2018 MID-YEAR BOOK FREAKOUT TAG

I’ve been all over the place since the last week of June because of Anime Expo 2018 planning. Being a seiyuu otaku is a stressful thing. Don’t be like me… or go for it, you do you. XD It’s fun. But it’s taking so much of my energy. And being someone with anxiety, it’s not the best thing ever. Especially if your workplace is like literal hell.

 

But I am not here to whine. I’m here to celebrate six months of reading. 70 books. An embarrassing number of them are manga and audio books. And there’s no sign of slowing down. (Well, I kind of did right now but we still have many more months to go.) Here is my last year’s post – 2017 Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag.

I’m currently participating in the 6th round of Tome Topple. I have two books on hand, The Burning World by Isaac Marion on audio and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff as a physical copy. I’ve been reading on my ereader so much these past months that it felt so strange reading from an actual book. XD Then when AX comes around (IN TWO DAYS!), I’ll be adding an ebook read to this mix.

Now let’s get on to the tag!

1. Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2018
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. It’s the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire. I prefer the works she writes under this name, Parasitology and Feedback being the other ones. This book is about killer mermaids and the expedition sent out to find and study them.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018
Cress by Marissa Meyer. And I think that’s my favorite out of The Lunar Chronicles series.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
Last year, I answered Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I still haven’t read it. Oops. This year, it’s Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. But it looks like it’s going to be my Tome Topple ebook pick for this round. I’m not much into new releases unless it’s from an author that I follow.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I answered a Marie Lu book last year and I can say the same this year. But with the news of Vengeful by VE Schwab finally being released… I’ll be preordering right after I finish this post!

5. Biggest Disappointment
The two books I read from the Starcrossed series by Leisa RayvenBad Romeo and Broken Juliet. I had such high hopes for these books but goodness me, I’ve never read more annoying characters in my reading life. Now, I’m not even sure if I’ll be reading the 3rd one.

6. Biggest Surprise
NEW ADULT LITERATURE. There was a time when I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. But I’ve seen the light and now I can’t get enough. My Kobo is filled with juicy steamy NA books and I’m open to reading just NA romance for a whole month. I’m still very new to the genre but I’ve read so many good ones.

7. Favorite New Author
Hmm, I think Sierra Simone. Hahahaha, I don’t do favorites a lot but I really like her brand of NA. Yes, it’s trashy but it’s written (and researched) well. I can mention Marissa Meyer too but I think that lies a lot on the audio book narrator for The Lunar ChroniclesRebecca Soler.

8. Newest Fictional Crush
Pike Lawson from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. This book is everything! XD

9. Newest Favorite Character
Iko from The Lunar Chronicles. Again, thanks in part to the narrator of the audio books. She is such a fun character and the perfect best friend to Cinder.

10. Book That Made You Cry
Again, I am made of stone and rarely cry when reading books. But there’s always one or two that gets me. This year, it’s Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano. I am #TeamSuwa for life!

11. Book That Made You Happy
Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino always brings a smile on my face whether it be the manga source material or the anime adaptation.

12. Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
Hands down, Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate. I’m currently doing a catch up on the manga and I’ve watched the whole entire anime series upwards of 50 times, no joke. I became a merch monster because of this franchise and there’s no sign of it ever stopping!

13. Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year
I admit, I haven’t been posting a lot this year. Or at least, lately. I still like my wrap-up videos; mainly because of the research that goes behind it. I haven’t been listing much either. It’s because I’ve been into anime so much lately that reading did take a slight back seat. I’ve been reading but I haven’t been talking about it much.

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
I haven’t been buying that many books which is very good. (However, that money is now going to anime merch, lol.) I guess out of the ones that I have purchased… Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. I actually had two copies, one signed and the other was not. I unhauled the unsigned one. 🙂

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?
Too many. If I were to treat it as a TBR:

  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  • The rest of Haikyuu
  • Balance by Lucia Franco

There you have it. How is your reading year going so far? 🙂 I’m going back to Anime Expo planning now.

PS: I pre-ordered Vengeful!

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TAG | Anything But Books

Let’s take a break from all the book stuff, shall we? I saw this tag on Books and Lala‘s channel. The original video is by Read or Rot. As always, I’m never tagged for any of these things but I found this tag interesting so I’m doing it.

