TBR Unwrapping #2

I’d written a previous post where I talked about wrapping up my books in wrapping paper, and selecting titles randomly to read over the year. I had originally planned on making this a video series, but have since decided not to. I may talk about my prose reading on my YouTube some time in the future, but I don’t think this will be part of it… at least not this year.

But, I am still going forward with this project.

In September I wrapped up 35 books (mostly novels) in wrapping paper. In January I unwrapped 6 of them:

I’ve since read:

The goal is to keep unwrapping 6 books every other month, and to read at least 3 of the books before moving on to the next unwrapping.

At the end of this (in December), I want to have read at least 20 prose novels (and some non-fiction). I haven’t been reading as much prose, but I still have been buying some, and getting some as gifts from friends & family. I have quite a few books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. So, I’m making an attempt to clear some of that up.

At this point, I’ve already read 6 novels, so I’m very hopeful for how things are going to go!

As much as I want to read the remaining books on my TBR, I also want to get into a perpetual state of reading motion. So, I’m going to leave behind the other unread books for now (unless I have a demanding need to pick them up) and pick some more books.

DSC00214bI’ve chosen the next 6 books from my TBR. The Blue/Green paper represents non-fiction, the Red/Brown flower paper are classics (anything written before 1910) and the Colourful geometric papers are everything else.

Here’s what I’ve picked for the next 2 months:


jane austenLady Susan. The Watsons. Sanditon / by Jane Austen

I’m mostly interested in reading Lady Susan, as I’ve actually read the other two “short stories”. Basically they are incomplete beginnings to two novels. Lady Susan is the last novel of Jane Austen’s for me to read. It is a very short epistolary story, and so much different than her others. But, I hear it is bitingly witty.

i am a catI am a Cat / by Natsume Soseki

I picked up this novel after reading Soseki’s “Botchan” last year. It wasn’t my favourite novel, but it was an interesting look into Japanese culture. And, I’ve definitely been interesting in reading more Japanese fiction since then. [I actually have a very hazy plan to read exclusively Japanese fiction in 2019. I still have 10 months to decide… but it sounds very tempting!]


jane austen bioJane Austen / by Carol Shields

I have heard very good things about this short biography by Nobel Prize winning author, Carol Shields. I found it at a second hand sale a couple years ago now, so I’m surprised I haven’t read it… considering how big of a Jane Austen fan I am.

valezquezThe Vanishing Valazquez / by Laura Cumming

I won an arc copy of this title in a GoodReads giveaway. And, it’s actually a title I’m interested in reading, especially since there may be a conversation about collecting and obsession in it. I’ve been looking at that relationship quite closely these days.

General Fiction:

rebeccaRebecca / Daphne Du Maurier

Since it is represented so often in popular culture, I have a feeling I already know what this novel is about. I really would like to read it, but because it’s so long, this probably is the least likely of the list to get read in the next 2 months. But, who knows if I’ll been in the mood later on.

bamarreThe Two Princesses of Bamarre / by Gail Carson Levine

I’ve read Levine’s “Ella Enchanted” and “Fairest” which are wonderful middle-grade fantasy stories. Levine crafts wonderful imaginative stories which are appropriate for that tween age reader… which is great because I’m an aunty to a couple of tweens who like to read, and who I can share my books with when I’m done with them.


I still have no idea what I’ll end up reading. I’m just going to put them on my nightstand and let nature take its course! haha!

Have you read any of these? Is there a title you’d recommend I start with?


Manga TBR Shelf #3

Every month (or so) I randomly choose a bookshelf from my manga room to read the manga from. There are only about 2 shelves out of around 60 that I’ve read every single volume of manga on. I read a lot of manga, but you’d be surprised by how much a person can own without reading it. In Japanese it’s called “tsundoku!”

This project has been forcing me to revisit some of these books that have sitting the longest on my shelves – it’s been great visiting some old forgotten gems.

