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Weekly Check-in 07/31/2021

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

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

TV Show

Atypical

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

Firefly Lane

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

The Crown

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

Manga

Standalone

Shino Can’t Say Her Name

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

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

Novel

The A to Z of Us

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

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

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

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

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

Thor Daughter of Asgard

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

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Deaf Representation in Media: Some Recommendations

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

American Sign Language also called ASL

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

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

Recommendations

Biographical Movie

Miracle Worker

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

Teen Drama TV Show

Switched at Birth

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

Young Adult Novel

The Silence Between Us

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

Adult Novel

Only When It’s Us

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

Japanese Sign Language or JSL

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

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

Recommendations

High School Romance Manga/Anime Movie

A Silent Voice

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

College Romance Manga

A Sign of Affection

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

British Sign Language or BSL

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

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

Recommendations

Young Adult Novel

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

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

Adult Novel

Never Seduce a Scot

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

Australian Sign Language or Auslan

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

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

Recommendation

Young Adult Novel

Impossible Music

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 07/24/2021

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

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

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

Jesse Stone Movies

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

TV Show

The Magicians

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

The Crown

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

Concert

Lindsey Stirling

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

Manga

Series Starters

Days of Love at Seagull Villa

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

Sunshine Sketch

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

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

Series Continuations

And Yet, You are So Sweet

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Empowering Women in Media Tag

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

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

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

Here are the rules:

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

Name a female known for her intelligence

Shurei from The Story of Saiunkoku Series Manga

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

Name a woman known for her physical strength

Erza from The Fairy Tail Anime Series

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

Name a female who powered through difficult times

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

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

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

Taylor from Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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

Name a woman who you think is a good role model

Frankie from Always Only You by Chloe Liese

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

Name a woman who deserves the spotlight

Gwenpool from the Gwenpool Comic Series

This is one of my favorite variant covers from Gwenpool

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

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

Blerdy Otome

Momsbookcollection

NerdRambles

Al’s Manga Blog

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

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Weekly Check-in 07/17/2021

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

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

Movie

The Tomorrow War

My dad has been waiting to watch this

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

In the Heights

This was a movie my mom was very interested in

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

Jesse Stone Movies

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

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

The Alamo

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

Anime Movie

Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish

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

TV Show

The Great Food Truck Race

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

The Magicians

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

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

The Crown

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

Manga

Series Starters

That’s My Atypical Girl

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

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

Yakuza Lover

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

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

Series Continuations

My Boss’s Kitten Vol 3 and 4

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

Cutie and the Beast

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

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

LDK Vol 2,3, and 4

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

Novel

All the Feels

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

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

Rosaline Parker Takes the Cake

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

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

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

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

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

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

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

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

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

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

Rory the Sleeper

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

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

This is for Tonight

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

Yep I am using this GIF again!

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

My Hero Academia Opening 2-Peace Sign by Kenshi Yonezu

My Hero Academia – Opening 2 | Peace Sign – YouTube

Paired With: Harukana Recieve

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

Chihayafuru Opening 2-Star by 99RadioService

Chihayafuru 2 – Opening | Star – YouTube

Paired With: Lovely Complex

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

Food Wars Opening 2-Rising Rainbow by Misokkasu

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

Paired With: Say I Love You

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

Fruits Basket Opening 3-Prism by AmPm ft. Miyuna

Fruits Basket Season 2 – Opening Theme – Prism – YouTube

Paired With: Zombieland Saga

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

Ascendence of a Bookworm Opening 1-Mashiro by Sumire Morohoshi

Ascendance of a Bookworm – Opening | Mashiro – YouTube

Paired With: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

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

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

Kimetsu no yaiba ED – YouTube

Paired With: Violet Evergarden

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 07/10/2021

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

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

Movie

Daydream Believers: The Monkees’ Story

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

Star Trek

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

Hampstead

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

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

Anime Movie

Kase-san and Morning Glories

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

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

TV Show

Loki

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

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

Anime

Fruits Basket Reboot

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

A Girl & Her Guard Dog

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

After Hours

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

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

My Boss’s Kitten Vol 1 and 2

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

Series Continuations

The Springtime of My Life Began with You

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

Laid Back Camp

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

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

High School Debut

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

Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow

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

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

Novel

The Love Song of Ivy K.Harlowe

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

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

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

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

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

Majesty

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amanda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never Saw You Coming

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

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Good friend groups! My Definition and Some Recommendations

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

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

One that has good communication

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

One that can be relatable

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

One that has a ton of fun

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

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

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

Recommendations

Anime/Manga

Horimiya

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

Book Series

Lunar Chronicles

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

TV Show

Big Hero 6 the series

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

Movie

Perks of Being a Wallflower

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 07/03/2021

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

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

TV Show

Shadow and Bone

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

Anime

Bungo Stray Dogs

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

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

One Piece

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

Manga

Series Starters

The Drops of God

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

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

Series Continuations

Waiting for Spring

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

Graphic Novel

Weeaboo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Novel

With You Forever

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

Dangeki Daisy

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

Otomen

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

High School Debut

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

Mixed Vegetables

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

Meru Puri

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

Yuri

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Vols 1-3

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

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

Yuri Life

This manga was not what I was expected at all.

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

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

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

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

Boys Love

BL Metamorphosis vol 1

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

Cherry Magic Vol 1

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

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

General Romance

Blue Flag vol 1

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

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

5 centimeters per Second

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

My Androgynous Boyfriend vol 1

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

Conclusion

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

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Weekly Check-In 06/26/2021

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

The Muppets are the best!

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

Anime

Horimiya

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

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

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

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

One Piece

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

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

TV Show

Great Food Truck Race

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

Manga

Standalone

5 Centimeters per Second

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

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

Series Starters

LDK

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

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

Series Continuations

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy

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

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

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

BL Metamorphosis

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

Series Finale

Practice makes Perfect

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

Novel

Advanced Physical Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 06/19/2021

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

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

Anime Movie

A Whisker Away

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

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

Anime Series

One Piece

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

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

TV Show

The Great Food Truck Race

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

Novel

If This Gets Out

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

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

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

Instructions For Dancing

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

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

If The Shoe Fits

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

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

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

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Nina the Starry Bride

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

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

Series Continuations

Kiss Him Not Me

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

Boarding School Juliet

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

Still Sick

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

Lovesick Ellie

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

My Androgynous Boyfriend

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

Examples/Recommendations

Book: Queens of Geek

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

Anime: Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun

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

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

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

Examples/Recommendations

Anime Movie: Ride Your Wave

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

Manga: High School Debut

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

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

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

Examples/Recommendations

TV Show: Big Bang Theory

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

Movie: Bandslam

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 06/12/21

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

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

Movie

The Outlaw Josey Whales

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

TV Show

Cursed

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

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

The Great Food Truck Race

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

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

Anime

My Hero Academia

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

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

One Piece

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

Manga

Series Starters

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

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

Boys Run the Riot

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

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

Carole and Tuesday

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

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

Series Continuations

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family

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

Love in Focus

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 6/05/2021

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

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

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

Movie

The Darkest Hour

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

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

Hotel Artemis

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

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

American Hustle

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

TV Show

Cursed

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

The Great Food Truck Race

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

Storage Wars

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

Anime

Rent-a-Girlfriend

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

One Piece

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

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

Podcast

Dub Talk

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Otaku Elf

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 05/29/21

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

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

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

Movie

Love Happens

This was a blind rom watch with the family

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

TV Show

Storage Wars

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

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

Novel

Down with this Ship

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audiobook

Ready Player Two

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

World’s End and Apricot Jam

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

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

With the Sheikh in His Harem

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

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

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s got me now

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

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

Kitchen Princess

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 05/22/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time! This week there was a lot going on.

There was a lot happening both personally and professionally. I also posted a couple of extra blog posts this week so check those out if you’re interested in some recommendations. Somehow though, I managed to watch one anime and movie,but also read four volumes of manga and one novel. Onto the media!!

Movie

In Pursuit of Honor

So this is a movie my dad and I watched together. Trigger warnings for unnecessary horse slaughter, language, and violence with the military. This takes place in Texas in the 1930s before World War II started when the military started not using the calvary anymore. This was something that was probably for people who read/watch something like this often, they probably would think this was boring, however for me I found that it was interesting and had some funny lines to keep me engaged and entertained. Overall, I think if you like this sort of thing, check this out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

Castlevania

I have been watching this the past year and had to watch this I believe last season this week.

