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August Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up

Happy Day-After-19-Years-Later-Day!

A lot happened this month for me. And still, somehow I managed to read a few books along the way. It was wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜€

August 1st, I got married. August 2nd, I left for honeymoon and didn’t return ’til August 15th. August 16th, I resumed work. August 20th, we started apartment hunting (we already lived together, just need something with a better location). We did that every day after work ’til August 28th, when we put a security deposit down on a lovely townhouse. ๐Ÿ˜€ We move in October! So… September and October are both gonna be a tad hectic with prepping for the move and all the other stuff that’s planned. Today, for instance: Going to a friend’s wedding. :”D

Wish me luck! I hope your August was lovely.


Books

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live HereI picked this book up while on honeymoon and was very excited for it: It’s Patrick Ness, man. I love his Chaos Walking trilogy – it was my favorite of his writings. And after reading this book, I’d have to say that Chaos Walking still holds that title. After that great trilogy and the wonderfulness of A Monster Calls, this book kinda fell flat for me. I mean, it’s not bad by any means, it’s pretty much exactly what I expected going into the book. I just didn’t like it because I hated all the characters. I’m not talking a passionate hate or anything, it’s just they were all annoyingly one-dimensional, I guess. I don’t know. This book didn’t do anything for me.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I finally read this, after pre-ordering it when it came out two years ago. I did so both because it’s on my 17 in 2017 list and because I actually like, want to read the things, y’know? With the third one coming out next month, I figured I should jump on it. Ideally I’ll get to the second one this month as well. As per usual, loved it. Illustrations are beautiful. Story is wonderful. Yada yada Harry Potter yada.

Rating: 5/5 stars

14 by Peter Clines

14This is definitely the weirdest book I read this month. Well, this year. 14 is one of those books you pick up knowing ahead of time that it’s supposed to be bizarre but then it still blows away your expectations with how incredibly odd it is. I really liked it! I wrote a blabber on it as well, if you’d like to know my full thoughts, but in summary, if you’re looking for something out of the norm, pick this one up. It was good.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Okay, I’m on this bandwagon now. I see why there’s so much hype about this series. It was really good! But, it wasn’t quite a five star read for me – that might change in the second book, we’ll see.

My main problem is the main character. He grinds my gears. In my mind, he’s pretty much a Mary Sue character. Gah. I mean, he’s not a bad character, he’s just too good I guess. There are a lot of tropes in the book that stuck out me, a lot of them relating because to the ‘Kvoth has no flaws’ thing. Buh. So, I like it so far, but that main character needs some major character development.

Rating: 4/5 stars


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Blog Activity

11 posts created

14 posts – Yeah buddy


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

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

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

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

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

Discard books I donโ€™t like or lose interest in reading โ€“ None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list โ€“ 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

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July Wrap Up | ’17

July Wrap Up

Happy August! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yesterday, August 1st, I got married! And as this post is published, I’ll be on a plane to Hawaii for honeymoon! Therefore, this marks the beginning of my pre-written posts. I don’t know how my internet will be, so please forgive me if replies are delayed by a couple of weeks.

Onto the post though – this month, I actually read a decent bit!


Books

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The HobbitI finally did it, I finally read this book… and honestly I was very underwhelmed. I’m going to commit treason here and say the movies are far far superior to the books. I’m going to forgive the fact that there are zero female characters by falling back on the ‘it’s a dated book’ excuse… but yeesh, for all the talk I’ve heard about Tolkien’s detail and flowery writing, I didn’t see any of that, man. If anything, I feel like there wasn’t enough detail. Events went way too fast, there was a lot of hand-waving… it was really disappointing.

Case in point (mild spoiler): At one point, they were chased out of a cave, climbed a tree, threw some rocks (or potatoes or something) and then were swept away by giant birds. The writing more or was written exactly how I wrote it, plus maybe 100 words. It was a very quick scene that should have been way longer. And to top it off, the whole birds thing has something like ‘Birds that Galdalf saved that one time swooped in and saved them all’. What? This is classic writing? This is considered a hallmark? WHAT?

It was not great. 2.5/5 stars

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1This one, unlike the previous book I just mentioned, was a pleasant surprise. I picked this up on a whim because I had been seeing it around and found myself rather enjoying it. Aside from the goofy naming convention (The Complete Collection vol 1, what?) this manga was a breath of fresh air! It was cute and fluffy and light-hearted… and kinda grim at the same time. It was a weird combination and I really dug it.

4/5 stars

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time BeingThis one… was an interesting read. Some parts of I really really liked. Other parts I didn’t. I think my main biff with this story was the whole ten-minute explanation of all the magical realism elements at the very end. It was like ‘Wow wow wow all this neat stuff happened! I wonder how it was possible!” “Oh, it was totes this”. The End.

