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Weekly Check-in 05/08/21

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

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

Anime

After The Rain

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

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

My Hero Academia

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Midnight Secretary

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

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

Medalist

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

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

The Springtime of my Life Began with You

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

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

Series Continuations

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

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

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

Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter

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

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

A Sign of Affection

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

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

Otomen

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 05/01/21

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

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

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

Comic

Elle (s)

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Chasing After Aoi Koshiba

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

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

Girlfriend Girlfriend

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

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

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

And Yet, You are So Sweet

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

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

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

Series Continuations

So Cute it Hurts!

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

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

Anime

The Gymnastics Samurai

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

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

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

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

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

Food Wars

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

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

Movie

Florence Foster Jenkins

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 04/24/21

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

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

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

TV Series

Big Hero 6 the series

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

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

Anime

The Quintessential Quintuplets

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

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

Anime Movie

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

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

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

Movie Rewatch

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

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

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

Novel

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

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

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

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

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

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

Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 04/17/21

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

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

Movie

Thunder Force

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

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

Anime

Uzaki-chan wants to hang out!

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Asahi-Sempai’s Favorite

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

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

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

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

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

Graphic Novel

Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms

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

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

Novel

Must be a Mistake

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

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

A Taste For Love

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

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

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

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

Kiss and Repeat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Autism Representation in Media: Some Recommendations

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

Novels

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

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

TV Show

Atypical

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

Movie

The Other Sister

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

Conclusion

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

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Weekly Check-in 4/10/21

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

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

Anime

Zombie Land Saga

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

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

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

My Hero Academia

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

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

The Way of the Househusband

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

Those Snow White Notes

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

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

Comic Collection

Little Moments of Love

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

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

Novel

Just the Two of Us Book 2

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

Me in a music jam pose!

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

Battlefield-SVRCINA

https://youtu.be/qxkDVSvUO1o

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

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

End of Time- Alan Walker

https://youtu.be/CaZXdZGZfb0

Paired With: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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

Lion-(G)I-DLE

https://youtu.be/ju0ICWFWNKE

Paired With: Smile Down the Runway

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

A Million Dreams-P!nk

https://youtu.be/L7TN0hyONjw

Paired With: Fruits Basket 2019

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

Won’t Stop Running-A Great Big World

https://youtu.be/oRWZgsTzipA

Paired With: Run With The Wind

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

Write Your Story -Francesca Battistelli

https://youtu.be/ecV1NHmELuA

Paired With: Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun

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

Guardian-Alanis Morissette

https://youtu.be/7q0reAgBMYA

Paired With: Full Moon wo Sagashite

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

If I Let You Go-Westlife

https://youtu.be/dZsYJaIG38Q

Paired With: Anonymous Noise

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

Best Friend-Jason Chen

https://youtu.be/xxIr3dbOJxU

Paired With: Chihayafuru

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

Conclusion

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

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Weekly Check-in 04/03/21

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

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

Movie

The Founder

I have been wanting to watch this movie for awhile

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

Spirited Away

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

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

Captain Fantastic

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

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

Anime

Harukana Recieve

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

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

Manga

Series Starters

She’s my Knight

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

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

Series Continuations

Complex Age

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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Weekly Check-in 03/27/21

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

I love Felicia Day she’s so awesome

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

Movie

Two Weeks Notice

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

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

Irresistible

Blind movie watch with the family

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

TV Show

Ink Master

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

Anime

Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun

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

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

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

Manga

I’ll be honest this was a cover buy

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

My Pink is Overflowing

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

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

Novel

Not if I See You First

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

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

Go the Distance

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

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

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

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

Paired With: Blooming Tea

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

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Paired with: Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

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

Macy MacMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Paired with: Goddess Smoothie

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

You Should See Me in a Crown* by Leah Johnson

Paired with: Caramel Cloud Macchiato

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

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Paired with: Cookie Monster Shake

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

Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Paired with: Mint Shake

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

Today Tonight Tomorrow* by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Paired with: Hazelnut Latte with Whipped cream

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

Kpop Confidential by Stephan Lee

Paired with: Iced Matcha Latte

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

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Paired with: Bubble Tea

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

Goldie Vance, vol. 1 by Hope Larson

Paired with: Golden Latte

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

Conclusion

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

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Weekly Check-in 03/20/21

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

The Goldbergs are so hilarious

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

Movie

John Wick:Part 3

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

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

TV Show

Chopped

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

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

Great Food Truck Race

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

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

Manga

Standalone

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

So looks can be deceiving in this cover….

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

Series Starters

Mermaid Melody

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

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

Series Continuations

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san

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

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

Anime

Gravitation

Although this comes highly recommended… meh

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

Novel

11 Paper Hearts

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

This book is one some people may not be a fan of with some of the bullying that is presented in this. Otherwise though, I really enjoyed this. It has some mystery elements(with some classical book references), profound love/friendship quotes, transformation of one’s self after a trauma, retrograde amnesia representation, and some exploration of New York City. There was a twist that I wasn’t expecting and that increased my enjoyment in the story. Although I wish there was more at the end. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead I am hoping to do a more balanced reading and watching week. What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 03/13/21

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

It truly was.

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

TV Show

Harley Quinn

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

Ink Master

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

Totally out of left field right?? I know it does not seem something I’d be interested in. However, if you know me well, I am fascinated by what people create and their process. Unfortunately with reality shows there are moments of drama that can be excessive and whoever you want to win doesn’t win but overall it was a fascinating show. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Rewatch

Chihayafuru

Rewatching this week pretty much all the second and third seasons, made me appreciate the characters a lot more especially the adults rather than the high schoolers. Overall, I need the third season dubbed (I know with the current times there is going to be delays). I would also like the manga or another season to find out what happens next. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Machi Maho

This is a manga that is really geared towards adult guys but I think some adult women may like it too

This manga isn’t for everyone….but it was very fun??? There was some things that I could have taken out but since I am not the primary audience for this I get why it was put in there. The art is very dark and moments are text-heavy and confusing, however it is so entertaining and interesting taking turns that I didn’t expect. There are so many triggers in this that I just recommend if it doesn’t look like something you’d be interested in, don’t pick it up. If you like dark twisty things and magical girl feels in a negative light, check this out. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi🍣🍣🍣  because of all the excess unnecessary triggers.

Donuts Under a Crescent Moon

This was a blind preorder and I am so glad I got it!!

This manga was one I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it but I was pleasantly surprised. First the one trigger warning I have is that there is a lot of negative self-talk when it comes to one of the main characters. I loved this because it is an adult self-discovery mixed with a newfound female relationship.

I fell in love with both of the main characters but frankly I felt like I most related to Uno-chan to some extent because of her journey. I love the donut connection along with the steps to becoming a happier person. I am curious to see what the series has to hold. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Aoba-Kun’s Confessions

Ok this was a cover buy I mean wow physical copies of this would look really nice!

This was a manga that was very unexpected for me. I was thinking initially oh this is someone that works in radio at the high school. Nope there’s basketball, a wallflower, and a unique relationship. I loved the artstyle and the characters are very interesting (except Aoba who is a tad mean in my opinion). But I am curious where it goes because the leading girl is trying to help Aoba and in turn help herself become more confident. We shall see but overall this one may be one I take one volume at a time 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

A Condition Called Love

This needs a physical copy now!!

Awwwwwwwwwwww this is a high school romance that is definitely perfect for someone who is dating for the first time (although I can tell you there are some moments of exaggerated expression of love that I wouldn’t recommend) I really liked that there was a lot of little lessons that help people understand what love looks and feels like especially when it comes to the Christmas theme. Theres also a big mystery element when it comes to the male character which if it goes the wrong way, I am worried about how its going to go although I still am going to continue on the series. Overall, I really loved this and I hope it is even better as the series moves on. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Bring it On!

A total blind cover buy maybe because of the costume on the cover???

This was a blind manga buy but it is very intriguing. The artstyle is gorgeous very representative of the time it was published. There are a lot of moments of violence, cursing including the r-word, and overall bullying. However, there are some moments that I appreciated what was happening and want to continue, but its one that the text was too all over the place. Because of that, at moments its still difficult to understand what is going on.  Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Days on Fes

I found this recommendation on YouTube and blindly preordered it so fast… haha

This was not what I was expecting but I wasn’t mad about it? It discusses how different people can experience music festivals plus the different kinds of festivals that are out there in Japan. This really brought me back in the time of my life where I researched a lot about music festivals (never went to any like this unfortunately) so I could definitely relate to the females in this manga. But at the same time at the age I am now, I can relate to the males also. There is also a lot of education that is presented that involves what to bring to a festival, what usually happens there, etc. which is helpful for new people and for veterans wanting to find something new. The plot also took place from two different festivals which was awesome. I am really excited for the next volume because it is going to show both sets of characters at one festival which will be awesome too. There isn’t romance in this but I didn’t mind that. Overall, I am really curious what the series is going to bring, and if you are looking for music fans in a manga check this manga out. My one complaint was the perspective jumping was a bit choppy for me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Novel

Just the Two of Us

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

This book is one that I feel could translate into a drama very well. Its definitely something I just got invested in no matter what occurred with the characters. I also appreciated all the education I received through all of the cooking and hospital protocols that were presented. Trigger warnings for abuse, rape, blunt language, death, surgery, and familial distress due to pediatric disease. This is a duology so keep that in mind when you read the book because its just going to end at a random point in time. Definitely a slow-burn on every aspect of this book including character development. My only issue I had was with the writing style being so jumbled in perspective and could at moments be dense. However, I think if you’re invested, you will finish excited for the next book. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

My Epic Spring Break-Up

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

I needed some fluff after reading a tough book and this did it for me. A quintessential high school romance with someone trying to get out of their comfort zone for an epic spring break. There’s a love triangle involved, New York, computer coding, there’s a ton of social media both from a consumer point of view and a creator point of view which was very interesting, but a ton of Taylor Swift too. I think its the perfect read for high school girls who want to follow their dreams in STEM particularly in computer science. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. This comes out in April if you’re interested.

Rosie Loves Jack

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

This is a very dark book.   This is not for everyone in the sense that there is a lot of prejudices involved with teenagers with special needs whether that is Downs Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury (I think, it is unclear). This book also presents how much a person with Downs Syndrome can be taken advantage of if they are not taught more independence or only have one-track minds. There are also instances of kidnapping, abuse, homelessness, and thievery in this book also.  I got very emotional when it comes to the events that this book has but also the love that is presented also. I also appreciated the author’s note that was presented before the book started that made me feel that this book was coming from someone that had a unique perspective. My only complaint was I wanted to receive the endings of the people that helped the main character get through this journey.  Overall though, this is a book that is not for everyone, however I truly think if it is something you can handle, please read it.  4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is Spring Break so all bets are off this week as far as what I am reading and watching. We will see what happens. What did you guys read or watch? Lets talk about it!

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Weekly Check-In 03/06/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! At the time of writing this blog post, it is two weeks before spring break for me so as far as media consumption I had a lot of reading time but not a lot of watchtime.

Me when I read outside of my home

I finished one anime, one picture book, five volumes of manga, and three novels. Onto the media!

Anime

Demon Slayer

I can definitely see the hype with this series!

This week, I finished the second half of this series and I can definitely see the hype with it with the world-building and some of the characters. However, I don’t think I am as obsessed as other people. I am curious how this series is going to end but also I love the lead protagonist he’s so soft and so sweet working hard without being annoying. Because of these points, I have to give this series a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Picture Book

My Friend Clyde

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

This is the first picture book that I have read in awhile and it was very profound in the story trigger warnings for bullying. It flowed very well and it was nice and quick for an adult. My only issue with it is that the illustrations are just not something I would gravitate towards personally but otherwise I liked it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Cells at Work Baby

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

I really enjoyed this manga actually more than I expected to because of the original anime series was fun but a tad episodic. This manga was a lot more flowing and more continual and easy to understand especially when it comes to the birthing progress. This is also a very good manga if you are a new parent who wants to understand the infant’s body with different situations but also for teens who want to explore how viruses and heat rashes manifest. My favorite part though was the new characters that was presented in this story and I’m excited to see more from this. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

The Way of the House Husband

This manga was all over the place when it first came out but I am glad I read it.

First trigger warnings for intense violence and moblike tendencies. Other than that, there was a lot of episodic stories in this manga and I am intrigued by the characters and the funny moments that happened in here. However, there isn’t enough plot right now that makes me gear up for the next volume. I do want to watch the anime though to see if that might make me happier about the series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Bride’s Story

This is one I have been recommended a ton of times especially since I love Yona, Snow White with the Red hair, and Story of Saiunkoku of course so I had some high expectations

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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Wave Listen to Me

This is a series I saw digitally first and I was very curious about it because of the premise.

I will tell you this now, not everyone is going to like this. The one I can closely relate to this is Beck Mongolian Chop Squad except for older audiences and a female protagonist instead  of a male one along with a more high school audience. This discusses the ins and outs of radio with a more raw feeling of living an adult life in Japan. There’s crude language, there’s some mystery involved and smoking.  I can understand people being put off by it but I still was entertained. The artstyle is also not for everyone either but I think it is fitting considering the story. Overall though, I am curious to read some more of this manga but its one I will take one volume at a time. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Become You

This author is very famous and prolific but this was the only manga that I was interested in by them so far.

I was really excited to try this musical manga because it was one I hadn’t heard of an anime before etc. However, I feel like this first volume was trying too hard/trying too many things at once. There was music, art, Boys being friends plus childhood friends/lovers, time travel, and mental health care. (See thats a lot right??) I think personally, there was way too much happening that I feel is very predictable possibly. However, I think its something that if I find it from the library etc. I’ll try again. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The Knockout Rule

Thank you to Netgalley, CD Books, Kelly Siskind, and Socialbutterflypr for the opportunity to read and review this book

I will be honest when introduced to this couple in Kelly Siskind’s previous book in this series, I was very skeptical on how this was going to turn out. However, I think this and Don’t go Stealing my Heart are tied for my favorite in the series (I know right??) I think this is because that this and that book had a fantastic balance of serious feels and hilarious banter. Trigger warnings for intense violence with boxing, Parkinson’s severe symptoms, PTSD, intense working out/physical therapy, and panic attacks. There is also a lot of foreign language references, modern poetry and boxing along with physiotherapy explanations  along with the parallels of the family dynamic and the encouragement to do therapy. Definitely not a book that is a quick read.

However, bringing all of these items together in a story that is romantic but also profound makes me enjoy a story like this. I also like when people change their minds about someone after they get to know them rather than make a first impression and stick to it.

