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February Currently Reading | 18

Currently Reading

Hello! This is what I’m currently reading!

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – This is one of the books on my 10 in 2018 list and it’s Sanderson’s first book ever. I’ve been told that if I want to enjoy this one I need to read it before his other ones? I think? Either way, I’m listening to the Graphic Audio of this and it’s a lot like listening to cuts scenes of a video game. It’s rather neat and I’m enjoying it so far!

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson – I’m buddy reading this one with Ace and another friend of ours – so far, I’m rather digging it. I feel like this is one of those series that gets better with each book. It definitely didn’t fall victim to second-book-itis, and it’s looking like the third will be just as strong if not stronger than the second!

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski – I’ve been reading this one for over a month and I’m barely 100 pages into it. Honestly this has been a difficult read for me, but at the same time, I’m absolutely fascinated with it. I think because I’m still in the section that’s full pages and loaded with footnotes, that it’s taking me a while. Some weird stuff has already started happening but the writing itself hasn’t gone weird yet. Nearly there!

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – I say this every time I pick up a Hobb book (this is my eighth now) but reading her books is like going home. I’ve only read the prologue so far, but I’m already enjoying it. It’s like rereading Harry Potter for me, even though this is my first read-through of the series. I love Hobb’s books, man. Zezee and I are buddy-reading this one, as we have been for five or six books now. It’s so much fun! 😀


And that’s it! I’m hoping to finish House of Leaves in particular this month. The others will likely take me a bit longer. Wish me luck!

 

 

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Posted by on 02/04/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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Top 5 hidden gems in fantasy and sci-fi

Top 5 Wednesday

Guess what day it is! I’ve been having some health issues the past few weeks, so my posts have slowed down. But! As of now, I’m just waiting on test results, so I have a bit of time. 😀 So why not make a post.

Today’s topic is top five hidden gems in your favorite genre. And guess who’s miss fantasy pants with a sci-fi hat. And so there’s some level of what is considered hidden, I’m going to choose books with less than 12,000 reviews on goodreads. I’d say that’s pretty fair.

If you’d like to participate in TFW, you can do so here.


The Egg by Andy Weir

The Egg11768 ratings

Can you tell that I picked ‘12000’ so I could include this, hawhaw. I feel like while this is generally known in the sci-fi community (this is the same guy who wrote The Martian) it’s far less read. It’s a short story and honestly I don’t want to say anything else about it. I feel you should go into it blind.

This story I think Weir has actually posted up online, so a quick google should find it for you. It’s really good.

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks

1 rating

Hey, that rating is me! This story, when I first came across it about a decade ago, was published on fictionpress. I really liked it then, and a couple years ago I gave it a shout out on my blog. Appaaaaarently, the author had since published it into a book and his publicist found my mention! The author contacted me and sent me a copy in exchange for writing an amazon review, which I did. 😀 It was so neat! The story was something I read over and over when I was a teenager online and reading it as a physical copy was the most awesome thing. This is a portal fantasy following Ralph, a human, and Malina, a pixie, as they try to navigate both the human and fae worlds. I really enjoyed this one and think it deserves waaaaay more attention. Read it, people.

Immortal Rain by Kaori Ozaki

Immortal Rain, Vol. 11388 ratings

This is a neato fantasy that has the feel of Trigun, if you’ve ever read that. It follows a 14 year old girl as she sets off to hunt the bounty that her grandfather could never catch: a 624 year-old immortal known as The Methuselah. It’s super, super good.

 

 

The Demon Ororon by Mikuzi Hakase and Tomoko Kamimoto

The Demon Ororon, Vol. 1 (The Demon Ororon, #1)433 ratings

This is a short and sweet manga series following Ororon, the prince of demons and Chiaki, an impure angel. It has an interesting cast of characters and is a rather quick read for a manga – only four volumes. I feel like more people need to read this one – it’s just so lovely. 😀

 

The Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)God of Clocks (Deepgate Codex, #3)

3513 ratings for the first book

Yep, highlighting a whole trilogy here – this is one of my favorite series of all time and I’m always talking about it. I really feel like more people need to read it. READ IT PLEASE. It follows a cast of characters, including a renegade angel, an angel boy, and a man with a ship tied to his back in a city suspended by chains over a seemingly endless abyss. It’s. So. Fantastic. It’s gritty, full of anti-heroes and gray characters, and it’s steampunk! It’s so fantastic, READ IT.


And that’s all for today! Happy reading!

 

 

 
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Posted by on 01/31/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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10 in 2018

10 in 2018

Hello! Last year I did a post called 17 in 2017, where I stated seventeen books I wanted to read this past year. Well. I read about half of those, hawhaw. Obviously that goal was too lofty for me. And my mood was fickle, I guess. So instead of going up to 18 for 2018, I’m going to drop to ten titles, and this is where it’s likely to stay for the years to come.

So without further ado, these are (currently) the top 10 books I most want to read in 2018:

So basically, all of that is fantasy, minus one or two titles. It’s gonna be fantastical year! 😀 If you’ve read any of the above and feel I should prioritize them over others, please let me know! Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 01/07/2018 in Book Discussion, Books

 

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I completed my book-buying ban! | Christmas book haul #21

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On September 9th 2017, I made a post stating that I was placing myself on a book buying ban until after Christmas. It was cold turkey, save for one book, which I explain in the post. But I was to buy zero books between then and yesterday.

