happy with how it is. The nonfiction has been moved to the hallway, and honestly most of it is my husband’s, so I’m not gonna bother going over it. For the two piles shown in the last picture, the left two are books that have been purged. I’ll be dropping them off at my sister in law’s free little library. The two piles on the right are books I’ve borrowed from friends and family.
Manga and graphic novels
You can see my 10 in 2021 books on top in that last pic there. In addition to the manga shown, I have quite a few lent out. Not shown are: Ten Count 6, Rave Master 1-10, Demon Diary 1-7, Delicious in Dungeon 1-4, Inuyasha 1-5, The Way of the House Husband 1-2, Pandora Hearts 1, Trigun 1-2, Trigun Maximum 1-4, and Tokyo Ghoul 1-4 (though Tokyo Ghoul isn’t mine – it’s my husband’s).
Right now, my shelves are ordered by read and unread, followed by author (more or less). The last pic is what I’m currently reading and a couple books on the back-burner. Like the manga, I also have a lot of fiction lent out. Not shown: Uprooted, The Bear and the Nightingale, House of Leaves, Assassin’s Apprentice, Assassin’s Quest, Senlin Ascends, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, The Poppy War, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, King of Scars, Throne of Glass, and Isle of Blood.
And that’s it! Those are my books as of today. Tomorrow is Blogmas day Last!
Hiiiii it’s my favorite post of the year! My favorite books!
Today’s post is also a Top Ten Tuesday post, but I’m doing it slightly out of order. Technically last week was the official ‘fave books’ topic, but I wanted to actually finish 2020 before picking, in case I had a last minute favorite! So we’re rolling with it.
I read 171 books this year and I have ten to talk about. My favorite books of 2020. These are ranked from ‘least favorite favorite’ to ‘most favorite favorite’:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This got a 4.5 from me, the only 4.5 on this list out of the twenty-something 4.5s I gave this year. This is the 4.5-iest and my fave out of the ones with the same ranking.
I’m so late on this bandwagon man. I don’t know why I never read this before. I buddy-read this with two irl friends, one of which had read it a million times already and was just amused at us other two as we read. It. Was. Great. I loved this book.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thingby Hank Green – I gotta tell ya, I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I’m a sucker for the big dumb object trope I guess, and this book also went into a really interesting commentary on how sudden internet fame can affect a person. This book was my only 4.75 rating of the year.
I bought the sequel to this book right after it came out, and it’s on my 10 in 2021 list so I hope to get to it soon!
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino – This is where the five stars start. This is the ‘lowest’ of the fives, but it’s still a five, and honestly I don’t give those out very easily.
This one-shot manga, contrary to its name, talks about a very serious topic. The main character finds a diary of a girl with terminal pancreatic disease, and it tells the story of him befriending her, all while she knows she’s going to die soon.
Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – What’s a favorites list without a Hobb novel? This is the first book in the Soldier Son trilogy and I think my favorite of the three (I’m about six chapters away from the end of the last one, so unless it totally wows me, this is my fave). This is also the last series by Hobb that I have to read. After this, I need to find something to fill the void.
This series follows a young man as his life is thrown in a direction he did not expect, and deals with court politics and shamanic magic and it gets dark after a while. Robin Hobb really puts her characters through it. But this first book, I loved. And I hope I end up loving this last one as much as I did this one. I hope I hope I hope.
The Phantom of the Operaby Gaston Leroux – The second classic to make this list, and man I was not expecting to love this, but hey, I did. This isn’t the only gothic horror novel I read this year and because of it I think I’ve discovered a love for a new genre.
It’s so, well, horrifying and creepy and unsettling and I loved it.
I’ve been sleeping on this book for years – my buddy originally tried to get me to read it in high school fifteen years ago. I read half of it and got distracted. Shame on me!
I picked it up again this year and absolutely loved it. It’s so eerie and unsettling and compelling. I loved it!
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – Another unexpected favorite! Really, I loved this book. I still don’t own a copy though, I gotta pick one up.
This is a mystery thriller set at an acting university that focuses on Shakespearean plays. The tone this book has is awesome and the plot as it unfolded was so great. I couldn’t stop reading.
Out of all the books I’ve read this year, this is the one I think about the most.
Our Dining Tableby Mita Ori – This is a fluffy one shot manga I picked up at the very beginning of 2020 that honestly I only bought on a whim. Definitely didn’t expect it to become one of my favorite manga of all time but there you go, I guess.
