January Wrap Up! | ’20

Wrap Up

Hi! Apparently me trying to change my posting schedule all of a sudden just made me not post. So… maybe I’ll try to slowly morph it instead. Two to three posts a week, posted sometime, that’s what I’ll go with for now until my brain adopts the new schedule, because right now I’ll get to work on Tuesday morning, when I wanted to post, and go shit, I forgot again. So we’ll get there, we’ll get there.

Anywas, I read 13 things this month: 11 manga, 1 kids book and 1 audio book. I’m also in a weird novel slump. This year’s been really weird so far. All sorts of stuff going on. I may or may not mention them here depending on how they turn out. Wah.

Books

If You Give a Pig the White House: A Parody for Adults

If You Give a Pig the White House by Faye Kanouse – This book I read because I was at my neighbor’s New Year’s party and they handed it to me and went ‘hey read this’. I don’t really read political books, parody or otherwise, so reading this was a bit outside my norm, but hey, it was a book and it was in front of me. It was alright. Some parts were funny, but it wasn’t like, amazing. So if you like this kinda stuff you’ll probably like it. If you don’t you probably won’t. – 3 stars

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – I’ve been listening to this on audio since last month or so, and finally finished it up. I think this one is my favorite in the series so far – I really liked the character development arcs that this book had, and I really liked the political maneuvering from all factions. The stakes in this book went up and made the read more captivating. I’m very much awaiting the next one… which doesn’t even have a name yet, let alone a release date ;~; – 4.25 stars

Manga

Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Edition

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa – This here is the bind-up of the whole series, and it was like 800 something pages long. I bought and read this because back in high school, I had a friend obsessed with this series. It was her absolute faaavorite and she seemed to always been reading and rereading them. I remember  vaguely reading at least part of it then and only barely remembered the plot and characters. But I got it now because, well, I miss that friend. I lost contact with her after high school in 2008. She briefly joined facebook a while ago and added me, but then deleted it and I lost her again. So I saw this, thought of her, and couldn’t not get it. Melanie if you read this, I miss you pal. – 3.75 stars

Our Dining Table

Our Dining Table by Mita Ori – This was the cutest damned manga I’ve read in a long time. I picked it up on a whim, as I needed the 3rd in the ‘buy 2 get 3rd free’ deal that BN was hosting earlier this month. It’s a one shot, about the two dudes on the cover who share meals and fall in love. It’s so light, fluffy, and wholesome, but also gets into a few deeper topics. I thought it was really well done and really well paced for being a one shot, and it definitely surprised me how much I enjoyed it. And wouldn’t you know it got my first five star rating of the year – 5 stars

Otomen, Vol. 1 (Otomen, #1)

Otomen vols 1-9 by Aya Kanno – So far, I have mixed feelings about this one. I picked it up because it sounded interesting – it follows the dude on the cover, who puts up a front of who he really is. In public, he’s a stoic, masculine, stereotypically “manly” guy, but in secret he loves “girly” past times like sewing and baking and crafts and whatnot. And it’s a shojo romance, so obviously he falls for a girl that is basically ‘masculine’.

I guess where I’m stuck is I went into this hoping for a bit more of a deep dive into what it means to be masculine in feminine, what role society plays in those expectations, and why it’s ok if you don’t want to adhere to them. Because I’ve definitely read romance that takes on serious topics like that before. And it does do that…. a bit. Most of the time though, the manga uses the themes to create comedy instead. Which is also entertaining but I guess… not what I was wanting. I wanted, as said, more of a discussion of gender roles. I may still get that mind you, I haven’t finished the series yet, but so far, it’s basically fluffy and cute, and honestly totally off the rails goofy sometimes, but only kinda sorta touches on the deeper meaning of societal influence of gender roles.

