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Bout of Books 20 | Wrap Up

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Happy (boo) Monday! It’s 4:15 and I have to leave for work in an hour, yayay. Also, bout of books is over!

Reading Completed:

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 240 pages(ish), 9.5 hours listened – finished book!

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 73 pages

Embassytown by China Mieville – 103 pages(ish), 3.75 hours listened

25 chapters of fanfiction (which… is seriously wonderful. I feel like a teenager again :”D)

 


And that’s it! Looking at it, I don’t think I read as much as I usually do during a readathon, but I definitely read more than I have been lately at all. It’s a nice change. Plus, finished a book, so woot.

Happy reading!

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Posted by on 08/28/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 20 | Day 5 Update

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Hello! Welcome to Saturday. :”D My last update was on Wednesday, so I have about three days worth of reading to cover.

Since then, I’ve read:

  • 5 chapters of fanfiction
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – audiobook: 6ish hours ~140 pages (finished it!)
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 53 pages
  • Embassytown by China Mieville – audiobook: 2ish hours ~90 pages

So, not too much page-wise but 8 hours of audio in 3 days is a lot. :”D Hope anyone who’s participating is doing well! Happy reading

 
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Posted by on 08/26/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 20 | Day 2 Update

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Hello! Happy three-days-into-boutofbooks-day! I quickly realized that daily updates this time around aren’t doable for me… so every other day, every three days it is!

Progress:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – roughly 100 pages (3.5 hours listened)

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 20 pages

And actually… I picked up a fanfiction this week, something I haven’t done in years. I’ve read a whopping 20 chapters of that over the past two days… so that’s where all my reading time has gone, haha. Not goodreads trackable, but reading is reading! 😀 And I’m very much enjoying it.


And that’s it! See you all in a couple days. :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/23/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 20: In Six Words

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“Stayed up reading, slept three hours”
…and now I have to go to work, woo woo.
 
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Posted by on 08/21/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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14 by Peter Clines | Blabber

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1414 by Peter Clines
469 pages
Science Fiction
Read Aug 10 – Aug 19, 2017

This book is really weird.

I’m talking… really weird. But it’s weird in the ‘what in the world is going on’ kind of way, not the ‘I can’t follow this’ kind of way. It was easy to follow along with what was happening, but everything was happening was just so bizarre.

I really enjoyed it!

14 opens on the main character Nate, who’s looking for somewhere new to live. After receiving a recommendation about the Kavach House, a historical apartment building, he moves in. Shortly after doing so, he starts noticing little oddities about his apartment. You know, the usual: padlocked doors on random apartments, bright green cockroaches, a landlord that is weirdly protective of the building… Then he notices other oddities in neighboring apartments. And things just keep getting weirder and weirder from there.

Having read another book by Peter Clines that I knew was somewhat related to this book (The Fold) I kind of knew what I was getting into writing-style wise, character-development-wise and so on, so nothing in either of those categories really appalled me or blew me away. Clines isn’t a purple-prose writer, but he’s a pretty good one I think. He’s able to construct chapters in a way so that the last sentence makes you go ‘Damn it’ and flip the page to the next chapter. His books are really hard to put down.

That, combined with just the morbidly fascinating development of the plot had me reading this book at every available moment – I was on honeymoon when I picked this thing up, so that’s telling you something. Honey, want to get dinner now? Hold on, lemme finish this chapter! Sweetie, wanna hop off the cruise boat and tour the town? Hold on, two more sentences on this page! My husband was very understanding though, thankfully. (And now as I’m writing this, he’s picked up the book and read nearly a third of it last night – unheard of for him, haha).

To be fair, the reviews for this book are mixed. Most of the negative ones mention the pacing. The pacing is indeed a bit slow at the beginning. The weird stuff isn’t super in your face, it’s more little things that you read and go ‘huh’… they eventually delve into ‘wtf’ level weird things, but yes, the pacing is a bit slow. It’s well worth the wait though, in my opinion.

In addition, I always find it strange and somewhat forced when a romantic subplot is forced into a book that is definitely nowhere even close to romance. There’s one in here and at times it’s a bit ‘ehh’ to read. It’s minor though, so it shouldn’t ruin your entire read of the book.

Aside from the pacing and the awkward romance, I really have nothing negative to say about this book – it’s exciting, unnerving, wtf-y, and the ending I think is pretty solid. Considering all the weird, seemingly unrelated stuff that happens in the apartment, I think the author did a rather good job of relating and wrapping it all up nicely. It was refreshing.

Overall, a good choice if you’re looking for something to keep you flipping pages. I really enjoyed it and if you pick it up, let me know if you do, too. :”D

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 08/20/2017 in Books, Review

 

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Bout of Books 20

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Gueeeeeess who’s doing a readathon starting Monday! It’s-a me! 😀 This also means that my posts for this coming week will (hopefully) pick up a bit over the normal three-per-week.

I’ve participated in the Bout of Books readathon every time it has happened since BoB 11, so… a few years, at least. This time around, I’m working full-time, so most of my reading will actually be listening – audiobooks are your friend when you commute 15 hrs/week.

The readathon starts on Aug 21st and runs through Aug 27th. There will be challenges and all sorts of fun stuffs.

Goals:

  • Listen to my audiobook(s) during every drive to/from work (10 drives)
  • Finish at least 3 books, one of them a physical copy

TBR:

I might also pick up another audiobook if I finish the first one. Not sure what, though.

If you’re participating, let me know! 😀 If you’d like to participate, click the BoB Banner at the top! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2017 in Readathon, TBR

 

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I Went to a Booky Clearance Sale! :D | Book Haul #19

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Happy booky hauly day! This is the last of my pre-written posts. At the time of this publishing, I’m likely at home again, drinking coffee and mentally preparing myself to go back to work. I’m gonna schedule this for 6am or so, so I’ll probably literally be debating on exactly how much longer I can stay in PJs until putting on pants is a time-constraint requirement. Hawh.

But! On July 29th, I went to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale.. they rented out a nearby convention center and filled it with books – everything $2. Needless to say, I went bananas.

I got the following:

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I’m particularly excited for The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I’ve heard it’s one of those ground-breaking modern-classics. Super duper pumped for it. :”D Also for Sybil, which as a psychology grad, it’s kind of an embarrassment that I don’t have this one already. SO NOW I DO. YEAH.


That’s it for now. :”D This Saturday (should be) my next post and then it’ll be a live one, not pre-written. Maybe a Hawaii post if I get decent-looking pictures? I have no idea.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/16/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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