#T5W Rewind | Booktube Made Me Read It

This week, we are talking about the book recommended by Booktube.

But before that, I would like to share an update regarding my previous T5W post. I posted my Merch Monster topic a few weeks ago and there, I said I would love a Treebeard Funko Pop (as much as I don’t prefer Funkos). Well… during my weekly Little Tokyo visit, I picked one up. 

Yep. Call me “multi-fandom”. This is why I don’t do Tumblr anymore. I mean, I was there when it first started but now, it’s become to big and I have so many active fandoms, I can’t do it.

A former professor noticed that I have a Groot bobble head at the bottom there. Next time I rearrange, I will put him next to Treebeard. Below this shelf is a sneak peek of my LOTR collection. Right above is my Gunpla display pictured in this post. That part of the fandom obviously overflowed to this shelf. It’s supposedly my Harry Potter and Jane Eyre shelf. There’s Hagrid in the back with Dumbledore. Those The Hunger Games books there are in Filipino. Behind those 3D glasses (that I got when I watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies red carpet premiere) and below the spare GP base is a VHS (yes) copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone signed by Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Columbus. I may retire those Gundam: IBO keychains so I’ll have more space for figures. It’s an ever evolving process.


Anyway, I already have a list of 10 things that I bought/read because of booktube. But if I’m being honest, about 80% of my TBR is because of booktube. I’ve since weeded out some and added in titles that were under the “Recommended” tab but the fact still remains that booktube is a damn good promoter of books.

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
    When this became the OwlCrate book of the month, there was no way to miss this book or hear what it’s about. I have no interest in subscription boxes (I have enough merch to last me several lifetimes) therefore, I wasn’t interested in reading or purchasing this. Until I saw it available on Hoopla Digital as an audio book. I took the chance and I’m so glad I did.
  • A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.
    Just how out of touch am I with the bookish community? Well, I’ve heard of her other book, The Female of the Species. I heard about this book from other smaller booktubers who I trust. Until I looked up the author’s other works, I had no idea that one person wrote both books. Hehehe, yeah. I haven’t read Female but I damn love this one.
  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
    I heard about this from the current moderator of this weekly tag, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. We may have different opinions about this book but I’m thankful that I got this recommendation from her.
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.
    Another recommendation from Sam. I heard this first from her channel and as the books were released, she had nothing but high praises. With this trilogy, I agree with her opinions. I then bought all three books in hardcover.
  • New Adult genre.
    All the NA books that I’ve read – and loved – so far are direct recommendations from booktube. My most recent one, Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, is from Jess from PeaceLoveBooks. The New Camelot trilogy by Sierra Simone and Him/Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy were from Julie from Pages & Pens. Although I’ve read Sierra Simone’s other book, Priest, I would have never checked her other series out without hearing someone I trust talk about it. Then the first NA book that I actually liked, Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie, I heard from Carol from The Reading Wallflower. Now, I’m starting to branch out on my own. I’m beginning to realize what I like and what pushes my buttons, so to speak. 😉

I had Seanan McGuire books” on my draft list but I read her works as Mira Grant before The Wayward Children series was released. And while I did hear about ACOTAR on booktube, I would’ve read it eventually because I saw it everywhere I went. And as I listen to the final hour of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, I placed it on my TBR before I heard anyone on booktube talk about it.

Social media is a great platform to have one message reach so many. Our responsibility as consumer is to decide if these things are worth our time and pay it forward if it is.

 

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MUSING MONDAYS | Hello Again

The last one I’ve done was in November. 2017. Oh boy.

I almost forgot what the header I made for this tag looked like. For shame. XD But I want to talk about books again. I may not be buying a lot but I’m reading a lot. So here we go!

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

If you’re not following me on GoodReads (feel free to do so), it may seem that I’m not doing much reading. Apart from my wrap-ups, I don’t really talk about that. Hey, I don’t even post reviews anymore. Although, I do get inspired from time to time. I may post them on GoodReads but I don’t feel like putting them here because they really are just word vomit blocks of text, essentially knee-jerk reactions written as soon as I finish the book.

(If you like that, do let me know. I may be persuaded to cross post LMAO.)

