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!! πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€ Happy reading!

 

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!

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. πŸ˜€

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.

 

June Currently Reading

June Currently Reading

I made a new banner theme! It’s coffee in medieval times now. Thanks to Analee for writing a post about how to create neato banners. Maybe at some point I’ll make it fancier, but for now, it’s caffeine and swirly writing and I’m happy with it. Woot. :”D


At the moment, I’m reading four books, though I’ll likely pick up a few manga in between them. Yesterday, my friend lent me about fifty volumes of it, so I’ll buzz through that too at some point.

But for books:

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I think this was on my Currently Reading from last month as well. It’s a chunker of a book, so it’s taking me a while. The third book in the Lightbringer series, it’s proving itself just as good as its predecessors. I wrote a blabber on the first book in the series, if you’re interested. This series is becoming one of my favorites. Ever. It’s just so good – it’s funny, it’s action-packed, it’s well thought-out. I love it!

 

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)I picked this one up last week and am currently about six chapters into it (I need to read another today :”D). This one I’m buddy reading with Zezee with Books – we’ve been slowly buzzing through Hobb’s books now – this is the sixth one in her Realm of the Elderlings series, the third in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So we’re what… nearly half way through the Elderings Realm books? Ish? Somethin’ like that.

 

 

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I had started reading this a while ago and put it aside – I was reading too many books and kept having to restart this bugger because I would forget what was happening. I’ve now picked it up on audiobook though, so I’m getting about 13 hours a week of listening in – it’s still gonna take a while to finish it though – it’s a really really long audiobook. I’ll get there though. And then I can be on the ‘Winds of Winter’ bandwagon with the rest of ’em.

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)As usual, still flipping through this. I’ll mark it ‘read’ at some point, most likely when I’ve read all the passages I find interesting. I dig it so far – it’s helping me flesh out my gnome. :”D

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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May Currently Reading | ’17

Hello it’s May! πŸ˜€ That means it’s not April! That means my project is over! I know I’ve been yapping about this damn thing for months, BUT I’M JUST SO HAPPY IT’S OVER OH MY GOODNESS.

And now on to what I’m currently reading! πŸ˜€


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)I’m the closest to finishing this one out of any of them – less than 100 pages left! And it’s getting preeeetty intense, man. This one is a buddy read with Zezee :”D We’ve been slowly tackling all of Hobb’s books for a while now – it’s fun!

I have a weird love-hate relationship with Hobb’s books. I really like everything I’ve read from her, but reading her books just takes so much out of me emotionally, man. It’s draining.

 

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryThis one is being listened to on audio. I’ve been slipping with this one lately though – I find that if I’m under stress *cough*project*cough* I just wanna blast Scandanavian power metal on the way to work instead of listening to science. But now that stress is gone, science it is. :”D

 

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)This one has been and likely will continue to be on my currently reading list for a while – it’s a ‘about’ book for a dungeons and dragons setting – not exactly something you binge, haha. I’m enjoying it though – it’s allowing me to flesh out the background of my character nicely. πŸ˜€

 

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)GUYS. I’VE BEEN WAITING TO READ THIS BOOK FOR FOREVER. I finished the second one last month and have been waiting to pick this up until after I had finished my coding project – I knew if I picked it up before that I would never finish the code, haha. So I made it my reward to myself for finishing. πŸ˜€

I’M LOVING IT SO FAR, BY THE WAY.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)I’m totally on this train now, peeps. I wasn’t for the loooongest time. And then I read the first book and found it to be decent if not a bit unhealthy and then the second one was so much better (except the word ‘sheathing’ was used too much). And this third one – I’m rather digging it so far. It’s definitely highlighted some goods and bads about the book, but I’ll get to those in the blabber I write about the thing when I’m done with it. Because there will definitely be a blabber, yo.

So far I’ve figured out the wings bit, but still am clueless about the ruin bit.

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And that’s it! I hope to finish at least a few of these before picking up more. Five books at once is a looooot. Happy reading!

April Currently Reading | ’17

Hello, it’s April and so far, I haven’t been fooled yet. But it’s only mid-afternoon so there’s plenty of time.

Currently, I am reading four books:


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru CormorantThis was on last month’s currently reading as well, and I’m still chugging along with it. This book, I really like it, but I’m finding it to be a very dense read. I’m about two-thirds through it at this point and hope to finish it up by the end of the month. Fingers crossed. This novel is a geo-political thriller set in a fantasy world. But as far as fantasy goes, the fact that the world isn’t real is the only thing fantastical about it. There’s no magic, no monsters, no prophecies… just a different world. But at the same time, it definitely has weird, almost dystopian elements to it. It’s really, really cool. I’m very much enjoying the thing. I have a feeling the end is going to kill me.

