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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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Wasn’t it just two days ago or something that everyone was gripin’ about it being 2016 and it still being 2016 and it still still being 2016? Now 2017 is half way over. D: Guys, I’m turning 27 this year – I dun wanna!

I’ve done this tag before, but this is one that’s definitely redo-able every year. 😀 And I was even tagged this year! Ann @AnnsReadingCorner tagged me and I saw it and went ‘What! No, it’s way too early for this tag’. And then I realized it was June. AHH DAMN YOU SPACE TIME CONTINUUM.

Anyways, if you’re interested, here is my 2015 post.


The best book you’ve read so far this year

I mentioned this in my last post, but by far it’s the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. This has quickly become one of my favorite series ever. It follows a handful of character in kingdom threatened by betrayal and war. The magic system in this book is really neat: The users, called ‘Drafters’, can take in visible light and ‘draft’ it into physical material. Most people can only draft one or two colors. A few can draft more. But only The Prism, the religious and political head of the country, can draft all of them. So those who can draft are assets to a kingdom – they populate the government and the army. They’re taught to hone their skills in a training school. And the more a drafter uses her abilities, the quicker that drafter is brought to death. Using the magic kills a person from the inside out.

This series is so good, man. I’m currently in the middle of the third book. There are four out total and I think there will be a fifth.

Your favorite sequel of the year

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)In lieu of just naming the above series again, I choose A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I read the entire trilogy this year, and this was my favorite out of the three by far. The first one was decent by Tamlin rubbed me the wrong way and the third one’s plot was just a bit too convenient. Like, the plot-points were all very uh… predictable, I guess. Not super great. But the second one, I loved. Oh, I know that this series has its issues as a whole, this book included, but this book was such a fresh breath of air after reading Acotar.

A new release you haven’t read but really want to

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland has caught my eye. It came out all of five days ago, so that’s why I haven’t gotten to it yet. :”D The name ‘Neal Stephenson’ pulled me in and then the goofy synopsis of this book kept me here. The following is from Goodreads:

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

So what: Sci-fi, magic, thriller, time-travel… I need it man. It’s gonna be mine.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Solutions and Other ProblemsIn theory this book is coming out September 7th, but take that with a grain of salt: it’s been pushed back a few times now.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh is my most-anticipated release coming up. A follow-up/continuation/whatevs to Hyberbole and a Half, it follows similar themes and I’m sure it’s going to be as funny and meaningful as the first one. I’m super excited for it. 😀

 

Your biggest disappointment

WeaveworldThat would be Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I don’t know what it was about this book, but it just didn’t grab me. I got to slightly below half-way and had to call it a day. The worst part is that this is one of my mother’s favorite books and now I have to tell her I didn’t like it. I still haven’t given it back to her yet because it’s a conversation I don’t wanna have. xD

 

 

Biggest surprise of the year

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. And yeah, I know the question is asking for a book, but this character was my biggest surprise. This character resparked my obsession with fanfiction hawhaw, and it came waaay out of left field. Weird. 😀

 

 

 

Favorite new to you or debut author

Brent Weeks, whom I mentioned above. He’s great. :”D Totes mcgoats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your new fictional crush

Nuuuupe.

New favorite character

I choose Kip Guile from Weeks’ Lightbringer series. He’s just the greatest :”D AND I’LL STOP MENTIONING THIS SERIES SOON, I SWEAR.

A book that made you cry

None…. yet

A book that made you happy

…this is me trying really hard not to mention Weeks’ series again…

Your favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

A Monster CallsMost definitely A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (well… its expanded release was Jan 6th, so it counts. It counts. If you haven’t read this yet.. please do. Get the illustrated version, it makes the book.

 

 

 

Favorite book post you’ve done so far

….hehehehe

That would be my On Borrow Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal post. No contest, man. If you want to read it, prepare to have your jimmies rustled.

The most beautiful book you bought/received this year

That would easily be Saturn Run by John Sanford and Ctein… I’m just gonna link my instagram video of the thing. Man, I can’t get over it!

IT'S SO LOVELY 😢 . . . #bookstagram #bookhaul #books #beautiful

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What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

Everything on my 17 in 2017 list, man. I’m slacking. I’M SLACKING.


and that’s it! I’m currently sitting at 27/50 books read for the year, so sliiiiightly ahead of schedule. Now that I’m working full time and spending 3hrs/day commuting on top of that, we’ll see if I can keep up the pace, haha.

Happy reading!

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Posted by on 06/29/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today! I was tagged by Zezee! (Thanks friend :”D)

I’m gonna continue the using of the cat pictures. Zezee did some digging and found the artist! The following cat pictures are by the illustrator Marija Tiurina who created them on NeonMob.


