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Weekly Check-In 05/07/2022-05/14/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! I decided to try some new things but also catch up on others.

Because of this, I watched two animes, two movies, one miniseries, and one TV show. I listened to a podcast and read a manga. Onto the media!!!

Movie

Hotel Transylvania:Transformania

This movie series is one that I have watched over the years that definitely has a ton of humor, paranormal feels, and how to understand that change can be a good thing. I am sure there’s more to it than that, but this particular installment of this series mainly discusses changing to satisfy someone else and how looking on the bright side of things can make life better. I understand that at least two voice actors were changed, and I didn’t notice at first, but I think that if you didn’t know that ahead of time, you will not notice. Overall, this movie was a lot of fun and if you love this series, I highly recommend it! 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Secrets of Dumbledore

This movie was fantastic!!! I was worried going into this movie that it was going to be huge disappointment. I loved the action, the twists and turns, and the new Hogwarts history that was presented. I am curious to see what is presented next but it is something that I feel ended well but also could be expanded upon. Because of this, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

These last couple of weeks, I am enjoying listening to this podcast. Listening to how many different kinds of media that the host consumes plus he brings guests in who truly know what they’re talking about. If you haven’t listened or watched this YouTube channel, check it out. 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Miniseries

North and South

This series is continuing to be interesting especially when it comes to the events prior to the Civil War, however these last few episodes that the family and I have watched, some of the acting is so cheesy it’s ridiculous. that could be because of the age though, not because of the content of the miniseries. Because of this, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Zombieland Saga

The way this anime left was just whoa.  But I really enjoyed the music and the characters in this anime. I am excited to see what happens next. Is this my favorite idol anime?? I am not sure yet but I am obsessed nonetheless. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. If you haven’t checked out this series already and you like supernatural as well as music media, I say do it!!

Black Clover

Now this! ok one of my friends has been begging me to try this anime and I am really glad I did. Essentially to me, this fantasy world is intriguing with its system of magic plus the characters are a lot of fun. I like the aspect of trying very hard and persevering for your dream but also that there are a lot of different puzzle pieces to unravel. If you are looking for something to try that’s fantasy based that feels like My Hero Academia mixed with Fairy Tail check it out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

For Rent

This is one of those shows that was randomly playing in a waiting room I was in recently and I learned a lot from it on how to utilize a small space to the fullest, but also on what to look for and do for renting the best apartment you can. I think my only issue was I needed more varying locations. Because of this, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

When Will Ayumu Make His Move

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

This is a combination of the anime Chihayafuru and the manga Our Precious Conversations with a 4koma panel style. Because of the style, it can seem to be too episodic at times so if that bothers you, do not read this. Otherwise if you love high school characters falling in love one being very stoic and one being more bubbly check it out. Definitely perfect for fans of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun. Overall, this is a fantastic manga series to start and I have to give this volume a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

What I want to do for the next week is continue on with series that I started. Also do some review reading if I can. What about you guys? What did you read, listen, or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 04/30/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! Where I am catching up on media but also trying some new things as well.

Because of this, I watched one miniseries and one anime. I listened to one podcast and read a book. Onto the media!!!

Miniseries

North & South

This miniseries is based off a book series by John Jakes (according to my parents) and it truly is very interesting (although Patrick Swayze can be very distracting). There is a ton of action, romance, and moral lessons about pre-civil war times. The political maneuvering is also interesting as well. Overall, I am intrigued to see how this mini-series continues on and this is definitely great for you US history buffs out there. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Zombieland Saga

I think this week I needed some fluff but at the same time wanted to finish this show. If you love music, comedy, zombies and girls building up friendship, this show is for you. I appreciated how this season goes into more depth on the characters we don’t know much about plus make them have more serious aspects. Overall, if you have been sleeping on this series I highly recommend. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

I still really enjoy this podcast!! I enjoy the weekly updates and the opinions of all of the different media he consumes. I also appreciate the interviews that he has especially the one with Core Reviews recently. Overall, it’s a lot of fun listening to him in the car on the way back and forth to work. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Dating Dr.Dil

This book took me way too long to read (about two weeks I believe). But that’s because I believe when I am learning a lot about different cultures especially in an adult romance, I go slower. But this is my second book by this author, and I liked it better than the previous and this is why. I liked how both characters were flushed out taking their time to figure out themselves before the relationship. I also enjoyed the side characters because of how much they brought to the table (especially the friends). However, there was way too much pushing/pressuring on the woman more than the man (this could be more of a culture issue than a book issue so I’m not docking the book a star for that). Nevertheless, I had moments where I wanted to yell at the characters to just quit beating around the bush or in some of Prem’s case why are you stalking her?? Anyhow though, I will continue reading from this author again, and I recommend it for someone looking for a decent southern Asian adult romance. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I would like to continue on as far as finishing things I have started especially with summer coming up. Another part I would like to do too is find another big series to invest in because I think what I have done previously is a lot of fun. We will see though. What about you guys? What have you watched, listened, or read this week? Let’s talk about it!!

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If I could Cosplay as Anyone, who would I be…..

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is one that was inspired by one of my students’ asking me “If you could cosplay as someone, who would you be?” I told them at the time, I haven’t cosplayed before but that was because I haven’t found the right character yet. Thinking about it though, over the years, I have thought about cosplaying a ton of characters in media, however, I have been scared because of my body, age, or not doing the character justice. Nevertheless, these would be who I would try to cosplay if I didn’t have my insecurities and which outfits I would choose. Let’s introduce you to them!

Anime/Manga

Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail

Now this character is one that, when I first found out what cosplay is, I thought Lucy would be the best character for me to cosplay. Fairy Tail is my favorite anime of all time plus I appreciate Lucy’s Celestial Magic. How I would cosplay her would be in this outfit or her older blue and white outfit. All of her other outfits for me personally, are a bit too risquΓ©. But she is amazing being a writer and a celestial wizard. If you haven’t read or watched Fairy Tail please do.

Marin Kitigawa from My Dress-up Darling

This anime/manga truly made me want to take cosplaying more seriously than I already did but in a good way. I appreciate the dedication that Marin goes through to show Gojo the characters that she wants to cosplay. Personally, although, I am not a fan of any of the people Marin cosplays as of now, I would cosplay Marin either in her school uniform or her summer outfit in the anime. This series is not for everyone, but if you love wholesome romance/friendship and fangirling about cosplay, check this series out!

Comics

Gwenpool from Gwenpool and West Coast Avengers

An underrated superhero/anti-hero. Gwenpool reminds me of me as far as being a fangirl for the Marvel World(I am not a fangirl of Marvel as big as Gwenpool but I am of other things) Anyhow, Gwenpool is realistic although crude at times, but I admire her personality when it comes to meeting her idols. As far as her cosplay, I would either do her hero outfit that seems easy to wear or her regular outfit when she is not in her hero outfit. (Either of them would work great. If you haven’t read this comic yet you can start on one of the Howard the Duck comics or her first trade volume 1. Check her out!

Spider Gwen from Spider Gwen and Marvel Rising

To me, I think if I cosplayed a well-known superheroine, I have to say Spider Gwen would be who I would pick. This is because she seems like she has the snarkiest lines, and her costume seems the easiest as well as the most form fitting to put on. If you haven’t read the Spider Gwen comics, start at trade number 0 where you can get the most context.

Books

Stacey from the Well Met Series by Jen Deluca

Now this character is one that is the oldest character on this list. She has a sweet personality and also is confident in herself. In this story as well, we view Stacey as she is trying to decide what she wants to do for the rest of her life for herself and her decision made me love her even more. I think Stacey’s outfits would be a perfect for both cosplaying at a convention and a renaissance festival. She is also plus sized like myself so it would be pretty accurate in my personal opinion. I would choose the cover outfit, or she has a green outfit that sounds like it would be nice as well. If you haven’t checked out this book series, start with Well Met if you like renaissance festivals and contemporary romance.

Hanne from the Berserker series by Emmy Laybourne

Norse Mythology + Westerns?? That is essentially what this book feels like. The main character of Hanne protects her family by eating their enemies?? Yeah, it is a strange pick but it’s also one that I enjoyed the characters especially Hanne and the atmosphere. The outfit I would pick would be a frontier women’s outfit, with some fake blood on me to signify after a kill. If you have not read this book, its not for everyone, but if it sounds interesting to you, check it out.

TV Shows

Sabrina Spellman from Sabrina the Teenage Witch 90s Live Action

When I was young, this was the first time I experienced a supernatural live action television show on our TV. As I got older, and once I rewatched all of the episodes from start to finish on streaming, I thought it would be so fun to cosplay Sabrina especially in her college days/adult outfits at the newspaper. This show is definitely one that could be dated in its humor and some outfits, however if you enjoy witches and humor and slice of life, check this show out!

