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Weekend Reads #1: Comics & Light Novels

Recently, I’ve noticed posts going around the bookish community that are short snippets of what people plan on reading over the weekend, and into the following week. It looked like a fun way to share current reads and in-the-moment biblio-experiences, so I figured I’d give it a shot! My allergies have been making reading absolutely impossible this week, which means I have an ulterior motive of hoping that this small post can prevent me from falling into a slump by motivating me to finish my present projects!

Sandstorm by James Rollins (Sigma Force #1): I have been working on this book for the past week and a half to two weeks now. There are about 570 pages in the book and due to its extremely detailed nature, I’ve been taking my time reading it. It’s a fast-paced action-adventure novel that has a lot of twists and turns that I want to fully absorb and enjoy. I’m currently on page 400-ish. If you like treasure-hunt stories that fly by quickly with lots of references to historical events and artefacts, you may enjoy this series! I know I’m loving it so far. I hope I can finish the book by next Friday at the absolute latest.

Re:Zero Volume 1: Starting Life in Another World by Tappei Nagatsuki & Shinichirou Otsuka (Illustrations): This is the first instalment of a light novel series that I’m reading with my Japanese Novel & Light Novels GoodReads group. It’s an action-adventure, fantasy seinen (older, male audience) serial about a kid named Subaru who finds himself summoned to another world one day while he’s out trying to buy some snacks. Upon entering the new world, through some plot unfoldings, he discovers that he has the power to time travel, but he has to die in order to use this ability! I’m really loving this volume thus far. It’s really funny, isn’t afraid to poke fun of the “transported to a magical/video-game realm” tropes, and the premise is actually kind of cool. I’m hoping to read a nice chunk of this over the weekend. So far, I’m about 70 pages in.

Abraxis Wren of Eberron by Paul Criley and Keith Baker: I am positively obsessed with the Eberron universe, which is similar to Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, and Ravenloft. I own every single novel in the universe, but somehow missed out on this graphic novel. I found it a couple of days ago and picked it up! It’s a swashbuckling action and dark fantasy comic that introduces us to the world of Eberron and specific fantasy elements unique to the universe such as dragonmarks (physical marks that tie you to specific magical families) and warforges (sentient constructs created from wood, stone, and magic to be tools of war). I’m most excited about this graphic novel because I think it would be cool to see illustrations that match the stuff I visualise when I read the novels. Also… it’s freaking EBERRON! 😀

Those are the three books that I plan on reading over the weekend and into next week! If I finish the light novel and the graphic novel, I may pick up more volumes of the Ouran High School Host Club manga written by Bisco Hatori, and the comic book series Tokyo Ghost written by Rick Remender.

What are some books that you plan on reading over the weekend?

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