Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (literally No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, referred to as “Watamote” for the rest of this post for the sake of brevity) is a comedy manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and illustrated by Nico Tanigawa. Tomoko Kuroki has one desire out of her high school life: to be popular, with a cute boy toy on her arm. However, due to her less than stellar social skills, she instead finds it a struggle to even get through the day. The manga chronicles her life throughout high school and how she slowly (very slowly) comes out of her shell. I will admit, this review will be shorter than my other ones because I find it incredibly hard to be unbiased toward Watamote. In fact, it is almost certainly one of my top five manga of all time with a protagonist that definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite fictional characters in any medium. But I don’t want to gush too much, so I’ll cut myself short here. This series’ greatest strength is its character writing and Tomoko in general. Tomoko does not start this series as a good person. And indeed, as we’ve hit the middle of the series (with the class trip of second year arc going on longer […]
So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA. Title:Â So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author:Â Jon Ronson Genre:Â Nonfiction Format:Â ebook Publishing Information: 4/30/15 byÂ Riverhead books Source:Â purchased Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test. Title:Â The Master Author:Â Kresley Cole Genre:Â Romance Format:Â ebook Publishing Information:Â 2/17/15 by Gallery Books Source:Â purchased Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms. Â The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts. Title:Â Everything, Everything Author:Â Nicola Yoon Genre:Â YA Format:Â Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information:Â 9/1/15 byÂ Delacourte Books Source:Â received free ARC at TLA Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything, Â Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out […]
Welcome to the Fandomly Bookish blog tour! This is the first one I’ve been invited to do. I love free books as much as the next girl, so I hope that I’m invited back! If you like free books too, then read to the end for the giveaway! Synopsis Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when sheÂ’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.Â Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of NellieÂ’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyoneÂ’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first. Published:Â 4/30/15 by Midnight Books Genre: New Adult Goodreads – AmazonÂ – Smashwords Things I liked I loved the premise of this book. There are so many reality shows on TV but this is the first book I’ve read that tries to capture that feeling. The story is really cute and I thought that the premise was very original. Its unusual to find a way to approach a romance that hasn’t been attempted before and I think Carla De Guzman succeeded there! Nellie is a […]
Sorry for no post last week. I was combating the dreaded final projects that every student must face. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (literally Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun) is a romantic comedy four panel manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and drawn by Izumi Tsubaki. High school student Chiyo Sakura has a huge crush on classmate Umetarou Nozaki. If you’re worried that this series that centers on the eternal “Will she confess?!” question, have no fear — from the first page out, Chiyo makes her feelings for him quite clear. However, due to her roundabout way of confessing to him (“I’ve always been your fan!”) Nozaki takes her to mean she’s a fan of his manga, and puts her to work as his assistant. The series follows Chiyo’s adventures in trying to get Nozaki to notice her, and engaging all her friends with Nozaki’s manga. Chiyo is a great heroine both from a romantic and a comedic perspective. Although her crush doesn’t make much sense from a realism standpoint, it still captures the feeling of high school infatuation. She’s sweetly devoted to Nozaki… Perhaps to the point where it clouds her judgment. However, in issues where Nozaki isn’t involved, she can clearly pinpoint the eccentricities of her friends, making her an excellent straight man. This also means that she isn’t the butt of the joke all the time, which is particularly nice […]
Don’t worry, I will run out of stupid pun titles soon. I’m not a huge mystery fan. Mostly its because I’m impatient and I can never wait til the end of the book to find out who did it. I like to flip ahead and see if I’m right. Getting a kindle has curbedÂ my vice of skipping ahead, but in some ways technology makes it worse cause I can find reviews or read wikipedia if I’m really stressing out over not knowing. So mystery isn’t my favorite. Oddly enough though, I love suspense! My choice this week is Rules of Prey… or really the entire Prey series by John Sandford. Â I picked the old style cover, since this is how it looked when I first read it. These were the first suspense novels I ever got caught up in. The reason is because the main character, Lucas Davenport, is kind of a jerk. I’m not sure if you are supposed to like him as a character at first. I didn’t. He’s a tough cop. He likes to punch people. He feels that he can basically do anything he wants as long as the end justifies the means. Still, Lucas is a good guy and you can understand his reasoning for what he does even if its not necessarily ‘right’. Every book has a killer who is stalking a […]
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Release Date: Out Now This book was a difficult read. Not because it was badly written or uninteresting.Â It was difficult because it was so incredibly well written. This book’s subjectÂ was heavy and at points it was hard to carry on. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth while. This is a book that will continue to hold your thoughts long after you put it down. I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I knew I liked Neal Shusterman. I knew I wanted to read this book. I knew what the back cover said. “Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.” This was both a good and a bad way to read this book. I will let you decide if you want to know more.
