Top 20 Manga Series I Love To Read

The reason I got into reading manga was when I was in grade 7 and I noticed that the girl next to me on the bus was reading something and I was curious about it and so I asked if I could see it. I started to read it after she showed me how to read the strange looking comic book. I never knew that there were such books, I mean the book was read BACKWARDS and it looked exactly like the anime I grew up watching. The girl accidentally forgot the book on the bus because I was reading it when she got off, so I kept reading. I finished that first book that night. I gave it back to her the next day at school and told her I really liked it and asked her where she got it, since it wasn’t an actual book but one that someone had printed off and had bound together. She told me that she got it from 2 friends of ours, they were twins so the book belonged to both of them, and was shocked that I finished it so quickly. So what did I do? I went and talked to the twins and they explained to me the magical world of online manga scanlations. This was only the beginning of my new obsession and it only grew. What was that first manga I ever read? It was “Hikaru no Go” by Yumi Hotta and I now have a copy of that book once it was released officially in English.
One day my family and I were on our way back from somewhere that I honestly don’t remember and we stopped at the one Chapters in Edmonton because my mom had to pee. I went in with her and I finally found the manga section! I was looking at all the different books from Tokyopop (which doesn’t distribute manga anymore and it still makes me sad), Viz Media. There are a lot more companies now but back then there weren’t too many and manga wasn’t very popular so bookstores only held the more popular companies of the time. My mom came up to me and I was holding a book so she asked me if I wanted to buy it, which of course I said yes! That book was “Wedding Peach” by Sukehiro Tomita and it reminded me a lot of Sailor Moon. This was the very first manga I ever bought and it was the start of my manga collection.

Right now I own, at last count, 1800 different manga volumes. You can see an old picture I posted on Instagram, before I started using it for this, and you can see my shelves. My shelves have 5 shells and they are the wider shelves so I can double stack them because there are so many. Not all of the books fit on the shelves now so I have a little bookshelf that I’ve put some one and then they are in random places on the floor in my room.
Now let’s get in to why you are here, my top 20 list of manga I love to read!
1. “Attack on Titan” by Hajime Isayama – 18 volumes (Ongoing): This series will appear on two of my lists because I have fell behind reading them. From what I have read I am absolutely enthralled by the series. Be it anime or manga, “Attack on Titan” is simply amazing! Kick-ass characters, an actual interesting plot that doesn’t fizzle out, and creepy Titans (though the ones from the live-action movie made me laugh).

2. “Black Butler” by Yana Toboso – 21 volumes (Ongoing): I started reading this series when it came out in Canada and I loved it, warning I’m probably going to be saying “I love it” even though this is a list of manga I love so it is kinda redundant so just pretend it isn’t. This had a unique plot that made the series addicting to read.

3. “Bleach” by Tite Kubo – 70 volumes (Ongoing): Ahh “Bleach” the addicting series that one of my friends got me into. It has Shinigami, Hollows, a whole society for the dead. It kinda makes me want to read the series again because it is just that good.

4. “Dawn of Arcana” by Rei Toma – 13 volumes (Complete): A princess being forced to marry to ease tension between kingdoms. She discovers she has a power that allows her to see the past or future, the “Arcana of Time.” This story was great! It was interesting to see the different things of the world and see Nakaba use her power.

5. “Death Note” by Tsugumi Ohba – 12 volumes (Complete): It isn’t a list of manga without “Death Note”! It has created such popularity since its release. I was quick to snatch it up and read it! I mean come on, teenager finds a notebook on the ground and meets the Shinigami Ryuk. What does the notebook do? Well like the title says it is a Death Note and who ever writes a name in the book will die of a heart attack within a certain amount of time unless otherwise specified by the writer. Deceit, death, detectives, apples; all words used to describe this series.

6. “Fruits Basket” by Natsuki Takaya – 23 volumes (Complete): This is a cute manga series about a girl who is living with her grandfather after the death of her mother until they want to do renovations to the house and she is forced to move out temporarily but she doesn’t let that drag her down and doesn’t mind living in a tent in the park. That is, until she comes across the house of one of her classmates and she moves in with them. This family is not normal though, they have a curse on their family to transform into an animal of the Chinese Zodiac, plus the cat, whenever someone of the opposite sex hugs them. So much happens within the series and it all ties together. It is a lovely book series.

