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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #3

Coffee Time

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

Today’s book haul I originally posted on November 26th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Owned, unread

I’ve still only read the one Sanderson novel, Elantris. I liked it, and I own a good bit of his books now, including these three, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Four years, man.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

Yet another ‘I’ve read one book by this author but have a lot of other books by them, all unread’. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – Owned, unread

This one, I’m hoping I really like. I’ve heard literally zero bad things about it.

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Owned, unread

I really like the premise of this one – each country is in a different time period. Other than that, I know nothing about it. I have the second one too… I’ll get to them. I will, dammit.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac by a buttload of authors – Owned, unread

So, problem. I bought this before I realized that I don’t like short story collections. This is the only one I still own that I haven’t read yet, and I’m afraid, honestly. I don’t want to dislike it, but I’ve disliked literally every other short story collection I’ve read. I just think the format is not for me, regardless of the content. I’ll probably pick this up as a challenge for a readathon. I’m nervous, ahaha.

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of other authors – Unhauled, read

This one I did read! And then I got rid of it because iiiiit’s a short story collection and I didn’t care for it. heeh.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Unhauled, unread

This one I ended up getting rid of due to disinterest before I read it. I read the first one in the series ages ago and thought it was just ok. And by the time I got around to looking at this one, I had forgotten the contents of the first one and didn’t want to reread it. So.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Owned, unread

Honestly, this one just intimidates me. I’ll get there eventually.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Owned, read

Literally the only ‘owned, read’ one this haul, I’ve read this book so many times! Almost every year, and I think I’m due for a reread.


And that’s it! As you can see, the majority of these are ‘yes, still have it, no, still haven’t read it. hm hm hm

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/24/2019 in Books, Coffee Time, Uncategorized

 

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Manga for Beginners! – Recs for new manga readers

Manga recs

Hello! Today’s post is for those who have seen the online book community picking up more and more manga, are interested in trying it, but have no idea where to start.

For those who already are knee deep in reading manga, a lot of these recommendations will seem super obvious (which… is the point! Easy to pick up and get into) So if you’ve ever been curious about manga, but haven’t read it yet, here are some places you could start. I myself have been reading manga since I was about 14, so 2004. I’ve got a lot of favorites, and a lot that I read one volume and went ‘yikes’. There’s something for everyone though, you just need to find what you like.

But we’ll begin with the basics:

How to read a manga

Most manga are published in their original format: right-to-left, which is what I think puts off a lot of potential readers. I promise, it’s not that bad, and once you get used to it, it’s as natural a process as reading an American-style graphic novel.

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(Picture above and below sourced from wikiHow, if you’d like a fuller explanation of how to read manga, check out their how-to page)

So you see, right to left. Look at the top section – a large rectangle encompasses the first three panels. You read the right section, then the left one, top to bottom. Then four and five have their own rectangle, and six is by itself in its own as well. A lot of times, the art will reach across panels, but this is the basic pattern, and it’ll become identifiable to your eye pretty quickly. Another example of the right-to-left, top-to-bottom style is this:

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See the top rectangle’s ‘right section’ is comprised of two pictures? Read the entire right section first – the top and the bottom, then move over to the left section. Simple, right? You read the entire manga like this – you start at what would be the ‘back’ in a western comic, and flip the pages backwards, reading like shown above the whole time.

Don’t worry – if you forget and open what would be the ‘front’ of a western comic, which is actually the back of a manga, there’s usually a warning page that says ‘stop! you’re reading the wrong way!’ along with a diagram shown above to teach you how to read the panels. So dun worry, you won’t accidentally read the thing backwards.

Where to start

I’m gonna base this on genres of books! So if you hopefully you’ll find some stuff for you!

