Manga Madness Wrap-Up

Hey all, Dani here.

I went into this readathon with high expectations. Knowing that I read volumes of manga really quickly, I envisioned getting through most of what my fiance and I got for Christmas.

What I was conveniently not thinking about was the fact that I returned to my old job this past week after nine months on special assignment. That meant that I had to adjust from working basically an office job to a manual labor job–I work at a factory that builds laundry dryers.

So what happened was from Monday to Wednesday, I did no reading at all. My mind was exhausted and my body was just one aching mass of muscles.

Basically I did not read nearly as much as I had wanted to, but I still managed to get through a few volumes of manga to start my 2018 reading goal with a nice little boost.

Let’s just jump into the wrap up.

On Sunday, day one of the readathon, I started with My Hero Academia, Vol 7 while at the laundromat and managed to finish it. Thankfully I had brought a few volumes with me and so I immediately jumped into Vol 8. By the time I finished my laundry, I had reached around the halfway point.

And that’s where I stayed until Thursday morning. On Thursday we decided to call off work for the day because we were so tired and sore. This worked in my favor because I was able to do a little reading and a little work on some blog posts and trying to catch up on watching a few BookTube videos. Because of how draining work has been, I have fallen even more behind on reading all of your lovely posts. I’m beginning to feel like I’m going to have to pick and choose what posts to read in my backlog to catch up and then just make sure to schedule time every couple days to stay caught up. I will figure something out.

Anyway, on Thursday I finished My Hero Academia Vol 8 and then took a quick break to watch a couple BookTube videos while I ate breakfast. Then I made my way through Vol 9 before writing up a couple blog posts. Yes, I have figured out that I also have a massive backlog of various blog posts I need to find the time to write up. This process is not going to be as simple as I would have hoped a couple weeks ago.

Then we reached Friday. I was determined to read My Hero Academia Vol 10. Thankfully I am kind of an early riser, and my fiance and a friend of ours sleep a little later. So I closed myself off in my library and started reading…and working on the blog…and still trying to catch up on BookTube videos.

So pretty much, because my focus was divided amongst all the various tasks I felt like I needed to do…I ended up not accomplishing much at all.

I did finish My Hero Academia by the end of the readathon. So, I read 4 volumes of manga over the course of a week. Not really my greatest success story of readathons, but hey, 4 volumes is better than nothing, and I feel glad that I managed to finish off what I did.

I’ll keep rolling out manga reviews, but it may take a bit of time. I’m still trying to get my body used to my new work load. In the meantime, I am currently reading Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, and I’m also trying to get some more tags and reviews prepped up for the blog. Sorry if my posts start to be a bit more sporadic. I’ll get a new post schedule figured out as soon as I can manage it.


The Road So Far (2)

Hey all, Dani here.

Why mess with the tradition I started last year? I might as well keep using the awesome “Supernatural” reference for my retrospective over the last year. You can find my overview of 2016 here.

Today also happens to be my 2 year blogaversary. I started this blog in 2016 to help me cope with my paternal grandmother’s death. Well, technically that was the catalyst for starting it; I had been thinking of starting up a blog again for a while because I needed to talk about books with someone.

2017 was such a rollercoaster year for me, and yet, looking back I wouldn’t change any of the lows I went through. Not only because the highs really kept me afloat, but also because the lows allowed me to fully understand how great the highs were.

Anyway, in January I found out that I was approved for the vacation days from work that would allow me to go to Book Expo and BookCon. Though I knew I was going alone, I knew that I would have a fun time surrounded by other book lovers and getting to check out a bunch of upcoming releases.

Also in January, my parents separated after 30 years together, and started the process of getting a divorce. The drama and issues from this event would send shockwaves through roughly 2/3 of the year.

I lost myself in books, both reading them and buying them. I pushed myself to work more on my blog, and to start interacting more with other members of the book community. It was the start to me really feeling like a good book blogger. But in those early months it was also the way I had to cope with what was happening in my life. Well, my books and Dungeons & Dragons.

