May Wrap Up | ’20

Wrap Up

Happy end-of-May! I read quite a bit this monthly, mostly manga still. I just can’t shake this kick that I’m in, I don’t know what’s up with it.

Anyways, this is what I read:

Books

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – While I did like this book, I fear I have the unpopular opinion of ‘it didn’t leave me wanting more’. I know there are like four or five books in this series now but honestly I don’t plan on continuing. I rated this highly, so don’t think it was because I didn’t like it, but I don’t know, it just didn’t really… ensnare me, I guess? 4 stars

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo

Shaman King vols 1-4 by Hiroyuki Takei – Shaman King is a series I read a lot as a teen. I used to own the first seven or eight volumes, and the first volume in particular – the one shown above – I’ve probably read fifty times. I ended up giving my copies to my sister though, who went on to collect the the entire 32 volumes of it. I decided since I’m stuck at home anyways, that I should finally read the whole thing. I like it just as much as I remember! 4, 3.5, 4, and 4 stars respectively

Waiting for Spring 1 (Waiting for Spring, #1)

Waiting for Spring vols 1-4 by Anashin – If you follow my wrap ups at all, you’ll know that I just read this back in March or so. Well, I read it again when I picked up the volumes physically, along with three more. I like it just as much as I did, and I do plan on getting more volumes in this series. This is a fluffy romance and it’s cute and I love it. 4, 4, 4, and 3.75 stars respectively

Yarichin Bitch Club, Vol. 1 (Yaoi Manga)

Yarichin Bitch Club vols 1-2 by Ogeretsu Tanaka – Honestly going from the synopsis, I went into this expecting it to be pwp, but surprisingly there is a plot, along with some pretty interesting character dynamics. I’m definitely interested in reading more of this but I still gotta tell ya, it’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever read. 3.5 and 4 stars respectively

The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Again, I’m an unpopular opinion here: I thought this book was alright. I didn’t hate it at all mind you. I thought it was cute. But I think the hype got to me about this one, and I didn’t rate it anywhere near the almost-constant five stars that I’ve been seeing around. It was enjoyable for what it was, though. 3.75 stars

Honey Darling (Yaoi Manga)

Honey Darling by Norikazu Akira – This was a cute one-shot romance fluff between a vet and a guy who has no idea how to care for a kitten. Went into it expecting fluff and that’s what I got. I rather liked it. 4 stars

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1  (Blue Exorcist, #1)

Blue Exorcist vols 1-2 by Kazue Kato – This is another series I borrowed from my sister along with Shaman King. This one she really likes, and it has an anime that my husband has seen and liked, but I’ve never been exposed to either. So I picked it up and aside from a sixteen year old being a professor, I’m rather enjoying the story. I’m gonna continue. 3.75 and 4 stars

Given, Vol. 1

Given vol 1 by Natsuki Kizu – This I picked up because I adore the anime. Honestly reading this had me wanting to really watch the whole thing start to finish, which I still might do. I rather liked this format, but for a story about music, I feel the anime does it a bit more justice. 4 stars

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vols 1-2 by Waco Ioka – This series I picked up having heard nothing about it and I unexpectedly found myself loving it. It’s so whimsical and Spirited Away-y. I did write a full spoiler-free blabber on it, if you’re interested. 4 and 4.5 stars

Takane & Hana, Vol. 2

Takane & Hana vol 2 by Yuki Shiwasu – I’m still luke-warm to this series unfortunately. I kinda like it, but there’s an uncomfortable age gap between the two main characters and it has the potential to get weird. It hasn’t… yet. And I’m holding out hope that it’ll go wholesome instead, but if it does go creepy, I’m dropping it, man. 3.5 stars

Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1

Candy Color Paradox vols 1-2 by Isaku Natsume – This one I really liked. The romance is sweet and both characters are rather likeable. It’s funny, too. I definitely plan on continuing this one. 3.75 and 4 stars

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And that’s it for books! I’m almost done with another, but it’s just too soon for me to add it to the list. It’ll be on next month’s for sure!


Other Stuff

  • Honestly nothing much of note has happened this month. Still being a hermit. I miss the bookstore.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 105/100
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule
    January – Fail
    February – Pass
    March – Pass
    April – Pass
    May – Pass
  • Keep track of reading statistics – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – 235

And that’s it! Happy reading!

May Currently Reading! ’20

Currently Reading

Well hi! This is what I’m currently reading:

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This book is finally off the back-burner! I’ve been reading this for literally ages but haven’t actually touched it in so long. Well, now it’s the book I’m focusing on, and I’m determined to finish it.

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – This is my current audiobook and as of writing this I have a bit less than an hour left. So far, this is pretty good I think.

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo

Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei – I’m not listing a volume here because my goal is to read all of them. I mentioned in my wrap up yesterday that I lent my sister all twenty eight volumes of Black Butler so I’d have someone to talk to about it, and it return, she lent me the 32 volume series of Shaman King, which… she loves and doesn’t have anyone to talk to about it. So we’re trading!

The Inheritance & Other Stories

The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb and Megan Linholm (which are… the same person) – This is my current buddy read! I’m reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’s the final piece of the Realm of the Elderlings world that we haven’t read yet. Well, a couple of the stories are – this is a short story collection, and I think one or two of them are tied to the Elderlings. And once we read them, we’ll be completely done with that world (physically BUT IT’LL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART). I’m so sad, man.


And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know!

May Wrap Up ’19

Wrap Up

Hello! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted really much of anything. Something something slumpy something. Onward.

Books

This month was nowhere near as booky as last month. Again, something something slumpy something. I attempted the Asian Readathon, but it kinda fell apart and I didn’t finish it. Everything I did read counted towards it though at least. Three things:

Attack on Titan, Vol. 18

Attack on Titan vol 18 by Hajime Isayama – I feel like this series is getting better and better. I really should focus on it more – I’m about 8 volumes behind now!

4.5 stars

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – I’m going to go against the grain here and say that while I did like this book, I think I actually liked the movie more. I think the setting and everything translated better, and the plot changes the movie made made it feel more, well, cohesive. But like I said, I did like this book, and I’ll continue them at some point.

3.5 stars

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman – This is a short story collection of a bunch of different Asian authors writing stories based on different Asian myths from around the continent. I read this as part of the Asian Readathon – it was the group book that all the participants read. Luckily, I found it on audiobook on Scribd.

While the premise sounded really neat, I think this really fell flat. I will say though that I’m biased already – I tend to dislike short story collections and usually rate them 3 stars max. So going in, I knew that the most I would like this would be, well, 3 stars. It’s nothing against the creators or their stories – it just happens almost constantly. Short stories for me are usually just meh.

Some of the stories, as predicted, got a 3 from me. One got a 4. The rest got 2s, and one even got a 1. So… this book ended up with an average of 2.6, I think? Weird rating, but that’s what taking an average of 15 ratings does.

2.6 stars

And that’s it – that’s all I read. I have a few other books in progress, but those’ll show up in my Currently Reading, assuming I don’t finish them all tonight. I think the last book – the short story collection, is what made me slumpy. I notice I tend to get so when I force myself through a book. Had it not been for the readathon, it would have been a DNF for me. Hopefully June will be a better reading month. After two month-long readathons and being corralled in to what I need to read, a month of no readathons and really just reading what I feel like in the moment should help.


Other Things

  • This past month, I went to Connecticut to visit a friend, and we went to the historical Mystic Seaport! It was really neat
  • I am currently stuck on this song. It’s way outside my usual genre, but I’m really digging it. Give it a listen!

 


Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 42/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 4/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | 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 270
  • 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! Happy reading!

May Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy May! These are the books I’m reading right now! I’m in the middle of the Asian Readathon, so all of my currents go towards that.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)This book I’m reading as a buddy read with Alex @Mybookworld24! I’m not too far into it yet – on chapter 4 now, but it’s pretty decent so far I think. It strongly reminds me of one of those Asian dramas you’d watch about the middle class girl having to go to a rich person prep school. The over-dramatic-ness is there, the snobbiness is there. It’s definitely a different world from the one I know, haha. I’ve also seen the movie of this book already, so I think that’s helping me keep the characters straight and develop a better mental image of how everyone ties together and just how flamboyant everyone is being. I’m hoping to finish it within the next couple weeks. I’m thinking to do a movie-book comparison post or something after. I’m already noticing differences!

