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June Wrap Up | ’17

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June zoomed by, people. I’ve been working full-time now for a month and a half and it still feels like my second week, haha. I feel like I’m slipping into monotony, yay 😀


Books:

This month, I didn’t read too much as far as number of books, but I did as far as pages. So I’m okay with it. :”D

Bungo Stray Dogs vol 1 by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1This manga I picked up at a recommendation from a friend. She found a person offering book suggestions for one’s friends. You had to send the person a list of manga, books and series that your friend liked and she (I’m assuming it was a she, anyways) would recommend a book based on the given likes. Welp, this is the book that my friend got recommended to tell me, so I picked it up and tried it out.

It follows a young boy (the front blonde dude), an orphan down on his luck, who runs into the dude with the black hair and the trench coat, who turns out to be part of an agency that handles the weird, odd cases that police don’t want to handle. Each member of this organization has a peculiar special ability which helps them solve these cases. It reminded me a lot of the ‘newcomer to the secret society’ trope.

It was pretty decent! A solid 3.5 stars. First volumes of manga (at least for me) are really hard to give five stars. I feel like I’d need to read a few more before deciding whether or not I really like the series or not. But for the first volume, I liked it. It had a decent bit of humor in it – I’d be open to reading more.

3.5/5 stars

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I FINALLY FINISHED IT! Well… didn’t read it cover to cover, but I read it enough to feel like I have a decent grasp on the Forgotten Realms, plus some plot bunnies for a campaign, so yay.

This is a companion book for Dungeons and Dragons – it explains the land called ‘The Forgotten Realms’, a popular world for dnd campaigns. It goes into the creatures that live there, the landscape, the history and lore.. it’s pretty neat! I really liked it. The art in it was absolutely lovely – my favorite part!

4/5 stars

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I did it. I’m caught up.

And you know what’s awful? This book became a chore to read after a while, but at the same time, I’m still probably going to read the next one when (if) it comes out. Let me uh… let me break it down I guess.

The story itself is great – I love it. This is what’s keeping me reading the books. The story Martin is weaving is huge. It’s the tale of a world, not of characters. Westeros, the free cities.. it’s all great.

The characters are pretty good too – there are definitely good ones and bad ones and gray area ones, and I feel like each one of them, while not always super interesting to read from, plays a part in this world. Earlier in the books, you couldn’t really tell – sometimes the storylines wouldn’t interact at all. But now, five books in, even new POVs can be quickly determined how they entangle into the world. I think one of my favorite POVs to read from (mild spoiler) is Barristan Selmy. He’s just.. I wanna hug him, haha. Other POVs I cared just as much about, some none at all, but now I can see why all of them are there, at least.

The thing that made this book a chore and why I’ve decided I like the tv show better (blasphemy!) is the writing. Aside from all of the issues I went into in my review of A Feast for Crows (there were a lot), the writing in this book particular stood out to me as uh… unnecessarily detailed. Like, the characters will be talking – on a road, in and inn, at a war camp, etc… okay, so you’d expect the characters and then the background which is full of ‘army guys’ or whatever. But the background characters remain just that. Nope, not in this book. Consistently, Martin goes through each bloody character present whether they’re relevant to the scene or not and gives their name, their nickname, their house, and sometimes even a short history about them. And then poof! They’re never mentioned again. Never.

AUGH IT WAS INFURIATING. I swear – the copy I have is 1125 pages (the audiobook I listened to was 27ish hours). If there wouldn’t have been any irrelevant character introduction (I’m not talking ones that were brought up again later – I’m talking ones that were literally never mentioned again), this book could have been 250 pages shorter. Really.

So this book was alright, I suppose. My irritation at it kinda ruined my enjoyment of it, unfortunately. I still really like the plot and the world and everything, but gah, Martin. Gah.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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

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I’m getting there! Look, I almost have a bingo! 😀


Blog Activity

4 posted created

Apparently I posted less this month than I thought… I want to get a regular posting schedule going, yeesh. @@


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
  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
  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: 29/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 4/17


And June is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

 
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May Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-May! This month a bunch of stuff happened – I graduated college (again), I got a salary position as a software developer, I planned out a vacation… all sorts of stuff. And I still have a lot of stuff left to go, yeesh.

Speaking of, I need an oil change. Guess who’s going to the mechanic after I finish writing this, woo.

ANYWAYS. This month I read one non-fiction, two novels and two manga/graphic novels


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This is the second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and the fifth in her Realm of the Elderlings world. I wrote a blabber on the thing of you’d like to know more fully about it, but it sums up to: I really like this series, but it kills my brain and heart more with every chapter.

4/5 stars

Chew vol 1 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceThis is one of those series that I’ve known about for a while but never really popped into my ‘wanna read this’ list. I found it for super cheap and picked it up on a whim… and honestly, most of the way through it, it basically was what I expected. It was okay. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special… until the end. And dammit, now I want volume two. It lead me into a false sense of ‘this is decent’ security when it was really hiding how good it was ’til the end. Well butts. Now I’m buying this series, too.

4/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)This was probably my most anticipated release for this month and I started reading it the day I came out. It was decent! I rather liked it. I wrote a blabber on this one too, if you’re interested. I feel like it was a rather solid (if not predictable) ending to the series.

4/5 stars

Attack on Titan vol 12 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 12I’m slowly workin’ my way through this series. One day I’ll catch up. One day. ONE DAY.

4/5 stars

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAnd the non-fiction for the month. I’m really bad with non-fiction usually – it doesn’t hold my attention for very long. It’s not the book’s fault most of the time, it’s my own. I just… lose focus. But this one, I listened to on audio and while it did indeed go into the history of the gene and all sorts of experiments and conferences and breakthroughs, it did so in almost a narrative format. It was really neat and I was able to stay focused on it. 😛 So.. props to him for writing a non-fiction a dunderhead can follow? 😀 It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, too!

4/5 stars

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Everything was 4 stars this month. Hooda thunk.


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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

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So two out of the five books I read this month qualify. Woot woot :”D


Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

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 – 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
  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: 26/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17, gonna be 4.


And May is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

Happy reading!

 
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Bout of Books 19 | Wrap Up

Bout of Books

The bout of books readathon is over! I actually… read more than I thought I would, hawhaw.

Reading completed:

A Court of Wings and Ruin: 467 pages (and a blabber)

Chew vol 1: 128 pages

Attack on Titan vol 12: 192 pages

The Gene: An Intimate History: 25 minutes

787 pages, 25 minutes total

I’ll see you all in August for Bout of Books 20! :”D

 
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April Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-April!

This month was bananas. Between coding projects being due and prepping for graduation and starting to plan a honeymoon, my reading has kinda pattered out a bit. Woops. But! I still got some reading done, haah.

This month, I finished one novel and one graphic novel


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru CormorantI seriously enjoyed this book. I wrote a blabber on it, going into all the reasons why I enjoyed this book. It’s a geopolitical fantasy following a main character’s who’s as sharp as a tack as she tries to take down an empire from within. I seriously seriously recommend it (and btw, check out the blabber. Shameless plug! :”D)

5/5 stars

 

 

Saga volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 7A friend told me today that she can never give a book that makes her feel sad a five star rating. I found that interesting, because that’s the reason this book got such a rating from me. Continuing the Saga series, the volume holds up just as well as the previous ones. I really enjoyed it.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

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r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’ve decided to use the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. :”D I’ve noticed my progression looks like it’s going in-order of the challenges… totally not intended, hawhaw. But woot, 2 out of 2 books I read this month qualify for the challenge!

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Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  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 – Complete!
  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: 21/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17


And that’s it for April. I was right to predict at the end of last month’s wrap-up that I wouldn’t read too much. Hopefully in May I can read more. I’ve finished my project for classes so all my workload has essentially vanished. Just need to put the finishing touches on some stuff today and then that’s it, yo.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/30/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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March Wrap Up | ’17

Helloooo it’s the end of March and it’s the first post in a while that didn’t have a camel in it.

This month, I read a decent bit. I don’t feel like I did though – I feel like I’ve been swamped with coursework but apparently I had more free-time that I actually utilized to read than I thought, so woo.

This month, I finished one novel, two comic books and one audiobook.


The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)This one was a buddy read done with Ace and another friend. The second book in the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, it far out-shined the first. No middle-book syndrome with this one. This book I think I liked so much because we got a more solid view of the setting. In the first book, all that was known was that it was set in a land that had ruins from a bunch of ancients, but otherwise didn’t go into detail. This book did, though not directly. It was obvious though if you picked up on the descriptions of the scenery AND IT WAS COOL. I LOVED IT.

Plotwise, I dig this book. I’m still not smitten with the main character though, which is a bit of a disappointment. She’s good, I like her, but to me she still feels a bit flat. Hopefully book three will give her a bit more character development.

4/5 stars

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles, #2)These two comics I flew threw. I am obsessed with Sarah Andersen’s sense of humor and when I heard the second edition would be released, I pre-ordered it and bought the first book along with it. They were both fantastic and I loved them. :”D Can’t really write a review otherwise, honestly. If you haven’t heard of these books, google ‘Sarah Scribbles’ and widen your view on life.

4/5 stars each

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)This is the audiobook I mentioned and it’s still my current obsession. Book two was just as good, if not better than book one. I’ve been yapping about the first book, The Black Prism for a month or so, and that’s because I just can’t get over it man. Every so often you find a series and you think “Yep this is it. This is my new favorite series”. Well. Guess what.