It was a lot of build up for such a big let down and it really made me dislike the book as a whole if that’s the explanation they decided to go with without taking the time to fully set it up. Yikes. I mean, the plot of this book is really good – that I really liked. The exposition of it was not great. I wrote a review on it if you’d like to know my full thoughts.

3.5/5 stars

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This book, this book killed me. I adored this book, mostly because it was a wonderful ending to a three-book series. Endings are make or break and this book made it so, so bad. It was wonderful!

I have a full review on this one written up and scheduled for next week, so I won’t go into more detail here. But gah โค It was so great. ๐Ÿ˜€

4.5/5 stars

 

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Blog Activity

11 posts created

A regular posting schedule (plus or minus some) works wonders, yo.


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin โ€“ Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson โ€“ Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Currently Reading
  4. Calibanโ€™s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson โ€“ Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker โ€“ Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcererโ€™s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Currently Reading
  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: 33/50

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

Discard books I donโ€™t like or lose interest in reading โ€“ None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list โ€“ 5(7)/17


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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July Currently Reading

July Currently Reading

Happy July! Guess what, guess what. :”D I got an engagement thingy yesterday! I’ve been engaged for about six months now, but we finally went out and got a ring. It’s neato!

19620918_10209949746473536_1241093298569675453_oThe reason for the delay was I had originally proposed to him, so I wasn’t gonna be all ‘Hey marry me, also I’m getting myself a ring to give myself while I propose to you’. Because yikes. Also, if you ever want a post on the engagement story… it’s a doozy. Like, gummy bears, hysterical sobbing, everything. I’m never, ever doing that ever again.

The main gem is a lotus garnet, the little ones are diamonds and the band is rose gold. SO’s wedding band and my own are also rose gold so everything fits together nice-like. ๐Ÿ˜€

So yeah, just wanted to share. It’s weird having a thing constrict my finger 24/7. I usually don’t wear any jewelry at all, ever.

BACK TO BOOKS NOW, FORGIVE THE INTERMISSION.


Currently Reading

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This is a buddy-read I’m doing with Zezee (at the time of writing this, I’m about five pages away from where I’m supposed to be for today, so I’m doing that after I’m done here! :”D)

This is the third book in the Liveship Trader’s trilogy and the sixth book set in the Realm of the Elderlings series. This book, this series, man. I love it but it exhausts me.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks… I’ve been buzzing through GRRM’s fifth book, which I finished the other day, on audio and in combination with Ship of Destiny, I haven’t had much time for this one. It’s unfortunate, because I’m smitten with it. I suppose I should pick it up soon and get it off the cat’s cat tree so she can actually jump up there again…

 

Orange – The Complete Collection v1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Aside from there being multiple volumes of ‘The Complete Collection’ (you goofy naming convention people) this manga is pretty interesting. It follows a young girl who one day receives a letter from her future self, telling her of things to come and urging her to try to change her future. It’s a magical-realism type series, and I’m seriously digging it so far.

 

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That’s it for what I’m currently reading.

In other news, I’ve been on a graphic novel/manga kick, so expect a haul soon. Also, the annual Half Price Books Clearance Sale near me is occuring at the end of the month, so I’m going to try really hard not to buy anything else between now and then. But then after that, expect likely another decent sized haul. Everything is two bucks, man. I’m gonna go bananas. If you’re near the Pittsburgh area, hit me up. I’m gathering a small army to go there, buy books and then gloat over them while eating lunch together.

In other other news, I’m going to try my hand at a normal posting schedule (gasp). My goal is two-three times a week: Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Wednesdays. I realized that writing on the weekend is the easiest for me to manage and I’m thinking I can pull at least one post off during the middle of the week. Obviously this schedule will not be solid if say, I’m doing a readathon that requires multiple posts per day, or doing Blogmas or something. But yeah, that’s my goal. Wish me luck.

 

 
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July Wrap Up and Mini-Reviews, August Currently Reading

You know, they say time seems to go faster as you get older because fewer and fewer of your experiences are novel to you anymore. When you were little, everything was new – summer lasted years, the wait for Christmas lasted eons. Now summer flies by, Christmas is over before you realized it was coming… all of it because you do the same damn thing day in and day out and all your days blur together.

I need a vacation.

Also, it’s the end of July now. 2016 is zoomin’.

But I did read a couple books this month, so that’s nice.


