June Wrap Up! ’20

Wrap Up

All the months are blending together, this month was a bit hotter than the last, but that’s all I can give ya about it. These are all the books I’ve read in the past thirty or so days:

Books

The Inheritance & Other Stories

The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm – This is a short story collection containing works by the same woman under different pen names. She one of my favorite authors of all-time, and over the past few years I’ve absorbed her Hobb Realm of the Elderlings series into my psyche. This short story collection contains a few stories set in that world, and were the last in-world materials I had yet to read, so I picked it up with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, because we’ve been buddy reading almost the entire over-arching world together at this point! After this we’re gonna have to find another huge series to lose ourselves in, will need something to fill the void.

The three Hobb stories in this I rather liked – They were between four and three stars each, which considering my track record with short story collections is pretty good. The Lindholm stories though were unfortunately not as palatable to me. There were a couple I liked, but most of them were either just ok or I actively disliked them. Emily-reads-short-stories-syndrome strikes again, I guess.

Overall though, this was a decent collection. The Hobbs stories were definitely my favorite bits. 3.5 stars

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – This is a bit outside my typical genre, as I’m not a huge literary fiction reader. It follows an elderly man after he passes away and meets five people in heaven. Kinda self-explanatory. I feel like this story was written to pull at the heartstrings throughout, but personally it didn’t really pull me in. I could see the elements that were to be really striking, but I don’t know, I wasn’t really affected, except for when the main character was talking to one specific person. I feel like I wasn’t the target audience for this. But regardless, I did overall enjoy it. I’m glad I read it, both because it’s so well-known and now I’m in the know, and because my mother in law loves this book and now we have one more thing to talk about together. 3.5 stars

Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White and & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – I picked this book up on audio this month! This follows the first son of the United States and a prince of Wales in a hate-to-love romance. I thought it was cute. The hype for this one definitely affected my judgement though. This book was listed in many people’s favorites from last year and I can totally see why, but because of that I guess I had my expectations a bit too high. Regardless though, I did rather enjoy it for what it was. 3.75 stars

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – Again, an audio book! This book follows a group of college students attending a prestigious arts college, studying Shakespeare, and a murder. The narration of this was fantastic, I really liked the way Shakespearean verse was interjected throughout the book, and the way it paralleled Shakespeare’s writing at times. This book really pulled me in, and I found myself wanting to reread all the plays that I read back in high school, convinced I’d appreciate them more this time around. This is again a bit outside my usual genre, but man, that did not stop me from really loving this. The only reason I’m knocking a half star is I was able to see the plot twists coming, so some of the wow factor was dissipated for me. But even so, I seriously recommend this book, it was fantastic. Definitely my favorite of the month. I don’t have a physical copy of this as I listened to it on Scribd, but I gotta get one, man. I can definitely see myself rereading this. 4.5 stars

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I picked this up because I recently purchased the prequel, as seen in this month’s haul. I haven’t actually read these books since I originally read them back in 2010 or so, when they had first come out. I’ve watched the movies multiple times but never actually reread the books. So with this new one coming out I wanted to refresh myself on the source material. When I originally read this at around 20 years old-ish, I gave it a five star rating. I remember loving it. This time around, it got a four. I think it’s just from 1, being a decade older and 2, having read more and more books and being able to better define what I’m looking for in a five star book. So I definitely enjoyed this reread, but I feel like I was able to give it a more realistic rating for my opinion of it. Catching Fire is next, hopefully this coming month. 4 stars

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I FINALLY FINISHED IT. I’ve been reading this book for literally years. Why? I don’t know. This book was basically always on the back-burner. I really liked it, mind you, but it always took a back seat, perhaps unfairly. Out of the four books I’ve read in this series, this is probably the one I liked the least. And by ‘least’ I mean it got a 4.25 when all the others got a 5, so take that as you will.

