July Wrap Up! ’20

Wrap Up

Happy August! Today is my three year wedding anniversary! So that’s pretty neat. We’re gonna order steak or something for dinner, I think.

Anyways, I read five books this month – I didn’t pick up a manga all month which was weird. It’s been literal years since I’ve done that. Who knows why.


That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1 (Light Novel)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime vol 1 by Fuze – This was a 10 in 2020 book, so progress, yay! This is the light novel the anime was based on and while I thought the anime, particularly the beginning, was decent, my feelings unfortunately didn’t transfer to this novel. I didn’t enjoy being in the main character’s head – he’s a bit of a skeeve and after getting more than fifty percent through the book he showed no signs of improvement. In fact he got worse, and the things he thought and did were written as if to be funny instead of a problem. So I dumped it. The anime, while having hints of this, didn’t really get into as much detail, which is why I was able to finish it. But this man, no thanks. DNF at 58%. – 1 star

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – This was a reread for me, which I’m doing in prep of picking up the sequel. I wrote a coffee time post about it, along with one for The Hunger Games if you’re interested. But overall, I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first time I read it in 2011. 4.5 stars

Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son, #1)

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – This is the first book in Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy and I ended up really enjoying this. This series follows a young man, Nevare, born to be a soldier and living on the frontier of his country. The empire he lives in is trying to expand east, into lands inhabited by the Plainspeople, various groups of people with various shamanic-like magical abilities. Nevare himself is destined to be a soldier in this expansion and is sent to a military academy for training. This book tackles a lot of topics such as an over-bearing patriarchy, prejudice, sexism, fatphobia, spiritualism, and learning to admit to oneself when one is being an asshole. I really like the characterization in this book and the more that I think about it I think I want to write a full review for this. So, that’ll be to come, I guess. 4.25 stars


Inspection by Josh Malerman – This is probably my favorite read of the month, just beating out the Hobb book but a little, itty bitty bit. This book is by the same author that wrote Bird Box, which I read a couple years ago and loved. This one follows a young boy named J, who lives in a tower with 23 other boys, all named B through Y. The tower they live in is surrounded by pines, and none of them have ever left. None of them know what the outside world is like, and none of them have ever met a woman, let alone know that they exist. This book was really good. 4.5 stars

Pestilence (The Four Horsemen, #1)

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – This was a 10 in 2020 book, so progress, yay! This book is a romance and follows a woman named Sara after she tries to kill Pestilence, one of the four horsemen in the flesh who appeared on Earth to end the world. Obviously this book is apocalyptic, as there’s a plague sweeping the land (sound familiar) and has a 100% kill rate.

I had… a love hate relationship with this book. I liked the premise and some of the execution, but it kinda fell flat at the end and honestly made me kinda peeved. I’m tempted to do a spoilerly blabber on this one to get my points out, because it’s rare I read a book that gets a middle of the road rating and makes me so happy and mad at the same time. We’ll see we’ll see. 2.5 stars


And that’s it! I really need to hop back into manga, I miss it! I made a big manga order for my coming bday (the 7th), which should ship soon-ish I hope, so I’m hoping to read most of not all of that order this coming month.

If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

July book haul! | #42

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I got some books this month! Just a few, which is smaller than my hauls have been lately, so this’ll be short and sweet.

This is what I got:

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos – This one’s been on my list for a while, but I’ve never actually seen it in stores before. So when I did happen to spy it last time I was in BN, I picked it up.

Goodreads synopsis: Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.

Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – This is the 25th Anniversary Illustrated edition, and it’s signed! I also got some awesome character art to go along with it, check it out!

Goodreads synopsis of book 1, Assassin’s Apprentice: In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – I picked this book up shortly before finishing the first one, which I buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. I ended up really, really liking it and knew the second one would be a given for me to get. So here it is!

