I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rilakkuma - By Your Side

Firstly, I want to say that from reading some of the other reviews of this book that people seem to have been going in expecting something very different than what this book is intended to be: this is a small collection of affirmations with cute illustrations to turn to when everything seems to hard and you just want a bit of a pick me up and encouragement. This book is like a pat on the shoulder or a good hug. This book is NOT a story or a self-help guide and it is also not intended to be.

The illustrations are the shining stars of this book. They are sweet and made me feel happier all by themselves, so they are very fitting. I also love the love for food and beds which is evident in the illustrations (very relatable). I will admit to not being familiar with Rilakkuma, but I would imagine that these illustrations would be especially pleasing to those who are.

As for the affirmations themselves, some of them are insightful, but many of them are nothing special. However, I don’t really have a problem with this, because I don’t think they need to be. This book isn’t trying to shift your world view or unveil some kind of fantastic revelation, but simply to remind you of the things that are so simple and true, but so easily forgotten when we are too hard on ourselves.

However, I have docked a star and I will now address the main reason why: the formatting. I will preface this with a disclaimer that my edition was received from NetGalley, so it may not be the same as the print version, but it is likely quite similar as the book had already been published by the time I downloaded the book. This book is obviously translated from the Japanese, and the original illustrations are all done in Japanese. As such, the English translations have simply been typed underneath/next to the Japanese on the illustrations or at the bottom of the page on the pages where the affirmations are written. Additionally, the type set used and the way these English translations are incorporated are particularly clunky, resembling the kind of subtitling one might find on a YouTube video, and not a translation in a book.

I believe the publisher should have either found a way to replace the Japanese with the English (at least on the affirmations, if not on the illustrations) as is done in manga translations, or have picked a more fitting and less jarring type set, especially as the aesthetic of this book is so key to the reader’s enjoyment. This is, of course, not the author’s fault, but it is worth mentioning and keeping on mind if you are considering purchasing the English translation of this book. Maybe try and take a look inside before you buy and see if it will bother you too much.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a sweet book to remind you to go easier on yourself and to comfort you when you’re feeling down (and you’re not too put off by slightly clunky type set and formatting issues with the translations), I definitely recommend this book!

4 stacks of 3 books (4/5 rating)


I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nocturnal is a sweet poetry collection, with a loose narrative exploring a journey of self-discovery and growth after a heartbreak. The poems do not run into each other or form a continuous narrative, rather the book acts as a collection of poems which, by themselves, are weak, but when grouped together in thematic groups serve a much greater impact upon the reader.


A.C.E’s ‘UNDER COVER’ Album Review

On Friday we welcomed 5-member boy group A.C.E‘s second mini album into the world. The album saw them take yet another change in style with their rap rock based title track, whilst maintaining a certain familiar quality throughout the rest of the mini album and the visuals of the music video.

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Hello everyone! I actually did this post about a year ago on my old blog, but I decided to do an updated version for my new blog. So, if you’re interested in finding out more about A.C.E, have never heard of them before, or love them as much as I do, settle down, and let’s go!

A.C.E is a 5 member boy group from the company Beat Interactive. Beat Interactive is a small company, and A.C.E is their first, and so far only, artist. Unlike lots of Korean music companies, Beat gets a lot of love from A.C.E’s fans (Choice), who often call the CEO “Queen”.

In addition to their music, A.C.E can be admired for their charitable spirit, holding charity concerts and donating regularly despite coming from a very small company and not having much money. Their CEO also encourages their education; the members go to Uni and regularly read books about feminism. They debuted on the 23rd of May 2017, after gaining fans through busking and covers of popular artists such as BTS, BLACKPINK, and John Legend.

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A to Z Book Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by the lovely Meeghan @Meeghan reads and bakes to do this, so I hope you enjoy! There are a lot of questions, so I’ve done my best to keep the answers short.

The original creator of this tag is Jamie @The Perpetual Page Turner.


This is actually quite difficult… maybe Raine Thomas, or Quinn Loftis? They both write fun fantasy romances and I went through a real phase of them. I still reread them from time-to-time when I feel like just doing some light reading.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- one of the rare times that the second book in a series is the best book.

Wow (from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)
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