Nikki’s Animarathon | Entry × 002

Wheeeee! It’s another Animarathon post!

Sorry this one is soooo late in coming. I thought I’d be able to get it wrapped up soon after my previous post, but alas, that was not to be. I got busy, and then I got a very bad cold which I am still fighting (ugh), so I’ve only just worked up the energy to polish this off and hit “publish.”

I’m REALLY excited to share this post today though, because it has one of my new all-time faves in it! (Can you spot it? Hint: there’s a lot of capslock. lol)

Animarathon Round-up × 002

Note: For each anime below, you can click on the poster or “synopsis” link to view the show’s synopsis and info on (sort of like Goodreads for anime). I’ve also included links to watch the shows on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation where available!


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Nikki’s Animarathon Continues! | Entry × 001

Hello, all! It’s me again! I’m back with another “not-a-book-post” post. I know, I’m sorry, but I haven’t been reading tons of books lately. Well, apart from manga, which I’ve really gotten into recently! (See? I haven’t abandoned books completely!) I’ve been reading a few different manga series that I will definitely want to talk about here, but I’m saving those for another post once I’m up-to-date with all of them (or maybe a series of posts? not sure yet).

In the meantime, I really want to keep talking about the anime I’ve been watching lately, so I hope you’ll put up with me while you wait for more bookish content!

My first anime post was quite long — it covered all the anime I’d watched or had started up to that point. But that was quite the undertaking; so in the interests of… well, my sanity… I’ve decided to start a series of posts to talk about the anime I’ve watched. And I’ll be keeping the groupings a bit smaller. ;) I’m only going to cover five (or so) in each post; and I’ll list them in chronological order, from least- to most-recently watched. I’ve finished watching about 15-ish anime since January, so I’ve got a small backlog, but eventually we’ll catch up to the present, and then I’ll just post every time I have another group of five to talk about!

So, without further ado…

Animarathon Round-up × 001

Note: For each anime below, you can click on the poster or “synopsis” link to view the show’s synopsis and info on (sort of like Goodreads for anime). I’ve also included links to watch the shows on Crunchyroll and Hulu where available! (For those who don’t know, Crunchyroll is like Netflix for anime, and most of it is totally free!)

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This Is Not A Post About Books (…whoops?)

This Is Actually A Post About Anime (Whee!)

Happy New Year, all!!! Did you miss me?

I know, I know, I haven’t posted anything on this blog in forever. My last review was posted on July 5, but I know things have been slow on the blog for much longer than that. *sigh* I’m sorry I’m not providing regular reviews anymore. But I realized, sometime during the past few months, that I’m just sort of… done… trying to regularly review books. At least for the time being.

The truth is, I’ve been feeling kind of burnt out, not only on reviewing, but on reading in general (apparently that’s a thing???). It’s a feeling that’s been creeping up on me since around June, I think, but it really came on strong the past few months. I binged New Adult books for a while, which became my happy place (seriously, I read ~40 New Adult books in a row during July/August). They were quick to read, and light and fun for the most part, which made them perfect for my burnt-out self.

After that, though, not even New Adult could keep me glued to a page. September/October were very light reading months — and I actually haven’t finished reading a book (just for fun, that is) since October 28. That book was the novella Superior (which was super fun and you should totally read it). But then… well. Something pretty great happened.

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know how in love I am with the anime Yuri!!! On Ice. I discovered YOI in late October/early November, and it was one of the greatest things to happen to my 2016. YOI is the first anime I’ve ever really gotten into, and since then, I’ve been devouring pretty much all the anime I can get my hands on. It’s been wonderful. The anime train hit me just as I started to consciously realize how burnt out I was on reading, and honestly? I am super grateful that it did, because it’s brought me so much joy lately.

I’ve been having an absolute blast researching different animes to watch, getting recs from people, chatting with other fans, and generally discovering this new (well, new-to-me) form of storytelling that I didn’t know I needed in my life. I recently realized that I haven’t been this excited about something since I discovered that YA books were A Thing. It’s a really, really wonderful feeling. 

SO! All that to say — I obviously need to write a post about my new obsession. A post on my blog. My book blog. …Shut up, I do what I want. ;) I’m going to do short little writeups for the anime series I’ve completed so far, and then probably just list all the others that I’m currently watching (or have at least tried/started watching). Where possible, I will link to the anime’s page on Crunchyroll, where you can watch a whole ton of anime series for free (yes, free! and legally! Crunchyroll is the best). The ones that aren’t on Crunchyroll are available on Hulu, and I’ll provide links to those too.

So, without further ado…

Here’s what I’ve watched over the past two months!


Yuri!!! on Ice  |  Sword Art Online  |  Haikyu!!

