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August Wrap-Up and September Currently Reading

And now it’s August 31st and my classes have started and organic chemistry is going to kill me. Seriously, I think this is the hardest class I’ve ever taken. Holy cow. So don’t be surprised if this is the last month where I read more than one book until December when classes let out for winter break. I’m already read for a nap.

So while I still have the energy to write about them, here are the books I read and the books I’m reading:

Y: The Last Man volume 6 by Brian K Vaughn
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl (Y: The Last Man, #6)I’ve been slowly making my way through this series. This is by the same guy who writes Saga and this one is already completed, so I figure I’d pick it up. I don’t actually own any of the volumes myself but have been leeching them off Amanda as she buys them. So thanks :”D You save me monies and provide me entertainments. Also did I give this volume back to you yet, I forget.

ANYWAYS, this series follows Yorick, who along with his male monkey are the last two creatures with Y chromosomes on the planet. The world is written very rough-and-tumble. It’s gritty, funny, action-packed. And it has no shortage of strong female characters (because duh). This series is very different from Saga in both tone and art, but I seriously recommend checking it out. I have four volumes to go I think and I’m hoping the ending will be fantastic.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Going into this book, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I was expecting a generic YA fantasy that would pull out a three star rating. Because while the plot was unique, the plot devices used weren’t. And honestly the main character was a pest at times. But Ms Raasch managed to pull this book off spectacularly. I found myself invested in the story and absorbed into the word despite a small list of cliches that I noticed. I actually wrote a review on this one, so if you’re interested, go check it out.

I’m highly anticipating book two of this series which is set to be released later this year. While I’m still not crazy about the main character, she’s definitely grown on me and I actually kinda sorta like her now. Don’t love, but like, which is enough for me.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
RumbleThis is another book I wrote a review for and if you don’t follow my blog normally, I’ll let you know now that I hated this book. One star. I don’t even know how I finished it. I think I started hate-reading after a while and had to finish it from pure spite. So in the review I kinda tear it a new asshole.

If you like this book, tell me why, because I honestly don’t see the appeal. This was easily my lowest ranking book of the month. I’m hoping I don’t come across any more Rumbles for the rest of the year.

Amulet volume 1 by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)This graphic novel was a breathe of fresh air after finishing Rumble. I enjoyed this, and I loved the art. The creatures in this story are fascinating. This is a middle grade graphic novel following a set of siblings as they discover an amulet that let’s them fall into another world. After reading only one volume, I know I want to read the rest. I’m slowly renting them from my local library so hopefully I’ll get through them sooner or later.

Also, I noticed I have a weird thing – animal sidekicks. See that bunny on the front? I thought going into this that I’d find that bunny annoying, but I ended up liking him. I do that a lot. When I saw the snowman on Frozen before watching it, I mentally decided ‘annoying’, but ended up loving him. Does anyone else do that with animal sidekicks or am I weird?

The Martian by Andy Weir
The MartianI wrote a review on this one as well and this is easily my favorite book of the month if not the year so far. It’s up there with The Chaos Walking Trilogy with out much I’ve been shoving it down people’s throats. If there is some way some how you don’t know the synopsis of this book yet, it’s about a guy who gets stranded on Mars and then is a smart ass about it.

It’s hilarious, I highly recommend it if you want to laugh at constant life-and-death situations and not feel bad about it. I listened to think as an audiobook and highly recommend you do so – the narrator they caught is just absolutely perfect.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster CallsAnd this is officially my second favorite book of the month. I think I’m just a fangirl for Patrick Ness, he can do no wrong. A Monster Calls is about a boy named Conor and a Monster and a truth that the monster will see revealed. I read this very quickly. There are illustrations throughout it that just tie in so well with the tone of this book. It’s eerie without being scary, it’s unsettling without being off-putting. I really enjoyed this.

And I found out it’s being made into a movie and that Liam Neeson is voicing the monster. I think it’s a perfect choice :”D I can’t wait to watch it.

