I don’t know where August went. It’s usually my “blah” month… one month before September, my favorite, and right when seasons begin to change. Supposedly. It’s still in the 90s here in SoCal during daytime but it does go down to around mid-60s at night. I was finally able to wear my Engeki Haikyuu jacket one time. XD

This September, I will be travelling towards the end of the month until early October. I will be bringing my Kobo Aura ONE with me for reading. But unlike other people, I barely get any reading done whenever I’m on vacation. Idk, I feel like it’s time for enjoying and I can read any time when I’m at home anyway. It’s going to be an international travel so I’m more inclined to take that all in instead of the book I’m currently reading. I will still try to get something out of the way. 🙂

But back to August. I read 16 things. I think that’s my biggest number this year. All thanks to… Ten Count manga. Yep. Oh boy, it’s so good… so steamy. It was a wrong decision to read it at work because it is every definition of Not Safe for Work. But I read it, loved it. I want it read it again. I also was in a week-long reading slump. Yeah, I was disappointed at something and it affected everything including my reading. But still, 16 things!


  • Let’s start with Ten Count by Rihito Takarai – I’ve been reading steamy romances for about a month solid and nothing – NOTHING – is hotter than this manga series. It’s about an adorable germophobe and the gorgeous therapist that helps him break out of his shell. But Aidios help me, if you decide to read this, don’t read this at work and if you can, don’t read this in public.
    • Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 6 – 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 4 – 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 5 – 4/5 stars.
  • Until it Fades by KA Tucker – I could give it 5 stars but that ending threw me off. I saw the possibility of it but when it actually happened, I had a hard time making sense of it. I understand the necessity of it, however… ah I don’t know. I loved everything else though. Catherine is a strong and very flawed character. Brett is pretty dreamy. I dare say that there was a hint of instalove from Brett’s side but at least Catherine didn’t let “love, sex, and money will solve all my problems” dictate her end of the story. 4/5 stars.
  • Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan– It was so sweet. Predictable but adorable nonetheless. 3.5/5 stars.
  • The Library of Souls by Richard Denney – I’m so torn between 2 and 3 stars. The story has potential and it was really spooky. But I just could not get past the technical misses especially in the second half of the book. It’s a quick read. It’s an enjoyable book; a fun MG read. But it badly needs an editor. 2.5/5 stars.
  • Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura– You can count on Japanese fiction for really messed up and gory storylines. I loved this and I’m so glad I consumed this on audio. 4/5 stars.
  • Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 1 by Fujita – I loved this. I loved the anime. It didn’t only give me so much enjoyment it also gave me hope. If you’re an otaku, you need to read/watch this. Plus, Kento Itou is a precious one. 5/5 stars.
  • Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate – I’m finally done with the parts adapted to anime!
    • Volume 18 – 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 19 – 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 20 – Suga’s sets are always so special to me. 4/5 stars.
  • Love Machine by Kendall Ryan – Two Kendall Ryan books in one month. Well, her books are quite easy to read, I think I flew through them in a weekend. Preedictable. I mean, you know what’s going to happen from the blurb alone. It’s a light and fluffy read. I could do without the epilogue but hey. 3/5 stars.
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Er… I’m not sure. This book did pull me out of a horrible reading slump. I listened to this. While I was super into it in the beginning, I began to sort of dislike it by the middle part. I’m not sure if I’ll continue on with this trilogy. If I am, not immediately. 3/5 stars.


  • 3792 pages
  • 10 manga, 3 audio books

I only bought 3 things! Wotakoi Volumes 1 & 2 and the Kemono Friends manga omnibus. My Brother’s Husband Volumes 2 is coming out this month as well as the 3rd Wotakoi volume. So excited!

Do you read when you’re on vacation? Do you bring a book or an e-reader with you? What are your top travel reads?


#T5W | Friends Forever!

This week, we are talking about Favorite Friend Groups.

My only bookish answer to this is Harry, Ron, and Hermione so there you go. 🙂

Like with yesterday’s post, you just have to do with my anime list. Hey, most of these are manga or light novel originals so I guess it still counts, right? Besides, it’s a chance to try new things. Trust me, these shows are solid.

Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori.
I came across this show by complete accident. I saw it was an interesting name, looked up the cast list and saw all my favorites. Sold. I watched this in a day and a half. It has a manga too but I couldn’t find it in English so I haven’t read that yet. Anyway, it’s about four friends who run a Japanese-style cafe. Sui (Junichi Suwabe) is in charge of the tea and technically owns the place, Tokitaka (Yuichi Nakamura) cooks the savory dishes and also provides the handmade tableware, Gure (Daisuke Ono) makes latte art, and Tsubaki (Daiki Yamashita) is their patissiere. They have their greeter cat Kinako. It’s such a feel-good show and I love all of the characters. It makes me hungry for sweets… even Japanese curry! I think these four guys live upstairs from the cafe and they help each other out with everything.


My Hero Academia Hero Class 1-A.
I love my little heroes but I love it more when they act like the kids that they still are. My favorite scenes from the anime and manga are when they’re just fooling around and teasing each other as any classmate would. I mean, look at that adorable class picture! Everyone gets along well, everyone has a friend. My little Tokoyami belongs. Hell, even Mineta has a place in their class.


Karasuno Third Years.
Look at them. JUST. LOOK. AT. THEM. Click on that photo above for a more eloquent explanation. I love them. That’s all. But no, I have so much more to say. Sugamama and Dadchi… and their first-born Asahi. They wanted so bad to leave a legacy and build up their underclassmen. They pretty much put their college chances on to the back burner just so they can continue playing with the second and first years. They still wanted to win. And just look at them… OMG.


Iwatobi Middle School Swim Club Members.
Haru, Makoto, Asahi, Ikuya, Natsuya-senpai, and my lovely Nao-senpai. I love Rin, Nagisa and Rei too but with Take Your Marks currently airing (at the time of this post), I can’t help but have serious Iwachuu feelz. As far as I know, the original material for Free! is the light novel about them in middle school. Of course, the others make an appearance but it’s mostly about this particular medley relay group. My little children!

315 Production.
Include all the game-only subunits to this entry. I love them all. They all have a special place in my heart – characters and voice actors. They all have one goal, to be a top idol. They all come from different backgrounds: lawyer, pilot, teachers, professional soccer players, ramen masters, public servants… and they quit that to become idols, to reach more hearts and inspire more people. Hell, I’m definitely inspired. XD

I swear, this is not going to turn into an anime blog. Although, my shelf holds more than books. It definitely holds its share of anime stuff from DVD/BDs to figures. But do know that I am still reading… just not talking about it.

Anyway, I hope you check these out whether the manga source material or the anime/game itself.

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Binge-watching

I don’t know about TV shows but I have a couple of anime recommendations.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday the 10 Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies (The new fall TV season is starting up this month, so let’s talk about what shows everyone should watch when they’re not reading!).

Here’s the thing… I haven’t watched anything in the English-language since The Avengers: Infinity War. The last TV show that I actively followed was Lucifer until the end of season 2. I don’t think I even finished the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale despite being very into it. I do have Hulu; I don’t have Netflix. I don’t have local TV on the television in my room so nightly primetime drama is out of the question. Hell, I haven’t actively chosen to listen to an English-language song is 5+ years. XD

But there was a time when I had an actual schedule written down of the shows that I had to watch daily. Almost all of them were in the police procedural genre. If given the choice, I’d still drown myself in that. I used to follow The Walking Dead until I realized what a huge waste of time Sophia was. As for other shows, I have such trouble when new characters are introduced. Take CSI:NY for example. It used to be my favorite CSI show until that girl from Montana joined the team. Pfft. I still have the fondest memories of that show but it was never the same after that.

