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Bout of Books 20: In Six Words

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“Stayed up reading, slept three hours”
…and now I have to go to work, woo woo.
 
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Posted by on 08/21/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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14 by Peter Clines | Blabber

14 Blabber

1414 by Peter Clines
469 pages
Science Fiction
Read Aug 10 – Aug 19, 2017

This book is really weird.

I’m talking… really weird. But it’s weird in the ‘what in the world is going on’ kind of way, not the ‘I can’t follow this’ kind of way. It was easy to follow along with what was happening, but everything was happening was just so bizarre.

I really enjoyed it!

14 opens on the main character Nate, who’s looking for somewhere new to live. After receiving a recommendation about the Kavach House, a historical apartment building, he moves in. Shortly after doing so, he starts noticing little oddities about his apartment. You know, the usual: padlocked doors on random apartments, bright green cockroaches, a landlord that is weirdly protective of the building… Then he notices other oddities in neighboring apartments. And things just keep getting weirder and weirder from there.

Having read another book by Peter Clines that I knew was somewhat related to this book (The Fold) I kind of knew what I was getting into writing-style wise, character-development-wise and so on, so nothing in either of those categories really appalled me or blew me away. Clines isn’t a purple-prose writer, but he’s a pretty good one I think. He’s able to construct chapters in a way so that the last sentence makes you go ‘Damn it’ and flip the page to the next chapter. His books are really hard to put down.

That, combined with just the morbidly fascinating development of the plot had me reading this book at every available moment – I was on honeymoon when I picked this thing up, so that’s telling you something. Honey, want to get dinner now? Hold on, lemme finish this chapter! Sweetie, wanna hop off the cruise boat and tour the town? Hold on, two more sentences on this page! My husband was very understanding though, thankfully. (And now as I’m writing this, he’s picked up the book and read nearly a third of it last night – unheard of for him, haha).

To be fair, the reviews for this book are mixed. Most of the negative ones mention the pacing. The pacing is indeed a bit slow at the beginning. The weird stuff isn’t super in your face, it’s more little things that you read and go ‘huh’… they eventually delve into ‘wtf’ level weird things, but yes, the pacing is a bit slow. It’s well worth the wait though, in my opinion.

In addition, I always find it strange and somewhat forced when a romantic subplot is forced into a book that is definitely nowhere even close to romance. There’s one in here and at times it’s a bit ‘ehh’ to read. It’s minor though, so it shouldn’t ruin your entire read of the book.

Aside from the pacing and the awkward romance, I really have nothing negative to say about this book – it’s exciting, unnerving, wtf-y, and the ending I think is pretty solid. Considering all the weird, seemingly unrelated stuff that happens in the apartment, I think the author did a rather good job of relating and wrapping it all up nicely. It was refreshing.

Overall, a good choice if you’re looking for something to keep you flipping pages. I really enjoyed it and if you pick it up, let me know if you do, too. :”D

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 08/20/2017 in Books, Review

 

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Bout of Books 20

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Gueeeeeess who’s doing a readathon starting Monday! It’s-a me! ๐Ÿ˜€ This also means that my posts for this coming week will (hopefully) pick up a bit over the normal three-per-week.

I’ve participated in the Bout of Books readathon every time it has happened since BoB 11, so… a few years, at least. This time around, I’m working full-time, so most of my reading will actually be listening – audiobooks are your friend when you commute 15 hrs/week.

The readathon starts on Aug 21st and runs through Aug 27th. There will be challenges and all sorts of fun stuffs.

Goals:

  • Listen to my audiobook(s) during every drive to/from work (10 drives)
  • Finish at least 3 books, one of them a physical copy

TBR:

I might also pick up another audiobook if I finish the first one. Not sure what, though.

If you’re participating, let me know! ๐Ÿ˜€ If you’d like to participate, click the BoB Banner at the top! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2017 in Readathon, TBR

 

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I Went to a Booky Clearance Sale! :D | Book Haul #19

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Happy booky hauly day! This is the last of my pre-written posts. At the time of this publishing, I’m likely at home again, drinking coffee and mentally preparing myself to go back to work. I’m gonna schedule this for 6am or so, so I’ll probably literally be debating on exactly how much longer I can stay in PJs until putting on pants is a time-constraint requirement. Hawh.

But! On July 29th, I went to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale.. they rented out a nearby convention center and filled it with books – everything $2. Needless to say, I went bananas.

I got the following:

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I’m particularly excited for The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I’ve heard it’s one of those ground-breaking modern-classics. Super duper pumped for it. :”D Also for Sybil, which as a psychology grad, it’s kind of an embarrassment that I don’t have this one already. SO NOW I DO. YEAH.


That’s it for now. :”D This Saturday (should be) my next post and then it’ll be a live one, not pre-written. Maybe a Hawaii post if I get decent-looking pictures? I have no idea.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/16/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Dreamy Book Covers Tag

Dreamy Covers

Hello, a tag today! ๐Ÿ˜€ This continues my pre-written posts, so pardon any slowness is reply. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian! So thanks, friend! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator of this tag (Tiana @ The Book Raven)
  • Use the original tag image in your post.
  • At least tag one fellow blogger for doing this tag!
  • List the rules.