Legend by Marie Lu
Legend (Legend, #1)I got what I expected up going into this book – a semi-stereotypical story of a girl who discovers her government is corrupt and is now on a quest to take it down. Even though I knew it was cliche, I still enjoyed this book. The only problem I really had with it that kept me from getting fully immersed is the ‘the chosen one’ trope that runs strong in it. This fifteen year old girl and fifteen year old guy, only they can save the country. None of the adults. Nope, just them.

Once I got past that goofy piece of plot point, I could enjoy this book. I rated it 3.5 stars and am continuing the series.

So those are all the books I read this month. Like I said, it’s probably going to be a while before the list is this long again. So on to what I’m currently reading as we get into September:

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray
You know what’s terrible? I might DNF this book. Not because I don’t like it – I do like it – but honestly I have no desire to read it. It’s weird. When I read it, I enjoy it, but all the other books on my list are drawing me in way more than this book. And it’s a library book that’ll have to be returned eventually, so… if I don’t pick it up again by the return date it’s getting DNF’d. I’ve already renewed it once, I think having it for six weeks and not finishing it should be an indicator that it’s time to let it go.

Yes Please by Amy PoehlerYes Please
This one I’m going to finish. I’m listening to it on audiobook and really enjoying it. Amy Poehler is pretty funny I think. :”D

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Yep, still chugging through this one. Ignore that I’ve been reading it since February. I’m reading this aloud with my SO so it’s more slow going but not an issue like Beauty Queens is.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend, #2)
This one I feel will be finished pretty quickly. I’m about 70 percent done with it and homework-depending, I’ll finish it by the weekend.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Reread for me, very much enjoying it :”D

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A Storm of Swords by George RR MartinA Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
Lately this one has taken the back burner to the other books I’m reading but I’m still definitely going to finish it. I love this world so much :”D

And that’s all she wrote! What was your favorite book this month? Happy reading!

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Posted by on 08/31/2015 in Books, Currently Reading, Wrap-up

 

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Friday Finds #5 – August 28 2015

Shh, ignore that it’s Saturday. Friday Finds is a meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm. The point of it is to highlight all the books you’ve added to your TBR list in the past week because honestly when else are you going to talk about them? Because if you’re like me, the length of time between adding a book to my tbr and me actually reading it can be years. Hyuck. So here we go!

There are a lot of books I’ve added this week, so I’m going to just list them, and if there are any that are particularly calling to you, just point it out and I’ll be happy to goo about it with you :”D Or if you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought!

Everybody Sees the AntsBlue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children, #1)Wayward, Vol. 1: String TheoryAnnihilation (Southern Reach, #1)The Girl with All the GiftsThe Year of the RunawaysThe ChimesThe IlluminationsDid You Ever Have a FamilyThe FishermenThe Green RoadThe Moor's AccountA Little LifeUnbecomingThe SculptorThe Goldfinch

So yes, there’s a lot. For the most part I blame the Manbooker Long List for being released. There are I think 13 books on there that are vying for the Manbooker award and shocker, most of them sounded like books I would like. So a good 9 of the 16 books I’ve added are from that list.

Also, my Goodreads to-read list now has 775 books on it. I own a little over 120 of those books (yes I have that many unread books hush). Luckily for me, I don’t plan on stopping reading for the rest of my life. Now let’s hope I don’t die in a freak accident before I’m a ripe old age. Or if I do, I hope that my books get inherited by someone who really loves to read and they can complete my legacy.

Until next week, happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/29/2015 in Books, Friday Finds

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series You Wish Had More Books

Top 5 Wednesday

Look, I’m making a T5W post on Wednesday. Small miracles. T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters if you’d like to join. This week’s topic is series you wish had more books. There are lot. So not gonna dawdle and jump right into it:

Saga by Brian K Vaughn
I fully realize there will be more volumes. My problem is there aren’t more volumes right now. Volume 5 is set to come out in September I believe, so it’s close. So I’m sitting over here like

Relic Master by Catherine Fisher
The Dark City (Relic Master, #1)This was originally a four book series and honestly wrapped up rather well. The reason I want more books though is because I miss the world. It’s well-written, interesting, unique… I think if we get more books in this series, they should be more like spin-offs set in the same universe instead of a continuity of the main characters. I feel like that would be a better idea for sure. So yes. Ms Fisher. Help a pal out here.

I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: I think this is a highly underrated series. If you’ve read Incarceron, you know this author’s writing style and know it’s super neat. So read this. And then be rabid with me and demand more books in the series.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)This is another one that I feel actually tied up and ended really well. But like the prior choice, I just miss the world. There are more things that haven’t been covered yet in this trilogy that could potentially make another book or two. Fingers crossed and staring creepily at Patrick Ness. Come on man. Throw me a bone.

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Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell
Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)This is one of my favorite series Ever. It’s so well thought out, it has so many interesting characters… it takes place in a city being held up over an abyss by chains for goodness sake, what’s not to like!! I loved the first book. I LOVED the second book! I… liked the third book. The ending was so open-ended that I couldn’t bring myself to love it like the first two (but the amount I loved the first two still makes it one of my favorites) so I feel that another book or two will really help to fix that vague ending. I wants it. I NEEDS IT.

And finally…

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I feel like there won’t be a single list today without this series on it. Because let’s face it, our souls all ripped a little bit when we realized there would be no more. So here, have a happy thing:

 
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Posted by on 08/26/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Bout of Books 14 Wrap-Up!

It is over! After seven days, the bout of books 14 readathon is over. I got off to a really rocky start, but I feel like I did really well towards the end. To avoid deja vu later when writing my monthly wrap-up, I’m not going to go in depth of what I read. Just gonna mention it.

First off, here is my participation announcement and goals post and my progress post that I kept up throughout the readathon.

And here is what I managed to read during this past week:

Audiobooks:

1 hour of The Martian by Andy Weir – I finished this book! Here is my review
5 hours 4 minutes of Yes Please! by Amy Poehler – I have about two hours or so of this one left to listen to.

Physical books:

25 pages of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – this book was making me slumpy. Will resume it now that the readathon is over.
216 pages of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I finished this one too! Didn’t write a review though. Thoughts will be in monthly wrap-up.
204 pages of Legend by Marie Lu – I feel that I’ll finish this one up today.
6 pages of Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams.

Totals: 6 hours, 4 minutes of listening, 451 pages read.

The challenges I completed were:

The Four Seasons Book Cover Challenge
The Book Road Trip Challenge
The What to Read Next Challenge
The Book Scavenger Hunt Challenge

My goals for this readathon were:

– Read at least 100 pages every day
– Finish at least 3 books
– Participate in at least half of the challenges

Well, totally didn’t do the top one – I had 0 pages read for the first two days. I’m hoping I made up enough for it in the last five though from all the audiobooks and stuff I added in.

The second one, I was close. I finished two books and am close to finishing a third.

And the bottom one, I COMPLETED. WHOO. I DID 4 OUT OF 7.

So yay, I’m calling this readathon a success :”D I can’t wait for the next one.

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2015 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 14 Challenge: What to Read Next

I’m participating in the What to Read Next challenge for the Bout of Books 14 readathon. This challenge is hosted by Sarah from Sarah Reads Too Much. To make an entry, I need to recommend three books that I’ve read this year and say a bit about them. If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ve probably seen me gooing and gaaing about these books earlier in the year. So here we go~ :”D

Trigun: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!! # 1 (Trigun, #1)My first recommendation was a reread for me this year and is for those who have recently discovered they like graphic novels, maybe have read through two or three series and now aren’t sure where to turn. If you’re in this situation, I highly recommend you check out Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow. This is a manga that is set in the future on a desert planet colonized by humans. It follows the main character Vash the Stampede, who is a wanted man with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head for the destruction of several towns and cities. It seems no matter where this man goes, chaos follows, earning him the nickname ‘The Humanoid Typhoon’. The funny thing is though, through all the ruin and rubble, Vash has never taken a life. It turns out he’s a goofball with a donut obsession. A sharpshooter and a teddy bear. Always alert and always hungry.

The genre for Trigun is a mix: Sci-fi, western, comedy, action… it has a bit of everything. Aside from those just getting into graphic novels, I also recommend this series to anyone who has been into them for a while and is just looking for the next thing, fans of Firefly, fans of spaghetti westerns and fans of comedy. Trigun is considered a classic by manga standards and it certainly earns its’ title. It also comes in anime form, so if you’d rather check that out, go for it. Both the show and the manga are of excellent quality.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

My second recommendation is a book that a lot of people have probably already read but I just got to earlier this year. It is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This is a classic sci-fi comedy about a man named Arthur Dent who is whisked aboard as stowaway into an alien vessel when Earth is destroyed to make way for a new super highway across the galaxy. Apparently the plans had been in the Galactic meeting hall for hundred of years and none of us humans had though to check on it.

This book is full of quick wit and dry humor. Often times a joke is delivered before you realize it’s being set up. Arthur Dent is a wonderfully bleak character and in combination with his friend Ford and his copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that has the large words ‘DON’T PANIC’ written on the front of it and the super depressed and cynical robot named Marvin, the book is filled with colorful characters that drive the plot forward. To give you an idea of some of the humor in this book, read this excerpt from it:

Another thing that got forgotten was the fact that against all probability a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence several miles above the surface of an alien planet.

And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this poor innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then had to come to terms with not being a whale any more.

This is a complete record of its thoughts from the moment it began its life till the moment it ended it.

Ah … ! What’s happening? it thought. Er, excuse me, who am I? Hello? Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life? What do I mean by who am I? Calm down, get a grip now … oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It’s a sort of … yawning, tingling sensation in my … my … well I suppose I’d better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway in what for the sake of what I shall call an argument I shall call the world, so let’s call it my stomach.

Good. Ooooh, it’s getting quite strong. And hey, what’s about this whistling roaring sound going past what I’m suddenly going to call my head? Perhaps I can call that … wind! Is that a good name? It’ll do … perhaps I can find a better name for it later when I’ve found out what it’s for. It must be something very important because there certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of it. Hey! What’s this thing? This … let’s call it a tail – yeah, tail. Hey! I can can really thrash it about pretty good can’t I? Wow! Wow! That feels great! Doesn’t seem to achieve very much but I’ll probably find out what it’s for later on. Now – have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?

No. Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, I’m quite dizzy with anticipation … Or is it the wind? There really is a lot of that now isn’t it? And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.”

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)And finally, my third recommendation is for those who like weird, dense fantasy and it is Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. If you’ve never read anything by this author before, I recommend starting here. Perdido Street Station is the train station that sits in the city of New Crobuzon, which dwells in the middle of the giant ribcage of some long-dead creature. This book I feel is more about the city than the characters. The characters are definitely interesting, don’t get me wrong – a mad scientist, an ambassador from hell, a woman with a beetle for a head, multiple creatures with wings, and a garuda – a large bird-like creature that has appeared in both Hindu and Buddhist writings – that has lost his wings and his honor. But I feel these characters would be nothing without the complex, winding city the book takes place in. New Crobuzon to me feels like a bazaar, always busy, always foreign yet at the same time, enticing and foreboding. There are a couple subplots that happen throughout this book that tie in together in a way that is fascinating and bizarre. Reading this book is like blowing life into this city. You’ll think about it when you’re done, you’ll pine to wander its streets. I read this book back in January, finished it on the 2nd or 3rd of the month, and I still think about it. I miss this book, if that makes sense. So yes, this is my third rec. Hope you enjoy.

 
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Posted by on 08/23/2015 in Books, Readathon

 

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Mean Girls Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, and guess what. I was actually tagged this time. :”D By the lovely Panda, who is wonderful. Thank you Panda, I feel all special now. Also, Mean Girls I feel is one of the most quotable movies of all time. I love it. This is exciting :”D

1: It’s Pronounced Like “Cady”. – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong? 

You all are going to laugh at me for this one. When I was reading Harry Potter for the first time when I was 9 or 10, the movies hadn’t come out yet. This was the first time I had ever encountered Hermione’s name either spoken or read. My brain, being my brain, read it “Hair-i-moan”. That little i being a short i sound. Hair-i-moan. Really. I knew the letters in the name didn’t match how I was pronouncing it, but I didn’t realize that or I didn’t care. That was how I said it until the movies came out and I could hear it. That, and Seamus’s name, which I had also never heard. I pronounced it like “See-mus”. 😛

2. She Doesn’t Even Go Here! – Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.

This one I’m actually going to break out from books and head to television shows. I would place Cal Lightman from Lie to Me into BBC’s Sherlock so he can run around with Sherlock. I’m sure you know who Sherlock is, but if you’re unfamiliar with Cal Lightman, I seriously seriously suggest you watch Lie to Me. It’s on Netflix. Really. Just go watch the first episode. You won’t be able to stop after that.

So like I said, if you’re unfamiliar with Cal Lightman, he’s a consult that works with the police on various cases. He specializes in lie detection. Every twitch of your mouth, ever dilation of your pupil, every movement of your eyebrows, he sees it, and he uses it to detect if you’re lying or not. I feel that him in combination with Sherlock’s detective skills would create this awesome team. Or they’d be too similar and they’d try to kill each other. Because let’s face it – they’re both jerks. Either way, it would be entertaining to watch.

And because I can’t give up on Lie to Me yet, here’s the opening theme (totally watch it) and the first four minutes of the pilot episode (also totally watch it – if this show turns out being for you, this is all you’ll need to be hooked) Also now since writing this I’ve started re-watching it for the third time. Hush. :”D

3. On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink. – Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you déja vu of another book while reading it?

Divergent reminded me too much of The Hunger Games. I know the plots aren’t the same.. but they kind of are. It was just luck of the draw that I read The Hunger Games first, or I would probably be a Divergent fan instead.

4. You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores. – Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

Nothing comes to mind at the moment, luckily. It seems I’ve hit that niche in my reading where most characters are well-developed and mostly not assholes. I know a good bit of books exist out there that scream 1950s or worse, but I haven’t encountered any. Yet.

5. You Go Glen Coco! – Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

Mark Watney from The Martian. I recently read this one and absolutely loved it. I reviewed it too (spoiler-free) so if you haven’t read this book yet, check it out. :”D

6. Get in Loser, We’re Going Shopping! – How long do you typically spend at a book shop? 

It depends on who I’m in there with. If I’m there by myself, probably about 30-45 minutes. If I’m with people that aren’t big readers, probably more like 15 minutes. If I’m in there with book lovers, definitely an hour or more. If any of you ever meet me in person, we’re going to the book store.

7. It’s Not My Fault You’re Like In Love With Me Or Something! – Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?

Honestly none. Even when I crush hard on people, I have enough self-control to keep it from getting creepy. Yay social skills. :”D

8. I Can’t Help It That I’m Popular. – Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading? 

Throne of Glass by Sara J Maas. I still haven’t read it. And honestly, it made it to my ‘Will never read list’, but recently I saw it at my library. The fact that I wouldn’t have to pay monies for it makes it more appealing. Maybe I’ll pick it up some day. Who knows.

9. She’s A Life Ruiner. She Ruins Peoples’ Lives. – We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate. 

I’m going to copy Panda’s answer and say Umbridge from Harry Potter. She was the only one who I wanted to punch in the face.

