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Most Anticipated Releases Summer 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe it is already time to talk about the books I am really excited for this summer. I feel like I just wrote up the spring post and yet, here we are. As per the usual, these posts are set up to cover a particular season, and this one will go through the books in the months of June, July, and August, that I am highly anticipating the release of.

Now, I will just go ahead and say this…the book release schedule I keep in my blogging notebook has several more books than I will talk about here. This is because some of them are sequels to books I haven’t read. I am still excited about them, but they aren’t books that I’ll be trying to read pretty much as soon as they’re released. This post is for the ones that I need to get my grabby little hands on so I can read them.

Honestly, this season includes my #1 most anticipated book release of the year. And I try not to rank books, but it is the sequel of my absolute favorite book from last year, and I would love to have this particular book in my hands right now. I have a signed ARC of the first book from BookExpo last year, and I bought a first edition hardcover on release day as well.

Okay, let’s just get this party started.

First up, let’s talk about the month of June.

Release Dates: Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5), Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (June 5), Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone (June 5), My Hero Academia Vol 13 by Kohei Horikoshi (June 5), Final Draft by Riley Redgate (June 12), The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (June 26).

So, clearly for the month of June there are a few contemporary books I’m looking forward to. Technically, I have actually read Final Draft already, so I should have a review up for that soon. But I have enjoyed every Morgan Matson book I’ve read, so I’m eager to see how cute this one will be. Of course I am so ready for the next volume of My Hero Academia because things are getting really good and I need to know what happens next. And of course I need the finale of The Glittering Court trilogy. Hmm…actually, I might need to do a Glittering Court re-read in preparation for this release.

And now let’s move on to the month of July.

Release Dates: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (July 3), One Punch Man Vol 14 by ONE (July 3), Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (July 10), Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (July 10), European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (July 10), Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (July 24)

I absolutely adore The Great Library series, so this fourth book naturally had to be on this anticipated list. When it comes to One Punch Man, it technically breaks my rule of needing to be caught up on a series to anticipate an upcoming release, but I read volumes of manga super quickly so I will definitely be caught up before this one is released. When I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I was pretty much hooked on the book, and this new release has a similar cover design, and also seems to be sort of a folklore/fairy tale reimagining, so I am so ready to read it. Last year I read the first book of Theodora Goss’ series and I enjoyed following the daughters of some famous gothic/horror characters, so give me the next one already. Especially with that cover. Seriously, the July releases have some great covers. Honestly, I think Record of a Spaceborn Few might be my favorite cover of the Wayfinders series so far, though they are all stunning–well, the UK covers are stunning; I can’t stand the US covers.

Finally, let’s talk about August.

Release Dates: Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (August 7), These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7), My Hero Academia Vol 14 by Kohei Horikoshi (August 7), Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (August 28).

Okay, so Dance of Thieves is the start of a new series that takes place in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles series. I still need to finish that trilogy, but I’m still really excited about this one. I’m just a bit worried about potential spoilers, so this probably won’t be a book I read immediately after release. Plus I own the Remnant Chronicles in paperback and this is a hardcover release. And I guess I don’t need to talk about My Hero Academia in this section of the post, because you guys already know that I love the series. Then there is The Towering Sky, which is the final book in the Thousandth Floor trilogy. This series was not one I normally would have picked up, but I am legitimately trash for these books.

The final book I’m looking forward to in August is Access Restricted, which is my #! most anticipated release of 2018. The first book, All Rights Reserved, was my favorite read of 2017, and I will just continue to rave about how amazing it was and how everyone should pick it up. I read All Rights Reserved as an ARC, so this wait for book two has seemed extra long for me. I am so ready to devour this book already.

Okay, well, that is all I have for today. What books are you looking forward to this summer? Let’s talk books in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (15)

Hey all, Dani here.

I am trying to prep up some of my posts for this upcoming weekend. See, in the US, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and normally I don’t actually do much (aside from maybe grill up burgers or something like that). But this year, my fiance wants to take me to his grandmother’s home for the weekend because the village she lives in holds a moonshine festival and he wants to show me around. The good thing (or not so good depending on how you look at it) is that this village is in a very hilly and forested area of Ohio and there is pretty much no cell phone signal at all. Which means no calling, no texting, no internet.

