Blogging Bookmarks: March Edition Part 1

Hey guys, Welcome to my first Spotlight Sunday!

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Oh man, I’m so nervous (LOL). Like I mentioned before, Spotlight Sunday will feature a variety of things that I found especially interesting this week (or previous ones since I’ll try not to cram everything into one Sunday) Continue reading

Favorite Reads of 2016

So I was debating if I should write this post or not for almost a week, and then decided I should if I wanted to, it’s my blog, judge me if you want, I know I’m a wannabe reader~!!

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I didn’t read as much as I hoped (hence my hesitance) but here are my top reads for 2016, both novels and manga~ (I added manga because it made the list a bit longer hehe, I know, I’m such a cheater) Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award [My Bookshelves]

Oh wow, it’s been a while since I last wrote up one of these! This time around I was nominated by Mirror Purple, a fellow aniblogger. To check out his nomination post, click here, his blurb about me is…interesting (hehehe)

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RULES

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 or more bloggers and let them know you nominated them.

So he didn’t leave me a topic for this award so I’m just going to pick a random one: My Bookshelves. Continue reading

Skip Beat: 38 volumes of fun, craziness, and healing

Today I decided to share one of my favorite shoujo manga that makes me laugh like a maniac. As if I didn’t do enough of that already…

Skip Beat! is a 38 volume (and ongoing) shoujo manga by Yoshiki Nakamura that is licensed by VIZ media. It follows the life of Kyoko Mogami, a sixteen year old girl who follows her crush Sho to Tokyo to help realize his dreams of becoming a celebrity. Working multiple jobs, Kyoko supports Sho and the home they “both share”. Completely devoted, she doesn’t see that there’s something more sinister at play here.

Of course, all of this changes when Kyoko visits Sho on location and overhears a conversation where he confesses that he was only using her as a maid! Enraged by his betrayal, Kyoko vows revenge and thus her determination to enter showbiz is born. Continue reading

Whispered Words: I fell in love with my best friend!

If you know me, I’m a big fan of yaoi but recently I’ve been meaning to check out something different and a yuri/romance filled manga title seemed to fit the bill.Whispered Words is a nine-volume series by Takashi Ikeda and was published in a three-volume English translation by One Peace Books. I’ll be talking about the first volume only, which is 472 pages long!

Murasame and Kazama have been friends for a year, ever since Kazama transferred in, and accidentally revealed she likes girls. Immediately isolated and treated as a pervert, Murasame took it upon herself as class representative to befriend Kazama.

A year later Murasame finds herself in love with Kazama and unable to confess her love. Why? Because Kazama only likes cute girls and Murasame with her tall physique, black belt status, and poor sense in fashion is anything but cute. Continue reading

ACEN and FanimeCon Haul!

To think it’s been about two months since I last wrote something legit on this blog (how time flies and money disappears…)

As many of you know, Con-season started in May for me with ACEN (Anime Central), which is this tiny little thing (biggest con in the Midwest) happening in my “hometown” that I’ve been attending for YEARS now. And right after I went to Fanime, which is a convention out in San Jose, CA. It was my first time attending and the reason for it is down below, hehe Continue reading

Kobato: There is a place I want to go

Hey guys!

So as I was trying to figure out what to read next (pff! as if my TBR pile weren’t enough), I saw a very pink, cute, and bright book with the title Kobato in yellow text on my shelf. I suddenly felt like emotions were pouring out of me and I decided to reread it…again.

If I had to place this title anywhere on my top manga or top romance manga or favorite canon OTP lists, it would either be at the #1 or #2 spot (only bested by Skip Beat). Why? Because this series is AMAZING, especially considering it’s only 6 volumes long!

Kobato tells the story of a girl named Kobato who is on Earth with her talking stuffed dog companion Ioryogi, on a quest to fulfill her wish of going to a place, however, in order to do this she must first obtain a bottle! And in order to obtain that bottle (because it can’t just be any bottle), she must pass an aptitude test that Ioryogi oversees.

From page one, this manga really knows how to get a reader. We learn that Kobato doesn’t exactly have common sense as she acts like a homeless person when she’s tasked to do what any normal person would do at the park, and gives crows a buffet when tasked to dispose of some trash. And yet there’s something about her enthusiasm, her hard work, and just her character in general that makes it hard to hate her. She’s practically the definition of sunshine!  Continue reading

[NetGalley] Golem

One of my greatest weaknesses (when it comes to books) is art. If I see a nice cover I will want to read a book, regardless of what other people are saying. Of course, like many people might know, having a good book cover doesn’t translate to a good story. And yet I still find myself reading a book with a nice cover over something meh 

This is what happened to me when I requested the book Golem by Lorenzo Ceccotti, published by Magnetic Press on January 26th 2016**. Buy on Amazon (paperback)

I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set in a future, post-Eurozone Italy, entrenched in a bizarre form of hyper-capitalism, GOLEM follows a young boy kidnapped during a political protest gone sour, who learns that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself. This intensely imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti, better known as “LRNZ,” whose design-influenced illustration is a lush, fluid blend of manga masters like KATSUHIRO OTOMO with western comic icons like JOSH MIDDLETON, creating a style that is wholly unique and absolutely breathtaking

An interesting story, however, it completely missed its mark with me. Continue reading

[NetGalley] I Hate Fairyland!

I Hate Fairyland (books 1 – 5) by Skottie Young. Published by Image Comics on April 26, 2016. Buy on Amazon (paperback).

I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

i hate fairyland b1: From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of OZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem. An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes it’s cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year olds body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

There has only been one other book that I’ve read that had Skottie Young on the credits and that was Fortunately, the Milk. When I saw this on NetGalley as a Young story AND art, I just knew I had to check it out. This was very different from Fortunately, the Milk… Continue reading

[NetGalley] The Complete Alice in Wonderland

The Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion (art: Erica Awano). Published by Dynamite Entertainment on April 19, 2016. Buy on Amazon (e-book, paperback, hardcover)

I received a free copy via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.  Continue reading