Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud (2/23/21)

Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud. It doesn’t happen often where I laugh because of a book, but when it does it’s simply the best! But to be honest, I think book make me cry more than anything, haha. This list took me a bit to compile.

1.) Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winter

2.) Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

3.) The Devil Does Exist by Mitsuba Takanashi (whole manga series)

4.) Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara (whole manga series)

5.) The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (silly goat!)

6.) Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi (whole manga series(Specifically this volume!))

7.) Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

8.) The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

9.) Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morganthaler

10.) The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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What book made you laugh out loud?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Manga Review: Fly Me to the Moon Vol. 1 by Kenjiro Hata

51323379Title: Fly Me to the Moon Vol. 1 
Author: Kenjiro Hata
Genre:  New Adult / Romance / Manga
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this e-copy to review! All opinions are my own.

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“First comes marriage, then comes an earthbound love that is out of this world!

From the day his parents named him, Nasa Yuzaki has been destined for outer space…or so he believes. But while trying to join the space program, he is thrown for a loop when an accident introduces him to Tsukasa, a mysterious girl with strange powers. Is she an alien, a moon goddess or something else? Since she insists on marrying him, Nasa has plenty of chances to find out!” (Goodreads)

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I was curious about this manga after seeing it on NetGalley because aliens. Aliens are interesting and a blurb that mentions a quick marriage and aliens is definitely something that intrigues me.

There is a lot of potential for this series but this first volume didn’t do much to grab my attention.

Nasa gets some buildup in the beginning from his name to what he strives to do when it comes to his education. He is very determined! Obviously, a great quality to have.

Tsukasa is a very mysterious girl. We know nothing about her and it stays that way for the whole manga. Of course, they marry but even he knows nothing besides that she is beautiful and a restless sleeper, ha.

I’m sure as the series go on there will be interesting moments between them because they haven’t even kissed yet. They are new to love and that always makes for some good moments in books. Even though that may be the case, I’m just not sold on continuing.

Overall, it was an okay read and even though it had it’s moments. I just don’t think it’s for me.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Books That Make Me Smile. Usually I get these giddy feelings from contemporary romance books. They are just so cute and I can’t help but smile! I will also have some manga on here as well.

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1.) Well Met by Jen DeLuca

2.) Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

3.) Husband Material by Emily Belden

4.) It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

5.) Waiting for Spring by Anashin

6.) The Devil Does Exist by Takanashi Mitsuba

7.) The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

8.) The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

9.) The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

10.) Maid-sama by Hiro Fujiwara

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 What’s a genre or book that makes you happy?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By but I’m going to go with Favorite Authors. I don’t really keep track of this so I guess I will have to do some digging, haha. I will also be including mangas too!

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1.) Joanna Ruth Meyer

2.) Jay Kristoff

3.) Amie Kaufman

4.) C.S. Lewis

5.) Susan Dennard

6.) Katherine Arden

7.) Ellen Schreiber

8.) Mizuho Kusanagi

(I don’t have every photo each cover but obviously there is a lot, haha)

9.) Mitsuba Takanashi

(There is 12 in the series!)

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10.) Hiro Fujiwara

(I didn’t write reviews for all of them but there are 18 volumes!)

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 What author have you read the most books by?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Manga Mini Reviews #3 (Arc Edition)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

I was approved for three mangas at the beginning of this year. I decided to put them all into one post since reviews for them are short and they come out in March, April, and May.

All of these came from NetGalley and were provided by the publisher, VIZ Media.

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46774535Title: Prince Freya, Vol. 1
Author: Keiko Ishihara
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels/ Romance
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020

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“To save her kingdom, a simple village girl must live a royal lie.

The powerful kingdom of Sigurd has slowly been conquering all the lands that share its borders, and now it has turned its voracious attention to the small, resource-rich Tyr. Tyr cannot hope to match Sigurd in strength, so in order to survive, it must rely on the intelligence, skill and cunning of its prince and his loyal knights. But should their prince fall, so too shall Tyr…

Freya thinks of herself as a simple village girl, but her idyllic life is shattered when she is caught up in the aftermath of a treacherous Sigurdian plot. She bears a striking resemblance to her country’s beloved Prince Edvard, who lays dying from poison. Without its ruler, all of Tyr will quickly be engulfed by Sigurdian violence. Now Freya must take Prince Edvard’s place and lead his valiant knights in defending the realm!” (Goodreads)

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The cover for this one definitely captured my attention. I also was intrigued by the idea of Freya dressing up like the prince and taking over his position. I really didn’t know what to expect when it came to the plot. There were definitely a lot of surprises that I wasn’t anticipating.