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsThis book is a short story collection containing stories that re-imagine folklore and myths from various Asian cultures. It’s written by a slew of Asian authors from all over, and the stories they tell are from just as wide of a spectrum of places. This is the group book for the Asian Readathon, so I picked it up on Scribd and have been listening to it. So far, I’m 2 stories in out of 15, and both of the ones I’ve read have been decent – 3, 3.5 star range. Short story collections are always weird for me – most of the time I like them, but I don’t think I’ve ever loved a short story collection before.

 

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)Man I’ve been waiting to dive into this one for some time now. It was put on my 10 in 2019 list for just this reason. So far, I’m two chapters in and I’m really liking it. If it keeps going in the direction it does, this could easily end up being a 5 star read for me. Man I’m so pumped. I don’t even have anything more to say on it right now other than ‘it’s great i love it so far woot’.

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This has been on my list for nearly a year now. The fifth and final book comes out this fall, so I need to return to it eventually. And it’s not even that I’m not liking it – I’m actually really enjoying it. Other books just keep getting in the way. Whenever I do get back to this one, I might just restart it. It might be easier. We’ll see, hweh hweh.


And that’s it! It’s been a while since I’ve had so few books on my currently reading list. I’m trying to keep it lower – one physical book for me, one physical book as a buddy read, and one audio book. (That’s why the back burner book is on the back burner). Are you reading any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

May Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

The damn space time continuum has struck again! It’s now June. Here are the things I read in May!


Books

This month, I participated in two readathons, Bout of Books 22 and Borrowathon. All of the reads below were finished as a result of those!

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)Last month or so I began my reread of Novik’s Temeraire series – I read it originally back in high school and at that point there were only five books out. When six through nine came out I didn’t ever get to them. So since the series is finished now and because I’ve touted it as one of my favorites for a long time, I figured I should actually finish it. And just like the first one, this one was also 5 stars. I’m glad that I’m enjoying it just as much this time around as I did last time.

 

 

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Dodge

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser #1)I picked this one up as an ebook years ago and honestly forgot it was on my account. When I picked up another ebook recently I saw this on there and figured I should read it.

It wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad per say, but it was kinda… oomph-less. There were a lot of tropes concerning the main character, the plot was very predictable, the writing was not exactly well-crafted, and the side characters – which I actually liked – I didn’t get nearly enough screen time. Overall it was a meh read and I likely won’t continue the series unless the second book becomes available via kindle for free or something. I gave it 2 stars.

My Hero Academia vols 1 and 2 by Kohei Hirokoshi

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)My Hero Academia, Vol. 2 (My Hero Academia, #2)These were both 4 star reads for me and honestly they would have been five, except that I’m also currently watching the anime and had already watched the plot these two volumes covered. So I didn’t get the same ‘wow’ factor as I did if it would have been my first exposure. But the anime series I’m really digging and the manga is just as high quality in my opinion. I can see why this is the new ‘it anime’. It’s really great.

Merman in My Tub vol 1 by Itokichi

Merman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)This manga I picked up as part of borrowathon, and honestly it was not my cup of tea. The premise is that this merman shows up in this guy’s tub one day…. and that’s it. Like, there’s no plot other than ‘oh hey this merman is here’. And what’s worse is that the merman is essentially a giant man child. The author tries to portray him as this tiny little adorable creature and the house owner treating him with an ‘you’re a bit exasperating but you’re lucky you’re cute’ kind of manner, but it comes off as this merman mooching off this guy, acting totally helpless, and doing this weird very childlike ‘well I’ll help!’ stuff that goes as far as a normal five year old would be able to take it. And I’m reading and waiting for a plot to pick up… and it never does. My friend lent me the first six volumes of this, and I read the synopsis of the back of the rest and it’s more ‘oh hey this merman is still here, what a hoot!’. So I give them back to my friend and ask if a plot ever pops up and she says not really, that the manga is meant to just be light and fluffy. I suppose I can understand that, but the merman acting like a child the whole time kind of ruined it for me. I gave this 2 stars and won’t be continuing.

