August Wrap Up! ’20

Wrap Up

Happy September! August was a pretty good month – nothing insane happened for once (well, nothing that wasn’t already happening). So I took the brief reprieve to read some books. This is what I read:


Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – This author has quickly become an auto-buy for me. There’s just something so whimsical about her writing that almost makes me feel… homesick? It’s weird, but I love it. Speaking of, the second book in this series comes out today and I am gonna go get it after work!

This book follows a small cast of characters, trained warriors going undercover has bards to discover who took the missing Harp of Kings, an ancient artifact given to humankind by the fae. While the beginning of his book was a tad slow, it really picked up towards the end, and it and had some great character development. One of the characters I kinda hated at the beginning of the book, and by the end he was my favorite.

4.5 stars

Reamde by Neal Stephenson – This book I picked up on audio because it was a chunker. Coming in at over 1000 pages, the audiobook was something like 38 hours long. I gotta say though, it was pretty decent. I did definitely have my issues with it, which I might get into if I decide to write a full review on it. But story-wise it was pretty good. I can’t say I’ve ever read a 1000 page thriller and was actually thrilled the whole time. This didn’t seem to lag at all, which really surprised me. So yes, it was good, but fair warning: some of the terms used to describe people are dated.

3.75 stars

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – This was also an audiobook pick up. This is a romance focused around Chloe, the woman on the cover, and Red, the man on the cover. It was a very neat read – it had really good representation as far as race, sexuality, and chronic illness. And the characters were actually like… nice to each other. I realize that shouldn’t be the bar, but I don’t know what to tell you. The ending ‘conflict’ fell a bit flat for me, as it teetered a bit into the miscommunication trope, but overall this was a sweet, nice read.

3.75 stars


Shaman King vol 7 by Hiroyuki Takei – I finally picked up manga again! Albeit I did it on like August 29th, but it counts. This series is getting more interesting, and I’m liking it more now that we’re getting some character development on ‘the villains’.

So far I’m not smitten with this series like my sister is – she’s the one who wanted me to read it – but I’m enjoying it and I can see myself getting smitten if it keeps going the way it is.

3.5 stars

Hands Off! vols 1-2 by Kasane Katsumoto – The last time I was at an anime con in February, there was a stall selling manga for three bucks each. They had this entire series, and since I remembered reading it in high school and liking it, I picked it up – all eight volumes and the two sequel series volumes.

So far, reading it again for the first time in fifteen years, it’s actually pretty decent. It’s funny, and the plot it’s hinting at is interesting. So far though it’s been rather episodic with hints of character development so I’m hoping it enters an arc of some kind. But overall, not bad!

Other Stuff

  • I turned 30 in August! I’m old now
  • I had my third wedding anniversary in August! We’re old now

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 145/100
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
    April – Pass
    May – Pass
    June – Pass
    July – Pass
    August – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 235

And that’s it! Lemme know if you’ve read any of the above. Happy reading!

August Currently Reading! ’20

Currently Reading

Happy Sunday! Today I’m gonna talk about the books I’m currently reading!

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky, #1)

The Wolf by Leo Carew – I’m reading this for Finishathon, and today is actually the last day for it. Finishathon was kind of a bust – I literally just read this or not at all, haha. Welp, I’m rusty when it comes to readathons, so hopefully the next one will go better. I do intend on finishing this though – I’m rather liking it.

The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards, #1)

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – This book is not part of the readathon, which was my demise. I got farther in this than I did my readathon book! So far it’s pretty decent, and I’m hoping Juliet Marillier puts her characters through some nice development arcs. We’ll see!


Reamde by Neal Stephenson – This one I’m developing a love-hate relationship with. The story is awesome. Hell even the four page long tangents I really enjoy. I’m not a huge fan of the writing though, particularly the vocabulary the author uses. I’ll get more into that later though because I already know I want to write a full thing for this. Overall though, it’s decent.

And that’s it! Short and sweet this month. Happy reading!

August book haul!| #31

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Hello, welcome to September first! Last month, I purchased five books and a lot of manga and graphic novels. This is what I got:

I went on various vacations and trips this August, and picked up a few different books at each, so if appropriate I’ll point out where I got them.

