Late Night Manga Hauls!

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

Latest Thriftbooks Haul and Other Bookish Thoughts/Things!

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

When You’re More Than A little Obsessed with Cutesy/Kawaii Manga and Other Bookish Observations of an Anime/Manga Nerd!

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

I Can’t Keep Calm Cause It’s My Birthday Post!

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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

So, What Do You Do When You Find Your Fav Comics Series on ThriftBooks????

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

Reading Updates, My 30th Bookish Birthday Haul and Latest ThriftBooks Haul!

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Oh my gosh! Guys! It’s my 30th birthday this Thursday and lemme tell you…it feels weird to be 30 now! I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. I’ve been super, super busy with school and whatnot. Today’s posting agenda will kinda be one huge post about the following: Reading Update for The Meg, Showing Off my Birthday Haul, and also showing you guys my latest Thriftbooks Haul! Woo! Lots to discuss, look at, etc. First on the list: I’m gonna do a Reading Update for The Meg which is Book 1 in the The Meg Series by Steve Alten. Coming at you…right now!

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“You were all alone?

Masao smiled. “Yes, Jonas, until I saw my first whale. From the prison gates, I could see them leap. The humpbacks, they sang to me, kept me company, occupied my mind. My only friends.”. He closed his eyes for a moment, in deep thought.” -Masao in The Meg

Masao and Jonas excerpt from Chapter 9 Masao in Book 1 of The Meg Series, by Steve Alten

Okay guys. This update is a little short but it’s worth it, I promise. So, currently I’m on chapter 9 of the first book in The Meg Series by Steve Alten. So far, the main character, Jonas has lost his wife to an extramarital affair with his best friend, traveled to Monterrey, California with the daughter of one of his colleagues and is witnessing for the first time the “Lagoon” project that Masao and his team of scientists have designed to help whales congregate safely along the shores of California and for him and his crew, to study them extensively. Masao has currently dropped a bombshell on Jonas saying that the project is now nearing completion, but is in grave danger because some underwater alert systems that they had set up along the Mariana Trench to monitor earthquakes, have now either gone mysteriously missing or been destroyed and Masao thinks that Jonas may be able to help as he has piloted his way through the Trench many, many times. So, my thoughts on the story so far? Lots of science stuff involved with it and not all the terms do I understand. But, with that said, I really am hooked on the story and I’m just waiting for the large, prehistoric shark to show up and start causing death and mayhem. This is the building up of the plot line, I get that. But, I mean we all came here for the shark….So where’s said shark? It’s chapter 9 and we’re still on the beginnings of the story. Waiting for some action to happen is definitely…Time consuming to say the least. But I hold out hope that we’ll get into the action soon enough. Right now, I think I’d rate this book maybe a 7.5/10 point scale. It’s gotten better, but it’s still very slow for now. Ratings are subjects to change as the story progresses, so we’ll see.

So, as I have said above, my 30th birthday is this Thursday! And I absolutely have the best family and friends ever! My big present from my mom was a day bed with trundle that I put in my personal library room (not gonna show pictures cause yeah) but, that was absolutely fantastic, I have been enjoying naps there in between classes and it’s just really cozy and everything. One of my sisters got me the Moleskine Book Journal which I have to say, is absolutely better than Goodreads and I would highly recommend it as a more old fashioned, reliable, secure way of keeping track of what you’re reading. If you guys like, I could do a post solely on that if needed so you guys can hear about the compare and contrast stuff. Also, my other sister got me some gift cards to Barnes and Noble which I used to get more limited edition Moleskine notebooks! (Can you tell I have an obsession with the Moleskine company? Haha) I adore their notebooks and other products and it’s a big treat to have been able to order more that I had my eye on for a while now, and they’ll be coming in a few days.

So, the books listed above and below are what I’ve ordered recently on Thriftbooks! The list is as follows:

  • Horrorscopes by Stella Hyde
  • Darkside Zodiac in love by Stella Hyde
  • The Trench: Book 2 in the The Meg Series by Steve Alten
  • The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
  • Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover’s Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life
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And so that’s it for this mega post on all things Bookish happening currently over here this week. Next up, will probably be another Reading Update for The Meg, The Intro Post to Chicken Soup for the College Soul, and The Intro Post for Autumn Brides which is part of the A Year Of Weddings Novella Series: Book 1 by Kathyrn Springer, Katie Ganshert, and Beth Vogt! So, get excited, get hyped, and as always, happy reading!-Caroline

Reading Update: The Meg Book one in The Meg Series by Steve Alten: Intro and How I feel about it currently!

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“Way down in the coldest,darkest, most frightening depths of the ocean, an ancient creature deadlier than any our modern world has encountered, begins to stir. First, you will notice her strange, almost beautiful glow. But be warned: If you see her glow-It’s already too late…” -The Meg by Steve Alten

