Weekly Check-in 07/16/2022-07/23/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!! Where I have honestly gotten in a slump when it comes to reading.

Because of this, I watched three movies and two TV Shows. Onto to the Media!!

Movie

We Are Marshall

I remember watching this a long time ago, but I didn’t remember how tragic it was. It is a very profound movie, and I appreciated the accuracy of the events. Otherwise though, I honestly do not have much to say about this movie. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

Not Since You

This movie was one that I would recommend to people who just want to watch a movie with several different types of tropes and relationships including friendships. However for me personally, I really only liked 2 out of 3 storylines. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Mrs.Harris Goes to Paris

This is a movie that was definitely an entertaining watch discussing an everyday English woman traveling to Paris in post-World War II Europe society at Christian Dior designs. I loved the characters, and I appreciated the atmosphere of the settings of England and Paris. I also appreciated that there was more to it than meets the eye however, there was a small aspect of it with a couple of characters that I just did not understand the point of them. Otherwise though, I truly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it if you appreciate period pieces like me. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Umbrella Academy

This season of this show was insane and yet actually wholesome at the same time?? Probably because there was a ton of romance (that wasn’t gross). But if it did get canceled like I have read about, it landed at an okay spot for me (except one of the ships broke :|) Otherwise, it was a fun show to watch, and I highly recommend it if you want a rollercoaster of plot and variety of characters 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

ER

I continue to enjoy this series, however, this particular set of episodes really got me down on the emotional side of things and my favorite male character got pushed over in a bad way (if you know you know). But overall, I am intrigued to see how the journey continues on. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Honestly the week ahead, I want to start reading again, however, I know one thing is that next week will be otaku centric and fun. What about you guys? What did you watch this week?? Let’s talk about it!

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Weekly Check-in 07/02/2022-07/09/2022

Hey guys how’s it going?? Weekly Check-in time! Where I celebrated my birthday, and went on my latest flying trip (under sad circumstance).

Because of this, I watched two movies and two TV shows along with one anime and a musical. I also read a ton with three graphic novels, one volume of manga, and five novellas. Onto the media!

Movie

Jerry and Marge Go Large

This was a cuter movie than what I was expecting, and the character dynamic was also intriguing too. I think though some may not be interested in it though because of some of the crude language. Overall, I would highly recommend it if you were looking for a biography themed movie about the lottery 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Weather Girl

This was a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. There were too many cringey moments plus a couple of the characters were just one dimensional. I did though, love the Bromance that occurred here. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣 🍣.

TV Show

The Chef Show

This show is actually one I was watching at the nail salon (which was really cool) but I enjoyed watching this show. It ties to the Chef movie really well plus it presented lovely recipes at random small places like Guy’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and overall it was a ton of fun. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

ER

This show definitely was the pioneer when it comes to the dramatic hospital setting and doctor personal lives. I am also still enjoying the aspects of all the levels of doctors and patients and loving that as an adult, I know a ton of the medical terms now. Overall, though, it is really fun, and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

I feel like these episodes of One Piece dove deep into Sanji’s background and childhood trauma and made me fall in love with him as a character. I also loved all of the conniving and twisting of the motivations with the rest of the characters too. It is really awesome and I am excited to watch more. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Musical

Frozen

OMG, I LOVED THIS MUSICAL!!!! I am so glad this musical enhanced the story rather than ruin it. I also loved the acting as well. There was a couple of nitpicky things that I would have personally changed but overall, I loved it so much. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Love and War

This has some of the feels of Check Please! and Fence but in a softer way. However, I wish there was more depth and flushed out characteristics. Because of these points , I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Batter Royale

Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet Books for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

This is a really adorable story that has a friendly competition, a small romance, and full of moral lessons for young people following their dreams. The art is adorable, there are also recipes with simple explanations on how to make the featured desserts, the reader can also understand the plot and is sweet. Overall, though, this was a ton of fun, and I would highly recommend it to middle schoolers who love baking. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Tea Dragon Society

This graphic novel is definitely worth the hype it recieves with its beautiful art, representation, and lush world-building. It is perfect for people who love studio ghibli and comics. My only issue was that I wanted more in this story because I loved it that much. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

When She’s Lonely

I am so glad that this was my first glimpse into this author’s work. Its not as intimidating to read as the novels for sure plus with own voices representation of hearing loss I needed to read this asap. This is a very well thought out world and the characters were fun to read about. I think my only issue was that I wanted only one time skip and not several. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣

Coming in Hot

This novella was definitely one to read during this holiday season. If you love forced proximity, a little bit of law enforcement action and brothers best friend this is for you. It also gives a nice lesson on how to unplug from work and live in the moment with who you love. My only issue was I feel like I needed to know about some of the characters before reading this because of this, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Sweet Summer Nights

This was so adorable!!!! Essentially there was a ton of clumsy moves and small town feels. I loved the characters and I loved the progression of relationship. However, there were way too many romantic gestures for a novella. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Mall American Girl

Thank you to Netgalley and Author Collective 20 for the opportunity to read and review this novella

I truly love this series of mall novellas from Sarah Robinson and I have to say this one is my favorite so far. This is because I love the uniqueness of the characters and their development as events of the plot went on. I think my only issue was part of the plot didn’t feel properly closed. However, I think people will love it as much as I do. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Burn the Ships

There’s a lot to unpack here but also, I need more people to read this romance personally. I think for especially authors who want to be more open minded with their writing of romance should also read this as well. I also would say to put this book with books that fulfill disability representation in a beautiful realistic way. But, Yes Yes there is a But but its not because I disliked it, I wanted more clarity with some of the scene transitions. I felt there were moments I wasn’t sure what was happening as far as the everyday life of the character. That could have been just how tired I was when I read it who knows so I am not docking points for that. I will however say that I wanted some more into the leading man’s head too, it was explained which was appreciated but I wanted more in his head rather than just the heroine. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this novella, and I would love to read more from this author. Because of these points, I have to give this 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Don’t Toy with Me Ms.Nagatoro

This manga series is one that people are very polarized by. I can definitely see why it is. However, for me personally, I am curious about the main character’s mind works. I also wonder about the budding romance that could happen. Overall though, I see that this series could not be for everyone but! I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

For the week ahead, I will be honest, I do not think that I will be as productive as I was this past check-in but otherwise, I think that I will at least do a little bit of media consumption in the future. What about you guys? What did you read or watch recently? Let’s talk about it!

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Birthday Book Tag

Video I was inspired by

Prompts

1) Birthday Cake: A book with a plot that seems clichΓ© but you adore it anyway.

2) Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year.

3) Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

4) “Happy Birthday” Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.

5) Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.

6) Getting Older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader.

7) Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

My Answers

1) Birthday Cake: A book with a plot that seems clichΓ©, but you adore it anyway.

I have to say this manga because it has the stereotypical high school romance, however I adore the character dynamics of this so much, I need to recommend it to everyone I can.

2) Party Guests: Your most anticipated book release for this year

Maybe it is because this past year I loved this author’s debut or maybe it is because I need to read a soft queer romance that is not in manga, but I am truly excited for this to release to the world.

3) Birthday Presents: A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

I will be honest, this year I had a ton of surprises because I am trying to expand my comfort zone, however with this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about it, but it was profound and deep with anxiety and queer representation/coming out along with being funny and cheesy fame items of being on a Bachelor like reality show. But I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been interested in it.

4) “Happy Birthday” Song: A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.

I had to add this manga as one of the most hyped manga in the manga community because I at first thought the manga was going to be too cheesy or the age gap is too nasty. However, to me this is so adorable and has fun humor and so far is one of my favorite age gap romances (and worth the hype).

5) Happy Music: A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.

Honestly, this is one of those books that I would have truly loved as a teen especially when it comes transitioning from a child to an adult. I also agree with a lot of the quotes with this novel as well such as

β€œBut when people say you’ve got to love yourself first, they never explain how, exactly, you get past people screaming ‘gross bitch’, how you get past feeling like your best days are your only best days because you’re managing to hide the bad bits, how you feel desirable if no one has ever desired you.”
― Nina Kenwood

and

β€œPeople aren’t all good or all bad. You can learn
from mistakes. Or you can keep making them. You can always become a better person.”
― Nina Kenwood

6) Getting Older: A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader.

I have reread this book several times and I love it very much. However, when I first read it, at the time I didn’t understand certain elements that were presented plus the rape scene was unclear for me personally at first (although I am sure that was intentional for the audience). I appreciate it even more now that I am older, and I want my teen to read it in the future.

7) Sweet Birthday Memories: A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

Honestly, I would put most of this series on this prompt, however this book came at a time in my life where I was feeling the lowest of the low and this series picked me up especially this couple. Bea and Huxley take care of each other when they were at their lowest and got out of their comfort zone to the max. Highly recommend.

