I’m still recovering from an incredible Anime Expo 2018 weekend. My wallet, too. But I have absolutely no regrets. I met a ton of cool people, cosplayed all four days, got autographs from Yuki Kaji and Tomoaki Maeno, bought awesome stuff, and had a great time.
The Tome Topple Readathon Round 6 started right around that time and unfortunately, my reading did suffer. I brought my e-reader with me but all the reading I did was 9% of Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I was in line a lot but I wasn’t able to do a lot of reading. The one time I did, it was 114 degrees outside and it was noisy. The mood wasn’t right so I just put it down. I have finished one book and I’m calling it. I’ll do better the next round.
For June, I read 15 things. The most important is that I’m reading Haikyuu again. I have to catch up! #GetGraphic Readathon will happen some time this month so that will be my excuse to fill another month with manga reads. Here’s how it went down last month:
TOTAL BOOKS READ: 15.
- Now I Rise by Kiersten White – The next book came out yesterday and I can’t wait to listen to the audio. My brother and I are so hooked on the story. Lada, Radu, and everyone! It’s so badass and action-packed. Hopefully, I can find a signed copy to match my hard covers too. I’ll be on the look out for the audio book on Overdrive. 5/5 stars.
- Unteachable by Elliot Wake – I’m still on my age-gap/teacher kick. This was highly recommended to me and I saw it was available on audio. Listening to NA is so exciting! This was pretty intense especially at the second half of the book. I’m looking to re-reading this in book form in the future. 4/5 stars.
- Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate
- Volume 6 – Karasuno vs Aoba Johsai is always so hard on me. 3/5 stars.
- Volume 7 – Suga-san makes everything better. 4/5 stars.
- Volume 8 – “Winners and Losers” was always a hard part for me to watch. But holy crap, there was so much action in this volume. Though I can honestly read/watch a whole thing of Iwa-chan and Oikawa just bickering LMAO. 4/5 stars.
- Volume 9 – The summer training camps is one of my favorite arcs! 4/5 stars.
- Volume 10 – MY 3RD GYMNASIUM BOYS!!!! 5/5 stars.
- Volume 11 – My favorite part of S2 is the summer training camp. Hell, anything with Bokuto-san is my favorite. XD I’ve watched Haikyuu so many times that I hear the Japanese dialog in the seiyuu voice as I read the translated lines. 5/5 stars.
- Volume 12 – I loved this whole volume. It featured the S2 episodes that I rewatch the most. “Pure and Simple Strength” – fujikujira vs the 2m guy, Tsukki coming into his own as a middle blocker and team player, Bokuto-san being the ultimate mood maker, and Ukai Sr’s students that look like Iwa-chan and Oikawa. XD 5/5 stars.
- Volume 13 – My lovely crows are taking flight! ❤ It’s almost time for Chikara to shine. 5/5 stars.
- Sinner by Sierra Simone – This is a companion to Priest which I loved so much. It wasn’t as “sinfully hot” as Priest. But I found it more profound. It dealt with life, death, decisions, choices… much more than in the first novel in the series. I’m looking forward to an Aiden Bell book in the future! 3.5/5 stars.
- Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Ryan Graudin’s writing is so good. It’s so easy to read. While her plots can get complicated you won’t get confused. I love it so much! I do have a signed copy of this but I listened to it on audio. 5/5 stars.
- The Seventh Plague by James Rollins – I finally read a James Rollins book. I missed it. They’re not the very best but I enjoyed them a lot. On to the next one! 3/5 stars.
- Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank– I think I expected more. The writing was very good and it kept me going until the end. The premise was what got me. The plot got me hooked. There was nothing *bad* about it. This is one of those “It’s me, not you” situations. The way the plot went, it was like gearing up to be a mystery novel. Was it trying to be? It seemed to me that it was. It’s not really a mystery. There are mystery elements to it that had so much potential but it didn’t go that way at all. So yeah. It was just okay. I could love it but my expectations got the better of me. 3/5 stars.
- Penance by Kanae Minato – Her other book, Confessions, is one of my favorites. This did not disappoint. This had all the aspects that I loved about her stories. It was told so simply but it’s really very dark. It worked so well as audio. 5/5 stars.
- 4168 pages
- 8 manga, 4 audio books
I’m doing so well with my book buying. I only bought two books this month! The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin and a signed copy of the rerelease of Vicious by VE Schwab. I’m hoping to finish The Broken Earth trilogy before the year ends.
I also bought, as pictured above, a new tablet. Barnes & Noble sent out an email saying they are phasing out the First Generation nook. I owned that. In the email, they provided a 50% off code for either the Nook Tablet 7″ or Nook Glowlight e-ink reader. I already love my Kobo Aura ONE. I already have a Nook tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. And I do have a Kindle Fire HD.
But the deal was too good to pass it up. It’s a dangerous coupon to give to a tablet addict. So I went for the Nook Tablet 7″, bought a 128gig micro SD, and will use this tablet to watch videos. I’m going on a trip this September and I’m going to load up as much as I can on this device. It plays quite decent video and I’m so excited to use it.
I’m thinking for my Tome Topple wrap up, I’ll do an Anime Expo recap instead. It looks like I can use Photo Bucket as my host again. I do have another blog for non-bookish things but I’m here most of the time now. I don’t know… maybe. Or check out my Instagram, if you’re curious. XD