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Weekly Check-in 11/20/2021-11/27/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!! These last couple of weeks for this Weekly check-in have been full of media consumption with Thanksgiving break also counting in here.

Because of that, I watched a couple of movies, two TV shows, and one anime. I also read two manga, two novellas, and two novels. Onto the Media!!!

Movie

All Nighter

This is a movie that I blindly watched with my dad and it was a crazy adventure of a movie. Trigger warnings for intense cursing, being stoned and drunk, and absent parent and relationship breakups. I liked the main character dynamic, some of the jokes didn’t land for me but I was thoroughly entertained overall. I also liked that the breakup was honest and true. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi  🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

Princess Bride

Watching this again this time with my parents and being an adult watching it, I can see why it is such a classic but at the same time, why not everyone likes it. The plot is simple, it has hilarious points, and there’s romance galore. For me its fine and my parents enjoyed it as well. It also stands the test of time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

I had to update the one piece title because of the part of the arc I am in

These last two weeks, I just binged one piece anytime I didn’t want to read and whoa I went on an emotional roller-coaster. Yet it was amazing. I can definitely see now why everyone loves it so much. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Swap Shop

This is a new show my parents and I started watching and Netflix says it right when they say this is a combination of Pawn Stars and American Pickers. I enjoyed the variety of different people and items that were being shown and how with different episodes there were different buyers. My only issue was that I wish there was more variety and less morbidness at the start. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Wheel of Time

My dad and I started watching this series this week and so far my dad says “Its better than Shadow and Bone.” Which I have to agree with him as a person who hasn’t read either series, the wheel of time series is more interesting in magic etc. However, both series are valid. I am curious to see how this series continues on. Because of these points, I have to give this series a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Living Room Matsunaga-san

This is a manga series that I have put off for a while because I thought it would not be worth the hype. However, for me personally, I have to say the hype is real. The dynamic between the main characters is very hilarious yet endearing at the same time. I also loved how the boarding house situation was mostly adults and the younger student learns more about being an adult rather than the adults acting like children. Also, as a side note, Matsunaga-san is hot but again personal opinion. Overall, though, I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

My Darling Next Door

This series is more of a serious age gap friend/romance relationship. Its one of those that can be funny but most of the time at least right now there are a lot more misunderstandings between the two main characters than anything else. I like the dynamics and the artstyle as well as I am curious to continue more. However, I can definitely see why people wouldn’t like this series because of all the misunderstandings. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Fearless

This is a novella that is definitely one that if you need to have music as well as a wintery romance. It also talks about coming out later in life and the consequences that could bring as well. I thought it was an especially cute story, however, I feel that there was not enough flushed out aftereffects of the relationship. Because of these points, I have to give this novella a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Pumpkin Spiced Love

This is definitely a nice fall novella for this season. This also is a baker romance so I would recommend eating before reading. I also have to say its perfect to me anyway on the amount of smut presented not too much and not too little. Overall though, if you’re looking for something fun and quick I would definitely recommend it for this fall. Because of these points, I have to give this novella a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Write Before Christmas

This is one of those novels to me that combines the fans of Spoiler Alert and any of the baking romances out there. It has the small town hallmarkeqsue Christmas traditions, an older more closed down romance, and a ton of writer insights such as word count, what happens to the author once they sell the movie rights to their book, etc. With that aspect, I really enjoyed what it brought to the table. I also appreciated that it shows a leading lady creating her own second chance after divorcing her first husband of 20something years controlling their life and that she didn’t submit to the second love right away either. The only thing that I was not a fan of for this particular book is that some of the technology/ influencer careers on social media could date the book later. Overall though, this book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

A Match Made for Thanksgiving

I knew that before the Thanksgiving break was over, I had to read this book. However, it was definitely not what I was expecting. It takes place during Canadian Thanksgiving. Hilarious, Sexy, and tons of food references!! I would highly recommend it to someone who just needs a sweet familial romance this holiday season. I am also thinking this will be a series I read a book every holiday to brighten them up. Overall, this was a ton of fun and I highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

Ill be honest here,The week ahead may be very different but in a good way πŸ™‚. We will just have to see though. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Holiday Reads and Treats Princessreadsalot Presents!

The holidays are coming, and I’ve read some delightful treats. Looking for something sweet or savory? I love our holiday recommendations, and I think you will too. So, hang your stockings, turn on your twinkling lights, and pick up a treat. These books are sure to warm your heart! 

And, when you’re done reading, don’t forget to head over to https://nessaslair.com/ to drool over the recipes for our treats!

  1. Very Merry Murder Club paired with poisoned *cough* Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Folks, this is the best holiday short story collection I have read. There are 13 middle-grade murder mysteries set in December by Serena Patel (Editor), Robin Stevens, Abiola Bello, Annabelle Sami, Benjamin Dean, E. L. Norry, Elle McNicoll, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Nizrana Farook, Patrice Lawrence, Dominique Valente, Roopa Farooki, and Sharna Jackson. After listening to the audiobook, I bought the gorgeous hardback edition, and you will probably want to do the same! And, watch out for the poisoned chocolate!

2. Blame it on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod paired with a Merry M&Ms Milkshake

Blame it on the Mistletoe is a fun teen book with a similar premise to the movie The Holiday. In the book, Elle is a social media star. She’s determined to shake up her content and gain new followers. She’s on a mission: can she find a British fan to swap with for Christmas? Holly loves everything about Christmas. But after a mortifying mistletoe disaster with her ex, her perfect plans unravel like a bad Christmas sweater. Can Holly save the holidays when she switches places with favorite social media influencer? Elle gets more than she bargained for when she meets the cute boy from across the street. And Holly wasn’t expecting Elle to have a handsome twin brother. This holiday is full of surprises and extra sweet with a Merry M&Ms Milkshake!

3. The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo paired with Deep Fried Marshmallows

In The Holiday Switch Lila Castro grew up in Holly, New York which is the setting of a famous holiday love story and movie. She writes anonymously for a blog reviewing holiday books. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and Lila’s earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss’s cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they’ve been hiding things from each other. Teddy joins Lila to take on her last winter break of high school and enjoy all of the unique festivities her town is known for, like Deep Fried Marshmallows! Yum!

4.Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury paired with Candied Spiced Nuts

Every December from elementary school through middle school, I went and saw The Nutcracker ballet. Winterdream follows the story pretty closely with just a little more love, war, and magic. If you love The Nutcracker or want to make it part of your holiday traditions, crack some nuts and pick up this retelling. 

5. All I Want for Christmas is the Girl Next Door by Chelsea Bobulski paired with Star-Shaped Sugar Cookies

All I Want for Christmas is the Girl Next Door is the only book on our list told completely from a male point of view, which makes it a rarity (or rare for me) in holiday books. Graham Wallace has been in love with the girl next door for a decade. Unfortunately, she’s been dating his best friend for the past two years. Out of sheer desperation, Graham makes a wish on a shooting starβ€”all he wants for Christmas is Sarah Clarke. When Graham wakes up the next morning, everything has changed, and he’s the one who’s been dating Sarah for the past two years, not his best friend. Graham assumes the wish would have only come true if he and Sarah were meant to be together, but as it becomes clear that he and Sarah bring out the worst in each other, not the best, and as he starts to fall for the new girl in town, Graham wonders if some wishes come true in order to show us what’s not meant to be. There are pieces of the plot that I was definitely not expecting, so grab some sugar cookies and enjoy (but be careful with your wishes)!

6. I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt paired with a Gingerbread House

Are you hiring a babysitter this December? Know of a sweet teen that takes care of little kids? I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas would be a really sweet gift – a gift I would have loved when I was in high school. Noelle Partridge is known for three things: being the best ballet dancer, babysitter, and person with the most Christmas spirit in her small town. But lately she’s bored by the lessons at her dance school, and her friends and father are more bah humbug than Hallmark movie marathon. So when her favorite babysitting clients ask her to accompany them on a ski trip over winter break, she packs her bags for the slopes. It helps that they’re offering double her rateβ€”she’ll need the money for Beacon, an elite ballet academy that’s granted her an audition. Noelle is ready for fun, until Wyatt, the older half-brother of her babysitting charges, decides to surprise his family for the holiday. He’s one of the best dancers at Beacon, and makes Noelle’s head spin faster than pirouettes. Unfortunately, she also manages to step on his toesβ€”spoiling his surprise and complicating his secret plans. After a few missteps, Noelle and Wyatt begin to thaw toward each other and bond over the big decisions looming in each of their lives. With enough Christmas magic, Noelle might just start the New Year with lots of babysitting cash in her pocket and a chance with the pas de deux partner of her dreams. At one point Noelle and Wyatt build a gingerbread house together, but my attempt at it looks like the younger kids did it.

7. If the Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell paired with a Holiday Jell-O Salad

I love Rainbow Rowell, and when I learned of this short story, I pushed our blog publishing date back a little more. I had to include If the Fates Allow. In this novella, social distancing comes easily to Reagan. She’s always liked people better from afar. But Reagan doesn’t want her grandpa to be alone for Christmas this yearβ€”he’s already spent too much time on his own in 2020. So she heads back to her hometown with a dish of holiday Jell-O salad, hoping they can have a little normalcy. She isn’t expecting to run into the boy next door and drop her Jell-O! Mason is all grown up now. He’s considerate. He’s funny. He doesn’t mind how prickly Reagan isβ€”he maybe even likes it. And it makes Reagan feel like her defenses are falling. Pack up you holiday Jell-O.. ( But don’t drop it! We included a picture of a failed Jell-O attempt, but you can enjoy the good one over at Nessa’s blog) And, enjoy this sweet story.

What are you going to read this holiday season? Are you a murder mystery fiend or a New Year’s Eve romance reader? Are you going to enjoy something sweet or savory? From all of us, we wish you a happy reading, a lovely holiday season, and a delightful New Year. 

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Weekly Check-in 11/06/2021-11/13/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! These last couple of weeks, I have gone slacking when it comes to my media consumption.

However, somehow I was able to watch one anime, one tv show,and one movie. I also was able to read two manga and two novels. Onto the media!

Movie

Bottom of the Ninth

This movie was very interesting in the fact that it shows how much a major mistake can impact your life sometimes for the better but most of the time it shows how much the consequences of that mistake can be. It was more profound and painful than I thought it would be to watch but the actors were amazing. I wished that also that there was a more satisfying ending. Overall though, if you like watching profound movies with baseball, this is definitely one to put on the list. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

So this story arc, was definitely a more spooky one with the undead and shadow play, but I have to say this particular arc was awful in the Villian department with the fat people being the bad guys plus the cruelty of the undead. I am also enjoying the feminist aspect of the next arc as well but I want my fave characters back (I like Luffy and the new characters buttt I want the other straw hats too!!) Overall though, I am enjoying this show still and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Carnival Row

I wanted so much to love this show. The world and the characters are really awesome and unique. There was also a variety of mystery and drama as well as political intrigue. The only issue that I truly had with it was that I didn’t quite understand what the point of the plot was and was confused throughout. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

The Writer and the Housekeeper

This is a manga series where I love the relationship because of its honesty and smutty moments. The care that the writer takes is just so sweet. I think my only issue is that the women misunderstood a little too much plus I wanted it to be longer. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣

LDK

There was so much angst in this manga with an interloper etc. I can see why there are people who drop this series after this volume because it just turns the relationship dynamic differently than expected. Overall though I’m still curious about it so because of that I have to give this volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Created for Christmas

This is a book that has been on my list for about 5 years now and I think I was worried about how it was going to be whether it be too silly or too stereotypical etc. But, with an upcoming project I am doing with a couple of my dear friends, I decided to give it a shot. This is a story that has a ton of family Christmas traditions, nerdy superhero references, and of course some robot romance (as well as other romance). There is also a small little mystery that is involved but frankly its not really as big of a deal as the romance. It has a nerdy soft man character and a robot who is also a soft man with a lesson on how it is better to have companionship with people that appreciate who you are rather than who you create.  Overall, I loved reading this and it was definitely perfect for the start of the holiday season. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Well Matched

So of course this week, since I was having an intense work week, I needed something a familiar, yet at the same time new so I picked up Well Matched. I think this one and Well Met are pretty close for being my favorites in the series (I love Stacey as a person in Well Played but I think she didn’t get a flushed out relationship) Anyhow, back to Well Matched, for me personally I felt that I could most relate to April in her anxiety when it came to building a new relationship after the trauma of her previous one and making friends. I also love that we got to learn more about both lead characters and that it had depth with more than one facet of the stories. There’s also some moments where there was a lovely discussion about empty nesting/not having kids at all and it isn’t a bad thing which is not something usual in romances. Overall though, I wish I could just stay in this world and relive it over and over again (which I may during every ren faire season who knows) because of these points, I have to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week/two weeks ahead probably will be catching up on some upcoming blog projects and just picking up what I think is easy and fun. What about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 10/23/2021-10/30/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check in time with two weeks worth of media consumption.

Because of this, I watched two movies and two anime. I also read two manga and two novellas. It is also the Halloween season so there is also some spookiness too. Onto the media!

Movie

Frozen Ground

This is based on a true story and trigger warnings for violence, rape, nudity, and bigotry. This is a movie that I just was watching with my dad not really watching until something awful happened and I was entranced (just to find out if it ended happily or not). Unfortunately, it was a mixed bag but overall the emotion in this movie was well done. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission

First I will let you know that you need to watch the series up to date before you watch this movie. I liked what the movie brought to the table especially with the new character. It also brought more depth than the previous season. However, I feel like this movie didn’t really answer any questions that the series left for me and added more questions for me for the future of the series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

These last two weeks, I watched a very intense story arc of One Piece discussing friendships and relationships as well as moving forward with the world-building. I think my only issue is all of the filler episodes that had the characters in a chibi form were not very good. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

My Hero Academia

Well I am a little annoyed haha! Not because of the characters oh no, I just felt like the plot just ended up being too disjointed/not making much sense. I hope the movie is better but I am still invested in the series. Because of these points, I have to give this ending of my hero academia a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

Manga

Series Starters

We Must Never Fall in Love

This manga series is if you are not interested in a stepbrother stepsister romance this isn’t for you. Otherwise though, I truly enjoyed the humor and character dynamics between the main characters along with the side characters. Overall though, I am curious what’s going to happen next and love the artstyle. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

My Dress-up Darling

This manga series is something that not everyone is going to like because of the nudity at points but with the relationship/friendship between the two main characters is so adorable and it shows that their relationship is going to progress for awhile (in a good way). However, I think this is a series that I will need to be in the mood for in order to continue on and not binge it constantly. Because of these points, I have to give this manga volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Crazy,Sexy, Ghoulish

This novella is not something that I expected to read this week. Its not smutty, (or if it is it is closed door just for your information). It’s packed full of horror references (either fictional or realistic) that for someone who might be squeamish to those sort of things might want to stay away from but for me, it was the right amount for this Halloween season. This is also a bully redemption story with the bully falling in love with the person they bullied and I really enjoyed how they handled both of the characters’ feelings for a novella. However, I think there were too many added events that made it longer than it needed to be (of course again that’s personal preference. Overall though, I would recommend this novella if you need a spooky romance. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Ghosted

This novella is not what I expected but, it was still a fun time. This talks about two lawyers that used to work together and fall in love, and then they ghosted each other for six months and reconnect over some candy and a case. Overall its a cute story and everything wrapped up nicely however, I wasn’t really invested in the story and didn’t mind finishing it at a later time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, will sort of be like this one except I hope with more variety. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week?? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 10/16/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!! This week was one with playing catch up on a few things.

But I did manage to watch one anime and read two volumes of manga and a novel. Onto the Media!

Anime

One Piece

This week I went down a One Piece rabbit hole,  with this group of episodes focusing on Nico Robin, Franky, and Sanji. On a personal side note, my mom caught a few episodes while I had it on the TV and she isn’t a fantasy person by any means, I caught her asking a few questions about the series and I was really happy that she asked. Overall though, its getting to be very interesting and I am curious how it continues on. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

I always love reading this series because of how the relationship dynamic is and this volume truly ups the ante as far as the chemistry and the character development however I feel like I needed more development between the two characters and more side characters because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Those Not So Sweet Boys

I am not sure if I didn’t read this volume sooner because of the hype or because I didn’t want to wait for the release date of the volume after this I am not sure. However, this volume was definitely worth the wait. I know a lot of people say this but it reminds me a bunch of Waiting for Spring but with a smaller cast and more female friendships. I loved that there was more female friendships and also the family dynamic was adorable too. I am curious what the next volume holds although I am sure there will be a love triangle based on the ending (so if you’re not a fan of those probably stay away). Overall though, I love reading this volume and if you need something to swoon over, this series can work for you. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

By Any Other Name

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book was not something I was expecting to love as much as I did. It is a romance, however, I would say it is also a women’s fiction because its more about the heroine’s journey/adult life. I loved the imagery, the profound quotes and family/friendships. However, I felt there were moments that made the book go faster yet slow at the same time. Also I thought it was going to be predictable but it turned out not to be but thats more because of the journey. The ending was also very unsatisfying for me personally because I don’t really understand other than them being in love, what will happen to their careers next (will she depend on him and not edit anymore or vice versa). I’m just particular so I understand why it’s not but at the same time I don’t. There’s also some negative discussion about marriage and kids throughout the book so if that doesn’t work for you, don’t read this. Overall though, it was a cute story and I would recommend it if you need something cute yet profound at points. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣. This comes in Mar 2022 so check it out if you’re interested.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be focusing on some items that I wasn’t able to accomplish this week. I also have an announcement. This past week, I did some updates on a Kofi account which will allow anyone who supports me an opportunity to request a blog post or Instagram post from me. I will post it on my respective platform plus Kofi. If you are interested in that please support (every little bit counts) but no pressure at all. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 10/09/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! I did an experiment this week on my media consumption and it was using spinner wheels to figure out randomly what to read or watch.

I saw these a lot on YouTube and I thought this would be easier than doing a number generator and it was really fun to try.

Because of this experience and work, I was only able to consume one of each with one movie, one anime, one manga and one book. Onto the media!