Lizzie McGuire from Lizzie McGuire

Ok, for me personally, Lizzie McGuire was my main role model when I was a kid. I also love Lizzie’s fashion sense and her love of shoes. Because of that though, I would love to cosplay Lizzie either from her concert outfit from the end of the movie or her edgiest outfit when she was trying to be a rockstar. If you haven’t watched this show, I would recommend it especially the moral lessons that were presented.

Movie

Charlotte From Bandslam

This is my favorite movie of all time, so of course I have always wanted to cosplay Charlotte (the blonde one if you haven’t seen this movie). This is because, this character is the extrovert I have always wanted to be, plus she has fascinating character development throughout the movie also. I would want to cosplay this outfit from her but also, I think it would be cool to wear her Jim’s outfit as well. If you haven’t watched this movie, do it please and thank you.

Rapunzel from Tangled

Now Rapunzel is my favorite Disney Princess. I like most of the princesses, but I love Rapunzel because of her willingness to try new things, has some fantastic humor, plus the animation of this movie is gorgeous!! When I was in high school, for my prom I wore a dress very similar to Rapunzel’s iconic dress with her braid and it was fantastic. However, I think if I wanted to cosplay her legitimately, I would need to make the dress more accurate, and not wear shoes (or clear shoes).

What about you guys? Who would you love to Cosplay?? It can be anything or anyone! Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 04/23/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time where I was checking things out!!!

Because of that this week, I listened to a podcast, I watched a movie and a TV show, I also read a volume of manga and a novel. Onto to the Media!!!

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

This podcast is one that I have recently started that feels the most like how I personally create content. However, the way he does it is a lot better in the sense of order and more detailed information than what I give. I also appreciate how genuine but also fact checks himself as well. If you haven’t check him out please do on YouTube and Spotify. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

The Crimes of Grindelwald

I wanted to watch this movie again because of the new one coming out, but also because there was so much that I forgot especially when watching the trailer of the newest movie. I think it was because with some of the mumbling in this movie, things got confusing in the theater. To the movie itself though, I liked what they did with the plot and the character ties to the original material, however! I think there were a lot of confusing parts involved when it came to the twists and turns. (that was probably the intention but still). Overall though, I am excited to see the new one now, and I am curious to see what they do next. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

The American Barbecue Showdown

This show is one of those random shows that I found on Netflix to watch with my dad, and I realized I knew nothing about BBQ. I also don’t know much about meat either. Because of that it is really interesting as far as learning things, but some of the contestants are so annoying πŸ™ƒ. Overall, though, it’s interesting and I will continue on, but contestants and hosts though can be annoying. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

A Lady’s Formula for Love

This is a book I cannot recommend to everyone. However, If you enjoy historical romance, STEM discussion, and mysteries I would highly recommend this book. I loved the beginning and I loved the end of the story, although I would have cut some of the middle of the story because there was too much world-building or set up. Because of that issue, it took me about three weeks to finish this book. Overall though, I think it is a book that is one more people need to read and I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Golden Japanesque

This manga is one I have heard so many things about and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The story is also an interesting one as well. However, I feel that for this particular series, its more one that just reading the first volume is not going give the reader a good impression of a like or dislike of the story. This is just because the plot is very interesting when it comes to the setting and the verbal abuse is intense (so if that is something you are not a fan of, please do not read this) but there’s no character development everything feels the same right now. I enjoyed the transformation however, of the main characters’ perception of another character and of her looks. Overall, though, I think I need to read more of this series in order to have a more concise opinion and because of these points, I have to give this first volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I would like to enjoy checking things out like I did this week, however, I still want to finish things that I have started if possible but try new things too. What about you guys? What did you listent, watch, or read this week? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 04/09/2022-04/16/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time!! These last two weeks honestly, I have been in a reading slump!!!

Because of that, I only watched media not read really. I watched 2 TV shows and 2 anime. Onto the media!!!

TV Show

Julia

This is a really intriguing show that truly surprised me. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you would know that I am a fan of the Julie Julia movie. This show definitely goes deeper than the movie did but also it explains the steps that it took to create the first cooking shows in the early 60s-late 50s. I am curious to see how things will continue on and if the Julie Julia movie will clash with this show, that would be even better. Overall, if you are a Julia Child fan, please watch this and even if you aren’t, if you love shows like Ms. Maisel and the Crown, check this out! 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Good Place

This TV show was one that got me through some moments in college and taught me a lot about people and an intriguing perspective on the afterlife especially the implementation of philosophy and ethics. These two weeks I finally watched the last season on this show and I looooved how it ended with the characters, humor, and romance. Overall, though, if you are sleeping on this series watch it! 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣

Anime

That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime

I will be honest, I haven’t watched this show in a long time, so I actually needed the recap episode at the first of the season haha. I had forgotten how intricate this world was and how many characters that are presented. I think my only issue is some of the characters that are talked about in passing I need to think more about who’s who. The plot is also complicated as well than it used to be so as long as I have the time to watch it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

One Piece

Well this month’s One Piece episodes brought a lot of depth to a few characters and timeline/ history about others. There are also a lot of cutesy mixed with demented animation so it may be too scary for young ones. Overall, it was a lot of fun and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I think for me personally the week ahead, I want to finish what I start. Otherwise, I am excited to see what I do next. What about you guys? What have you read or watched lately?? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 03/26/2022-04/02/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!! I did a lot of social things these past two weeks, so because of that, I didn’t consume much media.

However, somehow I managed to watch two anime and two movies. I also read two volumes of manga, one novella and one novel. Onto the media!!

Movie

Emma

I have read this book and watched an older rendition of this, but I have to say this one was my favorite to date. It was straight forward, the costume and setting designs were flawless and the emotions expressed were just right. Overall, I would highly recommend this movie if you are looking for a faithful Emma adaptation 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Dreamer

This was a fantastic movie that if you enjoy horse movies and want to know the ins and outs of the horse training/owning business. It was an all-star cast and straightforward in plot. I think this also is perfect for the whole family as well. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

Here’s my monthly update on one piece and I am still loving it so much!!!! Yes there are flaws like everything but it’s a very intriguing story and loveable yet crazy characters. I think my issue why its not going to beat out fairy tail for me is the recaps. They’re very annoying. Because of that, I have to give this group of episodes a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

My Dress-up Darling

Ah this anime!!! It definitely elevates the manga in my personal opinion especially the dub. The characters are awesome plus learning about different photo and cosplay techniques is fun! I just wish that I wasn’t almost finished with it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

New Game!

This is a very sweet start of a story about a woman who is starting out her career in the STEM community as a game designer. I loved the facts that were presented but also, I enjoyed the comedy as well. It reminds me a ton of K-ON and Sunshine Sketch essentially cute girls having fun at their job. I think it’s a series that I will continue, however, since it is very similar to those stories as well, it’s one that I will not binge read. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Dawn of the Arcana

I haven’t read this first volume in awhile (let’s say nine months) and I rediscovered the series again after getting it recommended to me at the bookstore this week. I enjoyed the action, the romance and the overall character development and dynamic that is being presented. However, I personally feel that the “magic” she’s supposed to possess should have been explained in the first volume and not here as an afterthought. Overall though, I am intrigued and excited to continue on in the series. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Stalked by the Kraken

This is a recommendation I got from Nessa and inloveandwords and i’m glad I read it.

This is a novella that if you want a wholesome paranormal romance with a variety of sexual adventurous content. I would highly recommend. However, there are some content warnings of human trafficking, infertility, pregnancy, some stalking, and verbal abuse. Its one that I can probably read over and over I believe plus I enjoy how the world building feels flawless but at the same time thoughtful and positive. Overall though, I highly recommend it and because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Charm Offensive

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

This book! Did I sleep on the hype?? Yes, yes, I did! However, I do feel that personally, that I read it at the exact right time for me personally. It discusses a ton about mental health as well as being queer or questioning. There are also a ton of fun quips in here that made me laugh out loud. I am not a fan of the Bachelor, or anything related to it for the most part, but I do appreciate the behind-the-scenes aspect that was presented in this story. Overall, I would highly recommend this story to anyone who has read Meant to Be: If the Shoe fits by Julie Murphy and wanted it Queer and deeper in the mental health aspect. Because of these points, I have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

I have enjoyed all of this media. Because of that, I am enjoying just picking up what I want to without a set schedule. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 03/19/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! With Spring Break time!

Because I was on Spring Break, I had a ton of time to consume some media with my family and by myself. I watched two movies, a few episodes of a TV show, and a ton of episodes of an anime unexpectedly. I also read two volumes of manga and two novellas. Onto the Media!!!!

