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Tiny Navajo Writes: Top Six Books That Make Me Hungry

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is probably not the smartest thing to be writing about at 12.00 PM on a Tuesday as I won’t be getting my lunch hour for another three hours…oh well! These are the top ten books that make me hungry!

  1. Sourdough by Robin Sloan. Just thinking of that book is making me drool…I want all the sourdough bread even though I have never eaten sourdough bread. I just want it while reading this book.
  2. Any of the Food Wars! manga by Kohei Horikoshi. I love Japanese food and then seeing all the food in this manga and there are recipes for it makes me want to find the nearest Asian restaurant and eat all of their food!
  3. Rice, Noodle, Fish by Matt Goulding. I read this a few years back, a nonfiction book about the types of food you would find in Japan. And if I ever get to Japan I am going to eat my way through as many food stalls and vendors as possible!
  4. Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah. Asian food is my weakness…that’s all I say on the matter.
  5. Prison Ramen by Clifton Collins. Surprisingly interesting, and the different spins and techniques of cooking cheap packaged ramen were fun to read. I may need to check this out again just to remember a few of those inventive recipes.
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. That homey English food that will fill you right up and keep you warm and happy on a cool rainy day…wish I had some of that right now, it would be soooo good!!!

These are really the only books that I’ve read that make me really hungry…maybe I need to read more books that have food in them. Not right now, as I have a few hours until my lunch, but soon. What books have made you drool (about food) as you’ve read them? What would you recommend to read that makes you want to cook/bake? Comment below and leave your recommendations below! I need more foodie books!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: Top Ten Books that Give Off Summer Vibes

Hello hello my friends! I’m getting back into the swing of things and that includes going back to Top Ten Tuesday. TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is top ten books that give off summer vibes, and it’s honestly hard to think of things like summer when I’ve lost two months of time to shelter-in-place orders, so I still think it’s somewhere in April right now. But! My top ten summer vibes are as follows:

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

Food Wars, Vol. 3 by Yuto Tsukuda

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman

Circe by Madeline Miller

Taproot by Keezy Young

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

These are the top ten books that I’ve read that give me that hint of summer, either in the cover art or the synopsis, or just in feelings I remember having as I was reading that particular book. I have read all of these books on this list and reviewed most of them. I trying to make sure that if I highlight a book on this blog that I have a review to go along with it. But if I don’t, then that may be a sign that I need to reread that particular book and see if I feel the same as I did when I first read it.

What books give you a summer vibe? What about them makes you think of summer? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Food Wars! Vol. 17-19

Food Wars! Vol. 17 – 19 (Shokugeki no Soma #17 – 19) by Yuto Tsukuda

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*Published April 4, 2017, June 6, 2017, August 1, 2017*

Onward, ever onward into the madness that is Food Wars! and I absolutely love this series. And as stated in previous reviews, I tend to get these books in batches of three and they all get read at once, so they tend to blur just a bit, so it’s easiest for me to review them in batches of three. So, onto our triple review!

Volume 17

Under new dean Azami Nakiri, the Totsuki Institute undergoes a revolution. Erina—now under lock and key by her father’s hand—is freed by her cousin Alice in a daring midnight escape! Running blindly through campus, the two fugitives finally reach safety…at the Polaris Dorm?! With the hand of darkness close behind, can Soma and the gang keep Erina safe?

In this volume, we just how much of a change has come around due to the new regime under the thumb of Azami Nakura, a man who wishes to push out clones and copies of the best of the best. While this sounds like it has the possibility of being a good thing, it also means that there are no longer clubs or seminars that encourage experimentation and individuality. In a world where for Soma, taking what he learns at each experience and uses it to expand his own resources and abilities, it may just be the worst thing to come to Tostuki.

Volume 18

The shokugeki to decide the fate of the Polaris dormitory nears its conclusion! Even with the judges firmly in his opponent’s pocket, Soma puts everything he’s learned from his time at the dorm on a plate, cementing Polaris’s future—or lack thereof—at the institute. Meanwhile, Central makes its move, beginning a full-scale purge of anyone daring to resist! Will Soma survive to take on this next challenge?

Here we see the end of the shokugeki that will decide the fate of Polaris dormitory. It’s here we see the true ingenuity of those who learn and apply their learning to their own cooking in order to entice even those who have been bought to always vote Central in the take over of clubs. But even after the shokugeki, we see Azami come by Polaris dorms to talk to his daughter and we get a bit of backstory into why Azami is doing this and it has something to do with Soma’s father, Joichiro. I know that this villain feels just a tiny bit flat, but I did enjoy getting to know a little bit of his backstory and his connection with Soma’s dad. It’s going to be interesting to see where this goes next.

