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June Wrap Up 2015 and Currently Reading

Today is June 30th, 2015. Ugh Emily, stopping getting older.

This month, I read five books, two of them manga, one of them a graphic novel. Nowhere near as good as last month, but hey. I still read.

They are:

ChopsticksThe History of the World Through TwitterNo. 6: The Manga, Volume 01 (No. 6: The Manga, #1)No. 6: The Manga, Volume 02 (No. 6: The Manga, #2)Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels, #1)

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 3stars
This was a very interesting book. It took me about an hour to read even though it’s fairly sized. The book is told through a series of pictures, text messages, letters, newspaper clippings… it follows a girl who is a competitive piano player and a neighbor boy she meets. The plot begins when the girl goes missing and through the methods shown above, you find out what happened to her. It’s a really neat way to read a book – can’t say I’ve done anything like it before. For me, this book was a solid three stars. Most of the appeal was the method of delivery. The story itself was alright I suppose.

The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes and Stephen Fry4stars
WHYY does this book only have 22 ratings on Goodreads?! It’s such a good book! And I mean, it has Stephen Fry’s name attached to it, you would have thought it would be more well known than it is! Well, read this book. It’s a series of tweets from prominent people/things/entities in history from the creation of space to modern 2000s or so. The first tweet collection is from God and he’s doing the whole ‘making earth’ thing. (whether you’re religious or not, this is pretty funny let me tell ya). The tweets also jump to cave men, Napoleon, Bush… it’s just so much fun. Everybody who tweets has such a wry sense of humor about what they’re doing in history. It’s a very entertaining and fast read.

No. 6 vols 1 and 2 by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino
I just went over why I’m liking this series so much in my last post, so instead of dong it again, I’ll just link it if you’re 4starsinterested in this series. It’s a neato futuristic dystopiany sci-fi-y thing. It’s pretty good!

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
The original Artemis Fowl novel, I read back when I first read Harry Potter. And I’ve reread it countless times since I bought it. It’s one of3stars my favorite children’s novels of all time and will be read to my future children. And then, there’s this graphic novel version of it. It’s the same storyline, so I can’t fault it on that… it’s just… well, one I want to say ‘the art’, because really, it comes down to the art. It’s just… not right for this story. Artemis Fowl is full of whimsical and sciencey tones. This graphic novel has none of that. I felt like I was reading a true crime comic or something. The tone that I originally loved about the novel was not present in this art, which made me like it a great great deal less (and the art itself was not how I pictured the characters at all. Everyone’s default expression looks angry ;( ) So three stars for the graphic novel (and five for the original novel – go read that one, not this one)

And now for Currently Reading!

Still working on The Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. I have about 200 pages left. Ideally I’d finished it today but really, who am I kidding. Also listening to The Martian by Andy Weir, reading aloud with my SO Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams and kinda sorta still reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This last one I feel is my least likely to be finished. I just hate the main character and can’t bring myself to pick it up much. Have you read it? Is it worth finishing?

Also, my TBR Jar Challenge slip this month iiiis:

IMG_1691 Begin reading a new graphic novel or series. I don’t remember what I meant by ‘or series’ V for Vendettawhen I wrote that… graphic novel series? Novel series? I have no clue. But for graphic novel, the first one that popped into my head is V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, who also wrote Watchmen if you’ve read that one. I’m so excited for this! 😀 The V for Vendetta movie is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time, so the fact that I haven’t read the graphic novel it was based off of yet is ridiculous! If you have never watched this movie, here is the trailer. I highly suggest checking it out.

And that’s it! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 06/30/2015 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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June Favorites ’15

New kind of post for me. I’ve seen a few of these posts on various blogs and youtubes, and I decided that I like them. These will be book and not book related things – I want to branch out a bit, I think. This is my way of doing it. I noticed a lot of favorites posts have a bunch of cosmetics and stuff in them. I’m not a make-up person, so that will be minimal on mine. There will be some skin-care stuff, but that’s about it. Oh, and nail polish. There will be that. But mostly, in these posts, you can expect from me things to do with books, movies, music, video games, skin care, nail polish, food, and anything else random I decide is worthy of mentioning. I’ll have the book stuff in its own section so if that’s all you’re interested in reading about, you’ll easily be able to find it all and skip over the rest.

Also, this first favorites post will probably be a lot, lot longer than the future ones. Consider it a back log, I suppose.
Thanks for reading!

Book Stuff

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)My first current obsession is still Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. Yes, I’m still reading it. Shit’s dense, man. This book I think I’m liking a lot more than the first one, and I rated that one 5 stars, so… needless to say I’m loving this one. I’m already on the look out for obtaining the third book. Want it. Want.The Martian

The other is The Martian by Andy Weir. I’m actually listening to this one on audiobook, and it is fantastic. I looove it. Aside from the humor, my favorite part I feel is the amount of research that Andy Weir put into the book – the chemistry and physics and all of that. He goes into detail about how every little thing works, but it does so in an entertaining and humorous way. So if you haven’t read or listened to this yet, do so.