So this week, I watched this latest season and whoa! Even though the last season was worse as far as content violence, gore, sex, nudity, etc. This season it was a lot more toned down with some resurrection craziness and trying to solve some big problems. I do like that pretty much everyone has a happy ending (from my understanding if I missed something let me know) and that our main characters finally worked together again although I wished it was sooner. Overall, this series is very intriguing but also has a lot of moments that may make people uncomfortable. I do however, enjoy it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Play it Cool, Guys

This was a hyped manga series that came out two months ago and I wanted to try it out.

I am glad that I didn’t buy this at full price. I truly appreciate all of the colors that this manga brings (because that doesn’t happen to many). However, there are some small moments where it was a tiny bit distracting. I also got confused on who was which guy at points. It wasn’t until towards the end with the bonus chapters that I actually was enjoying myself. I hope from volume 2, that it just gets better from here because the concept is fun, but the execution isn’t the best. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Kitchen Princess

This is a manga I’ve been seeing around and I am excited to see what happens

First, trigger warnings for bullying in particular girl hate, parent death, and anorexia and bulimia symptoms in particular in the second part/volume of the manga. This manga was one that was a typical cooking manga with a boarding school and a character doing her best, however, I did not expect a love triangle or the twist on the cooking. I think though, if you’re not someone who likes a sweet girl trying to help wherever she can and all the triggers above, I don’t think you’d be a fan of this. Overall, for me personally, I am curious to see what’s going to happen next. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Complex Age

This is a series with cosplay, adults, and friendships.

This particular volume actually had some girl hate involved and it was very interesting but it felt like there needed to be some more events that wasn’t just petty. But I did appreciate that the main character is growing into her own confidence and not just being in the background and just being a spectator. I did feel also like this was a self-contained story which was new for this series. I think though, I am not quite sure how things are going to continue and also how its going to end. I am truly hoping that it ends well though (with no more girl hate). Because of these points, I have to give this particular volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

This series was one I went in blind to and as the series has continued its become more evolved

This volume has evolved the series in the best way discussing how the couple moves in the relationship and how they interact and what do they do after settling into a relationship. I really enjoyed this volume and all the profound points that were presented. However, the way it ended wasn’t what I wanted. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Where There’s A Whisk

Thank you to Netgalley and Running Press Kids for the opportunity to read and review this book

This is a book that I saw on Netgalley and with me being in the cooking in media mood, I checked it out this week. This book drops you into the story at the start which I didn’t mind, but at the same time, I wanted some background like how did this producer find this girl etc. The ending was also abrupt. I appreciated the feeling of how real the reality show aspects were especially with the behind the scenes parts. There was also a potential love square happening and although it was strange how that aspect was solved, I could get behind the wholesomeness of it all. I also loved the persistence of all the main characters If I was in this reality show, I’d be wanting to be with that group of people. Overall, I truly enjoyed my time with this book and would recommend it if you love cooking competitions and reality tv. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣 This comes out in October 2021 so check it out if you are interested.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be busy as well but I am thinking of doing something different this week and try to have more variety in my consumption of media. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Lets talk about it!

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Share a Meal with Sherlock: Princessreadsalot Presents!

Did you know that International Sherlock Holmes Day is May 22nd (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday)? Sherlock is my favorite detective, Watson is one my favorite sidekicks, and Moriarty will forever be my favorite villain, so today I am going to celebrate with some fun Sherlock Holmes adaptations and food inspired by the books.  Check out Nessa’s Lair Blog to see our recipes for each meal. Onto the recommendations!

Hors D’oeuvres: Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches paired with The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappearedβ€”on her 14th birthday nonethelessβ€”she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself, Enola sets out with some bread and cheese to uncover her mother’s whereabouts. Enola must escape murderous villains, free the spoiled Marquess, and elude her shrewd older brotherβ€”all while collecting clues to her mother’s disappearance. While you might not finish the story of Enola Holmes by the end of your cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, you can definitely enjoy it in one sitting.

Appetizer: Weed Soup paired with The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

I thoroughly enjoyed The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. It’s so fun to revisit classic characters like Mary Jekyll (Dr. Jekyll’ daughter), Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and more as their investigations lead them through secret societies and crazy scientists to discover who the true monsters are. The book is full of humor and fun details, like how Rappaccini’s daughter only eats weed soup. You’ll want to slurp up every detail!

Main course: Meat Pie paired with Jackaby by William Ritter

Newly arrived in New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary-including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. She has a lot of running around to do and a meat pie is easy to take one the run. Okay so my pie is ham and brie, but it’s delicious. Both the pie and Jackaby will send you back to the stores (to make more pies and read the rest of the Jackaby series)!

Palate Cleanser: Frozen Mandarin Orange paired with The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Great Shelby Holmes is one of the cutest middle-grade adaptations I’ve read. In this first book,Β  Shelby and Watson take on a dog-napper in this fresh twist on Sherlock Holmes. Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seenβ€”always using logic and a bit of pluck to solve the toughest crimes. When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. Watson is diabetic and reluctantly watches Shelby regularly eat candy and brownies. At one point, Shelby hands Watson some string cheese and an orange when she sees he could also use a snack. I love a lot of adaptations of Watson, but Eulberg’s sweet John Watson might be my favorite just like the frozen orange is a nice treat.

Dessert: Peach Pie paired with Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock and Mori is one of the darker books on this list, but it’s thrilling. In modern-day London, two brilliant high school studentsβ€”one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James β€œMori” Moriartyβ€”meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart. Peach pies definitely play a role in this book, so I made a peach hand pie- in the United States we call them poptarts. Whatever you want to call this sweet dessert, you’ll surely eat it on the edge of the seat while reading Lock and Mori.

Did you enjoy your meal? Whether you read of Enola as she raced through London, Mary Jekyll as she tried to figure out who her real father was, Jackaby solving a paranormal case, Lock and Mori as they try to solve and survive a murder mystery, or Shelby and Watson investigating a dog-napping case, I hope you have a great day! And Happy Sherlock Holmes Day! 

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Cooking in Media: A New Trend with some Recommendations

I love this quote and I definitely cannot wait to read the book that this is from.

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s blog post is going to discuss cooking becoming more prominent in media. Or perhaps I’ve become more interested in it who knows. However today’s post is going to have recommendations from all across media: TV shows, Manga, Anime, Books, etc. This was a fun adventure to make and I hope you find some new and exciting cooking media.

The Inspiration

Where There’s a Whisk

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Running Press Kids for the opportunity to participate in this cover reveal and the opportunity to read and review before release

The inspiration for this blog post is the latest book that I have found about cooking. This book seems similar to the recommendations that I am listing here today and it looks like a lot of fun! Here is the synopsis:

Peyton Sinclaire wants nothing more than to escape her life as a diner waitress in her small, North Florida town and attend culinary school. Top Teen Chef, Food TV’s new show that pairs reality TV drama with a fast-paced culinary competition, is her ticket out of her boring future. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make her dreams come true and Peyton is determined to prove to herself, and the world, that where you’re born does not determine where you can go. However, once on the show, Peyton quickly discovers that there is more to the competition than just a well-seasoned dish. 

As things start to heat up on and off the set, Peyton will have to prove to the judges that she deserves to win while trying to untangle what is real and what is scripted drama, and decide what she is willing to risk to win before her dreams end up on the chopping block.

This book comes out in October 2021 so check it out if you haven’t already. Onto the Media recommendations!

Books

A Taste for Love

This is a baking young adult novel that I have loved this past few months, it has a ton of baking aspects, Chinese culture, and a lovely Houston, TX setting. The romance is also on the backburner however, overall its a fantastic fluffy story.

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance

Now this book isn’t out yet upon writing this blog post, however this has Indian recipes, dancing, and other forms of the culture that were fascinating to me. There is not a lot of actual cooking in this book, however, there are recipes that are interspersed throughout the novel if you want to try them out. This book also has a lot of romance involved in this as well so if you love food and romance check this book out in July 2021.

TV Show

The Final Table

This show was the first cooking show that I felt was one I watched that the chefs were on a global scale. I truly thought these kind of shows only exist animated or in fact only in fiction. I enjoyed all the different dishes that were presented and how they used the challenges by country as well as a specific meal and that all the judges gave constructive criticism. If this is something you are interested, check this out.