It was also written ten or fifteen years ago so some of the concepts are dated, and some of the vocabulary and situations… didn’t age the best. So be warned, if you’re thinking about picking it up – 3.5 stars each

All You Need Is Kill

All You Need is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi – This was a really interesting read. If you’ve heard of the movie ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, that Tom Cruise Live, Die, Repeat movie, this is the source material of that. I’d watched the movie before, but honestly didn’t realize this was the source until I picked it up and started reading it. It follows the dude on the cover who gets caught in a time loop on his first day in battle against an alien invader, and with his death, the day resets again and again. If you don’t wanna read the manga, the movie is a rather solid adaption, though it definitely took some liberties concerning country of origin, characters, etc, but the overall plot is pretty similar. But really I suggest the manga. It really delves into it, and explores what’s happening, and the character’s psyche as he’s forced to die over and over. This was really, really good. – 4.5 stars


Other Stuff

  • My posting consistency has fallen by the wayside, I’m hoping to fix that in February
  • Life events have popped up and hopefully they’ll resolve here semi-quickly, so apologies for my silence, both in posting and it reading all your posts. I have a backlog and I’ll get there once I can.
  • I went to see Jim Gaffigan live this month, and that was tons of fun!

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 13/50
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 254

And that’s it! Happy reading!

January Book Haul! |#36

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It’s been a while since I posted, about since I made a post going ‘I’m gonna post consistently’. C’est la vie.

Today I’m gonna post about all the books I got this month, and I’m doing it a bit early because I’m going on a self-imposed mini ban, starting today through February 14th. Basically I got a lot this month and I wanna actually read a lot of them.

This is what I got:


Manga

I’m really on a manga kick right now. And you’ll see this in my wrap up, but I’ve literally not read anything else so far in 2020. Maybe that’ll change by the end of the month, but we’ll see.

Black Butler vol 1 by Yana Toboso – Finally bit the bullet and decided to start this series. I watched the anime a while back and thought it was decent. I wanted to see the source material though and find out if anything had been changed between the two medias.

Magus of the Library vol 1 by Mitsu Izumi – Confession here: I have no idea what this is about, aside from a Magus and a Library. I picked it up because Katy @Bookbinderway really loved it and her tastes in manga overlap mine a lot, so, Katy don’t let me down. No pressure.

All You Need is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi – I’ve actually read this one. If you’ve ever seen the movie Edge of Tomorrow, that Tom Cruise ‘Live, Die, Repeat’ movie, this is the source material of that. The movie definitely took some liberties but honestly I thought it was pretty solid. This manga in my opinion is even better.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 5 by Mari Okada – I need to reread the first four of these before hopping into this one. This is a recent favorite series, and I hope this volume keeps it up.

Ajin: Demi-Human vol 1 by Tsuina Miura – I picked this one up at the recommendation of my husband, who watched the anime and really liked it. I tried the anime, but I couldn’t get farther than like five seconds, purely due to the animation style. I didn’t dig it. The plot though sounds neat to me, so I’m gonna try the manga instead.

Our Dining Table by Mita Ori – This. This is my first five star read of the year. This is a little one shot, fluffy BL romance and it’s so damned cute. I loved this.

Ouran High School Host Club vol 3 by Bisco Hatori – Going through and collecting this still. I’ll read them eventually, probably after I have at least half of them.

Otomen vols 1-12 by Aya Kanno – I’m also on a shojo manga kick and guys. Guys. This is one of the most ridiculous series I’ve ever read. I like it. I shouldn’t. But I do. I’ve read four volumes so far and literally in volume four a guys chucked a shark over his head. It’s. ridiculous. But I can’t stop, hahahaaa

Books

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb – The trek I had to go through to get a copy of this damned book, man. I ordered it in early December, and it never came. Never came, never came. Then, I get a message from the seller going ‘so…. we received this book back – USPS returned it to us because it was damaged.’ and I was all ‘oh no, can you send me another’ and they went, ‘No 😦 that was our only copy’.

Cue me finding another seller, ordering it, aaaaaand…. it never came. Eventually, I contacted this seller, too, saying ‘what gives’. They respond with ‘we’re having trouble getting a copy of this from our supplier. Would you like to cancel or wait?’

As soon as I finished being mopey about it, I responded saying that if they can confirm the supplier is working on it, I’ll wait, but otherwise, I’ll cancel. Then I get an email with shipping confirmation, and the seller replies with ‘well it just shipped, so’.

It arrived. It’s above. That’s it. Goodness. I’ll eventually buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’ll be neat.

The Wolf by Leo Carew – My buddy got me this book! And then I dropped it twice and bent it up. Whoops. I’m still digging it though – I’m in the middle of it right now.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Jumped on the bandwagon with this one. Honestly I’m not sure if I’m gonna like it or not. I hope I do, but we’ll see.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Bandwagon buy. Might be neat!