Movie

Love’s Kitchen

With this movie, it has fantastic characters and hilarious lines, however, the plot was way too choppy and confusing with many plot holes. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

Kono oto Tomare! Sounds of Life

This is an anime that I originally found about through the Dub Talk podcast and I am so glad I found it. It gave me a mix of Chihayafuru with Your Lie in April  sprinkled in. I always enjoy learning about some Japanese culture and of course with traditional music being sprinkled in was an amazing added bonus. I love the character dynamics with there being antagonists that are understandable but at the same time, solved themselves in a fantastic way. I also enjoyed both the friendships and the relationship aspect because they are so strong. I also loved the animation and score as well. I also need a season 3 because it ended so abruptly!!!!! I need more!!! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

If Witch, then Witch

So this manga is definitely one that I would read during this Halloween season. This gives me So cute it hurts vibes mixed with Chibi Vampire and Familiar Zero (without the fanservice thank goodness) This series is also perfect for teens as well. It is an adorable friendship relationship story and I am really excited to see what happens next. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

It Sounded Better in My Head

I can definitely see why this book was nominated for an award.Β  This is a book that talks about acne pcos in a teen (polycystic ovarian syndrome if you’re not sure about the acronym), introverted people who have never been to a party before, an eighteen year old navigating their parent’s divorce, a first relationship, and dealing with friendships that have become their essential family. I have no words to how this book made me feel it made me feel seen it made me wonder if I read this at the age how much this leading character would have helped me. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. I recommend this for upper high schoolers for sure.

The Week Ahead

I have to say, this experience with the spinner wheels was very successful. I was able to find some media that has been on my list for forever and finally got to it! So one thing I do want to do is use the spinner wheel plus mood read +watch and I think that will help me get my backlog down. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Also do you like doing experiments/games to try and get your backlog down? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 9/25/2021-10/02/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Well two weeks and it was two weeks of exhausting work

Somehow though, during this time, I managed to watch two anime and a TV show. I also read one manga and two novels. Onto the media!

Anime

One Piece

So this week, One piece’s arc was very emotional when it comes to their character dynamics. Unfortunately though, I accidently skipped two episodes and now don’t know whats going on but I’ll go back and figure it out but overall I am still finding it interesting and fun. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Seven Deadly Sins Dragon’s Judgement

I will be honest I wasn’t very sure how the ending of this series was going to go. But I was very intrigued that it was as fascinating, romantic, and sad all at once. Overall I enjoyed this and appreciated the ending of the series. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Love on the Spectrum

This is a show that definitely is something I think everyone should watch even if you are not on the Autism Spectrum and here is why:

First, it is a show that shows a ton of social etiquette lessons not just with dating but with friendships in general.

Second, in this particular season there was a lot of other relationships other than heterosexuality which was personally fascinating.

Lastly, I appreciated all of the successful start of relationships that everyone has because last season had a lot more duds unfortunately. Overall, I loved it very much. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Manly Appetites

This is a manga series I keep seeing all over Instagram and Youtube and I enjoyed my read but at the same time, I was a tad underwhelmed (perhaps it was too hyped for me) and here’s why.

First, there are a ton of triggers for fat phobic tendencies and dieting discussion but it kind of seems like it is just added for dramatic effect (I know it seems like I say that a lot but it happens).  Second, the plot just seems all over the place like a 4koma comic and it was interesting but at the same time difficult to navigate as well. 

But! Overall, I think its a very fun story especially for someone who wants to try an adult male love romance especially since there is not any explicit scenes. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The Ex Hex

This was a novel that is definitely one that is perfect for the start of the fall season plus fantastic for people who love adult romance and witches. I was in a reading slump and this book definitely helped me get out of it. I did however have some issues though. First, to me there were some moments that the book was trying too hard to be funny especially when it came to the leading guy. Finally, the other aspect was that there was a lot more smutty moments than I expected and they seemed to be in there too many unnecessary times in my opinion. But overall I truly enjoyed my time with this book and I recommend it for a little witchy fun. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

The Forbidden Man

This book is something that won’t be for everyone, however it was something that I think I will be remembering this book for a long time. It has an unexpected age gap along with some wonderful sex scenes and emotions with a fantastic romantic experience. Trigger warnings for emotional abuse, miscarriage, age gap romance with a ton of sex (that was delightful but might be too much for some people). Overall, I enjoyed it but its not for the faint of heart. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I will be honest I am using spinner wheels to figure out what I want to read or watch and so I am excited to try that because of the randomness of it all but also pick something that has been on my list for a long time. What about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it.

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Read S’more: Princessreadsalot Presents!

We love s’mores- ooey, gooey, sugary goodness! And, Autumn is the time these delights usually show in stores. This fall we’ve paired delicious s’mores (the perfect autumn treat!) with books that we love.Β 

If you have followed the Princessreadsalot Presents recommendations, you’ll know we like to include a variety of books for teens. The list below is PG-13 (in the publishing world- YA). And, when you’re done reading, don’t forget to head over to https://nessaslair.com/ to drool over the recipes for our s’mores!

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe and a Donut S’more

In The Girls I’ve Been, Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protΓ©gΓ©. But when her mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape. For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris. Then, the morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. Nora is late because she stopped to get donuts. Which makes her nightmare go from awkward to deadly, because right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it. This was one of my favorite thrillers of 2021, so get your donut s’more ready because you’re going to need the sugar while you binge the book.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and a Sugar Skull S’more

In Cemetery Boys, Yadriel’s traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender. He becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.Β  No spoilers, but I could not have predicted the ending. The rising action and climax takes place as Yadriel’s family prepares for DΓ­a de Muertos. So prep your sugar skulls (or buy the marshmallows like I did) while you enjoy this fantastic book.Β 

Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn andΒ a Caramel Apple S’more

This sweet story starts at the end of a summer -spanning Fall and Winter- but it was too beautiful to not include. Raised by conservative parents, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey just found out her entire childhood was a lie. Instead of taking a gap year before college to find herself, she ends up traveling north to meet what’s left of the family she never knew existed. While there, she meets Micah Allen, a former pastor’s kid whose dad ended up in prison, leaving Micah with his own complicated relationship with the church. As Meg and Micah grow closer, they are confronted with the heavy flutterings of first love and all the complications it brings. Together, they must navigate the sometimes-painful process of cutting ties with childhood beliefs as they build toward something truer and straight from the heart. I love this book so much, and I hardly saw any hype for it. So if this summary sounds good to you, get some apples, and go binge this fantastic book! 

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and a ChocoPie

Mooncakes is a perfect witch-y graphic novel for the Fall. Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery. You can make yourself a mooncake or a whoopie pie s’more, but we think that choco pies are a perfect fit for this sweet, graphic novel.

 Your Guide How To Not Get Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson and Jay Cooper and an Earl Grey S’more

Need something to make you laugh out loud? Do you love British detective shows? Your Guide How To Not Get Murdered in a Quaint English Village is the perfect read for you. As you read this book, you’ll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages’ bucolic faΓ§ades. In the England of murder mysteries and TV detectives, no destination is deadlier than a quaint country village, and you never know you’re in a murder village until it’s too late. No attraction or local character is safe–whether in the pub for a pint, or on the manicured grounds of the local estate for a shooting party, bodies can turn up anywhere! Danger lurks around every cobblestone corner. If you are foolish enough to make the trip, at least be prepared. This incredibly humorous book will convince you to never drink the tea offered to you in a quaint English village, and so you should definitely make your own Earl Grey S’more as someone else will surely try to poison you. 

Sushirainbow’s Bonus S’more Time

New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind and a Beignet S’more

Sushirainbow here! I had to add this book to this list because of the relationship between the male and female main characters and because of how real it was; there’s a magician family, and it takes place in New Orleans. Because of the setting and the first scene with the leading lady Beatrice tasting a beignet for the first time in a market, you should definitely eat this beignet s’more while reading this. Trigger warnings for violence, parental grief, drowning, scars both physically for the hero and mentally for the heroine, also more for older teens just fyi.Β 

Do you want to read s’more? Yes, so do we. Have a happy autumn and let us know if you love the books we recommend! 

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Weekly Check-in 09/18/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! This week had some craziness.

However, I did manage to watch three movies, one anime, and one tv show. I also read two volumes of manga and two novellas. Onto the Media!

Movie

G.I. Jane

This is definitely a movie that if you wanted to know what it was like for women in the military this would help. It also shows how much women go through to be accepted in male-dominated careers like politics as well. I am not sure that everything involved with the training is the same now as it was back then, however, I think this movie paints a fantastic beginning picture. Overall though, this movie does have some flaws with its age but it still was eye-opening. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Ghostbusters

This movie is a movie my boyfriend was so surprised that I hadn’t watched sooner. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how it was going to age, if it was going to be too guy centered, or if I would have found it overall lame. Actually though, I really enjoyed this. It has the right amount of campiness, it has some annoying guy stuff but it wasn’t as annoying as I was expecting, and there was a ton of fantastic interesting stuff when it comes to the actual ghost/alien hunting etc. Overall, I had a lot of fun with this movie and I am curious to see more. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manchester by the Sea

This was a movie that has a very deceptive cover with every possible trigger warning in the book. I think it was interesting to learn about how certain procedures work for situations such as maintaining a boat or funeral arrangements etc. Plus the actors were fantastic too. But other than that, it was very sad and heartbreaking with some stupid moments. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Dresden Files

This show is definitely a very interesting show. It gives me the combination of Psych and Supernatural vibes with some crimes that occur with a humorous character and cop dynamic but there is also a ton of different kinds of supernatural mythical creatures that I have heard but also haven’t at the same time. This also definitely is fantastic for the start of the fall season. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement

WHAAAA What the heck just happened???? That was essentially how I felt after I finished the first half of my watch of the latest season of Seven Deadly Sins. I liked the twists and turns that were presented and the romantic moments were very pretty. However I am ready for the second half to get the aftereffects and the finality of the series. Because of these points, I have to give this season of this series a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

My Darling Next Door

This is the age gap romance manga I didn’t know I needed!!!! This manga first volume makes it more serious than the more typical age gaps and it keeps in mind a more mature relationship and more domestic life and hang out relationship rather than just silly situations that involve misunderstandings. I think my only issue with it though is the guy seems a little like an airhead at times but otherwise I love this!! Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Yakuza Lover

This manga volume felt so much like a filler volume (like it was essentially mostly smut) but also it shows how much of the mafia/yakuza environment that will be in the story and guys if you do not like mafia/dark romance in your stories please do not read this! I like it in small doses and because of that I am still going to continue this series. There is also more emotion than what I was expecting. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3-3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

First Down

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Victory Editing for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This is definitely a novella for you if you’re looking for a story that has a second chance as well as a sport romance combined. Unfortunately though there are some discussions that may not be for everyone such as absent parents, religious prejudice, and celebrity drama that seems to be glossed over or just added for dramatic effect. I think for me, I would have rather have had only two conflicts than just six. But overall, I enjoyed the story and appreciated it as a decent novella. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Bad English

This was an adorable novella with some fantastic smut but also profound words at the same time. The characters are adorable and have some fantastic development throughout the novella as well. I think my only issue with it was that there wasn’t a lot of conflict. Overall though, I loved it and am excited to see what this author does next. Because of these points, I have to give this novella a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I am thinking of watching some more anime this week because I feel like I have been slumping in that area. We will see though. How about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 09/11/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time! This week was a lot of go go go with a couple of mini trips and hanging with the boyfriend more than usual.

Because of that, my media consumption was very low this week with watching two TV shows and reading one novella along with one volume of manga. Onto the media!!

TV Show

Somebody Feed Phil

So this show was a recommendation from my boyfriend’s cousin and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed what I watched. I loved how even though the person who is hosting this show is pretty famous, he picked places around the world that may not have been famous with some experts on the places he visited. For example, I watched an episode with Singapore and he explored the Food Markets. That was truly a fascinating experience to see. I think my only issue with this show, is that some of the jokes with me didn’t land or just felt like they were just added because of how the person is famous but other than that, I truly enjoyed my time watching it. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Body of Proof

This show is still really fun to watch all things considered. I think because there is a balance of humor with the seriousness of solving a crime similar to Bones except there’s more characters and less about the romantic tension (although it is there believe me). The only issue I have now is that they are trying to make it  have more parallels with the daughter (I think to appeal to the younger generation) plus there are some more romantic interests that they are trying too hard making a thing. Because of these points, I have to give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Talk Wordy to Me

I’ll be honest, this novella is not going to be for everyone but I enjoyed it. It is definitely a story if you need some smut but also a semi flushed out story as well. However, there’s a lot of moments of suspending disbelief and I got annoyed towards the end of the stereotypical tropes that were too predictable but overall its like a small piece of candy. Delicious but a bit forgettable along with something you can pick up and put down and not forget anything. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Manga

Series Finale

Still Sick

This is a conclusion that was fulfilling but also not at the same time. I feel like the equality of the two characters was a bit skewed in perspective and it was the character that I wasn’t a big fan of. I do like though the emotions that were presented but I don’t think this series is for everyone. Overall though, I really enjoyed the art and the character dynamics but again this is one I don’t recommend to everyone. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I am thinking that at least at the moment, focusing on at least one item at a time for the week. But we will see what happens. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 08/28/2021-09/04/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Well work is still being nuts currently so I have honestly been in a media consumption slump.

However, somehow I was able to consume a little these past two weeks. I watched two TV shows and I read five manga and novels. Onto the Media!

TV Show

The Border

I will be honest, this show has gone downhill for me personally. Its too angsty in the romance side of things making the subplots be dumb and there is too many weird twisty squat that annoys me to no end. Perhaps this is why it was cancelled when it was. Because of these points, I have to give this show now a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Body of Proof

This show is really fun to watch all things considered. I think because there is a balance of humor with the seriousness of solving a crime similar to Bones except there’s more characters and less about the romantic tension (although it is there believe me). The only issue I have is that sometimes Dana Delany’s character can be a bit whiny at points and demand everything despite the circumstances and it screams little rich girl. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

My Boy in Blue

I’ll be honest, lately I have been in a reading slump. However, this definitely helped. Its a respectful age gap romance with a police man and a high school girl. I was worried how this was going to go but I enjoyed how they incorporated the parents that it was goofy enough to be comedic but there were some valid points too. I think my only issue was that the end seemed too fast in the relationship??? Probably just me though. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Heroine for Hire

If you are someone who reads a ton of manga, when you read a title like Heroine for Hire, it could go quite a few different ways. In this instance though, I really like the direction that this first volume presented setting up what exactly the relationship with the leading characters is going to be with a tough unpopular leading lady and a feminine popular guy needing some protection from other girls. I like how the friendship is building and their dynamic is one to watch if you’re looking for a slow burn romance. I also love the artstyle very much. I think my only issue with it right now is there needs to be a more cohesive plot going on, the chapters feel a tad more episodic than I expected except for the last two of the volume flowing together. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a solid 4 out of 5 stars🍣🍣🍣🍣 definitely continuing it.

Series Continuations

Sweat and Soap

This is definitely one of those series that I end up reading when I have a slump because it has quite a realistic relationship with a lot of conflicts that I could relate to and understand. My only issue with this particular volume was that there were a couple of moments that both characters irritated me a bit with the fact that they were tip-toeing around each other when they have known each other for awhile. Of course though, that is just me being nitpicky. Overall though, I am still loving this series and I am excited to continue on to the end. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Say It Out Loud

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for the opportunity to read and review this book

Ahh this book! I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel with this book because of my career as a speech teacher but also because of the fluency/stuttering representation. Thankfully, the fluency/stuttering representation was #ownvoices which means that the author could directly relate to the main character. That definitely helped me to like this book more. The themes with this book also are perfect for someone starting out in middle school with friendships and how to spread kindness towards others and how the littlest of things make a difference. Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to any middle grade classroom. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Year We Fell Down

This is an author I have had my eye on for awhile, thankfully, this was an excellent start to my journey with them. Warning for emotional cheating, discrimination against people with disabilities and of course underage drinking. The relationship journey that these characters went on from friendship to relationship was amazing. However, I think this was a story that needed a more healthy equality of perspective of the love interests. This is because, it felt like there wasn’t enough emotions in his perspective than hers and the perspective we did get, felt like it was only put in for dramatic effect/an afterthought. Her perspective though, I could feel her character come to life plus presenting problems for young people with physical disabilities at a college setting was amazing. I also appreciated the fact that she expanded her friend group with unique college activities that were fun to learn about (plus loved all of the hockey references) . Overall though, I enjoyed the story for what it was and will definitely be reading more from this author. Because of these points, I have to give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be a bit different because with the long weekend and short work week things could be different but also fun too. We shall see what happens. How about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 08/21/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with a ton of outside work happening that exhausted me almost everyday.

Man work although I love it very much its very different this year for me personally.

Because of that, this week I didn’t consume a ton of media but I ended up watching one movie, listening to two podcasts, and reading one manga volume. Onto the media!

Movie

Warm Springs

This is a movie that my dad and I have had on our lists for a bit and it was an interesting aspect to the FDR biographical life. It shows a lot about how FDR was acting before he acquired polio and after but before his political career took off. It makes his character a more human character which was interesting but it also gave the relationship of him and Eleanor more complicated than I expected. I thought there would also be more of their interactions too but, sadly its very little. I did like though that Eleanor’s intelligence was more shone in this movie because most of her depictions I’ve seen make her seem like an airhead when she wasn’t.

All of that aside, this movie’s main topic is on one of the first rehabilitation centers that was created in the United States with polio. As far as that’s concerned, it was truly fascinating to see how the creation of a rehabilitation center works and how FDR being a mini celebrity helped it grow so quickly and thrive even today it still exists. It was also amazing to see the camraderie between all of the patients at the center with FDR and without in a more positive manner than expected (of course I am sure there were lows to it too but we didn’t get any view of that). But I am glad that there was a variety of people and some character growth throughout.

Overall, I appreciate this movie for what it is but it’s not my favorite of all time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. Highly recommend.

Podcasts

Dub Talk

This week I decided to listen to my favorite anime podcast listening to their opinion on some classic and new favorite animes for me and it was so much fun to listen to them again with their perspectives and jokes they’re just awesome and informative as ever. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Smart Women Read Romance

And of course this week i had to listen to my favorite romance book podcast as well and the books that I listened to to find out more about.. they are definitely ones that I am glad to know exist because of them. This podcast talks about well known stories but they also dig deep into author’s backlists and other people’s recommendations to find some fantastic gems. They also do breakdowns of the books so if you don’t mind spoilers I would recommend listening all the way through but if you do there is a nonspoilery section also. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Our Teachers are Dating!