Volume 19

Fighting to save Alice’s society from being abolished by the Azami administration, Ryo Kurokiba, battling as her champion, begins his shokugeki with Central elite Kusunoki. The theme is salmon, and both chefs put everything they’ve got, including their pride, into their dishes. So what’s got Alice so troubled that she tells off her own uncle, Dean Nakiri, at the end of the match?!

In this volume, the absolute best part is that we see Soma take on the First Seat in the Council of Ten in a shokugeki with some of the highest stakes Soma could possibly take on; if he wins, he gets First seat…if he loses, he joins Central as Eishi Tsukasa’s sous chef. You would think that he was completely crazy to do this, and you would be completely right! Why would he do this? I think that it’s to prove to the Tsukasa that individuality is what’s needed for Tostuki, not this copy and paste method that Azami Nakura has devised.

This is the start of a excellent arc that I think is a good way to focus on Erina and how she became the way that she is now, and how is she falls back into her old habits, she lose all the humanity that she had regained. And I think that it’ll be interesting to see more of Azami’s background and how it revolves around Joichiro, and all the crazy strands that have been woven since before Erina and Soma were born.

Also, this is my third week of being off of work and I’ve done nearly all that I can at my home to keep myself occupied. So, insolation question; what are y’all doing to keep yourself occupied? Have you started new hobbies or are you relying on old ones? Comment below and let me know what in your home you’re doing to keep yourself sane and safe!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Food Wars! Vol. 14-16

Food Wars! Vol. 14-16 (Shokugeki no Soma #14-16) by Yuto Tsukuda

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*Published October 4, 2016, December 6, 2016, February 7, 2017*

Yep, I’m going to continue on my reviewing three at a time for Food Wars! as I tend to get them in batches of three through Libby and I read them one right after another, so they all blur together. The theme for these three though is the last part of the stagiarie program, the Moon Festival, and the introduction of a new headmaster, Erina’s father.

Volume 14

Having passed the first challenge of the stagiaire program, Soma moves on to his next assignment—working for Totsuki Institute graduate and former first seat Shinomiya at his brand-new Tokyo restaurant! Excited by the challenge, Soma dives into the assignment hoping to find new ways to improve his cooking. But the way Shinomiya runs his kitchen is unfamiliar to Soma—only the best of the best stand a chance of keeping up! Does Soma have what it takes to pass this next challenge?

Volume 15

Soma finally meets the Totsuki Institute’s current reigning Council of Ten, and in true Soma fashion, he challenges them all to a shokugeki! But the Council of Ten members see Soma and the rest of the first-years at the Momiji Meet ’n’ Greet as not worthy of their time and blow them off. As Soma leaves the meeting pondering ways to convince a council member to take him up on his challenge, Megumi mentions the upcoming school festival. Just what kind of scheme could Soma be cooking up this time?

Volume 16

Day three of the Autumn Moon Festival has begun, and Soma is still trying to recover from ending deep in the red on its first day. Looking to finally overtake Restaurant Kuga in overall profit, Soma unveils his ace in the hole—a new mapo tofu recipe! Will it be enough to push this first-year to victory over a Council of Ten member?

As with many manga series, this one follows a simple formula. It is a formula that does a lot to develop and show the main character in what could be considered the best light. Soma continues to learn and improve and work on his cooking in order to incorporate all that he learns, both in the classroom and out of it. And I liked seeing this school drama act a bit more like a school drama should with the introduction of the Moon Festival, a yearly festival for all the students to raise money for the school and to show off their skills and food diversity.

Soma has become a character that seems to have stagnated just a bit, but with other characters around him growing and developing, they bring a bit more interest that Soma may be lacking just a bit. And I will admit that I continue to drool throughout all of these mangas at the all of the delicious food! I almost wish that there was a restaurant that would recreate all of the food that is shown in these mangas, as I would love to just taste what these kids are making. And these are high school kids (for the most part) that are cooking these foods! I know that it’s possible, it still blows my mind though.

What are some things you wish you could pull straight from the pages of a book? Why would you pull that particular item? Comment below and let me know!

 

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: January Update

It’s the 2020 my good friends and we are already 1/12 of the way through. A new year, a new decade, and a whole new slew of books to read! YAY! And it’s time for our…

January Update

If anything, the new year for me is a time to reset my book counter and see how many currently readingbooks I can read. I love setting absurdly high goals for myself, but I noticed towards the end of last year that it was getting hard for me to read as many books as I wanted now that I have a full time job. So, this year, I set myself a reasonable goal of 52 books, so one book per week, so that I still have something to aim for, but I don’t feel like I’m scrambling in order to meet my goal. This is actually lifted quite a burden from me that I hadn’t noticed I was carrying concerning my reading goals.

Anyway, I’ve gotten a little carried away. This is supposed to be about the books I read this January. So, in total, I have read 17 books. Now, don’t get too excited, a LOT of these books were manga and I can read these really fast and in a very short amount of time. Not every month will be like this and while I enjoy reading manga, I do know that I want to read other books as well.

