March Wrap Up | ’20

Wrap Up

Happy April! I haven’t left the house in so long. This is what I read this month!

Books and Manga

A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1

A Man & His Cat vol 1 by Umi Sakurai – This was a cute slice of life manga about a man who buys a cat. It’s bittersweet and heartwarming and I rather liked it. – 4.5 stars

Black Butler, Vol. 1 (Black Butler, #1)

Black Butler vols 1-11 by Yana Toboso – This is my latest obsession, guys. I’m so late to this train but I’m so happy I’m on it. This manga had made me laugh and gasp and I really just enjoy it so, so much. I have vol 12 with me but I’m holding off until the other sixteen – yes I ordered all remaining 16 vols currently out – arrive. I’m so pumped. – 4-5 stars each

Hitorijime My Hero, Vol. 1

Hitorijime My Hero vol 1 by Memeko Arii – Unfortunately this manga is off to a slow start. It’s definitely one of the more confusing I’ve ever read, and only midway through did I realize that it’s a spin-off of another manga that was never actually translated into English. It was no wonder characters were just there without being introduced. I ended up watching the anime, which included the untranslated manga portion so at least it made sense, but unfortunately this one wasn’t my fave and I probably won’t be continuing. – 2.5 stars

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino – Despite the interesting title, this manga is a hard-hitting story about a girl who is going to die, and she knows it. It explores the concept of dying and how people handle it. I loved this and it definitely made me cry. – 5 stars

Ten Count, Vol. 6

Ten Count vols 1-6 by Rihito Takarai – I gave it to temptation this month and bought myself this entire series. The first volume, which I already owned, was a reread, but the remaining five were first time reads for me. I really enjoyed this series but know going into it that it’s not for kids. It’s rated M for a reason. – 4-4.5 stars each

The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1

The Way of the House Husband vols 1-2 by Kousuke Oono – This manga was a pleasant surprise. It was cute and light and really funny, and I very much enjoyed this one. It follows a former yakuza boss after he quits his gang and becomes what the title says. This one was seriously amusing. – 4 stars each

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb – One of a whopping two actual books I read this month, I very much enjoyed this. It’s a novella set in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world and I buddy read it with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! – 4.5 stars

Takane & Hana, Vol. 1

Takane & Hana vol 1 by Yuki Shiwasu – This is another manga I’m not totally sold on. It’s an age gap romance and honestly it’s a bit too gappy for me, and that’s saying something as my husband is eight years older than I am. Since it’s just been cute and fluffy so far, I’m willing to give it a few more volumes but if it gets creepy, I’m out. – 3.5 stars

Again!!, Vol. 1

Again!! vols 1-2 by Mitsurou Kubo – This is an interesting manga. It follows the ‘what if I could do it over, jump back in time’ trope, which I was iffy about to begin with. But so far though I think I like this – if I see volumes of it on the shelf (whenever I can leave the house to see a shelf) I’ll probably pick more of this one up. – 3.5-4 stars each

Strawberry Panic Omnibus

Strawberry Panic by Sakurako Kimino – So this was my first introduction to yuri manga and honestly it was a terrible introduction. The setting was weird, the romance was weird, and worst of all the ‘complete collection’ it brags about only contains two out of the three manga in the series. Apparently the third was never translated into English. Gah, honestly I really don’t recommend this one. There are so many better yuris, I’m sure. – 2 stars

Confidential Confessions, Volume 1

Confidential Confessions vol 1 by Momochi Reiko – This one I picked up because I remember reading it back when I was a teen and being uncomfortable. Well, I was still uncomfortable. This one contains major trigger warnings for suicide. This was not a happy manga. I rather liked it though. – 3 stars

Magus of the Library, Vol. 1

Magus of the Library vol 1 by Mitsu Izumi – This manga was so enchanting, a book lover’s dream. It follows a young boy who loves to read, and the librarians that show up in his town. I definitely plan on continuing this one, I was enthralled. – 4.5 stars

BJ Alex

BJ Alex by Mingwa – Like Ten Count mentioned above, this one is also not for the kiddies. This manhwa was alright. The romance was a bit weird and bordered on non-con at times and I really didn’t dig that. But overall… not bad? I guess? – 3.5 stars

