Favorite Reads of 2017

Happy New Year beautiful people!

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Wow, I almost forgot how to do this thing it’s been so long lol

Well, today I wanted to share with you my favorite reads of 2017! I read a lot (A LOT) of comics this past year and so this is all pretty much comics except for a couple exceptions. Let’s just jump into it! P.S. this list is in no particular order.

Comics

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King’s Maker by Haga and art by Kang Jiyoung. Oh. My. GOD I LOVE THIS SERIES. Season 1 just ended and I need Season 2, like, now please. Please? This series is so good and it deals with different themes like love, hate, political turmoil, death, life, ahhhhhh it’s so good. And THE ART!? The art is beyond gorgeous! Please go read it over on Lezhin if you haven’t already.

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Something About Us by Lee Yunji. This comic series was incredibly cute and realistic and I just loved reading it. There was angst and there was romance and there was friendship and it’s just so good read iiiiiiit. It’s actually completed so you’ll be able to read it from beginning to end if you want.

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Hadomae by Choenamsae. This is more 18+ for the reading spectrum, but it’s a comic series about a man with a foot fetish, and I never in my life thought I’d read something about that, but here we are. It’s a pretty addicting series and it’s still ongoing, which is awesome. The main character is kind of ditzy and there are times when I’m like, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!?!” But, now she’s kind of taking control and I’m like, “Yaaaaassss~” So, yeah. And things are getting steamy. >>

Webtoons

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I Love Yoo by Quimchee. Guys. Please. Go read this series. It’s still ongoing and it’s SO GOOD! It’s funny and witty, but there’s also a lot of serious moments, and I’m still trying to figure out the mysteries of some of the characters’ pasts and it’s just so good. It’s updated weekly, and you can read it for free, so check it out!

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My Dear Cold-Blooded King by lifelight. This is such an interesting historical series with romance, blood, assassins, royal court drama, humor, and more. It’s also very beautifully drawn, especially the landscapes. If you haven’t checked this one out, you really should. It’s so good!

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Siren’s Lament by instantmiso. Season 1 just ended and glremgwgnkrnrt is it February yet, because that’s when Season 2 starts and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NOW. It left at such a huge plot point that I’m just like, “HNNNNNGGG GIVE MEEEEE” so yeah. But it’s a story about sirens and how one girl, Lyra, was kissed but didn’t fully turn siren and there’s a lot of humor and romance and a love triangle kind of and it’s so good!

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My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball. This slice-of-life webtoon is sooo funny and sooooo relatable and it’s just awesome. Go read it. Like, I keep seeing myself and my husband in all of these and I’m just like, “HOW ARE YOU WRITING ABOUT US!?” It’s so funny.

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Crushed!! by Himalyaa. This is a more mature webtoon, but it’s a BL one that I’ve been really enjoying. It’s still ongoing and it’s got a love triangle, drama, lots of swearing, a bunch of sex, and just a lot going on. It’s really good though!

For complete thoughts on the comics and webtoons I’ve read, check out my review!

Books

I’m still slightly in denial that I read actual books this year. I think it was around three books? lol Anyway.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This high fantasy novel is set in an alternate London with multiple alternate Londons and it’s a very good, very addicting read. At least it was for me. I thought that the world still has so much to be explored and explained, so I’m really glad there’s sequels in the series. (I mean, obviously there’s sequels, Rayna, it’s a trilogy.) But yeah, if you want more of my thoughts, check out my review!

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Radiance by Grace Draven. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but it’s seriously really good! It’s about a mixed species marriage and how each species thinks the other is ugly and everything the other does is horrible, but by the marriage of these two individuals who start out as friends and then lovers, it was seriously so addicting and good! I love the super slow burn romance and how there’s political intrigue and how there’s also a lot of cultural things in both the societies. I really liked it. If you want my complete thoughts, check out my review!

Manga

I’ve also read more manga this past year than I have in a very long time, so yay for that!

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A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima. I read this complete series (7 volumes) earlier in 2017 and it’s one of my favorite manga series of all time. It’s about a deaf girl and her struggles with being bullied, and about the bully, who ends up getting bullied himself and becomes very lonely. It’s about their lives and his trying to make up for what he did to her and it’s just so good. I seriously enjoyed it and I really recommend it. Check out my review for all my thoughts.

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Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. Guys. GUYS. Go read this series. I still haven’t read the last volume because I’m in denial that it’s over, but it is SO. GOOD. And bloody. Very bloody. But it’s a dark series about ghouls and how they live among humans and how one boy is a half-ghoul and it’s just so. Good. Ahhhhhh. Check out my Spring Reading Wrap-Up for more thoughts.