This series follows a slew of characters and involved a magic system based on the visible light spectrum. Users of this system are able to convert light into physical matter, forming it into whatever their heart desires, but the more the user does the magic, the closer it brings them to death. This series also has politics and war and religious factions and all sorts of things. I love it. And it’s funny! 4.25 stars

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Manga

Shaman King, Vol. 5: The Abominable Dr. Faust

Shaman King vols 5-6 by Hiroyuki Takei – Continued this series a bit this month, I really need to pick up the pace. Some new characters were introduced in these volumes, one of them being an necromancer that was way more intense than I remember in the filtered anime that came out a while ago. So I’m rather enjoying this, the plot is getting more and more involved with each volume. 4 and 3.75 stars

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 3 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #3)

Kakuriyo vol 3 by Waco Ioka – This was just as good as the first two volumes, and I’m solidly invested at this point. This series is very Spirited Away-y, only a bit darker and more involved. It follows the main character, who gets pulled into the spirit world and is made to be an ogre spirit’s wife. She isn’t having it though, and strives to be independent within the world she’s found herself. I really like it, and wrote a blabber on vols 1 and 2, in case you’re interested. 4 stars

Takane & Hana, Vol. 3

Takane & Hana vol 3 by Yuki Shiwasu – Continued this series a bit too! I’m still luke warm on this one but so far it’s still sweet and innocent, which is what I’m after. There’s a sizeable age gap in this, so it could potentially go weird. For now though, it’s pretty good, and I plan to continue it. 3.75 stars

Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 1 (Ajin: Demi-Human, #1)

Ajin vol 1 by Tsuina Miura – This is definitely an interesting manga. I’m only one volume in so far and I’m rather intrigued. It takes place in a world where occasionally, someone doesn’t die when they’re supposed to. They find out they can’t die, and therefore that they’re an Ajin. In this world, Ajin are seen as not human, as a different species slowly infiltrating the human race. And thing is, until someone dies… and then doesn’t, nobody knows if they’re one of them or not. It’s really fascinating, and deals with some heavy topics. 3.5 stars

5 Centimeters per Second (5 Centimeters per Second, #1-2)

5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai – This is a one shot manga, following a pair of childhood friends as they grow up and grow apart. It had a sort of melancholy feel to it, and the author did a really good job at showing how the characters subtly pined for each other as they lost contact. I really enjoyed the emotional elements to this. The plot though was a bit sedated. Nothing really happened except the passage of time, and the ending was ultimately unsatisfying to me, but then again maybe that was the point. This manga was based on the animated movie I believe which I haven’t seen yet but I would like to. 3 stars

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 3

Blue Exorcist vol 3 by Kazue Kato – This series is definitely getting more interesting with each volume. It follows a young man who discovers he’s the son of satan in a world where demons are routinely exorcised. The main character decides to take control of his situation and join the exorcism academy, set on defeating satan. It has a lot of action elements, some good character development, and even a bit of humor here and there. I really like it. 3.75 stars

Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 2

Absolute Boyfriend vols 1-6 by Yuu Watase – This is essentially a quintessential shojo manga. I read the whole series this month, and it was a blast from the past and so, so very entertaining. This series follows a teenage girl who orders a robot boyfriend on a free trial, and then doesn’t return him quickly enough and is then stuck trying to pay him off. The AI in this is very life-like and without knowing he’s a robot, you’d never be able to tell.

I gotta tell ya, this series is like, absolutely insane. It’s completely over the top absurd and funny and really, don’t go into this expecting an actual serious plot. Just go with the flow and take each plot development with humor and you’ll love it. It’s. Nuts. 3.5-4.5 stars each


Other Stuff

  • I went to the bookstore this month! Like three times! Though I have a feeling it’s a luxury that’ll go away again. Spikes are a thing because nobody feels like taking preventative measures, apparently.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 134/100
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
    April – Pass
    May – Pass
    June – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 235

And that’s it! I actually read books this month (and bought books too, which hasn’t happened in a while). I’m glad I’m actually in the mood for novels again, I missed them.

Happy reading!

June Book Haul! | #41 – the ‘vol 3 haul’

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Happy almost-July! I actually bought books this month along with my manga, so I’m back to actually titling the posts as book hauls instead of manga hauls. Where I live, the bookstores have opened up again, albeit with limited capacity and masks required, so I went a few times because THERE WAS A HOLE IN MY SOUL, MAN. Also basically all the manga I bought this month were vol 3. Weird.

This is what I got!

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Demon Slayer vols 1-6 by Koyoharu Gotouge – I’ve mentioned before that I’m obsessed with the anime, particularly the music, so I wanted to give the source material a try as well. I’m happy to see that the covers of this series are just as vibrant as the anime.

