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review 2016-03-04 11:15
My Hero Academia Vol 1
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 - Kohei Horikoshi,Caleb D. Cook

This. This was exactly what I needed last year. I couldn't seem to read anything, so anime was my staple. But I kept hearing everyone sing the praises of this new series, so I had to give it try. Superheroes in manga/anime seems to be a thing now. Not too long ago, Tiger and Bunny came out. Now, One-Punch Man and My Hero Academia have come out roughly at the same time. I've only read the last but if the others are as good as this one, I may finally jump on the Superhero bandwagon!

 

Our hero, Izuku Midoriya, lives in a world where 80% of the population has a "quirk," a superhero ability that can range from water, gigantism, explosions, and even stranger ones. With so many people holding powerful abilities, the police forces were unable to handle them and so some rose up to take the mantle of hero and keep the peace. The best known hero, All Might, is Midoriya's personal hero as well. He wants to save people with a smile just as All Might does. There's just one problem. Midoriya is one of the rare 20% born quirkless. How can someone without powers ever be a hero?

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review 2016-02-24 09:33
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader (The Audio)
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader (the Audio) - Bathroom Readers' Institute

I was introduced to Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series by a favorite teacher in high school. I was surprised at the information the books contained and liked the little quizzes that pepper the book. I own two books, one of them their history book, and couldn't say no to trying the audiobook.

 

Like the rest of the series, this is broken into short facts, themed articles, and long articles. It covers everything from history, basketball, Uncle John's Stall of Fame (achievements that have to do with the toilet - surprisingly interesting), trivia, riddles, etc. However, there was some really good information in this version. I think my favorite concerned Gander, Newfoundland. The town and surrounding area took care of hundreds of displaced passengers when planes were grounded there on September 11th. They went above and beyond to find them shelter (there were not enough hotels in the small town), feed them, and even entertain them with trips to local spots. Quite worth the listen to learn about that. 

 

If you like random facts, interesting tidbits, and need something to listen to you can easily pick up and come back to later, this is a decent choice. There is a full cast, with each person reading different articles and random information. It helped highlight the different segments, rather than them all running together. I also quite enjoyed that I could listen to it for a bit, stop it and walk away for awhile, then pick it up without having to worry about being in the middle of chapter or thought.

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review 2016-02-20 02:10
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe - And now I crave cupcakes!
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes - Jenny Colgan

I happened to see Audiobook Junkie's review of this book and decided to take a chance. I'm so glad I did.

 

I'm still not sure what to do with this book. I don't read books like this. If there's no murder, history, steampunk, Sci-Fi...something, you need to work real hard to hold my attention. Yeah, I know I need to branch out more in my reading habits.

 

Issy's (Isabel) life is in a decent place. A good job, a house with her best friend Helena as a roommate, her grandfather still alive though starting on the slippery slope of dementia, and in a secret relationship with her gorgeous boss, Grahame. Then one day, the dominoes start to fall. Her position is made redundant, her boss turns out to be a complete jerk (though why this was a surprise to her I have no idea), and she has no idea where to go next.

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review 2016-02-11 08:51
The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverant Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits
The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits - Steve Wiegand,Erik Sass,Johny Heller,Tantor Audio

A big thanks goes to Murder by Death for introducing me to this book. When I saw one of my library's digital services offering the audiobook of this, I had to give it a try.

 

I am sadly remiss in my knowledge of World History with some minor exceptions, so I found this book's overview (tinged with humor) perfect. It's packed full of information, but written with the average reader in mind. This made it perfect for listening to while doing other things. I actually had to stop the audio as my focus was ensnared too much at times. There is often a tongue in cheek aspect to the writing and the narrator delivered every line perfectly.

 

One of my favorite elements of the book were the side boxes (or asides as they manifested on the audiobook) that focused on specific elements, going more in depth into key facts. One I always looked forward to was a list of numbers comparing things like world population, city sizes, etc.

 

This is a must reread and I'll probably end up getting it from Audible. Hopefully, their American History is just as good.

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review 2015-03-13 22:29
Kamisama Kiss Vol 17 - Finally the next volume...and what a volume!!
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 17 - Julietta Suzuki

First let me say I love the cover for this book. All the people connected with the shrine, including Mikage (yeah!) are shown and perfectly in character.

 

 

*Fangirl squeal and gushing time*

 

Oh, I want to hug this book and never let it go. This is the volume readers have been waiting for since the first volume. Frankly, you could end the series here and not be too broke up about there. Though there are still questions that deserve answers. Thankfully, volume 18 is coming out in June.

 

I won't say what happens because literally everything is a spoiler in here. I will say it was better then I could have imagined. All Nanami's time travels come together and I can't wait to see this in the anime! (Surely they'll make it this far in the anime?!)

 

 

If you like Inuyasha, I highly recommend this. It's very much a shoujo version, though it definitely goes it's own way. And it doesn't take 20+ volumes to get anywhere. Funimation's dub and distribution of the anime is also extremely good.

 

I'm off to rewatch Season 1 right now!

 

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