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May Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy May! These are the books I’m reading right now! I’m in the middle of the Asian Readathon, so all of my currents go towards that.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)This book I’m reading as a buddy read with Alex @Mybookworld24! I’m not too far into it yet – on chapter 4 now, but it’s pretty decent so far I think. It strongly reminds me of one of those Asian dramas you’d watch about the middle class girl having to go to a rich person prep school. The over-dramatic-ness is there, the snobbiness is there. It’s definitely a different world from the one I know, haha. I’ve also seen the movie of this book already, so I think that’s helping me keep the characters straight and develop a better mental image of how everyone ties together and just how flamboyant everyone is being. I’m hoping to finish it within the next couple weeks. I’m thinking to do a movie-book comparison post or something after. I’m already noticing differences!

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsThis book is a short story collection containing stories that re-imagine folklore and myths from various Asian cultures. It’s written by a slew of Asian authors from all over, and the stories they tell are from just as wide of a spectrum of places. This is the group book for the Asian Readathon, so I picked it up on Scribd and have been listening to it. So far, I’m 2 stories in out of 15, and both of the ones I’ve read have been decent – 3, 3.5 star range. Short story collections are always weird for me – most of the time I like them, but I don’t think I’ve ever loved a short story collection before.

 

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)Man I’ve been waiting to dive into this one for some time now. It was put on my 10 in 2019 list for just this reason. So far, I’m two chapters in and I’m really liking it. If it keeps going in the direction it does, this could easily end up being a 5 star read for me. Man I’m so pumped. I don’t even have anything more to say on it right now other than ‘it’s great i love it so far woot’.

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This has been on my list for nearly a year now. The fifth and final book comes out this fall, so I need to return to it eventually. And it’s not even that I’m not liking it – I’m actually really enjoying it. Other books just keep getting in the way. Whenever I do get back to this one, I might just restart it. It might be easier. We’ll see, hweh hweh.


And that’s it! It’s been a while since I’ve had so few books on my currently reading list. I’m trying to keep it lower – one physical book for me, one physical book as a buddy read, and one audio book. (That’s why the back burner book is on the back burner). Are you reading any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

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April Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy April! Today will be a slightly delayed Currently Reading post. With all the fantasy bingo stuff that’s been going on, I didn’t realize that I never posted one of these until this morning, whoopsies.

So! My books this month are basically any buddy reads and any of the books I had talked about in my OWLs Readaton TBR. But for right this second, these are the ones I’m buzzing through:

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

I’m reading this for my Transfiguration OWL, which is to read a book with a red cover. I’m listening to it on audio and so far, the narrator is doing a pretty good job.

Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

This book is not for the OWLs, because I had started it before April 1st, but I’m really, really enjoying it. This is a buddy read that I’m doing with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and I’m starting to get like… happysad feelings about it. There are only two more Hobb book left in this world after this one. WHAT WILL I DO.

I can’t even post a synopsis for this one though, because the first line of it is a spoiler for a lot of the previous Realm of the Elderlings books. So.. just know that I’m digging it.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

This book is for my Ancient Runes OWL, which is to read a Retelling. I might use this for the retelling square in Fantasy Bingo as well, I haven’t decided.

Here is the 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.

Back-burner books

Back-burner books are the ones I’ve marked as ‘Currently Reading’ on my goodreads, but that I haven’t really touched lately. Usually I have three or four here, but this month I got it down to one:

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks. I’ve been ‘reading’ this for forever. I’m thinking I’ll pick it up as a focus again in June. April and May are pretty booked as far as reading goes – two month long readathons in a row, and neither of them really fit this one. So June it is. The fifth (and final?!) book in this series comes out in October, so I’ll definitely have it read by then.

No synopsis for this one either, because spoilers, man.


And that’s it! Obviously I hope to read all the books on the OWLs TBR but since I’m not reading them right now, they didn’t make the currently reading list. Pbtbt.

Have you read any of the above? Are you participating on OWLs? Lemme know!

 
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Posted by on 04/07/2019 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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March Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello! It’s March now! This is what I’m reading!

