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Bout of Books 24 Wrap Up!

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Grab button for Bout of BooksHello, the bout of books readathon is over! I read! And because Wednesday is already spoken for, I decided to make an extra blog post for today instead!

My goals were to read two manga and two novels. I almost got there.

I managed to read three manga, one novel, and make progress in three others.

Manga

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1

The author of Fullmetal Alchemist started a new series! This is a slice of life manga, following a boy who enrolls in agricultural school. The book is light and fluffy and funny, but it also doesn’t shy away from the grit required to raise farm animals. I really liked this, and I plan to continue with the series. It’ll also get a full blabber from me, eventually.

Fruits Basket Another vols 1-2 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1

The first volume was a reread for me, but the second was a new read. This is the sequel to the original Fruits Basket series and follows the next generation of Sohmas. If you are interested in this one, make sure you finish the original series first because mondo spoilers in here for it.

This series gives me such nostalgia. I finished Fruits Basket back in high school but never purchased the whole thing – I have about half the books. I kinda wanna get the rest now and reread it all. This was really good, this series.

Novels

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

I wrote a full blabber on this one. It suffered from over-hype unfortunately, so I didn’t love it, but it was still pretty decent.

 

 

 

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)This one I didn’t finish – still in the process. As of writing this, I’m 137 pages into it. I’m already liking it more than the first one, so I’m hoping for good things as I continue.

 

 

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)I finally picked this up on audio. I’ve been slowly reading through this series, but ended up pausing at this one for a while: it has the amnesia trope in it, which I’m not a huge fan of. It seems to be handling it rather ok so far though. The character might actually cause things to happen that won’t just get fixed with the ‘huzzah’ moment of his memory coming back. Fingers crossed that this ends up being a unique twist on the trope, wah. I didn’t finished this one either – I got roughly 123 pages into it.

 

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wilds Chronicles, #4)I didn’t really read this for the readathon, but I read it during the readathon, so I figured I’d include it. This is a buddy read I’m doing with Zezee, and considering we need to stay on par with each other, I couldn’t exactly consume it all this week. I got 63 pages into this one, and am rather enjoying it so far.

 

 

 

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And that’s it! While I didn’t finish a second book, I definitely got a good chunk into quite a few, so I’m rather satisfied. If you participated in Bout of Books, let me know how you did! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 01/14/2019 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books 24!

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Hello, Bout of Books 24 starts tomorrow! I’ve been doing this readathon since BoB 11, and I’ve rather enjoyed it. I’ll be participating in this overlapping the Tome Infinity readathon that I posted about yesterday, and will count the same books towards each one, should they fit the prompts and goals, yada yada.

About Bout of Books:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

For this readathon, my TBR will be all willy-nilly, to match that of the Tome Infinity one. Currently I am reading Six of Crows, so that’ll be the first one up.

Otherwise, my goals are as follows:

  • Read every day
  • Finish two books
  • Finish two manga

If you’re participating in Bout of Books, let me know! Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 01/06/2019 in Books, Readathon

 

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Tome Infinity And Beyond Readathon| January Currently Reading ’18

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Hello! There are a lot of things happening this month! Let’s start with the readathon.

Tome Infinity and Beyond Round 2

Tome Infinity has started! It actually began back on January 1st, but since I haven’t completed any books yet this month, I figured it’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon. This is a readathon where you traverse the solar system, looking for a habitable home. To get to a new planet, you must read a book fitting a prompt. At the end of the last round, I settled on Mercury. Round two introduces the process of settling on the planet – finding basic necessities such as food, water and shelter, and then slowly growing your civilization into a flourishing society.

This readathon runs from January 1st through the 31st, so it’s not too late if you’d like to join! If you didn’t participate in Round 1 and want to do Round 2, you can do so! Check out my original post on Round 1, where I link the account that runs the thing, the rules, etc. Basically, you’ll start as if you were in Round 1, settle on a planet you want, and then move into the Round 2 settling prompts. Here is the Goodreads group and the Twitter account where everything is organized, and here is the google doc with all the prompts!

For this readathon, instead of making a strict TBR, I’m just going to wing it – I plan to finish City of Dragons by Robin Hobb, which I know will fulfill some of the basic necessities prompts, and then I’ll just… go from there. I’ll either continue with the other books I’m already reading, or I’ll pick up new ones as I find out what prompts I still need to fulfill.

In that google docs link, there are also Instagram challenges, which I’ll be participating in here. I probably won’t do every one, but it’s always nice to have an excuse to pull books off the shelves and look at them. If you are participating in this readathon, let me know!

Now onto the books I’m currently reading!

Currently Reading

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsAs mentioned above, currently reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. Augh I’m adoring it. At the time of writing this (Friday night) I wanna finish it tonight. Will I? Maybe. We’ll see. If not tonight, definitely tomorrow.

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)This is the eighth book in the Temeraire series. I finally got over my mental block about it and scooped it up on audio. The narrator is helping me deal with the trope I’m not crazy about. The book overall is weirdly handling the trope well though, so fingers crossed!

 

 

Back-burner books

This list gets bigger every month, people! These are all the books I’m currently ‘reading’ but aren’t the focus at the moment. I really wanna hop back to, well, all of them. I’ll get to them, I’ll get to them. None of them will I DNF – I definitely wanna get to the end of them all. Wish me luck. And I say this, with the readathon going on and potentially new books being picked up. (I’m also going to do Bout of Books 24 starting Monday, but that’s a post for tomorrow. :”D). So, it might be a bit, but I will read them. Huff.


And that’s it! Are you participating in the readathon? Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/05/2019 in Books, Currently Reading, Readathon

 

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Spookathon Wrap Up

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HAHAHAHA guess who was totally distracted. October is a busy month for me, man.

