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Perfect Pairings #5: A Book for Every Song from First Time EP by Liam Payne

Today I’ll be pairing up books to all the songs from Liam Payne’s ‘First Time’ EP that was released in 2018. These posts are just really fun to write and has been helping me out of my blogging slump so you can expect more of these. This way I get to talk about two of my favourite things in the world; books & music. There are only 4 Tracks so that makes it easier for me. For anyone that doesn’t know: Liam is an English Singer who rose to fame as a member of the boy band One Direction. This EP was his first solo work outside of the group after their ‘indefinite hiatus.’

First Time // Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

I always pick up on the first time
I been hoping you would check on me
I can’t stop thinking ’bout the first time
Yeah, it’s like you put a spell on me

First time is the title track featuring French Montana.

I didn’t exactly enjoy Deadly Silence but it’s the first book that came to my mind. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t really hold my interest much. I’m pretty sure this is a spin off series so maybe you get more out of it by reading the original series first.

Home With You // Instafamous by Marcus Herzig

Yelling to you over music
Isn’t the way I wanna do this
Why don’t we find somewhere quiet

Marcus Hezig is one of my favourite authors for LGBT YA novels. I will say there were some loose ends but I still really enjoyed it. it tackles topics such as cyber bullying, a secret relationship, depression, anxiety, etc.

Depend on It // Someday, Someday by Emma Scott

Why you lookin’ at me with angry eyes
How we ever gon’ make it out alive

This was a story of Max and Silas learning to love and trust in themselves and others, to be loved for who they are, not what they are, rising up above adversity. It deals with a fair few sensitive issues – bigotry, homophobia, substance abuse, homelessness, prostitution, and conversion therapy.

Slow // Begging Ben by Anyta Sunday

If you’re gonna let me down, let me down slow
Tell me what I already, already know
I know that your mind’s already made up
But gimme one more night now before we give up

This is the second story in the Love Letters series and follows best-friends Ben and Landon, as they navigate their complicated relationship.

That’s all for now! These posts are kinda exhausting to write up to be honest so I tried to keep it quite short. I hope you enjoyed it though! Have you listened to this EP? If so did you enjoy it? Any favourite Songs? What are your thoughts on 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 and I’ll check them out, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE.

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Perfect Pairings #4: A Book For Every Song From Taylor Swift’s Self-Titled Album

Today I’ll be pairing up books to the songs from Taylor Swift’s Self Titled Album that was released in 2006, she wrote or co-wrote every song on the album during her freshman year of high school. There are 14 tracks on the Deluxe edition so let’s get started.

Tim McGraw // The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

And I was right there beside him all summer long
And then the time we woke up to find that summer gone
.

“Tim McGraw” is Taylor’s debut single and her first ever published song, which she wrote in her freshman math class. She wrote this song to memorialize the time together with her boyfriend at the time.

I adore this book so much. when I first started it I couldn’t seem to put it down at all. I don’t usually enjoy romance novels but I really loved this one. The ending was so beautiful.

Picture to Burn // The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

State the obvious, I didn’t get my perfect fantasy
I realize you love yourself more than you could ever love me

I’m going quite literally with this one. this book explores themes of shallowness, selfishness, superficiality, morality, and flaws of life and being human. The core theme of this book is vanity.

Teardrops on my Guitar // To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I’ll bet she’s beautiful, that girl he talks about
And she’s got everything that I have to live without

This song is about unrequited love, her experience with a high school crush. This can be quite relatable to everyone. I became a fan of her due to this song when I was fifteen, while I had heard some of her songs previously and even enjoyed them, I started listening to her music more regularly after watching the music video and really enjoying it.

Normally I don’t enjoy fluffy contemporaries that much but this one was cute, light and easy to read. The novel focuses on the life of teenager Lara Jean, who keeps secret love letters that she writes to her crushes but doesn’t send, at least until they’re accidently sent out.

A Place in this World // Paper Towns by John Green

I don’t know what I want, so don’t ask me
Cause I’m still trying to figure it out

Paper Towns follows neighbours Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman. Until one night when Margo shows up at Quentin’s window and leads on a night of breakings and entering and revenge filled debauchery. Then, she disappears. The ‘paper towns’ concept, and how it was incorporated into the story in different ways, was fascinating.

Cold as You // Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

You put up walls and paint them all a shade of gray
And I stood there loving you and wished them all away
And you come away with a great little story
Of a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore you

This book follows the story of closeted lesbian, Leila. As a girl with Persian heritage, her sexuality makes her life even more precarious. And when the intriguing, newbie Saskia enters her life, Leila is compelled to deal with her feelings. The characters are diverse, unique, well-developed, and relatable. Leila comes from an Iranian-American family, and a lot of the book focuses on what that’s like for her, and the pressure that she feels from her family. It deals with some sensitive subjects but it’s relatable and realistic.

