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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #2

Coffee Time

Hello, happy Saturday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series last month, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today is the second time I’ve posted, so we will be looking at book haul #2, originally post on October 29th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – Owned, read!

I made a point to read both this one and the second one a couple years a go. I have the third, still unread, and will be picking up the fourth here pretty soon! 5 stars.

SAS For Dummies by Stephen McDaniel – unhauled, unread

The original purpose of me getting this book doesn’t really apply anymore. I had originally picked it up because I was using SAS in one of my programming classing when I was in school, and then the professor decided to change the software so this book became a bit of a money sink. So, I got rid of it…. I think. If I didn’t, I have no idea where it is.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Still owned, read!

At the point of my hauling this, I had already read it, so obviously I’ve read it, haha. It’s one of my all-time favorite books! 5 stars

The Fold by Peter Clines – Still owned, read!

Same with this one – I’d read at by the time I hauled it. My original description under my haul was “OH MY GOSH. READ IT. HERE’S MY REVIEW.” and nothing else. So… read it? haha. 5 stars

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Unhauled, read

This is the rare ‘didn’t love it’ of Patrick Ness’s books for me. I read it, thought it was alright, and decided the likelihood of me ever rereading it was basically zero. So, I got rid of it.

Breakable by Tammara Webber – Still owned, read!

This one I ended up rather liking, but I don’t think it was in the same league as its predecessor, Easy. It got a 4 star review from me at the time.


And that’s it for this one. I think this haul will be probably my most ‘complete’ for a while. I’ve read every single one of these except the one reference book. This… likely won’t happen again. I know me.

Again, if you’d like to pick up this series and go over your own hauls, do so! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 10/12/2019 in Books

 

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The Spoopy Memes Book Tag! [Original]

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Happy Spoopy Season, I’ve made a tag! I don’t know about you, but to me, memes are my favorite part about any cultural phenomenon, so I figured I’d incorporate them into a book tag. Buckle your butts, here we go!

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

I hope to get to the three above books, which are also the last three remaining books on my 10 in 2019 list. The first, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente was actually also on my Five Star Predictions list, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. The other two I also hope I really like, but if I end up not liking Deathless I think I’ll be crushed, haha.

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Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

Right now I only have the one decoration. I’m spoopy, dammit.

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski – While I didn’t end up loving every aspect of this book, the horror elements were on point. There weren’t any huge jump scares or anything like that, but this book made me feel weird. Unsettled. You read the writings about found footage of a man who lived in a house that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside, and the rambling of the man who found the footage. You seem him, as he goes through it all, slowly succumbing to it. It’s just… unsettling. I know I said that already but it’s really the best word for it.

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What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – Since it’s volume 9 and obviously a spoiler, I can’t tell you what shocked me exactly, but man. MAN. I finished this volume and immediately started pining. I was not expecting that. And now the series is on haitus and it makes me sad.

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What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Scar Night by Alan Campbell – I picked this book up back when I was a teenager and loved it. I’ve been able to talk a few people into reading it, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. This book follows a young angel, an assassin, false gods, a seemingly bottomless abyss, and the city suspended over it by chains. It has hints of steampunk as well. Really, read this.

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Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am not dressing up! But if I was, I’d be oatmeal.

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What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think it’s all great, personally. Memes, dumb stuff, I love it all.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tagged and I haven’t tagged you, please consider yourself tagged!

Otherwise, I tag:

Peer pressure, do it.

 

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park | Blabber

Hotel Africa, Volume 1Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park
Manhwa – Slice of Life/Drama
215 pages
Published 5/2006
Read 9/2019
Spoiler-free blabber

Hotel Africa is a hidden gem.

I picked this manhwa up because one of my best friends has a tendency of buying a bunch of obscure stuff, and then throwing 20 or so volumes of it at me at a time to read when she’s finished with it. This was among them – I had never heard of it before, and she didn’t tell me her opinion of it before lending it to me. I didn’t even read the back before I began, so I was going in totally blind.

