You know what I try to keep to but always fail at? Book buying bans.
For me, there is literally only one method to me keeping up with a ban and that’s just being completely broke. Unfortunatel,y that happens quite a lot these days because I’m the absolute worst at saving money (not that it’s really possible to save money when you barely have any to begin with) and just end up spending it once it’s there.
But August was my birth month so I can be forgiven for buying lots of books. Even if it might take a while for me to get to all of them, it was still worth it. At least I think.
Dragon Ball Z vols. 9-18 by Akira Toriyama
I’ve been buying volumes of this series for pretty much months now but I haven’t read them yet because I’m planning to read it during Sci-Fi Month (november, if you’re not in the know). Dragon Ball as a whole franchise has been one of my favourites for pretty much my entire life so the fact that it took me so long to read the manga is pretty shocking to me. Especially since I’ve been a DB fan since before I can even remember, and I only started reading manga when I was nine years old. I’ve got more volumes on the way still, since there are 26 in this series, and there are 16 in the original Dragon Ball. I’m not very good with numbers but that makes 42 books, and that’ll make this the longest manga series I’ve read.
Twinkle Stars vol. 1 and Fruits Basket Another vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
Natsuki Takaya wrote and illustrated Fruits Basket, which is the first manga series I ever read and also one of my all-time favourites, so of course, I’ll trust anything she makes to be amazing. I’ll kind of be going into Twinkle Stars blind since I don’t really know what exactly it’s about, but at the same time, it’s Takaya so I’m not worried at all. As for Fruits Basket Another, I’ve been keeping my eye on this sequel series ever since I heard that it existed in the hopes that it would be translated into English. And it finally has! AND IT’S IN PHYSICAL FORM!!!!
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol. 1 by Fujita
I don’t know much about this series other than that it originally started as a webcomic and has been adapted into an anime (which isn’t available on crunchyroll, grr) and it’s a josei series (which means that it’s aimed at adult women). I haven’t read any josei manga and not a lot of romance, but this one definitely sounds like something I would enjoy so I had to get myself a copy. Plus, the idea of a romance between two adult nerds sounds like something that could be cliched but I’m digging the concept. at least it isn’t the whole “male nerd gets a non-nerd girlfriend” which has been done to death.
Akira vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo
If you read my birthday wishlist post from last month, you’ll know that I griped a little bit about the prices of these books. In the UK they usually retail at £25 ($24.99 in the USA, $29.99 in Canada), which is pretty damn expensive for manga. Usually, the more expensive manga books I buy are £9.99 and so I kind of baulked at the idea of paying so much money for manga that isn’t even read from right to left. That was until birthday money came into the equation and the fact that Foyle’s in London have these for £21 instead of 25. Ka-ching. I’ll probably be reading this series in Sci-Fi Month after I’ve finished DBZ and other regular novels that I’m going to read, and hopefully, I’ll be brave enough, because if you know about the movie of this manga, you’ll know that there’s a fair bit of body horror. And I don’t fare well with body horror.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I bought this book (along with Akira) in London but because my brain doesn’t like me, I completely forgot that I got this on Kindle a little while back. Oops. But it doesn’t hurt to have a digital copy for practicality and then a nice physical copy for the aesthetic. I’ll more than likely be reading this book for Spooky Month in October because I would like to fit in at least one Gothic novel rather than just YA horror or Stephen King.
Certain Dark Things by Silva Moreno-Garcia
I have been wanting a copy of this book for the longest time. I mean, it’s vampires!!!! And they’re not white European vampires!!!! I’VE BEEN WANTING TO READ A MORE DIVERSE VAMPIRE BOOK FOR A MILLION YEARS I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!!
At first, I did want to get a hardback copy of this book but it is MEGA EXPENSIVE on The Book Depository, so I decided to get it on Kindle instead. Remember friends, it’s not always about the format but the story inside #tryingtobeinspirational. One thing that bugs me is that the Kindle edition doesn’t have the prettiest cover (the one i’ve used for this photo is the hardcover) but it’s an ebook so it really doesn’t matter that much. But still, diverse vampires aaaahhhhhhhhthisisadreamcometrue.
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Getting this book on Kindle has been the strangest pain in the butt I have ever known for some reason. At first, it wasn’t available on Kindle for a time and then it was so I bought it, but then there was an issue with my account so I had to sit with an undownloaded file until I got paid, but it’s all good now because it’s there. And I am so excited for this one. I haven’t read any of Rin Chupeco’s books but I have heard so many amazing things about them, so of course, I would be excited. I’m always in the mood for extremely creepy books, and this one sounds so creepy. Bring it on.