Title: Sweet Bean Paste Author: Durian Sukegawa Page Count: 186 Publish Date: October 5, 2017 Publisher: Oneworld Publications Buy Sweet Bean Paste at Amazon. Synopsis: Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. But everything is about to change. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue makesRead More →

Title: The Library of the Unwritten Author: A. J. Hackwith Series: Hell’s Library #1 Page Count: 382 Publish Date: October 1, 2019 Publisher: Ace Buy The Library of the Unwritten at Amazon. Synopsis: Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing– a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and captureRead More →

Title: Mermaid Saga Vol 2 Author: Rumiko Takahashi Series: Mermaid Saga #2 Page Count: 360 Publish Date: February 16, 2021 Publisher: Viz Media Buy Mermaid Saga Vol 2 at Amazon. Synopsis: They say that if one consumes mermaid flesh, one can attain immortality. Unfortunately, the more likely result includes 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? Immortals Yuta and Mana continue to come across people who are dealing with the consequences of having eaten mermaid flesh. Some are scarred, in excruciating pain orRead More →

April has come and gone and it was a spectacular reading month. I came into the month expecting to read 10 books from my TBR and managed nearly double that. Though a couple of DNFs also occurred, I am truly surprised by how many books I got through and enjoyed nearly all of them. My April 2024 Reading Wrap-up goes over the many books I read in April and my thoughts on them. April 2024 Reading Wrap-up Horse by Geraldine Brooks This is a book I have heard good things about and decided to give it a chance. After all, I do love reading booksRead More →

Title: Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 1 Author: Koyoharu Gotouge Series: Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba #1 Page Count: 192 Publish Date: July 3, 2018 Publisher: Viz Media Buy Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 1 at Amazon. Synopsis: Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family! In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerousRead More →

Title: Nina the Starry Bride Vol 2 Author: Rikachi Series: Nina The Starry Bride #2 Page Count: 174 Publish Date: May 11, 2021 Publisher: Kodansha Comics Buy Nina the Starry Bride Vol 2 at Amazon. Synopsis: Nina is a poor orphan with eyes the color of lapis lazuli, just like the god of the stars. But one day she comes to the attention of the second prince of Fortna, Azure Seth Fortna, because of those beautiful eyes. He wants her to serve as a double for princess-priestess Alisha, who died three months before she was to be married off to the crown prince of theRead More →

Title: Edge of Collapse Author: Kyla Stone Series: Edge of Collapse #1 Page Count: 316 Publish Date: January 31, 2020 Publisher: Paper Moon Press Buy Edge of Collapse at Amazon. Synopsis: In the dead of winter, an EMP attack destroys the U.S. power grid. No electricity. No cars or phones. The country is plunged into instant chaos. But for Hannah Sheridan, it’s the best day of her life. For the last five years, she’s been the captive of a sadistic psychopath–until the EMP releases the lock of her prison. Battered but not broken, she emerges from her underground cell into a hostile winter wilderness withRead More →

Title: Maison Ikkoku Vol 1 Author: Rumiko Takahashi Series: Maison Ikkoku #1 Page Count: 288 Publish Date: April 1, 2001 Publisher: Viz Media Buy Maison Ikkoku Vol 1 at Amazon. Synopsis: Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction! Maison Ikkoku Vol 1 The post may contain affiliate links. This means that shouldRead More →

Title: Spy x Family Vol 1 Author: Tatsuya Endo Series: Spy x Family #1 Page Count: 220 Publish Date: June 2, 2020 Publisher: Viz Media Buy Spy x Family Vol 1 at Amazon. Synopsis: An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath! Master Spy Twilight is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he receives the ultimate assignment—to get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head! Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuringRead More →

Title: Read or Die Vol 1 Author: Hideyuki Kurata Series: Read or Die #1 Page Count: 208 Publish Date: March 21, 2006 Publisher: Viz Media Buy Read or Die Vol 1 at Amazon. Synopsis: Yomiko Readman’s love of literature goes far beyond any run-of-the-mill bookworm! In fact, she has a supernatural ability to manipulate paper in the most amazing ways. From turning a tiny scrap into a lethal throwing dagger to making a single sheet hard enough to block bullets, she’s only limited by her imagination. She uses her phenomenal power to seek out legendary books containing secret information that, in the wrong hands, couldRead More →