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Manga: My Thoughts on Pandora Hearts, #2

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Pandora Hearts, #2 by Jun Mochizuki
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am probably not going to continue with this series. The story is still confusing to me and I'm just not feeling any kind of connection to any of the characters. I may still try to watch the anime though.

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Manga: Recent Reads

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Chatting about some of the manga I've read recently. Goodreads links to the series mentioned can be found after the break.

Books: My Thoughts on The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot #1)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5 for me. Read as part of #MarchMysteryMadness

This is my second Agatha Christie read, the first being And Then There Were None. I was surprised to discover that this book was not narrated by Poirot as I had presumed going in, but it was narrated by another character named Hastings. Though I did find the case interesting, I found Hastings to be a bit annoying. Poirot on the other hand, I really enjoyed.

Though the story in itself wasn't spectacular in my opinion, I did find myself thinking about it and who the killer might be in my last few days reading this book. I didn't really have a solid suspect in mind for most of the story, but I can tell you that I was quite surprised when I found out who actually committed the murder. I did feel like I was led to believe it wasn't the character it ended up being, which made it even more surprising when the reveal was done.

I listened to a majo…

KDrama: My Thoughts on Oh My Ghostess

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16 Episodes
tvN, 2015
Romantic Comedy, Food, Supernatural, Mystery
Watched on DramaFever
☆☆☆☆

Wow, it has been a while since I finished a Korean Drama. MyDramaList tells me that the last drama I completed was Bride of the Century back on August 24, 2015, I started Oh My Ghostess on the same day and watched 6 episodes before I put it on hiatus. I decided to finally pick it up again on March 20, 2016 and marathoned 8 episodes in one day.

At the peak of my Korean Drama Addiction, this was the norm for me. Every weekend we would have drama marathons where we would watch between 8-10 episodes of a drama in a day. In the last couple years though, this has died down quite a bit. Life, other hobbies, and my daughter's extra curricular activities kept us pretty busy. Busy enough that I stopped watching Korean Dramas all together for a time. As I had mentioned in my 2016 Goals post, I did want to kick up my drama watching again this year, and I've finally made a step towards that goal.

TV Shows: My Thoughts on Body of Proof

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3 Seasons 42 Episodes Watched on Hulu ✰✰✰✰ 1/2
This weekend I finished the final episode of Body of Proof. I was drawn to this show after finishing my re-watch of Crossing Jordan last year, as I was looking for a show that was similar. I was not disappointed.
Synopsis (from Hulu): Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. Her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Megan’s instincts are sharp, but she’s developed a reputation for graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department’s begins. It turns out her career isn’t the only thing that will need to be rebuilt; Megan’s family has taken a backseat to her ambition, and now she’ll discover there’s a lot of work to do when it comes to dissecting her relationships wit…

Books: My Thoughts on The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia #3) by C.S. Lewis

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The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book! I have to say I was concerned about how much I would actually enjoy it as I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the story, but I was pleasant surprised by how much I liked it. Excited to continue reading this series!



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Manga: My Thoughts on Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil, Volume 1 by Kazuki Nakashima

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Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil, Volume 1 by Kazuki Nakashima
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Skimmed through the last half. Probably not going to continue with the series. Thought the artwork was nice, but the story just doesn't suit my taste.

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Books: My Thoughts on Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura #3) by Jonathan Maberry

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Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Probably more like a 4.5 but I need to think on it a bit. Buddy read this with the same friend I've buddy read the first two installments with. More thoughts later...

So, after some thought, I do have to say that I did not enjoy this installment as much as the first two. That's not to say that this book wasn't as entertaining as the prior two. It definitely started out with a bang and kept my interest throughout. I just had some issues with Nix's behavior at many times in this book, which took away some of the enjoyment for me. True, she did started showing this behavior in the prior book, but it wasn't to the extent as it was in this book.

We do get a cameo of a character from a different series the author writes, which I thought was interesting. Of course, I didn't put it together until it was revealed who the character was because I have not read that series yet. Again, I enjoyed the Zombie Cards d…

Books: My Thoughts on The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm #2) by Michael Buckley

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The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Really enjoyed the second installment in this series. Sabrina was a bit whiny and I'm glad I opted to read this one instead of listen to it on audiobook, as I did with the first book. I also realized that I missed out on all the illustrations the first time around! This one does end on a cliffhanger so have the next one handy if you dislike those.



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Books: My Thoughts on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Enjoyed this a bit more than The Magician's Nephew. Very similar to what I've watched of the story in the past, with a few extra nuggets of information I found interesting.



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Books: February Wrap Up including #Rainbowthon 2.0

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I completed a buddy read, a group read, and one read-a-thon in February. Eight books in total, though the picture above only shows 7 *:゚*。⋆ฺ(*´◡`)

Books: February Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

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I mentioned in my January Wrap Up video how I did that month as far as my reading challenges went. This month, I thought I'd post about how I did instead of including it in my video (which should be up tonight hopefully). This is going to be very simplistic, showing just the challenge banner and the books I read towards that challenge. You can find my thoughts for books mentioned in past blog posts, on my Goodreads, or in my Wrap Up video. Here we go!

Books: March Mystery Madness Starts Today!

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If you don't know about March Mystery Madness, it's a month long read-a-thon where we will be focusing on reading mystery novels. This read-a-thon is being hosted by LizziefayeLovesBooks and Troi Towel. You can see their announcement videos here and here for more information. There is also a Goodreads Group here.

There are nine challenges which you can opt to complete during the month, and they are as follows:

Read a food/craft/hobby cozy mysteryRead a mystery in which the main sleuth or detective is a person of colorRead an Agatha Christie novel or one of the following Edgar Allen Poe short stories:The Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Mystery of Marie RogetThe Purloined LetterRead a True Crime novelRead a paranormal mysteryRead a pet mystery"Take a journey" and read a mystery set in a different part of the world from where you liveRead an amateur sleuth mystery where the detective is a kid or teenRead 8 books. If you combine challenges, then read any type of mystery you …