Goodreads synopsis of book 1, Shaman’s Crossing: Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King’s Cavalla Academy–and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates–before joining the King of Gernia’s brutal campaign of territorial expansion. The life chosen for him will be fraught with hardship, for he must ultimately face a forest-dwelling folk who will not submit easily to a king’s tyranny. And they possess an ancient magic their would-be conquerors have long discounted–a powerful sorcery that threatens to claim Nevare Burvelle’s soul and devastate his world once the Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares.


And that’s it! Next month, I guarantee my haul’s gonna be sizeable. I turn 30 on the 7th and was originally planning on throwing me and my friend (also turning 30 five days after me) a birthday bash. But due to the plague, that’s been cancelled. So the hundreds I was gonna sink into the party prep will now being going towards books. Yay for me.

Happy reading!


July Currently Reading! ’20

Currently Reading

Happy July! This is what I’m currently reading!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Picked this up in prep for reading the prequel that came out. As of writing this, I’m three chapters in. I’m rather liking it. Everyone and their mom has read this book so, no synopsis from me!

Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son, #1)

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – This is the first book in the Solder Son trilogy, the last remaining series written by Robin Hobb that I haven’t read yet. It’s also the only trilogy written under this name that’s not part of the Realm of the Elderlings world. I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and we’re both rather enjoying it so far. It follows the second son of a second son, destined to be a soldier in a world set on the frontier. The main character Navare lives on the edge of the kingdom, where the Plainspeople of the unclaimed lands can be interacted with. The magic in this is really neat – shamans and spirit realms and all sorts of things. I dig it. As of writing this, I’m just over the half way point, so I’m expecting this to be complete by the end of the month.


Reamde by Neal Stephenson – This is my current audio book! This one’s a chunker. The book comes in at over 1000 pages, and the audio book is over 38 hours. I listen at 1.5 speed though, so I should have it done in about 29 or 30. This book follows a guy who creates a virtual video game world, and goes into economics of gold farming and yada yada. So far, the plot so far is really neat. The main character though is grating on my nerves. I’m hoping the audiobook will keep me interested – so far it’s the saving grace, hah.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

July Book Haul |#30

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Happy book haul day! This month, I was able to stick to my five actual-book limit, but then I went a bit crazy on manga because Barnes and Noble has a 3 for 2 sale and I have no impulse control. (buuut if you remember, manga doesn’t count, because my limit is arbitrary and I said it doesn’t count, so it doesn’t. pbtbt).

This is what I got!

I’m so pumped.

My Hero Academia vol 8 – 16 by Kohei Horikoshi: I figured since they were on sale that I’d just like… get all the available issues. I have 17-19 on the way but since they’re not here yet, they’re gonna be part of next month’s haul.

Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan: So when I saw this is stores I may or may not have squeaked a bit. I’ve been after this book for ages and when I met up with my buddy to go book shopping, I think I startled her with how excited I was to see this.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence: See above. I’ve been looking for it for ages and found a copy used. 😀

Reamde by Neal Stephenson: Basically, I went to a Neal Stephenson event last month and got his latest book. But apparently it follows the characters from this one, so I have to start with this one. Whatevs, more books for me!

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson: I read The Remnant Chronicles last year and found it to be okay. I loved the world but the plot and characters were just alright. But this book takes place in the same world, with all new characters! So I’m totally pumped for this one.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: What else can I say – I’m jumping on the bandwagon, dammit.

Spice & Wolf vol 1 by Isuna Hasekura: I’ve actually read this one already. I thought it was decent! I’m interested in reading more.

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui: I’ve been liking this series so far, so I’m hoping this volume will be lovely as well

Goblin Slayer vols 2 – 5 by Kumo Kagyu: I think this is my latest obsession manga. With these volumes, I believe I’m caught up.

And that’s it! Five books and…. many more manga. Until next month, happy reading!

July Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello! These are the books I’m currently reading!

