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Coffee Time: Top owned authors

Blogmas 2018

Hello! Today I wanna go over my top-owned authors. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to exclude manga authors, because they would completely take up the list. When I originally thought to write this post, I thought it would be an update of an earlier post I’d made, but when I looked I couldn’t find anything. Maybe it was in a parallel universe. Hmmm..

Anyways, these’ll be the top authors I own, not necessarily have read. I tend to stockpile books by an author if I like that author. A top read authors posts will be out on Thursday.


Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson

Books owned: 8. Neal Stephenson is one of those authors that I’ve stockpiled. I’ve read Snow Crash by him and adored it. I’ve been slowly collecting his works since then, but have yet to actually pick another one up.

Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Books owned: 8. Considering this author once had two books on my ‘will never read ever’ list, that should just tell me to stop saying such things. While I fully recognize the problematic aspects of her writing, I tend to like Maas’s books overall. They’re just so much fun.

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher

Books owned: 8. The third tied position for fifth place, I have actually read most of these. There are two that I own of Fisher’s that I haven’t read yet, but the other six I’ve really liked. I’ll get to them. Eventually.

Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik

Books owned: 9. Naomi Novik is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read 8 out of the 9 books I’ve read by her, the one I haven’t being the next book in her Temeraire series that I have yet to get to.

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer

Books owned: 12. This is one of my favorite childhood authors, and most of my collection consists of just the Artemis Fowl series. I used to go on his website and play in the forums too – I was obsessed, man.

Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb

Books owned: 13. Robin Hobb has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors. I first picked up her books in probably 2015, and I’ve been adoring them since. Ugh she’s so good.

J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Books owned: 14. Does this really surprise anyone? All of the books I own of Rowling’s are Harry Potter books. The original hardback series, three illustrated editions, and four paperback copies. I don’t have anything she’s written under pen names or any supplementary Harry Potter-related books. It’s literally just this series.


And that’s it! Every single one of the authors mentioned writes fantasy or sci-fi. I love it, man.

Until tomorrow!

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Last 10 Book Tag

Blogmas 2018

Hello, a tag today! Happy Monday morning – I’ll have you know that ‘UGH I DIDN’T PREWRITE A POST FOR TODAY’ is a really big motivator to get one out of their warm bed and into the cold air of my house.

So here am I in a fluff blanket, listening to British Christmas baking shows and writing this. I’m mostly warm-ish. 😀

1. The last book you didn’t finish?

The Gray House by Mariam PetrosyanA recent one, actually! The Gray House by Miriam Petrosyan. I was reading this book as part of the r/Fantasy book of the month buddy read, but ended up setting it aside after 100 pages or so. The book is 700 or 800 pages, and that first 100 felt like a slog. It took me ages to get through. I knew going in that some people just ‘got it’ and others didn’t, and unfortunately I turned out to be one that didn’t. Is ok. I tried.

2. The last book you re-read?The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, in preparation for The Monster Baru Cormorant that came out on October 30th. I’m still currently reading that one, and am absolutely adoring it. Ugh, it’s so good.

3. The last book you bought?

City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)For myself? City of Dragons by Robin Hobb. I bought this for a buddy read I have coming up with Zezee that actually starts today! It’s a bend on my buying ban, but I figure if I start reading it right away, it doesn’t add to my tbr pile now does it.

 

4. The last book you said you read but didn’t?

I can’t remember. I haven’t done that in ages. Even while I was in school, I tended to actually read the book.

5. The last book you wrote in the margins of?

My organic chemistry textbook, back when I was getting the bioinformatic concentration of my compsci degree. I would literally take notes in the margins while in class, putting them next to the sections the prof was talking about. Later I would go through and organize it all into a notebook. It worked for me, mostly.

6. The last book you had signed?The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)

Peter Sagal’s The Book of Vice. I went to see Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! live this past August, and he signed my book! 😀

7. The last book you lost?

Death Note, Vol. 10: Deletion (Death Note, #10)I haven’t lost a book in ages. The most notable one though, was Death Note volumes 10-12. The story to that, can be found in my post titled: On Borrowing Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal.

It’s some of my best work, if I do say so myself.

