marineko: (bookish)
BOOKS BOUGHT
The Disenchantments, Nina LaCour
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg

BOOKS READ
The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein
A Tale of Time City, Diana Wynne Jones
Archer's Goon, Diana Wynne Jones
The Theory of Everything, Kari Luna
♥ 雨ニモマケズ, 賢治, 宮沢
45 Pounds (More or Less), K.A. Barson
Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, emily m. danforth
The Melancholy of Mechagirl, Catherynne M. Valente
The Disenchantments, Nina LaCour
The Girl Under the Bed, Dave Chua
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
A Really Awesome Mess, Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin
marineko: (bookish)
BOUGHT
Talk, Kathe Koja
♥ 自由に遊ぶDIYの本づくり リトルプレス! Zine! フリーペーパー!, 石川理恵
With or Without You, Brian Farrey
At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson
Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop, Michael Bourdaghs
Quiet, Susan Cain

MAGAZINES BOUGHT
Liniere October 2012

BOOKS BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
The Witness, Nora Roberts
Around the World in 80 Gardens, Monty Don
Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!), George Lois
Matilda's Cat, Emily Gravett

BOOKS READ
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth, Emily Haynes & Patel
Skip Beat! (29), Nakamura Yoshiki
The Manhattan Projects Vol. 1, Jonathan Hickman
My Most Excellent Year, Steve Kluger
The Insomniacs, Karina Wolf
Pink, Lili Wilkinson
Kimi ni Todoke (1), Shiina Karuho
Kimi ni Todoke (2), Shiina Karuho
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjanmin Alire Saenz
Kimi ni Todoke (3), Shiina Karuho
Kimi ni Todoke (4), Shiina Karuho
Kimi ni Todoke (5), Shiina Karuho
Just My Luck, Matsumoto Temari
Kimi ni Todoke (6), Shiina Karuho
Kimi ni Todoke (7), Shiina Karuho
Kimi ni Todoke (8), Shiina Karuho
The Difference Between You and Me, Madeleine George
Talk, Kathe Koja
Bait, Alex Sanchez
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead, Julie Anne Peters
Fake Fur, Yamagata Satomi
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Boot and Shoe, Marla Frazee
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BOOKS BOUGHT
Tekkon Kinkreet, Matsumoto Taiyou
Steampunk, Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
To Be Mona, Kelly Easton
Forest Born, Shannon Hale
Mechademia Volume 1
♥ 夏目友人帳 (14), 緑川 ゆき
♥ 悪魔とラブソング (6), 桃森ミヨシ

BOOKS READ
Skip Beat! (28), Nakamura Yoshiki
Durarara!! x3, Narita Ryohgo
♥ 夏目友人帳 (14), 緑川 ゆき
A Devil and Her Love Song (5), Tomori Miyoshi
Durarara!! x2, Narita Ryohgo
A Devil and Her Love Song (4), Tomori Miyoshi
A Devil and Her Love Song (3), Tomori Miyoshi
Blade of the Immortal (25), Samura Hiroaki
Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle
A Devil and Her Love Song (2), Tomori Miyoshi
Astonishing X-Men: Northstar, Marjorie Liu, et al
Durarara!! x1, Narita Ryohgo
A Devil and Her Love Song (1), Tomori Miyoshi
marineko: (bookish)
BOOKS BOUGHT
Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
Partials, Dan Wells
Wither, Lauren deStefano
Fever, Lauren deStefano
Roses & Bones, Francesca Lia Block
Blood Roses, Francesca Lia Block
How to (Un)Cage a Girl, Francesca Lia Block
Sweethearts, Sara Zarr
Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Wendelin Van Draanen
Godless, Pete Hautman
Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare
Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card
The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (second copy)
Going Bovine, Libba Bray
Among the Dead Cities, A.C. Grayling

MAGAZINES BOUGHT
Liniere July 2012
Liniere August 2012
Hanako (Arashi)
Myojo (Arashi)
Oristar (Arashi)

BOOKS BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
A World Without Islam, Graham E. Fuller
Big Fat Manifesto, Susan Vaught
How to Ditch Your Fairy, Justine Larbalestier
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
♥ Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton
Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss

BOOKS READ
Feminist Ryan Gosling, Danielle Henderson
Partials, Dan Wells
♥ 深夜食堂 5 by 夜郎, 安倍 夜郎
The Girl With Borrowed Wings, Rinsai Rossetti
Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu
Melted Love, Takumi You
Glass Sky, Yamada Yugi
The Fallback Plan, Leigh Stein
Animal Masquerade, Marianne Dubuc
The Eyes of the Cat, Moebius
Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
Cats Are Weird and More Observations, Jeffrey Brown
Natsume Yuujincho (13), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (12), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (11), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (10), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (9), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (8), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (7), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (6), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (5), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (4), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (3), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (2), Midorikawa Yuki
Natsume Yuujincho (1), Midorikawa Yuki
Lulu and the Brontosaurus, Judith Viorst
marineko: (bookish)
BOOKS BOUGHT
♥ none :)

