Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles – Character Guide 2

Tsubasa guide

You may remember me telling you guys why you should read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, today I’ll review the second character guide. I don’t have the first one, but one day I will.

When you open the guide you find some gorgeous coloured illustrations:

After that the guide looks back on what the gang has been doing so far, but this doesn’t add much. If you’ve read the manga, it’s nothing you didn’t already know.

Then the real fun begins, with a quiz that determines which character you are and in which country you should live!

I got Kurogane: a strong guy who’s kinder than you think. The people around you always rely on you. On the outside you seem cool and collected (hardly lol), but inside you’re very kind (on the outside too?). Your shyness is one of the charming things about you (good to know haha). I do relate to Kurogane at times, so I guess it’s pretty accurate (I don’t want to fight all the time though).

The country I got was the Country of Recort: a country overflowing with mysterious power. If you like fantasy (YES I DO), how about this mysterious country? It has schools that teach magic (YES PLEASE), and it’s central library has more books than anyone can read in a single lifetime! (*drools*). Okay so I’ve got to pack my bags to move to my new home guys. I don’t know if I’ll have wifi, but at least I’ll have plenty to read.

The character files after that are a bit disappointing. I thought they’d tell us something we didn’t know already, but it’s basically what they have done so far and they just point out the obvious personality traits we’ve already seen in the manga. I did love seeing some of Mokona’s special techniques on one page! (though it’s far from complete haha).

There are more pages than this dedicated to one character

Hey, that stats thing looks familiar…

So basically they are all Pokémon…

Thankfully the world guide that follows is a lot more interesting, with tidbits of information that I didn’t know yet! (of course it could be that I’ve already forgotten haha).

Throughout the guide there are ‘Tsubasa Mini Reports’ which look at the top 5 nicknames Fai most uses for Kurogane, the funniest scenes, romantic scenes etc. I really loved these! My favourite was the ‘angry scenes collection’ where they showed some of the scenes Kurogane lost his temper and his percentage of anger haha (I forgot to take pictures and now it’s already too dark outside. Of course I can take them later since I’ll schedule this post, but I’ll probably forget)

There’s also an interview with CLAMP which was fun to read, plus an interview between Mokona (one of CLAMP’s members) and Takao Yaguchi, who is her favourite mangaka. She gave some pretty good advice to all of us fans out there: ‘I didn’t get a very big allowance, and I couldn’t afford to buy the manga. So what I did was introduce it to my father and get him hooked, so that he would buy the manga.’ So if you don’t have enough money, get your parents interested in the book/manga/show/film/game etc. so they will buy it for you.

She also said that she and the other members fight about things like who ate the last cake haha.

Of course it also includes a bonus manga, which is very short but adorable.

The rest of the book contains a fashion check in which one of the editors of the magazine Vivi talks about the fashion style of the characters, the results of some polls, a Q&A with Syaoran, Sakura and Mokona (Mokona’s answers are adorable and hilarious: ‘Mokona is a genius!’ Where can I order Mokona, thank you (a live one, I have a plush haha)), concept art, a quiz (I’m a die-hard Tsubasa fan) and a few more fun little things.

While some things were a bit disappointing, it’s definitely a fun read for any fan of the manga!

Have you read this character guide yet? Or maybe one of the others? (I need to get my hands on them *grabby hands*


Why You Should Read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Why you should read Tsubasa_ Reservoir Chronicle-2

I recently reread Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, one of my favourite manga, so with it fresh in my mind I felt like writing a post on why YOU should read it (and love it).

If you have no idea what Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is about, here’s a short spoiler-free summary:

The story begins with childhood friends princess Sakura and Syaoran. Princess Sakura’s feathers, which are her memories, are shattered throughout multiple worlds and thus Syaoran decides to find them for her. They begin a journey along with Fai and Kurogane, who have their own reasons for traveling. There’s also cute companion called Mokona. 

