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Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Fourth Row Picks

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Today is another post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row PicksSecond Row Picks | Third Row Picks

Fourth Row:

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Novel with fewer than 2500 Goodreads ratings. Hard Mode: Fewer than 500

Novel with a one word title. Hard Mode: Single syllable

Novel featuring God as a character. Hard Mode: God is a main protagonist. This one will be difficult. I’ve only got two contenders right now.

Novel by an author writing under a pseudonym. Hard Mode: The author you read has published under more than one pseudonym. Super duper easy 😀

  • Anything by Robin Hobb

Subgenre: Space Opera. Hard Mode: Protagonist is not military or space pirate.


And that’s it! The final bingo post is tomorrow!

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Posted by on 04/21/2018 in Books

 

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Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Third Row Picks

Today is another post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row PicksSecond Row Picks

Third Row:

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Subgenre: Historical Fantasy or Alternate History. Hard Mode: Historical Fantasy that is NOT set in the UK OR Alternate History that is NOT set in the USA. I’m currently rereading Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series and since we can use one reread on this thing, this might make the bill. Otherwise:

Fantasy Novel published in 2018. Hard Mode: Also a debut novel. I know exactly what book I’m reading for this. It comes out in October!

Novel featuring a protagonist who is a writer, artist or musician (Not Kingkiller Chronicles). Hard Mode: Magic is somehow linked to writing/art/music or their ability with it. I have one here I think I could use.

Novel featuring a mountain setting. Hard mode: Not only features a mountain but the inside of a mountain – your protagonists explore caves, live in a city under a mountain, etc.

2017 r/Fantasy Top Novels List. Hard Mode: Choose from the bottom half of the list. Here is a link to the list!


And that’s it! This row I think is going to give me trouble. I could only come up with one for more than one prompt, goodness. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/15/2018 in Books

 

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Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Second Row Picks

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Today is another post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row Picks

Second Row:

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Fantasy novel that takes place entirely within one city. Hard mode: Takes place entirely in one city and it’s secondary world fantasy. I think I only have one that qualifies. If you know of any others, do let me know.

Self-Published Fantasy Novel. Hard Mode: Self-pubbed and has less than 50 ratings on goodreads. This one might be a bit challenging for me. If you know of any authors trying to get their book some attention, let me know!

  • I have nothing for this one so far.

Novel published before you were born. Hard Mode: Published exactly ten years before you were born. Ten years for me would be 1980. I looked through my entire physical TBR shelf and found books that were published in 1979 and 1981… so hard mode for me is likely not happening, hawhawhaw.

Any r/Fantasy Goodreads Group Book of the Month. Hard Mode: Read the current BotM and participate in the discussion. Here is a link to the group, so I’m going to pick and choose books I hopefully own.

Fantasy novel featuring a library. Hard Mode: The library is an integral part of the plot, not just set dressing. This one I can only think of one for, and the rec list didn’t help me out much either, haha.


And that’s it for row two! Row three comin’ up tomorrow!

 
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Posted by on 04/14/2018 in Books

 

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Fantasy Bingo 2018 – First Row Picks

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This post and the next four bingo-related posts will be talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

I’m going to try to stick to books I already own but I feel like there will be a couple that I have to buy a book for. Hopefully it’ll only be a few though.

First Row:

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Novel that was reviewed on r/Fantasy. Hard Mode: Read a book and then write a review about it so it counts. I know someone is in the process of making a compiled list of this, so I might end up changing my choices when new options become available. Also if I end up reading a book that fits no other squares, I might do the hard mode and write a review myself. 😛

Novel featuring a Non-Western Setting. Hard Mode: Originally published in a non-English language. I’m super excited about this one. I’m going to try to avoid just doing a manga, just because it’s too easy that way. There’s a list of non-western based fantasy books available for your browsing leisure.

Five Fantasy Short Stories. Hard Mode: Read an entire collection of short stories. This one will be difficult for me – I don’t own any short story compilations. Well I do, but they’re sci-fi ones. I figured those might work as long as they’re not hard sci-fi. Like as long as they’re not super technology heavy sci-fi and are leaning more towards space operas or speculative fiction, they might work. But we’ll see.

Novel adapted to stage, screen or game. Hard Mode: Novel adapted to more than one medium. There are a bunch of shows and movies I wanna watch but I haven’t yet due to not reading the source material… so hopefully this one will be easy!

