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Friday Finds #1 – July 31 2015

Hello! This is a new kind of post for me. I found it on Analee’s page and it’s a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm where you highlight the books recently added to your TBR (because personally for me, the books I’ve added aren’t gonna be read for years to come and I won’t have a chance to talk about them otherwise, let’s be real here). I’ve noticed that people seem to just highlight all the books added since their last FF post, but since this is my first, I’m going to highlight the previous 10 added, and then follow the normal pattern next week. (and if I’ve added any books in a sequential series, they’ll count as one. :P)

Also, have you read any of these? How were they!

Cowboy Bebop vol 2-3 by Yutaka Nanten
Cowboy Bebop, Vol. 2Cowboy Bebop, Vol. 3

After the End by Amy Plum
After the End (After the End, #1)

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana

Demon Diary vol 4-7 by Kara
Demon Diary, Vol. 04Demon Diary, Vol. 05Demon Diary, Vol. 06Demon Diary, Vol. 07

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Extraordinary Means

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound

Captive Prince vol 1 by C S Pacat
Captive Prince: Volume One (Captive Prince, #1)

Ody-C vol 1 by Matt Fraction
ODY-C, Vol. 1

Killing Adonis by Joshua Donellan
Killing Adonis

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Posted by on 07/31/2015 in Books, Friday Finds

 

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July Wrap-Up and August Currently Reading

Aaaand now the year is 2/3 over. I really wish my brain would quit normalizing things and allow me to perceive time moving more slowly like I did when I was little. Goodness. I’M GONNA BE 25 IN A WEEK MAN. I’M OLD.

Anyways, in July, I participated in a few readathons and I didn’t realize this until now, but holy cow did I read a lot of books. Well, 9 of them were books, 9 of them were graphic novels or manga. But regardless – I was going to go through each one and say a bit about it, but I feel like you’d be reading a novel, so I’m going to just list the stars for each one (and if you’d like to voice an opinion on one or two, go for it :D)

The 5 star books were:

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)V for VendettaNight (The Night Trilogy, #1)

4.5 stars:

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)

4 stars:

The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)A Little PrincessIkigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 3 (Ikigami, #3)Saiyuki Reload, Volume 6Saiyuki Reload Volume 7 (v. 7)

3.5 stars:

Matched (Matched, #1)Promethea, Vol. 1The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels, #2)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)You and Me, Etc.

2.5 stars:

Anya's Ghost

1 star:

Flight Volume One (Flight, #1)

My favorite book of the month was Easy by Tammara Weber, and the least favorite was Flight volume 1. I will not be continuing that series. I felt it has such potential and it was such a let-down. 😦

So for August. As I mentioned above, I turn 25 this month (yay, my car insurance rate is being cut in half) and hopefully I’ll be able to get a lot of reading done as well. 😀

As of right now, I’m reading:

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)The Martian

A few of these I’ve been reading for ages (namely the third and fifth book listed). I just haven’t been in the mood to finish them (even though I really really enjoy both of them so far). Both of them I’m reading with my SO. The Douglas Adams book we’re reading aloud and The Martian we’re listening to on audiobook. It’s difficult to find the time to commit to them when we’re both in the mood to read/listen. One of these days, they’ll get finished.

Also I went to the library for the first time in years a couple days ago and rented a couple books (Anya’s Ghost, The Bitter Kingdom, Flight vol 1 and Snow Like Ashes) There are so many books there that I want to read now that I know I won’t have to pay for them (namely…. Throne of Glass. xD I know I said I wasn’t gonna read it, but now that I don’t have to buy it to do so.. it’s more tempting. So if I read it, I’ll eat my hat and you all can call me goofy). As for what else I’m going to read this month, I have no idea. You know how I am with TBRs. I’ll read what I read.

EDIT: I totally forgot about my TBR Jar Challenge. This month’s slip is: “Read a book that is 500+ pages”. Guess how many pages A Storm of Swords is. ;”D That’s right, more than 500. Woop.

