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Half Year Book Tag!

Half Year BT

Happy Saturday! Today I’m doing a tag! This is the Half Year Book tag and I was sorta-kinda tagged by Zezee (thanks friend :D). I wasn’t ‘tagged’ but I was mentioned in the post SO CLOSE ENOUGH I’M DOIN IT. This tag was created by BexnBookx

Also, this is more of a uh.. ‘last two months of the year’ tag for me. Shhhh


Favourite stand alone book hauled and read so far in 2017?

Sooo… I haven’t read any stand-alones this year that were also hauled this year. So I have to give this one a non-answer, hawhaw.

Favourite series that you started or continued to read in 2017?

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThat would definitely by the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. I’ve read the first book, The Black Prism, along with the second. Both were five-star reads for me. I’m currently in the middle of the third and while I’m liking it just as much, it’s taken a bit of a back-burner to all the other books I’ve been reading lately.

 

Favourite bookish items purchased or received this year?

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI can’t think of any book-related things I bought this year that weren’t actually books! The closest I can come up with is the Ready Set Novel workbook I purchased for Nanowrimo this year! I’m currently in the middle of it and my novel is more fleshed out now than it ever has been, haha. I’ve rewritten the same novel over and over for ages now and I really want it to actually get finished this year. PLEASE OH PLEASE.

Favourite debut author?

I feel like I’m going to be bad at a lot of these questions, hahaha. I didn’t read any 2017 debut authors this year.

Favourite under-hyped book that you read this year?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonThe Traitor Baru CormorantΒ by Seth Dickinson. This lovely piece of art has only 5000-something reviews on goodreads. IT DESERVES SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT, MAN.

 

 

Favourite book read this year that you were late to the party on?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThat would be the Harry Potter illustrated editions. I’ve been buying them since they came out (just bought the third) but haven’t actually read them until very recently. I waited too long, I think. They’re so lovely. πŸ˜€

 

Potential favourite that you haven’t got around to reading yet?

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1)I feel like I’ll really love The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It’s a recent purchase for me – in the last haul I did before I banned myself. It just speaks to me, man.

 

 

Favourite re-read in 2017?

…unless you count Harry Potter from above, I haven’t reread anything… :”D

Favourite cover on a book released this year?

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A BookEveryone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun. This looks like an adorably cute book and I really like this cover. Do I own it? No. Will I likely read it this year? …No. Book ban. Next year! πŸ˜€

 

 

(Optional) Favourite book box this year?

I don’t get any sub boxes. πŸ˜› Do all the boxes I’m shoving my books into to move this month count?


That’s it! Since it’s so late in the year, I’m not gonna tag anyone I don’t think. πŸ˜›

Happy reading!

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Posted by on 10/07/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 books featuring witches

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Wednesday! First off, I didn’t realized how few books I read that contain witches. I went through my entire list of read books and could only come up with three, and one of those has a witch in it at one time, but is by no means a recurring character. So it’s technically two, with a third ‘so-so’ thrown in there. Whoop. I need to branch out my reading, apparently.

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


3. Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)This is my ‘technically has a witch’ book. In one of the chapters towards the beginning of the series, a witch appears briefly and reincarnates a character that has been dead for 50 years. No spoilers of who, on the chance you haven’t read or watched it, but that instance is the witch character’s only appearance in the super-duper-long series.

 

2. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)This is going to be on everyone’s list, especially if the list-makers can’t come up with five books, same as me.

Hermione rocks my socks.

 

 

1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella EnchantedThis book’s main plot sparks into motion as the result of a witch casting a spell on the main character. The witch herself is present come-and-go throughout the book, but isn’t a major character. Her spell though, is rather prominent.

I read and re-read this book growing up, but for some reason it didn’t pop into my head as ‘witch book’ until I saw it when scrolling through my list for selections. Weird.

 

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So uh… yeah, there’s my three-book-long list of five witch books. πŸ˜› This topic was not my best, hawhaw. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/04/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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GetGraphic Readathon TBR

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Hello! Last week, I made a post about my participation in the GetGraphic readathon that’s coming up on October 6th! Today I’ll be posting my TBR. πŸ˜€

If you’d like more detail about the dates and challenges, check out Sam’s announcement video for all the details.