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Love Is An Illusion by Fargo – This is another manwha webtoon that, again, is not for kids. (Can you tell, I’ve found a new kick. First shojo manga and now pwp-romance. Whatevs!) This one I liked better than BJ Alex but here the romance was still kinda weird. The blond guy in particular got on my nerves but overall, mostly enjoyable. – 3.75 stars

I.O.N

I.O.N. by Arina Tanemura – This manga screams ‘2004’ and not in a good way. I picked this up after seeing it was from shojo beat so I figured I’d give it a shot. Well, I didn’t like it. At all, really. It was unfortunate. – 2 stars

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – And this my friends ended my month on a high note. I really, really liked this book. After trudging through so-so romance and a terrible shojo, this really hit the spot. It’s a first contact book but it also is a commentary on how instant internet fame can change a person, and I really liked it. The second one comes out this summer and I am p u m p e d. – 4.75 stars

And that’s it for things read! With everything put together, I read 33 things!


Other Stuff

  • As is obvious at this point, I’m on stay-at-home orders just like everyone else. That means in addition to working from home until further notice, I’m also no longer going to Tekkoshocon until it’s rescheduled (boo). I’m not sick yet and I hope I stay that way.
  • Honestly working from home has kinda made me low-key hate my job. Shh.
  • I’m participating in both the Owls Magical Readathon and Camp Nanowrimo this month!
  • I’ve never used my slow cooker so often as I have the past few weeks. Man-hoo-boy.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 54/100 (upped from 50 to 100)
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 238

March Currently Reading! | ’20

Currently Reading

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

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – This is my work book – the one I keep in my work bag and read on my lunch breaks. So far, it’s pretty interesting. I don’t think I’m 100% hooked yet, but that could easily still happen. This got a lot of hype last year or so and while I was interested I wanted to let the focus die down a bit so I wouldn’t be disappointed. I’m glad I did, as I said, I’m not 100% hooked yet and if I would have started reading it at the epitome of its online hype I probably would have been disappointed. But for now I’m just waiting and hoping I’ll get into the story. Which like I said, could still totally happen.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – This is my current audio book! So far it’s pretty good and I like the characters. The narrator is doing a decent job at distinguishing their voices so it’s pretty easy to follow, which I appreciate. This book will count for Fantasy Bingo if I can get it done this month. I’m already super aware I won’t be completely filling out the card this year, but I’m hoping I can at least get a bingo or two. Maybe next year will be better!

Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires, #1)

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes – I actually just started this book this morning! I read the first chapter, decided ‘yes I’m reading this now’ and then put it down to write this. After, I’ll be picking this book right back up. I honestly don’t know too much about this aside from what the first chapter has told me: That it follows Sal the Cacophony as she tells her tale to her jailers before she’s executed. I tend to like this kind of storytelling in general, so I’m hoping I also like the main character too!

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb – Technically I haven’t started this book yet, but it’s a buddy read I’ll be reading this week with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! It’ll likely be started today as well, if not tomorrow. This is a novella set in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings universe and man I am so ready. I miss this world so much, and I hope I don’t get all emotional (but let’s be honest, Hobb’s gonna make me).


And that’s it! There are also a few manga I plan on picking up soon but I figure those read so fast, they’re not worth mentioning now and will just be mentioned in my wrap up instead.

Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo Results | March Wrap Up ’19

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This is it – today is the last day of r/Fantasy’s year Fantasy Bingo event. Tomorrow, a new bingo card will be released, and we will start again. I made multiple posts about this bingo challenge last April, including an announcement post and a handful of posts about possible reads for the topics. This is the culmination of all that.

Here is my bingo card for the 2018/2019 event

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As you can see, I didn’t 100% complete the card, but I did get four bingos!

I’m hoping this coming year, I can do all of the squares and plan my reading more accordingly. A lot of the year this past year was spent reading Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series and Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling books. And since you can only use an author one time, it kinda.. kept most of my reading from being counted towards this card. But! Both of those series are getting close to an end, so the rest of my reading this coming year should count more easily. 😀

Tomorrow, probably late in the day, I will be putting up an extra post this week, talking about the new card. If you plan on participating, let me know!


Wrap Up

Books

Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts by Anthony BourdainI read this book towards the beginning of the month and found it to be rather entertaining. I wrote a full blabber on it, if you’re interested.