MAGAZINES BOUGHT
anan (Ohno Satoshi)
TV Life (Ninomiya Kazunari)
TV Pia (Ninomiya Kazunari)

BOOKS RECEIVED
Between the Lines, Jodi Picoult
Past the Shallows, Favel Parrett

BOOKS BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
The Selection, Kiera Cass
On the Slow Train, Michael Williams
Foxly's Feast, Owen Davey
When Martha's Away, Bruce Ingman
How to be an Explorer of the World, Keri Smith

BOOKS READ
The Drops of God (4), Tadashi Agi & Okumura Shu
Skip Beat! Vols 4-6 (Omnibus), Nakamura Yoshiki
The Future is Japanese, Haikasoru editors
Seven, Tenzen Momoko
Skip Beat! Vols 1-3 (Omnibus), Nakamura Yoshiki
Enchanted, Alethea Kontis
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce
The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
Irregulars, Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Astrid
Amara & Ginn Hale
The Haunting of Granite Falls, Eva Ibbotson
Baby's in Black, Arne Bellstorf
A Scholar of Magics, Caroline Stevermer
Foxly's Feast, Owen Davey
Pride & Prejudice: A Counting Primer, Jennifer Adams
Alice in Wonderland: A Colors Primer, Jennifer Adams
Jane Eyre, Jennifer Adams
Romeo & Juliet, Jennifer Adams
Hans My Hedgehog, Grimm Brothers
The Cloud Spinner, Michael Catchpool
Library Mouse, Daniel Kirk
Neville, Norton Juster
marineko: (bookish)
BOOKS BOUGHT
Morning Glories Deluxe Collection Volume 1, Nick Spencer, et al
The Superman Chronicles Volume 2, Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
Caged Slave, Yuiko Takamura
Sleeping With Money, Barbara Katagiri
Only the Ring Finger Knows Vol. 1, Satoru Kannagi & Hotaru Odagiri
Only the Ring Finger Knows Vol. 2, Satoru Kannagi & Hotaru Odagiri
Eternal Love, Mizumi Takaoka
A Promise of Romance, Kyoko Akitsu
The Man Who Doesn't Take Off His Clothes 2, Narise Konohara & Yuki Shimizu
Sweet Admiration, Yuuki Kousaka
Like A Love Comedy, Aki Morimoto
Shout Out Loud! (1), Satosumi Takaguchi
I Want to be Naughty, Mei Sakuraga
Tales Out of Season, Shinobu Gotoh
Weekend Lovers, Kiriko Fuwa
Shinobu Kokoro, Temari Matsumoto
The Crimson Spell (2), Ayano Yamane
Voice Or Noise, Yamimaru Enjin
Yebisu Celebrities, Kaoru IWamoto
Saihoshi (2), Kosen
I Shall Never Return (1), Kazuna Uchida
I Shall Never REturn (3), Kazuna Uchida
Pet On Duty, Nase Yamato
A Strange and Mystifying Story (1), Tsuta Suzuki
Seven, Momoko Tenzen
Love Recipe (1), Kirico Higashizato
Love Recipe (2), Kirico Higashizato
Manic Love, Satomi Yamagata
Thirsty for Love, Yukine Honami & Satosumi Takaguchi
Glass Sky, Yugi Yamada
Happiness Recommended, Souya Himawari
Love Control, Ai Hasukawa
Takumi-kun Series 1: June Pride, Shinobu Gotoh & Kazumi Ohya
Your Honest Deceit, Sakufu Ajimine
Sensitive Pornograph, Ashika Sakura
The Sky Over My Spectacles, Mio Tennohji
Love Bus Stop, Ritsu Natsumizu
Hard Rock, Akane Abe
Gentle Cage, You Shiizaki
Love Alpha, Takashi Kanzaki
Restart, Shouko Hidaka
Feverish, Takaaki Kusaka
Sugar Milk, Jaryu Dokuro
Rin! (1), Satoru Kannagi & Yukine Honami
Hot Limit, Akira Kanbe & Minori Shima
Hot Steamy Glasses, Tatsumi Kaiya
Fake Fur, Satomi Yamagata
Selfish Mr. Mermaid, Nabako Kamo
Love Lesson, Hanae Sakazaki
Love Circumstances, Aco Oumi
The First Stage of Love, Kazuhiko Mishima
Immoral Darkness, Miyu Matsuda & Yukariko Jissohji
Allure, Yuri Ebihara
The President's Time, Tamaki Kirishima
Constellations in My Palm, Chisako Sakuragi
Solfege, Yoshinaga Fumi
Gorgeous Carat Galaxy, You Higuri
Love Training, Tatsumi Kaiya
Because I'm A Boy!, Asia Watanabe
Just My Luck, Temari Matsumoto
Our Kingdom (4), Nazuki Koujima
Our Kingdom (5), Nazuki Koujima
Necratoholic, Maguro Wasabi
Not Enough Time, Shoko Hidaka
Melted Love, You Takami
Malinky Robot, Sonny Liew
Beautiful Chaos, Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia
I Am Muslim, Dina Zaman
Swan Sister, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Irregulars, Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara & Ginn Hale
Reflections, Diana Wynne Jones
The Time of the Ghost, Diana Wynne Jones
Fire & Hemlock, Diana Wynne Jones (new Firebird ed, with introduction by Garth Nix)
Changeling, Delia Sherman
When the Beast Ravens, E. Rose Sabin
1Q84 3-volume boxed set, Murakami Haruki

