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December Currently Reading! | ’17

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Hello! Happy December 3rd! 😀

Now that nanowrimo is over, I’m hoping head first back into reading. It’s been lacking for the last month, so I wanna read as many books as possible!

Currently, I am reading three:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my buddy read with Zezee. She’s patiently waiting for me to get off my ass and finish the book so we can talk about it (thank you much, friend :D).

I am almost done! I’m pre-writing this post a bit, so at the time of writing, I am 3/4ths of the way through it. I’m seriously digging it so far. I’ve just come to enjoy Robin Hobb books I think. She could write about a rock and I’d read it.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This has been on my currently reading for forever and honestly last month I even removed it because I hadn’t touched it in ages. Welp, I’ve picked it up again. But! This time around, I’m listening to it on audibook. I never realized how much I associated Simon Vance’s tone of voice with this series until I heard it again. He really puts the whole book together and I wish he could narrate my life.

But I’m loving this book, just as I’ve loved the first two. I have the fourth as a physical book and I know the fifth comes out soon if it’s not already out. This is seriously one of my all-time favorite series. I love it so much.

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is another buddy read I’m in, started on December 1st with my buddy pal Ace and another friend of ours (whom I don’t think has a blog. Ace, link me if she does!). This is the third and final book in a trilogy and I’m rather liking it so far. It’s amusing and though it tries to be dark, I still kinda find it light and fluffy, haha. I like it. 😀

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! Thank you all my buddy reader pals for being patient with me. 😀

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November Currently Reading | ’17

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Hello! Happy November.

I’m slowly getting back on track with my regular posting schedule (Sun-Wed-Sat). I say ‘slowly’ because hey, this post is a day late.

If you haven’t read any posts in a while, I moved recently. I’m still unpacking, still running into things that I realize I don’t have until I need them direly (like a tube to drain the washing machine. Why that never occurred to me I don’t know).

So recently I haven’t been reading much. Today was the first day I picked up a physical book in about two or three weeks.

So I’m ‘reading’ a couple things actively:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my main focus at the moment. It’s a buddy reading I’m doing with Zezee and my goal is to get through chapter 14 tonight. I’m in the middle of 13 at the time of writing this. (So more realistically, I’ll hit my goal tomorrow. Sorry Zezee friend for slowing us down!)

So far I’m really liking it. 😀

 

 

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI’m participating in Nanowrimo! At the moment, I’m exactly one day’s worth of words behind (I ended up not writing today. I was on track and planned on taking today to write and read my Hobb book but then I realized all my cat’s vet stuff was never transferred from the move and then one of my book cases broke so I had to buy a new one, and… today was a long day, and I didn’t get to read much nor did I write at all. 0 words for today, woo)

But anyways, this book is… okay, I guess. I feel like it would be a lot more helpful if I was writing a different kind of novel, I guess. A lot of the prompts are very geared towards a certain kind of book and it’s not the kind that I’m writing. Sooo unfortunately a lot of the prompts in here are irrelevant to what I’m making. I’m doing everything that would help me though, and those are pretty neat.

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I started on audio, switched to physical and now I’m back on audio. I found that when switching to physical, that the audio copy I was listening to was missing the prologue. Since I’ve read that, I’m now back on audio – it allows me to read while during my (shorter now since moving!) commute to work. I’m liking it a lot more now that I have that context the prologue provided.

 

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And that’s it! If you’d look at my goodreads ‘currently reading’ list, you’d also see The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks on there. I didn’t include it here because it’s currently still packed in a box. I haven’t touched the thing in months. I was enjoying it when I was reading it though. I’ll pick it back up again once things settle down I think. Maybe after the buddy read is over.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/06/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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Books for the plane!

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Hello! At this time this is posted, it’s August 5th! But now as I’m currently writing, it’s July 27th!

