Reading Log: May 2023

It has been a busy month! Lots of new manga and light novels arriving, and work picking up again. I’m hoping to have read away a little bit of the backlog in these last few weeks, but let’s see how I’ve done.

Bold = completed series
Italic = dropped


  1. Love of Kill volume 11
  2. The Dog and Waning Moon volume 1
  3. Boy’s Abyss volume 1
  4. Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man: 22-26 
  5. Flying Witch volume 11
  6. Wistoria Wand and Sword volume 2
  7. The Way of the Househusband volume 9
  8. Kabukicao After Game Play
  9. Insomniacs After School volume 2 (JP)
  10. Insomniacs After School volume 3 (JP)
  11. That’s My typical Girl volume 8
  12. A Couple of Cuckoos volume 10
  13. That Time I got Reincarnated As a Slime volume 21
  14. Hirano and Kagiura volume 2
  15. Welcome Back, Aureole 
  16. Insomniaces After School volume 4 (JP)
  17. My Dear Agent volume 2
  18. Re:Birth
  19. The World of Summoning (Kodansha Simulpub/Bessatsu Shounen Magazine) 
  20. My Dress-Up Darling volume 8
  21. Bungo Stray Dogs Official Anthology volume 4 (JP)
  22. Sunbeams in the Sky volume 1
  23. Kada to Itte Moratoriamu (B’s-Lovey Recottia, JP)
  24. Wagaitoshi mo Kyuutei Majutsuhi (B’s-Lovey Recottia, JP)
  25. At 25:00, in Akasaka volume 3
  26. Sagesumu Shisen ga Saikou Desu (Bessatsu Friend)
  27. Papa and Dada’s Home Cooking volume 3
  28. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess volume 11
  29. Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet volume 3
  30. Kowloon Generic Romance volume 3
  31. Pokémon Journeys volume 3
  32. Zangyaku Sugiru Isekai: demo Suzuki wa Kawaii (Young Ace)
  33. Karate Master Isekai volume 2
  34. Gushing Over Magical Girls volume 6
  35. New World Lovetopia
  36. Dangerous Drugs of Re:Life 
  37. Sir, It’s Time for You to Kneel 
  38. Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 3 Volume 1
  39. Natsume and Natsume volume 3
  40. My Dear Curse-Casting Vampiress volume 1
  41. Run Away with Me, Girl volume 3
  42. Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion volume 2
  43. Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon volume 1
  44. Honey Lemon Soda volume 2
  45. Kan and Yuji: The Unbelievable Love Story of a Salaryman With a Brother Complex volume 2
  46. Tokyo Aliens volume 3
  47. Sometimes Even Reality is a Lie volume 3
  48. Momo and Manji volume 5
  49. Naruto: Konoha’s Story – The Steam Ninja Scrolls (Manga Plus)
  50. Horimiya volume 14
  51. Magical Girl Incident volume 1
  52. Blue Lock volume 1 (re-read)
  53. The Dog and Waning Volume 1
  54. Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsuudere Villainess Liselotte volume 2
  55. Please Say Yes
  56. Hanayome Noren (JP, Be Love)


  1. Starry Horns (Gfantasy)
  2. Yuzuriha no Renbo (Bessatsu Friend)
  3. Tonari no Koiwazurai (Bessatsu Friend)
  4. Kojirase Omega no Innen no Koi (Hanoto)
  5. Last Live wa Kimi ni Dake (Dessert)
  6. Hiriki na Boku no (Dessert)
  7. Asame wa Koi wo Tsurete (Dessert Pink)
  8. Yokogao Renbo (Dessert Pink)
  9. Koibito Miman, Dakedo Koi (Dessert Pink)
  10. Douki no Otoko ni Kokuhaku Saremashita (Dessert BL)
  11. Ore-Tachi One Set (Dessert BL)
  12. Senpai to Taiyou (Dessert BL)
  13. Suki Sugite Nounai Jikkyou ga Tomarimasen (Dessert BL)
  14. Amama (Dessert BL)
  15. Koi no Shinkan Arimasu (Dessert BL)
  16. Kimi wa Ookina Otokonko (Kiss)

Light Novels:

  1. A Pale Moon Reverie volume 1
  2. Ascendance of a Bookworm volume 25
  3. Isekai Tensei: Recruited to Another World volume 4
  4. Make It Stop! I’m Not Strong… It’s Just My Sword volume 1 (Dropped partway into Vol 2 due to an uncomfortable sexual assault scene)
  5. Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me the Strongest volume 1
  6. Holmes of Kyoto volume 15
  7. The Ideal Sponger Life volume 12
  8. The Apothecary Diaries volume 8
  9. Accidentally in Love: The Witch, The Knight and the Love Potion Slippup volume 1
  10. In Another World With My Smartphone volume 27
  11. My Happy Marriage volume 2
  12. By the Grace of the Gods volume 12
  13. An Introvert’s Hookup Hiccups: This Gyaru is Head Over Heels For Me! volume 3
  14. Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf volume 8
  15. The Conqueror From a Dying Kingdom volume 4
  16. The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan volume 16

So this month I have read 56 manga down from 60, 16 light novels down from 20 and 16 one-shots up from 4. Dessert launched a new BL mini-magazine, which contributed to the rise there. Meanwhile the backlog is up from 180 to 201, but I did receive 63 titles this month so perhaps that’s no surprise…

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