Yuri!!! on Ice1 season (so far) / 12 eps — The anime that started it all! :D This show is ACTUALLY FLAWLESS, you guys. There is just… too much to love. If you’ve heard anything about YOI, you’ve probably heard about the ship, which IS spectacular. But one of the other main reasons I love this show is for its genuine and thoughtful portrayal of a character with anxiety, who grows so much and yet remains himself through it all. That portrayal means a lot to me, personally. ♥ Anyway, YOI focuses on Yuri Katsuki, who’s the top figure skater in Japan. Except he did really badly in a string of competitions and has decided to take a bit of a break — but then his skating idol, Victor Nikiforov, shows up in his town to be his coach. Yuri and Victor are the main characters, and they are so fantastic, but honestly every other character is also wonderful (except the ones who are fun to hate — shout-out to Chris and JJ!). This anime is just great on so many levels, and if you enjoy wonderful things, you should watch it.

Sword Art Online2 seasons / 49 eps — This one is pretty good. It’s about a virtual reality game set in a fantasy world, and the players all get trapped there. This wouldn’t be a big deal, but… if you die in the game, you die in real life. O_O SAO was the first anime I ever watched all the way through, thanks to bingeing it in its entirety before YOI S1 was done airing. The first half of the first season (which is the first story arc) was REALLY REALLY GOOD; the second half, I did not like; and the second season was sort of hit or miss — some eps were really good, some were meh. I’m still a superfan of the first arc, so I’d recommend that for sure; but if you watch it, go into it knowing that the rest… will not be as good.

Haikyu!!3 seasons (so far) / 60 epsHaikyu!! is currently tied with Yuri!!! on Ice for the title of my favorite anime. THIS SHOW IS EVERYTHING. If you watch anything from this post other than YOI, watch Haikyu. I’m obsessed. I’ve watched the first two seasons twice already, and I’m gearing up for another rewatch soon (I actually also just bought the manga that this anime is based on. I am in too deep, send help.) I love love love these volleyball nerds with the fire of a thousand suns, they are SO PRECIOUS TO ME I can’t even handle it. The friendships in this show are just amazing to watch grow and develop. Like YOI, Haikyu has an incredible, large cast of characters — if anything, Haikyu!! handles its large cast even better than YOI, but that might just be the product of its having more episodes out than YOI does, so far. There is something to love and adore about literally every single character (except Oikawa, he is pure evil — lol kidding, just seeing if Sydney is paying attention :P). Please, please, please watch this anime.

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Tracking my TBR – March 2016

Last month: February 2016 | This month: March 2016

In Tracking my TBR, I look back on the prior month’s TBR progress; and, in this edition, I’m also featuring the books I’m currently reading, and a couple titles I’m most looking forward to picking up this month.

February was… ugh. So let’s jump right into it, shall we?


A Gathering of Shadows Final Bands of Mourning CaptivePrince PrincesGambit KingsRising

Five books last month! One re-read, Bands; new reads were A Gathering of Shadows and the Captive Prince trilogy (AGOS was 5 stars, obviously; CP trilogy were 2.5, 3.5, and then 4 stars respectively).

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Tracking my TBR – February 2016

Last month: January 2016 | This month: February 2016

In Tracking my TBR, I look back on the prior month’s TBR progress — which books did I read? which books did I skip? — and feature the upcoming month’s TBR “grab-bag” (my version of a semi-scheduled TBR pile).

One month down, eleven to go — and I kicked off 2016 with re-reads. A bunch of them. …Okay, fine, exclusively them. (Don’t judge me.)



Re-reads: The Way of Kings, Shadows of Self, Mistborn: Secret History*,
Warbreaker, Written in RedMurder of Crows
New Reads: None…

I didn’t even read that many books in January, and they were all re-reads. Every. Single. One. Work was crazy, so I think I chose the bookish equivalent of “comfort-food” last month. And this month might end up being the same… We shall see. 😖

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I’m saying ‘Good riddance’ to my Goodreads challenge.

Why I Decided to Not Participate in the
2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Yep, that’s right. This year, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal as usual… Then I lowered my challenge goal… And then… I deleted my challenge altogether.

Don’t get me wrong: The Goodreads Challenge has its place!

I’ve participated in this challenge since 2011; and every year since 2012, I’ve set my goal at 100 books (120, one year). And honestly, I’ve never had an issue meeting and/or exceeding those yearly goals — 100 books per year seems to be just shy of my natural reading pace. And really, since my goals so closely align with my natural pace, I set my challenge at 100 books a year mostly to be able to keep a count of the books I’ve read — or so I’ve told myself every year.

The thing is… Yes, the Goodreads Challenge widget is very handy at keeping track of the books I’ve read. And everyone is well aware of what else it does: It tells you when you’re behind! How… helpful… *side-eyes it*

That’s where my problem began. I can tell myself over and over that my challenge goal is just a number. It’s “just to keep track.” I’ve never had a problem meeting it — even though I know it’s not a goal I have to meet. But by the mere fact of its existence, I feel pressure.

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