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: 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 →

Title: Days At The Morisaki Bookshop Author: Satoshi Yagisawa Page Count: 160 Publish Date: July 4, 2023 Publisher: Harper Perennial Synopsis: Twenty-five-year-old Takako has enjoyed a relatively easy existence—until the day her boyfriend Hideaki, the man she expected to wed, casually announces he’s been cheating on her and is marrying the other woman. Suddenly, Takako’s life is in freefall. She loses her job, her friends, and her acquaintances, and spirals into a deep depression. In the depths of her despair, she receives a call from her distant uncle Satoru. An unusual man who has always pursued something of an unconventional life, especially after his wifeRead More →

Title: InuYasha Vol. 1 Author: Rumiko Takahashi Series: InuYasha Page Count: 182 Publish Date: April 18, 1997 Publisher: Viz Synopsis: Transported back to Japan’s feudal era, high school student Kagome accidentally releases the feral half-demon dog boy Inu-Yasha from his imprisonment for stealing the Jewel of Four Souls. InuYasha Vol. 1 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. My Review: After getting a glimpse of what happened in the past with Kikyo and Inuyasha, we are tossed into the presentRead More →

The end of the year has come and gone and so with it my reading time in December. Every month that comes along allows me to read as much as possible while also whittling down my TBR. Some months I read a lot, while others I barely touch any books. December was a fairly good month reading-wise. My December 2023 Reading Wrap-Up goes over the books I read during the month and my 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 a small commission at no extraRead More →

Title: The Gingerbread House in Mistletoe Gardens Author: Jaimie Admans Page Count: 330 pages Publish Date: September 12, 2023 Publisher: Boldwood Books Synopsis: In Mistletoe Gardens a legend exists: anyone who kisses underneath the mistletoe will be guaranteed another year of love… When local baker Essie Browne discovers that Mistletoe Gardens is to be demolished in January, she’s determined to save the place she loves so much. So Essie proposes building a life size gingerbread house to bring in the crowds…just how hard can it be? Well, quite hard actually. Essie can bake gingerbread blindfolded, but she hasn’t got a clue how to build an actualRead More →

December is here and that means it’s time for my November 2023 Reading Wrap-Up. November was a month where little reading was happening. Entering the month, I was caught in a reading slump, and no matter what book I looked at in my TBR, I didn’t feel like picking up any of them. Eventually, I did manage to get through a few books at the end of the month. 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. November 2023 Reading Wrap-UpRead More →

There is something special about getting to try traditional foods from Japan while in the comfort of my own home. This is why I enjoy Sakuraco so much. Each month a box arrives filled with treats and a small household item to enjoy.  The theme of the November 2023 Sakuraco is Wonders of Saitama. Saitama is known for art, a mix of historical and modern charm, bonsai, and pears. Want to give Sakuraco a try? Sign up today! November 2023 Sakuraco Chapon Sayama Tea I’m not a tea drinker but I always try the tea included. This one was decent. It had a mild flavor.Read More →