Anyway, I will try to mix this list up. I’ve had my share of binge-watched anime. I have both Crunchyroll and Funimation and with so many new and old anime, you can marathon them easily. They’re 30 minutes to an episode; I think this is the reason why I no longer have the attention span for anything longer than 30 minutes. XD

Last I checked, 14 seasons are on Hulu. I used to put a season on continuous play while doing work. The late Peter Thomas had the most relaxing voice ever. I don’t mind it if I’ve seen an episode 5 times, I’ll still watch it. Whenever I see a Forensic Files marathon on TV, I tune in. I can usually tell which case it is within the first 10 seconds but it’s better than channel surfing.

Back when this show was just beginning its 9th season, I binge-watched it from season 1 to the latest episode in more or less 12 days. I don’t know how I did it but I did it. I don’t watch it as religiously anymore but I still love this show to bits. It will be a sad day once CBS finally decides to pull the plug. This is probably the only show where I did not mind cast changes. The heart of the show remained the same. Yes, how many cases can you still talk about? Apparently, 15 seasons worth.

Like with Forensic Files, Hulu has the whole entire series on their catalog (last I checked). I worked my way backwards for LV (from the latest season to the first) and forwards for Miami. I’ve forgotten how tacky Miami was… and how much I loved it. LV will always have a special place in my heart — until they changed casts like people change socks.

So what? I love crime shows. I often fall into the black hole of Chris Hansen sting operations on Youtube. It’s entertaining and fascinating at the same time.

I even wrote a Yuri On Ice fic based on this show because I loved it so damn much. It’s such a feel-good reality show. I even downloaded the Animal Planet GO app just so I can binge watch this show on the go. I fell off of it now but I’d still watch some episodes if I’m looking for things to play in the background.

And now for the anime recommendations:

Can you just hear the song that’s playing during this clip?

In that order, if you may. Yes, both. You will thank me later. This will come up to 115 episodes. FMA was done before the manga was finished. FMAB is the more faithful adaptation. The thing is, the whole of FMA is recapped in the first three episodes of FMAB. But don’t let that deter you. Do watch all of it. I did it… idk, in a weekend I think. It was fast. Or it’s so good that I didn’t realize time went by so fast. Also, I watched this dubbed so I guess that contributed to that feeling.

If you know me, I’m a huge Haikyuu trash. But I got into the fandom late. Very late. But don’t worry, I’ve caught up and more. XD I started watching this because of Yuri On Ice (second mention of this show but no, it’s not really binge-able) and my favorite seiyuu of all time, Yoshimasa Hosoya. I don’t think I left my bed until I finished two full seasons. Then I watched season 3. Then I did it all over again. For months, this was the only anime that I watched. I still do that to this day.

Ah, the show that started my spiral into male idol hell. I picked this vs B-Project and Idolish7 because SideM is super-duper feel-good. You can’t help but root for everyone, love all their songs, and wish them all the best. Hell, even the voice actors have endeared themselves to me. I binge-watch even their live concerts. There’s always something new to see. Most of them began their voice acting careers with SideM and everyone is just so sweet. (Also, it’s for this show that I spent the most money on ONE SINGLE ITEM. Yep. Male idol merch is no joke.)

I’m putting this on this list because that was the way I watched this series. And it’s so damn relatable. (Whoo, two Kento Itou shows in one list!) It doesn’t really follow one story line. Every episode ends cleanly without cliffhangers. But every end of episode, I was left like a mushy puddle of sweetness. It gives me so much hope. But then again, I kind of want either Hirotaka or ItoKen-san so I’m screwed eitherway. XD

This goes on the list for the opposite reasons as Wotakoi. (Yay, another Shoya Chiba show!) Every damn episode has a very frustrating cliffhanger. I made a boo-boo when I watched this. I thought the season was done… until I got to episode 11. I thought that was it. Then cliffhanger. WTAF. Good thing the final episode was coming out the next day so I didn’t have to wait that long. And OMG, I was a crying mess AT WORK. It’s so good.

Have you watched any of those shows? I need more binge-worthy anime so feel free to recommend anything. I’m a seiyuu otaku so if any of my favorites is on there, I’ll definitely give it a go.

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Anti-Reading Slumps

What a perfect topic for me; I’m desperately crawling out of a reading slump right now.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday the 10 books that pull you out of a reading slump.