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audiobook and I’m rather digging it. It’s the second book in the Truthwitch series, and continues immediately where the first book left off. I mentioned finishing the first one yesterday, and so far I’m liking this one just as much as the previous. The character introductions and developments so far in it are pretty neat. As of right now, I’m roughly 20% of the way through it.

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I restarted this book last month, after having it sit on page 270 for over a year. The fifth books comes out this fall and I wanna finish it before then. Rereading it though, at least the first couple hundred pages, was definitely a good idea. I forgot so much! I’m very much enjoying this – currently on page 54.

Fool's Quest  (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)

Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb – This is my current buddyread with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! This is the fifteenth book in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world and the second book in the final trilogy, Fitz and the Fool. So far I’m rather digging it, specifically within the last hundred pages I’ve read or so. The pace has really picked up and I’m hoping the two of us can finish this book this month. Currently on page 304.

And that’s it! I’m itching to pick up so many books right now but I’m really trying to keep books off the backburner. I’ll pick up a new one when I finish the Weeks book. :”D Until then, happy reading!

July Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up


Happy bday Harry. This is what I read this month:


Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vols 1-2 by Fujita

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)This is my latest obsession. This series is fantastic. It follows two working adults, both rather nerdy, who decide to date each other, because they feel they’ll be able to understand each other’s obsessions better than people who aren’t as nerdy. It’s simple, it’s fluffy, it’s about adults instead of teenagers. I loved it.

I wrote a spoiler-free blabber on the series and I’m happily awaiting volume 3.

5/5 stars each



Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1)I did not like this one. At all. I thought it was poorly written, the characters were awful, the plot was… okay. It was just all around not a good time for me. I wrote a very spoilery rant-blabber on this one.

It follows a young woman from our world who pays a witch to transport her to a parallel universe, where she assumes the identity of another version of herself, a princess. And then all these borderline abusive ‘romantic’ things happen and it’s super unhealthy ‘cute’. ._.

1.5/5 stars


Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)Rereading this series is so much fun. This is the fourth book in Novik’s Temeraire series, and officially the point of no return: When I first read this series as a teenager, this is the last book I finished. I got part way through Victory of Eagles, but only about a hundred pages. So now that I’m listening to that one, I’m in all new content territory.

I love this series so much.

5/5 stars





Other Things

  • July lasted for ages. I feel like we’ve been in this month for six years.
  • I went to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and got a butt-load of books. Soooo now I’m on a book buying ban, but that’ll be its own post.

Maybe that’s why July took so long – every day was full of stuff but nothing was really noteworthy, if that makes sense.

Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 43/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 2/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 12
    • July-September purchases: I don’t wanna talk about it
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: Need to recount
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018

And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

July Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

I’ve added a fourth weekly post! Well, at least for a few weeks – we’ll see how long I can get content put together for four posts. My reading speed has picked up, so I’m hoping it’ll last at least a couple months.

Today’s post is what I’m currently reading as of today – for those unfamiliar with my blog, I don’t write TBR posts because I’m rather awful at sticking to them. Instead, at the beginning of every month, I make a post about what I’m tackling at the moment.

Anyways, these are the books that I’m nose-deep in:

Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

I’ve been rereading all of the Temeraire series in prep for reading the last three books – I’m enjoying this just as much as I did when I read it back in high school. This is my current audiobook and the narration is being done by Simon Vance, my absolute fave ❤ This series, if you haven’t picked it up, you totally should. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era. It’s so, so so good. As of right now, I’m about 25% through of it.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This book’s been on my ‘currently reading’ the longest, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. I just keep getting distracted. The fourth book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, I’m loving it just as much as I did the first three. It’s become one of my all-time favorite series. Here is a link to the blurb of the first one, should you be interested.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)

This one I originally picked up as an audiobook, but I’ve since switched over to reading it physically and am enjoying so much more. I can see why this one has gotten the hype it has. I’m hoping I end up liking it the whole way through – I’m on a few chapters in so far. I really like the setting – the fantasy its set in is based on various Asian cultures instead of your typical medieval european ones. It’s pretty neato.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

This one I originally hadn’t intended on picking up so soon, but when I mentioned I was doing the Tome Topple readathon and said I didn’t have any reading buddies, one of my friendos contacted me and said she had this book as well if we wanted to buddy read it. So here we are. 😀 So far I’m digging the plot and the setting, but I’m a tad iffy on the main character. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt until she gets some opportunity for character growth though.