Why you shouldn't read it

  • If you can’t stand blood and gore. It’s not really that bad, but things can get a bit bloody
  • I’m not sure about the age rating. The anime is PG-13, but is a less mature than the manga. If you’re younger than 13 though, you probably shouldn’t read it

Why you should read it

  • Travel through many different worlds: from fun to incredibly dangerous and corrupt
  • Action hell yes
  • The artwork is beautiful like expected from Clamp
  • Of course the characters. They are so beautiful and complex and their background stories and even all the minor characters (and there are a lot) are 3D and complex and colourful and just amazing
  • Fai x Kurogane bromance (possibly more than just a bromance)
  • All the relationships to be honest (romance is not the major plot point there is so much more going on)
  • The writing is just so amazing. It’s so complex but it still makes sense (unless you read it very slowly.)
  • It’s just a masterpiece guys
  • The major fangirling in this post should convince you to read it
  • God I don’t even know anymore except

If you prefer anime over manga, the anime is amazing too (less mature like I said, less angst, less dark), but do not watch the OV seasons unless you’ve read the manga. I watched the OV seasons before I read the manga and it was incredibly confusing, especially the transition between the first OV season and the second.

Also there is now a sequel to the original manga. 

SQUEE. I want to read it, but the first page made me wonder if I should read xxxHolic first (the original Tsubasa and xxxHolic are intertwined) to understand what’s going on. I’ve read the first 3 volumes but I haven’t really had time (and so far it’s not as good as Tsubasa) to read the rest. I can’t wait to read the sequel though.



The Monthly Hufflepuff | September

I can’t believe it’s October already. I know I have this reaction pretty much every month, but now we’re actually getting close to 2016. TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN GUYS

BUT IT’S THE MONTH OF HALLOWEEN SO THAT’S FUN. Even though we don’t really celebrate Halloween in The Netherlands sadly :( But I’m still excited (look look, I’m now called Spookchelle on Twitter! It sounds like a cute ghost Pokémon).

So what happened in the month of September?


This was a pretty good reading month, mostly I think because of the Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon haha. Also I read more than this picture lets on. I sadly don’t own all the Tsubasa volumes yet, so I read most of them online (soon I will own them all though) nor do I own xxxHolic (and unless the next volumes are better I probably won’t buy them at all).

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – no rating yet
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles by CLAMP volumes 1-28 (reread) ★★★★★
  • Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts ★★★
  • All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts ★★
  • xxxHolic by CLAMP volumes 1-3 ★★★
  • Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts ★★★

I’ll hopefully write my review of QoS later today. I just need to write down all my thoughts before I can decide on a rating. I’m also planning a combined review for Circles in the Stream, All That Glitters and Cry of the Wolf as I read them together in an omnibus and a post on why you should read Tsubasa.


I FINISHED MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE!!! So naturally I changed it to 100 books. I actually wanted to set it to 100 this year, but because I was in my senior year, had my exams and started at a new school, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. As of right now I’m 19 books away of completing this new goal *GASP*

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September wasn’t that good when it came to blogging. It wasn’t bad (like last May when I had my exams), but I just wanted to blog more. Sadly I was sick for three weeks (I’M FEELING SO MUCH BETTER GUYS. I STILL HAVE A COUGH BUT I HAVE MY ENERGY BACK) and I started a new school. Since I give a list of all the posts I posted during my weekly wrap ups, I’ll give you a list of my favourites posts this month:



Okay let’s be more calm about this haha. This month I’ll have my first exams at my new school and we need to finish our magazine, so it’s probably (read: definitely) going to be busy. Now that I’m feeling better though I hope it won’t get in the way of my blogging (and writing. Oh my wizardgod I haven’t written since school started). Also! The Book Club of the Opinionated Hufflepuffs will be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m very excited about that, since I’ve wanted to read it for quite some time now.

And that was September! How was your month? I siriusly need to catch up on all of your blogposts. I feel so bad for not reading all of them, but soon guys. Soon!


Falling For Autumn Wrap Up

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Yesterday was the last day of the Read-a-Thon and I didn’t read AT ALL (or maybe I read a few manga pages? Not much anyway). I’m quite bummed about that, but I was busy with schoolwork and later that day I was having so much fun talking with everyone on Twitter that it just didn’t happen haha (I didn’t even forget, I got tired and went to bed).

So how did I do this year?

  • Read a total of three (3) books – 24 books
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – I didn’t read 150 pages yesterday, but I did read 150 pages on all the other days, so therefore half a strike haha
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the cover – Many of the Tsubasa volumes have brown on them and volume 14 even has both
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – I thought I hadn’t done this, but then I realised that xxxHolic is psychological, which is something I usually don’t read!
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…)
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you)

(3.5/6) goals were accomplished! I’d say this read-a-thon was pretty successful.

How did you do this read-a-thon? Or maybe you’re participating in a different one? Let me know in the comments!


