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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today! I was tagged by Zezee! (Thanks friend :”D)

I’m gonna continue the using of the cat pictures. Zezee did some digging and found the artist! The following cat pictures are by the illustrator Marija Tiurina who created them on NeonMob.


Greed: What are the most expensive and least expensive books you own?

I don’t really have one for ‘least expensive’. Probably one of the many I purchased during this library sale or this library sale, where the books were ‘fill a bag for five bucks’. And those are just the two I’ve gone to while I’ve had this blog. There are so many more. I’m a connoisseur of basement book sales, hawhaw.

The most expensive… would have to be my organic chemistry textbook. 😛 It cost $300 and I had to buy it through the school because it came with that damn homework access code that I needed. Buying a used copy and a homework code separately would have cost more than just buying the new package. Dammit. And people wonder why millennials are broke.

Gluttony: What book have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Before I started my book blog, I was one of those people who just read a handful of books over and over (which is why I’m grateful for the online book community – it’s allowed me to spread my horizons big time, man). I’m just gonna list a few of the books I’ve read… goodness I can’t even count how many times:Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

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Sloth: What book series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I wouldn’t even say it’s a series, but a single book: The Forgotten Realms campaign setting by Ed Sheerwood. And it’s not any fault of the book. I’ve been ‘currently reading’ it for months now. Haven’t actually touched in lately. I’ve decided recently that I want to try my hand at DMing though, so this book will hopefully get more use soon. I hope.

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Pride: What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

Oh gosh, you’re giving me flashbacks of my 17-year-old self. I was such a snob. I really try to make a point not to do this anymore, haha. I did a lot of it when I was younger and looking back now (especially with the ‘this day in history’ posts on facebook so I can actually see the shit I posted) I really really hope I don’t still give off that impression. Yeesh, man.

Case in point: When I was 18, I wrote a paper for my college freshmen English class titled something like ‘People who buy books but don’t actually read them aren’t real readers’ and went into it – full ‘prententious 18-year-old that read a classic once’ mode. Gag. Forgive me.

Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

Can we just take a second to point out the the cat for this picture is reading a ‘Playcat’ magazine and drooling?

For characters, I find myself gravitating towards the cold, calculating characters. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, The Dragon from Uprooted… which is honestly the opposite of what I like in a real flesh-and-blood person. In real life, I like the warm fuzzy people. Weird. xD

Envy: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Any of the collector’s editions of books that I’m too cheap to buy myself, hawhaw. I know there’s some really nice versions of Harry Potter, of A Song of Ice and Fire.… any of those, really. They’re all so lovely. *foam*

Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Oh, definitely Sarah J Maas. I like her books but I hate them. But I love them. But they’re awful. But they’re sooo gooood. But uck. But waah ❤

Pawsomeness: What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Most definitely Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. I’m two-and-a-half books deep at this point and I love it.


And that’s it! Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 06/15/2017 in Books, Book Tag

 

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Anything But Books Tag

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So, fun fact: The letter ‘A’ and ‘k’ in the font I normally use for the banner looks like a ‘U’ and a ‘t’. So it read Unything But Boots’. So different font for this one, yo.

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw this on Dragons and Zombies’ page and figured I’d swipe it. 😛


Name a cartoon that you love

I’m currently stuck on Archer and Bob’s Burgers. Both of them took me a while to get into, but both of them are just so lovely and awful at the same time – I dig them. 😀

What is your favorite song right now?

I have a lot of ‘current favorites’ but my number one, all-time favorite song is White Pearl, Black Oceans by Sonata Arctica. It’s a power metal ballad that tells the tale of a lighthouse keeper who is knocked out on his way home from town. When he wakes up the next day, he finds out that because he wasn’t there to light the beacon in the lighthouse, a ship crashed into the cliffs below and everyone on board died. The song goes through the event, the town’s reaction and his overwhelming guilt. It’s a beautifully sad song. I’ve linked a version with lyrics, if you’d like to listen. If you’re hesitant because it’s metal, dun worry – no growling. Singing, I promise, haha.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Play Civilization (V or VI), watch hockey, paint my nails, cook food, listen to metal, and code. Maybe not all at once, but you get what I’m sayin’.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I have no idea, really. Nobody’s really ‘weird’ anymore, haha. There’s always someone that does the same thing you do.

What is your favourite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Pokemon stats, haha. I like knowing how big they are compared to a human, the stones and stuff involved in evolving them, yada yada. Pbtbtbt, judge me, man.

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I’m pretty decent at making recipes up on the fly, or finding decent replacements for ingredients in a recipe that I find out that I’m lacking. Mind you, ‘usually’ is a key term here. I’m also really good at making occasionally shitty food.

