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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski | Blabber

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
709 pages
Paperback
Horror
Read Jan 5 – June 26, 2018
(Minor) Spoilery Blabber

This book turned into a matter of ego for me.

I had built it up in my head for so long beforehand that when I finally did get to it and ended up having difficulty with it, I decided that I couldn’t abandon it. I had to finish it – my brain wouldn’t let me not.

Commence me taking six months to read this book.

I want to begin with, I didn’t hate this book. There were aspects about it that I really liked. The entire concept, for instance: the found-footage-esque story style about a family who moves into a house that is much, much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It’s disturbing, unsettling, and made for some good creepypasta material. In fact, the whole books tries to give you that impression – that originally this manuscript was ‘found in bits and pieces’ across the internet with some die-hard cult fans and was brought together to make this book, along with foot notes and editors’ notes and all sorts of things in it. As a concept, this is an awesome book.

However, in practice, this book was meandering, slow-moving, and full of information that I ended up skimming over or skipping altogether. The main ‘book’ in the book is The Navidson Record, which contains description of all the videos that Navidson – the man who moved into the house with his family – took while he was there and was exploring within the confines of his home, along with foot notes, interviews with professors and researches who had come across this mysterious Navidson record on the internet, and references to the huge-ass appendix at the back that contains photos and poems and documentation and all sort of stuff. I feel like if this book would have just been this, I would have liked it more, honestly.

Wrapped around this book is another set of writing by a man who found this book hidden at his neighbor’s house after he had passed away. This layer shows what amounts to our main character roving through the book and adding appendixes, and notes and leaving comments – the font is different for this character, so it’s obvious when you’re reading his writing and when you’re reading The Navidson Record.

I hated this perspective so much. I found it so boring and pointless. When it would come to a four-page long footnote this guy would leave, after reading the first two hundred pages and finding nothing particularly interesting in them during that time, I had started skimming, keeping my eye out for creepy words. Because occasionally creepy things did happen to this guy, but they were few and far between and honestly I didn’t care about who he was sleeping with, because he talked about that a lot.

And on top of that, there’s another level of writing, one done by the mysterious editors who put together the book, after our main character had finished his writing and the manuscript, now full of dumb stuff in my opinion, was found again. This part I was indifferent to. There wasn’t really any value added, aside from… editing, which was nice. You could tell there’d be spelling corrections and reference corrections throughout the book. At least they didn’t rave and rant about stuff for pages on end.

So overall, I didn’t like just the amount of ‘stuff’ included in this book. At first, for probably the first two hundred and fifty pages, I read every word – every page, every footnote, every appendix reference, every editor note – everything. I kept thinking there would be something hidden in the jumble that would be important later in the book, that it all meant something. And as I progressed, and as I got more and more irritated with the passages by our lovely main character, I kinda stopped. There are only so many foot notes of 100-name lists of authors of a book referenced in The Navidson Record you can read before starting to think it’s getting a bit repetitive.

And low and behold, I finished the book, and none of it mattered. Nothing was referenced, nothing tied in.

Now, the occasional meandering plot I can deal with if there is an end goal and all the things you meander to come to fruition. But don’t tell me about what you’re having for breakfast and what you think of your new fling’s butt tattoo for three damned pages if it’s not relevant to the book. Because hey, main character again, oversharing. It got to the point where it was a struggle to read, that I found myself actually irritated when sections like that came around.

I understand why the meandering was there – it was showing the slow decline of the men’s psyche – both Navidson’s and our main character’s. (whose name I honestly forgot and don’t care to look up. That’s how much of an impact he had on me). The crazier sounding the passages got, the more unsettled you were supposed to feel reading the book. Keywords: Supposed to.

I did get that unsettling feeling from The Navidson Record itself, but this layer thrown on top of it would completely kill it every time it became the focus again, so this book was… engulfing kinda.

That being said, there were passages in this book both in the Navidson Record and the layer above it that did cause a bit of frisson. The writing, when it wanted to be, was amazing. It gave shivers and actually had me feeling a bit paranoid in my own house. It was really cool that while being irritated at the character passage, something could happen and suddenly I was staring at my doorway to my living room like it was going to widen into a gaping maw and suck me in.

Hence, I didn’t hate this book. Aspects I love did exist. I did mention that.

Unfortunately, while the Navidson Record was full of those, the finder’s layer above it only had a few of those passages, not nearly enough to make up for the utter slag it was. When I finished the book, I was in the living room with my husband – I slammed the book shut, held it up in the air and just yelled, you know, the one you let out after a  frustrating situation you’ve been in for some time has finally passed. It was such a satisfying feeling, finishing the book, after struggling with it so much. I’m glad I didn’t dnf it, because looking back on it now I appreciate The Navidson Record contained within it even more than I did while actually reading it.

