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01 January 2013 @ 00:01

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23 July 2015 @ 23:27
I asked salwaphoenix a question this morning and she was like "wait aa... arashi_on has the answer" which reminded me that I haven't been on LJ since... December! Uh. I really didn't plan to abandon my LJ or anything. I've just been... preoccupied.


I was mostly busy with planning for our store anniversary throughout February and March, and was in Japan for ten days (ish) in April with my family, although only about one of those days was spent in Tokyo. Which made me miss Tokyo a lot, because my last couple of trips didn't allow me to spend a lot of time there, either. In May we were preparing for stock take, and there was one time when something was always going on, one after another - Comic Arts Fest and KL Book Fest and Cooler Lumpur Fest and book launches and other stuff like that, and before I knew it it was Ramadhan and I was broke but somehow in Singapore.

matsumazing and I went to the live viewing of Waku Waku Gakkou in Singapore. We went on Saturday and Sunday morning, and regretted not getting tickets for Sunday evening because we enjoyed it so much. I still haven't written about it though - it'll be up on my wordpress when I do.

I had also gone on a different trip to Singapore for a play, and to hang out with my nieces. And then last week was Eid, or was that the week before that, and this weekend kanzeon (I owe her a Tadao Ando-signed mag) is coming down to KL and we're meeting up, possibly with showjuro and reiki74h (I owe her a Waku2 pouch/tissue case).

I just hope I get through August, because I'm supposed to attend a Harper event, go to Tioman with my family, go to Tokyo all by myself (well, matsumazing will be around for 3-4 of the 8 days I'm there) and possibly host a Pippi Longstocking 70th birthday bash. All in the same month.

I'm hoping for a peaceful October, but that's when the serious planning for Christmas events and promotions at the store gets done (>_<).

If I had lots of peace and quiet, though, what I feel like doing now is write a fic. And maybe actually finish it.

Oh, and I'm working on a new zine which is kinda sorta Arashi-related, hence the questions I asked Salwa, and my return to LJ in general and arashi_on in specific, which made me miss fandom. Rather a lot. Especially since two-thirds of the people in my office are KPop fans and were loudly discussing this Big Bang concert they were all going together, and I'm not just the lone Arashi fan, I'm the lone JE/Jpop fan. Sigh.

So what I'm really saying is, hi, I miss you all. Seeing that I was away for so long I'm not sure if I'll remember to check in so often or if anyone else is still around (have I said this before? I feel like I've said this before) but hi anyway :)
03 November 2014 @ 18:23

  • The Distance Between Us, Kasie West

  • Magic Marks the Spot, Caroline Carlson

  • I Am Jazz, Jessica Herthel

  • Gus & Me, Keith & Theodora Richards

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (1), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (2), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (3), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (4), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (5), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (6), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (7), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (8), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (9), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (10), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (11), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (12), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (13), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (14), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (15), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (16), Higuchi Asa

  • Ookiku Furikabutte (17), Higuchi Asa

  • Yowamushi Pedal (34), Watanabe Wataru

  • Yowamushi Pedal (35), Watanabe Wataru

  • Natsume Yuujincho (16), Midorikawa Yuki

  • Natsume Yuujincho (17), Midorikawa Yuki

  • Skip Beat! (35), Nakamura Yoshiki

  • Once Upon an Alphabet, Oliver Jeffers

  • Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson, et al

  • Young Avengers Vol 1: Style > Substance, Kieron Gillen, et al

  • I'll Give You The Sun, Jandy Nelson

  • The Secret Country, Pamela Dean

  • The Hidden Land, Pamela Dean

  • The Whim of the Dragon, Pamela Dean

  • Witch's Business, Diana Wynne Jones

  • The Ogre Downstairs, Diana Wynne Jones

  • Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?, Diana Wynne Jones

  • Eight Days of Luke, Diana Wynne Jones

Honestly, all I can remember reading this month are the Pamela Deans and Diana Wynne Jones. Such a good month of reading! As I predicted last month, I read a lot of manga, and sports manga in particular. But I kind of stopped now that I'm on my DWJ reread. I'm realising this - reading DWJ books in succession makes me only want MORE of them, while also making me more critical of other YA/MG titles I read. Oops. (Pamela Dean is awesome, so I can read her and DWJ at the same time.) This means that I don't feel like reading the other books from my stack of TBRs. Well, we'll see, I guess? I'm supposed to be alternating the DWJs with other titles, and I'm sure I will start doing that soon...

I also started reading Ms. Marvel (I'm loving Kamala Khan!), and am now interesting in reading Marvel comics again for the first time since I heard Joss Whedon did (Astonishing?) X-Men. And before that, my earlier high school days (which would be junior high for some countries).
Witch Week is probably my least favourite (although that just means I love it x100 instead of x300) in the series and I'm looking forward to it the most because I was reading this article comparing the boarding school experience in it with that in HP. And it made me think that if DWJ wrote HP there would probably be no Voldemort, or if there was he wouldn't be such a crucial part of the story and/or he wouldn't be the typical dark lord he is now, and Snape/the Dursleys/Umbridge would be the main villains, and each of the books would probably have diff main characters, there would be a Ron book and a Hermione book and maybe a Lee Jordan or Luna Lovegood (Luna and Neville Longbottom are more of the typical DWJ hero types I guess) book or even one on Dumbledore/McGonagall's childhoods.

