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I’m going to Otakon!

Next Thursday, I’m leaving home to go to D.C. to attend Otakon with my buddies Katy @Bookbinderway and Sarah @WindsorWrites!

Otakon is the largest anime convention in the east coast (maybe the country? I’m not sure) and I’ve never been to one before period. So this being my first will be an experience.

Look-it, I got my badge:

I’m just so excited. I have nothing else to say, I guess, I’m just nerding, ahahahaaa~

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Posted by on 07/21/2019 in Uncategorized

 

The Audiobook Tag

Book Tag

Hello, today we do the audiobook tag! I listen to a fair amount of them – maybe two or three a month – so I figured this would be a good tag for me.

Also, today is my blog’s fifth birthday! It’s kinda weird when you think about it. I don’t think I’ve maintained anything else in my life for five years yet, aside from like… a relationship/marriage and my overall education. That’s it. So happy birthday blog!


Have you always listened to audiobooks, or when did you begin?

I started maybe a year after starting this blog. So, four years ago?

What is your favorite audiobook?

Probably The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The narrator did such a fantastic job.

The Night Circus

What is your least favorite thing about audiobooks?

The hit and miss with narrators. No offense against any audiobook narrator, mind you. But sometimes I start an audiobook and I just can’t handle how they voice the characters, or how they do emphasis, something, and it makes me have to give up and switch to a physical book.

What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?

I feel like the difference for me personally is occasionally I’ll miss details when listening, just because the narrator either doesn’t emphasize them or I zone out while driving or something like that. When reading physically I catch everything better. But man, audiobooks are just so damn convenient.

How and when do you listen?

Mostly in the car on my way to work, or while I’m cooking or cleaning or doing other house things. Or simply when I wanna read but also wanna mindlessly play flash games on my phone, haa.

I tend to listen on 1.2x or 1.5x speed. Any slower and it drags, any faster and I feel we lose the style that the narrator is bringing.

What style/genre do you prefer?

My audiobook preferences line up with my physical book ones: mostly fantasy and scifi. I will however use audiobooks to get through books I wanna read but feel I’d have a hard time reading physically, like classics or nonfiction. They’re great for that.

What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?

Literally anything by Simon Vance – try out he Temeraire series by Naomi Novik or the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks, both narrated by him. Dude, he could read his grocery list and I’d listen to it.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this, consider yourself tagged. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/20/2019 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon TBR!

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Hi! Part two of the magical readathon is here! It starts August 1st and runs the whole month! If you missed out on part 1, check out the original announcement video by the host! Also if you’re curious about this one, check out the announcement video for it as well!


Back in April, I had chosen Alchemist as my wizarding career. I succeeded in getting the O.W.L.s needed for it! So I’m going to continue on with that path and try to get my N.E.W.T.s for it as well:

So for an O in five subjects and an E in one, that means I need to read 17 books. Holy. Poop.

I’m going to say now that I’m going to be out on town August 1-6th as a combined birthday-wedding anniversary trip. So that week honestly my reading will be minimal. I tell myself every time I go somewhere that I’ll read so much during down time and I just… don’t. So I’m acknowledging that now and planning on reading a lot of manga and graphic novels to hopefully still achieve my reading goal.

Ancient Runes

  • A: Read a book recommended by a friend

Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – I’ve had this volume for a few months now and haven’t picked it up. One of my buddies has told me to a few times now, so it counts, woo!

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)

  • E: Book written in past tense

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I’ve had this for ages, and it’s on my 10 in 2019 list, so perfect!

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

  • O: Book that has been on your TBR for ages

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick – I can’t tell you when I bought this one. At least a year ago!

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Arithmancy

  • A: Book that ends on an even page number

Chew vol 3 by John Layman – at 128 pages, this fits

Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts

  • E: Read a stand alone

Nod by Adrian Barnes – I feel like this was originally meant to be a series, but unfortunately the author passed away before more was published. So it’s a stand alone as far as I know.

Nod

  • O: Books that’s longer than 350 pages

You by Caroline Kepnes – If I’m gonna read a larger book, it should probably be a thriller or a YA fantasy so I blow through it. This is the former!

You

Herbology

  • A: Audiobook

I’m not gonna pick a specific book for this, because I listen to 2-3 audiobooks per month as it is. Therefore I’ll just use whatever I happen to pick up.

  • E: Book between 350-390 pages

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – My edition is around 370 pages and I’m hoping I can buzz through it

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

  • O: Book with a flower on the cover

So unbeknownst to you, I just spend the past 20 minutes looking at all my book covers and not a single one has a flower on it. But, luckily my friend lent me some manga, and one of those has a flower. The Girl From the Other Side vol 1 by Nagabe!

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1 (The Girl from the Other Side, #1)

Potions

  • Read your friend’s favorite book

Dorohedoro vol 1 by Q. Hayashida – This is from the same friend that lent me the above manga. She’s been after me to read it for ages, so here we are.

Dorohedoro, Vol. 1

  • Book with cover in Hogwart’s house color

Chew vol 4 by John Layman – It’s not quite the right shade of blue, but it’s still blue.