The Great British Baking Show

This show was one I watched because of my family was watching it. This was the first show we were able to watch week to week not on a streaming service. For sure, it is something you can watch with the entire family and learned a whole bunch about baking. Fun fact also, this show made the plot in A Taste for Love even better for me personally so I recommend them both simultaneously.

Manga

Mixed Vegetables

I actually discovered this manga series on someone’s book YouTube channel. This has a cooking academy aspect, a romance, and both baking and sushi making recipes interspersed throughout. This is an underrated series so I hope if you love food and romance, you check this out.

Today’s Meal for The Emiya Family

Now I know, this particular series will not be for everyone, but I think if you want to be introduced to the Fate/stay night anime/manga series characters, authentic Japanese cuisine in a slice of life setting, and legitimate recipes interspersed throughout that are easy to understand. Again, I understand it isn’t for everyone, but I highly recommend.

Anime

Yumeiro Pattisiere

This is the first anime I remember watching when I was younger that involved food and a boarding school element. This has a ton of baking techniques with a girl just striving to be the best pastry chef she can be with a little magical help. There’s also a little romance but it is more prominent later on in the series. If this interests you you should totally check it out, however keep in mind it is only English subbed only not dubbed.

Food Wars

This is a recent anime series I just finished as of writing this blog post, and I was truly surprised how much I love it so much. The humor, the variety of cuisine presented, again another boarding school aspect, however this anime is more for older audiences than the previous. There is also some unexpected plot that makes this show have more layers than expected. Because of that, I highly recommend.

Movie

Chef

I want to say with this particular movie, I first learned so much about how Food trucks worked. I am sure now there are a ton of movies and shows with this concept now, but I believe that this movie came out around the time they were becoming more prominent (Correct me if I am wrong). I also appreciated that the chef taught the audience how to transform gourmet food to something portable from a food truck. I would definitely recommend this movie for that aspect alone.

Julie& Julia

This was one of the first biopic movies I believe I ever watched and also introduced me to blogging too. This has a lot of French cooking involved as well. I love the parallels between both people and that both of them have flaws and are real. Its also pretty rewatchable as well. I also do have to say this source material (Julie’s book) is very pretentious probably because its one sided so I definitely recommend this movie for both flushed out perspectives.

Overall, there are so many exciting forms of media that have a lot of different aspects of cooking and baking. What about you guys? Do you have any recommendations that I am missing? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-In 05/15/21

Hey guys how’s it going Weekly Check in time where essentially what my allergies decided to make me sneeze and cough so much I turned hoarse all week. Because of that and work, I didn’t get a lot of any media consumption done. However, I did manage to watch two anime and read five volumes of manga. Onto the media!

I love Yui from K-On I definitely channeled her this week.

Anime

Ascendance of a Bookworm

I first saw this series as a manga and I was intrigued but wanted to try the anime to see if I was interested in it.

I inhaled this series. I think its the perfect series for people who are beginning this type of subgenre of anime and manga. This has business, political intrigue, and magic along with religious aspects so if that doesn’t interest you do not watch this. There’s also a couple of trigger warnings for sexual assault, constant ailment, and verbal abuse. Other than that, there’s a lot of fun adventures, wholesome family and friends moments and beautiful animation. The only issue I had other than the trigger warnings was that I was ready to continue on because the ending although it was a full circle from the beginning, was unfulfilling. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

RWBY

This week I decided to catch up on this show. I truly love this series especially because it has become deeper than expected plus the magic system is very interesting and fascinating. I also enjoy all of the character development that has happened throughout the series and especially this last volume. The only thing that I wished that happened in this volume is that there needs to be a little bit more plot at the start, then continue on throughout the season. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. I am really excited for what the future of this series holds.

Manga

Series Starters

Beauty Bunny

This was one of those digital only manga I found inexpensive and I can see why its not talked about.

Ok so for the concept that this turned out to have, it was a weird manga experience. There are trigger warnings for verbal abuse, weird crossdressing (I am assuming that’s what is happening but I don’t even know), grief, and a play on the playboy bunny (which is also weird in itself). I also was not a fan of the hair in the artstyle in this volume. It fell a bit flat (literally) on everyone not just one character. You’d think since this was about makeup and fashion that the people would look better but that’s my personal taste. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

The Writer and His Housekeeper

This was a manga series that I went into blind and in a way I’m glad I went into it blind but I do also want more people to read this (and we need physical copies please and thank you)

Ok I think all fans of Sweat and Soap should definitely read this. I love the erotic yet pure relationship these main characters have and steam is subtle so if you don’t want too much, this is a perfect manga for that in my opinion. One gripe that I think may be an issue for people that I personally didn’t mind were the moments where the writer speaks out what he is going to write in his book rather than talking to the housekeeper directly. There can be moments of disconnect however, I do appreciate that the reader was notified when the shift of dialogue occurs because otherwise I would’ve been confused. Other than that, I think this is a really sweet romance and I am truly excited where it goes (that ending just gutted me I want more!) Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

Still Sick

I picked this up because of xxbunnychoi on Instagram and I actually was surprised on the direction this went.

Yes I picked this up this week because of the title, but I really loved this.

My trigger warnings that I have for this manga is that there is some verbal abuse especially with parents.

I loved the discussion that was presented with how hobbies can be all consuming and how once they don’t turn into a hobby anymore, it could ruin the fun. I also appreciated that although this probably is going to be girls love manga, it doesn’t start out that way, it starts out as a girls friendship which is also important because support systems help with psychological difficulties.

Overall, I am excited about continuing this series and I would highly recommend if you enjoy reading about fandom, hobbies, and girl friendships. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

I Hear the Sunspot

This series was the first boys love manga I ever read and I can definitely see why people love it

I enjoy this series so much, but frankly this particular volume felt like a filler volume…… I do appreciate that it was here to present some new and interesting characters and to move the series along, however I felt there wasn’t enough happening when it came to the main characters together except towards the end. I did appreciate though the cochlear implant discussion and the background of the one of the characters’ family life. I will move forward, however, I need to lower my expectations when it comes to this particular series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

A Sign of Affection

One of the most hyped joseis out at the moment.

Ok, third volume in and I’m truly in the unpopular opinion camp πŸ˜”πŸ˜³. I think its because I really honestly am not a fan of this leading guy. I think he takes advantage of the girl about certain things because of her deafness but also his motivations for liking her (spoilers ahead) “I am fascinated by her/I want to watch her all the time…” paraphrasing but you get my point. It just makes me think that he only is after one thing when it comes to her; another culture to infiltrate and add to his list of ones he’s met etc. For about half of this volume he was gone and I loved the girl learning some more about herself but I also hated that part of the learning was because he’s making her because of his whims…..

I am torn because it has some beautiful romantic points that just make me swoon, but at the same time, this male character has disappointed me again and again.

Overall though, I think everyone should try this series, however, even if the first one is swoony and wonderful which it is, think of the ones afterward as well. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

I have a feeling I say this every week, however, I think this particular one as far as media consumption, again I will be taking it easy and read and watch as little or as much as possible. However, there are a couple of extra blog posts coming out this week too. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Are your allergies going nuts too?? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 05/08/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time. I’ll be honest this week I was trying to take things easy by watching and reading minimally.

Because of that, I read seven volumes of manga and watched two anime. Onto the Media!

Anime

After The Rain

I had heard fantastic things about this story and adding the dub into hidive definitely gave me incentive to finally watch this.

This is a story that I was really excited to check out especially because of the art. But it turned out to be a lot more profound and interesting than I thought it would be. It discusses friendship, regrets, literature, and passion towards hobbies. It may be too slow going for someone who just likes fluffy anime however it is perfect for someone who loves profound as well as fluffy. It also makes a fantastic story that doesn’t feel disgusting although I can definitely see why people wouldn’t be a fan. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

My Hero Academia

As you know with the My Hero Academia posts I took some mini photos of some of my favorite figures from the show if you like this better than the title card let me know.

I binged watched the dubbed version of the latest season of My Hero Academia and I am enjoying it, however, I feel like these episodes are going slower than usual -.- it just feels like everything is happening at such a snail pace…..I must need to stockpile episodes to make it a better experience for me but otherwise I am curious to see how things turn out. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Midnight Secretary

This was a manga I picked up from LitaKinoAnimeCorner’s recommendation (I am glad I read this)

This manga was one I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to it. However, it was fun, tame, (although there are some smutty moments keep that in mind) and a slow burn romance. I would definitely recommend this for someone who likes adult paranormal romance with some slice of life aspects. I am definitely glad I have the next volume to continue on. My only issue with it was that I wished that there was more banter before the ultimate ending. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Medalist

Thank you to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga this also needs a physical copy asap!!!