That section of the book is truly a work of art. I loved it.

And then it was covered in a slimy layer of footnotes by our main guy, Mr. Butt Tattoo.

If you’ve been thinking about reading this book, you should give it a go. It’s honestly, at its main core, a good book. Just know you’ll have a bit of trudging to do. I personally will never read it again, but I know parts of it will be in my memory for years. The level of creepy that this book made me feel at times was amazing.

2.75/5 stars

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

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 so far

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Hello, happy Hump Day! As you’re reading this, I’m not at work (woo, 4th of July and paid holidays. I’m gonna cherish it). Today’s topic is favorite books of the year so far! I’ve actually already hit my goodreads goal of 40 books, so I have quite the selection to pick from. All of the below books were a solid five stars. Rating them 5 through 1 is a bit superfluous, so take their order with a grain of salt.

If you’d like to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, you can do so here!


5. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North KoreaGenre: Nonfiction – Memoir

This is a very recent read for me, I just finished it last week, but it’s definitely made its way into my heart. This book is a memoir written by a man who somehow escaped from the North Korean totalitarian regime. It’s written in a very matter-of-fact way – it doesn’t shy away from the suffering that Ishikawa or his family felt. It doesn’t give you an illusion of a happy ending.

This book is powerful, heart breaking, and will stick with me for a long time.

 

 

 

4. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)Genre: Fantasy

The Broken Eye is the third book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, which is one that I’ve been raving about for a long time. The series follows a slew of characters in world of political and magical upheaval. The magic system, based on colors, is really, really cool. The users of the magic are able to visualize a color and morph it into physical matter. Most can do one or two colors, but the Prism, one of the main characters, can draft them all.

And each time a magic user drafts a color, it brings them slightly closer to their deaths.

The world that Weeks has created is so great. I love the plot development, I love the characters, I love the humor. I love it all. I’m currently reading the fourth book, The Blood Mirror and am loving that as well. I hope the fifth (and final??) book comes out soon so I’m not left in a deprived state. DON’T LEAVE ME HANGIN’ WEEKS, OKAY? OKAY.

3. Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

Really, this one and King’s Rising deserve this spot, but I’m keeping it to single books, and I’m trying to keep one series from hogging multiple spots in the list. So think of it as this book with the third book peeking over its shoulder.

Prince’s Gambit is the second book in the Captive Prince trilogy, which has also become one of my favorites this year. Out of the three, this one in my opinion is by far the best. The other two are good as well, but this one is my fave.

This series, taking place is a fantasy world and dealing with politics and war, is not for the feint of heart. It contains gruesome violence, rape, and just unpleasant situations. It’s gritty. But it’s just so addicting to read. The two main characters – the prince of one land and the prince of the other, find themselves in a situation where… well, read the synopsis of the first book and it’ll be rather clear.

This series is not by any means a modern classic, but holy cow did I have fun reading it. I couldn’t put it down.

2. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol 1 by Fujita

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Genre: Manga – Slice of life/Romance

Yep, a single volume of a manga gets the number two spot. I loved this so much.

It kinda came out of nowhere – a comedy youtube channel I follow did a review of the first three episodes of the accompanying anime, and it made me curious enough to go pick it up. I buzzed through the first season in two days, and then I got the ‘need more’ itch I couldn’t scratch. So, my husband bought me the first volume of the manga as a surprise, because I’d been blabbering about it non-stop. I thought that I would like the manga less, only because I had just finished watching the same plot material and figured it might be repetitive from the closeness of consuming to two.

But hoo-boy was I wrong. This manga is even better than the anime. I absolutely adored it and am a fan for life. And I’ve only read the first volume! There are two currently out, the third being released in English in October. You bet your butt I’m going to suck them into my collection.

My favorite part about this series is its simplicity. It follows two mid-20s working individuals, both nerds in their own way, who decide to date each other because they’re most likely to understand each other’s obsessions. It’s cute, it’s light, and it’s drama-free. There’s no teenage angst, there’s no miscommunication… it’s just fun and adorable and funny and I really, really enjoyed it.

1. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)Genre: Fantasy

Again this is another ‘this book and the third one in the trilogy’. Not saying the first wasn’t just as good – it was, but technically I read it in 2017. 😛

I’ve been making my way through Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world for almost two years now. I started Assassin’s Apprentice back in 2016 I think, and by the time I got to Assassin’s Quest (Or was it Royal Assassin?!) I had begun buddy-reading everything with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. We’ve covered all the books since then up through this series… and this one by far is both of our favorites. Golden Fool in particular was just so wonderful. So much character development! So much heart-throbbing-ness, so much suspense! AH, BELOVED. ❤

This series will be getting a blabber from me very soon – I still haven’t been able to calm down enough after the end of Fool’s Fate (book 3) to articulate my thoughts in an even semi-coherent manner. I’m reeling! I’ll get there.