3/5 stars

 

 

The Invasion of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika JohansenThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika JohansenI’ve finally finished this series, man. I really hope the author continues with it. There’s so much possibility for more! This series will be getting a full review from me, as soon as I can process it enough to gather my thoughts cohesively. Until then, just know that I really liked both of these books.

4.5/5 and 4.75/5 stars respectively

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. ButlerI picked this book up after it popped up as an answer on Jeopardy. It had been on the peripherals of my radar before that, but I had never actually heard the synopsis for it before I saw it on tv. It intrigued me enough that I went out and got it within the week. I really ended up liking this one. I’m not sure if it’ll get a full review from me or not, though. I feel like it’s such a well-known book at this point that I won’t really be adding anything unique to the conversation.

4/5 stars

Goblin Slayer vol 1 by Kumo Kagyu

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 by Kumo KagyuI picked this manga up after watching the anime, and it turned out just as good. This one also got a full blabber from me. I think I was rather on a roll this month with them. 😛

4/5 stars

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics by Hirumo Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu ArakawaThis one, I loved. This is the four panels collection of all the comics at the back of the FMA manga and dvd collections. I really adored this. I hadn’t seen about half of it before, so it was really fun. I did a blabber on this one, too!

5/5 stars

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon JamesThis book was such a disappointment to me. It was an anticipated release, and I bought it early, hoping to love it. Unfortunately though, I really, really didn’t. I have a full spoiler-free blabber on this one, too.

1.5/5 stars

 

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. BeaulieuI’ve finally finished this book. It’s been on my backburner books for probably six or seven months. It was originally a buddy read with my friend Amanda but that kinda fell apart for both of us. I still wanted to finish it though, and it turned out it was a good thing I set it aside for a bit. The initial read kinda had me bored. I wasn’t in the right mindset or something. When I picked it back up though, I ended up liking it a lot more.

3.25/5 stars

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Other Things

  • I went to an escape room for the first time this month. Man, am I bad at it. I want to try again with like four people instead of nine though. I’m thinking we were just all shouting over each other.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 25/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 3/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 283
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! I’m so excited for tomorrow: The OWLs Readathon begins and the new bingo card is posted. I. Am. So. Pumped. For. April. It’s gonna be so much fun! If you’re planning on participating, or if you’re curious about participating and want to know more, let me know!

Happy reading!

March Book Haul #28 | Book Buying Ban

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Hello! I’m done buying books for a while! Every year, I go on a 2-4 month book buying ban. This will be the third year I’ve done it. The difference is, this time I’m doing it from now until June 15th when I usually do it in the fall – I’ve decided to switch it up. I’ve never failed it. Each year, I’ve succeeded in sticking to the ban for the allotted time, and I plan on doing the same thing this year.

So, from now until June 15th, I will not buy any books. Keep in mind, I can’t stop people from giving gifts. I don’t really expect to get any, as my birthday isn’t until August, but just so it’s clear. The ban is for me buying books.

That being said, on to the books that I bought before the ban went into effect. These are the books I purchased in March:

Emily, didn’t you say you were only allowed five books, not including manga and graphic novels? Yes, yes I did. I was bad. I got seven.

(and then like… 9 manga/graphic novels, hwe hwe hwe)

Starting with the manga, I got Goblin Slayer volume 1 by Kumo Kagyu and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics by Hiromu Arakawa. I watched the Goblin Slayer anime a month or two ago and I adored it. It’s not for the faint of heart and definitely has some adult content, be warned, but I feel like it was a solidly good season, and I wanted to read the source material. Well.. kind of source material. The actual source is a light novel, and the manga is based off it… and the anime is based off the manga. Whatever. And for Fullmetal, I’ve already read and reviewed it, and gave it five stars. It’s exactly what it sounds like – all the end comics at the back of the manga and dvd packages. It was a joy to read. I’ve reviewed Goblin Slayer, too! I really liked it as well

I went to the bookstore last week, intent on buying and fifth and final book allotted for March. Well… I had two twenty percent off coupons that I couldn’t combine into one book and manga were on sale – buy 2, get 1. So obviously I bought two books and six manga. Welp. I got six volumes of My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi and really, if you haven’t started watching or reading this series, you should. It’s so great.

