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Mid-Year Check-in: My Reading Stats

Books, Comics and MangaKristina PinoComment

I talked about diversifying my reading and reading challenges and all of that, but now it's time to see how it's going with the walking. It's officially July, so I've tallied up the books I've read so far and checked out the vital stats. I've included: prose books, trade volumes (comics), graphic novels (also comics), and audiobooks in my count. I haven't been reading a lot-a lot, but that's what happens when work gets hectic and then you move (twice). Without further ado:

Total number of books: 22
Lady authors/creators: 16/22 (73%)
Authors/creators of color: 12/22 (55%)
Translated works: 10/22 (45%)
Works in Spanish: 0/5 (0% of my goal of 5)

I was getting a little worried, if I could be honest here, because I felt like my #fridayreads videos lately were looking pretty heavy on the white author dudes. But as it turns out, I've been well on track. Now, here are a few superlatives for you:

Most surprising: Four Nights With the Duke by Eloisa James. I didn't really know what to expect when I took a chance on romance, but I loved it.

Best find: Hellboy. Thanks to the local library, I just grabbed a bunch of random books and, surprise, surprise, I found something super rad.

Most Unputdownable: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger. I delayed and delayed listening to this book, because there's only one left after this one, but alas - I couldn't stop listening once I hit play. (my review)

The Quiet Read: When Marnie Was There by Joan Robinson

Voices That Stuck With Me Most: White Teeth by Zadie Smith (I read this in print, btw)

Right! These are my mid-year stats. I'm pretty happy with them, and I'm looking forward to keeping track of the rest of this year's reads. Let me know how you're doing if you're also tracking your reading goals.

Friday Things: 06/26 - Feeling the Sadness in Your Joy

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[Ahh, the weekend...]

Here's a look at 15 YA reads coming out next month. Some are intriguing - I may pick up a couple of them.

Great article by a new colleague of mine on Book Riot about the book Fangirl and how it impacted her life when things got tough. I have to agree - I love Levi in this story, and there's a commenter there who made an excellent point about how so many heroes are brooding, have some dark past, etc. while Levi is just.. Levi. Refreshing. Attractive.

7 Batman-inspired cocktails. I really want to try that Joker one.

Solid list of characteristics that'll make me want to follow an audiobook narrator's work (rather than the usual, following an author's work, etc). The only difference is I like little songs and diddies in between chapters, haha.

Why do all of Disney and Pixar's ladies have more or less the same face shape, while the men have hardcore face and nose shape diversity? Interesting and important criticism.

A look at what's going to go away from Netflix next month, as well as what'll be added.

This is a fantastic article about the movie Inside Out and the super important points it makes about sadness and joy. Fair warning though, it contains heavy spoilers for the film.

On Quirk Books: How to Plan Your Geeky Picnic.


[Have a wonderful weekend!]

Friday Things: 06/19 - Drawing Joy and The Secret Life of Pets

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[Summer is awesome~ summer is awesome~]

The Secret Life of Pets isn't out for another year, but it already looks like something I must watch. Also yeah, this is how you do a teaser trailer. Looking at you, Zootopia.

Super rad collection of illustrations of various Disney animals as humans, based on factors like location and time, and it's lovely and diverse.

A little boy left his Hobbes plushie at an airport, and they were super cute about it.

I love the idea of a preschool combined with a home for the elderly.

Adult coloring books are my jam right now... I might have to grab that Skottie Young one, because I love his art.

How to draw Joy from Inside Out.

Love these photos of an artist interacting with some super realistic dog illustrations.

In case you need some affirmations and stuff for your life, here are some Disney inspirations "for your twenties."

There's a cool video series a dad is doing based on his conversations with his toddler daughter. He (a grown man) acts as her and a pal acts as him, and they recreate these conversations.

On Quirk Books: The Magical Art of Moving With Too Many Books.

On Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 36.

And to round things off, here's a trailer for The Martian! So excited!

Cool toys I saw this week

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I'm not sure whether this will be a regular thing, but there were some cool toy things that went up this week that I wanted to kind of gush about.

First it's gonna be Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Alfred Pennyworth. More than anything, I'm just really happy this exists. It's a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, but there are orders up at Koto's online shop for non-attendees, too. I have some personal theories about Alfred and how he's a total badass, but I'll take the standard butler look for the statue, and I love the skeptical look on his face. Alfred ships out next month (or you can pick one up at SDCC).

Next is Mondo's First Hellboy statue, which comes in two versions. There's the black and white ink version, and the red colorway, based on the first sketch of the character. I really love the way the illustration translated into 3D, and it looks like these folks did some great work here. I've only just recently started reading Hellboy and learning about the character, so it's pretty nice timing to see such a rad statue in the works.

And last, but not least, it's a July release for Funko, who are actually dishing out loads of cool-looking figures these days. But I'm specifically looking at their World of Pop! Olaf. He's just too adorable. Seriously, the best thing that came out of Frozen was Olaf.

Yeah, I just wanted to talk about those figures. For 2/3 of those, it's the second time since I posted about them on Tomopop. Enjoy!

Unpacking

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I'm finally settled into my new place and I'm making space for and accommodating all my beloved figures and statues among my books. Some of the stuff I'm unboxing right now has never seen the light of day, either because of the cramped situation at my previous apartment, or because I acquired it while I was living abroad, or because I didn't have space for it at my parents' house before that. So they were sitting in their boxes in a closet, poor things.