I have had heard fantastic things about this manga and hmmm

This is definitely a series once I finish with Sweat and Soap that I will definitely pick up when I am looking for an adorable cute series that have some very nice romantic moments. This is a 13+ aged series which as far as being non cursing and not any naughty jokes and a sweet romance I would highly recommend, However, I would say if you are someone who caters to 13 year old children and are not a fan of them reading adult breasts in their manga do not recommend it because there are a couple of scenes(thankfully within two pages of each other) that would need to be censored. Otherwise though, I definitely love the dynamic between all of the characters and the slow burn of navigating a new adult relationship and would highly recommend it for adults like me who love sweet but spicy romances. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Honestly, the week ahead, I have no idea!!! Haha! I don’t mean to be vague but with a new schedule at work this year, I have no idea how I’m going to work reading into my work schedule other than afterwards so I am not sure what is going to happen (so bare with me please). What about you guys? What did you read or watch or listen to this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Bookworm Essentials While Traveling

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I am going to talk about the traveling bookworm essentials. Whether the trips are short or long, these essentials are important to me to have when I travel. Two Caveats: One, all the photos are my own and most are on my Instagram if you are interested in more and Two, all shops mentioned are linked in their name if you are interested. Now that that’s out of the way, onto the recommendations!

This book sleeve is from Bookbestiesuk, this tablet is a fire 7 and the bookmark is from bibliophileprints

Book Sleeves

These Book sleeves are from clockworkheartco

These are especially important when you are taking multiple books at once in your travel bag. I tend to coordinate my sleeves to my books if possible. All book sleeves people create come in all shapes and sizes as well as padded or non-padded. These are really helpful when traveling so your books don’t get damaged. I remember before I started using book sleeves when I traveled, dust jackets and paperback covers would get damaged in my bags or backpacks even when I was going to school not just road trips. There are many small businesses that create book sleeves: Clockworkheartco, bookbestiesuk, enchantedextras, etc. If you are looking for something specific I am sure there is a shop somewhere that can help. Definitely a game-changer essential while I travel.

Kindle or Tablet

So this essential isn’t for everyone which I understand but the last couple of years I have enjoyed having it especially using my library to get books/manga I may not be able to buy currently. When I travel though, it’s definitely helpful to have when I’m in the mood for something I don’t necessarily take with me physically (plus we now don’t have to carry tote bags of books for a three week road trip anymore). I also have a ton of books on my kindle that I have gotten with No-Rush shipping credits, E review copies, or plain Kindle sales that sound intriguing and are free. My mom has also been loving hers especially with the library app. We also tend to use the tablets for watching shows if others do not want to watch them or for people who do not want to read which is also an option. My particular Tablet is a Fire 7 and I have had it for about 6 years and it is still going strong (we have tried many a tablet and this has lasted the longest for us as a family). If you are not opposed to digital media this is definitely an essential for a travelling bookworm.

Bookmarks

These bookmarks are from Bibliophileprints


Last but certainly not least a bookmark is something I try to take every time a take a book physically. Again I try to coordinate my bookmark to my book and my book sleeve and that can be fun especially with my extensive collection of bookmarks. There are a variety of kinds of bookmarks out there and can be used for decoration and of course to save your place in a physical book. My favorite bookmark shops have to be creativechaotics, bibliophileprints, and bookishadventuresshop etc. This is another essential that I am sure everyone finds obvious but sometimes I need the reminder to take a bookmark with me haha!


What about you guys? Do you have any bookworm travel essentials? Can you think of any I am missing?? Let’s talk about it!!Β 

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Weekly Check-in 08/14/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with my last week of summer coming to a close before I get back to work.

Because of this, I have watched two TV shows with my dad and read quite a bit with three novels and four manga under my belt this week. Onto the Media!

TV Show

The Border

This is a series that my dad actually wanted to watch and I became invested fast. I think its because for its time, (this came out the early 2000s after 9/11) and in Canada its stories are unique at least in the crime aspect of things. However, I am not a fan of couple of the male characters (it feels like every moment their lines are just blergh / one of them keeps having female tension with every older woman sans one and I am just not a fan) Otherwise, I am enjoying my time watching this show. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Star Trek:Voyager

This is a show that my dad has watched for years on and off on syndication. This week though, we decided to start the show from the very beginning on Netflix. The episodes can be choppy and you do not necessarily have to watch them in order However, when it comes to added characters, you may not know how these people came to be etc. I like this particular sector of the Star Trek universe as opposed to others because of the variety of characters that are presented plus it doesn’t seem as silly or too serious either (plus less planetary romance currently). Overall though, I am loving this show and I would highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Nerdgasm

Going into this book, I will be honest, I was not sure how the stuttering/fluency disorder representation was going to be handled especially when it comes to my personal knowledge. The last romance I read with this handles it very poorly. In this particular instance however, it is realistic in so many different ways in the best way. I appreciated the journey that the hero went on and how the heroine was sat down and explained how they needed to handle the hero’s stutter I loved it.

However, this could be just because of length, but I wanted more on everyone’s background especially on the heroine’s aspect I felt like there were moments she was just there to help the hero’s journey along and that’s it. Overall though, I am excited to see what happens next and more from this author. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Aussie Next Door

I was recommended this book by my dear friend Mandathebibleo check her out if you haven’t

This is a book that I was not sure honestly how it was going to go, however, I truly enjoyed it. First trigger warnings for discussion of abuse both verbal and physical, commitment issues, and a ton of animal content. I truly enjoyed this story with the journey that both of the main characters go on with a really fascinating slow-burn romance. I feel like I could definitely understand how both characters felt a lot more than usual especially when it came to the serious moments although I loved the funny moments too. However, there are a few times in this book where it could have ended and I would have been satisfied. I enjoyed what happened yes, however, there may be some people who may get annoyed towards the end. Overall, I loved this author’s writing and characters so much that I would read more from them. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Bride Test

This is a book that I was waiting until closer to the release date of the latest one (it’ll be in a couple of weeks upon writing this review) and I can see where a lot of people had problems with this book but I can also see the merits. Trigger warnings for grief, for different ways of love, and some for mistreatment of people particularly immigrants. This book has a deeper story than its predecessor and I think because of that, I like it more. I wish though we got more about the examination of love and autism with this couple because it could have made the story even better for me personally. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Superwomen in Love

This is a concept that I have wanted to see in media for a bit but the first time I tried, it was meh. However, I think I either needed a visual or the concept just works better as an anime or manga because I loved this manga.

I love the humor that was presented and the visual appeal of the fights as well. I also love that there are two sets of couples as well that make things appeal for everyone. I think my only issue with this manga, is that the ending was too abrupt. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family

With me this week, I am having to figure out new and fascinating meals for myself so because of that, this manga series is definitely one to read for that. I got a ton of new ideas but also this particular volume had a plot with some added friendships and potential relationships. They’re also definitely very nice when it comes to having a quick read. Overall, I love this series and I am really glad I continued on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

And Yet, You are So Sweet

This is a manga series that is similar to High School Debut because of the first time relationship aspect. I love how the guy is so sweet and the girl is so relatably awkward. The only issue I had with this particular volume was the interloper that was presented towards the end of the volume I was very annoyed with him. Otherwise, it’s a lot of fun if you love young love. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Aoba-kun’s Confessions

Ahhhhhhh this volume!!! I love the character development that happened in here,I love how we are learning more about the other characters in the series and the ending Ahhhh!!!! In a sense, I am happy to see its not an expected reply for a male character but at the same time I need more from this series. Because of those points, I have to give this manga volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

With work starting up the week ahead, I am not sure how my media consumption is going to work out. I may though be watching a lot more than reading. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it.

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Music Festivals: Why I like them and Recommendations

Hey guys how’s it going? With the summer coming to a close, I wanted to discuss why I like music festivals. Unfortunately, I have only gone to one festival and it was one that was very different from what is typically in media. So these are aspects that I would love to see in my music festival experience.

The Variety of Music

At music festivals, it always fascinates me the variety of music that can be put into a genre and there’s headliners, there’s music groups that are good but underrated, etc. I love discovering different groups and going to a music festival, you are able to hear some fantastic groups live that you may not have found otherwise.

The Environment

Music Festivals have so many different kinds of fans of music, different locations of stages, different terrains, options to camp or not camp,variety of food etc. Some even have art installations that people can take photos with etc. The environment of a music festival is something that seems to appeal to everyone that goes and I love that.

Being with People Dear to Me

I don’t know about most people,but for me personally I like going to events especially music festivals with my family and friends. Also events like these help people meet new friends that change them forever.

Recommendations

Anime

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

This is an anime from a band perspective of trying to become big names and there’s a music festival towards the end of the series and I enjoyed how the music festival was able to tie into the bands career plus how people feel seeing new bands. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Movie

XOXO

This is the only movie I can think of that I watched that has a music festival with EDM/DJ music and it has a romance as well as a famous DJ with the entire experience of the festival as a VIP. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Manga

Days on Fes

I will be honest, this manga series inspired me to post this blog post because it brings two different sets of perspectives for people who are experienced with music festivals and people who aren’t. This first volume includes materials that you will need at a music festival plus two different types of music festivals. If this interests you, please check it out.

Novel

This is for Tonight

This is a book that I have read recently that involves social influencers and the music festival environment. There is a romance, sibling relationship, new friendships, a contest among social influencers, and this particular book has an entire festival three day weekend experience to my knowledge and that was a fun ride. Check it out if you’re interested.

How do you guys feel about Music Festivals? Have you been to one? Let’s talk about it!!!!

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Weekly Check-in 08/07/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! This week I did more balance between watching and reading this week.

Because of this, I watched six movies and one tv show. In addition, I read two volumes of manga and two novels. Onto to the media!

Movie

10 Years

This was a movie my dad put on that definitely is supposed to make me look forward to my 10 year high school reunion….. It kind of made me not look forward to it haha. But it was very interesting to see the variety of situations that can occur in a 10 year reunion. There was a bit too much drinking and bullying though so I am not a fan of that. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Centurion

This was essentially a condensed action movie with all kinds of action and gore and running with backstabbing etc. I think my only issue I had other than the plot was meh was that the person who was supposed to be completely mute because of her tongue being cut off still was able to grunt (I do not think that’s personally possible but that was just me. Overall, if you like movies like this check it out. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

The Vault

This was a movie that had all the feels of leverage except on a bigger scale and someone betrays the team. Although the person who betrayed was very predictable, the rest of the movie was a lot of fun. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Dear God

This is one of those movies that has a really serious premise but is very comedic all at once. Essentially its a Garry Marshall classic comedy movie that is very enjoyable to watch late at night if you want a good laugh with an allstar cast. However, there are moments that age this especially the humor so it may not be for everyone. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Net

This was a movie my dad just put on and it was interesting but at the same time, a lot of it seemed unbelievable. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

I will be honest I was interested in this purely because of the colorful animation

This was a movie that I loved the bright colors and animation style especially for the summer mood.

The cast of characters is very unique and a variety as well. It all takes place at a mall which was very fun, but there’s also a ton of creative expression as well. I loved that the characters were able to become close and have emotions in a short amount of time although I wish we could have gotten more from the characters emotions together rather than individually. I also wanted more from the Summer Festival but I just love the festivals in anime and manga.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and would definitely rewatch it for a fun summer movie. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

The Crown

This week, I caught up with the rest of the episodes that are out with this show.   All of the actors are doing well in their respectful roles and as an audience member, you are able to see all the big yet some moments small of evolution that the Crown has done since the coronation. But in this particular week’s episodes there was a lot more about how lost everyone in the royal family feel (except for the queen of course) and unfortunately there were quite a few suicidal and eating disorder moments as well so keep that in mind when you watch this show.  I would highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. 

Manga

Series Starters

A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation

This was actually better than I was expecting it to be. Its essentially an isakai slow burn boys love story. I loved the world building and intrigue that is presented especially how intricate it was. I think my only issue was that it was not long enough I wanted more. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Our Precious Conversations

This had quite a bit of plot yet not a lot of plot at the same time. I love how the relationship is moving forward in a slow but fun way. I think though, my only issue with this volume is that I am not a fan of is the supporting characters and their plot. I think they just keep getting in the way but that’s just my personal opinion. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Mr.Nice Guy

Thank you so much to Netgalley and BWrite for the opportunity to read and review this book

Trigger warnings for cardiac arrest, choking, cancer, grief, and some douchiness. I’ll be honest, the cover on this particular book is very deceptive. But besides that, I have some minor issues with this story. One is that I didn’t need the repeated aspect of both careers and how the male character was a nice guy. I understood that they were these people it didn’t need to be repeated this much. I also was not a fan of the heroine personally, I understood want the author was trying to do with her but I just wasn’t a fan. I did however, love the hero and it felt like he had a more flushed out character development with more believable motivation. Overall though, I enjoyed this story and I’m curious what is going to come next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣. This is already out so check it out if you’re interested.

New Orleans Rush

I read this series out of order I know I know but! I have to say this one was my favorite in the series!!! Trigger warnings for violence, parental grief, drowning, scarred both physically for the hero and mentally for the heroine and I appreciated how real this felt. I also appreciated the creativity and how family is a huge part of this book with mostly great communication and the slowburn it took to create a fantastic relationship between the two main characters. I also would have loved more from New Orleans itself but that is just me personally. Overall though, I loved this so much and I am so glad I loved this as much as I did. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be a lot of preparation for getting back to work for the school year so I may be lightening my load for my media consumption. We will see what happens though. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Reading Underrated Manga that my Favorite Manga Influencers Read: Did I like them??? Part 2!

Hey guys how’s it going?? This is Part 2 of a wrap-up of a challenge I set for myself with reading underrated manga that my favorite manga influencers recommended. I also have some new influencers in this post with a couple of duplicates. Onto the Recommendations!!

So Cute it hurts!

I was highly recommended this by one of my dear friends Litakinoanimecorner and it really was so cute it hurts!!! 🀣 sorry I just had to!! The switching places trope is one that needs to be done right in order for me to enjoy it and this instance, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed both perspectives and that there was such opposition in the main characters that I was able to enjoy. The friendships that are present so far are amazing (if you enjoy reading about nerdy friendships you need to pick this up) Trigger warnings for physical fighting and bullying. But if you also don’t like douche guys (or notorious flirts) don’t read this series. There is also a Deaf side character in this series that I am eager to find out more about.
Overall, this seems like a cute series I would love to continue. Based on the ending, I am curious to see more backstory on some of the side characters and how it continues but as stated earlier, there are some things that can turn people off. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.(Update: I have read six volumes of this series and continue to love it!)

Cafe Latte Rhapsody

This Boys Love Standalone Manga volume was recommended to me by one of my favorite Youtubers Dynamic Dylan who posts a lot about Boys Love if you are interested. I can see why people love it but don’t love it at the same time.

The artstyle isn’t for everyone for sure but, for this couple it is very endearing. The characters are also likeable but also unlikable at the same time. There’s also some smut in this (I’d say definitely more than I hear the sunspot if you’ve read that) but it’s not so much that its overwhelming. I definitely recommend this for someone who wants just a little bit of smut but not too much. Overall, though there are moments that I was not a fan of, I really enjoyed this standalone BL romance. It’s very soft and not too intense which is something that I am definitely appreciative of. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Complex Age

I was recommended this manga series by one of my favorite Youtubers Laethas . They read a variety of manga especially Yuri or Girls Love(this is not a Girls love but I highly recommend their channel with fantastic recommendations). When I picked up this volume, I was feeling the Wotakoi Love is Hard for an Otaku mood and I didn’t want to reread/watch that right now so I was able to fulfill that void with this volume. It took me awhile to finish because of life but I was able to enjoy it regardless.
I loved the discussion it presents with the detail about cosplay and photography with the pros and cons of it and it didn’t talk down when they are explaining things.
This is an adult manga because of some minor fanservice shots and the discussion matter (not sex or anything just may be too adult for younger readers read at your discretion).
The art is beautiful and I loved how it again gave me the Wotakoi feels but it definitely is formatted better for new adult manga readers.
There’s a bonus short story that the mangaka presents that discusses what this manga plot could have been instead of what it was and whoever picks this manga up needs to read it because it made this even better to me.
Overall, This volume was a definitely a nice fluffy read with some darker elements as well. I recommend this for all the otakus in the world and it is definitely underrated. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. (Update: I have read four volumes of this series and continue to love it.)

I want to Eat your Pancreas

This was recommended to me by Instagrammer @ayabooksandcats) This omnibus was definitely one that I have wanted to read for a long time especially since I watched the anime movie. I’ll tell you this now, essentially the anime movie and the manga are pretty much the same as far as plot. It is very profound and thought-provoking so I would recommend reading this a little at a time to make your reading more smoothly and not ambush your feelings. I would also recommend that you give yourself some space between the two mediums so that the surprises can hit you twice.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience reading this manga and I recommend it for people that love hard-hitting contemporary. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Bride’s Story

This is a series that has gotten recommended to me by a ton of influencers but the one that pushed me over the edge to read this was instagrammer margreadsmanga . So I really enjoyed the art in this manga fantastic along with the slice of life aspect while living in feudal Asian world. However! I felt that I was just plopped into the world and the relationship without any context whatsoever and I wish I could understand more backstory of all the characters (and I’m not sure if I get that continuing the series). I do want to continue though someday. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣 . (Update: I haven’t continued the series yet, but it is still on my list).

Library Wars

This was recommended to me by my dear friend over at Creativechaotics and I’ll have to admit I was hesitant with starting this series.

I feel the best way to describe this manga is the humor of the military characters from Full Metal Alchemist mixed with the drama of Fahrenheit 451 if that makes sense. I think if you like either of those things you may like this.

One thing I didn’t like with this was how idiotic the leading girl seems sometimes and how the guys make fun of her for it. However, I am curious how this series will end up being like. Because of these points, I have to give this 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣 .  (Update: I haven’t continued the series yet, but it is still on my list).

Conclusion

Overall, This was a fun project to do and thank you to the influencers who helped. My favorite part was definitely getting out of my comfort zone and trying some one-shot or standalones. What about you guys? Did you find any new recommendations on this list? Did you find any new influencers as well? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 07/31/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! This week was a light media consumption week.

Because of this, I read two novels and one manga as well as watched three TV shows this week. Onto the media!

TV Show

Atypical

This week I watched the last season of this show and I didn’t know it was the last one until after I researched it, and I appreciated how it ended in the sense of the character development and the journey of becoming a more independent Autistic with some humor and other drama mixed in. I think my only issue with the end of this series is that it felt like there were some ambigious aspects that didn’t get fulfilled for me personally but overall, this was a fun journey and I am excited to rewatch this again in the future. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Firefly Lane

This is a show that I had heard about, but it wasn’t something that I was going to watch because I was not sure about the premise. However, my dad ended up starting to watch it and my mom and I decided to watch it too. It is very dramatic trigger warnings for rape, womanizing, miscarriages, cheating, drug use, parental verbal abuse, etc. The journey that both leading ladies go on is so fascinating and interesting especially among all of the different decades they have lived and overcame especially with women’s rights. My only gripe with this was that the cinematography between the decades and flashbacks was very disjointed and not cohesive so because of that, there are moments that I wasn’t sure when events happened. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣. I am curious to see what happens next.

