Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #10

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever read them, or if I still even have them. This is the tenth time I’ve done this so we’ll be looking at book haul number 10, which was originally posted on July 3, 2016.

Looking at it, it’s a pretty modest haul. Around that time I was on a read-5-buy-1 thing, so I must have been reading like bananas to get four books in a month. This is what I got:

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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – Owned, Read

This ended up being one of my favorite reads of the year, and I think this was around when I started buddy reading with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. (Or was it the third one, I don’t remember).

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Owned, Read

I gotta tell ya, my willingness to read Winds of Winter dwindles every year. When (if) it finally does come out, I can’t really say if I’ll be keen on it or not. This book here was alright though, so we’ll see.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Owned, Unread

This one (and the unread book right below this) have both survived multiple purges at this point. I’m still solidly in the ‘I want to read these’ camp, so that’s nice. Though to be honest I don’t know much about this one, other than it’s like… dystopian-y in space? And has something to do with blood color or caste color or something.

Emperor of Eight Islands by Lian Hearn – Owned, Unread

Out of both of these unread books, I know the least about this one. Honestly I can’t even tell you if this is historical fiction or historical fantasy. I’m hoping it’s the latter but I’ll be happy with the former as well. I do wanna read it though, the cover just draws me in.

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

Music Monday! | #1

Happy Monday! Today I’m starting a new type of post on my blog. The first Monday of every month, I’ll go into the music I’ve been listening to recently, since the previous music Monday. Since this is the first one, I’ll just go into some stuff that I’ve discovered recently.

I listen to a variety of music from metal to rock to alternative to electronica and some other things in between. Most of what I like tends to be upbeat, but that’s not a hard rule. So if you’re interesting in that kind of music, give the links I give a listen:

Genre: Alternate/Indie Rock
Genre: Electronicore
Genre: Alternative Rock
Genre: Power Metal

So all of the above I’ve discovered within the past month. I figured sticking the genres on there will help you decided which if any you wanna listen to. If you decide to give any a listen, let me know what you think! Next month I will have more!

September book and manga haul #44 – and a book buying ban!

So September, I got more books – particularly manga – than I planned. I mean, I planned on getting them anyways, don’t get me wrong, but a good chunk of these I was planning on getting in August. They just didn’t come in time. I turned 30 last month and in lieu of a party (plague aaaaah) I made myself two huge book orders online. I made these orders in July mind you, so I could have them for my bday. But the one didn’t show up until mid-September, so technically they’re birthday books. So keep that in mind. I’ll point them out when I get to them.

The rest though? Yeah no totally went nutso this month, hence the ban, which I’ll get to at the end of the post.

This is everything I got this month:

The Books

  • The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier – Honestly I don’t know what this is about. It’s Juliet Marillier though and she’s basically auto-buy for me. I’m positive I’m gonna love this, considering I’ve loved every other book I’ve read by her.
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling – This one I’ve heard pretty creepy things about. It’s like a scifi horror thriller? Halloween read? If anyone has this and wants to buddy read, do let me know!
  • I also got a cat bookmark. I like it, it’s a cat.

  • A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier – Again, Juliet Marillier. I bought this on release day with my buddy and we’re currently buddy reading it – should be finishing up within the next day or so!
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – I’ve been waiting for this one to come out in paperback. When it did I picked it up right away, and now I can binge the three books that are out so far. I’ve already read the first one but it’s been years. I remember loving it though so hopefully I like the next two as well.

  • The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, man. I love this series so far, and with my ban coming up, I knew I wanted to get this one before it started, so I did. I do need to reread the second book before getting into this one, but man I am so excited. It arrived today and it’s so thiiiiiiick ❤

  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer – This one has been on my radar for literally years. I saw it used and about gasped. I snatched up this puppy so fast, man.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand – Again, a used purchase. I’ve heard this book is pretty funny, and that it’s based off of historical events? Should be entertaining.

