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September Currently ReadingSo, it has dropped from about 85 degrees F to maybe 55 degrees F here in the last two days. It’s full-on fall weather now AND I HOPE IT STAYS THIS WAY. I hate the heat so much. I’m very much a fall and winter person.

Chilly weather makes me wanna be under a blanket with fluffy socks, coffee and a book. It’s perfect reading weather. :”D


Currently, I am reading two novels:

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I feel like I should be loving, but I’m not. I’m honestly on the verge of putting it down. Not DNFing it, just… changing my reading format. Currently, I’m listening on audiobook and usually that’s all fine and dandy, but the narrator has the most irritating voice and the quality of the recording is kinda flat, like all the ‘s’ sounds comes out almost like a static noise. I feel like if I would pick it up via physical copy, all my irritations with the thing would totally disappear. I’m too busy being annoyed by the narrator that I’m barely paying attention to the plot… hence it’s not sticking with me, hence I’m not liking it, blah de blah.

And honestly writing this out has solidified my choice of switching formats. I’ve had a physical copy forever so I’ll just read that one. I’ll eat the scribd credit I spent on the thing I guess. Better than forcing myself through 6 more hours of that.

Aside from my irritations, this book sounds pretty decent: It’s about a woman who is used as a simile by an alien race whose language has no concept of things that aren’t currently present. Like, if they need to make a comparison, the object in question and the comparator both need to be present, hence, she’s always dragged around with them. The language itself is fascinating too: That’s the one thing I do like about the audiobook. The language sounds so neat! It’s like two voices layered on top of each other – the aliens have two mouths and speak simultaneously. For humans to speak it, they need a partner with a close mind-connection, enough so that they can each speak out one voice of the word in perfect harmony at all times.

Like I said, really cool. I really like the concept. I just… wanna change formats to enjoy it. Woof.

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This one, I’ve been reading for ages. I’ve likely gone over the synopsis of this series a billion times at this point. Needless to say, I’m loving it. Just need to actually finish it.


And since I’m going to drop Embassytown as an audiobook, I’ll likely pick up another one pretty quick. I’m thinking The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss but not 100% positive yet. Otherwise, that’s it. :”D Happy reading!

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Posted by on 09/03/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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August Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up

Happy Day-After-19-Years-Later-Day!

A lot happened this month for me. And still, somehow I managed to read a few books along the way. It was wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜€

August 1st, I got married. August 2nd, I left for honeymoon and didn’t return ’til August 15th. August 16th, I resumed work. August 20th, we started apartment hunting (we already lived together, just need something with a better location). We did that every day after work ’til August 28th, when we put a security deposit down on a lovely townhouse. ๐Ÿ˜€ We move in October! So… September and October are both gonna be a tad hectic with prepping for the move and all the other stuff that’s planned. Today, for instance: Going to a friend’s wedding. :”D

Wish me luck! I hope your August was lovely.


Books

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live HereI picked this book up while on honeymoon and was very excited for it: It’s Patrick Ness, man. I love his Chaos Walking trilogy – it was my favorite of his writings. And after reading this book, I’d have to say that Chaos Walking still holds that title. After that great trilogy and the wonderfulness of A Monster Calls, this book kinda fell flat for me. I mean, it’s not bad by any means, it’s pretty much exactly what I expected going into the book. I just didn’t like it because I hated all the characters. I’m not talking a passionate hate or anything, it’s just they were all annoyingly one-dimensional, I guess. I don’t know. This book didn’t do anything for me.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I finally read this, after pre-ordering it when it came out two years ago. I did so both because it’s on my 17 in 2017 list and because I actually like, want to read the things, y’know? With the third one coming out next month, I figured I should jump on it. Ideally I’ll get to the second one this month as well. As per usual, loved it. Illustrations are beautiful. Story is wonderful. Yada yada Harry Potter yada.

Rating: 5/5 stars

14 by Peter Clines

14This is definitely the weirdest book I read this month. Well, this year. 14 is one of those books you pick up knowing ahead of time that it’s supposed to be bizarre but then it still blows away your expectations with how incredibly odd it is. I really liked it! I wrote a blabber on it as well, if you’d like to know my full thoughts, but in summary, if you’re looking for something out of the norm, pick this one up. It was good.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Okay, I’m on this bandwagon now. I see why there’s so much hype about this series. It was really good! But, it wasn’t quite a five star read for me – that might change in the second book, we’ll see.

My main problem is the main character. He grinds my gears. In my mind, he’s pretty much a Mary Sue character. Gah. I mean, he’s not a bad character, he’s just too good I guess. There are a lot of tropes in the book that stuck out me, a lot of them relating because to the ‘Kvoth has no flaws’ thing. Buh. So, I like it so far, but that main character needs some major character development.