The titles of the books I’ve read this month are The Way of the Househusband, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Soulless, Budgeting 101: From Getting Out of Debt and Tracking Expenses to Setting Financial Goals and Building Your Savings, Your Essential Guide to Budgeting, My Hero Academia Vol. 1-6, A Street Cat Named Bob, Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2, Food Wars! Vol. 17-19, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Official Movie Special, and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. A lot of manga, like I said, but a few nonfiction books and of fiction books, and one audiobook.

I’ve gotten myself into Food Wars! and My Hero Academia and I’m loving both of these. I just need to start watching the anime series that are based off of these. And as you can see, I’m steadily making my way to my goal while also enjoying the books I’m reading. That’s all that I really want to do, is to be able to enjoy the books that I read.

So, what do you have planned for this new year of reading books? How do you continue to ensure that you’re enjoying what you read? Comment you tips and tricks below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Food Wars! Vol. 12-13

Food Wars! Vol. 12-13 (Shokugeki no Soma #12-13) by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki

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*Published June 7, 2016  and August 2, 2016*

Yeah…I keep reading these in batches and they all tend to blur together when I do, so I’m just going to start reviewing them in the batches that I read them as well. It will make my life easier, and your life easier as well.

Anyway, with these two volumes, we FINALLY  get the finals to the Fall Classic and we see just what it means to be the master of the things that you create. We also get to see a new battle field for the students as the Fall Classic winds down and a new challenge is presented.

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The Fall Classic semifinals conclude with a historic first—a three-way battle in the finals! The ingredient chosen to grace the grandest stage is an autumn staple, pike. But with such a tight time limit, what incredible dishes can finalists Soma, Hayama and Kurokiba possibly create?!

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Three students survive the harsh trials of the preliminaries, winning their way into the finals. Which student will be the one to take home the crown as the winner of the Fall Classic?! Later, the furor of the Fall Classic has barely died down when Soma and the others are sent off to new battlefields! What is this new challenge that will test their desire to be chefs?

Throughout these two volumes, I love that we see Soma is just a little bit in over his head with the finals and with the new challenge for the first years of interning at professional restaurants. And while the finals were to expected, I still thought it interesting how it showed Soma that there is still a lot for him to learn and that this school is truly one of the best places for him to learn.

I also enjoyed seeing the dishes presented in the final by Soma, Hayama, and Kurokiba as they were exquisite dishes. I am not a fan of fish, it’s not my favourite thing to eat, but each dish presented just sounded amazing and wonderful and I wanted to actually eat those dishes. Granted, these are fish dishes so I wouldn’t have ordered them myself, but if someone said “I made you something to try” and gave me either one of the three, I would dig it. Because that is how good they sounded!

After the final, we now get to see the students as they kind of start back into the real world and work of being a chef. We see that they are near prodigal as young chefs, but they are not masters of their crafts just yet. And I love that we get to see them get some real world experience for a while.

I’m really loving Food Wars!, it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite mangas to read, and I’m really excited for the next set of three I’ll be able to read. What manga series is one of your favourites to read? Why is that? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Top Ten Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is all about the ten most recent additions to my bookshelves. I will be including ebooks as well, even if I know that it’ll be a while before I get to them because they tend to get lost in my books. I will also be including books I pick up from the library because they sit on my shelves before I end up reading them. Now, ONTO THE BOOKS!

  1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m so excited to be reading this book! I love Erin’s writing and the world she created in The Night Circus and I’m hoping, HOPING!, that she will do the same here.
  2. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. I’ve rediscovered this author and a few more books that he’s written, so I’m curious to see what I’ve been missing concerning his writing.
  3. Food Wars! Vol. 17-19 by Yuto Tsukuda. I’ve been making my slowly through this manga series, and I’m just glad that I’m able to borrow them through my Overdrive with my library instead.
  4. Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I’m extremely introverted, and I’m curious what this book has to say about those who are introverted in an extroverted world.
  5. My Hero Academia Vol. 2-4 by Kohei Horikoshi. I read the first volume of this while during my teens’ graphic novel club I’m starting here at my library, and I’m a little sucked into it, so I need to keep reading it.
  6. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. This book has been lingering in my peripheral for quite some time, so I finally put a hold on it and now I get to read it!
  7. Nemo, Heart of Ice by Alan Moore. The cover of this book simply looked beautiful and thus I placed a hold on it and now I get to read it.
  8. Dewey: A Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. I love cats and I recently read a book called A Street Cat Named Bob and Goodreads recommend Dewey for a similar type of book, so I’m taking a look.
  9. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Another Paolo Bacigalupi book that I bought from Half Price Books a few weeks ago.
  10. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I’m working my way through this one right now, all because I read Good Omens a few months back and so have been wanting to try some Terry Pratchett.