So I’ll pretty much be going phone free from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon. This means that I might not be able to respond to comments and such until I get back home, but my fiance has told me that his grandma does have a computer…and a landline phone. Perhaps I’ll pop on once or twice over the weekend just to check in.

But it also means that hopefully I’ll be able to get in some pretty good reading time.

And honestly, that’s what I’m here to talk about today…reading. I’m really enjoying these weekly reading update posts because it has helped me keep up on a blogging schedule, and for the most part has kept me focused on reading more so I can actually have an update. Add this series of posts to my reoccuring Manga Monday reviews, and I’m almost feeling like a good book blogger again. If I try to keep myself to a minimum of three posts each week, I only truly need to come up with one extra review or book tag or whatever each week. Though I still want to catch up on reviews as well, so bonus posts are definitely possible.

Anyway, let’s talk books. In the past week I have finished The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m going to try and have a review up soon-ish, but I don’t know exactly when it will be up. I am adding it to my list of reviews-to-write. I also managed to read Blue Exorcist, Volumes 1 & 2, and my reviews for this manga as well as for The Ancient Magus’ Bride will probably be up after I have caught up with all of my reviews for My Hero Academia and One Punch Man.

My current reads include Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon. Still…but I’m making more progress. I do hope to finish this book over the weekend. I am also trying to read through the first volume of Overlord, though this is the original light novel, not the manga. This was one of the books my fiance picked for my May TBR, and I do enjoy the anime, so I’m hoping that the novel will be awesome as well.

Finally, what I plan on taking with me this weekend to read is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, and The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde. I have been wanting to read Ace of Shades since I finished Foody’s first book and heard she was working on another one. And the story just sounds so interesting. Speaking of interesting books, I only heard about Furyborn a few months ago while watching a subscription box unboxing, but I have been super excited to read it ever since. First off, look at that cover. And then take in the story synopsis; it sounds so darn good. Finally there is the newest release by Jen Wilde. I adored Queens of Geek when I read it last year, so of course I’m excited to read it. Also, it is probably good to have a contemporary read in my weekend TBR as well, right?

Yes, I realize that none of the books I’m taking with me this weekend are on the May TBR my fiance gave me. Look, guys, I am sometimes awful at following TBRs. I have gotten through like half of the TBR…I think anyway. Besides, I mean, goodness, I actually somehow forgot that the third book in The Trials of Apollo came out in May, and now I need to reread the first two books so I can jump in it, because I think I need a bit of a refresher on what Apollo/Lester (lol) has been up to.

Oh, and I’ll be back tomorrow with my Most Anticipated Releases of Summer 2018 post. Because apparently it is actually almost summertime already. That is crazy.

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Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 5

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to another Monday of talking about manga. I have really enjoyed getting into manga over the past year…or getting back into it. Because many years ago, I did read quite a few volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist, which was a series I very much enjoyed (and plan to definitely reread). And one of my favorite new manga series has to be the one I am talking about today, because I truly do like reading about superheroes and I also do seem to have fun reading about kids/teens with magic/superpowers/etc who are in a school to learn how to use those skills.

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Summary

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The final stages of the U.A. High sports festival promise to be explosive as Uraraka takes on Bakugo in a head to head match! Bakugo never gives anyone a break, and the crowd holds its breath as the battle begins. The finals will push the students of Class 1-A to their limits and beyond!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

This is the volume that wraps up the U.A. High sports festival, and though that story arc concluded it just left me wanting more of the series. In this final stage of the sports festival we get to see a bit more into the personalities and backstories of some of the characters, and learn more about their motivations.

As always we get to see Bakugo’s explosive personality, which while I personally don’t like him very much because I think he’s a jerk, I totally understand why his character is this way, so he is not really a bad character. Honestly, his character arc may end up being one of my favorites by the end of the series; it really depends on what happens as he continues to develop.

Todoroki continues to be a character I enjoy, and it is awesome that he is on the cover of this volume. There is a lot more he has to learn about using his quirks, and again, he is one who I think will have a pretty darn interesting character arc.

The action continues to be awesome and entertaining in this series, and I like how there is a pretty good balance of the action and also character and quirk development and growth. Also, I feel like this is one of those school set series where we do get to follow them to a number of lessons and training sessions, which is really nice.