The Blinding Knife continues where the first book left off, following the Prism and his son Kip and a few other characters, all of whom in my opinion are rather memorable. The humor in this book is still there, especially when reading from Kip’s POV, and the lore of the magic in this world deepens considerably. I really like the image that Weeks is painting here. I’ve since bought physical copies of books three and four and plan on continuing the series in physical copy…. though I might default back to the audiobook. The narrator is just that good, man.

Also, I’m in love with these covers. They’re just so lovely.

5/5 stars

And that’s it for readings from this month. As said above, I got more than I had expected to read, but at the same time, it’s a bit below my norm. On the plus side, I very much enjoyed everything I picked up. 😀


Blog Activity

10 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  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 – Currently Reading
  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: 19/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again with incoming haul and books I unhauled.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ten or so this month, I think.

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


And that’s it for March. I don’t expect to get too much reading done in April… this coding project (which will likely get it’s own post. It’s a doozy, man) is killing me and is taking up the majority of my time at this point. I’m soooo excited for it to be over, man. SO EXCITED.

On the plus-side, my nephew-to-be has asked me about the robot I’m working on, so this is my chance to get into interested in coding and robotics. 😀 I see a demo in my future.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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February Wrap Up | ’17

Hello! Tomorrow is March! This month, I read six things: one physical novel, two manga, two audiobooks and one graphic novel. I kept it light this month, apparently. But I still read some pretty great things 😀 I’ve also started a lot of new books, but those’ll be covered in my March Currently Reading post that’ll pop up on Thursday.


Manga

Attack on Titan volume 11 by Hajima Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Read for the TBRTakeDown readathon! I’m almost caught up on this series. Only about ten volumes behind now.

…”Almost” is relative.

Either way, very much enjoying it 😀

4/5 stars

 

Mushishi volume 1 by Yuki UrushibaraMushishi, Vol. 1

Also read for the TBRTakeDown readathon, this was actually a re-read for me. I first read this probably eight or so years ago when I first bought it, long before goodreads was a thing. I remember liking it then and I liked it now. I have four volumes of it I think – not sure how many there are. Hopefully will get through them by the end of the year. Mushishi is a very trippy, slow-paced manga about spirit-y beings that inhabit the world and the man who interacts with them. It’s definitely a series that’s not for fans of action-packed adventure, but it’s interesting and thought-provoking. I definitely recommend it.

3/5 stars

Graphic Novels

Y: The Last Man volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)Still working on this series – it’s pretty decent! The concept is pretty cool. This series follows a man named Yorick and his monkey, the last two males on the planet after something wiped the rest of them out. It’s sci-fi, it delves into politics and really just human character. It’s really great.

3/5 stars

 

Books

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas AdamsLife, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ve seen this on my currently reading posts for a while now… two years to be exact. I’ve been reading this book for two years. Two years. And I’ve finally finished it, woo!

I was reading this book out loud with my SO and it honestly just took us this long to get through it. It was definitely enjoyable but man, I’ve never ever spent so long reading a book. It was crazy. But it’s over! And I loved it.

4.5/5 stars

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Hey would you look at that – I finished the third book in this series after two years, then I re-read the first one in the span of two days. Weird. I listened to this one with my SO and a friend as an audiobook on a roadtrip I took two weeks ago. We got through the whole thing in the span of the drive. It was pretty great. 😀 If you have been thinking about picking up this series, do it. Seriously, it’s a classic.

5/5 stars

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThe Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is definitely my favorite read of the month. I loved this book. I loved this book. I actually wrote a full blabber about it if you’d like to look into it. But this series man. This series is going to be one of my favorites ever. I’m currently in the middle of the second book and loving it just as much if not more than this first one. Ahh it’s just so great.I can’t even go into it without spoiling the butt off you so if you’d like non-spoilery thoughts, seriously check out the blabber. I think I do a decent job of not spoiling. I hope.

5/5 stars, easily


Blog Activity

10 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

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 – Currently Reading
  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: 15/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete, minus incoming February book haul

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None yet

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


And that’s it! Tentative schedule for the next few days includes a T5W post, March Currently Reading and a Feb book haul. I don’t think I’m tagged in anything currently, I don’t think. So any tags that’ll be posted will just be me striving to feel included. :”D Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/28/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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The #TBRTakeDown readathon is finito

This past week, I participated in the tbrtakedown readathon and overall, I think I did decently. I had planned to read five books and got through about three and a half of them.

Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama – Complete!

Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara – Complete!

Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan – Complete!

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – In progress

Joyland by Stephen King – Not started

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Mushishi, Vol. 1Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)The Traitor Baru CormorantJoyland

 

 

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I’m still currently reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant and am really enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish it soon but it’s just so damn dense, man. Dense in a good way, but wowwy I’ll feel like I’ve read 200 pages and I’m only at 50. Really. This book is jam packed. Really like it though, but hoo-boy.

After, I have a readathon or two planned so Joyland will likely fall to the wayside, at least for a little bit. I’ll get to it eventually. :”D


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/13/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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