From February - May, I have been in the most extended reading slump I have ever experienced. On my Instagram, I say that I couldn't even read for 10 minutes because I realized I was mentally exhausted and there were times when I wanted to listen to an audiobook since I heard that it would be another way to read books.
I got a bunch of books back in April and May where I bought a few mangas to hopefully get out of the slump I was in. Here are my reviews from May.
Death Note Black Edition Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light's noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I picked this book because I wanted to read a manga since I read graphic novels/mangas last year when I was in a reading slump, so I thought it'll be best to try it again.
I always wanted to read the manga when I watched a few episodes of the show and after years of having the book on my TBR.
I haven't finished the show yet, but I will start from the beginning over again since I've been in an anime mood. I do want to get the rest of the books in the series, so I can read those first and then watch the show so I can be a part of the Death Note community better than watching a few episodes and saying I'm a fan.
I'm glad I bought the first two volumes so I can have my first manga series on my shelf. I am happy to be able to read this manga because it was one of the books that got me out of my slump.
Taproot by Keezy Young
Blue has been living as a ghost for a year when he meets Hamal, a beautiful and sweet gardener who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Together, their friendship develops into something more, but being a ghost, Blue can never truly be connected with Hamal.
When Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him - even if it means leaving him.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Note: This is an ARC.
I requested this book on NetGalley one day because one - the cover and two - the description had me very intrigued and I was very happy when I got to download it without waiting for an email because I really wanted to read this since I wanted to read at least something for a few minutes.
I loved this book so much. I will buy a copy when it goes on sale and I hope there will be a series.
The art style was really good. I've read different kinds of graphic novels and this one was so cute. The writing was good, it flowed well with the art design. The characters - Blue and Hamal - I love how they were friends and became lovers. I loved their relationship and it felt so wholesome. I did want more of Blue and Hamal's journey as ghost and ghost whisper.
I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a paranormal/romance graphic novel.
If I get into another reading slump if I want to read something that makes my heart swell because of how cute the story and how cute Blue and Hamal are.
Do I have a July TBR? Not right at this moment. I am trying to tackle the books I've stopped in the middle of reading so I can have a short list and not try to feel overwhelmed by the stacks of books on my nightstand. Here's the list of currently reading books:
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silveria
Have You Seen Me? by Alexis Weis
The Host by Stephenie Meyers
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn