Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #11

Happy Friday! :”D

Today is another book haul fate post, where I look at book hauls from the past and see if I’ve actually read the buggers, and whether I even still have them.

Today is the 11th post of this variety, so we’ll be doing book haul #11, which was originally posted on July 31st, 2016.

This is what I originally hauled:

  • Inuyasha vols 22 and 24 – Owned, read. I mean technically these specific copies are unread, but I read them before I got my own copies, so they’re not ‘unread’
  • Scryed vol 1 – Unhauled, read. I did read this and decided not to continue with it and got rid of it. Honestly though I feel like I should have held onto it. I’ve since stopped unhauling manga, period.
  • Gravitation vols 5 and 6 – Owned, read. This is a super weird series, I need to say. It starts of pretty decent and then goes weird, and I’m not sure if it’s in a good way, haw.
  • The Forever War – Owned, read. I technically listened to this on audio, but I’ve read it, dammit.
  • Changeless – Owned, unread. This is the second book in a series and I stiiiiill haven’t gotten to the first. It’s on the cutting block tho – one of those on the ‘read a chapter or two and either read it all or get rid of it’ pile. We’ll see!
  • The Burning Land – Unhauled, unread. I didn’t realize for a while after owning this one that it’s like book 5 in a series. Not invested enough, got rid of it.
  • Warbreaker – Owned, unread. I wanna read the Mistborn trilogy before getting to this one, which hopefully be picked up in January.
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies – Owned, unread. I still haven’t read the first one. I’m getting there, I’m getting there. I’ve since stopped buying sequels before reading the first one in the series. I’ve learned my lesson.
  • Ship of Magic and Shaman’s Crossing – Owned, read. Both of them, read. I’m on the last Hobb novel now I have yet to finish: Renegade’s Magic. I’ve basically adored everything I’ve read by her.
  • The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes – Owned, read. Again, I haven’t read this specific copy. My dad has this copy and growing up I read his (multiple times). And now I have my own!
  • Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook – Owned, read. Yep, cover to cover, read this. I’m so out of touch with the newer generations, that when Pokemon Go came out, I bought this to catch myself up. I was (and am again) really into pokemon when I was a kid and a teen, but I had kind lost touch and didn’t know there were like 300 new ones to learn. Well now I know them.
  • Heir of Fire – Owned, read. I read this one I think in 2017 or so, and rather enjoyed it. I think this series gets better as it goes on. So far, I’ve read up through book four.
  • Saga vol 6 – Owned, read. I think I read this the day I bought it, to be honest. Or definitely within the week. I miss this series, man.
  • Ralph and the Pixie – Owned, read. I received this one from the author actually! I originally read it as a fictionpress story and was singing its praises on this blog, aaaand I was contacted and sent one in exchange for an amazon review! It was such a nice surprise, and I really enjoyed rereading it!

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And that’s it! I think this is the first book haul where I’ve read the majority of the books. If you look at past posts, you’ll see many are still unread and most were unhauled. It’s an interesting this. I think mid 2016 was about when I really honed in on what specific types of books I liked, and it reflects in the fact that I’ve kept most of them. It’s neat!

Lemme know what you think! Happy Blogmas!

Books I wish I could read again for the first time

Happy December! Today’s topic is ‘books I want to read again’ and is open to a bit of interpretation, so I’m going with ‘ones I wish I could read again for the first time’. I’m going to add the caveat of ‘and if it’s set towards a younger audience, I would also like to be right in that age bracket again to read it’. Today I have eight to talk about, and their images are all going to be different sizes because reasons so work with me here.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I think I first read this when I was ten or eleven and I remember being completely entranced. I really wish I could warp back to that age and read it again.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – This is one of the best manga series I’ve ever read. The plot is just so dynamic and thrilling and funny and intense and I remember waiting on baited breath for each new volume to come out. Man, I miss it.

Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki – This was my first ever ‘favorite manga’, and it’s still really up there. My copy of volume one has been read so many times that the cover just lays flat when you open it – no resistance whatsoever.

