Leigha's Little Library

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SPOILER ALERT!

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

I have conflicting feelings about this book, but I did enjoy it overall.

 

*Tagged as spoiler, because this book could be triggering. There are lots of blood, gore, pictures of what looks like self harm, and murder...also baby killing.

 

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There were a few stories that I personally felt did not make sense, and also I could not see what was Gothic about them. Maybe I don't fully understand the word "Gothic" but that was my feeling while reading this. I did like it that the "bad guy" was usually the girl, and she wasn't a damsel in distress or something.

Highly disturbing stories, but I went in expecting that. However, there was one story that was a little too much for me personally and it involved taking a baby from a mother's womb and killing it....

 

I enjoyed the varied artwork and color schemes used in this.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir (Author) & Steenz (Artwork)

A little slow to get anywhere, but overall, I really enjoyed the story.

 

 

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The main character was highly relatable. Going in, I did not know much about the story, but her depression is something I can understand. She was so harsh to some of the other characters. That was in part to her depression, but I honestly felt it was overdone a little. I felt sorry for the person she was really harsh toward. I understand depression can make you do things you don't mean, but this is just how I felt when I read those parts.

I enjoyed her growing friendship with her coworkers at the museum.

The story was super slow. I liked that for the most part, but I really did not like all the time skips. I felt like there were huge chunks of the story I wasn't being told.

The artwork took some getting used to.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

Grim Beginnings (Kim Reaper Vol 1) by Sarah Graley (Mini Review)

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This is a fun, quite ridiculous story, but I mean that in the best way possible.

 

I did feel it started a little slow, but picked up quickly; I believe this is because at first, I wasn't sure where the story was going to go or what the point of the opening scene was, because it was just of Becka crushing on Kim, and I hoped the whole book wouldn't be like that, because I found it boring.

 

Luckily, there is so much sustenance to the book than just crushes. (Not that there is anything wrong with having crushes!) It doesn't have any full out romance, but there is hints of some for later volumes.

 

I liked both of the main characters. I'm curious to see what happens in the second volume. I wasn't sure I liked the art style at first, but I did end up liking it a lot and felt it fit the tone of the comic.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

I Won 3 Audiobooks on Audible!!

I won 3 audible audiobook giveaways from J. S. Bailey.

 

1. Servant (The Chronicles of Servitude, #1)

2. Sacrifice (The Chronicles of Servitude, #2)

3. Ordinary Souls

 

+ I won 1-3 in the Servitude series previously!

Surrender (The Chronicles of Servitude, #3)

 

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I am very grateful to win this. I haven't been a member on Audible for a while and I've missed being able to get books on there. The reason we stopped is of course because of funds, like usual! It is one of the things we keep saying we're going to do again, but we keep forgetting.

 

This is the second giveaway for her books that I have won.I entered a giveaway for the same books a while ago and actually won the first 3 books in her Servitude series for my ereader.

 

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Previous to winning these giveaways, I met J.S Bailey at The Half Priced Bookstore and bought a physical copy of Ordinary Souls from her.

 

I'm excited to get to them in the new year.

 

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I feel bad because I've won two times, plus I've bought 1 book and I've yet to read any. It has just been a really hectic time and I am a mood reader. My husband is also interested in reading them, and now he'll be even more happy, because he mostly uses audiobooks!

 

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A Dream for Three by Jérôme Hamon

Heartfelt story, lacking in some ways, but over all enjoyable.

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This had a good message. Be who you want to be and not who your parents or other people want you to be, and it is okay to not know quite who you want to be. I thought the story was slow moving at times. I did not feel that engaged. I felt like it would have been told better with more details and if it were stretched out into a longer story.

I liked how it ended, especially with everyone finding their path.

The artwork was pretty.

Herding Cats (Sarah Scribbles #3) by Sarah Anderson

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This gets a high rating from me. It is so me. I related to almost every single panel in this little graphic. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. The book is funny, laugh out loud. Even when you have an illness or mental health problem, sometimes you just have to find ways to bring out the humor, poke fun at yourself. I guess some people might call that morbid humor?

It got one less star than the first two volumes, but I can't quite pinpoint why. I still related to 90% of it, but there was something off during reading this volume.

I love her art and the comic strips. I see people giving this mixed ratings, but for me, I think I am on the higher rating/liking side because I really do see myself in these books.

Memento (Harmony #1) by Mathieu Reynès

The first volume left a lot to be desired, but there was enough there that I would be interested in the second volume.

 

 

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This is a whole load of confusing. First the first part that seemed like medieval, and the the part where Harmony wakes up. Nothing is explained. Honestly feels like I was reading #10 in a series. I liked the artwork during the modern part of the story, it was beautiful, especially when she activated her powers and had blue eyes.

 

The story has great potential.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

My Best & Worst books of 2017.

