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

New Year Resolutions Book Tag

Can you tell that I love these tags? I can dedicate a blog for all of them but where the fun in that? 😉

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This is another fun one from Thrice Read. I love these resolutions posts and videos even though we’re halfway through January already. And I know, I keep on saying that I’m not much for TBR lists so this is my way of going around that. Listing down as many books as many times may actually have me want to read them. And oh man, 2016 was a good book-buying year for me. And that’s not counting my digital books.

So really, I’m doing this more for me. LMAO! But please see it also as a recommendations post. I hope it inspires you to read the books you already have. If you’ve read any of these, please feel free to push me to read them.

Feel free to do this yourself. Let’s all try to have an awesome reading year!


AUTHOR YOU’D LIKE TO READ (THAT YOU’VE NEVER READ BEFORE)

How much time do you have? A good chunk of my TBR is from new-to-me authors. I have whole series from new-to-me authors. But if I have to choose, I would love to check out the works of Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater. Blame it on the overly YA saturated book tube. I keep hearing about Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle but to be honest with you, I’ve only ever held these books in my hands. I never read the blurbs nor flipped to page 69. Yup, I know absolutely nothing about the books by these women but gosh dang, I’m curious to read them.

A BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO READ

Again, how much time do you have? I sure don’t have much. These books take priority though: The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder (I even bought a better copy of this book because the first one I got was a beat up mass market paperback), And then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino (I actually plan to buy that signed copy that I found at a used bookstore near me).

A CLASSIC YOU’D LIKE TO READ

No… it’s not Jane Eyre this time. I have to go with Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. It’s been too long since I last read this book. I’m still waiting for a pretty edition to come my way.

A BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO RE-READ

This is a sure thing. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. This book is turning 20 this year. Can you imagine that? How old were you when you first read this book?

A BOOK YOU’VE HAD FOR AGES AND WANT TO READ

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I think this was my first Japanese fiction book. I got the older translation. I may pick up the new one after I read this one just to compare.

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A BIG BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO READ

In the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. If reading Brandon Sanderson late last year proved anything, it’s that I can read epic fantasy easily. I actually do love this genre. I do have a copy of this book but it’s a very well-loved mass market paperback. I’m on the hunt for a trade paperback… or a pretty cover.

AN AUTHOR YOU PREVIOUSLY READ AND WANT TO READ MORE OF

Definitely Ryan Graudin. After reading the Wolf by Wolf duology, I was so entranced by her writing that I simply wanted more. I do have her novel The Walled City so hopefully, I can get to that this year too.

A BOOK YOU GOT FOR CHRISTMAS AND WOULD LIKE TO READ

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I didn’t buy the pretty illustrated edition for nothing. I listened to about 25% of this book until I realized that I’ll enjoy this more if I read it. At the same time, the illustrated version was about to come out so I bought it from Book Depository when the price dropped enough.

A SERIES YOU WANT TO READ (START AND FINISH)

I have a handful: Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini TaylorThe Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Anna Dressed in Blood duology by Kendare Blake. The Black Butler manga. Really, I have so many.

A SERIES YOU WANT TO FINISH (THAT YOU’VE ALREADY STARTED)

Definitely the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. At least the first trilogy. And also the Ring series by Koji Suzuki. I finished Spiral yesterday and it was amazing.

DO YOU SET READING GOALS? IF SO, HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU WANT TO READ IN 2017?

My goal is always 25. I’m 10 books in as of this posting. Thanks to manga. I don’t think that’s cheating at all. 😉


Speaking of manga, do you read manga? What’s your favorite? How about anime?

BOOK ADAPTATION WISHLIST TAG

I was actually tagged to do this. Thanks so much, Lindsey @ Paradis Books! The original tag is by She Might Be Monica.

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When a new book comes out, two questions immediately are asked: Is it any good? Will it be adapted to a screenplay? Not too long ago, it was exciting to hear that your favorite book will eventually become a movie or TV show. Now, you almost expect it. It becomes a movie or show even before it becomes your favorite. I don’t particularly have any strong opinions on this. I try not to overthink it. I was fortunate that the Harry PotterLord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games series were done right, the last being actually better than the books in my opinion. I love Outlander; the books are definitely a guilty pleasure. And for those that were disappointing, I let it go and try to forget the movie exists.

Here are some titles that I wish would have non-book adaptations. True story: I put the Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin on all. LMAO. But then I realized that 80% of the first book is just them riding on motorcycles. As much as I love Hidalgo (because Viggo Mortensen), I don’t think that’ll make for a compelling stage play, musical, or TV show. So where did I ultimately put that title? You’ll see…

MOVIE

The first thing that came to mind is Vicious by VE Schwab. That read like a screenplay even. The flashbacks worked really well. And it wasn’t very complicated that you’ll have to dedicate 1.5 hours just to set up everything. A perfect book to turn into a summer rom-com is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I’ve never watched a rom-com through a guy’s POV. It’s quirky and fun and I really think it’ll be a cute film, maybe starring Colin Firth. I also threw in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. You would think I’d put it under “musicals” ala Rock of Ages but majority of the book was just spent sitting down in the car listening to music. Might as well make that into a movie, having their route in the book as filming locations.

