Monthly Archives: January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: All About the Visuals

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s ┬átheme is all about visuals! I decided to focus on manga, graphic novels, and comics I’ve read in the past few months that I’m happily surprised by.

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

I watched the first episode of the anime and it was terrifying. Then I was told that the manga is slightly less terrifying. Scary stuff still happens but the panels are framed in such a way that there are some things left to the imagination. I’ve read volumes 1-4.

Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

This series has Fushigi Yugi vibes because it’s also set in an alternate version of ancient China. But I feel like the characters and plot are more complex. I’ve read volumes 1-3 so far.

Seraph of the End by Takaya Kagami

It does have vampires in it but I was surprised by how much I liked it and how different this series is from other vampire tales I’ve read. I’ve read volumes 1 and 2.

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Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu

This one has issues like a comic but it felt much more complex. There were elements that you’d find in fantasy novels and manga but it feels unique and distinct. If you are into Saga or The Wicked and the Divine, give this one a spin! So far I’ve only read volume 1.

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Of Telgemeier’s graphic novels, this is the one I like the most (by far). I haven’t been through all the dental issues she had to go through but I could relate to choosing friends and trying to figure out where you fit in school and life.

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

There’s a murder mystery plus it takes on questions of identity and interpersonal relationships (friends and family).

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Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Anderson

I definitely recommend following this woman on social media! She is so empowering and funny. Also, every cartoon about being an introvert is so relatable.

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Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser

This volume made me so happy. The day I read this I’d read some pretty “meh” comics and then I read this one and it blew me away. So fabulous.

Giant Days by John Allison

This one is about three college roommates and their struggles with life and love. Relatable and funny.

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Archie: The New Riverdale Vol. 1 by Mark Waid

Volume 2 was a little “meh” but I did like this first volume. There are key elements from the original plus new elements that take us a little deeper. And I’m still conflicted about how attractive they all look.

Weekly Pieces: January 30th

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For a few months I’ve been doing an experiment. I divided my interests into three separate blogs to see what would happen.

I had fun creating two new blogs but the networking became a mess. Also, there were a fair few of you who expressed reasons for confusion. Therefore (after obsessing and writing pro and con lists), I deleted 3 Fates Books and Still into Anime and Manga. I did feel a little sad but mostly I feel newly liberated.

My tentative weekly schedule:

On Mondays, I’d like to do a rambling more personal update still. Then I’ll do bookish posts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Anime and manga will be discussed on Thursdays. Lastly, on Fridays and Saturdays, I will carry on with pieces of poetry and fiction.

Thank you for reading my posts on all three blogs and I’m sorry for any confusion.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!

Six Word Story: Liberated

Destroying and creating feels good today.

A Thin Line of Communication

Their life is a series of floods,

Usually of tears

And yet they hang on

Because they can’t cut the cord.

They don’t want to let go

So they accept that they are going to live in a house

That tends to have a river running through it.

Six Word Story: Speech

He made that decision. I left.

The Magical Mystery Muffin

A Random Cafe Story

He didn’t mean to create a magic muffin.

But he did and now he needed to sell it.

Even though he had no idea what it would do to the customer.

Ah, his star customer is here.

She’ll try anything he creates.

Should he present it to her himself?

No, she’d either faint or be suspicious.

He waved over an enthusiastic waitress and observed.

She bit into the sparkly, pink muffin; choked, coughed, took another bite…

In less than a blink, there was a rabbit on the tea table the exact shade of their customer’s dress.

He picked her up gently and petted her. She didn’t run or fight but she did chew on his frilly sleeve.

After a few minutes of this he put her back down on the table and headed back into the kitchen to see if he could make something to change her back.

Then the waitress gasped. He immediately turned back to the table.

As a rabbit, she’d eaten some more of the muffin and changed back.

She sat staring at the muffin and then looked up at him.

They both blushed

And the waitress laughed.

Tragic Ghost Crush

She kept forgetting that she couldn’t take his hand. Every time she tried her hand went right through his.

But she kept trying anyway.

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The light played through the clear columns and across the prism tiles.

Hugh felt at peace here.

But he had to get back to work. So back onto the screaming sidewalk and screeching street he went. Then he sighed but carried on.

He could always come back tomorrow.

Snowy Venture

I notice

As I ballet-shoe about the galaxies at my feet

That my toes are warm

But my nose is quite cold.

I content myself with a firm swing of my book-heavy bag

Which nearly knocks me into a snow-covered yard.

Half a World Away

Sometimes

I yearn to have those 

Debates (fights) with you again

(Except I win this time)

But we can’t because

You are half a world away

And married to someone else