Greed: What are the most expensive and least expensive books you own?

I don’t really have one for ‘least expensive’. Probably one of the many I purchased during this library sale or this library sale, where the books were ‘fill a bag for five bucks’. And those are just the two I’ve gone to while I’ve had this blog. There are so many more. I’m a connoisseur of basement book sales, hawhaw.

The most expensive… would have to be my organic chemistry textbook. 😛 It cost $300 and I had to buy it through the school because it came with that damn homework access code that I needed. Buying a used copy and a homework code separately would have cost more than just buying the new package. Dammit. And people wonder why millennials are broke.

Gluttony: What book have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Before I started my book blog, I was one of those people who just read a handful of books over and over (which is why I’m grateful for the online book community – it’s allowed me to spread my horizons big time, man). I’m just gonna list a few of the books I’ve read… goodness I can’t even count how many times:Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

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Sloth: What book series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I wouldn’t even say it’s a series, but a single book: The Forgotten Realms campaign setting by Ed Sheerwood. And it’s not any fault of the book. I’ve been ‘currently reading’ it for months now. Haven’t actually touched in lately. I’ve decided recently that I want to try my hand at DMing though, so this book will hopefully get more use soon. I hope.

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Pride: What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

Oh gosh, you’re giving me flashbacks of my 17-year-old self. I was such a snob. I really try to make a point not to do this anymore, haha. I did a lot of it when I was younger and looking back now (especially with the ‘this day in history’ posts on facebook so I can actually see the shit I posted) I really really hope I don’t still give off that impression. Yeesh, man.

Case in point: When I was 18, I wrote a paper for my college freshmen English class titled something like ‘People who buy books but don’t actually read them aren’t real readers’ and went into it – full ‘prententious 18-year-old that read a classic once’ mode. Gag. Forgive me.

Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

Can we just take a second to point out the the cat for this picture is reading a ‘Playcat’ magazine and drooling?

For characters, I find myself gravitating towards the cold, calculating characters. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, The Dragon from Uprooted… which is honestly the opposite of what I like in a real flesh-and-blood person. In real life, I like the warm fuzzy people. Weird. xD

Envy: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Any of the collector’s editions of books that I’m too cheap to buy myself, hawhaw. I know there’s some really nice versions of Harry Potter, of A Song of Ice and Fire.… any of those, really. They’re all so lovely. *foam*

Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Oh, definitely Sarah J Maas. I like her books but I hate them. But I love them. But they’re awful. But they’re sooo gooood. But uck. But waah ❤

Pawsomeness: What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Most definitely Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. I’m two-and-a-half books deep at this point and I love it.


And that’s it! Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 06/15/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Anything But Books Tag

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So, fun fact: The letter ‘A’ and ‘k’ in the font I normally use for the banner looks like a ‘U’ and a ‘t’. So it read Unything But Boots’. So different font for this one, yo.

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw this on Dragons and Zombies’ page and figured I’d swipe it. 😛


Name a cartoon that you love

I’m currently stuck on Archer and Bob’s Burgers. Both of them took me a while to get into, but both of them are just so lovely and awful at the same time – I dig them. 😀

What is your favorite song right now?

I have a lot of ‘current favorites’ but my number one, all-time favorite song is White Pearl, Black Oceans by Sonata Arctica. It’s a power metal ballad that tells the tale of a lighthouse keeper who is knocked out on his way home from town. When he wakes up the next day, he finds out that because he wasn’t there to light the beacon in the lighthouse, a ship crashed into the cliffs below and everyone on board died. The song goes through the event, the town’s reaction and his overwhelming guilt. It’s a beautifully sad song. I’ve linked a version with lyrics, if you’d like to listen. If you’re hesitant because it’s metal, dun worry – no growling. Singing, I promise, haha.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Play Civilization (V or VI), watch hockey, paint my nails, cook food, listen to metal, and code. Maybe not all at once, but you get what I’m sayin’.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I have no idea, really. Nobody’s really ‘weird’ anymore, haha. There’s always someone that does the same thing you do.

What is your favourite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Pokemon stats, haha. I like knowing how big they are compared to a human, the stones and stuff involved in evolving them, yada yada. Pbtbtbt, judge me, man.

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I’m pretty decent at making recipes up on the fly, or finding decent replacements for ingredients in a recipe that I find out that I’m lacking. Mind you, ‘usually’ is a key term here. I’m also really good at making occasionally shitty food.

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I programmed a robot to do neat things – I’ve linked it below but in case it doesn’t show up, here is another link to my instagram video of it doing its thing

What is your most recent personal project?