And with the sports festival finished, we’ll get to move on to the students having internships with licensed heroes, where you know they will likely learn a lot…and probably get into a little trouble along the way.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of this fifth volume (or any of the other released volumes) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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GLBT Book Month is coming!

Hey all, Dani here.

What I love about the online book community, about so many of you amazing readers/reviewers/bloggers/vloggers, is that we have seen this increase in the past couple of years of a desire to read more diversely and to expand our reading habits. We try books outside of our preferred genres and we try books with characters we might not have otherwise picked up on our own. We read more books about different cultures or races and certainly we have seen more books coming out with main characters who are POCs or who have a different gender or sexual identity. And that is great. I love that we can expand our world by taking in the stories of people who are different from us (or the same as us).

It is fantastic, and so once again, I plan on for the most part, focusing my reviews in June to GLBT book month, and highlighting reads that have characters and/or authors who fall on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum. GLBT Book Month started in the early 1990s as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month. Starting in 2015, the American Library Association branded it as GLBT Book Month, though honestly that name doesn’t quite do the month justice as it excludes many in the community.

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The main point is that it is a celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. I expand that out to aesexual, pansexual, intersex, queer, those who are questioning their identity, and more.

Right now I have two books that I have read in May where I am setting up the reviews to be released in June, as they feature characters who are questioning their sexuality and I think they will be great stories to highlight for GLBT Book Month. And I have a few other books already planned for my June TBR that should also be in the spotlight a bit more.

If you are looking for books that fall on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum, you can always look up the Rainbow Book List, or the Over the Rainbow Books. There are a lot of great suggestions and recommendations there. I made a recommendations post of my own last year, so you can check that out as well if you’re interested.

Now, to make sure we are all on the same page with my June blog posts, I will still be doing my Manga Mondays review posts, and my What I’m Reading posts on Wednesdays. You’ll just find that at least one day a week–probably Fridays–I’ll be posting reviews for GLBT Book Month reads. I know the reviews for Ship It and Final Draft will be coming on Tuesday June 5th and Friday June 8th.

Other books I’m hoping to get to in the month of June include:

Of course, I will also take any recommendations from all of you wonderful book friends for books that also fit in this amazing and diverse category of reads.

And I do believe that is all I have to say for today. Have you read any great LGBTQIAP+ books this year? Are you planning on reading some in June? Let me know in the comments. Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (14)

Hey all, Dani here.

Well another week has come and gone. I have to say that I am still feeling pretty tired. We have had so much to do lately, and it was made more of a hectic and full schedule because one of our buddies is home for two weeks from the Marines and we have all missed seeing him, so we are trying to fill this time with all of the board game nights and D&D sessions that we have missed with him over the past several months.

So…I thought that I was going to fall even more behind on my reading and I made the decision to try and bump up my progress with some manga reads. And then I ended up having to do a bunch of running with my mom and such, and I managed to get through a decent chunk of a couple novels as well. It was an unexpected bit of awesome reading.

Oh, and can I say that I really need to get started on my May TBR that my fiance gave me? Yeah, I haven’t even started on them yet…you know, because of my co-worker talking to me about the Outlander series.

At least I can say that I’m starting to get better at posting at bit more again. Right now I’m pretty much trying to do a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. But I have so many backlogged posts that if I can manage to get them typed up, you all will probably see some Tuesday or Thursday posts as well.

I’ve told myself before that I would not allow myself to get this behind on posts again, and clearly I have failed at that promise to myself. All I can promise now is that I am trying to be better about getting my posts up.

Anyway, let’s just get into the actual substance of this post: what I’ve read in the last week, what I’m currently reading, and what I’m hoping to read soon.

In the past week I managed to read The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volumes 3 and 4 and One Punch Man Volume 4. I also read Ship It! by Britta Lundin and Final Draft by Riley Redgate. So it was a very productive week of reading for me, and it is about time. I have been feeling pretty down about my reading progress these past few weeks.

My current reads are Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon (still–I mean, it is a rather large book), and The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, because it is time to make progress on my TBR. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t know that I’ll finish Galbadon’s book this month. When I have the time to just sit around and read, I can actually get through up to a couple hundred pages of it, but I don’t know how much reading time I’ll actually be able to sneak into my schedule. And obviously my TBR should take priority. So depending on my time availability, I might have a super awesome wrap up for the month.