This is a romance between the two adults on the cover and is super stinking cute. It’s so wholesome and soft and lovely and if you need something to brighten your day, this is the manga for you.
Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko – This is my favorite novel of the year, hands down. This book was just so eerie and weird and confusing in the best way. The whole time in the book, I felt like I almost understood what was going on. And for some reason, the way the book was written, being confused made me want to read more not less.
Honestly I still don’t fully understand what I read. But. it. was. awesome.
Black Butler by Yana Toboso – Anyone who’s read even a few of my posts this year probably isn’t surprised by this. I read the entire 28 volumes of the series that were out when I first picked the series up this year. Since, vol 29 came out as well and I’m gonna read that too. So yes, this number one spot, my favorite of the year, is this entire series. I feel like pointing out individual volumes was pointless. All of them were between four and five stars, the vast majority of them 4.5 or 5. This series is awesome.
This is a wonder, funny, dark, twisty, comical story of a boy who sells his soul to a devil to get revenge on those who slaughtered his family. And then it’s so much more than that. It’s so great. It’s so well written, it’s so well paced, the characters are so well developed. I. love. it.
And that, that is it, ladies and gents. My favorite books of the year. 2020 was a shit year but for reading? It was great!
Read 50 books (later amended to 100) – Success. I read 171.
Maintain a consistent posting schedule – Success. I was kinda iffy in January, but throughout the rest of the year, I posted at least three times per week, every week.
Keep track of reading statistic – Success. They will be below.
Reduce physical TBR to 200 – Success. There is a caveat to this one. I ended up amending this to ‘reduce physical fictional TBR to 200′ because nonfiction is a different thing and I don’t feel like coffee table books and whatnot should be held against me. So it’s basically novels. Manga is also its own list, this is just books. But yes, I hit 200 on the 26th of December!
Look at that! I did all four goals! I don’t think I’ve ever done that before to be honest.
So just like last year, I kept track of my reading stats in a spreadsheet and made some charts!
So the beginning of lockdown definitely showed my best reading. I read almost 40 things during April! My lowest reading month was November, which makes sense since I was doing Nanowrimo.
161 books were read for the first time
7 were rereads
3 were DNFs
99 of the books read were purchased in 2020 (mostly manga, tbh)
1 was a gift
34 were on my shelf from a previous year
37 were borrowed either via library or service
115 were manga
11 were hardback
14 were trade paperback
2 were mass market paperback
12 were ebooks
14 were audiobooks
2 were graphic novels
1 was a picture book
Out of the novels:
27 were adult
12 were YA
1 was middle grade
1 was a kid’s book
3 were new adult
Out of the manga:
46 were rated T (Teen)
68 were rated OT (Older teen)
13 were rated M (Mature)
140 were female
29 were male
1 was unknown
1 was two authors
123 authors were from Japan
35 were from the US
5 were from the UK
4 were from South Korea
2 were from New Zealand
1 was from France
1 was from Ukraine
28 had no diversity
50 contained a combination of diverse types
6 were LGBT+ diverse
81 were racially diverse
6 had diverse authors
2 were under 100 pages
84 were between 100-199 pages
45 were between 200-299 pages
19 between 300-399 pages
11 between 400-499 pages
4 between 500-599 pages
2 between 700-799 pages
1 between 800-899 pages
1 between 900-999 pages
2 were over 1000 pages
3 were published during the 1920s or earlier
1 in the 40s
3 in the 70s
42 in the 2000s
13 in 2010
9 in 2011
7 in 2012
5 in 2013
7 in 2014
13 in 2015
13 in 2016
16 in 2017
10 in 2018
23 in 2019
6 in 2020
Finally, the ratings! It’s a bell-ish curve? I guess?
3 were 1 star (the DNFs)
2 were 2 stars
2 were 2.5 stars
1 was 2.75 stars
11 were 3 stars
36 were 3.5 stars
18 were 3.75 stars
54 were 4 stars
5 were 4.25 stars
24 were 4.5 stars
1 was 4.75 stars
14 were 5 stars!
It’s been a while since I had this many five star books, I’m pretty excited about it! I’ll go over them in more detail later in the week during my top books of the year post!
And that is it. A year’s worth of books and now I need a nap I think. Here’s hoping 2021 is bright and shining and hopeful and full of good books.
