November Currently Reading |’18

Currently Reading

Hello, welcome to November! Today is my last day in Florida, and right after writing this, I’ll be packing up to get on a plane. I’m due to walk back into my home around 9 or 9:30pm tonight, between checking out of the hotel by 11am, waiting for the shuttle to the airport, waiting at the airport, the flight home, and the drive home after that. So… long day full of waiting ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the time to read and get ahead on my Nano project.

Anyways, this is what I’m currently reading:

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)This is a reread for me, and I had planned on having it done by now, but with Nano and vacation, it kinda didn’t happen. The sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant, came out this past Tuesday. I’ll go buy it as soon as I finish this one. I want the instant gratification of finishing this and going ‘oh hey I’m gonna go buy the sequel right now’. Loving it just as much as I did the last time.

 

 

 

 

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb

Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)Another buddy read with Zezee, I’m rather adoring this book. Aaaand it was another one I was to have done by this weekend, which still may or may not happen depending on how nano goes today at the airport, hehe. If possible I’ll buzz through the ending tomorrow. But buh, I love this series, man. The whole thing, it’s great.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)I picked this up as part of Spookathon but didn’t finish it. I’m enjoying it so far, but it’ll likely end up being a back-burner book for me this month, considering everything. I’ll get to it though! One day! Wah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)This is a buddy read I’m currently reading with Amanda. At this point I feel it should be categorized as a back-burner book, but who knows. Amanda! When are we reading more! When!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray HouseThis book I am reading as part of the r/Fantasy book of the month read-along.Teeechnically it ended up the end of October so I’m very behind, but I’ll finish it eventually. It’s just so slow going, I’m having a hard time really getting into it. It’ll pick up for parts and then slow down again.

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Same ones as last month. I’ve started a bunch of new books but haven’t like.. finished any. Haha.

What are you reading? Have you read any of the above?

November Wrap Up | ’17

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Hello! Happy December 2nd!

This month, I participated in NaNoWriMo and as a result, both my reading and my blogging took a hit. So this is gonna be a bit bare, apologies. December though, no writing. All reading. All good. <33


Books

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis book was a long time coming for me to finish. It was a bit of a weird process. Originally, I began it on audiobook and didn’t care for it. I figured I’d give it a shot as a physical read since the last thing I read by Mieville (Perdido Street Station) I adored. Well, I picked up the physical book and I realized why I hadn’t like the audiobook. The prologue was missing from the audiobook. I had no context from Chapter 1 on. No wonder it was confusing. So then I read the prologue and ended up really liking it.

I actually switched back to audio after that and continued on – basically the only reading I did this month was in the car. I listen to audiobooks on my way to and from work, so I could get a bit in at least, with nanowrimo going on.

I ended up liking this book. I liked it, but didn’t love it. It had a really neat concept and the alien lifeforms were absolutely fascinating, but I think the main problem of this book was that the characters were so flat. I didn’t care about any of them. None of them, to me, really had personalities. The aliens who couldn’t even speak English or lie had more of a personality than our main character did. So reading from her POV the whole book was a tad draining.

The book overall though, was rather decent and I enjoyed it.

3.75/5 stars

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookNow when I said I read this book, I mean I ‘read’ this book. It’s an activity book used by Nano-ers to prep for their novel. I found it okay, I guess.

I think my main complaint with this book was that it was very structured. Like you had to be writing a certain kind of book to be able to utilize the whole thing. So honestly about half of the prompts in the book went unused by me. I’d say I wasted money on the thing, but I did get some use out of it.

It prompts things about your villain. What if you don’t have a villain? It prompts a linear timeline. What if you’re not going linear? What if you’re jumping around? It prompts for one main character and some side characters. What if you have a cast of mains? You’d have to photocopy the pages and reprint them. I just… I don’t know. I feel like for someone who wants to write the traditional good guy, bad guy, beginning middle end kind of book, this would be great. This would be a perfect tool. But unfortunately my story did not fit that mold. So for me, it was okay.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

This bingo challenge runs from March 2017 to March 2018!

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

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Blog Activity

4 posts total. Like I said. Nanowrimo kinda killed me, haha.


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  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: 45/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete! Currently physical TBR: 299

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – (Ongoing) 1 this month

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17 (I’m starting to think this one is a lost cause)


And that’s it! Happy reading! See you tomorrow!

November Currently Reading | ’17

Currently Reading

Hello! Happy November.

I’m slowly getting back on track with my regular posting schedule (Sun-Wed-Sat). I say ‘slowly’ because hey, this post is a day late.

If you haven’t read any posts in a while, I moved recently. I’m still unpacking, still running into things that I realize I don’t have until I need them direly (like a tube to drain the washing machine. Why that never occurred to me I don’t know).

So recently I haven’t been reading much. Today was the first day I picked up a physical book in about two or three weeks.

