WRAP-UP | April 2019 + #TomeTopple Round 8

I’m such an awful book blogger. I tend to disappear with weeks and months only to come back with super late and almost irrelevant posts. But if you’re still here, still reading, I thank you so much. Like with every aspect of my fangirl life, I barely have reading mutuals IRL. So you, my bookish internet mutuals, are very much appreciated.

(If you want to know why I’ve been MIA apart my from my usual “life happens” spiel, do check out my Twitter and Instagram. Yes, life did happen – is happening – but all in a good way.)

Anyway, it’s a month late but here’s what happened with my Tome Topple Round 8 participation. I’ve decided this was my most successful attempt yet. There were only two set books in my TBR and I stuck with it. Nothing more and nothing less. I had a day or two left of the readathon after finishing my 2nd book but I was also prepping for an international trip so I capped it there.

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I loved The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (5 stars) so damn much. It was 16 hours on audio, 673 pages of slow burn goodness. I was saving this book for Tome Topple because it’s a romance book that satisfy the only important rule of this readathon. Then I also finished The Demon Crown by James Rollins (4 stars), part of the Sigma Force series that I love so much. I cheated on this a bit because the hardcover is a bit under 500 pages so I went with the ebook (and mass paperback) pagination that puts it at around 600.

I told myself that I’ll finally by catching up to Sigma Force so I strong armed this book for Tome Topple. Turns out, it’s partially set in Tokyo with Japanese characters… I was going to Japan at the beginning of May. Yeah. This is going to be a recurring event in the next month also.

The rest of my April reads were Soulless by TM Frazier (5 stars) and The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin (5 stars). I was supposed to read the latter for Sequelathon but was unable to finish it within the time allotted. But I loved it so much, as well as every TM Frazier book I’ve read so far.

In total, I read 2037 pages, two audio books. Not a single manga. XD

(I initially wanted this to be a readathon wrap-up for both Tome Topple and the Asian Readathon until I realized that my Asian Readathon IS my May wrap-up. LOL. Stay tuned for that.)

#AsianReadathon | May 2019

I know it’s super duper late but I can still put this up, right? I’m aware that I haven’t even posted wrap ups for April and Tome Topple but I’ll make it up to you with double wrap ups by the beginning of June. I hope. XD

 

ASIAN READATHON

Photo by Yours Truly.

I was super excited when Cindy from @readwithcindy announced that this readathon is a go. For the whole month of May. It was perfect because for the first ten days of May, I will be in Japan. Surely, I’ll be so inspired to read books by Asian authors there, right?

Weeeeell… I sort of can’t read for leisure when I’m on vacation. Time and time again, I’ve proven that. However, I had some “required reading” to do for the shows that I was going to watch while in Tokyo. They were by Asian authors, with Asian characters, translated from the original Japanese, and two are manga. Great.

And they were. All three books were amazing and reading them definitely enhanced my enjoyment of their stage adaptations. I’m glad that I was able to read them since my Japanese isn’t 100%. My listening skills are definitely better than my speaking and reading. Having the knowledge from the source material helped it along.

But I digress. I know we have ten days before the end of May but here we go.

This readathon is hosted by:

CINDY | SANDRACHLOE | KAV  | ELLIAS

I runs the whole month of May in celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM).

For the record, I am Asian. I’m Filipino. So with that, plus sending the first ten day of May in Japan, a certified lover of anime, manga, and Japanese fiction… this should be fun.

The challenges are very chill and since this readathon runs the whole month, there’s not much pressure. I think the hardest thing for me is to not fill this up with Japanese authors. I mainly read Japanese fiction in terms of Asian literature, not to mention my love for manga over graphic novels.