And that’s it! For now, my posting schedule will be Tues-Wed-Sat-Sun. Wish me luck. Happy reading!

2018 Anticipated Releases | July-December

Anticipated Releases

Happy Half-Way-Through-2018! (obligitory ‘what no how did time happen it went so fast blah de blah’). One day the space-time continuum will knock it off and then we’ll be fine.

This is a continuation of a post I made back in January, which covered releases from January through June. I figured it’d be easier with release dates and yada yada.

Like last time, I can’t really say much about the books aside from ‘I’m excited for them’ so these will contain mostly release dates, synopses, and maybe a little bit of me foaming at the mouth.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning SilverAnticipated release date: July 10th

Goodreads synopsis: Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

Everything I’ve ever read by Naomi Novik, I’ve loved. I’m currently rereading her Temeraire series and Uprooted was one of my faves last year or two years ago. Am v. excited.

Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson

Rejoice, A Knife to the HeartAnticipated Release Date: October something-th

Goodreads synopsis: Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart tells the story of the Intervention, which begins when Samantha August, science fiction writer, disappears into a beam of light, apparently from a UFO, while walking along a busy street in Victoria, Canada. While footage of the incident – captured on smartphones – goes viral, Samantha wakes up in a small room, where she is greeted by the voice of Adam, who explains that they are in orbit and he is AI communicant of the Intervention Delegation, a triumvirate of alien civilisations seeking to ensure the continuing evolution of Earth as a viable biome. Thus begins an astonishing, provocative, beautifully written and startlingly visionary novel of First Contact.

So, Malazan is on my list of things to read, but it’s intimidating. I figure starting with another of the author’s books might uh… acclimatize me.

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual HistoryAnticipated Release Date: October 23rd

Goodreads synopsis: Dungeons and Dragons is the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchise in the world. It is a seminal RPG (role-playing game) and the inspiration for video games like World of Warcraft and Zelda, fantasy art, and countless other facets of “geek culture.” This officially licensed illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the game, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. It features more than 700 pieces of artwork–from each edition of the game’s core books, supplements, and modules; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; classic advertisements and merchandise; and never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more from the now-famous designers and artists associated with the game. The superstar author team gained unparalleled access to the archives of Wizards of the Coast and the personal collections of top collectors, as well as the designers and illustrators who created the distinctive characters, concepts, and visuals that have defined fantasy art and gameplay for generations. This is the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled, making this the ultimate collectible for the game’s millions of fans around the world.


The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant, #2)Anticipated Release Date: October 30th

As this is a sequel, here is the Goodreads synopsis to the first book in the series: Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

This is my absolute number one anticipated book. I am dying for it.



And that’s it! I decided to do a bit different than the last post – I posted the books I’m absolutely certain I will purchase. Many of the ones from the Jan-June list are still unread and unpurchased both. So these are the top of the top, man.

So! What are you looking forward to this year and why is it The Monster Baru Cormorant? Also, I mean, other books too. Happy reading!

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. 😀

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. 😀 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.


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

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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


Blog Activity

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14 posts – Yeah buddy

Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

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

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

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

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

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

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

And that’s it! Happy reading!

July Wrap Up | ’17

July Wrap Up

Happy August! 😀 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!


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 ❤ It was so great. 😀

4.5/5 stars



r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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


LOOK I made a bingo!! 😀

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 – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Currently Reading
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  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 Sorcerer’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 – Was complete, need to do again.

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

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

And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D