In an attempt to find some balance between YouTube and Blogging, I’ve decided to move my monthly wrap-ups here.
I have or will be talking about most of these books on either this blog or on my YouTube channel, so I’m not actually going to describe any of them in these “wrap-ups”. This is really just an attempt to keep track at least in part the titles that I’m reading throughout the month.
I’m arranging the books by my star rating. It’s not necessarily a useful way to share books since ratings really only mean something to the person making them. But, if you’re curious about how I decide ratings (it actually only applies to manga) I do have a video talking about that on my channel.
★★★★★ 5 Star Reads:
Werewolves of Montpellier / by Jason (translated by Kim Thompson)
★★★★ 4 Star Reads:
Flying Witch, volume 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka
Translated by Melissa Tanaka
Published by Vertical Comics, ©2017
Originally Published in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, Kodansha Ltd., ©2013-
Stars: ★★ / 5
Flying Witch is a slice-of-life shounen manga about a 15-year-old witch, Makoto Kowata, who has left her home (with her black cat familiar); as is the “right-of-passage” custom to become a fully-fledged witch (think Kiki’s Delivery Service). I loved the characters in this series – they are so fun, quirky and just like-able. I particularly love the way the characters react to Kowata upon learning she is a witch and even more so, Kowata’s naivety in adjusting to her new surroundings. I think a lot of people will really love this cute, calm, and cheerful slice-of-life manga.
BUT… there are some major issues with it for me.