Freya is thrown into this mess of warring kingdoms but it wasn’t specifically mentioned why she decided to run and take the prince’s place. She didn’t have much development and most of the time she was crying. I didn’t understand why a few of the male characters seemed to fall all over her.

I did like the brother because I just love when brothers are in stories! They were charming but again, lacked much development.

I am still curious to see where book two goes when it comes to the plot and hopefully there will be more development for the characters.

Rating: 3.5
Continue?: Yes, I will check out book two whenever it is published.

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48425448Title: Not Your Idol, Vol. 1
Author: Aoi Makino
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels/ Teens
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020

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“A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan.

After that day, she stopped being a girl. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.” (Goodreads)

reviewheaderWow! That’s really all I have to say about this one.

I was fascinated by the premise because of her wanting to give up her femininity which I only assumed was to feel safer after being attacked. There is definitely a lot of talk about young women getting groped, raped, and being seen as an idol for anyone to stare at. It’s the harsh reality that many women, young or old, face each day.

I loved Nina as a character and how brave she was. She had her days where it was all too much but she stuck up for those who wouldn’t or couldn’t on their own.

This  manga definitely struck a chord in me and had me tearing up a few times. I’ve had unwarranted touching before and the scenes about public transportation had me remembering the days of being cat called and also being called rude names when I didn’t respond. These tough topics are talked about in, I think, a good way and use the language we hear about it, good and bad. It makes you think.

The only bad part (it’s not really bad) is that it ended on such a cliffhanger! I will be dying for the next book because the plot is intriguing and it was hard to put down even when I got tired because it was past my bedtime.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

Rating: 5 stars
Continue?: Yes!

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46779162Title: Love Me, Love Me Not, Vol. 1
Author: Io Sakisaka
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels/ Teens
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020

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“A new romance from Io Sakisaka, leading shojo manga creator and author of Ao Haru Ride!

Four friends share the springtime of their youth together.

Fast friends Yuna and Akari are complete opposites: Yuna is an idealist while Akari is a realist. When lady-killer Rio and the oblivious Kazuomi join their ranks, love and friendship become quite complicated!” (Goodreads)

reviewheaderI wasn’t too sure about the characters at first. Yuna are Akari are opposites. They each see love in a different way. Yuna is also quiet where Akari can be quite outspoken. I loved the friendship that was formed between them and it can easily be seen how quickly it grows throughout. I have a feeling that Akari will definitely influence Yuna more when it comes to gaining confidence.

There are hints of relationships blossoming but nothing has come to fruition yet. Although that ending was intense and I need to know how it all happened and where its going to go. I feel bad for everyone involved.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It was my first time reading a manga by this author although I have one of their other ones on my kindle right now. This one has definitely made want to binge everything they have written!

Rating: 4 stars
Continue?: Yes!

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What are some mangas that you have tried and liked if you read them?

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Manga Mini Reviews

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Hello Lovely Readers!

A few weeks ago I read the first volume of a few mangas and thought I’d do mini reviews for each one and let you know if I will be continuing with the series or not. If you like this post let me know and I will continue to do them!

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44460066._SX318_.jpg1.) Witch Hat Atelier Vol. 1

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“A TOUCH OF MAGIC In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem…” (Goodreads)

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I saw this one from Amanda and knew I needed to pick it up! The graphics are beautiful and the story grasped my attention. I also loved the apprentice outfits! The first volume is free on Kindle Unlimited but sadly the rest are not.

Rating: 5 stars
Continue?: I will continue it eventually but since my library doesn’t have it, it might be awhile before I can purchase the next volume.

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37754666._SY475_.jpg2.) Takane & Hana Vol. 1

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“The meeting between Takane and Hana ends in an explosive manner, and Hana is convinced that she’ll never have to see that awful Takane again. But Takane actually seems interested in Hana! Exasperated by Takane’s immature attitude, yet amused and intrigued despite herself, Hana wonders if her hilarious rivalry with Takane just might lead to love!” (Goodreads)

reviewheaderI wasn’t a huge fan of the age gap for this one. The characters were also quite immature and they just didn’t keep my attention. The banter was funny at times but that’s about it.