And oh, if Dan Brown‘s Robert Langdon series was made into movies, why not Sigma Force series by James Rollins? I really want a physical representation of Grayson Pierce.

TV SHOW

The Parasitology trilogy by Mira Grant is like The Walking Dead and The Strain combined. I can totally see this working as a 12-episode series, each book as one season. AMC, take note. Another one is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Hey, with Game of Thrones coming to an end, this can be a perfect successor. HBO definitely has the $$ to do this.

CARTOON/ANIME

I’m including anime because I don’t really watch cartoons anymore. But I wish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was made into an animated film instead. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the movie. But Tim Burton looked like he had too much fun with it. It was okay but nothing to write home about. As for anime, the Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I’m currently watching Black Butler and I totally saw a bit of Lady Dela in Grell Sutcliffe. Surely, Lady Dela is not as flamboyant as Grell but it wasn’t hard to imagine. With this book set in a very East Asian setting with dragonlore and magic, I want this as an anime.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

I did tweet VE Schwab (or was it an Instagram comment) if there are any plans to have any of her books as graphic novels. The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu also has graphic novels and I enjoy them immensely. I wish A Darker Shade Of Magic would have one too. Imagine the art and colors in that!

And did you think I’d forget? Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. Yes, I put it here. Like with ADSOM, I can imagine the line art and the soft sand color that would probably be in this. While I do prefer manga over graphic novels, I am really interested to see this in panels.

PLAY

I’m not much of a straight plays person but I like dinner mysteries. Coincidentally, my choice for this is The Dinner by Herman Koch. It’s dark and you only need a handful of actors.

MUSICAL

If you know me at all, you’d know I love musicals. And I’m not talking about “Oh, Hamilton is the shiz – I LUV ALL MUSIKULZ!” I’m not one of those who jumped on that bandwagon. But In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the best things I ever watched… front row and very center on Broadway on the shows final weeks with LMN as Usnavi. That, and American Idiot. But I digress.

My choice for this item is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Space opera taken quite literally. I don’t know how they’ll do it but in my head, it works! XD

If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged. Would you watch these books if they’re turned into movies or shows? I would.

End of the Year Survey 2016

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Three days into the new year and I’m already being lazy. Oh well. Let’s shake off the long weekend cobwebs and hit the ground running!

I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again, 2016 was an awesome reading year for me. I read a total of 80 books, rediscovered manga, realized I like listening to mystery/thriller audio books, I acquired a crazy number of physical books, read a good amount of physical books vs e-books, and so much more. This time last year, I posted my Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. This year, I’m doing something different. But that’s for another post. 😉

Once again, thanks to Perpetual Page Turner Jamie for this tag.


2016 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 80
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (whoa!)
Genre You Read The Most From: manga (format) and fantasy.

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2016? I keep going back and forth among three books but if I really think about it, my favorite is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Every one told me I was going to enjoy it… nope, quite the opposite.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Manga in general. I knew I didn’t like graphic novels that much so when I started reading a couple of manga, I was surprised at how easy I fell back into it. Also, I watch a lot of anime with manga adaptations or manga as source materials. It’s not like with books-to-movies where you tend to not enjoy one or the other that much. I enjoy both anime and manga quite equally.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Confessions by Kanae Minato. I recommended it to anyone who would listen.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? Started (and finished): Legend by Marie Lu. Sequel: Symbiont by Mira Grant. And the best series ender ever, Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? VE Schwab. I’m looking forward to completing her existing work in 2017.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Same as last year, short stories. Zoo by Otsuichi scared the living hell out of me.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I inhale-read that book. As well as Eon by Alison Goodman. I remember many late nights and early mornings because of those books.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Not too sure about re-reading but I tend to re-read manga. Although, I do want to marathon Red Rising trilogy.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? Probably any of the Parasitology books. They look like those pill blister packs. Continue reading

The Bookish Book Lover Tag

I might as well squeeze in another tag before we say goodbye to 2016. I can’t do a month/year wrap-up yet since I’m still working on a book and a couple of manga volumes. Who knows, I might just call it where I stand right now and reserve that one book for next year. It’s the end of a long and tiring year… we all deserve a break.

Anyway, I’ve always wanted to do this tag. I guess now is as good a time as any to go for it!