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I programmed a robot to do neat things – I’ve linked it below but in case it doesn’t show up, here is another link to my instagram video of it doing its thing

What is your most recent personal project?

Currently, I’m in the middle of outlining my novel for Camp Nanowrimo, which starts July 1st! If any of you are participating, do let me know. We can be writing buds! :”D

Tell us something that you think about often?

I daydream about being in a band a lot. One day, maybe I’ll take up an instrument again. I used to play a couple in elementary school, but that was almost two decades ago now (yeesh I’m old)

Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific

Abita Purple Haze is currently my favorite beer. It’s so good, man. It’s so good. It’s a raspberry beer – light and tart and lovely. :”D

Happy Civ Night Sunday 😃 . . . #civ #civilizationvi #beer #abita

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Say the first thing that pops into your head

Time for bed.


:”D I tag Zezee and Ace, if you haven’t done it yet. If you have, tell me so I can read it.

 
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Posted by on 06/11/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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June Currently Reading

June Currently Reading

I made a new banner theme! It’s coffee in medieval times now. Thanks to Analee for writing a post about how to create neato banners. Maybe at some point I’ll make it fancier, but for now, it’s caffeine and swirly writing and I’m happy with it. Woot. :”D


At the moment, I’m reading four books, though I’ll likely pick up a few manga in between them. Yesterday, my friend lent me about fifty volumes of it, so I’ll buzz through that too at some point.

But for books:

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I think this was on my Currently Reading from last month as well. It’s a chunker of a book, so it’s taking me a while. The third book in the Lightbringer series, it’s proving itself just as good as its predecessors. I wrote a blabber on the first book in the series, if you’re interested. This series is becoming one of my favorites. Ever. It’s just so good – it’s funny, it’s action-packed, it’s well thought-out. I love it!

 

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)I picked this one up last week and am currently about six chapters into it (I need to read another today :”D). This one I’m buddy reading with Zezee with Books – we’ve been slowly buzzing through Hobb’s books now – this is the sixth one in her Realm of the Elderlings series, the third in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So we’re what… nearly half way through the Elderings Realm books? Ish? Somethin’ like that.

 

 

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I had started reading this a while ago and put it aside – I was reading too many books and kept having to restart this bugger because I would forget what was happening. I’ve now picked it up on audiobook though, so I’m getting about 13 hours a week of listening in – it’s still gonna take a while to finish it though – it’s a really really long audiobook. I’ll get there though. And then I can be on the ‘Winds of Winter’ bandwagon with the rest of ’em.

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)As usual, still flipping through this. I’ll mark it ‘read’ at some point, most likely when I’ve read all the passages I find interesting. I dig it so far – it’s helping me flesh out my gnome. :”D

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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Posted by on 06/04/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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May Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-May! This month a bunch of stuff happened – I graduated college (again), I got a salary position as a software developer, I planned out a vacation… all sorts of stuff. And I still have a lot of stuff left to go, yeesh.

Speaking of, I need an oil change. Guess who’s going to the mechanic after I finish writing this, woo.

ANYWAYS. This month I read one non-fiction, two novels and two manga/graphic novels


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This is the second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and the fifth in her Realm of the Elderlings world. I wrote a blabber on the thing of you’d like to know more fully about it, but it sums up to: I really like this series, but it kills my brain and heart more with every chapter.

4/5 stars

Chew vol 1 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceThis is one of those series that I’ve known about for a while but never really popped into my ‘wanna read this’ list. I found it for super cheap and picked it up on a whim… and honestly, most of the way through it, it basically was what I expected. It was okay. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special… until the end. And dammit, now I want volume two. It lead me into a false sense of ‘this is decent’ security when it was really hiding how good it was ’til the end. Well butts. Now I’m buying this series, too.

4/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)This was probably my most anticipated release for this month and I started reading it the day I came out. It was decent! I rather liked it. I wrote a blabber on this one too, if you’re interested. I feel like it was a rather solid (if not predictable) ending to the series.

4/5 stars

Attack on Titan vol 12 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 12I’m slowly workin’ my way through this series. One day I’ll catch up. One day. ONE DAY.

4/5 stars

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAnd the non-fiction for the month. I’m really bad with non-fiction usually – it doesn’t hold my attention for very long. It’s not the book’s fault most of the time, it’s my own. I just… lose focus. But this one, I listened to on audio and while it did indeed go into the history of the gene and all sorts of experiments and conferences and breakthroughs, it did so in almost a narrative format. It was really neat and I was able to stay focused on it. 😛 So.. props to him for writing a non-fiction a dunderhead can follow? 😀 It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, too!

