December Currently Reading ’21 | Blogmas Day 5

Five days of Blogmas down! Today’s post is about all the books I’m currently reading, the vast majority of them being buddy reads. Since a baby happened recently they’ve all kinda halted for a bit, but I’m back into it now, albeit a bit more slowly than before. Luckily all my buddies are understanding that I’m usually covered in some sort of human fluid and therefore read slower now. Thanks buddies.

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie – This is my buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! We’re a bit over half way through at this point and I gotta say I’m pretty invested. I’m enjoying this book more than the first one (which I also liked so woot).

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett – This is my buddy read with Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff, and I’m also rather enjoying this one! Foundryside – book one – was one of my favorite books earlier this year so I’m hoping this one will be just as good.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – This is my current audio book! I picked it up back around Halloween for a spooky read and just kinda fell by the wayside with it. With all the buddy reads, this one should honestly probably go on the back burner list but eh. I’ll get back to it at some point.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout – Another buddy read! This time with a buddy irl. The first one we both found pretty entertaining so we’ve picked this one up as well! So far it’s weird but I think I dig it?

And that’s it! There was another book I was reading on my own, but that has definitely gone to the back burner so it’s not even worth mentioning, as I haven’t touched it in like… weeks. It’s fine.

Til tomorrow!

December Currently Reading! ’20

Happy December! Today is my Friday, as I took tomorrow off work, so I’m hoping I get a good chunk farther into everything I mention today this weekend. And then next week, I have a full five day work week, and then a normal weekend, and then another work week, and then I’m on vacation until January 4th. I’m so excited.

This is what I’m currently reading!

Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw – This is my current audio book! Last month, I made a pile of books where I wasn’t sure if I wanted them anymore. So basically what I’m doing is I start one, read a chapter or two, and make a decision to either keep reading or just get rid of it it if doesn’t immediately catch my interest. This one was in that pile and passed with flying colors. I’m so, so, so entertained by this. It follows a magic student who dies immediately, and then get revived by a necromancer and then is really grumpy about it. It’s absolutely hilarious, and it’s probably gonna be five stars unless it randomly takes a nose dive.

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein – This is another one of those books on that pile, and this one aaaalso passed. I’m not 100% invested yet but I’m definitely fascinated and want to keep reading. It follows a girl at a boarding school who is convinced her classmate is a vampire… but she’s telling the story through journal entries that her therapist recommended she share, because she was diagnosed with some sort of delusionary disorder. So it’s fascinating. Is the classmate a vampire, or is her mind playing tricks on her? It reads almost like a gothic horror, it’s neat!

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb – This is a buddy read I’m doing with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! So far, I’m rather enjoying it. I’m not as emotionally invested as I usually am with a Hobb book, but it’s still pretty good. I’m waiting for this explosive emotional ending that I know is coming. She never ends books without making me go ‘;~; buh’. This is the third book in the Soldier Son trilogy and the last Hobb novel I have yet to finish. So after this, I think we’re gonna pick up Margaret Weis’s books. I just need something long and invest-y, man. I need it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This is another buddy read! This one I’m doing with an irl friend. It’s something we decided to start on December 1st (though technically I haven’t picked it up yet, bad Emily bad) as a way to celebrate both of us winning Nanowrimo (which we both did, yay!) I’m hoping I like this. I’ve heard good things.

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And that’s it for books. I did decided to do an instagram challenge for December, so those pictures might pop up in future posts – we’ll see. Though if you do wanna be buddies on ig, add me! (Shameless plug, shh)

Happy reading!

2019: A reading year in review, statistics, the whole shebang

2019

 Happy 2020

Today, I will be going over my reading year, my goals, my stats, and at the end I’ll be doing that ‘end of year’ survey thing. I’ll divide it by sections in case you’re only interested in bits and pieces of everything.

Here we go:

PS: If you wanna be buddies on Goodreads, add me, pal.

2019 Reading Goals

Originally posted as ‘2019 Reading Goals‘ on Jan 2nd, 2019

  • Read 50 books – Complete

I hit 118 things this year!

I was so close to this one. So damned close. As of writing this, I’m half way through the tenth and final book on the list, Interview with the Vampire, but with my schedule today (I’m technically writing this on the 31st), I know I’m not going to finish it. It’s just not feasible, unless I read every single second of time I have where I’m not socializing, and honestly that’ll make me hate the book, so I’m cutting myself a break. So when I do finish this book, I’ll consider this list ‘complete’. Nine out of ten though, that’s definitely the farthest I’ve ever gotten on one of these lists, and I’m proud of that.

