About Me + Ratings

Welcome to Never Hollowed By The Stare!

This blog combines my love for reading and my passion for indie music. I like finding that perfect song for that perfect book and here, every book has its own soundtrack. You can also find LGBT+ movie trailers and videos of LGBT+ short films.

My blogging schedule below:

MON – Music Monday
TUE – manga and book reviews
WED – Last Year I Was Reading…(featuring past and present books)
THU – First Lines Friday 56 / tags and misc posts
FRI – manga and book reviews
SAT – FLICKer (featuring gay short films)
SUN – chilling

I love, love, love shounen ai manga and I could never get enough of 19 Days by Old Xian. Some of my favorite mangaka are Ichikawa KeiFuruya NagisaHayakawa NojikoNakamura Asumiko and Hideyoshico. I rarely venture into the hardcore yaoi stuff because I prefer fluff to steam.

My first MM books were the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat and I adore all the stories to this day. My all time favorite MM book is Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles. I think it’s sublime! I read it a couple of years ago and until now I could still remember scenes like I just read it yesterday.

My favorite indie bands are too many too mention but I’m partial to punk and post-punk revival bands like Franz Ferdinand, The Hives and The White Stripes. I’m also loving The Vaccines, Nothing but Thieves, Blossoms and Temples and I have Editors and Public Service Broadcasting on repeat on my phone.

I am a highly introverted dork who drinks room-temperature coffee and eats fried bananas for breakfast. I have an undying love for Wong-Kar Wai films, wuxia movies and anime. I have two dogs, Nimbus, the adventurous dog about town and Bebop who’s just bop bop bopping along. I have four cats, Tofu the aloof, Spook the scaredy cat, Nissin the slinky and Sprite, the bestest fat cat ever.

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5 Stars – absolutely perfect
4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away
4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits
3.5 Stars – that place between like and love
3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it
2.5 Stars – far from hate but not quite a like
2 Stars – it’s a struggle to finish the damn book
1.5 Stars – bad to borderline terrible
1 Star – I feel sorry for the trees they killed for this book