7. “Fullmetal Alchemist” by Hiromu Arakawa – 27 volumes (Complete): This is a story of 2 boys trying to get their bodies back after they tried to do the forbidden, bring their mother back from the dead. Al lost his whole body (Ed binds his soul to a suit of armor) and Ed loses his arm and leg. This story has such character development and growth. This story is definitely at the top of my favorites in manga.

8. “Full Moon o Sagashite” by Arina Tanemura – 7 volumes (Complete): This series made me laugh and cry. The story is so touching of a young girl with throat cancer who wants nothing more than to be able to sing. One day 2 Shinigami arrive at her home to reap her soul because she is set to die. She manages to get them to agree to give her the ability to sing in exchange for her to cooperate when they need to take her. This triggers a change in the list and her name is taken off the list and it is not her time to die yet. The Shinigami stay to help her with becoming a singer.

9. “The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross” by Arina Tanemura – 11 volumes (Complete): Another by Tanemura-sensei but her works are truly amazing. The art is exquisite and the story is intricate. Every move is thought out and everything has a reason behind it. This is a story of a girl who was sold by her father to a lower class of rich man and is now from the lower rich part of the class (Bronze) who is love with the highest level boy (Gold). She does not shy away from her past as a delinquent and has no problem admitting it to people. She manages to catch the eye of the Gold and she becomes his bodyguard. What could go wrong? I love the story so much it was so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I wish there was more volumes to read.

10. “Higurashi When They Cry” by Ryukishi07 – 38 volumes (Complete): This series is so creepy and makes you think one thing but then blindside you and change things completely. This has multiple storylines that intertwine together. One storyline will end with complete death and then the next storyline everyone is alive again and they will function like nothing has happened.

11. “InuYasha” by Rumiko Takahashi – 56 volumes (Complete): An amazing series about a girl from present day Tokyo being transported to Feudal Japan. When there she sees a boy attached to a tree by an arrow. In this world there is magic, demons, monsters; there are so many things to this world that it is hard to know if someone is good or evil. The main story is the group that the girl and boy become a part of are on a journey to find all the shards of a jewel that was shattered all over the world. They encounter adversaries along the way who are looking for the shards themselves. All-in-all, this is an amazing story to read about.

12. “Kamisama Kiss” by Julietta Suzuki – 22 volumes (Ongoing): This is a story about a girl who gets kicked out of her place due to her father’s gambling debt and comes across a man in a park who is in a tree due to a dog barking at him at the base. The girl chases the dog away and as a reward the man tells her to go to an old shrine and leaves her by kissing her forehead. When she gets there she finds that the shrine is falling apart and comes across 2 keepers of the shrine. Then she meets the man who sent her to the shrine’s familiar and learns that the man used to be the Earth Deity of the shrine and has passed his mark upon the girl, making her the Earth Deity. This story has so many great parts to it I can’t help but read it when I can.

13. “Midnight Secretary” by Tomu Ohmi – 7 volumes (Complete): A young secretary is working at a company and thrives at being the perfect secretary. She becomes the personal secretary to the director of the company and she meets a lot of difficulties with his way of working. One day, the secretary discovers that the director is in fact a vampire. She will do anything to protect his secret, including giving her own blood at its prime. Blood is at its best during sex, climax in particular. She must decide whether she can stay by his side or if she would be better off without him.

14. “Naruto” by Masashi Kishimoto – 72 volumes (Complete): This is about a young ninja who wants recognition from his village and whose dream is to become the leader of the village. The reason that the village is shunning the boy is because 10 years ago a demon fox attacked the village and killed many. It was only stopped when the village leader sealed the fox’s spirit inside a baby, the boy. Now the boy is becoming a ninja for his village and is assigned a team – a girl he has a crush on and a boy who is his rival. They are sent on missions to help people in and out of the village. Will the boy ever become the village leader and obtain the respect of his village?

15. “Ouran High School Host Club” by Bisco Hatori – 18 volumes (Complete): A poor girl in a rich school walks into a music room to study in peace but it is actually the school’s host club, a group of six male students who gather to entertain the female students. The girl accidentally backs into a ¥8,000,000 (around $80,000 USD) and in order to repay the debt she becomes a host at the host club, even though she is a girl. The host club students did not realize that she is girl due to her scruffy hair and boyish clothes (she can’t afford the school uniform). She is considered a natural at entertaining the girls who come into the club. She becomes close with all the male hosts and slowly starts to pay off her debt.