  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month – Iffy

Some months I definitely stuck to it. Some I didn’t. Here’s the breakdown:

    • January – 5
    • February – 6
    • March – 7
    • April – 0
    • May – 0
    • June – 3
    • July – 5
    • August – 5
    • September – 5
    • October – 2
    • November – 5
    • December – 6

On average, this is about four books per month, but I don’t wanna call it a win because I did go over a couple months, even if I stayed under overall.

  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete

I went on a two and a half month ban this year between April 1st and June 16th, and I didn’t falter the whole time.

  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books. It currently sits at 283 – Complete

I hit 249! This is pre-Christmas-gifts though, so it’s up by a couple again, but that’s ok. I hit it, and was sitting there comfortably on December 24th, haha

I’ve since started participating in the next one, finishing March 31s, 2020. That’ll be a resolution for this coming year.

  • Post monthly book hauls – Complete

If you’re interested, all except April and May have them because I was on a ban.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Jun |Jul | Aug | Sep| Oct| Nov| Dec

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule – Iffy

I maintained this part of the year, especially the last few months and the first few, but for a couple months I was kinda just floating:

J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

I kept it up 6 out of 12 months, and for November and December especially, I’ve been doing even more posting than just three days per week. That’s why I’m marking this as not an utter fail.

  • Keep track of statistics – Complete

Did I neglect this all year and than record everything in one afternoon a day ago? Yes. But I did it, dammit, I have the stats.

Out of the nine resolutions I had, I completed six, half-assed two and failed at one.

66% is a passing grade, dammit. D+, yeah!


Reading Statistics

So I last-minute-to-complete-my-goal recorded a whole bunch of stats! Here they are!

October was by far my best reading month – I read 23 things! That was the month I buzzed through the Kiss Him, Not Me! manga series, which was 14 volumes long, so this doesn’t shock me.

I find it interesting that while I read more books in October, I read more pages in August. October was mostly manga, August was mostly books due to the Newts Magical Readathon.

So out of the 118 books I read this year, format-wise:

  • 71 were manga
  • 6 were graphic novels
  • 11 were hard backs
  • 11 were paper backs
  • 4 were mass market paper backs
  • 2 were ebooks
  • 13 were audio books

Type-wise:

  • 71 were manga
  • 6 were graphic novels
  • 36 were novels
  • 4 were novellas
  • 1 was an anthology

Genres! As usual, fantasy was my most read genre, but shojo manga made the second-most. What can I say, I’m a sap. Then there was sci-fi, slice of life, and then down from there.

Page-wise the balance is a bit different. Basically half the pages I read this year were fantasy. They tend to be longer books, so this doesn’t shock me, haha

Length-wise, most of the books I read were between 100 and 200 pages, and this makes sense as I read like 60% manga this year. All the longs ones I guarantee you are fantasy.

This I found interesting, mostly because my most read year was 2017, as opposed to 2018 or this year. And then there were a bunch published in the 2000s, and I’m pretty sure they’re mostly manga. No classics this year.

20 of the books I read this year were borrowed – either from a friend or from Scribd. All the audio books fall within this category. 51 were books I bought this year, 34 were ones I already owned from the previous year, and 13 were library books.

Age-wise, I read all over the place:

  • 40 were manga rated T
  • 26 were manga rated OT
  • 5 were manga rated M
  • 33 were adult novels
  • 12 were young adult
  • 1 was middle grade
  • 1 was new adult

I apparently read pretty diversely this year, though honestly I didn’t try to do it on purpose. Like… I didn’t try to not read diversely either, I just picked up what interested me, and most of them happened to be diverse! So neat! Only twenty-one books I read this year weren’t diverse in some fashion.

Author-wise, the most I read were from Japan, which, manga, makes sense. Then the US, and the UK making a very far-back third place.

Author’s gender-wise, I read from mostly women, followed by men, and it looks like unknown and multiple authors were tied for third.

And protagonist-wise, looks like I read from mainly female protagonists, too, followed by male, followed by casts of characters

And finally, the ratings. I had mostly three to four star books this year. It makes sense. 3 stars for me is ‘I liked it’ and 4 is ‘I really liked it’. I reserve 5s for ‘this is a new all-time favorite’ so even if I love a book, I won’t give it a five unless I decide it’s a new favorite… which explains the 4.5s and the 4.75s up there. I did have a handful of new favorites this year though, which is great, and will be discussed in another post.


End of Year Survey

This was created by Perpetual Page Turner and I’m swiping it like Swiper.