Harry Potter – I think this one would make a lot of peoples’ lists. I just wish all my memories of it hadn’t been tainted.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Honestly, all the Robin Hobb books apply here. Maaaan.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – This is one of my favorite series of all time and I would really love to experience it fresh. I did reread it recently and it was just as great as ever but it just wasn’t the same as the original read.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This is a series I just read for the first time this year and I already wanna reread it. I lent my whole series to my sister, who’s now reading it so I’m living vicariously through her.

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – This series was such a masterpiece – the pacing, the build up and the climax, all of it was absolutely awesome. I’d love to read it again for the first time.

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And that’s it! I know I’m supposed to pick ten but… I feel like the last two would have been just arbitrary choices to fill the list, so I stuck with eight. Lemme know what you think!

Top 5 books that took me ages to read

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic is books that took me ages to read, ones that I spent so long on that I grew a beard and shaved it off. I swear I’ve posted something like this before but when I scoured my past posts I couldn’t find it, so maybe I’m imagining it. Anyways, these are the books that took me the duration of the Jurassic period to get through:

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman – I read this in May of… last year? 2018? Something like that, for a readathon, and man it took me all month. This is a short story collection and I should have known better.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – I have such a love-hate relationship with this one. It’s creepy when it wants to be but it’s also amazingly dull. I loved the actual scary parts of the book but to be honest, most of it was a slog to get through.

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams – This book I read out loud with my husband. It took us a year, literally. If you go back in my posts to 2017 or so, you’ll see this book in my ‘currently reading’ for decades.

The Broken Eye and The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – Both of these books took me months to read. The latter of the two, I actually ended up restarting because I forgot what was happening in the middle.

They both got five and four stars though, so it’s not like I didn’t like them. Who knows what it was!

And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know how long it took you! Happy reading!

Top 10 books on my Fall TBR!

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books on my fall tbr. So I want to start off by saying I don’t really do tbrs, except during readathons. So this is definitely a tentative list. So at the time of writing this, these are the ten books that are calling to me the most:

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

These three are all on my 10 in 2020 list. Luckily for me, they’re still at the top of my ‘want to read’s. The first one I have a buddy read lined up for. The other two, to be honest, are intimidating. One’s a Stephenson book, and the other is a brick. I’m hoping I enjoy both though!

The Scar by China Mieville
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb

The Scar is another 10 in 2020 book. Caliban’s War I’m actually most of the way through, it’s just on the back-burner. Renegade’s Magic is gonna be bitter sweet. It’s the last full-length novel I have to read of Robin Hobb’s. When I’m done with it I’m not sure when I’m gonna do. It will, as always, be buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks :”D

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The ones on the ends are somewhat recent purchases, and I wanna pick them up, they’ve been on my mind! The middle is another 10 in 2010 book, the last of them. I’m gonna finish that list this year, dammit. I’m gonna.

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

This is the final book I wanna read this fall, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking it up soon-ish, as I have a buddy read set up with Katy @Bookbinderway :”D We’re both rather looking forward to this one!

And that’s it! Ten books I really wanna read. Will I get to them? Well, I mean I hope so. Pbtbt.

Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #8

Coffee Time

Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at books hauls of the past and see where the books are now. Did I read them? Did I get read of them? Did they end up lost somewhere in a hotel room on a vacation? We shall see.

This is the eighth post, so we will be looking at book haul #8, which was originally posted on May 1, 2016.

This is what I got:

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Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Owned, read

I’ve read the third and fourth ones as well, and do intend on finishing the series… eventually.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Owned, read

This book actually ended up being one of my favorite books of all time. Currently it’s lent out to one of my buddies, and I’m hoping it becomes a favorite of hers, too.

Slab vol 11 – Unhauled, unread

This was a poetry collection written by the students at the university I attended. I held onto it for a while out of a sense of obligation but eventually I just got rid of it. I’m not a huge poetry person.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – Owned, unread

This one’s still on the tbr. It’s been almost-purged a few times now, so we’ll see what happens to it.

Peony in Love by Lisa See – Owned, unread

This one is also still on the tbr, but this one has never been in danger of being unhauled. I definitely still wanna read this.

The Confusion by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I have a lot of Neal Stephenson books but weirdly I’ve only read a couple. This is not one of them. I will get there, as what I’ve read from him so far, I’ve liked.

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And that’s it! Tomorrow is a new haul, and new books to maybe read. Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most read authors

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is most read authors. I read a lot of manga, and obviously some of those series are 20 or 30 volumes long, so for the sake of actually mentioning novel authors, I’m going to focus on them specifically.

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At 5 books read…

Rae Carson, George R.R. Martin, and Stephenie Meyer

Rae Carson: The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, short story collection, and Walk On Earth a Stranger

George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire series (5)

Stephenie Meyer: Twilight series (4), The Host

At 6 books read…

Catherine Fisher, Patrick Ness, and Leigh Bardugo

Catherine Fisher: Relic Master series (4), Incarceron duology

Patrick Ness: Chaos Walking trilogy, short story, A Monster Calls, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Leigh Bardugo: Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows Duology, King of Scars

At 9 books read…

Sarah J Maas

Books 1-4 of the Throne of Glass series, the prequel bind up, and A Court of Thorns and Roses series (4)

At 11 books read…

Naomi Novik

The Temeraire series (9), Uprooted, and Spinning Silver

At 12 books read…

Eoin Colfer

1-7 of Artemis Fowl, 1-2 of Artemis Fowl graphic novels, Supernaturalist, The Wishlist, Airman

At 18 books read…

Robin Hobb

Realm of the Elderlings overarching series (16), The Wilfull Princess and the Piebald Prince, The Inheritance & Other stories short story collection

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And that’s it! This time five years ago, this list would have been every different. Robin Hobb however did I live without you! Happy reading!

Top 5 books I didn’t get to in 2019

Blogmas 2019

So at this point in time, I’m very aware of what books I’ll be focusing on from now until the end of the year. I made a post about it the other day, in fact. But that means there are books I obviously didn’t get to. This post will be about those, and hopefully they’ll get picked up shortly into 2020.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang – Bought this I think the day after release day and then…. never picked it up! The third one’s been announced now, so now I’m pressured.

Recursion

I read Dark Matter this year by Blake Crouch and really liked it, so I wanted to pick up this, Recursion, as well. Just didn’t get there unfortunately.

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1)

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter – I picked this up on impulse without knowing anything about it, was (and am) excited for it, and haven’t read it yet. Whoops. The cover looks super neat.

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell's Library #1)

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwitch – When I bought this one, I was surprised to see that it was released in paperback! It just came out this year and went directly to paperback. So obviously I grabbed it, hauled it, and now it sits on my shelf looking pretty.

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – Does this really surprise anyone? It’s been on my ‘currently reading’ for literally a year. I really, really need to finish this book. One day? One day.


And that’s it! Tomorrow’s post will be my 10 in 2020, and some of these may end up on there, we’ll see. Until then!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #3

Coffee Time

Hello, happy Sunday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series a couple months ago, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today’s book haul I originally posted on November 26th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Owned, unread

I’ve still only read the one Sanderson novel, Elantris. I liked it, and I own a good bit of his books now, including these three, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Four years, man.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

Yet another ‘I’ve read one book by this author but have a lot of other books by them, all unread’. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – Owned, unread

This one, I’m hoping I really like. I’ve heard literally zero bad things about it.

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Owned, unread

I really like the premise of this one – each country is in a different time period. Other than that, I know nothing about it. I have the second one too… I’ll get to them. I will, dammit.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac by a buttload of authors – Owned, unread

So, problem. I bought this before I realized that I don’t like short story collections. This is the only one I still own that I haven’t read yet, and I’m afraid, honestly. I don’t want to dislike it, but I’ve disliked literally every other short story collection I’ve read. I just think the format is not for me, regardless of the content. I’ll probably pick this up as a challenge for a readathon. I’m nervous, ahaha.

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of other authors – Unhauled, read

This one I did read! And then I got rid of it because iiiiit’s a short story collection and I didn’t care for it. heeh.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Unhauled, unread

This one I ended up getting rid of due to disinterest before I read it. I read the first one in the series ages ago and thought it was just ok. And by the time I got around to looking at this one, I had forgotten the contents of the first one and didn’t want to reread it. So.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Owned, unread

Honestly, this one just intimidates me. I’ll get there eventually.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Owned, read

Literally the only ‘owned, read’ one this haul, I’ve read this book so many times! Almost every year, and I think I’m due for a reread.


And that’s it! As you can see, the majority of these are ‘yes, still have it, no, still haven’t read it. hm hm hm

Happy reading!

Coffee Time: Top read authors

Blogmas 2018

Today’s post is a follow up of Tuesday’s, which was my top owned author list. These are the ones I’ve actually read. And hey, everyone on today’s list was also on Tuesday’s list so I won’t go into author detail like I did last time. At least I’m consistent, yeh?


J.K. Rowling – 9 books

Naomi Novik – 9 books

Sarah J Maas – 9 books

Robin Hobb – 11 books

Eoin Colfer – 12 books

As you can see, I’m a creature of habit. Writing this makes me want to do an updated series of posts about unfinished series that I will be completing and ones that I won’t. I think it was around this time last year that I posted them, so they’re about due for an update.

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

2017 | A Year in Review

2017 Reading Review

Hello! Happy New Year’s Eve! Today’s post being put up a tad later in the day than normal, as I used this morning to finish my last book of the year! 😀 So here’s an overview of all the reading-related things that happened this year: My goodreads goal, my blog activity, my 2017 reading resolutions, etc etc etc. I hope you enjoy!


My Year in Books

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Blog Activity

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Obviously most active month was December due to Blogmas, and there was a week in May there where you can see I was posting multiple times a day. Readathons do that. :”D

Total posts published: 142
Reviews:
11
Tags:
15
Top 5 Wednesdays: 26
Most popular post of 2017: Top 5 Angsty Romances

Wrap Ups:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov

December:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. RowlingAll My Friends Are Dead by Avery MonsenCaptive Prince by C.S. PacatSanta and Pete by Christopher Paul MooreFool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb – 5 stars
Santa and Pete
by Christopher Paul Moore – 3 stars
Captive Prince
by C. S. Pacat – 4 stars
All My Friends Are Dead
by Avery Monsen – 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(illustrated) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay – 4 stars

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀 It runs from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Reading Goals

Results of 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 – Complete!

Results of 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 50/50 – Complete!

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Current TBR: 301 – Complete!

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ~40 books –  Complete!

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 10/17 – Incomplete

So, three out of four goals completed. Overall, not bad!


End of Year Survey

Like last year, I’m going to do the End of Year Survey. If you’d like to do this as well, consider yourself tagged.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Best series you started in 2017? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Sequel: The Blinding Knife  by Brent Weeks
Ender: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Brent Weeks
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Most memorable character of 2017?
Kip from The Lightbringer series
Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2017?
“This is the truth. You will know it because it hurts”
Longest and Shortest books read in 2017?
Longest: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen
Book that shocked you the most
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
OTP of the Year
Alina and The Darkling (please ;~;)
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Lia and Pauline from The Remnant Chronicles
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite book of 2017 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Newest fictional crush of 2017
The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy
Best 2017 debut
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Saga by Brian K Vaughan
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Book that crushed your soul
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most Unique Book Read in 2017
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book that made you the most mad
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be a 2018 priority?
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
Most anticipated non-debut 2018 release?
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most anticipated 2018 debut?
Haven’t looked into it yet!
Most anticipated 2018 series ender/sequel release?
See two answers previous
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2018 reading/blogging life
Maintain the semi-consistent posting schedule I managed to start up
A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2017. You silly.


And that’s it! I will see you all in 2018! 😀 I hope your reading year went as well as mine did!