The Crown

This week, I am still continuing to love this show. All of the actors are doing well in their respectful roles and as an audience member, you are able to see all the big yet some moments small of evolution that the Crown has done since the coronation. But in this particular week’s episodes there was a lot more about the heir (which I know very little about) and more of the background characters which I appreciated very much. I would highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Standalone

Shino Can’t Say Her Name

Trigger warning for bullying and the F word in multiple places. When it came to this story I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel especially when it came to my experience with a manga similar to this. I was pleasantly surprised with the fluency disorder representation and that there was musical aspect as well. There was more realness to the story although I wish the adults were more helpful than they were.

I loved that there was a friendship story rather than a romance story but I wish the epilogue wasn’t so short and sweet I wanted more. Overall though, I really appreciated this story and I highly recommend this who want to read a more serious story with communication. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The A to Z of Us

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital
Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book

I will be honest, this was a story that I enjoyed while reading but it was difficult coming back to it once I put it down.

When I did read it though, I loved the concept of the alphabet themed dates and how unique they were with the variety of both adventurous yet comfortable all at the same time.

I loved that there was both a journey of self-discovery and life lessons learned from both main characters but, at the same time, I felt that there was a lot of the same conflicts over and over again towards the end to just keep it going. I think if there was a variety, like the dates, it would have enhanced the story.

Overall, I think that I would recommend this story for someone who wants to read a romance story with a variety of dates and personal journey experiences but I would make some changes. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. Check this out if you haven’t already its already out!

Thor Daughter of Asgard

Thank you to Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books, Inc. for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This book has a fantastic concept with adult relationships and inclusion with an addition of Norse Mythology that is very fun although unbelievable at times (fictional story so I don’t knock it). The characters are also quite a bit of fun and colorful but also realistic with their professional lives which is something that doesn’t tend to happen in paranormal romances that I liked in this.

I think my only issues with it though was the plot and the writing style. I like the concept and everything that was presented to the reader, however there’s a lot more telling than showing plus the order of events were either too slow at points or too fast at points with no set speed. I also wasn’t sure on the perspectives on what was happening at times, although it was a entertaining time nonetheless.

Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. I am intrigued to see what happens next. This is already out so check it out if you haven’t already

The Week Ahead

The week ahead……honestly I don’t know except to consume what I want when I want. I only have a couple of weeks off left till work starts back up. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Lets talk about it!!

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Deaf Representation in Media: Some Recommendations

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to spotlight the Deaf community with some recommendations in a variety of media with a plethora of sign languages and ranges of deafness. All of these stories have a special place in my heart so I hope you get some recommendations. Onto the media!

American Sign Language also called ASL

Definition and History according to Wikipedia and my own personal knowledge.

ASL is the sign language that serves most of the Deaf Communities in the United States and Most of Canada (Quebec has their own). This language has their own grammar, expressions and motions that makes it unique from the English Language. It is closely related to French Sign Language or LSF. It originated in the early 19th century in American School for the Deaf in Connecticut because the headmaster Gallaudet was one of the pioneers for it. It also wasn’t considered an official language until 1960.

Recommendations

Biographical Movie

Miracle Worker

This movie was actually my first exposure to ASL in general and learning so much about Helen Keller and how she was able to learn from Ann Sullivan was fascinating to me. This movie isn’t the only reason why I wanted to learn ASL, but it definitely helped me to be exposed to Deaf culture more than what I already had. I think if your children want to learn more about ASL and Helen Keller’s beginnings, I think this movie would definitely be a good start.

Teen Drama TV Show

Switched at Birth

This show is one that I was curious about because of the beginning premise being switched at birth oh interesting how are you going to play this out in this show?? However, upon watching it and discovering that one of the girls is Deaf from meningitis as a child played by an actual Deaf actress who had Meniere’s disease, I was hooked. There’s drama with how the characters deal with the actual switch but also how being deaf can affect high school through professional life with some supporting Deaf actors who have been deaf since birth. This also shows how the other girl becomes heavily influenced with the Deaf culture because of this and that was fascinating for me also. ASL is used in here quite a bit with almost every actor so for me learning ASL in high school as my foreign language, it was definitely helpful for me to solidify some of my interpreting skills. If you love drama and want to learn a little bit more about Deaf culture in everyday life, check this show out.

Young Adult Novel

The Silence Between Us

This book is one that is unique because it shows someone who already embraces her deafness as the main character who moves to a new school and has difficulty with moving on to her next chapter in life because of the professional struggles of her disability, new friendships and a relationship. I appreciate the friendship group and the explanation of how the character deals with her deafness. If this interests you, check it out.

Adult Novel

Only When It’s Us

This adult romance story has fantastic late deaf representation with a bonus of someone trying to understand how they got sick and how they deal with a cochlear implant surgery and recovery (which has a lot of discourse and up to debate constantly in the Deaf community). Theres also a lot of soccer in this story and family shenanigans. If those aspects interest you, please check it out.

Japanese Sign Language or JSL

Definition and History according to Wikipedia and my own personal knowledge.

JSL also called Nihon Shuwa that is served in all areas of Japan. It is strongly influenced by Kanji the complex Japanese Writing System that has a variety of grammar, syntax, and signs. The most unique aspect of this language is called mouthing where the person pronounces a Japanese word with or without a sound. Its not known how the language was originated, however it assisted with the 20th century establishments of deaf education in Japan. It also was not considered an official language until 2011.

Recommendations

High School Romance Manga/Anime Movie

A Silent Voice

This series is one with representation but in a negative sense. This has bullying both verbally and physically and suicidal thoughts. I know these triggers may make it seem like its awful… but its eye-opening and profound all at the same time. Theres also a perspective with the bully and how much he learns JSL to atone for what he has done. There are also moments where the bully also has difficulty understanding the other character not because of her signs, but because she tries to speak and he gets confused. If not just for the deaf representation, check this out if you want to understand friendships and eventual relationships.

College Romance Manga

A Sign of Affection

This manga is one that is definitely receiving a ton of hype in the romance manga community and even though I personally am not a fan of the leading guy, The visuals of JSL in these panels are easy to understand and beautiful. There’s also the visuals of how the deaf characters reads lips by the fading of the text or the different words that aren’t what is interpreted. It’s definitely perfect for someone who wants to see a visual interpretation of Japanese Deaf culture especially in a college setting.

British Sign Language or BSL

Definition and History according to Wikipedia and my own personal knowledge.

BSL is a language that serves all the Deaf communities in the United Kingdom. Its history goes as far back as 1450 but has evolved over time due to the efforts of Thomas Braidwood and Joseph Watson with their establishments of their Deaf schools The Braidwood School and The Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb. It is distinctly different from other country’s languages in Europe but it is closely related to ASL with 31% of their signs being identical. Also it wasn’t officially considered a language until 2003.

Recommendations

Young Adult Novel

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

This book was actually the first young adult novel I read with British Sign Language and the way that the author was able to describe the signs with some exquisite detail was amazing. There’s also representation of selective mutism on top of the youth British Deaf community. The lessons on communication were profound and inspiring. Highly recommend this for teens!

Adult Novel

Never Seduce a Scot

Ok, so this novel does not have an actual visual of British Sign Language but! It shows quite a bit of how deafness in historical times was interpreted and how well the leading lady has some fantastic coping mechanisms. The romance in here also is very beautiful. Highly recommend.

Australian Sign Language or Auslan

Definition and History according to Wikipedia and my own personal knowledge.

Auslan is the main sign language of the Deaf community of Australia. The name of Auslan was coined by Trevor Johnston in the 1980s but the language itself is much older with some of the early deaf schools being established in 1860. It is influenced by BSL, Irish Sign Language, and New Zealand Sign Language with some new signs acquired from ASL. It isn’t offically recognized as an offical language by everyone in Australia, but in 1987 and 1991, the main Australian government recognized Auslan as a “community language other than English and the preferred language of the Deaf community in government policy.

Recommendation

Young Adult Novel

Impossible Music

This was the most recent book that I have read with deaf representation and it was so different from any that I had read before. First, the main character completely rejects his deafness because how it happened was not typical and because of his age. Second, this character is a musician and composer so because of this, bringing that perspective plus being deaf plus Auslan is such a unique form of sign language just made the book so interesting to read. Lastly, it’s not sunshine and rainbows so although it could seem like a happy ending at the end, the journey to get there is profound and difficult and there’s not much romance either. If this appeals to you please check this out.

What do you think of Deaf representation in books? Did you know there were more than one variant of Sign Language??? Do you have any recommendations with Deaf representation?? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 07/24/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week was a lot more watching than reading. I also spent a lot more time with my dad than usual.

I don’t remember doing this as a little girl but my dad and I used to be thick as thieves when I was little

Because of this, this week, I watched seven movies (pretty much the same for me haha!), two TV shows and one concert (I know its crazy in this time but I needed to go). I also read three volumes of manga. Onto the Media!

Jesse Stone Movies

Trigger warnings for rape, assault, domestic violence and serial killing. I will be honest, to me these were just two hour crime shows with Tom Selleck being with several women. It was intriguing, but nothing to write home about. I also could definitely see why these are good crime movies for their time and why they stopped in 2016 because as they went on they felt the same with not as much excitement. Because of these points, I have to give them all a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

TV Show

The Magicians

This is a show that I am continuing to enjoy. However, this particular group of episodes my dad and I watched was a tad weird….even weirder than everything we had watched before. Trigger warnings for child pornography, horror movie esque spirits, and sex magic/ parents discussing sex like its nothing (which I personally do not mind but some people may not be a fan of it). But overall, I still love the complex magic system and the banter between characters. Because of these points, I have to give this show so far a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

The Crown

This is the show that we have been watching as a family and I have to say its been fascinating. All of the actors are doing well in their respectful roles and as an audience member, you are able to see all the big yet some moments small of evolution that the Crown has done since the 1950s. I would highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Concert

Lindsey Stirling

Saturday, for my birthday, I had the opportunity to see Lindsey in concert and I was so amazed at how wonderful it was. This was our first time at the particular venue we saw her plus my family got a chance to see why I enjoy her so much music and personality etc. Although there is another concert that I went to in person I enjoyed just as much as this one, I loved this one more because at this concert, I was able to see the song that introduced me to her music live and in person executed so wonderfully. Because of these points, I have to give her all of the sushi and all of the stars. 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. If you enjoy electric violin and someone who is amazingly creative and determined to follow her dreams, check her and her music out.

Manga

Series Starters

Days of Love at Seagull Villa

This manga essentially feels like a small town slow burn romance but with a beach setting instead of typically in a country small-town. Trigger warnings for familial grief, cheating, and bullying. I love the art and how every character has a purpose,etc. I just wish that there was more and it didn’t end in a cliffhanger. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Sunshine Sketch

I think I randomly got this and four more volumes in a manga lot?? But I was definitely intrigued because of the premise.

This essentially is a slice of life 4koma manga that definitely gave me K-On vibes but with people who enjoy creating art whether its drawing or writing stories. This is definitely a story that if you just need a quick pick me up and girl shenanigans with friendships (with a couple that seem like something more but its not blatant on the page). I think the only aspect that I am sure others won’t like but I glossed over is that there are a couple of character jokes that can seem very awkward and unnecessary and weird fanservice. Otherwise though, I really enjoyed my time and again will definitely continue this series when I need something fun. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars of 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

And Yet, You are So Sweet

This is a manga that I enjoy because it has one person who thinks that they do not deserve someone who loves her and someone who is super popular that just wants to be loved by someone who genuinely likes him and not doing it because he is popular. This happens in a lot of manga thats true, but this one works better than some other stories because of how the characters act. They feel genuine and relatable. The only aspect I was not a fan of the third random character that keeps getting in the way of everything. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, because of a lot of other factors that I cannot control, I will probably doing a lot more work than consuming media unfortunately. However, I am excited to continue on some of the shows I have been watching and read some books that I want to read. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Empowering Women in Media Tag

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I was tagged by my dear friend Lita to do this tag with anime girls

I remember when I was younger I used to google Anime Girls all the time to get new anime recommendations because of the art this is so amazing.

however, I am going to use this to represent a ton of my media gals that may need some love and affection also from a variety of age groups. Onto the Tag!

Here are the rules:

  • Choose a female (real or fictional) for every prompt.
  • Tag at least one female blogger. 
  • Pingback to Annie’s Powerful females’ tag.
  • Enjoy

Name a female known for her intelligence

Shurei from The Story of Saiunkoku Series Manga

This series is highly underrated but the main premise of the story is that Shurei’s main dream is to become a civil servant but the law prevented that from happening so she became the emperor’s consort instead to teach the emperor about their country’s law and traditions etc. There is a lot more to it of course, but overall Shurei is definitely the first female character that came to mind (check out this series if you haven’t already!!!)

Name a woman known for her physical strength

Erza from The Fairy Tail Anime Series

Now my favorite female character in the Fairy Tail anime franchise is Lucy. However, I have to admit that Erza is the only character I have seen and read (at least currently) that is physically strong enough to lift heavy metal weapons, huge buildings, etc. In that aspect, I truly respect her and all of her fans.

Name a female who powered through difficult times

Nat from The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker & Stacy Davidowitz

This is a middle grade novel that has a girl go through some difficult times when it comes to their disability. She has difficulty with her parents being helicopters, she has difficulty with her theater director not taking her seriously when it comes to the Wicked musical when it comes to the choreography, and of course she has the regular difficulties with moving to a new place and making new friends. Although this character goes through all of this though, she ends up learning a ton of lessons about herself and how she can overcome these obstacles as well as fall in love. Because of these points I definitely recommend this book for all middle grade classrooms especially ones who need a character like Nat.

Name a woman who you want to be friends/roommates with

Taylor from Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Now I have a ton of female characters that I could put for this particular question. But, for me personally I have to put Taylor from Queens of Geek because although there could be moments that we could clash living arrangements etc. but I would love to talk to Taylor and ask her some questions about how she was able to explain to her best friends about how to handle her Asperger’s and how she deals with her anxiety as well. I also would love to go to a convention with her as well. I am sure we would be having a ton of fun throughout it because she’s an ultimate fangirl just like me.

Name a woman who you think is a good role model

Frankie from Always Only You by Chloe Liese

This adult romance series is one that has fantastic men as well as fantastic women but Frankie is one to me that is a fantastic role model. She has overcome so much adversity such as being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at thirteen years old but also at seventeen years old diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She also is an amazing person who understands her limitations but also is able to figure things out such as her blooming relationship with Ren. To me, she is a fantastic role model because she is not all about her disorders, she is her own woman who does whatever she can to be happy in her own life. Check out all the books in this book series if you haven’t already.

Name a woman who deserves the spotlight

Gwenpool from the Gwenpool Comic Series

This is one of my favorite variant covers from Gwenpool

I know what you’re thinking, Sushi, why should she deserve the spotlight? She’s considered an anti-hero etc. Because you guys she is the ultimate Marvel fangirl number 1, number 2, her lines are hilarious and witty, and number 3, she is a badass at her weapons and strategy. If you have not read the Gwenpool comics, I would highly recommend (however they are 16+ so please keep that in mind.

Time to name some ladies to shine us with some women empowerment for our media gals!

Blerdy Otome

Momsbookcollection

NerdRambles

Al’s Manga Blog

Please feel free to comment below some of your underrated women of media. I am most likely going to try and get to your recommendations as soon as I can.

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Weekly Check-in 07/17/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week was one where I went more on instinct on what to read and watch(plus spending time with my dad) but also I wanted to catch up on some reviews.

Because of this, This week I watched six movies (whoa) and three TV shows. I also read eight volumes of manga and five novels (double whoa). Onto the Media!!

Movie

The Tomorrow War

My dad has been waiting to watch this

This gave me Interstellar vibes but in a post apocalyptic sense. There was a lot of discussion with relationships and how they can change over time. I liked how it wasn’t about romance, it was a father daughter relationship. It also had a lot of explanation, but it wasn’t too complex to go over my head. The violence was muted but still pretty gory so keep that in mind when watching this. I think my only issue with this was that there were moments that it felt too long with the action sequences. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

In the Heights

This was a movie my mom was very interested in

This week, my mom has wanted to watch this movie and of course hbomax had it till last Sunday and it’s deceptive in the sense that in the trailer its a retelling of West Side Story (I didn’t really see it) and it has a ton of perspectives between several of the characters. Because of the multiple perspectives, there were moments where it felt waaay too long, and the music although a lot of it was gorgeous, some of the dialogue was sung that it didn’t feel like a lead in to something else and that was a tad annoying. There were also moments that didn’t have closure and that bothered me. I also have heard reviews that there are some moments in the movie that there’s some diversity discussion and that is something that I cannot speak on,but if there is an issue, I can understand it. Overall, it was a cool story, however, it was not my favorite of all time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Jesse Stone Movies

This is a movie series my dad put on that he wants to watch all the way through

Trigger warnings for rape, assault, domestic violence and serial killing. I will be honest, to me these were just two hour crime shows with Tom Selleck being with several women. It was intriguing, but nothing to write home about, because of these points, I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

The Alamo

This is one of my dad’s favorite Alamo depiction of all time and I agree with him. I think my only issue with it though is that it shortened some important things and it elongated others (plus the battle of San Jacinto was sloppy) but overall I think I would recommend this to people that want to learn a bit more about the Alamo. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish

This week, I had the opportunity to see this in a limited run at the theater. This movie was not what I was expecting in the best way! This is a college age story, a story about reaching for your dreams and never giving up, and how no matter who you are, someone loves you even if you don’t think they do. I highly recommend this especially if you love sea life and the ocean along with anime. Also! I also appreciated that this movie has a realistic ending that didn’t make me feel like I was about to cry my eyes out. I would highly recommend this for anyone and everyone who enjoy deep contemporaries and college themed stories. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣 .

TV Show

The Great Food Truck Race

This week my family and I watched season 5 of this show, and this season, the host upped his game, challenges were more straightforward, and although I am not a fan of who won, I think it was the best season yet. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Magicians

This is a show I have been curious about for a long time

This show has been one of those that I have been wanting to watch for a long time and my dad and I think its weird but in a good way that we watched four episodes in one day. I think the magic system is very intriguing and interesting but there are moments that the order of events seem kind of disjointed. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Crown

This is another show I have been wanting to watch for awhile. However, for me personally I have to be in the right mood for a historical fiction show and comparisons to some of the previous works that I have watched in this time period, the actors do a fantastic job. However, the episodes can be pretty dense and long. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

That’s My Atypical Girl

This is a manga I found on Instagram and whoa not what I was expecting at all.

