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#MangaMadnessReadathon Round 9 TBR

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 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 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 Novel Bonus 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.

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#MangaMadnessReadathon Round 9 Announcement + Sign Up

I’m sorry for being very inactive on here, I’ll hopefully be able to post more regularly soon, I miss blogging and I do have some book reviews that I need to catch up on. I hope everyone is doing a alright considering the current situation. Anyway, I am coming to you today from quarantine with the Announcement for the next Manga Madness Readathon Round, I know this is quite short notice, but I figured this would be the perfect time while social distancing. We’ve got to keep ourselves preoccupied and distracted somehow so why not read some Manga.

This round will run from April 4th-11th – hopefully that gives you a bit of time to prepare and you’ll be able to use #MangaMadnessReadathon on twitter to share your progress, TBR, and Updates, if you decide to join. I honestly can’t believe that we’re already up to round 9, and maybe I’ll do something special for the 10th round, I hope you can join this round and read on to find out how to participate. Thank you so much for participating and supporting this readathon. The sign up post is at the bottom of this post.

Again, Just like with the other rounds, we have 25 Challenges, in the form of a Bingo Board, 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 for it. There are also other options for those that aren’t too fond of Bingo Boards, everyone can participate. Or if you would like, you can choose one challenge from the Bingo Board and read only manga in that category/prompt, it’s all up to you. I’ve also tried to change up some of the challenges for this round to hopefully make it a little more interesting. 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:

After reading said Manga/Volume during the readathon, you will be able to cross that square from your Bingo sheet. As I said above, If you don’t want to do the Bingo Challenges, you don’t have to. You can still participate even if you decide that you don’t want to do those challenges. As long as you’re reading Manga and you’re having fun, it counts. The main goal is to just have fun. I’ll link some manga recommendation posts below as well for those that are unsure what to read.

These three Different Options you’ll be able to choose from if you don’t want to do the bingo board are:

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.

Instagram Photo Challenge is returning again this year as I love seeing your photos for this, and if you would like you can also post this on Twitter, or just on Twitter if you don’t use Instagram, just make sure to use the hashtag so I can 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 others 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. The Prizes this round will be Bookmarks, these are inspired by Manga/Anime Series, so they’re perfect for this readathon. If you win a prize you will be able to choose which Bookmark you would like. There is a limited amount, so I’ll keep updates on which ones are left throughout the readathon! If I announce that you’ve won a prize, please DM me within 24 hours to claim one these. Anyway, these are the Bookmarks you will be able to win.

How to Win a Prize:

And here’s the criteria you need to complete to win any of these Prizes. There are lots of ways to be eligible for a prize so anyone can win something – Just make sure you Sign Up below. These are fairly easy, so anyone can win a prize no matter what option you choose. Anyway, if you chose the Bingo Board Option you can win a prize if you reach your first bingo and a second prize if you get a Blackout and complete to entire Bingo Board.

If you just want to Stick to a series throughout the entire readathon, you will be eligible to win a prize when you finish the entire series, and every series after that if you finish more than one, If you choose to read more than one series or a second series!

And for the read anything option, I wanted to give everyone a chance to win something so every 10 volumes will give you the chance to win something, so please do let me know if you reach 10 volumes!

Any of these will still go if you chose to do a mix of options, as long as you complete any of these! All prizes will be sent after the readathon finishes!

Recommendations:

For those of you that are unsure what to read, I’ll link some Recommendation posts & Reviews below that you can check out. 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. 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 in the comments and I might give them a go, I’m always looking for new Manga to read.