I got a 2 big bags of books from the Texas Library association and I want to share the wealth. Â I have enough books to give away one a week until TLA 2016! For the first book I chose Bad Kid by David Crabb.Â I really enjoyed Bad Kid. Its hilarious and irreverent. David Crabb’s coming of age was filled with terrible choices and ridiculous mishaps. You will want to read this book just to see what he did. Luckily, you can win one today! BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! I connected withÂ David CrabbÂ on twitterÂ and he is incredibly nice. Â I explained that I have a lot of blind friends. That comes with the territory of our second (third? fourth?) job. Â I asked him if he would be willing to provide me with an e-book copy of his book. Obviously he said yes, because he’s an amazing person. So even if you don’t read print, there’s an option. I can’t guarantee that every giveaway will include an accessible option. Being a braille teacher, I think accessibility is incredibly important. However, I’m a sighted person and I read print so ultimately I will have more access to print books for giveaways. Enough talk! Enter the contest below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
I’ve been thinking about this post all week. I had a lot of ideas, which I wrote down to use in the future. Ultimately though, I decided to go back to my first love: Stephen King. I’ve been fascinated with Stephen King for as long as I can remember. My parents had tall bookcases lining the walls of our house and the shelves were covered with titles like The Stand and Misery. I was told early on that those books were not for me; that I could read them when I was older. I eagerly anticipated it and longed for it and that day finally came in middle school when I picked up: As a middle schooler, this book changed my life. I probably would be just as much an odd duck without having read it, but it definitely made me feel better about my oddities. Â In Stephen King’s IT, evil has taken up residence in a small town. Strange things are happening, people are disappearing, monsters are real and the only people who notice are seven children who have bonded over their mutual oddities and how they never fit in. Â These seven best friends named themselves The Losers Club. Who wouldn’t love that? As a misfit myself, I carried IT around and read it and loved every terrifying chapter. If you liked IT or really any other […]
**UPDATE I’m giving away a copy! Â http://www.emilyreadseverything.com/?p=68Â ** Bad Kid: A Memoir on Growing up Goth & Gay in Texas By David Crabb Publication date: May 2015 This isn’t my normal kind of book. I don’t read too many memoirs. I’m not opposed to them but I usually read more fiction. If all memoirs are as funny as this one was, I will definitely be reading more. Just like the title says, David Crabb is gay and goth and growing up in San Antonio, Texas. Â David falls in love with theÂ cute boy in his gym class the moment he sets eyes on him. They become fast friends, bonding over their mutual differences. Together they sneak out at night, party at clubs they are too young to enter legally, meet the wrong sort of people and get in tons of trouble. Its a coming of age story and a story about being an outcast. David has a long, hard struggle to figure out where he belongs.Â This book is filled with unrequited love, drug use and unsupervised teenagers. I could tell that I’m getting older because I spent the entire book wondering, “Where are the parents?!?” I also wanted David to wise up and figure out that he had terrible friends who were only interested in themselves. I didn’t agree with many of the choices that David made. However, I empathized with […]
Hello. I like reading as well, though unlike Emily, I don’t readÂ everything. I do read a lot of one thing, though and that is manga, aka Japanese comic books. On Manga Monday, I’llÂ detail some manga for you in a hopefully informative manner. Gakkou Gurashi! (literallyÂ Living at School!) is a slice of life manga serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward,Â written by Norimitsu Kaihou and and illustrated by Sadoru Chiba.Â It stars Yuki Takeya and her friends in the School Life Club as they try to perform various helpful tasks around her school, and occasionally get into trouble. To go into depth about what I enjoyed about this manga, I’ll unfortunately have to mildly spoil it (though most of this is implied or outright shown in the first chapter). Spoilers follow the cut.