July Reading Wrap Up

I had quite a slow reading month to be honest. I’ve been too preoccupied with CampNaNoWriMo to really do much reading. What I did read though I enjoyed for the most part. I was a little disappointed with Very Good Lives, I would not have brought that for the £10 they want for it, thankfully I only spent £5 on it so it wasn’t too bad. I think I was expecting something more from it than what I got so I could only give it three stars.

I am quite proud of myself for finishing my first book on writing. If you are interested in fiction writing then I really recommend Bird by Bird. It educated me about a few things while making me laugh at the same time. It didn’t read like a textbook at all and the chapters were just the right length that I never got bored.

I managed to catch up with all of the manga that has been released for SAO now so you won’t be seeing that again anytime soon and I carried on reading Ouran High School Host Club, I have now completed my collection so I can binge read the rest whenever I want to.

Other than that it has been a very quiet month of writing. Below you can find the titles of the books I read this month and Goodreads links to them.

SAO PB 1

Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet, Vol. 1  by  Reki Kawahara, Illustrated by Koutarou Yamada

SAO Light 1

Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Vol. 1  (Light novel) by Reki Kawahara

Very good Lives

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling 

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Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 13  by Bisco Hatori

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 14 by Bisco Hatori

Bird by Bird

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Host Club 15

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 15  by Bisco Hatori

SAO PB 2

Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet, Vol. 2  by Reki Kawahara, Illustrated by Koutarou Yamada

Until Next Time,

Tori x

I Brought LOADS of Books\Manga! (April & May collective Haul)

Soo I may have been a little excessive in my book buying but when you read manga you get through them really fast! I’ve read most of these books already so I don’t feel too bad about it. My bank account disagrees with me though …

I’m not going to ramble on and on so here are the books I brought in the months of April and May 🙂

April

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Fairy Tail Volumes 5 & 7 by Hiro Mashima

I only brought 5 & 7 because I brought them for my sister. She is collecting them at the minute so I’ll read them eventually.

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Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei 

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Yeah … at least I’ve read all of them 🙂

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 

The Silkworm

I want to continue to collect these to add to my JKR collection. I’ve read Cuckoo’s Calling and really enjoyed it so I’m hoping that I like this one too.

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Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Volumes 4, 5 & 6

I still haven’t read the last two volumes of this yet because I know what is going to happen but I don’t want to go through it again. I will get past it eventually but the pain is still real.

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Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei 

Volumes 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 & 32

I finished the series by getting these and I am debating over doing a blog post talking about this series. I might try one out and if I like it I’ll post it. I have a lot of feelings about this series of books.


Looks like I was better than I thought last month. I thought I brought way more but I stand corrected. I really should start planning these ahead of time before writing them but it is a hard habit to break. I am really pleased with myself actually seeing as I have read almost all of these books. It feels like it at least. Now that I have completed my Shaman King collection I plan to finish another series I began collecting a long time ago. Thankfully I am only missing five books, three of which I have already purchased and are on their way to me.

There are a total of 24 books here! Wow I need to slow it down a pace. As I said now that I have finished my collection I doubt I will be buying as many books in such a small space of time but I can’t tell the future so we’ll have to wait and see.

I am bound to have missed something off but that is all I’m going to leave you with for now.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Until Next Time,

Tori x

March Book Haul

Wow I need to control my book buying! I brought way too much manga this month jeez!

I think I’ll start this off by straying from the usual books and show you some new Pop Funk figures I brought for my shelves as a nice change from all the books and links.

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I brought Sirius when I realised it was an option. Sirius is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters and I own the most memorabilia dedicated to him so buying this was a must.

I brought Vegeta on Tuesday (29th) when I went shopping. I saw him in the window and I couldn’t resist him, he’s so cute!

Okay. Enough about the figures and on to the actual books. I brought a total of fourteen books this month and I’m a little disgusted with myself but I don’t regret it. I’ve actually mostly read all of them too. (I just counted. I’ve read 9 of them.)

These aren’t in any particular order, I can’t be bothered to go look up what order I brought them in.

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Animal Crossing: Wild World Game Guide

I made an impulsive buy a few weeks ago and got the game. I brought this because I remembered that there were patterns that I could make in the game that were in this book. Sad I know.

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Death Note, Black Editions 1, 2 & 3 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator) & Translated by Alexis Kirsch

I feel as if I have talked about this countless times in the past month so I won’t go into the details here. These books each have two editions of the manga in them so technically these are six volumes.