 

8. The last book you had to replace?

See above. Same answer.

9. The last book you had an argument over?

Probably not the type of argument this question means, but I mentioned wanting to replace my two little bookshelves with one big one (and then maybe a second big one eventually) and my husband rolled his eyes at me, to which I obviously responded by throwing a pillow at him. Does that count?

10. The last book you couldn’t get hold of?

Dog Man: Brawl of the WildDog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey. My cousin in law’s kid asked for this book for Christmas. Went out to look for it, couldn’t find it. Why? It doesn’t come out until December 24th. -_- Did he know that? Likely not. But unfortunately I won’t have time to go get it on Christmas Eve, so he’s getting other books. (He requested others that are actually out, too, so I still have material to go on.)

 


And that’s it! If you haven’t done this tag and would like to, you are tagged!

 
 

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The Ultimate Christmas Tag!

Blogmas 2018

Hello, a tag today! Originally I was gonna write a post about Christmasy books, buuuut I realized it would literally be the same thing I wrote the year before. So. A tag instead.

This is a new tag, created this year on youtube by Sam @SamsNonsense. Wasn’t tagged but I NEEDED POSTING MATERIAL MAN. And it looked fun. So here we go!

1) What are your Christmas Traditions/Routine

It starts on Christmas Eve with late lunch/early dinner at my in-laws. There we exchange gifts with my husband’s extended family. Then, we go to second dinner at my friend’s house.

Second dinner (I’m a hobbit, sue me) I started going to about a decade ago. My best friend’s family has a tradition of eating salad sandwiches (tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, etc) at 9pm on Christmas Eve. My friend invited me one year, and her extended family liked the food I brought (nacho dip) so now they invite me every year and demand I bring food, haha. They extended my invite to my family too, so one year I brought my now-husband and he goes with every year too now.

Christmas morning, when I lived with my parents, we would exchange gifts. I don’t live there anymore though, so now we skip that part and go the next thing: Breakfast at my grandmother’s. My mom’s side extended fam has gotten together for breakfast and gifts for as long as I can remember. It might not happen this year, though. My grandmother moved to an assisted living place, so we’re not sure if she’ll be up to or able to host. We’ll see.

Then, dinner will be at my place. This tradition started last year, after my husband and I moved out the city my and his parents live in. We’re about 40 minutes away now, and instead of having us drive up for breakfast and then drive back up for dinner, we host dinner, and invite my parents and sister and his parents. My fam shows up a bit early to exchange gifts – the ones we used to do in the morning, and then his parents show up a bit later, since we have already exchanged with them.

Aaaand writing this reminds me I need to buy a turkey. And a roaster. Augh. I’m so behind.

And then after that, we sit on the couch and stare at the wall in a daze because we’re both so peopled-out, hahaha. And then we sleep.

2) Favorite Christmas Book (Or one you want to read)

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

I really like Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. My first grade teacher read it to us when I was 7, and since I’ve re-read it every few years. It’s so adorable.

3) First Christmas memory

I remember being two or three, at my parents’ apartment (which is how I knew I was that young – we moved into a house when I was 3) and trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. My parents had told me to stop sucking my thumb or Santa wouldn’t bring toys. I remember falling asleep, forcibly holding down my thumb with my other hand so I wouldn’t put it in my mouth.

4) Favorite gift you’ve ever received

I got a bicycle one year when I was six or seven. The seat was pink and purple and I remember talking about it for months earlier. I was obsessed with that bike. My parents had made it clear not to expect it from Santa because yada yada. And I about peed when I got it.

5) Your Go-To genre to read at Christmas

Fantasy and Christmas books!

6) Is there a holiday tradition you’ve never tried but want to?

I kinda wanna put a pickle in my tree. What is up with that? Do I put a real pickle in there? Does the finder eat it? I have no idea.

7) Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

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8) Favorite Ornament?