Thank You, guys, for Celebrating My Birthday with Me Today and Do This Tag if You’re Interested

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Weekly Check-in 06/25/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! This week was a ton of watching with mindlessness due to some heartbreaking news.

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Because of this, I watched four movies, one TV show, listened to one podcast and read one manga. Onto the Media!!

Movie Rewatch

Bandslam

This is still my favorite movie of all time, however upon this rewatch, I realized the stuttering representation is not the best. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

Field of Dreams

So for me, this movie is one I watched once on commercial television and it was too slow for me to continue. This time, I watched with the family and it was a bit better than my first watch but also some of it was too good to be true?? Not the ballplayers but some of the other characters. I digress. Overall, I loved this very much but I only recommend this to adults. 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Elvis

This was a fantastic depth full bio pic. I loved the parallels between Elvis and the Colonel and the fact that most of the time, it felt very realistic and immersive all at once. I also loved how I learned a ton more about Elvis than I ever knew before especially the dark parts. The only nitpick I had is that there were two songs that were inserted into the soundtrack that just felt too modern for what the time period was. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime Movie

Fruits Basket:Prelude

So I will be honest, this movie was powerful like the rest of the show, However, you have to watch all the rest of the show in order to watch it because there are a ton of recap moments. Now I don’t mind recaps to an extent, however if its half the movie, I hate it. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This show continues to surprise me with the variety of cases that are presented and how the staff operate. However, I think there needs to be some moments that are more expanded upon and others that need to be nipped in the bud now. Overall, though, I am excited to continue this show and enjoy it very much. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Mr.Bride

This is a manga series I wasn’t sure how to react to. However, it is a lot of fun and teaches you a ton about housework. I think my only issue that I had is that some of the humor is at times lame, but otherwise I enjoyed my time and am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dad needs to talk

This podcast is truly one I enjoy because of how Rob explains the latest media he consumes plus this past week I listened to his anime convention panel about networking, and I learned so much. Overall, I am going to continue to listen this podcast for a long time and I highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead due to last minute travel plans, I will most likely be reading a ton. However, because of this I have no idea what my media consumption will be like. What about you guys? What did you guys read or watch or listen to this week? Let’s talk about it!!

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“Songs Should Always be For Everyone’s Sake.” Top 5 Idol Anime that I love

Hey guys how’s it going? Today I want to discuss my top 5 idol anime that I personally love. Now Idol anime, what exactly does that mean? According to Anime Planet.com it means that this type of anime discusses heavily promoted performers that are adored by the masses and perform at events or concerts. They also examine the pros and cons of the industry with some sort of magical element. There are a variety out there but if you truly love music, you should definitely check these out. Also, these aren’t in any order however, if you have similar taste to me, check these out!

Zombieland Saga

Summary: In the year 2008, high school student Sakura Minamoto is abruptly killed by a truck on the morning she plans to submit an idol application. Ten years later, Sakura, along with six “legendary” girls from various eras of Japan’s history, are brought back as zombies by a man named Kotaro Tatsumi, who seeks to revitalize Saga Prefecture by putting together an all-zombie idol group that would become known as Franchouchou.

Magic Element: Resurrection

Why I personally like it: I like it because it’s hilarious, there’s an aura of mystery surrounding it, plus I enjoy all but one of the characters. The plot is also not as happy-go-lucky as some others.

Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream

Summary:

The series takes place in Yokohama, Japan. Prism Shows, performances that are a combination of singing, dancing, fashion, and ice skating, are popular. The skaters, known as Prism Stars, use Prism Stones to coordinate their outfits and perform Prism Jumps to appeal to their fans.

Aira Harune and Rizumu Amamiya are suddenly scouted to be Prism Stars after Mion Takamine drops out of her debut showcase. Though Aira has no experience in performing, her fashion focus reveals her innate talent as a Prism Star. On the other hand, Rizumu is centered on perfecting “Aurora Rising”, the legendary Prism Jump her mother once performed, in hopes that it may help her find her mother again. After Mion returns and bonds with them, the three girls’ debut as the Prism Star group “MARs.”

Magical Element: Prism Stones

Why I like it: I like it because it is unique performance wise, plus the fashion is gorgeous. I also enjoyed the spinoff of Dear My Future, however nothing past it. It also is a show I would personally recommend to young girls because it is accessible as far as dialogue.