The Outside // Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

So how can I ever try to be better?
Nobody ever lets me in
I can still see you, this ain’t the best view
On the outside looking in
I’ve been a lot of lonely places

This song is so relatable. I always felt like an outcast at school and to be honest I still feel this way quite a lot. It was lonely and I wanted to be a part of something, to be included but I never expressed it, instead I pretended to not care.

Okay I know this book has its problems but I found it quite fun and enjoyable, it was an entertaining, light read and at the time helped me out of a reading slump. Penny is a character that I could relate to. I know this story isn’t exactly original but I think the back stories made it up for some of it. For example, Penny suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, and I think it is a really important message to get across to readers that they are not alone in that.

Tied Together With a Smile // Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

And no one knows that you cry
But you don’t tell anyone
That you might
Not be the golden one
And you’re tied together with a smile
But you’re coming undone

This book doesn’t sugar coat eating disorders but instead shows all the highs and lows that Lia goes through. If you are struggling with an ED or Self Harm, or worry you may be triggered, do not read this book. It could be incredibly triggering. When I first read this book I didn’t realise about my own disordered eating habits at the time, it was a difficult book to get through for me because of that but I’m glad I read it. A lot of the descriptions of basic things were vivid and unique, it gave a great insight into Lia’s mindset. 

Stay Beautiful // A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton

If you and I are a story
That never gets told
If what you are is a daydream
I’ll never get to hold
At least you’ll know

This is part of a series, but I haven’t read the others and I don’t know if I will or not but this story stands pretty well on its own. I wanted to read something short and light. This is a Historical F/F Romance Novella about a rekindled friendship between Sarah and Winifred that turns out to be something more and struggling against society.

Should’ve Said No // Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

You can see that I’ve been crying
You know all the right things to say
But do you honestly expect me to believe
We could ever be the same?

I’ve read most of Ellen Hopkins books and loved most of them. I love her writing style. This tells the story of 5 teenagers, Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody. The intended audience is mainly for mature teens and adults. It deals with a lot of topics such as drugs, alcohol, sex, and prostitution so please keep that in mind if you’re sensitive to these subjects.

Mary’s Song // Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Two A.M. riding in your truck, and all I need is you next to me
Take me back to the time we had our very first fight

This book tells the story of two boys – Aristotle and Dante – and the friendship that develops between them. It’s a story about identity, learning that it’s okay to go against the convention if it will result in happiness. It covers LGBT topics in a really great way, and I loved the message behind the narrative.

Our Song // Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I was walking up the front porch steps
After everything that day
Had gone all wrong and been trampled on
And lost and thrown away.

The story centers around a teenage girl named Lola, who designs costumes and loves fashion. She is dating an older boy named Max. But then the Bell twins – Calliope, a competitive figure skater whom Lola doesn’t really get along with, and Cricket, an inventor and science geek whom she used to have feelings for – move back next door to her.

I’m Only Me When I’m With You // If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I’m only up when you’re not down
Don’t wanna fly if you’re still on the ground

If I Stay is a story about love, music, loss, and family. Mia is a 17-year-old girl who decides during her third grade that she wants to play cello. During her senior year in high school Mia applies to Juilliard’s and everyone is sure that she is going to get in until something happens that changes her life.

Invisible // Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

And you can’t see me wanting you the way you want her
But you are everything to me

After Chloe’s mother passes away, Chloe has to face a world without her and also the dead that she could control before are showing again. With a not so welcome trip to England, where her grandmother lives, all that ghost world that was left behind resurfaces in full force and she finds herself in the middle of a doomed love story that ended up with the lovers dead. With a possessive vengeful spirit wondering around and a sweet, handsome gentleman who Chloe finds herself attracted to, her life becomes more dangerous than ever.

A Perfectly Good Heart // The Guardian’s Heart by Gabriel Lea

It’s not unbroken anymore
How do I get it back the way it was before?

The Guardian’s Heart tells a story of soulmates. The author’s writing style is quite beautiful, the plot is very well worked out, the premise was interesting, the characters were relatable and lovable. Panacea is the world in which the story takes place.

That’s all for now! I’m sorry this got kinda long. Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts on 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, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE.