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Challenges:

  1. Read any book by an Asian author.  (Any of these count but I’m picking The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco for this. A fellow Filipina!)
  2. Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author. (I read Haikyuu Volumes 22 and 23 by Haruichi Furudate for this. It was in preparation for Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyuu: Tokyo no Jin. It’s a 2.5D stage play. Look it up. You’ll thank me later.)
  3. Read a book featuring an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asian identity (i.e. queer, mixed, disabled, neurodiverse, etc). (I read The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. Thank you, Hoopla for your no-wait system for audio books.)
  4. Read a book by Asian author that was originally written in their native language (translated books and graphic novels count). (Kokoro by Natsume Soseki was my pick. I read it because I was going to watch a recitation drama by Japanese voice actors on my very first day in Japan. It was life-changing.)
  5. Read the group book: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, which will be covered in the live show on Saturday, May 25 at 6pm EST on readwithcindy’s channel. (I’m currently reading this. Unfortunately, short stories aren’t my thing and it actually takes me longer to read these than single story books.)

If you want, you can fill everything with manga. Or manhwa to have some variety. I’m interested in re-reading the rest of Haikyuu because I was just so inspired by the stage play that I want to relive the next arcs.

I know I keep mentioning Japanese work. It’s because I’m most familiar with them. Japanese thrillers are amazing. But I have read works by other Asian authors. I’m open to reading more, not just during this readathon. I love reading other people’s TBRs and recommendations.

So let’s make the most out of the rest of the month. I hope we all continue to read books by Asian authors and with Asian representation.

#TomeTopple | ROUND 8 (4/13 through 4/26)

It’s back! I am excite.

So far, I’ve been doing well on my “one readathon a month” thing. I was hoping the Tome Topple announcement will come through before I decide on another on. And here we are!

The Tome Topple Readathon is created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. The GoodReads group for this readathon can be found here. If you’re looking for recommendations, inspiration, and/or buddies to read with, go check out the group.

This readathon is hosted by:

SAM | ADRIANA | SARAH-JANE | SIANCAZ | SAM 2

It’s going to be from 12AM of April 13 through 11:59PM of April 26, your time zone.

I won’t be doing much explanation here. You do you. As long as you read a book that is 500 pages or more. It can be of any format as long as it comes in something that has 500 pages. You can pick an audio book that may look short (say, 10 hours) but the printed copy has 600 pages. Or maybe the hardcover has 450 but the mass market paperback has 700. That counts too.

There are challenges but I think for this year, I’m just going to pick two books and go with those. Of course I’m going to make it count… somehow.

READING CHALLENGES:

1. Read more than one tome
2. Read the tome that’s been on your TBR the longest
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Read a tome from a genre you don’t usually read
5. Read an adult novel
6. Instagram challenges. (TBD)

What’s crazy is that these last two weeks of April is going to be hectic for me. Mostly packing and trip planning for Japan. Hopefully, I can use that time to audio book or read on my breaks.

So what am I reading? Here are the main two titles:

  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. The physical copy has 673 pages but I’ll be listening to this on audio. Mariana Zapata has some LONG books and I heard they are very slow burn. I picked this because a lot of people on GoodReads shelved this under “book boyfriend”. I can’t wait. I’m going to make this count for prompt #4 because it’s only been a couple of months since I read romance extensively. Also, prompt #5.
  • The Demon Crown by James Rollins. I’m in a James Rollins kick, okay. I do own a signed hard copy of this book. However, I’ll be reading the ebook because that has 672 pages according to GoodReads. And of course, being on the go, I always have my e-reader with me. This satisfies prompt #3 and 5. If I happen to finish both within the two weeks, that takes care of #1.

In the event that I finish one early and I still have time to squeeze in another book (at least start it), I’ll probably pick up Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers. The hardcover says 498 pages but, come on… two pages more? 😉 If not that, maybe another Mariana Zapata (audio) book.

Let’s see how well I do this round. Good luck to all participants!

WRAP-UP | MARCH 2019 + SEQUELATHON

It was a modest reading month. I did participate in a readathon but I can’t say it was a smashing success. For shame. It was a rather easy one but it just goes to show how much a mood reader I really am.

But this was a rather unique reading month for me. I did not read a single manga… something that I will hopefully remedy this month and the next. Also, all five of my reads are from the NA romance genre, three from the same author, the same series. It’s not as if I’m consciously crossing out prompts from the annual challenge. It’s what I’m in the mood for.

I’m thinking that April will be different. I went to a James Rollins signing and that inspired me to go back to one of my favorite genres, mystery/thrillers. They’re fun and easy to read or listen to on audio.

