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The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss | Blabber

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
994 pages (43 hours)
Audio book
Fantasy
Listened Sept 5 – Oct 8, 2017

Spoilery Blabber

I’m so torn over this book.

I’ve never gone back and forth between ‘I hate this’ and ‘I like this’ so often while reading something before. There are parts of this book that I absolutely loathed. Other parts I found pretty decent. At no point was I ‘loving it’ but there are definitely parts that somewhat redeem that awfulness that was the middle of this book.

I warn you now, this is going to go into detail about events and character development. Major spoilers ahead.

Reading The Wise Man’s Fear is like eating a jelly donut full of peanuts. You get the smooth, lovely donut – the setting – but then every second chew, you hit your poor little tooth on a peanut – Kvothe – as he performs yet another completely ridiculous act. It throws off the jive of the donut. It makes you less likely to enjoy the soft, chewy gooyiness of the donut because you constantly hit little Kvothe-peanuts and get them stuck in your teeth.

That being said, I really really like the world this book it set in. The overall plot points are really good, the side characters are great, the lore is awesome. If it wasn’t for the main character, this book would seriously be a 5-star read for me.

But Kvothe just has to put his foot in everything, doesn’t he. He’s magically good at everything, including getting on my nerves.

So to rant about celebrate Kvothe being Kvothe, I bring you the following:

The (mostly) comprehensive list of things that Kvothe is ridiculously, unbelievably good at:

  • Music! Kvothe is an expert musician. He earned his pipes at a musician’s guild after trying only one time because he had two years of practice with a broken instrument. Of course, those who have been playing for decades have nowhere near his skill because of this.
  • Sympathy. The magic system in this world, sympathy, is super difficult to learn and even harder to master. But alas, as a twelve-year-old, Kvothe got instruction for a couple months from an arcanist that was travelling with him. Therefore three years later after being on the streets and not practicing at all, he was miles ahead of his 18-20 year old peers who were trying to get into the university as well. He even got paid for it!
  • The Heart of Stone. Associated with sympathy, it allows a user to divide their mind into sections to maintain different focuses at once. Kvothe, the darling, can do four, five, even six divisions while the average arcanist can do maybe three. Four if they’re really skilled. Of course, he could do this after only a year in the university. His professors are likely tenured, but that’s no comparison to Kvothe’s mighty experience.
  • Being a douchebag. And I’m not talking being an asshole character, no. He’s actually got a decent heart (one of the few positive things going for him that didn’t annoy me to bits). But the douchebag bit comes from being around Denna. Denna herself isn’t an awful character. She’s not great by any standards, but she’s (more) realistic than Kvothe is. But when he’s around her, he gets this damn smugness. Denna constantly has men around her, dating her, yada yada. They never last long, but Kvothe is constantly there. And while he’s obviously in love with the girl, he won’t make a move. Instead, he watches these men come and go and then gets smug because “he’s known her longer” He’ll outlast them. I’m not even kidding. That’s a direct quote. The friendzone only exists if you effing put yourself there, man.
  • Skimming over things that I would have found interesting. Namely the court hearing and the shipwreck. Seriously, those were some prime opportunities for character development, and instead you just go ‘that happened and it’s over. Not gonna give you any possibility to learn that I’m not entirely a butt nugget, sorry’.
  • Sex. Yep, you heard it. For the entire first book and about half of the second, Kvothe dropped the line ‘had no experience with women’ about fifty damn times. Flirted at? No experience. Winked at? Lol I have no idea what I’m doing. But suddenly he sees a Fae, jumps her, sleeps with her and then admits to her that he had never done that before. And you know what she says? Do you know what the sex-goddess-fae-that-seduces-men-to-their-doom-for-hundreds-of-years-fae SAYS? She says ‘LOL I DON’T BELIEVE YOU. YOU WERE WAY TOO GOOD AT THE SEX FOR THAT TO BE THE FIRST SEX’.
  • Sex. Yep. You heard it again. And also smoldering, apparently. Because as soon as he finishes his sexy sexiness with the sexy sex fae of sex, he returns to the human world and tells the humans what happened. And then you know what happens? All the women in the room effing swoon because he looks like he knows his way around a woman and then they decide they need to prove that human women can be just as sexily-sexed as fae. Commence more sex. Goodness gracious. I’m all for people doing what they want with their bodies, but like… these women were like we can’t let a fae beat us. This single human’s opinion matters way too much for us not to jump his bones. Yeesh.
  • Getting away with stuff. In the middle of being with the sexy-sex fae, Kvothe ventures away and finds the Cthaeh. It’s this creature that lives in a tree, knows the future and is constantly guarded because of it. It can influence world-wide events through subtle manipuation. Therefore, it’s constantly watched and any who come near it are killed to prevent any of its schemes from coming to fruition. Except that one time that Kvothe found it. ALSO, the whole ‘Any who are drawn in by the sexy-sex-fae never return. They’re doomed.’ Except Kvothe.
  • Memorizing stuff. At one point, Kvothe gets a sword. And not just any sword, he gets the Harry-Potter-wand-equivalent of swords (weird, huh. I was so totally shocked) and has to memorize its 3000-year history. How long do his teachers, the ones who have been doing this their whole lives expect him to take? Just shy of a week. How long days he take? A day and a half.

