Month: July 2017

July Wrap Up

July Wrap Up

It feels a little odd writing this since I haven’t even been blogging for a full month yet, but oh well. So, anyway, this month’s been fun and has shown me how bad I am at managing my time lol I’ve finally started reading novels again after months of mostly reading manga, though the occasional series does still sneak its way in there. I started reviewing books again rather than just finishing them and moving […]

Posted 31 July, 2017
General

Review ♦︎ Falling Kingdoms

Review ♦︎ Falling Kingdoms

I feel like this review is going to be hard to write. This book isn’t amazing, and it has some issues with worldbuilding and characterisation, but I enjoyed it. Or, well, parts of it anyway. Mytica is made up of three kingdoms, and they all sound the same. Sure, they’re described differently—the bountiful one, the poor one, the strict and religious one—but they all talk the same ways. There’s no slang, there aren’t many references to […]

Posted 30 July, 2017
Book Review

Review ♦︎ The Bone Witch

Review ♦︎ The Bone Witch

“Tea,” the figure said. But then it smiled, and it was Fox’s smile, quiet and kind. The Bone Witch is slow to start. The worldbuilding is great, I love the world building and the descriptions are lovely. However, not a lot happens and it drags for a while in the middle before finally getting to the plot in the last ten to fifteen percent of the book. There is so much world building; there’s so much […]

Posted 29 July, 2017
Book Review

I Love Fandom

I Love Fandom

I kinda wanna talk about fandom for a bit, so: I don’t write fic anymore (when will my writing skills come home from the war?), I can’t draw worth a damn, and beautiful meta or theories about characters or shows seem to be beyond me. But I greatly admire the people who do, especially those that can do it consistently. I’ve always been pretty scared about involving myself in fandom too much; I wrote a fic […]

Posted 28 July, 2017
General

Review ♦︎ Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Vol. 1-4

Review ♦︎ Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Vol. 1-4

Narumi and Hirotaka start dating out of convenience; they’re both otaku, they’re both single, and they both enjoy each other’s company. It’s a great idea, and it works well for them. It’s almost as if they’re not dating. Narumi is adorable and a bit of an all-rounder otaku (games, manga, idols, etc); her main interests are shoujo manga and BL. Hirotaka is dead-set on games, he’ll give other things a chance if you recommend them, but he’s […]

Posted 27 July, 2017
Book Review

Do comics really count?

Do comics really count?

Recently I finished my Goodreads Challenge goal of reading 100 books. It’s not as great as it sounds lol It’s mostly manga which brings me to what this post is about. Ages back, back when I was far more active in booklr, I found a post where someone was complaining about people who ‘only read comics’ and how ‘comics/manga shouldn’t count for Goodreads Challenges’ because it’s mostly images. I can kind of half-understand where they’re […]

Posted 26 July, 2017
General

Translating Woes

Translating Woes

If you follow me on twitter you might see me complaining about translating every now and then (or a lot). Mostly it’s complaints about not translating and other times it’s complaints about silly typos. What I usually want to complain about, though, is that my Japanese is so damn awful. So, translating woes… AKA Jade complains about her Japanese proficiency for far longer than necessary. Let me just say, before I get into this, that […]

Posted 25 July, 2017
Japanese

Not to be a hipster, but…

Not to be a hipster, but…

I have to admit before I start that there are a lot of popular books I like; I can quite easily join in the hype about a new announcement for a book in a series or a book that’s getting a lot of attention for its representation, etc, etc. I’m not denying that at all. I buy a lot of books based on hype. Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone’s reading the same books these days, everyone’s […]

Posted 24 July, 2017
General

Review ♦︎ Dating You / Hating You

Review ♦︎ Dating You / Hating You

I slump my shoulders in mock defeat. “But that’s in married territory.” “We don’t have tickets to that side of the room,” Carter adds. Give me these awkward nerds or give me death! Dating You / Hating You switches points of view between Evie and Carter each chapter, and both of them are complete messes of awkward and very entertaining. Evie, or Evil as Carter calls her, is in her thirties, married to her work, […]

Posted 23 July, 2017
Book Review

Review ♦︎ If We Were Villains

Review ♦︎ If We Were Villains

It’s been days and I’m still not over this book; I think everyone at work is sick of me recommending it, but it’s really good okay. If We Were Villains switches between present time, where Oliver has finally been released from prison, and his past at Dellecher Classical Conservatory. The characters lives are entrenched in Shakespeare that sometimes, even for them, it’s hard to tell where one of them ends and the role begins. They swap […]

Posted 22 July, 2017
Book Review