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So uh… I went to another library sale | Book Haul #17

As the title says, I went to another one. 😛 Aaaaand there’s yet another one nearby this coming weekend. I’m going to try really hard to stay away, haha.

But I got a lot of books – some from that sale, some from Half Price Books, some bought out-right. 😛 Heeeeere we go.


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So, each one of these I’m very excited for…. and each one of these (aside from the ones I’ve already read, will likely take me a while to get to. I’ve reached the ‘I realize I have a problem’ epiphany. So I’m going to uh… attempt a ban? I guess? I’m not sure how I wanna go about it yet. I’ve done the read-5-buy-1 and it didn’t stick, I’ve gone cold turkey and it didn’t stick… so I’m not sure how to go about it, hyuck. Do let me know if you have any ideas that will be easier on my very undisciplined self-discipline. 😛

But if you’ve been planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D I’d love to do a buddy read!

 
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Posted by on 05/17/2017 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

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Bout of Books 19 | Day 6 Update

Bout of Books

I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin, woo! I’ve also written a spoiler-free blabber on it, which you can check out here if you’re interested. 😛

Reading completed:

A Court of Wings and Ruin: 77 pages

Chew vol 1: 128 pages

Best day yet. :”D Today’s the last day, so tomorrow will be the readathon wrap-up. Woo!

 
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Posted by on 05/14/2017 in Books, Readathon, Uncategorized

 

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Fantasy Bingo 2017 Possible Picks | Fifth Row

Happy Easter!! 😀 I hope everyone has a lovely day today. Today I’m posting the last of my ‘possible picks’ things for r/Fantasy’s 2017 Bingo Sheet. For the reddit announcement page, click here. And here are also my posts on: my original announcement post, first row, second row, third row and fourth row picks.

Onto the fifth and final one now.


Quick reminder as to what the sheet looks like:

  • Fantasy novel featuring seafaring

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)I’m thinking either continuing with Robin Hobb’s series and sticking Mad Ship or Ship of Destiny in here. Another possibility could be At the Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson. Considering Hobb’s books could fit into other categories, I must just go with the Anderson one.

 

 

  • Subgenre: Steampunk

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)The only ‘steampunk’ books I think I own that I haven’t read yet are the first two books in the Parasol Protectorate series… I’ve listed Soulless for another category already, so maybe Changeless for this one? I don’t know. I might pick up a book or two in the meantime for this series – not even the rec thread is helping me out for this one, haha.

Also, if any of you need a book for this category, read Scar Night by Alan Campbell. I’ve already read it or I would’ve just picked that one, haha.

  • Five Fantasy Short Stories

I’m gonna have to scour the internet for this one. I’m sure I’ll find some. If anyone knows of any websites hosting short fiction, do tell me. I’m rather unaware of stuff like this.

  • Novel by an author from an r/fantasy Author Appreciation post

This is likely going to be a square that I’ll have to buy or borrow a book for. This list of qualifying authors is here and honestly I don’t have a single book by any of them, haha. So much for being prepared, Emily. If any of the authors are ones you recognize, shoot me a suggestion, would ya?

  • Getting to old for this crap: Fantasy novel featuring an older (50+) protagonist

The Buried GiantThere are two I could read for this one, though one of those is technically sci-fi and not fantasy… but whatevs. That would be Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. The other, most fantasy-ish choice is The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’m leaning towards picking up the latter over the former, just because it’s more fantasy than the first. But we’ll see.


OKAY THAT’S IT. I MADE A TBR FOR ALL TWENTY-FIVE SQUARES, DAMMIT. NOW I JUST GOTTA READ THE BLASTED THINGS.

 
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Posted by on 04/16/2017 in Books, TBR, Uncategorized

 

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks | Blabber

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
The Lightbringer series, book 1
Fantasy
Listened on audiobook Dec 29, 2016 – Feb 2, 2017

No spoilers this time around. Safe to read.

The Black Prism is the first book in the currently-four-book Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. I had heard of the author before, but I hadn’t read anything by him until now.

Let me tell you man, I’m a fan. From what I’ve heard, his writing is polarizing in a way that you’ll either like his style or you won’t. Well, I like it. I really like it, actually. After I finish this series, I’m going to go hunt down his other one.

This series follows the Prism, a man named Gavin Guile who can fracture light into its individual colors and then draft those colors into physical matter called luxin, which can then be used like any other building material. This magic system is unique in that the more the wielder uses it, the faster it brings him or her to death. I’ve never read about a system that kills someone as they use it before. Other people in this world can use the magic as well, but most can only draft one or two colors. Some, superchromats, can draft more than that, but only the Prism can draft them all. I love the way Weeks described the magic system – I understood the mechanics of it without having to think much about it. It just flowed naturally into the story.