No. 6: The Manga, Volume 01 (No. 6: The Manga, #1)The other other obsession is No. 6 by Atsuko Asano. This one I would not have picked up at all had it not been lent to my by a friend. It’s a manga about a boy who grows up in a futuristic ‘perfect city’ that in reality is anything but. It’s a story about lies brought to light. I’m two volumes in, I believe it’s nine volumes long. I have 3 and 4 sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, so I’ll be jumping into those pretty quickly. The art for one is beautiful, and the characters I feel are likable even though they’ve only had two volumes so far to develop.
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Other Stuff

Foods

There are a few foods/drinks/etc I’ve been obsessing over this month. Some of them are gonna be silly. :”D They are:

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Bailey’s Chocolatini Coffee Creamer and Roaster’s Alley Coffee: Kona Blend – particularly these two things together, but they’re also super good when with other coffees/creamers, too.

Pure Main Maple Syrup straight from Maine. A friend went there on vacation and brought me back this stuff. Normally I despise maple syrup – I’m much more of a jelly on pancakes person, but uuugh this stuff is fantastic. I looove it.

Yoohoo Candy Bars – another gift from friendy from Maine. I had no idea these exist and I neeeed to find where I can get more – mine is almost gone. 😦 It’s so delicious. I want more.

Games

This is the section I’m most looking forward to 😀

I play a good bit of video games, but the two I’ve been hooked on this month are Cook, Serve Delicious and Europa Universalis IV. They’re kinda polar opposites as far as complexity gameplay and plot go, but they’re both oodles of fun!

Europa Universalis IV is a strategy simulation game where you create an empire and essentially try to dominate by various means – diplomatic, war, trade, so on. It’s a very, very involved game with a steep learning curve, but it’s so much fun once you’re used to it. If you’re a fan of Sid Meier’s Civilization series, I’d say try this one out too.

Cook, Serve, Delicious is essentially a restaurant game. You’re a chef trying to improve your restaurant through serving better foods, completing catering events, passing safety inspections – this one is a much more casual playing game and can be picked up quickly and easily. It starts you off slow and it gets harder as you progress. My restaurant is currently 2 stars, and I think I’m only a day or so away from earning my third.

Movies

I watched two movies in theaters this month and fell in love with one additional one from Netflix. So I’m just gonna link their trailers. You’ll have heard of most of them I’m sure.

Music

The genre I listen to the most is symphonic metal. Do you listen to it? Recommend me some bands! Do you not listen to it? Try it, maybe you’ll like it! These are a couple of the songs I’ve been listening to a lot this month:

Television

There have been four shows I’ve been watching this month. Inuyasha, which has shown up on Netflix for the first time, which is GREAT :D, Orange is the New Black, X-Files in prep for the new season coming out, and Archer. Trailers for all follow:


Aaaand that’s all she wrote! For this month, anyways. Next month’s post will be shorter. Monthly reading wrap-up will be posted within the next couple days or so. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/29/2015 in Favorites

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You Wish You Could Drown

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again! And this time, it’s a topic I can do. :”D Last week’s was ‘Books you’ve read in one sitting’, and honestly, I’ve never done that, hah. I get fidgety after about an hour or so, and have to stop. 😛 But whatevs, I can do this week’s. As usual, T5W was created by Lainey, and you could find the full list of posters here. Onto my Top 5 Character I wish I could drown. (or bop on the head)

5. Hatsumomo from Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Hatsumomo is a character introduced relatively early in this book (her movie character pictured to the left). I. Cannot. Stand her. She’s rude, self-entitled, manipulative, hypocritical… buh. I just don’t like her. At all. Though I have to admit, she does make the book a fair bit better – she’s a very good antagonist.

If you haven’t read this book, do it. Or watch the movie. You’ll get a better experience from the book, but the movie was pretty decent too.

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4. Mayor Prentiss from The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

What, Emily’s mentioning the Chaos Walking Trilogy in a post? Shocker!

Mayor Prentiss is the Mayor of Prentisstown at the beginning of the first book, and from there he becomes such a butt. I think one of the things I can’t stand the most about this character (and therefore makes him such a good bad guy) is the fact that when reading the book, I was always questioning his motives. He was bad… but was he? Wait yes. But maybe not… No, that was totally evil, but… is that a shred of conscience I see there?

This guy was an enigma, and he made my blood boil.

3. Percy Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Oh my gosh Percy, just Shut. Up. for once in your life. Close your faaace.