Movie

Texas Red

This movie essentially felt like a documentary/play about a real life story. It is one of those that I wouldn’t recommend lightly but also it would be a fantastic teaching tool. Overall, fascinating but not what I expected. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Coach Carter

This movie definitely screams a basketball version of Friday Night Lights to me. I appreciated that it showed a variety of people and teen situations in one movie. The only issue I had in the movie was that Samuel L Jackson kept pointing to a character and they weren’t even in the shot multiple times. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Series

Station Eleven

This show is definitely one I am going to continue only because I am very intrigued by the plot. Mind you though, this takes place during a pandemic so if that triggers you right now, I recommend against it at this point. I also have read a plot synopsis from Wikipedia of the book, and I have to say as an adaptation, they have created the series more mysterious and elongating the story than what the book presents. I am very curious to see how it continues on. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Kuroko’s Basketball

Yep, for me personally, I am really glad they came out with an English dub for this show. I don’t know what it is, but my guess is because of how a lot of the characters sound the same but also reading the subtitles and how dense they can be its a lot better to listen for me. However, now, I can watch this show further than I had before with new characters with fantastic arcs. I really enjoy those arcs plus the games are fun along with the march madness that’s happening now. I do have to say something bold about it though, it’s more individualized than Haikyuu but there’s more “magic” moves. Some of the plays seem unrealistic. But there’s also a lot more training that turns into experts. Overall, though, it’s a ton of fun for all ages. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

Demon Prince of Momochi House

I continue to really enjoy this series especially the art and morally grey tendencies. However, this volume was too short!!! Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Those Not-So-Sweet Boys

Oooh this volume had some background, love triangle, and some festival fun for our characters. It continues to be a lot of fun and intriguing. Overall, pick up this series if you haven’t already. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Lunchtime Chronicles: The Bento Box

Thank you to Stephsromancebooktalk for the recommendation of this series

This was a fantastic novella that has a lot of beautiful lovemaking delights but also a ton of depth. I love how there was a lot of information about what it is like to have a career in a funeral home and all of the Notting Hill references in England. I think my only issue with this, was that the perspective shift was a tad disjointed but otherwise I would highly recommend this novella if you’re looking for a unique romance that is short as well as sweet and steamy! 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Shrink

This novella was very intriguing and a good time if you are looking for a smutty forbidden novella with some consequences. However, I wished that there was more counseling happening as well as more about the leading lady. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I would like to keep doing what I am doing as far as reading a novella or two but maybe also focusing on one show or anime. We shall see though. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it.

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Weekly Check-in 03/12/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time before Spring Break!! Where I watched and read a variety of items.

Because of this, I watched an anime and a TV show along with read a novel. Onto the Media!!!

Anime

Kuroko’s Basketball

I think the best thing I could have done with this series is watch it dubbed. I have read the manga, I have watched the anime in subbed form, but it just didn’t grab me. Now, even watching it with my family (yes, I am just as surprised as you are). It is very awesome although a bit philosophical at times. Overall, though, I am enjoying it but it’s not my favorite sports anime franchise out there. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Vikings:Valhalla

Ok I need to watch the other series of this before I watched this one. I felt like I was missing a lot from the story and that it wasn’t enough recap to keep up. However, the characters seem interesting and so does the lore. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Salaam, with Love

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

This book is one I would highly recommend. Content warnings though, for terrorist prejudice, racial slurs, and a shooting. There is a romance in this yes, but it’s on the backburner for sure. It discusses a lot about someone renewing their faith of Islam (during the Ramadan season) and because of that, I personally learned a lot about the season and more about the culture as a whole. I also believe that even if you are not Islamic but are religious in some way that you would benefit from this. Its a journey of self-discovery along with learning about how strong familial bonds can be or not. It is also written in a easily consumable way for all ages to read it. Overall, I want as many people as possible to read it. Because of these points, I have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is my spring break!!! So, I am not sure what I am going to consume next!! What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week?? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-In 2/26/2022-03/05/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! I dipped my toes into a variety of media and brought back my love for media consumption.

These last two weeks, I watched a movie, a TV show, and two animes. I listened to a podcast and read two novels and an omnibus of manga. Onto the Media!!!

Movie

Mr.Holmes

This movie was one my dad randomly picked, and it was intriguing although there were a ton of moments of confusion particularly when it came to moments of history. There are also a ton of moments that were embellished for the sake of mystery (which was fine, but still confusing). Overall, though, it was a fantastic movie with a great cast but its not for everyone. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

TV Show

Friday Night Lights

My parents and I finished this show these two weeks and I loved how everything went full circle with the characters and plot. However, I wished there was more indepthness on some of the other characters. Overall though, my family enjoyed their rewatch and I enjoyed appreciating it more. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

My Dress-up Darling

As you know I’ve read some of the manga but I was curious about the anime so im giving it a try

This show is definitely one that has embraced its source material to the extreme (positively not negatively). It discusses how everyone should embrace their passions and shouldn’t be dissed. I also appreciated that the English dub is also fantastic (although there are some stranger localizations than I expected but that could be just me). But like the manga, there are some parental advisories needed when it comes to doing cosplay body measurements and for the more older video games discussed. Overall though, if you can get past some of those issues, the anime is just as good as the manga. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣

One Piece

These last couple of weeks, I have had a lot of thoughts about continuing One Piece. Because of that, I wanted to watch more of the dub (because I did wait about a month I believe?) And I really enjoyed the depth of character development and lore history. Definitely am excited to continue on…4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Little Bit Weebish

This is a podcast that I discovered randomly on Instagram, and I have binged several episodes this week. They do anime deep dives (currently they are working on Attack on Titan I haven’t watched it so I haven’t listened to those episodes) and Mini Weeb episodes with random content that I really enjoy because they have knowledge of a variety of anime and have a lot of the same opinions of me in tropes etc. Because of these points, I have to give them a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Love and Other Disasters

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

Ooof this book! I think the best way I could describe it and some of my friends have found it hilarious is if When There’s a Whisk by Sarah J Schmitt and Rosaline Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall (both great books by the way) had a Queer baby with deep as well as sexual undertones it would be this book. There is a lot of intense discussion about identity and finding your way but also accomplishing a cooking show that has a lot of challenges and behind the scenes banter and excitement. There is a lot of sexual scenes even involving food at some point that were very fascinating to me but may not be for everyone else. I learned a lot about what it is like to be non-binary but also what it is like for someone who has only been in one relationship for so long and then stopping because of not wanting children (it was refreshing really). I think my only issue with this novel was the ending. I liked it, but I feel like I wanted a more flushed out ending as far as the show went such as the contestants that the main characters liked etc. Overall, though, I really loved this story and highly recommend it. 4 of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Air

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book

Content warnings for parental grief, and verbal abuse. This is a book that definitely is one if someone especially a teen wants to learn about what its like with kids with physical disabilities in schools. I appreciated that there was accurate information as well as a realistic approach to how people treat children with disabilities sometimes well sometimes too well etc. Also reading the authors note, it explained about the 504 sit -in history so because of that, I would say read this book for all ages not just middle grade. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

High School Debut

I don’t know if it is because of my current headspace or because I have not read this series in a while, but ooof this omnibus was sooooo adorable and more emotional than previous. I love this series because it shows a girl and a boy just trying to get through high school relationship difficulties. Their dynamic is amazing, and their friends also have some conflicts as well. Overall, though, I definitely want to recommend this series to all children starting high school or people starting a new relationship. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

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The Pros and Cons of Tracking Media

Hey guys how’s it going? Today, I want to talk about the pros and cons of Tracking media. You see for me personally, I never thought about tracking my consumption of media until I started becoming a content creator with my blog and Instagram. I have found that there are pros and cons to tracking. I hope you guys find them helpful.

Pros

When You Track Your Media, You Know What to Hype For.

When it comes to tracking media, especially if you track series, you are able to hype when the next installment comes out. If you are unsure when that is, that is perfectly fine. You can also be excited for when you are able to watch/read the next installment if everything is out.

You Are Able to Learn How to Be Organized for Both Your Tracking and Everyday Life

This is one that I think I have learned the most tracking my media because it helps me to chronologically track things without forgetting anything. Because of that, it translates to me tracking other things like my events, work schedule, etc.

If You Track, You Know if You Have already Read or Watched Something

Ok this pro is inspired by my dad because I know he has a difficult time remembering what he has watched or red novel wise. I know in my case, tracking media has helped me so much to not repeat reading or watching things unintentionally. I can also intentionally track how many times if I want to.