So during the past few months, I’ve purchased 0 books in an effort to get my physical fictional TBR down. And today is the last day, it’s over! I’m also happy to say that because of it, I’m definitely gonna reach my goal. I’m 1 book away, and with this TBR listed below, I’ll 100% achieve it, yay.
Though I gotta say, I probably won’t buy any books until after Christmas. I requested a few from friends and fam, and they’re the top ones I’d like, so I don’t wanna go buy them now.
After Christmas though, it’s on, man.
Starting this Saturday the 19th, I’m on vacation until January 4th. I have an entire 16 days off work in a row and because of the plague, I won’t really be going anywhere. Sure, I’ll play porch santa with friends and family – dropping their gifts off and running away – but I won’t be socializing or sharing meals with anyone aside from my husband. We might do some video calls to family but otherwise, nothing much.
That means I’m going to have a lot of open time, particularly the 21st through the 23rd, as I’m off work and my husband isn’t. So I’m gonna do a lot of reading. At least, I’m going to try to.
This is what (tentatively) I plan on picking up:
The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – I picked this one up last night and am only a few pages in so far. I was luke warm to the first one, so I’m hoping I will enjoy this one more.
Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead – This is my current audio book and again I’m only a tad into it. I think I bought this book when I was 14 or so. It was one of my first purchases when I really got into reading fiction, but for some reason I never actually picked it up. So here’s hoping I love it.
Serpent & Doveby Shelby Mahurin – This is a buddy read I’m doing with a friend irl and honestly I feel like I’m reading a different book than everyone else. It gets super good reviews but honestly so far I’m not super impressed. Granted, I’m only about half way through so that could change but honestly it kinda reads like a fanfiction to me. If you’ve read this and loved it, please tell me what I’m missing (without spoiling if you can, please). This book we have on schedule to finish by the new year.
Renegade’s Magicby Robin Hobb – This is another buddy read! I’m reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’s a bit slow-going. I don’t know what it is about this book, but it’s lagging for me. I’m enjoying it for what it is, mind you, but it’s not the kind of book I can binge read. We’re doing four chapters a week at the moment, so this probably won’t be finished until 2021 unless something happens in the plot where it makes us go ‘LET’S JUST READ THE LAST 300 PAGES IN ONE SHOT NOW, OK’. But yeah, will be reading this, but probably won’t finish it with the pace (and I don’t know if my brain would let me even if we wanted to).
The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – This is another book I’ve owned for a long time, but haven’t read yet. I figured, it’s the perfect time of year. The Dead Days referred to in the book are the days between Christmas and New Year’s, so I’m gonna read it then! This is a favorite book of a buddy of mine so I’m hoping I love it too.
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori – I used to love this series as a teen and figured it was time for a reread. I have the box set so I’m hoping to get through the whole thing. I feel like it’s been ages since I picked up a manga due to me trying to make that physical TBR goal so I’m particularly pumped about this.
Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto – This is another one I read back when I was a teen, and am rereading. I’m about half way through the series – on volume 5 out of 8, so I’m hoping to finish this one as well.
Hotel Africaby Hee Jung Park – I read vol 1 of this last year and loved it. I’m about half way through this one and am liking it as well! I only have volume 2 to read. There is a mysterious volume 3 listed on Goodreads but I don’t know if it ever actually came out or not. Ho hum.
And that’s it! I’m hoping to get to more manga as well honestly, but I don’t wanna lock myself into what exactly I’m going to read. Let me know what you’re planning on doing for the rest of the year because really, I’m just gonna be a lump and I’m so excited.
Well hi! Today is a combination of two posts I try to do every year. Mostly for my own sanity, this year I’m combining them into one: My unfinished series and ones I’ll be discontinuing. We’ll start with the ones I won’t be continuing, then go onto the ones I will be.
So, the only one above that I might continue at some point is Snow Like Ashes, because I do own the first one. I have read the second, but I don’t own it. Aaaand if I were to ever read the third, I’d have to reread the first two. Right now I don’t see myself doing that, but hey, it could happen.
Series that I started this year and have decided to discontinue:
The majority of these I read and wasn’t too impressed with. The only exceptions to this were Again!! and Every Heart a Doorway. Both of them I did like, but I just feel no urge to continue them.
Ongoing series from last year’s post that I do plan on continuing:
And how many of them I’ve read. If I’ve increased the amount that I’ve read from last year, I’ll bold the number.
