December #AYEARATHON Wrap Up

AYEARATHON Wrap Up

For those of you who are unfamiliar with #AYEARATHON, it is a monthly readathon that takes place during the first full week of every month.  Each month’s readathon has a different theme. This December’s theme was Graphic Novels/Mangas/Comic Books/Picture Books and the readathon ran from December 7-13.  The best way to get involved and participate in the readathon is through the #AYEARATHON Goodreads group. Each month we post our TBRs for the week, and there are update posts every other day to share your progress throughout the week. The themes for 2016 are currently being decided, so now is the perfect time to join in!

Last week, I read 4 manga volumes and a big stack of LGBTQIA+ picture books.

Manga: 
Death Note Vol. 3
Death Note Vol. 4
Death Note Vol. 5
Death Note Vol. 6

If you are unfamiliar with Death Note, here is a summary of the series and the first book (so no spoilers!): Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?
Vol 1: Boredom
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?

I’m halfway done with the series now and I’m really enjoying it so far.  I rated the first 2 volumes 5/5 stars and the other 4 I’ve read have been 4/5 stars. I can’t wait to power through the rest of the books. I really want to watch the anime (it’ll be my first anime series!) but I wanted to get through the books first.  I discovered Death Note when I was browsing free shows in the Crunchyroll app on Apple TV and stumbled upon the 2015 live action series.  I watched the first episode and was so weirded out and intrigued that I ordered the first book immediately. I’ve been reading this series via these beautiful black bind-up editions.

Picture Books:

The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan & Danamarie Hosler
Zinnia and Dot by Lisa Campbell Ernst
*A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager & Mike Blanc
*A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood, &  Mike Blanc
Donovan’s Big Day by Lesléa Newman & Mike Dutton
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer & Holly Clifton-Brown
*This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman & Kristyna Litten
King & King & Family by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland

*- Favorites

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Have you participated in #AYEARATHON before? Do you plan to get involved in 2016? 

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3 thoughts on “December #AYEARATHON Wrap Up

  1. Definitely read the manga and watch the anime before you jump into the 2015 dorama! The 2015 drama changed and tried a lot of different things. I freaking love the manga, the anime, the movies AND the dorama ❤ I'm such a HUGE DN fan so definitely don't watch the dorama until the end. Also a DN movie is coming out next year to celebrate 10 years since the first three films came out ^_^

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    • Thanks for the tip!! That’s my plan after I finish the manga. After watching the first episode of the 2015 series, I could tell it was already different from the original story so I’m definitely planning to watch the anime first 🙂 It seems like there are so many series and movie adaptations of Death Note!

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