Chew, Vol. 4: Flambé

  • Book that starts with a prologue

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – This is a YA fantasy with a mystery-thriller-esque plot, I think? So hopefully I can get through it quickly.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Transfiguration

  • Read a book the LGBT+ representation

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – I’m fairly sure there’s a gay character in here, at least one, maybe more? I’m not positive. If it turns out I’m wrong, I’ll read another.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

  • Read a sequel

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui – “vol 3”

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 3

  • Read a book over 500 pages

Man, this prompt is mean. I’m going with Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas because I have a history of being able to fly through her books. Hoping this one will be the same way.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Astronomy

  • A: Moon on cover/title

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – This is literally the only book I could find with a moon. And I am fairly interested in it! I’ve borrowed this from a friend.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2.5)

  • E: Night in title/series name

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon – This comes highly recommended to me by my husband, so I’m rather pumped for it.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


And that’s it! Minus the audiobook which I have yet to pick, here is the complete stack of what I’m gonna be reading next month:

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Lemme know if you feel like you’ll fall into an early grave from all this reading like I will. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/14/2019 in Books, Readathon

 

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2019 Reading Resolutions Check In

2018 Reading Resolutions

So to start, this originally was going to be a resolutions check in and a reading stats post. But it’s not, now. I’ll get to that below. But man, am I baffled.


At the beginning of the year, I made a post about my 2019 Reading Resolutions. Today I’m gonna let you know how I’m doing.

  • Read 50 books

In progress – I’m 100% I’m gonna hit this one. As it stands, I’m at 47.

In progress – I am right on schedule – 5/10 complete!

  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month

In progress – I fudged a bit in March when I got 7, but otherwise I’m sticking to this!

  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban

Complete! I did a 2.5 month ban from April 1st – June 15th!

  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books.

In progress – I’ve gotten it down to 267. When I wrote this, it was 283, so… doing ok? I guess?

Complete! Look here if you’re interested in the post about it.

  • Post monthly book hauls

In progress – Haven’t missed a month yet (aside from ban months, but obviously I wouldn’t have books to haul)

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule

In progress, with a bit of an update. The W in the S-W-S schedule was to be Top 5 Wednesdays, but with that currently on hiatus, I don’t have any material. So for the time being, it’s S-S, and it’ll return to S-W-S when T5W picks up.

  • Keep track of statistics

So about that. I was doing it for the first two or three months of the year, and then I utterly stopped because… I stopped. I logged on right before writing this (Friday) to go and update the stats list with all the books I’ve read, purchased, etc, to throw stats into this post, and…. I can’t find it. I cannot find the file. At first I thought I deleted it, so I checked my recycle bin, but it’s not there. I have files I deleted back in 2018 in there, so it’s not like I deleted it and then emptied the recycle bin. But really, I have no idea where this file went! It’s annoying! And it’s not like I don’t know how to look for these things – I write software for a living, I know a trick or two on how to find missing/deleted files. It’s like the file never existed. I’m utterly baffled.

So I’m marking this in progress for now, because I might decide to make another file and have it ready by the end of the year. If I do that, I’ll count it complete. If I don’t, then obviously this one will be a fail. But right now, I’m too mad to go about making a new one, and if I do, it’ll be after I stop being a grouch at my documents folder.


And that’s it! So far, I’m fairly happy with my progress in everything. The only one I really wanna focus on more is the TBR one. How are you doing with any goals you’ve set? Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/13/2019 in Books

 

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Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag | 2019

Book Tag

Hi! Yesterday I did the Half Year Book Tag and the questions on this one are different enough that I figured it was worth doing both. Next weekend will deal more with stats/reading goals, etc, but for now, more questions!

Best book I’ve read so far:

So, I’ve only read three books this year that I’ve rated five stars (I’ve read 45 total). So I figured I should mention all three of them.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – I absolutely loved the first book when it came out and this one I think was just as strong. It really opened up the world, the cultures and the political maneuverings of the various countries. No longer do we see only Baru’s tactics but everyone else’s as well. I’m so excited for book three!

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Collection by Hiromu Arawaka – As mentioned yesterday, this is the collection of comics found at the back of the manga and anime box sets. I loved this and it made me really wanna reread the whole series (which… I might, now)

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik – This is the eighth of nine books in the Temeraire series and it really holds its own. You’d think after eight books that the series would slow down but man, I loved this one.

Best sequel I’ve read so far:

See above, minus the Fullmetal book

New release I haven’t read yet but want to:

The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I bought this shortly after in came out back in March, I think? But I still haven’t read it. I’ll get there!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

The Burning White (Lightbringer #5)

The Burning White by Brent Weeks – Fifth book in the Lightbringer series. Technically I’m still in the middle of the fourth book, buuuut with the way it’s going, I know the fifth is gonna be great!

Biggest disappointment:

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Aside from being my lowest rated book so far, it’s also the most disappointing. I really wanted to love this, and I bought it right after release, thinking that I would. But, I didn’t. Honestly I kinda hated it. I’ve since purged it from my collection.

