February Wrap Up! | ’20

Wrap Up

Happy Leap Day! I read 7 things this month: 4 manga, 2 physical books and 1 audio book.

Books

Heaven's Devils (StarCraft II, #1)

Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz – This was my audio book for the month, it was a book on my 10 in 2020, and it also counted towards the media tie-in novel for Fantasy Bingo! Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I didn’t dislike it, but it was far from a five star book for me. Mostly, my issues were around characterization: every female character introduced was either heavily sexualized or described in a way that basically said ‘this is why she isn’t sexually attractive’ and it was annoying. I feel like I would have been much less bothered with it if the male characters were described the same way, but they weren’t. It felt awkward and skewed. The plot though was decent, and I do plan to continue – the next two books were both written by a woman so I am basically 100% sure that I won’t learn anyone’s boob size in them. – 3 stars

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Another 10 in 2020 book, I’m on a roll! This was a buddy read with two of my buddies, and we’re in the midst of planning a marathon day to watch the BBC adaption of it. I ended up really liking this book! My only complaint – which isn’t the book’s fault and is definitely my inability to suspend my disbelief – was one of the plot points. Mild spoilers, but at one point one of Elizabeth’s sisters runs away with a dude and the only viable solutions were to either have her marry him or duel to the death. And like… what. I get for the time and the social norms at that point it made sense but reading it in modern day I couldn’t get past the whole ‘you realize there’s a totally fine third option right’. Wah, but whatevs. It was a good book! – 4.5 stars

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – This book took me by surprise. It was my final 10 in 2019 book from last year, so finally, finally that list is complete! This also counts toward Originally, I picked up this book in high school and read half of it and then got disctracted. I remember liking it, and weirdly enough I remember the smell of the book that I read. It was so smell-goody. But anyways I picked it back up in December and slowly made my way through it, and I loved it! It was so captivating and sucked me right in. Definitely a new favorite. – 5 stars

Manga

Otomen, Vol. 12 (Otomen, #12)

Otomen vols 10-12 by Aya Kanno – At this point I’ve read all the volumes I physically own. There are six more out there. And honestly, even this far into it, I’m not sure how I feel about this series. I said the same during last month’s wrap up but I kinda wish this manga would dive deeper. The series deals with gender roles and why it’s ok to non-confirm but it does it in a fluffy, non-serious way. It’s entertaining and honestly a bit ridiculous at times, but it doesn’t really dive into it too far. It’s an enjoyable read but it’s not quite what I wanted. – 3, 3.5 and 4 stars respectively

Only the Ring Finger Knows

Only the Ring Finger Knows by Satoru Kannagi and Hotaru Odagiri – This was one of my favorites back in high school. It’s a cute, fluffy one-shot romance centering around rings and misunderstandings and I remembered adoring it. So when I saw it at Otakon this past summer, I picked it up. And then I re-read it for the first time in about 15 years and I liked it just as much! I’m glad it was able to stand the test of time. – 4.5 stars


Other Stuff

  • If you remember from last month, I alluded to a bunch of weird stuff happening. Well, it was health stuff, and finally the doctors figured it out. Turns out my gallbladder is losing its mind. So! It’s coming out on Monday! Meaning I’m also off work for a bit to recover. Wish me luck!
  • I went to Katsucon a couple weeks ago! It was super fun! At this point I’m rather hooked on cons, and I plan on attending Tekkoshocon in Pittsburgh in April!

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 21/50
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 253

And that’s it! Happy reading!

February Currently Reading ’20

Currently Reading

Happy February! This past month, since I always seem to have ‘back-burner’ books, I actually made an exclusive shelf on my Goodreads called ‘back-burner’ where the books that I’m ‘currently reading but not currently reading’ will go.

It’s a neater organization system I think, than having eight books on my currently reading shelf. At least it eases my mind, pbtbt.

This is what I’m currently reading!