The Manga

  • Waiting For Spring vols 5-7 by Anashin – I really enjoyed vols 1-4 of this, so I’m hoping it keeps being all fluffy like it has been! These were all birthday manga.
  • Spy x Family vols 1-2 by Tatsuya Endo – This is a new one for me: I’ve heard only good things about it so my hopes are high! Vol 1 of this was birthday manga.

  • Kakuriyo vols 4-6 by Waco Ioka – This is a series I’ve been raving about recently. I wrote a blabber on the first two volumes if you’re interested. I am very, very happy to have these. These were all birthday manga.
  • Silver Spoon vols 5-6 by Hiromu Arakawa – This is a series I’ve been slowly making my way through for a while. I wrote a blabber on vol 1 back when I first started it. Since then it’s only gotten better! These were all birthday manga.

  • Noragami vol 4 by Adachitoka – This is another series I’m slowly making my way through. I hasn’t 100% gripped me yet but it’s interesting and definitely has potential, so I know I could still end up loving it!
  • Kamisama Kiss vol 1 by Julietta Suzuki – This is a new one, purchased totally on a whim, if I’m being honest. I find some of the best manga that way so hopefully this is one of those.
  • The Way of the House Husband vol 4 by Kousuke Oono – Continuing this series, I love it. It’s so wholesome and hilarious.

  • Candy Color Paradox vols 3-4 by Isoku Natsume –  Another series I’ve grown rather fond of. It’s nice and cute. These were all birthday manga.
  • Yarichin Bitch Club vol 3 by Tanaka Ogeretsu – This is a series that’s so entertaining. It’s absolutely insane, so don’t go into expecting like… plot. Hah. This was a birthday manga.
  • Given vols 2-3 by Natsuki Kizu – This is the opposite though: Lots of plot and wonderfulness. I really, really like this series. These were all birthday manga.

  • Takane & Hana vol 4 by Yuki Shiwasu – This is another one of those ‘has potential but not 100% sold’ series. I’m getting this one vol at a time because of that. It’s decent so far though.
  • Graineliers vol 1 by Rihito Takarai – This was a really, really interesting one, I’m glad I picked it up. It’s definitely not quite what I was expecting, but I ended up really liking it at the same time. Definitely gonna get more of this one after the ban.
  • Act-Age vol 2 by Tatsuya Matsuki – This one I picked up after rather enjoying the first one. I ended up liking this one too, though not quite as much as volume 1. We’ll see if vol 3 ever is even translated.
  • A Man & His Cat vol 2 by Umi Sakurai – This one I was really looking forward to. Volume 1 was so sweet and cute and wholesome, and I’m sure those themes continue here.

And that’s it for books and manga! As you can see, I got a fair few. Hence:

The Book Buying Ban

So, for the last few years, I made it a reading resolution to do a 2-3 month book buying ban. I think a few years ago, I even did a 4 month one. I’m actually really good at sticking to the bans. I figured I’d give myself a break this year, and didn’t schedule one, didn’t think I needed one.

Well, apparently, I do. My TBR goal this year is in danger of being failed, so this ban is to help me out with that.

I’ve never broken one, and I don’t expect it to change this time either. After this latest haul, my unread physical novels number at 241. My goal for end of year is 200. So obviously if I keep buying books I’m not gonna make that. (And honestly I might not make it now. In addition to needing to really focus on reading more, I will also likely need to do a purge.)

If I do a purge, I can already think of a handful of books I’ll probably drop: ones I’ve owned for literal years and never picked up. We’ll see what happens.

Regardless, I need to just not buy anymore books for a while.

So from today until December 15th, I’m on a ban. And because of that there won’t be any hauls in October or November. December will likely have one because of Christmas, but I’ll be off my ban by then anyways, and won’t be counting Christmas gifts towards this year’s goal. I’ll throw them on Jan 1st for next year’s goal instead.

