June 2020 Books

It was somewhat of a crunch at work last month, so most of the reading I did were lighter — I stuck mostly to manga.

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo

I saw a post on Tumblr about Spy x Family and became really interested in the premise. A spy is assigned a mission to infiltrate the reclusive life of a political figure in a rival country, and in order to do so, he must set up a disguise as a family man. He sets out to find a fake daughter and a fake wife. The daughter he adopts from a shady orphanage turns out to be a telepath, and the woman he arranges to be in a marriage of convenience with him turns out to be an assassin. Isn’t that such a wonderful premise, ripe with dramatic irony?

The first volume was available on Kobo, and I was hooked after reading it! I ended up signing up for a subscription on Viz, where they upload all of the translated chapters, and I have not read a single one that didn’t live up to this manga’s comedic reputation. Highly recommended!

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

I’ve talked about how much I love Frances Hardinge’s works, so I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it last year. In this book, readers are brought to a fantastical world where monstrous sea-creatures are treated as gods and goddesses. Thirty years prior to the start of the book, the gods and goddesses turned against each other until they were wiped out. Hark, our protagonist, is an orphan trying to make a life in one of the islands, when he is recruited to be an assistant to a researcher of these dead monsters.

I really enjoyed this book, though it’s not one of my favourites from Hardinge. Still, I think it’s a solid book and delivers many of the features I’ve come to love and expect from her stories — self-discovery, loneliness, dealing with difficult family, and quiet hope.

Soul Eater Vol. 3 by Atsushi Ohkubo

I started reading Soul Eater earlier this year, and I even began this volume some months ago. I only finished it last week, mostly because I was distracted by other books within that span of time. In this volume, we mostly deal with Black Star and Tsubaki, and I’m interested more in Maka and Soul.

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1-2 by Hiromu Arakawa

After re-watching Brotherhood, I couldn’t get enough FMA so I began to reread the manga as well. I consider Arakawa to be a masterful storyteller, but looking at the manga again, I realize she’s just as wonderful an artist. Her panels are so easily understandable, and her characters’ expressions and gestures are all very expressive.

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