Hey guys! It’s me. I know. It’s been a long time since we last talked but here I am. So, in some of my last posts, I mentioned how I was going to school again to pursue a degree in professional writing, and become an author one day. Well, turns out, college where I was, (the area that I was in) didn’t quite work for me, I had a ton of obstacles, etc. So, what I ended up doing was leaving community college, and began writing my own novel series. (It’s a really, really rough draft of like a first chapter at the moment yet I’m still very proud of it). I fully believe I still have it in me to become a published author no matter what. And also, I wanted to mention that because of some budgeting issues, I will not be doing Thriftbook orders as often as I used to, but I will be picking up some ARC Reviews to do for the blog over the next few months. (Assuming NetGalley still wants me lol) There will still be a lot of reviews on this blog, aesthetics posts will come too, and so will reading tunes and etc. I’ve had a lot happen recently, so I haven’t been doing so well with my blogging as I’d like, but I do promise it will get better with time. So, what might you ask, is going to be something that I review coming up on the blog? Like I said, I’ve had a ton happen since I last blogged, so I think I’m gonna go back to an old favorite series. One of our favorite series here on this blog. The Selection Series. That’s right folks. I am doing it again. A complete read through of the Selection Series right here on the blog, and it’ll be happening all the way taking us into the new year. The next series will be The Luxe Series, followed by The Divergent Series and also the Maze Runner Series. Again, I want to remind you guys that all of my kindle books were recently lost in a digital accident, so I can’t continue exactly where I left off with my other reviews of series at this time. All I have with me right now is a limited number of hard copies that are special to me. So, we’ll make it work. Assuming that I’m still wanted as a reviewer on NetGalley, there will be some of those too. So get ready, get hyped, and let’s throwback to….The Selection Series!
So yes! There was yet another late night manga haul of all really kinda older, more obscure manga series. I regret nothing. I am a manga/anime nerd/bibliophile and this is way as the Mandalorian would say. I’m building up my really classic, old manga series collection that I had when I was a lot younger. Still so much worth it to read these though. ThriftBooks is great for this type of stuff. Especially for companies who are no longer publishing in the U.S. It’s a really nice resource to find old nostalgic stuff. Fully intend to build up my library until there’s absolutely no more space on any of my bookshelves. But….There’s always more creative storage solutions for books. I think doing a post on creative storage solutions for books is definitely in the near future on here. So, with that said, are you guys manga readers? If so, what was your fav growing up and now? Did you change genres of manga subjects over time or discovered new ones that you now love? Lemme know. And until then, happy reading. -Caroline
Hey guys, so of course as you guys know, I have been using the site Thriftbooks with a 10 dollar budget three times a week to help me stay sane during these hard times. And, I am happy to report, that reading really does help me with this and I’m staying saner than I would be if I wasn’t such a bookish person. So, what was in my latest Thriftbook Haul? These!
- V.B. Rose Book 1
- Hot Gimmick Vol. 1 Omnibus
- Let’s Dance a Waltz Book 1
- Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Vol. 1
- Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Vol. 2
- Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Vol. 3
- Stephan’s Web: A Pearl’s Before Swine Comic Treasury
- The Soprato’s: A Pearl’s Before Swine Comic Treasury
Whew, that was a great haul. I look forward to reviewing each and every one of them for you guys at some point in upcoming posts. In other bookish news, I received some belated birthday hauls from family members and they’ll be shown below!
Some great birthday gifts! My family’s awesome. They really know stuff I love, which currently is all things bookish and all things to do with baby Yoda and the show The Mandalorian. (Second Season’s almost upon us!!!) Another piece of bookish news is this collage I put together of all the books I read in September.