Hopeful Fantasy. Hard mode: Novel not listed in the title of the prompt. This is a weird one but kinda neat. I don’t think I’ve ever read a ‘hopeful fantasy’ before. Currently I think I only own one that qualifies:


And that’s it for row one! Row two coming soon!

 
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Posted by on 04/08/2018 in Books

 

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Fantasy Bingo 2018!

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IT IS HERE IT IS HERE IT IS HERE!

This year’s Fantasy Bingo card has been released!

Every year, r/Fantasy over on reddit hosts a year-long bingo challenge, starting April 1st and ending March 31st of the following year. It’s still plenty early, so you can totally go for it!

The bingo challenge is exactly what it sounds like: A bingo card is released, each square having a prompt for a fantasy/speculative fiction novel to read. The goal is to completely fill the card by March 31st, reading a book that matches each prompt.

Here is the list to the full rules. There’s a hard mode introduced this year too, for the super ambitious readers. All of it is detailed out in the official post, so check it out!

And without further ado, here is the bingo card for this year:

A couple of these subjects I’m super excited about, and a couple I’m not sure if I own a book for yet. There is also another post with a list of suggestions for prompts from other participants, in case you need some ideas. I’ll be posting a few posts soon with ideas of my own, likely one row at a time like I did last year. Coming up with books that fill the prompts is one of my favorite parts!

Anyways, if you decide you want to participate, let me know!! I’d love to have some bingo buddies!

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 04/07/2018 in Announcement, Books

 

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April Currently Reading

Currently Reading

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of LeavesI honestly haven’t touched this one in a bit. It’s my go-between read a few pages here and a few there kind of book. I’ll read it eventually, hawhaw.

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)I’m buddy reading this one with Zezee, though I’m a big behind I believe. I’m almost done with it and am very much liking it. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is my other buddy read for the month! This one I’m reading with Meredith and another buddy – I haven’t touched this one recently either though. HEY FRIENDS CAN WE READ MORE OR WHAT?! 😀 😀 😀

 

 

 

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)This is my currently audiobook and a reread – this was one of my favorite series through highschool but I only ever read the first four and a half books – the series recently finished at nine books so I want to go back and reread them all in prep for finishing it all 😀

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/01/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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March Wrap Up

Wrap Up

Hello, happy March 31st! Today would have been Charlie’s birthday. He was a sweetie.

On a happier note I actually did get some reading done this month, which is neat.

Books

Prince’s Gambit and King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit by C.S. PacatKings Rising by C.S. PacatThese baby books got me out of my reading slump! I’m still not up to my normal pace but I’m getting there! I loved this series. I’m fully aware it deals with problematic topics but occasionally, when written write, I’m totally trash for it. Don’t ask me why, I know it’s awful. But seriously I loved these, they were great.

Both 5/5 stars

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon SandersonThis was my first dip into Sanderson’s work and I rather enjoyed it. I did have a few issues with it though, as detailed further in my blabber on the graphic audio.

3.5/5 stars

 

Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson

Herding Cats by Sarah AndersenThis is my latest purchase, just came out a few days ago. I had to pick it up after enjoying Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Anderson as well. I liked it just as much as its predecessors. 😀

4/5 stars

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Other Things

My cat passed away on the 26th. He would have been 13 years old today. His name was Charlie and he was the sweetest pea. He loved everyone ever. He would have liked you, too. I’m going to miss him.

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I saw Black Panther, Annihilation, and Game Night. I really enjoyed all three of them, but honestly I still have no idea what to make of Annihilation though. I liked it but it was totally weird.

Toys R Us is closing in the US. So I went out and bought Zelda Monopoly at a discount price. hoo-ha


Reading Goals

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As the card is due today, this is it! I didn’t fill out the card completely but I got three bingos!!

For anyone interested, the new bingo challenge begins tomorrow April 1st, on the r/Fantasy subreddit! You can even join a bit late if you want to!


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Winter book haul posted! Spring will be done at the end of June!

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I fell into a slump in February. In March I’ve been slowly getting back to it but I’m not there yet!

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D I’ll do it soon though.

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

3 out of the 7 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Haven’t maintained this one. I think I need to find something I consider fun to do!

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Mostly doing this one. I’ve missed the last couple days though

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Lol I broke it. I think I’m going to drop this goal as of next month if I don’t start up again.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2018 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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