How was your reading month? Happy reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on 07/30/2015 in Books, Currently Reading, Wrap-up

 

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Yay, a taggie. This tag was created by ReadLikeWildFire and Ely Jayne. As usual, totally wasn’t tagged by anyone. Just swiping it because it looks fun. Here are the questions!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.
I think it has to be Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. Are you really surprised.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. This is the second book in the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. I did a review of the first book and really liked it, but I found this book to be sooo much better.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
For this one, I’m just going to link to my Top 5 Most Anticipated Releases post, but out of those, it’s The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. For books that have already come out this year and I just haven’t gotten to them yet, the top of my list is definitely Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This book I added to my ‘to-read’ list as soon as it popped up on goodreads a year and a half ago when I saw that the author of the Temeraire series was writing another book. I had no idea it wasn’t out yet because I wasn’t paying attention. I just saw some hype on it the past week or so and just realized it just came out. Well der, I’m silly. So yes, I want this book. I’ve wanted it for a long time.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I’m really awesome and didn’t read the questions before I started this tag. Haaa, see previous answer.

5. Biggest disappointment.
Lucky for me, I haven’t read a book I disliked this year yet. They’ve all been at least 3 stars. I think the lowest liking of the three star books though is Wolf’s Rain by Bones. I liked it, but I feel it was difficult to follow at times. Honestly, and I don’t say this one often, but I feel this series was better as an anime (which was great, by the way)

6. Biggest surprise.
This would definitely have to be Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I know I’m not the only one who was disenchanted with anything to do with vampires by the Twilight series. I picked this up fully expecting to hate read it, but I was so surprised. I really ended up liking this one! I have the remaining five sitting on my shelf (I found the box set for $10 :”D) so I’ll get to them eventually.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Tammara Weber, definitely. I read Easy by her earlier this summer and fell in love with it. I’ve been hunting the second book in the series and will purchase it as soon as I’m able. This author introduced me to a new genre in a positive light, and Easy will forever hold a place in that blood sucking lump I call a heart.

8. Newest fictional crush.
The newest one is Lucas from Easy by Tammara Weber. He’s a dreamboat. :”D Haha

9. Newest favourite character.
Honestly, nobody pops into mind for this one, aside from the character stated above. The books I’ve read recently haven’t really been character driven, so none of them have had a lot of character development. Hey! Gimme some recommendations for character-driven books? 😀

10. Book that made you cry.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. I just… nothing in this book in particular, no specific event, made me cry. I finished the book, closed it, put it in my lap… and bawled. Like a baby. I don’t know why, but this book broke my heart.

11. Book that made you happy.
History of the World Through Twitter. This book was hysterical, and I feel it deserves for more attention. It’s essentially what it says it is. It’s the twitter feeds of people through various events in history. And it is side-crippling. Go read.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
The only book-to-movie adaption I’ve seen this year is The Duff. I haven’t read the book though (shame on me) but I liked the movie well enough – it was cute, but I don’t really plan on buying the book though. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to the next Mockingjay release!

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
Thaaat would have to be this one, my review of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It’s my favorite because I feel I wrote the most uh.. non-mechanically, if that makes sense. In reviews I typically stick to a rough list of bullet points I want to cover about the book – characters, plot, writing, etc.. but that was the first review where I kinda improvised and tried to stick a bit of humor in there. Hopefully, it made it more entertaining to read.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
For sure, the prettiest book I’ve acquired this year is The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. The clothing on the person is just so pretty, and the book itself has a beautifully framed spine and deckled edges and a soft cover and… sigh ❤

The Valley of Amazement
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There are soooo many. Basically everything on my to-be-read shelf, but I’m gonna highlight this post, in hopes of reminding myself what books I wanted to read towards the beginning of the year. So there.

Tada!! Super long tag completed! If you’d like to do this tag, do it and tell me about it! 😀

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2015 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

Top 5 Wednesday

Shh, ignore that it’s Thursday.