From The Meg by Steve Alten

Good afternoon guys! So, recap on all bookish things happening this weekend. I started and finished Stephen King’s book Cujo in one night. (Last night!) And then I wrote a really long blog post about it afterwards. (Also last night!) And now, I am on to my next bookish adventure which is: The Meg! Which is Book One in The Meg Series by Steve Alten. And yes! They did recently make a movie adaption out of this book series based on kinda the first book. And yes! There is an entire book series that is entirely better and longer and way more detailed and well written than the movie version! I think right now the series is up to about Book Eight but I’m not entirely sure. I’m almost halfway through the first book, called The Meg and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I’m probably going to end up finishing this one tonight as well. So, two books will most likely be finished in less than 24 hrs for me. Woo! Huzzah for being a Bibliophile! So, in case you’re new to what this series is about, lemme give you a short and sweet summary. The Meg Series is of the Deep Sea Horror sub genre and it is a series about a prehistoric mega shark has somehow survived for thousands of years down in the Mariana Trench, at the bottom of the ocean due to a weird tropical water current that lays on the very bottom apparently. ( I don’t know. Science. Just roll with it okay?) So, apparently what the premise is, is that an earthquake or some type of really deep underwater rock disturbance in the Trench has caused this mega prehistoric shark to somehow be able to survive and journey to the regular ocean waters above which happens to lie somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, I think near Japan. (I just dropped Geology 101 as a class this semester. Trust me, I’m not great at this.) So, mega prehistoric shark goes on rampage in regular ocean waters, it’s like the prehistoric version kinda of the Jaws movie but set closer to Japan. And yes, for all you sci fi fans out there, there is tons and tons of scientific stuff in here for you. That’s what the whole book is, basically. Now, with that being said, the theories, data and scenario of this book are entirely fictional and there isn’t a way for this to actually happen. So, no. Next time you’re in the ocean, you’re definitely not going to get eaten by a Meg. Great White? Maybe. But not a Meg. It’s a really fast paced adventure/horror series so far and I’m entirely hooked on it. I loved it. It’s very well written, even if the whole science thing with the prehistoric shark coming back somehow is completely unrealistic. But that’s what we love about books, right? The escapism of being able to say “this isn’t real but oh my goodness if it was that would be terrifying”. Sharks/Oceans/Big Bodies of Water or you know what, we’ll even just say Bodies of Water in general are a major phobia of mine so I tend to stay far away from that sort of thing. But oddly enough, I find myself mesmerized by this book about a gigantic really old shark that just happens to “jaws-ing”, (yes, it’s gonna be a word now) it up, all over the Pacific Ocean and creating terror and havoc for everyone. This is one of those situations where I’ve definitely stepped out of my comfort zone and stepped into a sub genre that I’m not familiar with, but am now thoroughly loving. I am just about halfway through the book now and I’m going to give it a 9/10 for me in terms of book review ratings thus far. It’s really good, guys. I know it sounds weird. And yes, it is weird but it’s totally worth a read. So, next up on the agenda will probably either be a Thriftbook Hauls update or the finishing up post to The Meg and my final book review rating for book one of this series. So, with that said, get hyped, get excited, and as always, happy reading.-Caroline

How I kicked off my bookish weekend: The story of how I stayed up all night and finished Cujo in one sitting, what my final thoughts/ratings are on it etc.

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“It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his Man and his Woman, and most of all his Boy had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.” -Cujo’s last thoughts

(Excerpt from Cujo by Stephen King on page 303)

Alright, so let me recap my night for you guys. I tried to just read a few pages of Cujo and apparently just couldn’t stop. The book was good. Not as good as I think some of Stephen King’s other books have and will be but it was still…horror in it’s own way. Things that really bothered me about this book, is that it definitely is disturbing, much more disturbing than the movie. The movie, the dog kills everyone on a rampage and then dies. In the book though, Stephen King has given a voice to Cujo. An inner thought process that humanizes him more and makes it really heart wrenching in the end when he finally is released of the disease but also dies in the process. Yes, I know. Total spoilers. But that’s a given right, dog has rabies usually means that it’s going to die at some point. The death of Cujo wasn’t what got me though. It was his final thoughts. His wish that he could’ve done better in the world, and the final words “Free will was not a factor”. (Cujo in Stephen King’s book Cujo pg. 303) It gave the dog a soul that he didn’t necessarily have in the movie and that really kind of as a dog lover and dog owner myself didn’t expect, and also was completely caught off guard by. In the movie, it’s just a horror flick about a rabid dog terrorizing a small town. In the books, there’s so much more intricate details and complexity to it. Such as but not limited to: the heartbreaking extramarital affairs that went on, the detailed descriptions of domestic violence at it’s worst and also the detailed accounts of various character’s struggles through severe depression and then just apathy in general. It makes you feel something. And yeah, I did cry about it afterwards. Like I said, I finished in it one sitting, and also it has kept me up all night thinking about it. Thinking about the underlying themes, messages that Stephen King portrays in this novel. It makes you think a whole lot. And now that I’m in college working towards my own Creative Writing major in hopes of becoming a better author myself, I find it weird and kind of surreal that my schooling that I’ve had over the past few weeks has now definitely effected how I look at and analyze pieces of literature. No matter what kind it is. It’s made me think deeper about plot line, the cause and effects process and really just digesting the writer’s writing process as a whole not just as reader now, but as an author myself. I would still say I’d rate this book about a 5/10 for me. It was good. But I think there are better, kind of faster paced books of Stephen King’s out there and I look forward to reading them. Next up, I think we’re gonna continue with the horror theme and I’m going to be starting Book One of The Meg Series by Steve Alten. I peeked in it a couple of pages and it really has hooked me so far. Hook, line and sinker. So, keep a lookout for the post that intro my journey into The Meg Series and more daily updates to come. Until then though, I hope you’re getting more sleep than I am tonight. And happy reading.-Caroline