MAGAZINES BOUGHT
H April 2012 (Arashi)
anan no.1800 (Aiba Masaki)
TV Guide 5/12 - 5/18 (Sakurai Sho)
Weekly the Television 5/12 - 5/18 (Sakurai Sho)
Liniere May 2012
Liniere June 2012

BOOKS BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
Sleeping With Money, Barbara Katagiri
Weekend Lovers, Kiriko Fuwa
King of Debt, Rokuya Sanae

BOOKS RECEIVED
BRZK, Michael Grant
Cool Diary, Malcolm Mejin
Mouse Guard (FCBD)

BOOKS READ
College of Magics, Caroline Stevermer
Kailash!, Quek Sue Yian & Khairul Azmir Shoib
Sereni and Shentel, Made in Borneo
The Compleat Terminal City, Dean Motter & Michael Lark
The Drops of God (3), Tadashi Agi & Shu Okimoto
Corambis, Sarah Monette
Babe in Boyland, Jody Gehrman
Little One Step, Simon James
The Mirador, Sarah Monette
Ichiro, Ryan Inzana
Love Circumstances, Aco Oumi
The First Stage of Love, Kazuhiko Mishima
Love Control, Ai Hasukawa
Hard Rock, Akane Abe
Pet On Duty, Nase Yamato
I Want to be Naughty, Mei Sakuraga
Yebisu Celebrities, Kaoru IWamoto
Weekend Lovers, Kiriko Fuwa

CURRENTLY READING
Reimagining Japan, McKinsey & Company (Breakfast/Dinner reading)
Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway, Nick Mansfield (bus/train reading)
A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature, Garry Hagberg (weekend reading)
Scholar of Magics, Caroline Stevermer (lunch, or morning reading before work starts)
...and a few books I'm reading at work, for work ;)

Also, a note - yes, I did spend way more than I could afford on books this month, BUT really more than 50% of the books in the "books bought" category were bought for RM1 each during the Kinokuniya Value Buy ^^;
marineko: (bookish)
BOOKS BOUGHT
Tangle XY, edited by Nicole Kimberling
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling
The Difference Between You and Me, Madeleine George
The Legend of Eli Monpress, Rachel Aaron
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell
Melusine, Sarah Monette
The Virtu, Sarah Monette
Mirador, Sarah Monette
Corambis, Sarah Monette
Black Heart, Holly Black
Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Darkness, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


MAGAZINES BOUGHT
♥ none

BOOKS BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord (for Daphne, birthday present)

BOOKS RECEIVED
Mythologies: Complete Edition with New Translation, Roland Barthes

BOOKS READ
Little One Step, Simon James
The Virtu, Sarah Monette
Critical Theory Today, Lois Tyson
Melusine, Sarah Monette
Tangle XY, Nicole Kimberling (ed.)
Practices of Looking, Marita Sturken
Black Heart, Holly Black
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell
Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling
Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
More, I.C. Springman
marineko: (bookish)
BOOKS BOUGHT
The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook
Heart of Steel, Meljean Brook
The Nightingale, Kara Dalkey
The Secret Country, Pamela Dean
The Hidden Land, Pamela Dean
Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!), George Lois

MAGAZINES BOUGHT
♥ TV Pia (Matsumoto Jun)
♥ Weekly the Television (Matsumoto Jun)
♥ Ray (International edition, Matsumoto Jun)
♥ Weekly the Television (Ohno Satoshi)
♥ TV Guide (Aiba Masaki)
♥ TV Life (Arashi)
♥ Liniere April 2012

BOOKS BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
The Bone Key, Sarah Monette
The White Pearl, Kate Furnivall

BOOKS RECEIVED
The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, Kim Izzo
The Hunt, Andy Fukuda
#crapdates, Rhodri Marsden

BOOKS READ
Sora and the Cloud, Felicia Hoshino
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, Melissa Jensen
Monstress, Lysley Tenorio
Warped, Maurissa Guibord
Soulless 1, Gail Carriger & REM
The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook
Somewhere Beneath Those Waves, Sarah Monette
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Oh yay more magazines, from my TypePad )

March's Books, from LJ/Blogspot )

This DW was supposed to be a kind of replacement for Typepad and a place to post backups of my fics, but I like it here so much that it's becoming a second place where I just cross-post everything :p So it's really more of an LJ-replacement, since I post stuff here that I don't even post on LJ these days >_>

Anyway, the Sarah Monette thing. After The Bone Key I read Somewhere Beneath Those Waves and I'm really in love with her writing (it inspired the last Juntoshi I wrote, although a few other books and a movie went into that fic too). I really want to read her Doctrine of Labyrinths series, but they're out of print, so I kinda begged Kit to help me order them through AbeBooks, and now I can't wait for them to arrive. Once I'm done with those I'll get started on her collaboration with Elizabeth Bear, although book 1 and 2 were published so far apart from each other that I'm scared to get into that particular trilogy until the third book is out. I don't want it to be like Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief books, where it's a long, long, long wait for the next one to be out. (The gap between book two and three was, what, five/six years?)