I feel like I can’t write this list anymore. It’s making me too irritated, haha. Along with Kvothe’s amazing feats there were a handful of situations he found himself in that magically solved themselves because he’s just so good at what he does, which is everything. He was taught to fight a secret fighting style that nobody outside the culture is to know. Totally was accepted into the group. Repeatedly bullied and was bullied by a rival. Neither one of them permanently harmed. Had to learn a new language. Did it in two weeks. Went out to kill five men, totally killed 20-something without issue. The list goes on.

So, shortly after deciding that there was no redeeming this guy, I went on the internet to see if I was alone in feeling this way. Luckily, I’m not, but I did read some interesting theories regarding his blatant Mary-Sue-ness:

1. Kvothe is a badly-written Mary Sue. This is one theory. This is the one that has the most evidence, but at the same time, the rest of the book is written so well. I kind of find it hard to believe that Rothfuss took such a nosedive by accident. He has to know what he’s doing, here. He has to know that his main character makes me want to punch a brick.

2. Since the book is told from Kvothe’s POV, he’s exaggerating to make himself seem cool. Maybe these events didn’t happen exactly how he’s saying. Maybe he’s an unreliable narrator… if that’s the case, he’s still a douchebag that is so insecure that he feels the need to embellish everything he’s done in his life to make himself seem neat.

3. This is the one I hope is happening: Kvothe, in present day, still has not defeated the Chandrian and his making himself seem foolish in his story so people don’t read it later and endanger themselves. Since the third book isn’t out yet, this is pure speculation. But with the skill of writing in the rest of the book, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case. Evidence to this comes from present-day creepies running around killing people. I’m thinking that Kvothe never does defeat his foe and now he’s trying to make himself sound like an idiot so nobody else follows in his tracks. I hope this is what’s happening, so so badly. Another add-on theory for this is that the Cthaeh actually is manipulating him into telling his story like a ding-dong. I feel like him running into the creature once and everyone freaking the eff out about it except him is too convenient. The Chandrian and the Cthaeh. They have to be making him act like a dolt. It has to be them. Right? RIGHT?! D:

Because if it’s not… gah. Just yuck.

That being said, I did mention Kvothe had his good parts. He’s never attacked or been lecherous towards a woman, even when under the influence of drugs or had obvious advantage over them. He’s always maintained a level of human-decency that I really like about him. That, and he’s good to his friends.

Though honestly that’s about all he’s got going for him, at least in my opinion.


So overall: I really liked the plot, the world, the lore and the side characters. Kvothe can jump off a cliff.

Will I read book three? …Effing probably. I need to know if my theory is correct. Dammit Rothfuss, you make me crazy but I still wanna read your book. Dammit dammit Dammit. I guess that’s what make a good writer. Grr.

Overall Rating: 2.75/5 stars

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Half Year Book Tag!

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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 Cormorant 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. 😀

 

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! 😀

 

 

(Optional) Favourite book box this year?

I don’t get any sub boxes. 😛 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. 😛

Happy reading!

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

 

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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. 😛 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. 😀 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. 😀 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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The book haul of wills | #20

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Hello, welcome to my last book haul before Christmas! If you read yesterday’s post, I won’t be buying any more books (save one) until after Christmas. The reasons for this are explained in that post.

So this is it, the test of my will. Going into it, at least my thoughts as of right now, I should be fine. My motivation to buy books has dwindled away to nothing. I feel like it’ll be harder mid-October or mid-November though, when that feeling has had a chance to return. So I figured I’ll start now when I’m motivated… or rather not motivated.


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Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)This book I purchased in preparation for the likely-buddy read that Zezee and I will be doing. (We’re starting the first one tomorrow, so I figured we’d likely get to the second one before December, so…) But yay, our buddy reads won’t be hindered by my ban. :”D Woo. This is a sequel as stated, so no synopsis here. I haven’t even read it myself – spoilers, man.

 

 

Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade HouseI bought this on a whim at the book store because I saw it on clearance. I’ve been slowly collecting David Mitchell’s books, starting with Cloud Atlas but I have yet to actually read any of them… 😛 HENCE THE BAN. MOVING ON.

Goodreads synopsis:

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale, #1)This one was very much an ‘I heard about this, it sounded really good’ purchase. Purely word of mouth that drove me to get this one. I’ve very excited for it. :”D There was also the ‘need to spend 10 more dollars to get free shipping’ motivational factor, too…

Goodreads synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)This was actually a gift from my father. I took him to the bookstore and bought him a book for his birthday and he returned the favor because my birthday had been two weeks before and I had been on honeymoon at the time, so we didn’t get to celebrate it.