Uta No Prince-sama

Summary: With dreams of becoming a composer and someday writing a song for her favorite idol, Haruka Nanami enters the Saotome Academy, a prestigious performing arts school made up of students who are either vying to become an idol or a music producer. Haruka becomes acquainted with six of her classmates, who are all competing to become idols. For her project, she must team up with another student as an idol-producer team, and if they are successful, they will join Shining Agency after graduation. In addition, romance is strictly prohibited at their school.

Magical Element: I am not sure what the magical element is I think it’s just their feelings about performing with others??

Why I personally like it: The guys are hot, the music is a variety (at least to me anyway), the fashion is gorgeous, and the plot is interesting.

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Summary: Twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama dreams of becoming a singer to reunite with her first love, Eichi Sakurai. However, she is afflicted with sarcoma (a cancerous tumor in her throat), which affects her ability to breathe well and sing loudly. Her tumor can be cured only through a surgery that could damage her vocal cords. At the same time, her grandmother hates music and is completely against Mitsuki’s wish to audition. Mitsuki’s dreams seem impossible to achieve until she is visited by two Shinigami, with their assistance, Mitsuki becomes Full Moon to achieve her dream.

Magical Element: Shinigami

Why I personally like it: I personally love this series because of the emotions it brings. There is a romantic element plus the other world aspects were believably built up. I would also like to add that this series is accessible to young girls and beautiful in its fashion choices as well.

Skip Beat

Summary: It is the story of Kyoko Mogami a 16-year-old girl who discovers that her childhood friend and romantic goal, Shotaro Fuwa, only keeps her around to act as a maid and to earn his living expenses, while he works his way to become the top pop idol in Japan. Furious and heartbroken, she vows revenge by beating him in show business.

Magical Element: Pure Determination

Why I personally like it: I love Kyoko as a character, there’s a variety of characters in different aspects of show business, there’s a romance, and the overall plot is hilarious.

These are my Top 5 Idol Anime! What are your Favorites?? Let’s talk about it!!

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Weekly Check-in 06/18/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time! This week, I started my summer job and prepared for other summer activities.

Because of this, I read two novellas, watched two movies and one TV show. Onto the Media!

Novella

Big Boss

When it comes to novellas like this, I recommend them if someone wants something sexy and a fast read. However, I recommend Cassie Mint in particular (at least so far) because there’s more depth than ones I have read so far. Big Boss is a prime example because both main characters have had three years at least to establish a crush on each other and they knew the consequences if they did. I loved how they handled that plus I love the worshipping hero its one of my favorites. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣. P.s this would also be a good winter novella too.

Life’s a Beach

This is a novella that I strictly picked out because of the cover. However, it has depth and a worshipping hero that I was totally not expecting. There’s a lot of beautiful quotes plus some sexy scenes and found family. I wanted some aspects to be flushed out however, its still a beautiful story and if you’re interested in a summer plus sized read, check this out. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

Forsaken

This movie is one of those that is a pretty straightforward western. However, in this particular story, it presents someone that just wanted to live alone after the American Civil War (that was at least my thought of the history) and a tragic accident changed his entire reputation. It was a sad movie, but the actors did a good job. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Lightyear

This movie was definitely a ton of fun, but it also has a ton more depth than what I was expecting. If you enjoy the Interstellar movie but needed it to be more family friendly, check this movie out. Also, it is not related to the Toy Story franchise (there are some nods to it that people who are old enough to know but they’re not obvious). My friend and I think that this movie has been a long time in the making but the inclusion items that were added to make it better were a fantastic addition. The animation and world building were also amazing so I would highly recommend this movie if you were hesitant. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

ER

This series is one I have wanted to watch for years because as I grew up, I saw snippets of it, and it made me intrigued by the hospital setting. I also liked that it starts out as a full ensemble rather than all starting as interns. However, starting from the very beginning, it was jarring some of the dated aspects plus some of the significant others of the doctors are sooooo annoying and selfishπŸ˜’. Overall, though, I am curious to see what happens next, and I am excited to watch it with my family. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I know for sure I will be watching something new, but I am probably going to do some random reading like I have been reading. What about you guys? What are you guys reading and watching? Let’s talk about it!!

Weekly Check-in 06/04/2022-06/11/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time! I consumed a ton of media these past two weeks due to being on a long road trip along with the start of summer.