You Know How Many You Have Consumed and How Well You Liked Them

This is one as a creator, is one I have enjoyed tracking because its amazing how many items someone can consume.

You Can Plan Out All of What You Want to Read/Watch For The Month

Tracking media can also help with planning out your year because you can theme out what you consume. For instance, consuming highlander media for a month. Yes that can be intense but even a whole week or less can help with tracking as well.

Cons

You can get Overwhelmed

Tracking can get pretty intense especially when you read and watch soooo much in a week or month. Because of that, I can get overwhelmed with actually tracking sometimes. If I read 20 books in a month, it takes a long time to track that all. Sometimes I don’t even track sometimes because of this.

You could become Too Critical and Not Have Fun

This is something that does not necessarily happen with everyone, but I can definitely see how tracking your media through a social media platform like myself can cause people to become too critical when it comes to their media consumption. Media Consumption should be fun and if you don’t find it fun anymore, just stop doing it for a while.

You Could Get into a Slump

This can happen often with people with consuming media especially when I get overwhelmed. This past year, I myself have been having trouble with a media slump and they can be easy to get into and hard to get out of.

There is a ton of Pressure to read/watch the new releases instead of Whatever You Want

This is especially the hardest con of them all with tracking media especially the last five years of tracking media. Seeing all of the different new releases throughout the years and being pressured to consume things right away, I personally felt like I needed to be accepted into the community because I also consumed the latest things and wanted to know what the fuss is about. Tracking your media can tell everyone else that you are consuming the latest thing or force you into a typecast.

These are My Pros and Cons about Tracking Media. What about you guys? Do you track your media? If you do how do you feel about it?? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 2/12/2022-2/19/2022

Hey guys how’s it going?? Weekly Check-in time!! These past two weeks, I have accomplished a ton of watching.

Because of this, I watched two TV shows,four movies and a surprise musical! Onto the media!!

TV Show

Picard

This show essentially is a long drawn out Star Trek new generation episode broken down in 10 parts. I enjoyed it especially as someone who has little Star Trek knowledge but, it can get very dense to binge it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Baking Impossible

This show is sooo cool!! The Bakineering (baking/engineering) is unique and very interesting to watch. (I still hate the host sorry not sorry) But overall, the show is definitely fun to watch, and I would definitely watch another season of this show. Because of these points, I have to give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

Come Away Home

This movie was one of those that I could not absolutely love but I couldn’t hate it either. It gave me a Disney Channel Original movie feel especially when it came to its plot holes/random drama bombs and kids being a little dumb. Overall, though, if you appreciate a movie that has a grandpa granddaughter dynamic but also some old man jokes check it out. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3-3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

This movie was a mess. Essentially it was satirically making fun of how people can react to divorce as a middle aged woman and that the solution is to hate the other woman and run off for some self-discovery.  All points are valid; however, everyone was an archetype and looked the same to me. Because of that, I got some characters confused. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Waitress

Despite its cheery exterior, this isn’t a happy movie/story. Content warnings for affairs, physical and verbal abuse, and finally definitely eat a dessert or food before you watch this because you are going to get hungry with all of the pie references. Overall, though, it is an entertaining movie, and I can definitely see why it was made into a musical. Because of these points, I have to give the movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

St.Vincent

This movie is one of those that not many people will like because of the seemingly unrealistic and crude it can be. However, for me personally, I thought it presents a realistic look at a neighborhood in the city. In addition, I appreciated Bill Murray in this role rather than some of his previous because he doesn’t seem stupid just an old man trying to get through day to day. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Musical

South Pacific

These past two weeks, I was able to have the opportunity to see this musical with my boyfriend and his family. It is definitely a classic romance. As someone that hasn’t seen the movie it is based off of, it is still a fantastic story and entertaining, however some of it was more drawn out than it needed to be/not as much plot as my previous experiences with musicals. Overall, though, I enjoyed it and my experience at the theater for the first time in about 8 years. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

So thankfully the week ahead, I have some reading that I am planning to accomplish. But other than that, I am excited to continue with reading and watching whatever I want. What about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 02/05/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week, I think I am getting back into my groove of consuming media again, especially some great media.

Because of this, I watched two movies and three TV shows. I also read three volumes of manga and a novella. Onto the Media!!

Movie

Finding You

This movie!!! Was more adorable than I expected it to be but also an emotional movie. There were all different walks of life stories, There’s famous people elements but it wasn’t the complete storyline which I appreciated. I also loved that the leading lady wasn’t a doormat and figured things out. The guy was  also such a cinnamon roll (he even cried when he tried to take her back ahhh 😍) There were some choppy points in the plot but otherwise I loved it. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Encanto

Yes, I watched this because of the hype, no I did not hate it, but I didn’t love it it’s my new favorite thing. Here’s why: I love the characters as individuals, and I loved the music. My issue was the plot. I understood how the characters were connected or how certain things were not discussed. However, I think I needed more explanation on how certain things got solved. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi  🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Friday Night Lights

This week’s amount of episodes for this show has a lot of plot holes but also some of the characters are just too cringe 😬. Overall though, its definitely one I can watch mindlessly. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Picard

This show my dad and I started to watch (if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know we like Star Trek here) so once we acquired Paramount + we got started. So as someone who has little knowledge of the franchise, I am still enjoying it, however, it is going so slow but also twisty at the same time. There are also moments that I feel lost. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Baking Impossible

This is a show that is one that I randomly found on Netflix and I thought it was very fascinating. It combines the two career fields of engineering and baking with individuals working in teams. It also presents that the edible projects have to be functional along with tasting good. Some things turned out great some went blergh.(But the host sucks sorry not sorry his jokes are lame) Overall though, it was a ton of fun and I am excited to continue on. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

Living Room Matsunaga-san

This manga just keeps getting better and better. I love the facial expressions Matsunaga-san created plus the reader is able to see how Meeko is trying to balance everything in the best way. I also love the slow burn romance that is brewing. I do, however, wish there was more in this volume. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣.  

My Dress-up Darling

Because of the hype of the anime (yes I will watch it eventually I wanted to continue on in the series

Ah I am really glad that I am continuing this series. This particular volume reminded me of the manga series Complex Age, but the only differences are that these are highschoolers and not adults and there is a boy in the mix that is accomplishing his own journey. I am also loving the main leading character dynamics (especially the girl she is adorable) Overall though, I am enjoying this series (although if you are not a fan of fan service I do not recommend). Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Medalist

This manga series is definitely perfect for the Winter Olympics that is occurring this week. This volume continues where the first one left off and the art style is amazing especially when it comes to the skating aspect. I also appreciated the life lessons that were presented. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Mall You Need is Love

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

As someone who is having trouble reading right now, this is definitely a great novella for the valentine’s season. The guy is a jewelry store owner/maker (who knew that would be a unique career) plus the girl is an arcade owner!!! (Even better) The mystery and ending was a tad predictable but otherwise this was a great story. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out Feb 11th so check it out!!

The Week Ahead

I’ll be honest, I am not sure if this week was a fluke for 2022 or not. All I know is I am doing what I want. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 01/22/2022-1/29/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time!!! These last two weeks, I have gone on a couple of solo adventures plus consuming random pieces of media.

My parents and I used to love Bones (maybe I will be rewatch it from the beginning eventually)

Because of that though, I watched four movies, an anime, and a TV Show along with reading one novel. Onto the media!!!

Anime Movie

Belle

This movie is very gorgeously animated, and the music is so profound I felt a ton of emotion. However, this is not a romance. It is more like a coming-of-age story in the sense of the main character is trying to understand how helping a complete stranger makes people happy plus dealing with grief. There are a lot of different content warnings for this such as physical and verbal abuse, cyber bullying, grief, drowning, and potential suicidal thoughts. There is a Beauty and Beast element involved but it’s not what you expect. Overall, I love this movie and highly recommend it, the only issue I had was that the plot was more clunky than what I expected especially when it comes to time. However, if you watch it enough (aka make it a physical and streaming release please), I think the plot reveals itself better. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Sing a Bit of Harmony

This movie has a lot more plot and a better character dynamic personally. The songs were adorable and sweet but also emotional at the same time (the dub was also gorgeous). The world also takes place with a ton of artificial intelligence which was fascinating to me. I was invested in every character and every relationship including the familial dynamic. I would highly recommend it if you were looking for an anime movie that is very happy although has some minimum emotional undertones and like robots!! Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

Lady of the Manor

This moovie!! Whoo it was so funny yet mostly stupid unfortunately. It also didn’t really have a point to it??? But Judy Greer and Justin Long stole the show for me. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣.