Rating: 3 stars
Continue?: No

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35823148._SY475_.jpg3.) Waiting for Spring Vol. 1

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“A sweet romantic story of a soft-spoken high school freshman and her quest to make friends, Waiting for Spring will delight fans of earnest, fun, and dramatic shojo like Kimi ni Todoke and Say I Love You. Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include… love?” (Goodreads)
reviewheaderI found the first volume on Kindle Unlimited and have been eyeing it for a few months now. I finally decided to read it and I loved it! It was super cute and reminds me a lot of other mangas I have read and loved.

Rating: 5 stars
Continue?: Yes. The other volumes aren’t on Kindle Unlimited and my library has a few of the other volumes.

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What are some mangas that you have tried and liked if you read them?

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My Dear Cold-Blooded King: Manga Review

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35008226._SX318_.jpgTitle: My Dear Cold-Blooded King
Author: LifeLight
Genre: Fantasy/Romance Manga
Publication Date: March 12th, 2017

This manga can be read on WebToon.

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“Born a humble peasant, Kihara Mei has lived simply day by day as a merchant in the capitol, and never assumed things would change. But, one fateful day would change the course of her life, when faced with a deadly challenge against dangerous royal assassins. Now, with the eyes of the dreaded Blood King upon her, her life of simplicity would now become a tangled web of secrecy, deceit, and desire.”

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I binged this series in two days, guys! Two days!

Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

If you haven’t downloaded the WebToon app or looked on their website then look away from this review. It is a black hole that will suck you in!

But anyways, let’s move into talking about this amazing series!

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The first thing I want to say is that the art is beautiful. I enjoy looking at it every episode and she can make non-existent men sexy.

Kihara Mei is a very strong-willed girl who wants no one to dictate her life. She plays by her own rules and wants to protect herself and so she trains in combat. She may not have come from a troubled past like the other characters but she does know loss. She also struggles with trusting men and it play into the plot a lot. I really liked reading about her and wish I was in her position. Everyone falls head over heels for her.

Ryusaki and Katsu are beautiful creatures. They are brothers and that is one way to my trashy heart! I could never decide who I wanted her to be with because they each have different personalities.

As for the plot, it was filled with drama, romance, and fighting! The plot twists I never saw coming. I always found myself either being quite angry or smiling stupidly at my phone. It is so intriguing and glorious!

Little did I know that this series isn’t finished and now I must wait until January to find out what happens next. *sigh*

Oh well, I’ll just find art of them to stare at in the mean time.

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WWW Wednesday (5/1/19)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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Current Read:
I am just starting The Tiger At Midnight. It just came in from the library and I am excited to start it!

 

 

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Recently Finished:
I just finished The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol. 13. It was a crazy ending and I am still thinking about it. Now I have to wait until September to see what happens…

 

 

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Reading Next:
I will be reading an e-ARC for Dragonslayer. I have been really enjoying Adult Fantasy lately and am excited for this one.

WWW Wednesday (4/24/19)

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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Currently Reading:
I have been reading this manga for awhile now since I have been reading one a month or so. Since I only have a few left I am just going to binge read it today! I’ve really enjoyed the series.

 

 

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Recently Finished:
I just finished up Cinder a couple days ago and liked it more than I thought I would. I had a couple issues with it but will have a review up next month!

 

 

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Reading Next:
I will be reading House of Salt and Sorrow once I finish up the manga series. I am excited to start it!

Stepping on Roses: Manga Review

20582038Title: Stepping on Roses Vol.1-9
Author: Rinko Uedo
Rating: 5 stars

->Click for Synopsis of Vol. 1<-

Stepping on Roses was a manga that surprised me with how much I loved it. Vol. 1 really sucked me and each Vol. continued to do that until a few hours later I had already completed the whole series. I was sad to see it end as the plot is mixed with romance, scandals, and historical Japanese fashion.

Sumi is such a kind character and she will do anything to keep her family healthy and fed. She would even sell herself if it meant they had what they needed. Luckily, a young man offers to do just that but she must commit to a marriage with him but there will never be love. Of course with a plot like this we can expect them to eventually fall for each other and even though I knew it was coming, I loved every minute! Soichiro is handsome, rich, and becomes the head of a company. He is quite annoyed with Sumi at times but throughout the series we see him fall for her.

There are a few twists that happen throughout each Vol. and one those being a love triangle that has its own twists too.

Overall, it was a great series and one that I would revisit again in the future.