Fence vol 3 by CS Pacat

I’ve been awaiting this volume for quite a while now. My feelings on this series are positive, but I don’t love it yet. I’m waiting. I know something will happen and I’ll grow to adore it.

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!

I Hate Fairyland vol 1 by Skottie Young

I’ve had my eye on this for a while. It sounds absolutely hilarious! This one was a birthday gift from my parents, as my bday was the 7th of August. 😀

Goodreads synopsis: An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old’s body who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

My Hero Academia vols 17-20 by Kohei Horikoshi

With these four volumes, I’m completely caught up to what’s been released in English so far. I’m tempted to read them now but season 4 of the anime is gonna be released soon and I kinda wanna experience it for the first time that way. I’ll likely binge read all 20 volumes after season 4 is over and I go into withdrawal.

Seriously if you haven’t started watching this one yet, I highly, highly recommend it.

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…

Inspection by Josh Malerman

This is the guy who wrote Bird Box! And since I really liked that one, I wanted to pick up this one! I got this book in Bookoff when I visited NYC this year for like six bucks. I about peed my pants.

Goodreads synopsis: J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I’ve been after this one for a while but just haven’t seen it floating around. So when I did see it, I grabbed it. I was kinda surprised to see it was so little though. On the plus side I should get through it quickly!

Goodreads synopsis: Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

Rave Master vols 4-5 by Hiro Mashima

This is a series from my teenager-hood, so I’ve been trying to collect the volumes when I find them. They’re out of print, so I have random ones. Total, I’ve got 1-6 now and 12. So if you have any randos you don’t want, lemme know, I’ll buy them off you, ahah. I got these at Otakon in DC!

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: The Continent of Song is in chaos. The sinister secret society known as Demon Card is using the power of Dark Bring to destroy everything in their path. The only things capable of stopping Dark Bring are the Rave stones. Unfortunately, the Rave Stones were scattered around the globe in an explosion 50 years ago, so now they must be collected by the Rave Master in order to stop Dark Bring once and for all.

Ten Count vol 1 by Rihito Takarai

I’ve had my eyeballs on this series too for a while, and decided to pick it up recently. I’m hoping I dig it – I haven’t seen anyone talk about it yet.

Goodreads synopsis: Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

This was an almost-impulse buy that I picked up in almost-NYC. Basically I was walking by when I was in NYC and saw this displayed. Stopped dead in my tracks and went ‘I WANT IT, IT’S MINE’. I had never heard of it before, haha. But, I managed to talk myself out of getting in there and then, paying list price. But you bet as soon as I got home, I picked it up at my local bookstore (…using member discounts and sales and coupons, ahaha).

Goodreads synopsis: The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

I have such bitter sweet feelings about this book. It’s the last one in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings land – book 16 – and I’M NOT READY ;~;

Goodreads synopsis of Assassin’s Apprentice (book 1): In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

Man am I so excited for this sequel. I read book one earlier this year and ended up really liking it! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I definitely recommend it.

Goodreads synopsis of The Poppy War (book 1): When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Only the Ring Finger Knows by Satoru Kannagi

This book brings me such nostalgia. I read it back when I was a teen, borrowing it from a friend. The story has more or less stuck with me since then, and when I saw a copy for the first time ever at Otakon, 14 years later, I had to pick it up. I’m looking forward to rereading it, and I hope I like it as much as I did the first time. This is a standalone manga.

Goodreads synopsis: It’s the ultimate expression of love – to wear matching rings with your significant other, showing the world that you are a couple.

High school student, Wataru Fujii, also wears one though he is single. When he accidentally switches rings with popular and handsome senior, Yuichi Kazuki, they discover that their rings pair up! Since then, Kazuki, who is known for being kind to all becomes strangely harsh to Wataru. They alternate between hot and cold, as in between clashes they begin to sort their feelings for one another. Are Wataru and Kazuki the worst of enemies or are they actually soulmates?