This is a very dark story with trigger warnings for cutting, talking about suicide, rape, sexual imaging, PTSD, bullying, physical abuse, verbal abuse, a dog being kicked, trauma of a human being stuck in a dog cage, and although not identified as autistic on page there are some telltale signs. This manga is very hard to read with all of the triggers, but I think its important also because it shows a story about two people who have had similar trauma come together to coexist and one takes care of the other. This is again a difficult read, but I am curious to see where it goes next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Yakuza Lover

This was a manga that was hyped quite a bit about around the interwebs

I was not sure what was going to happen going into this manga except for theres going to be a mafia person with their lover. This has a lot of sexy moments but at the same time there are a lot of sweet moments as well. I like the kind of stories where there is a tough guy but at the same time, they are like putty in the leading lady hands. I also love the little bonus chapter bits because it increased the guys personality and background info. I think my only issue with this story, is that I am not sure where its going to go, where’s the plot going to be except for smut. That is my only issue but overall, I truly enjoyed this story. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

My Boss’s Kitten Vol 3 and 4

This series is truly like candy for me its got the right amount of plot, the right amount of smut and I can just inhale them in a sitting which is why I have two of them for this week as well. Thankfully this time the formatting has somewhat improved but I would still change it nonetheless. Because of these points, I have to give this manga series a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Cutie and the Beast

This was a manga series I heard good things about and I loved vol 1

This volume was one that I enjoyed the characters still and I appreciated the background information of Kuga and the leading lady’s family particularly her dad. The only issue I had with it, was that the transition between the background information and the present day felt very abrupt and confusing. Because of that, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

LDK Vol 2,3, and 4

This manga was a surprising but still a lot of fun read. Unfortunately, it left a really bad cliffhanger that its making me want to read the next one asap!! But overall I love both characters and weirdly enough I loved the side characters too (even though they were a tad annoying trigger warning for someone joking to kill themselves πŸ™„ which we could have done without! Also weird teacher stuff and strange making out) Because of these points, I have to give this manga volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

All the Feels

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avon/Harper Voyager to Read and Review this book

First, let me list out the trigger warnings of domestic violence, discussion of violence in an Psych ER, verbal abuse, and negative self-talk. This novel has a lot to unpack, but it only enhances the story in my personal opinion. Based on the previous book’s depiction of this couple, it’s essentially sunshine and rainbows up to a certain point, this goes a lot deeper in the best way even deeper than you’d think it would so be prepared. There’s less fanfiction in it which was also appreciated for me personally, but there was also not as much need as it was in the previous. This one, I loved the progression of everything with the third-act conflict being something realistic and necessary to move the story forward, without feeling like it was rehashing the previous. There also although I cannot speak for the representation myself, amazing ADHD depth and understanding especially when it came to the character that possessed it. This has a lot of different elements involved, but the pieces fit together nicely in a fantastic story that I could feel all the feels involved. If I had to pick something that I wasn’t sure about the story with would be how there weren’t as many cohesive transitions from one perspective to the next. In those moments they just felt choppy otherwise though, I loved this book very much. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. This comes out on October 26th if you’re interested in checking it out!

Rosaline Parker Takes the Cake

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book

When it came to this book, after reading quite a bit of cooking/baking books this year, I enjoyed the baking competition aspect the best out of those books. If you love the Great British Bake-off you’ll love this. It also showed a bit of what happened to the contestants afterwards, which is something I appreciate.

I think though, where people are having trouble with in this story, are a lot of bisexuality stereotypes, the stereotypes when it comes to the single parents, and class stereotypes. With these, I felt like there was too much sometimes and if it was dialed back, I would love the story even more.

There is a trigger warning for attempted rape, and I understand why it was put in there, however, I felt that there could have been another way. When it comes to the romance aspect other than that, I was rooting for the endgame person early on and I was very annoyed with the other guy from day 1 especially since endgame guy communicates very openly even in the bedroom(which I want more of in books please and thank you). I also was annoyed with how the anxiety aspect but upon reflection, there was a possibility that there was more to it than meets the eye.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, there are some aspects in this story that I wanted to be expanded upon and other aspects I wanted dialed back. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5-4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This book is already out so check it out.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Quirk Books for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book is one that is considered a horror-comedy story and with the cover drama/racial representation debacle that also happened with this book, I can see the issues and would definitely exercise caution to the people directly affected. I cannot speak on the issues specifically, however there were moments that seemed like(in my personal opinion) the author was trying too hard to bring the poc characters to light and in doing so white washing them.

As far as the chronic illness representation and the Lycanthropy discussion along with friendships, I could truly relate to all of the emotions and appreciated the support that the characters brought. There are trigger warnings of gore, dark humor, suicidal ideation, and of course the general elements of turning into a werewolf. However, there were moments that the author tried too hard as far as their writing to make jokes and items land that didn’t make sense to me personally.

Overall, I think this story can be helpful to a certain extent, but I think it could be harmful as well. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣. This is already out so check it out if you are interested.

Rory the Sleeper

I read this book as a buddyread with my friend Sydneys_shelves we read the whole series together and this is the last book

This was a fantastic finale!! I loved how the characters interacted and I loved how the plot moved forward (especially since it was a lot better than the previous book in my personal opinion). But! The ending felt very abrupt and I wanted more from the title characters perspective because they just felt too much of a background as opposed to the previous book where they felt more 50/50, this time they weren’t. It would have been better for me personally if there was a wedding epilogue or something to understand what happened as an aftermath to the events of the series. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

This is for Tonight

Thank you so much for Netgalley and Swoon Reads for the opportunity to read and review this book

Trigger warnings for bullying and grief. If you are a social influencer but also someone who loves music festivals this book is for you. It has all of the different elements that you would expect from a young adult novel with the added social media influence. I loved most of the characters and I loved the discussion with social influence and how it can make a person money quick if they play the system correctly and how a lot of people do not want to work that way (I personally don’t want to work that way). Plus I loved the atmosphere description of the festival also. I think my only issue with this book was that with a couple of the diversity aspects that were presented could have gone more in-depth or more researched to make it seem more real rather than just added just to be there. I think also I would have loved a solid ending other than the romance (like where did she end up going to college etc.) Overall, it was a fantastic book a lot of fun but I would have liked more depth. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. This is already out so check it out.

The Week Ahead

This past week, I really liked having a big balance between all of the media. However, closer to when my summer ends and when I get back to work, I will probably slow down so I hope no one minds. What about you? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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If I could Change the Music of an Anime….. Opening and Ending Mashups

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I am going to discuss anime openings and endings. These songs help amplify and create the mood of the anime. For me personally, they really help me determine whether I am going to continue on a series or not and remember my watching experience long after I watch it.

So do you guys remember when I did the blog post about AMVs??

Yep I am using this GIF again!

Well this time I am going to put a different spin on it. Instead of making AMVs or Anime Music Videos, I am going to mash up different anime openings/endings with different animes. Sometimes they can be similar but sometimes they can be drastically different. Onto the Recommendations!

My Hero Academia Opening 2-Peace Sign by Kenshi Yonezu

My Hero Academia – Opening 2 | Peace Sign – YouTube

Paired With: Harukana Recieve

This Opening is perfect for this anime because My Hero Academia is expressing is their Sports Festival Arc with exercising the heroes’ body, mind, and spirit. Harukana Receive is doing the same thing at their beach volleyball practice everyday. Even though the stretching that the hero students are doing versus what the girls could be doing are more risquΓ© in their bikinis, I think this particular opening would have elevated the hype that Harukana Receive has (especially since I don’t remember their opening very well). Because of those points, this is the perfect pairing.

Chihayafuru Opening 2-Star by 99RadioService

Chihayafuru 2 – Opening | Star – YouTube

Paired With: Lovely Complex

With this particular pairing, I went with a more dramatic approach because the anime in question although is hilarious most of the time, there are quite a bit of misunderstandings and dramatic moments with the couple in this anime. Not just that though, there is also a lot of self-discovery especially with the main female character Risa. This song reflects that self-discovery in the leading lady in Chihayafuru as well. Because of that, I think this is perfect.

Food Wars Opening 2-Rising Rainbow by Misokkasu

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma OPENING 2 | Rising Rainbow (HD) – YouTube

Paired With: Say I Love You

I feel like these two can work together because although the theme songs already in this anime are soft and dainty, there are a ton of dramatic moments in this anime that could use this opening’s elevation of tone. Plus I don’t know about you guys, but contemporary animes having an upbeat opening make me love them even more that’s why these would be a perfect pair.

Fruits Basket Opening 3-Prism by AmPm ft. Miyuna

Fruits Basket Season 2 – Opening Theme – Prism – YouTube

Paired With: Zombieland Saga

Now with this pairing, I am instead of having an intense metal rock sounding opening like Zombieland Saga originally has, I want to pair it Fruits Basket Season 2 opening where they are at the beach having a good time because these girls are just trying to be successful idols (even though they are Zombies). So because of that, that’s why I believe this is a great pairing.

Ascendence of a Bookworm Opening 1-Mashiro by Sumire Morohoshi

Ascendance of a Bookworm – Opening | Mashiro – YouTube

Paired With: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

So both of these series have main characters that either are plucked into a fantasy world and stay there or go to a fantasy world as much as they live in the modern world in a video game. I also think it would work perfectly because their fantasy world lore seems very similar. Because of that, I think this opening from Ascendance of a Bookworm would be perfect for Recovery of an MMO Junkie also.

Demon Slayer Ending One-From The Edge by FictionJunction ft. Lisa

Kimetsu no yaiba ED – YouTube

Paired With: Violet Evergarden

I think I had to pair these two together because this ending song and Violet Evergarden’s overall theme seem to fit together in tone and feeling. I also feel like the punch of some of harmonies in this ending would have enhanced the Violet Evergarden watching experience from one episode to another. Because of these points, visualizing this pairing makes me feel some emotions!

Overall, these are just a few ideas I have for making an awesome Anime Mashups. I hope everyone got a bunch of anime as well as song recommendations. What ideas do you have for new openings/endings for different anime? If not, would you like more of these posts? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 07/10/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I let my birthday week dictate my media consumption.

Because of this, I was able to watch and read quite a bit. I watched four movies, one anime, and one TV show. I also read eight volumes of manga and four novels. Onto the media!

Movie

Daydream Believers: The Monkees’ Story

This movie was a trip! Most of the actors were foils of who they were playing and were really amazing. However, the beginning of it dated it in the 2000s instead of the original time the Monkees came to be, plus there was no set conclusion. However, it was fun and hilarious and definitely felt like a Monkees episode with some behind the scenes peeks. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Star Trek

This is a movie that I wasn’t sure I was going to like because of the humor being too much at times, but I feel like this movie created a nice reboot that balances the campiness of the original Star Trek series, but the seriousness of some of the other Star Trek shows in the franchise. This also helped me to see the origins of Kirk and Spock without feeling bored by it or in passing. It also explains how some other characters are put on the ship/how they become the main crew members. My only issue I had was with the time traveling aspect with how the characters that know that time traveling exists just shrug it off like its nothing and that there aren’t consequences. Plus for the romantic relationship that’s in here I wish I had more backstory on that but I may never know. Overall though, its a lot of fun and easy to watch and if you need an entry point into Star Trek, this is a good movie to start with. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Hampstead

This was a blind watch that my dad picked out for the family to watch

This was a very unexpected movie with a ton of hilarious lines, a moral lesson about land deeds, and how people can change each other’s lives for the better even if they are completely opposites. There are some intense discussions but otherwise I would highly recommend 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Kase-san and Morning Glories

This past month, I have heard so much about this franchise, I had to check it out!

I can definitely see what the fuss is about with this movie! It discusses how a first relationship blossoms like flowers and how much they love and care about each other. The ending was also very adorable because of the epic train scene. Overall, this was an amazing movie I have to now read the manga this movie was based on because I’m invested in the characters! I just wish there was more. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Loki

So Thor and Loki are the reason why I actually got into the Marvel Universe because of Norse Mythology. Yeah this TV series has nothing to do with Norse Mythology

My dad and I decided to watch this show and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I love how this is so far. We think its similar to Dr.Who but different and interesting with a fascinating ship that is currently sailing πŸ˜€. Its funny, interesting, and twisty. Overall, I am curious what’s going to happen next and both my dad and I are enjoying the ride. The only issue we have is there are some slow points that can be confusing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Fruits Basket Reboot

Last week was the last episode of this reboot and I feel like I need to say something about the series as a whole since I finished it this week

So I watched the last episode of this series finally after a week of avoiding it (I didn’t want it to end ok!). I have to say that as a fan of the original anime, this was more fulfilling and I felt more from this. The lessons of friendships and relationships along with some of the paranormal aspects of it made a lot of sense and gave me all of the feels. The only issue I have with this (and im sure this is just an anime issue) was with some of the pacing especially with the final season with things being wrapped up in the final episode but no journey getting up to that point. Thankfully I will be reading the manga to get this journey but still. Overall though, I definitely can see why everyone loves this series and its characters. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars and 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. Highly recommend this series especially the reboot.

Manga

Series Starters

A Girl & Her Guard Dog

This is a manga series that I saw randomly on Amazon and this gave me the honeyblood vampire manga vibes but more exciting and interesting. There is a 10 year age gap in this story but its more humorous than weird in my personal opinion. It also shows how a person in a new place who lives in the yakuza lifestyle adjusts in a typical high school setting. I enjoyed this because of the humor and the character dynamic. Theres a little violence but not much as it could be. Overall, I enjoyed this manga and I am excited to continue more in this series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

After Hours

This was a manga series that I had heard great things about especially the romance

This volume of manga was very unique especially when it comes to the dark jarring artstyle. There’s quite a bit of education on how DJing and VJing work which I appreciated. I also appreciated the little music notes and author notes throughout the volume. The girls are also very interesting especially Kei but I want to know more about Emi since it seems like she has a lot more baggage than what she is letting on. Overall though, I am curious how this series is going to continue and I really enjoyed the unique artstyle. Because of these points, I have to give this volume of manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

My Boss’s Kitten Vol 1 and 2

This is a manga series that I sort of knew what to expect but at the same time, I had no idea. Theres a lot of smut (in a good way) and plot about two people trying to discover who they want to be after losing who they previously loved. These volumes go so fast that I read one and two in one sitting. They also have more or less the same plot. My only issue with this manga is the formatting. They show a lot of sneak peek of the next volume that makes the reader think there’s still story when there isn’t. Because of these points, I have to give these both 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

Series Continuations

The Springtime of My Life Began with You

This is still continuing to be a sweet series with the characters going backwards when it comes to being friends instead of being in a relationship which is something that is not expected from a romance. The leading lady also decides to write a novel which is interesting also. The bonus story from the leading guy’s perspective with how he felt during the first chapter made me love him! At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about him but the bonus story made me love him. Overall, this is a fun time with a ton of self-discovery. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Laid Back Camp

When I saw this button on Etsy, I HAD to get it adorable fanart

I am definitely glad to be reading this series. It explains more about varying tools and locations of camping in Japan, a building of a good friendship, and more characters being added in with making it either fun or confusing we will see what happens. I love how the girls try to figure out different aspects of camping that they like best or how they experiment to make their overall camping experience better. Its a truly fun series that I would highly recommend. The only issue I have that the reason I cannot recommend this to absolutely everyone I know and love is number 1. in this particular volume there was alcohol consumption in it with someone being drunk (no worries it wasn’t underage but still) and 2. I understand that for some people, they need color in their manga especially when it comes to landscape etc. Because of that, you may want to check out the anime instead (which I will eventually). Overall though, I love this manga series and I am excited to continue on. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

High School Debut

So this was a reread that I never got a chance to review and man this was just as good as the last time I read it. The friend group is awesome, the moral lessons learned were very profound, and the relationship at least to me feels very healthy for a high school relationship. I definitely recommend it for a teens first manga. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow

This is a manga series I got in a romance lot a bit ago and finally got around to volume 2 this week!!

This is essentially a volume that discusses how to navigate friendship and build up to a sweet relationship. It continues where the first one left off but also has some more plot like navigating communication with a friend on the phone and going to a Summer festival (love those in manga/anime by the way). Overall though, I am curious how everything is going to turn out and its a fantastic manga if you want something for the summer. I just wish there was a little more communication between the two main girls. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The Love Song of Ivy K.Harlowe

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book is one that I believe a lot of people are not going to be able to read this. The author has listed the content/trigger warnings in the beginning of the book but I will give you the highlights, there’s a lot of unorthodox behavior with partying (in not the safe way) and toxic friendships.

There are a ton more intense scenes especially towards the end with panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms so if that is something you are not comfortable reading please don’t read this.

Other than the items listed above, there is a lot of self-discovery when it comes to friendships and relationships with one person impacting someone’s life not necessarily in the romantic sense. There’s a variety of representation in sexuality and illness which was a pleasant surprise but there were some moments that I did not necessarily agree with but with the story plot the way it was, it definitely fit.

Overall, this book is definitely going to stick with me although reading it itself can be a tough experience for emotions and for someone who has difficulty understanding love it can be especially tough. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Majesty

This was something that I decided to read because of the theme. Going into this book after the first one, I was thinking it could have gone one of two ways. It could have gone too predictable or it could have gone too off the rails that I could have been like nope nope nope this is dumb and dnfed it.

However, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book and how well love and self-discovery was executed here.

I loved seeing everyone’s new relationships and how they interpreted love with others as well as themselves.

There was also a lot of girl power involved as well with sisterly and friendship bonds.

Lastly, the antagonist perspective was unexpected but at the same time fitting considered the character but it makes me wonder, do you think she’s actually going to marry him or what? And secondly is the guy really that stupid??? Apparently so. We may never know though. But the other guys were awesome.

Overall, this was a very entertaining novel (and im definitely glad I didn’t listen to the audio this time that took forever) and I recommend it for people who love drama, girl power, and alternative american history. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Amanda

Thank you to Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the opportunity to read and review this book

Ok so this Christian Romantic Comedy went deeper than I ever could of expected it to. Theres a lot of discussion with chronic illness and how people could not believe the patient or just can’t find what is causing the pain. Theres also representation of someone being in the foster system that we definitely need more representation in adult romance that is done very well.

The social media aspect was also done right, although I was hoping for it to be a little more realistic at points.

The love was so deep and emotional that I almost cried at a couple of parts. I loved the music that they shared with each other and profound words.I have to say at this point, this is my favorite book in the series. The second -chance romance aspect was so beautiful.