As stated, I’ve never failed one of these. If you go through my post history, you can see past bans and see that I’ve always completed them. So if you do see me hauling books this fall, do call me out on it. I mean I’m pretty certain I’ll be fine, but there’s nothing like the threat of internet shame to keep me in line, right?

So lemme know what you think about these books! Lemme know what you think about the ban! Happy reading!

 

Fall Bucketlist 2020

Bonus Friday post! I couldn’t find where else to squeeze it in, so HI AGAIN I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE.

It’s fall! Hooray! Fall and winter is the best time of the year. Technically, my ‘favorite time of the year’ goes from August 1st, which is my wedding anniversary, to January 1st, for obvious reasons. So now that we’re pretty far into the best time of the year and the weather is actually starting to feel like fall, I’m making a bucketlist again!

Last year, I did a Fall and Winter bucketlist, but then I never followed up on it. So this year, I’m dividing it – my fall bucket list will go from today through Black Friday. That day I’ll go over what I did and post my winter bucket list (which if we’re being honest is just a Christmas/holiday list, so shh). I’ll follow up on that sometime in January.

So here’s my fall list. Some of these are already done, as it’s the end of September, but work with me here.

Also, most of my bucket list is food. Pbtbtbt.

Fall Bucket List

  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Pumpkin cream cold brew – Complete
  • Pumpkin beer – Complete
  • Octoberfest beer – Complete
  • Participate in fall beer exchange – Complete
  • Pumpkin cookies – Complete
  • Break out the fall scented candles
  • Apple cider
  • Buy spoopy decorations for Halloween – Complete
  • Decorate the house all spoopy
  • Buy turkey decorations for Thanksgiving
  • Decorate the house all turkey-y
  • Break out Christmas decorations and do inventory to see if anything new/replacements are needed
  • Organize a list of blog posts to write from now til Black Friday – Complete
  • Organize a list of blog posts for Blogmas 2020 – Complete
  • Pre-write November posts, because Nanowrimo
  • Pre-write at least five Blogmas posts
  • Participate in Nanoplanmo
  • Participate in Nanowrimo
  • Go to an applefest (if possible, the plaaaaague, aaaaah)
  • Get pumpkins
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Hand out candy on trick or treat (if possible, the plaaaaague, aaaaah)
  • Get fall flowers
  • Gobblerito
  • Pilgrim sandwich
  • Turkey and Stuffing
  • Slow cooker hot chocolate
  • Fall nail art
  • Buddy read Vita Nostra with Katy @Bookbinderway
  • Watch The Lord of the Rings
  • Watch Harry Potter
  • Watch a scary movie
  • Hang all the framed art that’s been sitting on the ground, leaning against the wall since I moved in three years ago
  • Buy a new car
  • Read three of my remaining 10 in 2020 books

So you can see a lot of them are food, a lot of them are fall-specific, and a lot of them are blog related. There are a few though that are just ‘you gotta do this soon’, most the car one. My car is about dead, I need to buy a new one soon.

If you have a fall bucket list, or something even remotely similar, lemme know what you plan to do this season!

 

Coffee Time: Rereading Mockingjay a decade later

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)I realize there’s been a bit of a gap between my post about Catching Fire and this, but life is life, y’know.

Obligatory spoiler warning

As stated in my original post about The Hunger Games, I bought the prequel recently and realized I hadn’t actually read the original trilogy since they first came out back in 2011 or so. So I figured I’d reread the whole thing and compare my opinions from then, when I was 20, 21 years old, to my opinion now, being a decade older. The first two books, my opinion of them was more or less positive, just as it had been the first time I read them, but I noticed I liked different things about the books than I originally did. If you’re interested for some in-depth thoughts, you can find my post about the first book here, and the second book here.

So out of the three, Mockingjay definitely had the biggest difference of opinion between 20 year old me and 30 year old me.

