Today’s Workout: Derailed Again.

I was so ready to continue with c25k today but I did something to my knee yesterday. I woke up in the middle of the night in agony and couldn’t get in any sort of comfortable position to get back to sleep. I was hobbling around all day really annoyed with myself but I was able to do a kettlebell workout of mostly my arms and leaving my knees completely out of it.

I hope my knee heals soon. I was looking forward to running again. I mean, I needed to get more strength training in anyway but this isn’t how I wanted to go about it.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 4, by Kotoyama

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

While Nazuna and Midori have some maid café shenanigans, there is also the looming threat of a vampire killer using their pasts to kill them. Ko is determined to save Nazuna so she can eventually turn him as he’s been hoping for since the beginning.

There’s a big theme of putting on a face to the public to appear normal and what it means to lose your humanity in this volume but it seems the focus should have been more on the vampire hunter after the more lighthearted story with the maid café. But hey, it makes me wanna grab the next one so, it did it’s job! 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Birds of Shangri-La” Vol. 2, by Ranmaru Zaria

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Apollo is still trying to resist Phi’s charms to break the rules of his job as a teaser. As the attraction between them boils, demons from Phi’s dark past come stalking him.

It’s interesting that the teasers also function as a type of bodyguard when the ‘birds’ are allowed to leave the brothel. I’m not sure if they’re qualified to deal with whoever is stalking Phi; as it’s clear that stalker is going to do something dangerous that will affect everyone at Shangri-La. I do like how the story treats the chemistry between Phi and Apollo even without the naughty scenes. 3.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 3, by Nozomi Mino

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

After recent events, Yuri is anxious about Oya leaving to keep her from danger and decides to get a job to be more independent. But to keep her close, Oya whisks her off to a private villa but there are secrets he’s been keeping from Yuri.

I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing this series. In terms of plot, there isn’t much for me to latch on to. They’re passionately in love with each other, we see them express that on ‘screen’ often, and Yuri wondering what will keep her busy while Oya is doing yakuza stuff. I guess if you like something really, REALLY light on an overall plot and just wanna watch them fawn over one another and bone, this is fine. But to be honest, I was bored. 2.9 outta 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Black or White” vol 2, by Sachimo

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

This volume goes back to how Shin and Shige first met back in high school. We also introduce the conflict of Shige wanting to step back in his career to give Shin a chance to fight his typecasting.

I understand the book is trying to make their careers the source of the conflict here; their stage personas having adverse effects on how they manage their private lives but in my opinion, the possible impending love triangle or a guy directly trying to sabotage their relationship. The rest feels like filler. If I had the third volume in hand, I’d jump right into it looking for things to move forward. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Perdy” Vol. 2, by Kickliy

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In the second volume of this insane series, Perdy wants to make things right with her daughter, Rose/Petunia; who is pregnant and terrified of becoming an outlaw like her mother.

While Perdy brings chaos wherever she goes and Rose/Petunia just wants a normal life, I found myself wondering what could pass as normal with all the violence in the world this comic created. Characters go on killing sprees and randomly shoot people all the time. The men obsessed with Petunia/Rose are just as unscrupulous as her mother! I feel bad for Rose because I don’t see how she will get the chance to have a regular life. I do love the action, it kept me turning pages to see what happened next. It’s one hell of an adventure if you like comics in a western setting and don’t mind a healthy dose of crazy. 3.9 out of 5.

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Today’s Workout: Week One, Day Three.

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I like these historical missions even though I can’t wait for the new main story episodes to come out.

Part of having time to run in the evening means having dinner a little later. I come home and go right to the treadmill. Since I’m still on the Saxenda, I’m not very hungry in the evenings anyway.

I did notice my joints are not happy with the cold. It’s about 30F and my office is always cold so, I’m sure that’s why. While I was running I felt fine. In fact, I got distracted and missed a walk prompt and kept running. To be fair, even after not running for so long, the running intervals in the beginning of the C25K feel very short to me after running for so many years. Not to mention I’m 19 pounds lighter. It can only get easier from here!

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Lenni Reviews: “Black or White” Vol. 1, by Sachimo

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Washimiya is an actor known for having a cold and standoffish attitude and his hiding the fact he is dating another actor, Shin. Washimiya is hesitant about the relationship due to how popular Shin is in contrast to how his aloof nature has typecast him into villain roles and he doesn’t want to ruin Shin’s reputation.

This is a cute start to a series. Shin is just the right amount of clueless about how to be in a relationship and the conflict unfolds naturally while giving the reader some smut to enjoy in the first volume. This isn’t overly explicit but you know what’s going on and leaves plenty to anticipate in volume 2. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” vol 6, by Kousuke Oono

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this volume:

  • Tatsu helps another woman with the house budget
  • Tries to get on a “Women’s Association”
  • Goes on the hunt for a collectible for his wife
  • Takes care of someone’s dog
  • Helps a shop owner update his establishment

Something about this volume pops more than the previous ones. The short stories are so cute and have all the right callbacks when they’re needed. The art is on point and we get a few glimpses into Tatsu’s past. I hope we get more of that. I’m dying to know how Miku got Tatsu to leave his life of crime behind. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Beastars” vol 14 by Paru Itagaki

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Still living on his own, Legoshi is approached by the current Beastar, Yahya, to speak about crime after he busted some drug dealers. Yahya is intrigued by Legoshi and wants to see how much like his grandfather, Gosha, as a way to get revenge on his old friend for picking his family over Yahya when they were younger.

I’m so used to seeing Legoshi as this affable, idealistic guy that it’s shocking when he gets intense. I won’t spoil anything but it’s such a contrast to the heartwarming way he bonds with his canine friends. And we get a new villain that I can’t wait to see in the next volume. 5 out of 5.

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