But this series, this book, by far, is my favorite read of the year so far. It’s tops, and I love it. Robin Hobb has a fan for life.


And that’s it! Out of the forty books I’ve read so far this year, these ones are the top of the top, they’re the cat’s pajamas, they’re the bee’s knees!

Have you read any of the above? What were your faves? Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/04/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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July Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

I’ve added a fourth weekly post! Well, at least for a few weeks – we’ll see how long I can get content put together for four posts. My reading speed has picked up, so I’m hoping it’ll last at least a couple months.

Today’s post is what I’m currently reading as of today – for those unfamiliar with my blog, I don’t write TBR posts because I’m rather awful at sticking to them. Instead, at the beginning of every month, I make a post about what I’m tackling at the moment.

Anyways, these are the books that I’m nose-deep in:


Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

I’ve been rereading all of the Temeraire series in prep for reading the last three books – I’m enjoying this just as much as I did when I read it back in high school. This is my current audiobook and the narration is being done by Simon Vance, my absolute fave ❤ This series, if you haven’t picked it up, you totally should. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era. It’s so, so so good. As of right now, I’m about 25% through of it.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This book’s been on my ‘currently reading’ the longest, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. I just keep getting distracted. The fourth book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, I’m loving it just as much as I did the first three. It’s become one of my all-time favorite series. Here is a link to the blurb of the first one, should you be interested.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)

This one I originally picked up as an audiobook, but I’ve since switched over to reading it physically and am enjoying so much more. I can see why this one has gotten the hype it has. I’m hoping I end up liking it the whole way through – I’m on a few chapters in so far. I really like the setting – the fantasy its set in is based on various Asian cultures instead of your typical medieval european ones. It’s pretty neato.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

This one I originally hadn’t intended on picking up so soon, but when I mentioned I was doing the Tome Topple readathon and said I didn’t have any reading buddies, one of my friendos contacted me and said she had this book as well if we wanted to buddy read it. So here we are. 😀 So far I’m digging the plot and the setting, but I’m a tad iffy on the main character. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt until she gets some opportunity for character growth though.


And that’s it! For now, my posting schedule will be Tues-Wed-Sat-Sun. Wish me luck. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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June Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Obligatory ‘damn you space-time continuum and your consistent moving-forward-ness’.

Happy July! I actually did a decent bit of reading in June – there was the MangaReadathon that got me reading quite a bit of manga. So I had set my Goodreads goal for 40 books this year, thinking it’d be a slower year for me, aaaaand now I’m sitting at 39 read. It’s pretty neat.

So this is what’s been goin’ down:

Books

I read 22 things this month, 16 of them being manga and 6 being books:

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. MaasI bought this one shortly after it came out, hoping it would be an improvement on the third one. Buuut it was a bit of a downer, wasn’t great, was just okay. I wrote a blabber on it if you’d like to know more of my thoughts.

3 stars

Livingstone vols 2-4 by Tomohiro Maekawa

Livingstone, Vol. 2 by Tomohiro MaekawaThis series I finished up this month after starting it last month during the borrowathon. I rather enjoyed this series, and definitely recommend it. I also wrote a blabber on this one as well. 😀 It follows two character as they try to keep people’s souls from shattering. It’s really neat.

4 stars

Halo: The Flood by William C Dietz

Halo by William C. DietzI picked this up at the behest of my coworker, who was the one who got me to read the first one last month. I enjoyed this one as well, but I think I liked the first one better. The series is written by a different author each book, so I’m thinking it was just the writing style change. It’s still a decent series though, and I’ll be picking up the third one soon-ish.

3 stars

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Fool's Fate by Robin HobbThis one. Gosh, this one. I’ve tried to write a blabber about it a handful of times now, and it keeps getting jumbled. I have so many feelings about this book, and I can’t get them straight. Maybe at some point I’ll get a coherent blabber out for this. Augh, this one will be with me for a long time. This whole trilogy will. I read it with Zezee, and I know she’s still jumbled in knots about it too. ONE DAY I’LL GET OVER IT. MAYBE.

5 stars

Just Around the Corner by Touko Kawai

Just Around the Corner by Touko KawaiI read this manga as part of the manga readathon. It was a gift to me by that one friend that I have mentioned – the one where our tastes are 100% alike or way way way off kilter. This, unfortunately, was the latter. I didn’t like this. The plot twist in this book made me feel so uncomfortable, and I will be trading this one in. It’s not staying on my shelves. The only reason it didn’t get a one star is because the art style was nice.