It was Dungeons & Dragons that introduced me to the man who I would start dating in April. As it turns out this would be the event that helped me get through everything else. Admittedly, I know some people in my real life got annoyed with how much I gushed about my guy and how great things were. I can’t help it that my life started to feel like I was part of a romance story.

After my trip to NYC for Book Expo and BookCon, my blog really started to take off. I reached 100 followers, and later in the year 200. I’m not sure when follower 250 came around, but it might have been just before 2017 ended. So thank you to each and every one of you who has joined me in this process. You are all amazing.

Even with my work and my relationship, I somehow managed to still keep up with all of my reading and blogging, and actually I started having posts go up every single day, something I never would have thought I would be able to do.

I participated in quite a few readathons over the course of the year, from both sessions of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons, to a few other assorted events. All in all I think those helped me connect with more of you, and to read a bunch more books. The 24 Hour events always seem much more successful to me than the week long events, but I still keep trying with them. Hey, any excuse to read more, right?

I rekindled my fondness for manga in 2017, and I can honestly say that I am devouring so many of them. My list of manga reviews waiting to be written up is getting decently long.

Oh, and my boyfriend and I were able to go to Indianapolis in August with another friend of ours for a one day pass to Gen Con, which is a gaming convention. There we were able to get a lot of books, dice, and games, as well as to meet the cast of Critical Role. It was a really fun day.

For the 12th time I participated in NaNoWriMo, and managed to earn my 12th win, but I realize that the novel that came out is mostly incoherent. With any luck I’ll be able to start from scratch and re-write the book in 2018. I’d actually love to be able to share it with the world. And it would be nice to really get back into writing (and possibly publishing) again.

And I managed to do a TBR purge and go through a list of well of 800 books on Goodreads, taking it down to just over 400 books. I imagine this will be something I’ll have to do again soon, but I still feel pretty good with where I’m at now.

But, the greatest event of 2017 was towards the end of December. On Friday, December 22nd, on a day when we thankfully had a shutdown day at work, my boyfriend and I went shopping at Barnes & Noble where he both bought more books than me and spent more money than me. You guys, that rarely happens. You’ve seen my typical book hauls. I usually get a heck of a lot of books.

After that shopping trip, we made our way to the zoo, where we walked around for a couple hours, looking at all of the animals and then also checking out the massive holiday light display they put up each year. And it was while sitting on a bench overlooking Conservation Lake at the zoo, that my wonderful boyfriend sank down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was honestly just like a scene out of a Hallmark channel holiday movie, and I so look forward to seeing what our future will be like.

I hope you all had some moments of 2017 that were really nice as well, and I hope that we all have a very nice 2018.

Manga Madness Readathon TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

I know, I know. Another weekend post already. But this was not something I was originally planning, but I needed to get my TBR up for this because it takes place this upcoming week: January 7-13, 2018. I found out about this post thanks to Kathy over at Books & Munches because she is awesome and she also remembered that I got a lot of manga for Christmas.

Manga Madness is being hosted by Jade at Drink Coffee and Read Books. There are two ways to do this challenge: complete the bingo board challenge for the readathon, or just read whatever you want. Now Jade is planning on holding this readathon every couple of months, so if you can’t participate this time around, keep an eye out and perhaps you can jump in next time. You can even follow @MMReadathon on Twitter for updates.

Considering I A) just learned about this readathon on Friday, and B) just got a bunch of manga for Christmas, I’m not going to be attempting the bingo board this time around. I’m just going to focus on reading as much as I can.

So, okay, this is going to be a decently short post, but here are some of the volumes on my potential TBR. I’m going to see how many of them I can get through in the next week.

That’s all for today. Happy Reading everyone!


December Wrap-Up and January TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Well, 2018 is off to a great start already, don’t you think? A lot of cool books have already been released, and we have a large number of great books releasing in the next few months.