As of today, I’ve completed one of the instagram challenges (today’s isn’t up yet I don’t think), so I’m on track so far. :”D

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I’m going to try to complete the all the challenges associated with this thing as well.

1. Read from a new-to-you series: Descenders vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
2. Read two installments of the same series: Attack on Titan vols 13 and 14 by Hajime Isayama
3. Read a work over 300 pages: Blankets by Craig Thompson
4. Read a work with black and white art: (fulfilled by choices for 2 and 5)
5. Read a work picked out by a friend: Merman in my Tub by Itokichi
6. Read at least 5 works.

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsAttack on Titan, Volume 13Attack on Titan, Volume 14BlanketsMerman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)

If I get done with these, which I might, I’ll likely continue ‘Merman’ if I like it. My friend who recommended it to me literally lent me a huge bag full of manga. There are probably thirty volumes in there of various series I need to work though, so that’ll be my goal.

If you’re participating in the readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/03/2017 in Books, Readathon, TBR

 

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October Currently Reading | ’17

October Currently Reading

Hello! From yesterday’s post if you read it, you’ll know I didn’t finish any books this month. Well, I’m reading quite a few, all of them really effin big. So there’s that.


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually picked this one up, recently. It’s fallen on the backburner, which is unfortunate since both of the previous books in the series were five star reads for me. Will I read this eventually? Yes. Soon? ….Maybe.

 

 

 

 

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one last month I switched over to a physical copy to read because I really wasn’t digging the audiobook. Well guess what. I discovered why I didn’t like the audiobook.

Guess why.

THE AUDIOBOOK IS MISSING THE TEN PAGE PROLOGUE. I WAS MISSING SO MUCH CONTEXT. NO WONDER I WAS TOTALLY OUT OF JIVE WITH THAT DAMN THING.

Am liking the physical book much better.

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)I’ve started a new buddy read!! πŸ˜€ I’m reading this book with Zezee, who has been slowly going through Hobb’s collected works with me! This is our I think fifth or sixth buddy read together. She’s a good buddier. She’s a good reader. She’s a good buddy-reader.

The book is pretty wonderful so far, too. Apparently I love Hobb’s books to the point that I actually got nostalgia when I read from Fitz’ POV again. It was like coming home. πŸ™‚

Also, I make a point to get the corniest Hobb covers I can find. I think they’re swell!

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)So, funny thing with this book. I heard going into it that it was polarizing among fans, that you’d either like it or you wouldn’t.

Well, lemme tell ya. I’m seeing it, dude. I’m seeing it.

This book. This book. I’m about 600-something pages into it (audiobook so not certain) and it is completely ridiculous. It will be getting a full-length spoilery blabber that will be written likely while I’m drunk off my ass. I’m so looking forward to it. I need to finish it at this point. I have to. I wanna tear it a new butt.

 

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And that’s it! πŸ˜€ Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 10/01/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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September Wrap Up | ’17

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Happy almost-October! And you know what October means! That’s right! Delicious beers for everyone.

In fact, yesterday my work had a beer exchange – 24 of us went in with a case of beer each and swapped, grabbing one of everyone else’s beer. We each left with essentially a two-dozen-beer sampler of fall deliciousness.

I brought Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (which… if you like pumpkin or beer at all, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers)

Why am I talking so much about beer? Because I didn’t actually finish any books this month, therefore have no books to talk about. πŸ˜€ Oop.

I’ll tell you what though, son. Give you a tiny preview. I’m about 2/3rds through The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and it’s driving me crazy. I’m already writing out the ranting review I’ll have for it. Yeesh. IT’S SO RIDICULOUS.

Onto fantasy bingo and blog activity


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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

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Blog Activity

12 posts including this one – Yeah buddy


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: 37/50

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

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/30/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Top 5 books I read because of the book community

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Wednesday! Today’s topic is books you all made me read. I couldn’t resist it, you sucked me in with your flashy reviews and pressuring recommendations. You fiends! (thanks, bby)

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

Also, I’m going to go with book I read from the book community that I liked. I could do an entire different post about books I read because of book blogs and booktube that I didn’t like, hawhaw. Overhype is a real thing, peeps. Maybe I’ll do that next weekend.


