Category: These things I love

rapid fire reviews: all the new queer manga series I read and loved this Pride Month

I’m going to be completely honest here. I’ve written the intro for this post twelve times over and I’ve never been satisfied with any of it. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this month – some good, some bad – and it feels hard to summarize everything here so let’s just cut to the chase.

I just want to share all the great queer manga series that I read for the first time and enjoyed this month. Hopefully, dear reader, you will pick one (or three or all seven) of these titles up and enjoy them too.

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Review: The Golden Forest (webtoon)

I’ve been in a slump when it comes to reading fantasy stories recently, especially epic fantasies. The kind that takes its root into your soul and carries you into a whole other world. Fantasy stories were the main reason I started loving reading, particularly fiction, at an early age. And so, it will always have a special place in my heart.

I’m so happy to find another fantasy world that’s so immersive, with characters so compelling, I think about the series constantly since I finished reading its most recent updates. Let’s jump in.

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purchase ban

Hello hello! It’s the first day of June where I’m from which means my hobby purchase ban has officially taken place.

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My Favorite Romance Comics based on My Favorite Tropes

BookWalker links below are affiliate links which means I receive 3% coin back if you purchase through these links.

Personally have never celebrated Valentine’s Day free-willingly. The last time I even participated in a Valentine’s Day event was when my entire class created a haunted house for the school-wide activity. That was almost nine years ago.

Fuck, realizing it’s been almost a decade since high school is not how I want to start this draft. I need a minute.

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Review: A Town You Live In (manga)

I noticed this little old blog is getting a bit of traction for the past few months because of a webtoon review I impromptu-wrote last year. And if you’ve somehow clicked on this post too, welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay!

Anyways, don’t mind me, I’m just going to hitch on this exciting development to uplift other works I’ve thoroughly enjoyed recently and over the holidays. First in line…

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Fangirling Highlights 2021

I really went ahead and said “Posting in -ber months? NOT THIS YEAR.”

You could literally see last year’s recap posts in the main page of this blog akskskssk

I guess this is simply me not sharing my life online less. And not just that but also treating them like “content” less. “Optimizing” them less. Putting out stuff to be “relevant” less.

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Review: Under the Oak Tree (webtoon)

I signed up to a new subscription service just so I could read this very pretty-looking series. That says plenty about how much I, one, love the art style and, two, am a shallow aesthetic trash.

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Fangirling Highlights 2020

While drafting my 2020 reflection post, I was initially going to include a “What I Watched and Read” section in it. That section eventually became far longer than the others to the point that I’ve decided to make an entirely separate post.

So here we are.

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These 4 anime dried up my tear glands (and they’re all on Netflix)

miserable girl among plants

Look.

I very rarely cry in a drama series or film, especially when they’re marketed as such. I know I may seem like the type of person to get emotional on the smallest details in a story – and I do. But there’s a huge difference between a slight sniffle because you are so proud of what your precious fictional child has achieved and legitimately ugly crying because Everything Fucking Hurts.

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These 4 audiobooks broke my one-year novel reading slump

It is a tad bit more mouthful but I want to emphasize that this reading slump pertains specifically to novels or literary fiction. I haven’t really been in a reading slump, in its general term*, because I continue to read beautifully well-written and drawn webcomics, manga, or long-form articles during my free time. But between March 2019 and April 2020, I have read exactly one novel**.

I think that’s an appropriate use of “slump”, don’t you agree?

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