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April Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Hello! Happy Almost-May! This month I actually read books, which is nice.

Books

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)This was a reread for me. This series is one of my all-time favorites, I’ve been a fan since I was fifteen years old, so over a decade now. But recently within the last year or two, it has finished up at nine books. And considering it’s been so long since I read it, I decided to reread the entire series. And lucky me, I found it on audiobook narrated by Simon Vance. I’m in heaven, it has been a wonderful experience. 27 year old me is enjoying everything just as much as 15 year old me did.

5/5 stars

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)I finally finished this one – it was wonderful! I think it’s probably my favorite Hobb book yet if not close to my favorite. This was a buddy read with Zezee, and the two of us were both melted by the end of the book. I’m very excited to pick up the third one. I think this series will get a blabber after the third book. There’s just so much to talk about!

5/5 stars

 

Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

Halo: The Fall of ReachThis book was way, way way outside of my comfort zone but I ended up very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. My knowledge of the Halo universe extends to the first three seasons of Red vs Blue and running around for about an hour in multiplayer in Halo 2. I knew nothing of the plot or the lore or anything. My coworker talked me into reading this book and lent it to me to boot, so how could I say no? This book is the first in a trilogy that takes place before the first game, which was perfect for me. It had world building, it has set up, it has fantastic battle scenes (this author is really good at writing them). I just… really liked it, and it’s made me want to read at least the first trilogy if not pick up the game after. Who knows, maybe this is a window to a new love.

4/5 stars

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This was originally a buddy read with Ace but we kinda fell off the wagon, haha. This is the third and final book in the Remnant Chronicles and will definitely be getting a blabber from me. This book for me was really good and really subpar at the same time. So it got an average-ish rating, but by no means did I simply feel ‘meh’ about it. All the parts I either loved or hated so the review will likely be all over the place. Overall did I enjoy it though? Yes. Ish.

3.5/5 stars

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Other Things

I saw Avengers: Infinity War yesterday. Somehow I managed to avoid spoilers during the two days it was out before I saw it, so don’t worry I won’t spoil you here. Needless to say though it was very worth going to see it, and seeing all the most recent Marvel movies before watching this one is a must.

I’m going to be a Dungeon Master. Do I know when? No. But! As soon as our current campaign is over, I’m going to DM the next one. Currently I’m reading up on how to do it and how to account for character actions, blah de blah. Wish me luck!

I’m thinking about doing board game related posts. Within the last two or three years, I and a bunch of my friends have gotten really into board games. Like, ‘playing them every single week’ into them. I’m thinking that I’ll right reviews or overviews of new ones, rate how easy they are to pick up for beginners, etc etc. It might be fun. 😀

My cousin had a baby. I’m now an almost-aunt to a little girl! She’s so sweet.


Reading Goals

Fantasy Bingo 2018

  • Participate in the Beat the Backlist Challenge
    • 4 book read towards the challenge this month: His Majesty’s Dragon, Golden Fool, Halo: Fall of Reach, The Beauty of Darkness

      • Total: 8 books
    • 0 photo challenge posts made this month
      • Total: 4 posts

Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Good so far

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

Right now it’s more like two posts per week

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

3 out of the 11 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Up to one time per week. Making progress.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Pretty good the last few days, need to catch up a bit though.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!


And that’s it! Happy reading!

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March Wrap Up

Wrap Up

Hello, happy March 31st! Today would have been Charlie’s birthday. He was a sweetie.

On a happier note I actually did get some reading done this month, which is neat.

Books

Prince’s Gambit and King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit by C.S. PacatKings Rising by C.S. PacatThese baby books got me out of my reading slump! I’m still not up to my normal pace but I’m getting there! I loved this series. I’m fully aware it deals with problematic topics but occasionally, when written write, I’m totally trash for it. Don’t ask me why, I know it’s awful. But seriously I loved these, they were great.

