#T5W | Better Than The First

This week, we are talking about Second/Middle Books That Are the Best in the Series.

Long time no post. I have good reasons for that.

I wrote a fic! It’s in the Yuri!!! ON ICE fandom but inspired by my new obsession, Pitbulls and Parolees. It’s aptly called Poodles and Figure Skaters. It’s Makkachin-centric. Now, I’m so inspired to write more fic. I haven’t finished anything in almost ten years. I even have a Generation Kill fic that is very loosely based on Jane Eyre… 60,000 words and counting. And unfinished. It’s almost done… almost seven years ago.

Another thing that is taking my mind off blogging is Pitbulls and Parolees. Thank goodness for Animal Planet Go. They have all the seasons on there and I’m loving this show so much. If I’m not reading for Tome Topple, I’m probably watching this.

So there’s that. This week’s topic is quite a bit of a challenge. Like with other series lists, I realize that I read a lot of stand alones in the past. I have quite a few series on-going and not a lot finished. And from those I’ve finished, I’m not a huge fan of either the middle book or the series as a whole. While I agree that The Winner’s Crime is the best in the series, I’m not really impressed. I haven’t finished A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy yet so I can’t say for sure if ACOMAF is the best. And Siege & Storm is only better than the other books because of Nikolai’s introduction to the story. IMHO, anyway.

I have three books, one movie, and one anime series for you. I hope you enjoy!

Taken 3 years ago, almost to the day!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
This should be the only title in this list. Catching Fire was leaps and bounds better than The Hunger Games and Mockingjay. Even the movie was fantastic. It was all action from the get-go and it was such an adventure. I thought it was going to be tedious because it was potentially just a retelling of the events of the first book but it was so much more fun. Then Mockingkay. Well, let’s not talk about that.

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.
I loved the first book, Him. When I thought it can’t get any better, it did. Us didn’t have the angst from miscommunication and uncertainty from the first book. The relationship was already established and all they had to deal with was the effect of fame and fortune on their relationship. Plus, the new characters were awesome. So much that I actually want a book about them.

Spiral by Koji Suzuki.
I say this again and again, I rated Ring 5 stars but this, only a 4. But I thought this was better than Ring. Oh man, this was a mindfuck. I thought I would merely skim read this but I was hooked all the way to the end. I understand that this might not translate to film as successfully as Ring. This book doesn’t have a long-haired girl in white that comes out of TV sets. It has a terribly smart virus. Scary.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
This is actually – officially – my favorite movie of all time. While I can recite The Fellowship of the Ring from memory, I love rewatching The Two Towers. Especially the Helm’s Deep scene and when the ents attack Isengard. What I do is I try to track ONE ORC and see where it goes. There’s always something new whenever I watch this.

Free! Eternal Summer
The second season of the Free! anime series. I love Free! Iwatobi Swim Club but I find myself rewatching Eternal Summer more. They’re all friends in this series and everything means so much more. All of them have grown and it sort of became more of a slice-of-life than a gimmicky sports dramedy. I love this series so much! I’ve since met one of the voice actors from the anime so it made it much more special.


That’s my list! Now, let me go back to writing my next YOI fic… this time, inspired by another anime, sweetness & lightning. I’m gonna have so much fun rewatching this series!

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TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Spring Forward!

I really could use that one hour. For sleep, for reading, for watching two more anime episodes… guh. But at least I get home with the sun still up and high in the sky.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR.

I always say that I’m not much for TBRs but lately, I’ve been making lists of books that I definitely do want to get to this month, this season, this year. And actually writing them down so I won’t forget. That counts for a TBR, right? It makes me so excited; but not too excited. The reason why I never formally followed a TBR because I don’t want to feel boxed in like I’m obligated to read these titles just because in my head, writing them down means I’m committed. I ain’t that deep. LOL. But I’ve accumulated quite a few books that I really wanted lately. February was a huge month for me in terms of meeting authors and acquiring signed books. This list is basically by February book haul.

Spring starts on March 20 but it’s already upwards of 80s and 90s here in Southern California. I won’t have many upcoming releases on this list. Other than that, I own all of these titles. Man, what a difference. I wouldn’t be able to say that same time last year.