Happy Wednesday(ish)! I forgot that it was Wednesday until it wasn’t anymore, therefore didn’t post this when I was supposed to. Oop. I hope you’ll forgive me. This week’s theme is a fun one – characters that deserve their own series. There are so many. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with five things to add to a T5W list, but this week I’ll have a hard time shaving it down to just five. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂 T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the goodread’s group if you’d like to join!

Also, first world problem that only bothers me because I’m a ding dong: I write these posts in my living room. All the books I’ve already read are in the bedroom. The shelf in the living room is full of tbr books. It gives no inspiration most of the time since I don’t know any of the books when I look at them! D: /whinewhine

:”D Anyways, moving on

5. Butler from Artemis Fowl
So I’ve only read the first 7 out of the 8 books in the Artemis Fowl series (and honestly, I DNFd the 7th book, but shh) and Butler has always fascinated me. Throughout the cannon series, you get bits and pieces of Butler’s past, but really you only know about the years he’s spent serving Artemis. But if I remember correctly, he’s in his forties, so he obviously had a life before Artemis was born, even if it was spent training. I’d like to read about that. His training master, so on. Maybe he was an awkward teenager who couldn’t boil water before he underwent his training, maybe he was a serious cat person. Who knows? I feel I would love to read another book set in the AF universe set around Butler before Artemis was born. And interesting thing:

<— This is how he was drawn in the graphic novel (which I think is uck), but thiiiis –> is how I’d always imagined him.

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4. Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Soujiro from Rurouni Kenshin

Seta Soujiro

Seta Soujiro

Shinomori Aoshi

I couldn’t narrow this down any, and I figured since they’re both from the same story, I could throw them on thesame line. Aoshi is the leader of the Oniwabanshu, which is a group of fighters in Kenshin that first show up in volume 3. Aoshi strikes me very much as an enigma, especially when additional characters around him are introduced in volume 8 or so. I just feel like there’s a lot more to him than what it shown in the cannon series.

Soujiro shows up I want to say… volume 9? 10? Something like that. He’s a henchmen of Shishio, who is the main bad guy in that story arc (volume 7 or so until volume 15). What is very interesting about this guy is that he’s an excellent fighter – one of the fastest characters in the entire series, but due to his circumstances… he doesn’t feel any feelings. He’s always riding on neutral. By the end of the arc, (mild spoilers) this has changed and he starts feeling all the emotions he coudn’t prior. And then.. he kinda fades out of the series. I want to know what happens to him! He can feel things now, I want to read about that!

3. Sesshomaru from Inuyasha
Sesshomaru is another one of those enigma characters. He starts off as this ruthless killer who hunts his brother, but ends up essentially adopting a human girl and taking care of her even though he hates humans. From what you see, who throws rocks at his retainer while out of shot and from how Rin (the girl) acts around him, I feel he has a good sen se of humor that isn’t really seen in the manga or the show. I really want to read a cannon story about him (there are plenty of fanfictions, trust me) but I want something solid!

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2. Van Hohenheim from Fullmetal Alchemist
I can’t really say why I find this character so fascinating because it would be a spoiler. But if you’re not already aware, this character is the Elric Brother’s estranged father who shows up here and there throughout the series. And as the series progresses, you find out more and more why he’s estranged in the first place. And I gotta say, his character is fascinating. I know they actually go a decent bit into his past, which is an arc I loved, but I want mooooore. I’d love to read a story centered around him. (Notice I tend to like those enigma characters, haha)

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1. Dumbledore and Snape from Harry Potter
I feel like these two (and Neville, Luna, etc) are going to be on a lot of people’s lists. They’re all just so fascinating, especially when you hear more about them in the later books, and I know I’m not alone in saying I’d love to hear more about them. The Life and Times of Albus Dumbledore or something like that, haha.

So that’s it. Let me know who you’d want to see in their own series!

 
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Posted by on 07/23/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Week of Wisdom TBR

I’ve decided to attempt another readathon, yay. :”D This one is going to be hefty (and I feel like I’ma fail it, but whatevs). The week of wisdom readathon basically had you trying to read a book day. Guess who’s gonna pick a bunch of super short books! Here is the sign-up on the goodreads group if you’d like to join! It takes place this month from the 20th to the 26th.

