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August Currently Reading | ’17

August Currently Reading

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)STILL READING IT. I’LL GET THERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the wWindw because it’s on audio.This one I picked up on audiobook. I’m about 1/3 through it(ish) and am totally smitten so far. I feel like this could end up being one of my new favorite books! 😀

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)So, the third one of these illustrated version is coming out in October and it made me realize that while I own the first two, I’ve never read them. I’ve lent both out multiple times to be read by others, but I haven’t done so myself… so here I am. :”D

 

 

 

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And that’s it! As this is posted, I’m in Hawaii on honeymoon. The only one out of the above three I’ve brought with me is The Name of the Wind because it’s on audio… I’ve grabbed a couple other books too (post is pre-written, to be posted soon) but they’re smaller than the ones above and easier to transport, hawhaw.

Happy reading!

 
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July Currently Reading

July Currently Reading

Happy July! Guess what, guess what. :”D I got an engagement thingy yesterday! I’ve been engaged for about six months now, but we finally went out and got a ring. It’s neato!

19620918_10209949746473536_1241093298569675453_oThe reason for the delay was I had originally proposed to him, so I wasn’t gonna be all ‘Hey marry me, also I’m getting myself a ring to give myself while I propose to you’. Because yikes. Also, if you ever want a post on the engagement story… it’s a doozy. Like, gummy bears, hysterical sobbing, everything. I’m never, ever doing that ever again.

The main gem is a lotus garnet, the little ones are diamonds and the band is rose gold. SO’s wedding band and my own are also rose gold so everything fits together nice-like. 😀

So yeah, just wanted to share. It’s weird having a thing constrict my finger 24/7. I usually don’t wear any jewelry at all, ever.

BACK TO BOOKS NOW, FORGIVE THE INTERMISSION.


Currently Reading

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This is a buddy-read I’m doing with Zezee (at the time of writing this, I’m about five pages away from where I’m supposed to be for today, so I’m doing that after I’m done here! :”D)

This is the third book in the Liveship Trader’s trilogy and the sixth book set in the Realm of the Elderlings series. This book, this series, man. I love it but it exhausts me.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks… I’ve been buzzing through GRRM’s fifth book, which I finished the other day, on audio and in combination with Ship of Destiny, I haven’t had much time for this one. It’s unfortunate, because I’m smitten with it. I suppose I should pick it up soon and get it off the cat’s cat tree so she can actually jump up there again…

 

Orange – The Complete Collection v1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Aside from there being multiple volumes of ‘The Complete Collection’ (you goofy naming convention people) this manga is pretty interesting. It follows a young girl who one day receives a letter from her future self, telling her of things to come and urging her to try to change her future. It’s a magical-realism type series, and I’m seriously digging it so far.

 

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That’s it for what I’m currently reading.

In other news, I’ve been on a graphic novel/manga kick, so expect a haul soon. Also, the annual Half Price Books Clearance Sale near me is occuring at the end of the month, so I’m going to try really hard not to buy anything else between now and then. But then after that, expect likely another decent sized haul. Everything is two bucks, man. I’m gonna go bananas. If you’re near the Pittsburgh area, hit me up. I’m gathering a small army to go there, buy books and then gloat over them while eating lunch together.

In other other news, I’m going to try my hand at a normal posting schedule (gasp). My goal is two-three times a week: Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Wednesdays. I realized that writing on the weekend is the easiest for me to manage and I’m thinking I can pull at least one post off during the middle of the week. Obviously this schedule will not be solid if say, I’m doing a readathon that requires multiple posts per day, or doing Blogmas or something. But yeah, that’s my goal. Wish me luck.

 

 
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June Currently Reading

June Currently Reading

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


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

But for books:

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

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

 

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

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

 

 

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

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

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

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

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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

 

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May Currently Reading | ’17

Hello it’s May! 😀 That means it’s not April! That means my project is over! I know I’ve been yapping about this damn thing for months, BUT I’M JUST SO HAPPY IT’S OVER OH MY GOODNESS.

And now on to what I’m currently reading! 😀


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)I’m the closest to finishing this one out of any of them – less than 100 pages left! And it’s getting preeeetty intense, man. This one is a buddy read with Zezee :”D We’ve been slowly tackling all of Hobb’s books for a while now – it’s fun!

I have a weird love-hate relationship with Hobb’s books. I really like everything I’ve read from her, but reading her books just takes so much out of me emotionally, man. It’s draining.