These two things I picked up at the same time – they were my first two purchases of the month! Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain was a graphic novel that I’d had my eye on for a few months, and when BN had their blowout sale, I picked it up, along with The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, which has been recommended to me over and over by Katy @BookbinderWay. I haven’t read the latter yet, but I did read and review Hungry Ghosts.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan was one of my ‘Emily is bad’ books. I picked it up after I had already gone over my limit for the month, making it my seventh book. Sometimes you’re in walmart and you just lose control, what can I say. I found The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers in Half Price books, and I about squeaked. My local BN hasn’t had a copy of it since I can remember, so when I actually saw one, I had to grab it.

I’ve been itching to get a copy of Semiosis by Sue Burke for ages, but it fell into that weird lull of nobody having it in stock, even online. So I waited until the paperback released this month, and I scooped up a copy before they could disappear again. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is my other ‘Emily is bad’ book. It was the extra one I bought at the bookstore when I had those two coupons. C’est la vie.

Finally, I purchased The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. And both of these, I saw on the shelves a day before their official release dates. But I’m not gonna tell you where – I’m no narc. I’m very excited for both of these, man. So. Pumped.


And that’s it! I kinda went overboard this month. I think the knowledge that these are all the books I could get for two and a half months had me a little uh… loose with my wallet this month. Welp. At least now I’ll have plenty to read during the ban.

Have you read any of the above? What is your opinion on book buying bans? Lemme know!

March Wrap Up

Wrap Up

Hello, happy March 31st! Today would have been Charlie’s birthday. He was a sweetie.

On a happier note I actually did get some reading done this month, which is neat.

Books

Prince’s Gambit and King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit by C.S. PacatKings Rising by C.S. PacatThese baby books got me out of my reading slump! I’m still not up to my normal pace but I’m getting there! I loved this series. I’m fully aware it deals with problematic topics but occasionally, when written write, I’m totally trash for it. Don’t ask me why, I know it’s awful. But seriously I loved these, they were great.

Both 5/5 stars

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon SandersonThis was my first dip into Sanderson’s work and I rather enjoyed it. I did have a few issues with it though, as detailed further in my blabber on the graphic audio.

3.5/5 stars

 

Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson

Herding Cats by Sarah AndersenThis is my latest purchase, just came out a few days ago. I had to pick it up after enjoying Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Anderson as well. I liked it just as much as its predecessors. 😀

4/5 stars

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Other Things

My cat passed away on the 26th. He would have been 13 years old today. His name was Charlie and he was the sweetest pea. He loved everyone ever. He would have liked you, too. I’m going to miss him.

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I saw Black Panther, Annihilation, and Game Night. I really enjoyed all three of them, but honestly I still have no idea what to make of Annihilation though. I liked it but it was totally weird.

Toys R Us is closing in the US. So I went out and bought Zelda Monopoly at a discount price. hoo-ha


Reading Goals

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As the card is due today, this is it! I didn’t fill out the card completely but I got three bingos!!

For anyone interested, the new bingo challenge begins tomorrow April 1st, on the r/Fantasy subreddit! You can even join a bit late if you want to!


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Winter book haul posted! Spring will be done at the end of June!

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

I fell into a slump in February. In March I’ve been slowly getting back to it but I’m not there yet!

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

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D I’ll do it soon though.

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

3 out of the 7 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Haven’t maintained this one. I think I need to find something I consider fun to do!

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Mostly doing this one. I’ve missed the last couple days though

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Lol I broke it. I think I’m going to drop this goal as of next month if I don’t start up again.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

March Currently Reading | 18

Currently Reading

Hello! Since my last post where I said I was in a slump, I read an entire book! So that’s neat. Hopefully this is a sign the slump is on its way to over!

Otherwise, this is what I’m currently reading:


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of LeavesI think this book is the cause of my slump. But at the same time, I’m liking it so far. It’s just so dense and hard for me to read in large chunks. When I read, I tend to read whatever buddy reads I have, then an audiobook, and then one other physical book at a time. This is my ‘other physical book’ and I was telling myself not to start anything else. Struggling through a book + not starting anything else = perfect recipe for a slump. Whop. Eventually I decided to just ignore my rule and hey now I’m reading again. Weeeeird.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)This is my first Sanderson book, and I decided to go with his first published work because of it. This is my current audiobook and so far I’m digging it. It’s a tad slow but the world building is pretty neat.