Heaven's Devils (StarCraft II, #1)

Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz – This is my currently audiobook. I’m listening to it for three reasons: It’s been on my tbr for literal years, it’s a 10 in 2020 book, and it fits the ‘Read a Media Tie-In Novel’ bingo square for Fantasy Bingo.

So far, it’s decent. I’ve read military sci-fi before and have enjoyed it, and this is no different. I’m not a huge fan about the characterization of like… any of the female characters in here though. They’re all very one dimensional and being used as nothing more than eye candy so far. But plot-wise, the story is decent. Depending on how bad the female rep gets, this book may go farther and farther down in rating.

This book tells the origin story of Jim Raynor, one of the main figures in the StarCraft universe. So far it’s pretty neat.

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice – This is a bit of a fail for me, that this book still isn’t finished. I picked this up in December to try to finish off my 10 in 2019 list and didn’t quite get there. And a month later I still haven’t finished it. This book, when I do get through it, will count for the ‘Read a book about a vampire’ square for Fantasy Bingo.

So far, I’m rather liking the book. It’s eerie and captivating and completely immersive. It’s so neat!

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is a buddy read that I started in January with two of my buddies! This is my first time ever reading this story and while it started it just ok, I’ve just passed the half way point and have found myself really invested. I’m digging this so far, which is a surprise considering my track record with classics. Maybe this’ll be my gateway classic!


And that’s it! These are the books I’m actively currently reading. For anyone interested, here are all the books that are on the back-burner. I’ll get to them… eventually. Probably after Fantasy Bingo has ended, as all the ones there don’t count towards a square. I have like ten books to read towards the thing still, so it’s crunch time.

Happy reading!

February Wrap Up! | ’19

Wrap Up

Hello! February was a total of three hours long, which is a huge change from January which was 300 years. I read nine things this month!


Books

Silver Spoon volumes 2-4 by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, Vol. 2I’ve continued this manga from last month, and I’m enjoying it just as much. Characters have developed, the plot, while still a bit meandering, has started to form an overarching story line, the animals are cute… it’s just an overall enjoyable read.

For those unfamiliar, this manga series is by the same author as Fullmetal Alchemist, and follows a city-based school student as he enters an agricultural high school. It goes through the grit needed to raise farm animals, has a fair bit of humor, and is very educational for people not familiar with a farm like myself. While it’s nothing like Fullmetal, it’s still reminiscent in the art and in the humor. I rather like it.

4/5, 4/5, 4.5/5 stars

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wilds Chronicles, #4)What would a wrap up be without a Robin Hobb novel. I buddy ready this book with Zezee @ZezeeWithBooks and we both rather enjoyed it. This is the concluding book in a four books series set in Hobb’s overarching Realm of the Elderlings world. I think this series was really well thought out and really establishes dragons as their own entities in the world. While they were present in varying degrees before, this quartet allows them to really come into their own, and I enjoyed it.

4/5 stars

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)This book solidified Novik as one of my favorite authors. Well, she already was, but man, this is book eight in a series, and I rated it five stars. Eight books in, and she’s still amazing me. This book is my first five star rating of the year and has earned its spot as one of my all-time favorite books. I adored this, man.

This series is set during the Napoleonic Era, and follows a timeline where not only do dragons exist, but they play an integral part of warfare and battle tactics in the Napoleonic Wars. This series is well written, well researched and well paced. I. Love. It.

5/5 stars

 

Delicious in Dungeon volumes 1-2 by Ryoko Kui

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1I picked this manga series up at the recommendation of Sionna @BooksInHerEyes, and I’m happy I did. This series is a dungeon crawler, but the people crawling it are obsessed with catching, cooking and eating the various monsters they find, whether it be the innards of living armor or roasting a mushroom monster. This manga is funny, light, and contains a nice amount of character. The characters in this series, while still a bit flat, are coming into their own, especially after volume two. I particularly like the elf woman in the group. I think she has the most development by far, and I’m excited to see where this series goes from here.