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryI figured it had been a while since I picked up a non-fiction and I had an open credit on my Scribd account, so I snagged this bugger and started listening to it on audio on my way to and from work. So far, I’ve learned that when Darwin submitted his paper on evolution theory, he did so along side another man who had come to the same conclusions after observing the same phenomena on some remote islands in South East Asia. Neither name knew of the other beforehand. It’s funny how things like that happen. Also, Mendel , who came up with the dominant and recessive alleles using pea plants, was a crap test-taker. This book is super entertaining and I’m highly enjoying it.

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This one was on my list last month too, I think. This book is a chunker. The second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy, it continues the story of the Vestrit family as they deal with all the shit that gets thrown at them. It has talking ships and sentient sea serpents and wizardwood and dragons. I’m very much liking this series (though if I’m honest, I think I like Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy a tad more). Buddy reading this with Zezee, we’ve been making our way through this four chapters a week. We’ll get there, we’ll get there.

 

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)This one’s been on my list for a few months now. I’ve been paging through it slowly as I continue the campaign I’m currently in. I got to level 2 yesterday, woo woo. I’m starting to really dig all the lore and stuff that’s involved in DnD. I’m very happy I’ve been given the opportunity to play.

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

March Currently Reading | ’17

Hello, it’s not February anymore and not humpday, so no reason to delay this post further.

Currently, I’m reading six things: Four physical novels, one audiobook and one guidebook.


The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)Book two in the Lightbringer series, it’s definitely captured my heart. I’ve been talking non-stop about the first one, The Black Prism, since I finished it last week or so ago and have even written a blabber on it (which… now has probably a billion pingbacks on it since I mentioned it so much, hawhaw). Can’t go into plot detail about this particular book, but the series overall plot follows a man, The Prism, who can fracture light into its individual colors and ‘draft’ them into physical matter. This book is a huge fantasy series, neck-deep in wonderful characters, neato world-building and a really cool magic system. I seriously recommend it. My goal is to catch up with the series by the end of the year. The first two I’ve listened to on audiobook, but have the third one as a physical copy and man, it’s a brick. I’ll be posting a haul tomorrow so you can see it. It’s bigger than my head.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

Book two in the Remnant Chronicles, this is a continuation of The Kiss of Deception, which was pleasantly pleasant. I gave it a four star rating I think. This one, I’m liking much more. It’s a YA fantasy, following a young woman who runs from an arranged marriage and goes into hiding in a nearby town. This one, I’m buddy reading with Ace and another friend who I don’t think has a blog. At least I don’t think so does. Hopefully will have this finished within the next week or two. I have the third one lined up and ready to go!

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)Second book of the Liveship Traders series, which is the second series set in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. This series follows a few different characters in a rich world full of magic and liveships – ships that, once three generations of a family has passed away on their decks, come to life. Their figureheads become sentient and can speak and direct the ship for the captain. I seriously love this world and this series (and the first series!) This is also a buddy read that I’m doing with Zezee πŸ˜€ We’ve been buddying through Robin Hobb’s books since book three of the first trilogy (or was it book two?) and I’ve been rather enjoying it. :”D

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed GreenwoodForgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)

This was also on my last month’s currently reading, and I’m still paging through it. Now that the Dnd campaign I’m involved with has actually started, I’ll probably just pick out individual sections I was to read about and then mark it as read rather than read the thing cover to cover. I’m enjoying it so far though – it’s very informative as far as lore and things like that go. It’s such a pretty book, too. Every Dnd book I’ve come across so far has been absolutely beautiful. The art, the atmosphere, everything.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)The fifth book in the famousΒ A Song of Ice and FireΒ series, this one was also on my list from last month. It’s just so big, man. And honestly it’s kinda taken a backseat to the two buddy reads I have going on currently. Once one of those finishes, I’ll be able to add this book into the mix again. Can’t even begin to go into plot at this point or I’ll be lynched for spoilers. If you still have no idea what this series is about, I have no idea what to tell you. Go watch the show? Go pick up the first book? πŸ˜›

 

 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonThe Traitor Baru Cormorant

Honestly looking at this, you’d think it was a sci-fi, wouldn’t you. Well, it’s not. It’s a fantasy. At least, it’s a fantasy in the sense that it takes place in a made-up world. I have yet to see any fantastical elements though. But what this book doesn’t have in actual fantasy, it makes up for in political intrigue. This book is a political thriller set in a fantasy world and if you go into it wanting anything else or anything more than that, you’ll be disappointed. But if you know what you’re getting ahead of time, you’ll likely love this book. So far, I definitely am. It’s so dense and calculating and the main character has this mind like a metal trap. It’s so good.Β It’s so good.Β This was one of the books on my 17 in 2017 list and so far, I’m glad I put it on there. I’m so happy that I started this thing. I feel like it might end up on my all-time favorites list.