What are some of your recent additions to your bookshelf? Did you buy them or do you check them out from your library? Or both? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Food Wars! Vol. 11

Food Wars! Vol. 11 (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma #11) by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki

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*Published April 5, 2016*

food wars 11This could be considered about one of the tensest volumes of the manga yet. I loved seeing Soma take on the mimic that has been taking almost everyone down in shokugeki, and seeing how much Soma has learned. And we also got another battle, so a two-battle volume!

Mimasaka copies his opponents’ dishes so perfectly and completely it’s uncanny. And he does it solely to win. But is that what cooking is really about? Hoping to find the answer, Soma bets his all as a chef! Who’s right and who’s wrong will be made clear when it comes time to judge the Fall Classic’s first semifinal round!

With Food Wars! being an action manga, the best thing you could have done in my opinion, is give us two battles! And we get two battles in this volume, Soma vs. Mimasaka, the world’s most perfect mimic and who has stolen the cooking implements of the other students at this prestigious cooking school. If you know action mangas though, you know that Soma would be the one who won this shokugeki, but the bet he made was huge (he would stop being a chef for always! if he lost) compared to what others have made. And it always shows Soma’s character that he doesn’t rub his victory into Mimasaka’s face. In fact, Soma encourages Mimasaka to take his cooking more seriously and to learn why he likes cooking so much.

We then get to see Ryo and Akira’s semifinal battle. I loved seeing the Master of Spice go up against the Sea Food Specialist. I do admit, I wish I would have seen a definite answer to who would have won and who would have gone up against Soma in the finals. Overall, though I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and am excited to read the next.

What do you do when you don’t quite get what you expect in an action manga? What constitutes an action manga to you? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Food Wars! Vol. 10

Food Wars! Vol. 10 (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma #10) by Yuto Tsukuda

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*Published February 2, 2016*

food wars 10This…this was an interesting volume. It kind of gave me the shivers while reading it while making me want to continue reading it all at the same time. How’s that for good writing?

It’s the last quarterfinal match of the Fall Classic. Takumi Aldini, looking for another chance to challenge Soma, faces off against the smug-looking Subaru Mimasaka. What’s making him so confident? The truth—and the dish he prepares—sends the entire auditorium into an uproar! Let the shokugeki begin!

This being the last quarterfinal match of the Fall Classic, we can see where the major drama for the anime comes into effect. Granted, the drama has been there this entire time, but it was in this particular volume where I truly felt it ramp up. All because of Subaru Mimasaka. He is absolutely terrifying, and the way he gets others to move into a shokugeki to take their prized instrument is even more so. So, when we see him go up against Takumi Aldini, a hothead who just wants to battle against Soma again, we see how devastating his mimic and improve technique truly is.

I think this is where Yuto Tsukuda does amazing is ramping up the heebie jeebies of a character to where it was hard for me to read what was happening on the page. When an author can do that, make me want to stop reading because of a character, but I continue to read anyway because. I. Need. To. Know. What. HAPPENS! then that’s when I know that I have found a series and an author that knows what they are doing. And whoever wins this quarterfinal will be going up against Soma (most likely) in the semifinals. So, it’ll be one of the more interesting battles to see, both here and in the semis.

What turns you off from a character? Do you continue to read, or do you have to stop reading the book? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Food Wars! Vol. 9

Food Wars! Vol. 9 (Shokugeki no Soma #9) by Yuto Tsukuda

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*Published December 1, 2015*

food wars 9Honestly, I think the best part of this volume was learning about a surprise finalist. He is one of the most interesting characters and I’m super excited to find out more about him.

The Fall Classic finals have begun, with the theme of the first round being bento boxes. It’s a battle of the egos as Soma clashes with Alice Nakiri. Her bento gets rave reviews from the strict judges, but Soma invents a boxed lunch unlike one anyone’s ever seen! Then, no sooner does the first round end than the second begins!

With the beginning of the Fall Classic finals, the biggest thing for me is that we find out who the surprise finalist is and what exactly this means for the finals. This was the best part of the whole volume for me.

Yes, Soma goes up against Alice and he shows that he has the chops to compete with someone who has access to a lot more cutting edge technology and food knowledge, but he is able to bring to the judges’ minds what it means to have bento box.

But, the surprise finalist is just…interesting. Soma meets Subaru Mimasaka before his match, and he seems very kind and he’s very good with his hands, almost delicate, but he’s this huge dude with a motorcycle, has a braided mohawk and he’s just a stack of contradictions. He’s an interesting competitor, especially with how he competes and why he competes. I won’t say much more because that would give away a lot of what happens next, but it is fascinating to read and understand what’s going on.

What types of characters stand out to you in manga, even if their appearance is brief? Why do you remember them? Comment below and let me know!