Fantasy Bingo 2019-20 is finished! I did decent!

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Today is March 31st, meaning r/Fantasy’s Bingo Challenge ends at midnight tonight. And considering none of the books I could possibly get done today would count for squares, I’m posting this now.

This is my final bingo card:

As you can see, I got six bingos: Three vertical, two horizontal, one diagonal. I had intended to fully fill the card, I even planned my 10 in 2020 around it, but.. well, I fell into a manga kick, and you can’t really use manga for this, so. I didn’t get there. But I did get bingos, so I’ll be entered for prizes. Next year, I’ll try for the full card.

If you are interested in participating in Fantasy Bingo, 2020’s card will be announced on the r/Fantasy subreddit tomorrow! And it’s exactly what it sounds like – a bingo for fantasy novels. All the rules and whatnot will be explained in the post that’ll go up, so I’m not gonna go into it here. But I’ve been participating in this since probably 2016 or so and it’s a lot of fun, so if you’re a fantasy lover I highly recommend it.

I’m very pumped for the new card tomorrow, and I’ll be making a post about it for sure – it’s going to be a bonus Wednesday or Thursday post, depending how late in the day the new card shows up.

And that’s it! If you participated this year or plan on it starting tomorrow, lemme know! Happy reading!

Tome Topple Readathon TBR!


Hello! The Tome Topple Readathon started yesterday! Me being me, didn’t realize it. So I’m starting a day late. Whatevs. The dates this time run from June 29th – July 12th. The point of the readathon is to read books over 500 pages, be it graphic novels or novels themselves.

For all the details on it, you can see Sam’s announcement video.

There are a few challenges that you can participate in as well:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

I think with the tbr posted below I’ll hit all of those except the buddy reading one. NO BUDDIES FOR ME. ;~;

There are also instagram challenges to participate in every day, and I made my first post about it this morning (shameless plug).


If you’re participating in the readathon (and if you’re reading any of the ones I am especially) let me know! We can buddy read.

Happy reading!!

10 in 2018

10 in 2018

Hello! Last year I did a post called 17 in 2017, where I stated seventeen books I wanted to read this past year. Well. I read about half of those, hawhaw. Obviously that goal was too lofty for me. And my mood was fickle, I guess. So instead of going up to 18 for 2018, I’m going to drop to ten titles, and this is where it’s likely to stay for the years to come.

So without further ado, these are (currently) the top 10 books I most want to read in 2018:

So basically, all of that is fantasy, minus one or two titles. It’s gonna be fantastical year! 😀 If you’ve read any of the above and feel I should prioritize them over others, please let me know! Happy reading!


So uh… I went to another library sale | Book Haul #17

As the title says, I went to another one. 😛 Aaaaand there’s yet another one nearby this coming weekend. I’m going to try really hard to stay away, haha.

But I got a lot of books – some from that sale, some from Half Price Books, some bought out-right. 😛 Heeeeere we go.


So, each one of these I’m very excited for…. and each one of these (aside from the ones I’ve already read, will likely take me a while to get to. I’ve reached the ‘I realize I have a problem’ epiphany. So I’m going to uh… attempt a ban? I guess? I’m not sure how I wanna go about it yet. I’ve done the read-5-buy-1 and it didn’t stick, I’ve gone cold turkey and it didn’t stick… so I’m not sure how to go about it, hyuck. Do let me know if you have any ideas that will be easier on my very undisciplined self-discipline. 😛

But if you’ve been planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D I’d love to do a buddy read!

Top 5 fantasy and sci-fi cover arts

Top 5 Wednesday

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Hello it’s Wednesday Thursday!! And it’s the first Wednesday Thursday since January where I didn’t have the looming knowledge of YOU’RE BEHIND IN YOUR CODING PROJECT EMILY YOU SHOULDN’T BE WRITING A POST floating in the back of my mind. Guess who has two thumbs and has finished the project. ME. YEAH.

So back to books and my overly loud excitement about them.

