Here we are five days post-June read-a-thon, and as much as I’d like to share a decent number of read books, I have very few. A week long headache topped with chaos erupted during the last two weeks of June, which left me feeling more inclined to crash than read. There is a July read-a-thon about to start — this time lasting a whopping twenty-two days — and I hope to take advantage and make up for my lack of participation in June.
So, my manga binge! About that. It never took off. After soaking in praise bestowed to Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (not pictured), I took a chance on this shoujo series and walked away to drown in disappointment. A review is on its way, so I won’t elaborate, but suffice it to say that my expectations were too high. With busy days weighing down and my first go-to book a bust, indifference–and, ultimately–book aversion crept in. Even with better manga at my disposal: Lovely Complex, Vol. 1 (re-read) and Attack on Titan: Junior High, Vol 1 (partially read). Aya Nakahara didn’t fail me in the slightest, but I somehow couldn’t bring myself to read past the first volume. Boooo, Raya.
I had other books in mind, too: Battle Royale and Airman. I’m annoyed to say that I finished neither. Whether or not this stemmed from aversion or if I was too anxious to get a hold of my Ruin & Rising copy, I’m unsure. At most, I read a chapter or two from Battle Royale and poked through Airman‘s prequel at ten words an hour. Well, maybe another day… Through most of the read-a-thon, luck and time weren’t on my side, but ibuprofen and a delayed Ruin & Rising delivery were. By the time Leigh Bardugo’s book came, I was ready to rip through it on the spot.
Here’s the book I’d been craving since a year prior when I reached Siege & Storm‘s end. This is the book I had high, high hopes for. This is the book whose author I put complete faith in to write a killer story and leave me wrecked. Does it live up to my expectations or did I drop it in the same pile as Akagami no Shirayuki-hime? Neither — I intend to review Ruin & Rising once I’ve sorted out my feelings, but I had been banking on one of two specific conclusions. So much so that I grew to admire how these alternate endings diverge from the one Leigh gives.
So all in all, that leaves me with… three read books! Only one of which was full-on text. Ouch. Maybe, hopefully, July will be better…
I don’t have specific titles in mind for this month, but I know what I have an appetite for and I’m craving fantasy
and bad-ass characters. Recently having raided the library, I have the above pictured books with Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs and Richard Harland’s Worldshaker. From my own selection, I have Crown Duel and Fly By Night to consider — best of luck to those two, as I’m known for choosing library loans over my own books. every. single. time.