I have to say currently, this is my favorite ice skating story of all time. Yes that’s a pretty tall order. However, I love it because it presents these three items: What it is like starting out in a hobby/field so late that people do not take the main character seriously, How the ice skating world works in Japan for someone new to ice skating in general, and finally and to me the best part, learning the technical aspects of ice skating itself as well as what happens from the coaches’ perspective. Because of these points and also the amazing artstyle that this manga holds, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣 only because I wish that the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger!!!!

The Springtime of my Life Began with You

Thank you so much for Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga we also need a physical copy please!

This manga made me feel emotional. At first, I wasn’t sure what was going to become of this story because of the beginning with a “prank”. I related to the main leading girl because of the fear of doing seemingly “normal” school events/wanting to do them to make more friends. The leading guy I want to know more about him and what his motivations are and I hope that happens. I loved also his profound words and his bluntness towards the girl and his appreciation of her hobby. Again, I am curious to see what this series has to offer and I definitely want to continue more. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

Because I watched food wars last week, I needed another food type show/manga to read this week.

This manga is one I love because it combines food and fantasy. I also appreciated the bonus story that this volume has because it showed a nice story before the start of the series. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter

This is a series I discovered through my library and fell in love with it. I am so glad I continued on with the series this week

I took a break from this series and continued on this week and I am so glad I did. The political intrigue, the character development etc. Essentially, this is Story of Saiunkoku based in Victorianesque times with some minor changes. Its slow-paced but in a good way and no romance (at this point). Overall, this is a filler volume to the series but I really enjoyed my time with this. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

A Sign of Affection

This is a series that I had some mixed feelings about at first, but I am truly appreciating the accurate Deaf representation this manga series is representing

Now this series is one I am still on the fence about even on this second volume. With my knowledge of Japanese Deaf culture plus the author’s notes throughout this manga, they felt very accurate and realistic to the situations at hand. However, my feelings from the previous volume are the same in the fact of Where is this going? What is with this dude?? I know I know guys this is a romance and I know this is a romance but I don’t feel like other than the deaf protagonist, there’s anything happening or there’s way too many questions that I feel need to be answered and they just aren’t happening. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Otomen

I was recommended this by one of my fave bookstagrammers but I have waited awhile to read this.

This had a bunch of shenanigans that were presented in this volume and there is an added character (which I appreciated) but there were two instances that I felt were unnecessary to the plot such as a random suicide attempt and a fire (trigger warnings for those by the way). I think I just wanted it to go in a different direction. Overall though, I still really enjoy this series and I am excited to continue on. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I’ll be honest, this coming up week may be the same as the previous one, however, I hope to watch some more media soon. What about you guys? What did you read and watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 05/01/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! So I have been in the graphic mood this week.

I’ve always loved Art but having one of my best friends be an art major, made me appreciate it a lot more

Because of that, I watched one movie and two anime. I also read one comic and four volumes of manga. Onto the media!

Comic

Elle (s)

Thank you to Netgalley and Europe Comics for the opportunity to read and review this comic

This was definitely a unique story discussing someone with a multiple personality disorder that sounds manufactured?? That’s what it sounds like. The artstyle is awesome and the characters seem interesting as well. I think my only issue is that it felt at moments that the plot was telling not showing and one of the characters was truly annoying. Because of these points, I have to give this comic a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. I am definitely curious to see what happens next. This is already out so check this out if you’re interested.

Manga

Series Starters

Chasing After Aoi Koshiba

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

I’ll be honest this manga series won’t be everyone. This is because one of the characters is very two faced and moments very insulting to others. I do like that there’s a parallel between the adult and high school aspects of their life. I also liked the artstyle and relationship dynamic but there’s a mystery aspect that makes me sort of want to continue but it may be just passing through. Overall, this manga is one I am definitely curious to see what is going to happen but its not for everyone. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. This is already out so check this out if you’re interested.

Girlfriend Girlfriend

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

So you know those stories that are trainwrecks that you just can’t stop reading/watching?

Well this is one of them. I think I was hoping it was going to be a bit fluffier than it ended up being. I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters, some of the jokes didn’t really land for me, and how they figured things out was frankly very stupid. Mind you, I am also an adult reviewing this manga and some teens could like it (although the fan service was stupid too frankly), but I did enjoy the relationship concept although execution was garbage. However, I will give it a point for keeping my attention through the entire volume. Because of these points, I have to give this a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣.

And Yet, You are So Sweet

Thank you so much to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this manga volume (this also needs a physical copy please and thank you)

So if the previous one was a train wreck, this one was the absolute opposite of that.

This gives me High School Debut vibes but with a different artstyle (plus the leading guy has Justin Bieber hair not my fave but he’s still cute). It truly helps people that have unrequited feelings and how they deal with it. I also loved both characters and there were moments that I wanted to screenshot the panels especially the guy moments. Overall, this is a fantastic start to a manga series and I am excited to see what the next volume comes up with. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

So Cute it Hurts!

This is a series I have been reading for months and its very cute

I feel like this was a beginning of a secondary arc and I liked it. I especially enjoyed the character development with both romances. However, it just felt like a filler volume. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

The Gymnastics Samurai

Ok this was a blind watch that was not what I expected.

This was a show that I loved but at the same time I was confused????? Definitely one that has a ton of unique characters that I wish that I knew more about them. But I also appreciated the uniqueness about them as well with inclusion being the biggest part of the side characters.

I liked the perspectives that we recieved with the gymnastics aspect as well especially the older person redeeming themselves in a sport after losing so long. However I wished there was more about other characters and more flushed out.

I also liked the parallels between the leading guys however it seemed like there wasn’t enough balance between them.

Overall, I enjoyed this anime for what it was and it is fun. However I think I would need more from it or a second season for it to be better. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Food Wars

My boyfriend and one of my dear friends told me to watch this so I did. I also realized the anime poster was too spoilery so this at least has a lot of the main characters we see.

This anime has essentially been consuming most of my week. It has a variety of cooking techniques but at the same time there’s constant competition (which isn’t a bad thing), but there are a lot of unnecessary nudity and innuendos. That is truly my only gripe. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. Definitely great if you love learning about food.

Movie

Florence Foster Jenkins

This is the movie that my dad and sister have watched and my dad wanted to show this to my mom and I

This movie was a very nice biography on the last few years of Florence Foster Jenkins’s life. However, I felt like there was too much telling not showing and because of that, towards the end of the film, it was too slow and I was losing interest fast. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I just want to continue on my mood of reading and watching unique art. However, I will probably also read some novels here and there. We’ll see what happens. What about you guys? What did you read and watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 04/24/21

Hey guys how’s it going? This week I have had to do a lot of work at my job.

This isn’t my exact job but it feels this way sometimes

However, somehow I managed to watch two shows, two movies, and two novels. Onto the Media!

TV Series

Big Hero 6 the series

I loved Big Hero 6 the movie and so watching this series is very fun

This show definitely is going to turn into a comfort show for me. When I watched Big Hero 6 when it first came out, I loved the STEM, superhero, friendship, and humorous aspects of it. The show expands upon them although it is a little more dumbed down for children which is necessary. Overall though, I love this show and will be sad once I finish all that is currently out because of these points, I have to give it a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣

Anime

The Quintessential Quintuplets

I keep hearing so many things about this show that I needed to watch.

I watched all that is currently out of this anime and wow haha! I am glad that I watched this because it gave me the right amount of humor, drama, mystery, and sisterly love. Keep in mind though, there is a lot of bullying as well as more nudity than expected so I don’t expect this to be for everyone. Overall though, its a lot of fun and I am excited to continue it. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

I am really glad I continued on this series and that it came to the USA.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to watch this movie the first day it was available in the theater. I do have to say at the start, there is a lot of body horror, blood, and suicidal moments that occur in this movie so if that is not something that you can handle, just skip this movie and move onto season 2 of the show. When it comes to the movie itself, the first half felt like an extended episode of the 1st season with backstories of some characters and overall demon slaying “fun”. The second half though, whew! was an intense battle that felt like the catalyst to the 2nd season and really gave to the character development of the two of the main demon slayers. Overall though, this is very good anime movie on continuing a series and although I would have changed one of the aspects of the first half, I am very glad that I watched this. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

I watched this movie when it first came out and rewatched it with the family this week

Watching this movie again was great in the sense of I forgot a certain incidental plot point and it still was interesting however, its more for someone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries rather than someone who loves romance only because it seems very confusing and a whats the point of this incidental aspect because of AB or C.

