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December Currently Reading | ’18

Blogmas 2018

I have made the resolution to myself to stop going ‘hey this month flew! How is it (insert month here already)!’ because the more I pay attention to the passage of time, the faster it’s gonna go. So I’m just gonna ignore it. Pbtbtbt.

Anyways, this is what I’m currently reading:

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)Last month I was rereading the first book in this series in preparation for this. So far, I am absolutely smitten. I’m taking it slow though, both since Nanowrimo was happening and because this book is one you have to digest a bite at a time, not one you can buzz through and expect to pick up all the subtleties (well, at least I can’t). I am absolutely adoring it so far though.

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird BoxThe trailer coming out for the movie inspired me to pick this up. I know next to nothing about it – I watched the first half of the trailer and shut it off for fear of trailers doing what they typically do and give away the whole plot. So I’m (mostly) blind. I’m reading this as a buddy read with Katy @Bookbinderway, aaaand I’m really liking it so far. I’m so hesitant though – I’ve read one chapter and I feel like it’ll be a book I’ll binge. I need to make sure I have the time to sit for four hours to read before I read more.

 

 

 

 

Back-burner Books

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Six of them, right now, I’m ‘reading’ but aren’t my focus. The Halo book, I recently picked up on audio instead of reading the physical copy, so I’m hoping that’ll help me with it. And Gray House I will likely DNF… Parts of it are good, but mostly it seems like a meandering plot… 100 pages in. I know it’s a book that people who love it really really love, but I don’t see it, yet. I’ll give it a bit more and if it doesn’t snag me I’ll likely set it aside.

The others I’m enjoying, just haven’t gotten to recently, specifically the Brent Weeks one. I wanna get back to that one soon.


I also have a bit of a TBR planned, which is unusual for me. I plan on picking up City of Dragons by Robin Hobb with Zezee on December 10th, and I would like to read at least one Christmasy book before Christmas. I’m not sure which though – there are a few I could do. We’ll see.

And that’s it! If you’ve read or are planning to read any of these, lemme know! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 12/03/2018 in Blogmas, Books, Currently Reading

 

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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.


And that’s it! For now, my posting schedule will be Tues-Wed-Sat-Sun. Wish me luck. Happy reading!

 
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May Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy May! I’m currently reading a lot of books at the same time. All of them I’m digging.


The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is the fourth and most recent book in Weeks’ Lightbringer quintet – the fifth and final book comes out late next year and you can bet your butt I’m buying that on release day. I picked up this series on a whim last year and it’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite series. I can’t get enough of it, it’s just so great.

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

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea

I picked this up from Amazon’s world book day, where they were giving out free ebooks of various genres from authors all over the world. I tried my hardest to just not grab all of them but I couldn’t resist this one. This is the third memoir that I’ve read written by a North Korean defector. With all the news about the country lately, I thought it was fitting to pick up right away.

Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz

Halo: The Flood

Following up from The Fall of Reach that I read this past month, I picked up this book, which is the second in the Halo prequel trilogy. From what I’ve been told though, this book actually goes through the events of the first Halo game. I’m rather enjoying it so far. Seriously, I’m ending up a huge fan of the game without having actually ever playing the game.

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Continuing my audio book reread of Novik’s Temeraire series in prep for finishing the thing out, I’m just shy of half way through this. Simon Vance is narrating and yet again he’s doing an absolutely fantastic job. I love his narrations, man. And I’m loving this book just as much as I did the first time I read it about a decade ago.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

This is by far the most slow-going read for me. I’m enjoying it but it’s one of those books I can only read a few pages at a time before my brain gets burned out. I’ll finish it eventually.


And that’s it! I know I’ll be starting a buddy read or two pretty soon, so another book will likely be added to this list.

If you’re reading any of these or have read them, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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March Currently Reading | 18

Currently Reading

Hello! Since my last post where I said I was in a slump, I read an entire book! So that’s neat. Hopefully this is a sign the slump is on its way to over!

Otherwise, this is what I’m currently reading:


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of LeavesI think this book is the cause of my slump. But at the same time, I’m liking it so far. It’s just so dense and hard for me to read in large chunks. When I read, I tend to read whatever buddy reads I have, then an audiobook, and then one other physical book at a time. This is my ‘other physical book’ and I was telling myself not to start anything else. Struggling through a book + not starting anything else = perfect recipe for a slump. Whop. Eventually I decided to just ignore my rule and hey now I’m reading again. Weeeeird.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)This is my first Sanderson book, and I decided to go with his first published work because of it. This is my current audiobook and so far I’m digging it. It’s a tad slow but the world building is pretty neat.

 

 

 

 

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)This is one of my buddy reads for this month! I’m reading it with Zezee and I’m digging it so far (but at the time of writing this, I’m not caught up yet for this week – that happens next, heeh).

