Weekend Reads #9: Sword & Sorcery, Isekai, & Being a Bawse

Good morning, book and otaku dragons!

As I sit here, eating my dark chocolate oatmeal and sipping on my Milo, I have come to realise that it’s been a long time since I’ve written a Weekend Reads post! The last one I wrote went up in November. Since Sir Betrothed and I plan on having a rather lazy weekend, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the books that I plan on reading while lounging around in bed with my kitties.

They’re all pretty different from one another, which makes me happy. I love reading various kinds of things, more so when I’m reading more than one book at a time. You can check them out down below! They are listed in order from most pages read to least pages read.

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

For 2018, one of my biggest goals is to become better at life. One of the main ways that I want to improve is by learning how to love myself and to be a more positive individual. The second way that I want to accomplish this is by working even harder and learning how to give 110% to my work (blogging) and my relationships. How to Be a Bawse is written by YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, whom I absolutely love and adore. She is one of the most dedicated content creators that I follow. I also love her personality so much as I relate to copious amounts of it. So, when I saw that she had written a book about being a badass in life—one that didn’t promise easy and quick methods at doing so, but involved perseverance—I knew that I had to check it out. I’m about halfway through this book, and I’m enjoying every page thus far.

Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World – Volume 2 by Tappei Nagatsuki & Illustrations by Shinichirō Otsuka

I read the first volume of this seinen, fantasy, isekai (another world) series with my Japanese Light Novel & Novel GoodReads group last year, approximately six months ago. I remember that I struggled with the writing style (possible translation issues), but overall found it pleasant. I have had volumes two and three on my shelves since then, but haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet. One of my reading goals for the year is to read more light novels, and I figured this would be a good place to begin.

The second volume follows Subaru as he meets more quirky and strange ladies, and is presented with a very similar issue to that of volume one! I like the humour, even though it is terribly awkward at times, but I don’t really care for Ram and Rem. I know… blasphemous… But they really annoy the shit out of me. Nonetheless, I’m still excited to see how things will unfold.

Forge of the Mindslayers (Blade of the Flame Book 2) by Tim Waggoner

For anyone who’s been following my bookish shenanigans for a while, you’ve probably seen me talk about this series. It’s my favourite book series of all-time; one that I have read approximately four to five times. I picked up book one last year when I was drowning in a reading slump. Now that the slump has died off, I’m thrilled to return to the trilogy so that I can re-read the second and third books.

In Forge of the Mindslayers, Diran Bastiaan and his buddy Ghaji return for more sword-and-sorcery theatrics laced in badass battles, witty humour, and eccentric friendlies they meet along the way. If you like classic fantasy stories from the sword-and-sorcery genre, then I highly recommend this trilogy to you!

Those are my trio of weekend reading treats! I hope you all have a fantastic few days ahead, whether you’re chilling or working. Don’t forget to get some rest and show yourselves some love. Happy reading & happy otakuing to you all!

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