What I’m hoping to read next…well, I should read another book or two from the TBR my fiance gave me, so…I guess I will probably try and read Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. But then again, I might pick up Sparks of Light because that should be a decently quick read. Ooh…that would be a decent amount of time travel reads for the month. Totally worth it. I like well done time travel books.

All right, well I do believe that is all for today. Let me know if you have recently read or are currently reading any good books. Every bookworm/book blogger could always use more additions to the never-ending TBR pile, right?

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Book Unhaul Challenge

Hey all, Dani here.

We as members of the online book community often have photos/posts/videos where we showcase our book hauls, but it seems that unhauls are not as popular. Well, the other day I saw a video posted by emmmabooks where she did the Book Unhaul Challenge, which was created by BooksandLala. Seeing as how my bookshelves are getting a little packed and unruly, I figured this would probably be a good challenge for me to try as well.

There are ten categories for this challenge, and the technical rules say to choose one book for each category.

Unfortunately I didn’t exactly find a book to fill each category, but for some categories I found a good number of books that qualify. And then I chose some books that I can unhaul that don’t actually go with any of the categories.

But it was still an experience to go through my bookshelves and weed out some of the books I may not actually get around to or that I probably won’t read again.

Oh, and it absolutely needs to be said that just none of these unhauls are meant to be a personal attack on any book, author, or reader. If one of the books I am getting rid of just happens to be one of your absolute favorite books then I’m sorry. And because I haven’t carried them out of my apartment yet, some of these I could still be persuaded to keep and/or give another chance.

Let’s just jump into it.

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1. A book you rated low

All right, so for this category I actually don’t have a book. If I rated a book low then I already got rid of it. But, I can also say that after many years of being a reader, I have figured out what kinds of books I’m likely to enjoy so I don’t really have many books that I rate low.

2. A book you changed your mind about

Okay, so I found quite a few books that I can put in this category. None of them are books that I have read, but they are ones where I am looking at them now and I just don’t feel like I need to read them like I did when I first learned about them. So let’s just go through the list.

  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
  • The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull
  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

3. A series you won’t be completing

For one of the series I have chosen, I read the first book and I enjoyed it but wasn’t sure that I would read the second one. Then they decided to change the covers for the second one, and I didn’t feel strongly enough about the first to buy a new copy with a matching cover. The next series I technically never started, and the final two I started reading the first books and only read a handful of chapters.

  • Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Lock and Mori series by Heather W Petty
  • Zodiac series by Romina Russell
  • Callipe Reaper-Jones series by Amber Benson

4. A book you DNF’d (did not finish)

Umm….this was a difficult category but I came up with one book. I started it and read 50 or so pages and set it down to read something else and then ended up not picking it back up, and at this point I don’t see myself picking it up again.

  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

5. A book you own multiple copies of

Most of the books I have multiple copies of, there is a reason for it. Like with my different editions of Harry Potter, or my hardcover and paperback editions of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day. But I did manage to find two books where I could get rid of the extra copy. One I had purchased the hardcover at a discount and it was signed, but I met the author at BookExpo and have a signed and personalized paperback edition. The other I got a copy in my OwlCrate box after I had already purchased a copy; the difference is the OwlCrate exclusive cover, but I like the original cover better. (I just wish I had thought to put the signed book plate in the original cover edition).

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

6. A book you’ll never actually get to

There were several books that could have fit in this category, but I used them in other categories. If only I had a lot more time to read, maybe this category wouldn’t have to be filled. Oh well, I have to work so I can pay the bills and all that.

  • The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

7. A book you bought because of the hype

This is probably the biggest unhaul of all of the categories. Because of watching BookTube, I have picked up so many books because it seemed like everyone was talking about it. And looking at my shelves now, I realize that so many of them are books I’m probably not actually going to read. I just don’t have enough time to read everything that sounds partly interesting.

  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone (I read this; I just probably won’t reread it)
  • Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
  • Windfall by Jennifer E Smith
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

8. A book you bought because of the cover

I don’t buy books just because of the cover. If I like the cover then I read the summary and decide to get the book. But I have a few books for this category, because looking at them now I just don’t have that same desire to read them. Oh, and a couple of these were more purchases because of the title. I’m a sucker for books about books or bookstores.

