Monday, May 11, 2015

Books for when you're... (20)




Each fortnight, month, fifteenth full moon of the half equational motion of the earths full circuit I will showcase 1-2 books that I think would be fantastic reading to suit a certain mood.

Wanting to learn a new activity.
Activities are fun to learn, but sometimes you need an extra push, like a character you love or admire or dislike intensely doing it, to really decide to do it yourself. So that’s what I’m doing here. Showing you some activities you could learn from books!

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori.
So I’m not sure I actually am completely clear on what a Host is (I think it’s like a male escort but with only the occasional almost kiss and nothing further), but you can learn it from the Ouran High School manga series, if you so cared! Maybe this wasn’t the best choice, since I’ve read- devoured, actually- all 17 volumes of the series and I clearly am not clear on what a host is, but there’s more to this series than just that. You get hilarious amounts of humor and incredulity and perfection, you get to learn about cosplay! That’s right! You could learn to be a host and you can also learn about cosplaying, all in this one series, and with all the beauty and hilarity you’ll get besides, I think that’s well worth it.

Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
You can learn how NOT to be a wizard from the fantastical Randalf, the strange wizard who lives in a houseboat on a floating lake. And if you think that’s a lot to take in, just wait till you get to the book. This is a series that is bizarre and full of ludicridity (totally a word) and really rather heartwarming. It has exploding gas frogs! And pink stinky hogs! And a little budgie who wears combat boots (so that’s where my love for those came from! Now I realise!), and a wizard who is about the worst wizard you’ve ever seen. But… well. He’s a coward and skimpy and rather rude, but he’s a good friend.


Poison by Bridgit Zinn.
You can learn how to be not only a poisoner in Poison (didn’t you guess from the title, though? It is kind of a giveaway) but also how to be on the run, which is rather exciting. All the ins and outs of sneaking into places, the purposes for different magical poisons and the skill needed to be one of the most respected poisoners in the magical kingdom in which you live. But again, there is also rather a beautiful friendship in here, and that’s totally worth it, too.


*Please note I don’t want to actually inspire you to become a poisoner. No. Don’t do that. Just write a novel about it, or create some divine dart that cures illness or fills one with enough nutrition for a whole hour. That’d be okay, I think.*



Stay tuned for some more bookish suggestions for the good times, and the bad.
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16 comments:

  1. Ouran High School Host Club has a pretty messy and all over the place manga, but the anime is absolutely AWESOME. I remember watching all the episodes of that show and was laughing my rear off at every, single one. Up to this day, I still ship Haruhi with Hikaru ;_;

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I'd say that both the manga and the anime are a bit all over the place, but still I love them both! A really clever, surprising mix of hilarious and striking in it's emotion. SO. WELL. DONE. I just finished my... third? rewatch of the anime. I could do this FOREVER!
      I, myself, could never see Haruhi with anyone but Tamaki. And maybe Kyoya. Though the way the twins storyline went was really fantastic.xxx

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  2. I actually watched the Ouran High School Host Club anime and didn't like it. ._. For some reason the whole thing was just too weird for me, haha.

    I've been wanting to read Poison for AGES. Being a poisoner sounds fantastic. And I definitely need to learn how to be on the run... Just in case, you know? ;)

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    1. Ah well, it is pretty bizarre, Aimee! I do love it for that, but I can absolutely understand why it might be a bit too much. I think I had that problem with the manga, until I just got down and read it and really enjoyed where things went.

      It's so good! Really sweet and good and just a NICE read. I'm not even going to ask, Aimee. Not even going to ask. xxx

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  3. This sounds awesome! I actually want to start Ouran High School Host Club because it looks interesting and it's on Netflix XD Also Poison sounds awesome even though what happened to the author is so incredibly fricking sad.

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    1. You should! It's really hilarious but very strong. I hope you like it! (aah, it's exciting to know someone new is planning on starting to watch it!) It's really wonderful, but so heartbreaking to know she didn't live to see her work published. But... also fantastic that her family strove to get it into the world. That's really fantastic.

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  4. Poison has been on my TBR since it came out. I really have to tackle it one of this days. Sad about the author though...

    Oh hey! Thanks for following. :)

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    1. It was on mine for quite a while, too, until I bought a copy. It's really charming, though that's not a word I generally use, especially not to refer to a book I love. It's sweet and really a lovely read. Hope you like it as much as I do!

      You're welcome! And thank you, too! xx

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  5. I've been meaning to read Poison - not for the poisoner skillz, but it sounds very exciting! I haven't heard of the other two books - but they sound fun too. Muddle Earth has to be a parody of Lord of the Rings, so I'm basically sold on that alone! :)

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    1. Ahha, well even if not for that, for the story itself it's really worth it, Charlene. Though why you wouldn't be interested in learning the skillz I don't know!
      It is! I've never read the books, though, so I imagine I miss many a reference that fans of the series would get! YAY! SOLD TO CHARLENE.

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  6. "So I’m not sure I actually am completely clear on what a Host is" LOL, same! I loved this manga/anime, it had me almost in tears every episode (and not even always for humor, there are plenty of emotional bits) Poison was such a cute read!

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    1. Ahha, glad it's not only me! I definitely don't get it, even after watching the whole anime for the third time. It's just not quite... understood. You're so right, Alise. There's the hilarity, but also the emotion which came through when you wouldn't be expecting it and just HIT you. So good. xx

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  7. I think the universe wants me to read Ouran because I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE lately. And I did start it a few years ago, but I'm pretty sure I was into a different manga series at that time (I like to focus on one). I know a lot of people love it, so I'm thinking I should pick it up ASAP.

    And POISON. I have only seen positive things about this book around the blogosphere, and it IS on my TBR. It sounds super fab, so I really want to give it a go! :D

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    1. Well you should definitely listen to Ouran, than, Chiara, especially because it's my favourite Manga series ever. It's completely bizarre and rather ridiculous, but really fantastic. It'll surprise you, I'm sure.

      Ooh, I hope you get to it soon, then! It's really a lovely read. Pretty sure you'd love it. xx

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  8. What a neat feature! I love this. I bet if you created a link-up for it, you'd get a lot of participation-- myself included!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosie! I'm thrilled that you loved it enough to consider taking part yourself, if it became a link-up feature! I have been suggested that before, so I should definitely look into the dynamics and workings of it. Thanks again! xx

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