And that’s it for me! I know of a couple books I plan on picking up after these, but they’re not set in stone. We’ll see how my course load is this month. I’m procrastinating it as we speak. :”D Happy reading.

February Currently Reading

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And here begins my ‘try to make more content’ attempt. Typically I combine my ‘currently reading’ things with my wrap-ups, but at this point I feel like I’m writing a book each time I do that. For those new to my blog, I tend not to do TBRs unless I’m participating in a readathon. Nothing makes me not want to read a book more than thinking ‘I have to read this book next’. It’s self defeating to me, so I just go with the flow and pick up whatever I happen to pick up. So right, I’m experimenting with splitting these posts up and seeing how it goes! If you like them separate or together, please do tell me your opinion. Danke.


Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)The third book in Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, I’ve literally been reading this one since February of 2015. Why? I’m reading it out loud with my fiance and it’s very slow-going. I very much enjoy reading with him, but getting the time, the mood and everything to line up correctly is a bit difficult sometimes. We’re both better at listening to audiobooks together – have finished two in the time it’s taken to read this one. Despite that though, I’m very much enjoying this book and each time we sit down to read I think ‘Waah this is so great! We should just finish it now!’ and then we don’t, haha. I will get it done though, and I think we’ll pick up the fourth one as an audiobook after. So oops :”D It’ll happen, it’ll happen.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

The fifth and most recent installment in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, this book is definitely intimidating. I’m tempted to pick up the audiobook for this one honestly – that’s how I read books 1, 3 and 4. But I’m resisting, mostly because I can’t stand how the narrator voices the different characters. Kills me, man. Also, I read book two physically and I remember enjoying it so damn much. I’m hoping this one will give me that same experience. Currently, I’m not too far in, about 70 pages or so, but I hope to get through at least half of it this month. This book is a brick. 1100 pages. I think once I finish it, I’m going to rebuy the copy in the big floppy paperbacks. I’m currently reading from the mass markets, which probably isn’t doing me any favors.

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I picked this up last week or so in preparation for my first ever Dungeons and Dragons campaign. My fiance is DMing and for the past two weeks, he’s been updating himself on the fifth edition’s rules and forming a campaign for me and four other friends. Having never played before and knowing nothing more than ‘dungeons exist and dragons exist’, he recommended I read through this book as this is the world where his campaign will be set. This particular edition is an older one, but supposedly the overall setting shouldn’t have changed much between editions. So far, I’ve learned a lot and I can now see why there are billions of novels based in this world. It’s just so fascinating!

I likely won’t read this cover-to-cover, just sections that interest me, but I’ll read enough of it to give me the footing to give it a rating at least. I even started making my character yesterday! I’m a gnome. :”D I’m so excited.

The Blinding Knife by Brent WeeksThe Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)

This is my newest ‘oh my gosh I love this series’ series. I finished the first one, The Black Prism, the other day and immediately started this one. Ahh it’s just so good. The magic system is what I like the most about it. The magic system in this book allows the users to fracture light into colors and then use the colors to create things – form solid objects, liquids, so on. Each drafter, a user of this system, is born with being able to use one, two or multiple colors. Only the prism, the character this book follows, is able to use them all. But each time a drafter drafts, it pulls from their lifespan. Using the magic literally kills them faster.

Ahhh I love this series. It’s full of great characters and humor and action and political intrigue and blahblahblah READ IT.

By the way, if you’re an audiobook person, the narrator for this series is fantastic.


And that’s it! For now. There are one or two more I’m tempted to pick up and jump into. I know I have a buddy read or two coming up this month as well, so those will likely be added to the pile. Wish me luck, happy reading!

March Wrap Up, April Currently Reading (and a cat!)

Welcome to April (almost)! March was a busy month for me – exams, spring break, moving to a new apartment, blah de blah. And I got a cat! Needless to say, I didn’t get much reading done. I have a couple of big assignments due next Friday as well, so guess who won’t be reading much at all forΒ  a while still. Time’s up, it’s me.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for March: 10 – Totally better than last month’s 6.


Reading Overview for the Month:

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer – 2 stars.
Review can be found here.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – 4 stars.
Review can be found here.


Favorite book of the month:Β The Queen of the Tearling
Least favorite book of the month:Β Life As We Knew It


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 17/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 2/2
  • Put books together in one room: DONE. I DID IT. HERE’S A PICTURE:

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  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 0/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Life As We Knew It

Prompts completed this month: 1/24
Prompts completed total: 7/24

And that’s it for March!


April Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

Basically last month, minus the two I’ve finished. I’m such a slow reader during the semester, goodness.

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey


As mentioned above, I’ve adopted a cat! Her name is Nina and she’s weird. :”D This is her:

I like her.


Happy reading!