This story follows Tanjiro – the boy on the cover of issue 1 – after his family is slayed and his sister is turned into a demon. He goes on a journey to become a demon slayer and turn his sister back into a human again. It has wonderful characters, beautiful art, and a plot that’s more than you’d think. It’s really, really good. Honestly I know I just bought the manga, but if you wanna check it out, I really recommend the anime. The music just makes it, man.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vol 3 by Waco Ioka – This is continuing my collection, and I’m on the hunt for more. I wrote a blabber about vols 1 and 2, spoiler-free, should you feel inclined to check it out.

Kakuriyo gives me serious Spirited Away vibes, but with slightly darker and more serious elements. The main character on the right of the cover is swept off into the spirit world, and is told she is to be the guy on the left’s bride. She obviously isn’t havin it though, so it’s the story of her trying to navigate this spirit world. It’s really nice and atmospheric.

Takane & Hana vol 3 by Yuki Shiwasu – I picked this up on one of my bookstore excursions!

This series fallows Hana, who stands in for her older sister during an arranged marriage meet-up, and Takane, who is the potential match. It’s cute and fluffy so far, but there’s a decent age gap, so I’m still luke-warm to it. It has the potential to be wholesome, but it could also go creepy, so I’m waiting to see which way it goes.

The Way of the House Husband vol 3 by Kousuke Oono – I’m really pumped for this one, the first two were hilarious!

This series follows a man once known as ‘The Immortal Dragon’, a high ranking member of the yakuza, after he settles down, gets married, and tries to run the household while his wife goes to work. It’s seriously wonderful and wholesome and the main couple has such a chill relationship, I love it.

Magus of the Library vol 3 by Mitsu Izumi – I’ve only read the first volume of this so far, but I’m rather smitten.

Magus of the Library takes place in a land where libraries are a powerful source of knowledge, and librarians are heroic adventurers that go around the world and collect rare and wonderful books. The main character stars off as a child in one of the villages the librarians visit to collect an enchanted tome, and it goes from there. Seriously, the first volume alone had me sold.

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – Honestly I can’t even tell you what this one is about, only that I’m excited to read it.

Juliet Marillier has become an auto-buy author for me, after only reading one of her books. I read Daughter of the Forest late last year and loved it, but I really fell in love with the settings of her books and the writing style. And for some reason, my book store never seems to keep her in stock. So when I do happen to see her books, I scoop them up!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – Last week, Ms Shetterly made a presentation where she basically got on and streamed to all of us live, talking about the events that inspired the book, the ladies the book was about, and everything that’s going on right now in today’s atmosphere with the Black Lives Matter movement. I thought she gave a wonderful presentation and she was really inspiring. I loved the movie when it came out and at her presentation I realized I didn’t have the book, so I bought it!

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan – This one I am very pumped about.

This is the second book in the series, the first being A Natural History of Dragons, which I read in April and loved. This book is essentially a travel and research journal written by a fantasy equivalent of a Victorian-age woman who ventures into the wild to study dragons! The first was really clever and witty and entertaining and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this one too.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – I’m rereading the original trilogy in prep for this one, since it’s been probably ten years since I actually read them.

The is the prequel, following I think President Snow and Mags? Or something? Honestly I’m not positive. But really how could I not get this?

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And that’s it! Four books, ten manga. I’ve already read about half the manga, so expect to see it again tomorrow in my wrap up 😛

Happy reading!

June Currently Reading!

Currently Reading

Today is almost June and it’s blowing my mind, people. This is what I’m currently reading:

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I feel like I’ve been talking about this one for ages, but I’m still chuggin along. I rather like it so I’m hoping to finish it this month.

The Inheritance & Other Stories

The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm – I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and I’m bad because I was supposed to have it done today. In theory by the time this goes up it’ll actually be done – I only have about fifty pages left and I can knock that out in an hour. Regardless though, this is a short story collection and usually that’s not my jam, but I’m rather enjoying these. Probably because they’re Hobb-y.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This one is my current audio book and a bit outside my usual genre. I’m liking it so far though – the narration is compelling and the characters are interesting!


And that’s it! I’m keeping my currently reading books minimum right now – my ‘main’ read, a buddy read, and an audio book. The format is helping me keep books from falling to the wayside and get stuck on the back burner for years. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

June Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Happy end-of-June! I only read two books this month. Slumpy? No idea. I really liked both books I read at least!

