Hey guys how’s it going?? Weekly Check-in time!!! I went back to work these last couple of weeks, plus had a stomach virus i was recovering from.
Because of that, I watched pretty much everything with two movies, one anime and two TV shows. Onto the media!!!
Ron’s Gone Wrong
This movie was one I was not sure whether this was going to be fully innocent story and not necessarily something that adults would find entertaining. However! I do have to say that this movie was perfect for the whole family. It has children’s humor, it has adult humor, and it shows a ton of lessons when it comes to the friendship and social media aspects of teen life. Overall, I am really glad I watched this movie and I highly recommend it. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
The Tender Bar
My dad truly thought that this was going to be a family movie aka it would appeal to almost everyone in the house… However, I can definitely tell you if you are not a fan of pretension and entitlement as well as bad language every other word, do not and I repeat do not watch this. However, the soundtrack slaps so if you want anything from it, get that. I just truly couldn’t handle the plot and main character especially when he got older. Probably because I just couldn’t relate, I am not sure. Just if you want to try it do so but I personally didn’t like it. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.
This Anime! This Anime! Its amazing how many intriguing the characters are and how interconnected they can be. I truly enjoy it plus the plot just keeps getting deeper and deeper. There are also a lot of different political craziness and secrets are at play that make things at time awesome but also difficult to understand. Because of this, I am unfortunately taking a pause on it for now because I think I need to watch something else. I do though recommend it if you need something interesting, episodic, and with a variety of fantastic characters. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
Friday Night Lights
This show this week got deeper but at the same time more focused on certain characters that I appreciate but I wish there was more of others…. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
In the Dark
Oh my gosh!! This second half of the season was so suspenseful and the plot that happened was crazy! Anyway though, you know how last time I talked about this, I was applauding the blind representation? I still love it for the main character, but there’s another character that showed up in this season who is losing their sight over time…. they are very inconsistent when it comes to the representation because there are times where it seems they can’t get out of a room because they can’t see but that same time, they could see a minute detail of what someone looks like in a photobooth picture???? Tbat seems suspicious to me…. but of course there are all ranges of blindness that only an expert in the field would know so anyway. I would highly recommend this show if you are one who loves thriller shows that have the holes they’re digging deeper and deeper but also blind representation. Because of these points I have to give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
The Week Ahead
Oh Gosh for the week ahead I honestly have no idea! I’ve honestly been in a slump these last couple of months and other than one piece everything I’ve watched someone else has picked out. Reading, I don’t know if it’s my high expectations or what or I just have too many choices. I know I know I should have a whole post dedicated to this but anyway. What about you guys? What did you start out your 2022 media consumption with? Let’s talk about it!
Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!!!! Happy New Year Everyone! The Media I consumed this week was for the last of 2021 and overall I had a fantastic media consumption year.
This week I read one novel and watched an anime, two movies, and two TV shows. Onto the Media!!
This was the last Christmas movie I ended up watching for 2021 and it was one that was more serious topic and more realistic than the typical Christmas Hallmark movie in my personal opinion. Trigger warnings for grief and verbal abuse. It was a decent movie and heartbreaking but at the same time, I think there’s not much to say because its pacing was quick plus there wasn’t much with plot and characters. Overall, I would recommend it if you wanted a different Hallmark movie than the more hyped-up ones with girl hate (there isn’t any of that here) and if you want a mostly African American cast. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣
This was an intriguing movie with sticking to its time frame and having the fill of the Cruella’s past and character development without making things boring. I also appreciated that there are also some psychological aspects to the story as well. If you are interested in English 70s “punk” fashion and if you love 101 Dalmatians like my house does, check this movie out but I would recommend it for older teens not children. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
Friday Night Lights
This show is one that my family and I watched when I was younger and didn’t understand what was happening etc. Now that my family is rewatching it and I am watching it with them sporadically, I am understanding number 1. Why it was such a compelling series for my parents and 2. What exactly was happening with the characters that I missed. However, I can definitely see why not everyone likes it or can relate to it. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
In the Dark
When it comes to this show it keeps getting twisty and more twisty, but a little bit predictable at times. I am still enjoying it though and im excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
This Anime! Its amazing how many intriguing the characters are and how interconnected they can be. I truly enjoy it plus the plot just keeps getting deeper and deeper. But I unfortunately after this arc may take a pause on it for now because I think I need to watch something else (probably fluffier or something). Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
Stolen by an Alien
This was definitely a fantastic book for me to read at the end of the year. It is one that if you are looking for a unique romance when it comes to science fiction and aliens with some devotional males and mostly strong-willed females check this out. The only issue that I personally didn’t have a problem with but I will caution it for others is that there’s a lot of sexual content that if you are uncomfortable with it, I would not suggest it. I loved it though with the description and how emotional it was. Because of these points, I have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣. If you’re interested in reading alien romance Amanda Milo has it down pat.