 

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryThis one is being listened to on audio. I’ve been slipping with this one lately though – I find that if I’m under stress *cough*project*cough* I just wanna blast Scandanavian power metal on the way to work instead of listening to science. But now that stress is gone, science it is. :”D

 

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)This one has been and likely will continue to be on my currently reading list for a while – it’s a ‘about’ book for a dungeons and dragons setting – not exactly something you binge, haha. I’m enjoying it though – it’s allowing me to flesh out the background of my character nicely. 😀

 

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)GUYS. I’VE BEEN WAITING TO READ THIS BOOK FOR FOREVER. I finished the second one last month and have been waiting to pick this up until after I had finished my coding project – I knew if I picked it up before that I would never finish the code, haha. So I made it my reward to myself for finishing. 😀

I’M LOVING IT SO FAR, BY THE WAY.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)I’m totally on this train now, peeps. I wasn’t for the loooongest time. And then I read the first book and found it to be decent if not a bit unhealthy and then the second one was so much better (except the word ‘sheathing’ was used too much). And this third one – I’m rather digging it so far. It’s definitely highlighted some goods and bads about the book, but I’ll get to those in the blabber I write about the thing when I’m done with it. Because there will definitely be a blabber, yo.

So far I’ve figured out the wings bit, but still am clueless about the ruin bit.

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And that’s it! I hope to finish at least a few of these before picking up more. Five books at once is a looooot. Happy reading!

 
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April Currently Reading | ’17

Hello, it’s April and so far, I haven’t been fooled yet. But it’s only mid-afternoon so there’s plenty of time.

Currently, I am reading four books:


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru CormorantThis was on last month’s currently reading as well, and I’m still chugging along with it. This book, I really like it, but I’m finding it to be a very dense read. I’m about two-thirds through it at this point and hope to finish it up by the end of the month. Fingers crossed. This novel is a geo-political thriller set in a fantasy world. But as far as fantasy goes, the fact that the world isn’t real is the only thing fantastical about it. There’s no magic, no monsters, no prophecies… just a different world. But at the same time, it definitely has weird, almost dystopian elements to it. It’s really, really cool. I’m very much enjoying the thing. I have a feeling the end is going to kill me.

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryI figured it had been a while since I picked up a non-fiction and I had an open credit on my Scribd account, so I snagged this bugger and started listening to it on audio on my way to and from work. So far, I’ve learned that when Darwin submitted his paper on evolution theory, he did so along side another man who had come to the same conclusions after observing the same phenomena on some remote islands in South East Asia. Neither name knew of the other beforehand. It’s funny how things like that happen. Also, Mendel , who came up with the dominant and recessive alleles using pea plants, was a crap test-taker. This book is super entertaining and I’m highly enjoying it.

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This one was on my list last month too, I think. This book is a chunker. The second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy, it continues the story of the Vestrit family as they deal with all the shit that gets thrown at them. It has talking ships and sentient sea serpents and wizardwood and dragons. I’m very much liking this series (though if I’m honest, I think I like Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy a tad more). Buddy reading this with Zezee, we’ve been making our way through this four chapters a week. We’ll get there, we’ll get there.

 

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)This one’s been on my list for a few months now. I’ve been paging through it slowly as I continue the campaign I’m currently in. I got to level 2 yesterday, woo woo. I’m starting to really dig all the lore and stuff that’s involved in DnD. I’m very happy I’ve been given the opportunity to play.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of these, do let me know your opinion. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/01/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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March Currently Reading | ’17

Hello, it’s not February anymore and not humpday, so no reason to delay this post further.

Currently, I’m reading six things: Four physical novels, one audiobook and one guidebook.


The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)Book two in the Lightbringer series, it’s definitely captured my heart. I’ve been talking non-stop about the first one, The Black Prism, since I finished it last week or so ago and have even written a blabber on it (which… now has probably a billion pingbacks on it since I mentioned it so much, hawhaw). Can’t go into plot detail about this particular book, but the series overall plot follows a man, The Prism, who can fracture light into its individual colors and ‘draft’ them into physical matter. This book is a huge fantasy series, neck-deep in wonderful characters, neato world-building and a really cool magic system. I seriously recommend it. My goal is to catch up with the series by the end of the year. The first two I’ve listened to on audiobook, but have the third one as a physical copy and man, it’s a brick. I’ll be posting a haul tomorrow so you can see it. It’s bigger than my head.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

Book two in the Remnant Chronicles, this is a continuation of The Kiss of Deception, which was pleasantly pleasant. I gave it a four star rating I think. This one, I’m liking much more. It’s a YA fantasy, following a young woman who runs from an arranged marriage and goes into hiding in a nearby town. This one, I’m buddy reading with Ace and another friend who I don’t think has a blog. At least I don’t think so does. Hopefully will have this finished within the next week or two. I have the third one lined up and ready to go!

