July & August 2016 Manga Count

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Princess Jellyfish (Giphy)

I’m so happy I’ve been reading more manga these past two months! ^_^

Here’s what I’ve read through July and August:

Updated Manga Volumes

  1. Bleach by Tite Kubo
  2. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
  3. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino
  4. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano *completed series*
  5. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara
  6. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
  7. One Punch Man by ONE
  8. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi *completed series*
  9. Twin Star Exorcists by Yoshiaki Sukeno

New Manga

  1. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
  2. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi
  3. Fairy Tale by Hiro Mishima
  4. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic by Shinobu Ohtaka
  5. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture by Masayuki Ishikawa
  6. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

The current manga goal count is 775 out of 1,000.

Check out my Manga Goal post for the latest updates!

Have you read any of these manga series? Got any recommendations?

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Manga Monday #12: “A Certain Magical Index” by Kazuma Kamachi

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A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi (Amazon – UK)

A Certain Magical Index takes place in an advanced technological world where magic is taboo. Located in the Tokyo area, Academy City is a hotspot for learning and gaining supernatural powers via science (yeah, weird lol). Magicians are rare and information for gaining powers via “magic” is scarce.

Academy City student Toma finds an unconscious nun on his balcony. The nun’s name is Index and she just “happens” to have 103,000 forbidden magical manuscripts imprinted in her mind. Powerful figures from both the magical and scientific communities are after the nun’s vast knowledge. Toma is caught in the conflict as he wards off those who try to harm Index with his unique ability to reverse anybody’s powers. The closer he is to Index, the more he learns about his own power.

Yes, yes, yes! A Certain Magical Index has a plot I like to follow! I want to know why Index was burdened with hidden knowledge. Is it truly dangerous? Are the manuscripts a threat to Academy City’s scientific community? WHAT IS GOING ON!? I love a story that can evoke so many questions out of me.

Have you read this manga?

Books Seen In Dreams

No lie, I had books appear before me in dreams. They’re often books I glimpsed somewhere in real life or online but never gave them a second glance. I suppose they’ve shown up in my dreams as a friendly reminder to read them!

Here are the books:

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Be Here Now by Ram Dass (Amazon)(Goodreads)

In this dream, I met a man with a white beard with a purple book in his hands. I couldn’t see what it was because he was sitting on a top of a tall, green hill. I literally flew up (hey, it’s the dream world)  the hill to discover he was holding “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass.  I woke up not knowing who the white-bearded man was.

I finally solved the mystery minutes after looking up the book online: the man was Ram Dass himself. *insert dramatic music*

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Toothiana-Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I haven’t seen the Rise of the Guardians movie since it came out. I love William Joyce’s idea of well-known imaginary figures coming together to save the world from eternal darkness. This man has an awesome mind! However,  I didn’t expect to have a dream about any of his books especially this one. The Tooth Fairy wasn’t even my top favorite guardian; it was the Santa Claus with the Russian accent!

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Chasing Ghosts: Texas Style by Brad & Barry Klinge (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Now, I completely understand why this book was in my dreams. I was supposed to read this a while ago as I mentioned it in one of my previous library book haul posts. Out of all of the ghost-related books I’ve picked up, why dream about this one? Perhaps I want to read about Texan ghost-hunters more than I thought.

I really like these books dreams. I’ll definitely make more posts about them whenever they popped up.

Have you ever dreamed about books before? Which ones? 

Reading Method: “Pages”

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via Reddit

I set up my reading schedule by pages sometimes if I don’t want to do it by time (check out my post about it here). Dividing up a big book (200+ pages) by chapters per day is an efficient reading method for me.  I can read three chapters for one day and four for another.

Another beneficial reading method:  reading a hundred pages per day. Reading a 200 page book can be completed in two days! This method works out so well for me since I always have a long line of books to read.

Ah, I love my reading life!  ❤

What’s your reading method: chapters or pages?

Reading Method: “Time”

I always create reading time to balance with my other priorities: exercise routines, my day job (I work at a library, did you know?), creative writing projects, and etc.