I’m pre-writing a bunch of posts because (as I’ve likely mentioned a couple times now) on August 1st, I’m getting married! And then August 2nd, I’m hopping on a plane to go to Hawaii for my honeymoon! And me being me, I’m gonna read on the plane ride there and back (and maybe during downtime, too, but we’ll see).

So I’ve decided to write a post about the books I plan on bringing with me (assuming any that I’m currently reading don’t get finished before my flight).


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All three are books on my 17 in 2017 list, so if I’m able to finish them all, that would be swell. :”D

Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – I found this one randomly in my old college’s ‘two for a dollar’ sale shelf. I acutlaly found all the books in the series except the second one (which I’ve since acquired…). I’ve heard this series is super good, so I’m hoping I’ll love it.

14 by Peter Clines – I read The Fold by Clines a year or two ago and it has become one of my favorite books. Apparently this book is a companion novel-prequel kind of thing. Like, I was supposed to read this one first. Whoops. Well, I’m gonna read it now instead. 😛

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – I bought this book as soon as it came out but never actually picked it up (whoops). Considering I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Ness so far, I’m hoping this one follows the pattern. :”DThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

(Not pictured) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Not pictured because it’s an audiobook and I used my phone to take the above photo… can’t really use phone to take picture of cover in phone. 😛 So not pictured. Currently, I’m about 1/3 through this, so I’m not sure how far I’ll be into it by the 2nd of August. I’m hoping to finish this super soon – I’m loving it so far, it’s just so great! 😀


And that’s it! Ideally, I’ll finish all of these. Whatever I don’t get to will become an informal TBR or sorts. Wish me luck and see you all on August 16th when I get back. :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/06/2017 in Books

 

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August Currently Reading | ’17

August Currently Reading

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)STILL READING IT. I’LL GET THERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the wWindw because it’s on audio.This one I picked up on audiobook. I’m about 1/3 through it(ish) and am totally smitten so far. I feel like this could end up being one of my new favorite books! 😀

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)So, the third one of these illustrated version is coming out in October and it made me realize that while I own the first two, I’ve never read them. I’ve lent both out multiple times to be read by others, but I haven’t done so myself… so here I am. :”D

 

 

 

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And that’s it! As this is posted, I’m in Hawaii on honeymoon. The only one out of the above three I’ve brought with me is The Name of the Wind because it’s on audio… I’ve grabbed a couple other books too (post is pre-written, to be posted soon) but they’re smaller than the ones above and easier to transport, hawhaw.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/05/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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November Wrap Up, December Currently Reading – Blogmas 12/1

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Hello, it’s the first day of Blogmas!! 😀 Welcome to what will be a lot of me crowding your feed. Because I’m here all month. :”D Ba-dum tsh

Today I’m doing my monthly wrap-up. The posts will get more Christmasy themed at some point, I swear.


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for November: 11. This is the most I’ve had in a long time. 😀


Reading Overview for the Month(s):

Books:

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamRest, Volume 1You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)Saga, Vol. 2Saga, Volume 3

I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. This is a classic sci-fi short story with horrific elements. It revolves around the last remaining group of people and the AI that tortures them. It’s unsettling and I really liked it. – 3 stars

Rest by Mark Powers. I’m pretty sure this is a one-off as far as graphic novels are concerned. It’s labeled ‘volume 1’ but it was published 5 years ago and there was never any volume 2. It was really great, all up until the end. I loved it until that point. – 2 stars

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Guess who reopened my Scribd account, it was me. :”D I think I listened to this baby in two or three days and absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend it. – 5 stars

Saga volumes 2 and 3 by Brian K Vaughan. These are rereads for me in prep for reading volume 6. I’m liking them more this time around than the first time, and I loved them the first time. :”D – 5 stars each


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 42/50 books (3 behind)
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 5/5
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: None this month
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Oops.


December Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)WeaveworldShip of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)Jurassic Park

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Weave World by Clive Barker
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (buddy read with Zezee!)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (audiobook with the SO)

It’s literally the same as last month. I’ve finished none of them.


Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 12/01/2016 in Blogmas, Books, Currently Reading, TBR, Wrap-up

 

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September and October Wrap Up, November Currently Reading

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One day I’ll make decent banners. WHAT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.

Guess who’s been super inactive in all facets of my life for the past two months! It’s me! :”D

I feel like I’ve been in a life slump. Slowly getting out of it though (look! Several posts in a two week span, I’m on a roll!)

Last month, I didn’t post an individual wrap up because I didn’t read enough to warrant it. I read a book or two and maybe a couple articles but otherwise I just toiled away petting my cat. I feel like at this point I’ve finished enough to write about them.


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month(s):

Total posts for September and October: 7


Reading Overview for the Month(s):

Books:

Product DetailsLocke & Key, Vol. 2: Head GamesAssassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

The EggDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)Saga, Volume 1Wonders of the Invisible World

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks. I received this book in August or so in exchange for an amazon review. It originally was a fictionpress story that I linked earlier in my blog. The author found my link, thanked me for the words and offered to send me a copy as the story had been turned into a book (obviously I accepted). I enjoyed this book, particularly the world building, but definitely had an issue or two with it that I hadn’t noticed when I originally read it almost 8 years ago. That said though, it’s worth a read. – 4 stars

Locke & Key volume 2 by Joe Hill. The continuation of vol 1, which I rather enjoyed. I feel like I left too much time between them though, I kinda forgot what was going on and didn’t really get the full impact of the newest events. That’s my fault though. I gave this one the same rating I gave the previous one. – 4 stars

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. The third and final volume of the Farseer trilogy. I read this one as a buddy ready with Zezee and really enjoyed it. There was one or two things that bugged me about it, but mentioning them would definitely be spoilerific so I’m going to keep my yap shut. Overall though, it’s a solid end to the trilogy and I still think about the thing. – 4 stars

Monstress vol 1 by Marjorie M. Liu. This is a really good, really atmospheric first volume to a series I feel like I’m going to really dig. Zezee recommended this to me on goodreads and when I saw it on the shelf at the store, I decided to nab it. Definitely glad I did. :”D If you’re looking to get into a new graphic novel series, I recommend this one. – 4.5 stars

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak. I wrote a review on this one, linked above. Overall it was decent. Definitely not my favorite read of the month, but I enjoyed it well enough. – 3 stars

Saga vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan. This is a reread for me. I’m working through the series again so I can read volume 6 without making the same mistake I did with Locke & Key. – 5 stars

Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic. Sue me, I like pokemon. :”D – 5 stars

The Egg by Andy Weir. The shortest read of the set and my favorite. I read The Martian by him last year and knew he has a short story out as well. I tracked it down and read it and it had the same sardonic tone to it – I loved it. :”D If you have ten minutes of free time, check this one out. – 5 stars

Did not finish:

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. Just wasn’t feelin’ it. Might pick it up again someday. Maybe.

Articles:

JAZ7 negatively regulates dark-induced leaf senescence in Arabidopsis

This is a bit of research I’m doing for a paper I’m writing for a class. It was interesting though. o:

Don’t Make Fun of Renowned Dan Brown

This article is a tongue-in-cheek review of Inferno, which bombed. It pokes fun at Dan Brown’s writing and storylines and while I generally enjoy his stuff, this article was hysterical. The author of it nailed it. I loved it. xD


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 37/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 7/8
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: over 30
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): The Egg by Andy Weir


November Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)WeaveworldShip of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)Jurassic Park

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Weave World by Clive Barker
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (buddy read with Zezee!)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (audiobook with the SO)

And that’s it! Hoping to post a book haul tomorrow. Otherwise, happy reading!! :”D

 
 

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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:

Books:

Slaughterhouse-Five
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

Articles:

*cricket*


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:

Woops.


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

 

 
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