If you like contemporary fiction, you might like…

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1

Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa – This is a nice slice-of-life manga with some comedic elements about a city-dweller student who goes to agricultural school. It delves into themes concerning self-motivation, ambition or lack thereof, the grit about where your food actually comes from, and the realities of running a farm. It’s a really good solid, light-hearted yet also serious-sometimes series. It has a lot of cute animals, good side characters, a main character that sometimes doesn’t quite know what he wants, and I find it very relatable, even though I have literally never touched a cow in my life. I wrote a review on the first volume, if you want more non-spoilerly thoughts on it.

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – Technically this is a manhwa, which is a Korean comic. Same concepts to manga though, so no worries, there’s not another reading style to learn. This is another slice of life, following two timelines around the same character: Elvis. In one, Elvis is four, living with his mother at Hotel Africa, a hotel out in the middle of nowhere in Utah, where Elvis interacts with the guests who come wandering in. The other timeline follows Elvis as an adult, dealing with friends and life. Both timelines have a theme to them that kind of pull at your heartstrings. It’s a very sedated pace, but the intricacies of the characters that are explored within are very well developed. I wrote a spoiler-free review on this one too!

If you like thrillers and/or mysteries, you might like…

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – This is in my top five manga series of all time, and it’s definitely thrilling. It follows the main character, Light Yagami, when he finds a Death Note, a notebook dropped by a god of death. When you write a name in the note, that person dies. I don’t wanna give away much more, but… this series is smart, it’s suspenseful, it’s twisty and turny and very exciting. And, it’s relatively short! Twelve volumes. It obviously has some fantastical elements – gods of death, yada yada, but it’s set in modern day (maybe early 2000s). If you check only one thing out in this list, make it this one.

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase – This is a modern day dystopian series followed the man on the cover in a world where the government has decided it needs to remind its citizens of the value of life. To do this, all babies are injected with a capsule at birth… most are harmless and do nothing. Every so often, though, that capsule will kill the person it’s injected into at a randomly set day in the future. Twenty four hours before that person is to die, the main character or someone like him shows up at their door and hands them an ikigami: a death notice. The story follows all the different people living out their last day before they die, and the thoughts of the man who has to tell them it’s going to happen.

Case Closed, Vol. 1 (Meitantei Conan #1)

Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama – Now I gotta warn you, this one is long (it’s still ongoing and it has been for years) but it’s really easy to read and sucks you in right away. It follows Shin’ichi Kudo, an ameteur detective who witnesses something he shouldn’t, and then in an attempt to kill him, the people he saw unknowingly turn him into the kid pictured above. The story follows Shin’ichi as he tries to find the people who turned him into a kid. It’s very episodic and each chapter is a Sherlock Holmes-esque crime. It’s really, really good.

If you like magical realism and light romance, you might like…

Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 (Orange: The Complete Collection, #1)

Orange by Ichigo Takano – This one I’ve seen around a lot recently. It seems like a lot of people are using this as their gateway, and after reading it myself, I can see why. It’s easy to pick up, and it’s short – two bind-ups and a normal sized epilogue of sorts. This follows a girl among her group of friends who receives a letter from herself ten years in the future, warning her that one of her friends is in danger, and she must protect him. This one covers deep topics like suicide, so be aware.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – This was actually one of my gateway manga in high school, hehe. It follows the main character Tohru, on the cover, after she is kicked out of her family’s house and decides to live in a tent in the woods… only to find she was camping on the Sohma property. The Sohma family takes her in, and she soon discovers they’ve been cursed with the signs of the zodiac, and whenever someone of the opposite sex hugs them, they transform into animals. This one is really, really cute and sweet. Tohru is a precious little bean, each member of the Sohma family is unique, and the plot that develops is pretty great. PS the cover above is out of print, but they do have bind-up editions that are currently being printed, which should be fairly easy to find.

If you like historical fiction, you might like…

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki – This manga is set in Meiji Era Japan, eleven years after the fall of the Bakamatsu regime. It follows Kenshin, who was known as Battousai the Man Slayer during the bloody revolution. Now living as a wanderer, he has sworn off killing, and is trying to live in penance for his actions. The characters in this series are inspired here and there by real people, and you get cool reference pages in between the chapters, detailing where each character came from. It’s really good.