16. “Rurouni Kenshin” by Nobushiro Watsuki – 28 volumes (Complete): This story is set in the Meiji period in Japan and it follows a former famous assassin. He decides to become a wandering samurai after he finishes his work against the bafuku and he lives his life now protecting people with a vow to never take another life. He comes across a swordsmanship school and its teacher, a girl who has been raised at the school who is having trouble with a murderer who claims to be the famous assassin. The wandering samurai decides to help her with the problem and in the process it is discovered that he, the wandering samurai, is in fact the famous assassin. With this revelation, old enemies and new surface to claim the title that he holds.

17. “The Story of Saiunkoku” by Kairi Yura – 9 volumes (Complete) *Note I know it is out of order because I always think of this series simply as “Saiunkoku” so forgive me!*: This is a fictional China-like world and is about a girl who’s from a noble family but has fallen on hard times after a plague ravaged the land. The girl has always wanted to become a government official but cannot due to being a woman. The emperor of the land has a reputation of being uninterested in the court and is believed to be interested in men but has requested the girl to become one of his consort and teach the emperor the importance of being a ruler. She would receive 500 gold coins if she agrees, the moment she hears this she accepts. This story it centered around the hardships of creating change, court life and imperial politics.

18. “Shugo Chara” by Peach-Pit – 12 volumes (Complete): This is about an elementary school girl who has a popular exterior but is actually very introverted. One night she wishes for courage to be reborn as her would-be self. In the morning she is shocked to see that there are suddenly 3 eggs in her bed. These are the eggs of Guardian Characters and each symbolize different types of a person she wants to be, the red one is the sporty self, the green is the caring and sensitive self, the blue is the artistic self. Since it is rare that 3 Guardian Characters are born, she is given a lock which has importance as the story progresses. She is recruited to become a Guardian at her school, which is basically the student council. She discovers that there is something called the “Embryo” which can grant anyone a wish that they desire. She meets someone who is against her and is looking for the Embryo himself but he is drawn to her and they become close as time goes by. Who will get the Embryo?

19. “Skip Beat” by Yoshiki Nakamura – 37 volumes (Ongoing): A girl does everything for her childhood friend and crush, the guy who is becoming a famous singer. The girl overhears the guy say that he is just using her to live comfortably even though he doesn’t need her. She becomes enraged and her Pandora’s box is opened which brings evil little grudge spirits. She vows to become more famous than he is, so she decides that she will become an actress at the rival agency. She meets one of the top actors in Japan and at first they hate each other but as time goes on they become closer. Her childhood friend notices her after a while and wants her back at his side. Who will she choose and will she accomplish her goal?

20. “Wallflower” by Tomoko Hayakawa – 36 volumes (Complete): This is about how a girl was called ugly years ago and since then she has become a shut-in and shuns anything so do with beauty, including people. Then her aunt has 4 tenants and decides that she will give them free rent if they can make her niece become a lady. Whenever the girl is around the 4 guys she gets a major nose bleed because they are “creatures of light,” which means that they are very beautiful so they are blinding to the girl. The girl becomes close with all of the guys and she becomes less affected by the guys as time goes on. Will she ever become a lady?

Ten Manga Series I Need To Catch Up On

There are times that I will sometimes fall behind in reading certain manga series even though I own most of them. A lot of these manga series that I have fallen behind in are actually some of my favorite series. I really enjoy reading them but sometimes life catches up and I fall behind in reading them. I am always excited to get the manga volumes when they are released but I don’t read them for some reason.

Here are some of the series I have fallen behind in:

  1. “Attack on Titan” by Hajime Isayama: This series is incredible and I really enjoy reading it. I fell behind because I just forgot about the releases of a couple and then I was officially behind in the series. The last volume that I read was 10 and there have been 17 volumes released.
  2. “Black Butler” by Yana Tosobo: This series was really interesting to read. It made me wonder and had me on the edge of my seat for parts of it. I fell so behind that the last one I read was volume 8 and there are 21 released.
  3. “Bleach” by Tite Kubo: A great series about Shinigami and the Spirit World. This book series is one of my oldest series that I have and yet I have fell extremely behind. I mean the last book I read was 39 and volume 66 will be released on March 1, 2016.
  4. “Case Closed” by Gosho Aoyama: This is a series I just recently started and only own volume 1 so I am extremely behind since there are 57 volumes and it is still ongoing. I had watched the anime and really liked it so I wanted to read the manga so I started it.
  5. “Higurashi When They Cry” by Ryukishi07: This is a dark and twisted manga series that for some reason I am ridiculously addicted to. The last volume I read was 9 and there are 38 volumes total, since after a point the volumes were released as omnibus volumes.
  6. “InuYasha” by Rumiko Takahashi: I have loved this series ever since I saw the anime on TV when I was younger. It is an awesome series and the manga is even better but I still fell behind reading the series. The last volume I read was volume 9 and there are 56 volumes, Viz Media released the volumes in a VizBig edition that total 18 volumes since there are at least 3 volumes in one VizBig edition.
  7. “Kamisama Kiss” by Julietta Suzuki: I absolutely love this series and it is definitely on of my favorites. I fell behind because I wanted more volumes to be released before I read more so that I wouldn’t have to wait if there were cliffhangers. I have read 13 volumes and 19 have been released.
  8. “Naruto” by Masashi Kishimoto: Another amazing series that I wanted more volumes to be released before I would read more. Unfortunately, I let that get out of hand and haven’t read any “Naruto” since volume 20 and now the series has finished with 72 volumes.
  9. “Rurouni Kenshin” by  Nobuhiro Watsuki: I really enjoyed this anime and I just stared reading the manga and I have all of the manga, 9 VizBig editions and 28 single volumes. The last one I read was volume 12 and I am really enjoying it!
  10. “Voice Over! Seiyu Academy” by Maki Minami: This was a really cute manga to read so it was really enjoyable. I don’t know why I stopped reading it but the last one I read was volume 6 and there are 12 volumes in the series.

Sources: Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Bleach, Case Closed, Higurashi When They Cry, InuYasha, Kamisama Kiss, Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Voice Over! Seiyu Academy

10 Anime Series I LOVE To Watch

There are so many anime series that have been released. I have seen so much anime over the years that sometimes, it is hard to keep up with what I have seen! I like a variety of anime and there is no set anime genre that I like. I like anything from shojo magic girl to shounen dark fantasy. I really like horror anime because Japanese horror anime, Japanese horror anything really, and I can’t help but become addicted to watching them. So some of my favorite series that I love to watch are:

  1. Attack on Titan“: The dark and gritty anime that shows humanity’s weakness to giant Titans that can easily kill a human. This anime shows that humanity is trying to fight back from the Titans and gain their home back. This show is so intense that in the first episode you see the main character’s mother being eaten by a Titan.
  2. Cardcaptor Sakura“: One of the older anime that I have watched, by that I mean I watched it when I was younger. This is a magical girl anime with the main character trying to capture the card’s spirits that she accidentally released by speaking one card’s name.
  3. Fairy Tail“: I just started watching this anime and I am enjoying it quite a lot. It kind of reminds me of “Rave Master,” which is probably because it is by the same person, Hiro Mashima. This anime is actually pretty interesting and easily holds my attention.
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist“: Be it the original anime or Brotherhood, this anime is simply amazing! It is certainly one of my favorites. This is about 2 young boys trying to get their body’s back after trying to bring their mother back to life, which is considered taboo. The younger boy lost his entire body and had his soul attached to a suit of armor by his older brother. The older brother first lost his leg and then lost his arm in order to attach his brother’s soul to the suit of armor.
  5. The Future Diary“: This is a really creepy anime and it is very enjoyable. This is about a boy who spends his day writing in his diary about the things that are going on around him. Strangely, one day his diary has more days in it but they are not the past entries they are for the future. He becomes a part of a “Survival Game” and needs to survive in order to win.
  6. Inu x Boku Secret Service“: This is an anime about humans with demon ancestors live in a school residence with bodyguards, or Secret Service, there to protect them from things that may attack them. This is actually a really enjoyable anime to watch!
  7. Sailor Moon“: The very first anime I ever watched! This brings back such nostalgic feelings whenever I watch it. The story is a long one, with 201 episodes for the original anime. Now there is another series called “Sailor Moon Crystal” which is a more fast pace and follows the manga more directly, including the art style. I still love this anime and I probably always will!
  8. Sankarae“: This is a zombie love story. A girl becomes a zombie after doing an experiment with a boy who was trying to bring his cat back to life. The girl takes the drug and when nothing happens goes home and kills herself after an altercation with her father. She becomes a zombie and goes to the boy’s house for protection.
  9. Soul Eater“: I just started watching this anime so I don’t know much about it yet but I must say it is really good! And by just started I mean I have watched the first episode so I can’t go into details what it’s really about but I know I will like it because it is different and interesting.
  10. Tokyo Ghoul“: This is a dark anime about human-eating ghouls. This story is about a boy who becomes attracted to a girl he often sees and when they go on a date, she tries to eat him because she is a ghoul. She does not succeed but he becomes a half-ghoul because the doctors used part of the female ghoul’s body. This first season is about him trying to come to grips about his situation and realize there are stronger ghouls out there.