Overall, I am sure you can probably guess that I really enjoyed this romance and am excited to read more from Kelly Siskind. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi  🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

For The Love of Friends

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

This cover is very deceptive in the sense of yes this has a person writing a blog (hence the cover I am sure), but there is a lot more wedding talk than what I expected. Because of this, there are a lot of instances of body-shaming, forcing plastic surgeon, family drama, and overall backstabbing more than once. I appreciated what the story brought in the sense of there is a variety of weddings, budget struggles, and family dynamics presented as well as a bonus romance in the backburner. I also appreciated that there was a blog aspect added to it however, it felt a little annoying especially when the main character boasts about how much money she was making (I understand for some people they are able to do that, however it felt unrealistic as someone who writes a blog).  I also hated the ending with that sense of deception with the romance (if you know you know) because it is number one deceptive and number two because it is predictable. Of course this is someone who reads a lot of women’s fiction/romance and for new readers this may not be predictable but that is just me.

Overall, this was a very entertaining book in the sense that there’s so much craziness you just can’t look away, however, I think there is so much that I would have changed as far as this book goes. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. This comes out in August so check it out if you are interested!

Victories Greater Than Death

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

This book is one that is already getting a ton of buzz and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.

This is because for me, sci fi can be really fun or really dense. In this particular instance, there was a mix of both but in a good way.  There are a ton of alien species mentioned, several mini missions like on the star trek shows, and the world-building was so vivid, it truly felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. One of the best parts though, is that there is a lot of inclusion included here with pronoun differentiating, varying ethnicities and fluctuating sexual orientations. There is also a person who represented the extreme introvert which was something that I felt after reading this, is underrepresented in fiction.

However, I did have a couple of issues. One is that there are moments in the writing that I felt that I was just plopped into the middle of the action especially when it came to the missions like after a commercial break on a tv show. I would have appreciated more context.  The other issue I had was although the main character finding a great unique romance was a fantastic side plot, I wish some of the other characters were more flushed out than the love interest (because it sounded like the love interest was just saying the same lines over and over again). But, I know sometimes teen books need more romance than I do plus with the inclusivity they should definitely read this.

Overall, I truly enjoyed my time reading this book and I am excited to see what comes next in this series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. This comes out in April so please check it out if you haven’t already.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is that I want to continue reading some more but cut myself some slack when it comes to the equality of manga versus novels (manga I read faster, it is just inevitable). But I did appreciate that I was able to read quite a few review books which is something I do need to do better about. As far as watching something, I will try to do more but I won’t force it. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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February Readathin 2021 Challenge

Hey guys how’s it going? This week I wanted to wrap up my February Reading Challenge.

Don’t Mind the sound, I had BattleBots playing in the background haha!

My friend A Court of books and love has done this monthly readathon for years and this year they created a wheel for their challenges.

So I decided to spin the wheel and see what I got everyday and record it on this blog post. Caveat: There are going to be quite a few duplicates, however, I tried my best to use something different for everything. (Also I apologize that the wheel prompts aren’t pretty but I think you guys will be ok with it) In addition, Snowpocalypse happened where I live during this month so I missed quite a few of the prompts so I almost didn’t write this post but anyway hope you enjoy. Onto the Wrap-up!

Day 1

Today, I was able to relax after work not exactly reading but I was able to relax drinking my Starbucks and plan out the rest of the month with my books/manga. I also was able to do a mask and relax and spinning this prompt first of the month was much appreciated.

My read of the day has to be this volume of manga from one of my favorite series So cute it hurts. This series could fit several prompts for me for Readathin but I read it today because to me it is considered a comfort read. When I want to self-care and not think of anything when I read, I can definitely pick up this series. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 2

Well, I didn’t do this challenge today, but I did start a book. I hope that I can read this challenge sometime this month. If I do, I will put it here:

This was a trade paperback I decided to pick up. Naive sidekick realizes her academy wants to use her as a scapegoat joins the villains. The art is classic, the story is pretty straightforward, and more unique characters than usual. 3.5 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 3

So do you remember in the previous day I had started a book? Well today I finished it πŸ˜ƒ.

This is a book I had seen so much in the adult romance community because it is a Highlander Romance with a Deaf main character (something unheard of). I put it in the prompt of Own Voices for Readathin because it has the deaf representation straight from the author’s perspective with her husband. This was definitely a profound and soft Highlander Romance in my personal opinion and I am curious about this author more than ever. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 4

This day, I had a difficult time deciding what book to read for this. I tried a book and I got thirty percent and it made me very angry. Because of that, I changed my tune and picked up something very unexpected.

This manga had a lot of complaints in the manga reviewer space, however I thought it was pretty interesting. There are some moments also that the explicit items were a tad unnecessary but its still something I would love to continue in the future. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and it was definitely perfect for the 3 title prompt today. 3 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 5

This day, I decided to work on one of my Netgalley Review books that my discord picked for this month.

This book was one I didn’t know what to expect but it was overall a good romance read. The random word I picked with this book fitting it is filing cabinet 🀣(read the book to figure out what the title even means) 3 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 6

Today I decided to read a manga that was off of my physical TBR and its also one I am using for a Romance Blog post (more to come on that) so I picked this.

This is a cute Yuri manga that takes place with two girls in the aquarium club. I think reading this manga has shown to me how much I enjoy soft stories about people learning about something new and moving to a new place. Also I appreciate the pacing that goes into the relationships and how happy-go-lucky it is. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi. The random word I chose for this is Fish because it takes place in an aquarium club πŸ™‚

Day 7

I read this manga today because the hype was real. So many people have greatly anticipated this because of the author. If you are looking for something that has some snarky boys along with a good story check this out. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi This is actually book/manga number six for me this month and that’s why I am putting this manga in this challenge spot.

Day 8

Unfortunately due to my reading taste this month/ my overall taste I was not able to read anything with no romance in it unless you count this book that I already read for graphic novel

Day 9

Even though this was a self care day due to the busyness I had that day, I read whatever I wanted so I picked out this one

This is an Explict Smutty Manga 18+ only… This is something that if you love smut and are not afraid of nudity at all, check it out. Other than that, I was very disappointed with the plot and there was too many sex scenes for me personally. 3 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 11

The random word I picked for this manga is Star and I will be honest, I think I had higher expectations for this. Its probably because of Kiss Him not Me the author’s previous work was so good. It has the same feel of Kiss Him not Me in the otaku aspect of things and the rock star aspect was awesome too. However, I was not a fan of the friendship/relationship of the characters plus the opening for the sequel was one I hate 3 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 13

This is a A Court of Books and Love pick because this was the buddy read on their discord so its perfect for this prompt. I loved this book in the sense that there was a lot of great moments between the characters and their adventures and some moments where I felt as a reader that I learned a lot of lessons about the profound subject material that was presented. I would definitely recommend it for new adult /adult audiences who need something profound like this. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 15

This is was a sequel to a manga I started and I can see why it gets dropped quickly. It essentially is one of those series that is slice of life with a ton of vampire jokes. Fine but not the best. 3 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 16

This was a manga I was looking forward to reading so I am glad I got to it during this challenge. I heard about this manga/anime and watched the first episode of this anime and I like the manga better because of being able to read my own pace of the camping information and the artstyle is gorgeous. Very slice of life and very relaxing although I am hoping the plot moves a bit faster in the later volumes.  4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 18

This was a book that I have seen a lot of people hype it up and I can definitely see it especially for people new to the paranormal genre. There’s a lot involved with friendships and relationships which was good but I felt there needed more world building and more romance for me personally. I am definitely curious about the rest of the series in time and the author is one I will keep on my radar in the future. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 19

This Book! THIS BOOK!! haha sorry about the caps but I truly enjoyed my time with this story. I loved taking my time learning about both characters and how they can fit into each other. There is own voices Autism Spectrum Disorders representation but its played into the story unexpectedly and I loved it very much. There was so much that I was able to highlight because the words that were presented from both perspectives were items I was able to relate to and many people can when it comes to finding yourself and trying to become independent along with trying to navigate boundaries and falling in love. 5 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 20

This is my morning reading prompt because I started it one night and finished it in the morning. I truly enjoyed this book. Every middle/intermediate school teacher needs it in their classroom. It has a lot of musical theater references, it shows a lot of inclusion with physical disabilities as well as LGBTQIA+ representation and racial representation in the best way. There’s a ton of musical theater references in here, the most being Wicked my favorite musical of all time. This comes out in April so please check it out if you can. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 22

This is a series that its anime I watched as a teen and its one that has stayed in the back of my mind for years. Reading this on Valentine’s day was a very fun experience because this is a quintessential soap opera shojo story with some unorthodox adults. I am excited to continue this. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 24

This manga continues where the previous one left off but its a lot more episodic than what I expected in a good way except for it felt a little rushed??? Yes I am probably the minority in this opinion but I appreciated that every couple got quite a bit of page time and that every relationship is moving to the next level. However, the episodic chapters felt rushed and out of order and there were a lot of references to volume 2. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 27

I am really glad that I have gotten back into this series. I remember watching the anime and loving it because it starts in their senior year of high school through their adult career and that was something that I had never watched before. Until reading this, I did not realize how old this series is (there was a calendar saying 1991 in it and my eyes widened at the sight). Since I know the story I wasn’t turned off by it but I can definitely see why people who are new manga readers would not like it. As far as subject matter, the leading guy can be mean but endearing, the family is such goofballs, and the leading girl has feelings but can’t act on it because of the guy’s feelings (I know its something that I sometimes hate) However, for me this series is so much fun and I am curious to see what new content I will see continuing on. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Day 28

This was a buddy read I did in my discord and who read it really enjoyed it but they did feel the same way in the sense there are moments where the author overwrote some of the plot but the characters are amazing. 4 out of 5 stars/sushi.

Conclusion

Overall, I am really glad I did this challenge in the sense that I “thinned” out quite a bit of my physical and digital to be read for this year. However, it also made me realize there are a lot that I couldn’t have fit in the prompts so thankfully I know to change that next time. Thank you to the hosts A Court of Books and Love and Momsbookcollection for the opportunity and will definitely do this again. What about you guys? Do you like reading challenges like this that thin out your to be read pile? Do you like this style of blog post?? Lets talk about it in the comments!

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Weekly Check-in 02/27/21

Hey guys how’s it going?? This week was a week of playing catch-up

Everytime I see this gif, it reminds me of my younger self πŸ˜‚

Even though I was playing catch-up, I actually read and watched quite a bit. I watched one movie and one anime but also read three books and three volumes of manga. Onto the media!

Movie

The Rainmaker

This movie was an Allstar cast and made me realize how cruel and slippery lawyers can be. The ending though was a tad lackluster yet realistic.

The only other issue I had with this movie was that I wished all the cases had equal screen time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Rewatch

My Hero Academia

I decided to do a small photo shoot with some of my hero academia merch and the show hope you guys like it.

This past week, I have watched this show up through whats currently out (except the movies I may be watching them before I watch season 5 but I am not sure. (If you’ve watched the movies let me know) I am glad I was able to watch this again because it gives me the feels of watching a superhero show with quite a bit of characters and saving people but at the same time presenting some fantastic themes, unique abilities, and a ton of different stories instead of just the main character’s (which I am still not a fan of Deku and Bakugo however, I see their merits better now) because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Book

A Chance To Fly

Thank you to Netgalley and Abrams Kids/Amulet Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Every middle/intermediate school teacher needs to put this in their classroom. It has a lot of musical theater references, it shows a lot of inclusion with physical disabilities as well as LGBTQIA+ representation and racial representation in the best way.

There’s a ton of musical theater references in here, the most being Wicked my favorite musical of all time. There is some girl hate involved but it was solved relatively quickly thankfully. Theres also quite a few things that could date this book such as Snapchat, Kickstarter, etc. The only issue that I had and it was truly one that would most likely be overlooked by someone who isn’t as obsessed with Wicked as I am, it’s giving the reference material to 10-13 year olds. I understand that it can be necessary but that is too adult for those kids to me.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and what it represented and would definitely recommend it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out April 13th so keep your eyes out for it.

Love at First

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book. In addition this was Feb’s pick for my discord buddyreadbuddywatch group which was very fun.

I have a lot of thoughts on this book. First, trigger warnings for grief, parental abandonment, and intense emotion. Second, This story has a lot going for it; the deeply flushed out characters with knowing everyone’s backstory, their character development (without feeling like archetypes), and some hijinks mixed with some beautiful romantic/emotional moments about the main characters individually as well as together. I also loved the bromance that was presented along with the other friendships and relationships. My main issue with this has to be the plot. I enjoyed it sure I was engaged with the story. However, there are moments of overwriting when it comes to the characters overpowering the plot (I love the characters but I wanted to move along at points). There were also moments where I wondered where things were going when it came to some of the events that were happening. Overall though, I truly enjoyed my time with this book and these characters and I would definitely recommend this to adults who love a character driven story. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣. This is already out so if you’re interested check it out!

Serious Moonlight

This was my friend ACOURTOFBOOKSANDLOVE ‘s book club pick for Feb on her discord sorry it took so long lol πŸ˜†

I will be honest, this is a book that is best for seniors in high school and up because of the trigger warnings of parent death, ectopic pregnancy, discussion of murder, miscarriage, suicide, depression, sex, and narcolepsy representation that was pretty accurate that could scare younger audiences.

Onto the content itself, if you love profound contemporary stories of people trying to find their way in life along with falling in love, you would love this. However, when it comes to this plus adding a mystery element in there which was fine but felt unnecessary. I think it would have been easier and probably a better book if the characters just showed each other their enthusiasm for the genre and continued their profound conversations.

Overall, I loved this book in the sense that there was a lot of great moments between the characters and their adventures and some moments where I felt as a reader that I learned a lot of lessons about the profound subject material that was presented. I would definitely recommend it for new adult /adult audiences who need something profound like this. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Standalone

Haru’s Curse

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

I’ll be honest, I requested this manga from Netgalley blind and was afraid of reading it until now. First, trigger warnings for suicide, verbal abuse, terminal illness, and grief. Second the artstyle is one that I know some people may not like, however I loved it because it reminded me of a unique web comic if that makes sense.

When it comes to the content itself though, the title is deceptive in the sense that you may think its a supernatural/thriller story when it’s an adult contemporary discussing how one person can make a difference in two people’s lives.

I think the closest story that I can relate to it is I want to eat your pancreas but with more family dynamics and adults so if you enjoyed that manga and like emotional stories like that you should check this out. My one issue that I had with this, was that I wanted more communication/ romantic moments between the two main characters (along with more of the festival because I love festivals in manga) but since this is more adult coming of age I do not fault that there isn’t more romance involved. Overall, this was an unexpected surprise and I am so glad I read this 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. This is already out so check it out if you’re interested!

