March Wrap Up | ’20

Wrap Up

Happy April! I haven’t left the house in so long. This is what I read this month!

Books and Manga

A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1

A Man & His Cat vol 1 by Umi Sakurai – This was a cute slice of life manga about a man who buys a cat. It’s bittersweet and heartwarming and I rather liked it. – 4.5 stars

Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

Black Butler vols 1-11 by Yana Toboso – This is my latest obsession, guys. I’m so late to this train but I’m so happy I’m on it. This manga had made me laugh and gasp and I really just enjoy it so, so much. I have vol 12 with me but I’m holding off until the other sixteen – yes I ordered all remaining 16 vols currently out – arrive. I’m so pumped. – 4-5 stars each

Hitorijime My Hero, Vol. 1

Hitorijime My Hero vol 1 by Memeko Arii – Unfortunately this manga is off to a slow start. It’s definitely one of the more confusing I’ve ever read, and only midway through did I realize that it’s a spin-off of another manga that was never actually translated into English. It was no wonder characters were just there without being introduced. I ended up watching the anime, which included the untranslated manga portion so at least it made sense, but unfortunately this one wasn’t my fave and I probably won’t be continuing. – 2.5 stars

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino – Despite the interesting title, this manga is a hard-hitting story about a girl who is going to die, and she knows it. It explores the concept of dying and how people handle it. I loved this and it definitely made me cry. – 5 stars

Ten Count, Vol. 6

Ten Count vols 1-6 by Rihito Takarai – I gave it to temptation this month and bought myself this entire series. The first volume, which I already owned, was a reread, but the remaining five were first time reads for me. I really enjoyed this series but know going into it that it’s not for kids. It’s rated M for a reason. – 4-4.5 stars each

The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1

The Way of the House Husband vols 1-2 by Kousuke Oono – This manga was a pleasant surprise. It was cute and light and really funny, and I very much enjoyed this one. It follows a former yakuza boss after he quits his gang and becomes what the title says. This one was seriously amusing. – 4 stars each

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb – One of a whopping two actual books I read this month, I very much enjoyed this. It’s a novella set in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world and I buddy read it with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! – 4.5 stars

Takane & Hana, Vol. 1

Takane & Hana vol 1 by Yuki Shiwasu – This is another manga I’m not totally sold on. It’s an age gap romance and honestly it’s a bit too gappy for me, and that’s saying something as my husband is eight years older than I am. Since it’s just been cute and fluffy so far, I’m willing to give it a few more volumes but if it gets creepy, I’m out. – 3.5 stars

Again!!, Vol. 1

Again!! vols 1-2 by Mitsurou Kubo – This is an interesting manga. It follows the ‘what if I could do it over, jump back in time’ trope, which I was iffy about to begin with. But so far though I think I like this – if I see volumes of it on the shelf (whenever I can leave the house to see a shelf) I’ll probably pick more of this one up. – 3.5-4 stars each

Strawberry Panic Omnibus

Strawberry Panic by Sakurako Kimino – So this was my first introduction to yuri manga and honestly it was a terrible introduction. The setting was weird, the romance was weird, and worst of all the ‘complete collection’ it brags about only contains two out of the three manga in the series. Apparently the third was never translated into English. Gah, honestly I really don’t recommend this one. There are so many better yuris, I’m sure. – 2 stars

Confidential Confessions, Volume 1

Confidential Confessions vol 1 by Momochi Reiko – This one I picked up because I remember reading it back when I was a teen and being uncomfortable. Well, I was still uncomfortable. This one contains major trigger warnings for suicide. This was not a happy manga. I rather liked it though. – 3 stars

Magus of the Library, Vol. 1

Magus of the Library vol 1 by Mitsu Izumi – This manga was so enchanting, a book lover’s dream. It follows a young boy who loves to read, and the librarians that show up in his town. I definitely plan on continuing this one, I was enthralled. – 4.5 stars

BJ Alex

BJ Alex by Mingwa – Like Ten Count mentioned above, this one is also not for the kiddies. This manhwa was alright. The romance was a bit weird and bordered on non-con at times and I really didn’t dig that. But overall… not bad? I guess? – 3.5 stars


Love Is An Illusion by Fargo – This is another manwha webtoon that, again, is not for kids. (Can you tell, I’ve found a new kick. First shojo manga and now pwp-romance. Whatevs!) This one I liked better than BJ Alex but here the romance was still kinda weird. The blond guy in particular got on my nerves but overall, mostly enjoyable. – 3.75 stars


I.O.N. by Arina Tanemura – This manga screams ‘2004’ and not in a good way. I picked this up after seeing it was from shojo beat so I figured I’d give it a shot. Well, I didn’t like it. At all, really. It was unfortunate. – 2 stars

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – And this my friends ended my month on a high note. I really, really liked this book. After trudging through so-so romance and a terrible shojo, this really hit the spot. It’s a first contact book but it also is a commentary on how instant internet fame can change a person, and I really liked it. The second one comes out this summer and I am p u m p e d. – 4.75 stars

And that’s it for things read! With everything put together, I read 33 things!

Other Stuff

  • As is obvious at this point, I’m on stay-at-home orders just like everyone else. That means in addition to working from home until further notice, I’m also no longer going to Tekkoshocon until it’s rescheduled (boo). I’m not sick yet and I hope I stay that way.
  • Honestly working from home has kinda made me low-key hate my job. Shh.
  • I’m participating in both the Owls Magical Readathon and Camp Nanowrimo this month!
  • I’ve never used my slow cooker so often as I have the past few weeks. Man-hoo-boy.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 54/100 (upped from 50 to 100)
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 238

August Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hi! I’m currently in NYC so this is being pre-written! I’m gonna list the books I took with me… aaaaaas they’ll be the ones I’m reading when this post goes up. Yes? Yes.