Biggest surprise:

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Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik – Honestly as much as I’ve enjoyed the rest of this series, I was hesitant about this one. Why? The synopsis informed me that it would be using the amnesia trope. I hate the amnesia trope. So I actually put this off for a month or two before picking it up because I was scared I wouldn’t like it and the whole series would be ruined for me. But hey – Novik actually did really well and this book ended up being one of my favorites of the year. Who knew.

Favorite new author (debut or new to me):

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Susan Dennard, author of Truthwitch! Not a debut author, but new to me. I picked up this book by her and ended up really liking it! I’m currently on the second book and am liking it just as much.

Newest fictional crush:

None!

Newest favorite character:

Honestly? None. Nobody’s really stuck out at me

Book that made me cry:

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb – There was a death midway through this book and man, I bawled.

Book that made me happy:

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket Another volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya – When I was in high school, I loved Fruits Basket. This book is about the next generation and it gave me such nostalgia.

Favorite book to film adaptation I saw this year:

Crazy Rich Asians Poster

Crazy Rich Asians! I read the book this year too and I gotta say… I liked the movie more. Blasphemy I know, but whatevs.

Favorite review I’ve written this year:

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 (Goblin Slayer Manga, #1)

Probably this review I wrote for Goblin Slayer vol 1, just because I want more people to read Goblin Slayer.

Most beautiful book I’ve bought so far this year (or received):

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Recursion by Blake Crouch. LOOK HOW SHINY IT IS.

Books I need to read by the end of the year:

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

 
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Posted by on 07/07/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Half Year Book Tag | 2019

Book Tag

Hello! I saw this tag on Zezee @ZezeewithBooks’ blog and though it was neat, so I’m gonna do it! This tag was created by BexnBookx!

So! Here we go!


Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2019:

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics by Hiromu Arakawa – This is, as stated, the completed collection of four panels of FMA. At the end of each manga, dvd set and blu-ray set, there are four-panels that the author threw in as extras. This collects them all and displays them in publication order. It’s really neat, and I absolutely loved this book.

Favorite series that I started or continued to read in 2019

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – Book two of the Masquerade series, this was just as fantastic as the first one. It’s one of three books I’ve rated five stars this year, and man, I really want the next one. It’s. So. Amazing. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this series yet, here is the synopsis of book one:

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

Favorite bookish items purchased or received this year:

Probably another bookcase. I’m up to seven now.

Favorite debut author:

I haven’t read any authors that have debuted this year, yet! I’ve read a couple that debuted in 2018, but that’s not the question, is it?

Favorite under-hyped book that I read this year:

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arawaka – This is the author that wrote Fullmetal Alchemist, which is amazingly well known among manga/anime fans. This series though is very different but I think it can hold it’s own. It follows a young man who goes to agricultural school and I think it’s just so quaint and nice and relaxing and wonderful and more people should read it.

Favorite book read this year that you were late to the party on:

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This series has been around for a few years now. Book three just came out, I think? But I read book one last month and adored it. I’m in the middle of book two now and am enjoying it just as much. 😀

Potential favorite that you haven’t gotten around to reading yet:

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente – I’m hoping I love this. It’s on my 10 in 2019 list and I really hope I adore it. I hope I hope I hope I hope!

Favorite re-read in 2019:

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya – I reread this for the OWLs Magical Readathon and I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was a teenager. It’s been about a decade since I read it, so I was glad I still really liked it. Anyone following the reboot of the anime? I adore it, man.

Favorite cover on a book released this year:

Recursion

Recursion by Blake Crouch – I bought this recently. It was in last month’s haul. But man… It. Is. So. SHINY. I LOVE IT.

(Optional) Favorite book box this year:

None! I can’t remember the last time I bought a box set, man. Or are you talking subscription box? I don’t get those either. 😛 pbtbtbt


That’s it! I tag Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff and Katy @Bookbinderway!

 
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Posted by on 07/06/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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July Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello! These are the books I’m currently reading!

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audiobook and I’m rather digging it. It’s the second book in the Truthwitch series, and continues immediately where the first book left off. I mentioned finishing the first one yesterday, and so far I’m liking this one just as much as the previous. The character introductions and developments so far in it are pretty neat. As of right now, I’m roughly 20% of the way through it.

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I restarted this book last month, after having it sit on page 270 for over a year. The fifth books comes out this fall and I wanna finish it before then. Rereading it though, at least the first couple hundred pages, was definitely a good idea. I forgot so much! I’m very much enjoying this – currently on page 54.

Fool's Quest  (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)

Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb – This is my current buddyread with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! This is the fifteenth book in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world and the second book in the final trilogy, Fitz and the Fool. So far I’m rather digging it, specifically within the last hundred pages I’ve read or so. The pace has really picked up and I’m hoping the two of us can finish this book this month. Currently on page 304.


And that’s it! I’m itching to pick up so many books right now but I’m really trying to keep books off the backburner. I’ll pick up a new one when I finish the Weeks book. :”D Until then, happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/30/2019 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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