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I have read SO MUCH prose this time around! Honestly, I forgot how long it takes, it feels like I spent forever with the same books, even if GoodReads tells me it was only a couple of days with each. People who read prose exclusively: how do you do this all the time?! Are you all wizards?!

(ALSO I am bringing back "*" on the book list as a marker for "This book contains rape/discussion of rape," so please bear that in mind and look after yourselves, okay?)

  1. The Convergence of Fairy Tales by Octavia Cade [Jump] *

  2. Hunter's Way by Gerri Hill [Jump] *

  3. In The Name of the Father by Gerri Hill [Jump] *

  4. Partners by Gerri Hill [Jump]

  5. Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens [Jump]

  6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson [Jump]

  7. Gangsta:Cursed Volume One by Kohske and Syuhei Kamo [Jump]

  8. Dogs Disco by Joe Decie [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Goals

Reading goal: 16/150 (8 new this post) Prose: 7/50 (6 new this post)
New-to-me female authors: 4/75 (3 new this post: Octavia Cade, Gerri Hill, Noelle Stevenson)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 9/90 (4 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 4/16 (4 new this post; Hunter's Way, In The Name of the Father, Partners and Nimona)
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I feel like it says a lot about me as a person that I go "Okay, I will read lots of prose books by new authors" and promptly start on three massive manga re-read projects. And also that I swap between Important Seminal Manga That Is Critically Beloved and the Sparkly Shipbait Idfic. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON, I GUESS.

I have also spotted the slight flaw in my #getouttamydamnhouse goal, which that I hadn't accounted for what I was going to do when I... Happened to the library? Having a target that keeps going up incrementally is a good way to discourage yourself, so I am keeping my goal fixed at ninety (oh god past!me what were you doing) and when I get to June I'm gonna count up how many library books I have left in my house and adjust my goal accordingly.

  1. Pluto Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka [Jump]

  2. Pluto Volume 2 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka [Jump]

  3. Pandora Hearts Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  4. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  5. Pluto Volume 3 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka [Jump]

  6. Pandora Hearts Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  7. Pandora Hearts Volume 4 by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  8. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Goals

Reading goal: 8/150 (8 new this post)
New-to-me female authors: 1/75 (1 new this post: Genevieve Cogman)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 5/90 (5 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 0/8 (0 new this post)
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Hello my darlings, happy new year! We made it, and I'm so proud of us! ♥ I figured I'd start off the new year by clearing the decks from last year, so this post is going to be talking about my goals from last year and for this year, along with some of the books that I didn't actually get around to in 2016. (Shout out to [personal profile] renay for that one!) If you just want to hear me yelling about books, I'll be back in a fortnight with the first batch, so I'll see you then! ;)

Everyone else: let's do this. >D

Goals for 2016! )

Goals for 2017! )

Books I didn't get to in 2016! )

Okay, that's all of it! *keels over* I think I'm ready for 2017 and a whirlwind frenzy of consuming media now, I don't know about the rest of you! What are you all thinking of for goals this year? Did any of you have books you meant to get to last year?
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Books, Graphic Novels and Manga Read:
  1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki [Jump]

  2. Dark Times by Robert M. Ball [Jump]

  3. I Love This Part by Tillie Walden [Jump]

  4. First Impressions by Kate Calloway [Jump]

  5. Monstress Volume One by Majorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda [Jump]

  6. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel [Jump]

  7. Fresh Romance Volume One by Sarah Kunh [Jump]

  8. The Ancient Magus' Bride Volume 2 by Kore Yamazaki [Jump]

  9. The Ancient Magus' Bride Volume 3 by Kore Yamazaki [Jump]

Read more... )

Currently Reading

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (It's a short story collection, and I've only read the first story in it, but so far it's been very precise and unsettling, in a good way.)

