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I read manga and books. I usually read Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Horror. I also read other books or manga that are not within those genres.

Currently reading

Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel, Vol. 1 (light novel)
Nojima Kazushige, Tetsuya Nomura, Tomoco Kanemaki
Progress: 54 %

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
AR has read 45 books toward their goal of 50 books.
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Devilman Vol 1
Devilman Vol 1

Two more weeks for this to come out.

Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

The other day, I watched Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple. It was really awesome and bit of creepy in some scenes.

 

I wish I could watch it again. I hope it comes out on Blu-ray.

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Sophie's World

Sophie's World - Paulette Møller, Jostein Gaarder

An exciting and engaging read for learning about the basics of philosophy especially if you're a philosophy novice. Before I read this book, I had some familiarity with some philosophers and philosophy schools. After reading this book, I began to have a better understanding of some philosophical concepts. 

 

The majority of the book's text focused on the development of each philosophical concept and covers time periods from ancient Greece to 20th century Europe. Fortunately, these passages are written in an accessible way that even philosophy beginners and average readers can understand. However, advanced philosophy students might find some of the explanations to be repetitive or disappointed that there are not a lot of challenging information in the passages. I don't recommend this book to readers who want to read about Eastern philosophies since this book limited to Western concepts.

 

This book is not just about philosophy, but it's a mystery novel about Sophie figuring out who Hilde is and why she is receiving her mail. So Sophie starts learning about philosophy from a mysterious philosopher to figure out who is Hilde. During the first half, I was engrossed in the story and wanted to know who this Hilde is. This sense of mystery was appealing to me and kept me excited. However, the second half was a bit disappointing. The reason was that the mystery of Hilde was solved. I thought that mystery was answered too early. After that part, the exciting and edge of your seat feeling disappears. The reason I kept on going was that I enjoyed reading about the philosophy lessons that Sophie is receiving.

 

After I finished this book, I'm now extremely interested in learning more about philosophy and philosophers.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 318 out of 518 pages.

Sophie's World - Paulette Møller, Jostein Gaarder

 

I'm over 50% done with this book and I'm surprised with the twist. Sophie and the others are characters in a story read by Hilde. It reminds of the twist with The Lego Movie.

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Watched the second episode of Devil's Line. Going to drop it because it feels rushed and lacks some emotion in some areas. The OP and ED are really good though.

 

Going back to reading the manga of it.

Today I watched the first episodes of Tokyo Ghoul re and Devil's Line. I thought they were great first episodes. I hope the streak continues into future episodes.

Sophie's World - Paulette Møller, Jostein Gaarder

I'm going to start reading this book. I heard great things about this title.

Yesterday, I discovered StoryBundle, a pay-what-you-want website similar to Humble Bundle. I decided to try them out because one of the bundles feature A Small Charred Face. Even though I own a physical copy of the book, I decided to pay for it because the copy on the website is DRM free. Plus, some of the other books featured in the bundle looked interesting, and I wanted to read more international books.

 

I wished I discovered this website sooner because one of the past bundles was the Haikasoru Japan Scifi bundle. Oh well, I hope they put up that bundle again.

 

Anyway, I hope I can find some time to read these books.

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The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1

The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji, himesuz, Hikoki

 

When I first read the summary of this light novel, I was worried that Suimei would be an extremely unlikable character. However, when I started reading the story, my worries were put to rest. While he does have some jerk moments, he is a surprisingly not a horrible character. The volume does go into some details into why he behaves in specific ways like the reason for not telling his friends that he's a magician. The side characters like Suimei's friends were okay. Reiji has a personality similar to the other light novel protagonists, and it was neat to see the differences between Reiji's and Suimei's personalities. Mizuki was a typical sweet girl and is a little underdeveloped compared to the rest of the cast. I admit I couldn't stand Felmenia at first, but later in the book, her personality began to grow on me. I hope to see more development for the rest of the cast.

 

I enjoyed reading about the differences between the magic systems between the worlds, and the techniques used by the characters. Fortunately, it wasn't too tedious to read, and there wasn't a lot of technobabble. The illustrations in this book were neat and helpful for me to understand some parts of the story. 

 

Since I was reading the pre-pub version of the story on the J-Novel Club website, I encountered some typos in the text. Hopefully, those mistakes are corrected before the volume officially goes on sale.

 

Readers who are in the mood for more isekai stories should check this series out.

