Today, I’m coming to you with a quick TBR post for #MangaMadnessReadathon. This round will run for 2 weeks from October 25th – November 8th. If you would like to join you can read the Announcement and all the informationHERE. I’ll be doing the Bingo Board again this round, although, I do have some other options for if I finish the Bingo Board early. So, again here’s the Bingo Board:
I accidently doubled up on one of the prompts so if you don’t want to do it twice, an alternative prompt could be to read a manga with a morally grey/ambiguous character, so basically a character who is neither good nor bad, this will be prompt I’ll be using instead.
Award Winning Manga – InuYasha Volume 11
Horror Manga – Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 3
Non Human or Half Human Main Character – InuYasha Volume 12
Focuses on Villain – The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 1
Set outside of Japan – Black Butler Volume 3
Adapted to Live Action – InuYasha Volume 13
Adapted to Anime – InuYasha Volume 14
Not Been Adapted – The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 8
Steampunk Elements – Full Metal Alchemist Volume 3
Character who Transforms – InuYasha Volume 15
Featuring Manga (or Otaku Culture) – Princess Jellyfish Volume 1
Name in Title – InuYasha Volume 16
Manga of your choice – InuYasha Volume 17
BL – Itsuka Koi ni Naru Made
Folklore or Mythology – InuYasha Volume 18
Genre you don’t usually read – Princess Jellyfish Volume 2
One Word Title – Another Volume 1
Transported to another world – InuYasha Volume 19
Started Serialisation in the 90’s – InuYasha Volume 20
Started Serialisation in 2018/2019 – Kimi ni wa Todokanai
Meaning to read – Mermaid Saga Volume 2
Animal Main Character – Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Volume 5
Entertainment Industry – Given Volume 6
Morally Grey Character – Darker than Black Volume 1
Artist/Author Duo – The Promised Neverland Volume 1
Will you be participating in #MangaMadnessReadathon? If so, what will you be reading? I’ll be mostly active over on twitter with sprints, updates and such so if you have twitter, please go follow me over @MMReadathon and if not that’s okay too, you can still participate if you would like. It’s not limited to twitter, that’s just what I’m most active on.
I’m sorry the announcement took so long, my stupid brain completely forget about it to be honest and I haven’t had access to wifi for the past few days due to maintenance being done in the area that I wasn’t even aware of. Anyways, this is the 10th round of Manga Madness Readathon. I know this is short notice but I hope you can join in. This round will last for 2 weeks instead to celebrate to 10th round and will run from October 25th – November 8th – hopefully that gives you enough time to prepare. Also, you don’t have to participate the entire time and you can join in whenever you want.
You can use #MangaMadnessReadathon on twitter to share your progress, TBR, and Updates, if you decide to join. Also I tried not the crossover with Halloween for those that celebrate it and might haves plans like I do but it didn’t really work out, this post was supposed to be up like a week earlier so I hope that’s okay. I don’t really know how active I’ll be on twitter that day though so that was kinda my reasoning behind the 2 week readathon, it’ll be a little less stress for me while I’ve been really busy and tired from work
Thank you so much to everyone who has participated and supported this readathon, I hope it’s as fun for you as it is for me, and again I’m sorry I couldn’t post this sooner. The sign up post is at the bottom of this post. You don’t have to sign up but it’s recommended especially if you want to be eligible for any of the prizes that will be announced down below.
Just like with the other rounds, we have 25 Challenges, in the form of a Bingo Board but you don’t have to complete them all as long as you get at least one bingo but if you would like to try for a Blackout and complete the entire board, go ahead. if you want more of a challenge. There are also other options below for those that aren’t really fond of Bingo Boards, I always try to make it fun for everyone and so everyone can participate. If you would like, you can also choose one challenge from the Bingo Board and read only manga in that category/prompt, it’s entirely up to you. This can be as easy or difficult as you would like it to be, you set the level, if you enjoy a challenge, or even if you prefer a more low-key readathon. So, here are the Challenges:
Once the Manga volume is read you will be able to cross out that square from your Bingo sheet. There are three Different Options you’ll be able to choose from so you don’t have to do the Bingo Board if you don’t want, the main goal is to just have fun and of course read some manga.
Option 1: Bingo Board Challenges Option 2: Read anything you want Option 3: Stick to one Series. For those of you who want to continue or Finish a series and not switch between different series!
On the sign up post you will also have the option to mix up any of these options or even do a mix of all the options. I’ll also link some manga recommendation posts below as well for those that are unsure what to read. Or if you have any manga recommendations, please comment below or on twitter.