 

 

 

 

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)This is one of my buddy reads for this month! I’m reading it with Zezee and I’m digging it so far (but at the time of writing this, I’m not caught up yet for this week – that happens next, heeh).

As always with Hobb books, it’s like going home when reading them. I adore her and her books.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is my other buddy read for the month! This one I’m reading with Meredith and another buddy – so far I’m rather enjoying it. This book can get a bit tropey though, but overall it’s not too, too bad. It’s neato. It’s definitely getting better – each book is stronger than the previous 😀

 

 

 

King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)This series is my slump-breaker. I picked up the second book in this series a couple days ago and blew through it. Now I’m on this one, the third and final. This series is not for the feint of heart, and it definitely has it’s problems, but I’m absolutely smitten. Sue me I love it 😀

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

March Wrap Up | ’17

Helloooo it’s the end of March and it’s the first post in a while that didn’t have a camel in it.

This month, I read a decent bit. I don’t feel like I did though – I feel like I’ve been swamped with coursework but apparently I had more free-time that I actually utilized to read than I thought, so woo.

This month, I finished one novel, two comic books and one audiobook.


The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)This one was a buddy read done with Ace and another friend. The second book in the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, it far out-shined the first. No middle-book syndrome with this one. This book I think I liked so much because we got a more solid view of the setting. In the first book, all that was known was that it was set in a land that had ruins from a bunch of ancients, but otherwise didn’t go into detail. This book did, though not directly. It was obvious though if you picked up on the descriptions of the scenery AND IT WAS COOL. I LOVED IT.

Plotwise, I dig this book. I’m still not smitten with the main character though, which is a bit of a disappointment. She’s good, I like her, but to me she still feels a bit flat. Hopefully book three will give her a bit more character development.

4/5 stars

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles, #2)These two comics I flew threw. I am obsessed with Sarah Andersen’s sense of humor and when I heard the second edition would be released, I pre-ordered it and bought the first book along with it. They were both fantastic and I loved them. :”D Can’t really write a review otherwise, honestly. If you haven’t heard of these books, google ‘Sarah Scribbles’ and widen your view on life.

4/5 stars each

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)This is the audiobook I mentioned and it’s still my current obsession. Book two was just as good, if not better than book one. I’ve been yapping about the first book, The Black Prism for a month or so, and that’s because I just can’t get over it man. Every so often you find a series and you think “Yep this is it. This is my new favorite series”. Well. Guess what.

The Blinding Knife continues where the first book left off, following the Prism and his son Kip and a few other characters, all of whom in my opinion are rather memorable. The humor in this book is still there, especially when reading from Kip’s POV, and the lore of the magic in this world deepens considerably. I really like the image that Weeks is painting here. I’ve since bought physical copies of books three and four and plan on continuing the series in physical copy…. though I might default back to the audiobook. The narrator is just that good, man.

Also, I’m in love with these covers. They’re just so lovely.

5/5 stars

And that’s it for readings from this month. As said above, I got more than I had expected to read, but at the same time, it’s a bit below my norm. On the plus side, I very much enjoyed everything I picked up. 😀


Blog Activity

10 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  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 – Currently Reading
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 19/50

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

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ten or so this month, I think.

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


And that’s it for March. I don’t expect to get too much reading done in April… this coding project (which will likely get it’s own post. It’s a doozy, man) is killing me and is taking up the majority of my time at this point. I’m soooo excited for it to be over, man. SO EXCITED.

On the plus-side, my nephew-to-be has asked me about the robot I’m working on, so this is my chance to get into interested in coding and robotics. 😀 I see a demo in my future.

Happy reading!

March Currently Reading | ’17

Hello, it’s not February anymore and not humpday, so no reason to delay this post further.

Currently, I’m reading six things: Four physical novels, one audiobook and one guidebook.