This week’s topic is cover arts for science fiction and fantasy. Sounds lovely!! 😀 If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to the group!

Okay so: I’ve come up with seven covers that are grabbing my attention. Instead of doing a tiered-top-five, I’m just going to list all seven in no particular order because all these covers are lovely. 😀

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein

This book was a cover-buy for me. I had no idea what it was about, nor had I heard of it before I saw it sitting on the shelf. A purchase like this has happened exactly two times in my life, the other being listed below. I can’t get over how pretty this book is. I mean sure, the dust jacket is okay I guess, but the actual book underneath it? Gorgeous 😀

saturn run

Iron Angel and Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell

Campbell is one of this weird-steampunk-fantasy authors and I dig everything I’ve read by him. I totally recommend The Deepgate Codex, by the way, Iron Angel being the second book in that series.

Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)Sea of Ghosts (The Gravedigger Chronicles, #1)

The Fold by Peter Clines

This is that other cover-buy I mentioned. I feel like images of it online don’t do it justice. It’s just so PRETTY in real life. The cover is textured, it’s shiny, the fold going down the middle of the page pops out to the eye. It’s lovely! And the book itself is really good too :”D

The Fold

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The art in this entire book is lovely. The cover just showcases it. :”D

A Monster Calls

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I picked this one because if I mentioned recently in my blabber that this cover, while rather lovely, is super poignant. It describes the tone of the book so well that I had just to throw it in here. It’s super suave.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Rook by Sharon Cameron

When I read Rook last year or two ago, I gave it a three star rating. Every time I’ve mentioned it since, it always confuses me why I gave it a 3, not a 4. I’m thinking pacing? But at this point, all I remember is loving the setting and the characters, haha. This cover is rather lovely, I think. :”D


And that’s it for this week! Happy reading. :”D

Top 5 sci-fi and fantasy novels on my TBR

Top 5 Wednesday

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Happy Camel Day 😀 This week’s topic are sci-fi and fantasy books I haven’t actually read yet. So for simplicity’s sake, I’m going to go with books that I haven’t read yet that I already own. None of this ‘Gonna ignore the 200 unread books I own to add more to my list’ stuff. Gonna try to focus on the books I have. Money dollars, people. I’m not made of them.

If you’d like to join t5w, here is the link to do so. Synopsis for all books will be linked in the titles.

5 – A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I’m one of those late-on-the-bandwagon people with this series. Didn’t start reading it until I think season 3 of the show had already come out. At that point, I was sick of getting spoilers about things I didn’t even understand. So I decided to read the books so I’d understand the spoilers so I’d understand the plot. So I have this last one left and then I’ll be waiting for Winds of Winter along with everyone else. I think I’m going to tackle this one on audiobook. I read the second one in physical copy but that was a struggle. The other ones were all listened to. As much as I dislike the narrator I have a copy of, it’ll still be better for me and move the process along. And then I can continue the tv show.

4 – Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)Book one in this series, Leviathan Wakes, was among my favorite books of last year. I ended up going out to the bookstore immediately after finishing it and paying list price for this baby because I needed it…. and then I read 50 pages and got distracted by another book. I’m a bad fan. D:

I’d really like to catch up on this series though, especially since i started watching the show and it’s going to eclipse book one soon. Gotta do it, gotta do it.


3 – Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)Book one out of ten in Eriksons The Malazan Book of the Fallen series, this one is on the list because when I was in Malaysia, a neato friend recommended it to me and I bought it. She also bought Leviathan Wakes at my recommendation… and she has since binged that entire series. I have yet to even start this one. :”D So it’s made the list because aside from wanting to read it as is, there’s a good amount of reader’s guilt stuck to it, haha.

I’ll get to it, Shep-y. I promise. :”D


2 – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)This was in my most recent haul. I bought it because I’ve had the mistborn trilogy sitting on my shelves forever, but I heard that if I’m going to read Sanderson’s later works, which I want to, I need to read his earliest ones first. If I don’t, I won’t like them when I got back and read them after reading the later ones…. so I figured, this is his first book, so I’m starting with it. And after, then I’ll pick up the mistborn trilogy.