The Week/Year Ahead
The week but also year ahead like I say in my goals post is that, I am going to watch and read whatever I want that is readily available through streaming and physical copies or my huge tbr that I acquired in the last two years. This is personally best because it helps with my budgeting goal plus helps me use what I have instead of buying more. I will though still make sure if there are any suggestions or recommendations I hear about, put them in my lists on Amazon, to make sure that I get them eventually. What about you guys what did you read or watch at the end of 2021? Let’s talk about it!!!
Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is going to be about following up on my 2021 goals both professionally and personally but also discussing my 2022 goals possibly continuing on with 2021 with some changes or some completely new ones. Personally, is going to be a lot of goals involving myself moving forward and professionally is going to consist of items involving my job/career and my social media presence. This list is going to consist with 5 personally and 5 professionally so you don’t have to read everything if you don’t want to. Ok let’s get started but first a recap with how I feel I did on the 2021 goals!
Review New Releases as well as Backlist in all Media ✔
Don’t buy everything you see❌
Embrace digital media more ✔
Keep up with Reviews on every platform❌
Keep up with more variety of posts everywhere ✔
Budget Budget Budget ❌
Keep learning about my career plus hobbies✔
Connect Better with People✔
Keep having fun but also be smart ✔
Plan out everything outside of work❌
As you can see by the emojis, overall, I do not think I did too badly on accomplishing these goals this past year. However, the main ones that involved money I did not accomplish well, or I didn’t put my reviews on every platform I could. When it came to Goodreads and Amazon reviews themselves, I really never felt like entering in those reviews because of extenuating circumstances plus I got lazy. I know I will need to update especially when it comes to Amazon, but perhaps it is something I will do during the summer or another extended vacation. When it came to my money aspects though, I went out the window. I wanted to have all the media and merchandise that I could find and found all of the deals as well. Now I have to hold back and buy fun items more minimally than before. I think those two items are my biggest takeaway from this 2021 year.
2022 Goals both Personally and Professionally
Now for 2022, I would like to continue 2021’s goals, but I would also like to continue on with some new goals and those will be as follows both professionally and personally.
2022 Goals Personally
This is the biggest goal that I have on here and the most important is my budget. With new expenses plus need to save for my own place, overall, just being an adult so this I have to fulfill this coming year and yell at me if I don’t.
2. Take Appropriate Breaks and Socialize Outside the Internet
This is something that for years, I have had such a difficult time with socializing with people especially in my teens and adult life. These past couple of years (not just because of the panini) as an adult, my socializing outside of the internet has been so minimal and I need to get out of the house and socialize with people outside of work and the internet. I am hoping 2022 can make that better. I also know I can take breaks at any point with the internet and socializing so if I need to, I will in 2022.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go on an Adventure
This is something my boyfriend actually contributed for me. When we first started dating, I was always ready for what he had in store for the day. This is still something I like, however these last couple of years, I’ve gotten a bit blocked or more down than before….. in 2022, I need to be more willing to go on some adventures with not just my boyfriend but everyone.
4. Balance My Food Intake and Exercising More
I know this is something a ton of people put on their lists, however for me personally my health is in jeopardy if I do not fulfill a trend. I think having a friend that I can have accountability with my exercise and food overeating or alternate foods etc. I started that this past year but then I went off the rails. I’m hoping 2022 can make that be better.
5. Last but Certainly Not Least, Don’t Be Afraid to Be Myself
This is probably the biggest item for me. If I don’t do any of the others, I have to do this. I don’t know how I never noticed but about two years ago but also before probably around my teens as well, my sense of anxiety was heightened and my sense of self was cut off and my confidence in myself was shot. It’s something I’ve struggled with a long time and now, becoming more settled and an adult, I need to make sure my own self is true and that my anxiety and confidence comes back in full force.
2022 Goals Professionally
1. Be Bolder and Adventurous When it Comes to My Photography
This is something that I need to do anyway, but this is the year I want to experiment with my photos; better flatlays, more on location photos, playing with colors, etc. This is the year of being me and trying new things.