Both 5/5 stars

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon SandersonThis was my first dip into Sanderson’s work and I rather enjoyed it. I did have a few issues with it though, as detailed further in my blabber on the graphic audio.

3.5/5 stars

 

Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson

Herding Cats by Sarah AndersenThis is my latest purchase, just came out a few days ago. I had to pick it up after enjoying Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Anderson as well. I liked it just as much as its predecessors. 😀

4/5 stars

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Other Things

My cat passed away on the 26th. He would have been 13 years old today. His name was Charlie and he was the sweetest pea. He loved everyone ever. He would have liked you, too. I’m going to miss him.

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I saw Black Panther, Annihilation, and Game Night. I really enjoyed all three of them, but honestly I still have no idea what to make of Annihilation though. I liked it but it was totally weird.

Toys R Us is closing in the US. So I went out and bought Zelda Monopoly at a discount price. hoo-ha


Reading Goals

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As the card is due today, this is it! I didn’t fill out the card completely but I got three bingos!!

For anyone interested, the new bingo challenge begins tomorrow April 1st, on the r/Fantasy subreddit! You can even join a bit late if you want to!


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Winter book haul posted! Spring will be done at the end of June!

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I fell into a slump in February. In March I’ve been slowly getting back to it but I’m not there yet!

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D I’ll do it soon though.

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

3 out of the 7 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Haven’t maintained this one. I think I need to find something I consider fun to do!

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Mostly doing this one. I’ve missed the last couple days though

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Lol I broke it. I think I’m going to drop this goal as of next month if I don’t start up again.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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February Wrap Up | 18

Wrap Up

I am in a slump.

It’s an everything slump, and it’s pretty grating on my nerves. I’ve finished zero books this month, I’ve written minimal blog posts, I haven’t been keeping up on reading or watching other people’s content (I’m sorry D: ), I haven’t been partaking in really any of the hobbies I normally enjoy, nothing. This month has gone by really quickly but I don’t feel like I’ve actually done anything this month.

I debated even writing this post, but I figured a wrap up is something I could do, even if it’s gonna be kinda bare bones. So bare with me here – I have no idea when this slump is going to go away or what I can do to make it leave. Yeesh.


Books

*poof*


Blog Activity

January Wrap Up | February Currently Reading

#NotAll Book Tag | Monthly Recs: Graphic Novels/Manga

4 posts total

Not.. great, hah.


Otherwise I think I’m going to hold off on all the goal-related things for this month. I can safely say each one will be a solid ‘not this month’. 😛 So next month maybe I’ll get my butt in gear.

I hope you all had a fantastic month and I hope March goes a lot better than February did, haha. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/24/2018 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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January Wrap Up | 18

Wrap Up

Hello! Happy February! I don’t know about you guys, but January went both super fast and super slow for me. It was a weird dichotomy, man.

This year, I’m going to change my wrap ups a little bit. They’re going to be more goal-oriented, looking at how I’m doing on my new year’s resolutions. They’ll still talk about the books I read, but they’re going to do more than just list them and be done with it now. I’ll have the sections divided out so it should be easy for you to skip the sections that don’t interest you!


Books

We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeThis was a rather entertaining read – my first purchase and my first read of 2018. It was the first book I bought after my ban was lifted. I was in Connecticut visit a friend right after Christmas and we went to this little bookshop – I decided I wanted a souvenir book that was a bit different than what I normally read, and this was it! I ended up rather enjoying it.

This is a nonfiction memoir type book, and the author is rather amusing. The way she writes and thinks about things had me going back and forth between feeling like I’d get along perfectly with her and not get along with her at all. It was great, reading a new perspective. 😀 I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, in case you’re interested.

3.5 stars

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This was my favorite read of the month, and it was my longest – I’ve been reading this baby for almost a year now. I also wrote a full spoilery blabber on it detailing my full thoughts, but man, I loooooooved this book.