I completed the Grisha trilogy a while ago and rather liked it (except the ending, it was icky). But the ending wasn’t enough to make me not like the world in which the series took place, so here I am again. :”D

Goodreads synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The FiremanThis book has been on my radar since before it came out. But being an adult ficiton, its price tag was a whopping 30 bucks so I held back from buying it right away. But a couple weeks ago my friendy Amanda texted me saying she saw it at the local bookstore on clearance, so I zoomed out there and bought a copy. :”D

Goodreads synopsis:

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)What what? I’ve been reading this series for ages, currently on the third one. This is the second one. It’s definitely become one of my favorites. :”D But when I first read this one, I did so on audio book, same for the first. So I’ve been trying to go back and collect them in hard back. This one, I finally found by chance at Half Price Books. I still haven’t found the first in hardback though. I have a paperback signed copy, which is really nice though :”D

No synopsis on this one either. Sequel!

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And that’s it! These are the last books I’ll be adding to my collection (except Harry Potter book) from now ’til Christmas. Coming soon is a full physical TBR list for me, to finally quantify exactly how little self-discipline I’ve had up until this point. I hope to improve that.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/10/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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My brain told me I have enough books

So, a funny thing happened to me recently. Any of you who normally poke at my posts now and then saw that last month I went to a book clearance sale and got a pile of books. Before that, I did two or three library sales and got tons more… well, tomorrow I’ll be doing yet another book haul. This one, a normal one. No clearance or library sales here, so it’ll be about 6ish books or so. All of these books in the last few hauls were bought within what, four months? Five?

The funny thing happened this past Thursday: A friend and I went to a library sale together. It was $5 for a bag full of however many books you could stuff in there.

I didn’t buy a single book. I feel that I’ve finally finally hit that mental wall of ‘maybe I actually have enough’.

It was a really, really weird feeling. I found books that I’ve been looking for in that sale, but I had zero motivation to buy them. I think the trigger was my husband and I were discussing moving the other day (we’re doing it next month) and I mentioned that I would likely have to get a 6th book case in the process. The mental image of six book cases full of books was and is a lovely one, but I knew a huge portion of those would be unread for a long time, especially if I kept buying at my normal pace.

I guess my subconscious decided that ‘this is enough for now, you have plenty to read for years’ and therefore I felt no pleasure at the idea of buying a bag full of books at this library sale.

So guess who is putting myself on a ban. Time’s up, it me!

So from now until I’m going to say… Christmas, I will be buying zero books for myself, with one exception: The third illustrated Harry Potter book comes out in October. I’ve planned on getting that for months and will still get that. Other than that, 0 books. None.

Tomorrow’s post will be my last book haul until Christmas time. The Harry Potter book I get won’t get its own dedicated haul, but will likely just be mentioned in a wrap up or something. Tomorrow’s haul will have 6ish books in it and then next Saturday’s post (Wed being a T5W post…) will be a TBR post. I want to quantify exactly how many unread books I have. Most people (at least in the book community online) know or have an idea of this number. I honestly have no clue. It’s got to be over 200 at this point.

I want to see what my TBR is like now and then what it’s like at the end of the year. I want to see if and by how much this ban decreases it. I think from there one of my 2018 reading goals will be to decrease it further, the exact number to be decided.

I see a lot of book ban posts being made with a feeling of shame or determination or… whatever positive/negative energy that the person is feeling. I feel… neither of those. It’s weird. I don’t feel shame for having so many, I don’t feel super motivated to keep myself from buying books. I just… don’t feel any motivation to buy books at this point.

Apathy is the drive behind this one folks, woo.

So wish me luck. I both hope this lack-luster feeling lasts and that hope that it doesn’t. I don’t like the feeling. I’d much rather feel motivated to maintain self-control, haha.

Happy reading!

 

 

 
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Posted by on 09/09/2017 in Book Discussion, Books

 

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14 by Peter Clines | Blabber

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

This book is really weird.

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

I really enjoyed it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 4/5 stars

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

 

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Dreamy Book Covers Tag

Dreamy Covers

Hello, a tag today! 😀 This continues my pre-written posts, so pardon any slowness is reply. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian! So thanks, friend! 😀

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator of this tag (Tiana @ The Book Raven)
  • Use the original tag image in your post.
  • At least tag one fellow blogger for doing this tag!
  • List the rules.

No ideas but in things: A cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

The Traitor Baru CormorantThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Dark and lovely: a cover so creepilicious that you want to eat it up

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedPriest volume 1: Prelude for the Deceased by Min-Woo Hyung

Sugary sweet: A cute cover so fluffy you want to give it a hug

I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by CatsI Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

The Simple Aesthetic: A cover that stuns with the most minimal of designs

The Bone ClocksThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Cover Envy: A book you wish you had on your shelves but don’t yet

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2Orange: The Complete Collection volume 2 by Ichigo Takano

Traveling abroad: A book cover featuring a country outside your own

RookRook by Sharon Cameron

The color wheel: A cover that showcases your favorite colors

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Changing gears: A cover change that you absolutely adore

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Oldie but goodie: A favorite cover of your favorite classic

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/13/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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