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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins | Blabber

The Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Fantasy/Horror
388 pages
Hardback
Read Oct 1 – Oct 12
Spoiler-free blabber

This book is a bit unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The closest I can think of is 14 by Peter Clines, but even then, it’s more. I buddy-read this book with Katy @TheBibliobibuliOnBookbinderWay and we both really liked it.

The book opens on the main character, Carolyn, walking down the side of a highway, coated in blood. While the scene itself ends up not being super duper significant in the overall plot, it definitely sets the tone. It feels weird and unsettling and when a good samaritan pulls over to ask if she’s okay, my brain went ‘Nope leave her there’ immediately, already on alert that she was not someone you wanted to be around.

From there, the plot starts to slowly unfold – Carolyn and her ‘siblings’ are being blocked from entering their dwelling, the mysterious library, and their Father has disappeared. The library and what exactly Father is largely remains a mystery until the end of the book, and it creates a feel of uncertainty as you read. Too, the catalogues that each of the siblings studies as librarians are a bit outside the norm of what a normal library would hold.

All of this, together with the intense writing and out-there plot developments makes this book a very gritty, dark read. This isn’t a book you’d want to let your ten year old into, as it contains scenes of violence against children. I won’t go into what, for spoilers, but reading those scenes was difficult for me. The book is written in a way that doesn’t glorify the events, and they are relevant to the plot. But just so you know, they’re in there. So head’s up.

I think one of my favorite things about this book was the author’s ability to make me say ‘what the hell’ after the end of almost every chapter. The events of the book, as stated, are a bit out there. Things happen that are so bizarre and it takes a bit to get used to, but they’re bizarre in a consistent manner. There’s an order to how weird everything is, and I think that’s what made me love this book. I’m ok with suspending my disbelief if the author can paint a picture and make it all-encompassing, and that’s what Scott Hawkins does.

Character-wise, I didn’t like any of them except Dresden and Erwin. But when I say I didn’t like them, I don’t mean they were badly written. I mean they’re well written, but just awful people. Don’t go into this expecting to root for people, they’ll all leave a foul taste in your mouth. It kept me reading – watching these characters be who they were, and part of me hoped they all would just fail at everything. So not hate-reading, but reading while hating the characters as people, not as single-dimensional tropes. See the difference? I loved this book.

Finally, the ending of a book is make or break for me. I could absolutely adore the first 5/6ths of a book but if the ending is shit, the book will drop a star rating, sometimes two. But the ending of this, while just as totally insane as the rest of the book, was a solid ending in my opinion. I didn’t like the outcome of a lot of the characters, but it also fit really well with how Carolyn and the others were colored to act. It wasn’t outside their normal range of behavior. So while I wasn’t overly fond of how some seemed to just get away with awful deeds and others paid dearly for minor ones, it still fit the story.

So. Loved this book. Can definitely see me rereading it. Going on favorites list.

5/5 stars

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Posted by on 10/17/2018 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Fantasy
494 pages
Read Sept 2 – Sept 29, 2018
Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1
Realm of the Elderlings, Book 10

Spoiler-free blabber

I buddy-read this book with Zezee! This is what feels like our millionth Robin Hobb buddy-read, and it was just as enjoyable as all it’s predecessors. πŸ˜€

I think that I would have enjoyed this book more if the previous Hobb books in the Realm of the Elderlings series weren’t The Tawny Man trilogy. I say this because to me, Tawny Man is her best works so far. I loved that series. So coming down off that and going into this one, I think my expectations were a bit too high, or I was still not over the previous one.

Overall, I did rather like this book. It was very enjoyable, and I feel like it’s a strong set-up to what could be a really, really good quartet. But, with my mindset still partially on The Fool and Fitz, my heart was still a bit distracted, so I feel like I couldn’t give as much affection to this one because Fitz and The Fool weren’t in it.

The characters that were in it though, were nice and gray and complicated, just how Hobb loves to write and them and I love to read them. Each one within the first book developed distinct personalities and motivations. Some of them I very much like, others I started with disliking and ended up liking and some I started with liking and ended up disliking.