Number Of Books You Read: 118
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

There are a handful, and I don’t wanna spoil them here because there will be a whole post about it. The suspense!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae, in a good way. I honestly figured it was going to be middle of the road for me, and then I ended up really liking it!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter! I got two separate people to read it this year, yay.

 5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1 by Mari Okada Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

Starter: O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 1
Sequel: Blood of Tyrants
Ender: Assassin’s Fate

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard for sure. I’m on the third book of this series now and am enjoying it as much as I did in the beginning!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

You by Caroline Kepnes

You. It was unsettling. I liked it for the most part, but maaaaan.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Wild Ones, Vol. 1 by Kiyo Fujiwara

Wild Ones, the entire series. I think I buzzed through the 10 volumes it has in what, three days? Maybe four?

 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I say this because I know I will: The third one is coming out, and I’ll need a refresher.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 4 (Land of the Lustrous, #4)

I really like all the bright covers of the Land of the Lustrous series

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

Temeraire the dragon from Novik’s Temeraire series. He’s such a puppy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

No doubt.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

Nod by Adrian Barnes

Life changing? Not really. Definitely though provoking though. I still think about this one, man.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

It should be a modern classic, really.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

I don’t have one…. I don’t really mark quotes and stuff I like. I should but I don’t.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

See above! It’s up in the goodreads stuffs.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

AUGH.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I don’t have any! Pbtbtbt.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

Obviously the one between Fitz and the Fool. It’s so damned wholesome and I love it ;~;

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 by Ryoko Kui

Based on a rec from Sionna @Bookinhereyes, and I ended up rather digging it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

None!

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

This series is insane.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

It’s the end of an era.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Ten Count, Vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

None! No soul crushers this year. Bit of a shame.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James


Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

I feel like… I feel like picking one is hard. -_- There are SO MANY 😀 I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to just pick one when I wanna list fifty but am too lazy to list fifty!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

Probably the Manga Recs for Beginners one!

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

Hopefully it shows up. Also, shameless plug to ig.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Probably r/Fantasy’s Bingo!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Blogmas! I love blogmas.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Blogmas! I love blogmas.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Weirdly, it was my review on Silver Spoon! It must have been linked somewhere, because I wrote it back in January, but it consistently still gets a couple hits per day.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly, I can’t pick one out!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Honestly the fact that more of my friends are readers than I thought were, haha

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

…Scroll up and reread the top half of my post. :”D


Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

I made a whole post about this the other day!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

There will be a post on this too coming up, but a sneak preview:

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Seep

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

Malorie (Bird Box, #2)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Keep being consistent!

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

LOL ‘already read’. I don’t get arcs, I’m too small.


And that – that is it. 2019 is done, 2020 is here, and it’s time to bounce into a new reading year. If you’re new here, welcome, I hope you think I’m neat. If you’ve been here for a while, thanks for sticking around – I appreciate you.

December Wrap Up! ’19

Blogmas 2019

Happy New Year’s Eve! I figured before I begin all the ‘year’ and ‘decade’ ender lists, I should wrap up what I read for the month.

This month was a bit of a slow reading month for me, due to Christmas stuff and work and whatnot. I liked what I read though, so I’m happy with it.


Books

Land Of The Lustrous, Vol. 8

Land of the Lustrous vol 8 and 9 by Haruko Ichikawa – This continues to be a super neat series. The farther I get into it, the more I like it. With volume 9 read, I’m caught up as to what’s out and available! – 3.5 stars each

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – I ended up really, really liking this book. It was a buddy read I did with my buddy Ashley, and she actually ended up giving it five stars. I think the only thing that kept it from being the same for me was the pacing at the end, it seemed, well, rushed and slow at the same time, it’s hard to explain. But I really enjoyed this and am gonna pick up the second one! – 4.5 stars

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – Ending the year with a bang, I’m tellin’ ya. I had a feeling I was gonna love this book, and I was right. I must say though, it’s one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. The plot was disjointed and lilting and melancholy and whimsical and dark and just… weird. I loved it, though. It felt like a fairy tale, albeit not one for children. The plot was disjointed, as mentioned, but it kinda made the experience better. It made it feel more like a story piecing together bits of myth here and legend there instead of a straight narrative, if that makes sense. Usually I wouldn’t dig something like this but… I don’t know, Valente really made it work. I love that I’m ending the reading year – the reading decade with a five star read. Love it, love it, love it. – 5 stars


Other things

  • Nothing really, except Christmas! Merry late Christmas! And Happy Holidays! Yada yada!

Reading Goals

You’ll find out tomorrow, now won’t you.


And that’s it! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful reading year like I did!