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This is a historical fantasy, first off, so know that. It follows the girl on the cover, Kagome, after she falls down an ancient well on her family’s shrine, and appears five hundred years in the past, surrounded by Japanese demons of myth and legend. After she accidentally breaks the Shikon Jewel, a powerful gem that grants its user great strength, into fragments, she then goes on a journey to collect them all before they can fall into the wrong hands. This series is a tad dated – ‘modern’ day, Kagome’s time, is 1997. But it’s neat, the characters are fun, it’s funny, and there’s a bit of romance, too. This one is one of my all-time favorites.

If you like fantasy, you might like…

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1 (Noragami: Stray God, #1)

Noragami by Adachitoka – Now, I’ve only read two volumes of this so far, but from what I’ve read, this has the makings of a solid manga. It follows Yato, a god without a shrine, as he leaves his phone number scrawled on bathroom walls in hopes of getting people to call him so he can help them and gain some spiritual followers. Two volumes in, and there are already some interesting characters, some neat creature designs, and the beginnings of a good overarching plot. This was nice and easy to pick up and get into.

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1

Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui – You’ll probably really appreciate this comedy fantasy if you’re a fan of Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder or some other dungeon crawler game. It follows a group of rag-tag people who end up together, trying to survive within a dungeon, after one’s sister is kidnapped by a dragon. In the meantime, on the quest to retrieve the sister, they catch and eat as many dungeon monsters as they can. Who knew treasure chest mimics were delicious?

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – Recognize the name? Same author who did Silver Spoon! Very, very different manga, though. This manga is also in my top-five favorites ever. It follows Edward and Alphonse Elric, shown on the cover. When the boys were young, their mother died, and they used alchemy to try to bring her back. It didn’t go well though, and as a result, Ed lost his arm and leg, and Al lost his entire body. All that remains is his soul, tethered to a suit of armor. As the story takes off, you follow the two on their journey to get their original bodies back. This is probably one of the most amazing plots I’ve read in a manga, honestly. The plot twists, the scope, the characters, the depth. It’s all absolutely amazing and I honestly feel it’s a masterpiece.


And that’s it! I’m thinking this’ll be enough to get you started. If you’re a new manga reader, and end up liking any of these, do let me know! And if you wanna talk shop or more recs or anything, shoot me a comment! I hope this guide is able to help someone out!

 
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Posted by on 11/17/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Fall and Winter Bucket List of 2019

Bucket List

Hi, new kind of post today! As I’ve said a million times now, fall and winter in my opinion is the best time of the year. The holidays, the weather, the seasonal flavors, the cuddliness and spookiness and merriness and turkeyness of it all, I love it.

So today I want to make my own personal bucket list of things I want to do this fall and winter. Some of it will be already completed, since it my head I start ‘fall’ basically on September 1st. But they’ll still be included for completion’s sake.

PS a lot of these will be food related, because let’s be honest, what else could I want from life. 😛