 

These are books I read in 2017, not only published in 2017. My list is all over the place with children all the way to adult books. I have some honorary mentions as well.

Ed and Eminem?

 

It actually goes together pretty well. I never really understood the appeal of rap before, I guess I couldn't really understand most of what is being said. I think anything Ed touches will sound good though. I'm also kind of liking Eminem, even though some of his lyrics are dark and graphic. I feel like I understand him more since he went public with his mental health, social anxiety, depression & Asperger's. I never thought I would one day relate to him or start to understand his music and passion for lyrics & poetry.

 

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This is the article that says he went public with asperger's. I don't know how truthful it is, but his songs do say he has asperger's, so that is considered going public, right?

 

Why I Appreciate Eminem Lyrics Going Public on Aspergers

 

 

Fruits Basket Vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya

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I love it. I love it! This nostalgic series is so special to me. The art style is cute, the story line is unique and pretty wonderful in my humble opinion. The characters are varied and fun.

 

There is so much more to Fruits Basket than meets the eye when you first just glance at the cover. You see a pretty anime girl in a school girl uniform, so you might think of the typical anime stereotypes of the girls being overly sexy, fan service and all the other cliches found in "girly" manga.

Fruits Basket is not like that at all. There is nothing that I would call fan service. There is one character (The Dog) that is a pervert, but it never seems to be taken too far, and I think his one liners are used more for comedy.

Speaking of comedy, this series is funny. The author mentions in her notes that she did not intend on it being a comedy, but it just sort of happened that way. There are so many human emotions in this story, humor, anger (between Yuki & Kyo), grief, and the love the Sohma's and Tohru quickly feel for each other, like a found family.

This manga might have a girl as the main character, but it is not a story for girls. It is a story for anybody who likes good storytelling.

There is no romance in this volume, but you get the vibe about the romance that will happen later. I've read up to volume 13, so I know the romance is a slow burn and I really enjoy that. This series explores friendships and family dynamics and I'm so happy it did not jump straight to crushes and insta love.

Tohru is a very likeable main female lead. She's a little naive, but also a very good person. She wants to make her mother proud and do good in school, and also be a good friend to people she cares about. She is a hard worker and is quick to care about people she meets.

I have love for both Kyo and Yuki, but some frustration that if they just talked to each other about their true feelings, they could work out their issues and stop breaking Shigure's house! I hope Shigure is getting paid good for his novels, because he's fixed that door about a million times.

There is not one character in this series that I dislike, except maybe Akito, but we'll get to that later.


Oh the Yuki fan club is kind of annoying, but can be funny too.

Wedding Peach Vol 1 by Nao Yazawa

Wedding Peach, Vol. 1 - Sukehiro Tomita

In terms of story and originality, this might not be the best take on the magic girl genre, but I still really love this series.


It is a highly nostalgic manga series for me. It is super ridicules, I'll admit. Momoko accepts that she is a magical girl too easily and automatically knows how to fight, and all her magic spell catch phrases, but we can argue that it is destiny and of course she would know all this.

Princess Peach has all the magical girl stereotypes. All the girls are swoon/crazy in love with the sports stars, trying to give them bento boxes, the main character Momoko has a love/hate relationship with a guy who is highly likely to be her love interest. It is super obvious.

Our lovely newly turned magical girl goes through the whole "I like him, no but I can't, he's rude and mean, but deep down he has a heart of gold" thing with this guy. It's so cheesy, and overdone, but I can't help but still like this and think overall it is very cute, makes me feel like a giggly teenager again.

I want to point out that in a lot of stories the love interest like this are usually just jerks/mean, maybe even abusive and that is seen as dark and brooding, romanticized, but the boy in this manga isn't really a bad person, and I don't believe their budding relationship is toxic or problematic. Some people take the "boys are mean because they like me" thing way over the top in real life and in stories as well; I don't feel like this one was over the top, just judging from the first volume, at least.

I've heard people say it is a rip off of Sailor Moon, but I have a feeling people think that of a lot of magical girl manga. Whether or not it is a rip off, I'm not bothered by it.

This volume had sweet moments, moments where I was like "oh, that's cute," but there were also a couple moments where my heart was touched. Maybe I am too sentimental?

It is cliche, of course. People are going to either love it or hate it.

P.S I really want my own Jama P pet.

 

"Miss Peach! Much Happy!"

I got a new camera as an early Christmas gift from my husband. It is the standard Go Pro Hero Sessions, which is said to be the best for a Go Pro newbie. So I've made a practice video where I'm just messing with some settings * do a mini book haul!

 

Author mentioned: X (Xela) Culletto. Her book is called Girl Vs. I was sent a copy for an honest review! Music:

 

The music used in this was free to use from the Go Pro App!

Disney At Dawn by Ridley Pearson

Disney at Dawn - Ridley Pearson

There are a few things I didn't care for, but overall, I enjoyed the book.


