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Reading Log: August 2023

August is that killer time of year where work is insane, it’s too hot to think and nothing gets done. Well, actually this year the weather has been pretty mild but work has still been crazy and very little has been getting done in my spare time. Still, let’s see what I have read!

Bold = completed series
Italic = dropped

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Reading Log: June 2020

For the month of June I continued to wage war on the backlog of light novels! Let’s find out how I did…


  1. Princess Jellyfish omnibus volume 7 (JP 13-14)
  2. Stellar Witch Lips volume 1
  3. Princess Jellyfish omnibus volumes 8-9 (JP 15-17)
  4. Infinite Dendrogram volume 5
  5. Campfire Cooking in Another World With My Absurd Skill volume 1
  6. Spotless Love (Manga +)
  7. Chi’s Sweet Home volume 2 (JP read)
  8. Domestic Girlfriend (CR)
  9. Hina Change (Manga +)
  10. The Sign of the Abyss (Manga +)
  11. Queen’s Quality volume 9
  12. Daytime Shooting Star volume 6
  13. Tsoyukaoru
  14. Given volume 2
  15. Space Brothers volumes 1-2
  16. The Promised Neverland (WSJ)
  17. Snow White with the Red Hair volume 8
  18. Discommunication volume 5
  19. Men’s Life volume 1
  20. Love on the Other Side: A Nagabe Short Story Collection
  21. Passions of Little Wet Mice volume 1
  22. Sweat and Soap volume 2 – review
  23. Horimiya volume 1
  24. Guardian of the Witch (WSJ)
  25. Rational Pervert Romance volume 1
  26. Space Brothers volume 3
  27. Parasyte volume 1
  28. Space Brothers volume 4
  29. How to Kill a Heart volume 4
  30. From Me to You volume 1
  31. One Room of Happiness volume 7
  32. From Me to You volume 2
  33. Ao Haru Ride volume 11
  34. Bungo Stray Dogs volume 15
  35. Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction volume 8
  36. From Me to You volume 3
  37. The Twisted King and I volume 1
  38. Secret of My Uniform volume 1
  39. Space Brothers volumes 5-6
  40. If I Hadn’t Fallen in Love With You volume 1

Light Novels

  1. Infinite Dendrogram volume 12
  2. I Refuse to Be Your Enemy volume 2
  3. Log Horizon volume 4
  4. The Extraordinary, The Ordinary, and Soap volume 2
  5. Restaurant to Another World volume 2
  6. Tearmoon Empire volume 2
  7. Cooking with Wild Game volume 8
  8. Classroom of the Elite volume 2
  9. Reincarnated as a Sword volume 1
  10. Der Werwolf volume 8
  11. Zaregoto volume 3
  12. In Another World with My Smartphone volume 20
  13. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash volume 15

So this month I managed 43 manga and 13 light novels, compared to 46 and 25 last month. I guess I slacked on light novels toward the end of the month, but hey I made good progress! Piles of shame:


Reading Log: December 2019

We’ve hit the end of the year, so it’s time for a final reading log update. Here’s what I’ve been reading and here are the rules I set for myself when recording this log.


  • Cells at Work: Code Black volume 2
  • Ten Count volumes 3-4
  • Young Bad Education volume 1
  • Beast Children
  • Silver Spoon volume 11
  • The Summer of the Fox
  • A Familiar Face
  • Ao Haru Ride volume 8
  • Tales of Berseria volume 1 – review
  • Isekai Essay Saku: Bucket (JP)
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san volume 2 – review
  • Demon Slayer volume 10
  • Tokyo Shinobi Squad
  • Curtains Up, I’m Off
  • The Faraway Paladin volume 3
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Another Story volume 1 – review
  • Ten Count volumes 5-6
  • Granblue Fantasy volume 2
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re volumes 8-10
  • O Maidens in your Savage Season volume 5 – review
  • Discommunication volume 3
  • Snow White with the Red Hair volume 4 – review
  • Princess Jellyfish volumes 1-2
  • The Golden Sheep volume 2
  • Candy Colour Paradox volume 4
  • The Beautiful Greeness volume 3
  • Boy’s Love volume 2
  • Sweet Reincarnation volume 2
  • Witch Hat Atelier volume 3
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card voulme 6
  • Our Precious Conversations
  • Queen’s Quality volume 8
  • Yozakura Quartet volume 4
  • Asterisk
  • Fairy Tail: Ice Trail volume 1
  • Noragami Stray Stories
  • Cooking with Wild Game volume 2
  • The Girl from the Other Side volume 3
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid volume 8

Light Novels:

  • The Combat Baker and Automation Waitress volume 3
  • Ourbreak Company volume 12
  • Zaregoto volume 1
  • A Sister’s All You Need volume 5 – review
  • Der Werewolf volume 6
  • The Economics of Prophecy volume 1
  • In Another World with my Smartphone volume 18
  • The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes volume 1
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord volume 9
  • Spirit Chronicles volume 8
  • Katanagatari volume 3 – review
  • The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody volume 1 – review
  • Altina the Sword Princess volume 2
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm volume 5

Due to a mixture of Christmas and being on break I’ve managed to read a fair amount this month. 44 manga and 14 light novels compared to 39 and 5 last month. Pile of shame time!

