Category Archives: contemporary

Any Boy But You by

Any Boy But You is a sweet romance set in a town obsessed with Christmas. We have a “Romeo and Juliet” situation between two rival sporting goods stores and the legacy established by the grandparents of our two mains. The … Continue reading

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Art Deco Interiors by Henry Delacroix

One really has to appreciate these wonderful reprints of then-contemporary works. In this case, a collection of full page, full color illustrations/designs of interiors from the art deco/moderne period, assembled at the time in 1935. Owing more to Le Corbusier … Continue reading

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Maid-Sama 2 in 1, Volume 7 by Hiro Fujiwara

Ah, I still love this series – so surprising that after 14 volumes it still manages to be so good. Fujiwara keeps the storyline fresh and new without resorting to silly melodrama. Especially in this volume, where we get the … Continue reading

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

With this second book, author Albertalli assuredly demonstrates that she deserves all the accolades and plaudits from last year’s Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Her writing is assured, snappy, and with an endearing romanticsm that almost borders on magical … Continue reading

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Honey So Sweet 5 by Amu Meguro

With so many shoujo titles, it can all be about the couple getting together and then plenty of misunderstandings and rivals. But with this volume 5 of Honey So Sweet, the focus is on the slowly developing relationship. Even after … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Getting Married 3 by Izumi Miyazono

With Volume 3, I am finding the same cliches used create drama in a relationship: former girlfriend, good looking new rival, and circumstance creating ‘great misunderstandings’. The title is very sweet and certainly I appreciate that lead character Asuka is … Continue reading

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Ten Count 2 by Rihito Takarai

While the first volume of Ten Count was about Shirotani and Kurose orbiting around each other, this second volume definitely focuses on the relationship. Takarai isn’t looking for a romance so much as an exploration of a different kind of … Continue reading

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