Delicious in Dungeon vol 4 by Ryoko Kui

I also picked this up at Otakon! This is such a pleasant series, I adore it. I’m hoping this one will be just as good. 😀

Goodreads synopsis of volume 1: When young adventurer Laios and his company are attacked and soundly thrashed by a dragon deep in a dungeon, the party loses all its money and provisions…and a member! They’re eager to go back and save her, but there is just one problem: If they set out with no food or coin to speak of, they’re sure to starve on the way! But Laios comes up with a brilliant idea: “Let’s eat the monsters!” Slimes, basilisks, and even dragons…none are safe from the appetites of these dungeon-crawling gourmands!

Goblin Slayer vol 1 by Kumo Kagyu

Also purchased at Otakon, this is the light novel that the manga came from! I’ve never read a light novel before, so I’m hoping I like this one. I really like Goblin Slayer as is, so I figured this was the best place to start.

Goodreads synopsis: A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue–a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next…

And that’s it! Technically I got six books, but one of them is a light novel, so I’m counting it more as a manga. ;P pbtbtbt everything is artibrary.

Also, I got some new bookshelf decorations, look-it!

Aren’t they cute? I got some for my mother to match, too!

Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

August Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hi! I’m currently in NYC so this is being pre-written! I’m gonna list the books I took with me… aaaaaas they’ll be the ones I’m reading when this post goes up. Yes? Yes.

During the first week of August while I’m away on my trip, I’ll be attempting to complete my Transfiguration NEWT, for which I need an Outstanding. So in order I’m (this week) reading:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – This fulfills the A level of ‘read a book with lgbt rep’. I read the first one of these ages ago and was luke warm to it. I own the whole series though so I want to give it another chance or two before deciding whether or not they’re actually for me.

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 3

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui – This fulfills my E level, ‘Read a sequel’. The first two volumes of this series I rather enjoyed, so I’m hoping I’ll like this one too.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Mass – This chunker will fulfill my O level, ‘Read a book over 500 pages’, which by the way, is a rather evil prompt for a readathon. I’m hoping to buzz through this though like I tend to do with Mass books.

These are all the books I’m ‘currently’ reading, though there are others I’m in the middle of that I’m setting aside during my Newts:

Back-burner books

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I was hoping to have this done by now but it hasn’t happened. As we speak, I’m about 320 pages into it. Gotta finish it in September!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – As much as I don’t want to set this aside, I might have to. I need to read an audiobook for one of my Newts but it has to be one I haven’t started yet. I’m tempted to finish this one and read the sequel as the prompt though. We’ll see.

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – Weird title aside, this is a weirdly wholesome romance. I mean, totally full of sex scenes, don’t get me wrong. But also wholesome. I rather like it so far.

And that’s it it! If I somehow manage to finish the main three books while on the trip (highly doubtful) and don’t have anything else to read, I’ll make a point to finish Windwitch so I can pick up the next book for my Newts. Happy reading!

Summer Book Haul | #24

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Happy Saturday! Today I wanna show you all the books I’ve picked up since mid-June. All of these books though were purchased on or before August 9th, because that’s when my book buying ban started. It’s been going for a month now and I haven’t cracked yet. I almost cracked, but that’s a story for a different post. But the reason for the book ban in the first place happened July 28th, and it was the Half Price Clearance Sale. I tell ya, I went a bit nutso. No ‘buy only 8 books per season’ for me this time! Luckily, a lot of them were manga and therefore I read them already back in high school, or I’ve read them since buying them. My physical TBR didn’t go up too much.

Anyways, the books:

So, obviously, there are quite a few to go through. If I don’t mention where I got it, assume it was part of the clearance sale. 😀

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – This was one of my most anticipated releases this year, and I bought it on release day and began reading it immediately. I ended up adoring it. Pretty soon I’ll have a whole Novik shelf, between her fairy tale books and her Temeraire books.

Eona by Alison Goodman – I’ve owned Eon for ages now and haven’t read it, so I figured getting the sequel super cheap will spur me into marathoning the series. I’ve heard mixed things about it, so hoping I end up on the ‘like it’ side.