So, that’s all of the news so far. I think with some of the comic book treasuries and astrology books, I’m going to group them together in a couple of group posts instead of reviewing each one individually. (I don’t wanna like crowd your timelines on here too much. Haha) The first group to be reviewed is the three astrology books I read in September that include: Disneystrology, Colorstrology, and Shoestrology. They’re currently my top fav kinda novelty astrology books. So they’ll get their own review post together. A small update on my reading the book The Meg, I am struggling a bit to get through the last part of the book. It’s not nearly as interesting as the first half, but when I do, you’ll get a review post on that as well. So, with that said, get ready, get hyped and as always, happy reading.-Caroline
“And yet not a dream, but a mighty reality-a glimpse of the higher life, which is granted to the man who, amid the rush and roar of living, pauses four short years to learn what living means.”-W.E.B. DuBoisQuote from chapter 1 “Getting In” of Chicken Soup for the College Soul by The Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Wow, guys. It’s been a busy couple of days, weeks, months. etc. My birthday went really well for those of you who are wondering, tons more thriftbooks posts on the way, as well as I’m going to have to catch up with a ton of reviews that I need to for the books I’ve read so far. I’ve read 11 books in September and am really proud of myself. All of those will be reviewed as I make my way through getting posts up. It’s more slow and steady these days. But that’s sometimes better, right? So, anywho, onto the subject of this post. Chicken Soup for the College Student’s Soul is part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series and lately, this has been like the air I needed in life. This series, means so much to me and it’s definitely helping soothe and calm me in tough times. They have a large variety of subjects in their series and I’m here to tell you guys, they’re totally worth the read. Now, specifically we’re going to talk about Chicken Soup for the College Student’s Soul today, which is extremely important to me right now because I am currently a first semester returning college student. And returning, older students-you might not think this type of book applies to you but it does! It so does! It doesn’t matter what age you are that you’re experiencing college, this should be on the essential reading list for any college student of any type. It has great advice, and will definitely comfort you when the going gets tough and setbacks appear in your academic plans. I would give this book a 12/10 if I could. It deserves way more than a 10! It’s something that I keep on my desk while studying and I can’t help but just love it more and more every time I read it. So, with that said, what book am I going to be reviewing next? Well, I’m glad you asked. (or didn’t) haha. Next book that I’ll be reviewing is going to be…..
Yup. We’re doing a Disney Astrology book. I’ll be sharing which Disney character is associated with my birthday, and also going through some of favorites that I’ve read and seen in the book thus far. So get excited, get hyped and as always, happy reading!-Caroline
So, my latest ThriftBook Haul should probably come as none too surprising to my friends and family because….I am an anime/manga enthusiast/nerd and I kinda live and breathe cutesy/kawaii manga/anime/light novels etc. First observation that I had about Thriftbooks and really kawaii manga, is that they have a really large, varied selection of titles that either we read as kids or they’re just not being published anymore. It gives you access to purchasing a lot of rare titles and at great prices too. Now, keep in mind, I’m a book thrifter which means I don’t really care what condition they come in as long as they’re still readable. For some people, this may be an issue. Because when book thrifting, you’re more often than not going to get a very used, beat up kinda copy unless you pay more for a new one and I’m the type of person who’s like “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?” Yeah. So, another observation is you can pretty much find anything on Thriftbooks as long as you know what you’re kinda into or looking for. Again, great prices. Rare titles. But one downside would definitely be is the rarer the title, especially with manga editions, is that they will only have a copy every so often that pops up on the site for sale. So, when in doubt, Thriftbook it out! Get that book when you see it cause it’s not gonna be there next time I can almost guarantee it. So, about this latest haul that I did? These are the titles that I picked up:
- Mamotte! Lollipop Series up to Vol. 5
- Pita 10 Series, the Entire Series up to Vol. 8
- Koi Cupid Vol. 1
- Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode Omnibus
