The Wonders of Doujinshi

Zines are something that is slowly getting more popular. Whether you’re looking for fandom zines advertising on Twitter or Tumblr or the more traditional zines with unusual poetry and pictures, you can always find something for you. Zines themselves aren’t new, they’ve been around for many years, but in Japan, there’s been a particular form of manga that are essentially zines.

Doujinshi.

So today, I want to talk a little about doujinshi. I’m going to explain what it is for those who don’t know and just say why you should all think about getting some. Or, y’know, try drawing some if you’re into that.

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Book Review: How To Survive A Modern-Day Fairy Tale by Elle Cruz

Book Review: How To Survive A Modern-Day Fairy Tale by Elle Cruz

Before now, I haven’t really posted many, if any at all, negative reviews on this blog. If I DNF a book, I don’t really feel like I should review it. But when I’ve received a book as an ARC…I should probably still be talking about them.

How To Survive A Modern-Day Fairy Tale is a romance novel that sounded a lot of fun. It follows Claire, a Filipino-American bookworm who decorates cookies as a side hustle and likes to please her family. When she meets Nate, a handsome billionaire, she’s instantly attracted to him, and after he rushes her off to Paris, she has to try to figure out her way around their relationship.

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I Read A Yaoi Audiobook

I Read A Yaoi Audiobook

If you haven’t noticed now, I’m a massive anime/manga/game nerd. I’ve posted about josei mangalight novels, and I’ve even reviewed a few volumes. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten back into manga and games in a way that I haven’t been for years. I’ve never stopped enjoying it, but I did sort of fall out of it for a while. Even if my last few obsessions have been anime and games, my focus was only on the individual series. Not manga and games as a whole.

Once again, I’m desperate to visit Japan. It’s not something that I will be able to afford any time soon, so I’ve been watching videos of people living in Japan on YouTube instead. It has been a lot of fun, and one that I stumbled upon last night was a British voice actor living in Japan…producing an audiobook of a yaoi manga in a month. The manga was called You Are My Princess, and the project was pulled together by CDawgVA, which you can check out here.

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Fae Book Recs Part 2!

Fae Book Recs Part 2!

I posted a post with a few fae book recs a few months ago. I love reading about the fae and folklore. But I’m not interested in the typical Shakespearian inspired fae we often see. Courts are fine, provided there’s some fae variety, but that’s rare. I’ve been wanting to talk more about fae books, yet I’ve not really read any that advertise that they’re fae books.

So instead, I’m recommending a few books that feature the fae. These creatures might not be labelled as fae, but they’re folkloric creatures that can class as types of fae. Isn’t that fascinating? I’ve read and adored all the books on this list, so I recommend you check them out too.

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Where To Buy Japanese Anime/Game Merch

Where To Buy Japanese Anime/Game Merch

A bit of a different post for me today, but my birthday has just been, and you know I spent some money on merch. Not birthday money, what I got cost too much for that, but it’s something that I do often spend as much money on as I do books. I’ve been thinking about these sites I’ve learned about over the years and thought I’d recommend a few.

If you’re heavily involved in anime or game fandoms, you may already know all these resources. They’re all pretty well known, even if I only figured out one recently. Sometimes I can be a little slow, but that’s okay. This post is for the people who maybe only got into anime or Japanese games recently or the people who just don’t know where to look.

I won’t be including the obvious places like Depop, eBay or Amazon. I’m also not going to list particular UK stores. The shops on this list will be based in Japan, so you can order from them wherever you are in the world. I’ve bought from all but one, but the other is one that I’ve known a friend use before.

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Blog Tour: The Country Village Winter Wedding by Cathy Lake

Blog Tour: The Country Village Winter Wedding by Cathy Lake

It’s hardly a secret that I adore chick-lit, and I’m starting to find more romance that I love too. I’m always looking for opportunities to add these sorts of books to my TBR. When I saw The Country Village Winter Wedding tour was being organised by Compulsive Tours, I signed up right away.

October is a little bit early for this sort of book, in my opinion. But it was still a fun read to curl up under a blanket while enjoying a hot chocolate.

This book follows Hazel, who has just moved into Little Bramble. She’s trying to get her wedding business off the ground, and luckily Clare and Sam need her help. Elsewhere in the village, Jack has come to stay with his sister, Bella. And he’s trying to figure out what to do with his life.

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Preptober Diary

Preptober Diary

So, I’m starting this a little late in October, but I also decided pretty late that I was going to write something. I’m still doing NaNoWriMo loosely as I’m not registering the fic on the site and I’m not necessarily aiming for 50k. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to prepare though.

I thought it might be a little fun to write up a little mini diary with my preparations. If people like this post, I might do something similar for readathons. It’s more of a traditional blog post for sure, but it’ll be fun.

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Book Review: Fall of the Argosi by Sebastien De Castell

Book Review: Fall of the Argosi by Sebastien De Castell

I said I was reviewing the first in the duology in preparation for reviewing this one, and I’ve finally gotten around to it! I adored this book so much, and I’m so honoured that I was able to participate in the bookstagram tour for this one. You can find my post and mini-review here.

Set months after the first book, Ferius has been living with Durrall and Enna. She was learning the way of the Argosi, but after making a mistake, she ran away. Now she’s stumbled upon a mysterious curse known as the Red Scream. With the help of an Argosi her own age called Rosie, she tries to hunt down the person spreading it.

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Book Review: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Book Review: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

This is honestly one of the most beautiful books out this year. The cover is stunning and is the main reason that I was interested in this book. The plot did interest me too, but this was total cover love.

Skin of the Sea follows Simidele, who is one of the Mami Wata. She’s a mermaid who harvests the souls of black people who die in the ocean thanks to slavers. One day she comes upon a boy who is still alive, so she rescues him. She didn’t know it was against the rules and had to go on a journey with him to make amends for her mistake.

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Manga Review: When Will Ayumu Make His Move? volume 1 by Soichiro Yamamoto

Manga Review: When Will Ayumu Make His Move? volume 1 by Soichiro Yamamoto

It’s been a little while since I reviewed some manga, but when I saw this one I was curious. I’ve watched a little bit of Yamamoto’s previous series Teasing Master Takagi-San on a friends recommendation. It was pretty and funny and cute, so I was hoping that this would be too.

When Will Ayumu Make His Move follows two high school students who are the only members of a shogi club. Ayumu has a crush on his senpai, Urushi, but refuses to admit his feelings until he can beat her in a match. He’s not that subtle though, and she keeps trying to get him to admit his feelings.

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