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Noragami by Adachitoka. THIS. SERIES. IS. AMAZING. I know I keep saying this, but seriously, I love this series! It’s about a god named Yato and how he’s not really a big god, but there’s Hiyori who can see him after an accident happens and there’s lots of humor, very subtle romance (JUST CONFESS ALREADY), and lots of drama between the gods and stuff. If you want more of my thoughts, check out my Spring Reading Wrap-Up.

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Imadoki! Nowadays! by Yuu Watase. As Yuu Watase is my favorite manga author, I’m probably biased, but as this was also a reread for me I knew what to expect and I still love this series. It’s a high school drama that follows a group of five people teens just trying to go through life, together or not. It’s really good. Check out my review for more thoughts.

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Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato. This series is one that I’ve followed the anime before reading, but it’s still an awesome manga series! It follows twins Rin and Yukio who are the sons of Satan. Rin has outward appearances of a demon and also the blood, while Yukio is more like their human mother and doesn’t show any traits and doesn’t really have the trace in his blood. It’s a manga about Rin’s struggles to become an exorcist (which demons can’t do because, well, yeah), and it’s a very epic action/fantasy manga series. The anime is really good, too!


Alright, I think that’s everything! I’ve read the equivalent of probably 100 books in 2017. It’s crazy to think that I read that amount, but it’s mostly in comics and webtoons (which I also never thought I’d be so into lol). According to Goodreads, I’ve read 68 novels in 2017. Of course it can’t count the amount of comics I’ve read, so yeah. It was my best reading year thus far, so let’s see what 2018 brings.

Let’s Chat! ^w^

What were your top three favorite reads of 2017? Has many novels did you read? How about comics or manga? Let me know!

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Rayna Recommends: Diversity

Hey guys, welcome to another installment of my sporadic series, Rayna Recommends! This is a time where I recommend books, movies, and TV shows to you based on the genre or type of books I wanted to talk about.

Today I’m going to recommend to you some of the diverse books, movies, and shows I’ve seen and read. I really enjoy reading and watching this kinds of things, but I still feel like I don’t get enough! With all of the diversity talk that’s been going around lately, I thought that this would be appropriate, so here are my recommendations:

Books

  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio is a YA book about a girl who is intersex. Now, I’ve never heard of the term “intersex” until I read this book, and it really opened my eyes to it. It follows a girl who also didn’t know she was intersex until an unfortunate sexual time with her boyfriend that was extremely painful to her and her journey in the beginning stages of accepting who she is and how she can still have a normal life despite it all. It was very interesting and I definitely recommend it.
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Need I say anything more? It’s hilarious, heartwarming, charming, and everything I could’ve asked for in a LGBT+ read and more. Seriously, check this one out. You won’t regret it. It’s about a high schooler named Simon who isn’t out of the closest yet, and how he’s being blackmailed by another kid so his secret is in danger. It’s really awesome, so go read it – right now!
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga has a suicide trigger warning on it, I just want you to know. It’s about a girl who is dealing with a lot of suicidal thoughts and depression, and she meets a kid who also wants to commit suicide with someone else. It follows them and how she realizes how much more life has to offer than what’s going on there. It’s really something very close and personal to my heart and I highly recommend this book.

Movies

  • Beyond the Lights is a movie about a young woman in the music industry who is saved by an officer from committing suicide. The two fall in love and in the process, she realizes that hiding behind all of the makeup, glamor, and fame is so much more to be had. I really enjoyed this movie and thought that it was really well done. Cheesy in a few parts, but overall enjoyable. I love seeing movies with singers/dancers/artists that strive to be their best even when there’s bumps along the way, and to see a cast of colored actors is always awesome as well.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color is an international movie set in France and it follows a girl, Adele, who is discovering who she is as a teen when she meets Emma, a girl with blue hair. The two end up falling in love, but of course there are repercussions in Adele’s life because she was “supposed” to be a straight girl. It’s a really long movie (three hours), and there’s a lot of graphic sexual scenes that I had to turn the volume down on, BUT I really did enjoy it and I really want to see the second part since this is only the first half. It ended on a cliffhanger (kind of) and I need to see how it ends!

TV Shows

  • Orange is the New Black definitely has a diverse cast of characters, and it’s about women in prison. Honestly, that’s a crap ton of diversity if you ask me. Now, I don’t watch OITNB, like, at all, BUT, my husband does and he’s really into it. I’ve watched bits and pieces and from what I gather it’s a really interesting show and one that a lot of people are really into.
  • Good Morning Call is a Japanese drama that’s based off of the manga and it’s adorable and funny and GO WATCH IT. It’s available on Netflix, so really, no excuse. It follows a girl, Nao, and how she rents her dream apartment, but comes to find out she’s stuck with rooming with one of her high school’s hottest guys: Uehara. It’s dramatic, funny, adorable (like I said), so go check it out.