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All the books I’m Currently Reading #2

I haven’t had much motivation to read for a while so I thought I would share some books that I’m ‘Currently Reading’ and by that I mean books I started so long ago which I never finished. I did part 1 of this in 2018 (read here.) Hopefully this will give me some motivation to finish them. So, listed below are the books that I’m ‘currently reading.’

London by Edward Rutherfurd

This is a historical novel that I may or may not have started like 2-3 years ago…. It’s mostly due the size why I haven’t finished this one yet, It’s massive okay…. I enjoyed what I’ve read of it so far though. I absolutely love History and London is full of very rich History. One day I will get through it.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

This is a bind-up edition of all the books that I also started 2-3 years and would love to finish this year. Growing up I loved the movies and the concept.

Deltora Quest 2 Shadowlands by Emily Rodda

Another bind-up that I’m pretty sure I started almost 2 years ago (starting to see a pattern here: I’m really bad at finishing books) This was my favourite series growing up, I would constantly read these in the school’s library, I look forward to continuing them.

That’s all for now! What are you currently reading? Please let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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Happy New Year 2021 : A Reflection + Goals

Amidst the chaos that was 2020, I have pledged to from now on make 2021 the year of Me-Time. I would like to use this year to reflect on what it is I really need, what I want to do and just focus on myself and my health. I want to find a path where I can be my most authentic self, do things for myself and my health, step back from the pressures of society and the pressures I put on myself. Last year allowed me time to reflect and really put things into perspective.

I constantly feel this pressure to be productive, to be more than what I am and tend to worry a lot that I’m not doing enough. I myself am a very ambitious person. This has cost me greatly my health, I find that I no longer enjoy the activities that I used to love so I think it’s time to take a step back to find that passion again. Due to stress there was a massive spike in my anxiety and chronic illness that I hope to be able to manage better this year and figure out healthier coping mechanisms. I need to find a middle ground and understand my limits.

There are some who are grieving, struggling mentally, financially, or physically, also dealing with other difficulties in their lives right now. This can be a happy time for some, but a sad time for others. It’s okay to be sad, upset, tired, lonely. Happiness should never be forced. Even if you feel stuck that’s okay too, accepting these emotions will help one move forward. We just need to keep pushing through and doing the best we can.

2020 was a year of change, to adapt, to cope. We had to learn to live life differently. It may have been difficult but we got through it. Even though change is hard, it can help us to grow, and yes I did grow, in ways I never expected. It was the year I gave myself permission to acknowledge my needs and though I always have – and still do – find it hard to express them, I hope to prioritise healing and self love this year.

It has taught me that I don’t have to feel guilty or ashamed of taking time for rest and self-care. So for the first time ever, I’m going to take it slow in the new year, too. I can set some light goals for 2021 but I’m not going to pressure myself to be productive; a person’s worth should never be measured by how productive they are. I still feel unprepared and scared but I want to overcome these fears this year.

2021 Goals

1. Read 20 Books. Just a classic Goodreads Reading Challenge! in 2020 I didn’t read too much but this year I really want to get back my passion for reading so I’m gonna start slow and small.

2. Finish 5 Series I’ve started. Like ever other year for the past 3 years, I also aim to finish at least 5 series that I have started. The series must be started before 2021. I have a quite a lot of series that I’ve started but left unfinished.

3. Read & review more ARC’s/Review Copies. The Review Copies have suffered a lot in the past couple years, I want to work towards reading and reviewing a lot of them, catching up on the backlogged ones I have.

4. Read more Poetry. I used to read more poetry before, last year I got back into reading them, due to less words that they tend to have, I found it easier to read them while struggling with chronic illness and the brain fog that comes with it, novels have become a lot harder now. If you have any poetry Recommendations, please let me know in the Comments. Post regularly

5. Post Regularly. At the moment I don’t have an upload schedule and don’t plan to any time soon but I want to aim to post at least once a week.

My Favourite posts in 2020

I’ve been thinking about where my blog is going and what I want to do with my content in 2021. I wasn’t as active last year, since then I have taken some time to decide the best way to write my blog content so that it isn’t as sporadic, but isn’t so pressured that it takes the fun out of posting content. I am working on prioritising quality over quantity. Below are my favourite blog posts of 2021, have you read them all? Please click on the images below to be taken to the posts.

If you are comfortable with sharing, I would love to hear your reflections. Good or bad, I want to hear how you saw 2020 overall and what you think you learnt from it. Let’s have some reflection! any goals that you’ve set for yourself this year? whether that be blogging, reading or life goals. Let me know in the comments.

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Happy New Year!!