So I’m ‘reading’ a couple things actively:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my main focus at the moment. It’s a buddy reading I’m doing with Zezee and my goal is to get through chapter 14 tonight. I’m in the middle of 13 at the time of writing this. (So more realistically, I’ll hit my goal tomorrow. Sorry Zezee friend for slowing us down!)

So far I’m really liking it. 😀

 

 

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI’m participating in Nanowrimo! At the moment, I’m exactly one day’s worth of words behind (I ended up not writing today. I was on track and planned on taking today to write and read my Hobb book but then I realized all my cat’s vet stuff was never transferred from the move and then one of my book cases broke so I had to buy a new one, and… today was a long day, and I didn’t get to read much nor did I write at all. 0 words for today, woo)

But anyways, this book is… okay, I guess. I feel like it would be a lot more helpful if I was writing a different kind of novel, I guess. A lot of the prompts are very geared towards a certain kind of book and it’s not the kind that I’m writing. Sooo unfortunately a lot of the prompts in here are irrelevant to what I’m making. I’m doing everything that would help me though, and those are pretty neat.

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I started on audio, switched to physical and now I’m back on audio. I found that when switching to physical, that the audio copy I was listening to was missing the prologue. Since I’ve read that, I’m now back on audio – it allows me to read while during my (shorter now since moving!) commute to work. I’m liking it a lot more now that I have that context the prologue provided.

 

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And that’s it! If you’d look at my goodreads ‘currently reading’ list, you’d also see The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks on there. I didn’t include it here because it’s currently still packed in a box. I haven’t touched the thing in months. I was enjoying it when I was reading it though. I’ll pick it back up again once things settle down I think. Maybe after the buddy read is over.

Happy reading!

September and October Wrap Up, November Currently Reading

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One day I’ll make decent banners. WHAT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.

Guess who’s been super inactive in all facets of my life for the past two months! It’s me! :”D

I feel like I’ve been in a life slump. Slowly getting out of it though (look! Several posts in a two week span, I’m on a roll!)

Last month, I didn’t post an individual wrap up because I didn’t read enough to warrant it. I read a book or two and maybe a couple articles but otherwise I just toiled away petting my cat. I feel like at this point I’ve finished enough to write about them.


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month(s):

Total posts for September and October: 7


Reading Overview for the Month(s):

Books:

Product DetailsLocke & Key, Vol. 2: Head GamesAssassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

The EggDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)Saga, Volume 1Wonders of the Invisible World

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks. I received this book in August or so in exchange for an amazon review. It originally was a fictionpress story that I linked earlier in my blog. The author found my link, thanked me for the words and offered to send me a copy as the story had been turned into a book (obviously I accepted). I enjoyed this book, particularly the world building, but definitely had an issue or two with it that I hadn’t noticed when I originally read it almost 8 years ago. That said though, it’s worth a read. – 4 stars

Locke & Key volume 2 by Joe Hill. The continuation of vol 1, which I rather enjoyed. I feel like I left too much time between them though, I kinda forgot what was going on and didn’t really get the full impact of the newest events. That’s my fault though. I gave this one the same rating I gave the previous one. – 4 stars

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. The third and final volume of the Farseer trilogy. I read this one as a buddy ready with Zezee and really enjoyed it. There was one or two things that bugged me about it, but mentioning them would definitely be spoilerific so I’m going to keep my yap shut. Overall though, it’s a solid end to the trilogy and I still think about the thing. – 4 stars

Monstress vol 1 by Marjorie M. Liu. This is a really good, really atmospheric first volume to a series I feel like I’m going to really dig. Zezee recommended this to me on goodreads and when I saw it on the shelf at the store, I decided to nab it. Definitely glad I did. :”D If you’re looking to get into a new graphic novel series, I recommend this one. – 4.5 stars

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak. I wrote a review on this one, linked above. Overall it was decent. Definitely not my favorite read of the month, but I enjoyed it well enough. – 3 stars

Saga vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan. This is a reread for me. I’m working through the series again so I can read volume 6 without making the same mistake I did with Locke & Key. – 5 stars

Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic. Sue me, I like pokemon. :”D – 5 stars

The Egg by Andy Weir. The shortest read of the set and my favorite. I read The Martian by him last year and knew he has a short story out as well. I tracked it down and read it and it had the same sardonic tone to it – I loved it. :”D If you have ten minutes of free time, check this one out. – 5 stars

Did not finish:

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. Just wasn’t feelin’ it. Might pick it up again someday. Maybe.

Articles:

JAZ7 negatively regulates dark-induced leaf senescence in Arabidopsis

This is a bit of research I’m doing for a paper I’m writing for a class. It was interesting though. o:

Don’t Make Fun of Renowned Dan Brown

This article is a tongue-in-cheek review of Inferno, which bombed. It pokes fun at Dan Brown’s writing and storylines and while I generally enjoy his stuff, this article was hysterical. The author of it nailed it. I loved it. xD


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 37/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 7/8
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: over 30
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): The Egg by Andy Weir


November Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)WeaveworldShip of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)Jurassic Park

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Weave World by Clive Barker
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (buddy read with Zezee!)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (audiobook with the SO)

And that’s it! Hoping to post a book haul tomorrow. Otherwise, happy reading!! :”D

November Wrap-up and December Currently Reading

Hello! Due to Nanowrimo (which I failed miserably) combined with classes I didn’t read much this month. I completed three graphic novels, one novel and one audiobook.