  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
  • Mystic by Jason Denzel
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

9. A book you don’t know anything about

I don’t get books if I know nothing about them. I do a lot of research on books, especially for upcoming releases. But if I am just browsing the stacks and something looks interesting, I’ll read the summary, check out the author bio, and sometimes even pop on Goodreads to look at overall ratings and such. So, I have no books that fit this category.

10. A book you didn’t buy

Okay, so most of these are ARCs I picked up on a whim at BookExpo last year and I’ve realized I’m probably not going to get around to them, and then one of them I won in a Goodreads Giveaway several years ago, and again, just haven’t gotten around to it.

  • Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller
  • The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
  • Parched by Z.L. Arkadie

So that is all for the categories given for this challenge. Now I’m adding a couple of my own.

Not going to reread

  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Libarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox
  • The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Subscription Box Books

I get a book each month in a subscription box (sometimes two) and I’ve tried a couple different subscription boxes. Most of the time the books are ones that I am anticipating, but there have been a few that I’m not all that interested in, and in the case of one, I’m just not going to reread it.

  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (read it, enjoyed it, probably not going to reread it)
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Evergreen Falls by Kimberly Freeman
  • The Spirit Keeper by K.B. Laugheed

Well, that is all from me today. I’m not going to tag anyone in this, but if you are looking to weed out your shelves a little bit, perhaps this challenge is for you. All of my unhauled books will be transported to my local laundromat and put on the freebie shelves there. I have started to see more people reading while doing their laundry, and other people have started to deliver books to the laundromat as well.

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Manga Review: One Punch Man Vol 2

Hey all, Dani here.

It is time for another review post, and once again I am continuing my series of reviews for the manga I have been reading since last year. What can I say, my fiance got me into reading them. And they are great for readathons and for increasing your books read for yearly reading goals. Plus the stories are generally rather interesting and the art is very nice to look at as well.

Today I am back to talk about the next volume in a series that started out as a web comic that parodied stories such as Dragonball Z, where there are characters that are seemingly massively overpowered. Of course, I am talking about One Punch Man, so let’s just go ahead and jump into the review.

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Summary

A manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem – he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! He’s easily taken out a number of monsters, including a crabby creature, a malicious mosquito girl and a muscly meathead. But his humdrum life takes a drastic turn when he meets Genos – a cyborg who wants to uncover the secret behind his strength!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

So, I read this volume at the end of December 2017, and it just increased my enjoyment of this series. My fiance was watching the anime, and at first I was just doing blog work on my computer, but I kept getting distracted as the show kept drawing my focus. Soon enough I was watching it and ignoring my computer and the internet.

And it isn’t the fight sequences or super powers or anything of that nature that makes me interested in this series. No, it is honestly mostly because of main character Saitama. I love how bored he is when it comes to all the monsters he takes on, especially when you consider how worked up he gets about normal things, like discount days at the grocery store.

What gets really fun with this volume is bringing Genos in to the story. Watching him try to convince Saitama to be his mentor and train him to be just as strong was pretty entertaining. But it is also clear that having Genos around could make Saitama’s life a little less dull.

Oh, and can I just say that I love how when there are fight sequences in the manga, there are so many elegant details but then Saitama is just so simple as he pretty much stares blankly ahead. It is so clear by the images that he is just bored by what is going on around him. And it makes sense, seeing as how he defeats anyone he encounters with just a single punch.

So I just enjoy enjoy this series, and I look forward to reading more of the volumes in the future.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of this second volume from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (6)

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe that I’ve been nominated again for this award. Seriously, thank you all so much for enjoying my blog and feeling that I am worthy of being nominated. This time around, my nomination comes from Jenna over at Bookmark Your Thoughts, so please go and check out her blog because she is awesome.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

QUESTIONS I WAS ASKED

  1. What made you want to start a book blog?

    So, I just really like talking about books, and I didn’t really have any big book people around me at home/work and I needed an outlet. Plus, I’ve had blogs before and while I didn’t really have a big follower count or anything (I had 7 followers) and pretty much no commenters, I just enjoyed writing about books. And since this blog I’ve gone to book conventions and I’ve talked with so many of you wonderful people, so I’m glad I decided to try again with book blogging.

  2. Tell us one thing about yourself that you probably haven’t shared in your posts.

    Oh man…umm…see, you guys already know that I’m a reader, a blogger, an author, a geek, and I have mentioned my love of making cupcakes on here before too. Gosh, what can I tell you about me?