This book follows Guile along with three or four other characters, shifting perspectives as needed. I think this is the first time I’ve read a multiple POV book where I was interested in each character. None of the chapters were boring, none of them left me wondering if they were necessary. Each character contributed to the storyline and each one was understandable if not likeable.

Another main character in the story, Kip, Gavin Guile’s bastard son, was probably my favorite character. He was just so funny. An overweight teenager, his story begins in a small village where he’s being bullied daily by other boys living there. The story takes off quickly, him coming to interact with the other main characters and not feeling sure of himself while he does it. So what does he do? He resorts to humor to help himself cope. Kip is hysterical and I feel like I’d find him as a good person if he were to magically appear in front of me as a real human. Sure, he has the mind of a stereotypical hormonal teenage boy at times and the reader sees that when reading from his POV, but he’s not wholly crude and him noticing girls is also dotted with humor. He was just entertaining to read all around and I really enjoyed it.

The Black Prism aside from having humor and fantasy elements also has war and political intrigue elements. The Seven Satrapies, the land where this story take place, has a bloody past that’s not quite settled, leading to tension and torment and warfare. Each Satrapie has a unique culture that’s highlighted throughout the book, lending to the world’s fullness and development. And there’s a magic school! Well, it’s there. The book isn’t focused on it, but it’s there. Still enjoyable to read though. :”D

Overall, I loved this book. I loved this book. The audio narration just made it all the better, too. This is the first time I went out of my way to find out the name of the narrator and see what else he’s narrated so I can listen to him more. The version I listened to was narrated by Simon Vance. I know there are other narrators for this book who apparently aren’t that great, so if you decide to try out the audibook, get the Simon Vance version!! 😀 Oh my gosh, I’m smitten.

Favorite book of the year so far, I think. It’s tied with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was just so wonderful. I need to get a physical copy so I can reread it and love it and scribble in it and love it and love it.

Rating: 5/5 stars 

 
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Posted by on 02/07/2017 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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February Currently Reading

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And here begins my ‘try to make more content’ attempt. Typically I combine my ‘currently reading’ things with my wrap-ups, but at this point I feel like I’m writing a book each time I do that. For those new to my blog, I tend not to do TBRs unless I’m participating in a readathon. Nothing makes me not want to read a book more than thinking ‘I have to read this book next’. It’s self defeating to me, so I just go with the flow and pick up whatever I happen to pick up. So right, I’m experimenting with splitting these posts up and seeing how it goes! If you like them separate or together, please do tell me your opinion. Danke.


Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)The third book in Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, I’ve literally been reading this one since February of 2015. Why? I’m reading it out loud with my fiance and it’s very slow-going. I very much enjoy reading with him, but getting the time, the mood and everything to line up correctly is a bit difficult sometimes. We’re both better at listening to audiobooks together – have finished two in the time it’s taken to read this one. Despite that though, I’m very much enjoying this book and each time we sit down to read I think ‘Waah this is so great! We should just finish it now!’ and then we don’t, haha. I will get it done though, and I think we’ll pick up the fourth one as an audiobook after. So oops :”D It’ll happen, it’ll happen.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

The fifth and most recent installment in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, this book is definitely intimidating. I’m tempted to pick up the audiobook for this one honestly – that’s how I read books 1, 3 and 4. But I’m resisting, mostly because I can’t stand how the narrator voices the different characters. Kills me, man. Also, I read book two physically and I remember enjoying it so damn much. I’m hoping this one will give me that same experience. Currently, I’m not too far in, about 70 pages or so, but I hope to get through at least half of it this month. This book is a brick. 1100 pages. I think once I finish it, I’m going to rebuy the copy in the big floppy paperbacks. I’m currently reading from the mass markets, which probably isn’t doing me any favors.

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I picked this up last week or so in preparation for my first ever Dungeons and Dragons campaign. My fiance is DMing and for the past two weeks, he’s been updating himself on the fifth edition’s rules and forming a campaign for me and four other friends. Having never played before and knowing nothing more than ‘dungeons exist and dragons exist’, he recommended I read through this book as this is the world where his campaign will be set. This particular edition is an older one, but supposedly the overall setting shouldn’t have changed much between editions. So far, I’ve learned a lot and I can now see why there are billions of novels based in this world. It’s just so fascinating!

I likely won’t read this cover-to-cover, just sections that interest me, but I’ll read enough of it to give me the footing to give it a rating at least. I even started making my character yesterday! I’m a gnome. :”D I’m so excited.

The Blinding Knife by Brent WeeksThe Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)

This is my newest ‘oh my gosh I love this series’ series. I finished the first one, The Black Prism, the other day and immediately started this one. Ahh it’s just so good. The magic system is what I like the most about it. The magic system in this book allows the users to fracture light into colors and then use the colors to create things – form solid objects, liquids, so on. Each drafter, a user of this system, is born with being able to use one, two or multiple colors. Only the prism, the character this book follows, is able to use them all. But each time a drafter drafts, it pulls from their lifespan. Using the magic literally kills them faster.