So. I'm kind of obsessed with Sarah Monette right now, in that where has she been all my life?? kind of way. I bought a second copy of The Bone Key to give to Kit. I think for Daphne's birthday this month I'll get her Somewhere Beneath Those Waves.

I'm trying to slowly flatten my "misery tower" (or tower of misery), which is what I call the stack of books piling on my office desk waiting to be bought. Since I'm going to be really, really broke (dental surgery. my insurance covers it not.) I had to put back all the gender studies books that I had wanted for the paper I was planning to write (now I'm even thinking of withdrawing from my course, I need the extra time to take on part-time jobs) and I kept only the books I couldn't put back in the sales floor, which were either personal orders or signed copies:

+ Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia's caster chronicles - three books.(I've read them when I was in Singapore, courtesy of their awesome, awesome library. Got copies signed when M. Stohl came to the store, but have yet to buy them.)

+ BokuImo photo book. (personal order)

+ Majou no Takkyubin, children's book. (personal order)

+ Shannon Hale's Forest Born, special edition. (With Allison Jay illustrated covers. personal order.)

+ Nihon Rettou photo book. (personal order.)

+ Sonny Liew's Malinky Robot. (It was buried under a stack of catalogues and I forgot to buy it when I was supposed to. Signed copy.)

I have to get these all by the end of May. What makes it difficult is that April's our anniversary promotion, and so many books I want, including Roland Barthes' Mythologies, will be 25% off. (T_T)

marineko: (bookish)
"Home. The word might still have air quotes around it, but half of Karou’s life had been chopped off, and the other half — the normal half — was in Prague. Her tiny flat with its rows and rows of sketchbooks; Zuzana and marionettes; school, easels, naked old men with feather boas; Poison Kitchen, statues in gas masks, bowls of goulash steaming on coffin lids; even her jackass of an ex-boyfriend lurking around corners dressed like a vampire."
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor


I've heard nothing but good things about Laini Taylor's Silksinger and Blackbringer. I never really picked up the books because I wasn't too keen on the covers - I'm the sort of reader who wouldn't buy a book, however good it is, if I didn't like the cover. I even stopped reading Westerfeld's steampunk books because the Behemoth cover didn't match my Leviathan hardcover. Back to Laini Taylor - by the time I finally decided to get over the cover thing and get the books anyway, one of them had gone out of print. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the books on Kinokuniya (KL)'s Christmas list, and one of the ones I wanted the most. Amanda ended up getting me a copy for Christmas (we exchanged presents early).

I liked this book a lot - in fact for the first part of the book I hated having to put it down, and can't seem to shut up about it. Karou is an interesting protagonist, and I liked her from the get-go. She's definitely a change from the typical Twilighty female characters in a lot of the paranormal YA fiction now. The mystery of her also hooked me - she doesn't reveal anything about herself, letting the reader see bits and pieces, like little flashes from a surreal dream, every now and then. She has an ex-boyfriend who stalks her. She has a best friend who seems like an awesome person to know. She's an art student, who fills up her sketchbooks with what others think are fantasy drawings, except that they're not. Because she was raised by chimaera, human-animal hybrids from another world - creatures that we would probably call monsters.

This novel is dark, and the premise is interesting. The introduction to Karou's life takes up the first 80 pages or so, and it hooked me. I wouldn't have minded if the story was just about her, and Brimstone the wish-monger (who raised her), and the workshop. I wouldn't have minded if the story went deeper into her childhood, and what it was like being raised by the chimaera. But at the heart of it, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a teen paranormal romance, and that's where it temporarily lost me.

I'm not really a genre snob - at least, I try not to be. I actually like romance novels, and have even read and enjoyed the Twilight saga, despite being seriously disturbed about the whole stalker/pedophilia thing. But I'm oh so tired of stories about "true love" and "soul mates", okay. And this is exactly that kind of romance novel. Enter Akiva, who besides being an Angel and Karou's "one true love", I don't really find at all fascinating. He's a typical dark, broody hero type, and here's the catch - the Angels and the chimaera (demons) are at war. They always had been. Which pretty much makes Karou the enemy. Still, because of reasons unknown, he can't seem to kill her, and then she can't seem to kill him, and... yeah. Maybe it's not exactly Bella/Edward, but I definitely see a Buffy/Angel thing going on here.