Seasonal Favorites aka the best time of the year | #3

Blogmas 2019

Today is the final installment of my seasonal favorites posts! If you’re interested, you can see part 1 and part 2 here.

Food

Irish Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks – Man, I’ve been living off these things. They. Are. Delicious. I’ll be sad when they’re gone.

Rooibos tea – I think this has made my faves list before, back when I did them as a normal monthly thing. It’s my favorite tea ever, perfect year round

Cookies – These are the cookies that Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff sent me! I’ve been munching on them since they got here earlier this week, and it’s making my tummy jiggle extra. Whoops

Crunchy Cookie butter – see above for what it’s doing to my tummy, yo.

Games

Terraria – (game play trailer above). I’ve been playing this for years, but this past month I’ve really jumped back into it. It’s kinda like… Minecraft? But way better, man.

Other Stuff

Weighted blanket – my husband kindly got me a weighted blanket for Christmas this year. As you can see I’ve already forfeited ownership of it to the cat. It was good while it lasted.

Phipps’ Winter Lights Show – Phipps Convervatory in Pittsburgh decks out its greenhouse every year with Christmas decorations, resulting in essentially a wonderland. Really, it’s gorgeous. If you’re ever in Pittsburgh during December, it’s worth going, man.

Not so subtle plug to my instagram, but here are the rest of the photos I took there too, if you’re interested


And that’s it! This was a fun series, and I hope to do it again next year! For now, we’ve got the boring part of the year to look forward to. Until next August when it starts to get fun again. 😛

December Currently Reading! | ’19

Happy December! I’m switching today’s and tomorrow’s post around because I haven’t taken pictures of my books for this month yet. 😛 Cry.

This is what I’m currently reading!

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audio book, and I’m rather digging it. After the novella, which in my opinion dragged, this is nice change of pace.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente – I’m pretty sure this was on last month’s currently reading too… I’m still liking it, it’s just been a busy month and I haven’t had much time to sit down with it.

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – What reading I did do last month was in this book – I’m about half way through it now, and I’m really liking it. I hope to finish it soon!

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – One day I’ll finish this book. ONE DAY.


And that’s it! So instead of this post tomorrow, tomorrow will be my November Book Haul. Happy reading!

December Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Happy New Year’s Eve! I actually read a lot of books this month!

Books

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray House by Mariam PetrosyanI read this as part of r/Fantasy’s October readalong. Well, obviously fell behind in October, struggled with it in November, and finally DNF’d in December. I was maybe 20% through, so no rating from me. It just wasn’t clicking with me, unfortunately.

DNF

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh MalermanThis book, I adored. I read this with Katy @Bookbinderway, and we both ended up really enjoying it. I watched the Netflix adaption of it recently and while they definitely took some creative liberties as far as plot events, I thought it was a rather solid movie. I liked it, too.

4.5/5 stars

Trigun Maximum vol 4 by Yashuhiro Nightow

Trigun Maximum Volume 4 by Yasuhiro NightowThis is such a nostalgic series for me – I watched Trigun back when I was 17 or so on adult swim, and reading the series for the first time is triggering so many memories. I rather enjoyed this volume.

3.5/5 stars

 

Monster vol 4 by Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 4 by Naoki UrasawaThe more I read this series, the more I like it. Unfortunately, the single volumes appear to be out of print, so I’ll be picking them up second hand as I come across them. But! I really enjoyed this volume.

4/5 stars

 

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul EvansEvery year, I try to read a Christmas book in preparation for Christmas. This was the last one that I owned that remained unread, and aside from the weird in-your-face gender roles, I rather liked it. It made me cry, which was totally unexpected. I don’t really see me rereading it, so whether or not I keep it remains to be seen. But! It was enjoyable in the moment.

3/5 stars

Chew vol 2 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 2 by John LaymanMy gosh, where has this series been all my life. I was luke warm to volume one, but this one made me adore this series. I’ve picked up volumes 3 and 4 since finishing this one, and plan on reading them soon. Augh it’s so great.

4/5 stars

 

Descender vol 2 by Jeff Lemire

Descender, Vol. 2 by Jeff LemireI was so happy to get back into this series. I read volume 1 last year and reread it earlier this year. Just now though, I got to volume 2. I want the rest now. MOAR.

4/5 stars

 

Monstress vols 1-2 by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. LiuVolume 1 was a reread and volume 2 was new stuff. I don’t know what it was about volume 2, but it seemed to really drag for me. It took me three days to finish. Three days. For a graphic novel. I just really wasn’t feeling it. I may or may not continue this one, which is a bummer, since I really liked volume 1.