My Favourite Manga I
My Favourite Manga II
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
Manga Reviews
Award Winning Manga Recs
Entertainment Industry Recs
Non-Human/Half-Human Main Character Recs
Manga Anthologies & Collections Recs
Manga with an Animal Main Character
Manga Featuring Japanese Folklore
Manga Including Steampunk Elements
Manga by Artist/Author Duo
Manga that Focuses on Villains
Manga with a Main Character Who Transforms
BL | GL
Isekai Manga: Main Character is Transported to Another World
Manga with a Name in the Title
Gender Bender Manga

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? Or maybe something you would like to see/do for round 10? 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 the #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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My Favourite Books of 2019

Today, I’m coming to you to discuss my Favourite books that I read in 2019. Last year wasn’t the best year for blogging for me, It was quite a hectic year, but I’m so glad to have gotten more time to blog recently. I truly love blogging and really missed it. Hopefully this year I can blog a lot more and maybe have some sort of schedule. Anyway, I’ll only be mentioning books that I rated 5 Stars or left a huge impact on me in 2019 so let’s get started and jump straight into it:

What if it’s us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

I loved the story and the characters, I needed something light to read in between my Fantasy novels to get me out of my reading and this was so cute.

Here we have Arthur and Ben, two guys who met by chance at a post office while one of them was trying to ship a box to his ex with all the memories from their failed relationship.

I loved how both Becky’s and Adam’s writing styles intertwined in this book. I mean, you can expect tragedies and somber situations from Adam, but you can also expect sunshine and love and happy romance from Becky, so the outcome is perfect. Is beautiful and painful at the same time.

A Shimmer in the Dark by Kelley York

This is a novella in the Dark is the Night series. This is just a transition book to Preston and Benji having a full book, book three was released recently and I can’t wait to read it. A Shimmer in the Night brings us more of Benji and Preston, two friends of the MC’s from A Light Amongst Shadows, and I loved returning to that world. The Dark is the Night series is quickly starting to become one of my favorite YA series.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands is genuinely one of the sweetest, most entertaining novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Sarah Rees Brennan has created an intricate world full of drama, humour, fantasy and M/M romance that I can’t recommend enough.  

I loved this book more than I can possibly put into words. I went in expecting a silly, genre-twisting adventure, and came out with so much more than that: a story about love and family, both the kind you’re born with and the kind you choose. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pick this one up at once

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

This had been one of my most anticipated releases since its announcement. Magnus and Alec are hands down, one of my absolute favourite couples in the Shadowhunter world, so to say I had high expectations for this one. The plot wasn’t as strong as other Shadowhunter books, but I kind of liked that the romance was at the forefront, I don’t usually like romance in books that much, but these two are adorable.

The Nowhere by Chris Gill

This was one of my absolute favourites last, and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. The Writing is Brilliant. I thought this book was well written and structured extremely well. I was genuinely blown away! I loved this book from start to finish and never once became bored of it, which for me is quite amazing, even though I love reading, I also lack concentration and focus, and often find my mind drifting off, that never once happened with this book. I read this book in less than 24 hours and could not put it down, I loved every second of it and the mystery aspect of it kept me intrigued.

What were your favourite Books in 2019? Let me know in the Comments!!

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2020 Reading Challenges

The upcoming year is the start to a new decade and the start to tons of new life experiences and opportunities. Going into 2020, I’m obviously going to keep up with my reading and am planning on making my reading a little bit more fun.

Over the past month, I’ve seen SO MANY announcements for 2020 year-long readathons and reading challenges. It’s overwhelming to decide from several amazing options, but I’ve managed to decide on some. I usually do a post like this every year, but I normally terrible with sticking to them, so hopefully this year will be better. I’ll be regularly updating this post.

20 LGBTQ+ Books in 2020 (#20LGBTQBOOKSIN2020)

– January 1st-December 31st

One of my reading goals is to read more books with LGBT+ characters (although I did read mostly LGBT books in 2019) and I found a BINGO board that’ll help me do it. This was created by Enthralled Bookworm. The goal is to read at least 20 books with LGBT+ rep, but there are 25 squares so of course I’m going for the full bingo. 2020 looks like a promising year for LGBT+ books.