Other than that, this movie was too slow on the plot we were starting to lose interest towards the end and too many confusing points. Because of these points, I have to give this movie I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

This is an author duo that I had heard fantastic things about

I picked this book out of all the titles because of the “quirky” main female character and um I liked it but I didn’t like it and this is why:

I liked the characters although a few seemed a bit too flat (may have been intentional I am not sure)

The plot was good but also felt too long especially adding a surprise even more than before.

Overall, I thought it was fantastic getting a chance to get to know both of the characters and it was an adorable story. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance

Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Books for Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review this book

I’ll be honest, there’s a lot to unpack in this book. Because of that, there are trigger warnings for panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, stroke, anxiety, verbal abuse, rehabilitation and miscommunication. Yes there’s a lot in this book that can be tough, but there’s also so many positive aspects that I learned in this book especially about Indian foods, dances, and social customs.

This also is a great book for teenagers especially with ones that are trying to figure out what to do for their adult lives and deciding whether to follow your dreams or help their family. Overall, it was a profound story and I am curious to see more what this author presents next. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out in July so please check this out if you’re interested.

The Week Ahead

Next week I am just going to go with the flow. Because of that, I have no plans for next week. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 04/17/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-In time! I think this week I was able to get back into the swing of things.

Because of this, I was able to watch one anime and movie and read quite a bit with two manga volumes, one graphic novel, and three novels! Onto the Media!

Movie

Thunder Force

My dad decided this movie for family movie night and it was interesting………

This movie felt very flat for me. There needed to be less filler and more background information. There also were way too many comedic moments that just didn’t land for me. I think though if you’re looking for a movie that has superhero and supervillain items with comedy and a simple plot. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Uzaki-chan wants to hang out!

This is a series that when it came out had a lot of controversy surrounding it. I can see it but I also am glad I watched it

First, even though it may seem like a fluffy romance slice of life,it is still an adult anime with some drinking, college level innuendo, and some breast jokes. I think this is a good series in the sense that if you need some fluffy adult times that isn’t too crazy goofy (although guys yes its going to be goofy its inevitable) But, its not something that I am going to be obsessed with. This is also because there were some moments I felt more awkward than they could have been plus there were too many loner jokes that just made me sad. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Asahi-Sempai’s Favorite

This was a blind digital buy and I didn’t hate it πŸ˜†

So this manga was one of those that if you like the brother’s best friend trope plus Ouran High School Host Club you’d definitely enjoy this. I think my only issue was this was that there were a couple of moments where I felt uncomfortable for the main character because of the male characters’ “moves”. But overall, it was a fun read and if the next volume goes on sale I’ll check it out. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

Continuing this series was a good choice for me I think more people need to read this.

This volume although it isn’t my favorite in the series, was a very fun roller coaster plus there is now a solid relationship (finally!) The art is gorgeous and there was a cliffhanger. Because of these points plus my overall enjoyment, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms

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

This was an absolutely adorable story! I think it is a great one for someone trying to learn what it can be like transitioning in the teenagers’ perspective although mind you there are couple of moments of bullying and hate when it comes to that. I liked that there were a ton of relatable characters and situations that could apply to a wide audience as well. I also appreciated the education I received on some of the basics of cheerleading. The artstyle and the paneling was also beautiful and easy to understand. The only issue I think I had was that it was a little too short and I wanted more plot and character adventures. Because of these points, I have to give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Must be a Mistake

I read the previous book and loved it and was looking forward to this book. Um.

This book was one I was excited to read because of the Autism representation and I liked that the author didn’t make it be a big deal and focused on the romance and other conflicts in the story, however, there are moments where it felt more like the person who had the Autism was making fun of neurotypical without any context. Other than that, there are trigger warnings for racial discrimination (particularly with Somalian people)a. , bullying, and a ton of miscommunication (although because of the situations, I can understand why there was a lot of miscommunication) As far as the relationship itself, it definitely was a lot more discussion based which I appreciated but also I liked the devotion that the man even more than the previous has towards the girl its a dream. Because of these points though, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

A Taste For Love

This book has only recently released but I am so glad I was able to get this from the library

Ahhhh this book. This was an unexpected lovely book. The Food, the Boba, the unexpected Taiwanese culture with matchmaking tendencies. Also the unexpected mystery was very interesting as well. The setting is also very accurate as a fellow Houston native especially in the North side of town. It reminded me so much of American Panda and sort of Crazy Rich Asians in the drama aspect as well.

The only issues I had with this though were the constant miscommunication aspects and that there were moments this felt too dated with the pop culture references.

Overall though, I enjoyed this story and I would love to buy a physical copy of this. If you love food, Asian culture, and Houston scenery check this book out 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Kiss and Repeat

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

First trigger warnings for underage drinking, religious discussion, bullying, and miscommunication.

This book was a hit as well as a miss for me and here is why:

I enjoyed the Tourette’s Syndrome representation that felt truly accurate (based on my personal knowledge)

However, I felt like there were some moments where it didn’t feel like a natural representation more like romanced. But, if the author decides to do more books like this one, I wouldn’t not read it.

I also didn’t understand some of the plot? It felt like it was trying to do too many things at once (I mean there were some characters that weren’t flushed out enough, there were some that just felt like an archetype that were just added in to discuss certain topics (or lack thereof).

Overall though, I think this book is a good teen self-discovery of Tourette’s and relationships but there are moments where it is just “huh?” or “Why is this even happening??” Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. This comes out May 25th if you are interested.

The Week Ahead

The next week I think I am going to be watching along with reading with a better balance. What about you? What did you read or watch this week? Lets talk about it!

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Autism Representation in Media: Some Recommendations

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Hey guys how’s it going? It is Autism Acceptance Month this month so because of it, I am going to give you guys some recommendations of a variety of media (I wish there were some manga and anime that I was able to recommend but unfortunately not at this time. Also, I apologize it seems I have read more than I have watched with this) These also hold a special place in my heart so I hope you get some recommendations. Onto the media!

Novels

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This book was the one that actually showed me my first teen representation of Autism. In this particular story, one of the characters has Asperger’s Syndrome which is the highest functioning part of the Autism Spectrum. They also have a Generalized Anxiety Disorder which after reading this, I didn’t know that sometimes Anxiety and Autism go hand in hand. This book has this information plus a romance and convention setting. If those things interest you, check this book out.

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

For this particular novel, the Autism Spectrum Disorder aspect could be a bit spoilery??? So I apologize in advance. This discusses an adult being tested because of their unknown social anxiety tendencies but also it has a college/adult romance involved also. There is also a lot more involved such as the aftermath of 9/11, difficult friendship/relationships and a traumatic pregnancy. If these aspects fascinate you, please check this book out.

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

This book is the latest novel that I have read with Autism representation and I feel upon reflection, that this book has both the positive and negative aspects of the previous books I have mentioned. There’s teen representation as well as adult representation with Autism, there’s newly diagnosed but also someone who has known who they are pretty much all their life, and also there’s a physical disability representation of Rheumatoid Arthritis as well. I think if you are looking for a well-rounded adult Autistic romance, you would enjoy this book very much. I know for sure its mine.

TV Show

Atypical

This show could have gone one of two ways for me personally; it could have made the main character who has Autism Spectrum Disorder too stereotypical in the symptoms and the way they navigate the world, and they could have made him the butt of everyone’s jokes along with his family. Thankfully though, that did not happen although there are some jokes that are sprinkled in that some people might find offensive but otherwise I love this series and how the characters deepen throughout the series. There is also a lot of navigation that every character goes through especially the one who has Autism. If this interests you, please check this out on Netflix.

Movie

The Other Sister

This movie came out in 1999, a time where Autism in media was not very common. I watched this when I was young and it was the first movie I saw any representation of an adult who had Autism tell their family “I want to be independent, I want to do everything my sisters do and fall in love etc.” It can be hilarious but also heartbreaking at the same time. If you want to see a guy totally worship a girl and the navigation through an adult with special needs gaining independence, this movie is for you.