Man, did I end up falling in love with this.

This volume follows two timelines, both focused around the main character: Elvis. Elvis in one timeline is a young man, just trying to live his life like the rest of us. He lives with two room mates, both of which also have their struggles. In the other timeline, Elvis is four years old, living with his mother at Hotel Africa, a hotel his mother and grandmother started up in the middle of the desert in Utah. Each chapter of the manwha switches back and forth between the two timelines, and each time, it goes into a new character’s story.

This series is definitely character-driven. If you go into this looking for a rip-roaring plot, you will be disappointed, but if you go in with the desire to learn about the human condition, you might find yourself in the right place.

Hotel Africa explores a lot of topics – it delves into the characters that show up at the hotel, why they chose that hotel out in the middle of nowhere, and the circumstances that brought them there. Each hotel guest’s story is different. Some are just passing through, on their way to start a new life, some are stuck in their pasts and have gone traveling to find their present, and some show up out of nowhere and never leave.

Elvis himself interacts with these guests, and you see their human struggles through the eyes of a toddler, who at the time may or may not actually grasp what is going on with his new friends. As an adult in the other timeline, you can see Elvis has grown up to be a very empathetic person as a result of being raised around people in all sorts of situations.

I really liked how real the situations felt. Not going into detail for spoilers sake, more than one of the people who showed up at the hotel were going through things that were very close to my heart, others were going through things that I’ve never experienced, but the author was able to convey their feelings in a way so sharp and clear that I felt like I had.

As said, this is a character-driven story, so it moves at a sedated pace. Each hotel guest’s story is self-contained for the most part, allowing us multiple glimpses into situations and struggles across a spectrum of life stages. It was very poignant, and very well written.

Overall, I adored this. On the first read through, I’ve rated it very high, but I feel upon a reread, upon letting these stories really sink in, that this could end up being a 5 star favorite. I plan on getting myself a copy of this and rereading it, along with volume 2, which I believe is the only other volume in the series(?).

But this one, man. If you want something that’ll pull at your heart and make you feel slightly sad without being able to put your finger on why, this is the one.

4.5 stars

 
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Posted by on 10/06/2019 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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Tolkien Book Tag!

Tolkien Book Tag

Happy Saturday! Today is a special post, done in celebration of the Lord of the Rings marathon I’m currently doing! As I write this, I’m at Katy @Bookbinderway‘s house and we’re knee deep in the first movie, and will hopefully get to more! So I figured, what better way to celebrate?

HOW DID YOUR MIDDLE EARTH JOURNEY BEGIN?

My dad took me to see the first movie when it came out in theaters. When was that, 2001? So I was eleven!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MIDDLE EARTH BOOK?

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I haven’t read the books. :”D Not yet.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Probably The Two Towers, extended edition obviously. Once you got extended, you can’t go back.

MOVIES OR BOOKS?

Movies, because well, as stated, I haven’t read the books. :”D Obviously this could change when I do read the books, but we’ll see.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS?

Samwise and Gimli. They’re both so wholesome and weird. ❤

WHAT MIDDLE EARTH RACE WOULD YOU BE?

Probably a hobbit or a dwarf. Because this picture explains me perfectly:

BEST ACTOR/CHARACTER CASTING MATCH?

Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Perfecto.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN MIDDLE EARTH?

Rivendell. Man, I wanna live there.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE BOOKS OR MOVIES?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”


And that’s it! Obviously I tag Katy, but if you’d like to do this tag as well, do it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/05/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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October Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Happy October! Here are the books I’m currently reading!

Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – Still in the middle of this too! And likey it’ll extent into November as well. It’s a long book! I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, and we’re both rather enjoying this, I think.

If you are interested, here is the goodreads synopsis for book 1:

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

 

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Still chugging along this one, but honestly it’ll probably end up a back burner book, at least for the next month or so. With my Nanoplanomo TBR and buddy read taking precedence, I just have a feeling, haha.