TBR

Trans Rep - George by Alex Gino
Fantasy - Black Wings Beating by Alex London
Bisexual Rep - Leah on the offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Historical Fiction - The Gentleman Attraction by Connor Peterson
Enemies to Lovers Trope - Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston 
Sports Fiction - Poster Boy by Anne Tenino
Fake Dating Trope - Dedicated by Neve Wilder
New Adult - Christmas Angel by Eli Easton
Intersex Rep - Pantomime by Laura Lam
Out and Proud Lead - Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan
Instalove Trope - Cronin's Key by N. R. Walker
Lesbian Rep - It's Not Like it's a Secret by Misa Suigiura
Free - The ABC's of LGBT+ by Ash Hardell
Rom-Com - 
Genderfluid Rep - 
Young Adult - Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
Asexual Rep - Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
POC Lead - 
Best Friends to Lovers Trope - A Breath Apart by Christina Lee
Non-Binary Rep - Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Pansexual Rep - 
Contemporary - 
Coming Out Story - 
Gay Rep - 
Science Fiction - 

Currently Reading:

Books Read:

Progress: 5/25

2020 Audiobook Challenge (#2020AudiobookChallenge)

– January 1st-December 31st

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer are hosting the Audiobook Challenge for 2020. I’ll be trying the Stenographer level (can listen while multitasking): 10-15 Audiobooks.

TBR:

Currently Reading:

Books Read:

Progress: 0/10

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020 (#BacklistReader)

– January 1st-December 31st

This Challenge is hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Board. To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2019 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. 

TBR:

Currently Reading:

Books Read:

Progress: 0/20

2020 Book to Movie Challenge (#Book2MovieRC)

– January 1st-December 31st

The 2020 Book To Movie Challenge is hosted by Michelle @ Gather Together and Read. This one challenges the reader to read books that will become movies during the current year. You can sign up here. I’ll be doing the level: First One to the Theater: read 4+ books. These have to be 2020 movie releases.

TBR

Currently Reading:

Books Read:

Progress: 0/4

Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

– January 1st-December 31st

The Cloak & Dagger Challenge is back. Hosted by Carol @ Carol’s Notebook. I will be joining in again at the Amateur sleuth level of 5-15 books in the mystery and crime field. You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres. Books need to at least 100 pages long.

TBR:

Currently Reading:

Books Read:

Progress: 0/5

2020 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

– January 1st-December 31st

Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction mysteries. I’ll be starting with the Peckish level: 1 – 25 Cozy Mysteries. I have a few review copies to read for this.

TBR:

Currently Reading:

Books Read:

Progress: 0/5

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

– January 1st-December 31st –

I have so many started series that I can’t count and I’d like to finish them but I know it is an impossible task at least for now since a lot of them are still ongoing but I’d like to at least read till the last book published. Here’s the challenge post if you want to join. I’m going for C-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 1-4 SERIES. I still don’t know which series I want to finish, so I’m going to list all the series that I want to complete eventually and see which ones I get around to this year. The crossed out were read before 2020, and the ones read this year will be underlined.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
P.S. I Love You (#1)
Postscript (#2)
Scrolls of Zndaria by J.S. Jaeger
The Golden Wizard (#1)
The Alamist Queen (#2)
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Teardrop (#1)
Waterfall (#2)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird (#1)
Go Set a Watchman (#2)
Heated Beat by Garrett Leigh
My Mate Jack (#1)
Lucky Man (#2)
All Saints by A. M. Arthur: 
Come What May (#1)
Say it Right (#2)  
As I Am (#3)
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
The Wizards of Once (#1)
Twice Magic (#2)
Knock Three Times (#3)
Montague Siblings by Mackenzi Lee
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue (#1)
The Gentleman's Guide to Getting Lucky (#1.5)
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats & Piracy (#2)
The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal & Shipwrecks (#3)
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Better Nate Than Ever (#1)
Five, Six, Seven, Nate (#2)
Nate Expectations (#3)
Every Day by David Levithan
Every Day (#1)
Another Day (#2)
Someday (#3)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (#1)
Insurgent (#2)
Allegiant (#3)
Rondo by Emily Rodda
The Key to Rondo (#1)
The Wizard of Rondo (#2)
The Battle of Rondo (#3)
Night World by L. J. Smith (Omnibus Editions)
Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder (#1)
Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate (#2)
Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight (#3)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (#1)
P.S. I Still Love You (#2)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (#3)
Dark is the Night by Kelley York
A Light Amongst Shadows (#1)
A Hymn in the Silence (#2)
A Shimmer in the Night (#2.5)
A Calm before the Storm (#2.8)
The Wrath of Wolves (#3)
Russel Middlebrook series by Brent Hartinger
Geography Club (#1)
The Order of the Poison Oak (#2)
Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (#3)
The Elephant of Surprise (#4)
The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (#1)
Son of a Witch (#2)
A Lion Among Men (#3)
Out of Oz (#4)
The Elements of Kamdaria by Kay L. Moody
Ice Crown (#1)
Wind Crown (#2)
Dust Crown (#3)
Flame Crown (#4)
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Eragon (#1)
Eldest (#2)
Brisingr (#3)
Inheritance (#4) 
Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce
Sisters Red (#1)
Sweetly (#2)
Fathomless (#3)
Cold Spell (#4)
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
The Forbidden Library (#1)
The Mad Apprentice (#2)
The Palace of Glass (#3)
The Fall of the Readers (#4)
Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 
Daimon (#0.5)
Half-Blood (#1)
Pure (#2)
Deity (#3)
Elixir (#3.5)
Apollyon (#4)
One & Only (#4.5)
Sentinel (#5)
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection (#1)
The Elite (#2)
The One (#3)
The Heir (#4)
The Crown (#5)
A New World by Tonya Coffey
Harvest Moon (#1)
Snow Moon (#2)
Pink Moon (#3)
Thunder Moon (#4)
Cold Moon (#5)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (#1)
Hollow City (#2)
Library of Souls (#3)
A Map of Days (#4)
The Conference of Birds (#5)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy (#1)
Frostbite (#2)
Shadow Kiss (#3) 
Blood Promise (#4)
Spirit Blood (#5)
Last Sacrifice (#6)
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King (#1)
The Iron Daughter (#2)
The Iron Queen (#3)
The Iron Knight (#4)
The Lost Prince (#5)
The Iron Traitor (#6)
The Iron Warrior (#7)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander (#1)
Dragonfly in Amber (#2)
Voyager (#3)
Drums of Autumn (#4)
The Fiery Cross (#5)
A Breath of Snow & Ashes (#6)
An Echo in the Bone (#7)
Written in my Own Heart's Blood (#8)

Are you Joining any of these Challenges? Let me know in the Comments!!

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24 hours of Reading + Chronic Fatigue Update! 1/02/2020

Last weekend I decided to do my own 24 hour readathon (check out my wrap up HERE) and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it again this weekend, I don’t get much time for reading during the week anymore, and quite frankly I really just don’t have the energy to do much, including reading, or even blogging. So I started at 12:01am on Saturday, although I didn’t read too much before I got tired and decided sleep was more important. I actually ended up sleeping for 11 hours, so while I would have liked to read more, I think I did fairly well considering I was sleeping most of the day.

It was about 3:30pm by the time I really got to the reading, because I also started Cold Shower Therapy, which has been recommended to improve symptoms for Chronic Fatigue. It’s supposed to have many health benefits for fatigue, as well as for aches & pains and headaches. I wanted to share this because I’m extremely excited about this, I never thought I would feel excited about cold showers, but if it helps me feel somewhat normal so I can get back to regularly blogging again, I’ll try it.

Basically I’m supposed to take cold showers for at least 3-5 minutes every day. I’ll be doing this for 30 days at first just to see how I go with it, and if it improves my health I’ll probably keep it up, so far I have seen some improvements in my health, I feel a little more aware each day, and I’m not in as much pain either, so far this only usually last for about 3-4 hours before the symptoms strike again, but I’m still really grateful for those few hours of feeling better. even just a bit.

