WRAP-UP | JULY 2018

I participated in two readathons in July, not to mention all the craziness that was Anime Expo. All three of those things were quite successful. I was able to finish two books for Tome Topple Round 6 and it was a very fun #GetGraphic Round 2. And because of that graphic novel readathon, I ended up reading 15 things last month. A lot of them, I finished in the span of a weekend. It didn’t only help my numbers; it reignited my reading. I flew through the other books one after another because of the mood #GetGraphic put me in.

I really got back into the Haikyuu mood. I still need to catch up to the manga but at least I’m on what covers season 3 of the anime. And it’s going to be a LONG one. I also did my first re-read in a long time. I’m still very much into NA romance and I don’t see that slowing down.

Scum’s Wish

My numbers for June and July are the same. Let’s see how that broke down.


TOTAL BOOKS READ: 15.

  • The Burning World by Isaac Marion – The sequel to Warm Bodies, it continues R’s story of his reintegration to the living world. I’ve waited so long for this sequel to come out. I do have a physical copy of it but I listened to this on audio thinking I can do some reading during Anime Expo. I liked the story and the characters. But I felt like it was longer than what it should be. There wasn’t much going on apart from them escaping from whoever was chasing them. 3/5 stars.
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – The final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy. This was more text-heavy than the other two. I was concerned at first because I was reading this for Tome Topple and I wasn’t making a dent as fast as I expected. But after the first 100-150 pages, it was non-stop action. 5/5 stars.
  • Bad, Bad, Bad by K. Webster – Two sizzling hot erotica with huge age gaps. A quick read to break up the monotony when you’re in the middle of a readathon. They’re absolutely dirty and the writing is nothing to write home about. I don’t know why I read it. 3 /5 stars.
  • Goth by Otsuichi – I’ve owned the novel version for a while but when #GetGraphic rolled around, I saw that the manga was available on OverDrive. I read this before going to bed and loved it. I guess I’m bumping up the novel higher on my TBR. 5/5 stars.
  • Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate
    • Volume 14 – ENNOSHITAAAAA! It’s strange. I could hear the episodes play out in my head as I read on. In Japanese. In Toshiki Masuda’s voice. OMG. I loved this chapter. I love everything Ennoshita. 5/5 stars.
    • Volume 15 – KYOtani KENtaro. I just remembered that I am seeing his seiyuu in person next month! 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 16 – I am so proud of my adorable little crow baby Yamaguchi.  5/5 stars.
    • Volume 17 – We finally get to the Miyagi finals. We’re in Season 3! 4/5 stars.
  • My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame – What a perfect book to re-read. It’s still as beautiful as the first time. 4/5 stars.
  • Scum’s Wish Volume 1 by Mengo Yokoyari – It’s so dark and twisted. I’m gonna love this! 5/5 stars.
  • Boku no Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kohei Horikoshi – Definitely a dark volume, full of strategies and something that I’ve become used to with BNHA, a lot of reflections about “the right thing to do at the right moment”. But Kirishima takes this volume. He’s amazing. 4/5 stars.
  • Restaurant to Another World by Junpei Inuzuka and Takagi Kugatsu.
    • Volume 1 – I have to say, I prefer the anime adaptation more than this. They developed it so much more. 3/5 stars.
    • Volume 2 – I love Aletta so much. I want to protect her from everything! 4/5 stars.
  • Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling – I would’ve given it a solid 4 but the writing was honestly all over the place. The MC action was literally the final 20 pages of the book. Most of it was just merely mentioned. The sex was hot, yes… but I think it’s mostly because of the age gap trope more than anything. It was really all over the place. There were moments when I was absolutely loving it then literally the next page, it was WTF. The story/plot was good but it wasn’t the best execution. 3.5/5 stars.
  • Bloodline by James Rollins– Probably one of my favorite Sigma Force novels to date. Tucker and Kane were definitely awesome bonuses! I like listening to his books in audio as much as I like reading them in book form. 5/5 stars.

STATS:

  • 4164 pages
  • 10 manga, 2 audio books

Still doing pretty well with this book no-buy thing. I only bought one book. And that was because I needed something else for free Barnes & Noble shipping. I pre-ordered Vengeful by VE Schwab and with my 10% off coupon, I was able to get a paperback copy of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant on a steep discount. As you know, that is my favorite book of 2018 so far.

I will be doing a lot of traveling towards the end of the year. And by “a lot”, I mean 2. But both are international and with a huge purpose so I’m super pumped. I hope the luck I experienced at AX2018 extends until the end of the year, at least.

So far, I have good numbers for August but I think I’m on some kind of reading slump. Oh noes. What do you do when you get a reading slump? What kinds of books do you read?

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