In 2011, I won a Goodreads giveaway for the book The Devil Colony by James Rollins. I had no idea what I was getting into. Eleven Sigma Force novels (and 4 of his other works) later, I finally met one of my favorite authors! Thank you so very much, Mr. Rollins, for these incredible books. And thank you, Vroman’s Bookstore for the opportunity. It seriously made my month. It was so exciting to hear his speak. I asked him who was his favorite character to write and he said it was Kowalski. He liked him so much that he brought him over to Sigma Force from Ice Hunt. And because of that, I’m listening to Ice Hunt right now.

Needless to say, I bought books in March. All of them signed, of course. On the day of the signing, I scored a signed copy of The Judas Strain from a used bookstore. From the same store, I bought a mass paperback copy of Blood Line, my favorite from the series, and The Bone Labyrinth, to bring to the signing. I do have copies of James Rollins’ books in my house but it’s a literal excavation getting to them. Then I bought Crucible at Vroman’s so I can get into the signing line. Keeping up with this signed book thing is working so far.

Even if I only read 5 books, I consider it a good reading month. I didn’t take the easy way by padding my numbers with manga, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Again, mood. Then I was able to stick with a series. And I was able to be a bit more critical with my rating. I would like to continue this trend. Never mind reading “less”.

(However, I’ve been binge-watching reading vlogs lately. They’re seriously inspiring me to read more. But. The new anime season is here. OTL.)

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 5.

  • King by TM Frazier – I’m still getting used to aggressive alpha males but oh boy, that ending! I’ve been meaning to pick this book/series up for a while now. I heard this is a good dark motorcycle club “romance”. A lot of blood and violence. At first, I wasn’t too sure about the possessiveness of the guy and the blatant drug use but the more I read it, I’m actually liking it. 4/5 stars.
  • The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas –  Okay. So. Adeline. I have some words. I went into this with high hopes. As you know, I like the royalty trope. But… I did not like this book. Yes, I was expecting the ending but everything happened in between felt so detached and unnecessarily long. Adeline is dumb and I wanted to punch Josh every time he opened his damn mouth. Oh Adeline… I have no idea how real royalty is but I sure as hell know regular people as stupid and useless as her so I know how and why her character irritates me. And Josh should just go the fck away. However, I like Damon. He can stay. Everyone else can leave. That’s one whole star for him and the other for the ending that I 1000% expected. Who knows… maybe I’ll read the next one too, a glutton for punishment. 2/5 stars.
  • Tyrant by TM Frazier –  2nd part of the King/Doe arc. This was pretty dark. Like, I was shocked. There were some parts that I didn’t expect but it all wrapped up well in the end. I don’t know how people come out of this without some kind of psychological problem. Just… wow. 4/5 stars.
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard –  I finally got to this book and it didn’t live up to the hype that was in my head. It was a 20-hour audiobook. If I have to hear the narrator say “Julianne” one more time, there’d be hell to pay. It was longer than necessary and that ending was rushed, I literally missed it. (I listen to audio books at work so half my attention is elsewhere. Next thing I know, it’s the acknowledgements.) It was bordering on pretentious. I was expecting that but I just can’t get over the damn “Julianne” thing. Will I continue with the rest? Maybe. Idk. Someday. 3/5 stars.
  • Lawless by TM Frazier – I didn’t realize that I was alternating my reading. This one I read for Sequelathon. I thought of taking a break from TM Frazier after finishing one arc but I needed to read about Bear and his girl, Thia. I like Bear. I liked him even in King’s story. I enjoyed the narration of his POV; it has me literally laughing out loud at some parts. Something awful was done to him at the end of Tyrant but he never let that show. He did drown himself in bad things but when he was needed to step up, he pushed through his pain. Thia, wow. I liked her too. Although I didn’t get much of her personality. (It could be my fault because I was so into Bear lol.) These two are very damaged people who found strength in each other. I liked that. 4/5 stars.

