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Top 5 books I removed from my TBR

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is books that I used to want to read but lost interest in. Should be neat.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Once upon a time I had the box set of this series. I read the first one and if I remember, I think I actually liked it. I gave it four stars or something. But every time I’d go to read the second one I kinda… decided to just read something else. After five or six times of pointedly choosing not to read the next book I just got rid of them.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I owned this book very, very briefly. I had originally decided it didn’t interest me, but then saw it in a clearance sale for a dollar… so I bought it, thinking ‘maybe’, because it’s J. K. Rowling. It did not survive the next unhaul three weeks later.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

This book suffered the consequences of time. I bought and read the first book when it came out… liked it enough. I didn’t care for the romance at all. But overall, was ok. By the time the second came out and I got around to buying it, I had forgotten the contents of the first book… so I reread book one and then book two. Also ok – better than the first in my opinion, because of the different character focus. Aaaaand then this book came out and I realized I had forgotten the contents of the first two books. I decided I didn’t care enough to reread the first two, so I just got rid of them and never bought this.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

This is a ‘book blog/booktube’ buy. I’m not huge into middle grade. The ones I do have were ones I read when I was little. Bought these because of peer pressure, didn’t read them for the three years I had them, then got rid of them, because hey, I’m not into middle grade.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

Out of all of them, this is the one where there is a slight chance I’ll change my mind. I read The Diviners ages ago and liked it. I think I gave it four stars? Maybe? I remember not liking how the romantic subplot plot twisted at the end of the book, so I was a bit disenchanted when this second book came out. I got rid of my copy of the first book shortly after the third book came out, but then everyone’s been raving about it. Soooo I figured if I ever wanna finish this, I’ll get them from the library. But… I don’t have any even half-baked near or far future plans to do so. But who knows. Either way, wasn’t a series I cared enough to own.


And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Did I make a grave mistake? Will I regret it for the rest of my days? 😀 Happy reading!

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Posted by on 07/18/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday, Uncategorized

 

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Top 5 future classics

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is future classics!

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Also, apparently this is a repeat topic. I’ve already made a Top 5 Wednesday post about future classics, so if you’d like to read my original, you can do so here. I didn’t repeat any books from that list for this time. 😀

 

Dealing with the obvious:

When I went to go make this list, there were a few books that came to mind immediately, which means they’re going to come to everyone’s minds immediately. So I’m just going to mention them now and get them out of the way becuase I’m sure you’ll get tired of reading the same blurb about them over and over:

  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Otherwise:

5. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

In addition to being a spectacular book on its own, this book begins a journey that lasts for sixteen books and takes place in a world that grows to feel so real that you’d swear there’s a dragon behind you, breathing down your neck.

I know there are a lot of fantasy series that could claim the same and indeed a lot of them will likely become future classic as well. For instance: Malazan, The Wheel of Time, The Kingkiller Chronicles, all good candidates. But this series to me stands out the most – one because I’ve actually read most of it so I can actually back up what I’m talking about, (I’ve read Kingkiller too but you know my feelings on Kvothe, so we’re not going to talk about it) but also because of its ease. Both Malazan and The Wheel of Time have a bit of a reputation for being difficult. Hobb’s writing, while wordy, is really easy to get into. There’s no gigantic character list to keep track of, no depth of plot to the point where you have to take notes… it’s just… easy.

4. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

Keep in mind I’ve selected this one having read only a limited amount of sci-fi, but from what I have, this one has the makings of the ones that are already considered modern classics. The popularity of the series, the depth of plot, and again – the ease to get into it – all of it make it stick out to me as something that will be seen twenty years from now as ‘oh did you read this one? It’s a classic!’

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

While I didn’t love this one myself, I can definitely see its potential as classic material. It has the typical ‘difficult to read’ aspect nailed, for one. Otherwise, it’s an interesting character study, it’s an interesting representation of modern writing, and it has a lot of metaophor going on. I could easily see it being assigned reading in about twenty years.

2. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

I mean, it’s practically already a modern telling of The Canterbury Tales, so… if you’ve read it, you know it definitely has all the elements needed to become a classic. A mysterious entity, multiple stories of characters that are all fascinating in their own way, a slow moving plot to allow for a lot of depth and development of those characters, metaphor everywhere… just writing about it makes me want to reread it.

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls

This one, this one will definitely become a future’s children’s classic. The art, the plot, the tone the book sets, all of it is amazing. I think if any on the list deserve the title, this one does the most. It’s just spectacular (and the movie turned out to be pretty solid, too). It has already won awards and is well on its way to becoming one of those books that everybody has heard of.