This list is in no particular order. I will definitely read these books but I can’t guarantee I’ll read all of them by the end of spring, June 20. We’ll see.

(I met the authors of these first four books in two days.)

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m sure you’ve heard of this book already. It’s the most hyped book of the winter season. It is compared to The Night Circus. I loved that book. I’ve been hearing praise for Caraval left and right… except from people that I trust. Yikes. I saw how excited the author and the fans were for this book at the signing. The girls there were so passionate about it. But then I hear disappointments and DNF’ing from vloggers and bloggers that I trust. So… I don’t know. I still want to read it but I’ve heard some scary things.
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. I met her during her book launch the day before I met Stephanie Garber. I also have a special art print. It’s a loose retelling of Labyrinth and the way her fellow authors describe the writing, I really want to experience it myself. I love anything with music and I can’t wait to see how she put that into words.
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. I met her at the same event with S. Jae-Jones. I read The Star-Touched Queen last month and enjoyed it. (Today is the last day to pre-order this book and receive a perk.) I love her energy! I also love how she incorporated the Indian culture in her book. It was gorgeous. I already pre-ordered this and hopefully, I can get to it as soon as I receive it. (Release date: 3/23/2017)
  •  The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Rounding out the three authors. Yes, it was a very fun night. I absolutely love Marie Lu’s writing. I then managed to acquire signed copies of this trilogy. I loved Legend and I heard nothing but good things about this one. She has a new series coming out this year. I hope to read that too. Ah, I just love her.

[I realized that I have trouble starting (another) series without finishing the one I started before that. I did finish two series lately: Shades of Magic by VE Schwab and Orange by Ichigo TakanoSo I guess I can start some new ones now!]

  • As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka. I received this from Blogging for Books. I have 90 days to read it so I guess it’ll definitely fall into my Spring reads. It’s a thriller and that’s all I need to know. I’ve glanced at some reviews and they are pretty positive so I would like to go into this blindly.
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I might read this next, after I finish Battle Royale. There’s a story behind this — I already bought a copy from Target. About a month after, I saw a signed first edition paperback copy at that same Target. I bought it and planned to return my unsigned one with the newer receipt. But then I just decided to pass it along to someone else who might like it also. I saw the book trailer at Target, yep the same one, and I got intrigued. The second book just came out so we’ll see how this goes.
  • Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry. I have all the books in this series. I told myself I will go through all of them last year but I only managed to read the first one. I enjoyed it so much and I’m definitely ready for more. I’m not really a “seasonal” reader so I’ll still read this in the middle of a park lush with trees and green grass. XD
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. Seriously, I’ve been wanting to start this trilogy for years. Ever since it came out. Now I have all three so there’s not reason not to marathon this, right? I honestly don’t know much about this trilogy apart from it’s about a pianist. Or there’s something about a pianist. That’s all. You got me.
  • Another Episode S/0 by Yukito Ayatsuji. This is a companion to Another. It is about Misaki Mei and her experiences with a ghost. Really, any continuation to Another, I will inhale it.
  • Loop by Koji Suzuki. This is the 3rd book in the Ring series. I loved Ring and Spiral. I actually wanted to read this in February but things got in the way. I want to hopefully get to this book this month. I wanted to read one Japanese novel per month this year and I already missed February.

That’s my list. I must stay, I’m genuinely excited to read all of these books. Hopefully, I get to them. Follow me on Goodreads to find out!

REVIEW: Ring by Koji Suzuki

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Ring / Koji Suzuki

Okay, we all know the drill. You watch a creepy video tape of a woman with long hair coming out of a well, walking closer and closer until she comes out of the TV itself. Throw in some static for effect, blinking lights if you must. And then you have seven days to live before you suffer a seemingly horrific death. Whether you watched the original Japanese or the Hollywood adaptation, you know how it goes, right?

Or do you.

This is one of the cases where I watched the movie (multiple times in two languages) before reading the book. Heck, I didn’t even know it was a book back when I first watched it. We all know Sadako, or Samara for you Hollywood types. The image of a long-haired girl dressed in white haunted our nightmares since this movie blew up. The static broadcast on the TV became a joke of sorts, “Oh, be careful. Sadako might come out of the TV.” But you can’t deny that it has scared you once or twice.