STATS:

  • 1733 pages
  • 3 audio books

As for Sequelathon, I got about 70% of The Stone Sky before the readathon ended. So my only book read for this particular readathon is Lawless… which is sort of a spin-off sequel, if that makes sense. It does not directly follow the book that came before it, however, it’s in the same series. Eh, whatever. It counts. XD

For this month, my readathon pick is one of my favorites… TOME TOPPLE! I’ll post my announcement and reading plans within the week.

#T5W | Bookshelf Collectibles

This week is a freebie so we’ll be talking about our favorite bookshelf collectibles.

I call it “shelf clutter”. XD The KonMari method cannot exist in my fangirl world. EVERYTHING in my collection sparks joy.

However, I’m not much into the bookish fandom. 90% of my “bookshelf collectible” is from the anime fandom. Yes, I do have special edition and signed books but that’s about it. Compared to my anime stuff, it’s merely a speck of dust lol.

My short answer to this week’s topic is to just visit my MYFIGURECOLLECTION account and my INSTAGRAM feed. And yet, that’s not my complete collection. Most of it yes, but not all. Yes, I know… I need help. (I don’t want help LOL.)

But to break it down, here are the 5 main categories of my shelf clutter:

  • Signed books.
    I’m trying to curb my book buying by only purchasing signed books. And only by authors that I actually like. I have a couple from Pierce Brown, VE Schwab, Marie Lu, and James Rollins. Some of them are even personalized. I do buy signed copies online and from bookstores but that’s about it.
  • Blu-rays and DVDs.
    Complete boxed sets of anime, official stage play recordings, and live concerts. Oh man, they are expensive. Sigh. But I want them. They make me happy. I’ve pirated enough times in my younger years and I’m atoning that now.
  • Nendoroids and scale figures.
    This hobby. THIS. HOBBY. I first said I’ll only collect Haikyuu and Yuri On Ice figures. Lies. I’m too much of a sucker for cute stuff and good anime to stick to that. Also, scale figures. Haikyuu, I’m telling you. I’m NOT a fan of Funko Pop but I made an exception with My Hero Academia. Yes, I also have the two Nendoroids and a couple of Banpresto figures but I wanted that glow-in-the-dark All Might and the Toshinori Yagi one. Until they make an Iida Nendoroid, it stays. Plus my Uraraka is the SDCC exclusive. I also have a Tommy Pickles Nendoroid… signed by EG Daily. You can’t say I slack on collecting just because I don’t like the medium. 😉
  • Charms and pins.
    I’m more obsessed with those can badge covers actually LOL. I recently rediscovered my love for pin badges and I’m happy to have quite a collection of both fanmade and official ones. Same with rubber and acrylic straps. I love decorating my bags with them; yes, even the expensive ones. I did buy cheapo bags from AliExpress just so I can put pin holes in them.
  • GUNPLA.
    For those not in the know, it stands for Gundam Plastic (models). They’re basically robots that you have to assemble. They originate from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and once you start, good luck stopping yourself from buying and assembling kits. My brother and I have quite a few already put together and yet so many still left untouched. It’s so relaxing, yet time consuming. But hey, isn’t that why we have audio books?

There you go. I admit it does look excessive and yes, it is. But it sparks joy in my life and the collector in me is happy when I find something special in a price that I agree with. I’ve gotten $2 signed books at thrift shops, hard-to-find figures for a steal, super cute fanmade merch in a bundle.

If ever I get my own house, all these will have their own room. XD

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Not by the Cover

Last time, I used this weekly tag to break up the monotony. Now, I have them two in a row. Oh lol.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday the ten things that make me pick up a book.

I will try not to make this solely about NA romance. I’m still quite picky when it comes to that genre while I’m pretty much open to anything else. Maybe not Christian fiction. I mean, after strictly reading fantasy and mystery, I managed to find myself up to the eyeballs in romance.

With so many books out there, we all somewhat have stuff that tickles our fancy. Something that makes us pick that one book over the 1500 others in the same pile. Something that we gravitate towards in the sea of different genres available. And here is my list:

(I figured I’ll put the romance related stuff first.)