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FullMetal Alchemist 3-in-1 Volume 2 by Hiromu Arakawa 

Another impulse buy but when I saw it in Waterstones I couldn’t resist it. I read the first book in the series last year but didn’t continue reading. Something must have distracted me. I loved the anime though so I want to carry on reading the manga.

Bleach 3-in-1 Volume 1 by Tite Kubo

 

I’ve read this book before but I borrowed it off of a friend and now that I am watching the anime I wanted to re-read it and start collecting the books.

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Blue Exorcist:

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

by Kazue Kato

Yeah. I’ve brought more than this but they haven’t come yet so they’re not included. I’m still loving this manga series and I have almost caught up to the books now. Book 15 comes out in May.

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell 

I don’t actually know what this short story is about but I saw it in the shop and saw that it was only £1 so I picked it up to read when I’m in a bit of a slump.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

I brought this just to add to my collection. I have been told that I can’t read this until I’ve finished reading the Infernal Devices so I need to wait until I’ve done that. It is such a pretty book though that I couldn’t resist it when I saw it…

SAM_1980 (2)Well these are all of the books that I brought in March. I’m sure my neighbours are getting sick of my parcels being delivered to them when I’m at work but what can you do? I am thinking of going on a book buying ban soon so hopefully this month my book haul won’t be as big.

Have you read any of these books? What do you think I should read first?

Until Next Time,

Tori x

March Reading Wrap-Up

 

March was a good reading month for me having read ten books. Most of them (again) being manga but I did manage to read three full length books this month too. Two of which were on my list of books to read in 2016.

These are in order of when I read them.

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Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, Taskeshi Obata (Illustrator) & Translated by Tetsuichiro Miyaki

After watching the anime in the entirety of two days I fell in love with it and needed to read the manga to see if there were any differences. So far it is mostly the same. The only downside is that one of my favourite scenes isn’t in the manga.

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I was a little disappointed with this book. The film being one of my favourite films I was expecting to love the book too but it was only a three stars from me.

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Blue Exorcist, Vol. 6 

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 7

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 8

by Kazue Kato

Running with my theme of last month I’m continuing to read the Blue Exorcist manga and I’m really enjoying it. I only have a few left to read now until I have caught up with the story and books.

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Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 2

Blue Exorcist Spring 2016

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 9

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 10

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 11

Three  books left and I will have finished 🙂

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I’m so glad I gave V.E. Schwab another chance. I loved this book. It wasn’t the best book in the world and there were some nitpicky things that I could talk about but overall it was a really good story. I am looking forward to the recently announced sequel.

SAM_1971Overall it was an easy reading month for me. I’m going to try and start reading more novels and series instead of so much manga but looking at my book haul I don’t think it’ll happen. Especially considering it is CampNaNoWriMo this month so I’ll be busy with that too!

I hope your month was a good one and that you read some great books.

Until Next time,

Tori x

TTT – Ten Books On My Spring TBR

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This week we were given the topic of talking about ten books that are on our reading list for the season of Spring. I must admit I was quite happy with this topic because I just recently decided to follow my 2016 TBR list in order, or close enough but there are a few books I plan to read that are not on that list. Here is my chance to talk about them or at least mention them.

If you’re interested in joining in with us then head on over to Broke and Bookish for the details 🙂

NUMBER 1

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab (CURRENTLY READING)

This book is the next book on my books to read this year so I thought to myself that there was no reason to not read this and I have heard nothing but good things about it. I’m going into this book mostly blind so I don’t really know what to expect.

NUMBER 2, 3, 4 & 5

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Death Note, Black Edition Volume 3 (CURRENTLY READING)

Death Note, Black Edition Volume 4

Death Note, Black Edition Volume 5

Death Note, Black Edition Volume 6

by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator), Pookie Rolf (Translator) & Alexis Kirsch (Translator)

I’m currently reading Volume Two right now (13th) so I might be finished with it by the time this is published so I haven’t included it seeing as it isn’t Spring quite yet. Nevertheless I want to continue collecting these books and finish reading them. I watched the anime last week, week before, and immediately fell in love with it. I don’t know why I haven’t watched it sooner as I’ve known about it for years. I’ve heard that the manga finishes a little differently than the anime so it’ll be interesting to see if that’s true.

