Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown (2013) — This book contains hundreds of tips on how to be a more effective adult from Kelly Williams Brown’s Adulting Blog. It covers cleaning, maintenance, making friends, starting and ending romances, cooking, and much, much more. Some of the advice is a bit intuitive, other pieces are unrealistic, and the book can drag given how information dense it is, but it’s a good read with several really important nuggets. I especially like the section on working, which I thought was great for the person just starting out in the professional world.
Nana by Ai Yazawa (2000 — 2009/on permanent hiatus), ch. 1 — 16 — This manga is about the lives, romances, friendships, and dreams of two girls named Nana. Nana Komatsu (later called Hachi) is a sweet if unfocused girl just trying to have a grand romance. Nana Oosaki is a punk rocker with the dream of making it big and trying to resist the siren call of a normal family life with her rockstar boyfriend Ren. It’s extremely well-written and beautiful though it can get a bit heavy sometimes. This is my second read of the manga (and I am loving it).
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 134 & 135 – Okay, big events in the Tootsuki Academy world, including a weird and expected upheaval in the Academy’s leadership. I actually didn’t expect this turn, so I’m pretty excited to see where it goes, but I hope that it won’t put too much expectation on Soma. I’d like to see other characters step up too.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing) ch. 152 & 153 – We reached a slightly anticlimactic end to the space exploration, learning that Koro-sensei is essentially okay but that the kids are still going to try to kill him. I think this arc was essentially a mistake and am a bit disappointed with it. Hopefully, it improves soon.
Boku Girl by Sugito Akira (2013 to ongoing) ch. 1 — 59 — This manga centers around Mizuki, a very girly looking boy who catches the attention of Loki, the God of Mischief. Loki decides to turn him into a girl. Mizuki must now hide his gender switch while dealing with his burgeoning affection for his long-time best friend Takeru and trying to get the girl his likes, Fujiwara, to like him back. It’s a fun comic that likes to be mischievous and a bit ecchi. I really like it because it’s not getting too hung up on what a girl “should” be or drawing out Mizuki keeping his gender change from his friends. I’m really looking forward to its eventual continuation.