2019 Manga Reading & Collecting Project

In my goals I mentioned one of the ways I was going to construct my TBR over the year – and part of that was to include at least 1 book mentioned in the “1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die” book, edited by Paul Gravett.

1001 comicsNow, this book encompasses a lot more comics than it does manga, but it goes much further than your standard list of “comics to read” list by including over 150 books by Japanese authors (not all manga). Most of which are or have been available in English.

At the base level of my goals, the plan for this year is to read at least one book mentioned in it every month. But more than that, I want to be actively collecting and reading what I can until I reach the end of my project, even beyond 2019.

To pick what I will read over the year, I am using a TBR jar. Hopefully this will help me focus on the titles specifically for this project. I’m not only reading manga from this book, but it is certainly going to be front and center.

Picking what I buy will be a bit more difficult. I’ve already placed a rather embarrassing order through a number of online second hand vendors… partly because I knew my budget for this year was going to be quite a bit tighter. Going forward into 2019, I’m going to have to be more strategic in how and when I pick up the remaining titles. But, at least at this point I have a large collection to work from!

I do have a longish video up on YouTube about this project where I list:

  • All of the books I own completely, and have read
  • All of the books I own completely, and have started reading
  • All of the series I don’t own completely, but can begin reading some of
  • And, All of the series I don’t own completely, but can’t read any until I buy more

For some reason that just worked to divide the titles up that way! I didn’t include a list of titles that exist in English, but I have not collected yet.

If you want a complete list of the titles, I’d recommend picking the book up for yourself, or checking out Paul Gravett’s website: (http://www.paulgravett.com/1001_comics/index/). He provides a list, but you only get the text descriptions in the book.

I’m looking forward to a very good year of reading!

 

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Manga Reading Plans for 2019

Another new year has begun, and another year to neglect this blog!! ^ ^

But, seriously.

I am hoping to make a little more content over here, and I have a few plans to do that over the course of the year. I like to make myself a ton of New Year’s goals, because I know that the more goals I have, the more likely I’ll accomplish one of them. Let’s hope that “posting more regularly on my blog” is one of them.

In addition to that, I have a few goals which may affect what I post on this blog, so let’s look at them:

ONE. READ 500 VOLUMES

I’ve set my GoodReads goal to 500 books, but I’m actually expecting to read more than that. I’m not counting prose nor comics in this total, but I am expecting to read some. I want this 500 books goal to be comprised entirely of manga. I’ve had a bit of a slow start already, but am anticipating more free time to read this year. Last year I read about 420 manga. This year will be a bit of a stretch, but I’ve done it in the past, and I know I can do it again.

TWO. PICK A MONTHLY TBR

I’ve got a bunch of reading plans which require me to do a little bit of more structured reading. I can, of course, still pick what I want to read but, every month I am going to create a TBR (to be read) pile that I’d like to accomplish.

The categories I’ll be using to construct this TBR every month are:

  1. At least 1 title from the “1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die” book
  2. At least 4 titles from my #readmanga19 challenge. This includes a combination of prompts and reading books that start with certain letters of the alphabet. (you can find a description of this challenge in the drop-down menu above)
  3. At least 1 title from “the Closet” (this is where we store all of our BL/yaoi/yuri and box set manga… I don’t pay enough attention to this part of the collection).
  4. At least 1 title from the “Oversize Shelf” (this is where most of our gekiga and alternative manga live. Again it is fairly ignored).
  5. At least 1 title from my single issues collection
  6. And, Only 1 title from my list of OOP (out of print) releases that I finally finished collecting last year.

The point in making a TBR is partly so that I pick up a variety of different things, but it’s also to give me a focus to talk about. I’m turning some of these categories, like the #readmanga19, into video series on YouTube, but I’m hoping to talk about all of my TBR related reading both here and on my channel.

THREE. REDUCE MY MANGA SPENDING!

This may or may not affect what you see on this blog. I’m still going to be spending a lot of money on manga, but my budget is, in effect, being cut in half for the next year. I’m saving for a few personal projects, and also repaying some debt accrued from taking classes.

I’ve actually decided to take a break from university (and any other payed-for classes) for the next year, to help me pay off the debt from frequently taking classes. This is a VERY new thing for me: I don’t think I’ve ever been out of school for more than a couple months at a time in over 35 years! Ack!

What will I do with all this free time?!

I’m assuming the answer is “read” and maybe even “blog”. So, I have a little less money to play with, but I have a lot more free time. That in itself should make a huge difference for this hobby…probably.

I, of course, have a bunch of other goals for the year, but these are the three big ones that will affect this space.

Even though it feels a bit late to say:

I hope everyone has a kind, peaceful, and joyous 2019!

And, a fantastic year of discovering new manga!

Happy New Year!!

#ReadManga18 | Update no.2 | Feb 2018

I thought I had posted this already! I’m a bit late in putting this together. But, this is the next batch of titles that I’ve read for my #ReadManga18 yearly reading challenge that I am hosting. I think there are still a few of you who are participating with me as well. If you’ve been posting about this challenge, please leave a link down below so I can go and follow your progress.

absolute boyfriendChallenge #5 : A Romance Manga.

Absolute Boyfriend, volumes 1-6 by Yuu Watase. 

This is a challenge to read any manga with romance in it. Since MOST manga have some romantic elements in them, I could have picked just about anything. I am also reading this as part of my monthly “shelf challenge”.

I’ve read this title before, but it’s not one that I pick up often. I think I’ve only read it 2 or 3 times. This is a shōjo manga from Viz’s Shojo Beat Manga imprint. It basically features a girl who is very unlucky in love. When she is feeling her lowest, she is given access to a secret website where she can buy “love” in the form of a human-like sex doll. In her haste to order, she ends up adding in every conceivable trait you’d wish for in a boyfriend… and ends up ordering a “super boyfriend”.

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