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)Second book of the Liveship Traders series, which is the second series set in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. This series follows a few different characters in a rich world full of magic and liveships – ships that, once three generations of a family has passed away on their decks, come to life. Their figureheads become sentient and can speak and direct the ship for the captain. I seriously love this world and this series (and the first series!) This is also a buddy read that I’m doing with Zezee 😀 We’ve been buddying through Robin Hobb’s books since book three of the first trilogy (or was it book two?) and I’ve been rather enjoying it. :”D

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed GreenwoodForgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)

This was also on my last month’s currently reading, and I’m still paging through it. Now that the Dnd campaign I’m involved with has actually started, I’ll probably just pick out individual sections I was to read about and then mark it as read rather than read the thing cover to cover. I’m enjoying it so far though – it’s very informative as far as lore and things like that go. It’s such a pretty book, too. Every Dnd book I’ve come across so far has been absolutely beautiful. The art, the atmosphere, everything.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)The fifth book in the famous A Song of Ice and Fire series, this one was also on my list from last month. It’s just so big, man. And honestly it’s kinda taken a backseat to the two buddy reads I have going on currently. Once one of those finishes, I’ll be able to add this book into the mix again. Can’t even begin to go into plot at this point or I’ll be lynched for spoilers. If you still have no idea what this series is about, I have no idea what to tell you. Go watch the show? Go pick up the first book? 😛

 

 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonThe Traitor Baru Cormorant

Honestly looking at this, you’d think it was a sci-fi, wouldn’t you. Well, it’s not. It’s a fantasy. At least, it’s a fantasy in the sense that it takes place in a made-up world. I have yet to see any fantastical elements though. But what this book doesn’t have in actual fantasy, it makes up for in political intrigue. This book is a political thriller set in a fantasy world and if you go into it wanting anything else or anything more than that, you’ll be disappointed. But if you know what you’re getting ahead of time, you’ll likely love this book. So far, I definitely am. It’s so dense and calculating and the main character has this mind like a metal trap. It’s so good. It’s so good. This was one of the books on my 17 in 2017 list and so far, I’m glad I put it on there. I’m so happy that I started this thing. I feel like it might end up on my all-time favorites list.


And that’s it for me! I know of a couple books I plan on picking up after these, but they’re not set in stone. We’ll see how my course load is this month. I’m procrastinating it as we speak. :”D Happy reading.

 
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November Wrap Up, December Currently Reading – Blogmas 12/1

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Hello, it’s the first day of Blogmas!! 😀 Welcome to what will be a lot of me crowding your feed. Because I’m here all month. :”D Ba-dum tsh

Today I’m doing my monthly wrap-up. The posts will get more Christmasy themed at some point, I swear.


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for November: 11. This is the most I’ve had in a long time. 😀


Reading Overview for the Month(s):

Books:

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamRest, Volume 1You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)Saga, Vol. 2Saga, Volume 3

I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. This is a classic sci-fi short story with horrific elements. It revolves around the last remaining group of people and the AI that tortures them. It’s unsettling and I really liked it. – 3 stars

Rest by Mark Powers. I’m pretty sure this is a one-off as far as graphic novels are concerned. It’s labeled ‘volume 1’ but it was published 5 years ago and there was never any volume 2. It was really great, all up until the end. I loved it until that point. – 2 stars

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Guess who reopened my Scribd account, it was me. :”D I think I listened to this baby in two or three days and absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend it. – 5 stars

Saga volumes 2 and 3 by Brian K Vaughan. These are rereads for me in prep for reading volume 6. I’m liking them more this time around than the first time, and I loved them the first time. :”D – 5 stars each


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 42/50 books (3 behind)
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 5/5
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: None this month
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Oops.


December Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)WeaveworldShip of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)Jurassic Park

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Weave World by Clive Barker
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (buddy read with Zezee!)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (audiobook with the SO)

It’s literally the same as last month. I’ve finished none of them.


Happy reading! :”D

 
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