4/5, 3.5/5 stars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)I bought this baby on release day, and while it turned out that I liked it a bit less than I had hoped, I still found this book to be solidly good. It takes place after both of Bardugo’s previous series set in the Grishaverse, and follows Nikolai and the characters around him as the politics and intrigue of the world become more imminent and threatening.

I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on this one, but long story short: the major problem with this book was pacing. Otherwise it was pretty keen, jelly bean.

3.75/5 stars

 

 

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)This was my first reread of 2019, and I very much enjoyed it. I really like the writing, the plot and the characterization in this book. My issue with it this time is the same as it was last time: Kelsea to me seems too well socialized for being isolated her entire life. She didn’t get to experience being an awkward teenager around other awkward teenagers, how in the wolrd is she so sure of herself?! It seems a bit unbelievable to me, but not so much so to take away my enjoyment of the book. The plot is really cool, the magic is neat, the side characters are great. I’m in the middle of the second book now and am absolutely adoring it.

4/5 stars

 

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Other Things

  • I’ve been havin a bunch of fun health issues. Apparently there’s a virus in my head that’s making my inner ear funny. It’ll clear up soon but man was I dizzy there for a bit.
  • My cat died on the 11th… This is the second one within a year. Roma, I miss you always.


Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 17/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 2/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – planned for April-June
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 283
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

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  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! I really never want to relive this February again. Aside from some good books that got me through it, this month was kind of shit, to be honest. I hope all of your Februarys were good!

February Book Haul #27

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! I got some books this month! As mentioned in previous posts, my limit is five books per month, not including manga if I read the manga immediately.

This month I went one over my limit – I got six books. I also got five manga, all of which I read immediately, so we’re good there.

Onward:

Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft – I already read Senlin Ascends and adored it. I’m very excited to pick up the next one, and The Hod King soon after that.

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb – This is the first book in the last trilogy within the Realm of the Elderlings and I feel like it’s the beginning of the end of an era. I don’t know what I’m going to do after I finish this world, man. As always, buddy reading this one with Zezee @ZezeeWithBooks. Should be starting in March sometime!

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – I picked this up weirdly enough from hearing a question on Jeopardy. This book was the question to the $2000 answer a few weeks ago, and the answer gave a brief synopsis of the thing. It was enough that I went out and got it the next day. I’m in the middle of it, and I really like it, but it’s freaking me out – so much second hand anxiety for the main character.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – This book baby I got shortly after release day. I’m about 100 pages into it so far and am enjoying it. The writing took me a bit to get into but it finally clicked in my head and I’m able to go through it much more quickly. I’m buddy reading this one with Katy @BookbinderWay!

Not pictured: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – I decided I wanted to own a copy of this book, even though I’ve got mixed feelings on it. I chose so because I really like the first book… aaaaaand despite my deep-seeded hatred for Kvothe, I do like the world, plot, etc and will likely read the third book if when it comes out. So. It’s not pictured because I lent it out to a friend the day I bought it, hyuck.

Silver Spoon vols 2-4 by Hiromu Arakawa – Continuing from December when I got volume 1, I’m really enjoying this series! It’s by the author of Fullmetal Alchemist and while it’s totally different, it has the same humorous flair and I really like it.

Delicious in Dungeon vols 1-2 by Ryoko Kui – A month (or two? three?) ago, Sionna @BooksinHerEyes gushed a bit about this manga and pointed it out as something I might like. So when I saw it sitting on the shelf, I picked up the first couple volumes. I really liked them! They’re cute, funny, and surprisingly homey and wholesome for taking place in a dungeon full of monsters. (Though I gotta wonder at the one guy’s mental state, seeing something and immediately going ‘is it edible’, ahahaha)  I’ll be continuing this series and am v. excited for it!


And that’s it! I’ve already got my eyes on a couple books I want that are coming out in March or have come out recently that I haven’t nabbed yet. After that in April and May (and maybe June) I’ll be on a buying ban, so there won’t be any book hauls for those two months. Since they’re planned non-haul months though, it won’t affect my new year’s resolution to have monthly hauls (yay loopholes).