Chronic Fatigue has been something that has been hindering me for about 2 years (read more HERE) and has worsened a lot this year, I’ve been trying a few different things, such as Yoga & Meditation to hopefully decrease some of the symptoms. I don’t talk much about this, but it’s something that needs to be spoken about, there needs to be more awareness about these “invisible illnesses”. I still get a lot of people say that I don’t look sick so therefore I must be healthy, looks of disbelief, that I’m too young to be sick, or people that think just because I’m young that I must be healthy and therefore more capable of doing things. This always annoys me that I am constantly having to explain myself to everyone.

Anyway, sorry for the rant, let’s get onto the wrap up, because I know that’s what you’re here for, read on if you would like to know what I read this weekend, I’ll let you know my thoughts on each book, as well as my rating out of 5 stars and the link to Goodreads, if there’s any books mentioned here that you might be interested in, please go check them out.

I received a review copy of the Edge of the Brilliance a while ago and finally read it. Though the nature of the story is extremely important, and the message adequately conveyed, I had a hard time finishing the story. It may have been the writing style that I didn’t care for or possibly the dialogue, but something just didn’t sit well with me. I struggled through the first few chapters and initially put it aside as a DNF. However, because it is about mental illness, I felt that it deserved a second chance. I’m glad that I did, because it does get much better and the story is a fascinating read in terms of the subject matter. (Goodreads)

My first 5 star read for the year!! This is exactly the f/f historical romance I was craving. It’s so good I’ve been looking at other books by this author and I can’t wait to read more by Lily Maxton. I’ve been saying for so long that I would like to read more Historical Fiction, and this is exactly what I was looking for. Maxton’s gorgeous prose perfectly complements this historical tale of friendship, identity, and growth. (Goodreads)

Sorry this got a bit long, but if you stuck around to read until the end, thank you!! Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Or maybe they are on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

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Book Tour & Review: Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan *Spoiler Free*

Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan

Publication Date: November 4th 2019
Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Genres: Adult, LGBT, Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 186
Date Read: January 29th 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks| Kobo

I received a complimentary copy of this book from XpressoTours. The opinions expressed are solely mine.

Tragedy comes in all forms, and you never know how you’ll deal with it. Four friends have all dealt with their fair share of struggles. Dillion, an aspiring writer with writer’s block because of his brothers sudden death, Jesse the emotional stunted drink thanks to his boyfriend’s suicide, Ivan the abused victim just looking for a place to call home, and Leo the stubborn romantic trying to get his friends to open up, while keeping his issues close to his chest.

With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover with change or even Leo focusing on his friends problems instead of his own. Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past?

Thirst Trap is a humorous coming of age novel dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful insane friendships.

Possible triggers: mentions of depression, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and suicide

Thirst Trap is the story of four friends – “Misfits” by the world’s standards – Dillion, Jesse, Ivan, and Leo. This author created a pack of people that fall but rise back up, even if they do it all over again, they still keep rising. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I liked the way the author talked about different relationships and the importance of friendship. Even though each one of the characters are different from each other the only thing that kept them from breaking was their friendship. I loved how complex the characters and the relationships were.

I did struggle in some places with the flow and that honestly had more to do with the editing than with the four POVs. This was really the only flaw or issue I had with the book. The Story itself was original, and uniquely laid out. I look forward to reading more books by Zachary Ryan.

AUTHOR BIO:

Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status–and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused.

After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.

Author links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments!

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Six Books in 24 Hours!! | 24 Hours of Reading – 25/01/2020

Over the weekend I decided to do my own 24 hour readathon and see how much I could read in a day, so far this year I’ve hardly read anything. These days I’m too exhausted to read much. Also, Sorry I haven’t been very active on here lately (or for quite a while). I’ve been trying to focus more on my health, I’ll still try to post at least 4 times a month, but I can’t make any promises at this time.