Jerusalem by Alan Moore – This is a bucketlist book. One of those ‘I’ll read it some day’ books, but I saw it for cheap, and I knew I wouldn’t see it that cheap again. PS I can’t get the damned sticker off without ripping the cover. So there’s that.

Windwitch and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – These aren’t actually going on my TBR, as I’ve read both of them at this point via audio. But I saw them for cheap so I got’em. All I need is Bloodwitch now.


And that’s it! As you can see from above, I got a decent amount. On the plus side though, I paid list price for 0 of them, so pbtbtbt. Ban for me, then fun manga things which I’ll get into later. Peace!

 

January Currently Reading! ’20

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GUESS WHO’S DUMB. It’s me. Apparently I’ve had the comments turned off on my posts for weeks and never noticed. No idea it was like that. But they’re on now. Please if you notice my comments off, poke me on IG or twitter and tell me because it’s 100% because I did it by accident and then went off in my own little world. :”D


Three more days, and I’m done with blogmas! After that I’ll be resuming a regular posting schedule, and currently I’m thinking it’ll be Saturday, Monday, Thursday. But we’ll see I suppose.

This is what I’m currently reading!


The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky, #1)

The Wolf by Leo Carew – I received this as a Christmas gift from my buddy Ashley! I didn’t get it ’til yesterday though, so that’s why it wasn’t in my December haul. But you know that photo thing that’s been going around on facebook? This one:

I’m not from Iceland, so I have no idea if this is actually a thing or not (if you’re an Icelander, please tell me) but me and Ashley thought it was neat so we kinda-sorta adopted it. I went to her house yesterday, we exchanged books, and we spent all day in her living room reading them. We were both busy Christmas eve so couldn’t do it then, but Saturday the 4th was still nice. We plan to keep up the tradition next year too!

Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Edition

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa – I picked this up a few days ago and I’m about half way through it. It’s over 850 pages! It’s pretty good so far though and I’m enjoying it.

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – Third book, still reading it. I’ll get there, I’ll get there.

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War James S. A. Corey – I’ll finish this this month, dammit.

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I’ll… I’ll get there. One day.


And that’s it! That’s what I’m reading!

January/Tome Infinity Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Writing ’19’ at the end of the title was weird.

Today I wanna wrap up the books I read, all of which were part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon, which took place from January 1st – 31st, so I figured why not do it all at once. I read eight things this month, three novels and four manga and one graphic novel.

Books

Tome Infinity Round 2

So for Round 2 of Tome Infinity, I had settled on Mercury and began to build my colony. Each book read had to fulfill the prompts in the different tiers, starting with Tier 1 and then moving upwards. I almost completed tier two (there were five total). Each book you read could count for up to two prompts. Many of the books I read could have easily filled four or five, but that wasn’t the nature of the readathon, so with what I had and what it was allowed to fill, I’ve basically gotten the necessities down. The colonists just can’t go anywhere yet because travel isn’t a thing. I’ll highlight the titles with the corresponding colors on the boxes so you can tell what filled what.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsFulfilled Tier 1’s Water and Shelter

Man oh man, I already want to reread Robin Hobb’s books, and I haven’t even finished them yet. While not all of them have been five stars, each one, including this one, has enriched the world in which they take place. I’ve said this many times before now, but reading a Robin Hobb book is like going home. They give me a feeling of nostalgia, but I can’t fathom why. I love them.

This book is no different. I buddy read it with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and together we rather enjoyed it. This book continues the trek of the last book, and it allows for character development and world building, Robin Hobb’s specialities. I really enjoyed this, and at the time of writing, I’m a bit over half way through the fourth one as well, and it’s only gotten better. I’m not going to go into plot because spoilers, but I will say if you’ve been thinking of picking of Robin Hobb’s books, do it. Do iiiiiit.

4.25/5 stars

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1Fulfilled Tier 1’s Sleep and Food

This manga I really enjoyed. It’s a slice of life manga, following a young man as he goes to agricultural school and learns the ins and outs of farming and dairy science and yada yada.

It was light, refreshing, funny, and had a bit of grit to it as well. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, should you like to hear me jib jab on about it.