I do however, have two things that I wanted to present not necessarily negative things but they do need to be said. I will warn you that this book in the series does have the most religious influence because of some Bible passages and music. However, in this aspect, it amplified the story because of the emotions that are already present. The other aspect that I was actually annoyed by was that this book felt a lot shorter than the others previous with more of the other couples (the other couples weren’t bad buttt……) I wanted more from this particular couple and to make this one shorter was a tragedy.

Overall, I loved this book and am curious if the last single lady will get a book or not. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Never Saw You Coming

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to Read and Review this book

This book is one that I believe that a lot of people may think its jarring but at the same time, it could help a ton of people too teens as well as adults. Some caveats first: Number one, if you are uncomfortable with religious influence and beliefs being put into your media, do not read this. I will also add that if you are questioning your faith and trying to understand how you personally feel about your faith, you may get a lot out of this book, I know I certainly did. Number 2. Even though this is following other characters, this is a companion book to More than Maybe by the same author and does spoil some points in that book. Because of that, I recommend reading that one first or if you haven’t, read that too. I hadn’t yet, however I had been meaning to so now I am going to.

Ok now that those caveats are out of the way, this is a fantastic book as a whole. There’s a ton of discussion, but also a ton of romance and self-discovery as well. If I were to recommend this book to a specific person in general, it would be to someone who has lost their way not religiously per say but just someone who may need to feel that they aren’t alone and that other people feel the same way they do and can move forward and be happy slowly and surely.

My one issue with this though, is that there were moments that I was unsure what was going on feeling like we were just getting scenes of their lives and not an all encompassing story especially when it comes to the epilogue. Overall though, I loved this story and I am excited to read more from this author. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. Please check out this book when it comes out on September 7th 2021.

The Week Ahead

So for the week ahead, I will probably be slowing down because of things starting to happen with work etc. However, I am really excited to continue more on reading more of my review books because of trying to make my Netgalley score higher but ultimately as you know I mood read/watch quite a bit so we will see. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Did you get as much as consumed as I did? Let’s talk about it!

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Good friend groups! My Definition and Some Recommendations

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to discuss good friend groups.

Now, what is a good friend group you may ask?

One that has good communication

One of the tropes that I have difficulty dealing with media is the miscommunication trope especially when it comes with friends. I think if you have a truly strong friendship with someone, there should be a strong communication also.

One that can be relatable

When it comes to the plots that have friend groups in them, no matter what it is via fantasy sci fi or even contemporary, I personally need a story I can relate to or at least understand such as when friends tease each other, when they have inside jokes, thoughtful words to each other and I especially love when the friends talk to each other about their hobbies and if they both love a particular hobby I love seeing those discussions also because I can relate to it.

One that has a ton of fun

I always love friend groups in media who have a traditions and fun adventures happening in their stories. They show how they got together in the first place, some of their personality traits, and overall helps their development move along. For example, I love when there are traditions of friends buying pizza and sitting in front of their tv binging a show or movies and in some instances slumber parties because it shows a buildup of friendship and sometimes a relationship.

Lastly, and maybe most important, One that no matter what happens, they’ll always be there for you

There is something to be said about friendships who stick together through years of being separated and doing their own path, but also when something happens to someone and they need their friends to be there for them physically or mentally. One of my psychology professors told me that social support is an essential buffer for preventing disorders so I appreciate when the friend group is there to support through thick and thin.

Recommendations

Anime/Manga

Horimiya

This manga/anime series is one that although it may seem like a stereotypical high school romance, it actually has one of my favorite friend groups of all time. Its because, although there’s some minor drama in this, it has fantastic communication among the characters and a huge emphasis on friendship not just love. I also love that the characters felt real and not 2D archetypes. Please check out this series if you haven’t already.

Book Series

Lunar Chronicles

So I picked this book series because this is one of those that the friend group was created not necessarily by choice. It was necessary because of the circumstances that were presented to the characters that they work together to save the universe. However, despite all of the obstacles, the friend group is so relatable with their conversations and fantastic discussions about their individual interests. Plus the shenanigans they come up with was hilarious although important to the story. Check the books out if you haven’t already!

TV Show

Big Hero 6 the series

This series is a like a slice of life sequel to the movie Big Hero 6. Although it still has a ton of superhero stuff also, the friend group in here is just so awesome. They are all vastly different people but they are all intelligent (in their own respectable way), they go on their own adventures but at the same time have some small traditions like getting together at one of the characters’ restaurant etc. Overall they are a fantastic friend group!

Movie

Perks of Being a Wallflower

I had to add this movie here because it is the epitome of a friendship story. The main character is a person who doesn’t have any friends at the start and the other two main characters bring him into their friend group with Rocky Horror Picture participation, going to football games, having a Secret Santa exchange, even Truth or Dare. There were also a few aspects of this that had how to tackle a first girlfriend and how to tackle what happens when friendship drifts apart. This is also a book so if you are not interested in watching the movie you can read the book too (although the soundtrack is amazing too). Check it out!

What’s Your Definition of a Good Friend Group??? Also Do you have any Good Friend Group Recommendations?? Let’s Talk about it!!!

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Weekly Check-in 07/03/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week I tried some new things but also caught up with some old favorites.

Because of that, I watched one TV show and two anime. I also read two volumes of manga, one graphic novel, and one book. Onto the media!

TV Show

Shadow and Bone

So my dad and I decided to watch this this week after I hyped it up for him based on the fandom. However, this show was a lot of fun. I know who the main characters are up to a certain point, but I know nothing about the plot of either book series so watching this show, made me invested in the characters, curious about what’s going to happen next, and intrigued by how the fantasy world works. I don’t know if I’ll read the books now, but I think as a person who hasn’t read the books can definitely still understand what’s going on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣because a couple of characters felt a little flat. We are definitely watching season 2 when it comes out.

Anime

Bungo Stray Dogs

So this is an anime/manga/light novel series that I had heard so many good things about, but at the same time, no one talks much about the plot or characters(at least not in ny circles). This is not for the faint of heart with a lot of violence, suicidal discussion, and a ton of manipulation of other characters.

The best way I can describe the series at the whole is think of a live action crime show with some episodic crimes and stories. However, there are bigger organizations at play and bigger plots and storylines with some supernatural tendencies that I have only scratched the surface of as of this week. Overall though, this is definitely living up to the hype, but there are some moments it does feel a bit much. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

One Piece

This week’s several episodes of One piece were ones that made me enjoy the characters more than before with curiosity about someone’s origin story (I know its coming I know it is I just want it to happen already) But overall, I am liking the twists and turns that are happening and I am still loving the show (although there are moments I am like really you are that goofy Luffy????) Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

The Drops of God

I saw this one randomly on Amazon Prime Reading library and I was intrigued

Ehhhhhh, I think either I was just the wrong audience for this or it just made me uncomfortable. It was very educational when it came to how to serve wine and how there is more than one way of becoming a wine connoisseur, however, the language in this and the negative visuals I just felt awful after I read it. I do understand that this is for certain audiences and I will recommend it for those people, however its not for me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Waiting for Spring

This manga volume was the quintessential summer vacation volume, festivals, fireworks, theme parks etc. I loved all of the romantic moments and the character growth that was presented as well. However, I am still not a fan of the character on this cover, he just isn’t my favorite. The other characters are great πŸ˜€. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Weeaboo

Thank you to Netgalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

I will be honest, I wasn’t sure how this graphic novel was going to go. However, I think if you are looking for seniors in high school trying to discover their places in the world and how living in fandom can affect the real world, this can be a great graphic novel for you. Be that as it may though, I had some issues with this.

First, I think the artstyle is unique and interesting, however, there were moments in this the paneling and placement in dialogue was confusing especially in the beginning of the story.

Second, I think to a lot of people there are going to be some language in here that are going to be offensive and could have been presented another way especially when it came to stereotypes and assumptions. Some were corrected towards the end but the others that remained, personally I wish it could have been presented a different way. A way that doesn’t date it or feel like old language.

Lastly, I personally think that the play panels were only necessary in the second half of the play during opening night but otherwise, were unnecessary. I think it was to attempt to show how a certain character was trying to overcome their sexuality and life but honestly I think its unnecessary because I am not sure its purpose.

Overall, I think again this is definitely a story to try, although I personally think this will make people unhappy more than enjoyable. Because of these points, I have to give this graphic novel a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣. This comes out on November 17th 2021 so if you’re interested, check it out then.

Novel

With You Forever

Thank you so much for Netgalley and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book

This series is one that seems to come to me in the moments I most need it. The leading lady and guy have been in lust with each other for awhile but circumstances arise to have them come together in the most fun and unique way from the others before. There is a ton of self-discovery with both characters but also they work together to create a beautiful slow-burning love that I felt a lot of different emotions for in a good way. I also loved that although it was a marriage of convenience plot, it didn’t feel stilted and strange. I think its because these characters have known each other for a long time and weren’t complete strangers but still I am not sure. I also appreciated all of their loving care both mentally and physically with each other because that is definitely my love language I have discovered. Overall, this may be my favorite book in the series so far (This keeps happening every time I read them so who knows if its me or the books haha) if I had one nitpick it would be there were a couple of characters that were side characters that I wasn’t able to visualize in my head they felt too much in the background to me even though they got a lot of book time. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. I loved it very much! This comes out Sept 14th 2021 so check out this series if you haven’t already.

The Week Ahead

This next week is going to be weird with Sunday being my birthday so I don’t know how that on is going to go but otherwise I am just going to be just going with the flow. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Reading Underrated Manga that my Favorite Manga Influencers Read: Did I like them???

Hey guys how’s it going?? This is about a wrapup of a challenge I set for myself these past two years to read some underrated manga from some of my favorite manga influencers everyone tagged talked about these manga on their Instagrams, blogs, even YouTube channels in some cases. Unfortunately due to the limitations of overdrive and out of print aspects, school, and general life I have only gone through half of what I was recommended and here they are!!! Overall I enjoyed all of these in some capacity and definitely want to continue on in these manga (spoiler alert I’ve inhaled a lot of high school debut since this started πŸ˜‚) but they’re all great.Also some of these recommendations have personally been given to me and also are general ones that intrigued me when I saw them on their respective platforms. Onto the Recommendations!!!

Dangeki Daisy

I was recommended this by instagrammer Sydneys_shelves. This manga is one I was told by several people to read it and it was so unexpected. It gave me Say I love you mixed with Takane and Hana vibes in the sense of there is an age gap romance with fantastic banter but there’s a lot of darker tones especially when it came to this volume. Because of that I don’t recommend this for middle schoolers I recommend it for high schoolers though. I enjoyed this volume in the sense that it was a great starting point but it’s one that has quite a bit of computer jargon so if that turns you off this may not be the best manga for you. I however, enjoyed that aspect along with the text messages because its something different than what I have read before. I definitely would recommend it for new manga readers as well. Because of these points, I have to rate this volume of manga a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it. (update: I am not sure at this point whether I am continuing on with the series, I think because I have a lot of other different series on my radar, but I may need more encouragement. Let me know!)

Otomen

This manga was recommended to me by a fellow instagrammer named Steepedinstories.  I was not sure how I would feel when I started reading this… if this was going to be a Boys Love story or going to be a competition involving cooking and sewing etc. However, I enjoyed the direction that the creator went with a mix of hilarity and seriousness with the characters and overall nice experience.
One thing I do want to let people know is that there are times when it feels repetitive when it comes to what the main character reacts to certain aspects of the story so if you’re not a fan of that don’t read this.
I also enjoyed that they discussed an overarching love story which in a sense reminded me of Ouran high school host club in the sense of the family scene (that’s all the spoilers I will say) with a mix of fighting and cooking and sewing etc. So if you like those aspects read this.
Overall, I would recommend this to people but I think I would go into this relatively blind and let the story lead you into it. Because of these points, I have to give this manga volume a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m excited to read more from this series (update: I have read three volumes of this series currently and I still love it!!)

High School Debut

This manga was recommended to me by blogger Litakinoanimecorner. This manga’s main plot is about a girl who’s sole goal in her first year in high school is to find a boyfriend and she enlists a coach to help her. First off, the artstyle is gorgeous it reminds me so much of the Peach Girl artstyle which is beautiful. There were also moments that I laughed out loud. I loved the characters and enjoyed the plot although predictable it was really fun.
Because of these points, I have to give this volume of manga a 4 out of 5 stars. (Update, I have read about 6 volumes of this, but I never made succinct reviews on them so I will read them again luckily I enjoyed them very much).

Mixed Vegetables

This was recommended to me by a youtuber as well as instagrammer named Lindsey Tut.  So this manga was one I was intrigued by because of the title and it didn’t disappoint. If you have watched the Yumeiro Patisserie anime and wanted something similar but with sushi as well as baking this manga is for you. It doesn’t have any magical aspects (at least not in this current volume) so if enjoy just cooking in a shoujo story I would definitely recommend this I also thought it was really hilarious the banter between the main characters and how they were all striving to become chefs. It goes to show that working hard can help you to strive getting better at something.
Overall, I think this was a fun story and definitely one that if you like all the aspects I just mentioned you’ll enjoy it. As far as child appropriateness though I don’t think I’d recommend it because it talks about high school marriage and it may be strange for them to read. Overall, I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars. (update: I have read four volumes of this series and I am currently enjoying it a lot).

Meru Puri

This was recommended to me by indie author and instagrammer Rachel R. Smith. This manga is one that really surprised me that I enjoyed it yet didn’t enjoy it at the same time. I loved the artstyle the characters and world are gorgeous looking. However, the romance was a tad unbelievable in the sense of the leading girl is supposed to fall in love with this little boy who only looks older when he still has the same little kid personality. It seems kind of strange how that would work but that’s probably the cynic in me. The plot was also mindless and predictable but at the same time it was hilarious perfect for someone needing a laugh.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable read and I would continue the rest of the series although I wouldn’t do it right away. (update at least at the moment, I have temporarily dropped this series it just got too weird for me.)

Conclusion

Overall, This was a fun project to do and thank you to my friends who helped. My favorite part was definitely finding out more about manga especially ones I haven’t heard too many people talk about. What about you guys? Did you find any new recommendations on this list? Did you find any new influencers as well? Let’s talk about it!

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I ordered a random Yuri/BL/Romance manga lot on eBay …. Did I like them?

I feel like this quote applies to all kinds of love.

Hey guys how’s it going? Recently I ordered a random Yuri/Boy’s love manga lot on ebay with quite a few well known series, but also quite a few underrated series as well. I bought this lot because I wanted to try all of these series in some form or fashion. Plus I wanted to expand my knowledge of Yuri and Boys love manga/anime because it is not something I normally read. If you do not know what Yuri is, it is a genre of manga/anime that involves a girl/girl actual romance not exactly sexualized but it can happen and Boys love/Yaoi is the male equivalent. There are also a couple of general romance manga volumes as well that have some unique items as well. To also make this fair I also only reviewed the first volume of every series that was in the lot even though there was multiple volumes of a series. Let’s see what I thought of these manga!

Yuri

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Vols 1-3

I wasn’t sure what to expect when it comes to this series.

This is a cute Yuri manga that takes place with two girls in the aquarium club. I think reading this manga has shown to me how much I enjoy soft stories about people learning about something new and moving to a new place. Also I appreciate the pacing that goes into the relationships and how happy-go-lucky it is. The only issue I had was that there was some miscommunication involved and there was a big space cadet…. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Yuri Life

This manga was not what I was expected at all.

First, this is an all color manga which had so many colorful panels and the formatting was a lot like Wotakoi Love is Hard for an Otaku (thankfully there’s no time confusion but I wouldn’t recommend this format for new manga readers nonetheless).

Second, this is an anthology of short stories with all different kinds of Yuri/Girl’s Love stories and couples that were all so cute and fun.

This is an adult manga so I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers, However, I think it was a good one for someone like me who is very new to Yuri and Girl’s Love because of all the different couples and unique stories to find out what you like. For instance, there’s a hilarious Grim Reaper and Woman Yuri story that I found so cute and then there was an age gap student teacher romance that was okay but not my favorite.

Anyway, overall I loved this and would definitely reread this over and over again if I want some Yuri short stories. However, I am not a fan of the format and if I had to change one thing it was that (although I loved all the color). Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Boys Love

BL Metamorphosis vol 1

I loved this so much! The character dynamic, the artstyle, and the plot was spot-on! It definitely presents the perspective of people who are fans of Boys Love and do not have many people to discuss it with. It also gave some beautiful panels of the manga that they were reading as well. I just wish where it ended wasn’t so abrupt I need more. 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Cherry Magic Vol 1

This was a manga that I have heard mixed things about, However, I enjoyed myself while reading this manga. This is a mature manga so I recommend it for people who are 18+ because of some graphic scenes, however it is a slowburn as far as the relationship. It does have some magical realism but it doesn’t ruin the enjoyment of the story.

My only issue I had with this and it may be more of a nitpick than anything else, was that there was a lot of perspectives in the story more than I expected. This also occurs in this strange order in the story as well sort of like afterthoughts in my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed myself while reading this volume and if its on sale, I’ll definitely continue this series. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

General Romance

Blue Flag vol 1

So reading this starting out the week, I can completely see the hype for it. However, this particular volume felt a little slow in plot. I know its going to get better, but still. This has someone helping someone else get with a classmate but there’s a twist that we find out at the end the very end. I already knew the twist going in because people spoil it in their reviews (I won’t do that but let’s just say its a very inclusive story).

The artstyle was very gorgeous and cute especially with one of characters looking like a chibi which was adorable.  I think though if you want to read this series, you need to have more than one after the first one because of the cliffhanger. Also think of it as a slice of life romance. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

5 centimeters per Second

So this was a manga that I was unsure about going into because I heard the anime movie was beautiful but not the best and essentially I felt like this was a story that had no point???? Ah! I am not trying to say I hated it but the ending left me unfulfilled. I feel like the reader was supposed to be invested in the characters’ love life and we were. However, there were a lot more profound words than plot and the ending! the ending! I am just like nooooooooooooo. I understand why it happened however, it still made me mad that the plot turned out the way it did. I think though I was mainly mad because of the guy stringing everyone along and just turned into a milktoast. I did however, appreciate how the girls/women handled themselves towards the guy. I think if you’re interested in an unfufilled story with some profound quotes, check this out but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend this. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

My Androgynous Boyfriend vol 1

So hmmm I read this this week and um suffice it to say I am not sure how I feel. First, I am not uncomfortable with the premise let me just put that out there right now. I am however, uncomfortable with all of the deception that occurs with this relationship. It kind of feels like its more convenient than anything else. But there were some wonderful moments in this volume that I loved dearly and the characters were hilarious. The only other issue I had with this volume was that there were a couple of moments that I was confused on who’s who. This could have been on purpose but I don’t know for sure. Overall though, I can definitely see what the hype is about and if I am interested in continuing I am curious to see what other antics the characters get into next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I think what I have learned from this project is that romance can be interpreted in different ways especially when it comes to manga. This seller did group this lot very well with the variety of manga that was presented. For me personally, I enjoyed most of these works and the ones I was on the fence about or did not like, it happens and that’s ok someone else will appreciate them. What about you guys? What did you think of this kind of post? Are you a fan of these series too? What kind of romance do you like reading? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-In 06/26/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! So this week along with the “normal” scheduled activities, I went on a road trip with the family. The first one since the current world craziness haha.