Here’s the story: I read one of my anticipated reads and I was so painfully disappointed that it soured every book to me for weeks. I tried an audio book, I returned it to the library after an hour. I wanted to continue reading Haikyuu, I couldn’t get a hold of the next volume. I started a very good NA standalone that I know I could read in a day, I just reached the halfway point last night. Sigh. It’s hard, guys.

However, I’m seeing the light at the end of the dark tunnel. I may have found my footing. This list won’t be 10 or book titles exactly but I found that these work for me when I get into this dreaded book slumps.

They’re very easy reads. One volume can take you one sitting. Seeing your reading stats rise just like that is encouraging. Finished series are fun to binge read. I tend to pace myself with on-going series because like with every book, it’s faster to read it than to write it. But once you start, it’s hard to stop. I’m currently reading Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita. I actually bought the two omnibuses that are currently released. I just finished the volume 1 part and oh hell, I love it. I loved the anime too.

Two years ago, you wouldn’t hear this from me — I love New Adult! XD And if you find a well-written steamy smutty hot little thing? Yes, please. They go by fast. A lot of authors have so many similar books under their names. Some series go on forever and the releases are close together and consistent. Plus there is a TON of NA out there. Good, bad, ugly… there’s so many to choose from. I’m in the middle of Love Machine by Kendall Ryan. I read her other book, Mister Tonight, and I thought it was okay so I picked up another one from her. She has so many more that I’m interested in.

Going back to when things are simpler, when we didn’t get “triggered” by every single thing, when authors don’t “need” to tick so many boxes in order to satisfy their audiences. Remember those times? I mean, it’s good that audiences are more aware and more sensitive today but back then, we just read. Last year, I started catching up on those YA series that I ignored when they first came out. The language is pretty light and the storylines aren’t as complicated. A lot of them go by quickly. Legend by Marie Lu is one of them. I’m listening to her other trilogy right now… about an hour into The Young Elites.

I rarely re-read but sometimes, you just need to be reminded of how good a book is, to re-experience it. Rediscover the joy of reading. Forget that book that put you into a slump.

Actually, another thing that pulled me out of a slump one time was WATCH ANIME, which led to me reading manga. Or just taking a break from reading in general. Don’t force it. It’ll come to you eventually.

I can’t really give title recommendations because everyone’s taste is different. You do what you gotta do!


I participated in two readathons in July, not to mention all the craziness that was Anime Expo. All three of those things were quite successful. I was able to finish two books for Tome Topple Round 6 and it was a very fun #GetGraphic Round 2. And because of that graphic novel readathon, I ended up reading 15 things last month. A lot of them, I finished in the span of a weekend. It didn’t only help my numbers; it reignited my reading. I flew through the other books one after another because of the mood #GetGraphic put me in.

I really got back into the Haikyuu mood. I still need to catch up to the manga but at least I’m on what covers season 3 of the anime. And it’s going to be a LONG one. I also did my first re-read in a long time. I’m still very much into NA romance and I don’t see that slowing down.

Scum’s Wish

My numbers for June and July are the same. Let’s see how that broke down.


