Hello, everyone! I decided that in order to post some things that are not tags but are still slightly bookish, I’d start doing a monthly wrap-up. This way I could motivate myself to read more next month, eh? I was also thinking about doing an anime wrap-up because I know a lot of bloggers love anime as well.
Still, November was a very unproductive month for me. I read a fair amount of books, but I didn’t review very much, and my post count is pathetic. I guess I got caught up in my new job and contributed all of my remaining energy to things outside of my blog.
Well, that’s going to change.
I read a lot of Keigo Higashino this month. This one wasn’t my favorite, but I still enjoyed it a lot, and I think it was infinitely better than the previous one I’d read, Under the Midnight Sun.
Schoolgirl, by Osamu Dazai (✮✮✮✮✮)
I didn’t write a review for Schoolgirl, but by god, I wish I had. I might sometime in the future when I read it again. This little novella was so raw and exquisitely written, and I haven’t had a character relate to me as well as this one did in such a long time. This is by far my favorite of Dazai’s work.
Salvation of a Saint, by Keigo Higashino (✮✮✮ +½)
I was still riding the high of The Devotion of Suspect X, so I jumped right back into another Detective Galileo mystery. It didn’t feel very different in comparison, but I loved the addition of Utsumi, the level-headed rookie detective.
A Midsummer’s Equation, by Keigo Higashino (✮✮✮✮)
The last of the Detective Galileo mysteries to be translated into English, I finished this one bittersweetly. The mystery itself was pretty lackluster, but I enjoyed it more than the rest because Yukawa played a much bigger role than he did the rest of them.
This was a very interesting read, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I will admit that it did lag a few times despite being such a short book.
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless) (7/10)
This was really sweet, pleasant, and surprisingly funny to watch. Kensho Ono is one of my favorite seiyuus, and I have to say, he killed Tanaka’s character. I was impressed with the rest of the cast as well. This is definitely the kind of anime you want to watch if you ever need to wind down.
Shinsekai Yori (From the New World) (2/10)
I’m the black sheep on this one. Honestly, I don’t know why I wasted my time. The characters are inconsistent, the world-building is scattered and confusing, and overall, the plot is boring. It started out all right, but by the end, I was pushing myself to finish it for the sake of it.
Kuroko no Basket: Last Game (Kuroko’s Basketball: Last Game) (10/10)
No, don’t mind me. I’m just…screaming.
I love Kuroko no Basket. For a sports anime, it’s completely unrealistic, but its surrealism is a part of its charm. This reunion was something that I desperately needed. It was intense, exhilarating, and completely bad-ass. It was definitely worth the wait.
And…that’s all! I hope to have a lot more for my December wrap-up, but until then~!
^I still desperately love this stupid little shit.