As of this post, I’ve read 47 books so far out of my yearly goal of 25. Yes, a good chunk of that is manga. And audio book. But hey, if that’s the way I can put in some extra reading, why not? They’re fun. Also, I’ve gotten so much use from my Kobo Aura ONE. I love it so much.

I am currently reading 2 books — an audio book, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. Two very different books. I am enjoying both immensely.

I’m currently 70% through Birthday Girl. Shoot me but I love the age gap trope in NA contemporary. Not much into the dark and twisted BSDM kinky stuff though. Anyway, this book is about a 19-year-old girl falling for her boyfriend’s dad who is 39 years old. I heard this from Jess from Peace Love Books and immediately got my copy. Now, I’m trying not to fill my TBR with other age gap romances. I know people have a hard time with this trope but I love it. Oh boy, I love it. I could’ve finished this book in one sitting but I had to stop myself to do other things… like watch The Avengers: Infinity War.

Stalking Jack the Ripper was in my TBR for the longest time. I’m enjoying the audio book so much. It gripped me from the first sentence. I love mystery stories on audio. I’m able to grasp so much even though I’m only half paying attention. But this is not the first one I listened to after Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. I put Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor on hold. Not DNF though. I may read it in the future. But not through audio. I got through 8 hours of it and I can’t remember anyone or what’s going on. I wasn’t bored per se but I was rather uninterested. I thought it would work because I read and loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy on audio. Laini Taylor’s writing is nothing short of magical. But it wasn’t working for me on Strange the Dreamer.

I might finish both books within the week. I may read another age gap NA contemporary after Birthday Girl. Do you have any suggestions? 😉

For this week’s random question: Do you like to read outside?

Yes, I do. On the train is my favorite place to read. I have less distractions outside than reading in my room. I can tune out the rest of the world but when I get the urge to watch anime or an anisong concert on my laptop, my reading’s done lol. That’s not to say I can’t read indoors though.

So what are you currently reading? Or… what was your latest DNF? I want to know!

WRAP-UP | APRIL 2018

I’m calling April the My Hero Academia month because the 3rd season of the anime premiered and 9 out of the 13 things I read this month are part of the manga series. I know, I did say that I will not rely on manga to pad my GoodReads numbers. But that doesn’t mean I will curb my manga consumption. Guys, BNHA is an AWESOME series. Read it. Watch it. You won’t regret it.

I finally started with the Starcrossed trilogy. I have all three books but I found them readily available as audio books from Overdrive so I thought I would just do it. I’ve been saying that I’ll read this series for actual years. More on what I thought of that in the wrap-up part.

Work like is still kicking me down but my fangirl life is looking pretty good. I’m planning to do something crazy and kind of selfish but it’ll be around September, my birth month so I guess that will be a birthday gift to myself. Nothing is set in stone yet but I’m stupidly excited for it and I hope I can make it work.


TOTAL BOOKS READ: 13.

  • Let’s start with Boku No Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi.