Conclusion

Overall, these are the recommendations that I hold in my heart for Autism Acceptance Month. I honestly wish there were more movies and shows that I have watched that didn’t make me cringe when I watched or that are easily accessible(unfortunately not that I know of). However, like with the disorder itself no two people with Autism are the same so it should be reflective upon the media we consume of it. Have you read or watched any of these? Will you now that I have recommended them?? Do you have any more recommendations?? Let’s talk about it and Happy Autism Acceptance Month!

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Weekly Check-in 4/10/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check in time!!!! This was a week that I was very unexpectedly slumpy when it came to my media consumption.

However, I watched three anime, one manga, one comic collection, and one novel! Onto the media!

Anime

Zombie Land Saga

I was recommended this by the Dub Talk Podcast and I am really glad that I watched this.

This anime was actually a lot more fun and interesting than I thought it would be. I also recommended this to my boyfriend for something to watch but upon watching it, I have to say yes but no because there are a ton more things that were more girl driven than unisex.

However, I enjoyed so much of this anime with the variety of characters, the music, the humor, and the plot (although frankly I wish there was more to it than what was happening plus the end with the double amnesia plot-lines mehh??? Anyway, overall, I enjoyed this anime and I am excited for the next season coming up. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

My Hero Academia

I did a mini photoshoot a few weeks ago with a couple of my figures when I was rewatching the anime and I thought this figure was appropriate for this week.

This week I caught up with what is available on My Hero Academia and since Shoto is my favorite male character in this series, I am very curious to see how his and other characters’ story arcs are going to continue on. I enjoyed that there are some more twists and turns that I am not sure what is going to happen (although I may need to accumulate more episodes before I continue watching watch week to week may be too difficult for me). Overall, I am truly enjoying this series and am excited to see what’s going to happen next. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Way of the Househusband

This was April’s pick in my discord buddyreadbuddywatch channel: Check out fun discussions and monthly buddyreadbuddywatches! (link in the info page)

Ok, if you guys have read this blog for a bit, I have looked forward to see this anime to see the translation from the manga and it was enjoyable but at the same time I had some minor complaints. First, I loved the characters and the humor like with the manga etc. Second, I loved yet hated that there was only 5 episodes!!! I understand that it was because there were a ton of mini episodes however, I wanted more!!!! Besides that, I also had some minor nitpicks with the music wasn’t my favorite and the animation felt although perfect for more accessibility towards western audiences/new anime watchers, it to me felt even more choppy than the manga did like robots moving etc. Overall though, its definitely a fun ride and perfect to watch for a laugh in a day. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Those Snow White Notes

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

This volume gave me a combination of Your Lie in April, NANA, and Beck Mongolian Chop Squad vibes but with a unique twist on them both? Trigger warnings for grief, violence, and language. I love the art in this manga especially when it came to the sound of the music along with the settings. I also enjoyed the story for what it was so far, however, I am not sure where it is going to go? It could go very profound or meh. I did hear this is also becoming an anime so that may transfer better for me but I do not know for sure. Overall though, I think I want to take this series one volume at a time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Comic Collection

Little Moments of Love

I read the newest collection during Valentine’s day and I am so glad that I got this collection as well.

So I read this on a day when I was feeling pretty down, and it definitely picked me up. There’s a ton of little comics that if you’re looking for something that discusses a longterm relationship between two people (that are introverts at times) check this out. Like I said in my previous review of the newest collection, you can read this all at once but also a little at a time if you just need a quick pick me up. My only issue I had with this one was that I wish that some of them had more titles because I wasn’t sure if some comics were together or separate or what. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. I am excited to read more from this author.

Novel

Just the Two of Us Book 2

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

The conclusion to this story was very awesome and sweet but dramatic all at the same time. Again, like its predecessor, it has the feels of a drama but at the same time fulfilling. Trigger warnings for abuse, rape, blunt language, death, surgery, and familial distress due to pediatric disease . Definitely a slow-burn on every aspect of this book including character development but I feel that this book went a little faster than its predecessor. I think my only issue with this again was the writing and a little too long for me personally. However, if you enjoy K-Dramas, I think you should at least give this duology/duet a try. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

For the week ahead, I am hoping that I get out of this slump! I mean I am loving the amount of anime I watched but I want to expand some more. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Lets talk about it!

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If I could make AMVs these are what I would do…

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I am going to be combining a few of my favorite loves Music and anime/manga. I remember when I was first starting out watching anime, I was one of those fans that would watch AMVs of my favorite animes/songs in a loop.  If you do not know what an AMV is it is an anime themed music video.

Me in a music jam pose!

These are definitely really helpful in discovering new animes and songs but also to help with loving favorite characters and scenes. These are some ideas I would have if I had the tech knowledge to do this so if anyone decides to do amvs of these (I am looking at you LitaKinoanimecorner) let me know. I was inspired by Lita and Irina’s collaboration post about Anime and Lyrics to Songs.  Onto the Recommendations!

Battlefield-SVRCINA

https://youtu.be/qxkDVSvUO1o

Paired With: Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods/Fairy Tail the Final Season

I picked both of these anime seasons because the song is talking about being in an intense battle. Mainly about two people trying to get through one. So since these two anime have a ton of relationships/friendships involved, I feel like either one would be great to pair with this song.

End of Time- Alan Walker

https://youtu.be/CaZXdZGZfb0

Paired With: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

This pairing is one that is for the overall anime because it takes place ten years after the death of a main character who was in a big friendship group. This song shows that no matter how long it has been since you’ve not seen each other, love can transcend time.

Lion-(G)I-DLE

https://youtu.be/ju0ICWFWNKE

Paired With: Smile Down the Runway

Now this one, I have to think that this song and anime pair would pair well together because of the intensity of the two main ladies plus this song would be perfect for a fashion show which also occurs in this anime.

A Million Dreams-P!nk

https://youtu.be/L7TN0hyONjw

Paired With: Fruits Basket 2019

Ok this pairing probably needs a little bit of explanation. This would apply to season 2 of fruits basket because there’s a ton of expansion and emotion that occurs of a ton of characters’ hopes and dreams and there’s one person Tohru that holds these dreams in her heart and head.

Won’t Stop Running-A Great Big World

https://youtu.be/oRWZgsTzipA

Paired With: Run With The Wind

This pairing may seem a bit obvious because of both of the titles, but I think this would work also because of the emotional parts of the song and anime. It could follow just one character or all of them frankly.

Write Your Story -Francesca Battistelli

https://youtu.be/ecV1NHmELuA

Paired With: Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun

This one is also a tad obvious but I think this pairs together because first, the main characters are actually creating a story in a manga first, then there’s a overall arc of the characters especially the leading lady trying to make her own story and try to get together with the leading guy.

Guardian-Alanis Morissette

https://youtu.be/7q0reAgBMYA

Paired With: Full Moon wo Sagashite

With this pairing, it can be used for  different characters especially the shinigami helping the main character become the best idol she can be. This could also be applied to another character (if you’ve watched or read it you know).

If I Let You Go-Westlife

https://youtu.be/dZsYJaIG38Q

Paired With: Anonymous Noise

Now this pairing, I would only focus on one couple for this. There’s a love triangle in this and one part of the triangle was with the girl in childhood but then let her go to pursue his dreams along with making sure she is happy without him.

Best Friend-Jason Chen

https://youtu.be/xxIr3dbOJxU

Paired With: Chihayafuru

With this pairing, it would focus a lot more on the main characters Arata, Taichi, and Chihaya because of the history that is presented throughout the series. It can truly go for either pair but it would especially be perfect with clips from the third season.

Conclusion

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

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Weekly Check-in 04/03/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-In time! This week was a bit of a mess

But that didn’t stop me from watching three movies and one anime but also read two volumes of manga. Onto the media!

Movie

The Founder

I have been wanting to watch this movie for awhile

This movie was something that I was curious about because McDonalds is a part of my childhood. I didn’t realize how sad it was how cruel this biographical story was. Overall though it was fascinating and I learned a lot, It is something that I probably will not watch again. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Spirited Away

This was March’s Pick for the buddyreadbuddywatch channel on my discord (link on my about page on the site if you are interested) and I am glad I watched it.

