I have decided (with 3 1/2 hours to spare) to participate in the TBRTakeDown readathon! :”D It begins February 6th and runs through the 12th. It has various challenges which can be found here, if you’d like to participate as well! I’ve decided to try to accomplish them.
For the challenges, my TBR is below:
TBR shelf for over a year
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This book has been on my TBR since Jan 6, 2016. I’ve owned it since midway through last year or so. This book is also my #1 book on my Top 5 Books I Want To Read in 2017 list and in my 17 in 2017 list. So I’m hoping to get through the majority of this one, if not finish it outright!
THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman’s mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it.
Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.
The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.
In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.
But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.
Most recent book haul
Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama. Continuing this series, might read further if time allows. Not going to post a synopsis for this one. Spoilers, people.
First book in a series
Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara. Another manga that I’ll continue on, time depending. I’ve had this one for a while and technically this is a reread for me. I read it probably a decade ago, long before I had goodreads. I’ve since forgotten everything about it.
THEY HAVE EXISTED SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME.
Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. Shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze, these deadly creatures, mushi, came into terrifying being. And they still exist and wreak havoc in the world today. Ginko, a young man with a sardonic smile, has the knowledge and skill to save those plagued by mushi . . . perhaps.
Catch up on a series
Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan. I’ve been reading this series for a while and have the last four volumes here with me. My friendy was so kind as to let me borrow them. So hopefully I can get through this one and hopefully all of them. Again, no synopsis due to spoilers.
Out of your comfort zone
Joyland by Stephen King. I’m not a King fan typically, so this is definitely out of my comfort zone. This is another one of the books my mother lent me that I’d like to read. The first unfortunately was DNFd but I’m hoping this one and the other one will end on a lot more positive of a note. Wish me luck!
College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.
A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time—Joyland is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all of the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, Joyland is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.
And that’s it! Challenges and my answers. I’m hoping this will go well. I haven’t started my coding projects yet for the semester so hopefully I’ll have time to get through as many book as I’d like to. Wish me luck and if you’re participating as well, let me know! Happy reading!