  • Rules:
    Use the Banner (Check!)
    Answer the Questions (I will.)
    Use Lots of Book Covers *smiles* (We’ll see.)
    Tag Your Bookish Friends! (If you’re reading this, consider yourselves tagged.)


wp-1483039612515.jpgWhat book are you currently reading?
Technically, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. If you remember my End of 2016 goals, I wanted to read just three more books. I finished two already. And I’m a bit over halfway done with The Final Empire before putting it down earlier this year. It’s not because it was bad. My original copy was the mass market paperback. I tried keeping up with it as much as I could but I just can’t with that format. I bought the UK trade paperbacks off Book Depository and they’re so beautiful, I’m afraid to touch them LMAO.

And I’m also trying to catch up to One-Punch Man manga. At least those are easier to read. Not to mention other manga titles just waiting to be read. 😉

What’s the last book you finished?
Ring by Koji Suzuki. I finally got to this. And it was so worth it. I might prioritize this series for January 2017. I loved the original Japanese adaptation and for a change, I didn’t mind the Hollywood one. (Samara, though? No.) I know the rest of the books don’t follow the movies but that’s okay. I have Spiral, Loop, and Birthday waiting already so I hope I can knock them out early in the year. I also have other Koji Suzuki books. And a bunch of other Japanese fiction.

Favorite book you read this year?
I can’t really tell. I liked a lot of books this year for different reasons. But one title jumps up at me: Vicious by VE Schwab. I read 3 of her books this year and this is definitely my favorite. I can’t stay if it’s my favorite of the year but out of all the books that I liked A LOT this year, this title enters my mind first. While this can be a standalone, a would not say no to a sequel.

I also liked Morning Star by Pierce Brown but I already knew that I was going to like it because I loved the previous book, Golden Son. I went in to VE Schwab’s books almost completely blind. As for Eon by Alison Goodman, I think it’s because I read a lot of fantasy before getting to that so I was a bit conditioned to it already.

What genre have you read most this year?
Let’s see… general young adult. And fantasy across the board – adult, YA, and even middle-grade.

What genre have you read least this year?
Middle-grade. I bought a couple of MG books last year but only managed to read Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. I will definitely remedy that next year. They’re fun, not always light-hearted, adorable, and easy to read. I actually managed to read 4 non-fiction this year. It’s not really my thing with the exception of some military history and WWII.

What genre do you want to read more of?
Epic fantasy. I know it’s daunting but I love those Lord of the Rings-like immersive worlds with rich magic systems and 15,000 characters and relationships. I have a couple both on my physical shelf and Goodreads. I am very interested. A little intimidated but I would like to try one of those.

How many books have you read this year and what’s your goal?
At this moment, I read 77 books out of my goal of 25. I always set my goal to 25 and I passed that mark in June. I just keep going. Once I get that 25, I can breathe easy. Everything else is extra.

What’s the last book you bought?
It’s still on its way but it’s the Blonote by Tablo both the Korean and English versions. I also have two Book Outlet orders coming my way. Hey, it’s the last days of the year. All these might count for 2017 book haul. 😉

What book are you saving up to buy next?
I don’t really save up to buy books because I’m a book bargain monster and I can wait for a better price. But one book that I’ve eyed for a good handful of months is the Text Publishing edition of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. It’s on Book Depository for $20. I got the first book for $1.99 so you see the difference?

How many books did you check out last library visit?
One. Well, I don’t really visit libraries or check out books. I use the Hoopla app and I just borrowed the Subterranean audio book by James Rollins.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I wanted to read that this year but I never got to it. With the 3rd and final book in the trilogy coming out in February, I definitely have to read this one and soon.

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What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?
I’m glad to say I finished a couple of series this year. Mostly duologies. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I encourage you to pick up both books and read them back-to-back. As for series I haven’t finished yet, pick up One-Punch Man manga for all the LOLs.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?
I want more Ryan Graudin stuff. VE Schwab is writing plenty already.

A few books that your heart adores?
Saga by Brian K. VaughanGekkan Shoujo, Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki. And everything pictured here:

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?
I’m usually okay when a series ends. I was sad when the Red Rising trilogy wrapped up this year but upon hearing news of a new trilogy in the same universe, I was excited again. I don’t know what to feel about Shades of Magic ending. I liked it but I don’t have a real Harry Potter-like connection with it. Plus, she has many other books I can read.

What books are on your wishlist?
It used to be the UK illustrated version of American Gods by Neil Gaiman but I bought it for myself for Christmas. Mainly a bunch of Japanese fiction… I prefer having a physical copy of them. The #1 on my list is a physical copy of Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. I was scammed on Alibris by a 3rd party seller. I wish that seller all the best in the world but I’m just saying that karma, no matter how small, is a bitch. I recently saw Honeymoon to Nowhere by Akimitsu Takagi at Kinokuniya Los Angeles and I’m already looking for used copies for cheap. Yeah, mostly Japanese fiction books. And oh, the Jane Eyre Fine edition.

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