It’s a given that all of us are avid readers. You can probably tell a person’s taste in books based on their reviews or reading picks. We all bond over that. But what if we have more in common than reading choices? I’ve gotten many book recommendations from bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers. Who knows… I might get TV show, movies, hobby recs too.

Here are the questions:


1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.
I don’t know about cartoons but I’m more of an anime person. I watch more anime than real people. I have all-time favorites and current favorites. And I often rewatch favorite episodes, scenes, and whole series all together. It’s easier to rewatch than reread, I realize. My favorites include: Haikyuu!!, Yuri!!! On Ice, Free!, Sound! Euphonium, sweetness & lightning, Shirobako, Orange, Girls und Panzer, Rurouni Kenshin, Voltes V, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Black Butler, Yuyu Hakusho, Kids on the Slope, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Steins;Gate… really, I can go on and on. 😉


2. What is your favorite song right now?
I haven’t listened to English songs in roughly 4-5 years. At least, not voluntarily. And I’ve fallen off the K-pop bandwagon for months. I checked back a bit when WINNER released new songs. So for the past months, I’ve been listening to anisong, songs from anime. As for a favorite anisong, Hikaru Nara by Goose House (Your Lie in April 1st OP) and I just have to include this, Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong! by Sphere. Lately, I’ve been obsessing over The IdolM@ster: Side M songs. “Drive A Live” is my jam. Also Wake Up, Girls! Watching all these Animelo Summer Live and Animax Musix stuff… it’s a pretty awesome black hole to fall into. Two of my surprise favorites are SCREEN mode and Maon Kurosaki.


3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?
Erm, watch anime. And I have! It’s either I’m reading books or fanfiction or watching anime. I’m subscribed to Crunchyroll and Funimation and for less than $7 – you get all the anime and NO ADS! And I’ve watched and rewatched whole seasons in one go randomly. I would start one episode rewatch then continue on to the end. Hours.


4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Crochet. I love working with big blanket yarns. They’re so easy to finish a skein, a project. It can get expensive (huge balls of chenille yarn can be $10 at the cheapest) but it’s so fulfilling. Whenever I go to Michaels, I love perusing the yarn section even though I’m not looking to buy any. I just love the feel of yarn between my fingers.


5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?
Card-making using watercolors. I actually bought a crap ton of cheap watercolors to practice, some pads of watercolor and multi-media paper. My brother dabbles in art and I have some paper for calligraphy so there’s no shortage of that. I planned to make cards for Christmas but it just never happened. Now, I have a bagful of unused watercolor supplies. Someday.


6. What is something unusual you know how to do?
Unusual how? I think I’m pretty normal with rather weird interests. I can assemble a Gunpla, no problem. But I don’t think that’s anything special. I’m sure there are a lot of girls who can do it much better than I can.


7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can)
Bullet journal spreads? You can peruse my Instagram feed for that. I’m not really crafty or artsy. The most beautiful thing I can do with my hands is my penmanship. I’ve had trouble with brush lettering and the likes because of how similar that style looks like versus my actual handwriting.


8. What is your most recent personal project?
Completing as many Haikyuu Banpresto figures as I can. Especially the Karasuno ones. I’m working on three separate lines: DXF, Creator x Creator, and Ichiban Kuji Gomisuteba no Kessen. I’ve caught up with all the Karasuno Nendoroid figures as well as the Yuri On Ice ones. Yep, I’ve become a figure monster. I also want to own the Haikyuu stage play on DVD/BD. I have the rerun currently on its way to me and a $5 off coupon saved up to buy Karasuno, Revival. Obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe it.


9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows)
To be honest, Hiroki Ino. Google him. You’ll thank me later. And also Haikyuu fanfiction plots. Yuri On Ice too.


10. Give us something thats your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.
My favorite anime buzz word or something to that effect is… singing boys in a school setting. If the show has a school setting with boys, music, and singing, I’m all for it. It doesn’t even have to have a school setting. Singing boys are enough for me. That’s because I love me some seiyuu. If they sing, that’s a huge plus.


There you have it. Hopefully, it shows you a peek of my otaku side. Really, once I start, it’s going to take a lot to make it stop. I honestly enjoy talking about anime than books, sorry not sorry. XD

The End of the Year Book Tag

I’m tempted to call this (By) The End of the Year Book Tag instead of the original name. But then again, I call the End of the Year wrap-up a “survey”. Ah, the technicalities. I’m making too much of a fuss.