  1. Age gap romances.
    It’s not a guilty pleasure. I genuinely am trash for this trope. If a book features a significant age gap between the main characters, same sex or otherwise, I’m there. Most of my NA reads so far have age gaps and I have a couple more in my ever growing TBR list. I picked up Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas because of this.
  2. Royal relationships.
    Or the “rich guy-poor girl” trope in general. What can I say, I grew up watching Taiwanese drama. 😉 I like it better when there’s a royal aspect in a relationship. Not exactly fairy tale vibes but more on the difference in social status.
  3. M/M romance.
    Especially if it’s done well. I’ve read many in the past where it’s sensationalized and simply not written well and it turned me off from the subgenre for a while. However, I read how Sarina Bowen does M/M and I’m hooked all over again. Try listening to an M/M romance audio book. You’ll thank me later.
  4. Taboo/forbidden relationships.
    Maybe romance, maybe not. This, I can call a guilty pleasure. I hesitate to admit this some times but I can’t lie… this trope makes me so curious. It started with Priest by Sierra Simone. I don’t have to tell you what that is about, right?
  5. Adventure thrillers similar to Dan Brown and James Rollins.
    I read and loved all of Dan Brown’s work and same with James Rollins, although I have yet to read all his books. I met him last week and it was amazing. He’s been one of my favorite authors since 2011. Listening to the audio versions of these kinds of books is fun too. It’s like you’re on the adventure with them.
  6. Japanese crime thrillers.
    The Japanese write the best crime novels. Keigo Higashino is definitely my favorite. It’s so subdued and very simple. And yet, they really give you a thrill. Some do shock like Confessions and Penance by Kanae Minato. You think you know what’s going on but one the very last page, they spring something huge. It either leaves you so very satisfied… or in tears!
  7. True crime.
    I don’t read nearly enough true crime but I do love watching documentaries. I have one true crime novel to read for 2019. It’s slow going but I have the whole year to get through it. I admit, I watch more documentaries but I would also like to read more of this genre.
  8. Holocaust/WWII.
    Non-fiction, YA, espionage, thriller… you name it. Yes, even documentaries. Although I didn’t quite enjoy The Diary of Anne Frank. Sorry.
  9. Multi-format books.
    Think Illuminae and Night Film. They (literally) break up the blocks of text. And these types of books go by fast because the multimedia aspect takes up space and next thing you know, you’re halfway through the book.
  10. If I liked the anime…
    I admit, this is how I find out most of my manga loves. If I liked the anime, I’ll check out the manga… not just to continue the story, but from the very beginning. One of the few mangas I read before the anime is Ten Count because… see #3. 😉 Same with Boku no Hero Academia for a bit until it became crazy popular in the West and the fans terrify me caught up with me and I kind of fell off the wagon. And quite frankly, I don’t want to catch up to the manga source materials yet. After all, volumes count as read count on GoodReads. LMAO.

That’s my list. It looks more like favorite tropes but it’s not. What a book looks like is immaterial to me because I do most of my reading digitally or audibly. Maybe I should put on here something about the narrator? Then again, I can’t control that. If I can’t with the narrator, I can also read the book, no biggie.

I’m interested to see what’s on your list. 🙂

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Audio books are BOOKS

To break up the readathon and wrap-up posts, here’s a weekly prompt. I haven’t done one of these in a while.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an audio freebie.

My knee-jerk reaction is to talk about how much I love anisong but then I realized that this is a book blog and I’m sure y’all won’t be interested in that lol. That’s okay. I myself have not listened to English-language songs in 5+ years so no judgment here.

Podcasts? I love them. I wish I can listen to more, especially the true crime ones. So why don’t I? Well… audio books.

I’m lucky that I can freely listen to audio books at my job. I’ve gone through so many in the past couple of years and enjoyed the medium very much. Honestly, I never thought that I would come to love audio books. I first tried it when I was reading Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, half reading and half listening. Then back when I was rereading Jane Eyre yearly, I found the audio version on Spotify. Now, Aidios has blessed us with Overdrive and Hoopla. I never looked back.

Coming up with my favorite audio titles was easy. Listening to these books on audio definitely contributed to my enjoyment of the books – whole series – and I don’t think I’ll love them as much if I read them myself. Of course, the opposite is also true. I have DNF’d audio books because either the narrator didn’t click with me or for Japanese fiction specifically, I had an issue on how the narrator pronounced certain names and places. 😉 Most of these books I own physically anyway so who knows.

