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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:

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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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Posted by on 09/01/2016 in TBR, Wrap-up

 

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July Wrap Up and Mini-Reviews, August Currently Reading

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

I need a vacation.

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

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


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for July: 8


Reading Overview for the Month:

Books:

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

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

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

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

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

Articles:

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


 

Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

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

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Woops.


August Currently Reading:

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on 08/04/2016 in Books, Currently Reading, Review, TBR, Wrap-up

 

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June Wrap Up and July Currently Reading

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Hello~ June is over and was a good reading month for me, but not so good of a posting month. I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve started working fulltime, and with a total of two and a half hours commuting a day on top of it, my energy is zapped. I get a lot of time to listen to audiobooks in the car though, which is basically what my entire wrap up consists of.

I’m starting to adjust to the constant tiredness now, so hopefully my posting will pick back up this coming month. Anyways, it’s nice to see you all. Sorry I haven’t kept up with your posts!


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for June: 4


Reading Overview for the Month:

Books:

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin HobbA Feast for Crows by George R.R. MartinThe Time Machine by H.G. WellsFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, read for the Hobb-along-read-along (which I have since fallen way behind in). This book was a pleasant surprise. I plan on writing a full review on the thing, so I won’t go into too much detail here, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, much more than I had expected – 5 stars

A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin. This book was good as well, and definitely one that is going to get its own review. I think this book knocked me out of the star-struck-blind-love I had for this series. I still love it, but I’m definitely seeing its flaws now – 4 stars

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I enjoyed this book. I originally tried to read it, but ended up switching over to the audiobook. Maybe it was just the format of the book, maybe it was that really sluggish conversation the Time Traveller is having at the beginning… who knows. I liked it though – 3.5 stars

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I had very mixed feelings about this one. I like it overall but it definitely grinds my gears. This one will also be getting a review. My goodness. This book was both a joy and a chore to read –3 stars

Favorite book of the month: Assassin’s Apprentice
Least favorite book of the month: Flowers for Algernon

Articles:

A universal basic income only makes sense if Americans change how they think about work

Elon Musk thinks we all live in a video game. So what if we do?

How to win at the women’s memoir game

What’s going on in your cat’s head?

What we understand about cats, and what they understand about us

Why average people decide to become terrorists

Why gravitational wave astronomy has physicists so damn excited

Father’s Day: Five things you didn’t know you didn’t know about the holiday

Favorite article of the month: Why gravitational wave astronomy has physicists so damn excited


Since I just posted a mid-year update yesterday, I’m not going to go into my progress on yearly goals except to link the post and state that I’ve reached five books read and can now buy one. :”D Guess who’s going to the bookstore, man.


July Currently Reading

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

One day I’ll finish Life, The Universe and Everything. ONE DAY, DAMMIT.

 
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Posted by on 07/02/2016 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR, Wrap-up

 

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