When I was 20, I think I rated this book three stars. At the time I wasn’t overly impressed. Thinking back, I’m pretty sure the reasoning was I had expectations about how I wanted the book to go, and when it didn’t happen, my overall enjoyment of it suffered. I remembered really wanting a stronger romance and being annoyed that Peeta had been hijacked, I remembered shipping Katniss and Gale and was bummed it didn’t happen, and most of all, I remember feeling that the whole ‘Katniss has problems with the chain of command’ plot line to be annoying, and I couldn’t understand why they just didn’t let her do what she needed to do. I was twenty, mind you, so I strongly related to Katniss, who was just a couple years younger than me at the time.

So a combination of all of the above, had me really not loving the book, nor how it ended.

Rereading it now though, I had a very different experience. First off, I was better able to invest myself in the whole district thirteen authority struggle. I totally understand why they didn’t let a seventeen year old do whatever she wanted, and I thought they handled Katniss being defiant pretty well – well as well as they could, considering they weren’t even aware of half of what she was doing. And at the same time, I could still understand Katniss’s motives when it came to ignoring orders. The point of contention between the two sides felt fuller, more nuanced, and definitely more interesting than it did the first time around.

Secondly, this time through I wasn’t really shipping anyone, so the romance, or lack thereof, really didn’t bother me. The plot line with Peeta being hijacked was also much more interesting to me, and it was interesting to see how he was making progress to overcome it, and what ended up triggering a violent episode in him. If anything, I wanted more of that plot line. I wanted a POV inside of Peeta’s head, and was a bit disappointed that all we got was Peeta through Katniss, who for a long time was bitter about it at best.

The most striking difference in my enjoyment of this book was where my expectations were. I hadn’t read the book in a decade, and I never watched the last movie, so I only had a vague rememberance about how the book ended, but it was enough not to let my mind decide I wanted it a certain way and then get disappointed. So for what the plot was, I liked it. I remember not liking how many people died in the story the first time around, but this time around, while I still didn’t love it, it felt realistic. There are a lot of YA books that are afraid to kill off characters, especially in pointless deaths, but the reality is, it happens, especially in war. So while I’m sad all the characters that died did die, it felt realistic compared to what war is like.

The only thing I didn’t care for though, and it was the same as before, was the ending. It was very rushed. While Katniss was quickly swept away from where the main story was happening and only heard about it second hand – which again is realistic – it was kinda disappointing that we didn’t get to learn more about how the world ended up, or how the power struggle fizzled out to get there. I understand that Katniss didn’t much care about it herself, which is why we didn’t see it, but I feel like a second POV from someone who was more involved would have been beneficial.

So. Overall, I did enjoy this book much more than I had ten years ago, and I’m glad I reread it. Solid 4 stars. With this third book done, I do plan on picking up the prequel before the end of the year. If you’ve read it, do let me know your (non-spoilery, please!) thoughts.

Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #9

Happy Saturday! Today’s topic is another fate of my book haul books post. In this, I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever actually read them, and whether I still even own them.

Today is the ninth post of this variety, so we’ll be looking at book haul #9, posted back on June 2, 2016. If you want to look at past book haul fates, check out my list of Coffee Time posts.

This is what I hauled back then:

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – Owned, unread

I honestly don’t remember where I bought this, I’ve had it so long. I am still interested in reading it though, so I won’t be getting rid of it any time soon.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham – Owned, unread

This is a nonfiction book, and we all know how slow I am about picking those up. I think it’ll be interesting though. I have a post in mind that I wanna do at some point that this book would be included in, so I think I’ll save it for then.

I Used to Know That Science by Marianne Taylor – Unhauled, unread

I think I picked this up for a dollar or two at an overstock store, thinking ‘hey maybe someday’. And then I had to do a purge because I was running out of shelf space and suddenly ‘someday’ wasn’t pressing enough, haah.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I own a lot of Stephenson books weirdly, but have only read a couple. This is one of the ones I still haven’t got to – it’s book one in a trilogy of huge, fat books, so it’s a bit intimidating if I’m being honest.