The Bucket List

  • Write this post – Done (pbtbt)
  • Get hot apple cider
  • Get a pumpkin spice latte – Done (shh)
  • Get a gingerbread latte
  • Get a peppermint mocha
  • Get a chestnut praline latte
  • Go to an applefest (I missed my opportunity, I think this one will remain undone 😦 )
  • Drink fall beers – Done
  • Drink winter beers
  • Pass out candy on Halloween
  • Break out the electric blanket
  • Re-arrange my bedroom furniture
  • Plan out my blog posts for October, November and December – Done
  • Participate in Nanoplanmo – In progress
  • Participate in Nanowrimo
  • Participate in Blogmas
  • Make a list of Christmas movies to watch in December
  • Finish that movie list
  • Finish my Nanoplanmo TBR
  • Eat a pumpkin cookies
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Finish my Goodreads reading challenge – Done
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • Go Christmas shopping
  • Go people watching on Black Friday
  • Get a Gobblerito
  • Get a Pilgrim Sub – Done
  • Get a Gobble Gobble Burger
  • Eat turkey
  • Paint my nails fall themed
  • Paint my nails winter themed
  • Go to a Friendsgiving
  • Drink hot chocolate
  • Organize fluffy sock collection
  • Make best of/worst of book lists (part of after-Blogmas posts)
  • Make list of good blogmas/vlogmas content to follow
  • Keep up to date with releasing anime/tv shows, etc weekly
  • Finish my buddy read
  • Go Christmas light hunting
  • Go see the Trans Siberian Orchestra live
  • Have a movie night with buddies
  • Have Christmas-flavored sweets
  • Make slow cooker chili
  • Buy point-and-shoot video camera
  • Re-arrange books
  • Finish 10 in 2019 list
  • Finish reading goals
  • Read Harry Potter books 3 and 4 in illustrated editions
  • Read at least 3 more books towards r/Fantasy Bingo
  • Watch all 8 Harry Potter movies
  • Watch the extended Lord of the Rings (again)
  • Watch the extended Hobbit (again)
  • Learn to crochet
  • Go to a Halloween party
  • Wrap presents
  • Help parents chop down a Christmas tree
  • Decorate apartment all Christmas-like

At the moment, that’s what I can think of. If I come up with more, I’ll come back and edit this post I guess. 😛

But see. See. This is the best time of the year because all of the above.

Are you planning on doing anything fun this fall and winter? Lemme know – I could always use more things to stick on my list. :”D

 
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Posted by on 10/20/2019 in Coffee Time

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #1

Coffee Time

Happy Saturday! Today I wanted to start a new mini-series within my Coffee Time series of posts called ‘The Fate of my Book Haul Books’ where I go back to my very first (and then second, and then third, etc) book haul, take a look at the books that were in them, and tell you about where they are now, whether I read them, whether I liked them, and if I no longer have them, why I don’t.

I know I’m not the only one that got caught up in ‘I want that and that and that and that and that’ when first joining the book community, back when I was still solidifying exactly what kinds of books were for me or not. So I thought it’d be neat to see if any patterns emerged when looking at what stayed, what went, and what actually got read.

PS, if you’d like to do this kind of thing for your book hauls, go for it! Please link here though so I can read it! I plan on doing this once a month or so, but however fast you wanna do it is up to you.


Book Haul #1 on my blog was posted back on April 4th, 2015. At the time, I didn’t bother numbering my book hauls, and honestly I’m surprised I actually took a picture. So go 24 year old me for that, I suppose.

This is what I had originally hauled:

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First I wanna point out, by the background of that picture, that was my apartment two apartments ago. It was a tiny one bedroom that I shared with my boyfriend-now-husband. Holy poop I haven’t thought about that place in ages. Anyways, the books. By the looks of them, these were a library sale haul. One of many to come. This is where the books are now:

Dune by Frank Herbert – Still owned, still unread.

Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)I also have two copies of it now, technically. My husband brought in his own copy when we moved in together. This book I know I’ll pick up eventually, but it intimidates me. It’s such a long series and it’s a classic. I wanna love it but I’m afraid I won’t, haha. Basically I need a good readathon or something with just the right prompt, and then I’ll pick it up.

Priest vols 1 and 2 by Min-Woo Hyung – Still owned, both read!

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedI actually did pick up these a while ago, I think for a readathon. I need to reread them though, because now I own six volumes and can’t remember anything about them. I really did like them though at the time, and they both got a solid 4 stars from me!

 

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Unhauled, unread

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)This will be the first evidence of what I know will become a pattern: Me getting and then getting rid of middle grade. No offense to middle grade, (most of the time) it’s just not for me. But there was a point back in the beginning of my blog when everyone was talking about this series and reading it and I went ‘I wanna read it too!’ so I picked up the first three or four books or whatever… and then never read them for like three years. So I got rid of them, probably within the last two years or so. I haven’t had them on my shelves for a while.