4.25/5 stars

 

 

Fruits Basket Another vols 1-2 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 2Didn’t fulfill any Tier 1 prompts

These two are the only reads this month that didn’t fulfill any prompts. They could have counted for later ones, but you have to do the tiers in order, so I couldn’t do anything about it.

They were both good reads, though. The only downside to these was that I was hoping for a long series, like the original Fruits Basket was. But the end of volume 2 hinted that the next volume would be the last. Baw I wanted more emotional investment. If anyone can confirm or deny this, please let me know.

4/5 and 4.25/5 stars respectively

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Fulfilled Tier 1’s Air and Fire, completing the tier.

As mentioned in my full spoiler-free blabber of this book, it suffered from over-hype. So many people came out of this screaming about it like it was the second coming, so I… was a bit disappointed. It was still a solidly good book, but it just wasn’t great, mostly because of the characters I think.

That seems to be peoples’ favorites though. Who knows. Maybe I just don’t like heist books, which is another thing that people seem to love. Whatever the combination of things, I didn’t love this book. (I liked it, though)

3.75/5 stars

Tokyo Ghoul vol 1 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Education and Procreation

I’ve been told by a few different people now to pick this up. I finally did when my husband mentioned wanting to watch the anime. We don’t have any streaming services that have this available, so we’d have to buy it on dvd or blu-ray or something. So, I decided to pick up the first volume of the manga first, to see if it’s something I’m even interested in watching. I figured I’d rather chance twelve bucks instead of thirty. I liked it though, and we’ll likely buy the anime now. (And I wanna buy more of the manga, too).

3.5/5 stars

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Medicine and Trading

I wrote a blabber on this one too, and I must say that I liked it more than the first book in the duology. The characters were better written, and the plot was more realistic. Honestly I have nothing else to say about it that I didn’t already write, so check out the blabber, pbtbt.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Fence vol 2 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 2 (Fence #5-8)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Oral Communication

I feel like vol 1 could have fulfilled Travel but I didn’t read that one this month, pbtbt. They pretty much all stayed in basically the same building this entire volume so I couldn’t even stretch it.

I like this series so far, but it hasn’t hooked me like Pacat’s Captive Prince series did. I’m giving it more time, though, since well, it is C. S. Pacat. I’m still hoping she’ll do something that’ll throw me for a loop and make me fall in love with the series.

Fingers crossed.

3.75/5 stars

 

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And that’s it for the books and the readathon! I rather like the structure of this. I know they’re thinking about doing a round three and are currently gathering ideas, so I will be participating in that as soon as it’s officially announced. 😀


Other Things

  • My husband and I started saving for a house this month. Fingers crossed, we’ll buy one by the end of 2020, early 2021!

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 8/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 1/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F | 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 282
  • 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 think I’ve started 2019 pretty strong as far as reading goes. I hope you all had a good reading month!

January Book Haul #26

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today I figured I’d do a haul. Now, at the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to keep my book buying to 4-5 books per year. I’ve since then added a bit of detail onto it.

I’ve decided that if I buy a manga or graphic novel (not a regular book) with the intention of reading it as soon as I get home, and then actually read it when I get home, it doesn’t count towards the five. I decided on this for two reasons: 1 – the whole point of my limit is to keep my TBR from growing, and if I read it right away, the TBR doesn’t grow, and 2 – manga takes like thirty minutes to read. I feel like if I counted them towards my five, I’d never actually buy them because of how fast I get through them, even though I’m actively following many series at the moment. I’d fall behind. 😛 So manga don’t count… if I read them right away. If I buy them and don’t get to them immediately, then they count.

Does that makes sense? I have no idea. Basically I’m just giving way to my impulses I suppose. What else is new.

Anyways. The books!

I got a lot of YA, and all fantasy. I dig it, though.

Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – Haven’t gotten to these yet. I rather liked the world expansion in books three and four, so hoping I like these too.

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb – The fourth and last book in the Rain Wild Chronicles, this series has really grown on me. I’m buddy reading it with Zezee and we’re both digging it so far!

Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I buzzed through the Six of Crows duology earlier this month after getting Crooked Kingdom, and am currently in the middle of King of Scars. I wrote a full blabber on Crooked Kingdom, and intend to for King of Scars as well as soon as I finish it.


I also got one graphic novel this month that falls into the category above – I bought it and read it immediately (so yay, doesn’t increased TBR) That is Fence volume 2 by C. S. Pacat.


And that’s it! I think I’ll keep separating out the five books and the ‘immediate read’ manga/graphic novels. Until next month, happy reading!

Tome Infinity And Beyond Readathon| January Currently Reading ’18

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Hello! There are a lot of things happening this month! Let’s start with the readathon.

Tome Infinity and Beyond Round 2

Tome Infinity has started! It actually began back on January 1st, but since I haven’t completed any books yet this month, I figured it’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon. This is a readathon where you traverse the solar system, looking for a habitable home. To get to a new planet, you must read a book fitting a prompt. At the end of the last round, I settled on Mercury. Round two introduces the process of settling on the planet – finding basic necessities such as food, water and shelter, and then slowly growing your civilization into a flourishing society.

This readathon runs from January 1st through the 31st, so it’s not too late if you’d like to join! If you didn’t participate in Round 1 and want to do Round 2, you can do so! Check out my original post on Round 1, where I link the account that runs the thing, the rules, etc. Basically, you’ll start as if you were in Round 1, settle on a planet you want, and then move into the Round 2 settling prompts. Here is the Goodreads group and the Twitter account where everything is organized, and here is the google doc with all the prompts!

For this readathon, instead of making a strict TBR, I’m just going to wing it – I plan to finish City of Dragons by Robin Hobb, which I know will fulfill some of the basic necessities prompts, and then I’ll just… go from there. I’ll either continue with the other books I’m already reading, or I’ll pick up new ones as I find out what prompts I still need to fulfill.

In that google docs link, there are also Instagram challenges, which I’ll be participating in here. I probably won’t do every one, but it’s always nice to have an excuse to pull books off the shelves and look at them. If you are participating in this readathon, let me know!

Now onto the books I’m currently reading!

Currently Reading

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsAs mentioned above, currently reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. Augh I’m adoring it. At the time of writing this (Friday night) I wanna finish it tonight. Will I? Maybe. We’ll see. If not tonight, definitely tomorrow.

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)This is the eighth book in the Temeraire series. I finally got over my mental block about it and scooped it up on audio. The narrator is helping me deal with the trope I’m not crazy about. The book overall is weirdly handling the trope well though, so fingers crossed!

 

 

Back-burner books

This list gets bigger every month, people! These are all the books I’m currently ‘reading’ but aren’t the focus at the moment. I really wanna hop back to, well, all of them. I’ll get to them, I’ll get to them. None of them will I DNF – I definitely wanna get to the end of them all. Wish me luck. And I say this, with the readathon going on and potentially new books being picked up. (I’m also going to do Bout of Books 24 starting Monday, but that’s a post for tomorrow. :”D). So, it might be a bit, but I will read them. Huff.


And that’s it! Are you participating in the readathon? Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

2019 Reading Goals

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Welcome to the future! Time for goals! This also happens to be today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic, so if you’d like to participate in that, you can do so here! I have… way more than five. We’re just gonna roll with it.

Book and blog related:

  • Read 50 books

I say fifty, but that’s really just a minimum. Ideally I’d like to read 80 or 100, but I’ll definitely be satisfied with 50 as well. Goodreads’ color this year is a dark purple and it’s nice and weird. If you’d like to add me on goodreads, do it!

I’ve made one of these lists every year since 2016 – I’ve never finished it. I WANNA. AUGH.

  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month

I figure if I do this and then read 80, then I’ll knock my TBR down. I set my goal to 50, but I feel like 80 is attainable.

  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban

I’ve done this the last two years in a row, for more like 4 or so months, successfully, and it has really helped with the physical TBR count. I want to do it again this year, but do it in the late winter or spring, instead of doing it in fall, because all the good books come out in fall 😛

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

I hit my 270 goal… and then I added in all the books from my haul and popped it back up, ahahahaha. As stated above, this one really depends on me keeping my buying in check. Purging will also help out here, as will the buying ban!

There are three months left in this – right now I’m reaaaaally close to a bingo. So, I think this one will end well.

  • Post monthly book hauls

I did seasonal book hauls last year, and I feel like I got them lined up wrong. So this month it’ll go back to monthly, but hopefully will only contain 4-5 books each time.