Rook by Sharon Cameron

RookThis is a weird one – I remember a whole bunch of people hauling it, specifically on youtube, but then I only ever saw a couple of reviews on it. I feel like for a lot of people it ended up as one of those ‘I’ll read this someday’ books. It’s a bit of a shame because it was a really good book and I feel like it actually should be getting more hype than it did.

Set in a regressed future version of Paris, this book is a slow-paced, setting-rich book. I gave it 3.5 stars at the time of reading it, but the number of times I’ve mentioned it and how often it’s entered my head since (maybe in the past two years or ) I think might warrant a reread or a 4 star raiting or something. I really enjoyed this book, but I think at the time the pacing was something I wasn’t in the mood for, hence the rating.

And the cover is lovely. ❀

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

The Gigantic Beard That Was EvilI remember for a while, graphic novels became all the buzz. They still kind of are, but for a bit there, they were basically all anyone was reading. This was one that was mentioned over and over (but again… only ever saw a review or two after the fact. But hey, I do that a lot, too. Hence the entire TBR post. πŸ˜› Pbtbt) so I would look for it every time I was at the book store. Never found it, but about a year later, it popped up on bookoutlet. I nabbed it and read it and found it really adorable. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars.

The book follows a man who lives in Here, a clean, perfect community. All is well until he grows a beard and it goes crazy and takes over.

It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s fast. I recommend it if you need to burn through a book really quickly.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)This book, unlike the first two, I saw everywhere but then I saw a buttload of reviews on it too. It was really nice, and honestly it was the reviews more than the hauls of this book that convinced me to get it. I’m glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars.

It follows an overweight, unwilling protagonist in a latino-inspired culture. It’s super neato and hopefully someday I’ll reread it. I think my favorite thing about it was that the author actually explored the main character’s weight and her mentality about it. It’s nice (well, not nice but realistic, if that makes sense) seeing her struggle with self-esteem and confidence and self-image.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)Before the book community, I knew Felicia Day through Supernatural, The Guild and maybe a few internet things. Blogs and youtubes got me to read this book. It was a neat read and went into the production of all the shows and things I already knew and loved. It was a nice audiobook, too – read by Felicia Day herself. πŸ˜€ I ended up giving it 5 stars because what is written, especially the things about growing up nerdy really resonated with me, hawhaw. I saw this book around a few places and reviews a few other places. It was definitely not the 100% most hyped book I’ve read, but it was up there.

Saga by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)This one is probably one of my favorite reads from book blogs. Before this, I never really read graphic novels. Manga? Yes. I have hundred and have had them since I was a teenager, but graphic novels? Not really. Saga was my first one and I was amazed by the full-color photos and quality of the art. It was so lovely and since I’ve grown a small collection of various series. It’s wonderful. πŸ˜€ This one was hauled by a tons of people and reviewed by a ton of people. I gave it 5 stars and so did a lot of other people (well earned, in my opinion. The hyped is deserved on this one).

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And that’s it! There are tons more, but these are probably the most well-known ones. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/27/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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One Lovely Blogger Award | Metal Edition

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Hello! A tag today. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian, so thanks friend! πŸ˜€

The Rules

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

I think I’m going to take a leaf out of Orangutan’s book and do a music-oriented 7 facts. SO PREPARE FOR A BUNCH OF METAL.

Also, if you’ve ever been curious about metal or never understood what people saw in it, I suggest giving these a listen. Everything I list will be good ‘gateway’ songs, I think. I’ll list other genres or associated things that if you like those ones, you might like the song I’ve posted, too.

(I’m forever trying to get people into metal. It’s so fun :”D)

1 – I grew up listening to Iron Maiden and Guns N Roses

At the time, I didn’t know it was considered metal or what metal even was. I just knew it was the music my dad and uncle listened to. So picture ten year old me singing ‘Hallowed by Thy Name’ with my uncle and cousins, haha.