The Weekly Hufflepuff #8

Time for another weekly wrap up! Remember when I said I was slowly recovering in my last wrap up? Yeah, I’m still sick! But like I said in one of my read-a-thon posts (can’t remember which one) don’t worry!


If you’ve been following my read-a-thon posts you know I’ve been reading quite a bit!

  • Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
  • All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts
  • I’ve started Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts. I’ll review the first three books in the series as I have them as an omnibus
  • I reread volume 10 to 28 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
  • I read the first two volumes of xxxHolic


I saw the first episode of the new Muppets show. While I enjoyed it, it didn’t feel like The Muppets! I kind of miss the old format, but I will keep on watching. (My favourite line: ‘No, not THAT kind of meeting’)

Wednesday was pretty much dedicated to schoolwork (except for a short break to watch The Muppets)

I stayed home from school on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday I watched Easy A and on Friday Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And now I want to reread the book again. It’s a never-ending circle guys

Yesterday Avid Reader, Elly and I started talking about how cool it would be if we bloggers/booklovers/awesome people all lived in the same apartment building and that grew into a village in which the three of us, Gabi and Jillian are the mayors. It will have a gigantic bookshop and library, lots of tea and chocolate, dragons, a machine that can make fictional characters real and a clone machine so we don’t have to share, Pokémon, Hogwarts and so much more that I’ve already forgotten haha. Oh and it will be called Tea Town and this will be our anthem: T is for Tadahhh I’m here! E is for excellent and A is for awesome sauce! If you want to be a villager, let us know haha.

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Like I said last week, until I’m completely caught up this section will feature blog posts I read this week, not necessarily ones that were posted this week.

I can’t believe September is almost over already and I’ll be writing my September wrap up soon! Can’t believe how fast time flies. I haven’t done many writing posts this month, nor have I done a Discussing Hufflepuff or a Blogsterdam. I probably won’t do those anymore this month, but hopefully everything will be back to normal next month so I can regularly blog again!


Falling for Autumn Day 5

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Hey guys! I wish I could’ve updated more during this read-a-thon, but on Wednesday I was busy all day with schoolwork and was too exhausted to blog afterwards and I stayed home from school yesterday and today, since I’m not feeling too well. I might go to the doctor on Monday if things continue like this. DON’T WORRY THOUGH. I’m fine. It’s more that I’m getting sick of being sick haha.

ANYHOW. How is the read-a-thon going so far since I last updated on Tuesday?

  • As I predicted I finished Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
  • I finished All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts
  • I started Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts (it’s an omnibus featuring these three books haha)
  • I finished rereading the entire Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle manga (I’m planning on writing a post about it now that it’s fresh in my mind again, so I can properly tell you guys why you MUST read it haha), which means I’ve read volume 11 to 28 so 18 volumes
  • I’ve read the first two volumes of xxxHolic. I’ve never really been interested in it, but I feel like I need to have read xxxHolic in order to understand Tsubasa World Chronicle 

The official challenges of this read-a-thon:

  • Read a total of three (3) books – I’ve read 22 books haha, yay for manga!
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – So far so good!
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the coverI had actually picked The Silkworm for this challenge, but I can actually pick almost all of the Tsubasa volumes I read since Shaoran has brown hair and is on almost all of the covers. There’s also brown on the cover of Circles in the Stream.
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – Not yet! Rachel Roberts’ books are fantasy, which is my comfort zone. It’s also middle grade and while I usually read young adult, it’s not exactly outside of my comfort zone either.
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…) Not yet.
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you) – I’m still not planning on reading a book for this challenge. I don’t read horror (nor do I even have a horror book on my shelf) and a book that intimidates me would be Les Mis, and I won’t be able to finish that during this read-a-thon haha


Day 5’s challenge is the 394 Page Sentence! For this challenge I have to turn to page 394 of my current read (or one I plan to read) and read the first full sentence. Then I have to write a continuation of 55/75 words. Since my current read doesn’t have a page 394 I could also turn to page 31, but since I’m upstairs and my book is downstairs (so lazy, I know) I’ll be picking a book I’m planning to read, if not during this read-a-thon then next week: The Silkworm (I do hope my copy has over 394 pages…) It does! Phew, that could’ve been awkward haha. The original sentence will be in green, my continuation will be in blue.

After a brief pause Fancourt said:

”I am actually a rabbit from a faraway land.”

