books

Book-Tube-a-Thon 2017/Biannual Bibliothon

tumblr_otjkys0cmX1r3sogco1_540.jpg

 

I’m really excited to be taking part in another year of Book-tube-a-thon. They just announced the challenges so it’s time to come up with another TBR! I’ve also done a very small haul from the book depository which will feature in my tbr! And I’ll also be taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon too which also has some challenges! That starts a day before Book-Tube-a-Thon!

First up are the challenges!

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover (Honey so Sweet vol 1 and 2)
  2. Read a hyped book (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  3. Finish a book in one day (Honey so sweet)
  4. Read about a character very different from you (Night Circus)
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover (In Real Life)
  7. Read 7 books

You can merge up to two challenges but no more than that. My goal is to read at least 7 books but I’m including more than that in my tbr to give me some more options. There are some of these books that are new and some that have been sitting on my tbr for way too long! I’m going to start with books that I know I will 100 per cent read and then add some at the end that I’d like to get to if I have the time.

One of the first books that I’ve picked for this can work for more than one challenge and I’m using it for the first one. It’s also part of my mini haul! It’s the first two volumes of Honey so Sweet. I fell in love with the cover and as a person who’s very into cute manga with cute female characters I had to get it. I picked up the first two volumes as I tend to get through manga really quickly.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what this series is like and it’ll count towards my manga reading challenge for this year.

One book that I’m really looking forward to reading is The Court of Thorns and Roses (I’ll also be reading the two other books in the series!). I’ve had this book on my tbr for ages and I kept putting it off waiting for the others to come out. It’s a bad habit! But now that I have the first three books (which I’ve heard work together as a trilogy) I’ve decided to finally just do it and read them!

I also finally bought the graphic novel In Real Life and used the Book-Tube-a-Thon discount on this! The art is super cute and it’s been on my tbr for so long!

Two of the books on this list are anthologies, and contain a mix of written stories and comics. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and So Pretty/Very Rotten are these books.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a mix of stories (prose, comics and illustrated stories) written by women who love geek culture. They are all true stories and reflect the lives and loves of the women who wrote them. It was released on Kickstarter and then published by Dark Horse Comics later.

So Pretty/Very Rotten is a book of prose and comics written by and about Lolita Fashion from Japan. A friend of mine bought this herself and when I saw her mention it in a group chat I had to get it! One of the authors in this wrote one of my favourite books that also starred a Lolita (Kamikaze Girls). I’m really excited to delve into this!

I’ve included Princess Jellyfish as it’s the newest volume and a series that I love! I’ve also just found out that it will be finishing up in Japanese this year so I’m excited to hopefully get the finished collection once it’s translated and published in English!

Night Circus is another book that has been sitting on my tbr pile for way too long so I decided to finally pick it up and it fills the character that is different from you challenge. I was unsure about this challenge but really since their is magic involved she is quite different from me!

Jenny Colgan writes the cutest romance books! I loved her Cupcake Cafe series and I’m excited to give this one a try!

And finally (for now) I have the first two volumes of The Girl from the Other Side, a manga with influences from my own culture( I’m Irish) and from our myths. I’m really excited about these as I love manga and seeing my own culture reflected in that is really cool!

There are a couple of challenges that I’ll also be taking part in for Biannual Bibliothon !

They have a book for the first challenge picked so I wasn’t able to do that one but here are the rest of the challenges!

 

2. Read a fave genre of one of the hosts

3. Book to movie adaptation (read and watch)

I decided to pick Wolf Children for this as I have both the book and the movie on dvd!

4. Read a book you’ve heard about through the book community

I’m using one of my books from above for this! A Court of Thorns and Roses. I saw this a lot on booktube and in the book community in general so I’m excited to finally get to it. I’ve read and loved Throne of Glass.

5. Throwback (An older challenge from a previous year)

I decided to go with a challenge from Summer of last year which was read a book that you’ve been putting off reading. Which I’ll be using Night Circus for! It’s been on my tbr for too long now!

The last two challenges I’m unsure about so will have to come back to later on in the week! I’m considering rereading Harry Potter or Eleanor and Park or even Animal Farm but I’ll see! I also haven’t got many LGBTQA+ books which is insane! I’ve read them all so any new recommendations please send them my way!

6. Been/Still banned

7. LGBTQA+

 

And that’s it for now! I will be merging with the other readathon too! I’ll be posting my updates on my social media sites (Instagram and twitter) so keep an eye out there!

Is there anyone else taking part in either or both readathons this week? I’d love to know what you plan on reading!

 

 

books · comics

Book Haul!

Really excited in getting back to this and also super hyped for this haul!

Food Wars is one of my favourite series at the moment! It’s so good! I have to admit that when I first tried to watch the show I was put off by the fan service but when you get past that it’s so good. It’s funny that I went from not liking it to watching the show a number of times and owning the manga. It’s such a fun show and the food looks amazing! I do highly recommend watching the anime as well as reading the manga. The show really does a great job with the cooking aspect, my only issue is that the 2nd season is way too short! It rushed through the plot too quickly.