They are:

Amulet volumes 4 and 5 by Kazu Kibuishi –
I’m almost caught up on this one now I think. There are six or seven out, I believe. This series is a cute, light read that I’ve been zooming through by borrowing them through the library. Each book so far as rated a 3-4 stars for me, which is good. I like them. Don’t love them, but I like them, enough to continue the series.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang –
I feel like I’m missing something with this guy’s books. I’ve read this one and his other two, Boxers and Saints. Whenever I see anyone reading these, they always rave about them like they’re the second coming or something. And honestly I just thought they were alright. If I remember correctly, each one got a 3 star rating from me but now that I think about it, I feel like maybe it should be a 2.5. I don’t know. This book nor the other ones ever clicked for me, unfortunately. I just don’t see the appeal.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas –
If you have been following my blog for a while ago, there is a chance you remember this post, the ‘Top 5 Books I will never read. Ever’ post. Guess what book was on that post that I’ve since read. I even wrote a blog post highlighting my hypocritical ways. Aaaaand, I liked this book. Really liked it. Didn’t love it, but really liked it. I have the second one borrowed from the library currently and hopefully will get through it before the due date.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern –
This was by far my favorite book of the month, though since it was an audiobook and as I mentioned classes and Nano earlier, it took me more like two months to get through it. Regardless, I highly enjoyed this book. It was a pure delight reading it. If you’re curious, I wrote a full review where I try to be all captivating about it and probably fail. Check it out if you’d like.


 

Onto Currently Reading!

According to Goodreads, I’m currently reading the following:

Though honestly it’s really only the first two that I’ve made any progress on recently. The others have been sitting on my bedside table for a loooong time. I just keep getting distracted by other books. I’ll get to them eventually!

And since this is for December, I get to pull my final TBR Jar Challenge slip, which turned out to be Read a New-to-you author. Aaand considering Yeonmi Park is new to me, hey look at that, I did it.

Otherwise, I made this post recently of books I want to get to before the end of the year, which is what I’m probably going to stick to until January 1st. If I can get more in, fantastic, but we’ll see what happens.

And I’ve mentioned in a past post that I’ll be doing Blogmas this year, so expect a lot of posts from me, including one or two ‘year in review’ things that pop up and ‘reading goals’ blah de blah. You know, the typical end of year posts.

I’ve also been tagged in two book tags that I have yet to get to (I haven’t forgotten, dun worry) so those will be up sometime this month too.


Well that’s it for me. Hope you all read good books this month. Happy reading!

October Wrap-Up and November Currently Reading 2015

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Hello folksies. :”D It’s not October anymore. It’s November now. TIME FOR TURKEY. In October, I read four books. Not as much as I have been reading but honestly it’s sort of a more normal pace for me, especially since none of those were graphic novels.

They were:

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)Dumplin'The FoldWalk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer, #1)

And I wrote reviews on two of them. :”D

Here is the review of The Fold by Peter Clines

Here is the review of Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson.

Dumplin, I didn’t review, but I enjoyed it. I gave it three and a half stars. I feel like the hype got to me on this one, which made me like it a good deal less. I guess I expected… more. This book while entertaining, wasn’t much else. It was a light read with an uncommon main character.The writing was fine and the plot was fine. But it just kinda happened and then it was over. Nothing really stuck out, if that makes sense. Nothing pulled at my heart strings or made me laugh or cry or feel any kind of emotion, which is something I look for in a five or four star book.

An Ember on the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir on the other hand, was wonderful. I didn’t review it either (though I should have) but I really, really enjoyed this one. Easily 5 stars. I liked both of the main characters, the plot, the setting… the writing was very gripping. The hints of magic in the story too were enjoyable and I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of it in the next book. This book was marketed as a stand-alone originally, which is goofy. There is no way. The second book has since been announced and I’m waiting for it impatiently.

And that’s it for October. My TBR Jar Challenge was to read and then watch a book and it’s film adaption. I watched the Martian, but I read it in September or August so I don’t think it counts. So I failed that one, hah.


For November, I’m currently reading the following:

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)The Night CircusThe Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)

Notice a few of those have been on there for a few months now, namely the first three. I’ll get to them, I swear.

Otherwise, I’ve rented a couple books from the library to read, one of which I’m gonna make a post about, so I’m not going to mention them just yet. My TBR Jar pick is also yet to be decided (I’ll post what it is in my next post. Can’t access jar at the moment).

And that’s it! :”D How was your October? Planning anything special for November?

Happy reading!