  • The Burning World by Isaac Marion – The sequel to Warm Bodies, it continues R’s story of his reintegration to the living world. I’ve waited so long for this sequel to come out. I do have a physical copy of it but I listened to this on audio thinking I can do some reading during Anime Expo. I liked the story and the characters. But I felt like it was longer than what it should be. There wasn’t much going on apart from them escaping from whoever was chasing them. 3/5 stars.
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – The final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy. This was more text-heavy than the other two. I was concerned at first because I was reading this for Tome Topple and I wasn’t making a dent as fast as I expected. But after the first 100-150 pages, it was non-stop action. 5/5 stars.
  • Bad, Bad, Bad by K. Webster – Two sizzling hot erotica with huge age gaps. A quick read to break up the monotony when you’re in the middle of a readathon. They’re absolutely dirty and the writing is nothing to write home about. I don’t know why I read it. 3 /5 stars.
  • Goth by Otsuichi – I’ve owned the novel version for a while but when #GetGraphic rolled around, I saw that the manga was available on OverDrive. I read this before going to bed and loved it. I guess I’m bumping up the novel higher on my TBR. 5/5 stars.
  • Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate
    • Volume 14 – ENNOSHITAAAAA! It’s strange. I could hear the episodes play out in my head as I read on. In Japanese. In Toshiki Masuda’s voice. OMG. I loved this chapter. I love everything Ennoshita. 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 15 – KYOtani KENtaro. I just remembered that I am seeing his seiyuu in person next month! 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 16 – I am so proud of my adorable little crow baby Yamaguchi.  5/5 stars.
    • Volume 17 – We finally get to the Miyagi finals. We’re in Season 3! 4/5 stars.
  • My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame – What a perfect book to re-read. It’s still as beautiful as the first time. 4/5 stars.
  • Scum’s Wish Volume 1 by Mengo Yokoyari – It’s so dark and twisted. I’m gonna love this! 5/5 stars.
  • Boku no Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kohei Horikoshi – Definitely a dark volume, full of strategies and something that I’ve become used to with BNHA, a lot of reflections about “the right thing to do at the right moment”. But Kirishima takes this volume. He’s amazing. 4/5 stars.
  • Restaurant to Another World by Junpei Inuzuka and Takagi Kugatsu.
    • Volume 1 – I have to say, I prefer the anime adaptation more than this. They developed it so much more. 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 2 – I love Aletta so much. I want to protect her from everything! 4/5 stars.
  • Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling – I would’ve given it a solid 4 but the writing was honestly all over the place. The MC action was literally the final 20 pages of the book. Most of it was just merely mentioned. The sex was hot, yes… but I think it’s mostly because of the age gap trope more than anything. It was really all over the place. There were moments when I was absolutely loving it then literally the next page, it was WTF. The story/plot was good but it wasn’t the best execution. 3.5/5 stars.
  • Bloodline by James Rollins– Probably one of my favorite Sigma Force novels to date. Tucker and Kane were definitely awesome bonuses! I like listening to his books in audio as much as I like reading them in book form. 5/5 stars.


  • 4164 pages
  • 10 manga, 2 audio books

Still doing pretty well with this book no-buy thing. I only bought one book. And that was because I needed something else for free Barnes & Noble shipping. I pre-ordered Vengeful by VE Schwab and with my 10% off coupon, I was able to get a paperback copy of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant on a steep discount. As you know, that is my favorite book of 2018 so far.

I will be doing a lot of traveling towards the end of the year. And by “a lot”, I mean 2. But both are international and with a huge purpose so I’m super pumped. I hope the luck I experienced at AX2018 extends until the end of the year, at least.

So far, I have good numbers for August but I think I’m on some kind of reading slump. Oh noes. What do you do when you get a reading slump? What kinds of books do you read?

#T5W | Favorites Revisited

This week, we are talking about Favorites You’d Like to Revisit.

As you might already know, I seldom re-read. In fact, my first legit re-read in years was just this past month. My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame for #GetGraphic Round 2. I loved it. I wanted to re-experience that story. I would re-read it again for sure.

The reason why I don’t re-read much is that I have a pretty good memory of a book I’ve read before once I start reading it again. I’m not the kind who can quote right off the page… or even remember character names! But once get back into the book, everything comes back to me. Then I lose interest and move on to a book I haven’t read before.

If I were to “revisit” anything, it’s anime. I am known to rewatch anime to death. Haikyuu for example… that was all I watched from September to December of 2017. All 60 episodes. Everyday. All day. Same with Yuri On Ice when it first came out. I rewatched that Minami episode over and over. Lately, it’s Restaurant to Another World and Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori. I watched those shows in full in one sitting the first time and immediately rewatched the whole thing right after finishing it. I still rewatch my favorite episodes. Junichi Suwabe must love me (since he voiced the lead characters in both series) LMAO.

I’ve made omurice because of my love for this particular episode. 

