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. 😀

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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!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Audiobooks – Blogmas 12/2

It’s Wednesday, so time for T5W. As always, it was created by gingerreadslainey and the full list of posters can be found here in case you’re interested in joining. Today’s topic is audiobooks, which are a relatively new thing for me. So my Top 5 are basically going to be the majority I’ve listened to, period. But whatevs.

5. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

This is definitely the most difficult one the listen to out of the five books I’ve listed. This is a memoir written by a North Korean defector where she describes her childhood in North Korea and all the stuff she had to go through to escape it. I think the most chilling thing about this is that this stuff happened between the late 90s up through 2008 or so. It’s recent. This girl was fighting for her life, seeing her family ripped apart and being thrown from one horrible situation to the next while I was busy going to high school and reading comic books. It’s humbling and it’s worrying that stuff like this is still going on in the world. I’m still in the middle of this one, about 75% percent through it, but it’s already got me thinking about other people across the globe in a different way. Human trafficking is a big deal and it’s largely ignored in the US because most people don’t witness it day to day. It’s awful. I highly recommend you listen to or read this. Goodness, this book, man.

4. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Any of them, really. Harry Potter was my first audio book. I heard it back when I was twelve or so, about three years after I started reading the series. My cousin had *cough*retrieved it*cough* from the internet and had me listen to it with him. I didn’t even know audiobooks existed before that so it was a magical experience to say the least. The narrator was this charming elderly man who put different voices to the different characters and just made the whole thing feel so nostalgic. I loved it.

3. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

I chose this one because it’s what got me into the series. I had tried reading the book beforehand and kinda got lost with all the characters and locations, but when I listened to it I was able to categorize everything in my head a lot better. And because of that, I was able to read the second book – actually read it – without much difficulty.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is an audiobook that I just finished recently. It was splendid. I wrote a review on it, if you’re interested. I feel like this book is a perfect one to be narrated. It helps illustrate the atmosphere a lot better by utilizing the narrator’s tone of voice as he described it. Highly, highly recommend this one.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

This is by far the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. I feel like I still would have really enjoyed the book from just reading it, but listening to it, man. The narrator perfectly captures Mark Watney’s sarcasm and whit, perfectly narrates the pauses and emphasis throughout Andy Weir’s writing that I feel so many were put off by when reading it. Listening to it allows you to truly get what Weir was trying to convey using all that. This audio book. Is. Awesome. Go. Listen. To. It.

And that’s it for this week’s TFW. :”D Two days of Blogmas down, twenty-five to go. Happy reading!