lapin's reading list

Currently Reading

Just some thoughts on stuff that I am currently reading.

Depths of Malice

악의의 농도| Depths of Malice

Currently on: Chapter 70

Thoughts: I usually hate reading Villainess stories because they are always the uwu sweet feMC getting magically transported/reborn into an evil woman's body but she is a sweetpea and has to convince the princely MC that is in an arranged marriage with her that she's a different person, etc. Those stories are all BORING and feel the same to me. But this villainess manhwa?? I'm weak for it to be honest. This is not a ~deep~ read at all but it is SO entertaining to me in a very soap opera way. It had me cackling gleefully when Rita/Verta was able to exact her revenge on the shitty and abusive men in Verta's life (including getting a pedo's pp cut off. justice) Rita/Verta does NOT hesitate to be manipulative, ruthless, selfish and flatout EVIL which is very refreshing to me, as this genre for women always puts the doe-eyed, Disney princess-esque female leads on a pedestal.

Rita/Verta is the very definition of GASLIGHT GATEKEEP GIRLBOSS and I love it. (Also I really love the yandere-ish second ML, he's unhinged and willing to help in her schemes...I wish they would end up together but I know that she will end up with the princely one. yawn) TWs for sexual assualt, explicit sex, and violence. Deffo not for kids. 18+ only.

You and I Are Polar Opposites

正反対な君と僕 | Seihantai no Kimi no Boku | You and I Are Polar Opposites

Currently on: Chapter 24

Thoughts: A romcom currently being serialized. Suzuki (feMC) is an energetic loudmouth that has fallen for the quiet and blunt Tani. This manga is about their blossoming relationship. It has a simplistic and charming artstyle and pretty funny/cute moments. I really enjoy the cast, their friendships with each other, and Suzuki in particular because of relatability (hehe she is a goofy and can be a nervous wreck at times, ayy.)

I feel like the writing is believable for an all teenage cast. This is a silly, fluffy read (not an original storyline at all but im also the kind of person that can read coffee shop au fanfic of the same two characters falling in love 100 times so...), I really enjoy this easy and light-hearted reading. Hoping it gets popular enough for an animated or live adaptation ^_^

what kind of stuff you can expect to read:

The Fragrant Flower Blooms with Dignity

薫る花は凛と咲く | Kaoru Hana wa Rin to Saku | The Fragrant Flower Blooms with Dignity

Currently on: Chapter 50

Thoughts: Romeo & Juliet story about a smart girl from a prestigious academy and the "delinquent" from the school literally next door. cute and wholesome, any drama that happens is resolved pretty quickly and all the characters are lovable. sugar sweet. i really adore MC, he's so cute and thoughtful. this manga shows the lovely side of teen friendships. Some people criticize this manga for being cheesy, but I don't care! I love the cheese! Hehe

A Sign of Affection

ゆびさきと恋々 | Yubisaki to Renren | A Sign of Affection

Currently on: ? i forgot lol

Thoughts: A love story between a deaf girl and a handsome popular guy that travels a lot. the art is beautiful and i really like the feMC (mostly because she is cute..sue me) but i'm not really into the MC tbh. i do like that he puts in effort to learn JSL for Yuki though. kind of reminds me of my favorite j-drama called ORANGE DAYS without the emphasis on music. i hate that there are stupid love triangles tho. too annoying and i dont have patience for it as an adult LOL

Right Now, I'm In Love

今、恋をしています。| Ima Koi | Right Now, I'm In Love

Currently on: ? i forgot lol

Thoughts: Very fluffy story about a shy girl who regrets she never confesses her feelings to whomever she has a crush on. She vows to confess to her next love. Enter Yagyuu, a boy that protects her from a groper. There's instant-love etc. but I'm reading just because it's cute tbh. Theres nothing of substance, just a bunch of dates but the fact that the characters are so straightfoward with eachother is refreshing.

We Shall Now Begin Ethics

ここは今から倫理です。| Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu. | We Shall Now Begin Ethics

Currently on: Chapter 13

Thoughts: An ethics teacher teaching morals to troubled students. Takayanagi seems to have some sort of a troubled or dark past himself. I really like the chapters that have to do with sense of self, self worth, introspection, etc. Not a fan of the chapters of the boy students being shitty in general, delinquents and rapists...Idk why they would need a teacher to tell them that's wrong. Also I hate the chapter about the female student who seduced teachers for attention because her older sister was the favored child (speaking from experience, I would not have gone around trying to seduce ugly old men for attention LMAO) Mostly reading to find out what the deal is with Takayanagi's background. Also I hate the art. (lol)

This Love is Strawberry Sweet

その恋はいちごのように。| Sono Koi wa Ichigo no You ni | This Love is Strawberry Sweet

Currently on: Chapter 0

Thoughts:A young woman goes out to help her grandpa with his strawberry farm and falls in love with a farmer. I read this before...I remember thinking it was cute and liking the MC and his ~manly~ design compared to other shojo/josei but I can't remember anything about it so I'm going to re-read it again on my vacation.

Dropped Series

  • the remarried empress: stopped when feMC left to live with the love interest (not husband.) his mysteriously and seemingly clever/cunning personality went away and he became annoying and lame. i enjoyed it up to that point tho. stopped around chapter 114
  • iijima yabai yatsu: as soon as it was revealed that the girl made the mc bully her for sexual(??) gratification and that she was the one that was akshully the bully...i stopped. maybe chapter 1 or 2. i can enjoy some twisted stories but this one was stupid and just coombait for weird moids with issues
  • ashita, watashi wa dareka no kanojo: a grimdark bitter "love" story about young women that get into compensated dating/prostitution. it's popular i guess but i don't enjoy stories and characters that are miserable for the sake of being miserable. i don't feel like the mangaka handles some of the messages and topics surrounding trauma and struggle without it being...trauma-porn, or glamourizing it in some fashion. just my opinion. i also didnt like any of the characters but i guess that was the point.