I’ll not be doing to instagram photo challenge this year but I do love seeing everyone’s photos so you still want to post your photos of your current reads or anything else, please go ahead, I’d still love to see them.
Also returning this year is the Anime & Light Novel Bonus Challenges. Both of these are Optional but if completed, you’ll be eligible to win a prize. These are probably my favourites, and it seems a lot of you seem to enjoy it as well, so for now they’ll be staying.
Prizes will be returning again this round. All prizes are made by me and Available in my Etsy Shop, which can be found HERE. While previous rounds the prizes were only bookmarks, this round I’ve chosen to include candles, as I’m from Australia these will be very limited though due to international shipping cost. If you win a prize you will be able to choose which one you would like. If I announce that you’ve won a prize, please DM me within 24 hours to claim one these. Anyway, these are the prizes that are available:
For those of you that are unsure what to read, I’ll link some Recommendation posts & Reviews below that you can check out and if you have any to add please leave them in the comment. Some of these are posts from my blog and others are from my Anime-Planet. I will be adding to these lists as I read more Manga, as these only consists of Manga that I’ve read myself and that I enjoyed. I haven’t really read a great deal of Manga at this point so if you have any recommendations or suggestions on some that I might enjoy, let me know and I’ll check them out, I’m always looking for new Manga to read.
The readathon will mostly be taking place on Twitter but you can write a blog post about the readathon and your progress or post on Instagram. Anywhere you want to basically, just don’t forget to fill in the sign-up form so I can keep track of who’s participating and how many of you are participating! You can find the sign-up form here.
Will you be Joining?
Any suggestions or improvements you can think of? Feel free to let me know in the Comments, or on Twitter.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see around on social media using #MangaMadnessReadathon so I can see all your posts and progress throughout the readathon! My TBR will be up in a few days.
Publication Date: February 18th 2019 Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+ Series: Love Letters, #4 Format: eBook Pages: 154 Date Read: March 27th, 2019 Links:Goodreads
D is for Duke Lawrence-Decker.
Distracted by his older cousin, Duke yearns for what he cannot have. Dare he risk admitting his true feelings? Or should he conceal them in his aching heart forever? Desire this deep, though, cannot be extinguished. Dreaming about his forbidden love, Duke wonders if it’s destiny—or just a delusion.
Do they dare dance with the devil and risk losing it all?
D is for Daring Duke.
Tropes: forbidden love Themes: Cousin love (second cousins), coming out, forgiveness Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Another fun book by Anyta Sunday. However, this one seemed to be less developed than the others and I didn’t love the characters as much. It just felt like there was something missing and I wanted way more.
Duke and Rohan are cousins of the second degree and secretly in love with each other. Their families were close, so they basically grew up more like first degree cousins. The entire story felt rather rushed and there were too many different things going on for the length of the book.
This book is supposed to be about a taboo relationship, but it doesn’t really approach this topic. We’re just reminded that they are cousins and that they are not supposed to fall for each other. I didn’t really love the characters. It was still a fun story though just not my favourite in this series.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments!
I’ll be pairing up books with William Beckett’s EP Walk the Talk, this has 4 tracks on it. I’ve been a fan of him since just after his former band The Academy is… disbanded, unfortunately I didn’t know of them when they were still going and I’m forever disappointed about that. A little bit of background for those that don’t know who he is:
Like I stated above William Beckett started out in a band called The Academy Is.. an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, they formed in 2003 and disbanded in 2011. That actually feels so crazy to me that they formed when I was like 5 years old…. that’s so long ago. Anyways, since then he’s released 3 EP’s, a Compilation album (which if I’m not mistaken was acoustic versions of the songs from his EP’s), and a Debut Album. After they disbanded he went on to release his first solo EP, Walk the Talk, that’s the one I’m doing today, so let’s just get into it, and if you’re unfamiliar with these songs, I’ll link to the songs to YouTube, normally I would link to spotify instead, which is how I usually listen to them, but it’s not converting correctly so YouTube will have to do….
Compromising Me // Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
“Leaving it behind me, snake skin in my tracks The venom could have killed me, I sucked it up and spit it back When you finally close the window, you find an open door But its up to you to walk right through and forget about before”
Compromising Me is about being fearless and unapologetically yourself and I think that’s beautiful. I’ve always loved that message in songs and it’s an important message to hear. I actually don’t really know why it made me think of this book to be honest but I’m just gonna go with it so….
Carry On revolves around Simon Snow, an orphan boy, going to Watford, a school for magicians. He’s supposed to be the “Chosen One” that will save the World of Magic from the “Insidious Humdrum”.
