Third row, right.
Fifth row, click on the purple button:
The Mahatma asked some questions and for a short time fell silent.
Then he said, “The greatest gift God gives us is another person to love.”
Placing the hands of each man in the other’s, he quietly and with a smile asked,
“Who are we to question God’s choice?” —
On various internet communities, I’m known as quite the bibliophile. This is true, and I’ve had a few people ask me what my winter reading ideas are. We don’t tend to hear the phrase ‘winter reading’ as much as summer reading, but it’s just as- if not more so- important as summer reading. You’re cooped up inside much of the time, and escaping the dank dark weather can be oh so rewarding.
Before I say anything in this category, I would like to give a statement: the library is your friend! Yes, many of you might argue that buying books is expensive, and it is. Thus, use your local library. Not having a card is no excuse, because they are usually completely free, or maybe five dollars. They are so very overlooked these days. On a side-note, another resource can be e-books, often cheaper than buying but giving you unlimited time with a book, and if you have any sort of electronic device that can read them (such as a laptop, Kindle or some kind of e-book specific device, iPad), take advantage of that too.
- Tamora Pierce is a fabulous writer (as you can see, she is my favourite… hehe). I won’t list a specific book as something I plan to read, because almost everything she has ever written is great, but I’ll here is the link to her bibliography on wikipedia, they cover it very well. The only ones I wouldn’t recommend would be the Beka Cooper books, she branched off into a different, rougher style of writing, and I don’t think she accomplished it very well. I would say that Tricksters is good, but not as good as the other books in the Tortall universe. Thus to the point of that: If you have to pick one I would pick ‘The Song of the Lioness’ series. The other two (‘The Immortals’ and ‘Protector of the Small’) are just as fantastic, but you will understand the references and grasp the characters if you read the Lioness quartet first. The Circle universe is also great, my only thoughts here are to read the ‘Circle of Magic’ quartet first, it establishes the characters, and is meant to be read prior to ‘The Circle Opens’. You can read ‘Melting Stones’ without the first because the main character is different, and this book is somewhat of an offshoot from the main series, just like Tricksters is of the Tortall universe. Young Adult, but I have known adults who liked it. 13+, probably. I picked up The Immortals when I was 11 or so, and it bored me. It’s a pretty wordy series. Classic Fantasy.
- The Old Kingdom series plus Across the Wall by Garth Nix. All I will say (since these books are well covered by the wikis) is not to touch the other books by Garth Nix, and to read the Old Kingdom books before Across the Wall. My personal favourite book of his is Lireal. This series is young adult, and would probably be most enjoyed by people 15-25. Dark Fantasy.
- Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris is… click the link! I managed to find this one in google preview, which lets you read about 60 pages in. There is actually a second book to this, but I have not read it, and I can state that the first book is good as a stand alone. There is also a third in the works. It’s a great, albeit quick, fantasy romp. 10+
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. You’ve probably heard of the movie, and quite possibly the books, but if not, you learn something new every day! Well actually it goes like this: old radio show on the BBC ->Books ->Movie. Let me say something here: this is on my winter reading list… meaning I haven’t read it yet. So lets do it together! I have high expectations, as Someone awesome recommended them to me (and gave me the box set! Thank-you, you know who you are :D), and I liked what Douglas Adams did on Doctor Who. This series I would say to be… 15+. Sci-fi
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Yep. You’re probably thinking about the movie again, as above. It’s not that I have a thing for books that have movies made of them, and in fact I read the book first in this case. Highly recommended for any japanoholic, as well as any fan of historical fiction. Very vivid, and I felt like I was in old Japan while reading it. 16+
- The Stories of Ibis by Yamamoto Hiroshi. Don’t worry, It’s not in Japanese. It’s been officially translated. I’m very much admittedly not a fan of sci-fi. However this little gem impressed me. Click the link! 16+ for sci-fi lovers, and 16-25 if not.
Comics and Manga
- Yotsuba&! (よつばと！）by Azuma Kiyohiko, who also is the mangaka of ‘Azumanga Daioh’. This is one of the few manga I would recommend to non-manga readers. Obviously not people who hate manga, but it’s a great introduction to manga, and simply a good read, irrelevant to it being a comic. All ages (yes, it really does cater to all ages), slice of life/comedy.
- Negima! Magister Negi Magi by Akamatsu Ken. Best for manga readers, but then again It was the second manga volume I ever touched. Literally the second volume of manga I ever touched, and it’s what got me so… I dunno. It’s great for younger audiences, say 10+, if they aren’t manga readers, an 10-30 if they are. Fantasy.
- Questionable Content web-comic by Jeph Jacques. Almost slice of life with random transforming vespa-robot-scooters and Antro-PC’s (walking talking computers). Funny, sad, intriguing, and just pure unadulterated awesome. The art gets much better as the comic progresses, so please don’t let that deter you in the beginning. 14+, updates week days.
- Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto. This makes me LOL. and sometimes even ROFL. Funny comic! 14+ Updates week days.
- Ménage a 3 by Giz&Dave Zero 1. To get things started: this comic is RATED R! It has sex and boobies in it. It is not all about that… but you’ve been warned. It is also a LOL and ROFL comic. 15+(/18+ If you really care, but how many people on the internet do? ) Comedy, Geeky. Updates Tues, Thurs, Sat.
- DM of the Rings by Shamus Young. If you play Dungeons and Dragons, or really any tabletop RPG involving D20’s, you need to read this. Yes, need. 15+, Geeky, Fantasy. Complete, no more updates.
- Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell. Alternate universe, but not really fantasy. sci-fi ish, 15+. Art gets better as you get further through the comic with this one too. Updates Mon, Wed, Fri.
My goddess. Long post!
But hopefully that answers all of your questions! But if you still have more- hit up that ask button on the left over there. Doooo iiiiiit.
Everyone has been telling me to watch this anime called ‘Spice and Wolf‘ … and it is one I honestly mean to. But like always, people telling me costantly “OOooohhh spice and wolf!!! ASDFG AMAZING *SPLODE*” doesn’t help. It really gets on my nerves when people do that! Either I’ll watch it or I wont. And If I say that yes, I will watch it, then please don’t ask me if I’ve watched it every time I see you. I’ll get around to it when I get around to it.
Admittedly, I do fangirl over a few series myself. Namely, Gankutsuou and a couple others.
It’s my favourite anime. It’s so much my favourite anime, that after I saw it no other anime entertained me enough to finish it. I think since then I’ve only watched anime movies -I recommend ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time- and only gotten maybe five or six episodes into any others. In a way I hate that, because my standard is so high after watching this that it kind of ruined other anime for me, but it really was that good. Now, many people may bulk at this because it does have a very unorthodox art style. It’s not for everyone, and I’m not claiming it’s the best anime on the planet, because obviously everyone has different tastes.
Ristorante Paradiso is probably my second favourite anime. Though this slot has been occupied by various anime’s over time, like Naruto Shippuden, Ouran High School Host Club, and K-ON, It has maintained a high spot in my mind. Though K-ON might have won a battle, it didn’t win the war for second place.
So I will probably fan-girl both of these, and maybe K-ON too, at some point to people I know.
Back to the point of this post… yes I fangirl over a few anime. But I don’t blabbity blab about it to people who:
- I know already don’t like it
- I have already told to watch it
- Don’t like anime
Really, talking enthusiastically about any anime to any of the above is pointless and probably just gets on their nerves. So I try very hard not to.
<3 you if you managed to read it all. Apologies for any bad grammar, It kind of goes out the window then I rant… but I don’t think I did that badly did I?