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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.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

 

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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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita | Blabber

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita
2 volumes (so far, in English)
Manga – Romance/Slice of Life
Read July 3 & July 8, 2018
Spoiler-free blabber for volumes 1 and 2

It’s been a long time since I found myself so taken by a manga series.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been reading some good ones lately (see Demon Diary, my most recent blabber) but this one really has stolen my heart. This series follows two working adults, mid-twenties, who are huge nerds and because they would better understand each other’s nerdiness than someone who isn’t one, they decide to date each other. That’s it. That’s the whole premise. And holy cow did I unexpectedly love this.

The characters in this, to me, are very relatable. The four shown on the two covers here are the main characters and they way they interact reminds me a lot of my friend group. There’s the manga nerd, the video game nerd, the cosplayer, the closet nerd – seeing them all portrayed in a positive way was nice to see and watching them interact with each other while just… being themselves.. was adorably wonderful. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 2 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)

I think what I love about this series the most is the simplicity of it. Normally I’d be railing it for not having a huge plot, but it kinda works in this case. It’s just four people interacting on a daily basis, trying to navigate the minefield of the early stages of a relationship, as this series has the relationship I mentioned get established fairly quickly and then follows the progression of it. There’s no drama at the beginning, there’s no love triangle, there aren’t any super dramatic teenage misinterpretations. It’s just simple and refreshing.

Though, not to say that this series doesn’t deal with actual relationship issues – while one of the couples is new and exploring the first steps, the other has been together for years and years, so we get to read their interactions as well. It’s a nice balance, going from a couple who are still a bit uncertain with each other to one who is very comfortable and content. It’s a good dynamic and I enjoyed it.

AND HOLY COW, EVERYONE COMMUNICATES LIKE NORMAL ADULTS. There’s no ‘wait I can explain’ or dramatic running away upon seeing someone in a questionable yet explainable situation, none of that. Honestly there was an opportunity for that, and when I ran into it, I bit my lip, hoping hoping that the trope wouldn’t pop up. And what do you know, it didn’t. The characters remained calm and talked to each other. I was over the moon, it was so wonderful.

And finally, the comedy in this series is just fantastic. It’s slid in there subtly and tends to be of a nerdy nature. I was laughing so hard while reading this book. The situations the characters found themselves in sometimes were funny, sure, but the characters themselves were funny as well. They were constantly joking around with each other. Most of the jokes I was able to pick up on, but the few that I didn’t get due to cultural difference the author would put little footnotes at the bottom of the page with a mini explanation so I didn’t feel left out or like something got passed me – it was nice. Otherwise, I particularly appreciated the sense of humor of Narumi, the pink haired woman on the cover. She was just so amusing and I loved reading from her perspective.

I honestly don’t have much negative to say about this book. The only thing I can think of is that I wish the new relationship would progress a bit faster than it has. I need more material to ship with man, GIMME. I hope that the English release of volume 3 (coming out in October) will fulfill my wishes. I HOPE.

Overall, as you’ve probably realized at this point, love this series. Both volumes out so far are winners and I’m excitedly awaiting the next one.

Rating: 5/5 stars each

 
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Posted by on 07/17/2018 in blabbers, Books, Review, Uncategorized

 

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20 Questions Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I saw this tag over on The Orangutan Librarian’s blog and thought it’d be fun (and I was pseudo-tagged. Taking that ‘and anyone who wants to do it’ literally, pbtbt).

1. How many books is too many books in a series?

I feel like this is a difficult question… it really depends on how big the world is. If there’s room for more story line without it becoming repetitive or confusing, go for it. I’m a-ok with long series as long as they stay interesting.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Well, they make me more likely to read the next book, so I guess my answer would be ‘good’?

3. Hardback or paperback?

For actual reading, paperback. For ‘look at my shelves, they’re so pretty’, hard back.

4. Favorite book?

Whoever wrote this question is insane. I’m just gonna screenshot my favorites shelf on goodreads, okay?

