Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books/Manga
People Insist I Should Read
The easiest copout of a list would have been in reference to last week’s theme [Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read] as they’re both almost the same topic (and I kind of do just that). This list contains content that I’ll probably end up reading/not reading despite all the hype and insistence.
But let’s take things back a second. A kind reminder that as much as you may love a book, over-hyping a book or series as the best read ever (or such variant) sometimes can detract one’s the willingness to read it and also sets the bar so high that even if it is good it may (or may not) be on the same perceivable level of good as the individual who recommended it. Then, it can be that the hype-r feels the “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did” (and hopefully not to the extreme of questioning the readers intelligence in reading–but I’mma just stop right there). Alternatively, the hype-e themselves can feel bad for not liking it as much as the one who recommended it and even though everyone can like/dislike what they enjoy–the fact that hype seemingly affects the read going forward is just derpy. That’s just my two cents–I know it’s all advertising in the end but just saying that books can often live and die with hype (or at least I think so anyways).
All book cover images link up to their respective Goodreads while the Manga’s don’t link up to anything at all.
A Song of Ice and Fire – GRRM
Here’s the problem: I peruse the westeros[dot]org forum when I get into broken-telephone conversations with my friend who has read the series. What does this mean? I read into the deets on theory crafting and I’m basically spoiling myself. I get that there’s so much detail left to be had if I actually tried to read the behemoths but I’m pretty content with the on-screen adaptation to even delve into the series.
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
This is where I lament [again] on the unlikely possibility of picking up the remainder of the series. The movies came at a time when I wasn’t completely enamoured with the point of reading; so I did read the first three novels (sparsely, during those youngin’ years), but the movies were so much more accessible and easier. Novel purists can comment but the result will still be the same: nope.
Anything John Green
Hi, I get it: everyone and their pet goldfish have probably recommended one of his reads to someone else and then through the “six-degrees of separation John Green”, I’m sure my grandparents have heard of Green. Well, maybe not my elders but perhaps one of yours. I’m not ruling out dabbling into anything he’s written but I guess I’m just uninterested at the moment with the offering.
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
There’s continual praise for this book from individuals who’ve told me to read it but I can’t help but think about how it feels almost Full Metal Alchemist meets Marvel in terms of the world and setting when I ponder delving into this read. Or maybe it’s just that the entire magical system is of a similar thread (but then again I guess you could also consider The Rithmatist to pull from it as well). Either way, I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy this series when I ever get a chance to read it.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
And I quote from one of my friends on Goodreads, “No review I write could give justice to how amazing this book is. Just read it, guys.” Donezo. Though apparently most people who read this book have cried and the most recent book that I’ve read where people have apparently cried buckets was A Monster Calls (for which I didn’t cry or feel extremely sad over) but maybe I’m still searching for a book to deliver that…and maybe this one’s it.
Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
As a follow-up from last week: yes, this book is an iffy one. Maybe I just don’t get it at all; and maybe I just haven’t given it much of a chance to plow through the beginning (note: I’ve tried to read it twice already and not gonna lie…I fell asleep reading it). But people do love it and say the latter is amazing. And so I am torn.
The Maze Runner – James Dashner
Okay, I already know I wanted to (or have to) read this for quite some time and it’s getting pretty high up there to the top of my TBR pile (re: because movie) but there’s a few people that have urged me to read this as soon as possible (perhaps you can figure out who these people are in the blogosphere). And while there are some mixed opinions about the series as a whole…that movie trailer doe–gets me right in the excited feels every time I’ve watched it (and I’ve watched it countless times). Don’t worry: I-HAVE-ONE-MONTH-TODAY-TO-READ-IT-BEFORE-THE-MOVIE-COMES-OUT-OKAYBYE.
Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
A buddy of mine is still in the dumps (with feels and everything else) about this series so far and is reminding me to read it often. I feel like only polar opposite reactions justify this book: you either really enjoy it or you’re bashing it for all it’s worth. Like, there are literally 5-stars and 1-stars across the board. Mayhaps I will read it one day and smack on the 3-stars just so I can be different.
It seems to me like people want to get into reading more manga and comics but never know where to start. Here are some manga’s that I’ve been told to read and now I’m passing this information to you. (As a reminder, the images don’t link up anything–you’d be best Google-ing each yourself).
One Piece – Eiichiro Oda (Incomplete)
This has become a favourite among my friends who apparently get a lot of feels from this manga/anime. I think consideration to reading this is like giving Martin’s ASoIAF a read through—it’s extremely long. The art is something that might require getting used to for new readers as there’s a sense of quirk in the drawing that might not be for everyone. But since I’ve read (still reading) Fairy Tail, I’m pretty used to the art style.
[Gold Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.
Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies the standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.]
One Punch Man – Murata Yuusuke (Incomplete)
Literally: “One punch man follows the life of an average hero who manages to win all of his battles with only one punch!”
I’ve been told to give this one a try and it sounded pretty ridiculous, funny, and action-y. So prior to finishing off this post, I gave the first chapter a try and it is indeed ridiculous. I’m still on a manga slump and considering that this isn’t completed yet, well, I’ll probably skip on it mainly because following manga weekly is already so tedious. Even the monthly releases are forgettable for me. Sad day.
Deadman Wonderland –
Jinsei Kataoka & Kazuma Kondou (Complete)
This entry is a bit different—it’s something I’ve told myself to read when I still earnestly tried to keep up with manga and anime (of which I’ve had a semi-fallout with). I did start it when it first came out but have seen forgotten about it until this post. It’s good that this manga is completed with only 57 chapters (~spanning roughly 50-70 pages [I think] per chapter) which is pretty decent in length. There’s also an anime adaptation but I’m unsure how much of the manga is included in the show. Needless to say, I think I was basically enticed by the plot than anything else.
[The Great Tokyo Earthquake. Ten years ago, it destroyed lives as it tore buildings asunder. Among those who lived through the disaster was Ganta Igarashi, now a middle school student finally getting a footing in his own life… that is, until the day the ‘Red Man’ appears at his school and turns his world upside down again. Ganta’s entire class is brutally murdered, and although innocent of the crime, Ganta is sentenced to death and sent to the bizarre prison known as ‘Deadman Wonderland.’ There, a brutal game of survival begins, where Ganta must discover the truth behind his classmates’ murder. Can Ganta break out of Deadman Wonderland… or will it break him first?]
Shokugeki no Soma – Tsukada Yuuto & Saeki Shun (Incomplete)
This is another different one as this one was insisted by a friend for me to read and I basically caught up in a jiffy. Word of caution is to not read any of this on an empty stomach because there’s a variety of cuisine featured in this manga. While there are certain graphic drawings which epitomizes how people feel when they eat delicious food (basically a state of bliss) it’s all around decent young-adult-boarding-school-cooking action-manga. If you enjoy cooking (or eating) in any capacity, I’m sure you’d enjoy this too.
Yukihira Souma’s dream is to become a full-time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle schools his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in Europe. Although downtrodden, Souma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
As a reminder, #BoutOfBooks is this week and so you should join by tomorrow night if you haven’t. That’s all. Back to reading. OKAYBYE.