Season 3 was also just announced and is coming out this fall! I’m so happy that we get new episodes and a future volume is coming out with a short episode on dvd.

dc67-nowsaa2uj1

I saw this next title when I was on instagram one day and I fell in love! I had to get it. Not only is the art beautiful but it’s also influenced by Ireland and our myths. I can’t wait to give it a read. I may write a review over on Goodreads when I’m done!

dc6-wruxyaem23r

A friend of mine got the book on the left and after hearing her say it was good I needed to get myself a copy. I like to get books with Lolita’s in them or some sort of Japanese fashion. I’m a huge fan of Kamikaze Girls and knowing the author was a part of this project made me want it even more. There is a mix of essays and comics written by Lolita’s. There’s even a description of the style of the start which is quite cute. I’ve taken a couple of photos on instagram that show two of the pages describing Gothic and Old School Lolita. Both cute styles and the drawings are great. They actually both reminded me of a couple of girls in my community. If you are interested in Lolita or just Japanese fashion in general this to me is a must buy! I grew up in my teens loving Lolita and buying and reading whatever I could get my hands on. This is one of the better books that I have.

Giant Days is such a great and fun comic! I’m head over heals in love with it! Along with Food Wars this is a series that I try to buy almost as soon as it comes out. It’s such a relatable series as I’m currently in University! It stars three women going through University in England and their friendship is so cute! If you are wanting to get into comics this is one I would recommend. Along with Lumberjanes and Paper Girls, it’s so great seeing comics with female leads.

dc1tbuxxsaappqj

 

Have you read any or want to read any of the above? Let me know below!

Also I’m currently taking part in a manga reading challenge over on goodreads! I’m hoping to read at least 50 volumes this year, I’m on about 20 right now! If you want to take part it’s under the Manga and Anime Lovers group challenge list!

books · comics · Read-a-thon

#fempowerathon tbr

Today is fempowerathon day 1 and here is my tbr!

It takes place from the 19th of March to the 26th!

Here are the challenges that you can take part in:

  • a woman in position of power
  • a woman of colour
  • an LGBT+ woman
  • a prominent sister relationship
  • a woman with a mental illness
  • an own voices novel
  • read a book about a woman not set in the western world
  • a graphic novel by a female

You just need to read books based on the prompts above and you can mix and match them too.

 

On to what I plan on reading!

 

tumblr_on276nvhcP1r3sogco1_540

I may end up adding other titles if I can get through these!

Starting from the bottom of this pile I have Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve actually read this one before but I wanted to reread it and it also fits under the sister relationship challenge as the main character and her twin go to college together.

The next three books are a trilogy. I know a little about these and they were highly recommended and of course they are very pretty! I’ll be putting these under the woman in position of power due to the main character being female and having to protect the main male character. I’ll also be reading some superhero comics for this particular challenge too.

Everything leads to you is a book that I’ve wanted to read for so long. It’s going under the challenge for an LGBT+ woman as the main character is a lesbian.

The next two books focus on mental illness, one an eating disorder and the other on suicide.

tumblr_on276tfgz91r3sogco1_540

These are some comics that I put together though I may not get to read all of them!

Harley Quinn features a bisexual lead character and she also is part of the Suicide Squad comics. DC Bombshells not only features an entire cast of female superheroes but also has Batwoman, a lesbian superhero.

I will be adding a couple of titles later on, like Ms Marvel issues that I need to catch up which will cover the WOC challenge. I’ll also be reading some manga that are set in Japan to cover the not set in the western world challenge!

I’m really excited to start this read-a-thon and I hope you join in too!

I will be posting a list of recommendations for this challenge of books that I’ve already read. I’ve also created lists of goodreads too! Though I’m not a fan of the idea that anyone can add books to it. I’m having issues with one person who keeps doing it to them and I don’t even know her.

books · comics

#ayearthon tbr

It’s finally March 6th and that means time for another read-a-thon! This is what I hopefully plan to read during this one!
I’m also hoping to take part in fempowerathon this month too!

The theme for this months ayearathon is cover buys! Some of these books are 100 per cent bought for that reason!

This will be a rather quick post but follow me over on twitter to see me post my progress!

17190796_1184346918329489_564641609850114113_n

I’m really excited to read (and in the case of The Walking Dead re read) these books! Some we chosen to go with the theme of cover buys (like Lady Killer and Fantastic Beasts) while others are ones I’ve been wanting to read and wanting to catch up on!

 

Are you taking part? I’d love to know what you’re reading!

Also I have a mini book haul coming up featuring one of the book above!

books · comics

Catch Up on Series Book Haul!

I’ve been behind in many of the series that I collect but one of them that really stands out to me is The Walking Dead. I adore the comic but I just haven’t had the chance to get new volumes. It’s very easy to fall behind in comics and manga. They all seem to come out all at once! I’m hoping to catch up on some titles with a couple of new hauls this year.

16864417_1176657492431765_2302887334713250362_n

I came across these recently on sale and I had to get them! These are volumes 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26. I actually went ahead and ordered the missing volumes (21 and 27) online. This means that I am officially up to date with The Walking Dead in terms of trades once they come in the mail! I’m so excited to catch up. The free issue I got too is the next one after volume 27! I love this comic a lot and I actually much prefer it over the tv show. I just find the show a bit too slow moving and at times boring.