This is a movie that I honestly was afraid to watch because of some of the character designs. However, I think it was good for me personally to watch some anime that has spirits or demons before watching this (in particular Kakuriyo bed and breakfast for spirits) because it gives the same feels. The English dub for this was awesome (Megara from Hercules voice was a side character and I was amazed). I also felt that this Studio Ghibli film compared to the others I have watched had a lot more plot involved which I also enjoyed too. Overall, this was a good entertaining movie and I am glad I was able to watch this with my friends. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Captain Fantastic

This is a movie that my dad picked out because Viggo Mortensen

This movie is one I wouldn’t recommend for everyone because it shows some views that are not necessarily ones that people will agree with along with there is a lot of kids cursing etc. There is also some brainwashing etc. along with some triggers of suicide, bipolar disorder, religion bashing, etc. As far as the acting it was amazing on all fronts and it was definitely one that was profound (although again its not one I recommend to anyone). And fascinating because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Harukana Recieve

I have heard great things about the manga of this that I wanted to try the anime out as well

This anime was very wholesome for a sports story with some dark moments as well. It also teaches you alot about beach volleyball and what it takes to truly train for it. Overall though, my only issue I had for this anime were there were some moments where they showed too much bikini bottom (part of it is for the game thats true but there were still some unnecessary moments) because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. You can watch this on Funimation.

Manga

Series Starters

She’s my Knight

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

This was definitely an adorable manga. I love all of the characters that were presented and the antics that they get into. I can also imagine this being an anime also. My only issue is that there was only some parts that didn’t really feel like a cohesive plot. It only felt like a cohesive plot towards the end of the story. Overall though, I would love to see how this story continues on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Complex Age

I was recommended this by a manga YouTuber and I have really enjoyed it so far

I am still enjoying this series very much. This volume discusses in particular the acceptance of a hobby for people around the main character. This took a direction I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to it. However, it felt very realistic and very important for me to read especially as an adult who has a hobby that may not be accepted by everyone. Overall, though the end just felt so unsatisfying I need the next volumes. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is probably going to be a lot more anime watching than movie watching but I would like to read some more too. We will see what happens. What about you guys? What did you watch or read this week? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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Weekly Check-in 03/27/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week had a lot of surprises.

I love Felicia Day she’s so awesome

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

Movie

Two Weeks Notice

Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock are always my faves in their respective movies

My dad picked this out for the family to watch this week and I liked it but at the same time I had two issues with it. One, there were wayyyyyy too many creepy moments in this (I know with it being 2002 some things can be more lenient because of the times but otherwise yuck). Second, the concept of time in this movie was a whole year despite it having Two Weeks Notice as the title. Overall, it was a fun movie but I was a tad disappointed because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi  🍣🍣🍣.

Irresistible

Blind movie watch with the family

This is a movie going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. There’s a lot of comedy moments that I wasn’t sure about plus crude moments as well as the direction of the story was very confusing. Also the plot twist at the end was insane but unfortunately not surprising. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Ink Master

I watched the rest of what was available on Netflix and I have to say the art and challenges were very awesome and more fascinating than the previous, however there was a lot more pettiness and drama than the previous one. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun

This is a show that I was recommended to quite awhile ago (I apologize my dear friend if you are reading this) and I wasn’t sure if I would have liked it without watching it with my friend and I have to say that I appreciated it quite a bit!

First, I can definitely understand why a lot of people love the anime rather than the manga because it feels very episodic but very fluid at the same time. You also get to see the background information of what it is like to create a shoujo manga which for me as a still new manga reader was very fascinating to find out.

Second, The dynamics between the characters are very fun and silly but also there’s a lot of miscommunication but its more endearing than what is expected. You also are not quite sure what the relationships are going to turn out in the end (I am not even sure with the manga if you do know). Essentially if you are looking for a fun time, this is an anime you can fly through and rewatch it again and again. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

I’ll be honest this was a cover buy

This is essentially Sex and the City combined with a K-drama mixed with the Confessions of a Shopaholic series/movie. And yes that was essentially what this was.Β  Very interesting and enticing and curious, however, where is it going??? Where is the plot?? Is the jumping around perspective going to keep going?? There’s also a lot more telling not showing (in a manga no less) I honestly am not sure how I feel about this manga. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

My Pink is Overflowing

So I found this manga through a manga youtuber and I was unexpectedly surprised by this

I thought this was going to be a high school romance, but in a way, I am glad that it isn’t. This discusses a woman who wants to become number one in a relationship (which is something that I am on board with) but at first, the leading lady seems to have a type that she likes people who only wear a white dress shirt and they are nice to her but she changes over time and the leading guy also has a lot more development over time also. This also has a pretty good slowburn pace for me as far as the relationship and love scenes without feeling like there isn’t any context or reason why these scenes are happening(which those are still valid but the lack of it made this story better). Overall though, I really enjoyed this story and I am really curious to see how this manga series turns out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Not if I See You First

I read the author’s other work and I thought it was amazing, this was even more!

This book was one I was a little worried about because his previous work that I read had bipolar disorder representation that felt very realistic and this was his debut it could have gone really good or really bad.  Boy, this exceeded my expectations!!! First, the blind representation was phenomenal especially when it came to being able visualize what the main character’s perspective was and how they interacted with the world in more than just a romantic way. It is profound with trigger warnings of grief, bullying, girl hate,  overdose, and cursing. I loved the relationships that the main character has with some of the other characters and the new people she meets along the way. There are so many quotes I highlighted on my ebook library copy I had to tell my friends I needed this physical copy for my library.  I think my only complaint I had with this book was one of the characters didn’t need to be there and felt like a catalyst for other things (looking at you Jason……) Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Go the Distance

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

So the Twisted Tale books have been stories I have been interested in but I wasn’t sure where to start. This story though, was perfect for me because it gave more depth to Megara’s background and character development. It also gave some nods to the original mythology and the Disney movie without feeling too dumbed down or too advanced for younger readers. I think also it showed a lot of life lessons in love and not being a damsel in distress to make the story very appealing and not feeling like the story was taking too long or meandering too much.

Overall, as a huge fan of Hercules and Greek Mythology otherwise, this is a fantastic story to add and if you’re a huge fan of Megara you need to check it out. My only issue was that there were a couple of minor issues that made it a bit much. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣. This comes out April 6th so check it out if you’re interested.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is going to be a short one for me workwise so I am hoping to increase what I read or watch this week. We will see what happens. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Lets talk about it!

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

When I started writing these book and drink recommendations, it was Fall of 2020. Fall drinks and spooky books are pretty easy to match up. And winter books with an array of holiday drinks weren’t too hard either. Spring, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so clear. Not everyone has a spring PSL, and if books mention spring, it’s usually glossed over. WIth that being said, I have taken some creative liberties with this post. I’ve decided that high school graduation and prom are two spring events (which you’ll see below). Books that cover the course of a year without much mention to the season are also included. And, there are few books that remind me of a blooming spring. With the creative liberties that we’ve taken, this might be our best post. We hope you agree!

Along with Vanessa (@nessas.lair), I made (and drank!) these fun beverages; if you want to know how to make them, check out Vanessa’s blog: https://nessaslair.com/ . Before you start shopping this list, which I highly recommend, I want to add a small content warning. Until this list, all of the books that have been on the Princessreadsalot posts have been appropriate for 7th grade (12 years old and up). Below are 2 starred (*) books that the publisher labeled  for 14+. If you’re shopping for a middle school student, feel free to send us a message for more details on the mature content that makes these books for high school students.

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

Paired With: Blooming Tea

In Bloom, an invasion has begun, but it begins with rain. Rain that carries seeds. Seeds that sprout–overnight, everywhere. They bloom–and release toxic pollens. They bloom–and form Venus flytrap-like pods that swallow animals and people. They bloom–everywhere, unstoppable. A blooming tea will totally set the mood for this sci-fi teen book.

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Paired with: Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

A Wish in the Dark is taking 2021 by the storm with all of its awards (to name a few- 2021 Newbery Honor Book Winner, Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal, Junior Library Guild Selection, and NPR 100 Favorite Books for Young Readers). In the book, all light in Chattana (a fantastical setting in Thailand) is created by one man β€” the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness.  This is a colorful and sweet book set in Thailand, and this colorful lemonade (indigenous to southeast Asia) is a lovely pairing. 

