Monday, April 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday--Bookish Things I'd Like to Own























1. New Bookshelf--Larger and More Roomy
2. IPad Air
3. Book Opener
4. Comfy Chair
5. Porch Swing
6. Journal
7. IMac
8. Booklight
9. Desk
10. GiftCard

Friday, April 11, 2014

Stacking the Shelves--April 12/Weekly Wrap-Up



It is Manga-Palooza this week since my romance holds didn't come in this week. It was a long week but I got so much reading done! How did you guys fare this week?

Review


1. The Mark of Tala (Twelve Kingdoms Bk 1) by Jeffe Kennedy
2. Heated (Most Wanted Bk 2) by J. Kenner







Library


1. Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit Volume 1 by QuinRose
2. Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins by QuinRose



3. Alice in the Country of Clover Volume 1-5 by QuinRose
4. Alice in the Country of Joker Volume 1-2 by QuinRose


5. Bonds of Dreams, Bonds of Love Volume 1-4 by Yaya Sakuragi
6. Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 1-4 by QuinRose

7. Eyes Wide Open (Blackstone Affair Bk 3) by Raine Miller
8. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 1 by Naoshi Komi

9. Arisa Volume 1-5, 7-10 by Natsumi Ando
10. Ramna 1/2 Volume 10-20 by Rumiko Takahashi

Purchased


1. The Will (Magdalene Bk 1) by Kristen Ashley








Other Purchased

1. Bitten Episode 13--"Ready"





Pre-Ordered

1. Love at Stake: Romance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Carrie Sessarego [99 cents]
2. A Sweet Life Boxed Set by Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, Heather Graham, Susan Mallery, Brenda Novak, Carly Phillips, Rachel Van Dyken, Susan Wiggs, Steena Holmes, Lauren Hawkeye, Julia Kent, Jane Porter, RaeAnne Thayne, Jennifer Probst, Debbie Macomber [2.99 to benefit Diabetes Research]

Weekly Wrap-Up

Memes

1. Manga Mondays--Fruits Basket Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya
2. Top Ten Tuesday--Most Unique Books I've Read

Sunday Discussion

1. Television Break: When Finales Please and Disappoint

Books Read

1. Ranma 1/2 Volume 2 by Rumiko Takahashi
2. Ranma 1/2 Volume 3 by Rumiko Takahashi
3. Ranma 1/2 Volume 4 by Rumiko Takahashi
4. Ranma 1/2 Volume 5 by Rumiko Takahashi
5. Ranma 1/2 Volume 6 by Rumiko Takahashi
6. Ranma 1/2 Volume 7 by Rumiko Takahashi
7. Taking a Shot (Play by Play Bk 3) by Jaci Burton
8. Fruits Basket Banquet by Natsuki Takaya
9. A.I. Love You Volume 5 by Ken Akamatsu
10. Ranma 1/2 Volume 8 by Rumiko Takahashi
11. Ranma 1/2 Volume 9 by Rumiko Takahashi
12. Ranma 1/2 Volume 10 by Rumiko Takahashi
13. Ranma 1/2 Volume 11 by Rumiko Takahashi
14. Ranma 1/2 Volume 12 by Rumiko Takahashi
15. Ranma 1/2 Volume 13 by Rumiko Takahashi
16. Ranma 1/2 Volume 14 by Rumiko Takahashi
17. Shadow Spell (O'Dwyer Bk 2) by Nora Roberts
18. Clover Omnibus by CLAMP

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Manga Mondays--Fruits Basket Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya


Ever since Tohru Honda discovered the Zodiac secret of the Sohma clan, her eyes have opened to a world of magic and wonder. But with such a great secret comes great responsibility. When her best friends Hana-chan and Uo-chan come to the Sohma home for a sleepover, Tohru has her work cut out for her keeping the "Cat" in the bag and the "Dog" on a leash.







Premise: 

The series focuses on Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki,Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms if they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex.

Characters:

Tohru Honda: A 16 year old orphaned high school student who moves in with the Sohma family. She likes typical domestic activities such as cooking, housekeeping, and nurturing the Sohma family. She's close to Kyo and Yuki as well as protective of the Sohma's she meets.

Yuki Sohma: A 16 year old high school student with an affinity for rats. He was low self-esteem and feels left out. He's Kyo's rival and has a tendency to always look good in front of other students. He is fascinated by Tohru who becomes his first real friend and decides to get closer to her as a friend when she asks him to remain friends even after she discovers his secret.

Kyo Sohma: A 16 year old rebellious student who has an affinity for cats. Kyo views Yuki as his rival and tends to feel like he's always losing every competition. He's fascinated by Tohru when she accepts him blindly even though he is an outcast in the Sohma household. He makes friends easily but rarely understands the devotion of friendship.

Shigure Sohma: A 27 year old novelist (cousin to Yuki and Kyo) who has an affinity for dogs. He takes in Kyo, Yuki, and Tohru. He tends to take nothing seriously but is very protective of his charges. He openly admits his hope that Tohru will break the curse but in the meantime watches out for his family.

Momiji Sohma: A 15 year old middle school/high school student with an affinity for rabbits. He is depicted as cute and childli,e with smallish stature. He is often mistaken for a girl by choosing to wear the girl's uniform. He makes friends quickly and spends a lot of time with Tohru. He lives alone in the Sohma family household. His father owns the building in which Tohru works.

Hatori Sohma: A 27 year old doctor with an affinity for dragons. He is incredibly reliable and is depicted as isolated. He is best friends with Shigure and Ayame (later character) and acts as Akito's personal physician and doctor to the cursed Sohmas. He also has the ability to erase memories of those with knowledge of the Sohma curse.