And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/11/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 so far

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Hello, happy Hump Day! As you’re reading this, I’m not at work (woo, 4th of July and paid holidays. I’m gonna cherish it). Today’s topic is favorite books of the year so far! I’ve actually already hit my goodreads goal of 40 books, so I have quite the selection to pick from. All of the below books were a solid five stars. Rating them 5 through 1 is a bit superfluous, so take their order with a grain of salt.

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

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North KoreaGenre: Nonfiction – Memoir

This is a very recent read for me, I just finished it last week, but it’s definitely made its way into my heart. This book is a memoir written by a man who somehow escaped from the North Korean totalitarian regime. It’s written in a very matter-of-fact way – it doesn’t shy away from the suffering that Ishikawa or his family felt. It doesn’t give you an illusion of a happy ending.

This book is powerful, heart breaking, and will stick with me for a long time.

 

 

 

4. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)Genre: Fantasy

The Broken Eye is the third book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, which is one that I’ve been raving about for a long time. The series follows a slew of characters in world of political and magical upheaval. The magic system, based on colors, is really, really cool. The users of the magic are able to visualize a color and morph it into physical matter. Most can do one or two colors, but the Prism, one of the main characters, can draft them all.

And each time a magic user drafts a color, it brings them slightly closer to their deaths.

The world that Weeks has created is so great. I love the plot development, I love the characters, I love the humor. I love it all. I’m currently reading the fourth book, The Blood Mirror and am loving that as well. I hope the fifth (and final??) book comes out soon so I’m not left in a deprived state. DON’T LEAVE ME HANGIN’ WEEKS, OKAY? OKAY.

3. Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

Really, this one and King’s Rising deserve this spot, but I’m keeping it to single books, and I’m trying to keep one series from hogging multiple spots in the list. So think of it as this book with the third book peeking over its shoulder.

Prince’s Gambit is the second book in the Captive Prince trilogy, which has also become one of my favorites this year. Out of the three, this one in my opinion is by far the best. The other two are good as well, but this one is my fave.

This series, taking place is a fantasy world and dealing with politics and war, is not for the feint of heart. It contains gruesome violence, rape, and just unpleasant situations. It’s gritty. But it’s just so addicting to read. The two main characters – the prince of one land and the prince of the other, find themselves in a situation where… well, read the synopsis of the first book and it’ll be rather clear.

This series is not by any means a modern classic, but holy cow did I have fun reading it. I couldn’t put it down.

2. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol 1 by Fujita

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Genre: Manga – Slice of life/Romance

Yep, a single volume of a manga gets the number two spot. I loved this so much.

It kinda came out of nowhere – a comedy youtube channel I follow did a review of the first three episodes of the accompanying anime, and it made me curious enough to go pick it up. I buzzed through the first season in two days, and then I got the ‘need more’ itch I couldn’t scratch. So, my husband bought me the first volume of the manga as a surprise, because I’d been blabbering about it non-stop. I thought that I would like the manga less, only because I had just finished watching the same plot material and figured it might be repetitive from the closeness of consuming to two.

But hoo-boy was I wrong. This manga is even better than the anime. I absolutely adored it and am a fan for life. And I’ve only read the first volume! There are two currently out, the third being released in English in October. You bet your butt I’m going to suck them into my collection.

My favorite part about this series is its simplicity. It follows two mid-20s working individuals, both nerds in their own way, who decide to date each other because they’re most likely to understand each other’s obsessions. It’s cute, it’s light, and it’s drama-free. There’s no teenage angst, there’s no miscommunication… it’s just fun and adorable and funny and I really, really enjoyed it.

1. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)Genre: Fantasy

Again this is another ‘this book and the third one in the trilogy’. Not saying the first wasn’t just as good – it was, but technically I read it in 2017. 😛

I’ve been making my way through Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world for almost two years now. I started Assassin’s Apprentice back in 2016 I think, and by the time I got to Assassin’s Quest (Or was it Royal Assassin?!) I had begun buddy-reading everything with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. We’ve covered all the books since then up through this series… and this one by far is both of our favorites. Golden Fool in particular was just so wonderful. So much character development! So much heart-throbbing-ness, so much suspense! AH, BELOVED. ❤

This series will be getting a blabber from me very soon – I still haven’t been able to calm down enough after the end of Fool’s Fate (book 3) to articulate my thoughts in an even semi-coherent manner. I’m reeling! I’ll get there.

But this series, this book, by far, is my favorite read of the year so far. It’s tops, and I love it. Robin Hobb has a fan for life.


And that’s it! Out of the forty books I’ve read so far this year, these ones are the top of the top, they’re the cat’s pajamas, they’re the bee’s knees!

Have you read any of the above? What were your faves? Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/04/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 books I wanna read before the end of the year

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifWhat a wordy title. Happy Hump Day!