2. Consume Whatever Media I Want No Matter What It is.
This is pretty self explanatory, but it also means I don’t necessarily have to have the latest releases in media. I can consume the backlist I have. Its truly whatever I want to do. Its free range. Aka I can’t get into peer pressure. Definitely going to make sure that is happening in 2022.
3. Keep Learning and Don’t be Afraid to Try Something New When It Comes to My Career
I put learning all the time as a goal because that was something my parents told me to always do. But in my career especially, sometimes you can get stuck in a box doing the same things all the time and that can get stale fast. So this year I definitely want to change things up and learn more from my peers and mentors.
4. Plan Better When It Comes to My Overall Schedule
See, this one I tried so hard to accomplish for years and as much as I want to plan things out with work and my hobby and using a planner did help last year, my particular planner broke halfway through the year. So I am hoping that this year with a better quality planner and more time to organize things, planning would be better in 2022.
5. Last but Most Certainly Not Least, do not Lose Sight of Myself in my Career or Hobby
Professionally there are a lot of items that are not me in the aspect of both my career and this hobby such as caring about the numbers of my social media hobby, doing something someone else does because they suggest not because its more helpful for you, being afraid to ask my coworkers and fellow content creators for help,etc. Thats not me. I don’t need to care about those things, I need to trust my gut trust my true self and not lose what makes me me again. This along with the other goals, is the one I need to take care of the most and if it doesn’t happen in 2022, I don’t know what else to do to help myself.
What About You Guys? How Were Your 2021 Goals? Are You Making Your Own 2022 Goals? Let’s Talk About It!
Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with the holidays!! Happy Holidays to you all!
This last two weeks,I watched three movies with my family along with a television special and watched an anime. I also read two novels. Onto the media!
These last two weeks, this anime just went deeper and deeper in history and lore. I just wish some things weren’t stilted right now. Because of these points, I have to give this part a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
This was not Robin William’s best work in my personal opinion. This is a movie that is definitely not for everyone with the crude humor, language and plot. I did appreciate though that it was an all-star cast with a variety of different actors both well-known and up and coming at the time of premiere (2014). Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.
This movie was very dark and profound but overall engaging and interesting. All the trigger warnings for violence, involvement with ex-convicts etc. Its not one for the holidays for sure, but if you’re interested, I’d say watch it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
With this particular Christmas movie, I’ve heard a ton of different things about it plus I’ve watched the Vegas movie a while ago so my expectations were a mixed bag. However, I think if you are looking for some slapstick humor in your holiday movies and the lesson of Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s all about the spirit that it brings. I also would like to add there are some dated jokes, but if you can overcome them, you’ll enjoy the movie overall. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
A Very Boy Band Holiday
This was a really awesome special that brought in a bunch of men from a ton of different “boy” bands. I think my only issue with it was the song choices were limited and some of the scripted dialogue was a bit too cheesy. Because of that, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
The Mistletoe Motive
I will be honest; I was truly excited for this book to come out because I have loved Chloe Liese and her books plus my dear friend Nessa reading it for our blog post and highly recommending it. I was ready. However, I had some trouble with reading this as a whole, but it wasn’t because of the writing or the reading process of it being on my phone (I prefer reading on my tablet but that’s a me problem not a book problem). I think for me personally as a person who could directly relate to the perspective that was being presented in the novel, it was difficult for me to keep up with the story because I needed a break from being in the characters’ head and I wanted to know more about how the guy felt other than what he tells the girl plus the other perspective would have helped me to learn about what it was like for an adult with type one diabetes etc. Overall, though, I appreciate this story for what it is and I definitely need more from Chloe Liese ASAP! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
# The Leftover Bride
This book was fantastic! There’s cooking, fashion designing, and hockey. There’s also childhood reconnection deep familial discussion along with a ton of social influencing backgrounds. My only issues with it was that it was a tad too long for my particular attention span and the social media aspects could date it because of this, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
Hey guys how’s it going? This may seem a little clickbait-like, but this did actually happen for me. My instagram was hacked for two weeks and still is as of today (I created a new one that I am using for a fresh start now if you’re interested).
But today’s post is discussing how I dealt with not having a legit bookstagram and what I accomplished. I hope that if this ever happens to you, you can learn what to do in the meantime and please if you can, support me getting back into Instagram again.