Books

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – I ended up really liking this book. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber about it if you’d like to know my full thoughts, but to sum up: it lived to my expectations. Thoroughly good.

4 stars

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This was my audiobook of the month and I really liked this one too. It took me a chapter or two to get into it, but once the friendship between Safi and Iseult became a focus I found myself really enjoying it. I’m currently on book two, but that’ll be talked about more tomorrow.

4 stars


Other Things


Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 44/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 5/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 271
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | 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! This month kinda flew by to be honest. Also, today is my sister’s birthday! Which is weird! She needs to stop aging and be little forever! Happy reading!

June Book Haul! |#29

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Hello, and happy book buying season! If you haven’t been following my last few posts, I completed my book buying ban! From April 1st – June 15th, I bought zero books! Since then, I’ve acquired three: I allow myself five books per month (not including manga if I read it the day of purchase) so this month I cut that number in half (ish) because otherwise what was the point of banning myself half a month?

Anyways, the books!

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I’m very excited for all three of these, but one of them might take me a while to get to. That’s ok though – whenever the apocalypse happens, I’ll have plenty to read to pass the time.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson – This is the one that might take me a bit. It follows characters that star in another Stephenson book, Reamde, and I haven’t read that one yet (I don’t even own it yet). I got this book (it’s signed!) at a Neal Stephenson even that I attended earlier last week! If you’d like to see the details of that, check out the post I wrote about it.

Recursion by Blake Crouch – This is Crouch’s newest release and it’s been on my radar since I finished Dark Matter, also by him. I ended up really enjoying Dark Matter and wrote a mini blabber on it. I’ve heard this one get really good reviews, so I’m pretty pumped for it!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – This baby I’ve wanted since it came out, but just never got around to picking it up. But when I saw it in paperback the day my ban was over, it was like a sign from God, telling me ‘get it get it get it get it read it read it’. How could I say no?


And that’s it! I didn’t get any manga this month (though I looked) and next month I kiiinda expect to go over my five book limit. In theory, the Half Price Books clearance sale is happening and if I’m around for it, I’m going to go to it. We’ll see. 😛 Happy reading!

June Currently Reading

Currently Reading

Hello, this is what I’m currently reading!

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

Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb – This is the second-to-last book in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world, and the second in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. I just started this this morning so I’m only a page into it, but I’m already feeling the nosalgia, and I’m already feeling kinda sad that the series is almost over ;~; I wanna read these books forever, wah. As usual, this is a buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! 😀

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This is finally off the back burner list! Every The Burning WhiteCurrently Reading post, I tend to have a book or two on the backburner – books that I’ve picked up and am ‘currently reading’ but might not have actually touched in months or weeks because I got distracted by other books. But! I’ve finally returned to this book after what… eight months? And I’ve also started it over again because I totally forgot what was happening. I’m going to y’know, actually finish it this time, especially with The Burning White coming out this fall.

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Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audiobook! I’m about a quarter of the way through it so far, and I’m rather liking it. The magic system is really neat, and I like the friendship dynamic between the two main characters. I’m hoping this book lives up to the hype!


And that’s it! I’m trying to limit how many books I’m reading at a time to avoid books ending up on the back burner list again. It’s currently empty and I wanna keep it that way.

Happy reading!

June Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Obligatory ‘damn you space-time continuum and your consistent moving-forward-ness’.

Happy July! I actually did a decent bit of reading in June – there was the MangaReadathon that got me reading quite a bit of manga. So I had set my Goodreads goal for 40 books this year, thinking it’d be a slower year for me, aaaaand now I’m sitting at 39 read. It’s pretty neat.

So this is what’s been goin’ down:

Books

I read 22 things this month, 16 of them being manga and 6 being books:

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. MaasI bought this one shortly after it came out, hoping it would be an improvement on the third one. Buuut it was a bit of a downer, wasn’t great, was just okay. I wrote a blabber on it if you’d like to know more of my thoughts.

3 stars

Livingstone vols 2-4 by Tomohiro Maekawa

Livingstone, Vol. 2 by Tomohiro MaekawaThis series I finished up this month after starting it last month during the borrowathon. I rather enjoyed this series, and definitely recommend it. I also wrote a blabber on this one as well. 😀 It follows two character as they try to keep people’s souls from shattering. It’s really neat.

