Hey Guys!

Sorry for the long and sudden absence. I hope to get back to everyone whose comments I couldn’t reply to before leaving. There were quite a few drafts that got published prematurely (again)…

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Please just ignore them all. Hope you are all doing well, and hope to be back soon!

Thanks!

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5 Series I’ll Never Review

I’d been thinking about doing some new things on the blog for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to doing much except taking breaks lol. Now that I’m back (again) I’d like to restart doing some original posts as well as try my hand at few lists (a big thanks to fellow bloggers for the suggestions in the past!). 

While I was thinking up things I wanted to review, I kept coming across things I absolutely refused to write a review on. So for these lists I’ll be picking five books, manga, and/or comics that I’ll never write a review on (with varying reasons). Then attempt to say a few words about said book/series. Here goes:

 

5 Books/Manga Series I’ll Never Review…because my words will forever be unable to do them justice:

 

These are 5 (of many) series where a review attempt may begin normally, but would quickly descend into raving madness, ending with incoherent fangirling.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Just the first 2)

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A Short Synopsis:

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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A Short Overview:

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A Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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A Short Summary:

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Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 
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A Few Words on the Series:

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The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

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….I Think You Get the Idea:

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Now excuse me,

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while I go drown in an ocean of FEELS for a few days…

My Top 10: Most Surprising Reads of 2017

 

We have finally come to the end of the “My Top 10” series of lists. The finale is a list of the Book/Manga/Series that surprised me most. Whether I ended up liking the book more than I thought possible, was expecting to hate the story and then didn’t, or the story went down a completely unexpected path. They are all listed below in no particular order. 

 

 

Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda

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Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

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Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura

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Hunger by Roxane Gay

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Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Arata: The Legend by Yuu Watase

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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My Top 10: Best Reads of 2017

 

Happy New year!!

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Now, normally people would start off this year with looking towards the future, but when have I ever been normal? So for the first day of 2018, I give you my list of Best Reads in 2017! 

 

1. Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

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2. Vagabond Manga Series by Takehiko Inoue

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3. Written in Red Series by Anne Bishop

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4. Juliet takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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5. The Wallflower Manga Series by Tomoko Hayakawa

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6. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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7. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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8. xxxHolic Manga Series by CLAMP

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9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Enjoy your 2018 reading/watching/playing!! 

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**As usual all gifs are from Gify and pictures were taken from Goodreads/Chapters except for: 1. Half Bad; 2. Vagabond6. The Wallflower; 8. xxxHolic; 9. Six of Crows**

My Top 10: Worst Reads of 2017

Here’s a list of the 10 worst books and series that I read during 2017. They are listed below in no particular order, they just all had the dishonor of being the most putrid things I had the displeasure of reading this year. A pretty sucky way to end the year lol, but I wanted to begin 2018 by highlighting the positive reading experiences that I’ve had this year. So, here goes the last Maniacal Book Unicorn book bashing fest for 2017! Yay! 

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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Sweet Pool by Nitro+CHiRAL, Mayu Kurumazaki

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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X by CLAMP

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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The Record of a Fallen Vampire by Kyo Shirodaira

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The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen 

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The Edge of Never by J.A. Redemerski

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The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

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My Top 10: Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

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Sometimes having high expectations for something is a good thing. This time? Not so much. Here’s my top ten books/series of 2017 that fell short of my expectations, or started out promising but fell short somewhere along the way.

A.K.A: Top Ten that made me a sad unicorn:

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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2. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
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I actually wasn’t sure whether to add this to Top Ten Worst Reads instead. It was one of my favourite shows as a kid, and I now enjoy CLAMP’s work. So I was excited for this, but a teacher X middle school student relationship? Nope.

3. Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

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4. Dance of Cloaks by David 
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I was definitely overdoing it on my expectations for this one. Funny thing is I probably would have enjoyed it 10x more if I wasn’t expecting so much. Still thought it was good/okay though.

5. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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6. Talon by Julie Kagawa
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Overall it was okay, but I was just expecting something different than what I got. 

7. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

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8. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
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My sadness for this one was real. Those hardcovers are so pretty 😢 

9. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

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10. Wayward: String Theory by Zub, Cummings, Rauch, Bonvillain, & Dillon
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Really not a bad series, I just wasn’t nearly as taken with it as I wanted to be.

 

So what were your most disappointing reads? Did any of my top ten match yours?

P.S. This is just my own personal feelings about the book/series, and doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t like anything about the story or enjoy reading it

Thanks for reading!

200 Followers!!

Hey everyone!! Sorry for the long absence, had quite a few life changes this year and couldn’t give the blog and my followers the attention deserved. I’ll be trying to go back to a regular schedule now, or at least post and visit everyone when I can.

Anywho, this is a tad bit overdue- as in three or so months *cough, cough*-but I’d still like to to give my heartfelt thanks to all of you for continuing/starting to follow maniacalbookuincorn (especially given all of this year’s vanishing acts). You’ve all helped me in various ways, and though I’m a bit late I still feel the need to say:

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