The pile has sort of ballooned now, with the normal pile of shame, a Christmas pile and a work pile. Hopefully these will decrease a bit over the next month…

My yearly stats work out as: 397 manga, 152 light novels. Broken down across months as:

January 34/19
Feb 41/8
March 38/10
April 23/16
May 22/13
June 28/19
July 38/10
August 40/13
September 26/10
October 24/15
November 39/5
December 44/14

Reading Log: July 2019

Now truly into the depths of Summer I return for my July reading log. Somehow I’ve avoided melting into a puddle. As usual here’s a link to my rules and here’s what I’ve been reading in July:


  • To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts volume 8
  • Candy Colour Paradox volume 2
  • Anonymous Noise volume 15
  • Classmates
  • Demon Slayer volume 7
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes volume 6
  • Lover 
  • If I Could Touch Your Heart 
  • Reversible Friend
  • Witch Hat Atelier
  • My Servants and I
  • Komi Can’t Communicate volume 1
  • Vampire Knight: Memories volume 3
  • Now Loading…! 
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dedede Destruction volume 6
  • Love Love Chu Chu
  • When that Day Comes 
  • Magus of the Library volume 1 – review
  • Love in Focus volume 3 – review
  • Record of Grancrest War volume 3
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War volume 1
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime volume 7
  • When We Were in the Rose Forest
  • Sneaky Red volume 1
  • Lofty Flower, Fall for Me!! (followed the simulpubs)
  • The Master of Ragnarok volume 2
  • My Hero Academia: Smash!! volume 1
  • Shining Stars in Line 
  • At 25:00 in Akasaka 
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom volume 2
  • Moja and I
  • Science vs Magic (one shot)
  • Dive!! volume 3 – review
  • Shinjuku Lucky Hole 
  • Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles volume 2
  • Snow White with the Red Hair volume 2
  • Connect Us
  • Flying Witch volume 6

Light Novels:

  • I Shall Survive Using Potions volume 3
  • Woof Woof Story: I Told you to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch not Fenri volume 2 – review
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: On the Side – Sword Oratoria volume 9
  • Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World volume 1
  • Outbreak Company volume 10
  • In Another World with my Smartphone volume 16
  • Koyomimonogatari Part 1 – review
  • Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles volume 6
  • The Greatest Magicmasters Retirement Plan volume 2
  • JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World: Summer

So this month I’ve managed 38 manga and 10 light novels. A lot of single volume manga this month, which pushed the numbers up. A new BL service called Futekiya opened up, which is where a lot of these came from. Now for the pile of shame!

Pile of shame:

Currently reading: My Hero Academia: School Briefs volume 2

Kaguya-sama: Love is War volume 2
Daytime Shooting Star volume 1
Eighty-Six volume 2
Arifureta volume 1
Sword Art Online: Progressive volume 6
Restaurant in Another World volume 1
Tokyo Ghoul: Re volumes 8-11
The Reprise of the Spear Hero volume 1
Re:Zero volume 8
Log Horizon volume 4
Re:Zero EX volume 2
Strike the Blood volume 4
The Devil is a Part Timer! volume 11

Because there are quite a few manga in the pile I decided to italic them to make reading through it easier. I’ve been buying a lot of stuff lately, so I need to start making my way through the pile again….

The Devil is a Part-Timer! Volume 1 – Light Novel Review

The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume 1

The Devil Is a Part-Timer is yet another example of a series where I experienced the anime first and then have read the light novel. This is of course due to the light novel scene outside of Japan not really existing until well after the original anime was a thing, but nevertheless we have it now! The Devil Is a Part-Timer is probably also yet another example of a series I like quite a bit more in its original form rather than as an anime.

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 2 – Light Novel Review

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 2

When I reviewed the first volume of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? I found myself very taken with main character Bell and the world in which he lives. Considering how much I enjoyed the first volume in the series I went into the second with hopes of something which could perhaps double my love for the series, I mean surely with world building and such out the way the story would draw me in all the more. Well, the second volume kind of lived up to my hopes but it also has its own problems.

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Sword Art Online volume 1: Aincrad – Light novel review

Sword Art Online light novel 1

Sword Art Online has without a doubt become a huge series outside of Japan thanks to A-1 Pictures producing an anime last summer. Thanks to the massive interest in the series Yen Press have licensed the original light novels for release outside of Japan. I’ve picked up the first volume to review and see how much the source differs from the anime!

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