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GetGraphic Readathon!

GetGraphic Readathon

Guess who’s doing a readathon! Guess… who didn’t finish any books this month yet. :”D Time’s up, it’s me! This readathon is my attempt to knock down a good number of graphic novels and manga from my TBR. I heard about the readathon from one of the hosts, Sam, who posted a video giving all the details.

This readathon is one where you read graphic novels, comics and manga (as stated). It begins Friday October 6th at 5pm and ends Sunday October 8th at midnight. The whole point is try to buzz through as many as you can in the span of a weekend.

The creators of the readathon have a twitter handle (@GetGraphicThon) which will be hosting sprints, etc. Though I’m honestly not a huge twitter person, haw. So I’ll likely just be in here the whole time.

There are some neat things going on during the readathon, namely during-readathon reading challenges and pre-readathon countdown instagram challenges. I will be trying to do both of these! I’ll be posting the instagram challenges on my instragram. (Shameless plug. Follow me so I can follow you and see your pretty books :D)

The details on the challenges are:

Instagram Challenges:

10/2: Most Recent Graphic Read
10/3: Favorite Ongoing Graphic Series
10/4: Recreate the Cover
10/5: Favorite Graphic Art
10/6: #GetGraphic TBR

Reading Challenges:

1. Read from a new-to-you series
2. Read two installments of the same series
3. Read a work over 300 pages
4. Read a work with black and white art
5. Read a work picked out by a friend
6. Read at least 5 works


My TBR for this thing will be up closer to the start date. Let me know if you are participating! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 09/23/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hello! A tag today! I was tagged by Chelsea @Spotlight on Stories, so thanks friend!

The Rules
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

Chelsea’s Questions:

Which movie would you love to see on the big screen (something that you’d either love to see in the movie theatre again, or an older movie before your time that you never had the chance to see in the theatre and would love to)?

I think seeing Jurassic Park, the original one, in theaters would be great. It came out in 1993, so I was 3 years old, way too young to go see the movie (at least…. I hope I didn’t go see it. Otherwise, for shame on my parents for taking a toddler into a theater). I think it’s a movie that’s stood the test of time really well and can still wow people who are just seeing it for the first time.

Which book would you love to read for the first time again?

I feel like everyone’s answer to this is always Harry Potter, and while I’m no different, I’m going to shoot for a bit of variety.

Fullmetal Alchemist for sure. That series has some of the best world building, the best characterization and the best plot that I’ve ever read. It. Is. Fantastic. And I’d love to experience it for the first time again.

Do you have a favorite publisher or publisher imprint?

Nope. I don’t pay that much attention, honestly.

If you worked in a bookstore, what would your one staff pick recommendation be, and why?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, because it’s one of those books where you read it, decide that one thing is happening and then you’re completely floored when something else happens. And you don’t even realize that you’ve decided this thing until you see that you were very, very wrong.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

A sock

Is there a classic that has been on your TBR for ages?

Pretty much all of them. I keep telling myself to read classics but I never actually like them when I do, save for a few rare times. -_-

What’s your favourite bird?

The ones with wings.

What colour do you wear the most?

Probably blue, because I wear jeans to work every day.

What are your thoughts on binge-watching? Is it something you do, and if so, which show did you last binge-watch?

It definitely has its time and place. Currently binging Inuyasha again in prep for watching Inuyasha: The Final Act, which I’ve never seen before.

What’s your favourite episode of your favourite TV show and why?

One of my favorite TV shows is Supernatural. Currently, my favorite episode is “Changing Channels”, season 5 episode 8. I don’t even wanna give any hint of plot, because it’ll ruin everything.

Do you have a favourite bookstore/used bookstore?

Half Price Books is my bro.