Series Starters

Itazura na Kiss

I am really glad that I have gotten back into this series. I remember watching the anime and loving it because it starts in their senior year of high school through their adult career and that was something that I had never watched before. Until reading this, I did not realize how old this series is (there was a calendar saying 1991 in it and my eyes widened at the sight). But the artstyle was very unexpected especially when it came to some of the hair (I wonder if its the subject of its time or what). Since I know the story I wasn’t turned off by it but I can definitely see why people who are new manga readers would not like it.

As far as subject matter, the leading guy can be mean but endearing, the family is such goofballs, and the leading girl has feelings but can’t act on it because of the guy’s feelings (I know its something that I sometimes hate) However, for me this series is so much fun and starting volume 1 has been a lot of fun and I wonder how much new content I will be seeing continuing on away from the anime. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Star-Crossed

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

I will be honest, I think I had higher expectations for this. Its probably because of Kiss Him not Me the author’s previous work was so good. It has the same feel of Kiss Him not Me in the otaku aspect of things and the rock star aspect was awesome too. However, I was not a fan of the friendship/relationship between the characters plus the body-switching aspect although I thought the reasoning was pretty cool, it was too strange/silly for my personal liking plus the opening for a sequel sigh that made things even worse. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. This is already out so please check it out if you’re interested.

The Week Ahead

This coming up week, I think I have a handle on keeping a balance of watching and reading this week. (At least I hope who knows). What about you? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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The Peer Pressure Tag

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I am going to be discussing Peer Pressure. If you don’t know the definition of Peer Pressure is that its the influence from members of one’s peer group. This can be positive as well as negative.

This tag was one I have seen by several bloggers lately so I appreciated being tagged myself. Onto the tag!!

Rules

Link back to the creator, which is Annie

Provide a link to the person who tagged you.

Thank you to We be bloggin’ (y0uc4n7kn0w.com) for tagging me!

Answer all questions honestly

Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be random and about whatever)

Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blogs. Please no β€œyou!”

Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that you’ve read or listened to.

Use the hashtag #peerpressure tag for easier visibility

Are there any topics you refuse to write about due to peer pressure/because you think you’ll get mass hate on the blog? 

Not really. At least I don’t think so. I am sure if my blog was big enough some of my reviews may get hate… but the goal for my reviews although they are an opinion piece, is to be informative. However, there are certain topics such as gameplay, cooking, etc. that its not that I am afraid that I’ll get hate if I post about them, its just I don’t know where to start haha. But know that the reason that the blog is called Sushirainbow is because the topics to discuss is a spectrum. I love learning and trying different things so I am not afraid of hate.

Have you ever written something because of peer pressure even if you didn’t want to? Why did you make that choice?

Well that goes back to my reviews and Weekly Check-ins. There are moments where I have read/watched something that everyone was talking about whether it is good or bad. Once I finish that form of media and I have an opposite opinion of the masses, it is difficult to write something about it. However, I make the choice to review something even if I don’t like something because I ultimately like to help people. Reviews help people consume the right media, in some books’ case reviews help the author etc. (I have a whole blog post on this if you’re interested.)

Do you ever feel yourself getting TOO passionate or triggered while writing or reading blogs?

Sometimes I get passionate yes, I think that’s why a lot of us do this I believe especially writing about something we love and adore. Reading though, I don’t get too triggered and passionate about other blogs unless it involves something I didn’t think about before etc. I know everyone has a different perspective and are passionate about different things so that doesn’t bother me.

What do you do when you have writer’s block because you’ve read someone else’s blog with the same or opposite views?

When I have writer’s block in general, I just stop writing for a bit to compose what I have to say and then try again later. If its because of someone else, sometimes I take a step back and say to myself, “yes this is something someone else is doing and maybe I am not good enough to do this.” However, after that, I find a different way to approach the blog post, plan, and write it.

Genre switch: If you had to throw a random anime character into a psychological thriller who would it be and why? 

Haha! I am not a fan of psychological thrillers however I think the best anime characters to throw into them would have to be the vampires. It would be interesting to see the vampires from Chibi Vampire and Vampire Knight in a thriller. Plus I think they would handle themselves well.

Most Recommended Books/Anime (Songs are subjective to me so I don’t have any that have gotten recommended to me).

Books

  1. Shadowhunters (essentially everything with Cassandra Clare)
  2. Anything Sarah J Maas
  3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Most novels by Colleen Hoover
  5. Most novels by Kasie West

Anime

  1. Attack on Titan
  2. Promised Neverland
  3. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
  4. Cowboy Bebop
  5. Psycho Pass

My Questions

  1. Is there something that you are afraid to write about on your blog because of peer pressure?
  2. What did you check out because of peer pressure (this can be a show, book, etc.)?
  3. Do you ever feel pressured to overpost on your blog because other people do?
  4. Does peer pressure get you out of your comfort zone? If it does why do you think that is?
  5. Topic switch: If you could live in a world that you have consumed media-wise where would it be?

I tag:

Acourtofbooksandlove

Momsbookcollection

The Inner Workings of an Anxious Mind

The Critiques of a Fangirl

GoodeyReads

Al’s Manga Blog

Midwest Kimchi

Plucked from the Stacks

A Geeky Gal

Check out all who have been tagged. What are your thoughts on Peer Pressure? If you don’t have a particular thought answer the question of “What do you do when you have writer’s block?” Lets talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 2/20/21

Hahahahahahha! Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week was very unexpected with Texas (where I live).

I was pretty much at home all week with no power for some of those days in the cold just under blankets either reading or watching items I downloaded onto my tablet.

So because of everything that happened, I was able to read and watch quite a bit. I watched 3 movies,2 TV shows, 2 animes, and 1 K-drama. I also read 4 volumes of manga and 1 novel as well. As you can see its quite a bit so onto the media!

Movie

Eagle Eye

This movie is one that if you love conspiratorial action plots, an all-star cast and artificial intelligence. I loved the twists and turns that occurred with this movie and all who were involved. The only true issue I had was that the ending was such a copout (the romance was unnecessary truly). Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

My dad and I watched this pretty late because we liked the cast

When it came to this movie, this is a sequel to a different movie (we didn’t know this till after we finished but it didn’t affect our overall enjoyment). It shows the audience about what was happening in Wall Street during the 2000s up until the 2008 bubble burst. There was a lot of this that was very interesting, but there was so much that I found predictable as well even staying up late to watch it.

Overall though, if you like watching the ins and outs of Wall Street and who can be affected by it good and bad, check this out. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Ride Your Wave

You can find this at HBOMAX

This movie was one I was recommended by a couple of people and it was unexpectedly very good.

It has a lot of elements involved such as surfing, firefighting, and falling in love. I loved that there was a deep cohesive story so much so that I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next, but at the same time there are a lot of the same anime movie tropes to it so if you do not like those you probably shouldn’t watch this.

The animation was an interesting style to use but I loved the character designs as well. This also involves older people (id say in their twenties but age is unclear) so if you like anime movies that don’t involve high school students I would also recommend this one for you as well.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this movie and would love to own it. However, I would keep in mind that it is one I will watch if I need to feel a certain mood. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

New Shows

Strange Love

This can be found on Discovery+

I think when it came to this show, I liked what it was trying to do when it came to the unique stories and relationships that blossomed or didn’t, however, I felt it was too repetitive especially towards the end. I also wished the episodes were also more cohesive in the sense that they focused on one who was looking for love and one who was maintaining love. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

Harley Quinn

This can be found on HBOMAX

When it comes to this show, its very mindless except for the F bombs (don’t let children watch just don’t). However, its very intriguing how Harley examines her life and friendships as well as new characters that I haven’t seen in much DC I’ve watched. Overall, its very fun and mindless and I am enjoying my watch. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Rewatch

My Hero Academia

This is on Prime Video and Funimation

This anime rewatch is one I have been meaning to so and I forgot how slow it is (in the aspect that there’s a lot of Deku background stuff not enough UA stuff). However, this is a lot of fun for some mindless superhero antics and what it takes to be a hero or following their dreams. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

New Anime

Demon Slayer

This is on Netflix and Funimation

I think its best to go into this series blind. This is because it has a lot of different aspects occurring simultaneously but at the same time shows motivation and sadness and family as well as friendly bonds. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. I am curious to see what else this series brings but I think for me its best as an anime not a manga.

K-Drama

Hello My Twenties

This was one that I was recommended by my friends and I am very intrigued. You can find it on Netflix

I am trying again with the K-drama game with something a bit more “fluffy” (I haven’t watched enough to say if it’s fluffy or not) but I think this will remind me a bit more of my college life plus watch someone go through some different situations that I didn’t. Overall though, I am very intrigued but I’ll take it episode by episode. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Marmalade Boy

This is a series that its anime I watched as a teen and its one that has stayed in the back of my mind for years.

Reading this on Valentine’s day was a very fun experience because this is a quintessential soapopera shojo story with some unorthodox adults. I am excited to continue the series. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Laid Back Camp

The hype of this series is one I can definitely see it.

I heard about this manga/anime and watched the first episode of this anime and I like the manga better and here’s why:

I think when it comes to the information about camping in Japan itself, it is easier to understand reading it at my own pace with the manga as opposed to reading the subtitles really quickly. Although I love the animation better (probably because of the color) than the art style in this manga, the manga is personally better. This manga is very slice of life and very relaxing although I am hoping the plot moves a bit faster. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku

So this was the series that spurred my love of manga that wasn’t an anime adaption I first watched.

This manga continues where the previous one left off but its a lot more episodic than what I expected in a good way except for it felt a little rushed??? Yes I am probably the minority in this opinion but I appreciated that every couple got quite a bit of page time and that every relationship is moving to the next level. However, the episodic chapters felt rushed and out of order and there were a lot of references to volume 2. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

My Pathetic Vampire Life

His teeth though 😬

Hmmmmmm this manga is one that I can see why it get dropped quickly. It essentially is one of those series that is slice of life with a ton of vampire jokes. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Obsidian

This is a series I have seen around for years that I finally got a chance to read on my kindle. I can definitely see the hype

This is a book that I can definitely see being a beginning of a good paranormal/alien series for teenagers. Theres a lot involved with friendships and relationships which was good but I felt there needed more world building and more romance for me personally. (That could be because I have read quite a bit of paranormal romance but who knows). I am definitely curious about the rest of the series in time and the author is one I will keep on my radar in the future. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

When it comes to this coming up week, I will be playing a lot of catchup at work. So its possible I may not be reading quite a bit for fun. However I hope to continue watching stuff that I started in this post but also some that I found while downloading things to watch this week that I want to try but didn’t get a chance to. (Or my download queue was too big) so I want to give those a try. What about you guys? What did you read/watch this week? Lets talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 02/13/21

Hey guys how’s it going? With the week before Valentine’s day, I was in the mood for Romance

Of course romance is a lot that I consume but I like when its a bonus with something else. Also I know this is from 50 shades but I liked the quote not everything else.

I watched one movie, read three volumes of manga, and one novel. Onto the media!!

Movie

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This was a movie I was always curious about but never watched until now.

This is a movie that left me with a ton of emotions. But my parents also enjoyed it as well.

It also shows the pros as well as cons of India living and finding yourself in a new place. My only issue with that was that with some of the storylines should have gone deeper and more background on some of the characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and will try to watch the sequel soon. Because of these points I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Those Not So Sweet Boys

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

This is a manga author that is the same as love in focus that I have read and it has the same feel of that series but it also gives me Waiting for Spring vibes at the same time only less happy-go-lucky if that makes sense. I think this is definitely worth the read. Trigger warnings though for prejudice, smoking, attempts at rape, and bullying. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. This comes out on the 16th of February so check it out if you’re interested.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow

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

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

Fire In His Fingertips

This is an Explict Smutty Manga 18+ only… This is something that if you love smut and are not afraid of nudity at all, check it out.

Other than that, there isn’t enough plot for me and there was too many sex scenes for me personally. However, I love the characters and the festival scenes redeemed this for me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Act Your Age Eve Brown

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for the opportunity to read and review this book

This Book! THIS BOOK!! haha sorry about the caps but I truly enjoyed my time with this story. I loved taking my time learning about both characters and how they can fit into each other. There is own voices Autism Spectrum Disorders representation but its played into the story unexpectedly and I loved it very much. There was so much that I was able to highlight because the words that were presented from both perspectives were items I was able to relate to and many people can when it comes to finding yourself and trying to become independent along with trying to navigate boundaries and falling in love. The only aspect that I wished was explored more were both of main characters’ pasts. I think it would have made this book a lot more profound and I would have loved it even more. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. This comes out on March 9th so check it out πŸ™‚.

The Week Ahead

When it comes to the week ahead, my boyfriend has decided I need to read 100 books/manga this year instead of 30 (it is doable but its just interesting he wanted to up it). However, I also want to watch things more too especially with all of the streaming services I have available to me now. What about you guys? What did you watch/read this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 02/06/21

Hey guys how’s it going? This week, I started my monthly reading challenge for February (blog post will be up at the end of the month) and because of that, I am trying to fulfill at least one item per day. However there still will be other things as well.

I listened to a Music Playlist this week, I caught up to a TV show, and I read a comic, two volumes of manga, and two novels. Onto the Media!!

Music Playlist

A Vow so Bold and Deadly

If you didn’t already know this about me, I love music. My family got me into it at a young age along with reading so a playlist like this is perfect for me.

This week the author of the Cursebreakers trilogy Brigid Kemmerer, allowed for her writing playlist of the last book in the trilogy to be open to the public and ahhhhhh I have listened to it non-stop this week. There’s artists I know that have songs I didn’t know about, there’s songs that we play in the house all the time, and newly discovered songs and artists. The even more interesting part about this playlist, is that I have theories about what’s going to happen in the book and who/what the song is for and that’s amazing. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Battlebots

You can watch this on Discovery +

This is a show my boyfriend got me into and its something that I wouldn’t have expected to watch, but I love Robotics and the ideas people come up with to make sure they have a fighting chance (the only one I’m not a fan of is when they do underhanded tactics. But otherwise it has been really fun to watch. (When machines break makes me feel better than people sorry not sorry). Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Comics

Villainous

Thank you to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for the opportunity to read and review this trade paperback.

This was a trade paperback I decided to pick up. Naive sidekick realizes her academy wants to use her as a scapegoat joins the villains. The art is classic, the story is pretty straightforward, and more unique characters than usual. Other than that my only issue had to be that there wasn’t much more backstory. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out in May if you’re interested.

