This week’s challenge is to list your top 5 books that you want to read before the end of the year. I have been sorely behind in my goodreads reading challenge. At this moment I am 6 books behind schedule — when I’m usually 30 ahead…Ugh!
I’m not too concerned with reading novels at this point. I’ve got a few tasks at work that are allowing for a lot of audio books… so, the numbers are taking care of themselves.
Right now, I really want to get back to reading manga.
1. Galaxy Express 999 / by Leiji Matsumoto
I MUST read this space-opera manga series before the end of the year! This has been published in English since the late 90s — and it’s about time I finally get into it. I recently completed buying the manga volumes in preparation of L. Matsumoto’s newly translated series “Queen Emeraldas”. I just don’t think it would be right if I dove into that without reading this series first.
2. Vinland Saga / by Makoto Yukimura
I can’t promise that I’ll buy the series before year end, but I do really want to read it. Plus, this is one series that I’ve probably been recommended the most often since starting my channel. I’ve been hesitant to pick it up because I actually find the quality of the publishing to be on the low-end for a hardcover book. And the cover illustration really doesn’t appeal to me. But, I did end up bringing the first volume to a doctor’s appointment — and those few chapters that I happened to get to preview were pretty great! I’m hooked. And, I can’t wait to read the rest!
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure / by Hirohiko Araki
This, like the previous title is something I’ve been dragging my feet to read. The cover art, the title just is not appealing to me. I can’t help it. It feels circus-y. And I frankly, have never liked the circus.
I suspect that it’s not really about the circus. But, it’s just always been my impression. It doesn’t help that I’ve seen tons of videos of people saying how great the series is, without ever actually saying what it is about! What the heck is this about?
I guess I’m about to find out!
4. ALL the works by Inio Asano.
Inio Asano is a brilliant author and illustrator. And despite owning all of Asano’s works in English, I’ve regretfully only actually read 1 “what a wonderful world”. I’ve flipped through the others, but never sat down to actually read them.
I really would like to take a month and just plow through all 5 series. They’re short apart from Goodnight PunPun which is being released in several volumes. I should be able to get through these.
5. Naruto / by Masashi Kishimoto
Yup. This epic finished publishing with 72 volumes + a 1-shot sequel at the end of 2015. I’ve only ever read the first half.
This was intentional, as there was a period in time when I just couldn’t buy manga. I’ve now caught up to the series, and can finally take the time and read through it. And, I know just the time I’m going to do it… (hint: it’s happening in October).
I’m a bit concerned that I won’t enjoy the read. It’s been a while since I read the early volumes of this series, so my tastes could have changed — plus, many fans are saying that the second half of the series basically sucks. I hope they’re wrong!
This post was written in response to T5W (Top 5 Wednesday). T5W is a group on Goodreads that hosts weekly book list memes. Interested in joining? Click here.