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Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong and Kara | Series blabber

Demon Diary, Volume 01Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong and Kara
Manhwa – Fantasy
Seven volumes
Read June 18 – 21, 2018
Spoiler-free blabber

This is the fluffiest thing I’ve ever read about demons.

And it was rather enjoyable. The series begins when the main character Raenef, pictured to the left here, is put into the position of Demon Lord after the previous one dies. From the sound of the premise, this sounds like a good opener for a coming of age, serious, character-driven story.

Well… not really. I mean it is, but it’s not really serious, and the character development gives way a bit for a wave of comedy instead. Raenef is a young kid – fifteen or so – when given this title. And by no means was he prepared for it. He’s still childish, light-hearted, and all around goofy. So the plot basically revolves around Raenef being himself during his training and his advisor, Eclipse, growing ever more exasperated trying to get him in line.

It’s adorable and endearing and I love the bond of friendship that grows between the two. I like seeing male friendships that are healthy and dynamic and don’t revolve around constantly jabbing each other or shared interest in a woman or… anything like that. I just like seeing two men get along on principle and not be afraid to actually show that they like each other.

The cast of characters that are slowly introduced are rather amusing as well – some align more with Eclipse’s seriousness and others are very much like Raenef, which is why they seem to gravitate towards him. They’re funny and cute, and they improve the flesh of the story in a good way.

The only thing I can complain about in this series is the ending. No spoilers, promise. But. The ending of the ‘plot’ concluded earlier than the end of the series, and the final bit was basically a plot device trope used to extend the writing a bit more. It had nothing to do with the plot, was overused, and was not done super well. Also, I feel like the story could have gone on for ten volumes more. There would have had to been a second arc in the story to do it, but it could have easily been done. The world that was built was rather big, but only a small part of it was explored, leaving much plot and character development to be desired.

But aside from the end section, which was not my favorite, the plot and characters that I did get to read in this world were pretty great. I just… wish there would have been more. The comedic aspects of the series kept me entertained and laughing, and both Raenef and Eclipse are wonderful characters to read about. If you’re looking for a short-ish manhwa series to dive into, I recommend this one.

Overall series rating: 4.25/5 stars

Individual volume ratings:
One: 4/5 | Two: 4/5 | Three: 5/5 | Four: 5/5 | Five: 4/5 | Six: 5/5 | Seven: 3/5

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Posted by on 07/15/2018 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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Top 5 future classics

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is future classics!

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

Also, apparently this is a repeat topic. I’ve already made a Top 5 Wednesday post about future classics, so if you’d like to read my original, you can do so here. I didn’t repeat any books from that list for this time. 😀

 

Dealing with the obvious:

When I went to go make this list, there were a few books that came to mind immediately, which means they’re going to come to everyone’s minds immediately. So I’m just going to mention them now and get them out of the way becuase I’m sure you’ll get tired of reading the same blurb about them over and over:

  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Otherwise:

5. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

In addition to being a spectacular book on its own, this book begins a journey that lasts for sixteen books and takes place in a world that grows to feel so real that you’d swear there’s a dragon behind you, breathing down your neck.

I know there are a lot of fantasy series that could claim the same and indeed a lot of them will likely become future classic as well. For instance: Malazan, The Wheel of Time, The Kingkiller Chronicles, all good candidates. But this series to me stands out the most – one because I’ve actually read most of it so I can actually back up what I’m talking about, (I’ve read Kingkiller too but you know my feelings on Kvothe, so we’re not going to talk about it) but also because of its ease. Both Malazan and The Wheel of Time have a bit of a reputation for being difficult. Hobb’s writing, while wordy, is really easy to get into. There’s no gigantic character list to keep track of, no depth of plot to the point where you have to take notes… it’s just… easy.

4. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

Keep in mind I’ve selected this one having read only a limited amount of sci-fi, but from what I have, this one has the makings of the ones that are already considered modern classics. The popularity of the series, the depth of plot, and again – the ease to get into it – all of it make it stick out to me as something that will be seen twenty years from now as ‘oh did you read this one? It’s a classic!’

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

While I didn’t love this one myself, I can definitely see its potential as classic material. It has the typical ‘difficult to read’ aspect nailed, for one. Otherwise, it’s an interesting character study, it’s an interesting representation of modern writing, and it has a lot of metaophor going on. I could easily see it being assigned reading in about twenty years.

2. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

I mean, it’s practically already a modern telling of The Canterbury Tales, so… if you’ve read it, you know it definitely has all the elements needed to become a classic. A mysterious entity, multiple stories of characters that are all fascinating in their own way, a slow moving plot to allow for a lot of depth and development of those characters, metaphor everywhere… just writing about it makes me want to reread it.

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls

This one, this one will definitely become a future’s children’s classic. The art, the plot, the tone the book sets, all of it is amazing. I think if any on the list deserve the title, this one does the most. It’s just spectacular (and the movie turned out to be pretty solid, too). It has already won awards and is well on its way to becoming one of those books that everybody has heard of.


And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/11/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

Book Tag

Another tag today! It’s been a while since I’ve done any before this past Sunday, so I figured doing two in a row was ok. Wasn’t actually tagged, just think it’s neato. I saw it over on Aurora Librialis’s page 😀


1. The first book you ever read (or was read to you)

I couldn’t tell you the first book that was read to me. Maybe a Little Golden book? Maybe The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Maybe a book about rocks? (Dad is weird) I have no idea.

The first book I remember reading on my own, like actually reading and not just looking at the pictures were the The Busytown books by Richard Scarry.

 

 

2. The first book you ever bought with your own money?

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)I think that would be the first Inkheart book by Cornelia Funke. I was lucky enough as a kid to have two booky parents and a booky grandmother who loved getting me books, so I didn’t end up buying one of my own until I was about 12.

 

 

 

 

 

3. A book you stayed up all night reading?

Is it bad that I’ve ever actually done this? As a reader I feel like I’m betraying someone by saying it.

4. What book or series will you never forget?

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)The pokemon series most likely – there was a series of kids novels that came out as part of the franchise when I was nine or ten, and I got them all and would read and reread them over again. They were all I ever bought in those book order things that used to around at school – you know, the ones where you’d get almost a magazine of books and you’d order from them? Those, I only got pokemon and I Spy books, hahaha.

 

 

 

5. A book you frequently think about?

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi. I think it’s because I watched and read it at such an impressionable time in my life. I first picked it up when I was 14 years old, and honestly this past year did I only just ‘finish’ it by watching the finale series. (I read the ending of the manga years ago, but forgot the content). This series is my fandom – this is the one where I’d go look up art and fanfiction and all that jazz. It’s nostaglic for me.

 

 

 

6. A scene that has haunted you for years after reading it

I know it’s a running joke on the internet at this point but when I first read this scene, it seriously messed with me.

7. An unforgettable character

I’m going with Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z (and Super). He’s one of my favorite characters all-time. His development arc is just fantastic.

8. A book that changed your opinion about something

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)Easy by Tammara Webber changed my mind about new adult fiction. I had read a few before this one and none really… clicked. I’m not a fan of the borderline unhealthy or actually unhealthy relationship dynamics found in many books, but this one was a breath of fresh air. Also, if you know any other that fit in this category, do tell me.

 

 

 

 

9. Share another random bookish memory

My grandma, when she was alive, would come sleep over when I was little. She would stay on the couch and I remember her laying there for hours on end surrounded by blankets, during the day, just reading. Reading and reading – she’d always bring books with her. When she wasn’t reading her own books, she’d read to my sister and I. I miss her a lot. It’s weird to think that I’ve lived more of my life without her in it than I did with her at this point.