    • Volume 5 – I don’t know what to feel about Bakugo. He takes out his insecurities on Deku (and in a way, Todoroki) but he never addresses it to himself. Like does he even know why he’s always after Deku while Deku is so caring for him and willing to talk things out. Todoroki just ignores him and I think he’s just waiting for Bakugo to figure it out himself. I don’t know. He’s definitely not in my favorite characters list. However, his seiyuu is waaay up there at the top! 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 6 and 7 – If I remember correctly, these were the last volumes of season 2, right after the final exam. I enjoyed the other teams more than the Deku x Kacchan vs All-Might arc. It’s been a while since a manga got me excited about “side” characters. 4/5 stars for both.
    • Volume 8 – Ah, this is where the 3rd season starts. I loved seeing Class 1-A having fun and acting like the kids that they are… then flipping the switch and becoming awesome heroes-to-be. 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 9 – It was “holy crap” one right after another. This is where we are currently in the anime. And even though I already read through what I think is the entire season, it still gets me so excited. Holy crap. 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 10 and 11 – I think this is where Season 3 ends. If it is, WOW. I gave Volume 10 4 stars and Volume 11, of course, 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 12 – Kaminari is the star of this filler volume. 4/5 stars.
    • Volume 13 – This is the last one, I promise. My favorite thing about Bakugo is the fact that he doesn’t care if Deku calls him “Kacchan” in front of everyone. 4/5 stars.
  • Gauntlet by Holly Jennings. I loved Arena. I bought this book at full price right after I finished the first book. But it took me a while to get to this one for… reasons. I don’t know why. Until I just gave in and listened to this on audio. In fact, Arena was my first ever Overdrive transaction. I loved this one too. It was intense. I actually finished this while watching an eSports tournament on Twitch. I read the first book while at EVO so it’s so fitting. 4/5 stars.
  • Bad Romeo by Leisa RayvenThe whole series is on audio on my Overdrive system. I thought I was going to love this. This was one of the first NA books that captured my interest. It’s in a theatre – school and Broadway – setting. But, I don’t know… I hated all the characters. Especially the lead ones. 3.5/5 stars.
  • Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Of course, I’m a glutton for punishment. I continued on with the 2nd book. And I regretted it. It almost sent me to an audio book slump. There were days when I didn’t even listen to a minute of this because I would remember how I despise Ethan Holt and how Cassie Taylor annoys me. I will hold off on reading the 3rd book. I need to purge Ethan’s brand of possessive alpha maleness from my system. 2/5 stars.
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt KilleenDefinitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. I’ve been so interested with Holocaust/WWII books since high school. I loved the Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin and have planned to read the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology by Anne Blankman. I saw a sample chapter book of this at Vromans one day and I was intrigued. For sure this book is just the beginning of a series and I can’t wait to read more of it. 5/5 stars.

STATS:

  • 3327 pages
  • 9 manga, 3 audio books

If I’m not mistaken, I only bought three books in April: The Last of August paperback by Brittany Cavallaro, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and the paperback Winter by Marissa Meyer. I already read Winter. I know Obsidio will take me mere hours to read. I don’t know why I haven’t yet LOL.

And oh, I’m doing a TBR!

I reading Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant and I’m about 3 hours away from finishing. I will buy a physical copy when I see a price that agrees with me. Then I started Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas last night. I will also continue with the next book in The Conqueror’s Saga, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, probably by audio book also. (I have hardbacks of both books signed so if I see the 3rd one signed, I’ll get that one too.) I’m trying to pace myself with the rest of the BNHA volumes so I think either I start a new series or continue on with Gakuen Babysitters.

Other than that, my reading life is good. I hope yours is, too.

#T5W | Merch Monster!

This week, we are talking about Favorite Fandom Items.

It was actually last week. And yesterday. But look, I barely posted last month after saying time and time again that I will be better about it. Well, that’s life for you. My last post was my March wrap up and here we are at the very beginning of May, waiting for my April wrap up.

I would have you know, however, that I’ve been reading quite a bit. My reading hasn’t suffered. Just my blogging, both in time and inspiration. No T5W topics interested me last month except this last one. It was a perfect topic for someone like me… a merch monster. I had a list down, of five “wants” and five favorites in my current collection. I even planned some photos to go with it. But they weren’t exactly bookish. Honestly, I do not collect bookish merch outside of signed books. I’ve even said that I will only buy books if they are signed. So far, I’ve been very good with my purchasing. I have mostly anime merch. But understand that a lot of these anime are adapted from manga… which is a form of book. So I guess it counts?

Unfortunately, I already threw away my old list. I was hoping to retro post it but I gave up. I shouldn’t have because May is a freebie month. Looks like I may still have a chance! Like my original list, I will split this into two: my wish list and my favorites. Note that wish listing is very hard for me because I tend to have trigger fingers when I see something I want. 😉


Let’s start with my WISH LIST.

