April Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy April! Today will be a slightly delayed Currently Reading post. With all the fantasy bingo stuff that’s been going on, I didn’t realize that I never posted one of these until this morning, whoopsies.

So! My books this month are basically any buddy reads and any of the books I had talked about in my OWLs Readaton TBR. But for right this second, these are the ones I’m buzzing through:

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

I’m reading this for my Transfiguration OWL, which is to read a book with a red cover. I’m listening to it on audio and so far, the narrator is doing a pretty good job.

Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

This book is not for the OWLs, because I had started it before April 1st, but I’m really, really enjoying it. This is a buddy read that I’m doing with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and I’m starting to get like… happysad feelings about it. There are only two more Hobb book left in this world after this one. WHAT WILL I DO.

I can’t even post a synopsis for this one though, because the first line of it is a spoiler for a lot of the previous Realm of the Elderlings books. So.. just know that I’m digging it.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

This book is for my Ancient Runes OWL, which is to read a Retelling. I might use this for the retelling square in Fantasy Bingo as well, I haven’t decided.

Here is the Goodreads Synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Back-burner books

Back-burner books are the ones I’ve marked as ‘Currently Reading’ on my goodreads, but that I haven’t really touched lately. Usually I have three or four here, but this month I got it down to one:

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks. I’ve been ‘reading’ this for forever. I’m thinking I’ll pick it up as a focus again in June. April and May are pretty booked as far as reading goes – two month long readathons in a row, and neither of them really fit this one. So June it is. The fifth (and final?!) book in this series comes out in October, so I’ll definitely have it read by then.

No synopsis for this one either, because spoilers, man.


And that’s it! Obviously I hope to read all the books on the OWLs TBR but since I’m not reading them right now, they didn’t make the currently reading list. Pbtbt.

Have you read any of the above? Are you participating on OWLs? Lemme know!

O.W.L.s Magical Readathon | Participation and TBR

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Hello, today I’m announcing my participation on the OWLs round of the Magical Readathon!

The Magical Readathon is a two-part Harry Potter themed readathon. The first part, the OWLs, will take place April 1st through the 30th. The second part, the NEWTs, will happen in August later this year.

During the month of April, I will be sitting my OWL exams by reading books to fulfill different prompts. And then in August, I’ll be honing my passed OWL topics for the NEWT exams – more prompts, etc. Throughout the whole thing, I will be trying to achieve the goal of getting a wizard career!

From this point onward, I’m going to go into what I’m doing specifically. If you’d like to learn more about the process to participate or if you’d like to join, here is the announcement video explaining everything in detail! The video links the prompts and careers and all the info like that.


So, looking at the careers, I think I’m going to try to go all-out. I’m gonna go for Alchemist. It requires the most reading to complete, so I’m gonna be nuts and try to get it. I figure, even if I fail, I’ll likely achieve a different career along the way.

From the career brochure, the Alchemist description is the following:

So… all twelve OWL topics offered are needed for Alchemist. So I’m going to make a TBR for all twelve topics – the prompts can be found on the OWL Prompts list.

My tentative TBR is as follows:

Ancient Runes: Retelling

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book is a retelling of a Russian Folktale (though don’t ask me which one) and it’s on my 10 in 2019 list, so it’s the perfect time to jump into it.

Arithmancy: Work written by more than one author

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I’ve had this book for ages. I’ve been waiting for the hype to die down a bit. I’m not sure how I’m gonna like this one, honestly. I hope I love it!

Astronomy: “Star” in the title

StarCraft: Frontline, Volume 1 (Starcaft)

StarCraft: Frontline vol 1 by Richard A. Knaak. A manga for this one, because I want reading twelve things in one month to be, you know, actually feasible. This is the only book I own already that has ‘Star’ in the title, so this is it, man.

Care of Magical Creatures: Land animal on the cover

The Meowmorphosis

The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook and Franz Kafka – This could potentially end up being my retelling one if I don’t get to Bear and the Nightingale, but this book is a retelling of Metamorphosis by Kafka, but the main character wakes up one day to find he turned into a kitten. Should be nice and weird.

Charms: Age-line, an adult work

This… I’m going to leave this open. The majority of what I read is adult fantasy, so I’m just going to plug in a book I end up reading during the month and call it a closed deal.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Reducto – title starts with ‘R’

Rave Master, Vol. 01

Rave Master vol 1 by Hiro Mashima – Technically a reread, but I’ve acquired some new volumes of this series within the past year recently and it’s been years since I’ve touched the series, so I want to start again at the beginning.

Divination: Set in the future

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Now, I think this is set in the future, because it mentions a ‘New Beijing’ as a city, but it doesn’t mention a date, at least not in the synopsis. So if this isn’t set in the future, do tell me.

Herbology: Plant on the cover

Attack on Titan, Vol. 17

Attack on Titan vol 17 by Hajime Isayama – There is grass on the cover. Pbtbt.

History of Magic: Published at least ten years ago

Case Closed, Vol. 2

Case Closed vol 2 by Gosho Aoyama – Published in 2004! I’m going to ignore that 2004 was 15 years ago. Ugh.

Muggle studies: Contemporary

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Another one that I’ve been waiting for the hype to die down on. I’ve never read a Rowell book, and usually I’m not a huge fan of contemporary. I’m hoping this can prove to be a really good one, though.