Livingstone vol 1 by Tomohiro Maekawa and Jinsei Kataoka

Livingstone, Vol. 1 (Livingstone, #1)This manga I picked up from borrowathon as well, right after quitting the above, and went into it expecting the worst. My friend and I swap manga and books all the time and our tastes align roughly fifty percent of the time. Sooo I was expecting this one to be another miss. But! This one actually turned out to be pretty neat, and I’m currently in the middle of volume 2.

This series follows two characters that attend to soul stones – the souls in people’s bodies are on a set plan and when the bodies they inhabit go astray – suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, etc etc, it can mess up the soul’s plan. So the characters’ job is to go around setting people right again, or killing the person if they cannot be saved and help the soul move along to the next phase of its plan successfully. Like, the premise was really neat and I think the execution was even better. I’m seriously digging this series. This first volume was a solid 4 stars for me, and I feel like it has the potential to get even better.


Other Things

I saw Deadpool 2 and Solo this month. Both were pretty solid movies. I think the beginning of Solo left a bit to be desired but it picked up and recovered rather well. And Deadpool was just Deadpool, as usual. Those movie, at least to me, are really hard not to like.

I’ve gotten to the point where there aren’t any books of mine to purge. Usually I’ll go through and get rid of books I lose interest in periodically. I tried last night and none popped up. That means I’m totally content with all the books I own. 😀

I got a raise at work! I’m celebrating by going to the bookstore today and going a bit nuts.


Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 17/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 1/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 10
    • July-September purchases:
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 312 (it keeps getting bigger instead of smaller)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018



And that’s it! I’ve decided to do personal/blog goals at the end of the year instead of an update every month. There’s a lot of repetition saved that way. Happy reading!

May Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy May! I’m currently reading a lot of books at the same time. All of them I’m digging.


The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is the fourth and most recent book in Weeks’ Lightbringer quintet – the fifth and final book comes out late next year and you can bet your butt I’m buying that on release day. I picked up this series on a whim last year and it’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite series. I can’t get enough of it, it’s just so great.

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

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea

I picked this up from Amazon’s world book day, where they were giving out free ebooks of various genres from authors all over the world. I tried my hardest to just not grab all of them but I couldn’t resist this one. This is the third memoir that I’ve read written by a North Korean defector. With all the news about the country lately, I thought it was fitting to pick up right away.

Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz

Halo: The Flood

Following up from The Fall of Reach that I read this past month, I picked up this book, which is the second in the Halo prequel trilogy. From what I’ve been told though, this book actually goes through the events of the first Halo game. I’m rather enjoying it so far. Seriously, I’m ending up a huge fan of the game without having actually ever playing the game.

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Continuing my audio book reread of Novik’s Temeraire series in prep for finishing the thing out, I’m just shy of half way through this. Simon Vance is narrating and yet again he’s doing an absolutely fantastic job. I love his narrations, man. And I’m loving this book just as much as I did the first time I read it about a decade ago.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

This is by far the most slow-going read for me. I’m enjoying it but it’s one of those books I can only read a few pages at a time before my brain gets burned out. I’ll finish it eventually.


And that’s it! I know I’ll be starting a buddy read or two pretty soon, so another book will likely be added to this list.

If you’re reading any of these or have read them, let me know! 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

May Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-May! This month a bunch of stuff happened – I graduated college (again), I got a salary position as a software developer, I planned out a vacation… all sorts of stuff. And I still have a lot of stuff left to go, yeesh.

Speaking of, I need an oil change. Guess who’s going to the mechanic after I finish writing this, woo.

ANYWAYS. This month I read one non-fiction, two novels and two manga/graphic novels


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This is the second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and the fifth in her Realm of the Elderlings world. I wrote a blabber on the thing of you’d like to know more fully about it, but it sums up to: I really like this series, but it kills my brain and heart more with every chapter.

