Just shared on my FB wall by a friend ... isn't it too cute?
Book shopping yesterday was an adventure. The power went out twice, both times while I was paying or about to pay. And it didn't just go out for the store I was in, but for several blocks. Traffic lights, everything.
But it all worked out in the end, unless you count the damage to my shelf space. I offloaded one bag of books and brought back three bags of books.
Anyway, here's the haul. It's lovely, even though I'm still debating where to put it all. I need to put together a library donation bag or two. (I have different criteria for donating rather than selling - the library I work at gets most of the manga I decide I don't want, for example. 99% of the library's manga collection used to belong to me.)
Aoharu x Machinegun vols. 1-3 - I read the first volume while eating a late lunch yesterday. This series starts off a little like Ouran High School Host Club, only with guns and the heroine never actually revealing that she's a girl.
Gravitation EX, Volume 01 - Maki Murakami - I want to do an "everything Gravitation" reread at some point.
Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 2: Yuhi - Yuu Watase - Filling in a gap in my collection. I think I'm only missing a couple volumes now.
Crown of Love, Vol. 2 - Yun Kouga - I really like Kouga's Loveless (which I think might be on hiatus?) but have never read any of the author's other works. I'd need to get volume 1, but that shouldn't be too hard.
Several other manga volumes to try out. Surprisingly, there are still Alice in the Country of volumes I haven't read. I wonder how close I am to finally being done?
Japanese light novels! I already know I like Baccano, and most of the rest are ones I'd like to try out.
And all the rest of these, except for Gil's All Fright Diner, are "I need to read more of the series first before I can touch this" books.
I bought a little more than I intended, but less than I could have when you consider how many product page tabs I originally had open. Most of these fill in gaps in my collection (and all are in English, despite their Japanese-language covers on Booklikes).
Gravitation: Voice of Temptation - Maki Murakami,Jun Lennon - Gravitation is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think I may have read this before, but I'm honestly not sure.
Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya - This is one of only two in the bunch that I have absolutely no familiarity with. One review said it was sweet and didn't have much in the way of explicit sex, so I decided to give it a shot.
Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 03 - Eiki Eiki and Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 04 - Eiki Eiki - I bought these more to complete my set than anything. The first volume showed a significant lack of connection to anything even vaguely resembling reality.
Sweet Admiration - Yuuki Kousaka,Midori Shena - This looks so familiar I could have sworn I'd either reviewed it or owned a copy I hadn't yet read, but it's not in my LibraryThing catalog. Crossing my fingers it isn't rapey.
Kanpai!: Volume 1 - Maki Murakami - Probably so-so, but I already own volume 2 for some reason.
The Good Witch of the West: The Secret Flower Garden - Noriko Ogiwara - Volume 1 was awkwardly translated, and Tokyopop never bothered to translate the series beyond volume 2, but I want to read this anyway. The description for volume 2 makes it sound like more my style than volume 1 was.
The past couple work weeks haven't been great. The first week was busy and exhausting, and the second week was stressful and exhausting. Since I had a day off I needed to either take or lose, I decided to do some book shopping therapy today.
I had intended to show some restraint and only get books by a few authors if I could find them. That plan was torpedoed when I came across a few excellent selections of Japanese light novels, as well as a bunch of James White's Sector General books (each less than $2! I wasn't sure which ones were in the omnibus e-books I owned, so I got them all). The "clearance" section also had some ridiculously cheap Antique Bakery volumes I didn't already own, which means that my collection is now only one volume away from being complete. I didn't list those below, but I feel that it's important to note that the covers are scratch 'n sniff, or at least used to be. They're old, and the scent has worn off. Sad.
Now I just have to hunker down and read. I haven't been doing a lot on my off time lately except sleeping, so both reviewing and reading have taken a bit of a hit lately. It never fails - I buy the most books when I'm least capable of sitting down and reading them.