Girl, You Shoulda Been Been a Drummer // Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti
“She’s a dangerous kind And I like it that way”
Deadly Silence is an Adult romantic suspense novel, one that I wasn’t particularly fond of but it kind of reminded me of this song, I’m not entirely sure why though. This books features characters Ryker and Zara who have a sex-only arrangement, meaning no feelings, no dates, and no future. But when Zara’s life gets put in danger Ryker can’t stop his protective instincts.
Oh, Love // Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
“Sleep with one eye open on a bed of broken glass In the middle of the ocean, yeah I’d do that Nothing lasts forever, but she makes me want to try I’d crawl across the desert, yeah I’d do that”
This song seems to be written more towards love itself than a specific person, at least that’s how I interpret it, and the measures you would go through to have it in your life. I won’t go too much into this but the song just reminds me of the intense relationships featured in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series and how they would do anything for eachother.
You Never Give Up // Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
“When I crumble beneath despair When I can’t breathe, you’ll be the air”
“When the tide swallows whole all that I’ve held so close Swept away and lost for good”
Again, this is another song that reminds me of the relationships in this series, this can be platonic or romantic love but just having those people who never give up on you, the people in your life who would fight for you and always be there to support you.
That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this! Have you listened to this EP? What are your thoughts on it and the book choices? Would you match any of them up with a different book? Are there any albums or EP’s you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? What are your favourite Albums? Let me know in the comments! I am always interested in discovering other artists and albums so feel free to comment your recommendations.
This is the first post in what is going to be a series. These are so much fun to write up, they do take a while though and they’re more difficult than I actually thought they would be but I love the idea of pairing up books and music, two things that mean so much to me. So today I’ll be pairing up books to the songs from Conan Gray’s Sunset Season EP that was released in 2018 as well as his Singles that were released around that time too. I’ve only been listening to Conan Gray for the past 3 weeks after hearing his Kid Krow album recently and I am kinda obsessed with it. If you haven’t heard any of his music, I would really recommend it. Anyways, Let’s get into it….
Idle Town // The Nowhere by Chris Gill
“This town will never change People come and go, it’s all the same.”
Idle Town is a tribute to Conan’s hometown in Texas and high school memories. It talks about wanting to move away from his small hometown, the preconceived notions of graduation and coming-of-age. Everyone he has ever loved lives in this “idle town” and now he must say goodbye and move on.
The Nowhere was the first book that came to mind. It tells the story of Seb, using flashbacks, and his time in “The Nowhere,” in Rural Western Australia. The characters are all greatly influenced by their Pasts but are trying to move on, trying to get closure.
Generation Why // Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universeby Benjamin Alire Saenz
“This town don’t got much to do And you and I haven’t got much to lose”
The song talks about the youth in the 21st century and all the misconceptions, stereotypes, and truths that have been associated with the generation. Although Conan is categorized as a “Gen-Zer” like myself, he is playing off of the Gen Y/Millennial stereotype in the wordplay. it references the common conceptions of Generation Y, it’s actually very clever.
This is one of my favourite Standalone LGBT books. It’s a beautiful story of love, friendship and family. It tells of two very different boys and the friendship that develops between them.
Crush Culture // To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
“I don’t wanna participate in your game of manipulation And no I don’t want your sympathy, all this love is suffocating Just let me be sad and lonely”
Crush Culture is based on the feelings about bitterness towards the culture of modern crushes and dating in high school so it’s basically an anti-romance/Valentines day song, my kinda song to be honest.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about love in its many forms. It focuses on the life of a teenage girl, Lara Jean, who writes love letters to boys she loved or her “crushes” but she never sends them; she writes them to get over her crushes because they are boys she thinks would never like her or boys she can only dream of.
Greek God // Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
I don’t care about your little threats, All the kids in your clique are pretend.
The song talks about school bullies, the term Greek God referencing the popular kids in school.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pair this song up with Percy Jackson to be honest, this book features themes of bullying and has figurative & literal Greek Gods so it’s basically the perfect match. I’m pretty sure we all know what this series is about so I’m just gonna leave it at that.
Lookalike // The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
“Can’t redo what’s already done Can’t compete ’cause I’ve already won Sayin’ this time, “It’s really love” But honey, you’re not fooling anyone Don’t you know we’re done?”
Lookalike is the conclusion to Sunset Season. He sings about lingering love, of a relationship that remains in the past, one that never fully formed. This song makes me want to cry.
The love that they have for each other in this book is beautiful. This tells the story of Allie & Noah who drift apart when Allie moves away. They eventually rekindle their love.