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule

I did this goal last year as well and succeeded in it. There will be slight changes, like during November if I do Nanowrimo or in December during Blogmas, but overall it should be roughly this pattern.

  • Keep track of statistics

In wrap ups and stuff, I really like seeing stats that people will talk about – page count, genre count, author stuff, etc. I wanna keep track of it, too.

Personal related:

  • Make no personal resolutions except this resolution

For some reason, I do really well on reading goals, but listing things as personal goals ends up as self-sabotage. So, this year I’m not setting any. Sure, I have things I wanna do, but if I don’t make it ‘official’, the likelihood of me actually accomplishing it is, well, higher. Haha.


There’s also the general goal of ‘stay alive’ but y’know, that’s kind of a given. Wish me luck! Happy reading!

January Wrap Up | 18

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Hello! Happy February! I don’t know about you guys, but January went both super fast and super slow for me. It was a weird dichotomy, man.

This year, I’m going to change my wrap ups a little bit. They’re going to be more goal-oriented, looking at how I’m doing on my new year’s resolutions. They’ll still talk about the books I read, but they’re going to do more than just list them and be done with it now. I’ll have the sections divided out so it should be easy for you to skip the sections that don’t interest you!


Books

We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeThis was a rather entertaining read – my first purchase and my first read of 2018. It was the first book I bought after my ban was lifted. I was in Connecticut visit a friend right after Christmas and we went to this little bookshop – I decided I wanted a souvenir book that was a bit different than what I normally read, and this was it! I ended up rather enjoying it.

This is a nonfiction memoir type book, and the author is rather amusing. The way she writes and thinks about things had me going back and forth between feeling like I’d get along perfectly with her and not get along with her at all. It was great, reading a new perspective. 😀 I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, in case you’re interested.

3.5 stars

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This was my favorite read of the month, and it was my longest – I’ve been reading this baby for almost a year now. I also wrote a full spoilery blabber on it detailing my full thoughts, but man, I loooooooved this book.

This is the third book in the lightbringer series, a fantasy series full of neat characters, humor, action, and a cool magic system. I’m just going to link the goodreads page to the first book, if you’d like to look into it. This has quickly become one of my favorite series, ever. It’s so great

5 stars

Descender vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsThis is a reread for me, in preparation for reading volume two, which I purchased recently. I loved it just as much this time as I did last time.

It follows a young boy robot who wakes up years after giant harvester robots have attacked the galaxy, and we follow him as he tries to find his human companion family amidst a world that is now hostile towards any form of AI. It’s really good, the art is beautiful, and I absolutely love it.

5 stars

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TFW: 2018 Reading Resolutions | Books I didn’t get to in ’17 | Forgettable books | Hidden gems

2018 related posts: Beat the Backlist 2018 | 10 in 2018 | Anticipated releases Jan-Jun

Tags: Me in book characters

Blabbers: We are never meeting in real life | The Broken Eye

Total: 10 posts


Neat Things

This section will be other things I did this month that I want to mention. It might be empty some months if I’ve been particularly boring.

I had two different health scares this month, both of which took the better part of the month to deal with, but they both turned out to be nothing! 😀 I’m healthy! I mention this because the stress from these kinda lends to the smaller than normal, for me, amount of books I read this month. I just couldn’t concentrate, man. But I’m healthy!

I went to see The Shape of Water with a friend, and so far it’s my favorite movie of the year. I mean, it’s only January, but hey, I loved that movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

My mom turned 60. Which is a weird thing to think about. Buh, she needs to knock that off. No more aging, bad!


Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 3/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 0/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 2
    • April-June purchases:
    • July-September purchases:
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 302

 

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Series I want to read this year | Cover love | Book and bookmark | First backlist read of 2018

 


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Two books purchased so far, so I’m good here. 😀

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I did this pretty well for most of the month, but I dropped out for about a week or so as my health issues took over my attention. -_- I’m hoping not to miss a single day this coming month, though.

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Done!

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

2 out of the 3 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

I was good with this one for a while, but with my health issues going on, it kinda fell off. Basically, my heart was acting up – palpitations, murmurs, etc. I didn’t want to stress it out more with exercise. But, as of Tuesday I’ve been deemed decent! So I want February’s wrap up to say ‘Yes I did this one!’ for this section.