  3. Name three books releasing this year that you’re most excited for.

    So this one isn’t that difficult really: Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Release Date: August 28th) is my absolute most anticipated book of the year. I’m also really excited for the release of The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (Release Date: June 26th). For a third release I’m anticipating, I guess I have to go with Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (Release Date: July 3rd), though I’m also excited for The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (Release Date: August 28th). Yay, bonus book!

  4. Name three movies releasing this year that you’re most excited for.

    Oooh…three movies…okay, so Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But I’m also excited for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Aquaman, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Mary Poppins Returns.

  5. Shout out three bloggers you’ve recently started following.

    Yikes, I’ve been bad about following bloggers lately. Because of my hectic schedule at the moment, it has been difficult to even keep up with everyone I’m following already. I’ll just go with the first three that pop up in my reader feed: Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, Paige at Just One More Pa(i)ge, and Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable.

  6. What’s your favourite read of 2018 so far?

    I feel like this question is a spoiler for my upcoming top reads of 2018 (part one) post, but I also can’t pick just one, so here’s three:

  7. Rewatching movies and TV shows: Yes or no?

    Yes, absolutely. I see things I missed with each rewatch, so I like the experience. It’s like rereading books.

  8. What’s your spirit animal?

    Probably something feline in nature…my fiance says housecat, but get on my bad side and probably more like a lion.

  9. Name two pointers you have for book bloggers in regards to writing reviews.

    Don’t give a play by play of the contents of the plot. A lot of those who would read the review probably haven’t read the book yet and most likely don’t want those spoilers.
    Also, it is perfectly fine and acceptable to gush, squee, fangirl/fanboy, rage, etc in your review. We want to know what you liked, what you loved, what bothered you. We just (well, I just) would prefer for these emotive exclamations to be non-spoilery.

  10. Introvert | Ambivert | Extrovert: which best describes you?

    I’m a pretty extroverted introvert, so technically I guess I would be an ambivert.

  11. Name one thing you are grateful for.

    I am so incredibly grateful for my fiance. He came into my life at the perfect time, right as my home life was about to implode. Without him, 2017 would have been so much worse for me, so I am so so lucky to have him in my life.

MY NOMINEES

Well, since I already tagged them earlier in this post, I suppose I’ll go ahead and nominate those three lovely bloggers for this.

– Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile
– Paige at Just One More Pa(i)ge
– Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable
– Kathy at Books & Munches
– Alyssa at A Reader’s Journey
– Holly at Nut Free Nerd
– Katie at Never Not Reading
– Sofii at A Book. A Thought.
– Jenna at J.K. I’m Exploring!
– Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds
– You!

MY QUESTIONS

Jenna’s questions were so interesting, so I will shamelessly just take them and give them to you lovely nominees.

  1. What made you want to start a book blog?
  2. Tell us one thing about yourself that you probably haven’t shared in your posts.
  3. Name three books releasing this year that you’re most excited for.
  4. Name three movies releasing this year that you’re most excited for.
  5. Shout out three bloggers you’ve recently started following.
  6. What’s your favourite read of 2018 so far?
  7. Rewatching movies and TV shows: Yes or no?
  8. What’s your spirit animal?
  9. Name two pointers you have for book bloggers in regards to writing reviews.
  10. Introvert | Ambivert | Extrovert: which best describes you?
  11. Name one thing you are grateful for.

All right, well that is all for today. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

Book Releases, Book Review, Books!, Manga, Signal Boost

What I’m Reading (13)

Hey all, Dani here.

We’re at the middle of the week already? Where is the time going? I feel like this year keeps speeding by faster and faster. According to my Goodreads for my reading challenge I am at 40 books read, which technially puts me roughly 6 books ahead for my goal of 100 books, but I somehow feel like I’m behind. That’s probably because of precisely how many books I read last year, so I’m not close to where I was at this time last year.

But my social life has gotten a bit more full compared to last year. This year I work a good shift at work and it gives me evenings and weekends free, so I’m able to do stuff with friends. Sadly that also means it is a bit harder to schedule in reading time…and I prioritize reading time over writing up blog posts, so I end up with a massive backlog of posts I want to write and it makes it seem like I’ll never have enough time to actually catch up.