Going into this book, I thought I knew what was going to happen. After all, I watched the movie – the whole series – many times. But nope, this book still managed to surprise me. There are quite a few differences between book and film and I actually find the book more terrifying than the movie. With the movie, you have visuals to help you out, mood music (or lack thereof) to set the tone. In reading this book, you only had your imagination working for you. Even the almost deadpan delivery I’ve come to love from Japanese fiction helped with the overall horror of the book. A sense of gloom can be (almost) physically felt throughout this reading experience and if anything, that feeling gets worse and worse up to the end.

The book opens up with the mysterious death of a motorcycist on a random curb. With similar deaths across the city, authorities have chalked it up to heart failure. These people die with no apparent injury but with a terrorized facial expression. We follow a male protagonist in the book, Asakawa, Kazuyuki. He finds himself connected to these strange deaths because his niece is one of the victims. His investigation leads him to this seemingly innocent tape. After watching it, he is told he has seven days to save himself. But how?

Needless to say, it was a race against time. The author and translator did a great job conveying that sense of urgency Asakawa was feeling. I mean, the idea of knowing exactly when you’re going to die is terrifying. Knowing that there exists a way to prevent that adds on to the pressure. From the very beginning, you get this dark, unsettling, almost evil mood that doesn’t get any better. Truly, there was no way this book would lead to a happy ending. Asakawa shows the tape to his friend Ryuji so now, on top of everything he was going through, Asakawa had the burden of being responsible for his friend, if he were to die also.

The backstory of Sadako is still one of the best ones I’ve ever encountered. This is the reason why the origin story’s movie, Ring-0: Birthday, is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. Sadako is such a wounded soul. She experienced no happiness in her life when all she wanted was a mother’s love. If she can’t be happy, then no one will. There was more explanation about Sadako’s powers and it was delivered in a patient and precise way. Pair that with the trauma she experienced in life, it made for such a bone-chilling scare.

If you’re a fan of the movies and you’re waiting for Sadako to come out of the TV set, well… the book was pretty vague about that. Like I said, you can see what’s going on if you’re watching a movie but you read this only from one POV. Again, awesome writing from the author and translators, setting up that feeling that someone might be watching you. I legit got creeped out. It’s a shocker at every turn so even if you think you know the movie, the book is yet another beast.

I do have the rest of the series and I am looking forward to read all of them this year.

Rating: 5/5. I ended up enjoying both book and movie.

TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Best of 2016

… according to yours truly. I’m hoping to read 80 books this year. I have a few days left to read 3 more; I’m on 77 as of right now.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re listing down the Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)

This will be in no particular order. I more than doubled my reading this year compared to 2015 but choosing 10 of my very best reads this year wasn’t easy. I do have clear favorites and some, I had to think long and hard to justify them being on this list. As you know, I’m generous with my 5- and 4-star ratings. It doesn’t take much to make me like a book. I could say that I like a handful of my reads quite equally.

So, in an equal opportunity environment, how does one create a TOP ten list? I tried, you guys. Tried. Needless to say, this is in no particular order:

  1. Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Oh, man. This is everything I ever wanted from a series ender. I dropped everything the day this book came out. I had a signed copy on pre-order but still bought an e-book just so I can read it right away. I didn’t have the best beginnings with this trilogy but by the end of the 2nd book, Pierce Brown joined my list of auto-buy authors.
  2. Ring by Koji Suzuki. I literally just finished this book last night in between episodes of Sweetness and Lightning. While events vary a bit from the movie, the mood and premise remain as creepy as ever. As with a lot of Japanese fiction, it’s told in the most nonchalant, straightforward way. It never makes huge deals out of rape, abuse, death, etc. And that is what makes it so creepy. I knew I was going to like this going in and I was right. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the series next year.
  3. The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. I started the year off with Legend and ended it with Champion. I also read the two graphic novels as catch up. I cannot wait for the 3rd graphic novel. That ended made me sob. I need more angst like that. I don’t get very much angst from novels; not the way I get them from fan fiction. I know this is an older trilogy but I still liked it. Yes, it’s trope-y but mind you, I didn’t jump on that YA train until it started to die down. I loved Day and everything he stood for. It wasn’t a 100% happy ending. Everyone lost, everyone is flawed… it was just so beautiful.
  4.  A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. I was going to WonderCon 2016 and I saw that she has several panels scheduled. I honestly never read anything from her before but I was compelled to pick up this book. I inhale-read it just in time for her panel. I then bought Vicious at the convention and A Gathering of Shadows (which I haven’t read yet) signed. I also have some of her YA books but I think I prefer her adult ones.
  5. Vicious  by VE Schwab. While we’re on the subject. If I had to choose, I like Vicious more than ADSOM. I like me some dark anti-hero, anti-villain action. It’s about revenge and the characters are so rich… it’s almost a noir. Think a season of American Horror Story. It’s a book where all of them are villains but they’re not on the same side. I love it. It totally works as a standalone but I do hope that there’s at least one more book in the works.