If I’m incorrect in my assumption, feel free to correct me.


1 – The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This is the third book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, which I am unendingly obsessed about. The only reason why I haven’t started this book already is that I’m currently reading a few others and I know if I start this one, those will fall to the wayside. I’m in the middle of a buddy read which I’m already behind on, so I don’t want to make that any worse, haha. Once Mad Ship and The Traitor Baru Cormorant are finished though, you bet your butt I’m reading this book. I can already taste it.




And that’s it! :”D Happy reading!

Top 5 Fantasy and Scifi Books

Top 5 Wednesday

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Hello! The camel says it’s Wednesday, so here we are again. :”D This week’s topic is a rather broad one – favorite fantasy and science fiction. There are a lot of books I’m sure will be on a lot of people’s lists and honestly, they would likely be on my own as well (ie. Harry Potter, Uprooted, A Court of Mist and Fury, The MartianLeviathan Wakes etc etc). So I’m going to post some of my favorite scifi and fantasy novels that I haven’t talked about much lately or aren’t currently super hyped. Past hype dun count. :”D

If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to do so!

5. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)This series was super popular a few years ago but has since fallen to the wayside a bit. If you’ve read it, you know my pain. If you haven’t read it, I highly highly suggest you do so. It follows a young boy in a colony of only men. This boy, along with the rest of the colony, can hear each others’ thoughts. Constantly. The people’s thoughts, the dogs’ thoughts, the bugs’ thoughts, the cows’ thoughts. Everything collides in a barrage of noise. It’s all the boy has ever known, and then one day, he stumbles across a patch of silence.

This series is really good, it’s really intense and it kinda killed me a bit.

4. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)I’ve mentioned this one a lot recently. Like, a lot a lot. It’s the latest addition to my favorites list and now that I’m about half way through the second book, my certainty that this series belongs on this list is even stronger. This series follows The Prism, a man who can fracture light into its individual colors and ‘draft’ those colors into solid matter called luxin. It’s set in a fantasy world full of neat magic, cool world building and some pretty great characters. I wrote a spoiler-free blabber on it (which now has a good ten ping backs likely) if you’d like a fuller idea of what it’s about.


3. The Fold by Peter Clines

The FoldWhen I bought this, it was a total cover-buy. I was on a boardwalk and this was sitting in the front window of a bookstore I walked by. I pointed, squeaked, ran inside and bought the thing. The picture here doesn’t do the cover justice, man. The cover, first of all, is shiny, it’s textured. The fold going down the front of it actually feels like a fold. It’s soooo cool. 😀

Anyways, bought the book on impulse and totally ended up loving it. It follows a man that’s brought in to assess a scientific experiment that ultimately feels a lot like Stargate if you’ve ever seen that. It twists off in a different direction though, and I very much enjoyed the ride. This book was really cool. And it has a companion novel 14 which is on my 17 in 2017 list. This is the one book on this T5w list that I have only seen a couple times elsewhere and even then the opinions have been mixed. People seem to either love it or hate it. Well, I looooove it. :”D

2. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)I’ve noticed this series getting a bit of attention lately, and I say GOOD. This series is fantastic and has recently finished (which… I now need to finish. I’m thinking I’m just going to reread the whole thing since it’s been years since I originally read it). It’s set during the Napoleonic Wars and follows a British Navy Captain who conquers and takes a French ship. On board, he finds a dragon egg.

Napoleonic warfare with dragons. Do I need say more. This series is amazing. The characters are well-developed, the war scenes are tactical and planned, the interactions between Lawrence (the navy captain) and Temeraire (the dragon) are adorably hysterical. I love it. I love it.

1. Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)This series is usually my go-to when people ask for recommendations. It’s about renegade angels and false gods in a city suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. It’s fantasy, it’s steampunk, it’s a lot of stuff. It’s dark, it has anti-heroes, it has weirdly lovable characters, especially in the second book. It’s just fantastic. I love it, people. Read this one.