Manga

Series Starters

Our Not So Lonely Planet Travel Guide

This manga is definitely one I can see reading over and over again on a road trip. I love how the main characters have met some nice people on their trip so far but some suspicious ones to feel realistic. I liked the addition of facts that occur with each  country plus the food!!! If you’re a foodie who’s adventurous check this manga series out. There’s also the aspect on how people feel about lbgtqia+ couples in various countries for me also was interesting. Overall, I am curious how this series will continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love

I have to say for me personally, this is definitely a series for people who love High School Debut and My Love Story. This is because the character dynamic is very similar but also some of the plot is too. However, there are a lot of differences with the male characters and how popular the characters are etc. Overall, I truly enjoyed this first volume and am excited to see what happens next. 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Cheeky Brat

This manga series gives me the feels of Maid-sama and Abe-kun’s got me now combined. I appreciate the character dynamic along with the sports team aspects because of how unique it brings. However, I wanted more than 6 chapters (is that me being selfish maybe) because I need more flushed out story. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

Living Room Matsunaga san Volumes 3 & 4

This manga series has definitely become a comfort series for me this year. I love the character dynamics, there are moral lessons presented, but overall, its just a real fun time. Because of these points, I have to give these volumes a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Abe-kun’s Got Me Now

This manga series is always very comforting to me. It could be because of the romance or because of the characters I don’t know. My main question though, is what is going to happen next, there’s some conflict but not a lot. That’s the only aspect of the series I don’t like. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Graphic Novel

Slip

Thank you to Netgalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel

This graphic novel is definitely fantastic if you are looking for an artist’s perspective on how they can use emotions to express themselves in a piece. I loved also the added addition of the pieces coming to life and helping the artist learn the important lessons of life especially when it comes to love and friendship. I think my only issue with this graphic novel is that there were moments that the plot was choppy and not very cohesive. Otherwise, though I appreciated the characters and the artstyle. I also would recommend it to my high school art teacher friends who may use this to help their students. Because of these points, I have to give this graphic novel a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Then There Was You

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

This book is not one you should take lightly. There are a lot of items that it covers such as loss of a child, school shootings and racial slurs. There are also a ton of medical discussions that have graphic detail so if that doesn’t interest you, you can skim them. Anyway. As far the rest of the content, I appreciated the research and detail that the author presented as far as Indian cultural events and the native language. In addition, I loved all of the detail that went into the characters’ careers especially the medical chopper side of things.I also thought that the journeys of both main characters was realistic and made the story better. Overall though, if you’re looking for a deep contemporary romance that has something to learn from it, I highly recommend this one. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Beauty and the Baller

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

This book was a pleasant surprise for me to read. It is one of those though that if you are not interested in play sex or football or even Star Wars references this isn’t for you. To me it personally felt like the show/movie Friday Night Lights with the characters and drama and grief in more ways than one. I really enjoyed how much depth the characters presented, and I was pleasantly surprised by the autistic representation. Overall, I enjoyed this romance and Ilsa Madden-Mills is a new author both my mother and I will be keeping an eye on. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Sydney A.Frankel’s Summer Mix up

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

This is one of those books that I would personally recommend for students transitioning from Elementary to Middle School but also if you’re looking for a summer book for your kids. Especially for one who needs assistance for standing for themselves and treating others with kindness. The only issue I had was that the end seemed unfinished. Overall this is fantastic. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣

The Sign for Home

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

Ooof this book is so good but also not one everyone will like (unfortunately its realistic soooo). I appreciate the writing style that the author presented of both of perspectives of the interpreter and the DeafBlind main character. I read the author’s note too and its amazing that she is an interpreter as well so I loved learning the jargon appropriately. I also thought that the religious aspect was a fantastic addition (even though not everyone is going to like it) because it presents the internal struggle between letting someone advocate for you or being afraid to try. The only issue I had was that yes I got closure for the ending, however I wanted more information (this is though me being nitpicky and not a reflection on the book) I wanted more detail on what happened at the end. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Pearls of Yesterday

So, this book was not what I was expecting. This is because it is a lot more pretentious than I was expecting. This is because there is a ton of privilege discussion along with how to maintain images. There is also parental grief and a huge love triangle so if that doesn’t interest you, don’t read this book. Otherwise, to me if you like gossip girl/rich people drama, disability representation along with diverse representation, and how being a debutante works check this book out. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

The Frock Up

This novella was definitely a lot cuter than I was expecting. I also loved that the conflicts were defused realistically and quickly. The sex was also very entertaining as well. Overall, a ton of fun and I recommend this author if you need a sexy cute novella to read. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Anime

Black Clover

Movie Rewatch

Coyote Ugly

This is one of those movies that definitely is one that is fun to watch if you want to see how someone follows their dreams of becoming a song writer in the music business in New York City and how difficult it can be. However, to some people, it can be too dated to be enjoyable. I also love the music and humor that this movie has as well. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4-4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie

News of the World

Man! This movie was intriguing yet confusing at the same time.  I enjoyed the scenery and the acting. However, the screenwriting and plot was very confusing. I mean I understood what was happening but the cinematography was choppy and I didn’t understand the point. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Beat Bobby Flay

This show wasn’t the worst show ever, but it also wasn’t the best either. The concept is first two people compete like a regular food network show, then they have to beat Bobby Flay at their best dish. Thankfully the episodes we watched it was one beat one defeat but, it seems like its a bit biased to me. Overall though, if there’s nothing else on, I’d watch this again. Because of those points, I have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣.

Podcast

Wandering Bryaxis

The Week Ahead

Weekly Check-in 05/21/2022-05/28/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in Time where I wrapped up my school year and started summer vacation.

Because of this, I listened to two podcasts, watched an anime and movie, and read a novella and volume of manga. Onto the media!!!

Movie

A Perfect Pairing

I was worried when I sat down to watch this movie with my dad especially because of Victoria Justice being one of the modern contemporary actresses that is intense with cheesy dialogue but also nice singing. However, as I was watching this movie, it had a lot more realistic relationships than I was expecting plus no girl hate. I also love how realistic the setting was when it came to working on a station in Australia. The only issue I had was that there was one moment where it just randomly put a song into the story, and it just felt like it was just put into there just because Victoria Justice was in the movie. Overall, though, if you were interested in this movie, I highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

Black Clover

I am addicted to this show tenfold! Every night I have watched several episodes of this and enjoy every one of them. I can understand how this is not for everyone however, because of the obsession with the main character and how his actions seem to reflect literally everyone close to him. However, I love the character dynamics, dialogue, and unique world-building. The only issue I have is my personal preference as a binger of anime that the recaps are absolutely annoying and putting them into the story just so that it seems like you can’t skip it because its new material, nevertheless, it isn’t. I know I know it seems like that’s a bit nitpicky, be that as it may it’s a fun show and I am glad I started it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Podcast

Dub Talk

I have missed listening to this podcast so much the last few months. Of course, I had to listen to their black clover episode (which I appreciated their in-depth analysis on the show as a whole by the way) But I also listened to an analysis of a series that I had never heard of before and although I am not sure if I will watch it anytime soon, its one that because I heard them talk about it, I will at least try it. Its a show I love listening to when I need a long in-depth analysis and find new anime recommendations. 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Little Bit Weebish

Man, this is another podcast I have missed for the last month, I truly enjoy the discussions that the hosts have especially with guests on their podcast. I will be honest if I was obsessed with Attack on Titan or another anime that they intensely fangirled over, then I would listen to their podcast more. But I especially loved the Japan tips and tricks episode and the 90s anime episode. Because of these points, I have to give this podcast a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Novella

Thick Cut

This was definitely a fantastic palate cleanser to get back into reading again. I appreciate the realism through most of the characters. There are some racial comments and intense sex scenes so if those things make you uncomfortable, please don’t read this. However, for me personally it gave the characters a lot of depth and it made me appreciate the story more. Overall, it’s a great novella to read and no you don’t have to read issue one to understand this one. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Love After World Domination

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

This manga is one that I am confused about but at the same time I am curious about at the same time. This is because the romance is swoony adorable plus its forbidden similar to Boarding School Juliet (so if you guys enjoy that series, I highly recommend this one). My problem though, is that I am confused on the world. I can tell there’s two sides to these people but what kind of jobs are the people doing? Are they superheroes and supervillains? or they are secret agents like Kim Possible??? I am not sure, but I am hoping as the series goes on, I understand more. Overall, though, I am rooting for this couple and excited to see how this series turns out. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week ahead, I will be going on a road trip with the family so I have a feeling I will be reading more than anything. We shall see though. What about you guys? What have you guys read watched or even listened these past two week??? Lets talk about it!

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

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

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

Movie

Hotel Transylvania:Transformania

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

Secrets of Dumbledore

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

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

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

Miniseries

North and South

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

Anime

Zombieland Saga

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

Black Clover

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

TV Show

For Rent

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

Manga

Series Starters

When Will Ayumu Make His Move

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

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

The Week Ahead

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

Weekly Check-in 04/30/2022

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

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

Miniseries

North & South

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

Anime

Zombieland Saga

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

Podcast

Dad Needs to Talk

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

Novel

Dating Dr.Dil

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

The Week Ahead

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