The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)Book two in the Lightbringer series, it’s definitely captured my heart. I’ve been talking non-stop about the first one, The Black Prism, since I finished it last week or so ago and have even written a blabber on it (which… now has probably a billion pingbacks on it since I mentioned it so much, hawhaw). Can’t go into plot detail about this particular book, but the series overall plot follows a man, The Prism, who can fracture light into its individual colors and ‘draft’ them into physical matter. This book is a huge fantasy series, neck-deep in wonderful characters, neato world-building and a really cool magic system. I seriously recommend it. My goal is to catch up with the series by the end of the year. The first two I’ve listened to on audiobook, but have the third one as a physical copy and man, it’s a brick. I’ll be posting a haul tomorrow so you can see it. It’s bigger than my head.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

Book two in the Remnant Chronicles, this is a continuation of The Kiss of Deception, which was pleasantly pleasant. I gave it a four star rating I think. This one, I’m liking much more. It’s a YA fantasy, following a young woman who runs from an arranged marriage and goes into hiding in a nearby town. This one, I’m buddy reading with Ace and another friend who I don’t think has a blog. At least I don’t think so does. Hopefully will have this finished within the next week or two. I have the third one lined up and ready to go!

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)Second book of the Liveship Traders series, which is the second series set in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. This series follows a few different characters in a rich world full of magic and liveships – ships that, once three generations of a family has passed away on their decks, come to life. Their figureheads become sentient and can speak and direct the ship for the captain. I seriously love this world and this series (and the first series!) This is also a buddy read that I’m doing with Zezee 😀 We’ve been buddying through Robin Hobb’s books since book three of the first trilogy (or was it book two?) and I’ve been rather enjoying it. :”D

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed GreenwoodForgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)

This was also on my last month’s currently reading, and I’m still paging through it. Now that the Dnd campaign I’m involved with has actually started, I’ll probably just pick out individual sections I was to read about and then mark it as read rather than read the thing cover to cover. I’m enjoying it so far though – it’s very informative as far as lore and things like that go. It’s such a pretty book, too. Every Dnd book I’ve come across so far has been absolutely beautiful. The art, the atmosphere, everything.

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)The fifth book in the famous A Song of Ice and Fire series, this one was also on my list from last month. It’s just so big, man. And honestly it’s kinda taken a backseat to the two buddy reads I have going on currently. Once one of those finishes, I’ll be able to add this book into the mix again. Can’t even begin to go into plot at this point or I’ll be lynched for spoilers. If you still have no idea what this series is about, I have no idea what to tell you. Go watch the show? Go pick up the first book? 😛

 

 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonThe Traitor Baru Cormorant

Honestly looking at this, you’d think it was a sci-fi, wouldn’t you. Well, it’s not. It’s a fantasy. At least, it’s a fantasy in the sense that it takes place in a made-up world. I have yet to see any fantastical elements though. But what this book doesn’t have in actual fantasy, it makes up for in political intrigue. This book is a political thriller set in a fantasy world and if you go into it wanting anything else or anything more than that, you’ll be disappointed. But if you know what you’re getting ahead of time, you’ll likely love this book. So far, I definitely am. It’s so dense and calculating and the main character has this mind like a metal trap. It’s so good. It’s so good. This was one of the books on my 17 in 2017 list and so far, I’m glad I put it on there. I’m so happy that I started this thing. I feel like it might end up on my all-time favorites list.


And that’s it for me! I know of a couple books I plan on picking up after these, but they’re not set in stone. We’ll see how my course load is this month. I’m procrastinating it as we speak. :”D Happy reading.

March Wrap Up, April Currently Reading (and a cat!)

Welcome to April (almost)! March was a busy month for me – exams, spring break, moving to a new apartment, blah de blah. And I got a cat! Needless to say, I didn’t get much reading done. I have a couple of big assignments due next Friday as well, so guess who won’t be reading much at all for  a while still. Time’s up, it’s me.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for March: 10 – Totally better than last month’s 6.


Reading Overview for the Month:

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer – 2 stars.
Review can be found here.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – 4 stars.
Review can be found here.


Favorite book of the month: The Queen of the Tearling
Least favorite book of the monthLife As We Knew It


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 17/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 2/2
  • Put books together in one room: DONE. I DID IT. HERE’S A PICTURE:

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  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 0/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Life As We Knew It

Prompts completed this month: 1/24
Prompts completed total: 7/24

And that’s it for March!


April Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

Basically last month, minus the two I’ve finished. I’m such a slow reader during the semester, goodness.

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey


As mentioned above, I’ve adopted a cat! Her name is Nina and she’s weird. :”D This is her:

I like her.


Happy reading!