Emma by Jane Austen – Still owned, still unread

EmmaAnother pattern! Where I acquire classics, never read them, but then keep them anyways in some vain hope that I’ll actually wanna read a classic. You watch, you’ll see it eventually too. No suprise: I haven’t read this. At the time I had no idea but now I full realize that I am terrified of classics.

 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Owned, read!

A Little PrincessI’ve broken the mold! I read a classic! I remember I picked this up a few years ago as part of a readathon. I ended up liking it decently but I remember definitely having trouble getting through it. I’ll be bad and say I like the movie more… because I do. Pbtbt.

Note I just predicted a pattern above and promptly broke it here. Believe me though, this book is the exception to the rule. I gave this 4 stars.

Night by Elie Wiesel – Owned, read!

Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)I picked this book up I think shortly after I got it, believe it or not. I don’t remember if it was prompted or if I was just brave. I gave it a 5 stars at the time, but honestly I feel weird rating someone’s life anything else.

 

 

Alias Grace and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – Owned, both unread

Cat's EyeI think at this point, in my mind, I consider Margaret Atwood a ‘modern classics’ writer, just because of The Handmaid’s Tale (which I did read). Because of that, the same classics mental block is there. But I do wanna read these… eventually, haha.

 

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Unhauled, unread

Little WomenHere’s a classic that I did actually manage to get rid of. Honestly the urge to read it never struck me, not even a little bit.

 

 

 

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Owned, unread

GeishaThis is a nonfiction, of which I read very little. I picked this up though after hearing about how Memoirs of Geisha was a little factually inaccurate. So I’m hoping this one will be more so. I do intend to read this… some day.

 

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan – Owned, unread

The Hundred Secret SensesAmy Tan is one of those authors that I tend to auto-buy but have actually read very little of (there are a few of those). This is another that I’ve owned for ages by her and haven’t picked up yet. Honestly I could probably fill a book shelf with her books alone. They’ve all survived purges though, just because I do wanna read them… I just need to be in the mood for literary.

 

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And that’s it for book haul one. I didn’t realize before going into this that my first haul was a library haul. It’ll be interesting to see if the ratio of unread to read books changes depending on where I got the books. Because honestly, my library sale hauls consist of ‘maybe someday’ books, whereas my ‘normal’ book hauls tend to be ones I’m super excited for at the time of purchase.

If you thought this post was interesting at all, do let me know. I’m hoping I don’t just speaking into the void for these posts.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/14/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Coffee Time: I went to a Neal Stephenson event!

Coffee Time

Hi! On Monday, I attended a reading of Neal Stephenson’s latest book, Fall, Or Dodge in Hell, which came out earlier this month. He came to my city and read a few passages from the book, and then had a question and answer session afterward. It was really neat, and hearing his writing read allowed by him was really interesting – the way he emphasized exactly what he intended to be emphasized was probably the ‘purest’ form of the writing I could digest. I went with my husband, Katy @Bookbinderway and Sarah @WindsorWrites, and I’m pretty sure we all had a good time. 😀

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The price of admission also came with a signed copy of his latest book! So here’s a shot now, but it’ll also be included in my haul tomorrow.

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This is the first time I’d been to a reading hosted but the author themselves, and it was a unique experience. I think I’d like to do more in the future. There was also a book signing after the event, but I didn’t stay for that bit. I’m honestly not a huge fan of meeting celebrities/authors/whatever, at least in a meet and greet, signing stuff kind of way. It’s nothing to do with them, I promise. It’s me, I don’t handle the stress well, haha. I’ll probably write a post on it at some point.

But! It was a good experience, and I’m glad I went!

 
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Posted by on 06/22/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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DNFing Books: Time Wasted vs. Money Wasted

Coffee Time

Hi, today I wanna talk about DNFing books and the struggle I tend to go through while contemplating it.