5. Least favorite book?

RumbleThis one is a bit easier to pick out. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins – 1/5 stars, not for me. I wrote a rant review on it, too.

 

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6. Love triangles: Yes or no?

In general, no. But I’ve read a couple that aren’t awful – it takes a lot of skill though.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

WeaveworldThat would be Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, lent to me by my mother. Sorry Mom, I know this is one of your favorites, but I just couldn’t handle it.

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8. A book you’re currently reading?Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

The one I’m most actively reading right now is Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu. It’s alright so far – it’s a bit difficult to binge though, which is making it tough to finish in time for the end of the Tome Topple Readathon currently going on.

9. The last book you recommended to someone?

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Oh gosh, I don’t know. I’ve been trying to get my husband to pick up Wotakoi, does that count? It has to count.

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10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?The Iliad

Same as Orangutan Librarian’s answer, The Iliad by Homer. Goodreads says it came out around 750 BC.

11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date?

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 2 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Wotakoi volume 2 by Fujita, published in English on May 31st of this year. This series is my latest obsession. I love the manga, I love the anime… I just love it. A blabber will be coming for it at some point.

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12. Favorite author?

Another difficult question. Top few are: Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, Alan Campbell, Seth Dickinson and C. S. Pacat

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

For me personally, I prefer to buy, but that’s only because I have the financial means to. When I was younger, the library was my bestie, and I’ll still occassionally get stuff from there, though it makes me feel guilty about all the unread books that I already own.

14. A book that you dislike that everyone else seems to love?The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I didn’t hate this book persay, but apparently I missed the magic that everyone else is enchanted by. I gave it 2.5 stars, where the average is 4.25.

15. Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?

Bookmarks. Dog ear my pages and I’ll rip you a new one.

16. A book you can always reread?Ella Enchanted

I’m going to pass on obvious ‘Harry Potter’ answer and say Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book – I used to rent it from the library over and over again. I’m about due for a reread too.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes I can! I’d prefer it to be instrumental, but I can read during lyric music as well. I just usually choose not to.

18. One or multiple POVs?

No preference, as long as it’s done well.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Multiple days, usually. I rarely get eight hours in a row to dedicate to a 400 page book anymore. It’s been done, just not in a while.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?The Fold

The Fold by Peter Clines, and it actually ended up making it to my favorites list, too. I rarely cover-buy, but when I do, I tend to actually end up really liking the book. 😀

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And that’s it! I tag Ace, Zezee, Mai, Rylan Sato, Dragonsandzombies, MetalPhantasmReads, Pages below the Vaulted Sky, Jeroen Admiraal and Auroralibrialis to do this tag!

If you’ve already done it, link me it please. If not, PEER PRESSURE DO IT.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/08/2018 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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Coffee time: On coming to terms with book borrowing betrayal

Coffee Time

A year or two or three ago, I wrote a post titled On Borrowing Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal, where I told a story about some books, she-who-must-not-be-named, and the complete and utter devastating betrayal that she dealt me. I highly recommend you go read it if you haven’t already, especially if you intend on reading this post. Context is important.

Though if you really don’t want to, a short summary is that this… person… borrowed six of my books about a decade ago, gave back three in awful condition and claimed that I had never even lent her the remaining three, despite knowing the plot content of them. Highly suspect, no? Seriously go read the post, I get very uh… involved in the story.

So for some reason, these past ten years I never repurchased the three books that had been stolen from me. Was it ego? Was I holding out some hope that even though I likely wouldn’t know her to recognize her now, that one day she’d appear at my door with the books she’d taken? I don’t know. The thought of re-getting these books has been on the back burner of my mind every time I’d go through my book collection for the past ten years. Ten years this is been bugging me, that I never got these books back.

And for ten years I’ve been telling myself ‘I should get these again’, because hey, I now had 9 out of 12 volumes of a series, and without the remaining three, I’d never be able to reread it to completion. So guess who hasn’t read Death Note in almost ten years. Time’s up, it’s me.