This month, I’ve chosen bookshelf #3 which is actually the first bookshelf in the “standard” size manga (like “Naruto”). I have to shelve my books by size to make it possible to get them all into their bedroom. Unfortunately I’m at a point in my collecting life where I’ve run out of space. Manga is now spilling into other bookcases in my house… and many of them are just being stacked on the floor… In Japanese this is called “Tsundoku Buried Alive!” hehe.


The following titles are on shelf #3 and are going to be the main selections that I read over the next month. You’ll probably be seeing many of these again in future posts!



I haven’t read most of these manga, yet. And I’m not planning on having them all read by the end of the month. But, I will be making a good dent in them:

  • 07 ghost 1-3
  • 7 Billion Needles 1-2
  • 12 Days 1
  • 50 Rules for teenagers 1 
  • 888 1
  • Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade 1-2
  • Absolute Boyfriend 1-6
  • Afterschool Nightmare 10
  • A.I Love you 1
  • Aishiteruze Baby 1-7
  • Ai Yori Aoshi 1-9 11-13 17
  • AJin 1-8
  • Akihabara At Deep 1, 2-5
  • Akira 1
  • Alice 19th 1-7
  • Alive The final Evolution 1, 2-8
  • Ancient Magus Bride 1, 2-7
  • Angel Sanctuary 1, 3-4
  • Anomal
  • Apollo’s song 2
  • Aquarium
  • Arata 1-3

I’ve crossed off the titles/volumes that I’ve already read. These are primarily the titles that I own. The ones that aren’t crossed off are the titles I haven’t read, and are primarily the titles my sister owns, except for Akihabara@Deep (which I started, but didn’t continue because I found it boring), Angel Sanctuary (which I started, but couldn’t read because I don’t own the next volume), Akira the Animanga (which I just bought last year, so haven’t had a chance to read it yet), … and I think 888 is mine as well, but I can’t remember (it’s in a spreadsheet somewhere).

Of everything I haven’t read, I think I’m most interested in 888, 7 Billion Needles (I wish we had volume 3-4), and AJin.


Have you read any of the manga on Shelf #3?

Which manga are on your TBR this month?


February Novel TBR (To Be Read)

I’m attempting to read at least 20 novels this year (that’s my goal). Every 2 months, I’m randomly selecting novels to add to my TBR list. I’ve wrapped all of my TBR books in wrapping paper, so I don’t know what they are before the month begins!

My intention is to read at least half of what I select. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I also want to encourage myself to ACTUALLY pick up the books I’ve had on my shelf since forever.

February’s Picks Are:

I’ve already begun reading Genshiken: Return of the Otaku by Iida Kazutoshi. I want to make sure I finish reading that one in particular because it will count towards my manga reading challenge #readmanga18 for the category of reading a light novel. To give you a hint of how it’s going… I’m not sure that I will be inspired to pick up another light novel ever again. It’s pretty bad. I feel sorry for the translator who had to work on this.

I’ve also barely begun The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe which is a Gothic romance novel from 1791. I think I received it for my birthday last year – and I REALLY want to read it. It’s the novel famously mentioned in “Emma” by her friend Harriette Smith. Yup, I’m a Jane Austen fan. This is a really dense novel, so I’m not entirely sure I’ll be finishing it in the month, but I’ll give it a good try.

Paradise Lost by John Milton. I really want to find a good audio book of this. Since it is entirely written in verse, it just seems like it will work better if someone reads it aloud to me. I’ve found a few, but they were all incredibly “angry” or “stuffy” readings. I’ll keep looking, hopefully I’ll find something soon.

The last novel I picked was Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I picked this up at a 2nd hand sale because it’s mentioned in a terrible movie with John Cusack, called Serendipity. I don’t really know what it’s about… I’ve never read anything by the author… and, I’m not sure I’m in the mood for it either… so, we’ll see if I actually decide to read it.

What are you planning to read in February?