Although, no. Come to think of it, Dumbledore would be a typical DWJ villain - someone that appears to be charming and good on the surface, but who is really totally manipulating the main character for his own ends, and practicing the "neglect and 'tough love' is the way to go, and also you better be grateful I even bothered to put you on your abusive aunt's doorstep" way of mentoring.

It might make an interesting fanfic project, doing HP in DWJ fashion. Hmm. At the very least, now I'm thinking of what other current popular children's titles would be like if done by DWJ.

Oh, and. Happy Halloween! And more importantly, happy All Hallows' Read :D Now I'm tempted to give away copies of Witch Week tomorrow.
19 October 2014 @ 16:19
1. On DIGITALIAN: Call me biased, but I really love Sho's solo! Second fave solo would be Nino's. And the PV Making &hearts. My favourite album song would be One Step.

2. On fic: I submitted my JE Otherworlds fic, thanks to my two betas. I'm still really hating on this fic (I keep thinking, if only I had time to make it better...) but it was amazing that I finished it at all, and it's all thanks to showjuro and arashic0804!)

3. I will be going to Japan in late November with showjuro, matsumazing and kanzeon. As usual, it'll be a super short trip, which is probably for the best, because I'm kinda super broke (bought too many books again >_<) - just 2 days in Tokyo, and 2 in Osaka. I'll forgo shopping and just enjoy meeting up with everyone there!
Current Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: - Wonderful | Powered by Last.fm
These three books make the first cycle of the Mortal Instruments series, and the only cycle I've read up til recently. Even when I first read these books I knew that Cassandra Clare used to write fic for the HP fandom, and that a lot of the fandom dislike or outright hates her now, but I wasn't in the fandom, and didn't really care. I asked a friend (who was in the fandom) if the Mortal Instruments was originally a fic, and she told me no, not really, although she DID have a fic called Mortal Instruments and she butchered many of her previous fics to use in these books. This, I didn't really have a problem with, and anyway the books seemed more like Buffy than like HP to me, and they're fun to read. Sure, they read a lot like fanfic, but that's part of the appeal - the pacing works better than a lot of the paranormal YAs I was reading at the time, and each chapter ends with something that makes me craving the next (something fic writers do because we release chapters independently from each other).

But in this new re-read, I'm looking at the books differently. I have read more on the whole Cassandra Clare thing, and found that in her fanfics, she had included dialogue from other books/TV series, verbatim. And she used descriptions from books like Pamela Dean's The Secret Country. (Pamela Dean herself doesn't seem to care, though?) This is often done in fanfic as tributes to different fandoms, but they're usually noted in a disclaimer at the beginning or end of their respective chapters. From what I read, Cassandra Clare never did do the disclaimer thing. And in this new reading of these books, I noticed something I hadn't before, because I'm reading them years later, after I've watched Buffy a million times over.

The books still contained dialogue that was originally from Buffy. Sometimes verbatim.

(Honestly, though, I actually enjoyed that. The references to Buffy appealed to the geek in me, even if the fact that it's plagiarism is still true.)

Do I still like this series? Yeah. A lot. It doesn't stop it from being enjoyable, to me. It's just a lot less shiny, I suppose.

And it did make me want to start reading the second cycle of the series.

//cross-posted from my book blog
Current Location: Kuala Lumpur
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: Raya songs played in the store
01 August 2014 @ 14:28
* The Last Forever, Deb Caletti
* Lies My Girlfriend Told Me, Julie Anne Peters
* Chu's First Day of School, Neil Gaiman
* Through the Woods, Emily Carroll
* Liquid City Vol. 3, ed. Sonny Liew
* The City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra Clare
* Yowamushi Pedal (1), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (2), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (3), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (4), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (5), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (6), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (7), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (8), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (9), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (10), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (11), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (12), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (13), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (14), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (15), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (16), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (17), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (18), Watanabe Wataru
* Yowamushi Pedal (19), Watanabe Wataru
* What Did You Eat Yesterday? (3), Yoshinaga Fumi
* City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare
* City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare

* a whole bunch of chapter books and activity books for Sophie, and a couple of geography history books for my dad

I'm trying not to buy books - or at least, not to buy too many books - these days. Besides the fact that I obviously need to save money, my TBR stack is getting out of control. I could fill two whole bookshelves with them, probably - the same Billy bookcases with 6-7 rows that I keep now. Except that my TBR titles aren't on the shelves, but stacked on other surfaces right now.

