Christmas Vacation TBR

Blogmas 2018

Happy Friday! Today is THE Friday! The last Friday I have to work this year! After today, I’m on vacation from December 22nd through January 3rd! I return for work Friday, Jan 4th, and then get a weekend right after. So, I figured I’ll make a TBR for these two-ish weeks!

Also! Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff is going to come visit me! We’ve known each other for a decade – made friends online back when we were teenagers. On December 26th, I’ll meet her face to face for the first time, and she’ll stay with me for a week and a bit. How neat is that! I’M SO EXCITED AUGH.

But anyways! The books I plan to read!


The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box (The Christmas Box, #1)

I try to read a Christmas book every year, and this is the one I’ve picked up. I started it yesterday, and aside from the weird in-your-face blatant traditional gender roles, it’s not bad.

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit volumes 4-6 by Motoro Mase

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 4 (Ikigami, #4)

I’ve owned these forever, and while I really have enjoyed the first three volumes, I have never picked these up. Who knows why.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)

Another one I’ve already started (though I won’t finish during break). I’m buddyreading this one with Zezee, and we’re both diggin’ it so far.

Mushishi volume 2-4 by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 2

All of the manga I’m going to list – including this one – are ones that I own multiple volumes of, and have only read the first or the first couple. So. Here we are.

Halo: First Strike by Eric S Nylund

Halo: First Strike

I’ve been reading these Halo books because my coworker lent them to me. I honestly haven’t really ever played the Halo games, but I find myself rather enjoying these. The world building in the book is enough to make up for my lack of game knowledge. And apparently I like military scifi. Who knew? I’m about half way through this one, and want to be able to give it back to him after break is over.

Priest volumes 1-6 by Min-Woo Hyung

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased

I read the first… two or three volumes of this a long time ago, but I think I need a reread before I can continue. And then I’ll be caught up (to what I own)!

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

I’LL FINISH IT ONE DAY I SWEAR. I am adoring this book, but it’s one I’m savoring, so I’m going slow. One day. :”D


And that’s it! I’m sure my brain will be like ‘also pick this up’ to random other books, so we’ll see how this goes. Happy reading! And happy vacation (to me… and you if you have it!)

October Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Hello! Happy October! Yada yada best time of the year yada yada. This is what I’m currently reading!


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)This is a buddy read I’m currently buzzing through with Amanda. We both kinda put it down for a while but have picked it back up recently. So far I’m a bit indifferent to it. Something about it isn’t gripping me. It’s not bad, but… just, isn’t doing anything I guess.

We’re nearing the end of it, maybe a bit over 100 pages left, so I’m hoping the ending blows me away.

 

 

 

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray HouseThis book I am reading as part of the r/Fantasy book of the month read-along. I’ve never participated in one before, so I’m rather pumped. It’ll count towards the hard mode of the bingo square as well! I’m not too far into it so far, but my opinion of it is good. It seems interesting. Listening to it on audio, so I didn’t realize how big it was when I started it – over 700 pages! I hope it stays good!

 

 

 

 

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharI’m reading this book as a buddy read with Katy! So far it’s REALLY UNNERVING OH MY GOSH but I’m rather enjoying it. It’s really well written and very atmospheric. Perfect for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Sooo sometimes I pick up so many books that some of them kinda… fade into the background while I’m distracted by the most recent ones. This month, there are three. I’m ‘currently reading’ them but I likely won’t look at them again until the top three books are done.

  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I’ve been reading this one for ages because it’s huge. I’m loving it but it’s more of a ‘pick up in between books’ book
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – I started this on audio and wasn’t digging the narration. I switched to physical but like the one above, tend to just pick it up when I have some time
  • First Strike by Eric Nylund – I borrowed this book from a friend, who didn’t realize it takes me forever to read books that I’ve borrowed. When I get to these three books again, this one will get priority.

If I get time, I also plan on participating in the Spookathon, which starts on October 15th. It’ll get a separate TBR. I also want to pick up The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson to reread it before its sequel comes out on October 30th. Wish me luck!

What are you reading? Have you read any of the above?

August Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Hello! Today is my first anniversary with my husband! If you’re reading this, I’m currently on a plane, bound for Chicago! This is what I’m currently reading:


The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is one of my two back-burner books – ones that I’m ‘reading’ but haven’t actually touched in a while. What I have read of it, I’ve very much enjoyed. I think I’m mentally delaying this book because I don’t wanna have to wait super long for the fifth one. ;~;

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)

This is the other back-burner book. I’m also enjoying this one a lot, too. I had began it on audio book and decided it wasn’t for me. Instead of DNFing it though, I picked it up as a physical copy and went from there. Oh it was so so so much better. Will likely end up adoring this one.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

This one I am buddy reading with a friend, but we haven’t touched it lately. After I finish the next book I’ll be listing, this one will be my full focus again. Hopefully both of us end up enjoying it.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver

This is going to end up being one of my favorite books. it’s just so atmospheric and I adore it to pieces. This is what has distracted me from all my other books. It’s just so lovely. If you haven’t read anything by Novik yet, what are you even doing with your life.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

This is another one, that if it keeps going in the direction that it is, will end up being one of my favorite books. I’m reading it as an ebook and it’s just absolutely fantastic. It’s so full of allegory and quotable passages – I adore it.

Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)

This is the fifth book in Novik’s Temeraire series and I’ve officially reached the point in the series where it’s no longer a reread for me. I hope it continues to be just as wonderful as its predecessors!


And that’s it! Now do you see why I only finished four books last month? It’s because I’m reading everything and their moms at the same time.

I’ll be in Chicago until the 6th, so responses may be a bit delayed – sorry! Thank you for taking using your time to read my blog – I appreciate you. šŸ˜€

Happy reading!

July Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

I’ve added a fourth weekly post! Well, at least for a few weeks – we’ll see how long I can get content put together for four posts. My reading speed has picked up, so I’m hoping it’ll last at least a couple months.

Today’s post is what I’m currently reading as of today – for those unfamiliar with my blog, I don’t write TBR posts because I’m rather awful at sticking to them. Instead, at the beginning of every month, I make a post about what I’m tackling at the moment.

Anyways, these are the books that I’m nose-deep in:


Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

I’ve been rereading all of the Temeraire series in prep for reading the last three books – I’m enjoying this just as much as I did when I read it back in high school. This is my current audiobook and the narration is being done by Simon Vance, my absolute fave ā¤ This series, if you haven’t picked it up, you totally should. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era. It’s so, so so good. As of right now, I’m about 25% through of it.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This book’s been on my ‘currently reading’ the longest, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. I just keep getting distracted. The fourth book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, I’m loving it just as much as I did the first three. It’s become one of my all-time favorite series. Here is a link to the blurb of the first one, should you be interested.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)

This one I originally picked up as an audiobook, but I’ve since switched over to reading it physically and am enjoying so much more. I can see why this one has gotten the hype it has. I’m hoping I end up liking it the whole way through – I’m on a few chapters in so far. I really like the setting – the fantasy its set in is based on various Asian cultures instead of your typical medieval european ones. It’s pretty neato.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

This one I originally hadn’t intended on picking up so soon, but when I mentioned I was doing the Tome Topple readathon and said I didn’t have any reading buddies, one of my friendos contacted me and said she had this book as well if we wanted to buddy read it. So here we are. šŸ˜€ So far I’m digging the plot and the setting, but I’m a tad iffy on the main character. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt until she gets some opportunity for character growth though.


And that’s it! For now, my posting schedule will be Tues-Wed-Sat-Sun. Wish me luck. Happy reading!

Manga Readathon TBR

Readathons

Hello! I’ve decided to participate in the Manga Readathon! It starts today and runs through June 23rd. Here is where you can find the full details on it!

I will be participating mostly through twitter, where I’ve also posted a tbr pic. These are the manga I plan on reading:

The link I gave above lists seven challenges, of which I think my selection will fulfill most of them.

1. Read a manga that’s been on your TBR the longest

  • s-CRY-ed v1 by Yosuke Kuroda

2. Catch-up reading a series

  • Livingstone v4 by Maekawa Kataoka

3. Read your shortest series

  • Orange v2 and Future by Ichigo Takano

4. Read a new manga

  • Demon Diary v4+ by Lee Yun Hee

5. Re-Read a manga

  • Demon Diary v1-3 by Lee Yun Hee

6. Read a manga out of your comfort zone

  • Just Around the Corner by Toko Kawai

7. Read a recommended manga

  • Seraph of the End v1-2 by Takaya Kagami

Going through and picking out manga for this made me realize just how many I own that are unread and how many I’ve been itching to reread. Perhaps 2018 will be the year of manga for me. If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

May Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy May! I’m currently reading a lot of books at the same time. All of them I’m digging.


The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is the fourth and most recent book in Weeks’ Lightbringer quintet – the fifth and final book comes out late next year and you can bet your butt I’m buying that on release day. I picked up this series on a whim last year and it’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite series. I can’t get enough of it, it’s just so great.

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea

I picked this up from Amazon’s world book day, where they were giving out free ebooks of various genres from authors all over the world. I tried my hardest to just not grab all of them but I couldn’t resist this one. This is the third memoir that I’ve read written by a North Korean defector. With all the news about the country lately, I thought it was fitting to pick up right away.

Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz

Halo: The Flood

Following up from The Fall of Reach that I read this past month, I picked up this book, which is the second in the Halo prequel trilogy. From what I’ve been told though, this book actually goes through the events of the first Halo game. I’m rather enjoying it so far. Seriously, I’m ending up a huge fan of the game without having actually ever playing the game.

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Continuing my audio book reread of Novik’s Temeraire series in prep for finishing the thing out, I’m just shy of half way through this. Simon Vance is narrating and yet again he’s doing an absolutely fantastic job. I love his narrations, man. And I’m loving this book just as much as I did the first time I read it about a decade ago.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

This is by far the most slow-going read for me. I’m enjoying it but it’s one of those books I can only read a few pages at a time before my brain gets burned out. I’ll finish it eventually.


And that’s it! I know I’ll be starting a buddy read or two pretty soon, so another book will likely be added to this list.

If you’re reading any of these or have read them, let me know! Happy reading!

April Currently Reading

Currently Reading

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of LeavesI honestly haven’t touched this one in a bit. It’s my go-between read a few pages here and a few there kind of book. I’ll read it eventually, hawhaw.

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)I’m buddy reading this one with Zezee, though I’m a big behind I believe. I’m almost done with it and am very much liking it. šŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

 

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is my other buddy read for the month! This one Iā€™m reading with Meredith and another buddy ā€“ I haven’t touched this one recently either though. HEY FRIENDS CAN WE READ MORE OR WHAT?! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

 

 

 

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)This is my currently audiobook and a reread – this was one of my favorite series through highschool but I only ever read the first four and a half books – the series recently finished at nine books so I want to go back and reread them all in prep for finishing it all šŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

February Currently Reading | 18

Currently Reading

Hello! This is what I’m currently reading!

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – This is one of the books on my 10 in 2018 list and it’s Sanderson’s first book ever. I’ve been told that if I want to enjoy this one I need to read it before his other ones? I think? Either way, I’m listening to the Graphic Audio of this and it’s a lot like listening to cuts scenes of a video game. It’s rather neat and I’m enjoying it so far!

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson – I’m buddy reading this one with Ace and another friend of ours – so far, I’m rather digging it. I feel like this is one of those series that gets better with each book. It definitely didn’t fall victim to second-book-itis, and it’s looking like the third will be just as strong if not stronger than the second!

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski – I’ve been reading this one for over a month and I’m barely 100 pages into it. Honestly this has been a difficult read for me, but at the same time, I’m absolutely fascinated with it. I think because I’m still in the section that’s full pages and loaded with footnotes, that it’s taking me a while. Some weird stuff has already started happening but the writing itself hasn’t gone weird yet. Nearly there!

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – I say this every time I pick up a Hobb book (this is my eighth now) but reading her books is like going home. I’ve only read the prologue so far, but I’m already enjoying it. It’s like rereading Harry Potter for me, even though this is my first read-through of the series. I love Hobb’s books, man. Zezee and I are buddy-reading this one, as we have been for five or six books now. It’s so much fun! šŸ˜€


And that’s it! I’m hoping to finish House of Leaves in particular this month. The others will likely take me a bit longer. Wish me luck!

 

 

GetGraphic Readathon TBR

GetGraphic Readathon

Hello! Last week, I made a post about my participation in the GetGraphic readathon that’s coming up on October 6th! Today I’ll be posting my TBR. šŸ˜€

If you’d like more detail about the dates and challenges, check out Sam’s announcement video for all the details.

As of today, I’ve completed one of the instagram challenges (today’s isn’t up yet I don’t think), so I’m on track so far. :”D

TBR

I’m going to try to complete the all the challenges associated with this thing as well.

1. Read from a new-to-you series: Descenders vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
2. Read two installments of the same series: Attack on Titan vols 13 and 14 by Hajime Isayama
3. Read a work over 300 pages: Blankets by Craig Thompson
4. Read a work with black and white art: (fulfilled by choices for 2 and 5)
5. Read a work picked out by a friend: Merman in my Tub by Itokichi
6. Read at least 5 works.

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsAttack on Titan, Volume 13Attack on Titan, Volume 14BlanketsMerman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)

If I get done with these, which I might, I’ll likely continue ‘Merman’ if I like it. My friend who recommended it to me literally lent me a huge bag full of manga. There are probably thirty volumes in there of various series I need to work though, so that’ll be my goal.

If you’re participating in the readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

The TBR of Terror: My entire physical TBR

TBR

Guess who finally counted up all the books I own but haven’t read yet. Time’s up, it’s me.

I’ll start with the statement that I’ve read over 50% of the books I own. 53% to be exact. I own a lot of books – I’ve been buying them since I was in grade school. I’d go through bouts of buying tons at a time, then bouts of buying none for a year. It all depended on my job status.

Recently, I made this post stating that I’d be putting a stop to my recent spree of buying books in hopes of increasing the percentage of books that I own and have actually read.

And in that post, I also stated that I had the goal to count up my physical TBR and determine exactly how many books I have that I haven’t read yet, vs ones I have that I have read. I’ve done that.

Today I present to you my physical TBR:

TBR1TBR2TBR3TBR4TBR5TBR6TBR7TBR8TBR9TBR10TBR11TBR12TBR13TBR14TBR15TBR16


Some of the covers might be different than the ones I own, but the books are all the same.

313 books. I have 313 unread books. I’ve got a lot of reading to do, yo. If there are any listed above that you feel I should get to pronto or feel that I should take a second to consider if I should even read it, do let me know.

Happy reading, friends.