Embassytown by China Mieville – Owned, read

This one, I have read. And honestly I still think about it. It was just so… strange. In a good way, mind you. But the world it created has really stuck with me, and it pops into my head on occasion still, regardless of the fact that I read it years ago.

A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis – Owned, unread

So this one’s hard. The reason I haven’t read these yet is because they’ve been in my purge pile a few times now, and I only pulled it back last second. I own all three, and have read none. I want to at least give the first one a try, but it never actually enters my head to do so. If you’ve read this series, do let me know what you think.

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Owned, read

Man, have I read this book. Little did I know at the time that Robin Hobb, through this series, would become my favorite author. I loved this book, and all the ones she’s written since then. Augh if I could go back and read these again for the first time. auuuuugh.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Owned, mostly read

So, this is ‘mostly read’ because I’m about three fourths of the way through it, yet I haven’t picked it up in months. This is why I didn’t mark it ‘currently reading’ because I’m not currently reading it. I am reading it though, and liking it. I do plan on continuing the series – it’d be nice if I could get so far that I was ahead of where the tv show is. That’s why I set this aside – I ended up watching the tv show and didn’t want the repeitition of plot so close together. But I will pick this back up and finish it at some point.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know. This one was a pretty bad one – only a few read. But on the plus side, there was only one or two unhauled, so at least I’m still interested in the majority of them, right? RIGHT?

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #8

Coffee Time

Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at books hauls of the past and see where the books are now. Did I read them? Did I get read of them? Did they end up lost somewhere in a hotel room on a vacation? We shall see.

This is the eighth post, so we will be looking at book haul #8, which was originally posted on May 1, 2016.

This is what I got:

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Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Owned, read

I’ve read the third and fourth ones as well, and do intend on finishing the series… eventually.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Owned, read

This book actually ended up being one of my favorite books of all time. Currently it’s lent out to one of my buddies, and I’m hoping it becomes a favorite of hers, too.

Slab vol 11 – Unhauled, unread

This was a poetry collection written by the students at the university I attended. I held onto it for a while out of a sense of obligation but eventually I just got rid of it. I’m not a huge poetry person.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – Owned, unread

This one’s still on the tbr. It’s been almost-purged a few times now, so we’ll see what happens to it.

Peony in Love by Lisa See – Owned, unread

This one is also still on the tbr, but this one has never been in danger of being unhauled. I definitely still wanna read this.

The Confusion by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I have a lot of Neal Stephenson books but weirdly I’ve only read a couple. This is not one of them. I will get there, as what I’ve read from him so far, I’ve liked.

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And that’s it! Tomorrow is a new haul, and new books to maybe read. Happy reading!

I turned 30 yesterday so here are some of my favorite books from each decade of my life

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Hi guess what, my age begins with a 3 now and I’m gonna write it wrong for like a month, just like I do the date every time we enter a new year.

I figured I’d lighten my existential dread a bit by creating a list of my favorite books from my childhood, teens, and twenties. Could be neat, could be neat.

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Childhood faves

I Spy Mystery: A Book of Picture Riddles

The I Spy books by Jean Marzello were a huge part of my childhood. I had a lot of these books, and they were the main books I’d look for in school book fairs and book orders. They were the ‘thing to do’ in my neighborhood growing up, and we’d all gather up and look at them at the same time. It was neat.

Island of the Giant Pokemon (Pokemon Chapter Book, #2)

The Pokemon Chapter Books series by Tracey West was another series that I really loved as a kid. 1999 was the year I became a nerd. aka it was the year I picked up Pokemon, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon. After that there was no turning back. These books too I would get from school book orders, and for a while I had a complete set. I don’t know if I still do. I have some now, and there’s a chance I have more in storage at my parents house – I’ll have to ask them. As a kid these took me maybe 45 minutes to read, so I loved sitting and binging them. Out of all of them, this one was my favorite.