When I was little, my parents had this set of glass ornaments shaped like bells. My sister and I broke two of them, because we were dumb kids, but they still have the other two and growing up my sister and I would fight over who got to hang them. There wasn’t really anything super remarkable about them, they were just our favorites. I bought my own set of bells this year, because for some reason, those ornaments in particular really scream “It’s Christmas time” to me. Mine are different colors than my parents’, but I still get the same nostalgic feel from them, so I love them. I hope my future kids fight over who gets to hang them. (but hopefully they don’t break them like I did)

9) Fav Christmas movie & Least Favorite christmas movie

Favorite: A Christmas Story and Patrick Stewart’s rendition of A Christmas Carol

Least Favorite: I don’t really have one. I just tend to like them.

10) Online shopping or in-store

Both have their perks. Price-wise, online tends to be better, but I kinda like the rush of the in-store shopping. It’s so adrenaliney!

11) Favorite Christmas song & Least favorite Christmas Song

Favorite: Christmas Eve/Sarajevo by Trans Siberian Orchestra

Lease Favorite: Baby It’s Cold Outside by literally everyone at this point.

12) Favorite Christmas flavor

Gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread lattes, gingerbread breads! It’s all delicious. I also really like peppermint things. Gah ❤


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! 😀

 
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Posted by on 12/09/2018 in Blogmas

 

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Christmas Decorations Tour!

Blogmas 2018

Hi! I’m two white Russians deep – currently Friday night, and I kinda sorta decorated my house for Christmas this year! Look look!

I also got a new phone recently – a Google Pixel 3. All of the above shots were taken in a dark room. Except for the string lights in the photo, the room was dark. I’m obsessed with how well night shots come out, man. I absolutely love it.

Until tomorrow! Current-me wishes tomorrow-morning-when-this-is-posted-me a happy sleep, because I’ll probably be hung over (white russians are so good).

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/08/2018 in Blogmas

 

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Bookaholics Anonymous Tag!

Blogmas 2018

Hello! Happy December 7th! Today is a tag! I wasn’t tagged anyone but thought it was neato, so pbtbt.

What do you like about buying new books?

I feel like this is a weird question. I like finding them and going to the bookstore to look for them and having them and reading them and yada yada yada.

How often do you buy new books?

Currently, it’s very sparingly because I’m on a book buying ban. I bought the two books I mentioned were exception to the ban in November, and I’ve also purchased two books otherwise specifically for buddyreads. So.. four books within the past four months?

When not on the ban though, it’s probably like every other week. I tend to get an itch to go to the bookstore on the weekends.

Bookstore or online shopping, which do you prefer?

I like the experience of the bookstore, but I like online prices. So I tend to only buy from the bookstore when I have a coupon or there’s a sale. Otherwise it’s typically online. That doesn’t stop me from going to the bookstore though and pining a bit.

Do you have a favorite book shop?

RIP Borders ;~;

Do you preorder books?

I’ve done so a total of two or three times. I’d rather just go to the bookstore on opening day and get the immediate satisfaction of walking out of the store with it.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

When not on the ban, I try to keep it to 6-8 books per season. I don’t usually succeed though.

Book buying bans – are they something for you?

Yes, they’re surprisingly effective for me. I’m currently on one, and I was on one this time last year as well. When I make them, I always make a couple exceptions for books that I know that I’ll want, and for books in series that I’m buddyreading and will be read right away. The whole point of the ban is to stop my TBR from growing. For buddyreads, I figure I read it immediately after buying, so shrug!

Otherwise, I tend not to have any instances of weakness – aside from the exceptions listed above, I’ve never strayed from one.

How big is your wishlist?

I have no idea, man. I have a list of books marked ‘want to read’, but it contains books that I own and that I don’t own, so I really am not sure how many are still ‘wishlist’ books.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own now?

You know, I went to my to read list, and I looked at them all… and I can’t pick out just three. The day my ban is over I’m likely gonna go a bit bananas.

Who do I tag?

Whoever wants to consider themselves tagged is tagged!

 
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Posted by on 12/07/2018 in Blogmas, Book Tag, Books

 

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Coffee Time: The Amnesia Trope

Blogmas 2018

Recently, I was reading a book – well, a manga – and in the second to last volume, the plot tied up beautifully. No loose ends, no unanswered questions. It was great. But hark! There was one more volume left!

Guess what the plot device was in this final volume.

Guess.