Manga

Series Continuations

So Cute It Hurts

This series was recommended by LitaKinoAnimeCorner and I am so glad it was

(Just FYI do not be surprised if this series shows up every week for this month). Ok so this volume went into a direction that I didn’t think would happen but actually I think that was a good thing. I also like that there was a six month time jump because its moving the plot along in the best way. However, one mystery got solved and there’s a new one in place and I’m just like whaaaattt. But its ok I’m still happy with this series and excited to continue on 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Starters

My Dress-up Darling

This manga had a lot of complaints in the manga reviewer space, however I thought it was pretty interesting.

First, as it says on the cover, it has quite a bit of exposed women parts so it is not for kids in that aspect. However, it is not a sexy time manga at least not in this volume. The plot of this manga is that we have two people who both like fashion. However one knows how to sew doll’s clothes and the other likes cosplay from their favorite anime/video games but can’t sew. I think its something adults would enjoy reading in the sense of there’s a lot of profound otaku references especially cosplay (however, I think Complex Age does this better). There are some moments also that the explicit items were a tad unnecessary. But still its something I would love to continue in the future. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this first volume and I am curious to see how it turns out in the future. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi🍣🍣🍣 .

Novel

Never Seduce a Scot

This has gotten recommended to me all over the romance community and I am truly glad I was able to pick it up from the library

So I think if I had to choose a historical romance subgenre that I have read the most, it has to be highlander romances. Because I have only read two, I kept comparing them to each other. However, I have to say for this particular story compared to the prior one I have read, it is softer in tone. I think its because I loved the characters more and how much their devotion was to each other along with the sacrifices that they made. There is though a lot more triggers such as physical abuse, girl hate, and violence. One aspect that I also found unique to this particular story was that one of leading characters had acquired a sensorineural hearing loss (the specifics are not mentioned in the book what hearing loss it is but based on my knowledge and the clues that would be correct) before the book starts and how it was handled was amazing. It probably helped that the author used her husband’s experience as assistance to this novel and because of that ingenuity I hope it is used in her books more. However, there were times that I got lost in the writing style trying to figure out what was happening. I also wish there was more books just devoted to this couple’s happily ever after but then again, its another highlander romance that could have them showing up in later books as cameos. (we will see if I pick those up) Overall, I enjoyed this book and what it presented and represented. Because of these points, I have to give this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Love is a Filing Cabinet

Thank you to Netgalley and Wild Rose Press for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book is one that I truly had no expectations going in (except I hoped we got an answer to why love is a filing cabinet). It had a lot more depth than I expected, it had some external and internal conflicts that made me scratch my head and it had alot involving family whether it was positive or negative. I enjoyed quite a bit of it. However, I think to me there was a bit too much involved and some of the conflicts could have gotten solved with some communication. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. This is already out so check it out if you’re interested.

The Week Ahead

I think this week was pretty well rounded in the sense of I read a good amount and I watched/listened to a good amount too. So I think I want to continue that pace if possible. What about you guys? What did you read, watch, or even listen to this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 1/30/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? This week was one that I slowed down on my media.

I hope you guys are liking these new gifs (I am finding it fun to look for them for sure).

I still read quite a bit (I think its easier to do during the day rather than watching things but you know I still watched 1 movie and 1 TV show this week, I also listened to 1 podcast episode earlier this week, with reading 1 comic collection, 4 volumes of manga, and 2 novels! I also did quite a bit of Netgalley reviews this week. Onto the media!

Movie Rewatch

Dead Poets Society

The first time I watched this, I was in college and it just made me so sad and profound at the same time

My parents and I watched this movie this week because it was on prime and it is rewatchable but at the same time can be a bit mundane and boring at least for me. The most famous lines in this movie is in towards the beginning and the end of the story and because of that the middle is kind of boring (or maybe I am just not the right audience you know) in my personal opinion. However, there are a lot of tiny moral lessons sprinkled in throughout. It just goes to show that teachers can truly make a difference in a child’s life for the better. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Battle Bots

This is a show my boyfriend recommended me and I know what you are thinking. “Sushirainbow, you don’t typically talk about actual battlefighting on here. And the truth is no I don’t, however robotics has always fascinated me every since I was a child so watching people creating robotics and fighting each other was very intriguing and cool today. I think my only issue is how long it can be at least when it comes to where I watch it. But because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Podcast

Novel Life

At the beginning of this week, I listened to this podcast about a adult romance series I have heard so much about (and started reading it last year) and the discussion that was presented was amazing. This particular series discusses several different kinds of physical and mental disabilities and the podcast presented two people who could relate to this series like I do. It made me want to continue the series and I hope that this podcast continues the dynamic with two people. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Comics

In Love and Pajamas

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this comic collection

This week, I was able to read this comic collection during one break at work and haha. This is something if you are missing the love of your life or are in that stage in your relationship where you are best friends as well as loves, that you can read and have warm fuzzy feels.

You do not have to read this comic collection all at once in order to appreciate it.

I think also this is the perfect valentine’s present for your significant other (especially if you are in a long distance relationship). I know some people are not a fan of the artstyle, but I truly think the content can assist in overlooking that tidbit. Because of these points, I have to give this comic collection a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. This comes out Feb 2nd so check it out when it does.

Manga

Series Starters

Blue Flag

This is a hyped series I’ve found out about plus it was in the ebay lot I got (more on that in a separate post)

So reading this starting out the week, I can completely see the hype for it. However, this particular volume felt a little slow in plot. I know its going to get better, but still.

This has someone helping someone else get with a classmate but there’s a twist that we find out at the end the very end. I already knew the twist going in because people spoil it in their reviews (I won’t do that but let’s just say its a very inclusive story).

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

Series Continuations

Incurable Case of Love

This manga series is one that has all the feels of a medical drama plus a hilarious romance. This particular volume has the romance moving forward with some more professional aspects added such as going to a convention and falling in love with your career all over again. That was something that I appreciated was added into the story. My only gripe with this particular volume was that there was such an emphasis on sex that if you haven’t had sex in the relationship is it real? That is not something I personally agree with and I appreciated every time that the main girl character shot it down. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

So Cute it Hurts!

I am so glad I read this this week. Its one of those series that definitely makes me laugh and smile and its got a mystery along with a body switching element involved.

This particular volume started some first dates and *heart eyes* I have forgotten how adorable the artstyle is and how one of the couples interacts its very cute.

I think my only issue is all of the miscommunication that happens. There are moments that its funny and cute but otherwise that’s not what I am a fan of. Because of these points, I have to give this particular volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Komi Can’t Communicate

This is one of the most hyped manga series on Manga YouTube/Instagram

My goodness, I just don’t know how I feel about this series yet again. This particular volume went into some dark places (Psychologically) that I think were unnecessary to the plot and I just do not know what to think of it. I enjoyed the adventures the main characters went on such as going shopping with friends for the first time and going to the ramen bar (so delicious I wanted to eat there too) but, the added characters that were apparent in this volume made me worried on how the rest of this series is going to go. I hope it goes better, but frankly I do not know right now. Because of these thoughts though, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Wench

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

Hmmmmmm….. what can I exactly say about this book?? Well its very unique and fascinating yet conniving and twisty all at the same time.

Trigger warnings for self-harm, violence, and verbal abuse.

This is a standalone (from my understanding) and I will be honest there were moments that things seemed out of order and if not out of order too long.

The magic systems are very unique and fascinating and the ending was fulfilling yet unsatisfying all at once.

I do like the inclusivity of the characters and most of them were very fun to read about. But I think I had too high expectations when I read this or perhaps I was the wrong audience I am not sure. Overall though, this was a fun fantasy story and I would recommend it to people who like fascinating characters and magic systems 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Always Only You

This podcast I was listened to this week said that this novel was their favorite in the series and I definitely can see it.

So in my review of the previous book in this series, I said that that book ticked all of my boxes. This ticked even more! I couldn’t believe it. I think I love this one more than the previous book because it presented a more adult romance number one, number two, it has an autistic main character that held close to my heart along with the lines talking with someone else about being newly diagnosed with autism (which holds even closer to my heart for people who know me well). But those are not the only things I loved about this. I also loved that there was discussion of feeling like a burden because of the past and I understood that. I also appreciated the love that was shared from both parties involved and how slow and steady they were. To be honest, there is so much more that I could say about this book and as of now this is my favorite autistic represented book of all time. All the stars and all the sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣. Check this out if you haven’t already.

The Week Ahead

This next week, actually this entire month, I’m going to take it easy but at the same time keep exploring all different kinds of media not just one kind. But you know me, sometimes I like to stick to one mood and roll with it haha. What about you guys? What did you read/watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 1/16/2021-1/23/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? This weekly check-in is a two-weeker because of time and technology.

Technology and time got away these two weeks however, this didn’t change my media consumption.

I watched one anime, listened to one podcast, I read three novels (although I DNFed one), and I read nine volumes of manga (😲) also some of the media I have read are out now but I read them from Netgalley and some aren’t (those are noted individually so check it out). Onto the Media!

Anime

Fruits Basket 2019

When this series first came out I was really excited because one of my only issues I had with the original was the ending and for sure they’ve rectified that.

The last few months once a week or every two weeks, I was buddywatching season two of this anime with a friend of mine and this week I finally finished it.

This reboot definitely has gotten me more invested in this series for sure. The emotions evoked in this series are ones I never expected to have let alone get invested in other supporting couples/characters. I am also curious to see what season 3 will do. I have some idea but im excited nonetheless. I’ll probably continue the manga series after watching it all to see the story in that medium as well. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Smart Women Read Romance

I was recommended this podcast from the Romance Booktubers of the interwebs.

These last two weeks I listened to several episodes of this podcast. I enjoy it because they are essentially romance fangirls that can dissect my favorite romance novels and tell me about other series that I may enjoy also especially book boyfriends. My only issue was that I wish there was more recommendation/ general romance podcast episodes but that’s just me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Siri Who Am I?

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

Amnesia plot-lines are hit or miss for me. On one hand, if there’s no suspense or nothing changed with the person, it kinda stinks. On the other hand, when things are too tidy and not exciting enough, it’s boring. This book has a lot of good and a lot of bad (there are some moments of elitism, racist comments etc.) Also the footnotes although funny at times, very unnecessary. However, it is entertaining enough to be able to be inhaled in one day (yes I did that), plus it gives a lesson about how social media can be helpful but also not at the same time.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting concept and entertaining but not my favorite thing of all time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣. This came out this week so check it out!

Her Turn-DNFed at 73%

Netgalley gave me the opportunity to read and review this book. While I appreciated it, it was awkward more often than not. The writing style felt way too meta for me in the sense that both characters kept commenting to the reader do not judge me yes my hooha talks (yes that’s a thing that kept going too long………………………………………………………) I think I was just the wrong audience for this novel or it just was too too for me in the sense of drama, verbal abuse, etc. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Because of these points, its not going to be rated everywhere else but here its going to be a 2 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣.

What I Didn’t Say

I just randomly found this indie romance on a Facebook ad πŸ˜‚ and I have no regrets.

For me this most reminds me of a teen version of Archers Voice by Mia Sheridan but with different circumstances and the opposite pov.

Trigger warnings for drunk driving/car accident, physical and verbal abuse, death of a parent, and child abandonment.

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. I think though my only issue was I wanted a dual perspective with some more of the girl’s to understand her character more. Because of these points, I have to give this novel a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

Sweat and Soap

This is a series that I fell in love with in 2020 and am sad that I have finished what is out.

I know the last few Weekly Check-ins have had this series in here somewhere and you know why? (Other than it is good of course). It is one of those series that I read when I want to have a pure semi realistic relationship with real situations along with having some adorable moments. I am sad that I do not have more to read but I know if I want to, it is re-readable and great if I need a pick-me-up. Overall, the only issue I have with this particular volume was that I wanted even more than what I got (like I have said this can make so much money as an omnibus set). Plus it would have been awesome if we met both families in this volume.  Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Practice makes Perfect

I first discovered this series on Instagram because it combined my love of romance and sports anime.

This week with some of my manga reads I decided to use a number generator to pick off my kindle manga to be read and this came up. I think the universe knew that I needed to read this volume that day because it is relatable to adults who just want everything to be perfect including their love lives.

I love these characters in the sense that they just want to make their significant other happy as well as try to understand how sex works and what they can do to make it the best.

I also appreciated that there was quite a bit of sexiness in this as well. I do appreciate the pureness of this series too but I was ready for the equality of sexiness and pureness (if that makes sense).

Overall, if you love pure sexy time relationships that have characters overcoming adult situations with sports involved. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

K-On College

This was a manga series I didn’t know existed until I rewatched the anime.

This is a follow up to the original K-On series and it felt so much like the anime but with different characters sprinkled in. I think I would have wanted more than one volume about this story though and if they added this as additional content for the anime, I think it would make it even better.

My only issue with this personally was that the ending felt unfinished and that there was a lot more choppy episodic chapters than I anticipated. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Series Starters

Alter Ego

Thank you to Netgalley and
LOVE x LOVE for the opportunity to read and review this manga

I think this one was a refreshing story for me because it has more depth and drama than previous ones. The artstyle is also very unique and I love it very much.

It also is more adult and discusses more about friendships than relationships which was interesting.

There’s also an uncertainty of age of the characters (which isn’t a bad thing, however it could be for someone else). Trigger warnings for verbal and physical abuse.

Overall though, I enjoyed my read of this manga and I am curious to see what this manga series is going to do next. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a solid 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out on February 23rd so check it out if you’re interested.

Cherry Magic!

This manga came in a romance lot from eBay There will be a post discussing all those manga soon.

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

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

Lovesick Ellie

I was recommended this from a mangatuber and I can definitely see the appeal

This manga is one I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. But I was pleasantly surprised.

This manga has the meek girl and the popular guy getting together trope which can be a hit or miss for me personally but this was a hit.

My only issues I had were that there was quite a bit repetitiveness and occurred and miscommunication. Overall, I enjoyed myself and am curious what the rest of the series brings. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi. 🍣🍣🍣.

Boarding School Juliet

I was recommended this from Heather from @creativechaotics and I saw the anime on Amazon with the aesthetic and I had to read this as soon as I could.

This manga was very unexpected for me. If you love the Romeo + Juliet movie but with a boarding school setting with a slice of life aspect, I am sure you will probably enjoy this. This had so many different characters that can take the series in so many different directions, although I hope I don’t get anyone confused for other people(which almost happened a couple of times so I am hoping it gets better). This has some mature moments so I recommend this for the 16+ age bracket not younger.

I also wonder how the plot is going to go but its not overwhelming in the sense that I do not want to continue on (I really do). Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Dorm of Love and Secrets

So I was very entranced by this cover πŸ™‚ but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this story.

This was a cute start of a series taking place in a high school dorm with two different classes of people; the gifted students (academics abound etc.) and the non gifted (the regular/ones who do not necessarily care about it). So this was cute, however I did have a couple of gripes.