Still, I loved this book. I liked Karou that much - that I continued reading through it even after Akiva makes an appearance. And she's still an awesome heroine, to me. And I actually liked the way Laini Taylor dealt with the Angel/Demon mythology, very much. It made me almost forgive the whole "soulmate" thing; almost, because the fact that the love story takes up so much of the plot meant that I can't recommend it to everyone. Just the ones who wouldn't mind. ^^;

It still is one of my favourite reads of the year, probably, because it's an interesting dark fantasy, it's beautifully written, it's got a heroine I absolutely love, it's got excellent world-building, and it's really very hard to put down. BUT I really wish that impossibly beautiful characters would just stop falling in love at first sight (and maybe, uhm, not be impossibly beautiful? I mean I get that Akiva's an angel, but...) and it'd be nice if the ending's not such a cliffhanger, or if the second book is already coming out.

I gave this 4 stars out of 5 on GoodReads (^_^)

NOTE: Cross-posted in my blogspot, and the Kinokuniya KL Blog. Really I wanted to start writing in my blogspot again, which is why I wrote this, but I also didn't want to end up abandoning LJ (as I tend to do once I start on blogspot), so I'm cross-posting. And the Kino blog crosspost is because I haven't been updating it ever since we started the Kino Tumblr, so I figured, why not. ^^;

marineko: (bookish)
BOUGHT
♥ マイガール 2 by 佐原 ミズ
Black Thorn, White Rose edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Elsewhere by Gabriel Zevin
How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (hardcover)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (hardcover)
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
After by Amy Efaw
Whip It by Shauna Cross
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation by Gregory Maguire
Tramps Like Us (13) by Yayoi Ogawa
Tramps Like Us (14) by Yayoi Ogawa
Antique Bakery (2) by Fumi Yoshinaga
Antique Bakery (3) by Fumi Yoshinaga
♥ 君のために嵐がいる!!―2011年ワクワク学校&ツアー速報 (photo book)
♥ さらい屋五葉 5 by オノ・ナツメ
♥ さらい屋五葉 6 by オノ・ナツメ
Kaibutsu-kun Movie Box/Book (photo book)
The Chomsky-Foucault Debate On Human Nature by Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault
Orientalism by Edward Said

MAGAZINES BOUGHT
MUSICA Oct 2011 (BUMP OF CHICKEN)
rockin' on JAPAN Oct 2011 (Fujiwara Motoo)
MORE Dec 2011 (Arashi)
TV Guide (Sakurai Sho)

BOUGHT FOR OTHERS/GIVEN AWAY
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (paperback)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (paperback)
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (paperback)
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Tramps Like Us (3) by Yayoi Ogawa
Tramps Like Us (7) by Yayoi Ogawa

RECEIVED
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal
Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Introducing Cultural Studies by Brian Longhurst, et al
Black Swan, White Raven, edited by Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow

READ
The Chomsky-Foucault Debate On Human Nature by Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal
House of Five Leaves (4) by Natsume Ono
♥ 謎解きはディナーのあとで by 東川 篤哉
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
♥ マイガール 2 by 佐原 ミズ
This Plus That by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
Slinky Malinki Catflaps by Lynley Dodds
Looking for the Lost by Alan Booth

May's Books

Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:35 am
marineko: (bookish)
BOUGHT
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Among Others by Jo Walton
♥ 鉄コン筋クリートAll in One by 松本 大洋
♥ ハチミツとクローバー 6 by 羽海野 チカ
♥ ハチミツとクローバー 8 by 羽海野 チカ
♥ バーテンダー 3 by 長友 健篩 & 城 アラキ
♥ バーテンダー 9 by 長友 健篩 & 城 アラキ
♥ GANTZ 2 by 奥 浩哉
♥ GANTZ 3 by 奥 浩哉
♥ GANTZ 4 by 奥 浩哉
♥ GANTZ 5 by 奥 浩哉
♥ GANTZ 6 by 奥 浩哉
♥ GANTZ 7 by 奥 浩哉
♥ GANTZ 8 by 奥 浩哉
Teeth edited by Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Nothing by Janne Teller
You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
♥ 桜蘭高校ホスト部 16 by 葉鳥 ビスコ
♥ 桜蘭高校ホスト部 17 by 葉鳥 ビスコ
♥ 桜蘭高校ホスト部 18 by 葉鳥 ビスコ
 
MAGAZINES BOUGHT
♥ TV Pia 5·29
♥ Non-no July 2011

BOUGHT FOR OTHERS / GIVEN AWAY
Among Others by Jo Walton

RECEIVED
Killing the Messenger by Herbert N. Foerstel

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

The Return by K.S. Maniam

Green Is the Colour by Lloyd Fernando
Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential by Brian Ashcraft with Shoko Ueda
The Otaku Encyclopedia by Patrick W. Galbraith
Ninja Attack! True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt
Seppuku: a History of Samurai Suicide by Andrew Rankin
The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing... by Nicholas Carr
Zeus King of the Gods by George O'Connor
The Secret of Noh Masks by Michishige Udaka
Simply Japanese by Yoko Arimoto
Izakaya by Mark Robinson
The New Kimono by Nanao Magazine
Where Is the Justice? by Hiromasa Ezoe
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marineko: (bookish)
"I never told anyone about this nightly habit. I was sure my parents would send me to a shrink if they knew, and the shrink would institutionalize me or drug me or give me shock therapy or at least make me visit him five days a week. They wouldn't understand. I didn't want to die. I just found death soothing to think about." - How To Say Goodbye in Robot, Natalie Standiford


