Hey guys how’s it going? This week has been a doozy for sure.
However, I did get quite a bit of reading done with one audiobook, four volumes of manga, and three novels. Onto the Media!
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣
Sweat and Soap
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 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.
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
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
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.