WRAP-UP | FEBRUARY 2018

Before I begin with the books, I would just like to emphasize the importance of mental health. I’ve been MIA from blogging for a good chunk of time because I’ve been dealing with so many things in my real life. Something had to give and unfortunately, blogging was it. I’ve been reading, don’t get me wrong. I just could not find the time and energy to sit here and talk about all these.

But I’m sort of back now. And something that I realized over these past weeks is that IT IS OKAY TO TAKE A BREAK. From your work, from your hobbies, from your friends… from life. Unplug. Read a book. Treat yourself to a movie night. Stay in and binge watch The Idolm@ster: Side M. Don’t let other people disregard what you’re going through. In a way, yes, it is in your head but when it starts manifesting physically, that’s a different story and a much harder thing to control.

Talk about it with someone, anyone. Meditate. Discover something new. Breathe.


Now, back to your regular bookish programming.

Suwa is the BESTEST boy.

I read 12 books in February. Granted, I binge-read the Gakuen Babysitters manga. If you haven’t watched that little potato gem of a show, you’re missing out. Crunchyroll, right now. School Babysitters. I also got my hands on the sequel to Orange, told in the POV of the best boy ever, Hiroto Suwa. Then I also binge-read my new favorite NA series, New Camelot trilogy by Sierra Simone. Just thinking about it makes me want to take a long shower. So yeah, it’s a lot of books but not a lot of variety. Let’s take a look, shall we?

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 12.

  • K-On! College by Kakifly. I miss these girls. I wish they animated this too. The anime is one of my all-time favorites and started me off on this musical anime obsession. I could hear the seiyuus voices as I was reading this manga. 4/5 stars.
  • The Name of the Game is a Kidnapping by Keigo Higashino. I really love his style of writing mystery. You know who did it. But the meat of the story is the why and HOW. This was a quick read and oh boy, it’s so fascinating to follow. There’s not a lot of characters yet the story was so complex. I think I only need to read 2 more of his translated works. 4/5 stars.
  • Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano. Every member of #TeamSuwa needs to read and own this manga. This is the story in Suwa’s POV and the culmination of the B timeline. It’s emotional and it further proves that Suwa is the best boy forever. 5/5 stars.
  • American Queen by Sierra Simone. I loved Priest and Midnight Mass by this author. It was sinful and hot and oh so good. This trilogy is about a menage. Three people in a “relationship”. She’s married to the POTUS while the VP is the… just read it. It’s so shocking and taboo and gah! 4/5 stars.
  • American Prince by Sierra Simone. I WANT AN EMBRY MOORE IN MY LIFE. He’s my poor little tortured soul. I love him. I want him to have the happiness he deserves. 4/5 stars.
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer. My favorite book from the series so far. Thorne is bae. Cress is amazing. It was such a good decision to audio book this whole series. What an awesome parallel to Rapunzel. 5/5 stars.
  • American King by Sierra Simone. The culmination. Yes, I read the whole series back-to-back-to-back. No regrets. This is from mostly Ash’s POV – but everyone also has a chapter POV. It’s so gut-wrenching and of course, HAWT. 5/5 stars.
  • Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino. This is the cutest manga and anime I’ve come across in a long time. It’s about Ryuichi and his little brother Kotaro who lost both their parents and are “adopted” into the home of the chairwoman of the Morinomiya Academy. In return, Ryuichi must take over the Babysitting Club of the school. There, they meet other adorable babies. I rated volumes 1 to 3, 4/5 stars. Then volume 4, 3/5 stars. And volume 5, 5/5 stars. I’m trying to pace myself. I wish everything is animated!

STATS:

  • 3216 pages
  • 7 manga, 1 audio book

I only bought three books last month. But one of them is a double copy. I have a good reason! I already own Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. But I saw a signed copy at my local independent bookstore for a good price. So, yeah. I was stressing out. Then I bought The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin on the same shopping trip. I wanted to read this in February. I started it but didn’t get to finish it. Then I’m so lucky to snag the last copy of S: Es by Koji Suzuki from Kinokuniya DTLA. This is the continuation of his Ring series.

I still have no desire to buy books yet. That’s a good thing. I can catch up on my TBR. 😉

As of this post, I already read Volume 6 of Gakuen Babysitters and am about 70% through Winter. I’m loving everything so much. I want to read more NA but I’m afraid Greer, Ash, and Embry have put me into a NA slump. XD

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