Fantasy Bingo 2019!

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It is here! The new r/Fantasy Bingo Card has arrived!

Every year, the fantasy subreddit over on reddit holds a year-long challenge where you try to read books to fill in a bingo card that they provide. I just made a post yesterday wrapping up the card I complete from last year, and this year’s card just came out today!

So today’s post will be the card and going over potential books I could read for the first row.

For the full rules and FAQs and whatnot, visit the official r/Fantasy post about it. There also a helpful recommendations post so you can get some ideas for books. There’s also a Hard Mode and a Hero Mode that can be done, which is explained in the link. So if you’re even minutely interested, I suggest checking it out.

The card:

You can get a blank version of the card to insert your books here! And a blank version for hard mode can be found here!

So, Hero Mode – the ‘write a review for every book you read’… I think I might do that. I mean, I do have a book blog, and if you know me at all, you know sometimes I can go months without writing a review. I’m hoping this’ll get me more consistent.

As far as Hard Mode goes, I’m not going to try on purpose, but if a book I choose fills the prompt for Hard Mode, then sweet.

I’m very excited for this card – there are a lot of prompts in here for books that I wouldn’t normally read. It’ll broaden my horizons, and hopefully I’ll find some books that I absolutely love. But because a lot of the prompts are from unfamiliar territory, I’m going to have to break from my own tradition: usually, I try to fulfill a prompt with a book I already own. But a lot of these, I know I have nothing that would work for them. So I’m going to do a bit of research, and I’m going to use my library to get those books. I figure if I like them, then I’ll buy copies. But I don’t want to buy a bunch of books I’m not sure I’m gonna like for the prompts. So library, here I come.


Possible Picks: First Row

Last year, I did five posts of possible picks. This year, I’m doing the first row in this post, and then doubling up for the last four rows, meaning two more posts are heading your way. So, from the prompts written out in the r/Fantasy thread:

Slice of Life / Small Scale Fantasy

The term “slice of life” refers to a storytelling technique that presents a seemingly arbitrary sample of a character’s life, which often lacks a coherent plot, conflict, or ending. The story may have little plot progress and often has no exposition, conflict, or dénouement. A good example of this would be Becky Chambers novel Record of a Spaceborn Few. HARD MODE: Read something other than Record of a Spaceborn Few.

For this, I’m either going to go with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers or The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker, both of which I already own! And though the Becky Chambers book is well, a Becky Chambers book, it’s not the Becky Chambers books mentioned that doesn’t count in Hard Mode… so it counts, hwe hwe.

A SFF Novel Featuring a Character With a Disability

I think this one should be fairly self-explanatory. Anything considered a disability would count whether it’s a physical disability or a mental health disability. HARD MODE: The character has to be a main protagonist, not a side character.

Right now, I’m leaning towards Cinder by Marissa Meyer or Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft. The former counts for Hard Mode, the latter would not.

SFF Novella

Works of fiction of between 17,500 and 40,000 words. HARD MODE: Novella is NOT published by Tor.com Publishing.

I don’t own any novellas, I don’t think. So I think I’ll either scoop up a copy of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire or Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. Who knows!

Self-Published SFF Novel

Only self-published novels will count for this square. If the novel has been picked up by a publisher as long as you read it when it was self-pubbed it will still count. HARD MODE: Self-pubbed and has fewer than 50 ratings on goodreads.

This one, I’m not sure yet either. There are always people posting their novels for purchase as ebook on the r/Fantasy subreddit, so I might grab one of those. I might also ask around – I have a few different friends and I know more than one of them has self-published.

SFF Novel Featuring Twins

Self-explanatory. HARD MODE: At least one of the twins has to be a main protagonist. (extra hard mode just for funsies – the twin thing has to be plot relevant)

The one that sticks out most right now is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, which I don’t own, so I’d have to get it from the library. But if I happen to come across twins in another book I’m reading, I might use that one instead.


And that’s it for now! Picks for rows 2 and 3 will be out soon. If you plan on participating, let me know! I’m hoping a lot of the books I’m reading for the OWLs readathon can double up for this. That’d be convenient. Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo Results | March Wrap Up ’19

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This is it – today is the last day of r/Fantasy’s year Fantasy Bingo event. Tomorrow, a new bingo card will be released, and we will start again. I made multiple posts about this bingo challenge last April, including an announcement post and a handful of posts about possible reads for the topics. This is the culmination of all that.

