Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

In My Mailbox - XXXI

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The Borrowed

Wild Ones vol. 4 by Kiyo Fujiwara

The Bought


The Received

Never Slow Dance with a Zombie T-shirt
Amefurashi: The Rain Goddess vol. 1 by Atsushi Suzumi
Black Bird vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakoji
Kimi no Tokode: From Me to You vol. 1 by Karuho Shiina
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Hollywood is like High School with Money by Zoey Dean
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
Bite Me! by Melissa Francis
Gorgeous by Rachel Vail
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
The Amanda Project: invisible i by Stella Lennon
Hancock Park by Isabel Kaplan

Yep, I got a pretty good week. An amazing book week! I am most eager to start on some of the new YA ARCs I received! Likely I won't be borrowing anything new from the library until I done this batch!

I want to thank Diane from The Book Resort for the Kreativ Blogger Award!

The Kreativ Blogger award meme works like this: If you accept it, you are supposed to list seven of your favorite things and nominate seven blogs that deserve this award.

1. My blog
2. Manga
3. Books
4. Food
5. Do hot guys count?
6. My friends
7. Anything Asian related! Well, most...

Hm, I usually don't nominate but I guess I will this time. I choose:

1. Book-Luver Carol's Reviews
2. The Shady Glade
3. The Chick Manifesto
4. Library Lounge Lizard
5. Reverie Book Reviews
6. Frenetic Reader
7. Shooting Stars Mag

Announcement: I am changing my manga review template. In the past, I always reviewed a series up to whatever volume I've read. Sometimes it is a little confusing because I don't really state which volumes I have reviewed up to. Some assume it is the first volume while others assume it is the whole series. Then for the past couple of months, I decided to only review series that are either single volume or if I finished reading the entire series. (Along with review copies I received from publishers). It can get a little "?" sometimes.

Therefore, I'm just going to adjust my template a bit so you know which volume(s) I am referring to in my review. But my manga reviews are going to be more infrequent now because I cater for a majority of a young adult reading audience. There is absolutely no way I can review every single manga I've read because it will really take a toll on me. (Plus, you see all of those mangas I keep bringing home for my In My Mailboxes). I do give ratings on manga volumes (not really reviews, sorry) over at Goodreads (click here) that I have completed.

So the template will be changed from:

Age Group:
# of Pages:
# of Volumes:
My Rating:


Age Group:
Series is: Completed with # of volumes/Ongoing with # of volumes
Volume(s) Reviewing:
My Rating:

And now I'm mentioning if it is ongoing or not, unlike my previous template where you would have no idea if the series is yet completed over in Japan/Korea/whatnot. I decided to remove # of Pages because all mangas generally have the same number of pages anyway, more or less.

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Kristen said...

Great books this week! I can't wait to read Eyes Like Stars and Radiant Darkness!

a flight of minds said...

I've read a little of both Wild Ones and Kimi no Tokode and they both seem really good. I'm another huge manga fan. :) I really want to read Eyes Like Stars since it's been getting great reviews. You got a lot of good books this week. Happy reading!

- Alex

Carrie said...

Wow, you did have a great week. That Trigiani book looks really good. Happy reading!!

Thao said...

Awesome books. I really like Viola In Reel Life and The Real Real. Hapy reading Diana ^^

Adele said...

I can't wait to see what you think about ELS - eagerly awaiting your review :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Lots of fun books. Luck you!

Thanks so much for the award. :-)


Alyssa said...

Can't wait to see your review for Eyes Like Stars. I have to live vicariously until I get my hands on my own copy. :-)

Thanks for the award too!

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great Week! ELS is amazing! I want to read Radiant Darkness - will have to put on my TBR list. Happy Reading!

Reverie said...

awwwwwwwww THANKS for the award!!! :D

Diana Dang said...

Thank you and you're welcome everyone! :D

towerofbooks said...

You had a great week! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on all the books!

The Story Siren said...

great books this week! love the covers! happy reading!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm so excited to read Eyes Like Stars. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

Rebecca said...

Awesome books and stuff you got this week. Enjoy.

Library Lounge Lizard said...

Thanks for the award Diane! I'm blogging about it today!

Katie said...

Ooh, I'm super jealous of "Eyes Like Stars." You've reminded me -- I've really got to get back into reading graphic novels. It's been a while since I've done a series. Any recent suggestions?

Diana Dang said...


Callie said...

So jealous of HILHSWM. Enjoy!!

Diana Dang said...

Haha thanks