November non-manga TBR

Although I do tend to read mostly manga, I do also like to read a bunch of other things. One of them being non-fiction. And, in January I had a goal to read 12 books of non-fiction. I do read a lot of non-fiction in general, but I rarely finish a whole book, or I’m reading journal articles and short research that really can’t be tracked on goodreads.

So, I’ve decided to join this month-long read-a-thon called Non-Fiction November.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t also be reading manga in November, just that I’ll also be reading some other things! And actually I often read other things in the month, I just rarely talk about them.

#NON-FICTION NOVEMBER 2016 (November 1-30)
This “Non-Fiction” themed read-a-thon is hosted by: A Book Olive and Non Fic Books on Youtube.

Books I Plan to Read in November Include:

  • Citizen 13660 / Mine Okubo
  • Colors of Confinement / Bill Manbo & Eric L. Muller
  • Comics versus Art / Bart Beaty
  • Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus / Chester Brown
  • The Case of Alan Turing / Éric Liberge & Arnaud Delalande
  • Japan Envisions the West / Seattle Art Museum
  • Pepita : Inoue meets Gaudi / Takehiko Inoue
  • Canada / Mike Myers
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September Manga Haul

Finally have a chance to talk about all of the manga I received in September. Yes, this is a little late…

It’s a nice small haul this month, which I’m happy about.

 

The manga I talk about in this video:

  • Complex Age, 2 / by Yui Sakuma
  • RG Veda, 1 / by CLAMP
  • Paradise Residence, 3 / by Kousuke Fujishima
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House, 6 / by Aya Shouoto
  • Kimi Ni Todoke, 25 / by Karuho Shiina
  • My Love Story, 10 / by Kazune Kawahara & Aruko
  • Haikyuu!, 3 / by Haruichi Furudate
  • The Wolf Boy is Mine / by Yoko Nogiri
  • A Distant Neighborhood / by Jiro Taniguchi
  • Otherworld Barbara, 1 / by Moto Hagio

Color of Rage by Kazuo Koike and Seisaku Kano

Color of RageColor of Rage by Kazuo Koike

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this one expecting it to be a thriller. It wasn’t. But, it was a brilliant read and I can’t wait to get a chance to pick this up again.

This is about George, a Japanese man and King, an African man who’ve escaped from a slave ship and are now in a “historical” 18th century Japan trying to find a place to live in peace. Don’t expect an accurate depiction of history, this is more of a backdrop to a discussion on the ideas of slavery.

Through the story by Kazuo Koike attempts to illustrate the confinement of Japanese society through comparison of slavery in America. In it George is often explaining to King how they should act to get along in society. This basically requires them to humble themselves, prostrate themselves, and degrade themselves in a subservient manner to people who may be less than worthy. And, King making pointed observations about the problems with this.

There were a few moments which were pretty cringey, but there were also moments that were so beautiful and poignant…let’s just say, it gave me some significant “feels”.

This is the first time I’ve read a manga illustrated by Kano, who is a brilliant artist. There were so many gorgeous scenes, human figures, background scenes that I kept stopping just to absorb the art.

Highly recommended. (mature readers)

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Meteor Prince by Meca Tanaka

Meteor Prince, Vol. 1Meteor Prince, Vol. 1 by Meca Tanaka

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I always enjoy reading Tanaka. She’s such a unique voice in modern shoujo manga.

This follows a girl who is the black hole for luck — bad things just happen to her. And one day, the worst thing yet… a handsome alien lands on earth claiming she’s his destined mate!

It’s definitely cute, quirky, innocent and pretty much everything you’d hope from Tanaka. Plus, it’s only two volumes long which makes it a great series to pick up when you don’t have a lot of time.

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September Manga Reading Wrap-up

These are all of the manga that I ended up reading in the month of September. There is a good mix of new and older titles, but most of them are shoujo.

I’ve had a fairly slumpy manga reading year this year… I finally feel like I’m starting to get out of it. This makes me quite happy — because I have A LOT of manga waiting to be read.

 

These are all of the titles that I talk about in this video:

  • Backstage Prince, 1-2 (complete) / Kanoko Sakurakoji
  • Behind the Scenes, 1 / Bisco Hatori
  • B.O.D.Y., 1-3 / Ao Mimori
  • Complex Age, 1 / Yui Sakuma
  • Everyone’s Getting Married, 2 / Izumi Miyazono
  • Fall in Love Like a Comic, 1-2 (complete) / Chitose Yagami
  • From Far Away, 1-14 (complete) / Kyoko Hikawa
  • Kamichama Karin, v.1-3 / Koge-Donbo
  • Kuroko’s Basketball, 1&2 / Tadatoshi Fujimaki
  • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest, 1 / Natsuki Takaya
  • Princess Jellyfish, 1-2 / Akiko Higashimura
  • Sensual Phrase, 1-18 (complete) / Mayu Shinjo
  • Sweetness and Lightning, 1 / Gido Amagakure
  • Yona of the Dawn, 1 / Mizuho Kusanagi
  • Yowamushi Pedal, 3 / Wataru Watanabe

St. Lunatic High School / by Majiko!

St. Lunatic High School, Vol. 1St. Lunatic High School, Vol. 1 by Majiko!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Niko and her brother are so impoverished they jump at the chance of a teaching job, free room and board…and free classes at the prestigious St. Lunatic high school. Only things aren’t as they seem, the house is dilapidated and on school grounds and the night school is a school for monsters…

I read this about 7 years ago, and since it was completely forgettable I decided to pick it up again and refresh my memory. I am so glad I did. This is such a silly and cute manga. The monsters are charming, the art is bold, and it’s all over just pure fun. I smiled reading the entire time.

This is a shoujo manga, so there is a little bit of romance. And, there are monsters, but they don’t come off as scary. You will probably enjoy this more if you’re middle-grade/pre-teen age.

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My October Manga Reading Plans!

October is everyone’s favourite time to read scary books…for obvious reasons. I’m officially not a fan of Halloween (I’m genuinely confused by it), but that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading scary books. And, since everyone else’s favourite time read these books is October… I guess it’s mine too!

I’m planning on participating in 2 read-a-thons this month…and have picked out the manga that I’m going to read for them! Joining a readathon and picking titles that fit into certain challenges and categories are a fun way to organize your reading. Plus, isn’t it just a bit more fun to read as a group — even if you aren’t reading the same thing that everyone else is?

Have you ever participated in a readathon? There are so many going on in the Month of October, but let me recommend:

#spookathon (October 17-23):

This is a new readathon this year hosted by some lovely ladies on booktube (ie youtube book reviewers). There are 5 challenges and some give-aways too. Looks like a fun time!

BooksandLala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnxBp7X1oGI
Paige’s Pages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMyNCZaGbIM
Bookerly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR6uUxiFwH4

#24hourreadathon (October 22):

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon is a biannual readathon where you just try and read as much as you can in a 24 hour period. It’s nearly impossible to stay awake for the full 24 hours, but the organizers do a good job at getting a lot of community involvement!

http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

Complex Age, volume 1 / by Yui Sakuma

My thoughts on Complex Age, volume 1 by Yui Sakuma.

This is a seinen (marketed to men) manga series about a young woman who loves to cosplay, but is having a hard time feeling comfortable sharing her passion with others. A very relate-able and interesting series!

One thing I didn’t mention in my video were the “translator notes” at the end of this volume. There were some really interesting insights into Japanese society and pop-culture in this manga that I’d never read before. I was very impressed with the inclusion of these notes! Just an extra thing to look forward to if you decide to pick up this manga!