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January Wrap-Up and February Currently Reading

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January was a very good reading month for me. I set my Goodreads goal for this year to 50 books, and this month, I’ve already read 11 of them. Woot. This was also a rather busy blogging month for me. I’m rather happy with the content I’ve managed to put out since the first of the month.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

I also participated in two readathons this month, resulting in six additional posts:

Notice I didn’t do nearly as well in the RYBSAT this year. 😛 There’s a reason, I promise. A dumb reason, but a reason.

Total posts for the month (including this post): 17


 

Reading Overview for January:

As said before, I completed 11 books. One graphic novel, six manga, one audiobook and three novels. They are as follows:

Locke & Key, Vol. 1 by Joe HillAddicted to You by Krista RitchieThe Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. MaasIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingMadness, Volume 01 by Kairi ShimotsukiMadness, Volume 02 by Kairi ShimotsukiHeir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasSaiyuki Reload, Volume 8 by Kazuya MinekuraSaiyuki Reload, Volume 9 by Kazuya MinekuraWish, Vol. 01 by CLAMPWish, Vol. 02 by CLAMP

Locke & Key volume 1 by Joe Hill – 4 stars
I really liked this one. It was an interesting opening to a series I’m hoping to acquire the rest of very soon.

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie – 2 stars
Didn’t care for this one at all. My review listed above explains my feelings more fully. But beh. I definitely missed what everyone was raving about for this one.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas – 4.5 stars
Really enjoyed this. This is the first book in the series where I didn’t find Celaena grating on my nerves (the whole time). I got to see why exactly she’s so cocky. Made me understand her a bit better and able to sympathize with her more than I had been.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling – 3 stars
This is the audiobook of the month, narrated by the author herself. This book I found alright. It was a pleasant, light read. But unfortunately it wasn’t much else.

Madness volumes 1 and 2 by Kairi Shimotsuki – 3 stars each
The premise of this book was really cool. Takes place in the future where humanity has kinda collapsed, leading to the rise of a wave of killers and assassins that have taken advantage of the chaos. They call themselves Madness. Like I said, cool premise. The characters were neat too, especially the different Madness members. The main arc of the story follows the leader of Madness who has been imprisoned and the young priest who watches over him in his cell. There’s a a bit of a love story here too, but it was portrayed in a very uh, interesting way. Not bad necessarily, but interesting. I’ll leave it there. If you’re interested in this series, just keep in mind it’s rated M, so expect content to warrant that rating. Overall, enjoyed this series. It was pretty decent.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas – 4.5 stars
This book made me a fan of the series. Before, I liked it. Definitely liked it, but this book made me want to say I’m a fan. There’s a difference. You get the difference, right? Please don’t tell me I’m just being goofy. Anyways, wrote a review on this one too, explaining thoughts more fully. But overall, really, really enjoyed it.

Saiyuki Reload volume 8 and 9 by Kazuya Minekura – 3.5 stars, 4 stars
This is a really, really good series, guys. Saiyuki Reload follows the original series, Saiyuki, picking up where that one left off and continuing to develop the characters beautifully. These latest two volumes were really good as well. I only have volume 10 of reload left, and I’ve finished the thing. BUT GUESS WHAT. The publishing company for this series folded right after volume 9 was published in English, so volume 10 was never translated. And since it was the last volume of the series, no other company wanted to pick it up for just one installment. I WILL NEVER READ IT. D: I’ve looked everywhere, online and otherwise, for a translation, a fan translation, anything. I even looked for German translations since I can kinda sorta speak and still, nada. IF YOU EVER SEE VOLUME 10 IN ENGLISH OR GERMAN ANYWHERE, TELL ME. SEND LINK, BUY IT AND MAIL IT TO ME. I’LL REIMBURSE YOU. AUAAAAUGUGUGAHAHGHHHH.

Wish volumes 1 and 2 by Clamp – 3 stars, 2.5 stars
I mentioned my feelings on this series earlier in my Top 5 Disappointing Eye Candies post, but I’ll do so again: I like this series, to a point. I kinda detached from it after a while though. Nothing stuck, nothing made me care. I likely won’t be finishing it. (But you never know, I could end up eating my words). Also, remember that ‘there’s a reason I did bad during the RYBSAT readathon’ thing? Well, this is it. This series I couldn’t finish, and it killed my motivation to move forward. :/ Like I said, a dumb reason, but a reason.


Favorite book of the month: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Least favorite book of the month: Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 11/50 books
  • Picked up books because of interest instead of hype: Yes. :”D
  • Put books together in one room: Not yet!
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 12
  • 0/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a book over 500 pages: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Read a horror book: Locke & Key volume 1 by Joe Hill

2/24 prompts completed.

And that’s it for January!


February Currently Reading:

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Hopefully I get through these and many more before the month is out. 😀 Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 01/30/2016 in Books, Currently Reading, Wrap-up

 

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January Book Haul #5

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Hello! Today is January 28th and seeing as I’m not planning on getting more books in the next three days, I figured I’d post up my book haul today!

I must mention that since starting this blog, my book buying has increased by threefold at least. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I’m reading about five times more than I used to as well, so overall I’m in the clear. But my wallet, man. My wallet.

Onto the books. This month, I acquired six books, a good deal less than my Christmas book haul, which is a good thing. (And yay me, all of these were either a gift or purchased at Half Price Books, so no breaking the bank this month. :D) And out of those six, I’ve completed one, which will be in my wrap-up in a couple days.

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Locke & Key volume 1 by Joe Hill
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Inuyasha volumes 19 and 20 by Rumiko Takahashi
A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin


And that’s it! If you’ve read any of these, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/28/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

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Happy hump day! This week’s topic is disappointing eye candy, books that had beautiful covers but turned out to be clunkers. T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters, should you like to participate.

5. The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl #6)

The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)This book. I was so disappointed by this book. Artemis Fowl was and still is one of my favorite series, up to a point. I like to pretend the last three or four books don’t exist. The first three, maaaaybe four, are pure magic. I love the characters, the setting, the snark. It’s all grand. But after book four, the quality started to drop. Book six, this one, is the first one that I rated two stars. And then I tried to read book seven and couldn’t even finish it. Haven’t even touched book eight. I just. I don’t know what happened. The series is so great, the covers are so great, but this book just kinda flopped.

4. Wish by CLAMP

Wish, Vol. 02 (Wish, #2)CLAMP is one of those ‘you know who this is’ authors of the manga world. If you read manga, you’ve heard of CLAMP. They’re a group of women who write all these different series that tend to intertwine with another every so often. I’m sure there’s a huge CLAMP universe and timeline that I just don’t know about. I’ve read other series by CLAMP and really enjoyed them (like Chobits) but this one was just a swing-and-a-miss for me. And considering it’s a four book series and I couldn’t get passed book two, that’s pretty bad. Looking at the cover, this series seems whimsical and wonderful. And to a point it was, but I just didn’t care about anyone. Nothing interesting happened aside from the little angel character being goofy. Just didn’t like it. Not going to finish the series.

3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)This is another one of those books that I wanted to like and just didn’t. Can’t really say I actively dislike it, I just… it left no opinion on me, I suppose. It’s so pretty, but the inside is so bland. So rather disappointed by this one. I’ve heard her other series is good, though I have yet to pick it up. Honestly I’m hesitant: I heard Shiver was good as well and it turned out to be a bust. Thoughts? Should I? I dun know. D:

 

2. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

RumbleIf you follow my blog at all, you know I detested this book. It got a one star rating from me. I’ve given exactly three books this rating in the past, meaning it’s really really hard to get this rating from me. Usually if I dislike a book, I just stop reading. But if a book can trick me into hate-reading it, like this one did, you better bet your butt it’s getting a one star. Buh. This book was meaningless. Here’s my review, if you’re interested

1. Flight by Kazu Kibuishi

Flight Volume One (Flight, #1)Only this one confuses me. This is one of the others that got a one-star from me. I think I hated this one because I just felt so mislead upon finishing it. I expected stories about flight. You know, flight. Flying. Things to do with flying. Flying is interesting, right? It’s INTERESTING. IT’S FLIGHT FOR GOODNESS SAKE. But somehow, this book managed to be boring as hell. It was a graphic novel and it was boring. The pictures about flight weren’t even captivating enough to hold my attention. And this is why I think I hated it so much. It was just such a let-down. Buh, I don’t know. It’s pretty at least.


That’s all! Until next Wednesday!

 
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Posted by on 01/27/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the World and Encouraging Thunder Blog Awards

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Hello!

I’ve been nominated for these lovely awards by Orang-utan Librarian! and Zezee with Books! So thank you! I’ve actually done one of these awards last year as well, but I figured since it was a different person nominating and asking different questions, that I would make a second post. 😀

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Orang-utan Librarian’s Questions for me:

  1. Jump around like a jackrabbit cos I just nominated you- how does that feel? Was anyone watching?

    Lovely and no. 😀
  2. School, uni or work? 

    The latter two. Both. Icky.

  3. What’s your favourite TV show at the moment? 

    At the moment, X-Files, but it flops around all over the place.

  4. Do you like to travel? If so, what’s your favourite place you’ve been to? 

    Yes. Paris! I’ve been there twice, would love to go back.

  5. What book reminds you most of sisterhood? 

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? :”D

  6. Share a blogger (who you’re not nominating) but want to give a shout out to! 

    Returntofitra! She hasn’t posted in a while, but she’s been one of my best friends since I was 15 years old. So a decade now.

  7. What’s your favourite post you’ve ever written- share the link if you can! 

    At the moment, the New Year’s Resolutions Book Tag that Shivii and I made. I dig it.

  8. Did you have a favourite toy growing up? What was it called? 

    My pink teddy bear. His name was Teddy. xD

  9. What villain (from any book, movie or show) would you actually quite like to hang out with? 

    Probably Nimona from Nimona. I feel like she’s one of the few that wouldn’t actively try to kill me.

  10. What’s your favourite fairytale? 

    I’m not sure, honestly. I haven’t read too many. Maybe Beauty and the Beast? The Disney version not the Grimm version. shudder.

Since I’ve done this one before, I’m not going to nominate anyone. But thank you again for nominating me!

Encouraging Thunder Award

The rules:

  1. Thank your nominator.
  2. Tell the world why you blog.
  3. Nominate 5 more people.

I blog because it gives me a creative outlet. I keep telling myself to write a book, but honestly that’s not going to happen, at least not until I’m retired and old and moldy. So this allows me a bit of creativity without forcing me to pound out several thousand words of it on a deadline.

I nominate:

Ace!


And that’s it! 😀

 

 
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Posted by on 01/26/2016 in Nominations

 

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Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 562
Read January 9, 2016 – January 21, 2016

I know I’m not the first one to talk about this book. Far from it. But I still think it warranted yet another review. The Throne of Glass series is one that I was very hesitant to pick up, and if you follow my blog, you know this already. It’s one of those series that’s been hyped into oblivion to the point where if you read it and don’t find it to be the second coming, you’ll likely be very disappointed.

Well, it’s not the second coming. This book is far from perfect, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it nonetheless. I think my biggest issue with this book (well, series as a whole) is the main character. I have trouble connecting with her. I can’t put my finger on why exactly. Everyone always refers to her as this badass character who should be revered as this awesome strong female lead. While I can’t deny she has potential as a strong main character, the term ‘badass’ doesn’t quite fit I don’t think. Sure, she’s skilled, but she’s also nineteen and can be rather egotistical. (Nothing against nineteen year olds, promise)

I think that’s why I enjoyed this book so much. This one in particular, along with the prequel novellas. In this book, Celaena is shown that no, she can’t be the most powerful thing out there without having to put a ton of work into it. She isn’t automatically better than her enemies in this book. In first two books, she had an upper hand over basically everyone due to this assassin background she had, everyone was constantly wowed by it, but not in this one. She’s no longer automatically the strongest or the fastest. She wants to be so, obviously, but she realizes she has to work for it. I feel like she went through a decent bit of character development in this one and I enjoyed seeing it.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this one was all the new characters, perspectives and world building that went on. Manon is introduced, who is a fascinating character (though I’m having trouble connecting with her too I’m afraid, regardless of the fact that I like her storyline). I like how small details from the novellas are tying into this book. I’m very happy I read them ahead of time. A big scheme is slowly unfolding and it had me reading this book like a storm. I will be definitely borrowing the next one soon, and I’m looking forward to actually being caught up with this thing and not having to worry about coming across spoilers.

So overall, I think this is a strong addition to the story. To me, it made it so much more than a YA fantasy romance-thing. It feels like it has depth now, and I really dig it.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 01/21/2016 in Books, Review

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Buzz Words

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday and this week’s topic is buzz words! This topic was kinda hard for me to do as I couldn’t think of any that I automatically float towards off the top of my head, but after some thought (and reading the backs of books I love and ones that have recently convinced me to buy them) I’ve compiled a list that it turns out I tend to gravitate towards. As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the list of full posters should you like to participate as well.

Some of these aren’t exactly words but you’ll understand what I mean when I get to those ones. Onward.

“Archaic” (or “Ancient”)

I don’t know what it is about these two words. If on the back of the book, an ancient creature or race or land or ruins or legend is mentioned, it draws me in. Something about ‘old’ things fascinate me. I think it’s that you never know what detail you’re missing about something that existed or happened in the past, no matter how well documented. Something can always surprise you.

Female friendships

This one isn’t exactly a buzzword, but hearing that a book contains one of these makes me want to read it, especially if it’s not contemporary. Nothing against contemporary, but it’s even rarer to find a good friendship in say, fantasy or sci-fi. Or horror. Finding them is like finding a gold nugget in the ground.

Author blurbs

If an author that I hold in high regard recommends a book either via blurb on the cover or review on goodreads, it sticks in my radar for a while and usually it won’t leave. The authors off the top of my head that are particularly influential to me are Naomi Novik and Patrick Ness. If they publicly like a book, then I kinda want to need to have it.

Fringe sciences

This is another one that isn’t so much of a buzz word as it is a topic. Fringe sciences include anything from parallel worlds, time travel, transportation, portals, mad scientists, etc. Any of those scientific topics that aren’t quite ‘scientific’ yet, if that makes sense. Have you ever seen the show Fringe? One of my all-time favorite shows. Go watch it, it’s amazing. (and it’s on netflix, btw)

Frisson

Again, not a buzz word, but a feeling. Have you ever been listening to a fantastic piece of music and it brought a chill to you? Have you ever read some powerful words and it sent a shiver down your spine? That is the phenomena known as frisson. It’s a real thing, look it up.

Once in a while, a book can do that to me. Once in a while, the summary on the back of the book can do that to me. Those books. Those books that do that to me just using the summary are my auto-buys. You give me spine chills, I take you home. That’s the deal. And more often then not, the fantastic writing on the back continues within and the book turns out to be spectacular. This is my top convincer. If a book makes me feel something before I even open to the first page, it has me in its clutches already.

 
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Posted by on 01/20/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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RYBSAT Round 7 TBR

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RYBSAT Round 7 starts tomorrow, January 19th and runs through next Monday, January 25th! For those unfamiliar, RYBSAT stands for Read Your Book Self-a-thon. Basically you pick a spot on your shelf and just read in a line throughout the readathon.

This is my participation announcement and TBR post. And here it is:

#rybsat round 7 #tbr Starting with Madness volume 1, going as far as I can manage! #bookstagram

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Madness vol 1 and 2 by Kairi Shimotsuki
Saiyuki Reload vol 8 and 9 by Kazuya Minekura
Wish vol 1-4 by CLAMP
Legal Drug vol 1-3 by CLAMP
Drug & Drop vol 1 and 2 by CLAMP
No 6 vol 3-6 by Atsuko Asano

Classes start Tuesday. We’ll see how far I get. Wish me luck.

 
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Posted by on 01/18/2016 in Announcement, Books, Readathon, TBR

 

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