Resolutions are made to be broken

March 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm 13 comments

As I revealed in my last post, I abandoned my New Year’s resolution some time around mid-February. I wasn’t supposed to buy any new manga or graphic novels until I had finished everything on my “to read” shelf (though for some reason I kept forgetting to include my unread Naruto) but I eventually decided that it just wasn’t working out. My resolution had one fatal flaw: I hate being forced to do anything, and apparently that even applies when I do it to myself. In 49 days I had only managed to read 9 volumes from my shelf, 1 1/2 borrowed volumes during lunches at the bookstore on Saturdays and 2 from the public library. That’s 12 1/2 manga in a month and a half, which is a record low for me.

I did start watching Criminal Minds in January (watching 4 1/2 seasons eats up some time, I admit), but for the most part I was just rereading books I’d already reread. One sick day was filled with Jennifer Crusie books. I went through my Sharon Shinn novels after reading her new short story collection Quatrain. (Which is very good and I don’t think you need to have read the novels each story is from to appreciate it.) Lois McMaster Bujold got a lot of love during a mini vacation. But no manga, and at one point I even started giving my wall o’ shelves small glares, wondering why I was taking up so much room in my home for the darn things.

So eventually I grabbed my Christmas gift certificates for the bookstore and slunk over after I was done work at the library for some inspiration. I was going to get a couple of new volumes – just a couple – to get me over my reading block and refuel my manga love. I picked up High School Debut 13 (since it was the last volume), Kimi Ni Todoke 3 (because it is awesome) Zombie Loan 5 and 07-Ghost 2 (these two almost didn’t count because they were continuing the resolution manga I did manage to get through).

“But wait!” I thought. “There’s a new Baby and Me out. I can’t not get Baby and Me!” So I did some more semi-guilty slinking (with a side of glee because now I had new things to read) over to the Hairy T to pick it up. And what did I see when I got there? A new Venus in Love! I love that series and I thought the next volume wasn’t coming out until the summer! And a new book by Taisho Zaou? She’s on my “always read list!” The staff person working made a hard sell by mentioning that 07-Ghost #3 was there (we were talking about the lack of new Go Comi volumes). I think I ended up lugging home a dozen new volumes of manga that day.

I was honest with my friends about breaking my resolution and have gotten some “you failed!” raised eyebrows for it. I have, however, come to the realization that I managed to keep the spirit of my resolution even if I flunked the specifics. Here is the new tally:

January 1 – February 19 – 12 1/2 manga read
February 20 – February 24 – 5 graphic novels, 25 manga read (mostly from my backlog)

Considering that what I have left to read is batches of volumes from Tower of the Future, Nana, Tsubasa, Eyeshield 21 and Fullmetal Alchemist I’m not really worried about stopping my reading spree (though I seem to have been concentrating on manga from the library lately). I *have* lost track of how much I’ve read since then, and thankfully my love of manga has been renewed.

Next year I’m going back to my resolution to not make resolutions.

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  • 1. badzphoto  |  March 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    “Venus in Love”
    I didn’t expect it until June 2010, either and #9 is released in June – yay!
    “Kimi ni Todoke” is such a great series.I finally caved!
    Don’t forget Skip Beat! #21.

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  • 2. pajcat  |  March 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Yes! I bought Skip Beat! I’ve kind of gone a bit crazy since then. I also got the next Twelve Kingdoms novel. That one seems like something people have to get when they see it. I always hear complaints about how hard it is to find.

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  • 3. badzphoto  |  March 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    “the next Twelve Kingdoms novel”
    I’m waiting for my copy. Impatiently, if I may add. Have you read it yet?

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  • 4. pajcat  |  March 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Ha, not yet. It’s sitting underneath a fairly impressive stack of manga. That was impressive before I got 10 more volumes of One Piece today. (Though half are from the library.) :)

    I’m still waiting for the 12 Kingdoms book that will finish off the anime, though.

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    • 5. badzphoto  |  March 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      “I got 10 more volumes of One Piece today. (Though half are from the library.)”
      Wow! I’ll check out One Piece one of these days. I found out that I can borrow from the library.

      You don’t have #3? I can’t remember. I do remember that the order of the anime is different from the books. It’s time for a rewatch and reread :)

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  • 6. pajcat  |  March 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I have all of the books, but that one was covered in the anime. After that was the King/2 other girls and then there was a story about a kid in our world being protected by monsters. That was the one that ended halfway through the story, if I remember correctly. Hopefully it’s the next book!