Grow // We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
“We made it out, it seems I made it out, it seems I think I’m ready to Grow”
This song is about Conan leaving his hometown in Texas and getting ready to “grow” in California. This is my least favourite of his songs and I don’t even know why, I’m only just now realising how beautiful it is.
This book features a lot of themes which may seem controversial, such as domestic violence and racism, amongst other topics. I didn’t really like this book very much though but for some reason it was the first one that came to my mind for this song.
The Other Side // The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“Will our lives be better when we make it to the other side?”
Conan writes and reminisces about the people he’s met and the places he’s been. This song is so beautiful and actually makes me feel incredibly nostalgic in a way.
This novel is about a teenage boy, Charlie, who struggles to fit in at his high school. He slowly builds friendships around a group of teenagers who are a little older than him. We see Charlie develop as a person.
The King // Begging by Anyta Sunday
“You see me as your lifeline Other boys and girls never really made you feel right”
In “The King” Conan sings about a crush who can’t seem to make up their mind, of how the crush is clearly interested in him, but won’t admit it.
Ben has been secretly in love with Landon for forever, but Landon is ridiculously oblivious to Ben’s feelings, and more importantly, his own. I’ve always loved the friends-to-lovers trope.
That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this! I do plan to do this for Conan’s Kid Krow album too if you’d be interested. Have you listened to the Sunset Season EP? What are your thoughts on it and the book choices? Would you match any of them up with a different book? Are there any albums you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? What are your favourite Albums? Let me know in the comments!
I really wanted to do “Books Based on my Spotify Top 3” but they’re all by the same artist who I’ve had on repeat the last 3 weeks and am kinda addicted to right now. I figured that would be a bit boring and it would ruin it for a future post that I’m planning so yeah I’m not going to give away which artist takes up my top 3 or more like top 14 really.
This post will be the first 3 songs to play on shuffle instead, whatever those songs are I’ll try to match them up with a book. Music and Books are two things that mean the world to me, both have hugely impacted my life, which is kinda where the inspiration came from the pair them up for a post. I may do more of these in the future, if this does well I suppose. You’ll get a bit of a glimpse of my music style which is pretty diverse anyway. I honestly don’t know how this will go but I’ll attempt it anyway, so let’s just get into it:
Best Friend by Rex Orange County // The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I could’ve made you mine. But no, it wasn’t meant to be and see I wasn’t made for you. And you weren’t made for me. Though it seemed so easy.”
This is a newer song added to my playlist but it’s a really great song about unrequited love. The protagonist is in love with a girl but she doesn’t love him back.
This was really difficult to find a book for this and The Great Gatsby was just the first one that came to mind. Gatsby is trying to win back the affections of Daisy who he knew in the past and compel her to leave her marriage.
Smaller Than This by Sara Keys // Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
“Oh, I’m scared that I’m never gonna like How I look and I wish I knew why”
This song hits quite hard. Another recently discovered song. Most of my life I’ve been through body image issues and ED’s and I can relate to this so much. I needed to know someone else felt the same, it’s a constant battle. But I will beat this and I’m trying to keep fighting, this song really stands out to me as one of the most relatable.
The first book that came to mind was Wintergirls. This book was incredibly painful to read. I’m technically supposed to steer clear of anything like this that could be triggering but I’m still really glad I read it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is sensitive to these themes though but it’s a really important theme. It tells the story of two best friends battling eating disorders and after Cassie dies, Lia feels she is being haunted by her. It’s an emotional look at eating disorders, and the effect it has on people lives.
Falling by Harry Styles // Call Me By Your Name
“And it kills me cause I know we’ve run out of things we can say. What am I now? What am I now? What if I’m someone I don’t want around.”
I had very mixed feelings about this book but their world was so vivid and the writing is so beautiful just like this song.I won’t give too much away but the song also reminds me of the ending of this book so it’s kinda fitting to be honest.
Sometimes the book was like a dream: Italian food, strolling on the beach, lazing around in the sun, handsome and interesting people around night and day.
That’s all for my Playlist on Shuffle! Let me know what you thought of this type of post and maybe I’ll do it again?? What are your thoughts on these song and book choices? Do you have any books that would fit well with these songs? Let me know in the comments!
Poisoned Apples: Poems for you, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
Publication Date: September 23rd 2014 Published by: Greenwillow Books Genres: Young Adult, Poetry, Fantasy Format: Hardcover Pages: 107 Date Read: July 25th 2015 Links: Goodreads
In fifty poems Christine Heppermann places fairy tales side by side with the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.
This was a very short collection of poems that talk mostly about teenage life and girls and the expectation society has of them. Some of this is related to fairy tales that have been given a modern twist. Heppermann addresses what should have been deep and emotional with only shock value. It’s like looking into little windows of horror and loneliness without providing an ounce of hope to her characters or readers. It wasn’t really my cup of tea to be honest.