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

I hit my 800 day streak this week! I’ve been missing meals for the last couple days, but I can retroactively go back and log them, so I’m good here too when I do that.

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

This one I am on top of! 😀 Been to Dr’s for two issues and both were wrapped up within a few weeks.

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Currently at a 77 day streak!


And that’s it! I really like how this wrap up turned out – I like sharing a bit more than ‘I thought this book was great’ and I hope you found bits and pieces of it entertaining as well.

Happy reading!

January Wrap Up | ’17

Hello!

Happy February! Last year, I did wrap ups and currently reading posts in the same post, but I feel like doing so made me give less detail in my wrap ups since I didn’t want to make the posts too long. So I’m splitting them up this year. Yay organization.

This past month has been my best reading month in well, months. It’s given me a solid start to my 2017 reading goal and I’m very happy with all the books I’ve read. :”D


This month, I read a total of nine books: Two manga, six YA fantasy, one DNF’d fantasy.

Manga

Attack on Titan vols 9 and 10 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 9 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 10 by Hajime IsayamaContinuing the series from where I left off in 2016, I’ve finally surpassed where the first season of the anime left off. Let me tell you what, son. The second season is going to be awesome! I can’t even begin to give a synopsis for these volumes without just vomiting out spoilers. I’m thinking I’m going to do a blabber on these, maybe ten volumes at a time. It’s been ages since I’ve been this obsessed with a manga – the last one I can remember was when I was buying Fullmetal Alchemist. I was reading them as they were first being released and kept getting more and more frustrated when the releases were a month apart, then two months, then three, then six… it was awful haha. It was great though, too. This series makes me feel the same. Luckily, I haven’t caught up to where they’ve been released yet – I’m still about six volumes behind on that (I own up through 14). Ahhh it’s so good.

5/5 stars each

Books

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm by Leigh BardugoI read all three of these books rapid fire and have blabbers for each one (during which I developed the name ‘blabber’ for my book talky reviewy things). If you’re interested in myRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo full thoughts on each book, you can find the blabbers on the first, second and third books linked below. Overall though, I
thought this was a pretty solid series. I rather liked it but as I said in my Ruin and Rising blabber, the ending wasn’t what I wanted. It was good, it was solid, it made sense, but it totally missed the mark for me.It’s definitely made me want to jump on that Six of Crows bandwagon though. Maybe I’ll do that soon.

4.5/5, 4/5, and 4/5 stars respectively

A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasGuess who jumped on this bandwagon late! It’s me! But I’m glad I did. This series has become one of my favorites, I think, especially the second book. I liked the first one but the second one, man. The second one. My first non-manga 5 star rating of the year. I think it’s going to make it’s way onto my ‘favorite books’ list, too. Not the first, just the second. But anyways, I had avoided these books for the longest time, both due to hype and a lot of mixed reviews. I remember even watching a spoilery gripe on the first book that made me not want to read it even more… but when I found both for cheap in a Half Price Books I kinda bought them anyways. Luckily for me, that gripe had been watched so long ago that I had forgotten all the plot points. So yay me, I went in blind. And I surprisingly liked the first one -I can see where there are issues in it though, but those issues are definitely addressed in the second book and corrected, which is why I feel I love the second one so much. So yeah, I’ve become ‘another one of those people obsessed with Sarah J Maas’.

One thing though – Maas’s sex scenes are kinda totally 100% awkward sometimes. Quit using the word ‘shattered’ to mean ‘orgasm’. Bro, you make me think of a breaking glass window when you say that – totally flings me out of the book. Buh.

Awaiting the third one on bated breath.

4.5/5 and 5/5 stars respectively

Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Weaveworld by Clive BarkerThis one, I DNFd at just slightly less than 50%. It just wasn’t jiving with me. I feel really bad for putting it down too – it’s one of my mom’s favorite books and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it too, and I just… didn’t. Like, it wasn’t bad it was just, I don’t know, boring? I guess? I wasn’t invested in the characters, the plot kinda told me ‘hey I’m pretty awesome’ without showing me that it was. I just couldn’t get into it! Honestly I wanted to drop it about a hundred pages in but I forced myself through more of it in hopes I’d see what my mom did. I just didn’t. 😦 She’s lent me two other books though, so I’m hoping I’ll like both or at least one of those so I don’t give them all back saying I disliked them all. Fingers crossed. She doesn’t know I put this one down yet and if possible I’m not going to tell her unless I am able to also say that I liked the other two. Waaaah.