Alise. Probably my favorite character in the series at this point. In the beginning of the book, she enters into a marriage contract with Hest, a prominent trader in Bingtown, which would allow her to pursue her study of dragons in earnest. Alise starts as a character that has never really been the center of attention but by the end of the novel, becomes more confident in herself and her skills and what attention she does receive from the other characters, she revels in. There’s a gray area with her in this though, but saying what it is would be a spoiler, I think. Overall, her character growth in this first book was good to read, and while she is my favorite character, she’s toying a very fine line in morals. It’ll be interesting to see which way she ultimately slides.

Hest. Easily my most hated character. Alise’s husband, he’s a bit of a jerk. I think his character arc was the most easily predictable for me. I was able to guess ahead of time why he acts the way he was acting, and to have to play out almost exactly as I predicted kinda let out some of the steam I had had going for this book. There was only a small detail about it that I had not predicted, but man, that detail is coloring other characters more complicated and makes interactions between others more hypocritical. AUGH I LOVE IT. I don’t like Hest, but as far as his part to play in the story, his actions are going to cause a lot of waves, man.

Sedric. This is the character I started with liking and ended up disliking. In the beginning, I saw him more as a pure and innocent and overall good influence in Alise’s life. But as the story progressed and we got to read from his point of view, we get to see that all is not well in Oz. He’s gray man, his moral compass is all over the place. He’s righteous in some areas and a hypocrite in others. He’s a very interesting one to read from for sure. I feel like his character arc has a lot of room for growth. I hope he becomes even more complicated.

Leftrin. This is the one that I started with disliking and ended up liking. Leftrin original struck me as a sly, manipulative individual, with his actions in the beginning of the book. And he might still be and is just good at hiding it, but seeing him interact with Alise and others, he’s warmed to me. He seems like he genuinely wants to be better, despite wanting to gain a profit along the way. I feel like this character is another one that could surprise me with his growth.

Thymara. I know this character got a lot of screen time, but she is one I’m still the least connected to. I like her overall, but I feel like I haven’t really gotten to read deep enough into her yet. I know her motivations, and I know her personality, but nothing has really struck me about her character yet, if that makes sense. I hope in the next book that she gets more POV time so I can read more from her and hopefully grow to like her as much as I like Alise.


Plot-wise, this book was rather slow. The reading wasn’t slow, I blew through it, but the speed at which things were happening was slow. This book, about half way through it, Zezee and I realized was just set up for the next books. Not saying that it was bad, but nothing really happened until towards the end of the book.

Most of the book was taken up by world-building and character development, both of which were really neat. I feel like Robin Hobb’s ability to build her world in the book with so much depth and distinction without it feeling like an info-dump is one of her best talents. At no point did I feel overwhelmed with trivia, nor did I get bored reading. Everything flowed really nicely and I found myself being able to open the book and read 100 or 200 pages in a single sitting. Her writing was compelling even though, as I said, I felt like nothing super major happened plot-wise. I think it was the anticipation of the next book that kept me going – with everything that was built up in this book, the next book sounds like it’s going to be even more wonderful.

So overall – I liked this book. The character development was good, the world-building was good. I just was hoping for a bit more plot, I guess. Plus, Fitz and the Fool – I want them back, man. MY HEART, IT YEARNS.

3.75/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 10/07/2018 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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October Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

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


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

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

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

 

 

 

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

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

 

 

 

 

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Top 5 magic systems

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHello! Happy Hump Day! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday post – this topic seemed neat, though.

If you’d like to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, you can do so here!

 

AonDor in Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)

AonDor, a magic system in Elantris, was used by the Elantrians before the Shaod struck and rendered the city a ruin. The system involved drawing symbols, or Aons, to summon power and perform feats. In the book, one of the main characters experiments with the symbols, but soon finds that the magic flow of the system seems to be cut off for some reason, and the Aons are not functioning as they should. This is a really neat book, if you haven’t read it yet. Very atmospheric.

Shinigami magic in Death Note by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

While the magic system in Death Note is never really explained, it’s still really cool. At the beginning of the series, the god of death Ryuk drops his Death Note in the human world. The main character finds it. Inside are written instructions: “The human whose name is written in this note shall die“. From there, the plot explodes with the main character using this notebook for a very gray purpose. But really, a notebook that kills people. Pretty magical if you ask me.