I have a long, long list of good YA books in my TBR pile and was overwhelmed when it came to making a decision of which to read first. I settled on How To Say Goodbye in Robot not because it was the one I wanted to read the most, but because I wanted to save Will Grayson, Will Grayson for when I really need it, and I know starting on any of the David Levithans I have would make me want to read nothing but more David Levithans, and the same goes for Rachel Cohn. I've never read Natalie Standiford, and I only got How To Say Goodbye in Robot because of the quirky title and interesting synopsis, and to tell the truth it was mostly out of impulse. So I thought it'd be a good place to start - I would be able to immediately jump into the next book after I'm done.

Instead, this book turned out to be one of the most important reads I've had in a long time. I'm not saying it'll be the same for everyone, because it's one of those books that touched me very personally, like Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, John Green's Looking for Alaska, Daniel Clowe's Ghost World and Rachel Cohn & David Levithan's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Because of how much this book affected me, though, I'm not sure if I can be coherent enough to even write about it. But I have to try.

The story is about Beatrice (nicknamed "Robot Girl" on her favourite radio talk show), whose family moved a lot because of her dad's job, and the strange friendship she had struck with Jonah ("Ghost Boy"), a boy in her new school. They were definitely more than friends, but the relationship wasn't a romantic one. I really don't want to write more of the story than this, because I think this is one of those books that is best to read without knowing too much about it. (Well, that's how I prefer most of my non-fantasy YA, anyway.)

Having described myself as a "Ghost Girl" for the longest time, having experienced a similar friendship (that even ended up in almost the same way as Bea & Jonas's did), and having been to six schools in twelve years, I related to both Beatrice and Jonah. But I won't get into that in this post; instead, I'll write about other things I like about this book. I liked the radio show that Bea & Jonas listen to at night - the idea that a group of people could communicate and relate to each other, and become sort of like a family, over the radio, really appealed to me. I liked that the other kids at Bea & Jonah's school weren't portrayed as bad, exactly. They just didn't see things the same way Bea & Jonah did. I liked that it's about a platonic relationship, and how that could be just as complicated and intense (maybe even more complicated and intense) as a romantic one. I like Bea's mother. I like the slow way the characters change throughout the novel - both Bea and her mother end up as completely different people from who they were at the beginning of the book. I like the quirkiness of this novel - the idea that there are people from the future living in our time thread, the idea of people who are from different backgrounds connecting through a radio show, the idea of dressing up in costumes and taking photographs of yourselves. And the whole thing about disappearing, becoming a ghost person, that really got to me too, because it was something that I've carried with me all through high school and college.

It's one of the most endearing and heart-breaking books I've read in a long time. I don't think that everyone will feel the same way about it (after all, my reaction to it is mostly personal) but it won't stop me from recommending it!

Favourite Quotes:

"Is there or isn't there what? How do you define a boyfriend? If a boyfriend is the first person you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last face you see before you fall asleep, then I was in love with Jonah. But if a boyfriend had to involve physical chemistry and kissing and sex and stuff, then, no, he wasn't that."

"People think It's A Wonderful Life is a sappy movie, but they're wrong. It's sad. George Bailer is no saint. He's angry. He hates his family. He wants to travel the world and have adventures, but his family keeps stopping him. He even says to his wife, 'Why do we have to have all these kids?' People tell themselves George doesn't mean that, he's just upset at that moment. But he does mean it. Sure, he loves his wife and kids, in that helpless way people love their families. He's stuck with them, so he makes the best of a bad situation. He's a hero because he makes something good out of a life he doesn't want. I'd like to be able to do that. I hope it's something you can learn."
marineko: (bookish)
"If my antiquarian tastes caused me difficulties, another of my inclinations did worse. I, too, like Nobuko Yoshiya, have a natural disposition toward being an S. From kindergarten to grammar school, and up through junior high and high school, my schools were all co-ed, but I have not once felt a thing for the male sex. I was only ever interested in the fairer sex. Mine. But, alas, even when the same sex was stunning by all outward appearances, I never ceased to be disappointed when they started talking. I hadn't yet met the kind of person with whom I could have an S relationship - overflowing with the kind of gorgeous, evanescent romanticism you find in Yoshiya's novels. And physically, I couldn't stand boys. I mean, they were so foul! No matter how androgynous their look, once you peeled back a layer, you realized they were all coarse and crude and disgusting." - Missin' by Novala Takemoto


Oh wow. I really don't know what to say about these two books. Like Kamikaze Girls, it completely hooked me. It was like reading Francesca Lia Block for the first time. It was like turning back time and being me in high school again.