Ahhh I love this series. It’s full of great characters and humor and action and political intrigue and blahblahblah READ IT.

By the way, if you’re an audiobook person, the narrator for this series is fantastic.


And that’s it! For now. There are one or two more I’m tempted to pick up and jump into. I know I have a buddy read or two coming up this month as well, so those will likely be added to the pile. Wish me luck, happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/04/2017 in Uncategorized

 

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January Wrap Up | ’17

Hello!

Happy February! Last year, I did wrap ups and currently reading posts in the same post, but I feel like doing so made me give less detail in my wrap ups since I didn’t want to make the posts too long. So I’m splitting them up this year. Yay organization.

This past month has been my best reading month in well, months. It’s given me a solid start to my 2017 reading goal and I’m very happy with all the books I’ve read. :”D


This month, I read a total of nine books: Two manga, six YA fantasy, one DNF’d fantasy.

Manga

Attack on Titan vols 9 and 10 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 9 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 10 by Hajime IsayamaContinuing the series from where I left off in 2016, I’ve finally surpassed where the first season of the anime left off. Let me tell you what, son. The second season is going to be awesome! I can’t even begin to give a synopsis for these volumes without just vomiting out spoilers. I’m thinking I’m going to do a blabber on these, maybe ten volumes at a time. It’s been ages since I’ve been this obsessed with a manga – the last one I can remember was when I was buying Fullmetal Alchemist. I was reading them as they were first being released and kept getting more and more frustrated when the releases were a month apart, then two months, then three, then six… it was awful haha. It was great though, too. This series makes me feel the same. Luckily, I haven’t caught up to where they’ve been released yet – I’m still about six volumes behind on that (I own up through 14). Ahhh it’s so good.

5/5 stars each

Books

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm by Leigh BardugoI read all three of these books rapid fire and have blabbers for each one (during which I developed the name ‘blabber’ for my book talky reviewy things). If you’re interested in myRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo full thoughts on each book, you can find the blabbers on the first, second and third books linked below. Overall though, I
thought this was a pretty solid series. I rather liked it but as I said in my Ruin and Rising blabber, the ending wasn’t what I wanted. It was good, it was solid, it made sense, but it totally missed the mark for me.It’s definitely made me want to jump on that Six of Crows bandwagon though. Maybe I’ll do that soon.

4.5/5, 4/5, and 4/5 stars respectively

A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasGuess who jumped on this bandwagon late! It’s me! But I’m glad I did. This series has become one of my favorites, I think, especially the second book. I liked the first one but the second one, man. The second one. My first non-manga 5 star rating of the year. I think it’s going to make it’s way onto my ‘favorite books’ list, too. Not the first, just the second. But anyways, I had avoided these books for the longest time, both due to hype and a lot of mixed reviews. I remember even watching a spoilery gripe on the first book that made me not want to read it even more… but when I found both for cheap in a Half Price Books I kinda bought them anyways. Luckily for me, that gripe had been watched so long ago that I had forgotten all the plot points. So yay me, I went in blind. And I surprisingly liked the first one -I can see where there are issues in it though, but those issues are definitely addressed in the second book and corrected, which is why I feel I love the second one so much. So yeah, I’ve become ‘another one of those people obsessed with Sarah J Maas’.

One thing though – Maas’s sex scenes are kinda totally 100% awkward sometimes. Quit using the word ‘shattered’ to mean ‘orgasm’. Bro, you make me think of a breaking glass window when you say that – totally flings me out of the book. Buh.

Awaiting the third one on bated breath.

4.5/5 and 5/5 stars respectively

Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Weaveworld by Clive BarkerThis one, I DNFd at just slightly less than 50%. It just wasn’t jiving with me. I feel really bad for putting it down too – it’s one of my mom’s favorite books and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it too, and I just… didn’t. Like, it wasn’t bad it was just, I don’t know, boring? I guess? I wasn’t invested in the characters, the plot kinda told me ‘hey I’m pretty awesome’ without showing me that it was. I just couldn’t get into it! Honestly I wanted to drop it about a hundred pages in but I forced myself through more of it in hopes I’d see what my mom did. I just didn’t. 😦 She’s lent me two other books though, so I’m hoping I’ll like both or at least one of those so I don’t give them all back saying I disliked them all. Fingers crossed. She doesn’t know I put this one down yet and if possible I’m not going to tell her unless I am able to also say that I liked the other two. Waaaah.