All by Myself (A Golden Look-Look Book)

I have come to realize that people either tended to grow up reading the Bearenstein Bears or Little Critters. I was definitely a Little Critters kid – these books were formative in my ‘learning to read’ years. I remember being super duper little and picking them up with my parents, and we’d read through them together. As I got older I’d do so on my own. I used to have all sorts of collections and whatnot of these books.

Teenage faves

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I don’t know if the Garfield comics by Jim Davis would be late childhood faves or early teenage faves, honestly. But when my sister and I were tweens, we loved these. We had almost every volume, and a lot of them actually ended up getting destroyed because we were so careless with them. Honestly I should really rebuy them. My dad used to have a lot of single volumes that we’d read as well and being the little shits we were, we didn’t take care of those either. I feel so bad about it honestly. Maybe I should rebuy them for me and for my dad. It’s the least I could do, my goodness. But Garfield was the first comic that we really got into. We’d read them for hours, we had favorite volumes, favorite comics! We’d scan them, print them out, and tape them on our walls. We were obsessed.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I realize bringing this series up might be a bit of a touchy thing. I’m fully aware of and do not condone the actions of she who must not be named, and will be making a point to not invest any more funds towards her. I have to acknowledge though, the effect these books had on my teenage-dom. (which… is why the author’s actions are so bitterly disappointing to me. Anyways).  These books technically were first introduced to me when I was 9, in 1999 (again, the year I became a nerd). My 4th grade teacher read the first one out loud to the class – he did the voices and everything. I remember it super well. After that, maybe a year later, a classmate of mine had mentioned finishing the fourth book – this would be fall 2000, and the book came out summer 2000, so it was really picking up a lot of steam at that point in popularity. That’s when I picked up the first one myself to read.

My dad would take my sister and I to the library every other week growing up, starting when I was little to my mid to late teens, and starting from when I was about ten or eleven up until I was maybe thirteen or fourteen, I’d rent and re-rent the Harry Potter books. At the time, five were out, so I’d read all five, then start over. I’ve probably read the first five books forty times each. The sixth and seventh are another story. When I was a young teen I actually got my own copies for my birthday, so I stopped doing the library thing at that point and switched to my own. But weirdly out of all of it, I remember the smell of the room in the library where the books were. That’s the memory that sticks out to me the most.

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

I think the most memorable series from my teenage years that has stuck with me until today is Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi. I started with the anime though to be fair. My neighbor friend when I was about 14 years old came to me one day and started telling me about this show and after the fifth or sixth time hearing her talk about it, I stayed up late to watch it with her. I was smitten immediately. This show too is the reason I have so many online friends. This is the first series that got me into a fandom. Like, I learned what fanfiction was through this, I participated in forums, I found fanart, I drew fanart, I participated in online roleplays and played these characters through different plot lines! Through the fandom I met three of my best friends all online, and to this day, I still have those friends. Two of them I’ve met in person now, the other we’re still figuring it out. Hell I flew across the world to Malaysia to meet one of them, and we still talk all the time. And it’s all thanks to this show.

Right now I’m actually rewatching the show with the friend the originally introduced me, in anticipation for the sequel that’s coming out this October. I still don’t know how to feel. I’m hesitantly excited, is the best description I guess.

But man, this show – this book series, was definitely a key part in forming who I am and who I’m friends with. And because of that it’ll forever be a favorite in my heart.

Twenties faves

My twenties were when I really started tracking my reading. I made a Goodreads account in August 2011, so I had just turned 21. From that point my reading basically exploded, as I became more and more involved in the online book community through it, and in 2014, through this blog.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik I probably first picked up in my late teens or early twenties. I know this because I read it for the first time when was I attending community college, which I think I did from late 2008 until early 2010. This is one of the few books I’ve reread during my twenties as well. When I was a teen, I would mainly just reread things. It was rare for me to branch out. But as an adult I started reading almost solely new things. I’m not sure why that changes. But this series man, this one has always held a wonderful place in my heart. My best friend was always more adventurous in her reading than I was and picked this up on a whim. She loved it and made me read it. Honestly this was one of my first bouts into adult fantasy, and since then I’ve become a huge fan. I recently reread this series, finishing off the last four books that I never actually read as well, and it’s definitely solidified itself as one of my favorite series of all time. If you haven’t, you should really check it out.

Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

Black Butler by Yana Toboso. I fully realize I’ve been gushing a lot about this series lately, and that’s because it somehow wound its way deep into the cockles of my heart, to the point where it’s one of the defining series of my twenties. I’m like not even kidding. At twenty nine years old – months before my 30th bday, I picked up this manga for the first time and fell in love. I’m telling you, it’s like… it’s amazing. And if I wouldn’t have bought it on a whim, I would have never known.

To be fair, I had watched the anime of this beforehand, maybe three years ago, and I wasn’t a huge fan. It was okay, which is why I put off picking the manga up for so long. But hey, turns out most of the anime is filler, and the plot in the manga is just so much more and it’s hard to put into words how great it is.

Really. Out of all the manga series I’ve read ever since I was fifteen years old, this one gets a spot in the top three. Black Butler, Rurouni Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist. They’re the best.

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Out of all the hundreds of books and manga I’ve read in my twenties, and looking at them it’s literally hundreds, I think Robin Hobb’s books are the ones that have hit me the hardest. The one I have listed above is the first one in her Farseer trilogy, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve read almost all her books at this point – I have two left, and each one has really stuck with me. I pine for them, for the characters, for the setting. I love these books, and think about them all the time. Robin Hobb is my favorite author, no question. Her books are my favorite books, period. Don’t ask me to pick between them though. But really, out of all my favorite books – I have 45 or something, according to Goodreads – these are the favorite of the favorites. They’re just… man, they’re just wonderful. I really hope I can get my future kids to read these, because they’re ones I’m going to keep with me for the rest of my life.


And that is it. Being thirty is weird. It’s not bad, though. For some reason I thought it was gonna feel more stressful than it is. But thirty isn’t bad. I’m sure I’ll have another crisis when I turn 40, believe you me.

So for three decades I’ve been reading books. It’s really hard to believe. I feel the same as I did when I was 25. I feel like mentally I stopped aging around then. We’ll see if I still feel 25 in another ten years I suppose. In the meantime, I hope to read a lot more books, and discover many more favorites.

 

I separated and reorganized my books by read and unread

Coffee Time

Hi! I went a bit stir crazy a couple weeks ago and re-arranged my fiction books. I decided to split them up by read and unread which is something I’ve never done before. I further subdivided them by author, but otherwise that’s it. Here was the process and end result!

This is the beginnings of the piles – left is read, right is unread, middle is cat.

This happened one evening when I had gone to unload the two book cases behind the chair. Needless to say I waited.

These are my unread. The stack over to the left are all books that are sequels where I’ve read the first or more and just haven’t caught up yet. The right are all standalones/new series to start.

These are all my read books, back on the shelves. I decided to put them in the cases behind the chair because I won’t need to access them as often as the unread books. Robin Hobb almost has an entire shelf to herself and it cracks me up.

These are the unread books. You’ll notice these shelves are a bit fuller than my read shelves. That surprised me too, as I own almost 1000 books and only have 230 or so unread ones. It took me a second to realize, but that’s because of manga. About 90% of the manga I own is read, and only about 10% is unread. Meaning most of my unread books are fiction, but also my unread fiction makes up about 25% of my collection, the rest being read fiction and manga.

I also got some tree spirits and now they live on my shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! During this process I also purged about ten or so books from my collection, a mix of read and unread. I didn’t bother taking pictures of them because well, I didn’t bother. I also didn’t touch the manga cases or the nonfiction case – all this was done to fiction only.