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)This book I’m buddy reading with Katy @BookbinderWay and honestly I don’t know how I feel about it yet. It’s definitely a slower read, as the writing style is very… weird. I feel like it’s a combination of being told a story across a campfire and reading a classical epic like Gilgamesh or something. It’s a book I have to wade through. It’s not really dense writing, but it’s… thick, murky. I don’t know how to better describe it, haha. Overall though it’s decent, but I have yet to be really pulled into the story. I’m just shy of half way through it so far, so here’s hoping I get more invested.

 

 

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

KindredI picked this book up earlier this month both for Black History Month and because it appeared on Jeopardy and it intrigued me enough to want to read it. So here I am. So far, I’m very much enjoying it – it follows a young black woman in the 1970s as she’s transported back and forth through time to 1815 Alabama. Every time she’s sent back I just get more and more anxious. I feel like this book is gonna seriously mess with my emotions and could potentially become a new favorite.

 

 

 

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)This book is on my 10 in 2019 list, so I’m very happy to be reading it. I reread The Queen of the Tearling last month and enjoyed it just as much this time around as last time. This series follows Kelsea, a young woman who is raised in isolation to protect her life until she is old enough to claim her right to the throne. The first book follows that mostly, and the second continues from there and delves more deeply into the politics, the history, and the magic of the world. I’m very very much loving this so far. It’s really neat! I’m listening to this on audio book and I commute 45 mins twice a day every day so I’m zooming through it rather quickly.

 

 

Back-burner Books

Same exact books as last month. I think, with exception of The Fate of the Tearling, which I will pick up on audio after I finish The Invasion of the Tearling and a potential buddy read I know is coming up, I won’t pick up another new book until I get through these three. They’ve been sitting here too long. So here’s hoping that April’s currently reading post will have none of these books on them.


And that’s it! If you’ve read any of these, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/04/2019 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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February Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy February. Nothing interesting happens in February, so I’m gonna read some books to try to ignore it.

This is what I’m currently reading!

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsStill reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. I’m hoping to finish it this coming week. It’s probably my favorite book in the series out of the four, so hoping it finishes strong!

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)I also hope to finish this one this coming week – I have four or so chapters left, and the audiobook is quoting it around 3 hours. So, here’s hoping this book doesn’t show up on next month’s currently reading!

 

 

 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)I picked this up on release day but unfortunately haven’t had the chance to fully dive into it yet. I was planning on doing that this past weekend, along with reading City of Dragons, but I ended up being social instead and barely read anything. Hoping to get it done either this week or next weekend!

 

 

 

Back-burner books

This is basically the same list as last month, but I’ve trimmed a few off. I haven’t actually decided to quit any of them, but instead set them aside and back to ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads until I’m actually ready to pick them up again. I don’t like having a huge back burner list, so doing this helps my sanity.


And that’s it! I love currently reading posts, they’re so short and sweet. Are you reading any of the above? Let me know what you think of them! Happy reading!

 
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November Currently Reading |’18

Currently Reading

Hello, welcome to November! Today is my last day in Florida, and right after writing this, I’ll be packing up to get on a plane. I’m due to walk back into my home around 9 or 9:30pm tonight, between checking out of the hotel by 11am, waiting for the shuttle to the airport, waiting at the airport, the flight home, and the drive home after that. So… long day full of waiting ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the time to read and get ahead on my Nano project.

Anyways, this is what I’m currently reading:

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)This is a reread for me, and I had planned on having it done by now, but with Nano and vacation, it kinda didn’t happen. The sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant, came out this past Tuesday. I’ll go buy it as soon as I finish this one. I want the instant gratification of finishing this and going ‘oh hey I’m gonna go buy the sequel right now’. Loving it just as much as I did the last time.