First off, the leading female character is considered the dumbest of the dumb -.-. I truly hate that trope in anime/manga but at least in most things they try to solve it by people tutoring them. That didn’t happen here. At least not as of this volume. So I am hoping that in future volumes the leading guy helps the girl in that aspect.

My other gripe that I have is that it seems like the guys in this manga were more conniving and rude than I expected. I am hoping there’s more redemption but of course I will have to read more from the series to know for sure. Because of these points, I have to give this manga volume a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Finale

Story of Saiunkoku

This was the first manga series I ever picked up and I am really glad I was able to read and own all of it.

This series is one I still love after reading this volume although now after reading this volume, you do not necessarily have to read it if you don’t want to. Volume 8 basically ends the series and this volume volume 9 gives more backstory and side stories that if you’re a really huge fan would be fun for you to read. As a person who watched the anime first (and loved it) the manga was wonderful up to this volume, and the ending just felt unfulfilling in my opinion. After conducting some research, I found out that this manga had to end like this because there wasn’t enough popularity in Japan which I understand.  There’s light novels that have gotten translated to English that also has a different ending (which is verrrrry heartbreaking). Anyway, overall, I am glad I was able to read this series and to have this be my first manga series was great πŸ‘ 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣. If you love political fantasy manga with some antics and girl power check this series out!

The Week Ahead

I will be honest, I am almost to my reading challenge for the year. (I put it low because of reasons) so I think I am going to take a step back (at least not pressure myself). But there are still some I need to read for review as soon as I can. Because of stepping back from reading, I would love to watch some more anime, movies, and television. What about you guys? What did you read/watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!

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Stories to Read While Your Soup Simmers: Princessreadsalot Presents!

Nessa.lair created this hot pot as well and we thought this photo would be perfect for our featured photo.

Did you make a 2021 reading goal? Do you have a plan for completing it? I like to start my year with short books to give myself a head start. January in Minnesota means lots of snow and coldness, and a nice bowl of soup is a regular (almost daily) meal. So I have combined the two activities: you can keep working on your Goodreads goal while also making dinner! Below you will find short books, mangas, poetry, graphic novels, and short story collections (all of which I add to my β€œread” count!). Check out these awesome pairings and join me as I enjoy my soup and stories. 

Along with Vanessa (@nessas.lair), I made (and ate!) these delicious soups; if you want to know how to make them, check out Vanessa’s blog: https://nessaslair.com/ .

Fangirl, Vol1. Manga

Paired with Potato Bacon Soup

Whether or not you have read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, this manga will introduce you to or reignite your love of Cath, Simon Snow, and Levi. Cath and her twin sister (Wren) head to college, but now that she’s in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, and a handsome new writing partner. Unfortunately Wren has found her own path that keeps her away from Cath. Cath and Wren are from Nebraska and go to university in the same state; Nebraska is fond of it’s potato soups. So while your potato bacon soup is simmering, make sure you check out Fangirl, vol 1.

Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 1

Paired with Potato Leek Soup

Moriarty is my all-time favorite villain, and I love that he gets a back-story in this manga. It was recently turned into an anime and because of the hype it was translated to English and published in the United States in October 2020. The manga follows Moriarty before he was Sherlock’s rival. He fights against the unfair class system in London by making sure corrupt nobility get their comeuppance, but even the best-intentioned plans can spin out of control. This favorite soup of the British will be enjoyed with a new twist on a classic villain.

Missing Mike by Shari Green

Paired with Chili

Missing Mike is about Mike, Caera Donovan’s dog, and is told in verse. Usually Mike follows Caera everywhere, but on the day the family first smells smoke in the air, he becomes anxious. Pine Grove is in the path of a wildfire and the family is ordered to evacuate. In the ensuing chaos, Mike runs off. And then the unthinkable happens; there is no time to search for him. They are forced to leave him behind. Once in the city, far from the burn zone, the Donovans are housed with a volunteer host family, but Caera can only think about what she may have lost. As she reflects on what “home” means to her, Caera knows only one thing. She is not going to lose Mike. She will do whatever it takes to find him, even if it means going back to Pine Grove on her own. I promise this sweet book will make you tear up, but you can totally blame it on the onions you chopped for the chili. In the comfort of your home, Mike and Caera’s story and the spicy chili will keep you warm this winter. 

Light Filters In: Poems by Caroline Kaufman

Paired with Butternut Squash Soup

I read this meaningful book of poetry at the beginning of 2020, so I paired it with the soup I made for the beginning of 2021. In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufmanβ€”known on Instagram as @poeticpoisonβ€”does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling β€œhow to be happy,” and ultimately figuring out who you are. I plan to read it again this year because I think it will take on more meaning as we live through COVID-19. This soup pairs well with leftover brie and baguettes. (Ours is from our New Year’s Eve charcuterie board).

 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Paired with Chicken with Stars soup

I first read Stargirl during the #buzzwordreadathon (word: star), and after finishing it, I proceeded to buy loads of copies and pass it out to my students. It’s a sweet book that adults and students will love. In Stargirl,  Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don’t stand out–under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes–for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of homeschooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body. Pair this book with a delicious chicken noodle soup, but use star-shaped pasta (otherwise called β€˜pastina’) to add a little fun to your soup!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

paired with Gazpacho  

A lot of high school students are required to read this book before they graduate, but you never know what this year could bring you. I recommend this short book about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Start your journey with Gazpacho, a soup that originated in Santiago’s region!  

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Paired with Jenny’s Zuppa Toscana

Why Jenny’s Zuppa Toscana? If you look at the recipe (check out Nessa’s blog), you’ll see that I add more greens (and other things) than most of the typical soup recipes call for. This lovely middle-grade robot story will make you wish you were outside, and maybe some extra greens can do the trick? At the beginning of The Wild Robot, robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time and discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her. Enjoy Jenny’s Zuppa Toscana and let it remind you that you can find friends in unlikely places.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Paired with Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Kindred Spirits is a novella about waiting in line in mid-December for the new Star Wars movie. Elena decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new Star Wars movie. She’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke, and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people, to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster, or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. If Elena was my friend, I’d bring her something warm to eat like this Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Rainbow Rowell is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I thought I should pair this book with one of my favorite soups. This cheesy (and sweet) story is perfect!

Primer by Jennifer Munro

Paired with Root Vegetable Soup

Ashley Rayburn is the superhero that I found to be so relatable. She is an upbeat girl but has bounced from foster home to foster home. Her latest set of foster parents are Kitch and Yuka Nolan. Yuka is a geneticist working for a very high-level tech company, one that’s contracted out to work for the government and the military. For the military, she’s developed a set of body paints that, when applied to the wearer, grant them a wide range of special powers. Fearful that this invention will be misused, Yuka sneaks the set of paints home. Ashley, an artist, is excited to see the paints and tries them out before anyone tells her what they’re supposed to be used for. The story is sweet and the art is colorful and bright, so I had to pair it with this bright root vegetable soup! A few beets will add the vibrant color that you’ll see in Primer.

Together, Apart Short Story Collection

Paired with Egg Drop Soup

This is a collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown. Ok, so you might not finish this entire book in the 15 minutes it takes Egg Drop Soup to simmer, but you should definitely read Jennifer Yen’s story about an unconventional romance that starts with fortune reading and a take-out order (of Egg Drop Soup!). I also loved the stories by Rachael Lippincott, Erin Hahn, and Sajni Patel. This book is romantic, realistic, sweet, and uplifting, with a guaranteed happy ending. And, let’s be honest, a happy ending from this pandemic would be nice! 

Conclusion

I can’t wait to go to a cafe and sit down with a book and a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup, but for the foreseeable winter I will be at home making my soup. What are you reading this January? Let us know in the comments how you’re going to meet your goals. 

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Weekly Check-in 1/09/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? This week has been a doozy for sure.

Suffice it to say technology and getting things done this week has been difficult.

However, I did get quite a bit of reading done with one audiobook, four volumes of manga, and three novels. Onto the Media!

Audiobook

Legendborn

I listened to this audiobook because I gave my boyfriend several choices for us to give a try and he was intrigued by this unfortunately I read this way after he did.

Trigger warnings for abuse, both verbal and physical, bigotry, grief, and violence. I can definitely see the hype when it comes to this book/series. However, for me personally the audiobook was difficult for me to get into. I think because there were moments I got confused and not sure who was who. Plus some of the lore went one ear and out the other sometimes (I guess I read better fantasy books im not sure) . Once I got moving though and more action was happening, I was all in especially with the magic. I have to say that’s what was the best part.

I think this has a nice melding of King Arthur lore and Southern United States culture (is that the best word for it? Let me know if you have read this if that sounds weird). Plus there’s a variety of people involved that it didn’t feel one sided or one perspective being presented.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and what it has brought to light as a new release and I have a ton of questions on how the author is going to continue this series (in a fantastic way). Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Library Wars

I was recommended this by my friend @creativechaotics and I am so glad I finally read it.

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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Our Precious Conversations

This manga was one that I was unsure what it was going to be like, but I was pleasantly surprised after I finished this volume.

If you’re a person who doesn’t like a lot of dialogue in their manga, you’re probably not going to like this.

This manga helps people understand different perspectives introverted girl vs conceited guy in particular. They also are a slowburn romance so I am really excited to see how this series is going to go. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

Series Continuations

Sweat and Soap

Ah this series! I never thought I would love it as much as I do. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Ahhhhh this volume is so amazing. I read this volume after reading an emotional book this week and it is a fantastic pick-me-up. This also is a perfect volume for adults getting into a new level of the relationship (i.e. moving in together) and even if you do not have the context of the rest of the series, I think you can still appreciate this volume especially with the advice presented. Also side note: There is a bonus chapter in this story that is very smutty (but in the best way in my personal opinion) but other than that, there are a lot of pure beautiful moments in this series that makes it one of my favorites of all time. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

So this particular volume was one that if I didn’t like it, I would move away from this series. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this to continue this series. This has a guy who is in love with one of his classmates but he’s really aggressive about it. I would say this is for 16+ because of a censored part plus a couple of moments of a compromised position. This volume gave a lot more backstory on Abe-kun which I truly appreciated especially with his motivations. Plus the play was Rapunzel which is unexpected because it normally is Snow White or Cinderella which I appreciated also I am truly excited to read the rest of this series. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Full Tilt

This is a highly recommended romance novel and worth the read if it sounds interesting to you.

I think for me personally, this is an adult version of The Fault in Our Stars but better. As the reader out of the gate, you know that one of the characters have a heart transplant so they have to deal with the consequences of that plus they discover a new person in their lives albeit truly unexpectedly.

There are quite a few trigger warnings with verbal abuse, alcoholism, terminal illness, and child abandonment.

I love these characters in the aspect that they all brought something to the table (even the ones you had to hate because of how awful they are.) plus the guy character oh my gosh he is on my book boyfriend list now because of all the profound words he says and how important the girl is to him. I cried quite a bit with this as well because of how well the writing of both characters hit me so hard in the best way.

One of my favorite parts of this as well was the discussion of all the creative outlets of all the poetic quotes, the songwriting, the glassblowing, and inking all in the same book without feeling like it was thrown into the book just for the sake of being there.

Overall, I loved this book very much and it may beat the fault in our stars for favorite book like this (its possible but I may have to reread that book to be sure). I would definitely recommend this for people who enjoy profound deep contemporaries such as this one. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Girl on the Ferris Wheel

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

When it comes to this particular book, there are a lot of trigger warnings for depression, verbal abuse, and for an empath, this is a book that you will have issues with. For me personally, this book was something that I was intrigued by throughout the story, however at the end of it, it took a turn for the worse emotionally. But thankfully the lesson presented itself in the sense of romance cannot save you from yourself, you save yourself. There’s Greek and Jewish representation, there’s concerts, there’s a ton of movie and Harry Potter references, and first love. The main issue I had or at least one I haven’t commented on was that the boy was a bit too abrasive. Too rough on the girl in my personal opinion. I know he is a high school boy who was in puppy love, but not taking no for an answer was too much. There was also a ton of miscommunication involved but again high school contemporary. Overall though, it was a book that kept me on my toes, I would recommend it for someone who could relate to either leading character, but to keep in mind that it can be a rough road. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Hate You Give

This was a book that was given to me by @Acourtofbooksandlove for Christmas and for her book club pick for January. Check her out if you haven’t already

Trigger warnings for violence, cursing, and rioting.

When it comes to this book, I think it is one that people who do not know a lot about the African American perspective especially when it comes to how they live, how they stick together with good times and bad and how awful certain aspects of it can be.

I appreciated the perspective that this was written. This is because it gave us a person who is affected by the events in this book that was more peripheral rather than direct which is not something normally seen. Also it gave the lesson on how every voice is important.

Overall, I am grateful that this book is out there for people to learn and understand a perspective that is not necessarily presented in stories. I also do not think it should be banned from places because this story I am sure happens more often than not. I am glad that this book exists and when I am in the mood for learning even more about these characters and more of these stories I will definitely read them. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

This next week, I am going to try and watch a little bit more anime and tv this week. However, reading will still be happening but I think I may be cutting back just a little bit. What about you guys what did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it.

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Weekly Check-in 1/2/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with a lot of reading!

Harley reading a bodice ripper my feelings lol 🀣.

I read quite a few manga (7 volumes to be exact), 3 comic trade paperbacks, 3 romance novels and 1 romance novella. Most of these were read before the new year started with three of them being read in the new year. Onto the reading wrapup!!

Manga

Series Starters

BL Metamorphosis

This manga was one I got in a romance lot on ebay and mannn I am so glad I got it!!! πŸ™‚

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

Ms.Koizumi loves Ramen Noodles

I posted this picture recently on Instagram and thankfully I have fulfilled my craving for Ramen so I don’t go nuts right now after finishing this manga.

This manga was not what I was expecting. It gives me Komi can’t Communicate vibes mixed with Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family except with just ramen. If you don’t know a lot about ramen/ramen shops, this manga definitely educates you on that. As far as the rest of it is concerned, the main character is a tad mean to another character, the other character was a tad pushy, and it’s an overall slice of life (which isn’t bad but there’s not a set plot/point to it except one character who’s obsessed with ramen.) Overall though, its enjoyable to learn more about ramen and because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi. 🍣🍣🍣

Ex-Enthusiasts

Well this was interesting!! 🀣🀣. These characters are very unlikable, The art is gorgeous, and the premise is very silly. However, because it is silly, I think the series is going to be interesting to continue on. The only issues I really had was that there was a lot more text than I expected plus some insulting commentary. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

My Brother the Shut-in

This is a digital only release that intrigued me and I am really glad that I read it

This is one of those manga that may seem silly, however in this instance, it has dark undertones. Trigger warnings for verbal abuse and agoraphobia. I think this is something that I would love to continue eventually but I need to be in the right headspace. Overall though, I think if you’re interested in a deep sibling relationship you should check it out. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Love Massage!