Example: Hallowed By Thy Name by Iron Maiden

You should listen to this song if you like classic hard rock music

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
I take a look through the bars at the last sights
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

2 – The first metal band that I discovered by my own accord was Nightwish

There are a lot of Nightwish songs and the band has had three singers at this point (the current one is amazing, imho). I first discovered them because they were in a music video at the end of a movie I was watching. I remember liking them and then forgetting they existed until I randomly came across them again on youtube a year or two later. Been listening ever since. They range from very flowery symphonic metal to heavier stuff. The song I’m listing is somewhere in the middle and almost has a pop-rock-like sound to it.

Example: Amaranth by Nightwish

You should listen to this if you like pop rock, high female voices, angels

Reaching, searching
For something untouched
Hearing voices of the never-fading calling

3 – The band I feel puts on the best live show is Sonata Arctica

I feel like there are certain bands that even if you don’t care for their music, you go to see them perform because they’re just so much fun. This is one of those bands. And by far, the most fun song to listen to by them is FullMoon. There’s just so much audience participation!

Example: FullMoon by Sonata Arctica

You should listen to this if you like rock music, werewolves, happy crowds at concerts

She should not lock the open door
(run away, run away, run way)
Fullmoon is on the sky and he’s not a man anymore
See the change in him but can’t
(run away, run away, run away)
See what became out of her man…
Fullmoon

4 – Every time I hear a band collaborate with a movie or video game, it makes me want to watch or play it

I feel like this doesn’t happen nearly enough!! If you know of any games/movies with metal soundtracks, do tell me

Example: Children of the Smith by Blind Guardian (Dwarves soundtrack)

You should listen to this if you like video game sound tracks and music videos

The old rhymes, they’re on my mind
We’re one tribe
We share our memories, clear and bright
We walk as one, our lives are bound together
We share a fate, we share one fate
We share a fate

5 – I don’t like music with a lot of growling or screaming, so pretty much every band I listen to has clean, well-sung lyrics in their songs

I feel like there’s this misconception outside the metal community that all metal is nothing but growling, walls of sounds and demonic screaming. I mean, sure there is some of that: It’s called black metal, thrash music, death metal, etc etc. There are a bunch of subgenres though that don’t have these features. So getting into the metal genre, you can purposely avoid listening to those or purposely go after those to listen to, depending on your tastes!

Example: Memories by Within Temptation

You should listen to this song if you like singer-songwriter songs, melodic female voices, easy-listening music

All of my memories keep you near.
In silent moments imagine you here.

6 – My favorite kind of metal is the kind with a full-orchestra backing it.

I absolutely love being surrounded by a wall of music while I’m listening. My favorite way to do that is get the metal-sound of the guitars and bass… and then a whole bunch of orchestral music to boot!

Example: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish

You should listen to this if you like orchestra music, classical music, opera, complex sound combinations, chorus music

A siren from the deep came to me
Sang my name my longing
Still I write my songs about that dream of mine
Worth everything I may ever be

7 – I’ve been listening to metal all my life and I feel like it’ll stay that way. My future children will likely grow up as little metalheads, and I’m looking forward to it. :”D

There are certain songs that when I listen to them, I know they’re ones I want to keep with me and teach my kids the lyrics so they can sing them with me flying down the highway like my dad did with me. This is one of those songs.

Example: The Scarecrow by Avantasia

You should listen to this if you like classic rock music, powerful lyrics, AC-DC, inspirational music

So you’re an angel meant to walk down here
And you believe it’s all divine
And you don’t play by all those temporal rules
You watch the world begin to die


And that’s it! I hope you decided to listen to one or two (or all…) of the songs above. If you decide you like metal and want to hear more, ask me for recs! If you already like metal, let me know some of your favorites! I’m always lookin’ for new music.

I tag:

ZezeeWithBooks
AllBoutThemBooksandStuff
ReadingExperienceswithNora
MetalPhantasmReads (hey friend I think you should do metal things. :”D)
DragonsandZombies
HadeerWrites
CaptainsQuarters
ThoughtsonFantasy

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 09/24/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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