Lemme know what you think – happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #7

Coffee Time

Hi! Today’s post is another book haul fate post. This is the seventh one, so it will focus on my seventh haul, originally posted March 29, 2016. Looking at the photo, this was a library sale haul, so the fate of these buddies will be interesting to see. This is what I hauled, and apparently in my original haul, I just posted it in IG and linked so I’m gonna do that again. So shameless link, too? pbtbt.

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Something by Ted Dekker – Unhauled, unread

I can’t quite make out the title from my stellar photo there, and it’s been so long that I can’t even remember what this was. But it’s long gone, man.

Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan – Owned, unread

I still have this one, and do intend on reading it eventually. That’s how this stuff goes, man.

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde – Owned, read

Technically I had read this before I bought it, so this physical copy has never been read, but I’ve read the book.

Stuff by Agatha Christie – Owned, unread

There’s a handful of Christie books there, can’t remember the titles off the top of my head and the picture isn’t great. I do still have all of these though, with the hope of actually reading them. It’ll probably be during a readathon or something where I need a short read.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – Owned, unread

I’m tempted to get rid of this one, only because I’ve now read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by the same guy and while the book wasn’t bad, it didn’t strike me as anything either. If the writing is similar in this, it’ll be another three star book and I don’t know if I wanna devote the time, man. If you’ve read this, please let me know your opinion.

Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley – Unhauled, unread

So it shows in this haul in particular, but I went through a phase where I was just buying books I recognized the titles of – well known ones that I knew I ‘should’ read, whether or not I actually intended to read them. I’ve since gotten rid of most of them, having realized that I was being silly and there aren’t books that one ‘should’ read, just ones that one wants to.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Owned, unread

This is another ‘should I get rid of this’ book, because it falls into the same category above. If you’ve read it, is it good? Do you think I’d like it?

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein – Owned, unread

This book was a gift from my buddy. She bought it for me when she was in Australia. I want to at least give it a try, but I haven’t done so yet.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Owned, unread

The main reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I heard that it’s depressing. I have to be in the right mood to read a book like this, hah.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – Unhauled, unread

See above for reasoning. This fell into the ‘I should read this’ category with no actual interest on my part. I watched the movie though – it was decent.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Owned, unread

This one has fallen into the ‘I want to read it someday but I feel no pressing urge to’ category. I’m starting to see a pattern, aren’t you?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon – Owned, unread

See previous. I’m getting so repetitive!

The Martian by Andy Weir – Owned, read

I’VE READ THIS ONE. And honestly it’s one of my favorite books. I believe I even named it my top favorite book of 2016. This book is really goofy, and if you haven’t read it you really should

China Dolls by Lisa See – Owned, unread

Weirdly, I have a lot of Lisa See books, but I’ve only ever read one by her. I really liked her writing style though so I started picking up books by her second hand when I saw them. This is one of those. Will I read it someday? Maybe!

The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom – Unhauled, unread

I originally picked this up because I thought it was the source material of the movie The Day After Tomorrow. You know, the environmental apocalypse movie? But apparently it’s a murder thriller. When I found out I’d mistaken it, I got rid of it. My b.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Unhauled, unread

I got rid of this one because I was spoiled big time on it, and what’s the point of reading a thriller if you know the end?

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien – Owned, unread

I picked this particular copy up because it’s so old. This copy was originally published in the 60s, not too long after the book itself had come out. I have a newer, movie-cover copy that if I actually read the book it’ll be that one. I don’t want this one falling apart.


And that’s it! I gotta say, this one was pretty bad. I’ve read a total of two of these books, and half of them I’ve gotten rid of.

As stated, these were from a library haul, and my bar for picking up books from there is pretty low. I’ve actually since stopped going to them too often because of just this reason. On the plus side though – I paid five bucks for The Martian, which I read, and then five bucks for the rest of them put together (it was a $5 fill-a-bag thing). So I’m not really out much money at all. I’ll just pretend I bought a latte.

So if you’ve read any of these – particularly ones I still own – and think I’d like them, do let me know! Happy reading!