And that’s it! Happy reading.

Top 5 Non-Written Novels

Top 5 Wednesday

Aaaaand it’s hump day again, whop whop. This week’s topic is non-written novels – manga, comics, audiobooks, yada yada. And hey would you look at that, I like all of these things. If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to join the group!

If you’re even a semi-regular viewer of this blog, none of these titles should surprise you.

5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1  (Fruits Basket #1)23 volumes long. (I own 9 or so, but have read all 23)

This series I started reading when I was in high school (actually, all five series I’ve listed I’ve been reading since high school. Each one has been read over and over throughout the past decade). This particular series is a light-hearted comedy with hints of romance following a girl who finds herself taken in by her classmate and his family after she’s discovered living in a tent on the family property. She then stumbles across the family’s secret – the family is cursed by the signs of the zodiac, each one transforming into an animal when hugged by the opposite sex.

It’s cute, it’s funny and at times it gets kinda dark. It’s super good.

4. Death Note by Tsugumi OhbaDeath Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

12 volumes long. (I own 9, but used to own all 12. Long story that I’ll likely make a post about at some point)

I’ve noticed this series becoming rather popular again lately, especially with people who haven’t really read manga before. Well. Good, I say! Buy manga! Read manga! If you liked this series and want others, check out this list, ask me for more recommendations! The manga sections of stores in my area have gotten smaller lately – buy more so the sections get bigger again! Do it!

If you haven’t read or heard of this series before, it follows a young man who picks up a notebook dropped by a shinigami, a god of death. When a name is written in the notebook, that person dies. This series explores good and evil and lawfulness and chaos and all the gray areas of life. And it’s a super good thriller. Ahhh I love this series. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread it.

3. InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)56 volumes long. (I own 25 or so but have read all 56)

Inuyasha was my gateway anime (and gateway manga). It’s the one I have the most nostalgia for and will be a fan of for life. I’m slowly collecting the episodes on dvd and now that I think of it, should look into finding a bluray box set or something.

This series following a young woman, Kagome, who is dragged into an ancient well on her family’s shrine only to emerge 500 years in the past, smack in the middle of the Japanese Feudal Era. This is the feudal era of myth though – full of demons and spirits and lore. The story takes off when Kagome finds Inuyasha, a half-demon who has been pinned to a tree and kept in a deep sleep for 50 years.

This series man. Action, comedy, romance, tragedy, drama, conspiracy, EVERYTHING. I love this series! Both the anime and the manga are fantastic, so pick whichever one you want.

2. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu ArakawaFullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

27 volumes long. (I own all 27)

Honestly this one might be tied with my number one. Depending on the day, these two can swap places. I’m very happy to see this series picking up steam with readers who are just getting manga as well. This series seriously deserves every bit of praise it gets. One of the most intensive, epic, funny, serious, emotionally draining, entertaining series I’ve ever read, manga or otherwise. It just has everything.

For those who haven’t read it, it follows a pair of brothers as they try to regain their bodies. When the boys were young, their mother died. They attempted the forbidden art of human alchemy to revive her but severely underestimated the price. In exchange for their mortal crime, Ed lost his arm and leg and Alphonse lost his whole body. Now only his soul remains, tethered to the suit of armor you see in the cover. This series, man. This. Series. I need to reread it. Again.

1. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 0128 volumes long. (I own all 28)

My favorite series ever I think (maybe tied with #2). It follows a young man living in Meija Era Japan who during the bloody Bakumatsu revolution acted as a manslayer, killing hundreds of people. He now wanders aimlessly, having vowed to never kill again and protect everyone he can, but his past has a way of staying with him.

This series, if you hadn’t guessed, is historical fiction. The characters in it are based off real historical figures from the time period and between chapters, the author will give little blurbs of where he got his inspiration. I love this series. I’ve said that about every one listed here but I seriously love this series. It has action and comedy and suspense and plot twists and history and all sorts of stuff. I love it so much. 