Currently, I’m in the middle of outlining my novel for Camp Nanowrimo, which starts July 1st! If any of you are participating, do let me know. We can be writing buds! :”D

Tell us something that you think about often?

I daydream about being in a band a lot. One day, maybe I’ll take up an instrument again. I used to play a couple in elementary school, but that was almost two decades ago now (yeesh I’m old)

Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific

Abita Purple Haze is currently my favorite beer. It’s so good, man. It’s so good. It’s a raspberry beer – light and tart and lovely. :”D

Happy Civ Night Sunday 😃 . . . #civ #civilizationvi #beer #abita

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Say the first thing that pops into your head

Time for bed.


:”D I tag Zezee and Ace, if you haven’t done it yet. If you have, tell me so I can read it.

 
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Posted by on 06/11/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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June Currently Reading

June Currently Reading

I made a new banner theme! It’s coffee in medieval times now. Thanks to Analee for writing a post about how to create neato banners. Maybe at some point I’ll make it fancier, but for now, it’s caffeine and swirly writing and I’m happy with it. Woot. :”D


At the moment, I’m reading four books, though I’ll likely pick up a few manga in between them. Yesterday, my friend lent me about fifty volumes of it, so I’ll buzz through that too at some point.

But for books:

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I think this was on my Currently Reading from last month as well. It’s a chunker of a book, so it’s taking me a while. The third book in the Lightbringer series, it’s proving itself just as good as its predecessors. I wrote a blabber on the first book in the series, if you’re interested. This series is becoming one of my favorites. Ever. It’s just so good – it’s funny, it’s action-packed, it’s well thought-out. I love it!

 

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)I picked this one up last week and am currently about six chapters into it (I need to read another today :”D). This one I’m buddy reading with Zezee with Books – we’ve been slowly buzzing through Hobb’s books now – this is the sixth one in her Realm of the Elderlings series, the third in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So we’re what… nearly half way through the Elderings Realm books? Ish? Somethin’ like that.

 

 

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I had started reading this a while ago and put it aside – I was reading too many books and kept having to restart this bugger because I would forget what was happening. I’ve now picked it up on audiobook though, so I’m getting about 13 hours a week of listening in – it’s still gonna take a while to finish it though – it’s a really really long audiobook. I’ll get there though. And then I can be on the ‘Winds of Winter’ bandwagon with the rest of ’em.

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)As usual, still flipping through this. I’ll mark it ‘read’ at some point, most likely when I’ve read all the passages I find interesting. I dig it so far – it’s helping me flesh out my gnome. :”D

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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Posted by on 06/04/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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May Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-May! This month a bunch of stuff happened – I graduated college (again), I got a salary position as a software developer, I planned out a vacation… all sorts of stuff. And I still have a lot of stuff left to go, yeesh.

Speaking of, I need an oil change. Guess who’s going to the mechanic after I finish writing this, woo.

ANYWAYS. This month I read one non-fiction, two novels and two manga/graphic novels


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This is the second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and the fifth in her Realm of the Elderlings world. I wrote a blabber on the thing of you’d like to know more fully about it, but it sums up to: I really like this series, but it kills my brain and heart more with every chapter.

4/5 stars

Chew vol 1 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceThis is one of those series that I’ve known about for a while but never really popped into my ‘wanna read this’ list. I found it for super cheap and picked it up on a whim… and honestly, most of the way through it, it basically was what I expected. It was okay. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special… until the end. And dammit, now I want volume two. It lead me into a false sense of ‘this is decent’ security when it was really hiding how good it was ’til the end. Well butts. Now I’m buying this series, too.

4/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)This was probably my most anticipated release for this month and I started reading it the day I came out. It was decent! I rather liked it. I wrote a blabber on this one too, if you’re interested. I feel like it was a rather solid (if not predictable) ending to the series.

4/5 stars

Attack on Titan vol 12 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 12I’m slowly workin’ my way through this series. One day I’ll catch up. One day. ONE DAY.

4/5 stars

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAnd the non-fiction for the month. I’m really bad with non-fiction usually – it doesn’t hold my attention for very long. It’s not the book’s fault most of the time, it’s my own. I just… lose focus. But this one, I listened to on audio and while it did indeed go into the history of the gene and all sorts of experiments and conferences and breakthroughs, it did so in almost a narrative format. It was really neat and I was able to stay focused on it. 😛 So.. props to him for writing a non-fiction a dunderhead can follow? 😀 It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, too!

4/5 stars

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Everything was 4 stars this month. Hooda thunk.


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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So two out of the five books I read this month qualify. Woot woot :”D


Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 26/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17, gonna be 4.


And May is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/03/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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