First I want to apologise for not being that active on here in 2020, it’s been a difficult year, I’ve been trying to focus on my health and managing chronic illness. I will try to post more regularly this year and hopefully get back on track a bit. Thank you for the amazing journey with me so far. I will be preparing a post for my 2021 goals in the next couple weeks, please bear with me.

Now I’m gonna go rest, I have a headache but Happy New Year everyone! I hope we can be happier this year. I will see y’all soon with another post. My best wishes to you all. Take care and stay safe. Thank you for reading!

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Perfect Pairings #3.5: Matching Up Books With My Favourite Christmas Songs

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of the year again, I know it’s been a very difficult year for all of us and I hope we are all doing well. I haven’t been as active on here as I would like and hopefully next year I can change that, I miss regularly blogging. As we are nearing the end of the year I thought I would recommend some books based on my favourite Christmas songs. I haven’t read many Christmas books to be honest so this will be quite short, let’s get started.

Naughty List by Liam Payne // Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Now we’re on the naughty list
Must’ve been the way we kissed
Santa saw the things we did
And put us on the naughty list
Underneath the mistletoe
We were supposed to take it slow

Naughty List is a collaboration by Liam Payne and Dixie D’Amelio. The song was released on October 30th. It’s a fun Song.

While I didn’t love this book, the idea was beautiful and it was still enjoyable. It’s an anthology of three short holiday romances stories, which are all connected. They all take place in a small town named Gracetown. It was cute. It started off strong with the first story, The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson. Her story was my favourite in this book, very enjoyable fun wintery quick read. I enjoyed her writing very much.

Christmas Love by Jimin of BTS // Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Christmas I love you
Oh you’re the one
I wish today lasts forever

This was a really nice surprise, Jimin released this song today (December 24th) as a gift to the fans. It’s really beautiful, I think we can all relate to wanting to go back to our younger, more innocent selves. When we didn’t feel weighed down by responsibilities.

“You all deserve to be always loved…. my only desire with which I worked hard to make this song is that I wish you all are happy. I hope you can return to the past that you reminisce about for a moment after listening to this song.” – Jimin’s Note; Translation from DoolsetBangtan

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a YA contemporary novel set at Christmas in New York. The book is told from both Dash and Lily’s perspective. The story depicts two teenagers who are connected through messages sent back and forth through a notebook, even though they have never met before.

Mistletoe by Justin Bieber // My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

It’s the most beautiful time of the year
Lights fill the streets, spreading so much cheer
I should be playing in the winter snow
But I’ma be under the mistletoe

Mistletoe is the lead single from Justin Bieber’s second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, released in 2011.

This book is an anthology of 12 Holiday stories featuring a range of diverse couples from different backgrounds, cultures, walks of life getting together over Christmas.

Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé // The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday

Later on, we’ll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland

This song was featured on Bublé’s Christmas album released in 2011, it’s a lot of fun. The entire album gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

The Douglas fir is really sweet and and cute story, it’s not as Christmas-y as the title suggests but still worth a read.

Honourable Mentions

Christmas Day by Jimin & Jungkook of BTS (Cover of Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe) – Of course I had to include this one. Jimin & JK’s vocals are so beautiful and sound amazing together. Perfect to get into the Christmas spirit. You can find the English Translation HERE.

BTS’ Cover of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – This was too cute not to include. BTS (minus Yoongi who is currently recovering from surgery) performed this for a Disney Sing-along event.

BTS’ Dynamite (Holiday Remix) – While not specifically a Christmas song, they released a fun Holiday Remix of their song Dynamite.

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this! What are your favourite Christmas songs? Or books? Are there any albums you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? or any new album releases I should look out for? What are your favourite Albums? Let me know in the comments! I hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for reading!

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Perfect Pairings #3: A Book For Every Song from ‘Border: Day One’ by Enhypen

Today, I’ll be pairing up books with Enhypen’s Border: Day One Album, this has 6 tracks on it, If you haven’t yet please give it a listen to. A little bit of background for those that don’t know who they are: Enhypen are a highly anticipated K-pop group that Debuted on November 30th with their mini album (EP) Border: Day One, following their participation on the reality show I-LAND. The name ENHYPEN means connection, discovery, and growth.

The group consists of 7 members: Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, Jungwon, and Ni-ki. Their ages – as of December 2020 – range from 15-19. Anyways, let’s get into it, and if you’re unfamiliar with these songs, I’ll link to the songs on YouTube, normally I would link to Spotify instead, which is how I usually listen to them, but it’s not converting correctly and it looks weird so YouTube will have to do…. But if you enjoy their music please listen to the official audio either on Spotify or through the official Big Hit Labels YouTube account. Also as these songs are mostly in Korean So I’ll leave links below to the English translations for anyone who is interested.