NUMBER 6

Battle Royale

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami & Nathan Collins (Translator)

I don’t know if I am going to start this book from the beginning again or just carry on from where my bookmark still is. I remember the film pretty well so I don’t think I’ll be too lost but maybe I should re-watch it before hand just to get my facts right in my head. It has been about a year since I last tried reading it…

NUMBERS 7, 8 & 9

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Blue Exorcist Volume 9

Blue Exorcist Volume 10

Blue Exorcist Volume 11

by Kazue Kato

Still loving this series and I can’t wait to continue reading. I am catching up with the books they have released now so I only have a few more books to collect.

NUMBER 10

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I put this on here because it seems to be a rather light hearted book and I thought I needed at least one book on here that isn’t too action packed. I needed at least one YA book on here after all 🙂


Well that was a nice short list. This year has been all about manga for me so far. I’ve only read a few books and managed to finish one series off. What books I have been reading though are some books that I have been wanting to read for quite a while so I’m pretty happy with that. For example I finally got around to reading Memoirs of a Geisha which has been on my TBR shelf for three years!

Have you read any of these books? Any you think I should get to ASAP?

As always I’d love to see your TTT posts, I’m interested to see what kind of books you’ll be reading this Spring so feel free to link it in the comments.

Until Next Time,

Tori x

February Book Haul

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There were a few books that I brought this month that I had no real intention of getting any time soon however because I went shopping and splurged a little with left over Christmas money I ended up getting them. One book on here was a pre-order that came in the post.

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Blue Exorcist, Volume 1 

Blue Exorcist, Volume 2 

Blue Exorcist, Volume 3 

Blue Exorcist, Volume 4 

Blue Exorcist, Volume 5

By Kazue Kato, Translated by John Werry

So getting the manga out of the way first before getting on to the bigger books. I wanted to read this series because I knew that the anime finished in a completely different way from the manga so I needed to know what the difference was. I picked up the first four books and they’re basically the same but then I got to the fifth book and it is going in a completely different direction and so far I am loving it. The next three are currently on their way to me so I’m not going to include them in this haul but I’ll let you know my thoughts on them at some point.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

Night Study was the book that I pre-ordered some months ago when it first became available to buy. I can’t wait to dive into this book and see how the story progresses. As for the other two books, I am going in to them mostly blind but An Ember in the Ashes has been on my wishlist for a while so when I went book shopping I decided to pick it up in a ‘buy one get one half price’ offer at Waterstones.

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I finished reading Clockwork Angel earlier this month and was planning to dive right into Clockwork Prince but as I was reading it I could feel a reading slump coming and had to put it down and move on to something else.

I brought these two Harry Potter books to complete my collection with those covers. I think they look stunning and I’m so happy that that collection is now complete.


Well those are all the books I brought in February this year. Are there any on here that you think I should read ASAP? Let me know your thoughts 🙂

Until next time,

Tori x

February Reading Wrap-Up and Currently Reading

I mostly read manga this month. I did manage to read some more Cassandra Clare books too though and one short story so I’m pretty happy with how my reading month was.

These are in order of when I read them.

NUMBER 1

The Betrayal Knows My Name Vol 1

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 1 by Hotaru Odagiri

NUMBER 2

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare

NUMBER 3

Rurouni Kenshin Vol 9

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 9 (#25-28) by Nobuhiro Watsuki Translated by Kenichiro Yagi

NUMBER 4

Blue Exorcist Vol 1

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato Translated by John Werry

NUMBER 5

Blue Exorcist Vol 2

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 2 by Kazue Kato Translated by John Werry

NUMBER 6

The Egg

The Egg by Andy Weir

NUMBER 7

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Blue Exorcist, Vol. 3 by Kazue Kato Translated by John Werry

NUMBER 8

Blue Exorcist Vol 4

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 4 by Kazue Kato Translated by John Werry

NUMBER 9

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (TheInfernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

NUMBER 10

Blue Exorcist Vol 5

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 5 by Kazue Kato Translated by John Werry

As I said I mostly read manga but the books I did read were pretty big books.

I recently watched the Blue Exorcist anime and hated how they ended it so I wanted to read the manga and see if it ended any differently. I now know however that the manga series is still ongoing so it can’t have ended the way it did. I am in love with this manga series so I’d expect to see a lot more of this in my coming posts.

Currently Reading

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This book has been on my TBR shelf for three years! I love the film it is my favourite film so I know I am going to love the book but I just haven’t got around to it until now. Hopefully I’ll stick with it and finish it early on in March . I shall be extremely annoyed with myself if I don’t finish it.

What are you currently reading and how did your reading month go? Have you read any of these books?

Until next time,

Tori x