I’m literally drawing blanks now on other movies and shows, but these are just some of the diverse things that I’ve personally enjoyed and that I think you should definitely check out.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you have any recommendations for me for diverse reads, movies, or shows? I’d really love to hear it! Also, have you read/watched any of the items on my list? Let me know your thoughts!

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Five Star Reads

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about ten of your most recent 5 star reads. Five star reads aren’t a super common thing for me, but the way I determine if a book is a five star rating for me is my overall enjoyment of the story, characters, plot, and setting. If I feel that a book deserve a five star, that’s what it’s going to get.

So here are my most recent five star rating reads:

1 . Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. Oh. My. God. So many feels that I just can’t even wrap my heart and mind around it.

2. Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor. So much cutenss packed into this novella that I just squeed and laughed out loud so much while reading it! And I don’t laugh out loud often when I read.

3. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. A great look at a type of OCD and how she copes with it through poetry.

4. Saga vols 1, 2, & 3 by Brian K. Vaughan. This series is just so epic. Read it if you can handle a lot of mature content because it’s an amazing series so far.

5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. So many emotions were to be had here as we mainly followed Ronan in this story and the concept of dreams and taking from them.

6. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. OH MAN. Read this one if you want an epic fantasy journey of action, Allomancy, light romance, and so much more.

7. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. So much beauty in this book, I absolutely loved it. So many characters came together, as did the plot, and I fell in love with Gideon and Sofia. Just read this trilogy, seriously. Plus, LOOK AT THAT COVER. Stunning.

8. The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. This one is definitely one to get if you’re a fan of Dan & Phil. I highly recommend the audiobook version, as well as the physical copy so you can follow along as they narrate it. So funny.

9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I love, love, LOVED this book so much. Of course it had its flaws, and I’m not going to deny that, but overall I think that it was the best book in the series so far and I can’t wait for the next.

10. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. As a compilation of novellas, I felt that each story became better as they went as we got to follow Celaena during her time before Endovier. Loved it!

And there you have it, my most recent five star reads! I’m actually surprised (in a good way) that there weren’t more in between these ones. I’ve read a lot of really great books, but like I said, they have to have that special something that just stirs in me the need to give it such a high rating. I obviously recommend all of these books to anyone who wants to read them.

What are five of your most recent five star reads? Have you read any of the ones I read, and if so, what were your thoughts on them? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s topic is ten books you’d want to take to the beach with you/books you think make great beach reads. When I think of the beach I think of fun, summer, sand, friends, laughing, relaxing, and getting away from the world. I also think of romance, fleeting or otherwise, and doing daring and potentially dangerous things. These books encompass that feeling in some way, and they are:

1. “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. It has adventure, summertime, romance, and many other mysterious things that can pop up out of no where. I think it would make a great beach read.

2. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J Maas. It has some steamy bits in there that will make the sun on your skin hide your blush. It’s got action, adventure, romance, and hot fae men. Oh yes.

3. “Enchanting the Lady” by Kathryne Kennedy. It’s an adult romance book, so there’s going to be a lot of sex in it, but it’s also a story about a girl who finds she had a curse put on her to make her mostly invisible to others. Except one man can see her and he begins to fall for her.

4. “The Selection” by Kiera Cass. As the first book in the series, it’s got it’s fair share of drama and romance, plus it just seems like a lighter read, really. I enjoyed it more than I thought and I could see myself reading it at the beach.

5. “The Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor. With its elements of forbidden romance, twists of mythology, and a past that’s so intense that it hooks you, I think this could be a fun beach read.

6. “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. This book not only has a romance, but it deals with sisterhood, family issues, and other things that can really strike home.

7. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. It’s light and airy, yes, but it also focuses on sisterhood and family, as well as a romance.

8. “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. This book was so cute and made me squee so much, but it also had a lot of inner thoughts going on and friendships that had to see if they could stand against some trials.

9. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. Though the topics in the book can be a bit more hard hitting, I think that the romance aspect is good for a beach read. Curl up under an umbrella with a cool drink and you’re set to go.

10. Manga! Specifically romance manga. They’re quick reads because the pictures take up most of the page, but the stories can be engaging and funny and wonderful and make you giggle with happiness.

So, there’s my list. Some of these are a little harder in topic than what some might consider for a beach read, but I still think they hold enough romance, adventure, and more to draw someone in to read on the beach.

What books would you bring/consider beach reads? Let me know!