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan – I don’t know what it is about Tan’s books, but they always draw me right in. I have.. five or six of them now, but they’re all still on my TBR. I DON’T KNOW EITHER, OKAY.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – One of my friends is always raving about Austen books, but I have yet to pick any up. This’ll be my second one, I think. Maybe third? Either way, I have no idea what edition this is – I can’t find a bar code, or an ISBN, or anything. The flap said it was printed in small quantities for some event. So if you know what this edition is, do let me know.

The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt – My friendo Katy went with me to the clearance sale (check out her blog, peeps) and she put this in my hands, saying it was one of her favorites. So! How could I refuse?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – This one has been on my radar for ages, so when I saw it sitting on the table, I scooped it up lickedy split. Am v excited, people.

Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex and The Last Guardian – Gasp! Emily! Didn’t you already own The Atlantis Complex once, DNF’d it and purged it?! Well yes, yes I did. I don’t know man. Artemis Fowl, at least the first four books, is one of my favorite series from my early teens. I loved the early series, and getting rid of book seven felt wrong to me. So when I saw these two for two bucks each in Ollies, I got them. Maybe I’ll give it another try. Now at least I have the whole series and it doesn’t look weird on my shelves anymore.

Fruits Basket vols 10-13 by Natsuki Takaya – This is a series I read and loved back in high school, but I’ve never owned the full set, so I’ve been collecting them as I find them second hand.

Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya – I had no idea there even was a sequel to Fruits Basket coming out until I saw this on the shelf at Barnes and Noble and chirped a bit. Snatched it up so fast, man. I read it and I’m v excited for more.

Fence vol 1 by C. S. Pacat – I’ve been waiting for the trade of this ever since I heard this series was rattling around in Pacat’s brain. I picked it up at BN. I read and loved her Captive Prince trilogy and at this point I’d read her grocery list, man. I read this and felt it was a solid opening to a potentially great series.

StarCraft: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide by Bart Farkas – This one was an impulse grab as I was walking to the checkout line at HPB sale. I used to play a lot of StarCraft 2, and this just kinda called to me. Will I ever read it cover to cover? Likely not. But! I’ll definitely flip through it – it’ll be more of a coffee table read for me. Takes me back, man.

Attack on Titan vols 15 and 16 by Hajime Isayama – slowly chugging through this series. I received these two volumes as a birthday gift from my friendo Amanda (thanks pal, you’re swell) and loved them. I’m quite a few volumes behind, but each one I read I love this series more and more, man.

Immortal Rain vol 7 by Kaori Ozaki – This series I’ve had for a long time, but I’ve never seen it really go around. I own up through… well, vol 7 now, but I’ve read through vol 5. I adore it, and I need more people to read it. READ IT.

Inuyasha Ani-Manga vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi – Love the Inuyasha manga and the anime, so combining them can only end in good things, right?

Priest vols 4-6 by Min-Woo Hyung – I picked the first volume of this up on a whim a while ago and ended up pretty much loving it. So I’ve been slowly collecting them second hand when I see them. 😀

Rave Master vol 6 by Hiro Mashima and Trigun: Maximum vol 4 by Yasuhiro Nightow – Same story as above. Old faves, just collecting copies now.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vols 1 and 2 by Fujita – This series is my latest obsession, people. I love it SO MUCH. Vol 3, released next month, is one of the two books I mentioned in my buying ban post that I would be making exception for. It’s just so so good. My darling husband got these for me for just because. He’s a sweet.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu – I. Am. SO PUMPED. For this book. It’s apparently the science fiction book to read right now from China. I want to read it SO BAD. This book, along with the next two, I got at BN during a sale that had ended, but they never took down the sign, so when I got rang up, the list price came up. I pointed out the sale sign though, the cashier went ‘whoops, that was supposed to be taken down’ and then gave me the sale price. Good peeps there.

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy by Brent Weeks – I absolutely adore Weeks’ Lightbringer series, so I wanted to check out his previous one, too. I’m hoping to marathon the whole thing instead of reading one book at a time. We’ll see how it goes, though. ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE BURNING WHITE? I AM, MAN.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – Stephenson is another one of those authors. One that I have so many books by, but haven’t read much of. I read and loved Snow Crash, so my brain goes ‘Therefore all other books are good too’ and I tend to buy them when I see them.