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2. Naraku from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

For anyone who has read or watched Inuyasha, you understand my deep-seeded loathing for this character. He’s just evil (but suuuuch a good villain). If he would just mind his own damn business once in a while, but no.. he has to be all vindictive and assholey.

Naraku is the main antagonist in Inuyasha, and enters the show very early. He’s such a good bad guy, but he needs a big, big BIG bop on the head.

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1. Joffrey from A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin.

Any reasons I give will be a spoiler, so just trust me on this. (and I’m only on book two, so no spoilers to me either, please!)

Look at that face. Ugh, so punchable.

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Well, tada! I’m glad to see all the characters I want to bop on the head/drown/throw things at are actually good, well-developed characters with actual reasons for me to despise them. None of them I hate just out of principle, they’re all actual dicks. Yay. :”D

 
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Posted by on 06/24/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Rainbowthon Wrap-up and so on

TL;DR: I didn’t read much.

So the rainbowthon happened this past week, and while my ambitions were big, my actual reading was small. I just got back from a week long vacation from Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, where I thought I’d get a bunch of beach reading done. Turns out, we were on the beach for one out of the seven days, the other six were spent doing more involved activities, so most of my reading was done during down time in the evening and listening to an audio book in the car.

My TBR for this readathon was this, though I ended up switching out the two orange manga for The Martian by Andy Weir. That was the audio book – I listened to about 7 out of the 11 hours of it. And I read a good chunk of A Clash of Kings. Though other than that, I didn’t get around to even starting the others. So.. readathon failed, I guess? xD

Anyways, totally check out The Martian. It kills me every chapter, I love it.

Also, I’m super behind in a lot of stuff since my internet was limited during this trip. So if you’ve tagged me in things, or have done stuff I’ve tagged you in and I haven’t seen it/said anything yet, it’s because I’m a ding dong and haven’t gone through my feed in a week. Gimme a bit, I’ll find it.

Until next time :”D

 
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Posted by on 06/20/2015 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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How I Read Books Tag

Hello, tag time 😀

Original creator of this tag is not known. There are a few potential sources. If you know, let me know.

1. How do you find out about new books to read?
A mix between friend recommendations, booktube, blogs, goodreads, random browsing… a lot of ways.

2. How did you get into reading?
I’ve been a reader since I was little. Even before I could read, my parents and grandma would read to me. It was always something I looked forward to doing with them.

3. How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?
I’m a lot more picky about the romance aspect. I’m better at recognizing bad relationships in a book when they’re romanticized. That, and the length of books I’m willing to read has gotten bigger. Had you asked me to read Game of Thrones ten years ago, I would have laughed and laughed.

4. How often do you buy books?
At the moment, not very often. I might get one book a month right now, maybe. Unless there’s a library sale or something like that, I tend to not be a big spender. Once I get employment that’ll probably change.

5. How did you get into Book reviewing?
I found a community on youtube first, and decided I wanted to do something like that. But I’m also horrendously camera shy and I feel I don’t have the time to commit to filming a lot, so a blog was my end choice – it’s a lot more relaxed in my opinion and I don’t have to worry about people commenting on my appearance or how incredibly messy my apartment is. :”D Maybe I’ll make a youtube someday, but if I do, it won’t be until after I graduate.

6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
Sigh, groan, throw book, sigh, pick up book, sigh, put on shelf, sigh, sigh sigh sigh

7. How often do you take a “sneak peak” at the end of a book to see if there is a happy ending?
I don’t look for a happy ending persay, but it’s really hard to resist reading the last sentence of a book. I’ve totally spoiled myself this way and have yelled at myself for it, but I can’t help iiiit D:

8. Who are you going to tag?
Panda, Ace, Analee

PS: If I tag you in things and you don’t like me tagging you, tell me and I’ll stop xD (Except you Ace, you have no choice)

 
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Posted by on 06/11/2015 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I’ve seen this one all over youtube and wordpress lately. The original creator I believe can be found here.

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. You know, my pick for this one I originally heard about from a handful of friends, all of whom seemed to love it. I read it, disliked it, and then I found out I wasn’t alone in that opinion. So… does this one count? I don’t know. At least within my friends group it was a rather popular series.

The reason I didn’t care for this one was it reminded me too much of Twilight, which I also didn’t care much for. Neither this book or that series is terrible, but neither are my cup of tea, either.
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2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)I’m choosing The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. And I know this isn’t exactly ‘hated’ but honestly I couldn’t find out that I like that was. The reason I chose this book is because it had a relatively low rating on goodreads (3.60) compared to a lot of other books I love. (and I know a friend or two of mine read this and despised it too).

The reason I like this one so much is the weird cultish setting it takes place in. It’s eerie and unsettling. The second and third books in this trilogy I feel aren’t as good (but weirdly, they have higher ratings, so whatevs).
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3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)I’m choosing Evan and Cassie from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (keep in mind, I have not read The Infinite Sea yet, so don’t spoil me about the happenings or unhappenings of this couple!!)