Let me preface this by saying that I tend to buy books. I do have a library available to me as well, but this discussion is specifically about after one has spent money on a book and decides it’s not great. So saying ‘just get it from the library’ isn’t a good solution when the dollars are already gone from my wallet.


Late January, a book came out that I was highly anticipating. You can probably guess from my ‘Currently Reading’ post if you saw that, but I’m not going to state which it is specifically because I’m still not sure if I’m going to quit it or finish it.

So, I bought the book new from the bookstore – new release as stated, kinda impossible to get it super cheap. The list price of the thing was $30, but with coupons/etc I got it for $20. Twenty is still a lot for me to pay for a book. I like used books and heavily-couponed/discounted/on sale books. So really, if I pay more than like $13 or so for a book, I really really want that book. I did really want this book, so I forked over the twenty bucks without complaint.

Then, I started reading it. I knew within fifteen pages that I wasn’t going to love it, but I kept reading because ‘You spent twenty bucks on this thing’ popped into my head and I hate wasting five bucks on an unfinished latte because it got cold (pop ice in and boom: iced latte) let alone twenty bucks on a book that I hadn’t even read 10 percent of.

Now, I do not have a problem in general with DNFing books – I have a shelf on goodreads of all the books I’ve put down. But I noticed a trend with them after having difficulty with this current book. All the DNFs were either library books, borrowed from friends, or purchased used or discounted. None of them were.. well, a twenty dollar book. And that made me think…

How much time are we willing to waste on something we don’t enjoy, and does it change with how much money is involved?

Because… if I had spent $5 on this book, I would have put it down by now. I’m absolutely certain. The money-to-time-spent ratio is more… justified, I guess. (For the coffee mentioned above, I get that thing for thirty minutes before it’s cold – you bet your butt I’m finishing it.) If I had spent $10… would I have? I don’t know. Why does the amount of money spent on a book determine how much time I’ll spend not enjoying it?

How much do I feel my time is worth? It’s easy to say ‘I’d rather eat the five bucks and move on to the next book’ but saying ‘I’d rather eat the twenty bucks and move on’, that’s harder. And I don’t feel that it’s tied to my income either – when I was in college I was making minimum wage, and I’d still quit a five dollar book no problem.

And does it change, depending on the person? If you spent $20 on a book, were half way through, and were certain it was going to end up a 1 or 2 star book, would you finish it? What if the book made you angry? What if it made you bored? What if it made you confused?

I think the emotion felt while reading a disliked book also plays into it. 

I definitely tend to finish books that make me angry. Hate-reading is its own source of enjoyment and motivation. I tend to hate-read a lot of bad romance trope-containing books. I go in them hoping to love them by the way, but by the end, my rage gives me life fuel.

Boring books though… it’s much harder. You know, it’s funny, I was thinking about this topic last night while I was reading the book I’m contemplating DNFing, and came across this quote:

A man will suffer misery to get to the bottom of truth, but he will not suffer boredom.

And my brain read that and went ‘Heeeey did you know you’re making me bored? Because that was uncanny.’ But it’s right (and it’s the one line of the book that I have enjoyed so far) I’d rather hate-read than be bored by a book. I’d rather read something that makes me highly uncomfortable than be bored. And because this book is making me bored… right now the twenty dollars doesn’t sound like a terrible price to escape it.

There’s also the ego to consider.

Freudian theories aside, something is keeping me from putting down this book aside from money. Maybe I just wanna show that I can handle something I dislike. Maybe it’s so I can write a damn review on it and give it a fair rating since I would have read it all. All I know is every time I think about quitting it, my brain goes ‘Oh no you don’t, you’ve come this far’.

Reading books I dislike makes me slumpy.

This is another factor that leads towards not wanting to waste time more than not wanting to waste money. When I’m reading a book I dislike, specifically one that bores me, it makes me not want to read period. I don’t want to read it, and I don’t want to read other books I’ll enjoy more because I’ll feel guilty for not focusing on the boring one. I can already feel the slump setting in, so maybe slowing down the pace of this one and reading other books and coming back to it will help.

