TTT: Top 10 Graphic Novels & Manga on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).  

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is graphic novels and comics so I decided to include manga as well! It’s been a while since I’ve done a comics post on my blog so I’m excited to be putting together this one today.  In recent years, I’ve found myself gravitating away from the toxicity of the comics industry in favor of full length novels and manga.  There were a bunch of personal experiences with creators that turned me off to comics in general which breaks my heart because I love the medium dearly but I think it’s helped me identify the stories that are right for me.  My comics and graphic novels TBR is much shorter than it ever has been but I’m genuinely thrilled for all the books I have to look forward to.  Here they are!

  1. Archie Volume Two by Mark Waid and Veronica Fish – I LOVED the first volume of the rebooted Archie and I picked up the second volume as soon as it was released but I have yet to read it.  Last week I watched Riverdale and it really sparked my interest in continuing the series ASAP!
  2. Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat Volume 2: Don’t Stop Me’ow by Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams – Patsy Walker is probably my current favorite Marvel superhero (yes, even more than Spider-Gwen!).  I really loved the first volume from Patsy’s sass to the trendy clothes and the inclusion of She-Hulk and I can’t wait to dive into volume 2!
  3. Phonogram by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie – I’ve been meaning to read this one for years.  I love Gillen and McKelvie collectively as a creative team (Young Avengers is like, my favorite thing ever) and I’m so curious about this one of their earlier works! I love that it centers around music and I really need to read it already.
  4. The Wicked + The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie – See, here they are again. I loved the artwork and the unique story concept in the first volume but I haven’t gotten to volume 2 just yet. Must rectify!
  5.  &  6. Giant Days Volumes 2 & 3 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman – I wish there were more titles out there like Giant Days! It’s a slice of life story following three very different roommates during college.  Each character is completely lovable in their own way and I can never chose a favorite because I love them all so much!

7. Fruits Basket Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya – I loved this anime and I read the first volume when it was released.  Thankfully, these beautiful collector’s editions of Fruits Basket have been released so rapidly! I honestly can’t keep up with how often each new volume debuts but there are no complaints here! I actually have volumes 2-8 currently sitting unread on my shelf and the 9th should be coming out shortly!

8. Princess Jellyfish Volume 3 by Akiko Higashimura – This is one of my favorite manga series that’s finally being released in the U.S.! I devoured the first two volumes but I haven’t yet read the 3rd. I’m actually having the opposite issue of Fruits Basket, I hate not having another volume to look forward to once I finish so I’m saving it for closer to when volume 4 comes out!

9. Komomo Confiserie Volume 3 by Maki Minami – This manga is so much fun.  It’s honestly not the best story but I’m completely in love with the illustrations.  I didn’t get really into it until the end of the second volume, but I love the dresses and pastries and it’s only 5 volumes so I’m planning on finishing up soon.

10. Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches Volume 8 by Miki Yoshikawa – I basically inhaled volumes 1-7 of this series! I swear I never binge read a manga series so fast in my life but I loved the characters and the concept of this unusual story.  I took a short break since I didn’t have too many volumes left to read but now I’ve got 8-12 calling to me!

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TTT: Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).  For my own sanity my Top Ten Tuesdays will always be Top Twelve Tuesdays because the graphics just look better that way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is exciting for the sheer fact that Spring is on it’s way! We’ve had such beautiful weather here in New York the past few weeks and I can’t wait to start going out for more walks and enjoying all the beautiful flowers that’ll start appearing soon<3 Whenever Winter ends and Spring begins, I tend to shift over to contemporary reads but there are just so many wonderful fantasy books coming out soon that I can’t even imagine not including them here.  What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

TTT- Books on my Spring TBR

Books Mentioned

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (goodreads)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (goodreads)

Eon by Alison Goodman (goodreads)

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (goodreads)

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (goodreads)

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (goodreads)

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood (goodreads)

The Siren by Kiera Cass (goodreads)

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (goodreads)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (goodreads)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (goodreads)

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (goodreads)

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TTT: Top Ten Books To Read if You’re in the Mood For a Fairytale Retelling

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above). 

This week’s topic allowed for a bit of customization so I decided to spotlight books to read if you’re in the mood for a great fairytale retelling.  Four of the below are books that I’ve read and six are currently on my TBR.  This winter I’ve been in such a fairytale mood<3

TTT- Fairy Tale Retellings

Books Mentioned

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review) / (Goodreads)

Reign of Shadows (Review) / (Goodreads)

Sunshine by Robin McKinely (Goodreads)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Review) / (Goodreads)

Beauty by Robin McKinley (Goodreads)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Goodreads)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Goodreads)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (Goodreads)

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (Goodreads)

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TTT: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).  For my own sanity my Top Ten Tuesdays will always be Top Twelve Tuesdays because the graphics just look better that way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is inspired by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner’s New to the Queue blog series.  For this challenge I just went to my Goodreads page and chose 10 books that I’ve added to my TBR recently that I haven’t necessarily talked about a lot on my blog yet.  I didn’t include the next book in a series if I haven’t already read the previous book and many of my choices don’t have covers yet.  In fact, many of my picks are so new that you can’t even preorder them yet!