But last week, I bit the bullet. I found the books, used, online, and purchased them. I think I spent thirteen dollars total for all three. And they arrived today:

I’m not sure what actually convinced me to buy them. It wasn’t that I was really in the mood to read Death Note (but now I likely will soon just because I can). Maybe it was the fact that it has been literally a decade and my mind was like ‘oh it’s been long enough’. No clue.

Anyway, you should all read Death Note, it’s really neat.

Have you ever lost books or had them borrowed or not returned? Did you re-buy them, or did you turn it into a generational feud like I did?

 
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Posted by on 06/09/2018 in Books, Coffee Time, Uncategorized

 

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My Charlie cat passed away today

My cat Charlie died today. He was 13 and he loved everyone. He’d buddy up to anyone and everyone and avid cat haters would find themselves falling under his spell. He was a swell kitty and I’ll love him forever. He is my buddy and one day I’ll hopefully see him again.

I already miss you Charlie.

charlie

 
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Posted by on 03/26/2018 in Uncategorized

 

Dealing with my reading slump

On the off-chance you’ve realized that my posting has gone down the drain, I’m in a reading slump. Well, I’m on my way out of one, rather. And because I haven’t been reading my content has dried up – I don’t want to just post tags every day and my creativity for unique posts has shriveled along with my page count. So here we are.

My 2018 goodreads goal is 40 books, ten less than I usually set it to. Perhaps my brain could feel the slump coming on even in January – it hit about a month later. Either way, I’m three books behind. I’ve read five books when I should be around eight.

Once I realized what was happening, I made a post here about it and then promptly disappeared again. This is my (attempt at a) re-emergence, so wish me luck. I figured I’d start with what’s been blockading me from posting in the first place.

The sources of my slump

It took me a while to realize that I was in a slump, let alone why. Identifying the source(s) of my slump was step one to help alleviate it. And it turned out to be a number of reasons:

  • My work is draining. I’m a software developer and while usually the job is pretty ok, this past month or two we’ve had a lot of deadlines to deliver products to clients. Because of this, I’ve had a lot of extra pressure at work and therefore when I come home I just wanna be a potato and stare at the tv. (And being on the computer all day makes me not want to get on my own in the evening to write posts). Recently, the last (major) deadline passed, so the pressure at work should slow down a bit, meaning I’ll be a bit more energetic when I get home.
  • I got caught up in tv shows. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it means time I’d usually use reading in the morning before work or after work was taken up by tv. I’m currently in a huge anime binge and have been zooming through a bunch of series, some new and some rewatches. Once I realized that it was a major time-suck, I tried to redirect myself to a book 50% of the time I got the urge to watch tv. So that picked up my reading again a bit, and once I had cracked open the book I usually enjoyed myself anyways.
  • The book I was reading was difficult and dense. I told myself to read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski this year and while I’m mostly liking it, it’s a rather dense read, even with the pages that are basically bare. And because I had this mental block of ‘read one physical book at a time’, I didn’t pick up any other books, I just struggled through this one. I’m still not done with it actually. But because I realized that this book was blocking me from others, I made an exception to my one physical book rule. Since then I’ve zoomed through two additional books while only picking up House of Leaves when I’m feeling particularly drawn to it.
  • I might have been experiencing a depressive episode. I don’t have depression – but I’ve studied it in depth when I was getting my psychology degree, and when I was working in the psychology field, I worked with both adults and children who had it. It was enough that I have the symptoms memorized and I was able to recognize them in myself for a bit there. I don’t have a doctorate so obviously I can’t do an official diagnosis, but this isn’t a thing I say lightly, as I know so many people deal with chronic depression. There are these things called ‘depressive episodes’ though that are brief manifestations of symptoms that don’t last long enough to actually result in an official depression diagnosis, and I noticed the symptoms arising in myself when my deadlines at work were really heavy. So if I did in fact actually have a depressive episode, the stress from work was the cause. And anyone who has depression or has had episodes knows that while in the midst of it, it’s kind of hard to do anything, whether you want to or not. I was in a mist for about a month and a half – I couldn’t bring myself to do anything except watch tv, which is why my tv show consumption skyrocketed. I’m feeling more clear-headed though in the last couple weeks due to my work stuff lessening, so hopefully it’ll stay this way.
  • Social obligations took over. While I didn’t really want to do anything socially, this past month I was kind of forced to. And I likely wasn’t a very good conversational partner during any of it, as mentioned in the reasons above. I was stressed, I was listless, I just wanted to go home and sleep. But there were family things going on and stuff that I wasn’t really permitted to miss, so I had to go and be present, at least in body if not in mind. Because of this, I had even less time at home to myself to unwind and potentially pick up a book. I’m hoping there will be less things going on this month. I hope. I like hanging out with family and friends but I can only handle so much, hawhaw.

