Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to read next

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Hi! Today’s post is books on my spring TBR, but I tend to not really do TBRs, so… I’m editing this a bit to ‘books I want to read next‘. Whether or not I actually read them remains to be seen, because as I said, I don’t really follow TBRs. But at the point of writing this, these are the books that I look at and go ‘yeah I’m totally in the mood for that’.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

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Wild Adapter by Kazuya Minekura – This series is by the same author who wrote Saiyuki, which I bring up every so often and rather adore. This one’s a more mature series and I remember reading it in high school and loving it. So I’ve picked up the first three volumes recently and plan to jump into it.

Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo – This is a neat series I started recently (hence me posting a pic of volume 2) about a student who falls down the stairs on his final day of high school and wakes up to find he’s been sent back to his first day. It’s pretty interesting so far!

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makota Shinkai – This one I’ve heard a lot of good things about. It’s actually based off an animated movie of the same name, which people seem to love so I’m rather excited for it.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – This one is one the list for two reasons: One is I recently finished collecting it – I have all 23 volumes of the original series and all 3 volumes of the sequel, which means I can binge the whoooooole thiiiiiiing. The other is that season 2 of the anime reboot is premiering April 6th and I’m getting all pumped for it!

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – If I’m being honest I’m always in the mood for Inuyasha. I tend to rewatch the anime every few months or so. It’s been a while since I reread the manga though. I still need to finish collecting it, too.

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Confidential Confessions by Reiko Momochi – This is a recent buy, and again one I read back when I was in high school. It deals with serious topics and is not a happy manga. But I think I’m in the mood for that kind of thing.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This manga I’ve recently become hooked to. I bought and read the first three volumes this month, so I’m listing showing volume four as the pic because now I need that one. This is a period drama fantasy paranormal comedy manga and it’s hilarious and I love it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – One of the few books on my list. I haven’t stopped thinking about reading this since I picked it up, man. I wannnnnnaaaaaaa.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Sometimes I just get on YA kicks, man. And I feel myself at the brink of one with wanting to pick this up.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one is pretty far outside my typical genres but it’s just calling to me. I feel like I’d fly through it, too!


And that’s it! If you couldn’t tell, I’m on a manga kick right now. Out of all the 30-something books I’ve read this year so far, about 75% of them have been manga. I’m sure I’ll hover towards another genre at some point but right now man, I want pictures.

 

Top 5 Spring Reads

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! And for those who celebrate it, Happy Holi! We’re having a Holi party at work today and while I don’t celebrate it myself, a bunch of my coworkers do, so there’s gonna be a bunch of food and I’m so excited.

Today’s topic is spring reads, and it’s a bit up to interpretation. So, I’m going with top books I’d like to read this spring. Note this will not include books on my O.W.L. Readathon TBR (which will be up soon). So it’ll basically be books I wanna read in May.

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5. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)I bought this a while ago, and have since added it to my 10 in 2019 list. Considering I should actually, y’know, try to read the books on that list, I want to get to this one. Some people really like to read fantasy during the fall. I really like to read fantasy during the fall! …and the spring! ….and summer and winter. I have no specific fantasy season, man.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Deathless by Catherynne M Valente

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Another one on my 10 in 2019 list, it’s one I’ve been eyeing for ages. I’m hoping to love this. It follows Koschei the Deathless, a character in Russian folklore who is akin to devils and witches. Should be goooood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)Yet another on the 10 in 2019 list, I figured I’ll just knock out as many as I can in May. This is the book the movie was based off of, and considering I adore the movie, I decided I want to read the source material. I’m hoping I like this just as much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Saga volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)I’ve fallen behind in Saga! Well, not too far behind. This is the only volume that’s out that I haven’t read. This one will likely come with a reread of volume 8 so I remember what in the world is going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange TreeAnd this – this is the one I wanna read the most. I bought it the other day in preparation for my book buying ban (which… will also be posted about soon). I want to have some good things to reading during the ban, so I got this book as one of my allotted March purchases to do just that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Planning on reading any of the above? Happy reading!

Spring Book Haul | #23

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Happy almost-July! If you’ve been following my blog at all over the past six months, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to keep my book hauls limited to once a season instead of once a month. That means keep my book buying limited to 6-8 books per season instead of per month. So, I’m doing pretty good with that, though I did go over 8 by a tad this month. I intend to put myself on a ban come October or November for Christmas reasons, so I’m not beating myself up too much over it.

Anyways, to the books!

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The above is all of the books I’ve purchased, minus one, which will be in a photo below. I forgot about it when I took this photo, which really… it says a lot. ._.

But a book shown above and not in the photos below because again, forgot, is A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. This particular book purchase was a bit of a peak for me as far as me realizing how truly obsessed I am with collecting books to my person. I was in Barnes and Noble, in line to buy three other books, and I purchased this book in amazon while I waited to get to the cashier. Really. I’ve already read it, wrote a blabber on it, and found it to be just okay.