Reading Challenges

Books read so far: 107/150 (9 new this post)
New-to-me female creators: 60/100 (16 new this post.)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 38/107 (5 new this post: I Love This Part, First Impressions, Monstress, The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For, Fresh Romance.) (I forgot that I'd been initially tracking this as a running tally, and now I have gone back to doing that because it... Might be a more useful marker? A bit late in the year to realise, but it's good to bear in mind for next year... And also to stop me feeling smug, because that number is way lower than I thought!)
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OKAY, THAT'S THE LAST OF IT. Guys, guys, we survived all of the BL manga!\o/ Good job, us! And I have finally escaped the post that
would not die, goodness me!

Reminder, things on the list with an asterisk next to it contain rape, dubious consent, and/or sexual assault.

Books, Graphic Novels and Manga Read:
  1. Gerard & Jacques Volume One by Fumi Yoshinaga * [Jump]

  2. Gerard & Jacques Volume Two by Fumi Yoshinaga * [Jump]

  3. Vinland Saga Volume Two by Makoto Yukimura * [Jump]

  4. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton [Jump]

  5. Shut In, Shut Out by Lianne Sentar and dee Juusan [Jump]

  6. Hawkeye Volume One by Matt Faction and David Aja [Jump]

  7. The Rings of Saturn by Kaiju [Jump]

  8. Mahou Josei Chimaka by Kaiju [Jump]

  9. Windrose Volume One by Studio Kosen [Jump]

  10. Orange Junk Volume One by Heldrad [Jump]

  11. Starve Volume One by Brian Wood [Jump]

  12. The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Challenges

Books read so far: 98/150 (12 new this post)
New-to-me female creators: 44/100 (4 new this post.)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 5 (Gerard & Jacques Volumes 1 and 2, Mahou Josei Chimaka, Starve, The Assignment)
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So, uh, funny story. I decided last week that reading twenty-eight books in a week was a totally doable plan if I stuck to graphic novels, and if I did that I would finish my reading challenge! Which is obviously madness and never to be attempted, and did I mention that I did that?

A screencap of the 'Reading challenge complete!' button from Goodreads and a chart showing 151/150 completed.


Part of my brain keeps being like "It's all graphic novels and manga and trade paperbacks, those don't count!" and I keep having to remind myself that yes they do. They are real books and it's still an achievement! ... That said though, oh man, there is so much prose in my future.

This week though, my continuing adventures in BL manga. As a reminder from last time: anything in the list with an asterisk next to it contains actual or attempted non-consensual/dubiously consensual sex, the jump tags SHOULD let you navigate around if you want to avoid those.

Books, Graphic Novels, and Manga read:
  1. Weekend Lovers by Kiriko Fuwa * [Jump]

  2. Oh My God! Volume One by Natsuho Shino [Jump]

  3. You Will Fall In Love by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  4. You Will Drown In Love Volume One by Hinako Takanaga * [Jump]

  5. The Moon and the Sandals Volume One by Fumi Yoshinaga [Jump]

  6. The Moon and the Sandals Volume Two by Fumi Yoshinaga [Jump]

  7. Hero Heel Volume One by Makoto Tateno *[Jump]

  8. Our Everlasting Volume One by Touko Kawai [Jump]

  9. Our Everlasting Volume Two by Touko Kawai * [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Goals

Books read so far: 86/150 (9 new this post; this number is officially just being the number of things I've talked about now, I think.)
New-to-me female creators: 40/100 (2 new this post.)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 8! Full house!
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OKAY, GUYS, WE NEED TO TALK. I mentioned this before, but I accidentally blew a day off doing nothing but reading like twenty volumes of BL manga. And quite frankly, I love all y'all, but I do not have time to review twenty volumes of anything for one post. So, here's what we're doing: for the next month or so, posts are going to keep going until we end up with either eight books or 3000-3500 words, whichever comes second. Does this sound fair?

(This does mean that I'm now running enough books to have a five-post lead on myself, in theory, so hopefully things are gonna be a little more regular from here on out!)

Also, just for the purposes of the Accidental Month of BL, ANYTHING IN THE LIST WITH AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT COMES WITH A TRIGGER WARNING FOR ATTEMPTED OR ACTUAL NON-CONSENSUAL/DUBIOUSLY CONSENSUAL SEX. I'm sticking navigation links in as well so you can just read the ones that interest you. Let me know if that works for people so I've got a chance to change it up for next time?