For all of these reasons, my slump hit hard. Well, I was really in a life slump, which just happened to include books. I hope it doesn’t happen again, as it was a really dull month – my mind was just buzzing.

So now that I’m at a point where I feel motivated enough to try to keep myself from slipping back into the slump, I plan to do the following:

  • Post twice a week. My 2018 goal is three times a week, but right now I’ll be happy with two times, at least until my reading picks up and I get some actual source material to write about. So prepare for tags and stuff I suppose. 😛 Tag me in things please, peeps.
  • Read short books. Manga are screaming my name right now, probably because I’ve been watching so much anime. I’m thinking that rereading my favorite series or picking up a new one will help, and a manga only takes me about 30-45 min to read so I can fix my reading goal number super fast that way
  • Devote more time to reading your posts. In addition to my writing of posts falling off, my reading of others’ did too. I’m sorry for that. You all create such wonderful things and I usually love reading them but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it lately. I’m hoping your content can inspire me to read more and to make more content myself. Thanks for the help in advance. 😀
  • Make posts about tv shows that I watch. I am branching out, and because I’ve been watching so much tv lately I might as well use it as inspiration for posts. It will hopefully help me make that two times a week goal.

And that’s it. I hope this posts explains a bit where I’ve been and I hope it will act as a stepping stone to returning more to the online book community and to my own reading. If you read all of this, hey thanks, you’re a pal.

 
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Posted by on 03/17/2018 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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#NotAll Booktag

Book Tag

Hello! A tag today – I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian back in December and my brain decided to put that information down into my subconscious for two months for some reason. So I’m posting today because it rose to the surface!


#notall cover changes – a cover change you liked

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

I mean, I like the original too… and props for them for waiting ’til the series was actually finished before doing a new cover.

#notall adaptations – an adaptation you love more than the book

The Hobbit

CALL ME A HEATHEN. DO IT.

#notall tropes – a trope you’ll never tire of seeing

I think I need to go with orangutan’s post and go with ‘bad’ characters that  have a soft spot. They’re neato

Image result for vegetaImage result for sesshomaru

I feel like they would secretly love getting a hug.

#notall instalove – you instaloved this instacouple

…is it bad that I can’t think of one?

#notall love triangles – an example of love triangle done well

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Rurouni Kenshin, #1)

I think the one in here is handled rather decently – this is not a romance manga by any means, so I think that’s why. All the character’s feelings are believable, and it doesn’t take the focus of the story at any point anyways. Gosh I need to reread this.

#notall parents – bookish parents that, you know, PARENT!

I feel like this is going to a be rather prominent answer

#notall villains – a villain you love

Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)

The Darkling, man. Be still my beating heart.

#notall chosen ones – a chosen one you can get behind

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

Going with Kip. And this is to say, that I’ve only read the first three books – there are two yet that I haven’t read. He might not be the chosen one, but don’t tell me that.

#notall hyped books – a book that lived up to the acclaim

The Martian

Love it

#notall *insert favourite genre* – a book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

2 stars, man. This fantasy was no beuno.

#notall *insert least favourite genre* – a book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Not typically a fan of middle grade. But! This one is pretty swell.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/07/2018 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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