4/5 stars

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Everything was 4 stars this month. Hooda thunk.


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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So two out of the five books I read this month qualify. Woot woot :”D


Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 26/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17, gonna be 4.


And May is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/03/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

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Hello! It’s been ages since I’ve posted a tag. And I was actually tagged! Thanks Zezee friend. :”D


The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)I’m stealing Zezee’s answer here and going with The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It’s fourteen books, man. That’s almost 14000 pages – these books are chunkers. I feel like if and when I do start this one, it’ll be on audiobook. That might make it a bit easier.

 

 

Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)I actually have a small stack of books sitting at the base of my bookcases right now that’s the ‘get rid of pile’. Basically as soon as that pile becomes big enough, I’ll go trade them in at HPB. Until then though, any of my friends who visit know they can pick through it and take what they want at anytime. Off the top of my head, I know a few Ted Dekker books are in there and The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is in there too. They’ll be gone at some point I guess.

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson was pretty damn refreshing. It was nice to see a main female character describe themselves as less than pretty and then actually be less than pretty. Like, a lot of the time, a main character is described as plain or ugly or whatever but magically has no issues with attracting people. It’s weeeeeird right? CoughBellaSwanCough. But this main character is overweight, describes herself as such, is treated by others as such, and even goes into the issues a person who is overweight goes through that a non-fat person might not think about. It’s super neat and I appreciated it.

Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. And this really goes for all three books in the series, but I would change the wording used in the sex scenes. Seriously, ‘sheathing’ has no place in a fantasy romance, yo. Get it ouuuuut.

 

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

Champion (Legend, #3)This might be a bit of a cop-out since I didn’t actually read the book, but Champion by Marie Lu. I’m picking it because I finished the second book in the series and its ending made me angry. Without spoilers, basically what happened was the two main character basically resolved the main conflict in the book. It was done. All was well. But wait! Let’s throw in a plot twist that has nothing to do with the main plot and make a third book out of it. I seriously feel like the story wrapped up enough after the second book. I didn’t pick up and don’t plan on ever picking up the third one. If I’m wrong about it, feel free to comment, but I don’t see the need for this book, personally. 😛

Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. This is a twelve volume manga series that just had the perfect ending. I loved this ending. I think I first read the ending maybe seven or eight years ago and I’m still reveling in how wonderful it was. It was just so lovely.

 

Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)Strange Angels by Lili St Crow does this, I think. The message is ‘my main character is so cool and neat and collected and pretty’. It basically reminded me of the first season of Supernatural, you know, where the characterization is still a bit flat and the dialogue is really cheesy? That. In book form. Only filled with Mary-Sue-y goodness to boot.

 

The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)Again I’m stealing Zezee’s answer and saying The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb. This series is so emotionally draining, man. Like, I read it and feel stressed out afterwards. I really, really like it though, so it’s like going and on purpose poking myself with spikes. It’s weird. We’re currently buddy reading the third one together (which… I’m still behind in, sorry Zezee! I’ll catch up soon!) But wowwy man, this series makes me wanna take a nap.

 


And that’s it! Not gonna tag anyone because I’m woefully behind in everyone’s posts and am not sure who has done this already. So oops. Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 05/29/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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So uh… I went to another library sale | Book Haul #17

As the title says, I went to another one. 😛 Aaaaand there’s yet another one nearby this coming weekend. I’m going to try really hard to stay away, haha.

But I got a lot of books – some from that sale, some from Half Price Books, some bought out-right. 😛 Heeeeere we go.


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So, each one of these I’m very excited for…. and each one of these (aside from the ones I’ve already read, will likely take me a while to get to. I’ve reached the ‘I realize I have a problem’ epiphany. So I’m going to uh… attempt a ban? I guess? I’m not sure how I wanna go about it yet. I’ve done the read-5-buy-1 and it didn’t stick, I’ve gone cold turkey and it didn’t stick… so I’m not sure how to go about it, hyuck. Do let me know if you have any ideas that will be easier on my very undisciplined self-discipline. 😛

But if you’ve been planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D I’d love to do a buddy read!

 
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Posted by on 05/17/2017 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

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Bout of Books 19 | Wrap Up

Bout of Books

The bout of books readathon is over! I actually… read more than I thought I would, hawhaw.

Reading completed:

A Court of Wings and Ruin: 467 pages (and a blabber)

Chew vol 1: 128 pages

Attack on Titan vol 12: 192 pages

The Gene: An Intimate History: 25 minutes

787 pages, 25 minutes total

I’ll see you all in August for Bout of Books 20! :”D

 
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Posted by on 05/15/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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