  • Deku and Bakugo Nendoroids from My Hero Academia.
    I admit, I’m a bit late on this Nendoroid train. I only started collecting around September of last year (and now have all of Karasuno and some more; it’s an addiction). Had I known about this sooner, I would’ve pre-ordered them. But now, they cost an actual arm and an actual leg. I’ve resorted to “collecting” the Funko Pops and the Banpresto DXF figures but I wouldn’t say no to these Nendoroids for a good price.
  • Yuri Plisetsky , GEM Series figure from Yuri!!! On Ice.
    I don’t care much for the Yuuri and Viktor figures but this one is so beautiful. My mom actually promised this for my birthday but I don’t know… either I want something else for my birthday or I eventually get it myself.
  • Large Kaeru plushie from The IdolMaster Side M.
    I can’t even begin to explain how much I want this. BADLY. Ever since I saw it in one of their Nico Nico livestreams, I so want it. I love Pierre and I want this huge Kaeru plush in my life.
  • Treebeard Funko Pop from The Lord of the Rings.
    I’m not the biggest fan of Funko Pops but I want this. I might look out for this at conventions if I can’t get it at Hot Topic asap or something.

And here are my FAVORITES:

  • Pictured above is a small part of my Haikyuu!! collection. That one is the complete “Karasuno vs Nekoma: Battle of the Garbage Dump” set from Banpresto. It took me a while to complete but it is so worth it. I have all but two figures from the Banpresto DXF line, every released Karasuno Nendoroid and Kenma, and a couple of smaller official figures and charms (both legit and knock offs). I also have two seasons on limited edition BD/DVD and I’m in the process of collecting all the stage plays on video. Yes, this is my life.
  • And you’ve seen photos of my Gunpla collection in past posts. It’s something I share with my brother. I’ve assembled my share of Bear’gguys and Petit’gguys and I’m slowly venturing out to Gundam and mobile suits. I recently finished my first “humanoid” kit, the Mrs. Loheng-rinko model. It was so much fun. With the new season, I’m pretty sure I’m just going to add to this never-ending collection. I still have so many other to assemble!

China’gguy and Mrs. Loheng-rinko.


Someday, I will take a photo of my collection. There is just so many and no, I don’t think I will ever sell them. I’m not like that. It’s only going to get bigger from here. I mean, Haikyuu is still releasing figures. I may have stopped buying books and makeup but my monies are definitely going somewhere else. 😉

WRAP-UP | MARCH 2018

It’s almost the middle of April already! Is there a pause button for 2018? Too fast… too fast!

Next week will begin probably the most stressful three (or so) months at my workplace. To say that I am not looking forward to it is an understatement. I pray my mental and physical health hold up. I have to find ways to distract myself and I’m hoping that going back to blogging will help. I can only (sneakily) watch too much anime, right? 😉

Anyway, remember a past me saying that I will not let myself be carried away by manga? I lied. Gakuen Babysitters is just too good. I had to stop myself at Volume 10 because I’m catching up. Now, I’m back to reading Boku no Hero Academia. Check my next month’s wrap-up to see how many I go through in April.


STATS:

I read 9 things in March. Two were audio books and six were manga/graphic novel types. It’s a total of 2669 pages read; about 32 hours of listening time for those two audio books. Surprisingly, there’s no NA this month. I’m giving myself a pass on the Japanese fiction thing. After all, manga is originally in Japanese.

  • Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino. The adorable anime adaptation ended with the Christmas chapter as I predicted. But there are so many lovely chapters perfect to be animated. And it’s not just about the babies. Saikawa and Usaida both have their times to shine in the other chapters. I rated Volumes 6, 7, and 10 with 4 stars. Volume 7 was in the 11th episode of the anime. Then Volumes 8 and 9 both got 5 stars. I want them to be animated so badly!
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer24 hours of audio. I did it with 4 days left to spare on Overdrive. So many things happened! I can’t say this was my favorite though. This book did talk a good bit about Winter unlike Scarlett and Cress where they were still very much Cinder-centric. I’m not a huge fan of Jacin still but Winter is cute. I love how the narrator did her lines. Definitely, 5 stars.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I actually own the special Indie Bookstore Day edition but I listened to the audio book anyway. I love it when the author narrates his own story. This was so interesting. I knew a good chunk of mythology and to hear it told simply is really refreshing. I learned a lot; especially now with the popularity of Thor, it’s so easy to understand. 4 stars.
  • Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate. I also have the 2nd volume but I’m saving that for April. I love the art style. It’s simple, a bit cartoon-y, but it gave me an image of the characters beautifully. I already have their voices in my head so it was nice to put a face to the name. I actually like Scarlett more in this than in the books. 5 stars.
  • The Obelisk Gate by NK JemisinWow, guys. This was many kinds of intense. I was less confused this time around because the events of the first book were still fresh in my head. I am loving where this story is going. Like with this one, I’m not going to wait too long to read the final book in the trilogy. 5 stars.