No ideas but in things: A cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

The Traitor Baru CormorantThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Dark and lovely: a cover so creepilicious that you want to eat it up

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedPriest volume 1: Prelude for the Deceased by Min-Woo Hyung

Sugary sweet: A cute cover so fluffy you want to give it a hug

I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by CatsI Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

The Simple Aesthetic: A cover that stuns with the most minimal of designs

The Bone ClocksThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Cover Envy: A book you wish you had on your shelves but don’t yet

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2Orange: The Complete Collection volume 2 by Ichigo Takano

Traveling abroad: A book cover featuring a country outside your own

RookRook by Sharon Cameron

The color wheel: A cover that showcases your favorite colors

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Changing gears: A cover change that you absolutely adore

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Oldie but goodie: A favorite cover of your favorite classic

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/13/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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Monthly Recs: Oldies

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Hello! Continuing my pre-written posts here, this month’s Monthly Recs theme is oldies! By Oldies, it means books published before 2010 (before 2010 is old?!?!) but hey, who am I to judge.


Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)Published in 1990

If you’ve seen the movie and liked it, I guarantee you’ll like the book. There’s so much more to the book than to the movie – there’s more archaeology, more backstory, more science – it’s all so cool! I listened to this on audio book last summer and adored it. I’ve seen gone on a Michel Crichton buying spree and own the majority of his books now. ๐Ÿ˜› I haven’t purchased his latest book yet but I’ll get there soon enough!

From Goodreads:

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella EnchantedPublished in 1997

This is one of those books that’s nostalgic for me. It was one of the ones that when I was little, I would rent out from the library and read over and over again. It’s a more fantastical take on the Cinderella story, but the female main character actually has a personality and can think for herself. It’s a lovely, fresh breath of air. Every time I mention it on here, I want to go back to read it. (Don’t watch the movie, it’s doo doo)

From Goodreads:

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaPublished in 1997

This book was one of my first bouts into adult fiction back when I was a teenager. The story has stuck with me (and the movie is fantastic, btw). It follows the (fictionalized) memoir of a young girl who is taken into a Geisha house and trained in the arts of being a Geisha. It’s somewhat historically accurate for the time, but mostly it’s just a fascinating and engaging read. I really, really enjoyed this book.

From Goodreads:

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima

Rave Master, Vol. 1Published in 1999

Yet another nostalgic one on my part. This series is a pretty long one, but it’s very easy to get into – it has action, humor, and all sorts of goofiness. It’s along the lines of One Piece and Fairy Tale in the out-there-ness sometimes, so if you like either of those, you’ll likely like this too ๐Ÿ˜€

From Goodreads:

The Continent of Song is in chaos. The sinister secret society known as Demon Card is using the power of Dark Bring to destroy everything in their path. The only things capable of stopping Dark Bring are the Rave stones. Unfortunately, the Rave Stones were scattered around the globe in an explosion 50 years ago, so now they must be collected by the Rave Master in order to stop Dark Bring once and for all.


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/12/2017 in Books

 

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July Wrap Up | ’17

July Wrap Up

Happy August! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yesterday, August 1st, I got married! And as this post is published, I’ll be on a plane to Hawaii for honeymoon! Therefore, this marks the beginning of my pre-written posts. I don’t know how my internet will be, so please forgive me if replies are delayed by a couple of weeks.

Onto the post though – this month, I actually read a decent bit!


Books

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The HobbitI finally did it, I finally read this book… and honestly I was very underwhelmed. I’m going to commit treason here and say the movies are far far superior to the books. I’m going to forgive the fact that there are zero female characters by falling back on the ‘it’s a dated book’ excuse… but yeesh, for all the talk I’ve heard about Tolkien’s detail and flowery writing, I didn’t see any of that, man. If anything, I feel like there wasn’t enough detail. Events went way too fast, there was a lot of hand-waving… it was really disappointing.

Case in point (mild spoiler): At one point, they were chased out of a cave, climbed a tree, threw some rocks (or potatoes or something) and then were swept away by giant birds. The writing more or was written exactly how I wrote it, plus maybe 100 words. It was a very quick scene that should have been way longer. And to top it off, the whole birds thing has something like ‘Birds that Galdalf saved that one time swooped in and saved them all’. What? This is classic writing? This is considered a hallmark? WHAT?

It was not great. 2.5/5 stars

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1This one, unlike the previous book I just mentioned, was a pleasant surprise. I picked this up on a whim because I had been seeing it around and found myself rather enjoying it. Aside from the goofy naming convention (The Complete Collection vol 1, what?) this manga was a breath of fresh air! It was cute and fluffy and light-hearted… and kinda grim at the same time. It was a weird combination and I really dug it.

4/5 stars

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time BeingThis one… was an interesting read. Some parts of I really really liked. Other parts I didn’t. I think my main biff with this story was the whole ten-minute explanation of all the magical realism elements at the very end. It was like ‘Wow wow wow all this neat stuff happened! I wonder how it was possible!” “Oh, it was totes this”. The End.

It was a lot of build up for such a big let down and it really made me dislike the book as a whole if that’s the explanation they decided to go with without taking the time to fully set it up. Yikes. I mean, the plot of this book is really good – that I really liked. The exposition of it was not great. I wrote a review on it if you’d like to know my full thoughts.

3.5/5 stars

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This book, this book killed me. I adored this book, mostly because it was a wonderful ending to a three-book series. Endings are make or break and this book made it so, so bad. It was wonderful!

I have a full review on this one written up and scheduled for next week, so I won’t go into more detail here. But gah โค It was so great. ๐Ÿ˜€

4.5/5 stars

 

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r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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Blog Activity

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A regular posting schedule (plus or minus some) works wonders, yo.


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin โ€“ Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson โ€“ Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Currently Reading
  4. Calibanโ€™s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson โ€“ Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker โ€“ Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  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
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcererโ€™s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Currently Reading
  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: 33/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read โ€“ Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I donโ€™t like or lose interest in reading โ€“ None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list โ€“ 5(7)/17


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/02/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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