The God Committee

This movie is one that I was fascinated with when it comes to how certain people “decide” who gets an organ and who doesn’t. I also appreciated that there was mention on how there was some research being conducted that helps with the human organ shortage. What I wasn’t a fan of on the other hand, was the age gap romance between Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles (🀒) and the choppiness of timeline in the story (it made things confusing). Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

Well, you know I said last week that I was going to leave One Piece alone?? Well, it pulled me back in and I watched all that is current on the dub. I am enjoying it yes, but I really don’t think I can handle the subs and the pacing without the dub for multiple episodes. It still continues to intrigue me, and the show is still fun (not as much fun as Fairy Tail but that is just me) But overall, I am definitely pausing it now, perhaps waiting until next summer to watch more. Because of that, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Instinct

This is a show that my parents and I watched for a little bit while it was airing, and I enjoyed it then because it was an unexpected twist on the typical gruff cop and “girly” consultant. However, I like this one better because it’s a more platonic atmosphere and some of the crimes that are presented are twistier than the others. Otherwise though, I am really enjoying watching this and am excited to continue on. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Knot My Type

After 3 weeks (my fault not the book)!! I finally finished my first book of 2022 and I am really glad this was the book.

This book is definitely going to be one of my favorites of all time. This is because I enjoyed all of the inclusiveness of characters and the psychological logic that was presented. I also loved learning about rope play and other sexual items that I have heard of but not experienced with a thorough explanation. I appreciated all of the characters with the variety of personalities and the depth that were presented although there were moments the plot was too disjointed. Overall though, like I said this will be one of my favorites of all time and I recommend it for adults who enjoy characters with disabilities in their romance. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

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Weekly Check-in 01/08/2022-01/15/2022

Hey guys how’s it going?? Weekly Check-in time!!! I went back to work these last couple of weeks, plus had a stomach virus i was recovering from.

Because of that, I watched pretty much everything with two movies, one anime and two TV shows. Onto the media!!!

Movie

Ron’s Gone Wrong

This movie was one I was not sure whether this was going to be fully innocent story and not necessarily something that adults would find entertaining. However! I do have to say that this movie was perfect for the whole family. It has children’s humor, it has adult humor, and it shows a ton of lessons when it comes to the friendship and social media aspects of teen life. Overall, I am really glad I watched this movie and I highly recommend it. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Tender Bar

My dad truly thought that this was going to be a family movie aka it would appeal to almost everyone in the house… However, I can definitely tell you if you are not a fan of pretension and entitlement as well as bad language every other word, do not and I repeat do not watch this. However, the soundtrack slaps so if you want anything from it, get that. I just truly couldn’t handle the plot and main character especially when he got older.Β  Probably because I just couldn’t relate, I am not sure. Just if you want to try it do so but I personally didn’t like it. Because of these points, I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

This Anime! This Anime! Its amazing how many intriguing the characters are and how interconnected they can be. I truly enjoy it plus the plot just keeps getting deeper and deeper. There are also a lot of different political craziness and secrets are at play that make things at time awesome but also difficult to understand.  Because of this, I am unfortunately taking a pause on it for now because I think I need to watch something else. I do though recommend it if you need something interesting, episodic, and with a variety of fantastic characters. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Friday Night Lights

This show this week got deeper but at the same time more focused on certain characters that I appreciate but I wish there was more of others…. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

In the Dark

Oh my gosh!! This second half of the season was so suspenseful and the plot that happened was crazy! Anyway though, you know how last time I talked about this, I was applauding the blind representation? I still love it for the main character, but there’s another character that showed up in this season who is losing their sight over time…. they are very inconsistent when it comes to the representation because there are times where it seems they can’t get out of a room because they can’t see but that same time, they could see a minute detail of what someone looks like in a photobooth picture???? Tbat seems suspicious to me…. but of course there are all ranges of blindness that only an expert in the field would know so anyway. I would highly recommend this show if you are one who loves thriller shows that have the holes they’re digging deeper and deeper but also blind representation. Because of these points I have to give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Oh Gosh for the week ahead I honestly have no idea! I’ve honestly been in a slump these last couple of months and other than one piece everything I’ve watched someone else has picked out. Reading, I don’t know if it’s my high expectations or what or I just have too many choices. I know I know I should have a whole post dedicated to this but anyway. What about you guys? What did you start out your 2022 media consumption with? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 01/01/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!!!! Happy New Year Everyone! The Media I consumed this week was for the last of 2021 and overall I had a fantastic media consumption year.

This week I read one novel and watched an anime, two movies, and two TV shows. Onto the Media!!

Movie

Christmas Everlasting

This was the last Christmas movie I ended up watching for 2021 and it was one that was more serious topic and more realistic than the typical Christmas Hallmark movie in my personal opinion. Trigger warnings for grief and verbal abuse. It was a decent movie and heartbreaking but at the same time, I think there’s not much to say because its pacing was quick plus there wasn’t much with plot and characters. Overall, I would recommend it if you wanted a different Hallmark movie than the more hyped-up ones with girl hate (there isn’t any of that here) and if you want a mostly African American cast. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Cruella

This was an intriguing movie with sticking to its time frame and having the fill of the Cruella’s past and character development without making things boring. I also appreciated that there are also some psychological aspects to the story as well. If you are interested in English 70s “punk” fashion and if you love 101 Dalmatians like my house does, check this movie out but I would recommend it for older teens not children. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

TV Show

Friday Night Lights

This show is one that my family and I watched when I was younger and didn’t understand what was happening etc. Now that my family is rewatching it and I am watching it with them sporadically, I am understanding number 1. Why it was such a compelling series for my parents and 2. What exactly was happening with the characters that I missed. However, I can definitely see why not everyone likes it or can relate to it. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

In the Dark

When it comes to this show it keeps getting twisty and more twisty, but a little bit predictable at times. I am still enjoying it though and im excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

This Anime! Its amazing how many intriguing the characters are and how interconnected they can be. I truly enjoy it plus the plot just keeps getting deeper and deeper. But I unfortunately after this arc may take a pause on it for now because I think I need to watch something else (probably fluffier or something). Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Stolen by an Alien

This was definitely a fantastic book for me to read at the end of the year. It is one that if you are looking for a unique romance when it comes to science fiction and aliens with some devotional males and mostly strong-willed females check this out. The only issue that I personally didn’t have a problem with but I will caution it for others is that there’s a lot of sexual content that if you are uncomfortable with it, I would not suggest it. I loved it though with the description and how emotional it was. Because of these points, I have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣. If you’re interested in reading alien romance  Amanda Milo has it down pat.

The Week/Year Ahead

The week but also year ahead like I say in my goals post is that, I am going to watch and read whatever I want that is readily available through streaming and physical copies or my huge tbr that I acquired in the last two years. This is personally best because it helps with my budgeting goal plus helps me use what I have instead of buying more. I will though still make sure if there are any suggestions or recommendations I hear about, put them in my lists on Amazon, to make sure that I get them eventually. What about you guys what did you read or watch at the end of 2021? Let’s talk about it!!!

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2021 Goals Personally and Professionally: A Follow-Up and 2022 Goals

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is going to be about following up on my 2021 goals both professionally and personally but also discussing my 2022 goals possibly continuing on with 2021 with some changes or some completely new ones.  Personally, is going to be a lot of goals involving myself moving forward and professionally is going to consist of items involving my job/career and my social media presence. This list is going to consist with 5 personally and 5 professionally so you don’t have to read everything if you don’t want to. Ok let’s get started but first a recap with how I feel I did on the 2021 goals!

2021 Professionally

  1. Review New Releases as well as Backlist in all Media βœ”
  2. Don’t buy everything you see❌
  3. Embrace digital media more βœ”
  4. Keep up with Reviews on every platform❌
  5. Keep up with more variety of posts everywhere βœ”

2021 Personally

  1. Budget Budget Budget ❌
  2. Keep learning about my career plus hobbiesβœ”
  3. Connect Better with Peopleβœ”
  4. Keep having fun but also be smart βœ”
  5. Plan out everything outside of work❌

As you can see by the emojis, overall, I do not think I did too badly on accomplishing these goals this past year. However, the main ones that involved money I did not accomplish well, or I didn’t put my reviews on every platform I could. When it came to Goodreads and Amazon reviews themselves, I really never felt like entering in those reviews because of extenuating circumstances plus I got lazy. I know I will need to update especially when it comes to Amazon, but perhaps it is something I will do during the summer or another extended vacation. When it came to my money aspects though, I went out the window. I wanted to have all the media and merchandise that I could find and found all of the deals as well. Now I have to hold back and buy fun items more minimally than before.  I think those two items are my biggest takeaway from this 2021 year.