The Book of Vice by Peter Sagal and The Total Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone – These two were the last books I got before the ban began. They’re my final babies. I bought them when my husband and I went to go see the live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! in Chicago. If you’re unfamiliar with the radio show, it’s a comedic news quiz that plays weekly on NPR. I love it. Sagal is the host, and Pounstone is my favorite contestant. The episode we saw recorded, Paula Poundstone wasn’t there. 😦 But! Peter Sagal was and he signed my book!!

And that’s it! I definitely got a lot of books this summer, but it should even out by my ban this fall. So there’s that. If you’ve read any of these or are planning to, do let me know! Happy reading!

August Wrap Up | ’18

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Hello! I read nine things this month. Mostly manga, but hey, I’m cool with it.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning SilverThis book was a joy to read. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Naomi Novik – her Temeraire series (which I’m currently buzzing through) and Uprooted both – and this was no exception.

I really loved the atmospheric feel this novel had. It had a coldness to it that made the icy Staryk creatures all the more mystical and whimsical feeling. I wrote a full blabber on this one, if you’d like to learn my thoughts. Short version: I adored it.

5/5 stars



Fruits Basket Another vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1When I saw this on the shelves man, I flipped out a bit. I loved Fruits Basket as a teenager and have actually a few second hand copies of it coming up in the next haul, but I had no idea there was a sequel out. I bought it immediately. I couldn’t help it. And then I read it immediately too. I loved it – it gave me the nostalgic Fruits Basket feeling but with fresh characters and a fresh plot. I’m going to enjoy following this one as it continues to come out.

4/5 stars



Fence vol 1 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 1This series came out in trade either late July or early August, I don’t remember. But, I’ve been waiting for it. Fence is the latest work by C. S. Pacat, who also wrote Captive Prince, so I was all over it. It turned out to be a solid beginning to a series, but I feel like I’ll need a few more volumes before I can decide if I love it or not.

3.75/5 stars





Attack on Titan vols 15 and 16 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Vol. 16Still chugging along on this train – each volume tends to hover between 4 and 5 stars for me, depending on if we find out anything super interesting.These fell right along in the pattern. They were gifted to me for my birthday from friend Amanda, and I read them right away and loved them. Need more now, please.

4/5 stars each




Land of the Lustrous vols 1 and 2 by Haruko Ichikawa

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1)These two manga (and vols 3-5 which I haven’t read yet) were lent to me by friend Brady, who snoops my blog sometimes, so hi. They’re centered around gem-people who live in a world seemingly having had an apocalypse of somekind, thought not too much detail has been given yet, I feel that from the contents of volume 2, it’ll soon become more the focus. The first volume of this was just ok for me. The second though picked up and got me a bit more invested in the story. Will be finishing it for sure.

3/5 and 4/5 stars


Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano

Orange: FutureI don’t know why, but this series always makes me feel like crying when I read it. It makes me feel sad, even when happy things happen. I love it though. This volume follows the events of the two omnibus volumes, and I feel it really did a good job handling any loose ends. I actually read this unexpectedly – I was sitting on the floor, sorting my books, when I went to move this one into another pile. Instead I sat there cross-legged and ended up reading it for twenty five minutes. Hah. I really liked it.

4/5 stars


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)This is the only other actual book I read this month. I felt myself getting slumpy mid-month. I had been keeping myself afloat with manga, but the urge to actually pick up a book was small. So, I figured I should pick up one I would fly through, and YA fantasy really tends to do the trick for me. So, picked up this as it was on my 10 in 2018 list. I did fly through it, and hey, my slum is broken now.

Actually, I picked it up and read it as my sole read for the Bout of Books readathon, right after I made a post about reading a bunch of other things. Ended up not touching any of them, haha. Just read this one. Got about 550 pages in during the readathon, and then finished it the next day.

It had been about two years since I read Heir of Fire, so I had to go look up spoilers for it so I would remember what in the world was going on. I had heard that this book was a bit controversial among its fans, and I suppose I can see why, but I ended up rather liking it.

4.25/5 stars


Other Things

  • I had my first wedding anniversary on August 1st
  • My 28th birthday was on August 7th
  • We went to Chicago and saw a live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell me and Peter Sagal signed my book!