So. Will I finish the book? I haven’t decided.

As of right now, I’m still unsure. I just hit the 50% mark of the book, so I feel like quitting it now would be silly (it’s my ego telling me that) but at the same time, the remaining 50% is over 300 pages (…and would be the ‘don’t waste time’ bit) and as mentioned multiple times, this damn book was twenty dollars.

I guess what it comes down to is.. I’m disappointed. I shelled out this money, and my time, and my anticipation on a book that I was sure I would love, and it let me down. I feel cheated in a way, and maybe powering through and finishing the book is my way of compensating for the feeling of, well, betrayal?

Who knows. A review will be up of this book either way eventually – we’ll see if it says ‘DNF’ in it or not. Wish me luck.


So, what do you think? Should money play into it? Does it for you? Is it something you’ve noticed a pattern with? Talk to me, peeps.

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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2018: Reading Year in Review

2017 Reading Review

Happy New Year!

This year, I set quite a few challenges for myself, both reading and personal. I’ll go over the reading first, and then the personal at the end so you can back away if you’re not interested. Next year, I plan to do a similar thing with reading goals, but not so much with personal ones. I’ll get to that in a different post, though. But here! We’ll start with stats:

Reading Stats:

Overview

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Reading by Genre:

  • Nonfiction: 2
  • Graphic novel/manga: 55 (wow)
  • Fantasy: 23
  • Sci-fi: 3
  • Horror/thriller/contemporary: 5

Books DNF’d: 1

Reading Resolutions

(As declared in my resolutions post last year)

Book Related:

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books – Success!
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books – Failed (3/10)
  • Keep book buying low – no more than 6-8 books every three monthsFailed (More like 11ish)
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books. It currently sits at 301. – Success!
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2018 – Success!
  • Participate in the Beat the Backlist ChallengeFailed (ending up quitting this one)

Blog Related:

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls – Success!
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on) – Success!
  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time – Success!
  • Update my T5W, Blabber and Tag lists monthly – Success!
  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read – Failed (Haven’t written one since… I don’t even know, man)

So, looks like I did much better in keeping my blog goals than my book goals. The reading goal I found most important was the one where I wanted to decrease my physical TBR to 270. That one, I succeeded in, so woot. For the ‘reading books on the 10 in 2018’ list one, I actually wrote a post on that, going into a bit of blabbering on why I feel like this goal failed.

Personal goals

(As also detailed on the same resolutions post)

So, instead of listing all of the personal goals with a big, fat ‘fail’ next to them, I’m going to say: I failed literally all of them except one. The one I succeeded in was ‘take care of health issues as they arrive’. I’ve been very pro-active in my healthcare this year, getting checkups and whatnot, and tackling health issues as soon as I notice them. So yay, hopefully will live to old age so I can get nice and old and moldy.

But lolololol, totally failed everything else. I’ve noticed a pattern here, and it’ll be mentioned further in my 2019 goals post. Hehe I’m so bad at this.


And that is it! Tomorrow’s post will either be a Top 5 Wednesday post or my 2019 resolutions post (or both, if the topic lines up. The topic hasn’t been posted as of writing this, so right now I’m standing at the edge of the void, waaaaaiting).

I hope you had a good reading year! I can’t wait to see what the new reading goal color is on goodreads, heheh.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/01/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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10 in 2019

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Hello! Today’s post will be about the top ten books I want to read in 2019. I do a post on this topic every year, but I’ve never actually completed the list. Funny, you’d think since they’re the ‘top’ books I wanna read, that they would be the first ten books I’d read. It never turns out that way, though.

So, I want to take a closer look at why I’m putting something on the list, and I want to look at past lists and determine why those books were never read.