Here is my bingo card for the 2018/2019 event

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As you can see, I didn’t 100% complete the card, but I did get four bingos!

I’m hoping this coming year, I can do all of the squares and plan my reading more accordingly. A lot of the year this past year was spent reading Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series and Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling books. And since you can only use an author one time, it kinda.. kept most of my reading from being counted towards this card. But! Both of those series are getting close to an end, so the rest of my reading this coming year should count more easily. 😀

Tomorrow, probably late in the day, I will be putting up an extra post this week, talking about the new card. If you plan on participating, let me know!


Wrap Up

Books

Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts by Anthony BourdainI read this book towards the beginning of the month and found it to be rather entertaining. I wrote a full blabber on it, if you’re interested.

3/5 stars

 

 

The Invasion of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika JohansenThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika JohansenI’ve finally finished this series, man. I really hope the author continues with it. There’s so much possibility for more! This series will be getting a full review from me, as soon as I can process it enough to gather my thoughts cohesively. Until then, just know that I really liked both of these books.

4.5/5 and 4.75/5 stars respectively

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. ButlerI picked this book up after it popped up as an answer on Jeopardy. It had been on the peripherals of my radar before that, but I had never actually heard the synopsis for it before I saw it on tv. It intrigued me enough that I went out and got it within the week. I really ended up liking this one. I’m not sure if it’ll get a full review from me or not, though. I feel like it’s such a well-known book at this point that I won’t really be adding anything unique to the conversation.

4/5 stars

Goblin Slayer vol 1 by Kumo Kagyu

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 by Kumo KagyuI picked this manga up after watching the anime, and it turned out just as good. This one also got a full blabber from me. I think I was rather on a roll this month with them. 😛

4/5 stars

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics by Hirumo Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu ArakawaThis one, I loved. This is the four panels collection of all the comics at the back of the FMA manga and dvd collections. I really adored this. I hadn’t seen about half of it before, so it was really fun. I did a blabber on this one, too!

5/5 stars

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon JamesThis book was such a disappointment to me. It was an anticipated release, and I bought it early, hoping to love it. Unfortunately though, I really, really didn’t. I have a full spoiler-free blabber on this one, too.

1.5/5 stars

 

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. BeaulieuI’ve finally finished this book. It’s been on my backburner books for probably six or seven months. It was originally a buddy read with my friend Amanda but that kinda fell apart for both of us. I still wanted to finish it though, and it turned out it was a good thing I set it aside for a bit. The initial read kinda had me bored. I wasn’t in the right mindset or something. When I picked it back up though, I ended up liking it a lot more.

3.25/5 stars

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Other Things

  • I went to an escape room for the first time this month. Man, am I bad at it. I want to try again with like four people instead of nine though. I’m thinking we were just all shouting over each other.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 25/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 3/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 283
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • 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’m so excited for tomorrow: The OWLs Readathon begins and the new bingo card is posted. I. Am. So. Pumped. For. April. It’s gonna be so much fun! If you’re planning on participating, or if you’re curious about participating and want to know more, 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!

August Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Hello! I read nine things this month. Mostly manga, but hey, I’m cool with it.


Books

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning SilverThis book was a joy to read. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Naomi Novik – her Temeraire series (which I’m currently buzzing through) and Uprooted both – and this was no exception.

I really loved the atmospheric feel this novel had. It had a coldness to it that made the icy Staryk creatures all the more mystical and whimsical feeling. I wrote a full blabber on this one, if you’d like to learn my thoughts. Short version: I adored it.

5/5 stars

 

 

Fruits Basket Another vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1When I saw this on the shelves man, I flipped out a bit. I loved Fruits Basket as a teenager and have actually a few second hand copies of it coming up in the next haul, but I had no idea there was a sequel out. I bought it immediately. I couldn’t help it. And then I read it immediately too. I loved it – it gave me the nostalgic Fruits Basket feeling but with fresh characters and a fresh plot. I’m going to enjoy following this one as it continues to come out.

4/5 stars

 

 

Fence vol 1 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 1This series came out in trade either late July or early August, I don’t remember. But, I’ve been waiting for it. Fence is the latest work by C. S. Pacat, who also wrote Captive Prince, so I was all over it. It turned out to be a solid beginning to a series, but I feel like I’ll need a few more volumes before I can decide if I love it or not.