Anyways, goodreads synopsis of book 1, in case you’re interested:

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #2.5)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audiobook! I figured I should pick this one up before moving on to Bloodwitch. I’m still rather liking this series but I miss the main plot. This book is enjoyable, but I don’t think it’s going to get as high of a rating as the main books, from me at least.

Here’s the goodreads synopsis of book 1:

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – Posted yesterday on my nanoplanmo tbr, this is a comedy fantasy I’m reading both to fulfill a r/Fantasy bingo square of a personal rec from r/Fantasy users, and to get a feel of how to incorporate humor into my writing, particularly in a fantastical setting. After this, I’ll pick up Pratchett. So far, I’m rather enjoying this. It took me about 70 pages to really get into it, but now that I’m there, I’m there.

Goodread synopsis:

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

Back burner books

The back burners are back. Basically they’re books I’m ‘reading’ but haven’t touched in a while due to a readathon taking precedence, getting distracted by other books, etc.

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1)

This is my current ebook, but I haven’t touched it in ages. I think I wanna make a point to finish it this month – I only have 70 pages or something left.

 

 

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)!!! Book five comes out this month and I don’t have this done! Honestly though the likelihood of me actually finishing it this month are slim, so now I’m gonna be behind the times. ;~; Woe.

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2019 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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September Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Happy end of September! This past month was weird, as far as my reading went. If you remember, I made a post announcing that I would be participating in Space Opera September – well, I kinda did, and then my mood went ‘I’m done!’ and then I read whatever I felt like. So I got like… 35% into the readathon. My b.

Anyways:

Books

Wild Ones, Vol. 1 (Wild Ones, #1)

Wild Ones vols 1-10 by Kiyo Fujiwara – I read this entire series this month, and I very much enjoyed it. It follows a high school student whose mother dies. Right as she’s realizing she has nowhere to go, her estranged grandfather shows up at the funeral and offers her a place to stay. When she gets to his house, she realizes he’s a yakuza boss, and all of the people now living with her are members of his clan. It takes off from there, as she navigates the new environment. This series is a shojo one, so it was no surprised when it turned out to essentially be a rom-com, exactly what I wanted. I borrowed this series from the library, but I think I want to get my own copies. I can definitely see myself re-reading it. It’s out of print though, so I’ll have to find used ones. But yes, if you’re looking for a fluffy romance, this would be it.

All volumes between 3-4 stars

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vols 1-3 by Mari Okada – I think this is one of my new favorite series – It got my third five star rating of the year! It’s ongoing, with vol 4 coming out later in October, so for now I’m caught up. This is a slice of life manga following a group of fifteen year old girls in a literature club who are beginning to get feelings towards boys and just have absolutely no idea how to handle that. It makes for a lot of comedy, awkwardness, and relatable mindsets. Reading it reminded me of being fifteen, but I don’t think I was as uh… comedic about it, ahaha. I did write a full spoiler-free blabber on vol 1 if you’re interested, but man, I love this series and can’t wait to get more.

5, 4.5 and 4.5 stars respectively

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – This is the one book I managed to finish towards Space Opera September. I did start another one, but I didn’t get to finishing it yet. It was too big, aha. But this novella, I’ve heard a lot about for ages, and I was very keen on reading it. It follows Binti, who is accepted into a prestigious school across space, and now has to find a way there from her own planet. For such a short book, it deals with a lot of topics: prejudice, linguistics, mathematics, all sorts of things. A lot of things packed into here, and it made for a really good read.

3.5 stars

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1)

Land of the Lustrous vols 1-5 by Haruko Ichikawa – The first two volumes of this were rereads for me, but it had been so long since I’d read them, I needed to in order to read the next three. This series follows a set of humanoid creatures called the Lustrous. Gem-based things, they live on the land that humans once did, and are constantly battling and running from the Lunarians, these creepy looking things from the moon that are constantly attacking them and using their bodies as the jewels instead of the living creatures they are. I gotta say, this series took me a bit to get into – it was in volume 3 really that I got hooked. The lore to this I think is more than we know so far, and it’s really intriguing. I’m looking forward to learning more. I have vols 6-8 borrowed from a friend, and I plan on continuing them soon.