4 stars

Halo: The Flood by William C Dietz

Halo by William C. DietzI picked this up at the behest of my coworker, who was the one who got me to read the first one last month. I enjoyed this one as well, but I think I liked the first one better. The series is written by a different author each book, so I’m thinking it was just the writing style change. It’s still a decent series though, and I’ll be picking up the third one soon-ish.

3 stars

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Fool's Fate by Robin HobbThis one. Gosh, this one. I’ve tried to write a blabber about it a handful of times now, and it keeps getting jumbled. I have so many feelings about this book, and I can’t get them straight. Maybe at some point I’ll get a coherent blabber out for this. Augh, this one will be with me for a long time. This whole trilogy will. I read it with Zezee, and I know she’s still jumbled in knots about it too. ONE DAY I’LL GET OVER IT. MAYBE.

5 stars

Just Around the Corner by Touko Kawai

Just Around the Corner by Touko KawaiI read this manga as part of the manga readathon. It was a gift to me by that one friend that I have mentioned – the one where our tastes are 100% alike or way way way off kilter. This, unfortunately, was the latter. I didn’t like this. The plot twist in this book made me feel so uncomfortable, and I will be trading this one in. It’s not staying on my shelves. The only reason it didn’t get a one star is because the art style was nice.

2 stars

Scryed vol 1 by Yasunari Toda

Scryed, Volume 1 by Yasunari TodaRead as part of the manga readathon, this fulfilled the challenge of ‘oldest manga on my tbr’. I must have bought this near a decade ago. I remember loving the anime when it was on tv so I figured I’d like this too. Well, I did, but I feel the anime is better. 😛 Sue me.

3 stars

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Black Powder War by Naomi NovikAhhh this series is so good! I’ve been rereading it by listening on audiobook and I’m enjoying it so much. It’s so great. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the napoleonic era, and it’s cute and funny and actiony and just.. wahh ❤

5 stars

 

Demon Diary vols 1-7 by Kara

Demon Diary, Volume 01 by KaraI read this entire seven volume series for the manga readathon and adored it (up until the end, which was just okay.) This follows a young man who is forced into the role of demon lord and is honestly not suited or it at all. It’s a fluffy cute series mostly about his mentor getting aggravated as he tries to train the main character into being a decent ruler. This series had so much more potential and could have easily gone on another ten volumes. The ending though was a bit abrupt, resulting in vol 7 getting 3 stars, but the rest hovering around 4-5 stars each.

4.5 stars

Seraph of the End vols 1-2 by Takaya Kagami

Seraph of the End, Vol. 1 by Takaya KagamiI ended up really liking the first volume of this and the second was… not as good. Being a vampire series I was a bit iffy about it, but it surprised me with the uniqueness of it. The second volume however went downhill because I can’t stand the main character. 😛 He’s a pain in the butt.

3.5 stars

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiI FINALLY FINISHED IT. I’VE BEEN READING THIS BOOK SINCE THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY. This book was such a challenge for me, but because it was on my 10 in 2018 list, I wanted to give it my best to try and actually finish the thing. There are so many things about this book that I liked and so many that I didn’t. This will be getting a blabber soon, and I hope I can give its complexity justice.

2.75 stars

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness by Masaji IshikawaThis is the third memoir I’ve read about a person from North Korea. Each one of them, including this one, crushed me. I cried. This book is just so much to take in. I can’t give it anything but 5 stars. How am I supposed to give a rating to someone’s life? Especially someone who has suffered so much.

5 stars

Orange: The Complete Collection vols 1-2 by Ichigo Takano

Orange by Ichigo TakanoI finally finished this series as of yesterday. I had read the first one a while ago and forgot the details, so I reread it and then the second one as part of the Tome Topple Readathon, which is still ongoing. I loved it, and I have the sequel-afterward thingy still to read, but that will wait until after the readathon is over.

4.75 stars

AND THAT’S IT. THAT’S ALL THE BOOKS. YEESH.


Other Things

  • I saw Incredibles 2 this month, which was wonderful. My husband hadn’t seen the first one, so I went out and bought it, we watched it, and then we went to see the second one the next day. 😀
  • I managed to get tickets to see Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! recorded live, so I’m going to Chicago in August!