The challenges (and my choices of books for them) are as follows:

Mature Monday- Read Nonfiction/Classics/Adult Fiction
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)


Timeless Tuesday- Read Historical Fiction/Classics/Timetravel Fiction
A Little Princess


Whimsical Wednesday- SciFi/Fantasy
Promethea, Vol. 1


Thrilling Thursday- Horror/Thriller/Mystery/Action
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 3 (Ikigami, #3)


Friday Feels- Contemporary/Romance
You and Me, Etc.


Series Saturday- Catch up on a series
Saiyuki Reload, Volume 6


Sunday Funday- Read a random book
Saiyuki Reload Volume 7 (v. 7)

And then finally, here they are all together:

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Wish me luck! :”D

 
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Posted by on 07/17/2015 in Books, Readathon, TBR

 

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The Sisterhood of the World of Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you Ace for nominating me. You’s a peach! If you haven’t already, go read her bloggy. It’s rather wonderful. :”D

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link their website.
  • Insert the award logo in your blog post.
  • Answer the ten questions that were provided by the nominator.
  • Nominate ten bloggers.
  • Create ten new questions for your nominees.

Questions from Ace:

1. What is one of the more embarrassing television shows you’ve watched? (Don’t be shy!)
Haha, there are so many. My guilty pleasure show is definitely Wife Swap. It’s just so damn entertaining.

2. Who is your favorite ‘side-kick’ or ‘best friend’ in a book series? (ex. Ron Weasley)
Hermoine Granger, hands down. I want to be her bestest friend.

3. If you were in a book series and, unfortunately, didn’t make it till the end of the book, which book villain would you want to have helped you ‘kick the bucket’?
None come to mind off the bat, but I think I’d want it to be someone who has a quick-kill method. None of this suffering and misery shit. I wanna die fast if I have to.

4. Any exciting plans this summer?
At some point, I’m supposed to take my sister to Canada if her damn passport ever arrives in the mail. It’s been a month and a half already, goodness.

5. What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?
Definitely Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (which explains why I won’t shut up about it :”D)

6. If you were a part of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, what kind of wand would you have? (ex. holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches) (Here’s a link to help you out)
I think I’d definitely want a longer wand. I’d feel like I was waving around a pencil if it was shorter. I’d want it to be made of Rosewood and have a unicorn hair as a center. And I think I’d want it to be unbending. I don’t want to feel like I’m going to break the poor thing.

7. Favorite flavor of gum?
Mint chocolate chip ice cream

8. What’s the longest book you’ve ever read?
A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin, I think. over 1000 pages, and I believe it was longer than A Game of Thrones (though I think A Storm of Swords is longer, but I’m still in the middle of that one)

9. Favorite classic Disney movie? (If you’ve never watched any, favorite childhood movie?)
The Emperor’s New Groove. Bad llama

10. What is the newest book you’ve read and what are your thoughts on it?
Newest book is the one I’m currently reading, which is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It’s pretty decent so far. Nothing’s wowed me yet, but I’m only half way through the book so.. who knows.

My Questions:

1. What’d you have for breakfast this morning?
2. What was the last book you finished?
3. Do you plan your blog posts ahead of time or do you just get an idea and write it out immediately?
4. If you had $10,000 (or equivalent in whatever currency you use – check here for conversions), what would you do with it?
5. What’s your favorite food?
6. What’s your favorite song?
7. Do you drive? What kind of vehicle do you have?
8. How do you keep your page in a book? Bookmark, dog ear, etc?
9. What time do you usually wake up in the morning?
10. What’s your favorite type of post to make?

My Nominees:

Returntofitra
Panda

Do it. Do it. (Unless you’ve already done it and I just missed it)

 
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Posted by on 07/16/2015 in Nominations

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

Technically, the title should be ‘pre-orders’ not ‘releases’ but who am I kidding. I have pre-ordered a total of one book my entire life and don’t see that habit changing. So these are books I’m excited about and if I really want them, will just go to the store to get them the day they come out (which is unlikely anyways because money) :”D Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters if you’d like to add your name and participate too.