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for July: 8


Reading Overview for the Month:

Books:

The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. This is a classic sci-fi book written in the 70s. I went into this one only knowing the basic premise: The main character is in a war that requires interstellar travel. That travel causes time dilation, so while he’s fighting a two year tour, dozens, hundreds of years pass on Earth. This book was as much a war novel as it was a culture study. The book starts in the last 90s and ends hundreds of years later. The main character, every time he pops out time from a travel, he has to readjust to what waits for him there – updates to the war, updates to humanity. It takes a look at human fallacy, too. The whole ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ human fault is examined pretty well.

One thing that was handled in an interesting fashion was homosexuality. Keep in mind this book was written in the 70s. The main character is definitely a bit biased towards homosexual people in this book, but it’s addressed and the main character adjusts his views as time moves along. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like that before, especially one written so long ago. The character is biased, not the author. I didn’t feel like I was reading hate-fiction from the author. I didn’t feel like the author felt how his character did. It was really refreshing. A similar view is taken with women’s sexuality in this book. It’s mentioned, mentioned a lot. But the author doesn’t try to shame or write the women badly because of their choices. It was just… reading about people, and it was nice. I mean – the women’s characterization in this book was definitely lacking. The few that exist are partially developed at best, but none of them were seen as ‘bad’ or ‘unworthy’ characters for having sex lives. It was refreshing.

So I gave this book a four stars. Would have easily been five if the women (and honestly all the characters) were characterized a bit better. Multi-faceted personalities, I crave them! – 4 stars

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. This is the second book in The Farseer Trilogy, a series I’m quickly falling in love with. Well, that’s a lie. I’m already in love with it. But if the third book goes as well as the first two did, this series is definitely making me ‘Favorite books’ list. My gosh, I love these. I haven’t started the third one yet, but hope to do so soon-ish. (Zezee if you still wanna do a buddy read, gimme a time-frame. :”D)

This book followed Fitz after the events of the first book. So I’m not going to go into plot to save you from spoilers. What I did like about this book though was the character development. So many different characters are written so fully and well. There are only a couple that stick out in my mind as needing some work – and they’re not exactly major ones so I’m not too worried about it. But men and women in this book both have goals and desires and feelings and dimensions to them. I loved it! Since finishing this book, I think about these characters all the time. I want to be friends with Kettricken, I want to hang out with Burrich. I feel like these characters could be real people. So I very, very much enjoyed this book. – 5 stars

Articles:

Just one this month: Turkey’s coup, explained in under 500 words


 

Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 28/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 2/2
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Woops.


August Currently Reading:

Currently I’m at three, though I’ll likely pick up a new audiobook here pretty quickly.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokรฉmon)

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks
Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic Inc.
And thatโ€™s it! Happy reading!! :”D

 
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July Book Haul | #11

As I’ve stated in the past, I’ve put myself on that ‘Read five, buy one’ thing. The rules are that books I’ve borrowed from friends or the library don’t count, that a comic counts as 1/5 of a book, and books received as gifts don’t count against me.

I’ve also decided to allow myself to purchase books I’ve already read and not have them count as my ‘1’, just because the whole point of this is to decrease my TBR. So if I’ve read the book, it’s not increasing it. ๐Ÿ˜› The only catch to this is I can’t borrow a book, read it, and then buy it right away. Defeats the purpose.

Also, the Half Price Books Clearance Sale was last weekend, and I mentioned in my original post that that was a free day for me. ๐Ÿ˜› So aside from that book haul, I’ve stuck to my goals. Mostly. I purchased one book I hadn’t earned. I did so yesterday. I nerded. Judge away, you goofies.

My bookhaul for this month:

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The first picture is the haul from the clearance sale. The second picture are books I’ve bought/received.

Heir of Fire I’ve read, so it didn’t count as my ‘1’. Saga was my ‘1’ for buying five. The Pokemon Handbook was my failure – totally bought that without reading five books first. I’m in the middle of the Pokemon Go frenzy. I couldn’t help it. I stopped following shortly after generation three was released. Now there are over 700 – I’M SO BEHIND, MAN.

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks was sent to me by the author. I got a book from an author!! I was ecstatic! A few months ago, I mentioned this story on my blog – I had read it as a teenager on fictionpress. Apparently, he’s since got it published and his publicist found my mention on the internet – he ended up contacting me here on my blog and offering to send me a copy of the thing in exchange for a review. I totes said yes, by the way. :”D So I’m in the middle of reading it, and it’s causing a good bit of nostalgia for me – it was one of my favorite stories when I was younger. So woot woot woot, I’m diggin’ it!

So that’s it for this month! I’m currently sitting at two books in the next five to buy a book, but I’m going to use that ‘1’ to ‘pay for’ the pokemon guide I bought so I strike even again. Hee hee. Heeeee.

Get any gooduns this month? Read any of the ones above? Like me know, peeps.

Happy reading!

 
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