I could have included more titles but for some of them, I loved the narration but couldn’t care for the story itself. All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater is one of those. Thom Rivera‘s narration was amazing. However, I can’t remember anything about the story. I recently sort of DNF’d You by Caroline Kepnes on audio because I just couldn’t get into it.

But enough of the negative. Here are the ones that I liked:

  1. The Sigma Force series by James Rollins.
    Narrated by Various.
    I’ve read majority of the series on audio. Almost all of them are available on Hoopla, no wait time. Listening to adventure thrillers is always a joy. It’s like you’re going on an adventure yourself. It doesn’t matter who narrates it, I love James Rollins’ work. They’re very enjoyable to read also. And by the way, I’m going to his signing this Thursday at Vroman’s Bookstore!
  2. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.
    Narrated by Cassandra Campbell.
    There’s something atmospheric about Japanese fiction on audio. This book is just… gorgeous. I encourage you to read it, listen to it. It has less than 5 characters but a story so rich, it will stay with you for a long time.
  3. Goodbye Paradise and Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen.
    Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Dake Bliss.
    I honestly prefer to read my NA but when it comes to M/M romance, audio FTW! LMAO. I like another Teddy Hamilton performance, When It’s Real by Erin Watt. Call me crazy but there’s something about a male voice rumbling in your ear while reading out loud passages of… you know what I mean. Plus these books are told from two perspectives, thus, two narrators.
  4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
    Narrated by Christian Coulson.
    Two words: Tom Riddle. At least in the Chamber of Secrets movie. He brought Monty to life. He brought the whole book to life. I laughed out loud… something I rarely do for audio books. I also listened to the sequel on audio but I prefer this one more because of the narrator.
  5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
    Narrated by Rebecca Soler.
    I read all four books on audio. There was no way I’ll be able to do that back-to-back without the help of audio books. Especially Winter. I think Rebecca Soler’s narration played a huge part as to why I devoured this series so fast. She did all the voices, especially Iko; I waited for all her parts and oh how I loved them all. This was some solid narrating. It’s amazing.
  6. The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White.
    Narrated by Fiona Hardingham.
    Thank Aidios for audio book narrators. I don’t have to figure out how to pronounce foreign names. I do own all the books in hardcover, signed, but I listened to this series on audio. I encouraged my brother to do the same and we both loved the hell out of it. Her voice between Lada and Radu are so distinct. For everyone else really. If you’re interested in reading this series but intimidated by its scale, try the audio.
  7. Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino.
    Narrated by David Pittu.
    I normally go back and forth between reading and listening to Higashino works. This one is by far my favorite narration. The characters felt so alive and there was not a dull moment. Higashino’s style of writing is not entirely fluid, more episodic. David Pittu makes it so seamless. And he pronounced all the Japanese in a way that it didn’t annoy me.
  8. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
    Narrated by Xanthe Elbrick.
    This is one of those special cases where I chose to listen to this after DNF’ing the physical book. There is a character in the book named Death. But it’s pronounced as Deeth, like teeth. They explain it in the book early on but I just couldn’t. I read both Graceling and Fire and was looking forward to Bitterblue but it took me almost a year to give up on the “Death, like teeth” situation and listened to the audio book.
  9. Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor.
    Narrated by Khristine Hvam and Kevin T. Collins.

    I listened to the last two books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy including this stand alone spin-off about Zuzana and Mik. I loved how Khristine Hvam portrayed Zuzana and I wanted more of that. I got a whole book of it!
  10. As for my 10th pick, I can’t help it. Please try listening to ANISONG. Anime songs. Theme songs. There’s a special kind of joy when you hear opening/closing songs from your favorite anime performed live. My brother and I have attended a couple of such concerts and we’re hoping to attend Animelo Summer Live someday. Go pick your favorite anime of the moment – Say…

Whew, I haven’t done a long post in a while. I really do love audio books. While composing this, I finished Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. And I’ll probably start something to add to my Sequelathon TBR.

I’m open to audio book suggestions. Especially Fantasy. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romances lately.