2022 Goals both Personally and Professionally

Now for 2022, I would like to continue 2021’s goals, but I would also like to continue on with some new goals and those will be as follows both professionally and personally.

2022 Goals Personally

1. BUDGET!

This is the biggest goal that I have on here and the most important is my budget. With new expenses plus need to save for my own place, overall, just being an adult so this I have to fulfill this coming year and yell at me if I don’t.

2. Take Appropriate Breaks and Socialize Outside the Internet

Take a break! Cappuccino with biscuit. Vector illustration.

This is something that for years, I have had such a difficult time with socializing with people especially in my teens and adult life. These past couple of years (not just because of the panini) as an adult, my socializing outside of the internet has been so minimal and I need to get out of the house and socialize with people outside of work and the internet. I am hoping 2022 can make that better. I also know I can take breaks at any point with the internet and socializing so if I need to, I will in 2022.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go on an Adventure

This is something my boyfriend actually contributed for me. When we first started dating, I was always ready for what he had in store for the day. This is still something I like, however these last couple of years, I’ve gotten a bit blocked or more down than before….. in 2022, I need to be more willing to go on some adventures with not just my boyfriend but everyone.

4. Balance My Food Intake and Exercising More

I know this is something a ton of people put on their lists, however for me personally my health is in jeopardy if I do not fulfill a trend. I think having a friend that I can have accountability with my exercise and food overeating or alternate foods etc. I started that this past year but then I went off the rails. I’m hoping 2022 can make that be better.

5. Last but Certainly Not Least, Don’t Be Afraid to Be Myself

This is probably the biggest item for me. If I don’t do any of the others, I have to do this. I don’t know how I never noticed but about two years ago but also before probably around my teens as well, my sense of anxiety was heightened and my sense of self was cut off and my confidence in myself was shot. It’s something I’ve struggled with a long time and now, becoming more settled and an adult, I need to make sure my own self is true and that my anxiety and confidence comes back in full force.

2022 Goals Professionally

1. Be Bolder and Adventurous When it Comes to My Photography

This is something that I need to do anyway, but this is the year I want to experiment with my photos; better flatlays, more on location photos, playing with colors, etc. This is the year of being me and trying new things.

2. Consume Whatever Media I Want No Matter What It is.

This is pretty self explanatory, but it also means I don’t necessarily have to have the latest releases in media. I can consume the backlist I have. Its truly whatever I want to do. Its free range. Aka I can’t get into peer pressure. Definitely going to make sure that is happening in 2022.

3. Keep Learning and Don’t be Afraid to Try Something New When It Comes to My Career

I put learning all the time as a goal because that was something my parents told me to always do. But in my career especially, sometimes you can get stuck in a box doing the same things all the time and that can get stale fast. So this year I definitely want to change things up and learn more from my peers and mentors.

4.  Plan Better When It Comes to My Overall Schedule

See, this one I tried so hard to accomplish for years and as much as I want to plan things out with work and my hobby and using a planner did help last year, my particular planner broke halfway through the year. So I am hoping that this year with a better quality planner and more time to organize things, planning would be better in 2022.

5. Last but Most Certainly Not Least, do not Lose Sight of Myself in my Career or Hobby

Professionally there are a lot of items that are not me in the aspect of both my career and this hobby such as caring about the numbers of my social media hobby, doing something someone else does because they suggest not because its more helpful for you, being afraid to ask my coworkers and fellow content creators for help,etc. Thats not me. I don’t need to care about those things, I need to trust my gut trust my true self and not lose what makes me me again. This along with the other goals, is the one I need to take care of the most and if it doesn’t happen in 2022, I don’t know what else to do to help myself.

What About You Guys? How Were Your 2021 Goals? Are You Making Your Own 2022 Goals? Let’s Talk About It!

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Weekly Check-in 12/18/2021-12/25/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with the holidays!! Happy Holidays to you all!

This last two weeks,I watched three movies with my family along with a television special and watched an anime. I also read two novels. Onto the media!

Anime

One Piece

These last two weeks, this anime just went deeper and deeper in history and lore. I just wish some things weren’t stilted right now. Because of these points, I have to give this part a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

This was not Robin William’s best work in my personal opinion. This is a movie that is definitely not for everyone with the crude humor, language and plot. I did appreciate though that it was an all-star cast with a variety of different actors both well-known and up and coming at the time of premiere (2014). Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

The Unforgivable

This movie was very dark and profound but overall engaging and interesting. All the trigger warnings for violence, involvement with ex-convicts etc. Its not one for the holidays for sure, but if you’re interested, I’d say watch it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

With this particular Christmas movie, I’ve heard a ton of different things about it plus I’ve watched the Vegas movie a while ago so my expectations were a mixed bag. However, I think if you are looking for some slapstick humor in your holiday movies and the lesson of Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s all about the spirit that it brings. I also would like to add there are some dated jokes, but if you can overcome them, you’ll enjoy the movie overall. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Television Special

A Very Boy Band Holiday

This was a really awesome special that brought in a bunch of men from a ton of different “boy” bands. I think my only issue with it was the song choices were limited and some of the scripted dialogue was a bit too cheesy. Because of that, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

The Mistletoe Motive

Thank you so much to Nessa.Lair for the opportunity to use her Kobo app to read this book

I will be honest; I was truly excited for this book to come out because I have loved Chloe Liese and her books plus my dear friend Nessa reading it for our blog post and highly recommending it. I was ready. However, I had some trouble with reading this as a whole, but it wasn’t because of the writing or the reading process of it being on my phone (I prefer reading on my tablet but that’s a me problem not a book problem). I think for me personally as a person who could directly relate to the perspective that was being presented in the novel, it was difficult for me to keep up with the story because I needed a break from being in the characters’ head and I wanted to know more about how the guy felt other than what he tells the girl plus the other perspective would have helped me to learn about what it was like for an adult with type one diabetes etc. Overall, though, I appreciate this story for what it is and I definitely need more from Chloe Liese ASAP! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

# The Leftover Bride

This book was fantastic! There’s cooking, fashion designing, and hockey.  There’s also childhood reconnection deep familial discussion along with a ton of social influencing backgrounds. My only issues with it was that it was a tad too long for my particular attention span and the social media aspects could date it because of this, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

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My Bookstagram was Hacked!! How it felt to be “off” the grid and What I did to distract myself.

Hey guys how’s it going? This may seem a little clickbait-like, but this did actually happen for me. My instagram was hacked for two weeks and still is as of today (I created a new one that I am using for a fresh start now if you’re interested).

But today’s post is discussing how I dealt with not having a legit bookstagram and what I accomplished. I hope that if this ever happens to you, you can learn what to do in the meantime and please if you can, support me getting back into Instagram again.

I dug a little deeper into some of the other social platforms out there

This image is from the Child Mind institute conducting a study about teen social media addiction

When it came to being hacked, I was not sure what to do with myself when it came to what I was able to look at social media at home after work. I had to ask some of my friends what was happening or if there was something going on I needed to know like an addiction etc. So, I explored elsewhere like TikTok, Facebook, the bloggersvere, and even became more active on my discord. I liked doing that because it gave me perspective on the consumer (what would I want to watch or read about, why people are obsessed with tiktok etc.) plus I wasn’t seeing who I used to follow both positively and negatively (my wallet was probably happy with me as well haha). I think for me though, I needed to be cut off from one platform to better utilize another.

I consumed a lot more media

Being hacked, there were times I also felt like there was really nothing happening in the other platforms, or I was waiting for responses from others so to distract myself, I consumed a ton of the One Piece Anime after I got home from work or a book/manga in between. It showed me that I didn’t have to use a social media platform to comment on how I felt about a certain piece of media but that I could just enjoy it or hate it without an audience. However, I did miss being able to post about my emotions ASAP.

I still had some creative juices flowing so I felt less pressure to create content however, I wasn’t sure where to put it.

I feel like this point was one that was probably the most devasting unfortunately. I am one of those people that loves being creative (even if it epically fails). So not having an Instagram for a bit made me think of all these ideas and think to myself “Ah! now where am I going to put this???” That’s ultimately why I had to start over with an account that’s still going to be me but evolve into something better. Unfortunately, I don’t have a college schedule anymore plus I want to be more social with people so I am not sure how things will turn out, but I am excited to try.

I understood who was in my media corner, and appreciated the “fans” that were able to find me outside of Instagram

Now this! This is something wow I couldn’t fathom when I figured out this while I was off of Instagram. Maybe it’s just because as a creator, you never quite know if any of the content you present has an impact on anyone or anything that happens around you, but it does even if it is just a little bit. I had a few people speak with me wondering what ended up happening plus! I was able to hang out with someone outside of work and the internet and we are trying to make it a regular occurance. I wonder if I hadn’t gotten hacked, that this would have happened but I may never know.