 

Ten TV Shows I Want To Start

While I do not watch much TV because I mostly watch YouTube, there have been some TV shows that I have wanted to start. I never had Netflix until a few weeks ago and I must say that now I understand why people are obsessed with it! I watch the entire “Jessica Jones” season in a few days even with school. When I don’t feel well I watch things to escape the pain that I am feeling even for a little while. There are a lot of shows that I need to watch that my friends have told me to watch and now that I have Netflix they are nagging me to watch those shows. What are those shows?

  1. Once Upon A Time“: I have been interested in this show since it came out because it was fairytale retellings and I love fairytale retellings! This show looks so interesting and I think this is at the top of my priority list.
  2. Grimm“: This series looks really good too! I mean it is about the Grimm fairytales what could be bad about it? AND more fairytale retellings, I must say I have an obsession with fairytale retellings!
  3. Daredevil“: Ever since watching “Jessica Jones” I have wanted to watch this because I realized that they are tied together in a way, at least it is the same world and there is at least one character that is from “Daredevil” in “Jessica Jones.”
  4. Firefly“: This show was recommended to me by one of my friends, well actually she said that I can’t say that I like Sci-fi until I have watched this so now it is on my list. It does look interesting but it isn’t at the top of my priority list.
  5. Orange is the New Black“: I am not sure that I would actually like this show but I do want to see what all the hype is about. I have heard nothing but good things about this show.
  6. Breaking Bad“: This show looks interesting to see a man being drawn into the world of drug making. Again, I am not certain that I will like it but I am willing to try it!
  7. Gotham“: I like the premise of the show and am interested in watching this series. I am typically a Marvel girl but I am willing to see what DC has to offer.
  8. Hannibal“: The creepy cannibal’s story, what more is there to offer? I have always been interested in Hannibal’s story.
  9. Game of Thrones“: Uhh… Please don’t stab me with virtual knives because I have not seen this show yet! My friend’s have been screaming at me to watch this show because it is so good. I won’t lie, I don’t know why I haven’t watched it because it does look good!
  10. Bitten“: The TV adaptation of Kelley Armstrong’s series “Otherworld.” While I haven’t read the books I always want to support book-to-TV/book-to-movie adaptations. This series does look good even without the appeal of being a book-to-TV adaptation.

Review of “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer

I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to start the books even though I had got “Cinder” the day it came out because I loved the premise of the book. I didn’t get around to it for 2 years and I regret not starting sooner but I think it may have been for the best so I didn’t have to wait as long for them.

“The Lunar Chronicles” is a fairytale retelling of 4 main stories. “Cinder” is based off of Cinderella, “Scarlet” is based off of Red Riding Hood, “Cress” is based off of Rapunzel, and “Winter” is based off of Snow White. Marissa Meyer was also inspired by “Sailor Moon,” hence the setting of Luna, the moon.

The series is about a cyborg discovering a secret that can be the death of her if the Lunar queen learns that she is alive. Who is Linh Cinder? She is Princess Selene Channary Jannali Blackburn, the rightful heir to the Lunar throne and her Aunt wants her dead.

This is an amazing story of bravery when everyone in both worlds are chasing you because they believe you to be a criminal. Along the way Cinder meets Prince, later Emperor, Kaito of the Eastern Commonwealth, the criminal Captain Carswell Thorne, the farmer Scarlet Benoit, the Lunar operative Ze’ev “Wolf” Kesley, the hacker Crescent Moon “Cress” Darnel, the royal guard Jacin Clay, the crazy princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn. Together, they will accomplish the impossible, overthrow Queen Levana of Luna.

This series was simply amazing with keeping an excellent pace up to the very last page in “Winter.” Marissa Meyer shows her writing strength by weaving an intriguing plot and backstory to it all. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads, and I have recommended the series to all of my friends and they all have loved it!

Find out about the Lunar Chronicles: here

Ten Book Series I Want To Start

I was looking around my Goodreads page and began a list of books I wanted to start and then I figured that I could narrow that down and make a blog post about it! So I will give the list and the reason I want to start the book series.