2 stars

Scryed vol 1 by Yasunari Toda

Scryed, Volume 1 by Yasunari TodaRead as part of the manga readathon, this fulfilled the challenge of ‘oldest manga on my tbr’. I must have bought this near a decade ago. I remember loving the anime when it was on tv so I figured I’d like this too. Well, I did, but I feel the anime is better. 😛 Sue me.

3 stars

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Black Powder War by Naomi NovikAhhh this series is so good! I’ve been rereading it by listening on audiobook and I’m enjoying it so much. It’s so great. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the napoleonic era, and it’s cute and funny and actiony and just.. wahh ❤

5 stars

 

Demon Diary vols 1-7 by Kara

Demon Diary, Volume 01 by KaraI read this entire seven volume series for the manga readathon and adored it (up until the end, which was just okay.) This follows a young man who is forced into the role of demon lord and is honestly not suited or it at all. It’s a fluffy cute series mostly about his mentor getting aggravated as he tries to train the main character into being a decent ruler. This series had so much more potential and could have easily gone on another ten volumes. The ending though was a bit abrupt, resulting in vol 7 getting 3 stars, but the rest hovering around 4-5 stars each.

4.5 stars

Seraph of the End vols 1-2 by Takaya Kagami

Seraph of the End, Vol. 1 by Takaya KagamiI ended up really liking the first volume of this and the second was… not as good. Being a vampire series I was a bit iffy about it, but it surprised me with the uniqueness of it. The second volume however went downhill because I can’t stand the main character. 😛 He’s a pain in the butt.

3.5 stars

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiI FINALLY FINISHED IT. I’VE BEEN READING THIS BOOK SINCE THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY. This book was such a challenge for me, but because it was on my 10 in 2018 list, I wanted to give it my best to try and actually finish the thing. There are so many things about this book that I liked and so many that I didn’t. This will be getting a blabber soon, and I hope I can give its complexity justice.

2.75 stars

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness by Masaji IshikawaThis is the third memoir I’ve read about a person from North Korea. Each one of them, including this one, crushed me. I cried. This book is just so much to take in. I can’t give it anything but 5 stars. How am I supposed to give a rating to someone’s life? Especially someone who has suffered so much.

5 stars

Orange: The Complete Collection vols 1-2 by Ichigo Takano

Orange by Ichigo TakanoI finally finished this series as of yesterday. I had read the first one a while ago and forgot the details, so I reread it and then the second one as part of the Tome Topple Readathon, which is still ongoing. I loved it, and I have the sequel-afterward thingy still to read, but that will wait until after the readathon is over.

4.75 stars

AND THAT’S IT. THAT’S ALL THE BOOKS. YEESH.


Other Things

  • I saw Incredibles 2 this month, which was wonderful. My husband hadn’t seen the first one, so I went out and bought it, we watched it, and then we went to see the second one the next day. 😀
  • I managed to get tickets to see Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! recorded live, so I’m going to Chicago in August!

Reading Goals

Fantasy Bingo 2018


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/01/2018 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Tome Topple Readathon TBR!

Readathons

Hello! The Tome Topple Readathon started yesterday! Me being me, didn’t realize it. So I’m starting a day late. Whatevs. The dates this time run from June 29th – July 12th. The point of the readathon is to read books over 500 pages, be it graphic novels or novels themselves.

For all the details on it, you can see Sam’s announcement video.

There are a few challenges that you can participate in as well:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

I think with the tbr posted below I’ll hit all of those except the buddy reading one. NO BUDDIES FOR ME. ;~;

There are also instagram challenges to participate in every day, and I made my first post about it this morning (shameless plug).

My TBR:

https://i.imgur.com/gRhXkpn.jpg

If you’re participating in the readathon (and if you’re reading any of the ones I am especially) let me know! We can buddy read.

Happy reading!!

 
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Posted by on 06/30/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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Top 5 books I wanna read before the end of the year

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifWhat a wordy title. Happy Hump Day!

Today’s topic is what I said above, and I’m going to try to pick different books than I did in the recent topic ‘books I want to read before the end of summer‘. So think of these as ones I wanna read after those are done.

If you’d like to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, you can do so here.

5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I am behind on this series. I’m not a huge fan of the main character, but I did enjoy the world expansion that occurred in book three, so I’m hoping this book will focus on that. I’ve heard that this one is polarizing, but I don’t know why. I somehow haven’t been spoiled, so if you spoil me I’m gonna come after you with the wrath of a thousand suns and give you such a scolding.

4. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

This one sounds so interesting to me, though I’ve had friends both love and hate it. I’ve liked what I read of Stephenson so far, so I’m hoping this one will be good as well. The synopsis makes it sound like a weird crossover between sci-fi and fantasy and I’m all here for it.

3. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, #1)

I picked this entire series up off the clearance shelf of my old college bookstore. I had never heard of it, but at the time I was in a huge 90s fantasy kick, so I kinda just grabbed it without thinking too much on it (and it came out the year I was born, holy cow, this is a Fantasy Bingo tile now!!! I’M EVEN MORE PUMPED FOR IT.)

2. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)

Out of all the books on this list, this one has been on my TBR the longest – I got this as a Christmas gift back when I was a teenager, so I’ve had it for ten or so years now. My interest has never waivered, I just.. haven’t gotten to it. You know how it is.

1. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Considering that Leviathan Wakes, the first book in this series, was one of my favorite books two years ago and I still haven’t picked this one up, it makes me wonder what I’m doing. I think the eighth(?!) book in this series was just released, so I have a lot of catching up to do. If I get through this one this year though, I’ll be content.


And that’s it! These are… basically the remaining books on my 10 in 2018 list haven’t already been read, aren’t being currently read, and weren’t mentioned on my summer reads post. 😛 I gotta stick to my guns, man. If you plan on reading any of these, do let me know. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/27/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Spring Book Haul | #23

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Happy almost-July! If you’ve been following my blog at all over the past six months, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to keep my book hauls limited to once a season instead of once a month. That means keep my book buying limited to 6-8 books per season instead of per month. So, I’m doing pretty good with that, though I did go over 8 by a tad this month. I intend to put myself on a ban come October or November for Christmas reasons, so I’m not beating myself up too much over it.

Anyways, to the books!

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The above is all of the books I’ve purchased, minus one, which will be in a photo below. I forgot about it when I took this photo, which really… it says a lot. ._.

But a book shown above and not in the photos below because again, forgot, is A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. This particular book purchase was a bit of a peak for me as far as me realizing how truly obsessed I am with collecting books to my person. I was in Barnes and Noble, in line to buy three other books, and I purchased this book in amazon while I waited to get to the cashier. Really. I’ve already read it, wrote a blabber on it, and found it to be just okay.

 

Death Note vols 10-12 by Tsugumi Ohba – These were re-purchases for me, and as I’ve already read them, are not part of my ever-intimidating TBR (these books are what put me over the 8, so I’m ok with it). These books are the culmination of a ten-year-long feud I’ve had with a person who was totally unaware of it. I made a post about it, too.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison and A Time of Dread and Malice, both by John Gwynne – These purchases were the three I was in line to buy at BN when I purchased the Maas book via amazon. They were having a 50% off fantasy sale and these three were on the table of options. I couldn’t not get them!

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – This one I picked up without knowing too much about it beforehand, aside from reading the synopsis. I first heard of the book when I saw on twitter someone retweeting the author, who had written a blog entry entitled ‘On the necessity of brutality: why I went there‘ as a response to the criticism she had received for the content of this book. Reading that post alone made me want to buy it, so I did. I feel like I’m going to really love this one. If you wanna buddy read it, do let me know!

Curse of Strahd by Christopher Perkins – This is the one not pictured in the top image because I am a ding dong. Guess who’s gonna try to be a Dungeon Master! Time’s up, it’s me. I’ve been slowly going through this book and a few other DnD books in preparation for my own campaign. I’m hoping I take to being a DM. Currently, the only one in our group who knows how is my husband, who stated he misses playing as a character. So I’m hopefully going to give him the chance to do that.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – I’ve had my eye on this book for ages. It popped up on a recommended reading list for ‘if you liked Uprooted, you’ll like this’. I haven’t the foggiest where I found that list though, so sorry, no link. Might have even been Goodreads, I have no clue. Am v. excited for this, though.

 

Nod by Adrian Barnes and Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb – both of these were purchased when I took my dad out to get him some books for Father’s Day. I couldn’t not get myself some things. The first, I was recommended by a friend. The second will be a buddy read with Zezee when we continue our trek through the Realm of the Elderlings books within the next month or two.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I didn’t know that Miyazaki’s movie was based on a book! So considered I loved the film, I’m hoping I’ll love the book as well.


And that’s it! I’m hoping to do fewer than 8 books these next three months, and next to nothing the last three, aside from Christmas gifts received. Gotta knock that TBR down to a reasonable amount. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know!

 
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Posted by on 06/24/2018 in Book Haul, Books

 

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