#BookmarkMonday | Remove My Bookmark

… and I remove your face!

I have a fun bookmark for you today. I found this at a used bookstore. It wasn’t exactly for sale. It was stuck in one of the books on the shelves. I saw the tassel sticking out and it was such a funny bookmark, I had to get it.

Apart from book shopping, I keep an eye open for random stuff in between the pages of a book at a used bookstore. You’ll never know what you’ll find. Bookmarks, photos, letters, flowers, stamps, tickets, post cards… I’ve found all of that. My favorite is the letters, the dedications. I’ve found pictures too. I usually don’t keep them unless they’re old or if they give me Miss Peregrine’s vibe.

So here’s one of my favorite finds. It looks a bit old; the tassel is flat, frayed, and grayed. Pictured with a General Piggy who looks more adorable than menacing. I use this bookmark whenever I’m reading huge books and A Court of Mist and Fury definitely is one of those. I prefer using bookmarks with tassels. 🙂

The host, GuiltlessReading, has a question:

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO TODAY?

I’m just trying to survive this week because I have an anime convention on Saturday. the inaugural Ronin Expo. I’ve been craving conventions for such a long time; my last one was back in January. So this is like a primer to AX2017. I am so excited!

WRAP-UP | MAY 2017

It’s June 1. It’s less than 30 days until Anime Expo 2017!

(And yes, that is the thing with the most importance to me right now.)

I participated in one readathon this month. It’s pretty chill. Just read as many graphic novel/comic/manga as you like. And I had the perfect ones to marathon. I’m interested in joining a couple of readathons in June so we’ll see if I actually do it.

Because of this readathon, I can honestly say that this is a very good reading month. I went back to listening to audio books, did not think that reading manga is in any way cheating my GoodReads goal, started two series that I’ve been meaning to read for years, and received two unsolicited ARCs.

I’m so excited for my reading in June. I’m currently in between books (not really; I’m listening to Digital Fortress by Dan Brown) but I’m looking to continuing these trilogies that I started or going ahead and reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas before anything else. I have been reading other books but this one is always – ALWAYS – at the back of my mind. I feel like I’m going to slump if I don’t get this out of the way asap. But finishing series is a very good feeling. I would like to feel that way for longer.

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 15. Continue reading

#T5W | Former Fandoms

This week, we are talking about Fandoms You Are No Longer In.

This list was much harder to compose than I thought it would. I am a very multi-fandom person and I get obsessed with stuff quite easily. At first, I thought I never truly fell out of a fandom. Once I’m in, that’s for life. Like Anime, for example. I was born into the Anime fandom. Or the whole Lord of the Rings universe – both book and movie. I will and have dropped everything to attend a LOTR related event. While I can’t say I’m crazy over Harry Potter (I like to keep my distance and be a regular person fan), I’m still very much into the fandom judging by the amount of merch I have and how many times I find myself at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Years have passed and I’m still a big fan of F4, Yuyu Hakusho, Mythbusters, and Final Fantasy VIII. If you want a list of fandoms I still very much associate with, click here.

Unfortunately (for the purposes of this specific blog), I never got into any book fandom apart from Harry PotterLOTR. I’m sort of late on this YA fantasy train which I see as a good thing. I got into Tumblr super early and kind of stopped when I became too multi-fandom. It ate up most of my time and I then had no energy to deal with the drama. And I’m not a keyboard warrior. I go out there to the frontlines, as you will soon see.

Looking at my list, I realized that these are mostly from the time I still watched Western TV. I’m not saying I don’t watch it anymore but a couple of years ago, I would religiously watch these on live TV every night. Those were the days before DVR, TV subscription services, and the like. I don’t watch a lot of English-language shows lately so I don’t know what’s popular today. I did watch a bit of The Vampire Diaries when it first came out but that became ridiculous fast… and I hated the books. I could make a list of “TV shows I’ve stopped watching” but that’s for a different post, different blog.

But with this list, I’m going to make an exception. This will be mostly TV and music.

Spoiler alert: this list will look quite similar to this #T5W post.  Continue reading

#comicbooksunday | Readathon Wrap-up

How was your long weekend? I spent it resting, reading, and did a little bit of shopping!