However, today we are not here to talk about that. No, today I am here to recap everything I read in December, as well as to share my OwlCrate unboxing photo, and of course, my December book haul. Obviously, as it was Christmas, I ended up getting quite a few books.

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 2 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Promise Part 3 (5 stars)

Dear Martin (4.5 stars)

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (4.5 stars)

The Librarian of Auschwitz (4.5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Search Part 1 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Search Part 2 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Search Part 3 (5 stars)

Searching for Billy Shakespeare (4.5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift Part 1 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift Part 2 (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift Part 3 (5 stars)

Gunslinger Girl (5 stars)

A Madeline Treasury (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 3 (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 4 (5 stars)

Heroine Complex (4 stars)

The Forgotten Book (4 stars)

Waterworld Vol 1 Ezra (5 stars)

One Punch Man Vol 1 (5 stars)

One Punch Man Vol 2 (5 stars)

One Punch Man Vol 3 (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 5 (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 6 (5 stars)

Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 Vol 1 (5 stars)

Obviously I read a lot of manga in the month of December. For my Diverse December TBR though, I didn’t do that great. I only read 4 books from the list of 13 I had pulled together. I do still plan on reading the other 9 books from that list though, so expect more diverse reads reviews in the future. As well as a bunch of manga reviews because I do plan on writing up reviews for pretty much all of these. It will make a nice bank of drafted posts I can use if I ever need something to fill a space in my schedule.

Okay, and now I guess I will move into my OwlCrate unboxing portion of this post.


I really enjoyed this box, especially that Harry Potter tote bag. I am getting a lot of use out of it so far. Oh, and the planner should come in handy too, especially since it has pages to keep track of the books you’ve read and what rating was given to them.

Now I guess it is time to move on to the book haul section, and I am not at all ashamed to admit that this is a considerably larger haul than what I normally end up sharing. BUT, to be fair and completely honest, some of these books were purchased by my boyfriend, but I’m including them here because all of the books are being stored in our library.

But before I get into the books we purchased or were given to us as gifts, I first need to mention a couple of books I won or received.


First is this ARC of The Hazel Wood, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway, my first time in over four years. I had actually stopped checking on if I had won or not so I was completely surprised when this book arrived in my mailbox. Nevertheless I am very happy to have it, so expect a review soon. Second, is The Heart Forger, which I did not win in a giveaway, but there was no note inside or even a return address. What was inside the package was a signed bookplate, a bookmark, and a Bone Witch sticker. My assumption is that this came via the publisher, and I am so excited about this. I absolutely loved the first book and raved about it in 2017, so to get to read this one early as well makes me very very happy.

Okay, well here it is, the moment I’ve been looking forward to but also dreading. I might as well just get it over with and get all my book purchase photos in this post already.


So, what do you think? Did we get enough books? Haha, no of course we didn’t. Books are fantastic, and I am so happy that I have friends and family who basically just give me gift cards so I can get the books I want, or that they ask for recommendations for books on my wish list.

The final portion of this post, of course, is the January TBR

  • Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (NetGalley)
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Goodreads Giveaway)
  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller (NetGalley)
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Don’t Cosplay with my Heart by Cecil Castellucci
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Everless by Sara Holland

Now, I’ll probably end up reading a few more manga volumes as well, but I’m not making them a priority. Then again, they are super easy to read, so who knows what will happen.


Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 2

Hey all, Dani here.

Obviously I’ve been reading quite a bit of comic books, graphic novels, and manga lately. I guess I’ve just been in the mood for them. They’re usually fun quick reads and sometimes we just need that. Plus it’s cool to give your mind’s eye a break from imagining every detail. I mean these kinds of stories do have lovely illustrations.

Anyway, today I’m here with the second volume for this series. You can find my review of the first volume here. Now, I will say that I love the anime for this series as well and am very much anticipating season 3 next year. Until then I can keep myself occupied with reading the manga series. Right now there are only 10 volumes out, with the 11th one expected to be released in Feb 2018.



What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? 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?