Last week I participated in Spookathon, and I had made a whole post about my TBR, yada yada yada… well.

What I wanted to read was the first four volumes of Monster and then Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. Welp, I got through the first two and a half volumes of Monster, and maybe fifty pages of Interview With the Vampire.

There are a couple reasons for this: I didn’t really have much free time last week, and what free time I did have I tended to dedicate to my buddy read, which has been ongoing for a bit now. Unfortunately the buddy read book can’t really be used for any of the Spookathon prompts. But, with the two and a half volumes of manga, I was still able to complete:

  • Read a thriller
  • Read a book with pictures
  • Read a book set in a different time period
  • Read a book with a spooky word in the title.

And if I would have gotten to volume four, I would have had the purple color prompt down too. Bwah.

Always next year, I suppose. I still had fun, even if I didn’t get too far in the reading. Until next time!

 
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Posted by on 10/24/2018 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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Spookathon TBR

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Hello, today I want to talk about the books I plan on reading for Spookathon! Spookathon is a readathon that takes place between October 15th and October 21st. You can find the host announcement videos here and the twitter account here!

The whole point, as the title indicates, is to read spooky books. There are also a few challenges you can try to accomplish as well. They are:

  1. Read a thriller
  2. Read a book with purple on the cover
  3. Read a book not set in the current time period
  4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  5. Read a book with pictures

Considering I and many other people likely won’t be able to read five books in a week, you can double up on challenges and fulfill multiple with one book.

These are the books I plan on reading:

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Monster volumes 1-4 by Naoki Urasawa – These manga will fulfill ‘Read a thriller’, ‘Read a book with pictures’ and volume four will fulfill ‘Read a book with purple on the cover’. I’ve owned these for forever and actually read them about a decade ago. But, I’ve forgotten everything about them, aside from it’s a serial killer psychological thriller. So I’m hoping it’s wonderful.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – This book fulfills ‘Read a book with a spooky word in the title’ and ‘Read a book not set in the current time period’. Again, I’ve had this for forever and read part of it back in high school. From what I remember, I liked it. Hopefully I still will.


And that’s it! Are you participating? Let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/13/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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October Currently Reading | ’18

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Hello! Happy October! Yada yada best time of the year yada yada. This is what I’m currently reading!


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 buzzing through with Amanda. We both kinda put it down for a while but have picked it back up recently. So far I’m a bit indifferent to it. Something about it isn’t gripping me. It’s not bad, but… just, isn’t doing anything I guess.

We’re nearing the end of it, maybe a bit over 100 pages left, so I’m hoping the ending blows me away.

 

 

 

 

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. I’ve never participated in one before, so I’m rather pumped. It’ll count towards the hard mode of the bingo square as well! I’m not too far into it so far, but my opinion of it is good. It seems interesting. Listening to it on audio, so I didn’t realize how big it was when I started it – over 700 pages! I hope it stays good!

 

 

 

 

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharI’m reading this book as a buddy read with Katy! So far it’s REALLY UNNERVING OH MY GOSH but I’m rather enjoying it. It’s really well written and very atmospheric. Perfect for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Sooo sometimes I pick up so many books that some of them kinda… fade into the background while I’m distracted by the most recent ones. This month, there are three. I’m ‘currently reading’ them but I likely won’t look at them again until the top three books are done.

  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I’ve been reading this one for ages because it’s huge. I’m loving it but it’s more of a ‘pick up in between books’ book
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – I started this on audio and wasn’t digging the narration. I switched to physical but like the one above, tend to just pick it up when I have some time
  • First Strike by Eric Nylund – I borrowed this book from a friend, who didn’t realize it takes me forever to read books that I’ve borrowed. When I get to these three books again, this one will get priority.

If I get time, I also plan on participating in the Spookathon, which starts on October 15th. It’ll get a separate TBR. I also want to pick up The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson to reread it before its sequel comes out on October 30th. Wish me luck!

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

 
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Posted by on 10/06/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon Wrap Up

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Hello! For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been participating in the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon!

Due to unexpected family issues, I ended up not having as much time to read as I wanted. Family comes first. But, I did get to travel to a couple different planets!

For my original post announcing my participation, giving the details on the readathon, and my anticipated TBR, go here! Otherwise, here is the prompts and planets, along with the route I ended up taking:

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My Route:

  • Shuttle D: Read a new-to-you author

For this one, I chose Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. I ended up very much enjoying it and it’ll definitely be getting a full review from me soon.

  • Asteroid Belt: Read a space opera adventure

I was going to read Caliban’s War but decided for a shorter route. I ended up picking up Saga volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan and loved it.

  • Mercury: Read a book under 250 pages

This is where I ended up stalling. Originally, I took this route to buzz through so I could get to the sun and read the book I had picked out for that, but I never got there. Two main reasons for this: Family issue as I stated earlier, and when I picked up Gravitation volume 1 by Maku Murakami for Mercury, I kinda got the urge to binge read the whole series instead of moving on to the next planet. So between reading a 12 volume manga series (I finished up through volume 8) and having really no time to think let alone read, Mercury ended up being my final destination.

Overall, considering what kind of week I’ve had, I’d say I did pretty decent. Read one book, one graphic novel, and eight manga. Eventually I want to get to the book I had picked out for the sun: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. It just sounds so neat! One day man. For now, I’ve got two, soon to be three buddy reads going on, plus I wanna reread The Traitor Baru Cormorant before its sequel comes out on October 30th, so Nightfall is gonna take the back burner for a while.


If you participated in the readathon, how did you do? What planet do you live on now? Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/22/2018 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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