February was a surprisingly strong reading month. While I set out to focus on my February TBR, I mostly fell into a trap of rereading books. Even so, I was able to get to quite a few of my TBR books, along with a few surprise loans from the library that I wasn’t expecting to get for several more months. This February 2024 Reading Wrap-up goes over all the books I read this month and shares my brief thoughts on them. The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of these links, I may receive aRead More →

Title: Ultra-Processed People Author: Chris Van Tulleken Page Count: 384 Publish Date: June 27, 2023 Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Synopsis: It’s not you, it’s the food. We have entered a new age of eating. For the first time in human history, most of our calories come from an entirely novel set of substances called Ultra-Processed Food. There’s a long, formal scientific definition, but it can be boiled down to this: if it’s wrapped in plastic and has at least one ingredient that you wouldn’t find in your kitchen, it’s UPF. These products are specifically engineered to behave as addictive substances, driving excess consumption.Read More →

For my March 2024 TBR, I am doing a bit of a TBR cleanup. Some books I had on my January and February TBR are still unread, and those will be what I am reading this month. On top of this, I will be getting through whatever library loans happen to come in because I cannot control which books come in when. Once I get through these books, I will allow myself to pick up something else if I have the time to get to them. March 2024 TBR Physical books First Riders Call by Kristen Britain Karigan G’ladheon was once a Green Rider, oneRead More →

This month, I did my best to keep the new books entering my home to a minimum. However, a used book sale in town caught my attention and I couldn’t pass up that opportunity, which is where most of my February 2024 Book Haul comes from. I was very happy to add these older books to my TBR. The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. February 2024 Book Haul Physical Books Steins;Gate: The Complete Manga by Nitroplus, 5pb., and YomiRead More →

Title: Ôoku The Inner Chambers Vol. 1 Author: Fumi Yoshinaga Series: Ôoku The Inner Chambers #1 Page Count: 216 Publish Date: August 18, 2009 Publisher: Viz Synopsis: In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen by seventy-five percent. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected. And the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the shogun’s Inner Chamber… Ôoku The InnerRead More →

Title: Legends & Lattes Author: Travis Baldree Series: Legends & Lattes Page Count: 304 Publish Date: November 8, 2022 Publisher: Tor Synopsis: After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time. The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success ― not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is. If Viv wants to put the blade behind her and make her plans a reality, she won’t be able toRead More →

Title: Mermaid Saga Vol 1 Author: Rumiko Takahashi Series: Mermaid Saga #1 Page Count: 392 Publish Date: November 17, 2020 Publisher: Viz Buy Mermaid Saga Vol 1 at Amazon. Synopsis: They say that if one consumes mermaid flesh, one can attain immortality. Unfortunately, the more likely results include becoming horribly deformed or turning into a vicious monster! Even if one were to gain eternal life, however, is such an anomaly a lucky blessing or a terrible curse? Yuta became immortal when he unwittingly ate mermaid flesh, and now he seeks a way to become human again. Hundreds of years later, he encounters a volatile andRead More →

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Bookish Superpowers I Wish I Had. This was such a fun topic to do. After all, doesn’t everyone wish they had superpowers at one point in their life? Bookish Superpowers I Wish I Had Never forget what happens in a book This would make writing reviews so much easier! The longer it is after finishing a book, the more I forget and though I try to write reviews as quickly as possible, some books fade from myRead More →

Title: Serpentus Author: A.J. Calvin Series: The Relics of War Page Count: 266 Publish Date: February 27, 2024 Publisher: Indie Buy Serpentus at Amazon. Synopsis: Dispatched to Stone Hill to oversee the city’s defenses among nebulous rumors of the Shadow Council’s threat, Owen Greenwaters must rely on the city’s guard and its natural defenses to protect the citizens. But when an army of mythical hooded ones bolstered by a sea serpent and the Soulless arrive in the wake of a terrible storm, he knows there is little he can do beyond hope the walls hold – and pray to the gods he and Stone Hill’sRead More →

Title: Nina The Starry Bride Vol. 1 Author: Rikachi Series: Nina The Starry Bride #1 Page Count: 176 Publish Date: October 24, 2023 Publisher: Kodansha Synopsis: Nina had a rough start to life, orphaned and stealing to survive, only to be abducted for her unusual lapis lazuli eyes. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess…specifically, that of the recently deceased priestess-princess, Alisha, who had her same eyes. Despite her changing fortune, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight. Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits, but howRead More →