HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! 2019 has finally arrived. It’s almost 1:20 PM where I live, but here I am writing a new blog post. New Year’s Day celebrations seem a lot quieter in this side of the world so I have some time on my hands to post something up.
A few days ago, I’ve been tagged by the wonderful JR Lynn from Eternity Books Reviews (thank you!) I meant to post this earlier but of course, life got in the way. This is the End Of The Year Book Tag so let’s just go ahead and dive into it, shall we?
Best Book you’ve read in 2018
I’ve read V.E. Schwab’s Vicious and Vengeful this year and I believe it is the best out of the very short list of books I’ve read.
Best Sequel you’ve read in 2018
As mentioned above, I also picked up Vengeful after reading Vicious.
New Release you haven’t read, but want to
I talked about this in my previous blog post. It’s Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Help me, I still do not have a copy!
I’m Watching You by Teresa Driscoll. I write about why I didn’t like it in this blog post. I don’t really have anything else on this list… (Unless I consider the books that did not help me get out of my reading slump)
I mostly read Japanese novels this year. I read “Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai” (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas) by Yoru Sumino for my Japanese class last spring. It’s not the kind of book I would be normally interested in. The story wasn’t that great but for some reason, I still enjoyed reading it.
Let Me Eat Your Pancreas was originally a web novel. It was so popular that it got published and turned into a movie. It now also has a manga and animated version.
I’ve also watched the film version of this book earlier this year as well. But I wouldn’t recommend anyone to watch it. However, if you have access to the English versions of the novel or the manga, it’s worth a shot.
Favorite New Author (debut or new to you)
There’s a trending manga series in Japan right now called “Yakusoku no Neverland” (The Promised Neverland) The thing about this series is that the writer and the illustrator are two different people.
Author Kaiu Shirai originally did the artwork for his stories in the past. But after being rejected a couple of times, his editor thought it would be a great idea for him to team up with another illustrator – and he was right!
There’s a big reason why this manga is becoming very popular. Not to discount its beautiful art, I really think Shirai’s plot writing and storytelling are grade-A stuff. I recommend everyone to pick the manga up and read it.
Newest Fictional Crush
Newest Favorite Character
Easy. Hanzawa Naoki from Ikeido Jun’s “Oretachi Baburu Nyuukougumi”.
A book that made you cry
I read The Color Purple by Alice Walker around summer with no expectations whatsoever. I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis.
It was one of the more interesting books in the local library and they are a rarity. I live in a very local city in Fukuoka, Japan. The library isn’t huge and obviously, the selection of English books was limited to just one shelf.
The Color Purple, although short, was a challenge to read for me. But after getting used to the language, it broke my heart to pieces. Page one already had a strong start but the meat of it all made me feel so vulnerable I might have shed a tear or two for the characters.
And that says a lot considering I don’t usually cry over a book.
Book that made you happy
Would a cookbook count? I received a copy of the Outlander cookbook a few months ago. In case you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of the Outlander series. It is one of the very few historical romances that I love.
I haven’t tried making any of them yet so I guess we can sort of expect what my blog content will look like this year…
Most beautiful book you bought or received this year
What books do you need to read by the end of the year
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – I only have a few pages left so by the time I post this, I should have already finished it.