Friday, March 19, 2010

Two great sites for FREE manga

It didn't take me long after I discovered manga to get my hands on plenty of new series to read. Since money is tight while I'm still in graduate school I try to be frugal when it comes to my entertainment needs. After using several swapping and trading sites I wanted to share my personal two favorite sites that I utilize the most to get FREE manga. Also these sites have helped me to get rid of series that I've dropped to those that want to read it or give it a try.

This is the site I go to for older manga series and have gotten titles such as Ranma 1/2 and Marmalade Boy as well as some newer titles. Bookmooch uses a point system where you can earn points by sending out books to other members and by adding books to your inventory. I used this site not only to feed my manga addiction but I was able to get books I needed for my college classes too. Being an English major I accumulated a lot of books that I really didn't want to give a second read. I was able to use James Joyce, who I have a long standing dislike of, for some shojo instead. Since this is an international site you can also get Japanese manga straight from users in Japan. I've gotten a few volumes of Cookie magazine from a swapper in the Philippines. I've enjoyed sending my manga to users in countries were they may not have access to English translations. The default is for sending in our country but you can always opt to be willing to ship internationally.

I'm not going to lie when I say I check this sometimes before I even check my email in the morning. This site is much like with having a similar point system. For every book you send you gain one point that can be used to request a book for yourself. Over the past year I've witnessed more and more manga being posted every day, some days at least 50-60. So far for 2010 I've been using (PBS) for manga only. On PBS, as well as, you can create a wish list for books that are currently unavailable. When your "wish" is granted you have 48 hours to claim it. Lately I've been getting books on my wish list left and right. Out of all the book swapping sites that I've been a member of this one seems to have the most active fellow manga readers on it. I love this site for swapping old and getting newer volumes of (seemingly) never ending shonen series. I love Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist but I just don't have the shelf space for them. For manga that it's highly unlikely I will ever have the time to re-read I like posting them on PBS. Most of my manga I post gets requested that same week, and if it lingers too long I post it to were it doesn't have a slim chance of hanging around my inventory for long.

Both sites are great for anyone that is starting some early spring cleaning and wants to create some shelf space for both old and newer manga. So if you have a volume of Magic Touch that you are itching to get rid of , I sure was, I suggest you take a peak at one or both of the sites mentioned above :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Getting Stoned With Rosetta

After much hesitation I went ahead and bought myself Level 1 Japanese from Rosetta Stone. My private studies have been lacking as of late and I really want to buckle down and get serious. I dream of teaching ESL in Japan a year from now. The thought of being illiterate in another country scares me, mainly since I already have a BA in English.
I've been practicing my writing with free worksheets I print off sites that I find via Google along with with "playing" on my DS with My Japanese Coach. I love practicing stroke order on the DS mainly because it will make me re-do if I get it wrong or try to cheat :)
After saving up money for a few months I patiently waited for there to be a sign that I should get Rosetta Stone, that sign came in the form of a sale they had on their website for President's Day weekend. Across the board it is the same price on other online venues so I recommend anyone interested in buying it to get it direct for the company, that way you can have access to support and money back guarantees.
I've only used it a few times thus far, mainly because of midterms consuming my time, but I've gotten more out of it than I have with self-study with textbooks alone. I like how it is interactive in both the visual and audio aspects of it. It had me talking within minutes! Which was kinda intimidating but I soon got over it. Til the summer begins I may only be able to use it 2 to 3 times a week but I feel any time that I use it I am making greater progress than if I tried to study flying solo.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Yaoi Reading Month

To help combat the winter blues and to celebrate Women's History Month I'm going to try to see if I can read one yaoi manga a day for the duration of March. Since the majority of yaoi I own is written by women (in my mind) it makes sense to honor them during Women's History Month by enjoying and promoting their works, virtually, as best I can.

Where I work we are doing some more academic and/or artistic efforts to celebrate this month. Yaoi is something that is my utmost guilty pleasure written by women with strong honed artistic and storytelling abilities.

This is my way of showing my gratitude and how grateful I am that their works have been made available from one hemisphere to the other :)
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