And I succeeded! I didn’t buy any books for over three months! None! 😀 So now I’m ending the ban and allowing myself to purchase books again.

My goal now is to keep my buying at a rate where my hauls will be seasonal, not monthly. I can’t be doing 6, 7, 8-or-more book hauls every single month. At my typical reading rate now with my job and everything, it’s just not sustainable. So I’m thinking to do a haul every season, hopefully with the same amount of books that used to be in my monthly hauls.

So today, I present to you the four books I received as Christmas gifts – two of them directly, two of them purchased via a book gift card given to me by my husband fellow. It felt so nice to be in a book store again – I had been avoiding them like the plague to keep myself from giving in to temptation. It was like going home, walking in and knowing I could buy myself a book or two today.

So without further rambling:

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Last week as part of blogmas (which… I didn’t do that last two days of. I told you in this post that Christmas Eve and Day were bananas and I meant it!) I made a post called ‘Books I Hope Santa Brings‘. All of those books are in this haul! 😀 Plus another one I found on clearance (yeah bby, clearance!)


Orange: The Complete Collection vol 2 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2

Goodreads synopsis of volume 1:

A Plea From the Future

On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)Goodreads synopsis:

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.Goodreads synopsis:

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

Goodreads synopsis of book one:

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.


And that’s it!

I’m going out of town tomorrow morning, so my planned posting schedule for the end of the year won’t be happening as well, planned. I still want to make each of those posts I mentioned, but they’re going to be a bit more spread out. They’ll fall back to my normal posting schedule, I think (S-W-S).

Happy reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on 12/27/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Top 5 Problematic Characters

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GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS.

Every Wednesday at work, I just send this camel to my coworkers all day. ALL DAY. I’m a walking meme and I’m okay with that being my work persona. It’s neato. One day I’ll develop a sense of professionalism. One day.

Today’s topic is problematic characters – ones that are honestly pretty awful people but you can’t help but like. Hoo boy do I have a few. My brain says ‘No they’re terrible!’ but my heart says ‘ba-bump’.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


5. The Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

UprootedThis character is such a weird character and if I met him in real life I feel like I’d make a point to avoid him. There are so many things wrong with this guy. He steals away a young girl from towns every so often, he makes them work, he’s a jackass to the main character, he’s arrogant. So many issues, so many things that would make real-life be go ‘nope’.

But in the book he was one of my favorite characters. sigh.

 

4. Naraku from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

Image result for narakuThis character is probematic in the sense that he was in love with a woman fifty years ago but since she was a priestess and turned him down, he allowed demons to infiltrate his body and transform him into some evil creature to subtly sabotage what romance she does manage to have and then continue his vengence 50 years later when the dead priestess is brought back to life.

OBSESSED MUCH?!

I love Naraku. He’s such a butt. And his theme music is always ‘dung dung dung duuuuung’. because he’s dung. 😀

3. Levi from Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 14Levi is one of the lead characters in the surveys corps. He’s an ass. He’s obsessive-compulsive when it comes to making his team clean, he’s ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He’s willing to proceed with plans that could potentially risk more lives than necessary. He’ll punch whoever in the face without hesitation.

But at the same time, he had a strong sense of right and wrong and everything he does that is wrong has an underlying end goal of something that is right. So I guess… not? so? awful? Maybe?

2. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)I feel like anyone who reads YA likely will at least consider this character if he’s not on their list already.

The Darkling is one of those characters that while he’s awful, vindictive, manipulative, and all-around slimy, I stilllll shipped him with the main character. Still wanted it to happen. Buh.

But if met in real life, I have a feeling that this character would just rub me the wrong way. Would not be a fan.

1. Hakkai from Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

Saiyuki, Vol. 4Hakkai is by far my favorite person on this list. He’s a youkai made, one of the few that retained his sanity when the minus when spread throughout the land, driving the rest of the youkai crazy.

The best part about his problems are that looking at him, you have no idea that they’re there. He’s not a jerk like the others on this list. He’s not inconsiderate. He’s not ruthless. On the contrary, he’s the most well-mannered of the bunch of main characters, the most likely to make friends with those they’re staying with, or make accommodations for others.

But his back story, man. Yikes. This guy is messed up.

But at the same time, even with his back story, you read it and find yourself feeling sorry for the guy amidst your disgust. Like your view of him changes forever but you still want him to end up happy.

Buh. I need to reread this series again. <33

 

 
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Posted by on 11/08/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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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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Posted by on 10/01/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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September Wrap Up | ’17

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Happy almost-October! And you know what October means! That’s right! Delicious beers for everyone.

In fact, yesterday my work had a beer exchange – 24 of us went in with a case of beer each and swapped, grabbing one of everyone else’s beer. We each left with essentially a two-dozen-beer sampler of fall deliciousness.

I brought Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (which… if you like pumpkin or beer at all, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers)

Why am I talking so much about beer? Because I didn’t actually finish any books this month, therefore have no books to talk about. 😀 Oop.

I’ll tell you what though, son. Give you a tiny preview. I’m about 2/3rds through The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and it’s driving me crazy. I’m already writing out the ranting review I’ll have for it. Yeesh. IT’S SO RIDICULOUS.

Onto fantasy bingo and blog activity


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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Blog Activity

12 posts including this one – Yeah buddy


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 37/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/30/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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