Sympathy in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

But Emily, you rant about this series all the time! Yes I do, but as I’ve mentioned, I basically dig everything about this series except the main character. So this magic system is pretty neat. It boils down to what is essentially entanglement, but they don’t call it that. A sympathic bond is created between two objects and what happens to one happens to the other. More powerful users of the magic can have multiple links going at once. I think it’s cool.

The Wit and The Skill in the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

I picked both because I can’t decide which I like better. The wit is essentially beast magic – it allows the user to communicate and bond with animals. Typically, the user bonds with a single animal and essentially becomes a pack mate, but some users go so far as to almost blend completely with their wit beast. The magic is considered a dirty thing in the series, so the users are in hiding and persecuted if found out. The Skill on the other hand is considered a royal magic – members of the Farseer line are known to possess it, and every so often it will appear in other lineages as well. This magic allows a user to manipulate the thoughts and behaviors of other people, but it’s also addicting and one can lose themselves in the river of skill that runs through everyone, and never return to their bodies.

Drafting in The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is the coolest one, I think. It boils down to colors. Users of this magic, or drafters, are able to take different spectrums of light and change them into physical matter called luxin. Depending on the color, it’ll take on different properties and cause the drafter to exhibit different emotional and personality changes. Most drafters can draft one, maybe two colors. Some can do a lot of colors. But only one, The Prism, can draft all colors. And each time a drafter drafts, it brings them slightly closer to death. By the way, this is a fantastic series. The magic system is so well thought out. Definitely recommend.


And that’s it! There are so many cool magic systems in fantasy, that I had a hard time narrowing it down to these five. If you’ve read any of these, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/03/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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September Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Hello! I read thirteen things this month!


Books

Victory of Eagles and Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles by Naomi NovikTongues of Serpents by Naomi NovikBooks five and six of Novik’s Temeraire series, I rather enjoyed both of them. I’ve talked about this series a lot, but if you somehow haven’t seen my word vomit on it before, this series is a historical fantasy, following Captain William Laurence and Temeraire, a dragon, during the Napoleonic Wars. Yep. Dragon warfare during the Napoleonic Era. This series is very well put together – everything is wonderfully researched, dragon dynamics are seemlessly blended into battle and culture. It’s just all absolutely fantastic.

For these two most recent installments, I think that the series overall has started going in a different direction, pointedly in book six, Tongues of Serpents. I adored Victory of Eagles, but Tongues of Serpents felt almost more like a filler or transition book. It was still good, but it was basically just a pivot, while Laurence and Temeraire wondered around in the Australian wilderness. I’ve started reading the seventh book and the plot and direction have solidified again and I’m enjoying it much more again.

5/5 and 4/5 stars, respectively

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)I read this book as part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon, and ended up adoring it. It’s one of my new favorites and I need a physical copy, man. (I read an ebook copy). I wanna reread it already. THE ALLEGORY. I wrote a full review on it, if you’re interested.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

Saga volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8)As with every previous installment of this series, I adored it. I don’t really have much to say that won’t be a spoiler, so just know I loved it. It’s good. If you haven’t picked up this series, it’s worth jumping on the bandwagon, I promise. This was also read as part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon.

4.5/5 stars

 

 

 

Gravitation volumes 1-8 by Maku Murakami

Gravitation, Volume 01This was the final set of books read for the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon. I’ve been picking this series up slowly during library sales and clearance sales. It’s a shonen-ai series, twelve volumes long, that came out in the late 90s/early 2000s. I remembered reading it back during high school and the nostalgia I got reading this series was nice. However, some elements of the series have not aged well. The main character, 18 or 19 years old at the beginning of the series and in a rock band, finds himself falling in love with a moody romance writer, who at first is not very nice at all. Reading this book, even though it’s about a romance between two men, there are various hints of homophobia. Reading it, I tried keeping in mind that it was written in and set during 2000 or 2001 or something like that, and the cultural mindset towards gay romance then was not what it is now.

So it was a bit hard to come to terms with the mindset. Even the main characters themselves kind of poke fun at their own romance at times, and it was really weird. The romance itself isn’t 100% healthy either, and holy cow does the 18-year-old character act like a typical teenager. He bugs me, but maybe that means he’s written well? Or it could be that he’s just a walking stereotype. The love interest as well isn’t my favorite – he starts off as a jerk and kind of morphs into a more caring… jerk. Buh. This is why I hesitate with rereading series I loved as a teenager. The first time I read through it, I must have been wearing rose glasses. All the red flags just looked like flags.

