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I may have an unhealthy obsession with light novels.

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Light novels! Yay! Light novels!..You know, light novels? Right?

“Those backwards, picture book things?”

No.

Those are called manga.

And they look like this.

An example of a manga

Light novels are books. According to Wikipedia, light novels are generally targeted toward the young-adult demographic and are around 50,000 words in length.

And they look like this.

An example of a light novel

Along with their relatively short word length, light novels generally have “anime” style graphics with them. The cover is generally a very detailed graphic, for obvious reasons, but there are also usually two to three detailed graphics in the first few pages as well. Generally, they are visualizations of certain important scenes within the book.

You’ll also find some graphics sprinkled throughout the story itself, but these are almost always black and white. These generally pop up in very significant moments, giving the reader a nice visual of what’s going on.

Light novels are also fairly cheap, usually going for around $9-$16, which isn’t bad at all.

You may or may not already know, but light novels are a big resource in the anime and manga world. An example of this is Sword Art Online, which was originally a light novel series. It was then adapted to a manga series, and then, eventually, an anime series. Just take a look at this list of anime and manga based on light novels, and you’ll get the idea.

Now that we got the whole “what is a light novel” thing out of the way, let’s get to the real purpose of this article: me obsessing over light novels.

Now, obsessing may be a bit of a strong word there, but I’ll still roll with it.

Currently, I am in the middle of three separate light novel series: Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.

The covers for Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novels

If you know anything about me, you probably could’ve easily guessed that.

Anyway.

I’m currently heavily into the Grimgar series, about to complete the first book after the anime adaptation (book 3). I’m waiting on the release of SAO 13, and have Log Horizon 10 on deck.

The cover of Sword Art Online 13 and Log Horizon 10 light novels

Also, I’m super duper excited for May 8th, when Toradora 1 finally gets released!!!

The cover of Toradora light novel

So…I guess you could say I’m reading three, but going to be reading four.

You might be thinking, how can you keep the stories straight?

Or…those are rookie numbers, you gotta pump those numbers up!

Ha.

Well, if you are going to read light novels as they come out, you almost have to have several series going on at once. The reason being is that translation releases take forever!

In fact, the reason I picked up Grimgar was because I ran out of SAO books and I’m about to run out of Log Horizon books.

Now, when the time span goes as long as it has for SAO for me (a couple of months), I’ll definitely have to skim through the last book and figure out what happened before starting the new one, but that’s not too bad. Usually the books, such as Grimgar, are good about getting you up to speed with the story. A kind of refresher.

In the instance of Log Horizon, the author likes to be almost overly descriptive at some points, so even if you forgot who the heck a character was, you’ll soon learn again.

Of course, there are also other series I really want to start, but I know I’m kind of at my limit already. If I picked up more, I really would start forgetting and mixing.

Oh? What series you ask? Well, The Irregular at Magic High School was a terrific anime, so I want to read that novel. Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? seems interesting as well. But if I had to choose, The Irregular is definitely higher priority…cause Tatsuya is a beast.

The Irregular at Magic High School light novel cover

I like to talk about these books on anime forums as I’m reading, or immediately after, and a lot of the people suggest reading ahead via fan translations.

That’s a viable option…but it feels like cheating.

The waiting makes it intense. Especially if the last book ended on a cliffhanger (lookin’ at you SAO 12).

I also like having the books. It’s sort of grown into a little collection of mine. Now, I could always read ahead, and still buy the book which, if I were to read ahead, I would still for sure buy the book to support the author. But…I don’t know, that just doesn’t sit right with me.

I don’t particularly like waiting, my family can attest to that, but there’s something about getting that new book after waiting for it and diving in that’s just amazing.

Of course…I’m probably just weird. No. I am weird.

At this point you are probably wondering what the actual point of this article is.

Well. I just wanted to write about the light novels I’m reading and want to read.

So…

Yeah that’s it.

Bye!