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Hate to Love You by Makoto Tateno * [Jump]

  2. Love Round!! by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  3. Liberty Liberty by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  4. We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant [Jump]

  5. White Guardian by Duo Brand * [Jump]

  6. Lover's Flat by Hyouto Fujiyama [Jump]

  7. Your Honest Deceit by Sakufu Ajimne [Jump]

  8. Skyscrapers of Oz by Yoshino Somei and Row Takakura * [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Goals

Books read so far: 77/150 (8 new this post -- also it's really weird coming back to this number, because my GR count is like 113 now.)
New-to-me female creators: 38/100 (8 new this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub count: 8! YES! THIS IS WHAT I AM AFTER! *does a dance*

(For those wondering, the word count came to about 3700. Apparently I have thoughts on yaoi.)
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I'm starting to think that this column might actually be good for me. If I'm left to my own devices, I tend to forget to actually make time for books, I prioritise writing and fanfic over anything else, and then I burn out like a bastard because I forget that you need to consume good media to produce good media. Writing this is giving me a solid reason to actually make the time, which I probably wouldn't do otherwise.

(Also I'm noticing a pattern of "If I can put your book down long enough to go to sleep, I'm probably not going to pick it up again." WHY BRAIN, THIS IS A TERRIBLE HABIT TO GET INTO, STOP THAT.)

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

  2. A Kiss For Midwinter by Courtney Milan

  3. The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

  4. Vinland Saga Volume One by Makoto Yukimura

  5. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

  6. Union Jack: London Falling by Christos Gage and Mike Perkins

  7. Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau

  8. Innocent Bird Volume One by Hirotaka Kisaragi

Read more... )
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I accidentally got out a boat-load of comic trades from my library to fill in a reading gap – I wanted something sort and simple that I'd be able to read quickly! And I was planning to talk about how writing this column really encouraged me to, y'know, actually make that time, to find things that I could read as discuss no matter how busy I was doing other things!

... That may or may not have been a couple of days before Captain America #1 dropped, and before the spoilers about Civil War II surfaced, and... And I looked at the stack of comics I'd just read and went "Do I really want to give Marvel my words this week? Really?"

I didn't, quite frankly. I was tired and angry and tired of being angry -- but the comics I read this week were creators who had nothing to do with the shitshow, or the characters Marvel hasn't done badly by! Not talking about them wouldn't affect the problem at all! So if I sound tired and impatient with some of these? I REALLY WAS.

(For bonus points this week: I have been literally up to my elbows in comics because I'm in charge of culling our selection! I have seen lots that I want to read! Sure would be nice if mainstream comics loved me as much as I love them!)


Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Kingyo Used Books Volume Three by Seimu Yoshizaki

  2. The Ancient Magus' BrideVolume One by Kore Yamazaki

  3. 2k to 5k by Rachael Aaron

  4. Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dexter Soy, Emma Ríos, Richard Elson, Karl Kesel and Al Barrionuevo

  5. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot

  6. Sigil: Out of Time by Mike Carey, Leonard Kirk, Pat Olliffe and Jelena Djurdjevic

  7. Pretty Deadly Volume One by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos

  8. Generation Hope: Schism by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Espin

Recommended daily allowance of salt behind the cut! )
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Well, this sure is a mixed bag of things I read in the last month! I'm not sure how I ended up doing this weird mix of genres, mediums, age-ratings and degrees of... Let's go with quality, rather than consent, shall we? But I think I had a pretty good run of it all told, despite the fact that at least one of these books nearly got launched across a room at one point.

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Steven Seagull Action Hero by Elys Dolan

  2. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham

  3. Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham

  4. Small Town Witch: Love and Wonder by Alex Singer, Jayd Aït-Kaci, Ariana Maher and Jen Doyle

  5. Small Town Witch: The Art Book by Alex Singer and Jayd Aït-Kaci

  6. Stranger in my Arms by Lisa Kleypas

  7. Behind The Scenes Volume One by Bisco Hatori

  8. Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

  9. Prince's Gambit by C. S. Pacat

  10. Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat

Well, it's kind of a mixed bag. )

What's everyone else been reading since I last posted?
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Q: Susan, where have you and your book column been?!
A: ... Y'know what, I don't even KNOW. I may have fallen into a black hole made of the same like, three fic for the entirety of March, because that's about all I remember?