The Muppets are the best!

Because of that, This week, I was able to watch two anime series along with one tv show. I was also able to read five volumes of manga and two novels. Onto the media!!

Anime

Horimiya

This is the newest contemporary anime out there so I had to check it out.

So after listening to this podcast<- one anime at a time (check it out if you want some indepth anime reviews) about this anime, I had to check it out and I can definitely see the hype.

It gives me Say I Love You vibes but with an opposing character dynamic. There’s also a lot more guy stuff for a contemporary romance along with so far not a lot of unnecessary drama which was refreshing. I was also sort of watching the first episode with my parents and my dad did give a couple of chuckles in(he’s not an anime person at all so I will take that as a win).

Overall, though I am enjoying my time watching it, I think my only issue I have with it is that time is very weird when it comes to the order of episodes but since I don’t know the source material yet I am not sure if that’s intentional or not. Because of these points though, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

One Piece

This photo is featuring Sanji! He’s one of my fave characters

Sigh, so much happened in this week’s episodes yet so little happened all at once. I feel like its now gotten so far onto left field that I can’t explain. But its still fun and I am going to continue watching it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Great Food Truck Race

Yeah guys, I think this will be a regular occurrence until my family and I catch up to the latest season but I have to say this season, season four is my favorite one so far in this binge watch. I liked it because it was all an equal playing field and who you think is going to win, doesn’t. Because of that, I am going to give this season a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Standalone

5 Centimeters per Second

I read this manga for an upcoming blog post check it out if you’re interested

So this was a manga that I was unsure about going into because I heard the anime movie was beautiful but not the best and essentially I felt like this was a story that had no point???? Ah! I am not trying to say I hated it but the ending left me unfulfilled. I feel like the reader was supposed to be invested in the characters’ love life and we were. However,  there were a lot more profound words than plot and the ending! the ending! I am just like nooooooooooooo. I understand why it happened however, it still made me mad that the plot turned out the way it did. I think though I was mainly mad because of the guy stringing everyone along and just turned into a milktoast. I did however, appreciate how the girls/women handled themselves towards the guy.  I think if you’re interested in an unfufilled story with some profound quotes, check this out but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend this.  Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. 

Series Starters

LDK

So I read the first chapter of this manga in a sneak peek and I was just ehhh I don’t know….. welll…..

This manga was one I have heard so many good things about and I after reading the sneak peek was not sure how the dynamics between the main characters was going to be. However! I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the dynamic between the leading characters and the female best friendship(even though the other girls are just so meannnn-.- ) some of them just need a knock on their head. Anyhow, I also although in my particular real life love life getting tricked can get really annoying, but I loved the guy doing that and how wholesome he can be (although he can be a butt too). Overall though, this manga was a really great start to a series and I am really excited to see what happens next. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy

This volume took a turn I wasn’t expecting it to go. I loved that there was behind the scenes discussion on how to animate an original anime and that there was an added character to make some of the more supporting characters out to light. I also appreciated the spotlight of how copying other people can be awful for personality etc.

I think though, I wished there was more romance involved than there was but maybe that will happen in the future who knows?

If you enjoy Skip Beat but you want a high school perspective and voice acting check out this series. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

BL Metamorphosis

The start of this volume was a very good transition from the previous volume with the start of a convention. I enjoyed the parallels between the two main characters trying to navigate their fandom lives and the other aspects of their lives and at the end with a book club like aspect that was really fun also. I think my favorite part though was the younger character started to create her own artwork to eventually become an manga artist and her favorite artist’s humble beginnings being shown to the reader at the same time was very moving to me. Because of those points, I have to give this one a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣 only because I am not sure how this is going to go in future volumes.

Series Finale

Practice makes Perfect

This was an adorable finale with a ton of adorable yet sensual moments. There was a lot of good relationship buildups as well with both characters doing their own thing before an adorable (yet for me a bit intense) proposal. Overall though, I really enjoyed all four volumes but I have to say this one and the first volume were my favorites. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Advanced Physical Chemistry

Trigger warnings for food restricting, Negative Self-talk, and someone having a heart attack. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one because it could have gone a couple of different directions. However, I enjoyed it but had some nitpicks.

First, I enjoyed the plus sized, fangirl, nice girl representation she was so much fun and hilarious at times. However, I felt like there could have been more discussion about how the main character does food restricting and how she has some self-discovery.

Second, I enjoyed the leading guy as well, but I wished we got more of his perspective, he has a very deep story even more than the leading lady and having more of his perspective throughout the book would have made things better than just the epilogue.

Lastly, maybe this was just me, but I wanted more STEAM/STEM content. The leading girl works as a US Patent Examiner, I wanted to know more about the job than what I recieved. I know that particular aspect is one that not everyone wants in their romance, but I wanted it especially if they are advertised as such.

Overall, I liked this book and I am going to continue reading this author’s books. But, I can understand how these will not be for everyone. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

This along with A Girl like Her got me interested in Talia Hibbert’s work and after reading Act your Age Eve Brown I wanted to go back and read the others.

I knew there was a reason I wanted to go backwards after reading Act Your Age, Eve Brown.

This book gave a character that I learned about in the previous book because they paralleled in so many different ways, but at the same time, deeper. There are also some similar themes to A Girl Like Her but in a different way which was nice that it was similar but not the exact same. Her characters and words make me feel all of the emotions in this book, and I can definitely relate to Chloe as well as Eve. I also appreciated how the leading guy acted with having an edgy exterior but also a soft interior that isn’t too sensitive in my personal opinion. They were presented a full flushed out perspective which is something that I think helps me get invested in relationships in books. Overall though, I loved this book and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be the days before my birthday (July 4th or USA independence day). So I am going to be very flexible when it comes to my media consumption. What about you guys? What have you watched or read this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Books to Read Based on Your Summer Drink Order: Princessreadsalot Presents!

I love summer, and as a teacher, summer has been my time to revive my creativity, read what I want, and enjoy the outdoors. At the moment, we’re in the middle of a heatwave, and we’ve spent the last three days sitting in the middle of our freezing cold splash pad and eating popsicles. I think a lot more people love summer vacation, too, because there were a lot of great books to choose from to make this list. Along with Vanessa (@nessas.lair), I made (and drank!) these fun beverages; if you want to know how to make them, check out Vanessa’s blog: https://nessaslair.com/ . Onto the recommendations!


The Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz paired with a Virgin PiΓ±a Colada

Lana Torres has just joined the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runnerβ€”the only player without a dragon steedβ€”is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance. After finishing The Blazewrath Games last year, I went around telling everyone that it was my favorite fantasy standalone and my favorite dragon story. And then I found out that a second book was coming out; I can’t wait to get my hands on The Dragonblood Ring. Enjoy  the national drink of Puerto Rico- a PiΓ±a Colada- while reading this awesome dragon story!

You Have a Match by Emma Lord paired with an Iced Campfire Mocha

Emma Lord has some of the cutest and sweetest books. If you loved Tweet Cute, this adorable book will be right up your alley. In You Have a Match, Abby signs up for a DNA service mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister. When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents. After meeting, they decide to attend the same summer camp to figure out why Savannah was given up for adoption.  There are some complications when Leo also shows up for summer camp, and Abby has to learn a lot about herself. I promise you’ll enjoy the sweet book and our version of an iced campfire mocha!

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn paired with a Mochi Matcha Latte

In I love You So Mochi, Kimi is obsessed with fashion and transforming outfits, and when her mom and her get in a huge fight over it, she decides to accept an invitation to visit her estranged grandparents in Kyoto for spring break.  When she arrives in Japan, she’s met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the city’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival — and meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. The mochi described in this book is better than what I can find in my local grocery stores. See if you can find a good store before picking up this love story!

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane Kate O’Shaughnessy paired with a Blueberry Lemonade

Do you love the β€œFound Family” trope? The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane showed me how cute that trope can be.At the beginning of the book, eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane recognizes her father’s laugh on her car radio.  Going against her mom’s wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ dad’s new show. When he announces he’ll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride too. These are not the people Maybelle would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they’re searching for things too. And the journey will bond them into the best kind of family. Pour yourself some sweet lemonade and pick up The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane. (P.S. This is the kind of book that will make you cry sweet, happy tears, so if you’re looking for a good cry, this will do it.)

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston paired with a Crystal Ball Frappuccino

Have you jumped on the Amari fan train yet? If you haven’t, let me be the push that gets you! Amari’s brother has gone missing, but no one is doing anything about it. Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate. Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kidsβ€”who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives. If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs, but Amari is given an illegal ability that has a lot to do with the crystal ball you see on the cover. Try out our Crystal Ball Frappuccino and maybe you’ll get some supernatural abilities, or at least fall in love with a new book!

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus paired with an Iced Coffee or an Avocado Smoothie

If you love a good teen mystery, The Cousins is fantastic!  Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other. And, they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised and curious, but they all decide to go. The cousins are very specific about their drink orders in this book particularly an iced coffee. It’s my favorite drink but basic. So we’ve added an avocado smoothie for all of the parents and the grandma because they’re very extravagant and fancy!

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch paired with a Gelato Affogato

Before Lina’s mom died, she asked her to get to know her father in Tuscany. Upon arrival she is given a journal that her mother kept while there, and Lina discovers secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her fatherβ€”and even herself. Love and Gelato is magical just like the drink we’ve created. They’re both super sweet!

The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim paired with a Forbidden Fruit Boba Tea

Rick Riordan Presents is a new imprint publishing some awesome books (Aru Shah and the End of Time, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, and others)! And, The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim is fantastic. Set in Koreatown, LA, Riley Oh can’t wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister’s footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she’s a saram- a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she’s ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community. Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie’s magic? This book is full of the sleuthing, quests, secrets, and unique gods that you’d expect from Rick Riordan, and a Forbidden Fruit Boba Tea will get you a pass into this magical world. 

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee by Jeff Zentner paired with a Frappula Frappuccino

Jeff Zenter’s books have made me cry, and this is one no different. I promise happy sweet tears from Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee. In the book, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood on Friday nights, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnight Matinee on the local cable station TV Six. But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.  Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnight Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.  It’s a sweet novel full of meaningful moments and campy vampires to go with your Frappula Frappuccino.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins paired with a Mint tea

If you love short stories, this is a fantastic anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins. In β€œThe End of Love” by Nina LaCour, Flora signs up to (voluntarily) retake geometry. She unexpectedly re-encounters a group of three friends (one of whom she hasn’t stopped thinking about) and decides to go on a weekend camping trip with them. On the trip they find mint leaves and pluck them to make into tea. So that’s exactly what we’ve done! Enjoy some of your favorite tea with these sweet stories.

Whether you’re on summer vacation or using vacation time, camping or traveling, or road-tripping or hiking, we hope you have a lovely summer and let us know what you’re reading in the comments!

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Weekly Check-in 06/19/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-In time with the theme being playing catch-up

Because of this, I watched one anime movie, one anime series, and one tv series. I read three novels off of Netgalley and six volumes of manga in various ways (physical, netgalley and digitally respectively). Onto the Media!

Anime Movie

A Whisker Away

This was a movie my dear friend Nessa.lair recommended in my discord in May and I finally got around to watching it

This movie has a lot of emotion involved and also a lot of cats. I am strange and don’t mind animated cats but when it comes to real life cats, I frighten easily. However, with this movie cats only played as a visual as an animal imagining yourself as an animal instead of being living as a human because of how bad human life is to unhappy people. There’s a lot of feels involved, but there are also moments that were there that I felt like were added things for dramatic effect. Overall though, if you like Spirited Away and stories like that I believe you’ll like this. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Series

One Piece

Like My Hero Academia, I realize I am probably going to be talking a lot about One Piece so I will be posting some photos I have took related to the series This one is of Zoro

This week’s watching of One Piece was a lot of much the same as previous. However, there are also a lot of intriguing stories (background on Zoro for instance but also an awesome time traveling aspect as well). Overall, I am really excited what happens next 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

The Great Food Truck Race

My family just finished season three of this show this week and we enjoyed how everyone worked from scratch how to become fantastic food truck sellers with some ups and downs that were unexpected. Whoever won, was unfortunately expected, however, I am still enjoying the show and we are still going to continue the show as much as we can. Because of these points, I am still giving this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

If This Gets Out

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to read and review this book

First, Trigger warnings for parental shame, car accidents, LGBTQIA+ ‘s being forced closeted,miscommunication, underraged drug use, and underage drinking.

Did you ever wonder what could have happened if Lance Bass was younger when he came out and dated one of the other band members in the process?? This book is for you. This presents the negative implications of being in a famous boy band that was negatively controlled by their record company especially when it comes to their image. Although at first, I wasn’t sure how this book was going to go, I appreciated what was presented such as the act of coming out as a public figure and what is best for yourself vs what is best for your career. There’s a ton of friendship feels, relationship feels, and family moments that makes the book deeper than I expected in a good way. Plus I loved all the music pop star education that shows the authors’ research in the music industry. My only gripe is that I had was that it took me a little bit more time to get invested in on one of the characters’ perspectives (I think I just was getting annoyed at some of his inner thoughts but I am sure this character is perfect for someone else to relate to). Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. Check this book out on Dec 2021 if you’re interested!

Instructions For Dancing

Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This is a book that has a lot of different elements; romance,friendship, family dynamic, dancing, etc. But the overall theme is love. I love that there were a ton more profound quotes than I was expecting and the twist at the end! Ah! it made me feel a ton of emotions Overall, I have to say bookwise this will be now my favorite from Nicola Yoon, and I am definitely excited for more from her. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This is already out so please check it out if you haven’t already.

If The Shoe Fits

Thank you to Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book was my first from Julie Murphy and although I have heard fantastic things about her, I was still hesitant going into this book. However!!!!! I was pleasantly surprised with how much I truly enjoyed this book.

There’s a Cinderellaesque story in here but at the same time, it was the kindest Cinderella retelling I have read thus far. This was also the most behind the scenes reality show book I have read so far with a lot of background information on what it takes to create a “bachelor/bachelorette” type show but not in a crude way.

I also liked the fashion designer concept on top of the play on shoes (as a shoe/accessory girl that hit my heartstrings). I truly enjoyed all the characters also even the one I was supposed to hate because they felt real/three dimensional I could even imagine the actors who have played these characters.

Overall, I am excited to see what the future of this series holds and Julie Murphy is now on my radar because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. This comes out Aug 3rd 2021 so check it out when it does!

Manga

Series Starters

Nina the Starry Bride

Thank you Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga

Now this is a story that gives me some comparisions to a lot of the royalty period pieces; Yona of the dawn, Fushigi Yuugi, Story of Saiunkoku,etc. However, this time its an orphan posing as a princess in the castle. I think this story is very intriguing with the court politics, the use of constellations as a mythos/teaching, and of course the brimming romance that is most likely going to brew (I can just bet but, I have been wrong before) I think though, the only issue I had with this volume was that I couldn’t tell the main character from her companions at first (but that’s just me). Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. This is already out along with two other digital volumes so check it out if you can!

Series Continuations

Kiss Him Not Me

This volume was the part in the anime that made me fall in love with the series the leading lady trying her best to navigate the school festival and the guys’ first time at comiket (Japan’s version of a comic-con) and that was pretty hilarious and awesome. It also shows more about the guys’ feelings about the leading lady but overall this was a fun volume and I am excited to continue on. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Boarding School Juliet

This is definitely a manga series that I feel like I am picking up when I am just looking for something to read that is silly yet dramatic and interesting. This introduces some malicious characters (even more than the main ones) and they develop an intense subplot that leaves on a cliffhanger. I love the romance that is developing and how they build each other up despite everyone else around them trying to build them down. We also learn more about the girl on the cover and I like how these people are becoming more three dimensional as the chapters go on. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Still Sick

This volume of this manga definitely has a back and forth feel between the main characters so there was a lot of confusion and miscommunication involved. It kinda felt more like a buildup of the characters/filler volume but still it was enjoyable, the art is beautiful, and I am excited to read the final volume. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Lovesick Ellie

This volume made me invested in both characters which was definitely necessary for me personally to keep going with this series. There was also an added character to help elevate the male perspective which I appreciated. I think my only issue with this one, was that there was so much character development happening I wanted the plot to move, but that is also something I know that can be a personal issue that not everyone has. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

My Androgynous Boyfriend

I was a bit hesitant when it came to this particular volume of manga because the previous volume was a tad bit deceptive when it comes to the relationship aspect and entertainment aspect. However, this volume made me feel more for the relationship and characters, but the entertainment aspect was allllll over the place. So much so that I was confused on the transition of the plot from one aspect to the other. Thankfully, it was easier than last time, although it was still difficult. I am not sure whether I am going to continue with the series or not, but I do recommend it if you are looking for a unique slice of life story. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

This week is going to be continuing to catch up on some of things that have been on my backlog plus continuing forward and consuming the media I would like to consume. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Did you have to catch up too? Let’s talk about it!

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Realism and Unbelievability in Contemporary Media: Why I need a Happy Medium with Some Recommendations

Hey guys how’s it going? Today is going to be a discussion post about Contemporary media’s realism…

Now you’re probably wondering… what exactly does that mean? There are moments for me personally, especially when I first starting reading contemporary books where I read some stories that I felt like this could happen, this is real for me, I could believe the story. However, there are some stories that take place in a contemporary setting, that feel like they could only happen in the media that I am consuming or its only going to happen to specific characters. This post is going to discuss why I personally need a happy medium to my contemporary media because there are times when I want a fun entertaining story, but if there are some realistic characters or plotlines that occur, it can be more relatable and better for me. Also as a disclaimer before I get started: this is a personal opinion, and I am not trying to call anyone out for liking one or the other. I am just trying to show why mixing the aspects works best for me with of course some recommendations. Onto the discussion!

First, I need to relate to the character in some way, but if I don’t, I need to understand them.

There are moments in contemporary media, where the characters in the story can feel like they are stereotypes or archetypes. I can overlook these moments if the plot is very good or it is satirical trying to make fun of itself. Otherwise though, I need to relate to the character or at least I need to understand what their motivations are if I don’t directly relate.