Most Importantly, to take a break when I need it and not feel so much pressure to produce content.

Take a break! Cappuccino with biscuit. Vector illustration.

The last aspect was one that I didn’t think about until being off was that being all connected to social media was that with anything you can get burnt out with it. I see it all the time with content creators they take breaks, and they stop creating content and I truly didn’t understand how they could do that until I was forced to. Taking a break though, gave me a new perspective on what I want my new account to be and what I want Sushirainbow to be as a whole. I have content created seriously for about 3 years now and had my former Instagram for 5 without stopping so perhaps I needed that break unintentionally.

Well, I hope this was helpful for someone and now you know what I learned from being hacked. What about you? What do you think you would have learned from this experience? Let’s talk about it!!!

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Weekly Check-in 12/04/2021-12/11/2021

Hey guys how’s it going Weekly Check-in time! I have been very busy preparing for the holiday season!

Because of that I have only read two volumes of manga and watched a Hallmark Christmas Movie, a TV Show, an anime, and a Concert Special. Onto the media!

Concert Special

Lindsey Stirling’s Home for the Holidays

This was something I wasn’t sure I was going to post about or not but, since my family fell in love with Lindsey Stirling during the summer, we went to this. (Awful movie theater experience). However, we loved this special and the behind the scenes afterward. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

The Flight Before Christmas

This was a personal rewatch for me (that my family didn’t remember but you know it happens). It is one that is a unique movie because first, it has two people who were in long term relationships literally prior to the movie, and second, it was a movie that talked about being genuine about who you are and following your own dreams with having a familial Christmas. Its one of those that although it is predictable, it’s not stupid unless you count a bunch of magical coincidences. There’s also a lot of funny moments and is timeless. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

TV Show

In the Dark

This show is one that my dad picked out and I was invested because of the guide dog. This is essentially an overarching story about a blind woman who is trying to solve a mystery about her dear friend. I appreciated the realism with blindness aspect plus how guide dog training schools’ work. I would though, not recommend this for everyone because there are some raunchy humor points and some verbal stabs that may make people uncomfortable. Overall though, it is a very interesting show and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

Oh, this anime! There were some intense episodes (not safe for children especially). But I am truly happy to continue on! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

A Condition Called Love

This volume hmmmm… I am not exactly sure how I feel about it to be honest. I mean there’s nothing wrong with the subject matter or most of the characters, but I think there needs to be more character development when it comes to the main male character. This is just because he seems like he’s borderline possessive and for being a first relationship for the leading lady, it may not be best. Personally, I would like to find out how he became that way, so I am hoping for that. Otherwise though, I enjoy the artstyle and the rest of plot. because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Whisper Me A Love Song

This volume was almost just as adorable as the first one, however, there was a lot of predictable angst especially with the reveal at the end. I appreciated the expansion of characters and activities as well but the music number scenes were not as well done as other series accomplish. Overall, it’s a good girls love series especially if this is your first one and because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

This week will be probably filled with Holiday fun!! That’s just my plan but who knows! What about you guys? What did you read or watch! Let’s talk about it!

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How to Consume a Variety of Media (without breaking the bank)

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is about how I personally consume my variety of media without breaking the bank (for most of the time I am a bargain hunter). I am sure these may be obvious, but I hope they’re helpful. If you have any tips and tricks as well, please leave them in the comments. Now, to my process!

Subscriptions are My Friends, But Can be Overwhelming

For me personally, when it comes to consuming my visual media (movies, TV Shows, Anime, etc.) my subscriptions give me the opportunity to consume a variety of content, however, if I give up on something half-way through, I don’t have the pressure of paying for something expensive just to consume that particular media (if that makes any sense at all). Plus, I can test something on a streaming platform and if I love it, I could potentially buy the physical copy for times that I don’t have a subscription or I have had this happen too, the streaming platform loses the license or drops it off the face of the earth. Because of these, I have explored a ton of media content and found some fantastic recommendations but there are a lot of subscriptions out there so sometimes there are times I deep dive into one and not others.

I Am Not Afraid to Get Recommendations from People

For me personally, social media has helped me so much to explore a variety of media especially Instagram and this platform. Because of that, my knowledge of digital reading has increased, my anime knowledge has increased, and my TV series knowledge has increased. There are also certain websites when it comes to reading that helps with sales on digital media and that has also helped me broaden my horizons.

Most Importantly, I Use Media as a Social Activity

This is the most important because without it, there are probably media especially visual, that I would not have watched without my family, my boyfriend, or even my good friends. There are some that I love, that without getting a push of watching it together or to talk about it with someone, I probably would have still not consumed it.

I hope that this process is something that anyone can use to consume a ton of media themselves and if you have any tips and tricks comment and let me know as well.

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All I want for Christmas…. Adult Romance recommendations for this Holiday Season: a Collaboration with friends

Hey guys how’s it going? It’s that time of year you guys. The radio is blaring with the caroling music, the sales among businesses are aplenty, and holiday romances are in abundance! A group of my friends and I decided to read some holiday romances that have some love interests that we may want for Christmas and if you enjoy these recommendations, check these ladies out!

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All She Wants for Christmas is A…….

  1. Sheriff in On Christmas Avenue by Ginny Baird

Ginny Baird seems to know Christmas, and Hallmark has her number. If you don’t believe me, check out her other serieses- Christmas Town and Holiday Brides. If you love cheesy, sappy-sweet romances, this is the book for you. In On Christmas Avenue, Evan, the county sheriff, knows that businesses are struggling in the small town of Clark Creek. But unlike the mayorβ€”who happens to be his motherβ€”he doesn’t think that hiring a β€œChristmas Consultant,” will help, especially when this Christmas Consultant proposes a holiday parade that seems likely to overwhelm his staff and leave the town in even more debt. Mary is sure the parade is going to be a superb fundraiser. She’s going to make sure of it, overcoming every obstacle, including those put in place by the stubborn sheriff. But in the middle of her planning, the unexpected happens: she and Evan begin to see one another in a different light. With his realistic viewpoint, especially contrasted to the outlandish Mary, I definitely relate a little more to Evan the sheriff. Full of figurative language and extra sap, On Christmas Avenue will bring you miracles and a sheriff with a bow! 

And 2. Cowboy in Cowboy’s Christmas Past by Jackson and North

Looking for a book with a little more grit? Cowboy’s Christmas Past is perfect for John Wayne film-lovers. After his mother’s death, Beau Taylor returned from college to care for his baby sister. He left behind his dream of becoming a cinematographer and his girlfriend Amelia to help on his family’s ranch. Beau never thought he’d see her again. Amelia followed her dreams and became a big movie star. But ten years later she shows up in town to shoot a western (a remake of The Searchers (1956) with Amelia as Evelyn Edwards; John Wayne played Ethan Edwards in the original), and their worlds collide after Beau’s ranch is selected as the perfect filming location. Amelia can make audiences believe she’s in love, yet the only time she’s ever truly fallen for a man was with the smoldering Beau. With Beau’s attraction to Amelia growing, it might also be the perfect setting for a Christmas romance. If you’re looking for a Christmas book with cowboys, horses, and a small western town, you’ll love this gift! 

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All She Wants for Christmas is A……

  1. Scrooge in A Little Christmas Spirit by Sheila Roberts

This is a heartwarming story about gruffy, Scrooge-like Mr. Stanley opening his heart after the death of his wife Carol. Lexie Bell and her son Brock move in next door to Stanley and he slowly begins to spend more time with them and growing to love Brock as his own grandson. He initially wants to ignore them and keep to his own business, but Carol appears to him as a ghost and insists he needs to stop being a Scrooge. This isn’t a romance between Lexie and Stanley, but there are lots of flashbacks to Stanley’s relationship with Carol. These flashbacks are so sweet and you’ll wish you had a Manly Stanley in your life, if you don’t already have one. He’s a gruff man with a heart of gold and always does anything to make Carol happy. There’s also a dog in this book, so it’s already a great read. If you’re looking for a heartwarming and extremely emotional Christmas story, this is it! 

2. Musician in A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

Have you ever made a spontaneous decision that ended up changing your life? After losing her job and living her life trying to be the perfect Indian daughter, the MC Niki makes the spontaneous decision to fly to Mumbai for her best friend’s wedding. Once there, she meets bass guitarist Sam at a Diwali celebration and thus begins the whirlwind of what she believes is just a fling. However, someone begins catching feelings and you can check out the book to see how everything turns out. If you’ve had a secret dream to date a member of a band at any point in your life, you’ll want to check out this book! …Don’t read it if you’re hungry though, because the numerous mentions of Indian food will keep you drooling until the end.