What can I say about this book? It is a fun read if you are a big fan of anything Disney, but also you really have to take into account that this is written for a younger age. I personally hate saying a book is for this age group, or that age group, but this book does kind of feel dumbed down, so it really fits for a younger age group. Though I don't like when books think they need to dumb things down in order for kids to understand it.

My only problem is that there were parts that I found boring and unneeded. I dragged my feet a lot while reading this. There were so many fantastical things you had to wrap your brain around. I felt the book should have focused on less; it felt like it tried to do too much.

The whole concept is amazing, of course, but also there were bits that were confusing. Maybe because of how unrealistic they were. As a reader, you really need to suspend your belief on some of the stuff this book goes into.

For the most part, I like all the main characters, though I wonder if we really need 7 children. Some of them do not seem to get enough screen time and could probably be condensed into one character.

There were hints of romance, or foreshadowing to romance in later volumes. I did not care for that very much, it felt sudden and out of place.

I also found it so funny how they kept referencing older Disney stuff, like Ashley Tisdale, Raven-Symone and High School Musical. Do doubt who the publisher was for this series. I feel like this really dates the books.

There are going to be kids who are like who the heck are those people. I found it interesting, because I grew up with them, but of course I do get annoyed when books name drop so much. I get why it was done for this book, but it was still a little odd and brought me out of the story. I should expect it a little since they are at Disney.

 


I'm holding high hope for the next volume.

Currently Reading... and reading, and reading...

Books are my escapism. I love them. They are life. Except...

 

 

I've been currently reading the same book for what feels like ages, well for the whole of December, so really only a couple weeks. It isn't as if I don't like the book. I have no idea why I procrastinate something I love so much! I go through spurts of reading 20+ books in a month, and then reading like 2 and sometimes nothing at all!

 

I recently found out some of my "quirks" come down to autism. Shocker. 33 and I'm only now finding out who I really am, or at least understanding more why I do things the way I do them. The more correct term would be ASD or Asperger Syndrome Disorder.

 

People can call me a special snowflake all they want. I finally have a term, or label (if you will) that helps me understand my head a little better. I did not get it officially told to me by a doctor, either.

 

First I got advice from a friend who has it and she gently told me to look more into it, because apparently aspies are really good at recognizing each other. What she did not know was that I had already been wondering about it and when she gave me this long message talking about her experiences and relating them to what she has seen me do, I just couldn't control the melt down I had while reading it.

 

Like I feel ashamed and broken, but rationally, I know there is nothing to be ashamed of and I'm not broken. It is just another part of me. One that 90% of people won't take seriously because I'm a grown woman, and I didn't get a "Doctor's Note."

 

This hardly has anything to do with books. I was wondering if non bookish blogs are fine, considering this blog site is called "booklikes"

 

Anyone else share non bookish stuff? Is that frowned on here? I sometimes have things I want to blurt to people and nobody to blurt them to.

 

Oh, I wanted to share my current saving grace is the La La Land soundtrack. I put that music on full blast when I am having "moments" where I want to ignore the world. Go see the movie and make the music your life!! All music is my saving grace, but I really love this soundtrack. I'm really into the music I grew up with, the 90s/early 00s, plus a few more modern things. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that some people are calling the 90s the oldies now.

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I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!


Leigha~

My most recent video is a tag video. My "so called" reader problems!

 

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A Poetry Kind of Day

It has been a long time since I have been able to write poetry. It is an art form I don't always understand. I like to read it, but it is usually hit and miss whether I like it or not. So I've been going through stuff, so I wrote some poems recently. I'm sharing them with you.

 

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Agonizing, Torment, Panic

All this because the Internet went out

Bored, Lonely, Sad

All this because the Internet went out

What to do, What to do?

Why are we stuck in an age

where Wi-Fi breathes us life

defines us, controls us?

The minute it goes

we freeze and

forget how to live.

 

design, desk, display

 

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too much

suffocating, surrounding,

desire owning, having

overwhelming, intoxicating

 

unable to toss it away

too many leftovers of a past

unwanted memories of a life

 

struggling

let it go, go, go

get away

 

usefulness

dried up, gone

not needed

 

trash it, give it, clean it up

 

not only physical,

in the mind

as well

 

memories with people

not things

 

go ahead

take pictures

take videos

 

try

device down

once in a while

 

enjoy moment

record everything

forget to

really live it

 

pictures and video

are things too

stock photo, broken, glass, clean, mess, stock, broken-glass, clean-up, dust-pan, minimalism, excuse-our-mess

 

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music, loud, love

headphones, my friend,

savior, comfort me

thank you

 

scary, too crazy

ouch, pain

people

hide, be quiet,

shh

 

better to, like to,

want to, hate to

ignore the world

 

confusing, conflicting

wants, desires

 

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