How much time do I dedicate to reading?

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The times differ depending on the day. When I go to work in the morning, I read for thirty minutes to an hour. Evening-shifts are more exciting  because I give myself a chance to read up to two hours.

Here are the other reading times I’ve set up for myself:

  • 30 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes <—MY FAVORITE!
  • 2 hours <— MY TOP FAVORITE
  • 4 hours (say what?!) <— My TOP TOP FAVORITE!

Yep, I have read books for four hours. I set up the four hour reading schedule when I’m off from work and I have no plans to leave the house at all!

The best way to create a reading plan is to write it down:

  • Mark it on your daily planner
  • Post a sticker note about it somewhere you’ll easily spot it.
  • Set up a reminder on your phone

Have some days when you don’t have time for scheduled reading? No problem. Here are some things you can do:

  • Read a book during toilet “duty” (lame pun I know)
  • Plane delay? Reading is a great time killer for that!
  • Long road trip? Read.
  • In the hair salon and your stylist is trying to work on five clients at once? Read.
  • Dragged into a lame af family reunion? Read in a corner while the rest of your family is making a horrible attempt of the electric slide.
  • And many more…

There’s so much time to read!

Just do it.

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What’s your reading schedule like? Are you an early bird reader or an night owl?

Library Book Haul: August 2016 *Romantic Edition*

According to National Day Calendar, August is Romance Awareness month! This gave me a good excuse to pick up a few sexy books from the library shelves.

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Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Finally,  a book written by Sherrilyn Kenyon! As a longtime romance reader, I’ve never had the chance to pick up any of her books until now. Fantasy Lover is an interesting story about Grace, a sex therapist, who falls in love with Julian,  a cursed Spartan general. Grace accidentally summons Julian from a book and learns the ancient Greek gods condemned him to be a love slave. Any summoner uses Julian for their own pleasures until he is sent back into the book within a month. Grace and Julian form a strong romantic bond (besides the obvious sexual tension). Now, they have to find a way to destroy the curse before their month together runs out.

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by Larissa Ione (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I’ve been following Larissa Ione’s works in the 1001 Dark Nights series, a collection of steamy stories written by various writers. I love Ione’s imaginative world of angels, demons, and everything in between! I already read her story about Hades and Azagoth, the grim reaper. This time, it’s all about Azagoth’s fallen angel assistant:  Z (formally known as Zhubaal). Z strongly believes his past love’s reincarnation is a demon soul collector named Vex. Only Vex doesn’t believe Z so he tries hard to help her recollect her past life as his lover.

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The Vampire’s Bride by Gena Showalter (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Gena Showalter and I go way back. I stared reading her books in the early 2000s with The Stone Prince and The Nymph King. Now, I’m back into Showalter’s realm with The Vampire’s Bride, a love story between a vampire king and an Amazon trapped on an island together. Can’t wait to read how this story turns out!

Have you read any of these books? Know any of these authors? Feel free to comment below! ^_^

 

 

Manga Monday #11: “Magi” by Shinobu Ohtaka

 

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Cover from Amazon

 

Ten-year old Aladdin ventures the lands with his companion Ugo, a Djinn (magic genie). While most people would desire money or power from the Djinn, Aladdin only wished for Ugo to be his friend (awww). He meets Alibaba who dreams  of collecting treasure from legendary dungeons where Djinn reside. Aladdin sense a strong connection to Ali. Ugo knows the truth but  he has to let Aladdin figure it out for himself. Together, Aladdin, Alibaba, and Ugo take on grand adventures gaining new friends (and enemies),exploring dungeons, and meeting other Djinn. The deeper into their quest, the more Aladdin discovers his true identity and power.

I almost left Magi on the shelves thinking it would be a “kiddie” manga despite the teen rating. I was instantly hooked! The manga pleased me with its surprises, action, adventures, and, of course, magic. And kudos to Ohtaka for her strong female characters!

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Morgiana, one of the awesome females of Magi.  (via fanpop)

I have to remind myself not to be fooled by the cover.

Magi is a splendid series!

Have you read this manga or watched the anime?