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  6. Audition by Ryu Murakami. I read a couple of Murakami-san’s works this year and I think this is my favorite. Piercing is a close second but Audition, man. And I thought the movie was disgustingly creepy. Again with that Japanese way of telling a story in a straightforward way. Topics of gore seem more disgusting when told in such an emotionless way. And it just ends.
  7. Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I liked Eon more than Eona but as a duology, this was amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. The world-building was superb. There was a lot of Asian themes and it was done really well even though the author is not Asian. The magic system was unique and quite frankly, empowering to women. Not to mention there’s a strong trans character and her love interest.
  8. Confessions by Kanae Minato. I’ve sung praises for this book since I read this. If you’re to read only one Japanese fiction, read this. You won’t regret it. You’ll want more. It is about a teacher whose child was murdered by one of her students. Told in several perspectives, each one more terrifying than the previous POV. I’ve yet to watch the live action adaptation but for now, this book… wow.
  9. Gekkan Shoujo, Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki. I’ve read a couple of manga and graphic novels this year but this takes the cake. I loved the anime adaptation and I loved the manga even more. It’s still on-going so I hope I can keep up with it.
  10. Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin. I can’t decide which one I like more, Wolf by Wolf or Blood For Blood. This duology touched all my feelz. I got so attached to a character and it broke my heart. And I hated one character so hard that I actually put the book down for a bit. I’m so glad I decided to pick this up. It got me in the mood for alternate history, historical fiction.

If you check out my Goodreads, there’s a lot of 5-star reads that are not here. I might have rated them highly but that doesn’t mean they’re my favorites. I could rate something a 3-star and still end up a fave. This was not an easy list to make. My list of least favorites was easier… 😉

Black Friday Haul 2016

It’s almost Boxing Day (and the sales that come with it) and it’s only now that I’m bringing you my Black Friday haul.

Blame it on Alibris Marketplace really. I bought two more books during Cyber Monday. I think my order was shipped some time around December 7 or 8… it’s already the 19th and for a package coming from GA to CA? Man, my Book Depository order from the UK was faster. And oh, no tracking number. It’s paid shipping but no tracking number. If only I wasn’t so desperate for a physical copy of Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. I hope it comes today or tomorrow. It would suck to have such high hopes, waiting for such a long time only to have to ask for a refund. So there’s the long-winded explanation for the delay.

So these are my Black Friday purchases made from three online stores: Barnes & Noble, Book Outlet, and Better World Books. I split them into three stacks: Japanese fiction, military, and pretty covers.

And my collection of Japanese fiction grows ever bigger. I need to dedicate a month or at least a book every month for these books. I’ve heard about “Japanese June” on booktube but I don’t think they’ve continued it this year. Next year? 😉

  • Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (Book Outlet)
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (Better World Books)
  • Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon and Mu by Junji Ito (Book Outlet) – I already read this and it’s hilarious!
  • The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada (Book Outlet)
  • Loop by Koji Suzuki (Better World Books)
  • Paradise by Koji Suzuki (Better World Books)
  • Promenade of the Gods by Koji Suzuki (Better World Books)
  • Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino (Barnes & Noble)

It’s crazy how many Keigo Higashino books I have and I’ve only read one so far. And I’ve since completed the Ring series; I received Birthday from Better World Books during their Cyber Monday promotion. I may start Ring tonight and hopefully finish it before the year ends.