Macy MacMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Paired with: Goddess Smoothie

Macy MacMillan and the Rainbow Goddess is one of the sweetest novels-in-verse that I have ever read. Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a β€˜For Sale’ sign sits on the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their little family, adding an unwelcome stepfather and pesky six-year-old twin stepsisters. Just when Macy’s mother ought to be sympathetic, she sends her next door to help eighty-six-year-old Iris Gillan, who is also getting ready to move―in her case, into an assisted living facility. Iris can’t move a single box on her own and, worse, she doesn’t know sign language. How is Macy supposed to understand her? But Iris has stories to tell, and she isn’t going to let Macy’s deafness stop her. Soon, through notes and books and cookies, a friendship grows. And this friendship, odd and unexpected, may be just what Macy needs to face the changes in her life. Reading this book and drinking a smoothie will be the perfect start to a day. I highly recommend it. 

You Should See Me in a Crown* by Leah Johnson

Paired with: Caramel Cloud Macchiato

When You Should See Me in a Crown came out last summer, I heard a lot of hype, and I am here to tell you that the hype is worth it; a beautiful story, a sweet main character, and a fun plot make this a binge-worthy book. Liz believes she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town, but she has a plan that will get her out: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. When the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz decides to try for her town’s prom queen scholarship. Despite her fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. Liz’s friends are sweet, and mid-way through the book they buy her a Caramel Cloud Macchiato. I’ve never tried one before, but I am here to say the book and the drink are worth the hype!

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Paired with: Cookie Monster Shake

Pepper is the swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. She is also secretly running Big League Burger’s (her family’s restaurant chain) massive Twitter account. Jack is a class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Tweet Cute is adorable.  Emma Lord has included a recipe for the Tweet Cute’s Monster Cake (on her blog), and we’ve adapted a drink to match the sweetness!

Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Paired with: Mint Shake

In March, many celebrate St. Patrick’s day (and the month) with a mint shake, so I’ve decided that mint shakes are definitely a spring drink. In The Inheritance Games, Avery’s fortune changes in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves her his entire fortune, but she has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Enjoy this green-covered book (filled with characters green with envy) and a mint shake. Okay, so maybe I am stretching it a little, but I think you’re going to enjoy this pairing!

Today Tonight Tomorrow* by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Paired with: Hazelnut Latte with Whipped cream

Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.  On her last day of school, she buys a hazelnut latte with extra whipped cream. Unfortunately she gets in a small car accident and spills it all over her outfit. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up, and as Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s more than the nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. Today Tonight Tomorrow is definitely going to be in my top 10 of 2021. I loved it! Drink a hazelnut latte and enjoy reading about Rowan and Neil’s last day of school.

Kpop Confidential by Stephan Lee

Paired with: Iced Matcha Latte

So I loved Kpop Confidential, and I have to agree that I am stretching this a little to add it to this list. It does start in the spring right before the end of Candace’s school year; that’s why it made its way here. When Candace secretly enters a global audition held by SLK’s music label (a Kpop corporation), the last thing she expects is to actually get a coveted spot in their trainee program. After convincing her ultra-strict parents to let her try for a summer, she heads to Seoul where she must perfect her performance skills to within an inch of her life, learn to speak Korean fluently, and navigate the complex hierarchies of her fellow trainees, all while following the strict rules of the industry. She dreams of eating real meals and an iced matcha latte that her mom provides on her free weekend. This story is dramatic and exciting and a little horrifying (is this KPop trainee life for real?!?!), but you’ll definitely appreciate your iced matcha latte when Candace cannot.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Paired with: Bubble Tea

If you have followed me on Instagram for a while, you may have remembered that I listed American Panda in my top ten books of 2018. I’m here to recommend it again. At the start of the book, Mei is a freshman at MIT, and she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. However, those are not Mei’s dreams, and when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to reconsider her own dreams. This book is filled with descriptions of dramatic family meals but very few drinks. But, I think if she had a moment free from studying, I think she’d love a bubble tea.

Goldie Vance, vol. 1 by Hope Larson

Paired with: Golden Latte

The Goldie Vance comics will give you serious Nancy Drew vibes. Each volume is a new mystery for the teenage detective to solve, and they are all set in Florida. I don’t want to give too much of a summary because they’re extra short, but I promise they’re fun! By the time you’ve finished your Golden Latte, you’ll be picking up the next volume.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking forward to getting out of the house and enjoying the weather or staying inside during a spring thunderstorm, I hope you’ve found a good recommendation for the season. Let us know in the comments any spring books that you would recommend or your favorite spring drink!

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Weekly Check-in 03/20/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! It was Spring Break this week.

The Goldbergs are so hilarious

Because like I said last week all bets were off on what was going to be watched or read. Because of this, I watched one movie, two tv shows, and finished one anime. I also read one novel and three volumes of manga. Onto the Media!

Movie

John Wick:Part 3

I watched this with my boyfriend along with the end of the second one

I know I know I just keep going into left field with some of my movie choices but I watched this with my boyfriend this week and this fits his interest of action movies (which for me can be hit or miss). However, for this particular one, I was intrigued by the all-star cast, the set design, and of course part of the plot which was John Wick meeting all these different people in different places and collecting what was owed. But of course, since I wasn’t sure John Wick’s motivation of everything (because I didn’t see the first one), I was left unsatisfied with this. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Chopped

This show has been on for years I have seen it in passing on many a road trip

This is a show that has always fascinated me because of all the different dishes that people come up with as well as the different ingredients that have to be used (some things I have never heard of before). It is definitely something that I can also imagine the whole family watching as well 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Great Food Truck Race

This is something I wouldn’t expect to like but I was pleasantly surprised

Now this was a series that I truly am surprised with how much I like it. My boyfriend introduced me to this series last year and it was really interesting to see how food trucks work and what it takes to run them. The particular series we watched this week takes place in Alaska which is especially interesting. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣

Manga

Standalone

Can an Otaku Like Me really be an Idol???

So looks can be deceiving in this cover….

Let me just say first, this is for mature readers and there is sexual content in here so if you’re not interested in that, then do not read this. Otherwise, I thought this story was fun and interesting especially when it came to the idol culture in Japan. My only issue I had was with the format putting a short story that has nothing to do with the title manga in there was very annoying plus there was too much sexual content presented in my personal opinion. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Starters

Mermaid Melody

Watching the anime of this when I was younger and reading this now, was really fun.

Wow I was really happy with this manga. This is essentially a teenage drama with mermaids. Reading this with the thought of the anime, it was essentially quite a few episodes smashed together which was awesome for me, plus it was hilarious to see everything coming back to me although the end of this manga was a bit different than the anime. For someone new to the series though, you might be sad that you don’t know the songs in this and you’ll definitely appreciate it. I think its very kid friendly (at least to me) and its very fun and interesting. The art is also beautiful. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. only because there are a lot of sporadic text everywhere.

Series Continuations

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san

After receiving Vol 1 from my dear friend and enjoying it, I definitely wanted to continue on.

I can definitely see why people were not a fan of this after this volume, however, I still think its pretty cool because of the education it presents on what happens as an employee at a bookstore. Nevertheless, it was a lot more heavy in this volume than previous and because of that, it brought my enjoyment down just a little bit. This is because I wanted more plot/comedy. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Gravitation

Although this comes highly recommended… meh

Finishing up this anime was a bit underwhelming to me. The Dub is still too stiff and the rest of the anime felt like I was in a loop with no satisfying ending. There are triggers for abuse, manipulation, and intense goof moments. I still love the music though. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

11 Paper Hearts

This was a book I saw on Netgalley that a small business had to be signed and sprayed. I gambled on whether I would like it….

This book is one some people may not be a fan of with some of the bullying that is presented in this. Otherwise though, I really enjoyed this. It has some mystery elements(with some classical book references), profound love/friendship quotes, transformation of one’s self after a trauma, retrograde amnesia representation, and some exploration of New York City. There was a twist that I wasn’t expecting and that increased my enjoyment in the story. Although I wish there was more at the end. 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 I am hoping to do a more balanced reading and watching week. What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 03/13/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Wow you guys I was all over the place this week.

It truly was.

Because of me being everywhere before spring break, I watched two TV shows, one anime, six volumes of manga, and three novels.(phew!) Onto the media!

TV Show

Harley Quinn

Deciding to continue this series this week was a tad difficult. I am not a fan of the language, plus some of the stuff that’s happening is a bit weird, however I am now feeling more sympathetic towards Poison Ivy and Harley a ton. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Ink Master

I think I remember watching this in college before it came onto Netflix recently

Totally out of left field right?? I know it does not seem something I’d be interested in. However, if you know me well, I am fascinated by what people create and their process. Unfortunately with