These books has really been like a rollercoaster ride, leaving me breathless and feeling a little bit out of place by the time I was done. The first book, Missin', is actually two stories in one. The first, "Little Shop Called the End of the World", is a love story between a shop keeper and a young girl who frequents his shop every day. The second, "Missin'", is a story about a teenager whose live changed after discovering a band called Cid Vicious, and fell in love with the vocalist. Both are stories about obsession, really, and how it could ruin you. They're both a lot darker than Kamikaze Girls, and reminded me a bit of Francesca Lia Block's The Hanged Man. The sequel, Missin' 2, is just as dark, but ends in a more positive note reminiscent of Kamikaze Girls. It continues with the story of Kasako, the narrator of the second story in the first book. I've got to get this in Japanese! (I've already read Missin' in the original, but for some reason Kino doesn't carry Missin' 2.)

I think one of the reasons I love these books so much was that it understood that almost crazy kind of obsession teen girls get into (that I have to admit, I sometimes still get into) - with fashion brands, with music, with finding a kindred and holding on no matter what. The synopsis on the back had this line that I like - "His characters struggle with being born in the wrong place, in the wrong time, and with the wrong feelings." Which was exactly how I felt in high school, and exactly why I could relate so easily to his characters.

[I'm sorry that this came out mostly as an aimless ramble. I never could be coherent with Novala Takemoto's work - my Kamikaze Girls review was the same.]
marineko: (bookish)
"Don't go for normal. Go for happy. Go for what you want it to be instead of settling for what is." - Are We There Yet? by David Levithan


Elijah is 16. Danny is 23. Elijah is mellow and dreamy. He always says please and thank you, he makes friends easily and has long conversations with strangers. Danny is serious and hardworking. He works non-stop (he's in advertising) and he spends more time with his co-workers than his friends and family. Elijah thinks that Danny is a sell-out. Danny thinks that Elijah is a slacker. Danny and Elijah are brothers, and they do not get along. In order to get the brothers to recapture a little of the affection they used to share as children, Danny and Elijah's parents send them on a trip to Italy. In Italy, they spend their time together rather awkwardly, until Elijah meets Julia and starts to spend more time with her. Separated from each other, both Danny and Elijah learns more about themselves and that they have both been isolating themselves from the people in their lives.

I enjoyed this novel more than Boy Meets Boy, although perhaps not as much as some of the stories in How They Met and Other Stories or Levithan's collaborations with Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List). I love Danny and Elijah, and could relate to both of them, which is kind of weird when you think of how different they are from each other. Unlike the other works by Levithan I've read, this was written in the third person and reads a lot like poetry at times. It mentions the difference between brothers and sisters several times, but Danny and Elijah's relationship does make me think of my own with my sister.

David Levithan is one of my favourite authors, so of course I think everyone should read this. However, if you're reading him for the first time, it's probably best to start either with Boy Meets Boy or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Or not. It doesn't matter, because everything I've read by him is amazing.

Sample quotes:

"Elijah rearranges his pillows and fits himself within the sheets. And as he does, he wonders. He wonders about goldfish asleep with their eyes open. He wonders about Italy, about his parents, about whether the stars will be brighter in Venice. He hears voices at a distance, the lively sound of voices from the common room. Like the spots of color whenever he closes his eyes. He closes his eyes. He thinks about what a wonderful friend Cal is. How lucky he is to have such friends, all of his friends. He is happy. He is almost empty with happiness."

"Elijah loves the conversation. Whatever conversation. The tentative first steps. The shyness. Wondering whether it's going to happen and where it will go. He hates surface talk. He wants to dive right through it. Because anyone he talks to seems to have something worthwhile to say."

"Sisters dress up to rehearse for what will really happen to them. But brothers, Elijah realises, are never rehearsing that way. They rehearse their own illusions. until reality takes a turn and they are asked to rehearse for other things. You go to school. You graduate. You sell snack cakes. You hang up your cape and put on a suit."

"Elijah feels giddiness and delight -- although he is now in Venice, he is still high on the anticipation of Venice. The trip has not settled yet. It hasn't officially begun."
marineko: (Default)
I read romance. I used to read romance indiscriminately, although I preferred the emo, dramatic stories of Judith McNaught and Penny Jordan. I still remember them fondly, and re-read them out of nostalgia, but really, after I read Nora Roberts I couldn't go back to anything else. I got picky, and by now the only new romance titles I read that are not by Nora Roberts are by Julia Quinn, and I like them for the same reasons. They write great characters.

I bought a couple of back issues of The New Yorker at the warehouse sale today, and in the June 22, 2009 issue there's this article about Nora Roberts in the Profiles section ("Real Romance" by Lauren Collins):

The idea that readers turn to romance to escape their drab, loveless lives is, in Roberts's opinion, a canard.... The engine of the genre, according to Roberts, is not escapism but identification. "For the kind of books I write, character is key," she said. "Character is plot. Make them accessible to the reader. They may be a billionaire or they may be half demon or they may be a gym teacher, but something about them has to relate so the reader can say, 'I understand them.'"