This is the third book in the lightbringer series, a fantasy series full of neat characters, humor, action, and a cool magic system. I’m just going to link the goodreads page to the first book, if you’d like to look into it. This has quickly become one of my favorite series, ever. It’s so great

5 stars

Descender vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsThis is a reread for me, in preparation for reading volume two, which I purchased recently. I loved it just as much this time as I did last time.

It follows a young boy robot who wakes up years after giant harvester robots have attacked the galaxy, and we follow him as he tries to find his human companion family amidst a world that is now hostile towards any form of AI. It’s really good, the art is beautiful, and I absolutely love it.

5 stars

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Blog Activity

TFW: 2018 Reading Resolutions | Books I didn’t get to in ’17 | Forgettable books | Hidden gems

2018 related posts: Beat the Backlist 2018 | 10 in 2018 | Anticipated releases Jan-Jun

Tags: Me in book characters

Blabbers: We are never meeting in real life | The Broken Eye

Total: 10 posts


Neat Things

This section will be other things I did this month that I want to mention. It might be empty some months if I’ve been particularly boring.

I had two different health scares this month, both of which took the better part of the month to deal with, but they both turned out to be nothing! 😀 I’m healthy! I mention this because the stress from these kinda lends to the smaller than normal, for me, amount of books I read this month. I just couldn’t concentrate, man. But I’m healthy!

I went to see The Shape of Water with a friend, and so far it’s my favorite movie of the year. I mean, it’s only January, but hey, I loved that movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

My mom turned 60. Which is a weird thing to think about. Buh, she needs to knock that off. No more aging, bad!


Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 3/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 0/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 2
    • April-June purchases:
    • July-September purchases:
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 302

 

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Series I want to read this year | Cover love | Book and bookmark | First backlist read of 2018

 


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Two books purchased so far, so I’m good here. 😀

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I did this pretty well for most of the month, but I dropped out for about a week or so as my health issues took over my attention. -_- I’m hoping not to miss a single day this coming month, though.

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Done!

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

2 out of the 3 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

I was good with this one for a while, but with my health issues going on, it kinda fell off. Basically, my heart was acting up – palpitations, murmurs, etc. I didn’t want to stress it out more with exercise. But, as of Tuesday I’ve been deemed decent! So I want February’s wrap up to say ‘Yes I did this one!’ for this section.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

I hit my 800 day streak this week! I’ve been missing meals for the last couple days, but I can retroactively go back and log them, so I’m good here too when I do that.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

This one I am on top of! 😀 Been to Dr’s for two issues and both were wrapped up within a few weeks.

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Currently at a 77 day streak!


And that’s it! I really like how this wrap up turned out – I like sharing a bit more than ‘I thought this book was great’ and I hope you found bits and pieces of it entertaining as well.

Happy reading!

 
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2017 | A Year in Review

2017 Reading Review

Hello! Happy New Year’s Eve! Today’s post being put up a tad later in the day than normal, as I used this morning to finish my last book of the year! 😀 So here’s an overview of all the reading-related things that happened this year: My goodreads goal, my blog activity, my 2017 reading resolutions, etc etc etc. I hope you enjoy!


My Year in Books

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Blog Activity

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Obviously most active month was December due to Blogmas, and there was a week in May there where you can see I was posting multiple times a day. Readathons do that. :”D

Total posts published: 142
Reviews:
11
Tags:
15
Top 5 Wednesdays: 26
Most popular post of 2017: Top 5 Angsty Romances

Wrap Ups:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov

December:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. RowlingAll My Friends Are Dead by Avery MonsenCaptive Prince by C.S. PacatSanta and Pete by Christopher Paul MooreFool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb – 5 stars
Santa and Pete
by Christopher Paul Moore – 3 stars
Captive Prince
by C. S. Pacat – 4 stars
All My Friends Are Dead
by Avery Monsen – 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(illustrated) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay – 4 stars

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀 It runs from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Reading Goals

Results of 17 in 2017:

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

Results of 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 50/50 – Complete!

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Current TBR: 301 – Complete!

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ~40 books –  Complete!

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 10/17 – Incomplete

So, three out of four goals completed. Overall, not bad!


End of Year Survey

Like last year, I’m going to do the End of Year Survey. If you’d like to do this as well, consider yourself tagged.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Best series you started in 2017? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Sequel: The Blinding Knife  by Brent Weeks
Ender: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Brent Weeks
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Most memorable character of 2017?
Kip from The Lightbringer series
Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2017?
“This is the truth. You will know it because it hurts”
Longest and Shortest books read in 2017?
Longest: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen
Book that shocked you the most
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
OTP of the Year
Alina and The Darkling (please ;~;)
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Lia and Pauline from The Remnant Chronicles
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite book of 2017 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Newest fictional crush of 2017
The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy
Best 2017 debut
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Saga by Brian K Vaughan
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Book that crushed your soul
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most Unique Book Read in 2017
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book that made you the most mad
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be a 2018 priority?
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
Most anticipated non-debut 2018 release?
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most anticipated 2018 debut?
Haven’t looked into it yet!
Most anticipated 2018 series ender/sequel release?
See two answers previous
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2018 reading/blogging life
Maintain the semi-consistent posting schedule I managed to start up
A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2017. You silly.


And that’s it! I will see you all in 2018! 😀 I hope your reading year went as well as mine did!

 
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Posted by on 12/31/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Favorite Books of 2017

Top Books 2017

Hello! This is one of my favorite posts to write every year – my favorite books! Any books that made this list were rated 5 stars by me and were also added to my ‘favorites’ list on goodreads (so think of them like 6 star books I guess). So, not all of my five-star books will be on this list. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love them, but it just means they weren’t my absolute top favorites. This list will obviously change in size from year to year because of this, because a favorite is a favorite.

So sit back, relax, and witness what white-russian-fueled-emily comes up with 😀


Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

This graphic novel is the one and only that made my favorites list this year. Other series I’m currently reading (Saga cough Saga) also got a 5 stars from me, but this is the one that made the favorites list.

This series has a bit of everything – adorableness, shock factor, sci-fi elements, beautiful art, mystery, thriller… I absolutely loved it. The art style especially had me smitten – each picture looks like a water color painting. It’s gorgeous! There are three or four trade volumes out right now I think. Something like that. I need to get the rest of them!

It follows a young boy robot, who wakes up out of a sleep years after planet-sized artificial intelligence beings have attacked and ravagd intelligent life in the universe, then vanished without a trace. As a result, AI has been outlawed, and robots are actively hunted down and dismantled. Tim-21, a companion robot to a human boy, crosses the galaxy, trying to find his human companion family amidst this chaos, and slowly learns what occurred during the attack years ago and why he might be more than he was programmed to be.

AHH IT’S SUPER GOOD.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This was a surprising read for me. I picked this book up in January after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses (which… I ended up liking despite low expectations) and was blown away by how much better this book was than the first one. I mean sure, the first one was decent, but the love interest was definitely uh… problematic, which was my main issue. But this book man. It totally made up for it. I looooved this book.

And then I picked up the third book and was a bit underwhelmed. But this book! The second in the trilogy! This is definitely the strongest of the three.

This series follows a young woman after she shoots and kills a fae with a bow and arrow, and then is whisked away into fae land to pay retribution, Beauty and the Beast-style. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much going into it but this book in particular really blew me away. I loved it!

The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)These are books one and two in the Lightbringer series, which I have been devouring all year and loving every second of it. I’m currently in the middle of the third book, and plan to read the fourth this coming year. And the fifth and final book is set to release in 2018 as well, so hopefully I can latch onto that one, too!

This series follows a cast of characters in a world revolving around color. The magic system involves the users ‘drafting’ colors into physical material. Those who are found to be able to perform this task are called drafters, and can usually cast one or two colors. Sometimes three. Occasionally and rarely, more than that. And then there’s the Prism, the head of the Chromeria where the book takes place, who can draft them all.