Anyway, I’m not totally against the idea of re-reading. Here are a couple of titles that I’m open to revisiting… when I feel like it:

  • Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas.
    I have my signed copy in a pile near my bed and I’m tempted to pick it up every time I see it. The story is still fresh in my mind – as would a lot of my favorite books – but I can’t get enough of this. Since then, I’ve been reading a lot of age gap tropes but nothing satisfies me like this one.
  • The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
    My brother is reading it right now on audio and he told me that the narration is really good. I’m a sucker for good single-person narration and I’m interested to hear how the banter is narrated. At least in The Final Empire. Maybe someday. My brother was on hold for about a month for that audio book.
  • Tucker Wayne series by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.
    I recently read Bloodline by James Rollins. Tucker Wayne and his dog Kane played a huge part in the mission. And I loved it. I miss these two. I want more books in these series or at least more appearances in other Sigma Force books. If I were to re-read the two books in the series, I’ll even brave a mass market paperback.
  • Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino.
    I will re-read the manga and rewatch the anime. I wish they continue the anime! It’s super cute and so endearing.
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.
    I’m wondering if I were to read this rather than listen to it, would I still like it as much? I probably would but someday, I’ll prove that theory.

As for anime I’d like to rewatch… how much time do you have? 😉

#GetGraphic Round 2 | Readathon Wrap-up

It felt like a Haikyuu readathon, to be honest. No complaints here. I’m finally reading Season 3 and soon… new (to me) material! I don’t really need a readathon to binge read manga but it’s a good excuse to feel more productive. Especially during the weekends.

I mentioned in my announcement post that I don’t read much on the weekends. I usually catch up on anime, assemble Gunpla while rewatching anisong concerts, sleep, or binge watch documentaries on Youtube. I was expecting to totally bomb this readathon but lo and behold, I was able to finish eight things. All manga, but still eight things.

I have a Twitter thread about my #GetGraphic weekend HEREI do thread posts when I’m watching anime so I might as well make one for a readathon. And it was so much fun to do. I loved all the interactions that I made. I’m glad to have been able to recommend stuff. If you’ve found a new favorite from my posts, you’re welcome.

Also, I wasn’t really planning to read that many Haikyuu. But I found almost ALL volumes available on my OverDrive. Thank you, Los Angeles Public Library system! You’re awesome.

With that being said, here’s my finished lineup (you can also check out my Twitter thread for extra photos):

  • Goth by OtsuichiI’ve owned the novel for a while but haven’t read it yet. I chanced on this manga version on Overdrive and read it before going to bed. I slept well enough, don’t worry. I actually like horror and it doesn’t bother me much. I loved this.
  • Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate. Surprised? LMAO. I read Volumes 14, 15, 16, and 17. It’s the whole second half of the second season, starting when Ennoshita subbed for an injured Daichi to part first set of their match against Shiratorizawa. I love reading the source material to an anime that I know inside and out. The anime left out and added somethings and I enjoy both IMMENSELY. I had to physically stop myself from screenshotting and posting everything on Twitter!
  • My Brother’s Husband Volume 1 by Gengoroh TagameIf you are going to read anything from this list, please let it be this. This was my re-read and I will re-read it again for sure. I can’t wait for the 2nd book that will come out a day after my birthday!
  • Scum’s Wish Volume 1 by Mengo Yokoyari. I said this was on my TBR, I might as well read it. I admit, I wasn’t in the mood but wow, I enjoyed this! I’m planning to eventually watch the anime… and the live-action drama, of course.
  • My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kohei HorikoshiIt’s not a manga readathon without at least one volume of this! My baby Eriiii!!! I’m slowing down a bit because I’m almost caught up. Plus ultra!
  • Restaurant to Another World Volume 1 by Junpei Inuzuka (story) and Takaaki Kugatsu (illustration)I’m tempted to sing the OP song every time! I was able to squeeze this in with 15 minutes to spare. I liked it but I have to say, I like the anime more. I hope to get my hands on the light novel in the future.

And that is it for my #GetGraphic Round 2 experience! What did you read?