This couple I just find exasperating. They’re grating on my nerves (and honestly, I just don’t care for either character individually either, so…) I do like this book though – it was a solid 4 stars for me. I just didn’t like the characters or the super awkward romance. I want to read more from Ben’s POV – that was what I liked best.

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4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
Thrillers. I thought I had only read one, Angels and Demons, (though it’s been pointed out I’ve read another and just totally forgot) so I’ve read two. I like this genre. I just typically seek it out other books beforehand.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Edward Cullen, though I feel I’m far from alone in this. Point still stands, he’s a popular character.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Sarah J Maas. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I have nothing against her books or her writing or her as a person. All of her books for me though have been shoved down my throat to the point where I have no desire to read them, which is a shame. :/

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
I am so so SO sick of ‘The chosen one’. I want to read a book about ‘the chosen one’s best friend, or their brother or sister or great aunt. I’m sure Harry Potter from Ron Weasley’s POV would be fascinating. And I’m sick of the ‘I was really a half vampire or half werewolf or blah blah blah and had no idea!’ trope. Goodness.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Throne of Glass

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
I actually really liked the Mockingjay movie more than the book. And The Maze Runner movie, I liked that more too.

So I hope nobody hates me now :”D If you disagree with me, awesome! Tell me about it, I’d love to discuss!

Also, I tag Ace, Panda and Mai, if they’d be so kind and haven’t already done this.

 
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Posted by on 06/04/2015 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books of the Year So Far

So, take a minute and think about how 2015 is already half way through. Now tell me with a straight face that you’re not getting old, that you’re totally okay with the fact that Monsters Inc came out 14 years ago, that The Lion King came out 21 years ago. Were you even alive for the debut of Lion King? Don’t tell me if you weren’t, because then I’ll feel extra old. 😦

Anyway, that aside, it’s halfway through 2015 and this week’s Top 5 Topic is Favorite books of the year to date. So far this year, including manga and graphic novels, I have read 48 things, which is WAY WAY MORE than I read last year total (31 books). Honestly I think starting this blog has helped me keep up my reading pace. I get so excited to talk about the books with anyone who will listen that I guess I’m reading faster and more often to do it! 🙂

Anyway, my top 5 favorite books that I have read so far this year:

5. Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro WatsukiI’ve written a review on this series and I’ll say right now that if you haven’t read the original Rurouni Kenshin series, don’t start with this one. This series is a sort of ‘alternate events’ version of the story and is very shortened. The reason I love it so much is because it was seeing my favorite characters again and experiencing different events with them. That being said, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend the original. It and this series is a historical fiction set in Meiji Era Japan and center around Kenshin, who after being a manslayer during the revolution, has sworn off killing and is trying to make his way in the new era, despite those unwilling to forget his reputation. This is a series that has high action, comedy, adventure, and a tiiinge of romance of you squint. It’s super good.

4. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)I was very late to the bandwagon for this series. Honestly it was because I was intimidated by the sheer size of the books. I had originally attempted to read this is 2012 and got distracted by another book. And then I was afraid that I wouldn’t remember what was happening if I picked it back up, but at the same time I didn’t want all my effort to be erased by starting over… so I just kept not reading it and leaving the bookmark where it was. Good logic, I know 😛

Though when a friend gifted me a copy of all the audiobooks, I decided to listen to it instead from the beginning. The narrator was very good, aside from doing terrible voices for women (haha), and he kept me entertained. I listened while I cooked and drove and cleaned. I got through it after about a semester of classes and immediately went to buy the second book (which I’m reading right now, about 300 pages in)

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThis is another book I was late to the bandwagon to (by years and years and years). Though I feel like if I would have read it when I was younger, I wouldn’t have appreciate the humor as much, so I’m glad I waited. The writing in this book is wry and sharp-witted and oh my gosh, Marvin the depressed robot is hysterical. Go read this book because of Marvin.

This book I read out loud with my SO and I feel that enhanced the experience. We both made different voices for different characters and just had a ball with it. We’re currently on the third book, Life, The Universe and Everything, which I feel is also pretty damn good. Where else are you gonna read about a group of people chasing a run-away couch across a field in pre-historic Earth?

2, 1. The Ask and the Answer and Monster of Men by Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessMonsters of Men by Patrick NessI put these two together as I don’t feel I can separate them. These are books two and three of the Chaos Walking Trilogy and my goodness, this has to be one of my favorite series of all time. I’ve written an individual review for book two and a series review for the whole thing when I finished book three. I don’t even know how to put these books into words man. I have never, while reading a series, been so emotionally compromised. Holy cow. Go. Read. Shoo.

Ta da 😀 All done

 
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Posted by on 06/03/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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