I bought five books but only paid for two. I got Wires and Nerve Volumes 1 & 2 from Barnes & Noble using a coupon. Then I got my final book from Blogging for Books (RIP), S.T.A.G.S. by MA Bennett. I’ve seen this book at Target and I was intrigued but not enough to purchase it. As soon as I applied for this on Blogging for Books, they announced their closing. It was good while it lasted.

And then I got two free Kindle books, Making His Baby by Lulu Pratt and Rancher Daddy by Lexi Whitlow. Can you guess my current buzzword for NA acquisitions? 😉 I might talk about that in a separate post — if I feel like it. Right now, I’m gravitating towards age gaps, pregnancies, and fake relationships. Plus points if they’re all in the same book. *wink*

I’m still not buying that many books. Unless it’s signed or if there’s a good coupon. And even with that, it still takes me a while to decide on which books to purchase. I still love going to Book Outlet but I haven’t bought anything in months! Yay me, I guess. I’ve been using my Kobo Aura ONE a whole lot but if I own the physical copy, I alternate between media. I try to keep one audio book going and if I own that book also, I tend to use those numbers as Goodreads updates if I can.

As mentioned above, I’m knee-deep into My Hero Academia manga. With the 3rd season starting, I felt the urge to continue reading it. Hey, Haikyuu, where is season 4?! The whole Battle at the Garbage Dump arc can be like the Shiratorizawa vs Karasuno one in Season 3. But oh well, I’m keeping up with the manga events of that too but not really reading it yet.

So yeah. Spring. What’s your TBR?

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Saving Grace

For April, I will try to blog more often. I hope. Don’t take me seriously. LOL.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday the 10 Characters I Liked That Were in Books I Didn’t Like.

This list was actually easier than I thought. I don’t dislike that very many books; I’m usually a good judge of picking reads that I think I will like. It’s usually when I buy into the hype that I get those random 3-star reads or less. But I tend to like certain characters even if the book overall wasn’t up to my liking.

Again, we’ll try for ten. Here goes…


Nikolai, Genya, and David from The Grishaverse.
Is that the official trilogy name now? I don’t know. I didn’t like this trilogy. But Nikolai was a brilliant character. I kept reading the books because of him but in the end, there wasn’t enough. Then Genya and David’s relationship was suddenly introduced and developed towards the end out of almost nowhere. It also kept me going to see where they’ll end up. Forget Alina and that loser Mal, I wanted more of Genya and David.

Kaden > Rafe from The Remnant Chronicles.
I didn’t hate this trilogy particularly. I actually kind of liked it – definitely more than the other “popular” YA trilogies I’ve read in the past year or so. But I had problems with the main girl and the first book was kind of disappointing to I guess it counts. I say Kaden more than Rafe even though I liked both boys. I did kind of hate Rafe at some point in the trilogy but things got better eventually. I won’t say why because that’s a potential spoiler. 😉

Wolf from Scarlet.
Scarlet is my least favorite book from the Lunar Chronicles. And I don’t like Scarlet, the character, as much as the rest of the main crew. I thought she was just there… a tool so there’s a red-headed girl to represent Red Riding Hood. But Wolf was such a delight to read about. I loved every scene that included him, even in the graphic novels. To the end, I wanted all the best for him — and it made Scarlet more bearable for me.

Julian from Caraval.
Giiirl, I didn’t like this book AT ALL. Scarlett Dragna is one of the worst characters I’ve ever read. And I think even Julian knows! He called out her BS multiple times in the book. That is what made me like him out of the many bad characters in this book.