Smart-alecks make bad pupils but excellent students of human nature: Roberts is good at what she does not only because she is prolific but also because she can write zingy dialogue and portray scrappy but sincere characters. She is known for her particularly believable heroes - according to Wendell, "100% real dudes."


One of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite series by Roberts (the Quinn brothers trilogyquartet) was quoted in the article. This scene is from the first book in the quartet - the three elder Quinn brothers (Cameron, Ethan, Phillip) are taking their younger, "newly adopted" brother Seth to shop for shoes:
CAM: You can't buy decent socks for twenty these days.
ETHAN: You can if you don't have to have some fancy designer label on them. This ain't Paris.
CAM: You haven't bought decent shoes in ten years. And if you don't pull up that frigging seat, I'm going to-
PHILLIP: Cut it out! Cut it out right now or I swear I'm going to pull over and knock your heads together....I'll dump the bodies in the mall parking lot and drive to Mexico. I'll learn how to weave mats and sell them on the beach at Cozumel....I'll change my name to Raoul, and no one will know I was ever related to a bunch of fools.
SETH: Does he always talk like that?
CAM: Yeah, mostly. Sometimes he's going to be Pierre and live in a garret in Paris, but it's the same thing.
- Sea Swept, Nora Roberts
marineko: (bookish)
The problem exactly is that she dumped me. That I'm alone. Oh my God, I'm alone again. And not only that, but I'm a total failure in case you haven't noticed. I'm washed up. I'm former. Formerly the boyfriend of Katherine XIX. Formerly a prodigy. Formerly full of potential. Currently full of shit. - John Green, "An Abundance of Katherines"


Colin Singleton used to be a child prodigy, but worries that he would never be known as a genius. He is on a neverending search to understand (& memorise) everything, and his favourite thing to do is anagramming. He also has a thing for Katherines - he has dated and been dumped by nineteen Katherines at the beginning of the novel. To cheer him up, his best friend Hassan decides that the two of them should go on a road trip. Hassan is looking for adventure, and Colin is trying to complete his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability (which he hopes he would win a Nobel Peace Prize for), but things do not go as planned.The two of them ends up in Gutshot, Tennessee, where they meet Lindsey Lee and Hollis (Lindsey's mother) and ends up staying with them.

My favourite thing about An Abundance of Katherines, and John's Green story in the Let It Snow anthology, is the characters. If these stories are anything to go by, John Green excels at writing smart, believable teens. I wasn't a child prodigy, even though I started reading at the same age as Colin. So I don't know about being a prodigy. But I do know about being very different from the other kids at school and trying to find connections in everything and finding everything so very interesting and being told by other people, "Not interesting." And I related to Hassan, because I think I'm a non-doer myself, which is probably one of the reasons I'm so addicted to books. I especially appreciated Hassan's character because for the first time, I get to read about a Muslim character that I can actually relate to. Amal in Does My Head Look Big In This? (by Randa Abdel-Fattah) was just too good for me to believe, and Pash in Whip It (by Shauna Cross) doesn't seem to hold to any Islamic values at all. Hassan, on the other hand, seems more believable to me. There's this quote from him that I wanted to include but I can't seem to find it now. And I love the way he introduced himself as "not a terrorist." Haha.

The second thing I love about this book is the math. I love math. I sometimes say that I hate math, but I love it really. I just happen to be very bad at it, so sometimes it annoys me. I love how John Green includes math in the novel in a way that makes it interesting, beautiful, and still pretty easy to understand (the appendix is very helpful). I also love the anagrams and the useless trivia that Colin shares, which are not math, but are equally interesting.

This is the second work of John Green I've read (the first was a novella in Let It Snow, which is also really good) and I definitely will be getting more. I've already ordered a copy of Looking for Alaska (Kino doesn't have the version I want), and will be getting a copy of Paper Towns as soon as my budget says it's okay. (I have a LOT of books on reserve already, so I can't add more at the moment)

Here are some of my favourite quotes:

"Eventually, he found the bed too comfortable for his state of mind, so he lay down on his back, his legs sprawled across the carpet. He anagrammed "yrs forever" until he found one he liked: sorry fever. And then he lay there in his fever of sorry and repeated the now memorized note in his head and wanted do cry, but instead he only felt this aching behind his solar plexus. Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something. He kept thinking about one word - forever - and felt the burning ache just beneath his rib cage.
    It hurt like the worst ass-kicking he'd ever gotten. And he'd gotten plenty."

"Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back."

"What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?"

"Colin did not laugh. Instead he thought, Tampons have strings? Why? Of all the major human mysteries - God, the nature of the universe, etc. - he knew the least about tampons. To Colin, tampons were a little bit like grizzly bears: he was aware of their existence, but he'd never seen one in the wild, and didn't really care to."


EDIT: I just realised that really, the first John Green work I've read is the short story Freak the Geek from the anthology Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd. I loved it, which was why I borrowed [livejournal.com profile] ashkarya's copy of Let It Snow in the first place.

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