I was recommended this and loved the first volume this one though…

I think this second volume was a disappointment for me because of the lack of cohesion between one volume to another but also because the leading guy is kinda a tad possessive and manipulative for my liking in this sequel. But the massaging is nice, there’s added characters which was good but overall, was not my favorite manga. I hope to read more to make sure this character gets better. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Perfect World Vol 6 and 7

Although this manga series has moments an ableist point of view, I think this volume proves its worth the read.

When it comes to this series, its up and down in its emotional pull (plus there’s interlopers I am personally not a fan of but thats just me). But this volume is one that solidified for me that I enjoy this series in the sense that it is trying to show what happens to people who are trying to follow their dream along with dealing with realistic disability representation. There are moments of a ableism and putting other people down which I am not a fan of but I understand why they are there. I am hoping for a happy ending in the end but to be honest, either outcome would work for me as long as they both learn moral lessons that are effective no matter what. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Ok I had to read two volumes this week because of that cliffhanger and ahhhhh

So the events of the previous volume have affected this volume and there was a lot of emotions involved which when it comes to that and I am getting towards the end and I’m just like the emotions are real right now and I want to finish the series but at the same time I don’t want it to end. I am glad that I read this though to make sure everyone was ok. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Comics

Reread

Check Please!

This Graphic Novel is a sports comic that takes place during college.

This is very adorable fantastic story about a person who goes to college on a hockey scholarship from being an ice skater and falls in love with the team. I reread this because the last time I read this, It was an e copy that just was difficult to follow. But having the physical copy now, its definitely one I can reread again and again like a lot of other sports themed stories I have experienced. Because of these points, I have to give this comic bindup a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Sequel

Check Please! Sticks and Stones

Of course after rereading the first one I had to read the conclusion and boy I am glad I did.

This conclusion, I have to say had a lot more plot than the previous one in the best way. It brought up a lot more real conversations and obstacles that were realistic. However, there were some moments where there was too much happy-go-lucky involved. But I can’t exactly fault it for that. Overall, though I loved this series and would definitely reread it again and again for a pick me up. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Spider Gwen: Weapon of Choice

I know I haven’t talked much about my fave Marvel Superheros but Spider Gwen is one of my faves for sure

I think in this instance I should’ve read the previous one again. I was so confused but at the same time I felt that there was an appropriate closure of the first story arc to move on to the next one (which i am really worried about Gwen now I hope things get better). But overall, the feeling was still the same as the previous ones. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Could Be Something Good

This was an unexpected surprise. If you’re looking for a medical small town romance this is perfect along with a minor age gap. I was engaged with the story the characters and everything in between. If I had a small complaint, I could have done without the goofy if they can last 8 weeks before doing something they’re golden subplot but other than that I had a fantastic time reading this. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Nicole

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

So this is what is considered a Christian Romance. This entire series is to be honest but if you’re looking for an adult romantic comedy with some profound words about God and environmental concerns, I would check this out. Trigger warnings for verbal abuse, cancer, body shaming and absent father. I loved the dynamics with everyone especially when it came to the children and the adult dynamic. I think the only issue I really had with this book that I didn’t have with the other book I read in this series was that it just abruptly ended with no true closure. I also would recommend you read the first book Molly before you read this one that way you know what is happening in this book and how everyone is connected. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Love Songs for Skeptics

Thank you to Netgalley and Source Books Landmarks for the opportunity to read and review this book.

So this book was on my radar because of the music representation plus the main character’s skepticism about love. That’s definitely there but there’s also a lot of Alcoholism and Drug use even going to the lengths to have a stomach pumped.This is because this book represents the UK modern music scene.

Theres also grief of a mentor figure as well so keep that in mind.

It also shows the lengths publicists and journalists do to either keep their magazine running or to maintain their clients’ image or make it better.

There’s also a love triangle involved, which to be honest was effective in the sense that I wasn’t sure who she was going to be with and I am really glad that who she picked was who I wanted because it fits so much better to me.

The family dynamic also was awesome especially when its comes to the wedding/family dinners. There’s also Greek/Cyprus representation in this book so if that interests you, check this out.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself when it comes to this novel and if you like/are interested in it check it out 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Hefty

This was a novella that was recommended to me from booktube from @inloveandwords but this author has been one that I wanted to explore for beginner smut novellas so I am glad I found something to try.

First, this is an adult smut novella not for children although there are 18 year olds having sex in this story if that doesn’t interest you please don’t read this.

Ok to the story itself, the leading guy is one I love because he worships the girl and protects her as much as he can. But the steam is also there as well (although some scenes seemed very unrealistic but thats just the cynic in me moving on) so for that reason its getting stars docked for that. Overall though, it satisfied what I was looking for and I am curious more about this subgenre. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week/Year Ahead

I’ll be honest, in the future, I hope to read one of everything I have once a month. When it comes to the weekly check-ins though, they’re just going to be what they have been but there may be times where I do two weeks instead of one. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? What was your first read of the year mine was Perfect World vol 6. Let’s talk about it!

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2021 Goals Personally and Professionally

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is going to be about my 2021 goals both professionally and personally. Professionally is going to include stuff as far blogging and Instagramming but also a little bit with my job although I won’t bore you guys with those details. Personally is going to be alot of self assistance but also moving forward with the future if that makes sense. 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!!

Professionally

Review New Releases as well as Backlist in all Media

So in the middle of 2020, I started getting some Netgalley review books from a friend of mine and by the end of the year, I updated my own and have some new releases coming out in 2021 that I want/need to read to help publishers. However, I also realized I didn’t really watch much new anime in 2020 except for a couple so I want to watch some different kinds of new anime coming up too.

Don’t buy everything you see

This was something I did a lot in 2020; I saw a deal and went for it alot and although I am excited for everything I have now, its definitely going to take me awhile to review and consume it all even rewatch it in some instances. But, my goal for 2021 is to be more selective in my buying. Not bring so much in that I am just intrigued by or blind buy something that just looks cute and fun.

Embrace digital media more

This goal is one that ever since I got my Fire Tablet, I’ve not been embracing as much as I should. However, sometimes I buy both digitally and physical copies of things and never touch the digital things and vice versa. In 2021 I want to balance it out a lot more with as far as reading read something physical and read something digital either everyday or night or at least every week. Also when it comes to watching I hope to watch something I own but also something on a streaming service also every week as well in 2021. This way it can also balance out my new release and backlist goal as well.

Keep up with Reviews on every platform

Yeahhhhhh this is something I need to do very much so especially in 2021 when in 2020 the last six months I got behind on reviews everywhere other than on the blog and Instagram every once in awhile. When it comes to goodreads and Amazon though, I procrastinate. I think its because Amazon and Goodreads reviews are easier to do on the computer (that’s a whole other issue in itself) and I don’t always have access to a desktop 24/7. Anyhow though I am going to find a way to get the review across every platform plus update my Amazon affiliate stuff because there’s a lot of stuff not in there. Wish me luck on that!

Keep up with more variety of posts everywhere

Last thing for my professional goals is to be more creative in my posts. I’m sure all of you love the posts I come up with that are elaborate here on the blog but I also want to create some beautiful posts that can intermingle with all the reviews in the best way. I think I just need to follow through what kind of ideas pop into my head (despite how goofy they can be.) And if they seem impossible to just try it anyway and hope for the best. Take a risk 🀣. Anyhow im excited to see how these goals go.

Personally

Budget Budget Budget

Now this goal is one that trumps my previous ones tenfold. Since starting the job I love six months ago, I liked shopping just as much for every hobby I enjoy along the lines of almost making myself broke (don’t do this) and although it makes me happy, budgeting in the new year will make things better/easier for everyone.

Keep learning about my career plus hobbies

This one is a goal I try to do every year. My mom has always told me you need to always keep learning no matter what you decide to do. Plus as a requirement for my professional license, I have to do some continuing education classes so I want to continue learning more about my profession plus learn more about blogging and photography.

Connect Better with People

Oh my gosh! 😣 does this have to be a thing?? YES it does!! Because me and people can be so difficult at times. That’s something I’ve especially have had trouble with in 2020 especially now.

So what exactly does that mean??? It means that I want to try and comment more on posts both blogs and Instagram but also try to text and talk more on Discord (discord link on my site and Instagram linktree) but also just reconnecting with people in person/IRL that I have lost touch with or just put myself out there to strangers (not too much but just complimenting people etc.) I know with 2020 being more isolating than ever before with 2021 being more unknown its not going to be the ideal time to figure this out but if not now, when? We will see what happens I think.

Keep having fun but also be smart

So this goal seems to be self explanatory but essentially its this: love what I am doing, blogging, reviewing, posting photography, etc. But also be smart;use what I got don’t buy more stuff just for a post, do not overrequest what you can’t review promptly, don’t watch something that you’re not sure you’re going to like, stuff like that. Also I am going to try and not feel pressure to read or watch certain things because of the hype. Do what I like unapologetically.

Plan out everything outside of work

I want to do this but at the same time to plan out all the outside of work stuff.

Now this is the most important goal on my list because this is something I need to do better for the new year especially because of the new job plus I realized that my planning is not the best when it comes to scheduling posts, no procrastinating on domestic stuff, etc. So im hoping using two planners to help (the third in this picture was used this year and it was very helpful). I am also going to try and separate out personal stuff/work and my social media platforms by using a planner assigned to those things.

The Bibliophile Planner is from Bibliophileprints and Go! Calendars is where the other two planners are from.

Conclusion

Overall, I truly hope that these goals are something I am able to do.

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Weekly Check In 12/19/2020

Hey guys how’s it going? With the holidays starting up in my neck of the woods, I was able to do a lot of reading for pleasure not much watching unfortunately (but since last week was a lot of watching, I think things get evened out).

Tangled is my favorite Disney Princess so I am so glad I was able to put her somewhere on the blog stratosphere

I read 6 volumes of manga, 3 novels, and watched 1 concert. Onto the media!

Manga

Series Starters

Can I Kiss You Everyday?

Sigh I am not sure how I feel about this manga πŸ˜‚ its a bit goofy. Essentially it’s about a childhood friend, a brother with a sister complex and a leading lady who is very soft.

I think though its a little misleading as well with the title versus the actual plot. Plus I don’t see her with either guy. The artstyle is cute though. Because of these points, I have to give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi. 🍣🍣🍣. If you like any of the things I don’t like about it, I would absolutely recommend it to you though. Especially if you need something mindless.

Love Massage!

Mmmmm! This manga was a total 180 from the previous in the best way. The scenes!!! If you need a smutty manga recommendation with soft characters thats graphic read this. The artstyle is also very soft too so its a manga I recommend reading before bed to expand the experience.

My only issue that I have is that there was blurry consent and these characters are truly workaholics that need a ton of breaks. More plot please. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣. check this out Adults who need adult manga ❀😝

An Incurable Case of Love

This manga screamed the second half of the Itazura Na Kiss franchise in my opinion with the nurse and doctor dynamic in the best way. The difference is that this is a slowburn romance of two total strangers as opposed to the former who start in high school and move forward with the nurse and doctor dynamic. But I love this as much as that franchise just in a different way. Also I appreciated that it felt realistic as well especially towards the end of this volume. I am excited to see what happens next. Because of these aspects, I have to give this volume a a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family

This is a series that I wanted to try because Fate + cooking?? Sign me up! Featuring Sage the Sushi from @Princessreadsalot on Instagram for Christmas check her out if you haven’t already!

This manga was one I have had on my list for awhile and now that I have read this, I can see why people are fans and why they don’t.

This is for the fans of the main fate/stay night series characters more than the plot. This manga take these characters and bring them to life in a more casual setting with some Japanese cooking (and recipes on top of that). If you don’t know the fate /stay night series, you can read this however, you may be confused by some of the jokes that may be presented in this story. I would definitely recommend this for old anime watchers who have never read manga before because it is pretty straight forward in its paneling.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone but if you love these characters and cooking this series is for you in manga form because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Sweat and Soap

When I was recommended this manga, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do!!!

I’ll be honest, when I started this series, I did not expect to love it as much as I do. To me this gives me Wotakoi vibes but with a faster release time and more sexy times (also this one had quite a few nudity scenes so keep that in mind).

I love the communication, the artstyle, and the slowburn relationships and friendships. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Fox’s Kiss

I’ll be honest, I read reviews of this series after I read vol 1 and I anticipated vol 2 to be not as good as vol 1. Unfortunately, I was right but fortunately I was also wrong and this is why.

I still love the characters in this series and adding new ones made it even better, however, I wonder…what was the point of this volume?? History?? Presenting a new conflict and characters and thats it?? I was just so confused. However, the artstyle was beautiful and there were some funny moments like its predecessor. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

I had to read this book this year because we recommended it in our winter drinks blog post also love this bookmark?? Check out @bibliophileprints on Instagram

This was my holiday read for this week and I really liked it!

First, like I was told going in it is teen appropriate and if you want someone to enjoy a modern take on the Christmas Carol story by Charles Dickens, I would definitely recommend this.

The twists and turns that occur were very unexpected and to be honest, I would love a prequel story about Project Scrooge. The concept was very fascinating and intriguing and I wanted more from it.

I also loved the characters especially the main character even though she was not my fave at times. I think my only issue was that there were a couple of moments that it felt like Izombie (the campiness plus the deception of death). Plus what happens now? I need a epilogue or something. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. I am so glad I was recommended this book and I’m excited to read more from this author.

Archer’s Voice

This book is one that I could feel into my heart and soul in more ways than one. The dark moments of physical and verbal abuse, shooting, rape, disability shaming, etc. were difficult to take however, the relationship itself was a beautiful slowburn.

This is one that has two people each recovering from their own sort of trauma helping each other. It’s not something everyone’s going to like in their romance novel, however for me I can tell you right now this is going to be one of my favorite novels of all time. There are a ton of quotes that I laughed and cried over and it will definitely be one I reread again.

My only issue with this, is that I wanted more from the leading guy Archer. I think adding his perspective for as much of the book as the leading lady would make this so much for me. I understand why the pivotal moments were put in his perspective too but I wanted more. Because of these points I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Only When It’s Us

This essentially ticks all of my boxes when it comes to romance. The banter when it comes to the shallow but also deep topics was fantastic, the slowburnness of the relationship with enemies turned friends turned partners was amazing, the representation of a late deaf getting cochlear implants was also spot on. I also appreciated that we got both perspectives as well which is what I needed before with a different novel. Overall, I am truly excited to see what happens next in this series with the other pairings and this will also be a favorite novel of all time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Concert

Trans Siberian Orchestra

My boyfriend and I do our best during the holidays to try and see this performance every year and we were grateful to TSO for creating this concert livestream for these times we are living in.

