Unreviewed Books

It’s been a couple months since I’ve shared my unreviewed books. Because it’s been a little while, some of these are Manga because of the few months where that was pretty much the only thing I could read. Let’s get right into it.

Alice in Borderland Vol 2, Haro Aso
Manga/Horror
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

5 stars: I normally won’t read books in a series unless they’ve all been released, but this is a rare exception.

About the Book
Life in Borderland can be grim, but after completing two games Arisu feels like he might be getting a handle on how his new world works. Chota and Shibuki’s visas are expiring soon, however, so the group doesn’t have time to be picky about their next match. And the arena they stumble upon is a lesson in just how treacherous the rules in Borderland can be.

Phantom Tales of the Night Vol 1-4, Matsuri
Manga/Horror
Goodreads links: Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4

5 stars for Vol 1-3
4 stars for Vol 4
I love this series so much!! The artwork is incredible. I own 5-8 as well, I just need to read them.

About the Book
“Your secret now belongs to me.”
Welcome to Murakumo Inn, a curious establishment that opens its doors to the troubled masses, human or otherwise. But the equally curious innkeeper takes compensation only in the form of one’s deepest secrets…Who will come calling today? 

Beyond the Clouds Vol 1, Nicke
Manga/Fantasy
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

5-stars: I grabbed this one at the bookstore on a whim, and I’m so glad I did.

About the Book
A boy with a talent for machines and a the mysterious girl whose wings he’s fixed will take you past the ordinary. In the tradition of the high-flying, resonant adventure stories of Studio Ghibli comes a gorgeous tale about the longing of young hearts for adventure and friendship!

Young Theo works as a mechanic, putting his knack for machines to use in the industrialized city where he lives. But when he finds an injured, amnesiac girl with wings, his life changes forever. Her name is Mia, and although Theo’s talents make quick work of repairing her injured wing, their quest to find her home will take them beyond the clouds and further than they would ever have imagined.

Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir
Sci Fi
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

5-star: I read this book twice in October. So I reviewed it the first time but had nothing new to add the second time, which is why I’m including it. Also, read this book, I loved it way more than The Martian.

About the Book
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Classic/Horror
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

4.5 star: I’ve read this one quite a few times through the years. It’s a classic must read.

About the Book
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson
Sci Fi/Afrofuturism
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

5 star: This is a reread though I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it. I first bought this book during its release week in the 90s because I worked next to a bookstore. This is a fantastic read that I can’t recommend enough.

About the Book
The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways — farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.

We’re all caught up so that’s all I have for you today. Happy Tuesday!

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