I dug a little deeper into some of the other social platforms out there
When it came to being hacked, I was not sure what to do with myself when it came to what I was able to look at social media at home after work. I had to ask some of my friends what was happening or if there was something going on I needed to know like an addiction etc. So, I explored elsewhere like TikTok, Facebook, the bloggersvere, and even became more active on my discord. I liked doing that because it gave me perspective on the consumer (what would I want to watch or read about, why people are obsessed with tiktok etc.) plus I wasn’t seeing who I used to follow both positively and negatively (my wallet was probably happy with me as well haha). I think for me though, I needed to be cut off from one platform to better utilize another.
I consumed a lot more media
Being hacked, there were times I also felt like there was really nothing happening in the other platforms, or I was waiting for responses from others so to distract myself, I consumed a ton of the One Piece Anime after I got home from work or a book/manga in between. It showed me that I didn’t have to use a social media platform to comment on how I felt about a certain piece of media but that I could just enjoy it or hate it without an audience. However, I did miss being able to post about my emotions ASAP.
I still had some creative juices flowing so I felt less pressure to create content however, I wasn’t sure where to put it.
I feel like this point was one that was probably the most devasting unfortunately. I am one of those people that loves being creative (even if it epically fails). So not having an Instagram for a bit made me think of all these ideas and think to myself “Ah! now where am I going to put this???” That’s ultimately why I had to start over with an account that’s still going to be me but evolve into something better. Unfortunately, I don’t have a college schedule anymore plus I want to be more social with people so I am not sure how things will turn out, but I am excited to try.
I understood who was in my media corner, and appreciated the “fans” that were able to find me outside of Instagram
Now this! This is something wow I couldn’t fathom when I figured out this while I was off of Instagram. Maybe it’s just because as a creator, you never quite know if any of the content you present has an impact on anyone or anything that happens around you, but it does even if it is just a little bit. I had a few people speak with me wondering what ended up happening plus! I was able to hang out with someone outside of work and the internet and we are trying to make it a regular occurance. I wonder if I hadn’t gotten hacked, that this would have happened but I may never know.
Most Importantly, to take a break when I need it and not feel so much pressure to produce content.
The last aspect was one that I didn’t think about until being off was that being all connected to social media was that with anything you can get burnt out with it. I see it all the time with content creators they take breaks, and they stop creating content and I truly didn’t understand how they could do that until I was forced to. Taking a break though, gave me a new perspective on what I want my new account to be and what I want Sushirainbow to be as a whole. I have content created seriously for about 3 years now and had my former Instagram for 5 without stopping so perhaps I needed that break unintentionally.
Well, I hope this was helpful for someone and now you know what I learned from being hacked. What about you? What do you think you would have learned from this experience? Let’s talk about it!!!
Hey guys how’s it going Weekly Check-in time! I have been very busy preparing for the holiday season!
Because of that I have only read two volumes of manga and watched a Hallmark Christmas Movie, a TV Show, an anime, and a Concert Special. Onto the media!
Lindsey Stirling’s Home for the Holidays
This was something I wasn’t sure I was going to post about or not but, since my family fell in love with Lindsey Stirling during the summer, we went to this. (Awful movie theater experience). However, we loved this special and the behind the scenes afterward. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
The Flight Before Christmas
This was a personal rewatch for me (that my family didn’t remember but you know it happens). It is one that is a unique movie because first, it has two people who were in long term relationships literally prior to the movie, and second, it was a movie that talked about being genuine about who you are and following your own dreams with having a familial Christmas. Its one of those that although it is predictable, it’s not stupid unless you count a bunch of magical coincidences. There’s also a lot of funny moments and is timeless. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣
In the Dark
This show is one that my dad picked out and I was invested because of the guide dog. This is essentially an overarching story about a blind woman who is trying to solve a mystery about her dear friend. I appreciated the realism with blindness aspect plus how guide dog training schools’ work. I would though, not recommend this for everyone because there are some raunchy humor points and some verbal stabs that may make people uncomfortable. Overall though, it is a very interesting show 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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
Oh, this anime! There were some intense episodes (not safe for children especially). But I am truly happy to continue on! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
A Condition Called Love
This volume hmmmm… I am not exactly sure how I feel about it to be honest. I mean there’s nothing wrong with the subject matter or most of the characters, but I think there needs to be more character development when it comes to the main male character. This is just because he seems like he’s borderline possessive and for being a first relationship for the leading lady, it may not be best. Personally, I would like to find out how he became that way, so I am hoping for that. Otherwise though, I enjoy the artstyle and the rest of plot. because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
Whisper Me A Love Song
This volume was almost just as adorable as the first one, however, there was a lot of predictable angst especially with the reveal at the end. I appreciated the expansion of characters and activities as well but the music number scenes were not as well done as other series accomplish. Overall, it’s a good girls love series especially if this is your first one and because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
The Week Ahead
This week will be probably filled with Holiday fun!! That’s just my plan but who knows! What about you guys? What did you read or watch! Let’s talk about it!
Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is about how I personally consume my variety of media without breaking the bank (for most of the time I am a bargain hunter). I am sure these may be obvious, but I hope they’re helpful. If you have any tips and tricks as well, please leave them in the comments. Now, to my process!
Subscriptions are My Friends, But Can be Overwhelming
For me personally, when it comes to consuming my visual media (movies, TV Shows, Anime, etc.) my subscriptions give me the opportunity to consume a variety of content, however, if I give up on something half-way through, I don’t have the pressure of paying for something expensive just to consume that particular media (if that makes any sense at all). Plus, I can test something on a streaming platform and if I love it, I could potentially buy the physical copy for times that I don’t have a subscription or I have had this happen too, the streaming platform loses the license or drops it off the face of the earth. Because of these, I have explored a ton of media content and found some fantastic recommendations but there are a lot of subscriptions out there so sometimes there are times I deep dive into one and not others.
I Am Not Afraid to Get Recommendations from People
For me personally, social media has helped me so much to explore a variety of media especially Instagram and this platform. Because of that, my knowledge of digital reading has increased, my anime knowledge has increased, and my TV series knowledge has increased. There are also certain websites when it comes to reading that helps with sales on digital media and that has also helped me broaden my horizons.
Most Importantly, I Use Media as a Social Activity
This is the most important because without it, there are probably media especially visual, that I would not have watched without my family, my boyfriend, or even my good friends. There are some that I love, that without getting a push of watching it together or to talk about it with someone, I probably would have still not consumed it.
I hope that this process is something that anyone can use to consume a ton of media themselves and if you have any tips and tricks comment and let me know as well.
Hey guys how’s it going? It’s that time of year you guys. The radio is blaring with the caroling music, the sales among businesses are aplenty, and holiday romances are in abundance! A group of my friends and I decided to read some holiday romances that have some love interests that we may want for Christmas and if you enjoy these recommendations, check these ladies out!
All She Wants for Christmas is A…….
Sheriff in On Christmas Avenue by Ginny Baird
Ginny Baird seems to know Christmas, and Hallmark has her number. If you don’t believe me, check out her other serieses- Christmas Town and Holiday Brides. If you love cheesy, sappy-sweet romances, this is the book for you. In On Christmas Avenue, Evan, the county sheriff, knows that businesses are struggling in the small town of Clark Creek. But unlike the mayor—who happens to be his mother—he doesn’t think that hiring a “Christmas Consultant,” will help, especially when this Christmas Consultant proposes a holiday parade that seems likely to overwhelm his staff and leave the town in even more debt. Mary is sure the parade is going to be a superb fundraiser. She’s going to make sure of it, overcoming every obstacle, including those put in place by the stubborn sheriff. But in the middle of her planning, the unexpected happens: she and Evan begin to see one another in a different light. With his realistic viewpoint, especially contrasted to the outlandish Mary, I definitely relate a little more to Evan the sheriff. Full of figurative language and extra sap, On Christmas Avenue will bring you miracles and a sheriff with a bow!
And 2. Cowboy in Cowboy’s Christmas Past by Jackson and North
Looking for a book with a little more grit? Cowboy’s Christmas Past is perfect for John Wayne film-lovers. After his mother’s death, Beau Taylor returned from college to care for his baby sister. He left behind his dream of becoming a cinematographer and his girlfriend Amelia to help on his family’s ranch. Beau never thought he’d see her again. Amelia followed her dreams and became a big movie star. But ten years later she shows up in town to shoot a western (a remake of The Searchers (1956) with Amelia as Evelyn Edwards; John Wayne played Ethan Edwards in the original), and their worlds collide after Beau’s ranch is selected as the perfect filming location. Amelia can make audiences believe she’s in love, yet the only time she’s ever truly fallen for a man was with the smoldering Beau. With Beau’s attraction to Amelia growing, it might also be the perfect setting for a Christmas romance. If you’re looking for a Christmas book with cowboys, horses, and a small western town, you’ll love this gift!
All She Wants for Christmas is A……
Scrooge in A Little Christmas Spirit by Sheila Roberts
This is a heartwarming story about gruffy, Scrooge-like Mr. Stanley opening his heart after the death of his wife Carol. Lexie Bell and her son Brock move in next door to Stanley and he slowly begins to spend more time with them and growing to love Brock as his own grandson. He initially wants to ignore them and keep to his own business, but Carol appears to him as a ghost and insists he needs to stop being a Scrooge. This isn’t a romance between Lexie and Stanley, but there are lots of flashbacks to Stanley’s relationship with Carol. These flashbacks are so sweet and you’ll wish you had a Manly Stanley in your life, if you don’t already have one. He’s a gruff man with a heart of gold and always does anything to make Carol happy. There’s also a dog in this book, so it’s already a great read. If you’re looking for a heartwarming and extremely emotional Christmas story, this is it!
2. Musician in A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
Have you ever made a spontaneous decision that ended up changing your life? After losing her job and living her life trying to be the perfect Indian daughter, the MC Niki makes the spontaneous decision to fly to Mumbai for her best friend’s wedding. Once there, she meets bass guitarist Sam at a Diwali celebration and thus begins the whirlwind of what she believes is just a fling. However, someone begins catching feelings and you can check out the book to see how everything turns out. If you’ve had a secret dream to date a member of a band at any point in your life, you’ll want to check out this book! …Don’t read it if you’re hungry though, because the numerous mentions of Indian food will keep you drooling until the end.
And 3. Bookstore Employee in The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese
If you’re a bookworm, then this is the holiday romance for you. I’ve never been someone who actively chooses to read holiday romances, but this is now my favourite holiday romance and nobody can convince me otherwise. Jonathan Frost is boyfriend goals. This guy is the most thoughtful guy I have ever come across in a romance story. Hands down. Gabby and Jonathan actually have productive and respectful conversations about their feelings and I love that. Also the steam. Oh gosh. I never knew holding hands could be so sensual. This book is also filled to the brim with holiday cheer and it’s set in a bookstore, so it’s already a perfect addition to any bookworm’s holiday TBR. I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough, as my mouth hurt from smiling throughout the entire book. Gabby and Jonathan just couldn’t be more perfect for each other and I want to reread this book already, just so I can experience their relationship again. This book is also an own voices story with an autistic MC and type 1 diabetes rep.
All she wants for Christmas is A..….
Mythical Being(vampire werewolf etc) in Walking in a Witchy Wonderland by Juliette Cross
An anthology of witchy Christmas tales that have a perfect amount of spice and holiday cheer!
My only thing is I didn’t know they were sequels to other books so occasionally I felt a bit lost BUT overall fun stories and perfect for the season!
And 2. Lawyer in Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft
An overworked school teacher, a cynical divorce lawyer and a lonely grandmother are the main characters in this fun Scottish highland Christmas tale. When Edina is injured by Belle in her bike in the snow Belle moves in to take care of her elderly neighbor much to the chagrin of Edina’s grandson Jack with whom she’s just come into contact with. Belle’s constant goodwill makes Jack suspicious but as time goes on her goodness starts to break through his shell. But when Edina’s Christmas list to Santa includes him reconnecting with his estranged mother Jack doesn’t want anything to do with our dogooder Belle. Yet the attraction seems to be irresistible.
A sweet story and quick read. The relationships are well developed and has just enough heat with all the heart attached.
And Last but Certainly not Least,
All I (Sushirainbow) want for Christmas is a…….
Writer in Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle
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.
And 2. Robot in Created for Christmas by Joynell Schultz
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 it’s 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. If you’re looking for something new and unique as well as a short novella check this out!
Who do you want for Christmas? While this collaborative post is similar on everyone’s blogs, we usually post unique and different content. Check out Jenny on Instagram @princessreadsalot, Nessa on Instagram @nessas.lair and her blog, and Ali on Instagram @2nd2lastunicorn and her blog . Give us some recommendations for some Holiday Romances that we may have missed.
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!!!
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🙂. We will just have to see though. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!
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!
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 Mistletoeby 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 star—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 rate—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 toes—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 year—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 is—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.
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!