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Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 52/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 3/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 12
    • July-September purchases: I don’t wanna talk about it
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 303
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018

And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

August Wrap-Up, September Currently Reading

Hello, it’s September and I’m finally recognizing that I’m in a book slump. It’s awful, man.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for August: 6

Apparently I’m in a posting slump, too. 😛

Notice there’s no haul though – yay for sticking to my book buying limit.

Reading Overview for the Month:


Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut. Listened to this one on audiobook after being told do read it by a few different friends. It’s definitely a trippy book and I feel like I need a physical copy to read it again before I can fully take in all the stuff. It was really good though – 4 stars



Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 29/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 1/1
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:


September Currently Reading:

Same ones as before, plus a new audiobook for the car and a physical book for a buddy read I’m doing with Zezee :”D

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)       Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)      The Invisible Man

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks
Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic Inc.
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
And that’s it! Happy reading!! :”D


July Wrap Up and Mini-Reviews, August Currently Reading

You know, they say time seems to go faster as you get older because fewer and fewer of your experiences are novel to you anymore. When you were little, everything was new – summer lasted years, the wait for Christmas lasted eons. Now summer flies by, Christmas is over before you realized it was coming… all of it because you do the same damn thing day in and day out and all your days blur together.

I need a vacation.

Also, it’s the end of July now. 2016 is zoomin’.

But I did read a couple books this month, so that’s nice.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for July: 8

Reading Overview for the Month:


The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. This is a classic sci-fi book written in the 70s. I went into this one only knowing the basic premise: The main character is in a war that requires interstellar travel. That travel causes time dilation, so while he’s fighting a two year tour, dozens, hundreds of years pass on Earth. This book was as much a war novel as it was a culture study. The book starts in the last 90s and ends hundreds of years later. The main character, every time he pops out time from a travel, he has to readjust to what waits for him there – updates to the war, updates to humanity. It takes a look at human fallacy, too. The whole ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ human fault is examined pretty well.

One thing that was handled in an interesting fashion was homosexuality. Keep in mind this book was written in the 70s. The main character is definitely a bit biased towards homosexual people in this book, but it’s addressed and the main character adjusts his views as time moves along. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like that before, especially one written so long ago. The character is biased, not the author. I didn’t feel like I was reading hate-fiction from the author. I didn’t feel like the author felt how his character did. It was really refreshing. A similar view is taken with women’s sexuality in this book. It’s mentioned, mentioned a lot. But the author doesn’t try to shame or write the women badly because of their choices. It was just… reading about people, and it was nice. I mean – the women’s characterization in this book was definitely lacking. The few that exist are partially developed at best, but none of them were seen as ‘bad’ or ‘unworthy’ characters for having sex lives. It was refreshing.

So I gave this book a four stars. Would have easily been five if the women (and honestly all the characters) were characterized a bit better. Multi-faceted personalities, I crave them! – 4 stars

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. This is the second book in The Farseer Trilogy, a series I’m quickly falling in love with. Well, that’s a lie. I’m already in love with it. But if the third book goes as well as the first two did, this series is definitely making me ‘Favorite books’ list. My gosh, I love these. I haven’t started the third one yet, but hope to do so soon-ish. (Zezee if you still wanna do a buddy read, gimme a time-frame. :”D)

This book followed Fitz after the events of the first book. So I’m not going to go into plot to save you from spoilers. What I did like about this book though was the character development. So many different characters are written so fully and well. There are only a couple that stick out in my mind as needing some work – and they’re not exactly major ones so I’m not too worried about it. But men and women in this book both have goals and desires and feelings and dimensions to them. I loved it! Since finishing this book, I think about these characters all the time. I want to be friends with Kettricken, I want to hang out with Burrich. I feel like these characters could be real people. So I very, very much enjoyed this book. – 5 stars


Just one this month: Turkey’s coup, explained in under 500 words


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 28/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 2/2
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:


August Currently Reading:

Currently I’m at three, though I’ll likely pick up a new audiobook here pretty quickly.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks
Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic Inc.
And that’s it! Happy reading!! :”D