A couple of these poems had some good themes, but weren’t exactly well written. This was overly simplistic, the style and lack of atmosphere and proper writing totally spoiled what I might have liked. The poetry is lacking in depth, creativity and doesn’t flow that well. I really enjoyed the photography throughout though.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!
Publication Date: August 14th 2012 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Format: Hardcover Pages: 327 Series: The Maze Runner, #0.5 Date Read: September 13th 2016 Links:Goodreads | Amazon
Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.
This book is a prequel to The Maze Runner series about what happened from the very beginning. It didn’t draw me in like others books in this series did and I didn’t think this one was necessary, I didn’t really learn anything new from it and was bored throughout most of it.
This installment takes place thirteen years prior to the initial time setting of the series, which was before Thomas and the Glade, and even before WICKED was created. We follow new characters, Mark and Alec and a group of teenagers battling to survive the aftermath of the Sun Flares. This is where it all begins…
I wanted so much more from this book. I wanted to know things about the characters that we had been introduced to in the first three books. All this did was give us a history of what happened, how the world ended, how the virus came to be and how they found out about people being immune. I wanted more insight into Thomas & Theresa’s involvement in setting up the Maze and how they worked for WICKED. This was a story that I could live without.
Sorry for the short and kinda negative review, the next one will be more positive, I just wanted to get this one out of the way first. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Anything you agree or disagree with? Let me know in the comments!
I know I haven’t posted anything on here for so long, I’ve been focusing on my health after being diagnosed with CFS/ME, it’s been really difficult and I had to take a break, I was stressing myself out too much with all of this, but I think I’m ready to start blogging again, and this time I’m gonna take my time with it and only post when I feel up to it. This is basically just a short update about what’s going on and kinda my new blogging schedule I guess.
I’ll be trying to post at least one or two reviews a week to start, I have some ARC’s and Review Copies that I have yet to do reviews for so they will hopefully be posted soon, it’s taking a lot of time to write up new posts including reviews now and I haven’t really been reading much either, I find that I no longer have the energy for it anymore but I’m trying to get back into it and find enjoyment in it again. I will be listening to more audiobooks as it’s easier while I’m resting or even working and I might continue the monthly Wrap Up posts but I’m not sure yet, I’d like to though, maybe the months when I read more, I’d like to eventually get back to doing the Monthly New Releases posts too, they were always fun to write up. Anyways, I hope this all makes sense and it wasn’t too much of a rambling mess.
Today, I’m coming to you to share my #MangaMadnessReadathon TBR. This round will run from April 4th – 11th. If you would like to join you can read the Announcement and all the informationHERE. I’ll be doing the Bingo Board again this round, although, I do have some other options for if I finish the Bingo Board quite early. So, again here’s the Bingo Board:
Award Winning Manga – InuYasha Volume 8
Entertainment Industry – Bakuman Volume 7
Non-Human/Half-Human Main Character – InuYasha Volume 9
Manga Most Recently Acquired – If I Could Reach You Volume 1
Manga Anthology – Love Full of Stars
First Work by Favourite Manga Artist – Mermaid Saga Volume (this is actually Rumiko Takahashi third published manga, but I couldn’t find any others that I’m interested in at this time.)
Animal Main Character – Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Volume 5
Japanese Folklore – InuYasha Volume 9
Steampunk Elements – Case Study of Vanitas Volume 6
Artist/Author Duo – Bakuman Volume 8
Started Serialization in 2018/2019 – Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 1 (I couldn’t find any that started Serialization in Japan for these years, and I’m too lazy to look, so I decided to go with the English Release Date instead, I’m cheating a little bit.)
Focuses on Villains – The Saga of Tanya the Evil Volume 1
Free Space – Bloom into You Volume 7
Underhyped Manga – Inu x Boku Volume 2
Main Character Transforms – Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 7
Genre you don’t usually read – Bakuman Volume 9
GL Manga – Bloom into You Volume 8
One Word Title – Bakuman Volume 10
Main Character is Transported to Another World – InuYasha Volume 10
Name in the Title – InuYasha Volume 11
Gender Bender Manga – Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja Volume 1
Meaning to read – Black Blood Brothers Volume 1
Adapted to Live Action – Bakuman Volume 11
Adapted to Anime – InuYasha Volume 12
Has not been Adapted – Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 8
Light NovelBonus Challenge!
Will you be joining? Have you figured out your TBR? What will you be reading? Let me know in the Comments! You can also find more about this Readathon on the Official Twitter page.