Reading Goals

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

June Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy June! This is what I’m currently reading:

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3)This is my buddy read with Zezee and I’m totally loving it. I’m in the middle of chapter 12 currently, will try to be through 17 by the end of the day – we’ll see how much time I actually get to read, here.

Robin Hobb at this point has securely claimed a place in my favorite authors list. She’s just so great. ❤

 

 

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)The third book in the Temeraire series, I’m mostly through it at this point. I probably have about an hour or so of listening left. And then on to Empire of Ivory! 😀

 

 

 

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)This is okay so far. I haven’t really gotten to the plot yet, if there is one, so at the moment it’s kinda reading like a fanfiction. We’ll see how it goes I suppose.

 

 

 

 

The books that have taken a back seat:

These books I’m technically currently reading, but I haven’t touched them in a while. I made a post a bit back about reading multiple books at once, and when it gets to this amount, I tend to read them like a stack. Think programming stack, or stack of plates at a buffet. The first goes on, the second on top of it, the third on top of that, so on and so forth. When you try to get them off, you have to take the most recently placed ones first before you can get down to the original. So these four are the lowest on the stack right now, hence have been untouched for a while:

Once I finish the above three, these ones will once again take main focus. I’m particularly keen to get back to the Halo book and the Brent Weeks book. 😀


And that’s it! Happy reading!

May-June-y Book Haul | #18

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Hello, a haul today. And from this point until July 29th, I will not be purchasing any books. July 29th is the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and I’m gonna go bananas. So until then, I’m cutting myself off cold turkey. Part of me is all ‘nooooo~~~’ and the other part is ‘it’s like three weeks Emily, chill out – you’ll be fine’. 😛 I’ll probably be fine, haha.

In the meantime, I have corralled ten new books into my collection to tide me over.


20170709_094915The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I FINALLY FOUND A COPY OF THIS DAMN BOOK. You have no idea how often I’ve been all ‘I’m gonna get this book’ and then there wasn’t any copies available. Could I have just ordered it online? Yes, but I wanted to buy it in person. I wanted the instant gratification of ‘I FOUND IT’ and I got it and it was splendid. From what I’ve heard, this is one of the staple ‘welcome to the fantasy genre’ books and I wanna read it.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I did it – I caved. I’ve been sooo hesitant about buying this book for ages after reading Shiver and disliking it. But pretty much everyone who I’ve seen read this book has enjoyed it, even the ones who disliked Shiver… so, here goes nothing.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

What? I didn’t have a hardback copy of HP1? Nope, nope I didn’t. My original Harry Potter set, the one I re-read a billion times when I was younger, was paperback for vols 1-4 and hardback for 5-7. Recently, I’ve been trying to buy the hardbacks for the first four to have a complete hardback collection. I’ve been trying to pick them up used as well. This is the last one that I needed – do you know how hard it is to find a used Sorcerer’s Stone?! I’ve come across tons of copies of 2-4, but this is the first copy of the first one that I’ve found. So I snatched it and now it’s mine.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You know, I realized that I didn’t have any Austen books, nor have I actually read any. When my local B&N had a classics sale, I snatched up this book and the one I’m going to mention next. I figured this is the best entry for Austen I could get, since it seems to be the most loved. Wish me luck!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is another book I realized that I didn’t have but seems to be a staple. So I got this one in the sale, too. Hopefully I’ll like it – I’m very hesitant. Me and classics don’t usually mesh too well. I might end up listening on audio honestly. It’s easier for me to get through them that way, haha.

20170709_095022Chew vol 2 by John Layman

I picked up the first volume of this in the last haul and while reading it, I found it just okay… until the last few pages and then dammit, I liked it and I needed to read the rest. So here we are.

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

This one has been on my radar for a while. A trip to the comic book store had me carrying it around, so woot. :”D I’ve heard lovely things about it!

Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire

This is one that I’ve only heard about recently. It sounds super cute and neat though, so when I saw it on the shelves, I grabbed it. I feel like I’m in a comic kick at the moment. I’m hoping to actually read this relatively soon. :”D

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Guess who got a $40 hardback graphic novel for $10. Me, that’s who. Woot. I feel like most of the time, when I read a graphic novel, I can rarely give it 5 stars. I’m hoping that with the length of this one, it’ll allow for enough character development and world building to get that rating from me. Here’s to hoping!