Anyway, I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to save money and not buying as many books. For July, I did spend a lot of books, but they're all for my niece and my dad. I did splurge on the new D&D Starter Set, though, so it wasn't like I didn't buy anything from the store for myself :p

I started reading Yowamushi Pedal online because WT recommended the anime to me. I watched the first season, died from the cliffhanger ending, and immediately looked for the manga. And I LOVE it. WT's recs can never go wrong; he's an EXCELLENT merchandiser (even if he isn't doing Comics, which is such a pity). I was planning to buy the books the next time I'm in Japan, but I can't wait to read the next volume(s), and Kinokuniya only have up to volume 19, so I ordered the next three volumes on CD Japan, and am now waiting.

I've also been re-reading Cassandra Clare, and read the second cycle of the Mortal Instruments, which I'll be posting flail-y rants about sometime this month, I'm sure.
02 January 2014 @ 21:50

The books listed would be books I read in 2013, and not necessarily published in 2013.

Last year I read only only 152 titles, 59 of which are YA. Of those, 38 are Contemporary/Realistic YA, 9 are Dystopians, 7 are Fantasy, 2 each for Science Fiction and Historical, and 1 Paranormal/Horror.

As for other categories, I read mostly manga, comics and picture books (68 titles total for the three categories combined). I only read 10 "grown-up" fiction, the most popular sub-categories being Fantasy (4 books) and "Literary" fiction (3 books). I also read 8 Non-Fiction titles, 4 of which are micro-histories, focusing on pop or indie culture.

I re-read 4 titles, and only read 12 LGBTIQA titles *side-eyes self*, not including yaoi manga, of course. But I did read a LOT of good YA, and am surprised that Allegiant didn't make it to my list.

The Immortals of Meluha, Amish Tripathy

The House of Hades, Rick Riordan

The Melancholy of Mechagirl, Catherynne M. Valente

Fragments, Dan Wells

Unbreakable, Kami Garcia

The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, and His Sacred Bones, Ginn Hale

Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

did not read any in these categories

The Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan
Mr. Wuffles, David Wiesner

Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
Ask the Passengers, AS King
This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein

Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, Alison Pipmeier

Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip, Yasmine Surovec
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell

xxxHolic, CLAMP

進撃の巨人 , 諫山

Pink, Kyoko Okazaki

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, Ellen Forney

October Mourning, Leslea Newman

Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones

Butter, Erin Jade Lange
The Disenchantments, Nina LaCour
45 Pounds (More or Less), KA Barson
Openly Straight, Bill Konigsburg
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, e.m. danforth
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, Ursula Nordstrom
The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider
Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

06 December 2013 @ 11:51
The Shattered Gates, Ginn Hale
The Holy Road, Ginn Hale
His Sacred Bones, Ginn Hale
♥ 失恋ショコラティエ (1), Mizushiro Setona
♥ 失恋ショコラティエ (2), Mizushiro Setona
♥ 失恋ショコラティエ (3), Mizushiro Setona

Maps, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinska
Longbourn, Jo Baker
Super Graphic, Tim Leong
The Art of Flying, Judy Hoffman
Flora & Ulysses, Kate diCamillo
Peekaboo!, Taro Gomi
100 Ghosts, Doogie Horner
A Fork in the Road, James Oseland
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, Lucy Knisley
My Autobiography, Alex Ferguson
Just One Year, Gayle Forman

...I've stopped keeping track, tbh.

The Silver Button, Bob Graham
♥ 失恋ショコラティエ (1), Mizushiro Setona
Unbreakable, Kami Garcia
Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan
Journey, Aaron Becker
The Shattered Gates, Ginn Hale
The Holy Road, Ginn Hale
His Sacred Bones, Ginn Hale
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

+since I forgot to update for two months...

//October's Books

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, Mitali Perkins
Mr. Wuffles!, David Wiesner
You Are Stardust, Elin Kelsey
This Song Will save Your Life, Leila Sales
Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav
Ask the Passengers, A.S. King
How to Love, Katie Cotugno
Dead Ends, Erin Jade Lange
Allegiant, Veronica Roth
Cat vs. Human: Another Dose of Catnip, Yasmine Surovec
Wait! Wait!, Hatsue Nakawaki
Goodbye, Rebel Blue, Shelley Corriell
My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

//September's Books


How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, Kara Jesella & Marisa Meltzer
The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider
Indestructible, Cristy C. Road
♥ 進撃の巨人 (1), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (2), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (3), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (4), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (5), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (6), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (7), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (8), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (9), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (10), Isayama Hajime
♥ 進撃の巨人 (11), Isayama Hajime
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, Leslea Newman
How to Be Bad, Lauren Myracle
Helter Skelter, Kyoko Okazaki
Confessions of a Hater, Caprice Crane
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
Fashion Beast, Alan Moore
29 October 2013 @ 07:11

I am running out of space to keep my mags, and I realise that I hardly read through them more than once, so I'm putting these up for sale. (Some are friends' mags, who are selling for the same reason, and want me to include them here :D) Most (I think all) of these still have the posters and pinups included.

pics & prices under the cutCollapse )

If interested, please comment here or DM me :)