Strike and Robin looked at each other.

”I knew it.” Strike whispered.

”So it’s true then. You’re the one who kidnapped Alice.” Robin looked at the man in disgust.

Fancourt threw back his head and laughed.

”Kidnapped? That stupid child followed me on her own. Why would I kidnap that brat? She keeps on nagging and nagging: ‘White Rabbit, why are Tweedledee and Tweedledum called that way? White Rabbit, why is the Red Queen red? White Rabbit, White Rabbit…!”

Ah a little bit more than 75! Woops. Also don’t ask where the hell this came from guys. I have no idea haha. Sooo whoever Fancourt is, I’m sure he’s not actually the White Rabbit in disguise, and I doubt The Silkworm will turn out to be a fantasy novel. Don’t take this too serious haha.

How’s your read-a-thon going? If you’re not participating, what are you currently reading? If you are participating, have you done the 394 Page Challenge? Let me know, I want to check out yours!


Falling For Autumn Day 1+2

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

I was stuck at school until 7 PM yesterday and by the time I got home I was so exhausted I couldn’t blog anymore! I barely even read. Thus progress of day 1 and 2 in one post.

My progress so far:

  • I’ve read 113 pages of Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts (around 30 pages yesterday and the rest today). The day isn’t over yet though, so I will continue this book (and most likely finish) once I’m done with this post
  • I read about half of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volume 9 on the train home and finished it
  • I finished volume 10 today (I’m still shocked at how little I remember haha)

I don’t really notice how many pages I read while reading manga, but I do think I’ve read 150 pages today (reading 150 pages every day is one of the challenges)!


Ner’s description:

In this Book Bingo all you have to do is share the books that you’ve read or will read that match the bingo below. You can repeat books that match more than one category. It’s all entirely up to you how to do it.

My Bookish Bingo:

  • A book that’s in the middle of a series – Lola and the Boy Next Door
  • A book set in another country but yours – Fangirl (since I live in The Netherlands, I can name a lot of books here haha)
  • A book that came/will come out in your birthday month – More Happy Than Not came out last June (I haven’t read it yet)
  • A book that became/will become a movie/tv-series – City of Bones
  • A book with more than 500 pages – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A book that scares you – Winter. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN
  • A book with numbers/a number in the title – I Am Number Four
  • A book written by a male author – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • A book from a foreign author – The School for Good and Evil (again, a lot of authors I read are foreign to me since I live in the Netherlands)

I will now continue reading! If you’re participating in the read-a-thon, how are you doing? If you’re not, what are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments!


Boekenfestijn Book Haul!

Boekenfestijn Haul

Hey guys! I’m not entirely better yet, but I felt like blogging so yay! Today I went to ‘Boekenfestijn’*, which is like an inside book market that lasts for four days (Thursday to Sunday) where you can find cheap books and this time it’s in Utrecht, so if it’s in your neighbourhood: go go go!

* we bookworms don’t let our sickness get in the way of cheap books, am I right?!

Since I only read in English it was a bit difficult to find YA books that I wanted to read, but I still got a pretty good haul as you can see in the above picture (the books are mirrored by the way! I got a pretty cool program/app called Pixlr that looks like it will be fun to use).

My haul consists of:

  • Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver – I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds interesting and it’s really pretty
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Hardback Collector’s First Edition (includes Will’s letter to his family!). I currently have TID and TMI (except for Heavenly Fire) in paperback and I want them all in hardback
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – because I want to collect a lot of the different editions, mainly the original Bloomsbury edition (right now I have the books in Dutch and the new Bloomsbury edition)
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volumes 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 23 – I want to own all of my favourite manga some day, since I already had volume 8 I now own 7 out of 28 volumes. Slowly getting there haha
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Character Guide – because character guides are always fun (plus it was like two euros)
  • I Love You – a little book with giant panda drawings and love messages for my mom. Giant pandas are my favourite animals (along with pugs of course) so that makes it more personal

All in all I spend around 23 euros, while these books are usually definitely more expensive! I mean, I spend around 15 euros on manga, while that’s usually the price of one volume here! All in all, I am a happy bookworm.

If you live in The Netherlands, have you been to Boekenfestijn (this one or maybe on in the past)? Did you manage to get a good haul? And if you don’t live in The Netherlands, what are some books you recently acquired? Let me know in the comments!