Minho from The Scorch Trials.
I did like The Maze Runner. Except for Theresa. What the hell happened to everyone in The Scorch Trials? But I’m glad I still liked Minho. I also like him in the movies. He’s a solid character and at least the author didn’t mess with him as the series went awfully downhill.

Mather from Snow Like Ashes.
I was so badly disappointed with this book. It was sold as this whimsical world divided into seasons but it wasn’t really like that. Then the writing was amateurish. I was told it got better but I… maybe. I haven’t dropped this trilogy officially yet. However, I liked Mather from the get-go. Meira was okay too. But like I said in my review (somewhere here on the blog or on GoodReads), the best thing about this book was the love triangle. Yes.


And that is it. I had more on my list but these are the only ones I felt rather strongly about. And looking at this list, even if I loved these books, these characters will still be my favorites. 🙂

WRAP-UP | WINTER [12/22/17 through 3/19/18]

Check out my Autumn wrap-up here. 

My Winter reading season was a good one. I read 30 things: 7 audio books and 16 graphic novels/manga. I finished a series through audio book, something that I started last season. I found a new favorite author. Also, I fell in love with a manga series. Overall, it was a better reading season than the last. There were clear favorites and a couple of not so favorites.

Let’s start with the cutest.

Gakuen Babysitters manga by Hari Tokeino.
School Babysitters if you go by the Crunchyroll translation of the anime. Like with every manga that I decide to read, I came across the anime adaptation first. I actually love the manga more now that I’m 9 volumes deep, as of the posting of this blog. I love all the characters – especially Usaida and now, Saikawa. There are some really deep and heart-warming storylines that brought tears to my eyes. I really wanted a lot of them animated but you can only fit so much in a 12-episode anime.

The Lunar Chronicles audiobooks by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler.
I read Scarlet, Cress, and Winter almost back-to-back-to-back. I had to wait to be approved for Cress on Overdrive and Winter was available soon after. It was a good decision to read this series on audio because of the different voices portrayed by Rebecca Soler. Scarlet’s accent would’ve been more consistent but it was still distinct. Now when I read the graphic novel, Wires and Nerve, I hear Iko’s voice in my head. This is a retelling done so very right. It’s now one of my favorites.

Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano.
This won’t be a favorites list without Orange, specifically the volume centered around the best boy ever, Hiroto Suwa. This was heartbreaking. It’s Orange in Suwa’s POV… as if the main series wasn’t heartbreaking enough. But he’s my best-est boy so he’ll be okay. We love him. XD But really, Orange is one of my favorite manga and this addition definitely proved that to be still true.

Sierra Simone and her New Camelot trilogy.
I previously read Priest and Midnight Mass last season back-to-back and loved it. I decided to check out her other works and saw this trilogy… which I also read one right after the other. And guys, as whacko and impossible as some of the plotlines are in this, I loved it. I devoured it so fast. I want an Embry in my life. OMG, forget hot — this was on fire! I am determined to read all of her work.

My Brother’s Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame.
I will never stop singing the praises for this manga. Where is volume 2 in English? I need it so bad. What I like best about this the gentle way of talking about a taboo topic. It felt hesitant, tender, real. It showed respect. Yes, there is a difference in culture but you see them working with and through that. It’s so good. Read it, please.

Some honorable mentions are the WAGs duology by Sarina BowenElle Kennedy and Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie which was narrated by RC Bray. I can’t put every NA book that I enjoy on this list, can I? XD WAGs consists of Good Boy and Stay. They’re companion novels to my other favorite duology, Him and UsSuffer the Children is a chilling story about a virus that only affects children and the lengths parents go to save them. I read that The Martian by Andy Weir was narrated by the same voice actor so I might just listen to that sooner rather than later.


I know I said that I won’t rely on manga for numbers but hey, I can’t help it. I already passed my 25-book a year mark and that’s definitely with the help of a handful of manga. Especially now that I’m 10 volumes deep into Gakuen Babysitters. Add Haikyuu and My Hero Academia… yeah. But I am keeping up with my reading in other formats.

My Kobo Aura ONE and Overdrive have been lifesavers. I’m glad I have them. Now, I just have to work through the books that I physically own. Good luck to me.