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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. โค

 

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

 

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜€


And that’s it! Happy reading!

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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’. ๐Ÿ˜› 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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

 
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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 ๐Ÿ˜€


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

Iโ€™m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if youโ€™re participating. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m getting there! Look, I almost have a bingo! ๐Ÿ˜€


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 โ€“ Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson โ€“ Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  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
  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
  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 โ€“ Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I donโ€™t like or lose interest in reading โ€“ None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list โ€“ 4/17


And June is done, man. Thatโ€™s it. Time for sleep.

 
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June Currently Reading

June Currently Reading

I made a new banner theme! It’s coffee in medieval times now. Thanks to Analee for writing a post about how to create neato banners. Maybe at some point I’ll make it fancier, but for now, it’s caffeine and swirly writing and I’m happy with it. Woot. :”D


At the moment, I’m reading four books, though I’ll likely pick up a few manga in between them. Yesterday, my friend lent me about fifty volumes of it, so I’ll buzz through that too at some point.

But for books:

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I think this was on my Currently Reading from last month as well. It’s a chunker of a book, so it’s taking me a while. The third book in the Lightbringer series, it’s proving itself just as good as its predecessors. I wrote a blabber on the first book in the series, if you’re interested. This series is becoming one of my favorites. Ever. It’s just so good – it’s funny, it’s action-packed, it’s well thought-out. I love it!

 

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)I picked this one up last week and am currently about six chapters into it (I need to read another today :”D). This one I’m buddy reading with Zezee with Books – we’ve been slowly buzzing through Hobb’s books now – this is the sixth one in her Realm of the Elderlings series, the third in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So we’re what… nearly half way through the Elderings Realm books? Ish? Somethin’ like that.

 

 

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I had started reading this a while ago and put it aside – I was reading too many books and kept having to restart this bugger because I would forget what was happening. I’ve now picked it up on audiobook though, so I’m getting about 13 hours a week of listening in – it’s still gonna take a while to finish it though – it’s a really really long audiobook. I’ll get there though. And then I can be on the ‘Winds of Winter’ bandwagon with the rest of ’em.

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)As usual, still flipping through this. I’ll mark it ‘read’ at some point, most likely when I’ve read all the passages I find interesting. I dig it so far – it’s helping me flesh out my gnome. :”D

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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June Book Haul | #10

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Happy day! I purchased four books in June, all within the first four days of the month before I put myself on the book limit. I reached ‘five books read’ yesterday, so I’ve since purchased one more, but that one won’t be in this haul since it was bought in July, technically.

Speaking of which, the next haul will be huge: the Half Price Books clearance sale is happening on July 23rd and if you read my post on my book limit, I’m giving myself an except for that event. So shh.

Anyways, here are the books I’ve acquired this month:

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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. I’m currently reading this one, about 200 pages through. I picked this up for the Hobb-along-read-along, and as I’ve mentioned before, have fallen terribly behind. It’s only going to get worse now that I’ve put myself on this buying limit and can’t keep up with buying a book every two weeks for the thing. But on the plus side, I’ve fallen in love with this author – definitely my new favorite of the year – and I want to read all her books anyways, read-along or not. Those covers though, man. Who though that was a good idea.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin. The last two books, I’ve listened to on audio, but this one I want to physically read. The narrator of the audios has been grating on my nerves, so hopefully not having his voice in my ear will improve my liking of this last book that’s out. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be pretty good, so I’m excited. ๐Ÿ˜€

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I love it when books on my list end up on the clearance shelf. Found this hardback baby for four bucks. It was awesome. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but the premise sounds pretty neat, so hopefully I’ll be one of those on the ‘I like it’ side of the thing. :”D

Emperor of Eight Islands by Lian Hearn. This one I’m particularly stoked about. This is the first of a four books series, all to be released in quick succession. This one just came out in April, and when I was out buying a book yesterday, I saw the second one sitting on the shelf! But anyways, this book follows a few different weaving story lines of warlords and priestesses and others all trying to achieve their own goals amidst a rich fantasy setting of medieval Japan – the medieval Japan full of Japanese folklore – demons and guardian spirits and all sorts of things. Reading the synopsis of this one reminded me strongly of Inuyasha, so it has me feeling nostalgic before even reading it. I’m hoping I’ll love it. I love that setting (and if you know other books in that setting, chuck them at me will you). If you’ve heard of The Tales of the Otori series, this is by the same author. I’m so stoked! :”D


And that’s it for this month! Hopefully I get a good deal of books read by HPB time, but we’ll see.

If you’ve read any of these, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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May Wrap Up, June Currently Reading

Hello! It’s summer! After a good absence on my part, here I am again! I actually read books this month, unlike last month, so woot.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for May: 13


Reading Overview for the Month:

Books:

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. CoreyUprooted by Naomi NovikBreakable by Tammara WebberA Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

For the first three, see my reviews above if you’d like to hear what I thought. I really dug them all, but I don’t want to repeat myself. ๐Ÿ˜›

The only other book I finished this past month was A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I’ve been reading this bugger for forever. Well, listening to it. The audiobook was 41 hours long, man. Forty. One. Hours. It was soooo good though. I think this is my favorite one yet!