So overall, if you take anything away from this post, it’s that if you don’t read manga already, you should really give it a chance. There’s some fantastic storytelling to be found here. Happy reading.


Graphic Novel Review: Rest by Mark Powers

Rest, Volume 1Rest by Mark Powers

Graphic Novel
Read 11/12 – 11/13
140 pages

I had very high hopes going into this one. I randomly plucked it from the store shelf after reading the synopsis and being fully drawn in. This graphic novel revolves around a man named John Barrett who becomes the subject in a human drug trial. The drug in question makes a person no longer need to sleep – they’re up 24/7 and can ‘live their lives to the fullest’ so to say.

So from someone with a degree and interest in psychology, yeah, I was pretty much hooked. (And the cover is pretty great too – I mean look at that thing!)

This graphic novel reminded me a lot of the movie ‘Limitless’ if you’ve seen that one. It had the same feel too, to an extent. With each of the six issues within this trade, I became more invested. I started to see the full scope of side effects the drug caused before the main characters realized it for themselves and it caused an almost thriller-like aspect to the whole experience. I read it in two sittings, unable to force myself to put it down for anything else aside from the influence of severely droopy eyelids.

I was totally digging this. It was great – the characters were interesting, there were twists and turns, there was a mysterious past to the drug that I thought was pretty cool. Everything was great and this was likely going to get a four-and-a-half star rating from me…. until I reached a certain panel and I was thrown out of the whole experience like being launched out of a cannon. One panel, that’s all it took. It made my opinion of the whole graphic novel kinda crumbled.

If you decide to pick up this novel, do so! I thoroughly enjoyed it… until that one part. But hey, it might not happen to you. You might not find that damn panel as utterly ruining as I did. Hell, you might not even realize which panel I was talking about.

So overall, this graphic novel is awesome. I loved it. But unfortunately, that panel and the events within it essentially dropped what I’m going to rate it substantially. Endings man, they’re make or break for me.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

The Deserted Island Book Tag

Hello, a tag today. :”D I was tagged by The Orang-utan Librarian, so thank you!

Water — A book you simply cannot live without

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

I’d have to say Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki. This was essentially one of my first gateway manga and I’ve reread the series so many times that the first volume’s cover doesn’t even offer any resistance when I open it more. It just lays open for me. I love this series and it’ll be my favorite forever.


Food — A book that is a close second on your favourites list

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

Another manga – Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. When I was a teenager, I read almost solely manga. I did read books, but these predominated. This was another series that became one of my staples. I haven’t reread this one quite as often, but it’s definitely up there. If you’re looking for a manga to start but don’t know which to pick, I recommend this one. It’s. So. Good.


Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Again, I’ve reread this book so many times – I used to rent and re-rent it out of the library when I was younger, and when I’m there I feel home, so I thought it would be the perfect choice. 😀

Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read

(What does a flare gun have to do with it, you silly). Again, not to repeat myself, but Fullmetal Alchemist. I’ve found it’s easier to get people who don’t read to pick up comics instead of novels. And this one – the story, the characters – I’m thinking it might be enough to pull them in.

Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart

The Night Circus

I’m going with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book is so whimsical and light and dark and fluffy and dense and all around lovely. I was swept away when I read this and I still think about it. I wrote a review on it, if you’re interested.



Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading

Usually for questions like this, I choose Harry Potter or one of the Pokemon novelizations, but there’s another one I just thought of. When I was little, before I could actually read, my dad would read this book to my sister and I. I don’t know the title of it and probably wouldn’t even recognize the cover at this point, but I remember it was a nonfiction about animals where there would be pages of animals in their habitats with numbers by them. At the bottom of the page, there would be a legend with the number that would state the name of the animal, where they lived, what they ate, etc. I remember loving that my dad would let me find the right number, then he would read me what it said. If anyone knows what book I’m talking about, let me know. We don’t have a copy of it anymore, and my father states he doesn’t remember it. I want to find it!

And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D