As always with Hobb books, it’s like going home when reading them. I adore her and her books.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is my other buddy read for the month! This one I’m reading with Meredith and another buddy – so far I’m rather enjoying it. This book can get a bit tropey though, but overall it’s not too, too bad. It’s neato. It’s definitely getting better – each book is stronger than the previous 😀

 

 

 

King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)This series is my slump-breaker. I picked up the second book in this series a couple days ago and blew through it. Now I’m on this one, the third and final. This series is not for the feint of heart, and it definitely has it’s problems, but I’m absolutely smitten. Sue me I love it 😀

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

 
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October Currently Reading | ’17

October Currently Reading

Hello! From yesterday’s post if you read it, you’ll know I didn’t finish any books this month. Well, I’m reading quite a few, all of them really effin big. So there’s that.


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually picked this one up, recently. It’s fallen on the backburner, which is unfortunate since both of the previous books in the series were five star reads for me. Will I read this eventually? Yes. Soon? ….Maybe.

 

 

 

 

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one last month I switched over to a physical copy to read because I really wasn’t digging the audiobook. Well guess what. I discovered why I didn’t like the audiobook.

Guess why.

THE AUDIOBOOK IS MISSING THE TEN PAGE PROLOGUE. I WAS MISSING SO MUCH CONTEXT. NO WONDER I WAS TOTALLY OUT OF JIVE WITH THAT DAMN THING.

Am liking the physical book much better.

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)I’ve started a new buddy read!! 😀 I’m reading this book with Zezee, who has been slowly going through Hobb’s collected works with me! This is our I think fifth or sixth buddy read together. She’s a good buddier. She’s a good reader. She’s a good buddy-reader.

The book is pretty wonderful so far, too. Apparently I love Hobb’s books to the point that I actually got nostalgia when I read from Fitz’ POV again. It was like coming home. 🙂

Also, I make a point to get the corniest Hobb covers I can find. I think they’re swell!

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)So, funny thing with this book. I heard going into it that it was polarizing among fans, that you’d either like it or you wouldn’t.

Well, lemme tell ya. I’m seeing it, dude. I’m seeing it.

This book. This book. I’m about 600-something pages into it (audiobook so not certain) and it is completely ridiculous. It will be getting a full-length spoilery blabber that will be written likely while I’m drunk off my ass. I’m so looking forward to it. I need to finish it at this point. I have to. I wanna tear it a new butt.

 

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And that’s it! 😀 Happy reading!

 

 
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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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July Currently Reading

July Currently Reading

Happy July! Guess what, guess what. :”D I got an engagement thingy yesterday! I’ve been engaged for about six months now, but we finally went out and got a ring. It’s neato!

19620918_10209949746473536_1241093298569675453_oThe reason for the delay was I had originally proposed to him, so I wasn’t gonna be all ‘Hey marry me, also I’m getting myself a ring to give myself while I propose to you’. Because yikes. Also, if you ever want a post on the engagement story… it’s a doozy. Like, gummy bears, hysterical sobbing, everything. I’m never, ever doing that ever again.

The main gem is a lotus garnet, the little ones are diamonds and the band is rose gold. SO’s wedding band and my own are also rose gold so everything fits together nice-like. 😀

So yeah, just wanted to share. It’s weird having a thing constrict my finger 24/7. I usually don’t wear any jewelry at all, ever.

BACK TO BOOKS NOW, FORGIVE THE INTERMISSION.


Currently Reading

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This is a buddy-read I’m doing with Zezee (at the time of writing this, I’m about five pages away from where I’m supposed to be for today, so I’m doing that after I’m done here! :”D)

This is the third book in the Liveship Trader’s trilogy and the sixth book set in the Realm of the Elderlings series. This book, this series, man. I love it but it exhausts me.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks… I’ve been buzzing through GRRM’s fifth book, which I finished the other day, on audio and in combination with Ship of Destiny, I haven’t had much time for this one. It’s unfortunate, because I’m smitten with it. I suppose I should pick it up soon and get it off the cat’s cat tree so she can actually jump up there again…

 

Orange – The Complete Collection v1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Aside from there being multiple volumes of ‘The Complete Collection’ (you goofy naming convention people) this manga is pretty interesting. It follows a young girl who one day receives a letter from her future self, telling her of things to come and urging her to try to change her future. It’s a magical-realism type series, and I’m seriously digging it so far.

 

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That’s it for what I’m currently reading.

In other news, I’ve been on a graphic novel/manga kick, so expect a haul soon. Also, the annual Half Price Books Clearance Sale near me is occuring at the end of the month, so I’m going to try really hard not to buy anything else between now and then. But then after that, expect likely another decent sized haul. Everything is two bucks, man. I’m gonna go bananas. If you’re near the Pittsburgh area, hit me up. I’m gathering a small army to go there, buy books and then gloat over them while eating lunch together.

In other other news, I’m going to try my hand at a normal posting schedule (gasp). My goal is two-three times a week: Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Wednesdays. I realized that writing on the weekend is the easiest for me to manage and I’m thinking I can pull at least one post off during the middle of the week. Obviously this schedule will not be solid if say, I’m doing a readathon that requires multiple posts per day, or doing Blogmas or something. But yeah, that’s my goal. Wish me luck.

 

 
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Posted by on 07/02/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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