Articles:

Nothing nearly as academic as last month, but I read some interesting things:

3 fantasy writers to read while you wait for George R.R. Martin to finish Game of Thrones by Constance Grady

Pretty self-explanatory. You’ll notice a lot of the articles I read will come from Vox. It’s my home page. ๐Ÿ˜›

What I learned from being the only woman at a startup by Sirena Bergman

This one was an interesting read. I agreed with the author about a lot of things, but not everything. But hey, it was nice getting a fresh perspective.

The Truth About Publishing by Ian Irvine

I think this was the most informative article I read this month. It’s really long, mind you, but if you’re a budding author, take a peek – doesn’t matter if you’re going to try to go through a publisher or go the self-publishing route. This article can be helpful (and don’t let it get you down! He’s just giving facts, not trying to be mean!)


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 21/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 4/4
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Woops.


June Currently Reading:

Basically the same as last month, plus a new one. Hopefully after finals Iโ€™ll be able to actually finish these damn things.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)The Time MachineCaliban's War (Expanse, #2)

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

And thatโ€™s it! I have a haul coming, too. Got the pictures taken, just need to write the thing. Happy reading!

 
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June Wrap Up 2015 and Currently Reading

Today is June 30th, 2015. Ugh Emily, stopping getting older.

This month, I read five books, two of them manga, one of them a graphic novel. Nowhere near as good as last month, but hey. I still read.

They are:

ChopsticksThe History of the World Through TwitterNo. 6: The Manga, Volume 01 (No. 6: The Manga, #1)No. 6: The Manga, Volume 02 (No. 6: The Manga, #2)Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels, #1)

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 3stars
This was a very interesting book. It took me about an hour to read even though it’s fairly sized. The book is told through a series of pictures, text messages, letters, newspaper clippings… it follows a girl who is a competitive piano player and a neighbor boy she meets. The plot begins when the girl goes missing and through the methods shown above, you find out what happened to her. It’s a really neat way to read a book – can’t say I’ve done anything like it before. For me, this book was a solid three stars. Most of the appeal was the method of delivery. The story itself was alright I suppose.

The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes and Stephen Fry4stars
WHYY does this book only have 22 ratings on Goodreads?! It’s such a good book! And I mean, it has Stephen Fry’s name attached to it, you would have thought it would be more well known than it is! Well, read this book. It’s a series of tweets from prominent people/things/entities in history from the creation of space to modern 2000s or so. The first tweet collection is from God and he’s doing the whole ‘making earth’ thing. (whether you’re religious or not, this is pretty funny let me tell ya). The tweets also jump to cave men, Napoleon, Bush… it’s just so much fun. Everybody who tweets has such a wry sense of humor about what they’re doing in history. It’s a very entertaining and fast read.

No. 6 vols 1 and 2 by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino
I just went over why I’m liking this series so much in my last post, so instead of dong it again, I’ll just link it if you’re 4starsinterested in this series. It’s a neato futuristic dystopiany sci-fi-y thing. It’s pretty good!

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
The original Artemis Fowl novel, I read back when I first read Harry Potter. And I’ve reread it countless times since I bought it. It’s one of3stars my favorite children’s novels of all time and will be read to my future children. And then, there’s this graphic novel version of it. It’s the same storyline, so I can’t fault it on that… it’s just… well, one I want to say ‘the art’, because really, it comes down to the art. It’s just… not right for this story. Artemis Fowl is full of whimsical and sciencey tones. This graphic novel has none of that. I felt like I was reading a true crime comic or something. The tone that I originally loved about the novel was not present in this art, which made me like it a great great deal less (and the art itself was not how I pictured the characters at all. Everyone’s default expression looks angry ;( ) So three stars for the graphic novel (and five for the original novel – go read that one, not this one)

And now for Currently Reading!

Still working on The Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. I have about 200 pages left. Ideally I’d finished it today but really, who am I kidding. Also listening to The Martian by Andy Weir, reading aloud with my SO Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams and kinda sorta still reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This last one I feel is my least likely to be finished. I just hate the main character and can’t bring myself to pick it up much. Have you read it? Is it worth finishing?

Also, my TBR Jar Challenge slip this month iiiis:

IMG_1691 Begin reading a new graphic novel or series. I don’t remember what I meant by ‘or series’ V for Vendettawhen I wrote that… graphic novel series? Novel series? I have no clue. But for graphic novel, the first one that popped into my head is V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, who also wrote Watchmen if you’ve read that one. I’m so excited for this! ๐Ÿ˜€ The V for Vendetta movie is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time, so the fact that I haven’t read the graphic novel it was based off of yet is ridiculous! If you have never watched this movie, here is the trailer. I highly suggest checking it out.

And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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