And the more a user drafts, the quicker it brings them to death. Drafting slowly drives them insane.

The plot follows the Prism, who finds out he has a son from a woman he had seen when he was fighting the False Prism’s War, a war where the prism and his brother both fought for the seat as Prism.

This book has all sorts of stuff: Humor, action, adventure, a good cast of characters, a great magic system, good world building, intrigue… all sorts of things. I loooove this series. I love it!

Also look at those covers. I just adore them.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)This book. This book is probably my absolute top favorite book of the year. It’s just… It’s just so fantastic.

I wrote a full, spoiler-free review where I go more into my thoughts, if you’d like to read it.

This book just left me speechless. It follows a girl, Baru, as her home is destroyed around her by the looming Masquerade, a remote empire that slowly takes over and colonizes her country. And instead of getting red hot, Baru gets icy cold. She vows to blend in, to maneuver her way to the top, and to tear down the Mask from the inside.

This book is fantastic – you read it and you think you know what’s going on. You think you know who’s good and who’s bad, what’s happening, what people’s intentions are… and then it’s pulled out from underneath you and your jaw drops and just…

AUGH I LOVED THIS BOOK. <333

Book two is supposedly coming out in 2018, and I’ma jump on it.


And that’s it! These were my favorite books this year, and I hope to gain as many if not more favorites next year! 😀

Happy reading!

 
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November Wrap Up | ’17

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Hello! Happy December 2nd!

This month, I participated in NaNoWriMo and as a result, both my reading and my blogging took a hit. So this is gonna be a bit bare, apologies. December though, no writing. All reading. All good. <33


Books

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis book was a long time coming for me to finish. It was a bit of a weird process. Originally, I began it on audiobook and didn’t care for it. I figured I’d give it a shot as a physical read since the last thing I read by Mieville (Perdido Street Station) I adored. Well, I picked up the physical book and I realized why I hadn’t like the audiobook. The prologue was missing from the audiobook. I had no context from Chapter 1 on. No wonder it was confusing. So then I read the prologue and ended up really liking it.

I actually switched back to audio after that and continued on – basically the only reading I did this month was in the car. I listen to audiobooks on my way to and from work, so I could get a bit in at least, with nanowrimo going on.

I ended up liking this book. I liked it, but didn’t love it. It had a really neat concept and the alien lifeforms were absolutely fascinating, but I think the main problem of this book was that the characters were so flat. I didn’t care about any of them. None of them, to me, really had personalities. The aliens who couldn’t even speak English or lie had more of a personality than our main character did. So reading from her POV the whole book was a tad draining.

The book overall though, was rather decent and I enjoyed it.

3.75/5 stars

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookNow when I said I read this book, I mean I ‘read’ this book. It’s an activity book used by Nano-ers to prep for their novel. I found it okay, I guess.

I think my main complaint with this book was that it was very structured. Like you had to be writing a certain kind of book to be able to utilize the whole thing. So honestly about half of the prompts in the book went unused by me. I’d say I wasted money on the thing, but I did get some use out of it.

It prompts things about your villain. What if you don’t have a villain? It prompts a linear timeline. What if you’re not going linear? What if you’re jumping around? It prompts for one main character and some side characters. What if you have a cast of mains? You’d have to photocopy the pages and reprint them. I just… I don’t know. I feel like for someone who wants to write the traditional good guy, bad guy, beginning middle end kind of book, this would be great. This would be a perfect tool. But unfortunately my story did not fit that mold. So for me, it was okay.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

This bingo challenge runs from March 2017 to March 2018!

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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Blog Activity

4 posts total. Like I said. Nanowrimo kinda killed me, haha.


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  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: 45/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete! Currently physical TBR: 299

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – (Ongoing) 1 this month

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17 (I’m starting to think this one is a lost cause)


And that’s it! Happy reading! See you tomorrow!

 
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