This was created by Ariel Bissett and I happen to see it on Chelsea Dolling Reads this morning. I was going to do a Top 5 Wednesday but a lot of my answers are better suited for another week’s topic so I’m skipping this week. Anyway, tags are always fun and easy to do so here we are.


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Not really. I’m usually a one-book person. I sort of can’t read anything else until I finish that one book that I’m currently reading.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I tell myself that I don’t but I think I do. I tend to read more high fantasy during the latter part of the year vs the s/s months. Being cozy puts me in the mood to read and watch stuff with a heavier subject matter. I used to prepare to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte around September but I already read a manga edition some months ago. Maybe it’s about time I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
It was released yesterday. Warcross by Marie Lu. I’ll be picking up my copy later today and will have it signed on the 22nd!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Yeah, a lot. But if you want specific titles: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. The whole The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu, the rest of the books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor (I’ve read the first one so far), Birthday by Koji Suzuki, and a bunch of other Japanese fiction I have lying around.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
A Marie Lu book could do that. I have four to read by the end of the year, hopefully.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
I plan to participate in more readathons. I really enjoyed Tome Topple and I will try to partake every round. Readathons aren’t only fun but they make me look at my TBR pile more closely. It’s sort of like “forcing” myself to read the books that I already have vs reading those I recently bought. And once you accomplish one or more challenges, it adds to the satisfaction of finishing a book.


I tag all of you. Feel free to do this and do link back if ever you post it on your blog.

Also, I saw Taeyang last night. If Heaven has a voice, it’s Taeyang’s voice. He was so charming and it was such an intimate concert. It was my 5th time seeing Eyes, Nose, Lips performed live and his solo version of Last Dance pretty much killed me. I miss my boys. VIP ’til whenever!

I Am A Guilty Reader TAG

I seem to be in a weird reading and blogging slump. I primarily blame Tome Topple and Haikyu for this situation. Yet, I have no regrets. It’s annoying to not read as many books as previous months but I give myself a pass. After all, I read three books over 600 pages this month. I’ll try to pad it even further with manga.

I literally have 99 pages left on A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I started it on the final day of Tome Topple and then I started watching Haikyu. Five days, sixty episodes, new favorite. I read almost 300 pages yesterday, mostly on my Kindle. I proved to myself that I can finish a book in one day (I mean, read 300 pages at least), read multiple huge books in one month… and I tend to read faster on my Kindle than with a physical book because of that nifty “minutes left in chapter” thing on the bottom of the page. Heh. XD

Also, I’m a few minutes away from finishing the audio book to A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I admit, I wasn’t completely into it at the start but I recognize that it is so beautifully written. I have it on ebook and I might re-read it in the near future. But the audio book is fantastic as well.

How about doing a Tag post today? I’ve been uninspired and as much as I would love to write a review – I’ve read quite a few awesome books lately – I just don’t have the time and the attention to do that. Plus, I blog at work and often, I have an audio book blaring through my earphones while at my desk. (Either that or I’m writing fan fiction on the side lmao.) So here’s a tag and I’ve been seen a lot on booktube lately and it has made its way to the book blogging community as well.

It’s the I Am A Guilty Reader tag, originally by ReadLikeWildfire. I enjoy watching and reading tags and this one looks like something I can quickly do. Ten questions. I’ll try to keep it as interesting as possible!


Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?
Yes, I have. Although, it’s a book that I won from a giveaway. I can’t remember what it was exactly but it’s a non-fiction book by a stand-up comedienne. I was going to unhaul it but a co-worker said she wanted it so I gave it to her for Christmas.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Yes, especially when I was younger. Hey, if you want to sound smart, you drop names like Jane AustenNathaniel HawthorneVictor Hugo, etc. Understand that I never had “required reading” and while I eventually read books from these authors, I did fake it a little bit in the past. 😉

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
Not from the library. I never checked out a book from the library… yet. But borrowed from someone else and never returned it? Yes. It was two Nancy Drew Mystery books. For sure, one was #56 The Thirteenth Pearl. I remember I was so excited to see that because that’s the last one in the series that I was collecting. I can’t remember the other one though.

Have you ever read a series out of order?
Yup. The Sigma Force series by James RollinsI won book 7, The Devil Colony at a Goodreads giveaway and read that. Then I started collecting the whole series but I couldn’t find the first one, Sandstorm… until late last year on audio. So I pretty much read that series 2-5 in order then jumped around depending on what was available on Hoopla.