And 3. Bookstore Employee in The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

If you’re a bookworm, then this is the holiday romance for you. I’ve never been someone who actively chooses to read holiday romances, but this is now my favourite holiday romance and nobody can convince me otherwise. Jonathan Frost is boyfriend goals. This guy is the most thoughtful guy I have ever come across in a romance story. Hands down. Gabby and Jonathan actually have productive and respectful conversations about their feelings and I love that. Also the steam. Oh gosh. I never knew holding hands could be so sensual. This book is also filled to the brim with holiday cheer and it’s set in a bookstore, so it’s already a perfect addition to any bookworm’s holiday TBR. I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough, as my mouth hurt from smiling throughout the entire book. Gabby and Jonathan just couldn’t be more perfect for each other and I want to reread this book already, just so I can experience their relationship again. This book is also an own voices story with an autistic MC and type 1 diabetes rep.

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All she wants for Christmas is A..….

  1. Mythical Being(vampire werewolf etc) in Walking in a Witchy Wonderland by Juliette Cross 

An anthology of witchy Christmas tales that have a perfect amount of spice and holiday cheer!

My only thing is I didn’t know they were sequels to other books so occasionally I felt a bit lost BUT overall fun stories and perfect for the season!

And 2. Lawyer in Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft

An overworked school teacher, a cynical divorce lawyer and a lonely grandmother are the main characters in this fun Scottish highland Christmas tale. When Edina is injured by Belle in her bike in the snow Belle moves in to take care of her elderly neighbor much to the chagrin of Edina’s grandson Jack with whom she’s just come into contact with. Belle’s constant goodwill makes Jack suspicious but as time goes on her goodness starts to break through his shell. But when Edina’s Christmas list to Santa includes him  reconnecting with his estranged mother Jack doesn’t want anything to do with our dogooder Belle. Yet the attraction seems to be irresistible.

A sweet story and quick read. The relationships are well developed and has just enough heat with all the heart attached.

And Last but Certainly not Least,

All I (Sushirainbow) want for Christmas is a…….

  1. Writer in Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle

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

And 2. Robot in Created for Christmas by Joynell Schultz 

This is a story that has a ton of family Christmas traditions, nerdy superhero references, and of course some robot romance (as well as other romance). There is also a small little mystery that is involved but frankly it’s not really as big of a deal as the romance. It has a nerdy soft man character and a robot who is also a soft man with a lesson on how it is better to have companionship with people that appreciate who you are rather than who you create. If you’re looking for something new and unique as well as a short novella check this out!

Who do you want for Christmas? While this collaborative post is similar on everyone’s blogs, we usually post unique and different content. Check out Jenny on Instagram @princessreadsalot, Nessa on Instagram @nessas.lair and her blog, and Ali on Instagram @2nd2lastunicorn and her blog . Give us some recommendations for some Holiday Romances that we may have missed.

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

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

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

Movie

All Nighter

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

Movie Rewatch

Princess Bride

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

Anime

One Piece

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

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

TV Show

Swap Shop

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

The Wheel of Time

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

Manga

Series Starters

Living Room Matsunaga-san

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

Series Continuations

My Darling Next Door

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

Novella

Fearless

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

Pumpkin Spiced Love

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

Novel

Write Before Christmas

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

A Match Made for Thanksgiving

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Holiday Reads and Treats Princessreadsalot Presents!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury paired with Candied Spiced Nuts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movie

Bottom of the Ninth

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

Anime

One Piece

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

TV Show

Carnival Row

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

Manga

Series Continuations

The Writer and the Housekeeper

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

LDK

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

Novel

Created for Christmas

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

Well Matched

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

Movie

Frozen Ground

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

Anime Movie

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission

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

Anime

One Piece

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

My Hero Academia

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

Manga

Series Starters

We Must Never Fall in Love

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

Series Continuations

My Dress-up Darling

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

Novella

Crazy,Sexy, Ghoulish

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

Ghosted

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 10/16/2021

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

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

Anime

One Piece

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

Manga

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

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

Those Not So Sweet Boys

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

Novel

By Any Other Name

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 10/09/2021

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

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

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

Movie

Love’s Kitchen

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

Anime

Kono oto Tomare! Sounds of Life

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

Manga

If Witch, then Witch

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

Novel

It Sounded Better in My Head

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

Anime

One Piece

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

Seven Deadly Sins Dragon’s Judgement

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

TV Show

Love on the Spectrum

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

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

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Manly Appetites

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

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

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

Novel

The Ex Hex

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

The Forbidden Man

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Read S’more: Princessreadsalot Presents!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and a ChocoPie

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

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

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

Sushirainbow’s Bonus S’more Time

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

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 09/18/2021

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

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

Movie

G.I. Jane

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

Ghostbusters

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

Manchester by the Sea

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

TV Show

Dresden Files

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

Anime

Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement

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

Manga

Series Starters

My Darling Next Door

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

Series Continuations

Yakuza Lover

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

Novella

First Down

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

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

Bad English

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 09/11/2021

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

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

TV Show

Somebody Feed Phil

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

Body of Proof

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

Novella

Talk Wordy to Me

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

Manga

Series Finale

Still Sick

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

TV Show

The Border

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

Body of Proof

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

Manga

Series Starters

My Boy in Blue

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

Heroine for Hire

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

Series Continuations

Sweat and Soap

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

Novel

Say It Out Loud

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

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

The Year We Fell Down

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 08/21/2021

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

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

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

Movie

Warm Springs

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

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

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

Podcasts

Dub Talk

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

Smart Women Read Romance

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

Manga

Series Starters

Our Teachers are Dating!

I have had heard fantastic things about this manga and hmmm

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Bookworm Essentials While Traveling

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

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

Book Sleeves

These Book sleeves are from clockworkheartco

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

Kindle or Tablet

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

Bookmarks

These bookmarks are from Bibliophileprints


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


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

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Weekly Check-in 08/14/2021

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

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

TV Show

The Border

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

Star Trek:Voyager

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

Novel

Nerdgasm

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

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

The Aussie Next Door

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

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

The Bride Test

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

Manga

Series Starters

Superwomen in Love

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

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

Series Continuations

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family

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

And Yet, You are So Sweet

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

Aoba-kun’s Confessions

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Music Festivals: Why I like them and Recommendations

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

The Variety of Music

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

The Environment

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

Being with People Dear to Me

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

Recommendations

Anime

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

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

Movie

XOXO

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

Manga

Days on Fes

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

Novel

This is for Tonight

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 08/07/2021

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

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

Movie

10 Years

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

Centurion

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

The Vault

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

Dear God

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

The Net

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

Anime Movie

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

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

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

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

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

TV Show

The Crown

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

Manga

Series Starters

A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation

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

Series Continuations

Our Precious Conversations

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

Novel

Mr.Nice Guy

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

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

New Orleans Rush

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

So Cute it hurts!

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

Cafe Latte Rhapsody

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

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

Complex Age

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

I want to Eat your Pancreas

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

Bride’s Story

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

Library Wars

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Weekly Check-in 07/31/2021

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

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

TV Show

Atypical

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

Firefly Lane

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

The Crown

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

Manga

Standalone

Shino Can’t Say Her Name

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

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

Novel

The A to Z of Us

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

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

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

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

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

Thor Daughter of Asgard

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

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Deaf Representation in Media: Some Recommendations

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

American Sign Language also called ASL

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

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

Recommendations

Biographical Movie

Miracle Worker

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

Teen Drama TV Show

Switched at Birth

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

Young Adult Novel

The Silence Between Us

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

Adult Novel

Only When It’s Us

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

Japanese Sign Language or JSL

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

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

Recommendations

High School Romance Manga/Anime Movie

A Silent Voice

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

College Romance Manga

A Sign of Affection

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

British Sign Language or BSL

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

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

Recommendations

Young Adult Novel

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

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

Adult Novel

Never Seduce a Scot

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

Australian Sign Language or Auslan

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

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

Recommendation

Young Adult Novel

Impossible Music

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

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

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Weekly Check-in 07/24/2021

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

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

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

Jesse Stone Movies

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

TV Show

The Magicians

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

The Crown

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

Concert

Lindsey Stirling

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

Manga

Series Starters

Days of Love at Seagull Villa

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

Sunshine Sketch

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

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

Series Continuations

And Yet, You are So Sweet

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Empowering Women in Media Tag

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

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

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

Here are the rules:

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

Name a female known for her intelligence

Shurei from The Story of Saiunkoku Series Manga

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

Name a woman known for her physical strength

Erza from The Fairy Tail Anime Series