10. I’m Not Like A Regular Mom, I’m A Cool Mom. – Your favourite fictional parents. 

And for this one, I’m jumping out of books again and this time into movies. The parents from Easy A are fantastic. I want them. Here is a clip of them being hilarious (also non-spoilery for the rest of the movie)

11. That Is So Fetch! – Which book or series would you love to catch on? 

I really want The Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher to get more recognition than it does. It’s so fantastic. It’s fantasy-scifi-wonderful. The world is so well developed. The cultures and the species have life breathed into them. I’ve never seen them talked about. READ THEM, PEOPLE.

12. How Do I Even Begin To Explain Regina George? – Describe your ideal character to read about. 

This is a hard question. I just want to read about characters that are well-developed. I don’t care if they’re good or bad or whatever. As long as I feel like they could actually be a real person, I’m happy.

13. I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings. – What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of ‘the feels’? 

Bawl like a little baby :”D

14. Nice Wig Janice, What’s It Made Of? – Your Mom’s Chest Hair! – Which character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own? 

I can’t think of one. D: Help help, what are some good ones I can adopt?

15. Boo, You Whore. – Name a time a characters decision has made you roll your eyes. 

Most of everything in Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. If you didn’t know, I detested this book. I wrote a review on it. There are spoilers in it, be warned. But uuugh, all of these characters just had me sighing and groaning and rolling my eyes and ugh. Buh.


So there’s the tag. I had a really fun time doing this one! 😀 And for this, I’m going to tag Ace, Analee and Shiviigoesrawr (also, what’s a nickname I can call you? Shivii? Is that alright? xD) If you’ve already done this tag, I’m not sorry for tagging you again. :”D Just link me to the post you made, bitte. If you haven’t done it, do it peer pressure.

 
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Posted by on 08/23/2015 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Friday Finds #4 – August 21 2015

There’s actually more on my list this week than last week! I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, because I definitely added more books to my to-read list than books I added to my read list. But anyways.

Friday Finds is a weekly meme created by A Daily Rhythm where you show all of the books you’ve recently discovered. Last week my list was primarily the Amulet graphic novel series. This week I have actual books, so yayay. And we’re off:

The Archived (The Archived, #1)The Unbound (The Archived, #2)House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American SouthwestPoison Study (Study, #1)Darkfever (Fever, #1)The House of Shattered WingsThe Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga, #1)Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)The Darkest Part of the ForestIce Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)

11 books this week! They are:

The Archived and The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. These two are not the first books I’ve seen by her, but I have yet to actually read any of them. From what I’ve heard, these are supposed to be pretty decent.

House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs. I rarely add nonfiction to my list, but when I do it’s always about something weird. This is a book that tries to work out what happened to the Anasazi people. For those of you unfamiliar, these were a group of people who lived in what is present day Las Vegas-y area. Their civilization and technology rivaled that of the Mayans. And then they disappeared. Wiped off the map with no indication written or otherwise what happened to them. It’s unsettling, and I want to know more.

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. As of yet, I have heard nothing but positive things about this one. Looking forward to it. (and the cover is so pretty!)

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve decided to try urban fantasy :”D

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette De Bodard. This one takes place in a post-biblical-apocalyptic Paris. I’ve read a fair few post-apoc books, but very few if any set after the biblical apocalypse. People tend to shy away from it for some reason. I think it’s terrifying and fascinating. But mostly terrifying.

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. All I know about this one is that it’s a fantasy that does a bit of gender-role reversal. The women in this novel supposedly are more aggressive than the men, the ones that lead tactical war, etc. I’m hoping it’ll be really good :”D

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M Lee. Honestly, this was a cover book for me. No idea what it’s about other than it’s fantasy. The cover made me want to read it.

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting. I actually think this is a new adult. Not sure. This was another blind-add.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I’m late on the bandwagon for this one. Looking forward to it regardless though!

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch. This is the sequel to Snow Like Ashes, which I rated and reviewed earlier this summer. I’m sooo excited for this next book!

And that’s it for me for this week! Also, completely unrelated, but an Ulta just opened up in my town. I’m so excited. My favorites post for August should have some fun things in it.

 
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