Intro: Walk the Line // The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

“Even if the world that unfolds is not what we are given
To the unknown we run
” – Source: Genius Lyrics

We open with the beautiful ‘Intro: Walk The Line’. Here the members describe a dark forest and bring up various natural images. There are some clever vampire references too….

….which is kind of why it gives me Blood of Eden vibes. This book focuses on Allison Sekemoto who must come to terms with what she is and what she must do to survive and protect those that she loves.

Given-Taken // Seraph of the End by Takaya Kagami

“I’m walking to you
It connects the two worlds”
– Source: Genius Lyrics

Given-Taken is the title track. The MV gives me Victorian haunted boarding school vibes. It’s a very intriguing concept.  The first track stays within their narrative and provides a moody and sensual atmosphere.

Seraph of the end is a Manga series – one of my favourite’s – that takes place in a post apocalyptic world where there was an epidemic that wiped out 90% of the human population. The story follows Yuichiro and features vampires, demons, angels, and more. While it’s not the most original series, I still really loved it.

Let Me In (20 CUBE) // The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike

“We’re like a moonlight
Have a good time together”
– Source: Genius Lyrics

Let Me In is my least favourite on the album, it shows a more playful side and sounds a little more juvenile and boyish but it’s a fun and catchy song nonetheless that acts as a gentle reminder of the youth of the group.

The Last Vampire follows Alisa, a 5000+ year-old vampire, and the last vampire on earth. She keeps a low profile, living and hunting amongst human. She’s careful about not to draw attention to herself, and hides who/what she really is.

10 Months // The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki

“I’m all grown up now
Why do you keep treating me like a kid?”
– Source: Genius Lyrics

10 Months isn’t the strongest on the album in my opinion, mainly because it actually reminds me a little too much of a TXT song, I feel like this may just be me though, the verses aren’t particularly exciting but it’s a catchy, upbeat song and has great production so I still really adore it.

Set in a steampunk Paris where humans and vampires coexist, The Case Study Of Vanitas follows Vanitas, a human doctor who specialises in vampires, and Noé, a young vampire, in their journey to heal vampires from a mysterious illness that is stealing their true names.

Flicker // Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

“I think we’ve been looking for each other every day
Looks like they’ve been facing each other over a whole different space” –
Source: Genius Lyrics

Flicker was created for an I-LAND stage so it’s not exactly new but this version does have some alterations. This song is quite catchy, especially the chorus, I like the vibe of it. The more I listen to it the more it grows on me.

Ghost House tells the story of Chloe Kennedy, who after the loss of her mother, starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again.

Outro: Cross the Line // Fear the Wolf by Andrew Butcher

“With our last step
We dance across this line
Into a new world”
– Source: Genius Lyrics

Outro: Cross the Line finishes off the album with ominous feelings. This might actually be my favourite, the production is haunting, with a familiar “Carnival” melody and an addition of singing children. I was really excited to see enhypen tackle a horror-like concept. The lyrics convert the feeling of crossing into a new world. It’s interesting to see how all the tracks connect.

Fear the Wolf is a dark fantasy thriller set in a mysterious world that was torn apart by a great cataclysm. This story features Protagonist Senla who lives in a village where the most important thing is to “fear the wolf”. You are to do as you are told, and be happy with the plain life you are given. Art, expressing one’s self, and really having a difference of opinion is thought to bring death upon you by the wolf.

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this! Have you listened to Border: Day One? If so, what’s your favourite track on it? 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, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE, it’s a little messy at the moment though.

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Manga Madness Readathon Round 10 TBR

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 information HERE. 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.

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Manga Madness Readathon Round 10 Announcement + Sign Up

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.

Challenges:

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.

Bonus Challenges:

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:

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:

Recommendations:

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.

My Favourite Manga
My Favourite Manga II
My Manga Reviews
Manga Series I've Read from Start to Finish
Manga Series I've Read from Start to Finish II
Manga Series I've Read from Start to Finish III
Award Winning Manga
Non-human or half-human character
Manga that focuses on Villains
Manga Set outside of Japan
Manga that features Steampunk Elements
Manga featuring character who transforms
Manga with a name in the title
BL | GL Manga
Manga centered around Folklore/Mythology
Isekai Manga (Character transported to another world)
Manga featuring Animal Main Character
Manga about the the Entertainment industry
Manga by Artist/Author Duo

Sign Up:

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.

If you are participating: GOOD LUCK!!

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Review: Daring Duke by Anyta Sunday *Spoiler-Free*

Daring Duke by Anyta Sunday

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!