Potions: Next ingredient – sequel

Case Closed, Vol. 3

Case Closed vol 3 by Gosho Aoyama – Reading this volume will have me up to all the ones I currently own. I read vol 1 forever go, bought two and three, and then never read them. Time to strike them off the TBR.

Transfiguration: Sprayed edges or red cover

Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – I mentioned recently that this book is on my imminent to-read list, so this’ll be my opportunity to jump into it.


And that’s it! To achieve Alchemist, as stated, I have to complete all twelve of the above prompts. On the chance that I don’t, my NEWTs tbr will be altered to go after a career I’m able to get with the OWLs I did achieve. I’m hoping to get them all, though. So wish me luck!

If you’re participating in the Magical Readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

January/Tome Infinity Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Writing ’19’ at the end of the title was weird.

Today I wanna wrap up the books I read, all of which were part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon, which took place from January 1st – 31st, so I figured why not do it all at once. I read eight things this month, three novels and four manga and one graphic novel.

Books

Tome Infinity Round 2

So for Round 2 of Tome Infinity, I had settled on Mercury and began to build my colony. Each book read had to fulfill the prompts in the different tiers, starting with Tier 1 and then moving upwards. I almost completed tier two (there were five total). Each book you read could count for up to two prompts. Many of the books I read could have easily filled four or five, but that wasn’t the nature of the readathon, so with what I had and what it was allowed to fill, I’ve basically gotten the necessities down. The colonists just can’t go anywhere yet because travel isn’t a thing. I’ll highlight the titles with the corresponding colors on the boxes so you can tell what filled what.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsFulfilled Tier 1’s Water and Shelter

Man oh man, I already want to reread Robin Hobb’s books, and I haven’t even finished them yet. While not all of them have been five stars, each one, including this one, has enriched the world in which they take place. I’ve said this many times before now, but reading a Robin Hobb book is like going home. They give me a feeling of nostalgia, but I can’t fathom why. I love them.

This book is no different. I buddy read it with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and together we rather enjoyed it. This book continues the trek of the last book, and it allows for character development and world building, Robin Hobb’s specialities. I really enjoyed this, and at the time of writing, I’m a bit over half way through the fourth one as well, and it’s only gotten better. I’m not going to go into plot because spoilers, but I will say if you’ve been thinking of picking of Robin Hobb’s books, do it. Do iiiiiit.

4.25/5 stars

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1Fulfilled Tier 1’s Sleep and Food

This manga I really enjoyed. It’s a slice of life manga, following a young man as he goes to agricultural school and learns the ins and outs of farming and dairy science and yada yada.

It was light, refreshing, funny, and had a bit of grit to it as well. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, should you like to hear me jib jab on about it.

4.25/5 stars

 

 

Fruits Basket Another vols 1-2 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 2Didn’t fulfill any Tier 1 prompts

These two are the only reads this month that didn’t fulfill any prompts. They could have counted for later ones, but you have to do the tiers in order, so I couldn’t do anything about it.

They were both good reads, though. The only downside to these was that I was hoping for a long series, like the original Fruits Basket was. But the end of volume 2 hinted that the next volume would be the last. Baw I wanted more emotional investment. If anyone can confirm or deny this, please let me know.

4/5 and 4.25/5 stars respectively

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Fulfilled Tier 1’s Air and Fire, completing the tier.

As mentioned in my full spoiler-free blabber of this book, it suffered from over-hype. So many people came out of this screaming about it like it was the second coming, so I… was a bit disappointed. It was still a solidly good book, but it just wasn’t great, mostly because of the characters I think.

That seems to be peoples’ favorites though. Who knows. Maybe I just don’t like heist books, which is another thing that people seem to love. Whatever the combination of things, I didn’t love this book. (I liked it, though)

3.75/5 stars

Tokyo Ghoul vol 1 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Education and Procreation

I’ve been told by a few different people now to pick this up. I finally did when my husband mentioned wanting to watch the anime. We don’t have any streaming services that have this available, so we’d have to buy it on dvd or blu-ray or something. So, I decided to pick up the first volume of the manga first, to see if it’s something I’m even interested in watching. I figured I’d rather chance twelve bucks instead of thirty. I liked it though, and we’ll likely buy the anime now. (And I wanna buy more of the manga, too).

3.5/5 stars

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Medicine and Trading

I wrote a blabber on this one too, and I must say that I liked it more than the first book in the duology. The characters were better written, and the plot was more realistic. Honestly I have nothing else to say about it that I didn’t already write, so check out the blabber, pbtbt.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Fence vol 2 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 2 (Fence #5-8)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Oral Communication

I feel like vol 1 could have fulfilled Travel but I didn’t read that one this month, pbtbt. They pretty much all stayed in basically the same building this entire volume so I couldn’t even stretch it.

I like this series so far, but it hasn’t hooked me like Pacat’s Captive Prince series did. I’m giving it more time, though, since well, it is C. S. Pacat. I’m still hoping she’ll do something that’ll throw me for a loop and make me fall in love with the series.

Fingers crossed.

3.75/5 stars

 

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And that’s it for the books and the readathon! I rather like the structure of this. I know they’re thinking about doing a round three and are currently gathering ideas, so I will be participating in that as soon as it’s officially announced. 😀


Other Things

  • My husband and I started saving for a house this month. Fingers crossed, we’ll buy one by the end of 2020, early 2021!

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 8/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 1/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – planned for April-June
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 282
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

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  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! I think I’ve started 2019 pretty strong as far as reading goes. I hope you all had a good reading month!

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!

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!

 

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!

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!

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!

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?

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!