    Manga from the library is convenient, as long as I ignore how they catalogue it. I get annoyed. :) But I have 21 things signed out right now and 19 of them are manga. Thank goodness I live in such a big city! And One Piece is very entertaining. I’ve read up to vol 16 or 17, but I’m doing a reread combined with starting to collect it. But they’re up to v38 now so the amount of $$ it would take to buy it all is kind of scary. :)

    Does your library have a lot of manga?

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  • 7. badzphoto  |  March 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Somehow, I seem to remember the anime and the 3 first books cover the same stories. I must have remember it wrong, it’s been a year!

    “Does your library have a lot of manga?”
    Yes, it does have some – Naruto, Inuyasha … In fact, I borrowed After School Nightmare there before getting my own copies. I also found out that I could borrowed inter-library, too. So now, I’m checking out Basara, then other shojo (red river, boys over flowers), and Firefighter, Daigo … I’m so excited :)

    “as long as I ignore how they catalogue it.”
    How does your library catalog it? Mine puts them under YA or teen area … I don’t actually pay much attention!

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    • 8. pajcat  |  March 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

      I always feel vaguely guilty about borrowing so much manga from the library because I know a couple of years ago I would have just bought it all. :) Right now I have Rosario Vampire coming in, and 20th Century Boys on hold… and Real, and A Distant Neighborhood, and Parasyte… basically all the expensive ones. :) The trick is to manage the holds so they don’t all come in at the same time.

      I tell people here about the library manga all the time and usually get mumbles back about overdue fines and having to remember to bring them back. Which I think is funny because even having $2 in fines on one volume is cheaper than buying it!

      And yeah, the put a lot of it in the teen section, even the superhero stuff which is definitely aimed at the 18+ crowd. I once emailed the library to say that Nana wasn’t a teen series and the answer I got back was, “well, it WAS a teen series and then later it changed to an adult series.” arg. That’s like saying all pg-13 movies are meant for teens. I tried to not think about it after that. :)

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      • 9. badzphoto  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm

        “A Distant Neighborhood”
        Both volumes? That series is good. The Walking Man is also good. The Ice Wanderer is interesting. I like the art a lot. I haven’t read the summit of God yet, but heard good things about it.

        “The trick is to manage the holds so they don’t all come in at the same time. ”
        Heh, my library only allows me to hold 12 volumes at a time. For manga that’s not a problem, but for chapter books, I had to renew a couple of time. Sounds like the number of hold at your library is higher.

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        • 10. pajcat  |  March 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

          Hmm. I’m not sure if there’s a limit to how many books our library lets us borrow (I’ve never been denied, anyway) but we’re only allowed to have 50 books on hold at a time. I’m currently maxed out. :) I’d go twitchy if I only got 12! Especially since I’ve had to wait for over a year before some of my holds came in!

          I haven’t heard of the Walking Man or the Ice Wanderer. I will keep an eye out. I’ve also heard good things about Summit of God and it’s on my list of things to read… eventually. :) I think the only manga I’ve read about mountains is the one about the mountaineer who gets called off the mountain to help find a friend’s missing daughter. Can not for the life of me remember the name of it, though.

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  • 11. badzphoto  |  March 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    “I think the only manga I’ve read about mountains is the one about the mountaineer who gets called off the mountain to help find a friend’s missing daughter.”
    Is it “The Quest for the Missing Girl”? I haven’t read it yet. Did you like it?

    “I’d go twitchy if I only got 12!”
    That’s the max hold. Max borrowed is 50. If the max hold is 50, I don’t know what I’d do :P

    “Especially since I’ve had to wait for over a year before some of my holds came in! ”
    That’s a long wait – is it a request for new book?

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    • 12. pajcat  |  March 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

      So as of last night I have 30 graphic novels from the library, most of which are manga. And I have 9 more on the way. I’m sensing overdue fines in my future. :) The longest waits are usually for dvds – they don’t have as many of them so if there’s a couple hundred holds ahead of you you’re looking at a year wait.

      It might have been Quest for the Missing Girl. Hmm. I don’t think that I didn’t like it, but I didn’t love it. But I often don’t love things that get really good critical reviews. I generally don’t emotionally connected to them. Not enough drama, maybe? :)

      I’m on volume 14 of One Piece now. THAT’S a fun read!

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  • 13. XenMaster  |  April 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    My offer of the 07-Ghost anime series is still on the table. I honestly don’t think I’ll be watching it.

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