2/3 read, 3 owned
1/3 read, 2 owned
9/11 read, 0 owned
2/3 read, 3 owned
2/30 read, 20 owned
4/12 read, 4 owned
2/6 read, 2 owned
2/16 read, 6 owned
3/35 read, 11 owned
4/26 read, 4 owned
18/56 read, 26 owned
4/14 read, 4 owned
3/10 read, 6 owned
18/33 read, 18 owned
4/5 read, 4 owned
1/7 read, 0 owned
1/2 read, 2 owned
2/3 read, 3 owned
1/4 read, 3 owned
1/3 read, 2 owned
3/5 read, 0 owned
2/6 read, 6 owned
1/3 read, 3 owned
5/8 read, 8 owned
1.5/9 read, 2 owned
2/3 read, 2 owned
4/4 read, 3 owned
3/4 read, 3 owned
New series I started this year and plan on continuing:
And how many of them I’ve read.
12/18 read, 12 owned
1/13 read, 1 owned
1/2 read, 2 owned
28/29 read, 28 owned
2/6 read, 4 owned
3/18 read, 4 owned
1/7 read, 3 owned
1/5 read, 3 owned
1/2 read, 2 owned
1/7 read, 2 owned
4/14 read, 7 owned
1/5 read, 2 owned
2/15 read, 0 owned
8/28 read, 0 owned
2/3 read, 3 owned
3/27 read, 0 owned
1/7 read, 3 owned
3/6 read, 3 owned
2/4 read, 4 owned
1/17 read, 1 owned
2/3 read, 3 owned
4/8 read, 8 owned
1/3 read, 1 owned
2/14 read, 2 owned
Aaaand that’s it. I had no idea I was in the middle of so many series until just now, when I went through and listed them all out.
I think one of my 2021 read goals is going to be to finish some of these, holy cow. Also, this list does not include series that I ended up finishing this year or series that are unfinished, but I’m currently caught up with. So keep that in mind, too.
Happy December! Today’s topic is ‘books I want to read again’ and is open to a bit of interpretation, so I’m going with ‘ones I wish I could read again for the first time’. I’m going to add the caveat of ‘and if it’s set towards a younger audience, I would also like to be right in that age bracket again to read it’. Today I have eight to talk about, and their images are all going to be different sizes because reasons so work with me here.
Ella Enchantedby Gail Carson Levine – I think I first read this when I was ten or eleven and I remember being completely entranced. I really wish I could warp back to that age and read it again.
Fullmetal Alchemistby Hiromu Arakawa – This is one of the best manga series I’ve ever read. The plot is just so dynamic and thrilling and funny and intense and I remember waiting on baited breath for each new volume to come out. Man, I miss it.
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki – This was my first ever ‘favorite manga’, and it’s still really up there. My copy of volume one has been read so many times that the cover just lays flat when you open it – no resistance whatsoever.
Harry Potter – I think this one would make a lot of peoples’ lists. I just wish all my memories of it hadn’t been tainted.
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – This is one of my favorite series of all time and I would really love to experience it fresh. I did reread it recently and it was just as great as ever but it just wasn’t the same as the original read.
Black Butlerby Yana Toboso – This is a series I just read for the first time this year and I already wanna reread it. I lent my whole series to my sister, who’s now reading it so I’m living vicariously through her.
Death Noteby Tsugumi Ohba – This series was such a masterpiece – the pacing, the build up and the climax, all of it was absolutely awesome. I’d love to read it again for the first time.
And that’s it! I know I’m supposed to pick ten but… I feel like the last two would have been just arbitrary choices to fill the list, so I stuck with eight. Lemme know what you think!
Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is ‘Thanksgiving freebie’ so I’m interpreting it as ‘fantasy worlds I’m thankful for’.
So basically, these are fantasy worlds I jumped into during important parts of my life, where they either helped me make some friends from shared interests or they were a safe haven when life was stressful. They’re worlds I think about all the time, even if I haven’t read the books they’re from in years.
Dragon Ball Zby Akira Toriyama – I first got into this one when I was nine years old or so, when there were new episodes playing weekdays at 5pm after school. This was one of my gateway animes (I did later read the manga, so it counts as a book, shh). This was one that both my sister and my dad got really into too – and the three of us would watch the new episodes together. My husband and I right now are watching through the original Dragon Ball, and after we’ll pick of this series – it’ll be his first time watching it, I’m pumped.