 

I had a pretty chill weekend. I needed that break and I made the most out of it. I read a good chunk of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and did well on the comic book readathon last Sunday.

I read a grand total of 5 books – a 655-page manga omnibus and 4 volumes of another manga to finish off that series. I was pretty pumped for this readathon. I love manga and I wanted an excuse to read a bunch of them without feeling guilty about “padding” my Goodreads goal. I think 600+ pages isn’t at all padding anymore, right?

I bought Uzumaki by Junji Ito a few weeks ago. I’ve always wanted to read his horror work. I’ve read his Cat Diary: Yon & Mu and loved it. It’s the combination of his scary art and hilarious situations that made the reading experience so much fun. But his horror work is definitely something else. I started reading this ten minutes into the midnight of the 28th and oh boy, I couldn’t sleep right away. After finishing it, I will never look at snails the same way again.

I have the Deluxe version of this manga series. It’s three volumes in one. And it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s scary, it’s thought-provoking; the art style is superb. It is about a town overrun by spirals. That’s all I can tell you. I’m looking forward to Junji Ito’s other work, Gyo and Tomie.

I also finished A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima. I read Volumes 4 to 7 for this readathon. Actually, I was ready to call it quits after Volumes 4 and 5. I was helping out my brother with his Anime Expo primer. But on that last hour of the 28th, I managed to squeeze in Volumes 6 and 7.

This manga hit all my feelz where it hurt the most. This is about a deaf girl bullied when she was in elementary school and how she reconnected with those same people five years later. Anyone who is emotionally and psychologically bullied can find themselves within the panels of this manga. You don’t have to be deaf or disabled to be bullied. And my biggest takeaway from all of that is people don’t really change. Much. If at all. While this manga did leave me feeling a bit bitter, I still loved it.

So that’s approximately 1400 pages in 24 hours! I average that in a whole month of reading. LOL. I can’t wait to do my monthly wrap-up in a few days.

#comicbooksunday | Readathon

It’s been a while since I participated in a readathon. And with the long weekend coming up, this is the perfect time to do it!

I recently watched Julie from Pages and Pens unbox this month’s OwlCrate and while I don’t personally subscribe to any book boxes, I love watching them. She happened to mention a 24-hour readathon happening over the weekend hosted by Elliot Brooks and ThatBookie. It’s the Comic Book Readathon. (Click for Facebook group.)

It’s going to be on Sunday, May 28th. All day.

The title might say “comic book” but I will be reading manga. I’ve seen other announcement videos call it “graphic novel readathon” and they did say we can read manga as well. As you know, I am a manga girl. I much prefer reading right to left than left to right. And they’re very easy reads. I could go through 4-5 volumes in one sitting. But I don’t always do that. I feel a bit guilty when I do because it feels like I’m merely padding my GoodReads goal. I have so many unread books but here I am reading 120-page volumes that are mostly pictures.

However, I really do enjoy it. Maybe not as much as I love anime but it’s up there. It’s the only time when I don’t mind reading the source material after watching it on screen – and vice-versa. So here are my picks for this readathon:

  • A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima. Volumes 4-7. I want to finish this series. It’s beautiful. Not Orange level but beautiful.
  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito. I have the whole omnibus! I may be picking up another one this Friday. I also am very interested in reading Tomie.
  • Battle Royale: Angels’ Border by Koushun Takami. I’m not 100% on this but I have it on hand and I absolutely love Battle Royale. 

Again, May 28th, Sunday, 24 hours. Use the hashtag #comicbooksunday if you’re participating through Twitter and/or Instagram. Do share your TBRs below. I’m always open to new-to-me titles. 🙂

#T5W | Bit Parts

This week, we are talking about Favorite Minor Characters.