Have you read any of these? Did you get any fun books this month? Happy reading!

February Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy February. Nothing interesting happens in February, so I’m gonna read some books to try to ignore it.

This is what I’m currently reading!

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsStill reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. I’m hoping to finish it this coming week. It’s probably my favorite book in the series out of the four, so hoping it finishes strong!

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)I also hope to finish this one this coming week – I have four or so chapters left, and the audiobook is quoting it around 3 hours. So, here’s hoping this book doesn’t show up on next month’s currently reading!

 

 

 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)I picked this up on release day but unfortunately haven’t had the chance to fully dive into it yet. I was planning on doing that this past weekend, along with reading City of Dragons, but I ended up being social instead and barely read anything. Hoping to get it done either this week or next weekend!

 

 

 

Back-burner books

This is basically the same list as last month, but I’ve trimmed a few off. I haven’t actually decided to quit any of them, but instead set them aside and back to ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads until I’m actually ready to pick them up again. I don’t like having a huge back burner list, so doing this helps my sanity.


And that’s it! I love currently reading posts, they’re so short and sweet. Are you reading any of the above? Let me know what you think of them! Happy reading!

February Wrap Up | 18

Wrap Up

I am in a slump.

It’s an everything slump, and it’s pretty grating on my nerves. I’ve finished zero books this month, I’ve written minimal blog posts, I haven’t been keeping up on reading or watching other people’s content (I’m sorry D: ), I haven’t been partaking in really any of the hobbies I normally enjoy, nothing. This month has gone by really quickly but I don’t feel like I’ve actually done anything this month.

I debated even writing this post, but I figured a wrap up is something I could do, even if it’s gonna be kinda bare bones. So bare with me here – I have no idea when this slump is going to go away or what I can do to make it leave. Yeesh.


Books

*poof*


Blog Activity

January Wrap Up | February Currently Reading

#NotAll Book Tag | Monthly Recs: Graphic Novels/Manga

4 posts total

Not.. great, hah.


Otherwise I think I’m going to hold off on all the goal-related things for this month. I can safely say each one will be a solid ‘not this month’. 😛 So next month maybe I’ll get my butt in gear.

I hope you all had a fantastic month and I hope March goes a lot better than February did, haha. Happy reading!

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!

 

 

February Book Haul | #15

Once again, I’ve proved that I might be slightly addicted to the rush of buying books. In my defense, two of these were souvenirs from a road trip this month and one of them I actually got back in December and just never hauled. So there. That makes it better, right? RIGHT?


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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – This is the December book. I bought it when I was in Malaysia – my friend there and I went book shopping together and she bought the first book in one of my favorite series and I bought the first book in one of hers… she has since binged the entire series that she bought, reading farther than I have, and I have yet to even start this one. You can see it’s still in plastic wrap, hawhaw. (All the books there were – it was interesting). I’ve heard this book is very dense but very good. I hope to read it soon. 😀

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin – This author popped onto my radar after she released to giant anthologies of short stories recently. I found out that she’s one of the classic sci-fi writers and I kinda scolded myself for never having heard of her before. So when I was away in Connecticut a couple weeks ago, we were in a book shop and I spotted this on the shelves. I figured it would be a good place to start. Apparently this is the fourth book in a set universe of hers, but the books don’t need to be read in publication order. So go me, I almost messed up. Very excited for this one!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I’ve actually already read this one. Did so as a library book though, so when I saw a cheapo copy I nabbed it. Will eventually get the rest. Still need to read the third one.

The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson – I made a bookoutlet purchase last month and these two books inspired it. I’m currently buddy-reading the second book and will likely move into the third afterward, finishing the series. I’m rather enjoying it so far.