Pokemon – Again, I got into this one really young, when I was around eight or nine years old. While the last one I used to bond with my family, this one really cemented me to my friends, particularly in fourth grade. None of those friends have really stuck, unfortunately, except for one or two. But it is how it is. Nine year old me though loved it. And now as an adult, I never really grew out of Pokemon. I feel like I’m not alone in this as well – that the creators know their target audience has aged and are still interested. I think it’s great, hah. The book I selected is the first in a series of chapter books written in the late 90s. I read this thing so many damned times, along with the rest in the series.
Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This is the first anime where I delved into the fandom online. I remember being fourteen or fifteen years old and discovering fanfiction for the first time. This is the series I mainly read from, and I wrote a fair few as well. I also ended up making lots of online friends through this series, most of which I still have today. I’ve even flown to the other side of the world to meet up with one of them at this point. Out of all the series, this is the one I have the biggest soft spot for and am most greatful for. My life and friendships would not have gone in the same directions without it. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have met my husband if it wasn’t for this show getting me into anime years before I met him, which led me to join anime clubs in college, which is where I did run into him.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I used to go to the library and rent and re-rent this book all the time. I’ve mentioned this book multiple times before at this point, but it’s really, really stuck with me. And thinking about it now, this is the first book I ever read that had a romance as a main plot line in it. I remember being like fourteen and absolutely swooning, as it was all brand new. I loved it.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – This book (and its sequel) were the first two books I ever bought with my own money. I remember my dad convincing me to spring for the hard back editions, as they would last longer, and I’m glad he did, as they did. I read this book and the second multiple times (but weirdly, never read the third? It’s on my list) and remember trying to write my own stories about people coming out of books as a result. I looooved this series.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – After Inkheart, this was one of the series I picked up next. I’ve read this first book I don’t know how many times, and this was another fandom I really got into. I remember reading and writing fanfictions and coming up with theories – the whole nine yards. This book was such a great escape. We do not speak of the movie. It does not exist.
Harry Potter – I think this would be on this kind of list for a lot of people. Growing up, I rented these books from the library countless times, and when I got my own copies, I read them to death. I used to be sooo obsessed with this series, and part of me still is. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart – it came to me during the perfect age range, and I ate them up. We do not speak of the author. She does not exist.
Incarceronby Catherine Fisher – Usually when I mention Catherine Fisher’s books, I tend to focus on her Relic Master series, which I still think is seriously underrated. But this series, the Incarceron duology, also holds a place in my heart. I picked this up during my first bout at college. It was during a time when my living situation wasn’t great and I was spending as much time as possible outside of my apartment. I ended up on the campus library a lot, and I picked up these books during that time. Before that, I was in a multiple year long reading slump. I didn’t not read, but it was really slow – maybe ten books a year? But this book really got me back into it. It got me to make a Goodreads account honestly. So while I haven’t reread this book at all or anything, it really did help me cope with my life when I was 20 years old, and I really appreciate it for that.
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – I chose this one because in addition to one of the best narratives I’ve ever read, it was one of the ones I read the longest. I picked up this series when only two volumes were out, and I bought the new release every time up until volume 27, the final one, came out when I was in my early twenties. I remember agonizing during the waits, because sometimes it would be months in between volumes and it really killed me. This series is one of the most consistently good series. No slow parts, no bad subplots, nothing. It’s perfection, man.
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Third book pictured above! I picked this book up at the recommendation of a friend in college and I fell in love with it. This was one of the last books I read before I fell into that multiple year slump I mentioned, and it really was a high point. I’ve since reread it recently and adored it just as much as I did when I was 18. It really is a masterpiece and I know it’s a series I’m going to reread again.
And that’s it! Ten fantasy worlds I’m really thankful exist. Each one was a formative book to me, and they’ll always be in my heart cockles.
This hobby blog is dedicated to movie nerdom, nostalgia, and the occasional escape. In the late 90s, I worked at Blockbuster Video where they let me take home two free movies a day. I caught up on the classics and wrote movie reviews for Denver 'burbs newspapers and magazines. Today, I continue to revisit the old and discover the new on the screen. Comments and dialogue are highly encouraged. This year, I'm excited to collaborate with other writers via SLICETHELIFE, in which we will share our movie genre favorites in our 2021 Movie Draft!