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
My mom. Just because she asked me. I’m pretty good about not spoiling a book or a show to anyone.

Have you ever doggy eared a book?
I may have but I don’t like the look of it. Definitely not MY books. Not even text books. That’s why page flags exist, people.

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
No. But I’ve done the opposite – I’ve told people I own a book when I actually didn’t. And it doesn’t really matter because I don’t lend out my books anyway.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
Nope. I will tell you that I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and I will tell you how you can enjoy it (hint: read it like bad fanfiction). There’s nothing wrong with reading a book, any book.

Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Absolutely. I would skim a lot like I did in Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. And I have skipped full chapters from the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR Martin. I didn’t care for some of the POVs and frankly, I didn’t lose anything by doing so.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Er… no. Even if I were talking to someone who didn’t like it. It’s a start to a potentially good bookish conversation. If I faked it and agreed with that opposing opinion, I might just end up judging that person’s reading taste and turn me off from that person totally.


So there you have it. Which ones are you guilty of?

I actually finished A Madness So Discreet as I was typing this out. I’m starting Asylum by Madeleine Roux. And yes, it’s an ~asylum~ again. Oops. XD

WISHLIST TAG

Book Outlet is having a $5 off coupon today until the 14th so I figured, this is as good a time as any to post this tag. The code is TAKE5OFF, no minimum purchase – but you have to spend $35 to get free shipping. But hey, $5 off is pretty much free shipping because that’s the flat rate price for any purchase below $35. Anyway, on with the post!


I’m not so good with wishlists. I have them but no one really buys me stuff off of those wish lists. Besides, I put them there so I can buy them myself at a later date. Usually, I’m the only one who knows where to get that item the cheapest – or where to get it at all.

I hope one day my friends and/or family would think of checking out my wishlist. Not that I really care. Like I said, I can take care of it. It just gives me a bit of anxiety… what if they’ll think me strange once they see what’s on there. My wishlists tend to be so niche-y and highly specific. It’s the collector in me.

Pick the two books you most want to purchase/receive at this moment.

I saw Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh at Target the other day and the dedication had “엄마” on it or something. And immediately, I became more interested that I already was. Also, I literally just purchased The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. I used the Book Outlet code above. I needed a hardback edition to complete my set (I bought books 1 and 3 hardback last week, also from Book Outlet). The book itself was $4.29. With the code, it’s essentially free… with $5 shipping.


Pick a book that you have wanted for the longest time.

Here’s the only wishlist that I actually care about — my Jane Eyre list. Especially the Fine edition.


Pick a sequel or companion story that you want to own.

I tend to complete series before even starting them. XD I’m currently trying out NA fiction where everything is a companion story. But I mostly get those on ebook or audio. So I guess, The Burning World by Isaac Marion, the sequel to Warm Bodies. I’ve been wanting to buy it since it came out but for some reason, I just never picked it up.


Pick an entire series (or boxed set) that you want to get your hands on.

I am notorious for acquiring an entire series before even reading the first book. I want to be able to have the option to marathon a book series – even though most of the time, I don’t do that. But lately, I’ve been thinking about finally jumping on the wagon of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Time and time again, I would ask my brother, “Is it worth it to read Cinder?” And every time, he would reply, “I liked it. I don’t know if you would.” I probably ask him this at least twice a year. Probably when Winter is released in paperback. We’ll see.


Pick a book from a favorite author of yours that you want to own.

I’m “current” with a lot of my favorite authors. At least, those books that I know will interest me.


Pick a popular book that you want on your shelves.

I was at Target this afternoon and I finally physically touched a copy of Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m sure you already know how gorgeous the naked book is, right? While my heart also wants the UK edition, I want that naked book on my shelf. I think I may also want A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury in hardcover. I have A Court of Wings and Ruin in the Target hardcover special. I did wait for the paperback release of ACOMAF but I think I’ll be keeping this trilogy on my shelves and they don’t match. Sigh. Years ago, this wouldn’t have bothered me. XD


Pick a book that you just recently decided that you wished to own.

A good chunk of my “to-read” list on GoodReads are books that I already own but have not read. But on my last Kinokuniya run, I saw a couple of Japanese fiction books that interested me a lot; the latest being Orbital Cloud by Taiyo Fujii. I would also like a physical copy of Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai.


Pick a book that is either in the mail or you are going to purchase next.