This week I was able to see this concert livestream with my boyfriend and his family and like previous years it was amazing my only issue I had was with one singer that they hired did not exactly hit the mark but thats a minor nitpick on my part. Because of these points,I have to give the show a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead is Christmas so apologies in advance if the weekly check-in is late. Also my consumption of media is up in the air this week since I am not sure what I will read or watch with everyone being around. What about you guys what did you read and watch this week?? Lets talk about it.

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Reviews: Just How Important Are They?

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to discuss something that has been going around social medias and it was about how important book reviews are.

Ehh this sheet could be better 🀣

Well since I do not just review books, I wanted to talk about reviewing in general. Let’s get started!

Reviewing helps people discover new kinds of media

Time to Explore!!

For me personally, I read and listen to reviews around to discover what kinds of new stories are out there. Because although I know quite a bit about certain media, I want to know more. There’s also the saying that is said in reviews: “If you like this, you’ll truly like this and if it’s something that you have never heard before or its brand new, reviews definitely help with that. In addition, reviews help with finding new genres. For instance when it comes to horror, I am squeamish/wimpy and when someone reviews a book or tv show and they say its very gory, I am probably staying away. But! If its labeled horror and it isn’t as gory or is nice for first-time wimpy horror people, I would give it a shot.

Reviewing helps keeps certain media away from people

Run away!!!

There’s an age old discussion about how media can be percheived as bad/deceptive and here’s why

There’s some bias involved when it comes to who’s the audience of the media and whose perspective the media presents. Media can also show awful/traumatic things happening and not warning any people about it (trigger warnings). Reviewing media can help people find out beforehand what to expect especially if they are unsure whether you want to consume them or not. If you’re afraid of something or triggered by something, reviews really help.

Reviewing helps boost underrated media up

You raise me up…..

Now this reason is something I have only learned the last couple of years when I started reviewing books/manga on my Instagram. Underrated books need reviews!! If independent/self published books do not recieve a lot of reviews or ratings, they get pushed under the radar and no one reads them. Hidden Gems just get put under the radar. Reviews can rise them up and make the most underrated story more hyped.

Lastly, Reviewing helps with constructive feedback

This is the most important of all

Reviews are important on all aspects of media. However, the most important is that reviews help with constructive criticism and feedback for the future work whatever that may be. Also with more reviews, people can see what people love or hate and create more media with those positive or negative aspects.

Conclusion

Overall, to me reviews are very important. There are positive and negative things involved but still necessary to keep the media industry alive in my opinion. What do you think? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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Weekly Check-in 12/05/2020

Hey guys how’s it going? This Weekly Check-in has quite a few manga reads this week (with work being crazy plus it is faster to read and fluffy they were fun) Plus I read two books; one fiction and one non-fiction although I learned quite a bit from both. Some of the items I also read are from Netgalley a site that helps people get e-reviews on their books early or right on time in some instances. Onto the Media!

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Manga

Standalone

Yuri Life

I recieved this from a Romance Ebay Lot (more detailed blog post about that in the future)

This week, I decided to read this for some fluff and it was not what I expected at all.

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

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

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

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

Series Starters

Sweat and Soap vol 1

This has been recommended by a ton of people of course I had to see what the fuss was about.

After another book I read recently (more on that in a minute), I needed something fluffy and fun. Sweat and Soap filled that void in the best way. I could absolutely relate to the leading lady and the leading man was so adorable trying to make sure the former was happy. This is not for 16+ as the demographic recommends I would definitely make it be more 18+ because of the sexual content presented (although not explicit or else there would have been a warning). For an adult needing to read something fast, fun, and fluffy, I would definitely recommend this manga for a good time. Even after I finished, I wanted to read more. However, I think for me it will be a manga I read when I need a pick-me-up. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

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

I read this to continue on my fluff mood and maybe learn some life lessons. And if you guys want to think about what happened to Steve from Blue’s Clues or the Wiggles outside of the show and how the shows came to be in the most strangest and negative way with dry humor, read this.

I think I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with this slice of life. The artstyle is amazing although I wish it had a bit more direction with the plot and if it didn’t have a direction, I think it would have been easier to navigate as a 4 Koma because of how episodic and isolated the story seemed to be. It also seemed meta in the sense that the characters knew they were in the manga etc.

Overall though, I think I am not going to continue the series and if you’re interested in this check it out. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out December 8th so check it out then if you are interested.

Series Continuations

The Maid at My House vol 2

This series is a digital release that I would love in a physical copy!

I’m so glad I was able to continue on with this manga series.

This is very adorable and fun and the artstyle is very expressive in the best way. This also has a love triangle in it but a very unexpected one. In addition, it has the guy helping the girl feel better which was one of my favorite parts.

My only issue, is the repetitive nature of the beginning of the chapters. I think they are put that way though because the chapters can be bought separately but for people who have the whole manga its a little annoying. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Practice makes Perfect vol 2

This series was one I was recommended on YouTube but I hope there’s a physical release kodansha please!

This is an adult manga series about two Olympic athletes who have a slowburn adult relationship and this started the more intimate parts of a relationship and I truly appreciated it.

There was also an interloper that came in towards the end, but I appreciated that it was nipped in the bud relatively quickly. In addition, both of these characters are very sweet and adorable as well as relatable. If you are 18+ and enjoy pure relationships with more intimate moments check this out 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Choosing Life

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

Well I accidently read the third book in a series first πŸ™ˆ…. However, from my experience in reading this whatever I needed to know from the first two books was mentioned and concisely. So I think if you read it as a standalone or first then I think you’ll be ok.

To the content itself, it discusses someone who is recovering from an eating disorder and self harm so know that going in that there may be some restricting of food, suicidal thoughts and overall negativity with bullying involved in this book. There is also grief and cancer triggers as well.

There are however some good points like discussion with a therapist, a lot of fantastic representation on different sexual representation such as someone who is non-binary with also some representation on mental health other than recovery from an eating disorder.

In this particular book, it’s all about recovery and how someone can cope with the past year of their life and how crazy it can be. It truly resonated with me because even though I don’t have an eating disorder, there is something else in my life going on that made me feel for the main character. I think overall though if you don’t feel that way you might find her annoying (but that’s how teens can be you know). I also did appreciate that there was no romance in this novel although I know there were snippets in others.

Overall, enjoying myself would be the wrong thing to say here. Its more like I was enlightened by this book and glad I read it. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. This series is already out on Nov 10th so if you are interested check this out!

Nonfiction

Thank you to Netgalley and Orca Book Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book is one I feel everyone should read even if you know quite a bit about disabilities you definitely will know even more by the end of this book.

I think though its more of a textbook/coffee table book that you can read more than once with a ton of resources and history when it comes to disabilities. There are also a ton of real life examples incorporated/facts that may not be common knowledge although more for the visually impaired than anything. There’s also a lot of resources from Canada that are helpful for people there who may need them. The illustrations are wonderful addition to the book as well. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.Would definitely recommend but I can see why it wouldn’t be for everyone. This comes out in Early April so check it out when it comes out.

Movie

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

I had some expectations coming into this movie and honestly I feel mixed.

The music was gorgeous and as well as the world that was created. The issues I had though were that there were one too many songs put into obscure spots. I also felt that the plot was not explained very well. Theres tons of holes in my opinion and more like a play than anything else.

Overall though, Its an enjoyable movie with a great cast. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

With the weeks being the way they are with the holidays I am not sure how the rest of this month is going to be. I will however, keep reading and watching what I can to the best of my ability. What about you guys? What have you read and watched this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 11/28/2020

Hey guys how’s it going? This week was the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA.

So because of that, I read and watched alot. I also revamped my Netgalley (which has been on my list to do for awhile) so I have a couple of those on my list also. I watched four movies and one anime all the way through and I read four volumes of manga, a graphic novel, and finished one book. Onto the media!

Movie

Greater

My dad is a hard-core Arkansas fan because of his father so seeing this movie and remembering those seasons where this movie took place struck a cord with him and because of that, it struck one within me too.

As you can tell, my family and I like to watch some sports biography movies every once in awhile and this one, I have to say was the most emotional one for me personally.

I think that is because this is about a person who worked really hard to get to where he wanted to be but between his family, his faith, and his lack of skill at moments he had some obstacles. This also follows his brother trying to understand how the main person is still continuing his dream and records every fantastic experience that he can for him.

I appreciated that this movie exists in the aspects of working hard to follow dreams and having blind faith no matter what happens. The only aspect I am not a fan of (that may not be the most realistic everywhere), is that there’s a ton of preaching aspects that do not always fit into the conversation. Of course since this is a biographical movie, I don’t know if this always happened in real life, but there were moments there were too much.

Overall, this movie was very profound and I am very glad that I was able to watch this movie to learn about this point in Razorback history. Because of this, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Suicide Squad

I’ll be honest I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I think it was because when this movie come out, Harley intrigued me quite a bit. Now that I finished this, I am now curious about everyone else (except Enchantress she was annoying).

I can also see why other people don’t want to watch this or were disappointed by this because plot wise it stunk character wise it was very cool and interesting. Because of these points I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn

Continuing on the DC train, I watched this movie. I mean I loved Harley before these movies came out, but I think this went the wrong direction than what I would’ve done (of course I’m no film expert but you know). But overall, it was pretty mindless yet intriguing at the same time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Christmas Chronicles 2

Well my family has decided to start out the holiday season with this sequel. Last year we watched the first one and had a lot of fun with it. This one was along the same lines as the first one in plot and life lessons. The only things that were different were more history with the world itself and more North Pole characters and it was a nice change of pace yet it was predictable.

Overall, it was very cute and sweet and fantastic for the start of the Christmas season. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3-3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

My Girlfriend’s a Geek

Hmmmmmmmmmmm guys this art style is so adorable the premise was interesting. However, the leading girl halfway through this manga was so rough and so mean to the leading guy and doesn’t explain anything about what she likes about Boy’s Love and Yaoi. Luckily, there was a glossary in this manga for any of those terms that the reader may not know (but that doesn’t help the leading guy). Anyhow, everything else was fine except for that. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

Whisper Me a Love Song

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

This manga ooooooh!!! πŸ₯°πŸ˜ I’ll be honest this was my very first Yuri/Girl’s love manga and I am so glad it was.

First off, the artstyle is gorgeous especially the leading ladies. Second off, I would say that this is a combination of feels between Given and K-On so if you liked those, I would definitely recommend this.

Lastly, this relationship also is very soft and interesting although I am sure there are moments of deception, (which is something that I am not a fan of) I am interested to see how volume two resolves that. Overall though, I am truly excited about this series and expanding my horizons in Yuri/Girl’s Love. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Love in Focus

This manga was one that got hyped up as soon as it came out and then it died down but its so cute!

This is about a girl who comes to a new school who becomes a part of the photography club because of her childhood friend and a new boy that is very intriguing.

I would definitely recommend this to people who love love triangles plus photography because there are some minor photography 101 lessons in this.

Overall, this is a really adorable manga for Teen/YA readers and I would absolutely recommend this first volume. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Knight of the Ice

This week there was a teaser trailer about the Yuri on Ice movie so I decided to read this to get in the mood and it definitely fulfilled that mood for me.

I think the characters were very interesting and cute (except for the one coach I hate her so much). It was nice to get the friends to romantic interest aspect, but it was also cool to get the male skaters’ aspect/perspective as well. I wish though, that there was more to this volume in the sense of the background information/more competitions but that could just be because it was the first volume. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Himouto Umaru-chan

So…….. haha I inhaled this anime series this week. I think I just needed something that I didn’t have to think about, some goofy antics, and sometimes some real thoughts πŸ˜…. Along the same lines of Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey, I wanted to see what the fuss was about. The only difference is that I tried watching the first episode of this awhile ago, and I hated the whining and laziness of Umaru…

However, since now I knew what I was getting into after watching the first episode, I had a lot of fun. I know there’s a season 2 but ill wait on it for now. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi. 🍣🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Thirsty Mermaids

Thank you so much to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

Hmmmm???? Yeah this graphic novel could mean a bunch of different things but I will tell you this right now, not for children or teens, this is an adult graphic novel/comic book about this group of mermaids who wanted to drink booze on land so they changed into humans and caused trouble everywhere. Haha! Sounds like fun right??

First, I live for all the different kinds of people who are represented in this graphic novel. It was amazing seeing that. Second, there were a lot of fun and hilarious moments that I could definitely understand as a young adult. So with those aspects I had a lot of fun.

On the other hand, I was lost in the plot especially when it came to the timing of events. This could have been because this was a pdf graphic novel and not a physical copy but sometimes the panels were confusing but also the jumping back and forth between events. Because of these points, I have to give this graphic novel a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. I am excited to see how this volume is going turn out physically and love it. This comes out on April 2021 so pick it up when it does!!

Novel

Adorkable

Shoutout to Amanda from Acourtofbooksandlove for Buddy Reading this with me. Bookmark from bibliophileprints.com use Sushi15 for a discount on your order

Hmmmmmmmm this has taken me a while to finish, I think about three or weeks (which if you know me, that’s not the usual speed with something like this usually its inhale done. I tried the audiobook first (annoying as all get out) it probably didn’t help that the beginning of this is also annoying as well. I think its because this kind of book that was presented here was one where it was Disney Channel movie like in all the wrong ways…. overbearing friends and town, random matchmaking, and fake dating because of overbearingness etc. Like my friend told me in this buddyread: “It’s the fun trashy YA read that can help people get out of a slump.” Which she isn’t wrong… but it took me awhile to get into the story.

Once I did though, I felt that the author was just putting things in left and right just to keep the story going(including too many pop culture references yes we get it they’re fun but you could have cut a couple of them except the ones with other characters like the Tombstone one and the Gandalf ones those can stay lol 🀣.) I am sure this happens a lot in teen romance however, I was getting annoyed.

To be honest, the second half saved this for me. If it wasn’t there, I may have given up. Or if it wasn’t in there, expand the first part a bit more and make it more believable. (I know I know ok moving on). I also think if it had more perspectives (we got a bonus chapter of a separate perspective which was nice in the paper copy) However I wanted more from it.

I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to read something fluffy and fun but doesn’t mind pop culture references and sports quotes. I think also its great for teens of this era in the fact that only kissing is involved here and that its not too complicated. Because of these points plus my overall entertainment, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Well with things transitioning from the Thanksgiving Holiday plus Christmas season coming up, I am not quite sure how my reading and watching is going to go. I know I have a buddyread I want to get to, an audiobook I also want to get to, plus random manga ill pick up. But! I’ll let you know now the family is starting to watch Christmas movies so I’ll be listing those out. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Do you read or watch more during the holiday breaks like me? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 11/21/2020

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s Weekly Check-in was mostly an otaku week.