  1. “An Ember In The Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir: I have wanted to read this book since I heard about it before it came out. I got the book the day it came out but have not started it yet. It sounds incredible and has got amazing reviews so far which makes me want to read it even more.
  2. “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin: I have watched a few episodes of the series and I really liked it and I heard that the books are just as good, though I have heard that they are slow and too detailed in parts, so I need to pick up these books.
  3. “Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson: I have heard amazing things about this series and I really want to read this series. I was worried to read an epic fantasy but then I started to read “The Name of the Wind” and realized I could easily fall into the intense world of fantasy.
  4. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas: I have read Sarah J. Maas’ “Throne of Glass” series, well the first one at least, and I really enjoyed her writing style so I want to read more of her books.
  5. “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard: These books have such pretty covers and amazing premises that I have no idea why I haven’t read this series yet. There are some bad reviews but I figure that I will like it because it sounds like it would be right up my alley.
  6. “Little House” by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I grew up watching this TV show and I absolutely loved it. I remember when I was younger I had taken the books out of the library but I don’t think I read them for whatever reason. I really want to read the series and relive my childhood.
  7. “Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes: This is a young adult epic fantasy that sounds so interesting that I think whenever I am in the middle of a book that I should read the series but then when I get done the book I forget about them and I start the cycle again.
  8. “Bitten” by Kelley Armstrong: This is her adult series that I have wanted to read ever since I read her Young Adult series. All of my friends say that it is really good and I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet.
  9. “Paper Gods” by Amanda Sun: These books are set in Japan, enough said.
  10. “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare: The first spin off series in the Mortal Instruments’ world. This is set in the past and I have heard nothing but good things about this series and I really want to read it after I read “City of Glass.”

 

How Did I Learn Japanese?

I have been learning Japanese for several years now. I started off learning a few words that were in the Japanese versions of anime that I would watch, mostly Naruto because I hate the English dub of it but I will get into that in a later post. I didn’t start to officially learning Japanese until I reached university and started Japanese 101. I took the night class one because that was the only option for me at the time. I loved the teacher, though her exams were incredibly difficult, she would tell us different stories and would always make us laugh at her descriptions of the Kanji strokes. I had that teacher for two semesters, 101 and 102, and then it was on to 201 and a different teacher. This teacher was quite a bit different from the first one but just as kind. She seemed more proper and refined than the first. She would make us laugh at her getting some of the English phrases wrong and she would be like “wait, no, that’s not right is it?” and we would have to explain what we thought she was trying to convey. I enjoyed both teachers and their teaching styles.

It was in 201 when our teacher mentioned something called the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)? It is an exam that is used to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers of Japanese that is held worldwide. There are 5 different levels, the starting level is N5 and it goes up to N1. I was interested immediately but incredibly nervous to take it that December, it is offered in July and December at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I didn’t completely decide to take it until I made a friend the next semester and she told me she had taken the exams and was working to get her N3 and was going to take it in July. This prompted me to fill out the application to take it in July as well. I started studying when I was done school and then when I got a job I studied during my lunch hour. It was very difficult to study when there are a bunch of noisy people around and then when I made friends they wanted me to sit with them and I couldn’t say no. The exam date came up quickly and I am glad I was with my friend because I was so nervous that day. One thing that irked me is that I would have to wait 2 months to find out the results, 3 if I hadn’t done the application online. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the results but I was still disappointed to learn that I hadn’t passed, neither had my friend we had actually got the same mark which was kind of creepy. So I was left wondering how I was going to be able to pass because I truly did not know how I could take the exam again and actually pass it. My friend finally suggested that I get the tutor she uses. I wasn’t sure at first and then I finally gained enough courage to email her and request her services. I was so surprised when I had my first lesson with her and I found I actually liked how she was instructing me even though she  had never taught me before. After a month or so of her instructions I had asked her if she thought I was ready to take the JLPT again and she said she believed I was. So after that, I applied to take the JLPT that December! I kept having my lessons every week and studying for the exam. December came along and I wrote the exam. I did not know how I did so I was forced to wait and see. I kept having my lessons every week because I wanted to work on my conversational Japanese and if I ended up passing I wanted to write the N4. Fast forward to the beginning of February when I looked on the results page of the JLPT and found out . . . I PASSED!! I was so excited I ran to my parents and told them. I couldn’t wait to tell my tutor and when I finally got to she was so excited for me. Now it is onto N4 for me!

What textbooks have I used to study from?

One thing you have to remember when learning a foreign language is that it takes time, patience and practice. It is possible to learn the language if you are willing to put in the effort.

For more information about the JLPT go here.