I am going to pre-order Warcross by Marie Lu soon. Mainly because the pre-order promo comes with a short story… Day’s POV of the ending of Champion. I am NOT ready for that. And also, Marie Lu is in my auto-buy list. But I’m waiting for her book tour schedule to see if she’s either stopping by somewhere near to me or if not, I’ll pre-order a signed copy from one of the stops.


Pick a hidden gem novel that you would like to read.

… how would I know that it’s a hidden gem when I haven’t read it or heard about it yet? 😉 So… I don’t know. What do you recommend?


Finally, pick a new release you really want to have.

I’m not much into new releases. I do have quite a few because there was a time when there were so many author events in a span of a few weeks and there were pre-order swag that I wanted. I’m not really updated when it comes to new releases either. But I’d probably would want a copy of The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro, the sequel to A Study in Charlotte. Preferably signed. 😉

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See, when it comes to books, I’m easy. If it’s signed, I’ll be interested. If it’s way discounted, I may pick it up. I’m a sucker for free Kindle books even though I’m never going to read them.

My anime-related wishlist is far longer than this one, trust me. An anime tag would look so much messier and all over the place. XD Hmm, maybe I’ll do that too… as a hint to my friends and family. That is, if I don’t buy them all first.

 

2017 MID-YEAR BOOK FREAKOUT TAG

I wanted to post this when June officially is over – when it is truly midway through the year – but looking at my current reads and upcoming schedule, it’s not going to make a difference whether I do it now or later. I’m almost done with a light novel and an audio book and neither are to write home about. Also, starting tomorrow – June 30 – I’ll be in Anime Expo mode until the 4th of July. I am excite!

Here is my last year’s post – 2016 Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. I definitely read more this year with better diversity in genre and media. I’ve also made better book-buying choices. I’ve missed a couple of good sales even with the new free shipping option from Book Outlet and crazy deals from Better World Books and Thriftbooks. I became more excited about author events. Overall, this is shaping up to be a better reading year than the last.

As of this posting, I’ve read a total of 69 books and “currently reading” 3.

1. Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2017
I’ve seen many bloggers and booktubers give multiple answers to this so I’m giving two: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. They’re brilliant in their own way. One has such a rich world that sucks you in from page one. The other has so much action that rivals even the goriest movies. I

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016
Spiral by Koji Suzuki, hands down. It’s my favorite out of the Ring series even though I rated it a star lower than the first one. I think it’s more twisted than Ring in a more psychological way vs actual ghost horror.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
I pre-ordered a signed copy of Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab but I somehow got sort of spoiled for the ending so I’m not leaping through fire to read it right away. I don’t mind… at least I’m ready LOL. Also, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I’m not the biggest fan of this series but it became sort of a guilty pleasure. I’m not really on top of new releases.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I have two: Warcross by Marie Lu. I am waiting for her tour schedule so I can either go (if they include Vroman’s Pasadena) or pre-order a signed copy. And Origin by Dan Brown. At this point, I’ve read all of his published work and he’s definitely one of my auto-buy authors, especially his Robert Langdon series.

5. Biggest Disappointment
No, it’s not Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Frankly, I never expected much from it based on the reviews from people I trust. The “honor” goes to The Grisha trilogy – or whatever it’s called now – by Leigh Bardugo. And this was tough. I met her at a book signing and I had a sort of signed bookplate (a Post-It, really) from her for Six of Crows. She was nice. The Grisha trilogy was so very hyped even years after the series ended. It almost sent me to a reading slump. I would put down the second book and have absolutely no desire to pick it back up. I didn’t like any of the main characters, especially Mal. I’ve been told that the Six of Crows duology is way better and I’m hoping it is. I also want to read her Wonder Woman book so I haven’t given up on her work.

6. Biggest Surprise
Not so much a book but a book format. Audio books. I’ve resisted for the longest time but I think I’ve found my niche. I love listening to mystery thrillers on audio. I’ve gone through most of James Rollins‘ back list through audio and loved it. I’m getting my audio books through Hoopla Digital. I mean, it still takes me ages to decide which book to listen to but I think I am getting the hang of listening to spoken word. After all, I love me some podcasts. It works for me because I do actually walk to work and that’s a little under an hour. Then I can just have it playing while I work. It’s not as immersive as reading words off a page but with the right narrator, it can be.