As a result, I'm rediscovering my love for figures I've definitely taken out to take pictures and review and all that, but then sadly had to return to their boxes, as well as figures I've never even looked at outside of their packaging at all. I'll probably be uploading some galleries here and/or on Tomopop soon, because I've got the time and energy for it now. Also, my shelves are looking gorgeous, and they make me happy.

Friday Things: 06/05 - Balloon art and a TANGLED animated series

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[Welcome to another week of links I saw and did around the net. I also realize that lately this is the only thing I'm posting on my blog. That'll change soon. Promise!]

The first teaser trailer for The Good Dinosaur is out! This looks like it'll be fun.

Super cool balloon art by Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto. They're so detailed and amazing.

"We live in a culture that produces girls’ tops with narrower shoulder straps than boys’ tops, girls’ shorts that expose more leg than boys’ shorts, and then shames girls for wearing the clothes that are sold to them. We live in a culture that tells boys it’s OK to shed clothing in the heat in order to be more comfortable, but tells girls that their comfort is secondary to how others perceive them." I couldn't agree more.

"When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy." Amazing.

On Panels: "What the Flark? With GROOT, Less is More" (I take a look at Groot #1)

Wondering why Rapunzel has blonde long hair in this one promo image for the new Tangled series is making my head hurt. Especially when it states right in the article that it takes place after the film and before Tangled Ever After. Just... what?

Jon Stewart makes some smart points about Caitlyn Jenner's transitions (I pluralized on purpose there).

On Panels: Comics Fetish: Volume 34 (it was my turn again this week!)

I'll round things off here with this week's Friday Reads. What are you reading?

Friday Things: 05/28 - Grotesque ladies with power and clearing up misunderstandings

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[Welcome to another week of stuff I saw and did around the internet. Enjoy!]

A thoughtful article about how (or why) Elizabeth I ends up being depicted as grotesque. Why, indeed? This isn't universal, of course. Meryl Streep didn't get this treatment after all. Well, not really. But it's an interesting thought.

On Panels: 12 rad comics artists to follow on Instagram. I might do a sequel to this one - really enjoy featuring cool art.

Cool Disney-inspired nail art roundup. I wish I had the patience for all this.

How to draw Fred from Big Hero 6.

Here's a cute article about the awesomeness that is Jillian Tamaki.

Great infograph/resource for folks who freelance and struggle with figuring out how much they should charge per hour.

Good read about misunderstandings and the way we communicate our feelings and intentions.

I'll wrap this up today with this week's #fridayreads video.

[Have a great weekend/week!]

Friday Things: 05/22 - One-Handed Piano Serenades and Manga for YA Fans

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[Oh hey, the Friday Things column is.. back?! Maybe. I think so. Okay here are my links for this week!]

Here's a look at Inside Out-specific kanji created by Sisyu, a Japanese calligraphy artist. I love the way she applied different emotions to her strokes for their names.

How long and far did Frodo and Sam actually walk? Cool look at that, if you're into these things.

Apparently there's music composed for one hand with small children in mind, so you can hold your baby with one arm and play with the other until they fall asleep. Genius. And pretty!

I had never given it any thought, but there is a reason why baby Groot freezes mid-dance whenever Drax turns his head in the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Japanese A Song of Ice and Fire book covers are gorgeous.

Take a tough Would You Rather quiz for book nerds.

Here's a cool recommendation list for folks who like YA and want to get into some manga. I've added a few titles to my TBR with this.

On Panels: this week's Comics Fetish was my turn, check it out.

[See ya next week!]

Oh em gee - I'm back! A look at what I'm reading and watching

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After an extended, way too long break, I'm back and ready to rock. The Reading Challenge is back on, and of course I'll be blogging as usual about my other reads and what I'm seeing around. I'm also watching more anime recently, so I'll probably blog my thoughts about that here, too. 

Here's a quick update on what I'm reading, watching, etc.:

Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen - I've been reading this book for what seems like forever, because I'm in the middle of a hardcore reading slump. Moving/vacation/reuniting with friends and family will do that, I guess? But I want to finish it by this weekend. (library)

Boys Over Flowers (first few volumes) by Yoko Kamio. This series is kind of a shoujo manga classic, and I've just never looked into it. Changing that! (library)

Last Stand of the Wreckers by Nick Roche, James Roberts, Guido Guidi, and others. I've never read any Transformers-related comics, and this was the book my pals suggested I start with. I've got a whole reading pathway lined up that I'll be slowly working through. (borrowed)

Nisekoi (anime). I started reading the manga a while back, and I had thought it was rather fun and funny, so instead of hunting it down to keep reading, I'm giving it a watch. (Crunchyroll)

I've polled Twitter on what other anime I should watch, and so far the list looks like Attack on Titan, Shingeki no Bahamut, Durarara!!, Mawaru Penguindrum, and... more. If you have suggestions of your own, I'm trying to keep it within the last ~5 years, and I'm also avoiding horror. Have any for me? Let me have 'em in the comments!

Thanks for sticking around.

2015 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: Task 5 - FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James

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As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain...he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.

Romance is one of those genres I have never really read into or tried for myself, so picking a book for this task was as simple as grabbing the first title I'd heard of (because of author/book buzz) when I was at a book store. At the time of writing this post, I'm actually three chapters in, and I'm already rather liking it! If this is the book that gets me "into" romance as a reading genre, then I'll have opened up a whole huge world of book options for myself. And really, that's the point of the challenge.

Of course, in case it wasn't clear, this book fulfills the romance task of the Read Harder Challenge.