Anyway, this was quite successful and I got lots read so I might do these more regularly and just spend weekend’s reading and relaxing. I had a lot of different options on what I wanted to read (I actually wrote down about 30 books that I was going to choose from to read) and I ended up reading 6 books. I’m really happy with this, even though most of them are Poetry Collections, I wanted to read more poetry this year anyway. So let’s just get into what I read over the weekend:

This was so wonderful. I’ve said this before but I love seeing LGBTQ+ middle grade books. Society has a problem of thinking these topics are inappropriate for kids and claim that it’s “adult content’ and that is so backwards and harmful. This is about George, a 10 year old girl born as a boy. I loved how Gino used female pronouns through the entire book since George thought of herself as a girl. This book is so important no matter age. I thought this was a really beautiful & heartwarming story. I listened to the Audiobook for this one

This was published when Mackenzie Campbell was just 18, and for it to be her first poetry collection, it was pretty good. I did not find it as touching and moving as I have found other poetry collections, but definitely related to a lot of her words as the book is filled with heartbreaking quotes. Personally, I found these poems relatable and I mostly enjoyed reading this book. The message of self-love at the end of the book is something essential for everyone to realize.

I breezed through this very quickly without trying. There are four parts: The Princess, The Damsel, The Queen and You. The poetry is arranged creatively throughout the text and uses simple and easy to understand words. The author demonstrates her own personal struggle with her body, the deaths of her sister and mother, a bad relationship with a boyfriend, and ultimately her “come to Jesus” moment that she can “save herself” and start living life the way she wants to. While I appreciated her candidness and honesty, I was expecting more. Some poems were fantastic and new and interesting, while others just didn’t interest me at all.

I loved this collection. I don’t think it is flawless in its entirety which is why I haven’t given it five stars, but some of the poems really do deserve it. This book of poems was so incredibly beautiful. Clementine has a way of writing that completely speaks to me on some whole other level. Some of the Poems were really beautiful.

This is one of the most important books I’ve found that addresses mostly everything in regards to the LGBTQ+ community. It begins with an introduction of a condensed version with the many terms and identities found in The ABC’s of LGBT+. I was also really appreciative of the personal stories included, it’s quite impressive that Ash was able to get so many people to contribute, and it made a huge difference to hear from them personally. It made it all feel so much more personal. Most of the information in this wasn’t new to me, and occasionally it just felt like being bombarded with terminology, but it has an index and a quick guide making it easy to look up stuff again. So, all in all definitely a good resource. If you’re interested in learning about a diverse array of identities, please consider picking this book up!

I checked out this audiobook on a whim because saw it on Scribd during my Free Trial of the app. I really enjoyed this collection and I was delighted by the whimsy. I loved the silly dialogue and the general naughtiness of all the animals’ antics. This was the complete collection of Beatrix Potter.

That’s all for now! Have you read any of these? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

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Books On My TBR This Month; January 2020

Today I am here to share the books that I am hoping to read this month. I’m a big mood reader so chances are that some of the choices will change. But I enjoy writing up these posts and I haven’t done a tbr post in a long time. I read a lot last month, so chances are I might not read much this month and I don’t want to burn myself out either, but it’s always good to have a selection. Here are the books I will hopefully be reading in January.

Most of these books are on Scribd, which I have a free trial at the moment. The selection isn’t as big as Audible, but it’s cheaper and the variety is still really good. Do you use Scribd? Have you read any of these Books? What are your thoughts on them? Any that you think I should read first? Let me know in the Comments!

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My Favourite Manga II (Blogmas Day 8)

This is part of of my Favourite Manga. Last time I shared my favourites that I’ve completed that were finished publishing. Today I’ll be sharing the ones that are still publishing. Maybe I’ll do a third part as well. For the Manga that has finished publishing and I still need to finish reading, I’m sure there are a few there. There’s a lot that I want to mention so let’s just get into it, these are organised by # of volumes I’ve read so far:

Black Clover by Yuki Tabata

Volumes Read: 3

Volumes Published So Far: 18

Black Clover has a promising start for a new fantasy adventure manga series! I admit the story has pretty much your typical manga setting. The setting is nothing new, but I adore the artwork and the story is exercised in a fast-paced, humorous way. I can’t wait to continue this series.