Also, public service announcement because I’m a ding dong and didn’t realize this earlier (meaning there’s a chance that one other human on this planet didn’t either and will find this useful): If you go onto your goodreads ‘to-read’ list and order it by date published, you can see all the set unpublished books you already want to read. Just so you know. In case it helps. Because I’m a ding dong.

5. Lair of Dreams by Libba BrayLair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
This is the second book in Ms Bray’s Diviners series. I’m not sure how long it’s going to be exactly.. a trilogy? A eighty-book epic? No idea. But this is number two, and since I really enjoyed number one, I’m excited for this one. This series is a paranormal YA series set in New York in the 1920s. The main character, to me, is highly entertaining. She’s a young girl with the aspirations and attitude of a flapper, and finds herself mixed up in a murder mystery concerning demons and other entities. I’ve seen on goodreads, youtube and blogs that this book is pretty hit or miss for people. Either you love it or you can’t even finish it. Lucky for me, I loved it. And book two I hope will be just as good (though I can’t say I’m crazy about the cover change. WHY WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT ONE BOOK IN) Hopefully the spines at least will look the same.

Expected release: Aug 25

You're Never Weird on the Internet - Almost4. You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Almost by Felicia Day
Felicia Day has wormed her way into my heart. The first time I’d ever seen her, she was on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, which that film on its own is hysterical. Then she showed up in Supernatural during season 7, playing a character who I’d come to adore, and theeeen I found her series called ‘The Guild’ which I’ve watched through probably five times now. It’s just so great (Clara’s my favorite). And now that I just looked that up on youtube, where it was posted originally (I watched it on Netflix) I see there are a lot of extra stuffs on there about it… well, I know what I’m doing for the rest of the day. Anyways. This books is by Felicia Day and that alone makes me want it.

Expected release: Aug 11

3. The Dinosaur Lords by Victor MilanThe Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords, #1)
This book is set in an alternate universey kind of thing where people and dinosaurs co-exist. And I’m not talking nicey nice ones like in that new Disney movie. This book is set in the 14th century, and people have integrates dinosaurs into battle tactics. That’s right – battle on the backs of dinosaurs. How awesome (and cheesy) is that?! I want to read it I want it I want. I’m hoping the writing style of this is really technical, if that makes sense. When I read Naomi Novik’s Temeraire Series, it dealt with warfare on dragons, and the thing I loved best about it is the detail she went into when writing the tactics of the battle scenes. I hope this author breaks down just how everything is done. This looks to be the first in a series and goodreads has a second one listed – I’m not sure if that’s the final one or not.

Expected release: July 28

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m such a sucker for interesting presentation. From what I’ve seen of this book, it reminds me of S. by JJ Abrams and House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. I’m pretty sure none of these books are about the same thing, but the way they’re presented strike me as similar, I guess. It’s not a typical ‘turn the page, read the page, turn the page, read the page’ experience with this book. From what little I’ve seen of it from people who got early copies, this book is much more involved, and I’m so excited for it (this one I’ll probably grab in hardback – I tend to wait for paperbacks, but I think I’ll make an exception). This is a sci-fi novel set in 2575 about two people caught up in a war that is brought to their planet. The book is told through a series of documents and emails and military files and… it just sounds so cool. 😀 I’m so excited for this one.

Expected release: Oct 20

1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
After reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy by this guy, all of his books have wormed their way onto my to-read list, and this is the latest one. This is a fantasy-esque book about the chosen one’s best friend, the normal one. Yep, it’s about this guy and the rest of his town just trying to live their daily lives while the chosen one is constantly battling things and wrecking the city and carrying on. I feel like this will be really fun to read – I’ve always wondered about say… Harry Potter from Ron’s perspective and stuff like that. And like I said, it’s Patrick Ness… so I want it. Gimme. Gimme.

Expected release: Aug 27

Tada~ :”D What books are you looking forward to?

 
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Posted by on 07/15/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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