A closer look

Looking at 2018‘s and 2017‘s lists, there are a lot of duplicates. Books I didn’t get to one year went onto the next year’s list. Were they still my top of the top books I wanted to read? At the time, I thought so. But now, I’m thinking they were moved over out of guilt, out of saying that they were the top and then feeling bad that I didn’t actually read them. It’s not that I don’t want to read them anymore – I still do – but I don’t know if I want to read them the most anymore.

And looking more closely still, there are five books I didn’t get to in my 10 in 2018 list. I finished three others, and two of them I’m currently reading. Out of the five I didn’t get to, four of them were on my 17 in 2017 list. They’ve been on the list for two years, and I still haven’t picked them up. I feel like the message is loud and clear: apparently they’re not the top books I want to read. The other unread book was acquired at Christmas last year, so it has only been on the list once. But if I go from my apparent pattern here, it likely won’t get read next year either if I re-add it.

So this year, I’m going to pick ten different titles. Do I still wanna read these unread books? Yes. But I feel like adding them to this year’s list will be self-sabotage. So this year’s list will consist of the following:


10 in 2019

  1. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  3. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  6. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
  7. You by Caroline Kepnes
  8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
  10. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

All of these books I physically own already, hopefully it’ll be an easy ten-book drop from my physical TBR. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know!

 
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Posted by on 12/27/2018 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Coffee Time: Top read authors

Blogmas 2018

Today’s post is a follow up of Tuesday’s, which was my top owned author list. These are the ones I’ve actually read. And hey, everyone on today’s list was also on Tuesday’s list so I won’t go into author detail like I did last time. At least I’m consistent, yeh?


J.K. Rowling – 9 books

Naomi Novik – 9 books

Sarah J Maas – 9 books

Robin Hobb – 11 books

Eoin Colfer – 12 books

As you can see, I’m a creature of habit. Writing this makes me want to do an updated series of posts about unfinished series that I will be completing and ones that I won’t. I think it was around this time last year that I posted them, so they’re about due for an update.

If you’ve read any of these authors, do let me know. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/13/2018 in Blogmas, Books, Coffee Time

 

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Coffee Time: Top owned authors

Blogmas 2018

Hello! Today I wanna go over my top-owned authors. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to exclude manga authors, because they would completely take up the list. When I originally thought to write this post, I thought it would be an update of an earlier post I’d made, but when I looked I couldn’t find anything. Maybe it was in a parallel universe. Hmmm..

Anyways, these’ll be the top authors I own, not necessarily have read. I tend to stockpile books by an author if I like that author. A top read authors posts will be out on Thursday.


Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson

Books owned: 8. Neal Stephenson is one of those authors that I’ve stockpiled. I’ve read Snow Crash by him and adored it. I’ve been slowly collecting his works since then, but have yet to actually pick another one up.

Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Books owned: 8. Considering this author once had two books on my ‘will never read ever’ list, that should just tell me to stop saying such things. While I fully recognize the problematic aspects of her writing, I tend to like Maas’s books overall. They’re just so much fun.

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher

Books owned: 8. The third tied position for fifth place, I have actually read most of these. There are two that I own of Fisher’s that I haven’t read yet, but the other six I’ve really liked. I’ll get to them. Eventually.

Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik

Books owned: 9. Naomi Novik is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read 8 out of the 9 books I’ve read by her, the one I haven’t being the next book in her Temeraire series that I have yet to get to.

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer

Books owned: 12. This is one of my favorite childhood authors, and most of my collection consists of just the Artemis Fowl series. I used to go on his website and play in the forums too – I was obsessed, man.

Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb

Books owned: 13. Robin Hobb has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors. I first picked up her books in probably 2015, and I’ve been adoring them since. Ugh she’s so good.

J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Books owned: 14. Does this really surprise anyone? All of the books I own of Rowling’s are Harry Potter books. The original hardback series, three illustrated editions, and four paperback copies. I don’t have anything she’s written under pen names or any supplementary Harry Potter-related books. It’s literally just this series.


And that’s it! Every single one of the authors mentioned writes fantasy or sci-fi. I love it, man.

Until tomorrow!

 
 

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