Rating: 4/5 stars


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Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin โ€“ Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson โ€“ Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss โ€“ Complete!
  4. Calibanโ€™s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson โ€“ Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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 Sorcererโ€™s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling โ€“ 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: 37/50

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

Discard books I donโ€™t like or lose interest in reading โ€“ None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list โ€“ 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/02/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 20 | Wrap Up

Bout of Books
Happy (boo) Monday! It’s 4:15 and I have to leave for work in an hour, yayay. Also, bout of books is over!

Reading Completed:

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 240 pages(ish), 9.5 hours listened – finished book!

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 73 pages

Embassytown by China Mieville – 103 pages(ish), 3.75 hours listened

25 chapters of fanfiction (which… is seriously wonderful. I feel like a teenager again :”D)

 


And that’s it! Looking at it, I don’t think I read as much as I usually do during a readathon, but I definitely read more than I have been lately at all. It’s a nice change. Plus, finished a book, so woot.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/28/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 20 | Day 5 Update

Bout of Books

Hello! Welcome to Saturday. :”D My last update was on Wednesday, so I have about three days worth of reading to cover.

Since then, I’ve read:

  • 5 chapters of fanfiction
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – audiobook: 6ish hours ~140 pages (finished it!)
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 53 pages
  • Embassytown by China Mieville – audiobook: 2ish hours ~90 pages

So, not too much page-wise but 8 hours of audio in 3 days is a lot. :”D Hope anyone who’s participating is doing well! Happy reading

 
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Posted by on 08/26/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 20 | Day 2 Update

Bout of Books

Hello! Happy three-days-into-boutofbooks-day! I quickly realized that daily updates this time around aren’t doable for me… so every other day, every three days it is!

Progress:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – roughly 100 pages (3.5 hours listened)

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 20 pages

And actually… I picked up a fanfiction this week, something I haven’t done in years. I’ve read a whopping 20 chapters of that over the past two days… so that’s where all my reading time has gone, haha. Not goodreads trackable, but reading is reading! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I’m very much enjoying it.


And that’s it! See you all in a couple days. :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/23/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 20: In Six Words

Bout of Books
“Stayed up reading, slept three hours”
…and now I have to go to work, woo woo.
 
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Posted by on 08/21/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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14 by Peter Clines | Blabber

14 Blabber

1414 by Peter Clines
469 pages
Science Fiction
Read Aug 10 – Aug 19, 2017

This book is really weird.

I’m talking… really weird. But it’s weird in the ‘what in the world is going on’ kind of way, not the ‘I can’t follow this’ kind of way. It was easy to follow along with what was happening, but everything was happening was just so bizarre.

I really enjoyed it!

14 opens on the main character Nate, who’s looking for somewhere new to live. After receiving a recommendation about the Kavach House, a historical apartment building, he moves in. Shortly after doing so, he starts noticing little oddities about his apartment. You know, the usual: padlocked doors on random apartments, bright green cockroaches, a landlord that is weirdly protective of the building… Then he notices other oddities in neighboring apartments. And things just keep getting weirder and weirder from there.

Having read another book by Peter Clines that I knew was somewhat related to this book (The Fold) I kind of knew what I was getting into writing-style wise, character-development-wise and so on, so nothing in either of those categories really appalled me or blew me away. Clines isn’t a purple-prose writer, but he’s a pretty good one I think. He’s able to construct chapters in a way so that the last sentence makes you go ‘Damn it’ and flip the page to the next chapter. His books are really hard to put down.

That, combined with just the morbidly fascinating development of the plot had me reading this book at every available moment – I was on honeymoon when I picked this thing up, so that’s telling you something. Honey, want to get dinner now? Hold on, lemme finish this chapter! Sweetie, wanna hop off the cruise boat and tour the town? Hold on, two more sentences on this page! My husband was very understanding though, thankfully. (And now as I’m writing this, he’s picked up the book and read nearly a third of it last night – unheard of for him, haha).

To be fair, the reviews for this book are mixed. Most of the negative ones mention the pacing. The pacing is indeed a bit slow at the beginning. The weird stuff isn’t super in your face, it’s more little things that you read and go ‘huh’… they eventually delve into ‘wtf’ level weird things, but yes, the pacing is a bit slow. It’s well worth the wait though, in my opinion.

In addition, I always find it strange and somewhat forced when a romantic subplot is forced into a book that is definitely nowhere even close to romance. There’s one in here and at times it’s a bit ‘ehh’ to read. It’s minor though, so it shouldn’t ruin your entire read of the book.

Aside from the pacing and the awkward romance, I really have nothing negative to say about this book – it’s exciting, unnerving, wtf-y, and the ending I think is pretty solid. Considering all the weird, seemingly unrelated stuff that happens in the apartment, I think the author did a rather good job of relating and wrapping it all up nicely. It was refreshing.

Overall, a good choice if you’re looking for something to keep you flipping pages. I really enjoyed it and if you pick it up, let me know if you do, too. :”D

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 08/20/2017 in Books, Review

 

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