Akito Sohma: A mysterious man who is head of the Sohma family. He dislikes people who discover their secret and becomes violent at the smallest provocation.

Story Overview (Chapters 7-12):

Tohru's best friends Hanajima and Uotani visit Tohru's new house and get to know the Sohmas. In the end they approve and Tohru takes the time to tell them about a little boy who years before helped her find her way home when she got lost. He gave her his baseball cap and she's kept it all these years. At the same time the Cultural festival is occurring at school and Tohru meets Momiji and Hatori Sohma. Momiji is an instant friend to Tohru but the Sohmas warn Tohru to be wary of Hatori. Naturally Tohru heads over to Hatori's the next day upon invitation and she hears the story of Hatori's fiancee and his decision to take her memories. Tohru reminds him of his lost love and he says goodbye to her for now. Finally the Sohma New Year's party arrives and when Tohru is left alone, Kyo and Yuki decide to skip the party and spend time with her.

Review: 

Once again this volume was jam-packed with characters and story. One of my absolute favorite characters in the series was introduced and I was thrilled. I love Momiji so much. He's adorable and fun-loving and often is the comedic relief of the story.  I could not wait for his reveal as the rabbit and I cannot wait to find out what happens to him in later chapters.

This volume was non-stop story by establishing important moments in the characters' backstories. I was thrilled to see a moment in Tohru's past and a moment in Hatori's past. These characters are made up of their past moments. They explain so much about the here and now and so much manga ignores past moments for present-day stories. They avoid those moments in order to tell the compelling story. I absolutely love the fact this manga is not afraid to have flashback chapters.

I've blown through so many of the volumes (not the ending) because I am in love with the series. It's so amazing and I highly, highly recommend it.

3 Stars
Published by TokyoPop
April 13, 2004
200 Pages
Provided by--the Library

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Discussion-Television Break: When Finales Please and Disappoint

The past two weeks have contained two series finales of shows I loved so much. One I started watching with the pilot and the other I picked up mid-Season 3 and had to catch-up. Both kept me watching every single episode all the way to the finale. One pleased me immensely and the other...well it made me angry.  The two shows?




DISCLAIMER: Below there will be spoilers [major] as well as detailed ending summaries. If you do not wish to be spoiled then please do not click to "Read More"



Friday, April 4, 2014

Stacking the Shelves--April 5/Weekly Wrap-Up



This was the slowest week at work in over a year and it felt like I was beating my head against the desk. I am in this major manga kick right now so I have a lot of them coming in and out from the library. What did you guys get this week?

Review


1. Hot Secrets (Tall, Dark, and Deadly Bk 1) by Lisa Renee Jones
2. Mai Tai for Two by Delphine Dryden


3. Until We Touch (Fools Gold Bk 15) by Susan Mallery
4. Suddenly Last Summer (O'Neil Brothers Bk 2) by Sarah Morgan
5. Matched to a Billionaire by Kat Cantrell






Library


1. Fruits Basket Banquet by Natsuki Takaya
2. Hope Flames (Hope Bk 1) by Jaci Burton

3. Ranma 1/2 Bk 1-9 by Rumiko Takahashi
4. Fruits Basket Bk 3-23 by Natsuki Takaya
5. Clover Omnibus (Clover 1-4) by CLAMP






Purchased


1. Beauty and the Best Man (The Lassiters Bk .5) by Maureen Child









Other Purchased


1. Bitten Episode 12-"Caged"
2. Arrow Episode 18-"Deathstroke"




Weekly Wrap-Up

Reviews

1. What a Woman Wants (Manley Maids Bk 1) by Judi Fennell [2 Stars]

Memes

1. Manga Mondays--Fruits Basket Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya [3 Stars]
2. Top Ten Tuesday--Books That Got Me Reading

Books Read

1. A.I. Love You Volume 1 by Ken Akamatsu
2. Changing the Game (Play by Play Bk 2) by Jaci Burton
3. A.I. Love You Volume 2 by Ken Akamatsu
4. A.I. Love You Volume 3 by Ken Akamatsu
5. A.I. Love You Volume 4 by Ken Akamatsu
6. Fruits Basket Volume 3 by Natsuki Takaya
7. Fruits Basket Volume 4 by Natsuki Takaya
8. Fruits Basket Volume 5 by Natsuki Takaya
9. Fruits Basket Volume 6 by Natsuki Takaya
10. Fruits Basket Volume 7 by Natsuki Takaya
11. Fruits Basket Volume 8 by Natsuki Takaya
12. Fruits Basket Volume 9 by Natsuki Takaya
13. Fruits Basket Volume 10 by Natsuki Takaya
14. Fruits Basket Volume 11 by Natsuki Takaya
15. Fruits Basket Volume 12 by Natsuki Takaya
16. Fruits Basket Volume 13 by Natsuki Takaya
17. Fruits Basket Volume 14 by Natsuki Takaya
18. Fruits Basket Volume 15 by Natsuki Takaya
19. Fruits Basket Volume 16 by Natsuki Takaya
20. Fruits Basket Volume 17 by Natsuki Takaya
21. Fruits Basket Volume 18 by Natsuki Takaya
22. Fruits Basket Volume 19 by Natsuki Takaya
23. Fruits Basket Volume 20 by Natsuki Takaya
24. Fruits Basket Volume 21 by Natsuki Takaya
25. Fruits Basket Volume 22 by Natsuki Takaya
26. Fruits Basket Volume 23 by Natsuki Takaya
27. What a Woman Wants (Manley Maids Bk 1) by Judi Fennell
28. Ranma 1/2 Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

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