DNFd at <50%, no rating

Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonAfter the DNF, I was worried I’d fall into a reading slump. I tend to do that after dragging a book out and ultimately not finishing it. Luckily though, Ace offered to buddy read this one with me along with another of her friends, and all three of us blew through it pretty damn quickly. This book is honestly the one that got me into book blogging. When I first started reading book blogs and watching booktube, this book was everywhere. I didn’t end up actually getting my own copy though until this past fall, two years after I started in the community. And now I’ve just read it – I feel like I’ve completed a huge task or something, haha, like I’ve been working towards it for years. 😛 Overall, this book was pretty decent! I liked it a lot – enough to get the second book, which will also be buddy read when it arrives in the mail. I think my main problem with this book is that it’s nothing that I haven’t read before. Nothing really blew me away plot-wise or character-wise. I feel like if I had read it two years ago, it would have gotten a 5 star rating from me but at this point, I’ve read parts of this plot already in 100 other books. So like I said, I like it but I’m hoping it strikes into original ground here pretty soon.

4/5 stars


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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
  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: 9/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete!
As of Jan 31st, it’s… 264 unread, 590 total… :”D Heeeh. I need to uh… I need to work on that.

 

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None yet, but 2 or 3 are currently lined up to be booted. Just need to get to the nearest HPB.

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


And that’s it! As I said at the beginning of the post, my currently reading posts will now be separate, so that’ll be up either tomorrow or Saturday, depending on how much work burns me out. Happy reading!

January Book Haul | #14

It’s that time of month again, the time where I show you how little self-control I have. Woot.

Between gift cards I’d received for Christmas, two different bargain outlet stores and just me burning through series and ‘NEEDING THE NEXT ONE NAOOOWWWWGHGHWOGHGH’ I’ve accumulated a lot of books this month. So here they are:

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So this is all of them together. I’m gonna go into a bit further detail this time around because I wanna. :”D

20170129_090758First, I wanna point out and be happy at my local bargain outlet. I mean seriously guys. Hardbacks. Look how much. If you’ve ever wondered how I end up with so many books each month, this is how. Seriously, can’t beat it. They’re new, too! Overstock is a lovely thing, ladies and gentlemen.

And this month, I’ve fallen into a YA fantasy kick. A huge one – it’ll be evident in the Wrap Up I’ll post in a few days. But I’ve been on a streak and that’s basically all I’ve been reading. Half the books below I’ve already zoomed through and there are others I’m currently working on and almost done with as well.

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The few books I got this month that weren’t YA fantasy were manga, sci-fi or cookbooks. I’ll start with the cookbook, which was actually a Christmas present from my fiance that I forgot to haul last month because I’m a ding dong. But if you’ve ever seen the show ‘Good Eats’, you’ll see why I’m obsessed with this book. It has recipes, snippets from the show, all sorts of stuff. I’ve been pining after it for years and my lovey was kind enough to give it to me for Christmas. :”D I like him.

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I spent all the gift cards I got for Christmas on manga, as my local bookstores (both of them!) were having a buy-two-get-one sale. I kinda went nuts. I also purchased vols 6-10 of Attack on Titan as well, but they’re currently lent out so they’re not pictured. I’m obsessed with this series like I haven’t been with a manga for years. It’s been years guys. I missed buying volumes and buzzing through them. It’s a nice feeling.

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And finally, this last purchase was a total cover-buy. I read the back and it definitely sounded like it’d be something up my alley but honestly I would have walked right past it if it wasn’t so beautiful. It caught my eye and drew me right to it. The last time I bought a book this way, it ended up being one of my favorites of all time (*cough* The Fold *cough*) so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one just as much. I’ve linked my instagram video I made of me taking off the cover below. LOOK AT IT. LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS OH MY GOSH.

So that’s it for this month! As I’ve said, a good deal of these I ended up reading this month too, so I thinking I’m doing rather decently. If you’ve read any of these, do let me know! 😀

Happy reading!