DNFd at <50%, no rating

Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonAfter the DNF, I was worried I’d fall into a reading slump. I tend to do that after dragging a book out and ultimately not finishing it. Luckily though, Ace offered to buddy read this one with me along with another of her friends, and all three of us blew through it pretty damn quickly. This book is honestly the one that got me into book blogging. When I first started reading book blogs and watching booktube, this book was everywhere. I didn’t end up actually getting my own copy though until this past fall, two years after I started in the community. And now I’ve just read it – I feel like I’ve completed a huge task or something, haha, like I’ve been working towards it for years. 😛 Overall, this book was pretty decent! I liked it a lot – enough to get the second book, which will also be buddy read when it arrives in the mail. I think my main problem with this book is that it’s nothing that I haven’t read before. Nothing really blew me away plot-wise or character-wise. I feel like if I had read it two years ago, it would have gotten a 5 star rating from me but at this point, I’ve read parts of this plot already in 100 other books. So like I said, I like it but I’m hoping it strikes into original ground here pretty soon.

4/5 stars


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Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently Reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 9/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete!
As of Jan 31st, it’s… 264 unread, 590 total… :”D Heeeh. I need to uh… I need to work on that.

 

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None yet, but 2 or 3 are currently lined up to be booted. Just need to get to the nearest HPB.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 2/17


And that’s it! As I said at the beginning of the post, my currently reading posts will now be separate, so that’ll be up either tomorrow or Saturday, depending on how much work burns me out. Happy reading!

 
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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Spoilery Yapping

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha Trilogy, Book 2
Read Jan 7-Jan 10
432 pages
YA Fantasy

– Spoilery Yapping –

Don’t read the following unless you’ve already read the book or don’t care about being spoiled out your ass.

And the award for the most insecure couple goes to! I swear, I’m getting so tired of reading about two people that can’t effing talk to each other when they’re mad. That’s like… the foundation of a relationship, yo. You need to be able to talk to the person you love even when you’re mad at them. Goodness. And not to mention the exchanges they do have are super unhealthy. Both go out of their way to say things to hurt the other. You don’t do that in a relationship either. You be nice.

So aside from Alina and Mal’s super frustrating interactions or lack thereof, I rather enjoyed this book. I’ve decided to drop the review bit for this one, just because it’s book two and it’s hard to do a review for a sequel without spoilers anyways. So here we are.

This book is a rather solid sequel I think, buuut I’m thinking I liked the first one a tad better, mostly because Alina and Mal aren’t being dramatic all over the place in it. And the Darkling in this one definitely wins the creeper award. Yes, let’s sneak into people’s bedrooms and smooch them all over in their sleep. Totally not creepy. (And yet I’m still fascinated with the guy. I should despise him but I don’t and I don’t know why).

I think one of the best parts of this book is Nikolai. He’s just too cute. He’s the one character that got me laughing out loud during this thing when everyone else was either brooding, crying, bleeding or a combination of all three. Nikolai is definitely a strong character and I hope he has a big part in the third book (which I can’t start right away because my shipment from amazon hasn’t arrived yet SIGH).

The pacing of this book is a lot better than in the first book, so there’s a strength that this one has. I didn’t feel like the book was stalling and then dumped everything on me at once this time. But I’m noticing the use of ‘convenient plot devices’ more and more in this series and I gotta say I’m not digging it. And by convenient plot devices, I mean the entire end of the book occurring because it was sprung on the read that ‘oh hey the older prince was dumb, by the way’. No build up, nothing. Just ‘here’s the reason why I’m going to write these next three chapters’. It was all tell and no show. I mean I guess it worked because it fit the prince’s character, but at the same time, it was mentioned in the past tense which rubbed me in a way that suggested to me the author didn’t want to write out earlier what could have caused the end events. Maybe I’m alone in this, but ew.

And now instead of the dreaded love triangle I was sensing in book one, now I think I’m picking up on a love square. Alina, who feels she’s unattractive and dull and plain and whatever… apparently has the attention of three, count’em three male super handsome suitors that range in alignment from chaotic good to lawful evil. I’m sure you can tell who belongs where. But really, for someone who is supposedly so plain, she’s sure good at rounding up the dudes, regardless of their actual intentions.

I don’t know man. Maybe this trope is actually starting to bug me. It’s probably because Alina’s character is starting to bug me – I’m losing patience with her actions and reactions when interacting with other people. I feel like she’s not actually pausing to think about what she’s saying or the possible outcomes. More than once I read the line ‘as soon as I said it, I regretted it’. Then why did you say it. There are checkpoints in your brain, you know. You have a frontal lobe. Control that shit. I’m getting tired of plot happening because Alina said something stupid and then ‘immediately regretted it’. Yucky. At this point, I’m kinda rooting for the Darkling to win.

And from what I wrote above, it probably doesn’t sound like I enjoyed the book, but I totally did. The main character is just aggravating. :”D The plot and setting and all sorts of stuff though are still pretty great.

Can’t wait for book three! I’ve heard it’s rather polarizing as far as opinions on it go. So I’m sure I’ll have a lot to yap about afterwards.

4/5 stars


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/10/2017 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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