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

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

We’re now over half way through the year so I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on my reading year so far. I know I haven’t been blogging much but I m still very much reading!

Lets get on with it shall we?

Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I have to admit I haven’t read many novels this year focusing mostly on manga but of the few I have read Vicious is the best one so far. I have so many books on my TBR list so I’m not sure if this will stay as my favourite of the year. We’ll have to wait and see.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2015

City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare

I know a lot of people don’t like this book as much as the others but I loved the ending of this book. it really made me want to read the last book in the series (which I did immediately after and loved it).

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab 

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher 

Can you tell I want to read more V.E. Schwab? I think this is turning into an appreciation post for her. This Savage Song sounds amazing and I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year but was disappointed with it but I want to carry on with the series none the less. I brought On The Other Side today so (fingers crossed) I’ll read it really soon. I read the synopsis and it has me really intrigued.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay 

Haikyuu! Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate

I have watched both season 1 & 2 of Haikyuu multiple times and love it with a passion so when I heard that they were translating the manga into English I had to pre-order it ASAP!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Biggest Disappointment

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I love the movie of this and it has been one of my favourites for years, this book has been on my TBR shelf for years. I finally picked it up this year but I found that I found it lacking compared to the film. I think because I love the film so much it has effected the way I view this book. I think I went in with too high expectations and they weren’t met.

Biggest Surprise

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

I am kind of including this with the anime because they’re basically the same thing. I found the anime on Netflix (of course) after hearing about it for years. If you’re into anime then you will know about Death Note but I never got around to watching it. I did and I won’t look back. This was so good!

Favourite New Author (Debut or New to You)

I can’t really answer this as I have no answer. The new authors I’ve read this year just haven’t struck a cord with me unlike last year when at this point I had three new favourite authors. Hopefully I’ll find someone by the end of the year.

Newest Fictional Crush

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Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist) 

Kirito\Kazuto (Sword Art Online)

Simon Lewis (Mortal Instruments)

Newest Favourite Character

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Light Yagami & L (Death Note)

These two kind of go together for me. They have such a complex relationship\friendship that I love watching them together. I can’t really go into it because of spoilers but lets just say I lost some of my love for it when a certain ‘something’ happened.

Book That Made You Cry

Again I have no answer for this. Doing this tag is really making me see how much I miss out when I read mostly manga.

Book That Made You Happy

I have a whole load of books I could talk about here but I think I’ll go with my favourite.

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Shaman King Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei

I had so much fun re-reading this, it brought back so many memories!

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

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The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2

Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

*Whistles*

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity by Ray Bradbury

I’m currently doing a lot of writing but I have only read one book on writing as of this month. I really want to read more about the art of writing and educate myself more.

Who do you tag?

I’m pretty late to this party so I think everyone has already done this in some way. if you haven’t however then I tag you 🙂

Well there we have it, if you stayed to the end of this then I applaud you and thank you. Hope you found this insight into my reading habits interesting and I’ll see you again soon.

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

My To Be Read List 2016

2016 TBR

At the beginning of every year, for the past three years, I have written a list of books I want\need to read in that year. This list is not something I am strict about but it is a goal I want to strive towards and if I manage to read many of the books then great!

It never occurred to me until yesterday that you may be interested in what these books are and how my progress is.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (CURRENTLY READING)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab 

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami & Translated by Nathan Collins

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

House of Night

Now I want to re-read the House of Night series because I remember that I loved it when I was in High School and I couldn’t wait until the next book in the series was released. It has been years since I last tried reading this and I have never finished the series. It’ll be interesting to see if I still like it as much as I did back then.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I started reading this series a few years ago and I was enjoying it and I have even gone and brought more of the books but I only read up to the second book and then stopped. I want to try finishing the series this year.

Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Morganville Vampires

Again when I was in High School I loved this series but I never finished it because it was so long. I own most of the books and I would like to see how the series finished.

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama & Translated by Sheldon Drzka

Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I have crossed this out now because I recently finished reading the series and boy am I glad I did. I think I had so much trouble carrying on with this series because I had read the first three books so many times I know them like the back of my hand. Once I got on to the books I hadn’t read before I fell in love with the series and world again and I ploughed through them. I think City of Lost Souls is now my favourite in the series.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I tried to carry on my pattern after finishing The Mortal Instruments and continue with reading The Infernal Devices but after struggling through the first book I picked up the second but I could feel a reading slump coming on and had to put it down and read something else.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I have slowly been working my way through these books and I am more than half-way but I just haven’t carried on yet. I have no excuse, I even own all the books.


Are any of these books on your list? Any that you think I should get a move on with reading?

I’m hoping to at least finish one of the longer series of books but it won’t be the end of the world if I don’t. I hope you liked this post and,

Until next time,

Tori x