That series has sparked this post. The manga series (back out now if you don’t wanna know what it is) was Demon Diary. The series overall, I rather liked, except this last volume. I finished it with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, and it got me thinking.

I cannot recall a time where I’ve seen the amnesia trope done well. Every time I’ve seen it, it seems thrown over top of the normal plot progression, and in each instance, it’s solved riiiight at the opportune moment and then has no lasting effects on the characters.

It’s gotten to the point where if I know it’s coming, it makes me not want to finish the book, or movie, or tv show, or whatever it is. Because I already know how it ends. The character will get their memories back, either in some ‘flash’ or bit and piece at a time, until they’re normal again, and whatever inconvenience was caused by the memory loss will be resolved. Or, even worse, they’ll use it as a plot device to change romantic interests. Character A will be in love with B, but the author has decided that C should be with them. But, they wrote A and B’s relationship too strong. The only way to reasonably get them apart is for A to forget their love for B and instead fall for C. Queue A getting their memory back and entering into a weird love triangle. Yeesh.

Case in point, I’ve been reading the Temeraire series, and I stopped after the seventh book. Why? Book eight’s synopsis hints at the amnesia trope. Sigh, peel me a grape. The Temeraire series is one of my favorites, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to pick up that next volume. Because hey, whatever problems arise from this plot device will be solved by the ninth and final volume of the series.

So, my question to all of you: Have you ever read a book or watched something where the amnesia trope was handled in a novel way? Did the character never get their memories back? Did the plot get utterly thrown off course and could not recover to what path it had been on? Because I cannot for the life of me think of a single instance.

The more I sit here writing about it, the more irritated I become. So many tv shows and movies and books use this goofy trope, and none of them really go into the science behind it, or they do hand waving to somehow make it work. All of these people hitting their heads hard enough to forget their entire lives never seem to get concussions or like.. any sort of brain damage. It’s just ‘oops I forgot math. What is a math, anyways?’ and then poof, back to normal a few chapters later, like their brain was indented and suddenly popped back to its normal shape.

Somebody please tell me there exists literature where this trope is handled well, and in a way that doesn’t involve a bonk on the head. Pleeeeease.


This post sounded much more articulate in my head, but it ended up with me just going ‘UUUUUGH’ and getting annoyed while sitting on my couch.

But seriously, if you have any non-head-bonky, non-cliche, non-predictable cases of amnesia in literature, do let me know. I’m very interested.

Phwoo.

 
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Posted by on 12/06/2018 in Blogmas, Books, Coffee Time

 

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Top 5 things on booky wishlist

Blogmas 2018

https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s post is about things on my booky wishlist. Since I plan on doing a post later called ‘Books I hope Santa brings’, I’m going to focus this post on book-related things, rather than books themselves.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here!

Another book case

Probably the most practical of them all. Currently I have five full sized cases and two half cases. I kinda wanna drop the two small ones and just replace them with a big one (and then eventually another big one). The small ones take up a lot of floor space for how many books they each hold.

A personal library kit

I’ve seen these floating around on amazon – basically a system that lets you lend out books and keep track of who has them, etc. The only downside is (I think?) you have to actually stick the things to your books. If that’s the case, I’d rather not. But if it’s just a record system, then yes please.

Book fairy lights

I haven’t actually seen these before, so I don’t know if they exist. But I want fairy lights that look like itty bitty books!

A book sleeve

I carry a book to work with me every day, and whatever book I have tends to get beat up while being carried back and forth. I want one of those fabric sleevey things you put your book into to keep it safe in your bag!

A change in socially acceptable reading

This is more of a societal change that needs to happen instead of a ‘thing’ that I want. What I want, is that any time where it’s okay to go on your phone, it’s also okay to pull out a book. Family gathering? Nobody will bat an eye if you sit on your phone for ten minutes. Whip out a book though, and it looks like you brought something with you specifically to not speak to people. Same while eating dinner with friends – I realize it’s rude to also be on your phone, but it still happens regularly and nobody really bats an eye. Can you imagine reading for five minutes while waiting for your food at a table full of people though? I mean, if they’re gonna ignore me on phones, I wanna ignore them in a book. Pbtbt.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/05/2018 in Blogmas, Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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