Here’s my military stack. As you know, Generation Kill by Evan Wright is one of my very favorite books of all-time. I’ve made it my mission to have it in every cover in existence. I’m waiting on one more to complete my collection. I hope. We’ll see. And United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas is something that caught my eye at several bookstores. I had the opportunity to meet the author at one of my conventions but… I don’t know what happened to that. The Generation Kill UK cover was from Better World Books and the other one is from Book Outlet.

And here’s my pretty covers. I’ve lusted over all of these for the longest time. (Although, I kinda wanted the UK version of Uprooted too.) I sort of collect special Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) covers. This is my 6th copy. My 2nd of Emma (Jane Austen) and this is the 200th anniversary annotated edition. Uprooted by Naomi Novik is something that intrigued me since it came out. It has mixed reviews at best but the good reviews have made me curious enough to finally pick it up. The classic books are from Book Outlet while I used a Barnes & Noble coupon for the 3rd one.

Whew. And all these arrived at the same time. Thus the use of the Book Outlet paper as props. I really hope that one last book comes in today or tomorrow. Then that’s gonna be it for my book hauls in 2016. I hope. 😉

End of 2016 Goals

It’s the 15th of December and we have 15-16 more days until the end of 2016. Seriously, where did the year go? It felt like it was only yesterday when I was typing out my 2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.

I should have posted this at the beginning of December but life got in the way. I’m actually already on a break from work. This hasn’t been a good week. I needed to take a break or else I’ll physically break something here. So I decided to finally buckle down and write this post.

I was never much for TBRs. I like planning but I feel rather boxed in when I have a set reading list. And how do you decided what to read for that month? I may have a list in my head but never written down somewhere. There were months where I didn’t read a single book off that list. But it’s all good.

For December, how about we try this TBR thing out?

So here is my list. You can call this my December TBR. My goal before the year ends is to read these three books. Along with others, of course.

  • Champion by Marie Lu. This is my current read. I’m about halfway. Then anime happened. Oh well. I’ve enjoyed this trilogy and the graphic novel adaptations. Those helped me catch up without rereading the previous books. I love me some Day. 😉
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Or Mistborn if you have the US covers. I’m more than halfway through before putting it down because I previously had the mass paperback editions. I eventually jumped the gun and bought the UK covers and I realized, the pagination between the UK trade and US mass paperbacks are the same. So the UK ones have thicker pages and bigger letters! I still remember what I read so it won’t be too hard to get back into it.
  • Ring by Koji Suzuki. I have all four books. I want to get started now before it gets pushed back by 2017 books. I need to make a dent on my Japanese fiction collection in general.

I also plan to continue reading One Punch Man manga and whatever other manga that will interest me. Audiobooks are also a thing. I just started Black Order by James Rollins but I read that already so I’m thinking of listening to another book instead. But whatever I decide to do, I do want to finish the three books pictured above. Technically, it’s just two books. I’m more than halfway on two leaving Ring to be the only one unread.

I can do this. When I started 2016, I never thought I would be a book away from 75 books read by the 15th of December. Thank you everyone who found their way to my little corner of the internet, liking, commenting, following. I appreciate each and every single one of you. This has been a wonderful reading year and hopefully, it continues on to 2017!

My Birthday Book Haul!

The Seoul Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony turned 28 last September 17. That means… I did, too. Exactly.

I’m never much for sending out hints and wishlists to friends and family. They can give me whatever they see fit or none at all, I don’t mind. I’m actually embarrassed to let people know of the contents of my wishlists because they are pretty specific and some of them you can only get from certain places and/or they’re not exactly cheap. Honestly, I’d rather get them myself. Hey, I know where to get them for a good deal and I feel better knowing my monies got me that item. LOL, #giftsnob. But don’t get me wrong… I love gifts. 😉

And I’m not much for parties either. I’m pretty okay by my lonesome. But I wasn’t alone on my birthday. I was at the Long Beach Comic Con and I met one of my favorite voice actors, Troy Baker. As a gift to myself, I made a decision to go to a convention on the day of my birthday. We did get dinner after but no actual party, you know what I mean. And I enjoyed it. I got myself a new wand and a couple of pieces of art. It was a good day.