I could also say Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy but I already know that I have a soft spot for m/m fiction… if my intake of yaoi fan fiction is any indication. 😉 Continue reading

TAG | Book Buying Habits

Is #TagThursday even a thing? If not yet, it is today!

I believe that this is the one tag that every book blogger, booktuber, and/or bookstagrammer should fill up. Hauls are a staple of any book-related media. So many books come out every month – big releases, indie published, re-releases, special editions… So. Many. Things. If I were perfectly honest, a good chunk of my budget is for books, whether I spend it or not.

I love going to bookstores and checking out the latest releases. I may not make use of them as often as others but I love going to libraries. And of course, online bookstores are awesome. I can spend a whole day just filling up the perfect cart with all the discounts and qualify for free shipping. And I hate paying for shipping.


Where do you buy your books from?

Most of them, I purchase online just because of convenience. And for some stores such as Barnes & Noble, it’s actually cheaper to buy online vs in store. It’s insane the amount of books I bought from Book Outlet. I mean, I’m not as trigger-happy as before but now with their free shipping thing, ooh boy. Thriftbooks, Alibris, and Better World Books are good sources also. I buy a lot of Japanese fiction off of Better World Books. Book Depository gets my business because they carry those pretty non-US covers. As for actual stores – Barnes & Noble, Vromans Bookstore, Kinokuniya Los Angeles, Goodwill and other thrift stores. If a store carries books, I’ll be there.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

I will only pre-order a book if it can come signed or if it comes with a perk. I have so many unread books so I’m never in a hurry to purchase a new release. And I do it online now. But my first ever pre-order was the final Harry Potter book and that one I made in person because online transactions weren’t available at my side of the world back then.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

I’m trying to be better at it – aka buying less per month – but it depends. I usually average 10 books, I should say. But I often go over that. I can control my ebook buying but I get into episodes where I just load up my cart and expect a big box of books to arrive within the week.

Do you use your local library?

I don’t… which is strange because there is a branch of the local library down the hill from where I live. However, I do have a library card that I use for Hoopla Digital.

If so, how many do you borrow at a time?

Fun fact: I’ve never ever borrowed a book from the library.

What’s your opinion on library books?

I think they’re great. I actually like buying hardcover library copies because they come with the acetate cover. I can deal with the stickers but as a kid, my mom used to put plastic cover around all my books for protection from wear and tear. Also, I love the very used, very loved look of a library book. It has character; the pages are soft, some written on and folded. I don’t mind receiving a library copy of a book.

How do you feel about charity shop/second hand books?

I love going to used bookstores because they always have good prices and you’ll never know what you’ll find. I’ve found many gems at my local Goodwill and I’m looking to visiting a Goodwill Bookstore. But what’s more fun for me is finding what’s hidden in between the pages of a book donated to a used bookstore.

Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same bookshelf or not?

Together. Especially if it is in a series. Right now, I don’t have a lot of shelf space so most of my books are either under the bed or on the floor. That’s why I have GoodReads, to separate my TBR from my read books.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?

Truthfully, no. I went through a phase where I bought complete series with the intent of binge reading them. Or if I read the first book as an ebook, I bought the whole series in hard copy. But that got overwhelming fast and I eventually realized that I wasn’t that interested in them anyway. So yeah. Lesson learned.

What do you do with books that you own and that you’ll feel you’ll never read/enjoy?

I put them in a box for donation.

Have you ever donated books?

Well, it’s not actually “donating”. I send them to my aunt so she can sell them.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

I try. I was able to go on a makeup buying ban for the whole of 2016. For books, I’m trying to be more thoughtful about it. I now only buy books that I am for sure going to read.

Do you feel like you buy too many books?

I do. Especially when the number of the books that I buy exceeds the number of books that I read for that month. But for some reason, I do not feel guilty about it. No, I do… sometimes. But I learned now only to buy books that I genuinely want and not just because I gave into the hype.


I thought June was going to be a good month for book buying. I survived the first 10 days with only one Kindle book purchase. But then I found the signed book section at Vroman’s Bookstore. Three full-priced signed books. And I thought that was the end of it. Nope. Book Outlet decided to have a sale. Sure, later this month. But I saw the whole Girls und Panzer manga collection on there so I couldn’t wait for the sale because Volume 1 was about to sell out. Good thing I had a $5 coupon bookmark from a previous order. 😉

One of these days, I’m just going to have to accept that book buying is tantamount to stress-relief. XD