First of all, everyone will have a different definition of “side character”. To you, Hermione and Ron are considered minor characters but to me, they’re not. Same with Hiroto Suwa from Orange. I still consider him a main character. The prompt itself provided a good explanation, “I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters.” So why don’t I start my list there…

Oliver Wood from Harry PotterThis character is the reason why Azkaban is my favorite book and least favorite movie. There were whole chapters dedicated to Quidditch in the book while it was totally scrapped in the movie. That never made any sense to me. Not to mention the actor who played him, Sean Biggerstaff, is a hottie. Fun fact, my first ever autographed anything was from him. A very younger me sent him fanmail, sent it to the ether and forgot about it. Months after, I receive a wallet-sized signed headshot photo, signed and personalized. I wish I knew where it is now… probably still in my childhood home in the Philippines.


The Phantomhive Servants – Finnian, Mey-rin, and Baldo – from Black Butler. Tanaka too and Snake. But there’s an entire arc and anime season touching into Snake’s backstory while we only got one episode/chapter for these three. They’re basically the comic relief of this whole series. They’re pretty much useless as actual servants. Finny destroys all the plants he’s supposed to take care of, Baldo’s idea of cooking is with explosives, and Mey-rin is so airheaded, she mistakes shoe polish to shine wax. But they’re not hired to cook and clean. Sebastian hired them for their combat skill to protect the manor and its Earl Ciel Phantomhive. The page and screen becomes so much brighter when they’re around.


Baghra from The Grisha trilogy. I love her character and her role in the story. Together with David and Nikolai, she is the best part of this whole trilogy. She’s headstrong and fierce, something Alina could only hope to be. I wouldn’t mind a novella about her earlier years and how she became that way.


Yagi Yuusuke from sweetness and lightning. He’s stuck in the ever-suffering role of supportive friend. He’s friends with Inazuma-sensei since high school and he sometimes babysits Tsumugi. He owns a restaurant and he at times lends a hand at Kotori and Inazuma-sensei’s cooking lessons. He gets his ingredients from Shinobu’s, Kotori’s best friend, grocery. I love how he gets flustered when they do stuff slowly or if he has a better method. He ends up staying and eating with them anyway.

Gyoza party!


Ham from The Mistborn trilogy. I debated about which Misting to put on this list but I decided on Ham. I love how he’s always positive and he brightens up the mood. His love for his family is unmatched. The other members of the group don’t have that. He’s a big softy.


I wish I could say more but here are my choices. I had one more, Fergus from the Outlander series, but there are enough books in that series to talk about him and his life.

Don’t you just wish that there is more material about the other characters in a book? Well, that is what fan fiction is for, yeah? 😉

#BookmarkMonday | Minami on Ice

I haven’t done one of these in a while. I’ve acquired some amazing bookmarks since my last Bookmark Monday post.

But let’s focus on one today. Last April I was on the hunt for Yuri!!! ON ICE bookmarks. There’s a lot on Etsy. I decided on a US seller not just because of proximity, but because she has one of Phichit and Minami! If you know me at all (or follow my social media), you’d know I’m obsessed with this gem of an anime. You should watch it. 😉

Anyway, the store is SanzakiKojika. She mentioned that Minami is her personal favorite character and Phichit was chosen through public vote. Of course, she has our podium family – Viktor, Yuuri, and Yurio. I’ve used the Yuuri bookmark too but I’ll show him off some other time.

Kenjirou Minami is a precious little nugget. He is a not-so-hidden gem in this beautiful show. I hope we’ll see more of him in the movie and (hopefully) other official material. I’ll take fanstuff too, mind you. I’m looking forward to some Minami fanart in the coming anime conventions.

I can’t wait to use the other character bookmarks. Before, I never really cared about bookmarks. Now, I’ve been finding cute ones. Ah, pretty bookmarks make me so excited to go back to a book.

The host, GuiltlessReading, has a question:

I’m curious – do you like art? Do you have any favourite artists?

I love art. I have a personal wall gallery in my room made up of Artist Alley stuff. My favorite artist is Edgar Degas. And my favorite piece of art ever is Little Dancer, Aged 14. I’ve seen three (or four) renderings of it from different museums. It’s so lovely.

I used to stay five blocks away from both the Guggenheim and The Met. I have spent whole days just walking in The Met.  I would love to come back someday; my companions can go exploring and just leave me at The Met.