I read two volumes of manga, watched an anime movie, listened to one podcast episode, and watched two movies with the family. Onto the media!

Manga

Standalone

Cafe Latte Rhapsody

This was a manga recommendation i recieved from one of my fave YouTubers and I liked it but I can definitely see why people don’t.

The artstyle isn’t for everyone for sure but for this couple its very endearing. The characters are also likeable but also unlikable at the same time.

There’s also some smut in this (id say definitely more than I hear the sunspot if you’ve read that) but it’s not so much that its overwhelming so if you don’t want too much smut at once I would definitely recommend this.

Overall, though there are moments that I was not a fan of, I really enjoyed this standalone Yaoi or BL romance. It’s very soft and not too intense which I appreciated. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Series Starters

Practice makes Perfect

Now as you guys know me and sports are pals but not best friends, but this volume of manga ooooo *chef’s kiss* it gave me The ice in our hearts vibes except cuter and more emotion involved. This is also for adult readers so don’t read it if you aren’t. I would definitely recommend it for someone who is looking for a series with two older people, some sports sprinkled in, and attentive love. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

The Congressman

Meh… If that is all I wanted to say I could have just left it at that. There were moments in this that felt unnecessary, creepy, and just plain sad. It is probably because of the characters and one of the actors (Treat Williams cough) made it worse. I also thought it felt like a Disney Channel Original Movie in its plot at times but also in its profound speeches at the end especially with the pledge of allegiance. Overall though, it was an okay movie but I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone. 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

61*

This is a movie that my family and I watched this week talking about Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s 1961 baseball season. This movie was fun but also interesting especially since I did not know much about this part of baseball history. One thing I will have to tell you guys in advance though, is that there’s a lot of offensive language towards women and cruel language towards some of the players. That’s just how history was in that time and how rude fans of baseball can be. Overall though, I am glad I watched this movie and if you’re interested in this movie check it out 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

The Yaoi Shelf

I wanted to highlight this podcast today because part of the reason why I have started reading/watching Boy’s Love/Yaoi because of this podcast. This particular episode I listened to this week discussed Fan Works and Doujins. I enjoyed this episode truly because it discussed the beginning of my anime/fandom career with Quizilla and AMVs. I used to love reading and watching them (I also still like watching AMVs to sometimes help me find new series or reliving some of my favorites.) Anyway, I would definitely recommend this podcast if you’re looking at Boys Love and Yaoi and don’t know anything about it but also a discussion to knowledge you already know. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi.

Anime Movie

Fate Stay Night Heaven’s Feel part III

In 2018, my boyfriend started me out in this overall Fate franchise. Then one of my former coworkers actually took me to see this movie this week so shoutout to both of them for giving me the opportunity to watch this movie this week.

The highlight of this week had to be this anime movie. We have waited a year for this anime movie, and as far as the animation goes with the action scenes and the score, it was absolutely worth it. The other aspect I enjoyed about it was that it gave a few characters some redemption arcs that have not happened in the other paths which was fantasic. However, the plot blergh, although enticing and gave a lot of history into the beginnings of the Holy War, was very unsatisfying in the end. Like someone got Kikyoed! (Inuyasha reference for my non anime readers also my coworker and I got a kick out of making that reference) But overall, my coworker and I loved this movie better than the second one but the first one is the best in this particular path/franchise in our personal opinion. Because of these points, I have to give this anime movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣. I am definitely going to continue watching through some more Fate franchises in the future.

The Week Ahead

This coming up week is Thanksgiving week in the USA. So I anticipate that I am going to be catching up on some things that I have been meaning to read and watch plus some new things. What about you? Did you read and watch anything fun this week? Let’s talk about it!

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Collaboration with Midwest Kimchi: Korean Culture Facts to be Aware Of

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I wanted to create a post discussing some Korean facts that may not be on everyone’s radar. With this though, I needed some assistance so I asked Midwest Kimchi to help!

Bio for Midwest Kimchi

Over at Midwest Kimchi, we love to talk about Korean culture. We are 4 ladies who live in the midwest but have lived or traveled in South Korea. While we all love to read and occasionally add book reviews, I (Jenny) add the majority to the β€œbooks” tab. When Shine by Jessica Jung came out, I knew it was going to be a great fit for our theme. 

Inspiration

Shine by Jessica Jung

The inspiration for this post is this book Shine by Jessica Jung with Midwest Kimchi and upon reading this, I felt that I knew nothing about a lot of the South Korean nuances and cultural terms. There also is no glossary so there were moments where I was not sure what was going on. So because of these, I decided to ask Midwest Kimchi about these terms and if you have read this book and were just as lost as I was, I hope this blog post helps! I am going to be breaking this down by kind of term (family, food etc.) so you can just pick and choose what you want to find out about! Let’s get started!

Food

One of the aspects of Shine that I noticed was that there was a lot of food that I was not able to visualize in my head because there was not a lot of description of them in the book. 

Here are a few that were mentioned throughout Shine:

kimbap, dak-galbi, tteokboki, pojangmacha

Midwest Kimchi what are these??

Midwest Kimchi: When friends ask what I miss most about living in South Korea, I earnestly say that I miss my friends the most. Secondly is the food! Korean food in Seoul is inexpensive, healthy and delicious. In the morning, I stopped at my neighborhood cafe for 2 chamchi kimbap rolls for a total of $5. Order these same rolls at a Korean restaurant in the United States, and it will cost $20-30. A kimbap roll is like sushi- only it doesn’t have raw fish. Chamchi is tuna, so I was ordering a roll with tuna, pickled radish, perilla (sesame) leaves, shredded carrots, rice, and seaweed. Dak-galbi is a spicy chicken stir-fry, and tteokboki is spicy rice cakes. When Rachel and Jason were talking about this food, it was like an American talking about cheeseburgers and milkshakes. They expected everyone else to know those foods because they’re so common. 
A pojangmacha isn’t a word I heard often, but you will see them all over South Korea. Just like Americans love their food trucks, Koreans love their tent restaurants. Imagine the kind of tent that you might rent for a wedding reception. These tents restaurants don’t usually move, but I guess they pay less for the land that they sit on. (If you’ve watched Mystic Pop-Up Bar, you know exactly what a tent restaurant is.) Koreans also love their street vendors. Below is a street vendor in a suburb of Seoul selling a variety of things, roasted chestnuts, boiled fishcakes, and dried squid. Yes, Americans like their jerky, and Koreans like their dried squid.

Whoa that sounds amazing!

Family

Halmoni, Umma, Uni, etc.

Another aspect of this story that I was unsure of in Shine was who was being addressed at certain points of time. There were some people that were addressed that had similar family names like Halmoni(grandmother?) versus Eunji (character first name).

So Midwest Kimchi how does this work? 

Midwest Kimchi: In Korea (and many Asian countries) it’s disrespectful to call someone by their name, especially if they are older than you. For example, Korean students call their teacher seonsaengnim meaning teacher.  My students always wanted to call me β€œteacher” instead of β€œMs. Considine” or β€œMs. Jenny”. Before this was explained to me, I thought they were being rude (as they frequently called out β€œteacher” when I walked down the hall). And, there is a lot of confusion in watching translated Kdramas. Folks wonder why their favorite character is getting called Uni when they know her name is Ko Moon-Young (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay). When I read about Rachel’s Halmoni, Umma, Uni, etc. I knew those were going to be terms that most K-culture uninitiated would not understand. Halmoni means grandma, Umma is a more familiar term for mother, and Uni is older sister. Sushirainbow is younger than me, so in Korea she would call me Uni (never Jenny). So even though she is not my sister, that’s what she would call me out of respect.

Below is a picture of my mom and I eating dinner in Seoul. I can call my mom Umma (which is familiar), and Sushiraibow could call my mom Ummani(m) a more honorific pronoun; she would never call her Laurie or Mrs. Considine like we would do in the United States. If you want to know more about Korean honorific pronouns, you should read this Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_honorifics#Honorific_nouns

Sounds complicated but I can definitely get behind it.

Academics

Seeing Shine’s training school on top of an regular academic school were very confusing to me. Midwest Kimchi can you “shine” some light on the academics that were occurring in Shine? (Yes I made a funny :P)

Midwest Kimchi: It’s hard to know where to start with academics, and I was a teacher there! Ha! In South Korea, most students attend public school 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., but then many parents send their children to private schools (hagwons) for hours at the end of the day. For 2 years, I worked in a public school, and then I spent 2 years working in a hagwon. (In my picture below, you can see my class in a hagwon is very small and individualized as compared to a public classroom where there are nearly 50 students in a classroom.) Students compete to get into a good middle school, which can lead to a good high school, and then a good college. Most high school students spend their entire freetime in these hagwons (sometimes until 1 or 2 A.M.) so that they can pass their high school graduation test. For Rachel to spend her free time as a K-pop trainee (instead of studying in a hagwon), she was essentially giving up on the fact that she would go to college. Since Rachel was Korean American, she probably could go to an American university, but I wondered about the other trainees. If you don’t debut, it would be hard to getting into college after spending all of your time singing and dancing.

Good point!

Privacy/or lack thereof: (Private movie theaters etc.)

So in Shine, there are a ton of times that the characters tend to meet up in private like in a karaoke room, a private movie theater, etc. that are not necessarily something that occurs in the USA very often (unless you are very famous or rich). So Midwest Kimchi, how is this possible in Korea or other Asian countries?

Midwest Kimchi: In the picture below there are signs for a Noraebong (the karaoke room that Rachel meets her mentor) and a PC Bong, a place where you can go and play on high-speed computers (like a really nice computer lab). Korea also has something called a Multibong. In the Multibong, it’s set up like a really nice living room where you can watch new released movies and play video games. Rachel and Jason go to a Multibong to watch Say Anything. Bong means room. Most of these places are inexpensive and open 24 hours. I lived near a PC Bong, and I often went there to print out homework. The use of a computer (for hours), a printer, and snacks never cost me more than $15. Unlike the computer lab atmosphere of a PC bong, a noraebong and a mulitbong have individual rooms that you rent out; they’re private (public won’t come in). I have seen pictures of exclusive and expensive rooms, but usually I went to the normal/average rooms that cost $10/hour or less. 

Wow! If only that worked here in the USA!

Japan: 

 The last part of Shine I want to talk about is that some of our characters go to visit Tokyo like its nothing to go there (perhaps like Disney World I am not sure).  As my username Sushirainbow applies, I have some knowledge of Japanese culture and what the anime and manga shows me, but Harajuku was a tad difficult for me to visualize especially when it comes to fashion.

Midwest Kimchi do you mind talking about your knowledge about Harajuku?

Midwest Kimchi: Sure! Harajuku is a station (and area) in Tokyo, Japan. Rachel, Leah, and Jason visit there to eat a bunch of rainbow and unicorn inspired food. I spent one day (a Saturday) at Harajuku. People go there in their most elaborate outfits. And, the fashion is always changing. When I went there in 2008, the big hats were popular. People usually want their picture taken because it means they have a cool outfit. Even so, I still asked for permission when I saw this group. Do you notice that they have LIVE goldfish swimming in their earrings? Like any popular restaurant, you’re going to want reservations for the elaborate, Instagram-worthy locations. 

It sounds so amazing to see!

Conclusion

Overall, when I found out there was a book coming out that involved K-pop by a legit Korean pop star, I was excited and thrilled that it was coming out because I wanted to see what training for being a K-pop star was like in Korea firsthand. However, when reading Shine with Midwest Kimchi recently, I had a ton of questions about what the author was trying to convey to the reader about Korean as well as Japanese culture that were presented in this book. I have to say though, I learned a lot from Midwest Kimchi what I was missing and am looking forward to reading more books like this in the future. What about you guys? Was this blog post helpful to you if you have read Shine? Do you like blog posts like this one? Let’s talk about it in the comments. Check out Midwest Kimchi’s post on Shine also which is an in-depth review discussion post on both of our thoughts on the book. 


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Weekly Check-in 11/14/2020

Hey guys how’s it going?? This week was a lot about utilizing my tablet this week.

Even though I have attempted watching this anime this mood is so me sometimes

Anyhow I read three volumes of manga, rewatched an anime, watched one movie with the family plus read one romance novel that I have needed to review forever ago. Let’s get started on the media!

Movie

Man of the Year

This is a movie I had never heard from Robin Williams and if you’re still feeling the election feels check this out.

With the election season coming to a close, my family and I decided to watch this movie from Robin Williams. It reminded us of the movie Dave (spoken about a couple weeks ago check it out if you want) but of course with Robin Williams and more verbal comedy than slapstick. Robin Williams is definitely one of my fave actors and did not have a disappointmenting performance (and neither did the other main actors like Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Walken, and Laura Linney to name a few). There are some horror/spooky elements in this movie though so keep that in mind when you watch it. Overall, I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it for this time of year. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi. 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime Rewatch

Say I love you

I finished up my rewatch of this series this week and ughhhh my only issue with this is that I needed more from the story it felt like it cut off from the best part. Which means that I of course got the manga. Overall I love this and its one of my favorite high school romances of all time. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starter

Until the Full Moon

*sound of nails going across a chalkboard* oh dear this was not the best manga series I have ever started but it was truly one of the worst. It shows incest and gives trans gender representation a bad light to me. I liked that it was paranormal and humorous like chibi vampire but otherwise blergh couldn’t stand it. Plus the last chapter felt disconnected and confusing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 2 of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣 🍣.

The Maid at My House

I’ll be honest, when I first saw this manga, I thought this was so adorable looking and I needed to try this out, after that I read a chapter sample and was like yes I need the rest of this volume. Finally! I was able to read this this week. I loved this in the sense of the writing and art style, but there are some verbal abuse aspects involved plus if you don’t like reading about famous people you will not like this. Overall, I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and I would absolutely recommend this to people who love fluffy and deep shoujo manga. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuation

Perfect World

Like last week this manga series is one that fits close to my heart and im truly glad I continued this week

This series like stated last week is close to my heart. I liked this particular volume though because it shows a completely different perspective from some side characters than what we have had recently. The person who truly truly wants to help the love of their life versus the one who doesn’t want the help because of the burden it causes. In that particular instance, I was intrigued that it was presented in this volume. When it comes to the main romance itself, I want things to be resolved when they can, but I am glad that there is no rush. The self-discovery is still there (even though dummies keep getting in the way but I digress). Overall, I am glad to be reading more of this series this week. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

The Beat Match