Getting into U.A. High School was difficult enough, but it was only the beginning of Izuku’s long road toward becoming a superhero. The new students all have some amazing powers, and although Izuku has inherited All Might’s abilities, he can barely control them. Then the first-year students are told they will have to compete just to avoid being expelled!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

I just love this series. Some of the Quirks are just so interesting, and it is fun to learn about all of the different characters. This particular installment starts to really show us more about Izuku Midoriya’s classmates.

One of my favorite parts about reading the manga is that there are behind the scenes details about the characters and how they developed. For example there are a couple Quirks given to the students that were originally planned for professional heroes, but it was changed to see how a person with a lot less training would handle things. Then there are characters like Tsuyu Asui, who was originally going to be a boy, but it was decided that more girl characters were needed. I can’t imagine Froppy being any other way.

Also, I’ll just go ahead and say it…Tsuyu is one of my favorite characters.

Plus, I think I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy superhero stories. There’s just something fun about stories with people who just happen to have unique abilities, especially when they decide to do something with them.

And I’m just curious to see how all the characters will develop. I want to see Todoroki reach a point where he embraces both sides of his power. I want to see more with Momo and Iida and Tokayami and Ochako. Oh, and I definitely want to see what happens with both Midoriya and All-Might as this journey continues.

I’m really glad my boyfriend and I decided to randomly try this series months ago. It has become one of our favorite shows…and I’m sure as soon as he starts reading these, he’ll love the manga too. I started reading them as soon as they arrived in the mail because I know I read much faster than he does.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of My Hero Academia Vol 2 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, Comixology, or your local independent book store.


Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 1

Hey all, Dani here.

Hello everyone and welcome to the final Monday of November. This month has flown by. I can’t believe that we only have one month left in the year. Anyway, I recently bought a selection of graphic novels and manga because I enjoy having some quick fun reads around, and also my boyfriend wants to get back into reading manga, so this works for both of us. One of the series I decided to pick up to start reading is the one I’m featuring today. Clearly I enjoy superpowered individuals and their stories so I was expecting to enjoy this, and I was right. Let’s just jump into the review.



What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? 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?

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Oh, I suppose I should have started off by saying that my boyfriend and I also watch the anime of this one and we’ve already watched both seasons and are now waiting for news about the release of season 3. So really, reading this volume felt like starting the series over again. But you know what, I still greatly enjoyed it.

Also, it has been a number of years since I last picked up a manga, but the format didn’t slow down my reading at all. For those who aren’t aware, manga is bound up like a standard book, but you read from what is normally thought of as the back all the way up to the front. And you also start at the top right of the page and read to the left before going down to the next set of panels and continuing to read right to left throughout the book. So it can be a bit daunting or confusing in the beginning, but after a while, I think you really get used to it.

It was nice to be introduced to Midoriya again. He is such an adorable nerdy fanboy when it comes to superheroes and I can’t help but like him from the beginning. All he wants to do is to become a hero as well, but he was born without a quirk, which means that pretty much everyone believes that he won’t actually make it anywhere.

But Midoriya is not one to give up. I absolutely love his perseverance. He has been studying and preparing his whole life to become a hero, and one of the first steps is to get into U.A. High School. A random encounter with the top hero, All Might, is what truly sets Midoriya on his path.

Now he has to figure out this new quirk he has been given, all while navigating other issues, like his school nemesis Bakugo, and making friends, and oh yeah, dealing with some pretty powerful villain types.

Basically there is a lot going on in this series and I adore it. I need to start collecting the rest of the volumes so I can devour them as well. Right now there are only 10 volumes out, so I should be able to catch up in no time. And what was really cool about this volume is that in between each of the issues, there is a behind the scenes page where the author/creator talks about certain characters, how they developed, and what it’s like to draw them. I just think that is a really cool addition to toss in. It adds to the reading experience.

Where to Buy

You can pick this lovely volume up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, Comixology, or your local indie bookstore or probably even your local comic book store.