There are four volumes left for me in the series and I plan on finishing it. All the books so far have hovered between 2.5 and 3.5 stars, most of them solidly on three. Here’s hoping the ending is super good and redeems the overall themes a bit.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)Book one in the Rain Wild Chronicles and book ten in the Realm of the Elderlings series, I rather liked it. I buddy-read it with Zezee, whom I’ve read almost every Robin Hobb book with now – I think I read maybe the first two on my own. Maybe just the first. I don’t fully remember. It’s been a good time, though. πŸ˜€

This book is a solid opening to what could potentially be another all-star series within Hobb’s Elderlings world. Fair to say though, it was following my beloved Tawny Man trilogy, so I might have gone in with unrealistic expectations. It was good though overall, and I’ve written a full spoiler-free review on it that will be out on Oct 7th, so check that out when it pops up. I’m very much looking forward to the second book!

3.75/5 stars


Other Things

  • My husband’s grandmother passed away this month. She was a real sweet woman. She crocheted me a blanket, and I have it over my shoulders every day at work all day. I wanna learn how to crochet now so I can make other people blankets. Rest in peace, Anne.
  • I bought a recliner chair for my book room! I’ve been talking about getting one every since we moved into our current place October last year, and I finally got one! In fact, I’m sitting in it right now. Look-it!

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Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 65/40
  • 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:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 290
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019


And that’s it! How was your reading month?

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/30/2018 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft | Blabber

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
Fantasy
383 pages
The Books of Babel, Book 1
Read July 21 – Sept 8, 2018
Spoiler-free blabber

Reading Senlin Ascends felt like reading an epic poem without the poem.

It had the lone ‘hero’ going on a huge journey to achieve a goal, it had lands of intrigue, it had allegory, it had beliefs held dear by the main character shattered over and over, it had everything, man.

I adored this book.

Back in March of this year, I completed the r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge, and was lucky enough to win an ebook of my choosing as a prize, given to me by one of the sponsors of the bingo game. I chose this one, having heard about it briefly, just enough to pique my interest. And man, I’m glad I chose it – I had never really read an ebook with so much gusto before. And I admit – I was definitely reading it at times I probably shouldn’t: During restroom breaks at work, during car rides when I was the passenger even though reading in the car makes me sick, during down time at restaurants, whenever I could. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The writing was beautiful, the main character had me rooting for him, and the world that Josiah Bancroft created is absolutely fascinating.

The book, if you haven’t heard of it, follows a man named Thomas Senlin, who upon arriving at the foot of The Tower of Babel loses his wife in the crowd, and has to ascend the tower to find her before she’s lost forever. The premise is quite simple, but the world created within the confines of the tower is quite rich. The tower itself is a feat of imagination. So high that only rumor tells if there is a top and what is there – each level, called a ringdom, is quite different from the one below it. Whether it be The Parlor, a level full of actors and performances and you can’t tell who’s playing a role and who’s not, or The Baths, a level rich in soap and hotels and conspiracy, each one feels as real and gritty as sand in your fingernails. I really enjoyed the depth of setting each ringdom had. Each felt like its own fully developed world with lore attached to it, even though they were connected by stairways and tunnels. Everytime Senlin arrived at a new one, it was like reading about a brand new place. The book also had a light steampunk feel to it – airships carried passengers from level to level, using air currents as their only source of movement, which I thought was pretty neat.

Senlin himself was a good character to follow. His development arc was nice and complicated. At the beginning, he was so full of awe for the tower. Coming with his new wife to the base of the tower on honeymoon, his story begins with him full of whimsical tales and beliefs about how wonderful the tower is and how splendid each level must be. Like all great tales though, he finds his beliefs called into question over and over again, each revelation of truth like a slap to the face. Characters he meets on each level only add to the complexity of the story – why they’re there, how they got there, why they stopped in that ringdom specifically. Each character gave Senlin added depth through the way they interacted and how each of their meetings came to an end. All of it felt like I was reading a giant metaphor. The allegory was strong in this book – it felt like a book I would read for a literature class in college. I could fill the margins with notes if I wanted. Heck, I want a physical copy now to do just that. When I continue this series (which I will be doing) I want to switch to physical copies so I can love on them without needing to worry about a battery charge.