Examples/Recommendations

Book: Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek is an example of a mix of both a relatable character and a character that I cannot relate to, but I can understand their motivations. First, one of the characters that has a perspective in this story has anxiety and autism spectrum disorder, and they are going to their very first convention. They reminded me of how I felt at my first anime convention and how anxious I could be. The other perspective is another character who is a vlogger who is bisexual and Asian American and I honestly cannot relate to that at all; however, I still loved both perspectives of this story because I was able to understand and relate to both the characters and plots as a whole. Check this book out if you haven’t already.

Anime: Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun

This anime/manga series is an example of the characters being archetypes/stereotypes, but since the plot was satirical/making fun of itself, I enjoyed it. The main characters are a mangaka of a shoujo manga and a person who is in love with him sucked into the world of creating a manga with inspiration from other characters such as the “suave flirty” one and the “emotional sensitive” one. They are stereotypes that I can understand but do not relate to with a still entertaining show. Check this out if you haven’ t already either the anime or manga (I haven’t read the manga yet though).

Second, I need the plot to be realistic, but if it isn’t, I don’t want there to be romanticization (thinking love can solve the problem) or plots that seem unnecessary or are used for dramatic effect.

So plot for me is something that is important for me on top of my characters. If I know going in that the characters are realistic but the plot is totally off the wall crazy unrealistic and that’s expected, I can lower my expectations on the story going in. However, if the characters are unrealistic and the plot is unrealistic in my contemporary media, then wouldn’t it just be considered a fantasy but put in a contemporary time and setting??? (I’ll let you be the judge there). There’s also the difficulty that tends to occur especially in books and manga but can also apply to other forms of media that when trying to make sure they write more diverse stories and also prolonging the story that is being told that they need to add little tidbits that help move the story along like I’ll give a contemporary book example with a book I read that had a wedding plot with two people and the main girl was anxious etc. the author had the audacity to add she was anxious because she was a tertiary bystander in a shooting out of nowhere! It could have just been left that the girl was anxious with an anxiety disorder and the plot would have been fine for me. There’s also the aspect of adding a physical and mental health component that helps with plot and romanticizing that the characters get cured because of love and *blergh* that annoys me so much. I have a few recommendations on a blog post that involves health inclusion that has books and media that don’t do that check it out if you’re interested .

Examples/Recommendations

Anime Movie: Ride Your Wave

Ok this isn’t completely contemporary with some minor magical realism elements, However, I do have to commend it for its plot. Its realistic in its timeline in the sense that it gives enough time between events of the story but also the emotional grief that is presented. For instance, this plot has two people falling in love (we get ample time with them falling in love), one of them dies and we get time with the person who survives trying to understand more about the person who died and dealing with the grief, and lastly the ending is not they end up with someone else, but they end up on their own path that at the end with still being in love but moving forward as realistically as they can. Yes, this is a sad movie at times but it has the right amount of joyful moments as well that feels realistic. The magical realism aspects help move the plot along, but the plot is not solely reliant on it. So if this interests you, please check it out.

Manga: High School Debut

This is a manga series that although my high school romantic life was not exactly like this, it feels realistic to me in the sense of a person learning lessons on how to be a proper high schooler getting new friendships, tackling a first serious relationship, etc. The plot feels like if it was expanded to a screen rather than a book/manga, it could go through every step of the relationship/life of this high school group of friends without feeling rushed or feeling unrealistic for teenagers. Check this out if you are interested!

Lastly, I know contemporary literature is supposed to be fun and fluffy for most people but frankly, life isn’t always that way.

This is probably the biggest reason why I read realistic fun contemporary stories. Yes, I need the escapism into a story just like everyone else. But, there are also times when I want to read or watch something that has something I am going through or I want to learn about something I have never experienced before in a contemporary setting. For instance, LGBTQIA stories in general I cannot relate to the characters, the plots are not something I can exactly relate to and understand, and sometimes I need a glossary or more explanation on everything. However, I still want to learn about what romance for them can be like and appreciate when stories are presented to help me understand. Contemporary life isn’t always happy-go-lucky how it can be in media with unrealistic expectations. Sometimes things happen but also sometimes we need that bubble.

Examples/Recommendations

TV Show: Big Bang Theory

I know I know not everyone likes this show because of some of the humor that is presented. However at my house, we appreciated the humor and the time line that was presented it felt realistic it was understandable and now as a family we are trying to find a show that is similar for the whole family to enjoy. Yes, towards the end it did feel like they were trying to stretch things too far too long to make it feel too silly but overall I would highly recommend this show because there are realistic situations that happen but its also a ton of fun to watch too.

Movie: Bandslam

Ok this is my favorite movie of all time. I know it seems weird because of Disney stars etc. But it has music, it has a decent timeline, it has both realistic characters and plot and its about coming into yourself trying to embrace who you are as well as trying to create the most awesome band ever. It has romance as well but it is not what is expected which is another reason why I put it here. Overall, it definitely as a movie represents my “happy medium”of contemporary media.

I hope this helps everyone understand my feelings about contemporary media and why I need a “Happy Medium” Check out these recommendations if you haven’t already. What about you guys? How do you feel about your contemporary media?? Do you need a “happy medium” too? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 06/12/21

Hey guys how’s it going? This week was one where I started to do some organizing and cleaning at my house for the summer

However, with all of the cleaning I somehow watched one movie, two TV shows, and two anime. I also read five volumes of manga. Onto the Media!

Movie

The Outlaw Josey Whales

The movie was one I kept seeing pieces of when it was on TV. Trigger warnings for violence, offensive language especially with Native Americans, and attempted rape more than once. This movie also takes place in 1860s Texas (although the setting doesn’t seem realistic at points) and ends up having a found family aspect that was really sweet. This is not something for everyone, but I think if you are someone that wants to explore the western genre and like Clint Eastwood check out this classic. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Cursed

My dad and I watched this show together and for a fantasy show it was pretty cool

Wrapping up this show this week left much to be desired but at the same time wrapped up a decent story. The twists and turns on King Arthur mythology on top of Norse Mythology and the religious aspect was amazing yet terrifying all at once. There’s also the thirst of power and an all star cast of characters too. I think though, this is something that can be intense for younger viewers but fantastic for adults and older teens. Overall, I would recommend this show and if there’s a second season that would be awesome, however it does work as a standalone story also. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Great Food Truck Race

My boyfriend got me hooked on this show and now I have the family hooked.

This week my family and I watched the second season, however, this particular season had a lot more drama between teams and some were a bit more petty than others (even cheating!) but I enjoyed how different the challenges were this time and the different cities seeming like a mountain on the USA map. Overall though, we enjoyed the show and are excited to continue on. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

My Hero Academia

I am putting Urakaka in this spot because the latest episodes spotlighted her in the best way

I think every two weeks or so, I have decided to play catch up with this show. I love all the new background information and new characters that bring some new perspectives and a ton of fun. However, I am over Deku’s arc right now. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

One Piece

This anime is definitely more fun and lessonfilled than I expected. To me it even compares to the feels of fairy tail but its unique at the same time. I am hoping, as the series goes on, that I enjoy it even more. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Thank you to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga

Trigger warnings for attempted rape. Reading this manga, I was a tad bored by the romance and I felt like I wasn’t invested in the main characters. I can definitely tell that is would be awesome for a certain audience, but for me being exposed to several vampire stories throughout my life, I was bored. Because of these points for me personally, I had to give this manga a 3-3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Boys Run the Riot

Thank you to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga.

Trigger warnings for bullying, trans hate, and negative self-identification. This manga is one that has been hyped for the last month upon writing this and with good reason. There’s trans representation that feels to me very genuine especially with the internal conflict. To me, this gave me the combination of feels with the anime Smile Down the Runway with the anime/manga of Beck Mongolian Chop Squad. I appreciate the feels that this volume gave me with the feeling of being included with also friends being able to come together sharing a common goal to follow their dreams. The artstyle is also amazing and very distinctive. Overall, I am very excited to continue this series in the future and would definitely recommend this. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Carole and Tuesday

This is a fantastic anime that I found out was becoming a manga and needed to pick it up.

This manga definitely gave me the same feels as the anime except without the music (which I also love) Everything just flowed and was fantastic. Definitely if you love the anime you’ll love this manga and vice versa. If you love music, science fiction, and fantastic female friendships check this out. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family

This manga is one that you can easily put down or read in one sitting or be able to look through a little at a time with some plot interspersed. I loved the variety of recipes and character interactions that were presented in this one. I think my only issue with that was that for me in particular, there were some characters towards the end of the story that I didn’t know but that personally is a me problem not a manga problem. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Love in Focus

This manga is one that I have heard fantastic things about especially since photography is a passion of mine.

I think for most people when it comes to manga series there comes a time where there is one or two things in a second volume. 1. More action occurs and 2. More information is thrown at you about the world etc. In this instance, this has more action occurring more feelings becoming known and its just the right amount of intrigue and romance and fun that I wonder how it ends. On top of that, we learn more about photography and how important it can be. Overall, if you’re interested in a series with photography and a slow burning romance triangle, check this out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I think I am going to attempt to read some more. However, I am not sure how that will happen. We will see what happens. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Lets talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 6/05/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week had a lot of watching because of my work was wrapping up for the summer, the summer holiday season started this week, plus I was watching quite a bit of stuff with my dad.

I used to love Garfield as a little kid (Cartoon cats are my only exceptions to my fear of cats)

Because of this, I watched three movies and three TV shows along with two anime. I also read one manga volume and listened to one podcast. Onto the media!

Movie

The Darkest Hour

My dad and I decided to watch this movie on Memorial Day and to me that was fitting.

This movie was one that definitely helped me to see Winston Churchill in a new light especially when it comes to the events of World War II that are discussed here. It also shows how difficult the role of a prime minister of a country can be when half of the political arena is opposed to every move they make. I think my one issue though, is the way they presented Churchill’s secretary; I am sure he probably did have someone like that on his staff who probably was treated the same if not less than the person in this role, however, there were moments that she felt like she took too much time away from Churchill. Because of that along with my positive thoughts, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Hotel Artemis

A blind movie my dad again picked out for us to watch thankfully the trailer intrigued me enough to watch it with him

I think I had too high expectations going into this movie after watching the trailer. I liked that there was a lot of cool technology, a dystopian world, and morally grey characters. There were also a ton of one-liners that I laughed out loud at. However, for me personally, I wished to know more about everyone’s background and that there was more to the story and characters than what was presented plus what happens now?? Because of that, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

American Hustle

This movie is one that my dad has had on his list for a lonnnnng time and I was curious about this also. Trigger warnings for attempted rape, racial profiling towards Arabs, and overall awful language. All the actors in this movie are ones that I have seen in other places and they all expanded their experience and prevented themselves from being type casted in my book, the mystery was also very fun and deep dove into a lot of different things into the 70s culture/scene and I could feel for most of the characters (except for one). Overall, I was very intrigued throughout the movie and my only issue towards the end was that the ending took too long to finish. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Cursed

So this series is based on a young adult novel with the same name and although I haven’t read this novel, I still enjoy this series and here’s why: First, trigger warnings for violence, body horror, negative religious undertones, and quite a bit of bullying. Second, to the positives: The world so far is very vast and lush with a twist of King Arthur mythology with some others that I am unsure of at the time of writing of this blog post. There also is a lot of mystery and good one-liners but at the same time, there are a lot of people that you love to hate similar to Game of Thrones. There’s also some fun graphic transitions that are visually appealing that go from one character perspective to another with ease. My only issue I have so far is that some of the episodes seem too long and I am just hoping its going to finish strong. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Great Food Truck Race

This week I decided to show my family the great food truck race and so we decided to watch from the very beginning and wow I can understand why things have changed so much since this first season but also why they made things equal in the future. Overall though, my family thought it was very fun and they would enjoy more seasons. Because of these points, I have to give this season a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Storage Wars

This is a series that really fascinates my family and I because of the gamble but also because of what people actually store in abandoned storage units (its very interesting). What is more unique to this show this week was that there was a lot more negative conversations plus they decided to go to Vegas (this is based in California). So this part of the season was a bit disappointed but overall though, this is something we as a family we can continue watching in the future. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Rent-a-Girlfriend

Is it bad that I had a bad feeling about this series from the moment I heard about it?? Probably. I think though because of the fashion of the female characters and the fact that fake dating is a concept in stories that I enjoy when its done well. However, with this series, I am really not a fan of any of the characters except for a couple of them and the plot is just I understand but at the same time, it seems very stupid in not a fun way. Trigger warnings for bullying, sex jokes with the male perspective, suicide jokes, and so much miscommunication I am going to scream. Because of these points, I have to give this 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣.

One Piece

This was to me a series that I was intimidated by…..

This is an anime that is a fantastic undertaking, First, Trigger Warnings for cursing, violence, both verbal and physical abuse, and a lot of deception (but with pirates that is expected along with drinking). Well I wasn’t sure if I was going to tackle a big hyped series after I tried Bleach and of course obsessing and loving Fairy Tail and Inuyasha, but, I did somehow and I am pleasantly surprised with how much I am enjoying this anime. I think because, like Fairy Tail and Inuyasha you are met with all sorts of different characters that fit together so well with one over arching goal but, there’s also an amazing expansive world that I have only seen a snippet of. I have a feeling this will be a show that I stick to for the rest of the summer. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dub Talk

I think I have talked about this podcast at least a couple of times on this blog, but I really enjoy what they have to say.

I feel like this podcast is always a fun one to listen to on my commute because 1., they always tell me about different anime out there that I may have heard of but I didn’t know what it was about, and 2. It sounds like a group of friends having an hilarious discussion about voice actors and their respective roles. This week I listened to several that turned me onto some anime that I may not have found on my own. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣

Manga

Series Starters

Otaku Elf

The last time I read a manga like this, I enjoyed it, but at the same time, it had way too much nudity for my liking. This one though, is very wholesome and gives me the feels of Kamisama Kiss, but more of a friendship between two friends one being wise beyond their years with needing some assistance with the modern world, and the other being a child who needs assistance with traditional elven culture. My only issue with this is that it can get dated depending on the otaku content. Overall, I am excited to continue on and will have to give this manga a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

For the week ahead as well as for the summer, I want to try and tackle some reading/watching some series that have been on my list that throughout the year were put on the back-burner. I am excited to accomplish that (or at least attempt it). What about you guys? What have you read and watched this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 05/29/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time today! This week I got quite a bit done reading and watching despite consuming a variety of media with getting some reviews done also.

There are a few pieces in this post that I reviewed for Netgalley so check them out when they come out.

This week I was able to watch one movie and tv show with the family and read two novels one on audio and one physically. I also read four volumes of manga as well. Onto the media!

Movie

Love Happens

This was a blind rom watch with the family

Trigger warnings for grief, car accident, and a moment of cheating. To me this is something that has some romantic moments, but it is not one that that’s what it is all about. This is mainly about the male character overcoming his grief and meeting a cute florist along the way. It also has lovely scenes of Seattle, Washington to make me feel like I was there with the characters. However, there are some times when the humor can be considered offensive, so keep that in mind. Overall though, it was a fantastic movie, nevertheless it is very deceptive at first glance. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Storage Wars

My family and I really enjoy the Texas version of this series so we wanted to try the original one on Discovery +

This is a series that really fascinates my family and I because of the gamble but also because of what people actually store in abandoned storage units (its very interesting). What is more unique to this show than the Texas one, is that it’s not as funny/more mean people, not as many art projects, and more educational bits on the items and who the appraisers are. Overall though, if the family needs a half hour of something to watch, this is something we know we can turn to in the future. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Down with this Ship

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Flux Books for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book was one I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel. Trigger warnings for bullying, cyber trolling, miscommunication, and points of pretentiousness.

This is a story that I think is educational for someone who needs a high school education on online fandom in particular fan fiction creation and shipping especially shipping.

I really enjoyed the core family and friendship dynamics but also the lessons learned from other characters in particular how passionate they are about their work fandom etc.

I did have an issue other than with the trigger warnings, was that I feel like this may not be a book that’s timeless because fandom grows and changes over time no matter what it is and I fear it will date itself after its publication.

Overall though, I truly enjoyed this story for what it is and I hope that teens enjoy it. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out June 8th if you are interested!

Audiobook

Ready Player Two

I read the first book in this series this past year through audio, plus my boyfriend preordered this for us I am glad I read it.

Sigh, this is a book that I appreciated being created especially with the technology and the newly created aspects of the Oasis that I knew about yet didn’t all at the same time. However, I am not a fan of the main character at all. The author makes him seem like he’s trying to be the ideal fanboy with “autistic” (I am putting it in quotes because the typical symptoms are obvious but its not stated on page) tendencies and I care about every side character but him. I also wasn’t a fan of how the second half of the book was about the new world etc. because it took too long to get to the conflict and the secondary conflict (the romance) felt too simple; easy to get back together etc. Especially since the breakup was a legitimate conflict. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣 .

Manga

Series Starters

World’s End and Apricot Jam

This was a blind buy that I wasn’t sure what to expect

This manga is one that I wouldn’t recommend to just anyone. This is because if you are looking for another fluffy romance, this is not it. This has some mystery involved, some music, and some profound quotes. I also want to point out that there are triggers for child abandonment, bullying, too aggressive leading guy, and negative self talk. However, I am still intrigued by the romance and again the mystery is still something I want to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

With the Sheikh in His Harem

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga

I’ll be honest, at first when I saw this manga, I thought it was going to be something that I really enjoyed, however, I do agree with some of the other reviews of this and I believe because of such a likeness to some of the middle eastern culture and its seemingly satire look about it in this volume, it is not going to be very well received. There are also random acts of violence that seem to be just added for plot and the end introducing another character in the mix to make it a triangle for the future just made things worse for this. I think personally, if you want to ignore everything wrong with this volume, you should check it out. However for me personally, I am glad to have read this for myself, but I will most likely not be continuing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s got me now

Can we have a date for the next volume??? Please and Thank you

This series took a more well rounded turn with this volume with the focus being more on karate and how Abe became as strong as he is. I truly appreciated this wellroundedness because it heightened the character development. However, I wish it was longer. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Kitchen Princess

This volume solidified the romantic love triangle that was occurring in the previous volume, the friendships and familial background were sweet yet intense at the same time. I think my only issue with this is that I am not sure where it is going to go from here. However, I am still going to continue on and enjoy the ride. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Overall, I truly enjoyed getting the chance to read and watch a variety of media this even if it was a small amount. I hope this next week, I will increase my variety especially with summer starting. What about you guys what did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!