WRAP-UP | NOVEMBER 2016

LE NOUVEL

As A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drones on in the background (yes, I’m audiobook-ing), here is my November wrap-up. Seriously… where did 2016 go?

I read 13 books this month. THIRTEEN. Eight of them are sequential art – 2 graphic novels and 6 manga. From this month, I realized two things. One, I really do prefer manga over graphic novels. I can marathon manga but don’t have patience for a single graphic novel issue. I will still read graphic novels, don’t get me wrong but I won’t marathon it… unless it’s Saga but I already am caught up with that. The second thing is that audiobooks are REALLY not for me. I don’t have the attention span for it. I did enjoy the first 1/4 of A Study in Scarlet but I lost track and interest eventually. I have 45 minutes left and I honestly have no idea what happened. Oh well, Sherlock is back January 1, 2017. I can’t wait.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday came with October. With that, several sales and generous coupons. I came away with 15 books. None of them have arrived yet. Just when I thought I ran out of stuff that I want from Book Outlet, they go and stock up on Japanese fiction and pretty Jane Eyre covers. And I finally spotted a physical copy of Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena that agrees with my budget. But those are for another post.

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 13.

  • Eona by Alison Goodman – The conclusion of the Eon duology. Yay, I finished another series! I love these duologies. I was blown away at how awesome Eon was. I had high hopes for Eona and it certainly did not disappoint. It was badass, heartbreaking, inspiring, action-packed, funny… so many feelz. Some characters disappointed me because of their actions and some were surprising that I totally changed my opinion of them. This duology is so well-crafted and I’m so glad I took a chance. 4/5 stars.
  • Plutona by Jeff Lemire – I borrowed this from the library using hoopla. I heard that this is one of the “rare” stand alone graphic novels. It’s about a group of kids who find a dead superhero in the woods. That is so interesting to me. Until I got to the end. All signs lead to a sequel but I haven’t read anything that hints to that. Why? It could definitely continue. I want it to continue. 3/5 stars.

  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Volumes 1 to 6 by Izumi Tsubaki – I read volumes 1 to 6. I watched the anime. I want actual hard copies. (I read the fantrans scans. I know. Sorry.) I rated all volumes 4 stars except the second one which I rated 5 stars. It’s a hilarious 4-panel manga about a high school student, Nozaki, who is also a manga writer. It’s his adventures with his classmates, friends, and family who help him with his work. It’s laugh out loud hilarious!
  • ZOO by Otsuichi – Holy shit. This book almost sent me to a depressing book hangover reading slump. Japanese horror fiction is no joke. Proceed with caution. 5/5 stars.
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I read Illuminae last month and I liked it enough to get the second book. Again, the style will take a few pages of getting used to but after a while, you won’t mind it. I think I actually like this story more than the first one. I like the two main characters here more. I guess I’m getting the next book too. 4/5 stars.
  • You’re Saying It Wrong by Ross and Kathryn Petras – I have a whole review on this book so I’ll leave it at that. 3/5 stars.
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – I also read the first book in this duology last month and absolutely LOVED it. I just had to get this. I actually pre-ordered it. All you need to know that this broke my wee little heart and it definitely inspired me to read more alternate history Holocaust books. I love this. 5/5 stars.
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – This is another acquisition from hoopla. I actually quite liked this. The artwork is amazing. The cute little fox kid is so precious. I would like to continue on with this graphic novel… if I remember to check back on it. 4/5 stars.

STATS:

  • about 3402 pages
  • 2 finished series
  • 2 graphic novels; 6 manga

I’m subjecting you to my handwriting again so I hope you don’t mind. Here are the books that I received in the month of November. I will be switching to an actual bullet journal in 2017 and I will try to consolidate everything into that one notebook.

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I now have all 5 books in The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. I’m waiting for one more book to complete the Ring series by Koji SuzukiSekret and Skandal by Lindsay Smith is another duology that I’m interested in marathoning. I wanted to get Jeff VanderMeer‘s books separately but the bind-up is much cheaper and requires less space. And of course, more Japanese fiction books.

For December, I’m thinking of doing an “End of Year TBR”. Or at least goals for the final stretch of the year. 2016 has exceeded all my reading expectations. At least I got that part of my life on track this year. 😉

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