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

I’ve actually read this one since buying it and I really, really enjoyed it 😀 I feel like if I break my ‘no books’ ban between now and the 29th, it’ll be for the other volume of this series. We’ll see if I can hold out. This was a nice, heart-twanging book. I really, really liked it.


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

June Wrap Up | ’17

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June zoomed by, people. I’ve been working full-time now for a month and a half and it still feels like my second week, haha. I feel like I’m slipping into monotony, yay 😀


Books:

This month, I didn’t read too much as far as number of books, but I did as far as pages. So I’m okay with it. :”D

Bungo Stray Dogs vol 1 by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1This manga I picked up at a recommendation from a friend. She found a person offering book suggestions for one’s friends. You had to send the person a list of manga, books and series that your friend liked and she (I’m assuming it was a she, anyways) would recommend a book based on the given likes. Welp, this is the book that my friend got recommended to tell me, so I picked it up and tried it out.

It follows a young boy (the front blonde dude), an orphan down on his luck, who runs into the dude with the black hair and the trench coat, who turns out to be part of an agency that handles the weird, odd cases that police don’t want to handle. Each member of this organization has a peculiar special ability which helps them solve these cases. It reminded me a lot of the ‘newcomer to the secret society’ trope.

It was pretty decent! A solid 3.5 stars. First volumes of manga (at least for me) are really hard to give five stars. I feel like I’d need to read a few more before deciding whether or not I really like the series or not. But for the first volume, I liked it. It had a decent bit of humor in it – I’d be open to reading more.

3.5/5 stars

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I FINALLY FINISHED IT! Well… didn’t read it cover to cover, but I read it enough to feel like I have a decent grasp on the Forgotten Realms, plus some plot bunnies for a campaign, so yay.

This is a companion book for Dungeons and Dragons – it explains the land called ‘The Forgotten Realms’, a popular world for dnd campaigns. It goes into the creatures that live there, the landscape, the history and lore.. it’s pretty neat! I really liked it. The art in it was absolutely lovely – my favorite part!

4/5 stars

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I did it. I’m caught up.

And you know what’s awful? This book became a chore to read after a while, but at the same time, I’m still probably going to read the next one when (if) it comes out. Let me uh… let me break it down I guess.

The story itself is great – I love it. This is what’s keeping me reading the books. The story Martin is weaving is huge. It’s the tale of a world, not of characters. Westeros, the free cities.. it’s all great.

The characters are pretty good too – there are definitely good ones and bad ones and gray area ones, and I feel like each one of them, while not always super interesting to read from, plays a part in this world. Earlier in the books, you couldn’t really tell – sometimes the storylines wouldn’t interact at all. But now, five books in, even new POVs can be quickly determined how they entangle into the world. I think one of my favorite POVs to read from (mild spoiler) is Barristan Selmy. He’s just.. I wanna hug him, haha. Other POVs I cared just as much about, some none at all, but now I can see why all of them are there, at least.

The thing that made this book a chore and why I’ve decided I like the tv show better (blasphemy!) is the writing. Aside from all of the issues I went into in my review of A Feast for Crows (there were a lot), the writing in this book particular stood out to me as uh… unnecessarily detailed. Like, the characters will be talking – on a road, in and inn, at a war camp, etc… okay, so you’d expect the characters and then the background which is full of ‘army guys’ or whatever. But the background characters remain just that. Nope, not in this book. Consistently, Martin goes through each bloody character present whether they’re relevant to the scene or not and gives their name, their nickname, their house, and sometimes even a short history about them. And then poof! They’re never mentioned again. Never.

AUGH IT WAS INFURIATING. I swear – the copy I have is 1125 pages (the audiobook I listened to was 27ish hours). If there wouldn’t have been any irrelevant character introduction (I’m not talking ones that were brought up again later – I’m talking ones that were literally never mentioned again), this book could have been 250 pages shorter. Really.

So this book was alright, I suppose. My irritation at it kinda ruined my enjoyment of it, unfortunately. I still really like the plot and the world and everything, but gah, Martin. Gah.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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

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I’m getting there! Look, I almost have a bingo! 😀


Blog Activity

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Apparently I posted less this month than I thought… I want to get a regular posting schedule going, yeesh. @@


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
  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
  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: 29/50

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 this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 4/17


And June is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.