I’m trying though. Honestly if I can manage to figure out time in my week where I can fit in about two hours of blogging time, I could probably write up 3 or 4 posts, which would be really nice.

Anyway, welcome back to my What I’m Reading series of posts, where I talk about what I’ve read recently, what I am currently reading, and what I am hoping to read soon.

When it comes to the books I’ve read since this post last week, I finished The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 2.

Okay, so for current reads, I can honestly blame one of my co-workers for changing all of my reading plans. Last week for laundry day I legitimately planned to read through three volumes of manga…and then I asked a co-worker how she was doing with her progress reading the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon. This led to over an hour of talking about the books and the TV series, and I had to admit that I had stopped 100 pages into Dragonfly in Amber because I got distracted by other books. And I haven’t watched season 2 of the show yet, either.

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So, my laundry day reading plans changed, and I took my awesome big floppy paperback edition with me…and then promptly realized that I didn’t remember enough of what actually happened in that 100 pages I had read previously, so I had to start over from the beginning.

This is really fun because this book is definitely not on the TBR my fiance picked out for me for the month of May. What also doesn’t help with my reading through that TBR is the fact that my fiance and I met up with Signy Cullen on Friday and we ended up at Barnes & Noble…so I bought a decent stack of books, a few of them that I would love to be reading right now.

For what I would like to start reading soon, I really should get started on my May TBR, but I also have been really looking forward to one of the books I just picked up, so I’m going to make a deal with myself. My next read will be a TBR read, and then when I finish that, I can read Ship It by Britta Lundin. The TBR read I will read will probably be The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, because I have heard great things about the trilogy and have been meaning to read it for a while now.

 

 

Book Review, Books!, Manga, Signal Boost

Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 4

Hey all, Dani here.

So…I forgot to post my Manga Monday review last week. I’m sorry. I was at work on Monday when I realized that I had not spent the time pre-writing up my early week posts, and by that point there was no way I would get the post up for that day, especially since I had to edit my mom’s final paper/project for the college course she is taking through work. She is not really a paper writer, but she tries really hard to do well. Thankfully she has a daughter who has a degree in English and a library degree, so I’m like a one-stop reference shop for her. I edit her more important papers and then she buys me food. It is a nice system.

Anyway, last week I was planning on having my review up for One Punch Man Vol 2, so I’m just pushing that one back to next week…because I’m trying to get through all of the My Hero Academia volume reviews without posting them every single week, so I’m alternating them.

Actually I need to read more volumes of One Punch Man as well. I’ve only read 3, and there are 13 out here in the US. Right now my manga focus has shifted over to The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which I’m really enjoying, so reviews for those will be coming in the future too.

Okay, enough rambling. Let’s just jump into the review.

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Summary

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The U.A. High sports festival is a chance for the budding heroes to show their stuff and find a superhero mentor. The students have already struggled through a grueling preliminary round, but now they have to team up to prove they’re capable of moving on to the next stage. The whole country is watching, and so are the shadowy forces that attacked the academy…

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so here’s the thing: I thought that the sports festival story arc was rather interesting. I enjoyed watching it on the anime, and then getting to experience it again when I picked up the manga was really cool. I got to spend more time studying the panels and seeing the details for each character and how they are using their Quirks. It is part of the reason I don’t at all mind that I watched the adaptation before reading the source material. (Though, for the record, I am now ahead of the show so everything is back to the way I normally prefer: book then adaptation).

The team up aspect of this round of the sports festival was really cool too. It was intriguing to see how certain teams came together based on character personalities, Quirks, and ranking. One of the things that I adore about Midoriya is that he has been studying heroes/villains/Quirks for so long that he analyzes everything–sometimes past the point of overanalyzation. But that sometimes works out for him. So watching him process the pros and cons of his classmates and who he should team up with was fascinating.

So pretty much I am really enjoying the way this series is going. The characters keep developing more and more, and we keep learning more about each of them. We get to see as they learn to use their Quirks in new ways, and we get to see their relationships develop and deepen, and sometimes we get to see their struggles. They are facing a lot rather early on in their education/training. I hope this series at least goes a little past them graduating and becoming full heroes, even if that is a short term spin-off or whatever.

If you like superheroes or books/series in a school setting, then this is a series I would definitely recommend.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of My Hero Academia Vol 4 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.