Karneval by Touya Mikanagi

Volumes Read: 3

Volumes Published So Far: 9 (Omnibus Edition)

I have watched the anime, I love this series so much. There was a lot of hype, and it looked pretty, and I was intrigued. It’s definitely another series with a large band of characters, in a unique setting. And, to be honest, I’m already sold. It took no time at all, surprisingly enough.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card by CLAMP

Volumes Read: 4

Volumes Published So Far: 6

I was familiar with Cardcaptor Sakura because it has a TV adaptation. I used to watch the anime when I was a kid, and I recently read the original manga series, so it’s really exciting to be back in this world again.

Given by Natsuki Kizu

Volumes Read: 5

Volumes Published So Far: 5

I highly recommend to read this BL Manga. This manga talks about not only what it’s going to be the main couple but the life of the rest of the group and their life while playing within a band. I can’t wait for more volumes to come and for the release of the Official English Translation

Sasaki to Miyano by Syou Harusono

Volumes Read: 5

Volumes Published So Far: 5

This is really cute! A very slow burn story between two high school students. I love the art style! This needs to get an official english release!

The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki

Volumes Read: 5

Volumes Published So Far: 5

Pandora Hearts was one of my favorite manga series, so when I found out Jun Mochizuki was working on a new series, I had to read it. Happy to say this met and exceeded my expectations; full of great characters, French culture, Gothic overtones, and elements of steampunk – I can hardly wait to read more! Volume 6 comes out soon – December 24th.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto

Volumes Read: 6

Volumes Published So Far: 14

Have read this up through Volume 6, the artwork and the character designs are so pretty. On her 16th birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits the ancestral estate she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi

Volumes Read: 8

Volumes Published So Far: 36

The anime is one of my favorites. After watching it about 3 times, I decided to read the manga. Hunter x Hunter is yet another popular shonen manga, generally similar to stuff like Dragon Ball, Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, My Hero Academia, etc. This one is about a fictional fantasy world where hunter is one of the most prestigious and well-paid jobs, so everybody wants to be one but very few people are actually qualified, since you have to go through a series of very tough and rigorous tests to get certified.

Seraph of the End by Takaya Kagami

Volumes Read: 17

Volumes Published So Far: 17

I finished the anime a while ago and I loved it, I’m currently caught up on the Manga but I can’t wait to read more. It’s such a wonderful series and I can’t get enough of it. Seraph of the End takes place in a world where there was an epidemic that wiped out most of the human population.

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Volumes Read: 75

Volumes Published So Far: 92

This series is getting so good. I absolutely love it. It’s been a favourite of mine for years, since I used to watch the Anime on 4Kids. So many amazing characters. It has a huge cast of unique characters.

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the Comments!

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My Christmas Wish List (Blogmas Day 7)

Christmas is just around the corner so I thought for today I would share my Christmas Wish List. Read on if you’re interested in what books I’m wishing for this year. I’ll keep this short, let’s get into it:

Clockwork Angel 10th Year Anniversary Edition

Of course this is on my Wish List, this book is so pretty. I’ve been collecting these Anniversary Editions and I would love to include this one to my collection.

Visions from the Upside Down Artbook

I saw this one the recently and it looks amazing. The Artwork is in incredible. Stranger Things is one of my favourite series It’s an awesome collection of artwork. Combination of high profile and indie artists brought together to make their own contributions to the Stranger Things universe. So many artists are in this book! I love seeing the different takes and different styles.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I’ve been wanting this book for so long, since I watched the movie, and I still don’t have it yet, but maybe this year, I absolutely love the concept of this book.

Inkheart

This is another one I’ve wanted for so long, ever since I watched the movie back in 2008, so It’ll be amazing to finally get my hands on it after all this time. I absolutely love the concept of this story. A modern day world with fairy tale characters coming alive by being read out of a book. 

What’s on your Christmas Wish List? Let me know in the Comments!