Japanese Title: 本好きの下剋上 (Honzuki no Gekokujou)
Published: 19 October 2020
Genres: Light Novel, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Shoujo*, Slice of Life, Isekai**, Supernatural, Comedy, Children’s Literature, Fiction
* Shoujo is a genre with a target audience of young teen females
** Isekai is a genre involving the protagonist traveling to or being reborn in a fantasy world
Previously in the series, the main character died from her love of books and transported into the fantasy world as Rozemyne. Within this book, Rozemyne has taken on two new roles as the High Bishop of the city’s church and the archduke’s adopted daughter. While she follows her dreams of creating children’s books for her little brother, she also takes care of orphans, immerses herself in the ways of the nobility, builds an orphanage in a neighbouring town, and has to gather the ingredients to cure her illness.
I would recommend this book to people passionate about reading and interested in any of the genres listed above. The artstyle is really cute and in the epilogue, there are usually short comics about what has happened in the story. Also in the epilogue, the readers get to see how other characters experience Rozemyne’s decisions throughout the text. I find myself immersed in the text because I have laughed quite a few times at the funny situations and I identify with the main character’s love of reading. One aspect that might be difficult for readers is that Rozemyne’s physical age is eight but her mental age is around college age. Therefore, there’s a difference between how the other characters in the text treat her versus her reactions to situations.
Overall Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌖
4.75 – Would pull all-nighters to read
Ending: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 – 4.5/5
Plot: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕- 5/5
World-building: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕 – 5/5
Characters: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 – 4.5/5