Today’s topic is what I said above, and I’m going to try to pick different books than I did in the recent topic ‘books I want to read before the end of summer‘. So think of these as ones I wanna read after those are done.

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5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I am behind on this series. I’m not a huge fan of the main character, but I did enjoy the world expansion that occurred in book three, so I’m hoping this book will focus on that. I’ve heard that this one is polarizing, but I don’t know why. I somehow haven’t been spoiled, so if you spoil me I’m gonna come after you with the wrath of a thousand suns and give you such a scolding.

4. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

This one sounds so interesting to me, though I’ve had friends both love and hate it. I’ve liked what I read of Stephenson so far, so I’m hoping this one will be good as well. The synopsis makes it sound like a weird crossover between sci-fi and fantasy and I’m all here for it.

3. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, #1)

I picked this entire series up off the clearance shelf of my old college bookstore. I had never heard of it, but at the time I was in a huge 90s fantasy kick, so I kinda just grabbed it without thinking too much on it (and it came out the year I was born, holy cow, this is a Fantasy Bingo tile now!!! I’M EVEN MORE PUMPED FOR IT.)

2. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)

Out of all the books on this list, this one has been on my TBR the longest – I got this as a Christmas gift back when I was a teenager, so I’ve had it for ten or so years now. My interest has never waivered, I just.. haven’t gotten to it. You know how it is.

1. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Considering that Leviathan Wakes, the first book in this series, was one of my favorite books two years ago and I still haven’t picked this one up, it makes me wonder what I’m doing. I think the eighth(?!) book in this series was just released, so I have a lot of catching up to do. If I get through this one this year though, I’ll be content.


And that’s it! These are… basically the remaining books on my 10 in 2018 list haven’t already been read, aren’t being currently read, and weren’t mentioned on my summer reads post. 😛 I gotta stick to my guns, man. If you plan on reading any of these, do let me know. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/27/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 father figures

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day!

Today’s topic is fathers or father figures. (By the way, Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, for you American peeps. Go take your dad to dinner or something). For this topic, I’m breaking away from books a little bit.

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5. Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

He’s just such a wholesome guy, and funny to boot.

4. Butler from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

No gif for this one. Butler essentially acts as Artemis’s father and role model and protector throughout the series. He’s such a stand up guy.

3. Burrich from Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Not from Assassin’s Apprentic specifically, but Hobb’s entire Realm of the Elderlings series. Burrich is definitely a gruff guy and has annoyed me more than once with how stubborn he is, but he’s got a big heart.

2. Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender

I feel like Iroh is the Golden Standard when it comes to positive male role models. Everyone should be like Iroh.

1. Bobby from Supernatural

Again, a good male role model (but maybe more gruff and not as golden standardy as Iroh). He’s funnier, though, so he’s my fave.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/13/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 summer reads

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is summer reads! I thought about how I wanted to interpret this prompt because it’s pretty open ended, and I settled on top books I want to read this summer. As in, ones I wanna finish within the next three months.

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5. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)This is the fifth book in the Temeraire series, and the highest that I’ve read to. I first read this back when I was high school and am currently rereading all of them. Finishing this one would mean that I am caught up and ready to move onto the remaining four books in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)This one I’m currently reading, but it’s sitting on the back burner. I love this series and finishing this one this summer will have me prepped for the release of The Burning White next year (at least I think it’s going to be next year. Don’t leave me hangin’, Weeks!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

House of LeavesI think I started this one in February. I feel like I have to finish it at this point. It’s a matter of ego now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud AtlasMy husband bought this for me for our first Christmas together as a couple, back in 2012 and I still haven’t read it. I’m such a bad wife. I even suggested it by name!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)This will be a reread for me. This was my favorite book last year and its sequel comes out in October. The reread of this one will take place likely in late August. I’M SO READY MAN. I’M SO READY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/06/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 ideal mashups

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Happy Hump Day!

Today’s rewind topic is top five ideal mashups, which was the prompt from April 18th of this year. (hush I was slumpy)

These are in no particular order

A Monster Calls meets Spirited Away

Can you imagine how whimsically dark this could get?! I’m getting shivers just thinking about it!

Fullmetal Alchemist meets Treasure Planet

Imagine the immense plot of FMA being set in a world similar to the steampunk of treasure planet. It’d be soooo great

Supernatural meets Mulan

I love Supernatural. I do. I just think it’d be cooler with a neato protagonist like Mulan.

The Liveship Traders meets Pirates of the Caribbean

I’d love to see Jack go up against Kennit, man.

Fringe meets Sherlock

These are two of my all-time favorite shows, each very strong in their own way. The only thing better would be to see them mixed. I’ve love to see how Walter Bishop and Sherlock worked together… or drove each other crazy. Because let’s face it sometimes they’re way too similar.


And that’s it for today! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/23/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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