16996260_1176657832431731_7846727713013230134_n

This Outlast issue actually came free with volume 25 of The Walking Dead. I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

16996266_1176657595765088_4337473522838107218_n

I love Harley and her comics. I’m currently collecting the New 52 volumes and this is gap in one of them, a story including Power Girl. I’m hoping to finish collecting the new 52 volumes as I do want to get the Rebirth volumes one day.

16996323_1176657895765058_7282943856740753991_n

One of my goals for 2017 is to add to my comic collection, more so my DC collection. I love Batman and I want to read even more of his stuff so I’ve been picking up the odd title when I find them! Overall for my DC collection I want to catch up on the new 52 titles and I only have volume 1 of Batman. Now that rebirth is out the new 52 comics are complete and I loved volume 1. Fingers crossed I’ll have completed at least Batman’s run by the end of the year!

16998684_1176657975765050_7340125510730141404_n

This is the only book in this haul and I’m hoping to finally start this series this summer! This is the third book in the Red Queen series and I’ve heard good things about it. There is a 4th book out next year which I’m hoping is the last one. Is it just me or are books getting longer? I have so many series that are ending up being like 6 books long and sometimes I get bored waiting for the next book. I get into a bad habit of getting the new books and waiting for the next one to read them leaving me with unread piles of almost or even worse finished series that I’m still putting off as they took too long to get!

I’m really looking forward to my next book haul! I did a small order online. I got my missing Walking Dead comics, some series that I needed to update (Blue Exorcist 16, Kimi ni Todoke 26 and Saga 6) along with a new title I wanted to try Lady Killer!

Giant Days 4 seems to be having issues with their publishers so I’m hoping to get that with my next order!

Any recent purchases? I’d love to hear about them!

books · comics

Mini Book Haul!

I needed to buy a book for uni (I’ll have to order two more again soon!) so I gave myself an excuse to buy some books for me at the same time!

One of the classes I’m taking for this semester is Colonial/Post Colonial literature in English. One of the books I’m reading is by Ta Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me. It refers to the Black Lives Matter movement in America. I’m really excited to read this. I’m hoping to start it soon as I have my class on it next week!

16473449_10212499539987249_2000247341744689406_n

The two books I bought for fun are a comic and a volume of manga!

Batman Hush is a comic that I’ve been meaning to read for ages! It’s one that I’ve noticed appear on many lists when referring to what Batman comics you should read. I really loved it! There are a number of villains that appear throughout but it never feels like too much! I’m hoping to expand my DC collection this year!

The manga that I bought is the newest volume of Food Wars. Food Wars is one of my favourite series at the moment. It’s so good and the story-line keeps on getting better and better! I’m really hyped for the next volume which is out in April. I do wish they didn’t take so long coming out in English! They have 22 volumes out in Japan!

I have more I need to get for my Colonial class and I’m hoping to get more comics. The newest volume of Giant Days is coming out and I’m super excited for it!

 

 

books

Haul: Books and Disney!

I’m really excited to share with you a few things that I picked up recently!

 

tumblr_ogvzc9cags1ur6t3go1_540tumblr_ogvzbe79vg1ur6t3go1_540

tumblr_ogvzb7p6Xh1ur6t3go1_540.jpg

I’ve wanted to read the Rebel Belle trilogy for a while and recently bought the first book. While they were cheaper online I decided to get the next two. I’m so happy to finally own it! I’m hoping to read them over Christmas.

I also finally bought newer volumes of Blue Exorcist. One of the problems when collecting books, manga and comics more so, is catching up to new releases! I collect a lot of different manga series and new volumes are coming out so quickly. I also have very few that are actually complete. Some are short, a few volumes, others though a very long. I recently finished collecting Naruto at 72 volumes! I am super excited to read these.

Princess Jellyfish was a fantastic anime so when they finally released the manga in English I bought it straight away. This is the third book which includes volume 5 and 6. I’m hoping that they will print the whole series. It’s such a fun and cute manga!

tumblr_ogwkvajN5a1ur6t3go1_540.jpg

Orange is such a good manga! I bought the first collection recently and loved it! I had to order this one straight away. This is the second half of the series, the manga has a total of 5 volumes. It’s about a girl who gets a letter from herself, from 10 years into the future. She doesn’t believe it at first but then things detailed in the letter start to come true.It’s also a really good anime series.

tumblr_ogvzc3LO961ur6t3go1_540.jpg

This was one of the best purchases that I’ve made recently. I missed this mug when it came out in the Disney store a couple of years ago. The Anna one was one of my first Disney store mugs and I wasn’t used to the store. They rotate their mugs so quickly! It was the only set of Frozen mugs that I owned that I didn’t have matching! Now I finally have this one to match my Anna mug! I even got it cheap, only £5 on eBay!

I’m going to write up about my recent Tofu Cute order in my next blog post! I love ordering from them! Even more so now that I’m in the UK for this semester! Stay tuned for that!