 

Death Note vols 10-12 by Tsugumi Ohba – These were re-purchases for me, and as I’ve already read them, are not part of my ever-intimidating TBR (these books are what put me over the 8, so I’m ok with it). These books are the culmination of a ten-year-long feud I’ve had with a person who was totally unaware of it. I made a post about it, too.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison and A Time of Dread and Malice, both by John Gwynne – These purchases were the three I was in line to buy at BN when I purchased the Maas book via amazon. They were having a 50% off fantasy sale and these three were on the table of options. I couldn’t not get them!

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – This one I picked up without knowing too much about it beforehand, aside from reading the synopsis. I first heard of the book when I saw on twitter someone retweeting the author, who had written a blog entry entitled ‘On the necessity of brutality: why I went there‘ as a response to the criticism she had received for the content of this book. Reading that post alone made me want to buy it, so I did. I feel like I’m going to really love this one. If you wanna buddy read it, do let me know!

Curse of Strahd by Christopher Perkins – This is the one not pictured in the top image because I am a ding dong. Guess who’s gonna try to be a Dungeon Master! Time’s up, it’s me. I’ve been slowly going through this book and a few other DnD books in preparation for my own campaign. I’m hoping I take to being a DM. Currently, the only one in our group who knows how is my husband, who stated he misses playing as a character. So I’m hopefully going to give him the chance to do that.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – I’ve had my eye on this book for ages. It popped up on a recommended reading list for ‘if you liked Uprooted, you’ll like this’. I haven’t the foggiest where I found that list though, so sorry, no link. Might have even been Goodreads, I have no clue. Am v. excited for this, though.

 

Nod by Adrian Barnes and Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb – both of these were purchased when I took my dad out to get him some books for Father’s Day. I couldn’t not get myself some things. The first, I was recommended by a friend. The second will be a buddy read with Zezee when we continue our trek through the Realm of the Elderlings books within the next month or two.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I didn’t know that Miyazaki’s movie was based on a book! So considered I loved the film, I’m hoping I’ll love the book as well.


And that’s it! I’m hoping to do fewer than 8 books these next three months, and next to nothing the last three, aside from Christmas gifts received. Gotta knock that TBR down to a reasonable amount. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

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Hello! It’s been ages since I’ve posted a tag. And I was actually tagged! Thanks Zezee friend. :”D


The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)I’m stealing Zezee’s answer here and going with The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It’s fourteen books, man. That’s almost 14000 pages – these books are chunkers. I feel like if and when I do start this one, it’ll be on audiobook. That might make it a bit easier.

 

 

Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)I actually have a small stack of books sitting at the base of my bookcases right now that’s the ‘get rid of pile’. Basically as soon as that pile becomes big enough, I’ll go trade them in at HPB. Until then though, any of my friends who visit know they can pick through it and take what they want at anytime. Off the top of my head, I know a few Ted Dekker books are in there and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is in there too. They’ll be gone at some point I guess.

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson was pretty damn refreshing. It was nice to see a main female character describe themselves as less than pretty and then actually be less than pretty. Like, a lot of the time, a main character is described as plain or ugly or whatever but magically has no issues with attracting people. It’s weeeeeird right? CoughBellaSwanCough. But this main character is overweight, describes herself as such, is treated by others as such, and even goes into the issues a person who is overweight goes through that a non-fat person might not think about. It’s super neat and I appreciated it.

Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. And this really goes for all three books in the series, but I would change the wording used in the sex scenes. Seriously, ‘sheathing’ has no place in a fantasy romance, yo. Get it ouuuuut.

 

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

Champion (Legend, #3)This might be a bit of a cop-out since I didn’t actually read the book, but Champion by Marie Lu. I’m picking it because I finished the second book in the series and its ending made me angry. Without spoilers, basically what happened was the two main character basically resolved the main conflict in the book. It was done. All was well. But wait! Let’s throw in a plot twist that has nothing to do with the main plot and make a third book out of it. I seriously feel like the story wrapped up enough after the second book. I didn’t pick up and don’t plan on ever picking up the third one. If I’m wrong about it, feel free to comment, but I don’t see the need for this book, personally. 😛

Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. This is a twelve volume manga series that just had the perfect ending. I loved this ending. I think I first read the ending maybe seven or eight years ago and I’m still reveling in how wonderful it was. It was just so lovely.

 

Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)Strange Angels by Lili St Crow does this, I think. The message is ‘my main character is so cool and neat and collected and pretty’. It basically reminded me of the first season of Supernatural, you know, where the characterization is still a bit flat and the dialogue is really cheesy? That. In book form. Only filled with Mary-Sue-y goodness to boot.

 

The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)Again I’m stealing Zezee’s answer and saying The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb. This series is so emotionally draining, man. Like, I read it and feel stressed out afterwards. I really, really like it though, so it’s like going and on purpose poking myself with spikes. It’s weird. We’re currently buddy reading the third one together (which… I’m still behind in, sorry Zezee! I’ll catch up soon!) But wowwy man, this series makes me wanna take a nap.

 


And that’s it! Not gonna tag anyone because I’m woefully behind in everyone’s posts and am not sure who has done this already. So oops. Happy reading. :”D