I read a total of 42 things. Sounds like a lot. Yeah, but 27 of those are manga/graphic novels. Yup. The great manga catch-up since I decided to follow anime seasons now. Mainly My Hero Academia. Then 10 are audio books. So technically, I only read a grand total of 5 books. eBooks. Yeah, no physical books.
Looking at it like that, well 42 things are still a lot. I have other things in my life too, y’know! XD But really, I was drawn into manga. There were days when I’d go through 3 of them in one sitting. Now I’m trying to limit myself to one a day. I feel like I’m okay about where I’m at right now with BNHA so I’ll be catching up on Haikyuu next.
As usual, here are five (or so) favorites of the season – and maybe a disappointment too.
Boku no Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
I’ve read through what I think will be the rest of the 3rd season. I’m super excited. This is one of those anime adaptations that truly got the source material right. I love both. I can’t wait for Saturdays when the anime airs on Crunchyroll. Yes, I know what’s going to happen but I still look forward to watching. All the changes the made for the adaptation serves to better the story. I love it so much.
Into the Rolling Deep by Mira Grant
I just love Seanan McGuire‘s work as Mira Grant. This one is probably my favorite so far. It’s about mermaids. Killer mermaids. That’s all you need to know. Read it. She knows how to write subtle horror so well. I’m not the biggest fan of The Wayward Children series and I think it’s my fault. I expected Mira Grant kind of writing but it’s a totally different style that unfortunately, falls flat for me. I’m sticking with her Mira Grant work. This is an amazing one.
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
I chanced upon a sample book at my local independent bookstore. I read one sentence (of Chapter 5, whatever) and decided I was going to read the book in its entirety. It was so worth it. I was engaged from the first page to the last. It’s been a while since I read a good YA historical thriller and I wish there were more of those.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
I’ve owned a signed copy of this book since it came out. I also own Now I Rise signed. But I read both via audio book. And I loved them. Now, I’m waiting for the next one. If I can get a signed copy, great. I’m still going to listen to it on audio. I think that’s the way to go. At least for me.
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, NA books with age-gap relationships in general
Let me put here also Unteachable by Elliot Wake. Oh man, Birthday Girl was my undoing. It was so hot, so good. I loved it so much that the first thing I did even before rating the book on GoodReads was to go to the author’s website and purchase a signed copy of it. Yep, that good.
Something that was rather disappointing was Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. I’ve own the entire series for years. I’ve put this on so many TBRs. I found the audio books on Hoopla so I decided that was the right now. Erm, I didn’t like them as much as I thought I would. Idk, maybe I read better romance books now. But man, I hate the main characters… both of them. I still have the 3rd book unread. I’m not in a hurry.
I also got another library card. I now have two: Los Angeles Public Library and Pasadena/Glendale Public Library systems. Not to mention the Hoopla Digital catalog. I’m all set! XD