 

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now - Erica Henderson, Ryan North

DNF: Page 49

 

I checked out this book while I was doing my Comixology free trial and the work did not click with me.

 

The artwork was a bit offputting for me. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't like the art style because of how the facial expression was drawn. Most of the characters share the same goofy looking faces in the panels I read. I don't mind silly facial expressions for a few scenes, but frequently seeing them becomes old.

 

The main thing that I couldn't stand in this book was the writing. I'm willing to deal with art styles I don't like if the story or writing is intriguing and entertaining (Higurashi and Umineko visual novels for example). Unfortunately, the comic's writing was the weakest point. It tries too hard to be funny and quirky. The worst part would have to be when the writer points out stuff to the reader like this example: "From Wikipedia. You can tell because this looks a lot like a Wikipedia entry." Lines like that example happen a lot in this comic from the panels to the margins at the bottom of the pages. I don't find those funny, and it breaks me away from the plot. 

 

This comic was not for me. 

I wonder how the anime will be like compared to the manga.

Spring Anime 2018

I'm excited for Tokyo Ghoul: re, Golden Kamuy and Legend of the Galatic Heroes Die Neue These. Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory looks interesting as well.

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The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Thoughts Part 3

The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji, himesuz, Hikoki

I read 56% of Chapter 3.

 

This chapter so far has been more action-packed compared to the previous two sections. Reading about the fight between Suimei and Felmenia wasn't too difficult for me. What helped was the accompanying illustrations. I wish there were more, but since this is a light novel, there isn't a lot. It wouldn't be too surprising if there is a manga adaptation of this light novel series. If there isn't one, it should be made because I think a scene like this fight would look very cool. It was nice reading about the differences between the magic system on Earth compared to the one used by Felmenia and the other mages in her world. The magic contract sounds painful and scary.

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

I understood what it's like to dread encountering the bully during middle and high schools and targeted for no reason. I also understood why Piddy didn't ask for help at first. I remember trying to ask the adults help when bullies were harassing me, but it didn't work well for me and made the bullying a bit worse. However, I couldn't connect well with Piddy despite facing some similar situations as her. Part of the reason has to do with Piddy's character not being developed enough and being passive most of the time. For example, Chapter 38 is one of the few times when she gets active, and it's brief. I knew she has dreams of being a vet, a studious student and likes elephants, but for some reasons, her personality didn't click with me. Despite having her name in the title, Yaqui appears in the story a few times in the book. As a result, she is a flat character with little personality. All I knew about Yaqui was that she comes from a rough neighborhood and has a boyfriend. The supporting cast is similarly underdeveloped. 

 

The reason why Yaqui has small appearances in the book is that the story is not solely focused on bullying. While bullying does play a part in this story, most of that is pushed aside during the second act where it focused more on the missing father and romance subplots. Those subplots were really uninteresting for me. The missing dad subplot was melodramatic and ripped out of some soap opera that clashed with the mostly realistic atmosphere of the novel. The romance between Joey and Piddy was underdeveloped and lacked chemistry. Also, those subplots hardly had anything to do with the main conflict of the story. I wish those pages were instead devoted to something like Rob's personal experiences with bullying and compare it with Piddy's. The last part of the book becomes much better than the middle section, but it ends quickly and a little disappointing. Piddy transfers back to her old school and still slightly shaken up from her experiences. I wished it ended there because the passages talking about her return were bittersweet. Then after that part, she receives an acceptance letter from a science magnet school that Piddy wants to go to and celebrates by having a dance party in a salon. I disliked this part because it was extremely cheesy.

 

I'm disappointed to say that I didn't like this book that much. I did want to love this book, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.

 

 

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7 Science-Backed Ways Reading Makes You Healthy [Infographic]

Reblogged from BookLikes:

 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

- Joseph Addison

 

Reading is more than just a pleasure. Books make your life better. Reading challenges your mind and delights your soul. It keeps you well informed and entertain. If you lack the reading habit, make sure you overcome the reluctance and grab a book as the following infographic prepared by Global English Editing will prove reading can make your life longer, less stressful, full of dreams and social gatherings. 

 

Keep on reading! 

 

 

Source: https://geediting.com/7-science-backed-ways-reading-makes-healthy-infographic/

Source: http://geediting.com/7-science-backed-ways-reading-makes-healthy-infographic

Changing my GR reading challenge goal to 50 because I have school. I don't want to get too stressed out.