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The Books

1 – Untitled (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) by Jodi Meadows – This new trilogy by Jodi Meadows sound really intriguing.  There isn’t too much information about it anywhere yet but it does involve illegal dragon trafficking so that sounds pretty promising. (Goodreads)

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2 – Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – As soon as I heard Laini Taylor would be releasing a new book this year I immediately added it to my TBR.  I don’t even need to know what this is about to be excited for it!  (Goodreads)

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3 – Three Dark Crowns (Untitled #1) by Kendare Blake – In 2015 I fell in love with Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood duology and I’m so excited to read everything else she writes.  I heard Kendare talk about her new series on the First Draft podcast and I literally paused in the middle so I could add it to my Goodreads TBR.  It’s inspired by bees and it follows three sisters on a remote island but only one of them is destined to be queen.  In order to claim their throne, they’re tasked with assassinating the other two sisters. (Goodreads)

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4 – Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell is an auto buy author for me so when I heard about Kindred Spirits there was no question I would be getting it as soon as humanly possible.  Kindred Spirits is a novella being released for World Book Day (it’s only 96 pages!) and there is no information about it at all but I know I’m going to love it. (Goodreads)

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5 – Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Untitled #1) – I heard about this book yesterday while watching Alexa’s ALA book haul and as soon as she said it’s pitched as the YA The Night Circus I added it to my shelf.  Upon reading more about it, the description also says that it’s great for fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series so basically I am the target market for this magical new series.  (Goodreads)Heart separator6 – The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee – This is another one that sold me when I heard that it’s a sort of novelization of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  It’s a bit out of my element as it’s adult historical fiction (it takes place in the 18th century in France) but because I loved Passenger by Alexandra Bracken so much, I’m much more willing to branch out into this new – to – me genre. (Goodreads)Heart separator7 – Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken – Speaking of Passenger… this is an obvious recent add.  I am so in love with the story in the first book and the cliffhanger at the end had me wishing for 2017 because I literally need the conclusion to this duology soon or I don’t know how I can possibly go on! (Time travel + Pirates = BAE) (Goodreads)Heart separator8 – Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard – Another sequel I’ll be waiting forever for is the follow up to Susan Dennard’s new series, The Witchlands, the first book being Truthwitch (which is the Spines With Wines book of the month!).  Since the first book just debuted two weeks ago, we have no synopsis yet for book 2 but I NEED it.  Truthwitch was an incredible first book that laid the groundwork for what is sure to be an epic fantasy series.  (Goodreads)Heart separator

9 – Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff – Nevernight is the first book in a new fantasy series by Jay Kristoff who is one half of the author duo behind Illuminae.  What immediately peaked my interest in Nevernight is that it’s a revenge story.  There’s something about revenge stories where the main character dedicates their entire life to exacting revenge against people who’ve wronged their families that really gets me.  I think it’s because of my undying love of The Count of Monte Cristo.  (Goodreads)Heart separator

10 – The Cruel Prince (TheFolk of Air #1) by Holly Black – This new book by Holly Black isn’t due out until 2018 so it’ll be quite a long wait, but I’m excited that Holly is revisiting the world of the Fae.  The Goodreads description has a quote by Holly stating that “this series will delve deeper into the strange, glittering, malicious courts of Faerie than I’ve gone before.”  Yes, please! (Goodreads)

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TTT: Top Ten 2015 Contemporary Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).  For my own sanity my Top Ten Tuesdays will always be Top Twelve Tuesdays because the graphics just look better that way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I realized that a lot of the books I included in my Top 16 Books I Want to Read in 2016 are from the fantasy genre and while that’s helpful for completing the Flight of Fantasy Reading Challenge, I didn’t want to be repetitive in my second Top Ten Tuesday post.  I decided to make this list specifically about contemporary novels that were released in 2015 that I didn’t get to read but meant to.

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The Books

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydeu
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road) by Katie McGarry

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TTT: Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday’s are a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which anyone who participates creates a Top Ten list of books based on a weekly prompt they provide (the list for advance topics can be found by clicking the link above).  

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesdays after reading plenty of everyone else’s posts throughout 2015.  I thought bookish resolutions would be the perfect place to jump in since it’s January which means it’s a great time for new beginnings and fresh starts!  I’m not necessarily going to be creating a post for the topic every single Tuesday but I’ll definitely be joining in on the topics I find most interesting.