 

 

 

 

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb

Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)Another buddy read with Zezee, I’m rather adoring this book. Aaaand it was another one I was to have done by this weekend, which still may or may not happen depending on how nano goes today at the airport, hehe. If possible I’ll buzz through the ending tomorrow. But buh, I love this series, man. The whole thing, it’s great.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)I picked this up as part of Spookathon but didn’t finish it. I’m enjoying it so far, but it’ll likely end up being a back-burner book for me this month, considering everything. I’ll get to it though! One day! Wah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)This is a buddy read I’m currently reading with Amanda. At this point I feel it should be categorized as a back-burner book, but who knows. Amanda! When are we reading more! When!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray HouseThis book I am reading as part of the r/Fantasy book of the month read-along.Teeechnically it ended up the end of October so I’m very behind, but I’ll finish it eventually. It’s just so slow going, I’m having a hard time really getting into it. It’ll pick up for parts and then slow down again.

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Same ones as last month. I’ve started a bunch of new books but haven’t like.. finished any. Haha.

What are you reading? Have you read any of the above?

 
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October Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Hello! Happy October! Yada yada best time of the year yada yada. This is what I’m currently reading!


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)This is a buddy read I’m currently buzzing through with Amanda. We both kinda put it down for a while but have picked it back up recently. So far I’m a bit indifferent to it. Something about it isn’t gripping me. It’s not bad, but… just, isn’t doing anything I guess.

We’re nearing the end of it, maybe a bit over 100 pages left, so I’m hoping the ending blows me away.

 

 

 

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray HouseThis book I am reading as part of the r/Fantasy book of the month read-along. I’ve never participated in one before, so I’m rather pumped. It’ll count towards the hard mode of the bingo square as well! I’m not too far into it so far, but my opinion of it is good. It seems interesting. Listening to it on audio, so I didn’t realize how big it was when I started it – over 700 pages! I hope it stays good!

 

 

 

 

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharI’m reading this book as a buddy read with Katy! So far it’s REALLY UNNERVING OH MY GOSH but I’m rather enjoying it. It’s really well written and very atmospheric. Perfect for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Sooo sometimes I pick up so many books that some of them kinda… fade into the background while I’m distracted by the most recent ones. This month, there are three. I’m ‘currently reading’ them but I likely won’t look at them again until the top three books are done.

  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I’ve been reading this one for ages because it’s huge. I’m loving it but it’s more of a ‘pick up in between books’ book
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – I started this on audio and wasn’t digging the narration. I switched to physical but like the one above, tend to just pick it up when I have some time
  • First Strike by Eric Nylund – I borrowed this book from a friend, who didn’t realize it takes me forever to read books that I’ve borrowed. When I get to these three books again, this one will get priority.

If I get time, I also plan on participating in the Spookathon, which starts on October 15th. It’ll get a separate TBR. I also want to pick up The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson to reread it before its sequel comes out on October 30th. Wish me luck!

What are you reading? Have you read any of the above?

 
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Posted by on 10/06/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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September Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is my main focus right not, not including my buddy reads I’ll mention lower. It had been on the back-burner for ages, but recently I came out of a big-blook slump and picked this up again. Much enjoying it.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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

Thiiiiis is still on the back-burner. I’ll likely focus on this one again when I finish The Blood Mirror

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

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

This one I am buddy reading with a friend, and surprisingly, neither of us have really touched it lately. We don’t really wanna DNF it or anything, but it’s not really drawing us in if that makes sense.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

I am absolutely adoring this one. I’m reading it a bit slower than usual, because it’s an ebook and I tend to read it only when I don’t have a physical book around, but gosh I LOVE IT. I NEED A PHYSICAL COPY.

Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)

I’m about 2/3rds through this one at this point, hoping to finish it up within a week and then start Tongues of Serpents. I loooove this series, guys.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)

This is my latest buddy read and I’m so excited! I’m reading this with Zezee and this is the… ninth? eighth? Hobb book we’ve read together. Ugh I love Robin Hobb so much and am hoping to love this book too.


And that’s it! Notice a lot of the books I’m reading now are the same one I was reading last month – as I mentioned, I hit a bit of a slump, so while I did read a lot of books in August, they were mostly manga because they were quick. Slump is hopefully gone now so goal is to completely change this list come October. Wish me luck! Happy reading!

 
 

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