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣
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!
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!
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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!
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!
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
By Any Other Name
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!
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.
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!
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 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
It Sounded Better in My Head
I can definitely see why this book was nominated for an award. 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!
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!
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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.
Hey guys, how’s it going? No weekly check-in post this week, instead I will be doubling up next week. However, this week I needed to post about some changes being added to the blog, plus looking back on how the past year has gone since I started this blog in May of 2020.
First, I created something that I never thought I would be capable of doing so, because frankly, I only thought blogs were something that people did to try and make money and be serious writers who only wrote about one thing. (Boy was I wrong). I didn’t realize that I would grow and come up with fun ideas and in-depth reviews and collaborate with some amazing people every month who like a lot of the same things I do. If they don’t like the same thing or don’t know what it is, they are willing to learn about it, and because of that, I have fantastic discussions every day. I love this community and everything it has done and shown me to help me grow and change, but outside of it things have been really tough for me in different ways. I don’t want to bore anyone with the details, but because of these difficulties, I have decided to add a Kofi account and a Depop shop (I will add items to it soon) in my “about me” page on the blog, as well as update my Amazon affiliate shop. I appreciate this community because they allow me to be myself and share my interests and passions, so I would appreciate any help you guys can give, but if you don’t, I completely understand.
When I first became part of the book, manga, and anime community, I didn’t think I would have any followers/readers. Now on Instagram I have almost 3000 followers and 46 followers on this blog; to me that is huge.
But because of that, I think there is a lot of pressure to try different kinds of content creation that I hear about such as making reels and videos instead of pictures, and helping my followers find more fantastic book and video recommendations that they will enjoy. With that, the amount can get overwhelming and expensive fast. You may have encountered creators who say they get more stuff in order to help their creative vision and make a really awesome post idea become a reality, and I will personally admit that sometimes I feel that way too. I think the other aspect is that I am interested in so many different kinds of media that I have difficulty controlling myself when it comes to buying them. I prefer to buy instead of rent because you have an infinite amount of time to consume it without a deadline and I am not good with deadlines with my media consumption. I like being able to have that media there and be able to enjoy it without the pressure of a deadline. I think that’s why I enjoy creating the weekly check-ins so much because they give me the freedom to review whatever I want without a deadline.
This brings me to the changes on the blog. I am definitely keeping the collaboration posts with Nessa and Princessreadsalot (we are currently working on more things behind the scenes, but more on that in the future). I will still do the weekly check-in posts too, but if I’m busy with work or haven’t consumed enough media during one week to justify a post, then I will put two weeks of media in one weekly check-in post. There are also still going to be recommendation posts but they will be sporadic at best, same with projects. The other aspect I am going to focus on is my backlog everywhere. If I don’t love anything I have physically, I will put it up on Depop, if I love something, I will add it to my Amazon affiliates storefront, and if there is anything that anyone specially requests for the blog or even Instagram please give me a tip on Kofi and I will happily work to fulfill that request.
I look forward to implementing these changes and I hope everyone will enjoy them and continue to support my blog. I think this will definitely help me to keep producing quality content for everyone without the pressure. Again, I also want to thank everyone who reads these posts and follows me. I really appreciate the love and support.
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.
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 protégé. 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. No spoilers, but I could not have predicted the ending. The rising action and climax takes place as Yadriel’s family prepares for Día de Muertos. So prep your sugar skulls (or buy the marshmallows like I did) while you enjoy this fantastic book.
Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn and 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 NotGet 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 façades. 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 Siskindand 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.
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!
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!
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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!
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!!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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!
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!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
Say It Out Loud
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!
Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with a ton of outside work happening that exhausted me almost everyday.
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!
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.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
Our Teachers are Dating!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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!
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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!
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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).
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).
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!
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!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
The A to Z of Us
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Young Adult Novel
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!!
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.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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!
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
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!
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!!
The Tomorrow War
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 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
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣 .
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
That’s My Atypical Girl
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 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 🙄 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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
All the Feels
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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 risqué 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
Kase-san and Morning Glories
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 😀. 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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
Fruits Basket Reboot
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.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣
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
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 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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
The Love Song of Ivy K.Harlowe
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
The Drops of God
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 🍣🍣🍣.
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 😀. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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.
With You Forever
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!
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 😂) 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!!!
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!)
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).
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).
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.)
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!
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!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣.
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!
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.
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!!
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.
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 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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.
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 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.
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
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