TTT 2016 Bookish Resolutions

1) Reading goals

In 2015 I set my Goodreads reading goal at 100 books and I ended up surpassing my goal by 8 books which I’m very proud of considering that I had some slow months in the latter half of the year.  I’ve decided to set the same 100 book goal for myself this year because I have a lot going on (ie. wedding planning) and since I was satisfied at the end of 2015, I’ll be happy if I reach or surpass the same goal in 2016!  I also want to complete all of the 2016 Reading Challenges I signed up for!

2 Reviewing goals

I did a fantastic job of reviewing the majority of books I read in 2015 and I want to continue on that path in 2016.  There were a few reviews that I wish I would’ve written a little closer to when I had finished reading (just because procrastinating bothers me, not because I feel like it effected the content of the review in any way).

3 Book Buying Goals

Unlike most people, my book buying goal doesn’t necessarily have to do with buying less books or spending less money on books because a big goal for me in 2016 is to build an even better Book Collection.  I really want to invest in collectible editions of some of my favorites (I’m particularly eying some Folio Society editions).  I also want to make a huge effort to read my new release books right away instead of letting them sit on my shelf until they end up in a video like this.

4 Book Photography Goals

I mentioned in my End of the Year Survey that I’ve gotten really critical of my photos to the point where I don’t post as much as I want to because I feel like the reality of my photos don’t live up to the ~expectations~ I hold myself to (it’s RLY hard to get good photos when you leave for work before the sun rises and come home after it sets).  I want to make an effort to take a bunch of photos on weekends that I can edit and post throughout the week.  My goal is to to post at least one Bookstagram Photo a day (Monday – Friday) for all of 2016.  Ambitious, I know!

5 BookTube Goals

I’m really proud of how consistently I was able to post videos on my BookTube channel in 2015.  February will be my one year mark and there’s a good chance I will hit 100 videos by that time! (Thanks in huge part to Andrew’s incredible editing skills).  In 2016 I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing because it’s my favorite non-work-thing-that-I-treat-like-a-work-thing that I do.

6 Read-a-thon Goals

I want to actively participate in at least 3 read-a-thons this year.  I’m currently working on the TBR Takedown 3.0 event which runs through the 10th and I’m definitely planning on participating in BookTube-A-Thon again because that was one of my favorites.  I’m also considering RYBSAT.  I’ve always wished I could do Deweys 24 Hour Read-A-Thon but I’m an old lady so there’s no way I could stay up for 24 hours reading.  There have been numerous times where I’ve tried to read before bed and woke up to my book falling on my face.

7 Book Blogging Community Goals

2015 was the year that I discovered what a huge community of book bloggers there are, thanks in large part to Alexa of Alexa Loves Books who hosted the Book Bloggers Love-A-Thon.  I met the majority of book bloggers I interact with regularly during that event and I couldn’t be more thankful!  I want to participate in so many more events like this in 2016 (like the OTSP Secret Sister Project, TBTB Secret Santa which is how I met Michelle of Pink Polka Dot Books and I’ll definitely be doing the Love-A-Thon again).  I’m really looking forward to making even more online friends that may someday turn into IRL friends.   I also want to attend more bookish events since there are SO many in NYC.  I feel like I have no excuse for not going to them all! And lastly, I want to make an effort to comment more on the sites that I follow and read every single day.  There are probably a ton of people who don’t even know that I keep up with all of their post because of my lack of comments but I swear I’m there and I’m listening!

8 Book Unhaul Goals

I really need to do a major book unhaul and purge my current collection of books I’m never going to re-read, books I thought were okay but I don’t have shelf space for, books I really dislike but I’ve kept so I can hold them up for negative questions in BookTube tag videos and just some old ones that I’ve lost interest in.  I just need to make sure I can find a good place to donate my babies and to know that they’ll be loved once I let them go!

9 Goodreads Goals

My number one Goodreads goal (besides the year challenge I previously mentioned) is to keep extremely organized shelves so my end of the year posts will be easier to complete.  I remember last year seeing the billion shelves many book bloggers have and thinking yikes! that seems like a nightmare to keep up with.  Then I did all of these end of the year posts and I kept thinking, WHY DIDN’T I CREATE MORE GOODREADS SHELVES?!

10 Bookish Organization Goals

Since 2016 started I’ve been using Hazel of Stay Bookish’s Book Blog Planner and I’m pretty obsessed with it! The design is just beautiful and it’s really helped me stay organized so far.  I may have even outlined some things I want to do in December of 2016 because that’s how far ahead it’s inspiring me to plan.  I also want to make sure that I always carry TWO notebooks (one for blog ideas and one for BookTube ideas) with me at all times.  The amount of times I’ve had a great idea and forgotten it due to not writing it down is unacceptable.  Lastly, I’m going to continue keeping an iPhone list of books read by month in addition to Goodreads updates because I’ve been doing this since 2012 so it’s really just pure habit at this point.

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