I’m not gonna nominate anyone this time around. I vaguely remember doing this tag before and while I’m totally okay doing it again (different questions :”D) that doesn’t mean everyone I’d tag would be okay with me tagging them multiple times for the same tag, hawhaw.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/17/2017 in Books

 

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The TBR of Terror: My entire physical TBR

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Guess who finally counted up all the books I own but haven’t read yet. Time’s up, it’s me.

I’ll start with the statement that I’ve read over 50% of the books I own. 53% to be exact. I own a lot of books – I’ve been buying them since I was in grade school. I’d go through bouts of buying tons at a time, then bouts of buying none for a year. It all depended on my job status.

Recently, I made this post stating that I’d be putting a stop to my recent spree of buying books in hopes of increasing the percentage of books that I own and have actually read.

And in that post, I also stated that I had the goal to count up my physical TBR and determine exactly how many books I have that I haven’t read yet, vs ones I have that I have read. I’ve done that.

Today I present to you my physical TBR:

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Some of the covers might be different than the ones I own, but the books are all the same.

313 books. I have 313 unread books. I’ve got a lot of reading to do, yo. If there are any listed above that you feel I should get to pronto or feel that I should take a second to consider if I should even read it, do let me know.

Happy reading, friends.

 
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Posted by on 09/16/2017 in Book Discussion, Books, TBR

 

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Top 5 books to go into blind

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Wednesday!! Today’s topic is ‘top 5 books to go into without a synopsis’, meaning ones to go into blind…

How am I supposed to talk about books I can’t tell you anything about?

So uh, obviously this post is gonna be a bit uh… lacking in detail. I’m sure you understand 😛


5. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

3. A Child Called ‘It’ by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)

2. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

1. They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson

They're Made Out of Meat


It feels so weird not actually talking about any of the books that I’ve mentioned. Augh!

Here is the T5W group if you’d like to join.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/13/2017 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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September Currently Reading

September Currently ReadingSo, it has dropped from about 85 degrees F to maybe 55 degrees F here in the last two days. It’s full-on fall weather now AND I HOPE IT STAYS THIS WAY. I hate the heat so much. I’m very much a fall and winter person.

Chilly weather makes me wanna be under a blanket with fluffy socks, coffee and a book. It’s perfect reading weather. :”D


Currently, I am reading two novels:

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I feel like I should be loving, but I’m not. I’m honestly on the verge of putting it down. Not DNFing it, just… changing my reading format. Currently, I’m listening on audiobook and usually that’s all fine and dandy, but the narrator has the most irritating voice and the quality of the recording is kinda flat, like all the ‘s’ sounds comes out almost like a static noise. I feel like if I would pick it up via physical copy, all my irritations with the thing would totally disappear. I’m too busy being annoyed by the narrator that I’m barely paying attention to the plot… hence it’s not sticking with me, hence I’m not liking it, blah de blah.

And honestly writing this out has solidified my choice of switching formats. I’ve had a physical copy forever so I’ll just read that one. I’ll eat the scribd credit I spent on the thing I guess. Better than forcing myself through 6 more hours of that.

Aside from my irritations, this book sounds pretty decent: It’s about a woman who is used as a simile by an alien race whose language has no concept of things that aren’t currently present. Like, if they need to make a comparison, the object in question and the comparator both need to be present, hence, she’s always dragged around with them. The language itself is fascinating too: That’s the one thing I do like about the audiobook. The language sounds so neat! It’s like two voices layered on top of each other – the aliens have two mouths and speak simultaneously. For humans to speak it, they need a partner with a close mind-connection, enough so that they can each speak out one voice of the word in perfect harmony at all times.

Like I said, really cool. I really like the concept. I just… wanna change formats to enjoy it. Woof.

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This one, I’ve been reading for ages. I’ve likely gone over the synopsis of this series a billion times at this point. Needless to say, I’m loving it. Just need to actually finish it.


And since I’m going to drop Embassytown as an audiobook, I’ll likely pick up another one pretty quick. I’m thinking The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss but not 100% positive yet. Otherwise, that’s it. :”D Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/03/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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