I actually wanted to get 28 books to celebrate my birthday but I only got to 21. These are the books that I purchased from September 15 until the 21st from several online sellers and bookstores. A good chunk of it are books that I really wanted to read, especially in physical format and the rest are Japanese fiction, my current obsession.

I give myself a pass for this haul. It was my birthday after all and a lot of these are bought at full price. I didn’t read very much in September but I’m back in the mood this month and hopefully for the rest of the year. So here’s my haul:

 

My Japanese fiction stack. I don’t even know where to begin with these. (Actually, yes. I already read Another by Yukito Ayatsuji.) I have other titles and I can’t wait to acquire more. I will also include where I got them to give you an idea where I shop for good reads.

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  • Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura (from Kinokuniya Bookstore, Los Angeles)
  • Last Winter, We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura (from Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena)
  • Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki (from Kinokuniya Bookstore, Los Angeles)
  • Ring by Koji Suzuki (from Barnes & Noble Marketplace)
  • Out by Natsuo Kirino (from Better World Books)
  • Another by Yukito Ayatsuji (from Kinokuniya Bookstore, Los Angeles)
  • The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura (from Better World Books)
  • The Devil’s Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe (from Better World Books)
  • Real World  by Natsuo Kirino (from Better World Books)
  • Villain by  Shuichi Yoshida (from Better World Books)

Better World Books was a surprisingly good source of Japanese fiction. And they’re usually less expensive than other online used bookstores. Some titles, I only found there and I ended  up making two separate purchases in a span of a week. I’m so glad that there is a Japanese specialty bookstore relatively near me. My brother and I first discovered Kinokuniya in San Francisco and were overjoyed to know that there’s one in the LA area.

Now for the non-Japanese part of my haul:

 

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These are titles that I really REALLY want to read and I feel like they’re better read in hard copy rather than an e-book. I know, it’s crazy but I feel that way. I’m thinking about getting a better copy of The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder because look at it. I mean, it’s that tall mass market paperback that I dislike in mint condition. This one’s battered and definitely has seen better days. But idk… maybe I’m just being too picky. *shrugs*

  • Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (from Barnes & Noble)
  • The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace (from Barnes & Noble)
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (from Target, signed)
  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (from Better World Books)
  • Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman (from Better World Books)
  • The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder (from Better World Books)
  • Prodigy: Graphic Novel by Marie Lu (from Barnes & Noble)
  • Taming the Beast by Emily Maguire (from Better World Books)
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (from Better World Books)
  • Eon by Alison Goodman (from Better World Books)
  • Eona by Alison Goodman (from Better World Books)

I am surprised at the lack of “from Book Outlet” on both lists. Hahaha, I did it! I resisted the temptation. No, really… it’s getting more difficult to place an order there. At least for me. I have a TON of books already and a lot of titles available on Book Outlet don’t interest me much. And whenever there is one that I want, I find myself holding off easier and easier. Yup, even the copy of The Hobbit with the pretty cloth-bound cover wasn’t enough to make me place an order. Plus, there’s the issue of shipping. All these places have free shipping. Book Outlet does not.

So the question now… will I go into a book buying ban? Ehhh… yes and no. Yes, because I’ll definitely try cutting back on buying books in bulk. I’m not really into the literary community as a whole. I just like to read and I don’t care for new releases apart from a handful of select authors. And I can wait. Or get them on e-book. No, because I prefer my Japanese fiction in hardcopy. I try to go to Kinokuniya Bookstore once a week if possible and I think I’m going to go through their whole collection of Japanese fiction translated to English soon enough. LOL! Or if I see a signed copy that I like to own, I might just get it.

(I have a digital copy of Parasite Eve by Hideaki SenaIs this book out of print? Because most of the hard copies I see online are upwards of $70. I would love to get my own copy for the sake of collections.)

So that’s it for my birthday book haul. All of these I paid for with my own monies, haha! May you have a wonderful rest of the year reading and discovering to new books!