Summer Reading Wrap Up!

GUYS! Summer reading wrap up is here! Finally. LOL! ^_^

I feel like I dragged my feet on the reading front all summer. But I’m only six books away from my goal for the year, so I might just raise that goal two more books to 52! Why not? 😀 Also, can we just admire how colorful all these books are?

39: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice
Author
: Jane Austen – Adapted by: Stacy King, Illustrator: Po Tse
Genre: Manga/Classics/Historical
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
I adored this! The manga style made parts of the story a little weird for me. Like there were instances of Mr. Darcy showing more emotion then I’m used to him showing, but that’s just me being overly familiar with the story and nitpicking. It made me want to read the book and watch the BBC series again. And I still freaked out when I got to my favorite part of the story ever! The first time Mr. Darcy proposes! It’s so romantic (insults aside). 😀

40: Giant Days: Extra Credit
Author
: John Allison, Various Illustrators
Genre: Contemporary, Graphic Novel, Comedy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
I love all of these! This was a collection of short stories drawn by different artists, mostly following the trio of friends around on different things they’re doing during breaks in the school year. I didn’t love a couple of the artistic styles, but they were all fun, and the stories were fun.

41: Manga Classics: Emma
Author
: Jane Austen – Adapted by: Stacy King & Crystal S. Chan, Illustrator: Po Tse
Genre: Manga/Classics/Historical
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
Manga suits Emma well! I LOVED this! Emma is probably my favorite Jane Austen story, namely because Clueless is an adaption of Emma, and that is one of my favorite movies of all time. ^_^ Maybe it’s time I read the actual book, yeah? But I love the artwork in these manga-ized versions. They’re so fun and cute, and this one in particular fit the story so well.

42: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1
Author
: Akiko Higashimura, Translated by: Steven LeCroy
Genre: Manga, Contemporary, Comedy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: Yes (on Amazon)
I received a copy of this from Amazon, and I’m not going to turn down a free manga!! In any case, this is about a 33 year old woman who wakes up one day and realizes that she’s single and in her 30s. LOL! The summer olympics are coming to Japan in 2020, and she and her silly friends are determined to be married by then. It was funny and interesting to read a manga about 30 somethings. Kind of relatable, too, marriage obsession aside. Haha.

43: The Kind Diet
Author
: Alicia Silverstone (Foreward by: Neal D. Barnard)
Genre: Part Mini Autobiography, Part Diet Book, Part Recipe Book
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
Remember when I said Clueless is one of my favorite movies? ^_^ So, several years ago I got to meet Alicia Silverstone at a Natural Products Expo in Boston!! (And I’m still way too excited about it.) She gave a breakfast keynote about her vegan-ism journey, and afterward, me and my sister picked up copies of her book and got them signed, and Alicia is SO sweet!! Anyway, I recently decided to go vegan, so I finally actually read this book. I didn’t know how to rate it, so I gave it four stars mainly because it was an easy read, and I love Alicia. Given my job and how I was raised, I have a tad bit more knowledge about a few things than she does, and I’m pretty sure the “superhero” diet is a recipe for crazy-making, but I did find the book helpful in allaying some of the fears I had in going vegan, so I liked it. The recipes take up half of the book. Most of them are super healthy (haha), but there’s a good handful I want to try.

44: Beware the Little White Rabbit
Author
: Edited by: Shannon Delany & Judith Graves – Authors: Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, David Turnbull, Christine Norris, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Laura Lascarso, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Jennifer Moore, and Liam Hogan
Genre: YA Anthology, Mix of Genres
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: Yes
I try to always review anthologies so I know which stories to skip the next time I pick up the book. I didn’t love this. I mentioned in my review that I liked 6 out of 13 stories, and I skipped two stories, which I never do, because the OCD flares up, but it was worth the risk, because I just didn’t want to suffer. LOL! I thought I was just in a mood, but when I finally ran into a story I liked, I realized that the bulk of this just isn’t my taste. There didn’t seem to be a lot of thought put into some of these stories. But there were a couple of standouts that made this worth picking up at 99 cents.

4 Responses to Summer Reading Wrap Up!

  1. Someone likes mangas 😉 (I’m guilty too). I just looked back on Goodreads because although I read Beware the Little White Rabbit a few years ago but can’t remember much about it. I gave it 5 stars back then…I wonder if I’d do the same today. Anyway, happy manga reading!

    • Lol! Mangas give me life. 😀 There were a couple of stories in that anthology that deserve five stars, but I tend to rate based on my impression of the book as a whole.

  2. Wow! You’re almost at a book per week for the year? That’s seriously impressive! I saw your video about going vegan. How’s that going? I was thinking of doing a vegetarian week coming up, which shouldn’t be too hard but would be unusual for me. Like, I eat a lot of chicken and fish.

    • Almost!! If I can pull off a book a week going forward, I’ll be very happy. ^_^ You should totally try the vegetarian week and tell me about it! The vegan thing is going better than expected. I think it helps that I didn’t eat too bad to begin with, but I feel really good on it.

Hi! ^_^