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Spookathon TBR

Spookathon

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

Currently Reading

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

Readathons

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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Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon!

Readathons

I found out about this super neat readathon yesterday, and I’m jumping on board! It starts tomorrow, September 7th and runs through the 21st, so if you decide you’d like to participate as well, do it! Get on it!

For full detail, check out the Twitter account.


Basically, the premise of the readathon is that Earth has become a craphole (shocker) and you need to escape on one of four shuttles that will traverse the solar system, visiting planets to determine where to live. Each shuttle has a reading challenge, and then each planet has one as well. So, depending on which shuttle you choose, you’ll be participating in the challenges in different order. My goal is to read books that are physically in my house – no buying, no borrowing (…ones that aren’t already borrowed) from friends.

At this time, I’m not positive which shuttle I’ll choose, so I’ve decided to come up with books for all the prompts, just in case. Will I get to all of them? Hah. HAH. But it’ll be fun trying anyways.

Here are the prompts and the map, as seen on the twitter I’ve linked above:

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Potential Books

Shuttle A: Read a book over 500 pages

  • This one will either be The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks or The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, both of which I’m ‘currently reading’ but still have over 500 pages left to read, so I figure it’d be ok.

Shuttle B: Read a book set on Mars

  • I don’t think I can do this path. The only book I have that’s set on Mars is The Martian, and I’ve watched the movie too recently. I love this book, but I feel like the recent exposure would make it drag. So I’m going to eliminate this path right now, I think.

Shuttle C: Read a book of short stories

  • Off the top of my head, I have two possibilities. There’s a PKD collection of short stories my husband owns, and I also have The Time Traveler’s Almanac. It’s super chunky though, so I’m leeaaaaning towards the first one.

Shuttle D: Read a new-to-you author

  • This one would be Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. Again, currently reading, but early enough in it still that it could count.

Sun: Contains a solar-based event

  • This one took me forever to come up with a book. Eventually, I landed on one my husband owns. Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, which is about… well, I’m just going to post the goodreads synopsis, because it sounds absolutely amazing:

Imagine living on a planet with six suns that never experiences Darkness. Imagine never having seen the Stars. Then, one by one your suns start to set, gradually leading you into Darkness for the first time ever. Image the terror of such a Nightfall.

Scientists on the planet Kalgash discover that an eclipse – an event that occurs only every 2049 years – is imminent, and that a society unfamiliar with Darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos. They realize that their civilization will end, for the people of Kalgash have a proven fear of Darkness, but they are unable to predict the insanity and destruction that will accompany the awesome splendor of Nightfall.

Mercury: A book under 250 pages

  • I feel like picking a single book for this would be hard. It’ll be one of the million and a half manga I own that I haven’t read yet.

Venus: Contains a bold female main character

Mars: A book features aliens

  • This one if I get to it will be The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. As it takes place on a different planet about a race that has no gender… yeah, I’d say there are aliens.

Asteroid belt: A space opera adventure

  • This would have to be Caliban’s War, book two in the Expanse series. Gosh I love this series, man. Buh

Jupiter: A book containing giants

  • I can’t think of one for this planet, so hopefully I won’t end up here or I’ll be SOL.

Saturn: A book with circles on the cover

  • I feel like this is the easiest prompt… but I don’t think I own a book that fits. If I find myself at this planet, I’ll hunt through Chris’s books and hopefully find one. Or maybe I have a manga that will work. Honestly I have no idea.

Uranus: A book featuring comic relief

  • I’ll choose Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I know the fire character is a goofball from watching the film, so this book should do nicely.

Neptune: Sci-fi with fantasy themes or visa versa

  • This is another one I’m not absolutely positive about, just because I don’t have all the synopses of all my unread books memorized, hehe… well, here is my list of unreads that I physically own. Any of these fit the bill, do you know?

Pluto: Vintage sci-fi


And that’s it! I’m very much looking forward to this readathon – I think it’s a super neat concept. If you decide to join, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/06/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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Bout of Books Readathon 23! | TBR and Goals

Readathons

Hello! It’s the time again for the Bout of Books readathon! This is the 23rd time this readathon has happened and maybe the tenth time I’ve participated. This is a good one, I liked it a lot.

Bout of BooksThe 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, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th 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 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So as stated above, the readathon starts on Monday the 20th and runs through the 26th. As per usual, they have a list of challenges to complete, which can be found here, and I plan on trying at least a few of them – this will be done here if it warrants a post, on instagram, and on twitter. If you’d like to participate, the sign-up link is here!

Goals

  • Participate in at least half of the challenges
  • Read at least 60 pages every day of the challenge

TBR

And that’s it! My main goal is to get through the Y: The Last Man series. I borrowed it from a friend back during the jurassic period and I should really give it back.

Wish me luck! If you’re participating, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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July Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

I’ve added a fourth weekly post! Well, at least for a few weeks – we’ll see how long I can get content put together for four posts. My reading speed has picked up, so I’m hoping it’ll last at least a couple months.

Today’s post is what I’m currently reading as of today – for those unfamiliar with my blog, I don’t write TBR posts because I’m rather awful at sticking to them. Instead, at the beginning of every month, I make a post about what I’m tackling at the moment.

Anyways, these are the books that I’m nose-deep in:


Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

I’ve been rereading all of the Temeraire series in prep for reading the last three books – I’m enjoying this just as much as I did when I read it back in high school. This is my current audiobook and the narration is being done by Simon Vance, my absolute fave ❤ This series, if you haven’t picked it up, you totally should. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era. It’s so, so so good. As of right now, I’m about 25% through of it.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This book’s been on my ‘currently reading’ the longest, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. I just keep getting distracted. The fourth book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, I’m loving it just as much as I did the first three. It’s become one of my all-time favorite series. Here is a link to the blurb of the first one, should you be interested.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)

This one I originally picked up as an audiobook, but I’ve since switched over to reading it physically and am enjoying so much more. I can see why this one has gotten the hype it has. I’m hoping I end up liking it the whole way through – I’m on a few chapters in so far. I really like the setting – the fantasy its set in is based on various Asian cultures instead of your typical medieval european ones. It’s pretty neato.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

This one I originally hadn’t intended on picking up so soon, but when I mentioned I was doing the Tome Topple readathon and said I didn’t have any reading buddies, one of my friendos contacted me and said she had this book as well if we wanted to buddy read it. So here we are. 😀 So far I’m digging the plot and the setting, but I’m a tad iffy on the main character. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt until she gets some opportunity for character growth though.


And that’s it! For now, my posting schedule will be Tues-Wed-Sat-Sun. Wish me luck. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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Tome Topple Readathon TBR!

Readathons

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).

My TBR:

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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!!

 
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Posted by on 06/30/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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