4/5 stars

Chew vol 1 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceThis is one of those series that I’ve known about for a while but never really popped into my ‘wanna read this’ list. I found it for super cheap and picked it up on a whim… and honestly, most of the way through it, it basically was what I expected. It was okay. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special… until the end. And dammit, now I want volume two. It lead me into a false sense of ‘this is decent’ security when it was really hiding how good it was ’til the end. Well butts. Now I’m buying this series, too.

4/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)This was probably my most anticipated release for this month and I started reading it the day I came out. It was decent! I rather liked it. I wrote a blabber on this one too, if you’re interested. I feel like it was a rather solid (if not predictable) ending to the series.

4/5 stars

Attack on Titan vol 12 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 12I’m slowly workin’ my way through this series. One day I’ll catch up. One day. ONE DAY.

4/5 stars

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAnd the non-fiction for the month. I’m really bad with non-fiction usually – it doesn’t hold my attention for very long. It’s not the book’s fault most of the time, it’s my own. I just… lose focus. But this one, I listened to on audio and while it did indeed go into the history of the gene and all sorts of experiments and conferences and breakthroughs, it did so in almost a narrative format. It was really neat and I was able to stay focused on it. 😛 So.. props to him for writing a non-fiction a dunderhead can follow? 😀 It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, too!

4/5 stars

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Everything was 4 stars this month. Hooda thunk.


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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So two out of the five books I read this month qualify. Woot woot :”D


Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently reading
  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: 26/50

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 – 3/17, gonna be 4.


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

Happy reading!

May Currently Reading | ’17

Hello it’s May! 😀 That means it’s not April! That means my project is over! I know I’ve been yapping about this damn thing for months, BUT I’M JUST SO HAPPY IT’S OVER OH MY GOODNESS.

And now on to what I’m currently reading! 😀


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)I’m the closest to finishing this one out of any of them – less than 100 pages left! And it’s getting preeeetty intense, man. This one is a buddy read with Zezee :”D We’ve been slowly tackling all of Hobb’s books for a while now – it’s fun!

I have a weird love-hate relationship with Hobb’s books. I really like everything I’ve read from her, but reading her books just takes so much out of me emotionally, man. It’s draining.

 

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryThis one is being listened to on audio. I’ve been slipping with this one lately though – I find that if I’m under stress *cough*project*cough* I just wanna blast Scandanavian power metal on the way to work instead of listening to science. But now that stress is gone, science it is. :”D

 

 

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)This one has been and likely will continue to be on my currently reading list for a while – it’s a ‘about’ book for a dungeons and dragons setting – not exactly something you binge, haha. I’m enjoying it though – it’s allowing me to flesh out the background of my character nicely. 😀

 

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)GUYS. I’VE BEEN WAITING TO READ THIS BOOK FOR FOREVER. I finished the second one last month and have been waiting to pick this up until after I had finished my coding project – I knew if I picked it up before that I would never finish the code, haha. So I made it my reward to myself for finishing. 😀

I’M LOVING IT SO FAR, BY THE WAY.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)I’m totally on this train now, peeps. I wasn’t for the loooongest time. And then I read the first book and found it to be decent if not a bit unhealthy and then the second one was so much better (except the word ‘sheathing’ was used too much). And this third one – I’m rather digging it so far. It’s definitely highlighted some goods and bads about the book, but I’ll get to those in the blabber I write about the thing when I’m done with it. Because there will definitely be a blabber, yo.

So far I’ve figured out the wings bit, but still am clueless about the ruin bit.

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And that’s it! I hope to finish at least a few of these before picking up more. Five books at once is a looooot. Happy reading!

May Book Haul | #9

I got some books this month! Some I’m currently reading, some I haven’t started. Some I’ll get to next, some it’ll likely be years before I get to them (though I hope that doesn’t actually happen)

Here they are!

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I Used to Know That Science by Marianne Taylor
A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Currently reading!
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Currently reading!
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
Embassytown by China Mieville

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