Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be wrapping up the stuff I read and watched over the past week and what I plan on reading and watching this week!
I didn’t finish everything I had hoped to this last week, but I am still very happy with what I did accomplish. So, let’s get right into it so I can get to working on the stuff I want to do this week.
Books I Read Last Week
I don’t currently have the reviews for either of these books up on Instagram yet. I am finally out of Instajail and I’m trying to not overfill the feed with reviews. So I’m slowly working on posting them. But both should be up by the end of the week.
As always, the purchase links are through BookShop and my local Indie Bookstore, Golden Bee Bookshop. All your purchases will support Golden Bee Bookshop.
Dengeki Daisy Vol 1
Dengeki Daisy is a reread for me and I definitely enjoyed it as much this time around as I did the last times I’ve read it.
*Just know that this manga won’t be for everyone. It features relationships between high schoolers and adults. I’m not sure of the exact age differences, but still. Just be warned.*
In Dengeki Daisy, Teru’s brother had passed away a year prior to this story starting, leaving her on her own. Almost. He left behind a contact for Teru called Daisy. Daisy has supporting Teru after the loss of her brother. After a little incident involving Teru breaking a window at her school, she ends up working for the custodian at the school. And by working for, I mean doing the work for him.
This manga is a wonderful balance of hilarious and heart wrenching. We are seeing Teru as the year anniversary of her brother’s death comes up and struggles that she has been facing since then. Teru is certainly different than she seems when the story starts out. She’s caring and loving. Kinda dumb sometimes, but she cares about the people close to her and it shows.
If you don’t mind the forbidden romances that exist in this manga, then I highly recommend it. It’s one of my favorites.
Always A Bridesmaid by Cindi Madsen
Always a Bridesmaid is the second book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series. Taking place in Uncertainty, Alabama, these books follow a friend group as they find their romances. The first book followed friend Tucker and Addie and this book follows Ford and newly introduced Violet.
Violet has been heartbroken and left to fend for herself after finding her boyfriend of many years cheating on her and then him leaving to marry this new girl. She’s decided to go to Uncertainty to help out her sister by remodeling her bakery and helping out with the new baby. But Violet got more than she bargained for when she accidentally starts a fire in the bakery and the firefighter that came to the save the day was extremely hot (pun intended).
Ford has seen what marriage and love can do to a relationship. He’s seen it over and over again with his brothers and father. But when his close friend Addie asked him to be her man of honor, he couldn’t say no. Violet happens to be an expert in weddings and being a bridesmaid, having been one a total of seven different times. So Ford asks Violet to help him with his bridesdude services. Violet can’t say no as she and Ford continue to get closer… and he has puppies. Can’t say no to puppies.
That ended up being a really long synopsis. Sorry! But I really, really loved this book. It was exactly what I was looking for as I’m still trying to get fully out of this slump. It’s hilarious and romantic. I loved seeing these two characters banter the same way you’d see in an enemies-to-lovers romance, though not as, shall I say, intense. These two characters were made for each other and it shows.
It was also really nice to see some ADHD/ADD rep in this book. I could relate to how Violet was feeling during some of the things she struggled with because of he ADHD. While I can’t specifically speak on the rep in this book, I still appreciated it.
Webtoons I Caught Up on
Enjoy the Show
This webtoon is currently 67 parts (I think a couple are Q&As or updates, though they definitely don’t overtake the series like some do) and still ongoing. Last update was on the 14th of September and left off on the worst cliffhanger of the dang series! I need more!
This series is about a woman who moved to Las Vegas from her hometown and gets a job at a movie theater where she meets all sorts of different people.
The authors of this series both worked in a theater so some of the things that happen are based on things they had to deal with. As a retail worker, I love the relatableness of this series. It’s hilarious and if you’ve work a customer service type job, I’m sure you can relate to a lot of the stuff in this.
Just know there is a mugging at the beginning of the story that happens to the main character. There is a knife involved, so if that’s something that could trigger you, then please be weary going into this. The mugging is a main plot point of this series. (Kinda spoiler but another happens later on that we don’t see and the MC is triggered by it so that’s something to be aware of as well)
Overall, I recommend this one. I love it and it’s super fun. The artwork is wonderful and I’m sure it’ll make you laugh.
TV Shows I Watched
I’m trying to finish up watching Lucifer so that I can give up on Netflix. I finished watching season 3 this week and thankfully that was the longest season. So I’ll be done in no time.
Lucifer is about the devil leaving in Las Vegas and working alongside a detective to solve crimes. Season 3 was a good season. I liked having a deeper look into humanity and immortality. It was interesting how living on Earth affected each person. That being said, that final episode was kind of pointless? I don’t really know what else to say about it. It just seemed like it was unnecessary. I’d have to say over the first 3 seasons, this one was my favorite. I don’t remember much from season 1 and season 2 just lost my interest.
I really enjoy this show, but Netflix is not a company I want to support. So I need to find other ways to watch the shows I want to watch then I’ll be done with it.
After The Woods
I’ve been working on this book for a while now. Not that it’s bad. It’s not. I’m enjoying it a lot. I just haven’t been focusing on reading as much as I’d like and when I do, it’s been Always a Bridesmaid. While I’ll be focusing a lot on another book at the beginning of the week, I do plan on finishing this one this week as well.
The Chestnut Man
I’ll be finishing the audibook for this during this week as well. I definitely need to. I’ve been working on it for awhile now. I’ve learned that thrillers following detectives are very background noise for me. I will listen to it and not really pay much attention, though I’ll be comprehending everything. If that makes sense.
Age Matters (Webtoon)
I’ve been working on this one slowly. I’m about halfway through it and I’ll definitely be finishing it this week!
Plan to Finish
The Whisper Man
Continuing on with my thriller binge, I’m going to listen to this one on audio!
Wrong Bed, Right Brother
I plan on doing a double review for this book and Always A Bridesmaid on Friday, so I definitely should finish this one before Thursday so I can get the post up on time.
The Truth About Alice
Kind of sticking to a darker theme with my audio and physical reads this week. But I wanted to choose a shorter book to read after After the Woods that wasn’t necessarily a romance since I’ll be focusing on a romance for my ebook reading. So The Truth About Alice won. I’m looking forward to reading it either way, though!
I plan on finishing up watching Lucifer by watching seasons 4 & 5. I don’t really have much to say. I’m not far enough into season 4 to claim whether I’m happy with the Netflix takeover.
I’ll be honest, this was very spur of the moment while writing this. My brother and a friend of mine are watching it and enjoying it. I have no idea what it’s about and I’ve heard it’s pretty gruesome, but I’m still kind of excited for it. If you haven’t noticed by my recent reads (aka My Hero Academia and Renegades), I’m really into superheroes right now and judging by this picture, that’s what The Boys is about. So wish me luck!
And that’s it! All the stuff I read and watched last week and my plans for this coming week. I don’t think I’ll finish all the books in my plans, but I hope to at least finish my current physical read and audiobook as well as the ebook I have planned.
That being said, I’m going to go. This post took a lot longer than I planned because I kept getting distracted. I have lots more to do before the day is over.
I hope you all enjoyed and that you have a wonderful day. I’ll see you all very soon with my next post! Bye!