So, one thing I realized, especially after getting the copy of Koi Cupid Vol. 1, is it’s going to be incredibly hard or near impossible to find the second volume because the publishing company that made it has gone completely out of business, whether it’s just in the U.S. or not, I’m not entirely sure. But I know that in Japan, the series volumes goes up to like vol. 5 in Japanese so probably still a thing in Japan but not the U.S. I will, however continue to keep an eye on it and see if I can get my hands on some of maybe the Japanese copies. I’m taking Japanese as my foreign language in college so hopefully that’ll help a bit. The Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode Omnibus was a bit of a surprise to find, but lately I’m not not as surprised because I know ThriftBooks knows their stuff and they acquire a really vast, varied, large selection of titles that you wouldn’t even really dream of thinking of. Pita 10 is definitely a nostalgia thing for me. I read it I think in middle school, and well, I’ve never let go of it. Mamotte! Lollipop series is definitely a new one for me and I’m really excited about it. There was another series I was looking at too, but they didn’t have many of the volumes in stock at the time, so I put it on my wishlist to come back to it later. Pixie Pop is also a new series and I’m super excited about that as well. The copies I wasn’t able to get right now, I will keep an eye out for. Like I said, I’m a daily ThriftBook user, so I have kinda an eagle eye when it comes to finding things I like on there. Next up, I know I keep saying I’m going to post the Intro to Chicken Soup for the College Soul but I keep becoming less motivated. It’s not that it’s a great series, it’s just I’m already going to school full time now and sometimes I just don’t like to think about college anymore than I have to. But yes, that should, keyword should, be up next. Until next time, get excited, get hyped and as always, happy reading-Caroline
Guys! It’s like 5 a.m. and it’s my birthday and I just don’t know what to do with myself, so when in doubt, ThriftBook it out! That’s right! Another Thriftbook Birthday Haul Post coming at ya, right now! So, what does said birthday girl order on her birtday?? These:
- Lions and Tigers, and Crocs, Oh My! : A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
- 50,000 Pearls Fans Can’t Be Wrong: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
- I’m Only In This For Me! : A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
- Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode The Complete Omnibus
- Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw A Cover With Your Left Hand: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
- Koi Cupid Vol. 1
- Pita 10 The Whole Series
Oh my gosh guys. This is my 30th Birthday, which is huge and also I’m in extreme lockdown in the pandemic so it’s like…an even huger event than ever. As in, I get to facetime my family and order Thriftbooks because that’s how you celebrate a birthday in a pandemic. Still gonna be pretty fun though. Have any of you celebrated your birthday’s during the pandemic? How’d you guys do it? Was it still fun? Next update will finally be the Intro Post to Chicken Soup for the College Soul. Sorry that’s taking so long. It’s my birthday. I don’t know how many times today I’m gonna say that, so just be prepared. Here’s to many more years of cheer and bookishness! -Caroline
Order them all obviously. That’s the most logical solution guys. And let me tell ya this. It’s gonna be great when I have the whole collection here just to read and make me laugh all day long. Here’s the gist of what I got.
And that, my friends is what we call a great Thriftbooks Ultimate Haul! Thrifting books has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far and I’m so excited to see what else will pop up on Thriftbooks for me to discover and enjoy. P.S. This series is amazing and it’s off the wall funny. It turns that frown upside down for sure. So, with that said, get excited, get hyped, and as always, happy reading!-Caroline
Hey guys. So I’m having a bad day. I think it’s just a bad mental health day. As someone who struggles with a rare form of schizophrenia on a daily basis, it definitely is like that sometimes. So, what are my Thriftbooks recommendations for funny/comics/etc.? Well, there’s always my number 1 go to: Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis! So what did I end up doing when I had a bad day today? Ordered several under five bucks old Stephan Pastis Pearl’s Before Swine Comics Treasuries. Some of my favs were able to be found at such a reasonable price that I know for a fact that my Pearls Before Swine, Snoopy/Peanuts/Zits and Garfield collection of comic treasuries is sure to grow in a timely manner. Pearls Before Swine has seen me through many different points in my life and I would definitely say, for this day and age, it is one of the best comic treasuries out there. Originally, it was in the Saturday/Sunday comic strips in the paper here in the U.S., and then I think he just has his treasuries and his twitter account now. I’m not entirely sure. But his treasuries live on and on and on!
These treasuries of comics are so so funny and offensive in so many ways, that it’s just the thing to make me smile right now. So, I look forward to when they arrive and highly recommend them for anyone who just needs a case of the funnies right now. Next up, will probably be my Chicken Soup for the College Soul Intro Post. I was working on it earlier. But I felt like this one needed to come first. Cause, ya know. Comics. Ha. Anyways, until next time, get excited, get hyped, and as always, happy reading!-Caroline