Twelves Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu – This one was a big of an impulse-buy. It’s been floating on my radar for a month or two now and when it showed up on bookoutlet in paperback I added it to my cart. Gotta make the shipping worth it, yo. Very much looking forward to this one too, I’ve heard good things about it. :”D

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I AM JUMPING ON THIS BANDWAGON, DAMMIT. THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – This is the other souvenir book I bought while in connecticut. It was on clearance! Six bucks for this hard-back beauty. ….I now own three Mitchell books and have yet to read any of them. :”D

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – my current obsession is this series. I’m about half way through the second book and will likely pick this one up soon after. I’ve been looking for the first book in hard cover now and can’t seem to find it. Only paperback. If you know where I can get a hard cover, do let me know. Thanks. :”D


And that’s it! I hope… I hope next month won’t be as bad, hawhaw. But I know I’m already planning a HPB trip for the 16th, namely to take my Dad, who has never been there. Wish me luck and self-discipline. Happy reading!

February Wrap Up | ’17

Hello! Tomorrow is March! This month, I read six things: one physical novel, two manga, two audiobooks and one graphic novel. I kept it light this month, apparently. But I still read some pretty great things 😀 I’ve also started a lot of new books, but those’ll be covered in my March Currently Reading post that’ll pop up on Thursday.


Manga

Attack on Titan volume 11 by Hajima Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Read for the TBRTakeDown readathon! I’m almost caught up on this series. Only about ten volumes behind now.

…”Almost” is relative.

Either way, very much enjoying it 😀

4/5 stars

 

Mushishi volume 1 by Yuki UrushibaraMushishi, Vol. 1

Also read for the TBRTakeDown readathon, this was actually a re-read for me. I first read this probably eight or so years ago when I first bought it, long before goodreads was a thing. I remember liking it then and I liked it now. I have four volumes of it I think – not sure how many there are. Hopefully will get through them by the end of the year. Mushishi is a very trippy, slow-paced manga about spirit-y beings that inhabit the world and the man who interacts with them. It’s definitely a series that’s not for fans of action-packed adventure, but it’s interesting and thought-provoking. I definitely recommend it.

3/5 stars

Graphic Novels

Y: The Last Man volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)Still working on this series – it’s pretty decent! The concept is pretty cool. This series follows a man named Yorick and his monkey, the last two males on the planet after something wiped the rest of them out. It’s sci-fi, it delves into politics and really just human character. It’s really great.

3/5 stars

 

Books

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas AdamsLife, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ve seen this on my currently reading posts for a while now… two years to be exact. I’ve been reading this book for two years. Two years. And I’ve finally finished it, woo!

I was reading this book out loud with my SO and it honestly just took us this long to get through it. It was definitely enjoyable but man, I’ve never ever spent so long reading a book. It was crazy. But it’s over! And I loved it.

4.5/5 stars

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Hey would you look at that – I finished the third book in this series after two years, then I re-read the first one in the span of two days. Weird. I listened to this one with my SO and a friend as an audiobook on a roadtrip I took two weeks ago. We got through the whole thing in the span of the drive. It was pretty great. 😀 If you have been thinking about picking up this series, do it. Seriously, it’s a classic.

5/5 stars

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThe Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is definitely my favorite read of the month. I loved this book. I loved this book. I actually wrote a full blabber about it if you’d like to look into it. But this series man. This series is going to be one of my favorites ever. I’m currently in the middle of the second book and loving it just as much if not more than this first one. Ahh it’s just so great.I can’t even go into it without spoiling the butt off you so if you’d like non-spoilery thoughts, seriously check out the blabber. I think I do a decent job of not spoiling. I hope.

5/5 stars, easily


Blog Activity

10 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently Reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Currently Reading
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  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
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  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: 15/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete, minus incoming February book haul

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

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 2/17


And that’s it! Tentative schedule for the next few days includes a T5W post, March Currently Reading and a Feb book haul. I don’t think I’m tagged in anything currently, I don’t think. So any tags that’ll be posted will just be me striving to feel included. :”D Happy reading!

February Currently Reading

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


Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

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

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

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

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

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

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

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

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

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

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


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