Here is an example of the writing – a quote from near the beginning of the book. The context is Senlin is at the base of the tower, and has just witnessed the death of several people around him:

He especially delighted in the old tales, the epics in which heroes set out on some impossible and noble errand, confronting the dangers in their path with fatalistic bravery. Men often died along the way, killed in brutal and unnatural ways; they were gored by war machines, trampled by steeds, and dismembered by their heartless enemies. Their deaths were boastful and lyrical and always, always more romantic than real. Death was not an end. It was an ellipsis. There was no romance in the scene before him. There were no ellipses here. The bodies lay upon the ground like broken exclamation points.

I just. I love it. This is the first of many quotes I marked, and it’s the one that made me fall in love with Senlin Ascends. From this quote on, I was smitten. The whole book is littered with passages like this, and each one had my heart going ba-dump-ba-dump. Josiah Bancroft is a wordsmith and with just this one book, one of my favorite authors. He could publish his grocery list and I’d read it.

Another enjoyable aspect about this book is the tone it took – in addition to the characters and plot, the tone just made this world seem huge. Far bigger than a story set in one tower should feel. Repeated references to endless exploration of the tower, conversation and speculation on what and who is at the top, speculation of who built it and when, the way the people live their lives in each ringdom, almost in isolation of the others. It made each level feel like the size of a country instead of a city, and it gave the book a feeling of vastness that could allow for many, many more books set here to be written. When I said that it felt like I was reading an epic poem, I was not exaggerating. It just all feels so big.

I feel like there’s going to be a fantastic story told here, as Senlin continues his plight, and I’m here for it man. The next book is out and the third is expected next year. I’m hoping each lives up to this one, and improves on it (thought, that’ll be hard to do considering how good this one is already…).

I know I’ve done nothing but gush, but man, this book is so good. I. Loved. It. New all-time favorite, fan for life.

5/5 stars

Ps. I mentioned in a tweet that I was reading this book and Josiah Bancroft liked it. I may or may not have peed.

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 09/23/2018 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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Summer Book Haul | #24

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Happy Saturday! Today I wanna show you all the books I’ve picked up since mid-June. All of these books though were purchased on or before August 9th, because that’s when my book buying ban started. It’s been going for a month now and I haven’t cracked yet. I almost cracked, but that’s a story for a different post. But the reason for the book ban in the first place happened July 28th, and it was the Half Price Clearance Sale. I tell ya, I went a bit nutso. No ‘buy only 8 books per season’ for me this time! Luckily, a lot of them were manga and therefore I read them already back in high school, or I’ve read them since buying them. My physical TBR didn’t go up too much.

Anyways, the books:

So, obviously, there are quite a few to go through. If I don’t mention where I got it, assume it was part of the clearance sale. πŸ˜€

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – This was one of my most anticipated releases this year, and I bought it on release day and began reading it immediately. I ended up adoring it. Pretty soon I’ll have a whole Novik shelf, between her fairy tale books and her Temeraire books.

Eona by Alison Goodman – I’ve owned Eon for ages now and haven’t read it, so I figured getting the sequel super cheap will spur me into marathoning the series. I’ve heard mixed things about it, so hoping I end up on the ‘like it’ side.

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan – I don’t know what it is about Tan’s books, but they always draw me right in. I have.. five or six of them now, but they’re all still on my TBR. I DON’T KNOW EITHER, OKAY.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – One of my friends is always raving about Austen books, but I have yet to pick any up. This’ll be my second one, I think. Maybe third? Either way, I have no idea what edition this is – I can’t find a bar code, or an ISBN, or anything. The flap said it was printed in small quantities for some event. So if you know what this edition is, do let me know.

The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt – My friendo Katy went with me to the clearance sale (check out her blog, peeps) and she put this in my hands, saying it was one of her favorites. So! How could I refuse?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – This one has been on my radar for ages, so when I saw it sitting on the table, I scooped it up lickedy split. Am v excited, people.

Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex and The Last Guardian – Gasp! Emily! Didn’t you already own The Atlantis Complex once, DNF’d it and purged it?! Well yes, yes I did. I don’t know man. Artemis Fowl, at least the first four books, is one of my favorite series from my early teens. I loved the early series, and getting rid of book seven felt wrong to me. So when I saw these two for two bucks each in Ollies, I got them. Maybe I’ll give it another try. Now at least I have the whole series and it doesn’t look weird on my shelves anymore.

Fruits Basket vols 10-13 by Natsuki Takaya – This is a series I read and loved back in high school, but I’ve never owned the full set, so I’ve been collecting them as I find them second hand.

Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya – I had no idea there even was a sequel to Fruits Basket coming out until I saw this on the shelf at Barnes and Noble and chirped a bit. Snatched it up so fast, man. I read it and I’m v excited for more.

Fence vol 1 by C. S. Pacat – I’ve been waiting for the trade of this ever since I heard this series was rattling around in Pacat’s brain. I picked it up at BN. I read and loved her Captive Prince trilogy and at this point I’d read her grocery list, man. I read this and felt it was a solid opening to a potentially great series.

StarCraft: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide by Bart Farkas – This one was an impulse grab as I was walking to the checkout line at HPB sale. I used to play a lot of StarCraft 2, and this just kinda called to me. Will I ever read it cover to cover? Likely not. But! I’ll definitely flip through it – it’ll be more of a coffee table read for me. Takes me back, man.

Attack on Titan vols 15 and 16 by Hajime Isayama – slowly chugging through this series. I received these two volumes as a birthday gift from my friendo Amanda (thanks pal, you’re swell) and loved them. I’m quite a few volumes behind, but each one I read I love this series more and more, man.

Immortal Rain vol 7 by Kaori Ozaki – This series I’ve had for a long time, but I’ve never seen it really go around. I own up through… well, vol 7 now, but I’ve read through vol 5. I adore it, and I need more people to read it. READ IT.

Inuyasha Ani-Manga vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi – Love the Inuyasha manga and the anime, so combining them can only end in good things, right?

Priest vols 4-6 by Min-Woo Hyung – I picked the first volume of this up on a whim a while ago and ended up pretty much loving it. So I’ve been slowly collecting them second hand when I see them. πŸ˜€

Rave Master vol 6 by Hiro Mashima and Trigun: Maximum vol 4 by Yasuhiro Nightow – Same story as above. Old faves, just collecting copies now.


Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vols 1 and 2 by Fujita – This series is my latest obsession, people. I love it SO MUCH. Vol 3, released next month, is one of the two books I mentioned in my buying ban post that I would be making exception for. It’s just so so good. My darling husband got these for me for just because. He’s a sweet.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu – I. Am. SO PUMPED. For this book. It’s apparently the science fiction book to read right now from China. I want to read it SO BAD. This book, along with the next two, I got at BN during a sale that had ended, but they never took down the sign, so when I got rang up, the list price came up. I pointed out the sale sign though, the cashier went ‘whoops, that was supposed to be taken down’ and then gave me the sale price. Good peeps there.

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy by Brent Weeks – I absolutely adore Weeks’ Lightbringer series, so I wanted to check out his previous one, too. I’m hoping to marathon the whole thing instead of reading one book at a time. We’ll see how it goes, though. ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE BURNING WHITE? I AM, MAN.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – Stephenson is another one of those authors. One that I have so many books by, but haven’t read much of. I read and loved Snow Crash, so my brain goes ‘Therefore all other books are good too’ and I tend to buy them when I see them.

The Book of Vice by Peter Sagal and The Total Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone – These two were the last books I got before the ban began. They’re my final babies. I bought them when my husband and I went to go see the live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! in Chicago. If you’re unfamiliar with the radio show, it’s a comedic news quiz that plays weekly on NPR. I love it. Sagal is the host, and Pounstone is my favorite contestant. The episode we saw recorded, Paula Poundstone wasn’t there. 😦 But! Peter Sagal was and he signed my book!!

And that’s it! I definitely got a lot of books this summer, but it should even out by my ban this fall. So there’s that. If you’ve read any of these or are planning to, do let me know! Happy reading!

 
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