This is her. (I’m the kid on the right)

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And that’s it! This photo above is one of my favorites – I don’t have too many of my grandma and even fewer where we’re doing something together. What are your bookish memories? Do you have any photos?

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/10/2018 in Book Tag, Books

 

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20 Questions Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I saw this tag over on The Orangutan Librarian’s blog and thought it’d be fun (and I was pseudo-tagged. Taking that ‘and anyone who wants to do it’ literally, pbtbt).

1. How many books is too many books in a series?

I feel like this is a difficult question… it really depends on how big the world is. If there’s room for more story line without it becoming repetitive or confusing, go for it. I’m a-ok with long series as long as they stay interesting.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Well, they make me more likely to read the next book, so I guess my answer would be ‘good’?

3. Hardback or paperback?

For actual reading, paperback. For ‘look at my shelves, they’re so pretty’, hard back.

4. Favorite book?

Whoever wrote this question is insane. I’m just gonna screenshot my favorites shelf on goodreads, okay?

5. Least favorite book?

RumbleThis one is a bit easier to pick out. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins – 1/5 stars, not for me. I wrote a rant review on it, too.

 

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6. Love triangles: Yes or no?

In general, no. But I’ve read a couple that aren’t awful – it takes a lot of skill though.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

WeaveworldThat would be Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, lent to me by my mother. Sorry Mom, I know this is one of your favorites, but I just couldn’t handle it.

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8. A book you’re currently reading?Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

The one I’m most actively reading right now is Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu. It’s alright so far – it’s a bit difficult to binge though, which is making it tough to finish in time for the end of the Tome Topple Readathon currently going on.

9. The last book you recommended to someone?

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Oh gosh, I don’t know. I’ve been trying to get my husband to pick up Wotakoi, does that count? It has to count.

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10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?The Iliad

Same as Orangutan Librarian’s answer, The Iliad by Homer. Goodreads says it came out around 750 BC.

11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date?

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 2 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Wotakoi volume 2 by Fujita, published in English on May 31st of this year. This series is my latest obsession. I love the manga, I love the anime… I just love it. A blabber will be coming for it at some point.

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12. Favorite author?

Another difficult question. Top few are: Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, Alan Campbell, Seth Dickinson and C. S. Pacat

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

For me personally, I prefer to buy, but that’s only because I have the financial means to. When I was younger, the library was my bestie, and I’ll still occassionally get stuff from there, though it makes me feel guilty about all the unread books that I already own.

14. A book that you dislike that everyone else seems to love?The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I didn’t hate this book persay, but apparently I missed the magic that everyone else is enchanted by. I gave it 2.5 stars, where the average is 4.25.

15. Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?

Bookmarks. Dog ear my pages and I’ll rip you a new one.

16. A book you can always reread?Ella Enchanted

I’m going to pass on obvious ‘Harry Potter’ answer and say Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book – I used to rent it from the library over and over again. I’m about due for a reread too.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes I can! I’d prefer it to be instrumental, but I can read during lyric music as well. I just usually choose not to.

18. One or multiple POVs?

No preference, as long as it’s done well.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Multiple days, usually. I rarely get eight hours in a row to dedicate to a 400 page book anymore. It’s been done, just not in a while.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?The Fold

The Fold by Peter Clines, and it actually ended up making it to my favorites list, too. I rarely cover-buy, but when I do, I tend to actually end up really liking the book. 😀

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And that’s it! I tag Ace, Zezee, Mai, Rylan Sato, Dragonsandzombies, MetalPhantasmReads, Pages below the Vaulted Sky, Jeroen Admiraal and Auroralibrialis to do this tag!

If you’ve already done it, link me it please. If not, PEER PRESSURE DO IT.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/08/2018 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski | Blabber

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

This book turned into a matter of ego for me.

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

Commence me taking six months to read this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.75/5 stars

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

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 so far

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

 

 

4. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

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

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

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

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

3. Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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July Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

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

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

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


Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

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

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

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

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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

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

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

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

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


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

 

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