During the first week of August while I’m away on my trip, I’ll be attempting to complete my Transfiguration NEWT, for which I need an Outstanding. So in order I’m (this week) reading:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – This fulfills the A level of ‘read a book with lgbt rep’. I read the first one of these ages ago and was luke warm to it. I own the whole series though so I want to give it another chance or two before deciding whether or not they’re actually for me.

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 3

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui – This fulfills my E level, ‘Read a sequel’. The first two volumes of this series I rather enjoyed, so I’m hoping I’ll like this one too.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Mass – This chunker will fulfill my O level, ‘Read a book over 500 pages’, which by the way, is a rather evil prompt for a readathon. I’m hoping to buzz through this though like I tend to do with Mass books.

These are all the books I’m ‘currently’ reading, though there are others I’m in the middle of that I’m setting aside during my Newts:

Back-burner books

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I was hoping to have this done by now but it hasn’t happened. As we speak, I’m about 320 pages into it. Gotta finish it in September!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – As much as I don’t want to set this aside, I might have to. I need to read an audiobook for one of my Newts but it has to be one I haven’t started yet. I’m tempted to finish this one and read the sequel as the prompt though. We’ll see.

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – Weird title aside, this is a weirdly wholesome romance. I mean, totally full of sex scenes, don’t get me wrong. But also wholesome. I rather like it so far.

And that’s it it! If I somehow manage to finish the main three books while on the trip (highly doubtful) and don’t have anything else to read, I’ll make a point to finish Windwitch so I can pick up the next book for my Newts. Happy reading!

Top 5 books without romance

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Happy Wednesday! (Hush, I know, pbtbt.) I haven’t participated in T5W in about a month or so, but this month’s topics are calling to me much more than last month’s ones. So, I’m hoping to participate in each one this month. Wish me luck! 😀

Here is the link to the T5W group if you would like to participate as well!

So this week’s topic I thought would be really hard to come up with five books that didn’t have at least a romantic subplot in them, but look at that, I came up with seven. And, since they’re all wonderful books, I’m going to list them all  (the bottom two being honorable mentions).

Honorable Mentions

A Monster Calls  The Martian

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Martian by Andy Weir. The only reason they’re down on this list instead of the main one is because I mentioned them so damn much. I figured I’d try to get in less-talked-about-books onto the top 5 list. Otherwise, both of these are fantastic and I highly recommend each of them.

5 – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)So, when I originally read this, I went into it thinking it was a YA fantasy. It is not. It is definitely not YA. It follows a young woman who has been raised in secret in preparation for taking and holding the crown that is her birthright. This character is rather wonderful overall (I wrote a review on this book, where I go into my likes and dislikes of it) and she definitely gets a small crush at some point but it’s never really focused on or forms into anything more. So as far as romance goes, there isn’t any. It’s wonderful.

The land where this story takes place is really neat – it’s in Earth’s future in a regressed society, on a continent that surfaced out of the ocean between America and Asia. It’s so neeeat. The trilogy just finished recently and while I have the second book, I still haven’t read it. I need to get on that, man.

4 – Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Now, it’s been a while since I read this, so there is possibly a minor romance somewhere that I just forgot about, but I’m 95% sure there isn’t one. So if there is, oops.

I feel like this book is one that a reader appreciates in retrospect as opposed to when it’s actually being read. It follows a group of travels as they slowly make their way towards Hyperion, a planet shrouded in mystery, home to the Shrike, who has affected in of their lives in some way. On the way, each of these characters tell their stories on how they came to journey to the planet. Now that I think of it, I think one of the characters miiiight be in a relationship? I think? There might be a tad of romance, maybe. I can’t quite remember. I just remember listening to this audiobook and being completely absorbed. It reads a lot like Gulliver’s Travels, but uh… sci-fi and entertaining. 😛

3 – The Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher

The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)I’ve said it before and I’ll keep sayin it. This is one of the most underrated/underread series in the book community. I still don’t think I’ve seen anyone else ever say anything about it. It follows an old relic master, a uh.. wizard/priest of sorts, and his apprentice, as they survive in a world after being left there by their mysterious founders. All that remains of the race of people that left them on the planet is a series of relics, all of which have a strange power but whose functions are unknown by the relic masters, the ones who collect these items. The world is full of fantasy, sci-fi and all sorts of neat things. I really enjuoyed this one.

2 – Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

Saiyuki, Vol. 1Anyone who’s wanting to try a new manga series that’s a finished, complete thing, check this out. I first read this back when I was in high school and have reread it maybe six times since then. I really like this bugger. It follows a group of four – a priest, a half demon and two full-blood demons as they trek across China in search of a mysterious power whose effect has driven all demons in the country crazy, making them blood-thirsty and vicious.

The priest is not your typical priest: he smokes, he swears, he kills people. One one of the demons in his group is the mythical monkey king.

My favorite thing about this series is that it’s hilarious. Plenty of humor while at the same time being a serious, action-driven story. I dig it.

1 – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This is the farthest thing from romance that I can think of. Action, horror, ahhh ❤

I’ve actually only ever read the first book in this four book series and every time I mention it on here, I keep telling myself I should read the rest of it. Maybe someday!




And that’s it! I literally forgot yesterday was Wednesday, which is why this is late. Whoops. I’m old, time is slipping through my fingers.