3-4 stars each

Song of the Hanging Sky, Volume 1

Song of the Hanging Sky vol 1 by Toriko Gin – This was definitely an interesting start to a series. It follows a combat medic who has run from the battlefield and hidden in the wilderness, where he finds a bird-child – a boy with feathers and wings. The bird child doesn’t speak his language, but the medic takes him in anyways, nursing him back to health. The story goes from there, introducing this bird-humanoid culture, and the prejudices between them and humans. I borrowed this first volume from a friend and if she has any more, I’ll likely pick those up too.

3 stars

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park – Man, I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. This manga follows a young man named Elvis, and goes back and forth between different times in his life. One timeline is him as an adult, struggling like we all do, to make it. The other timeline is back when he was four years old, living at Hotel Africa, a hotel his mother started out in the middle of the desert in I believe Nevada. This story is a slow one, very character driven, and full of almost nostalgia-like heartstring tugs. I adored this – it made me happy, it made me sad. It explored the things that people go through in their lives, unfortunate events, and how people cope with them. I really love this. At the time I rated it a 4.5 but upon a reread if I ever get there I could easily see it going up to a 5.

4.5 stars

And that’s it for books! I consider any month where I don’t rate anything under a 3 to be a really good month. I even had a 5 this month! I’m so pumped about it!


Other Things

  • Nothing! September was very status quo.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 85/50 – Complete!
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 7/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J – 5 | A – 5 | S – 4| O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – Currently 248 – Complete (now maintaining)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
 
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Posted by on 09/29/2019 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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September Book Haul! | #32

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Happy end of September! This month, I purchased four books and a buttload of manga. I’ve also put myself on a mini-ban since buying these, around mid-Sept, and it’ll last basically until we can save up enough for my husband to buy a new computer monitor, so about a month or so. Gotta give and take, y’know.

Anyways, here are the books!

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The Girl From the Other Side vols 1-3 by Nagare – I originally borrowed vol 1 from a friend, and ended up reading it and giving it four stars. I decided I wanted to get the series myself and continue it, so here we are!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime vol 1 by Fuse – This is actually the light novel, and I picked it up to fulfill the LitRPG square in Fantasy Bingo. I needed a game world, man! Isekai! I liked the anime well enough so I figured this’d be perfect.

Inuyasha vol 23 by Rumiko Takahashi – I’ve had a lot of volumes of this forever, picking them up second-handed when I see them. With this addition, I now have 1-24, 26 and 39. One day I’ll have them all, dammit.

Fruits Basket vols 14-17, 19-21 by Natsuki Takaya – Same as Inuyasha above, I picked these up second-hand. They didn’t have vols 18, 22 or 23, or I would have gotten those too. Next time!

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – I am absolutely in love with this series. It’s so heartwarming and funny and cringey, and reminds me of how I was when I was 14 or 15 years old. It’s just so great. Currently I have all the volumes that are out, but I think volume 4 comes out in October. I’ll pick it up as soon as the ban is done. I wrote a review of the first volume, if you’re interested.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adieh – I liked the first one juuust enough to get this. I saw it for six bucks on the bargain shelf, so I scooped it up. 😀

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – This book sounded really good. I’m hoping I can buzz through it quickly!

Alice by Christina Henry – I’ve heard so many good things about this book. A few of my coworkers have read it at this point and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I like it too!

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – I bought this for two reasons. The first is it was a personal rec from the users of r/Fantasy, so it fulfills that bingo square for me. Second, it’s a comedy fantasy. My nanowrimo project – sneak peak – is a comedy fantasy, so I plan on reading some others just to get a feel of how people are incorporating humor and world building. So I plan on getting to this one within the next month!


And that’s it! I think I got some pretty damn good ones this month. Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/28/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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