Saturday, 16 March 2019

The TBR Purge: Update #1

Since posting about my own personal mission: the TBR purge, here is what has been happening:

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Orange by Ichigo Takano, Volumes 1-5 Review

I went into Orange not knowing much about the story. Within a few pages, I was hooked. Naho receives a letter claiming to be from herself ten years in the future. In it, she finds a list of regrets and actions that her future self wishes she had done. These letters relate to a new student, Kakeru. Without providing spoilers, this story features blossoming love, friendship and the concept of time travel.

I sped through volumes 1 to 5 of this manga. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the relationships in this book, they felt very authentic. I liked the glimpses into the future and the questions I had as I was reading. Takano manages to develop several characters whilst still focusing on the main storyline which I appreciated.

The main issue I had was that the method of time travel did not seem that possible and we did not see exactly how the letter was sent back. This is left to the reader's imagination from the clues that we have been given.

Overall, I really loved this manga. It had so many elements that I enjoyed and the mental health representation was something that I have not seen in a manga before. If you like manga, or would like to try reading it, I would really recommend this series.

Rating: 5/5 stars

TW: Suicide, Depression

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Anxiety by Selena Gomez and Julia Michaels

I was listening to music on Spotify when I came across 'Anxiety' by Selena Gomez and Julia Michaels. The title piqued my interest as someone who has dealt with anxiety. The opening is sharp but I could really relate to the lyrics, relating to some of them as how I felt in the past. I am so happy that a song about mental health was written and produced. Here's to more creations discussing such an important topic that affects so many.

Have you heard this song? What do you think?

If you are dealing with a mental illness, know that you are not alone and things will get better, no matter how dark things seem. I would also recommend Hailey in Bookland's recent video on her mental health.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Nostalgia of Pokemon Let’s Go: A Review

Pokemon Leaf Green was my first adventure in the Pokemon world and to this day it still holds a place in my heart. My partner, Bulbasaur and I met many challenges and explored wonderous new places together. Ever since then, Pokemon has been a part of me.