4/5 and 3/5 stars, respectively

Halo: First Strike by Eric S Nyland

Halo by Eric S. NylundThis book, I borrowed from a coworker. This is the third in the Halo series, and I rather enjoyed the first two as well as this one. This series is easy enough to pick up, and considering I’ve never played the Halo games, the worldbuilding in the book was definitely enough to keep me informed and entertained. At no point did I feel like I was missing information, so credit to the authors for that one. And apparently I like military sci-fi, who knew.

3/5 stars

Mushishi vol 2 by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 2 by Yuki UrushibaraThis one I picked up and unfortunately wasn’t really feeling. I think it was more of a ‘it’s me, not you’ case though – just wasn’t in the right mindset. I picked it up hoping to buzz through it to get my TBR down before the end of the year, but Mushishi isn’t just a book you can buzz through. It takes more introspection, haha. So as of right now, I didn’t really enjoy it, so I removed the rest from my TBR. But, I may pick it up again one day. Maybe. I’d definitely have to reread volume 2 though, as I can’t tell you anything more about it other than ‘didn’t groove with me’.

2/5 stars

Other Things

  • I completed by book buying ban! I went on it as of August 8th, and completed it on December 25th!
  • Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff is currently at my house, visiting me for the week! 😀 I’ve known her since I was 17, and this is the first time we’ve met face to face!

Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 88/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 3/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season)
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 12
    • July-September purchases: I don’t wanna talk about it
    • October-December purchases: 13
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 270
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018.png

One new one on the grid this month: Bird Box. All the others read were either manga/graphic novels or authors that are already up there.


And that’s it! Tomorrow’s post will be a year in review kinda thing. After that, all the fun end of year posts. So. Pumped. Happy reading!

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!

2018 Anticipated Releases | July-December

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Happy Half-Way-Through-2018! (obligitory ‘what no how did time happen it went so fast blah de blah’). One day the space-time continuum will knock it off and then we’ll be fine.

This is a continuation of a post I made back in January, which covered releases from January through June. I figured it’d be easier with release dates and yada yada.

Like last time, I can’t really say much about the books aside from ‘I’m excited for them’ so these will contain mostly release dates, synopses, and maybe a little bit of me foaming at the mouth.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning SilverAnticipated release date: July 10th

Goodreads synopsis: Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.


Everything I’ve ever read by Naomi Novik, I’ve loved. I’m currently rereading her Temeraire series and Uprooted was one of my faves last year or two years ago. Am v. excited.

Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson

Rejoice, A Knife to the HeartAnticipated Release Date: October something-th

Goodreads synopsis: Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart tells the story of the Intervention, which begins when Samantha August, science fiction writer, disappears into a beam of light, apparently from a UFO, while walking along a busy street in Victoria, Canada. While footage of the incident – captured on smartphones – goes viral, Samantha wakes up in a small room, where she is greeted by the voice of Adam, who explains that they are in orbit and he is AI communicant of the Intervention Delegation, a triumvirate of alien civilisations seeking to ensure the continuing evolution of Earth as a viable biome. Thus begins an astonishing, provocative, beautifully written and startlingly visionary novel of First Contact.


So, Malazan is on my list of things to read, but it’s intimidating. I figure starting with another of the author’s books might uh… acclimatize me.

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual HistoryAnticipated Release Date: October 23rd

Goodreads synopsis: Dungeons and Dragons is the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchise in the world. It is a seminal RPG (role-playing game) and the inspiration for video games like World of Warcraft and Zelda, fantasy art, and countless other facets of “geek culture.” This officially licensed illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the game, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. It features more than 700 pieces of artwork–from each edition of the game’s core books, supplements, and modules; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; classic advertisements and merchandise; and never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more from the now-famous designers and artists associated with the game. The superstar author team gained unparalleled access to the archives of Wizards of the Coast and the personal collections of top collectors, as well as the designers and illustrators who created the distinctive characters, concepts, and visuals that have defined fantasy art and gameplay for generations. This is the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled, making this the ultimate collectible for the game’s millions of fans around the world.


I AM SO PUMPED FOR THIS BOOK, MAN. UGH.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant, #2)Anticipated Release Date: October 30th

As this is a sequel, here is the Goodreads synopsis to the first book in the series: Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.


This is my absolute number one anticipated book. I am dying for it.

I NEED IT.

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And that’s it! I decided to do a bit different than the last post – I posted the books I’m absolutely certain I will purchase. Many of the ones from the Jan-June list are still unread and unpurchased both. So these are the top of the top, man.

So! What are you looking forward to this year and why is it The Monster Baru Cormorant? Also, I mean, other books too. Happy reading!

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. 😀