... Seriously, I would like to discuss the awesome media I've been consuming but I don't think I've read anything for like a month. So... This is me trying to get back into the swing of things?

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

  2. Immortal in Death by J. D. Robb

  3. First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

  4. Alabaster: Wolves by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Steve Leiber, and Rachelle Rosenberg

  5. Rachel Aaron's 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron

  6. Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawke

  7. Grave Sight Part 2 by Charlaine Harris, Denis Medri, William Harms

  8. Revival Deluxe Volume 1 by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton

  9. The Chase by Jesse J. Thoma

Books behind the cut! )

So, how's everyone else doing? I'm assuming not everyone checked out during March, so how have your reading projects been going?
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This week's post was going to be a good and sensible post! It was going to contain completely reasonable amounts of books! And then I ended up travelling over 500 miles with my spousal unit as we hokey-kokeyed up and down the Welsh border for three days, so I had plenty of time to clear out my Comixology backlog. Especially as Storm Imogen made all of this, y'know, fun!

(Hay-on-Wye is AWESOME, guys, it has like thirty-eight bookshops in one village. We didn't get to linger because we were worried about the road back flooding, but it is SO GREAT.)

... What I'm saying is that I'm seriously considering giving up as a prose reader, it's clearly not working out. I'm sorry prose! It's not you, it's me!

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. The Losers Omnibus Volume Two by Andy Diggle, Jock, and Shawn Martinborough

  2. Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume One by CLAMP

  3. Fairy Tail Volume One by Hiro Mashima

  4. My Little Monster Volume One by Robico

  5. Lady Killer by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

  6. Ajin: Demi-Human Volume One by Tuina Miura and Gamon Sakurai

  7. Your Lie in April Volume One by Naoshi Arakawa

  8. Manga Dogs Volume 2 by Ema Tooyama

  9. The Man of Tango by Tetuzoh Okadaya

  10. Lazarus Volume 3 by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Tyler Boss, and Santi Arcas

Short stories and single issues read:

The fact that I am cutting this list should tell you how long it got. )

I'm gonna try to keep it short, considering how much we've got to get through. BRACE YOURSELVES, CHAPS.

Onto the thoughts! )

So. Yeah. That was my fortnight in reading stuff. Next time I decide to read this much stuff? Somebody stop me. *sobs*
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How's my reading going this year?

A screenshot of a tweet that says 'I have underestimated how much manga I read.'

Yeah, about like that!

This fortnight I have seriously failed out of reading prose, but have done quite well on manga and graphic novels! I do have a stack of crime novels and queer lit about three feet high to get through (I will measure it if I have to), including like eight J. D. Robb books, so I need to crack on through that.

Before I do, though – internet! I have a request! Do you have any recommendations for women-centric stories set in Ancient Greece and/or the Roman Empire? I have Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn, and I've got Lindsey Davis' The Ides of April on order... I'm just not sure where to go from here. A lot of the stuff I can lay my hands on is focused on male characters, and quite frankly that's not what I want from fiction about the ancient world. Can anyone give recommendations?

Anyway, on to what I've read this week!

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Chii's Sweet Home Volume One by Konami Kanata

  2. The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume One by Hiromu Arakawa and Yoshiki Tanaka

  3. The Wicked + The Divine Volume Two: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillon, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson

  4. The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi by Pat Cadigan

  5. Manga Dogs Volume One by Ema Tooyama

  6. Yotsuba&! Volume Ten by Kiyohiko Azuma

  7. Yotsuba&! Volume Eleven by Kiyohiko Azuma

  8. The Losers Volume One by Andy Diggle and Jock

  9. Yotsuba&! Volume Twelve by Kiyohiko Azuma

  10. Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something by Kaoru Mori

Short stories and single issues read:
  1. City of Salt by Arkady Martine

  2. Monstress #3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

So many books behind the cut! )

So, that's me all caught up! How y'all doing?


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