3.75/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Attack on Titan vols 15 and 16 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Vol. 16Still chugging along on this train – each volume tends to hover between 4 and 5 stars for me, depending on if we find out anything super interesting.These fell right along in the pattern. They were gifted to me for my birthday from friend Amanda, and I read them right away and loved them. Need more now, please.

4/5 stars each

 

 

 

Land of the Lustrous vols 1 and 2 by Haruko Ichikawa

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1)These two manga (and vols 3-5 which I haven’t read yet) were lent to me by friend Brady, who snoops my blog sometimes, so hi. They’re centered around gem-people who live in a world seemingly having had an apocalypse of somekind, thought not too much detail has been given yet, I feel that from the contents of volume 2, it’ll soon become more the focus. The first volume of this was just ok for me. The second though picked up and got me a bit more invested in the story. Will be finishing it for sure.

3/5 and 4/5 stars

 

Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano

Orange: FutureI don’t know why, but this series always makes me feel like crying when I read it. It makes me feel sad, even when happy things happen. I love it though. This volume follows the events of the two omnibus volumes, and I feel it really did a good job handling any loose ends. I actually read this unexpectedly – I was sitting on the floor, sorting my books, when I went to move this one into another pile. Instead I sat there cross-legged and ended up reading it for twenty five minutes. Hah. I really liked it.

4/5 stars

 

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)This is the only other actual book I read this month. I felt myself getting slumpy mid-month. I had been keeping myself afloat with manga, but the urge to actually pick up a book was small. So, I figured I should pick up one I would fly through, and YA fantasy really tends to do the trick for me. So, picked up this as it was on my 10 in 2018 list. I did fly through it, and hey, my slum is broken now.

Actually, I picked it up and read it as my sole read for the Bout of Books readathon, right after I made a post about reading a bunch of other things. Ended up not touching any of them, haha. Just read this one. Got about 550 pages in during the readathon, and then finished it the next day.

It had been about two years since I read Heir of Fire, so I had to go look up spoilers for it so I would remember what in the world was going on. I had heard that this book was a bit controversial among its fans, and I suppose I can see why, but I ended up rather liking it.

4.25/5 stars

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Other Things

  • I had my first wedding anniversary on August 1st
  • My 28th birthday was on August 7th
  • We went to Chicago and saw a live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell me and Peter Sagal signed my book!

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Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 52/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 3/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 12
    • July-September purchases: I don’t wanna talk about it
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 303
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018


And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Fifth Row Picks

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Today the last post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row PicksSecond Row Picks | Third Row Picks | Fourth Row Picks

Fifth Row:

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Stand alone fantasy novel. Hard Mode: Stand alone that does not take place in the same universe as any other novel/series.

Novel by a RRAWR Author or on the Keeping up the the Classics list Hard Mode: Read the current book for either category. RRAWR author list here, Classics list here. I’ve only got the one. ;~;

  • Dune by Frank Herbert

Novel from the r/Fantasy LGBTQ+ Database. Hard Mode: Read a Speculative Fiction novel that is not listed in the database yet that features LGBTQ+ characters and let us know so we can get it added to the database. Cumulative list found here.

Graphic novel or audiobook. Hard Mode: GN – Not Saga. Audio – over 25 hrs. I’m not even gonna bother listing audio books because I listen to so many. Graphic novels it is.

Novel featuring Fae. Hard Mode: Fae as main protagonist. I literally know which exact one I’m reading for this. No doubts at all.


And that’s the end of the bingo posts! Until next time, happy reading!!

Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Fourth Row Picks

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Today is another post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row PicksSecond Row Picks | Third Row Picks

Fourth Row:

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Novel with fewer than 2500 Goodreads ratings. Hard Mode: Fewer than 500

Novel with a one word title. Hard Mode: Single syllable

Novel featuring God as a character. Hard Mode: God is a main protagonist. This one will be difficult. I’ve only got two contenders right now.

Novel by an author writing under a pseudonym. Hard Mode: The author you read has published under more than one pseudonym. Super duper easy 😀

  • Anything by Robin Hobb

Subgenre: Space Opera. Hard Mode: Protagonist is not military or space pirate.


And that’s it! The final bingo post is tomorrow!

Fantasy Bingo 2018 – Second Row Picks

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Today is another post talking about the books that I’m considering using for each of the bingo squares in r/Fantasy’s 2018 Bingo Challenge, which I made a post about with all the details. If you’re participating, do let me know!

First Row Picks

Second Row:

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Fantasy novel that takes place entirely within one city. Hard mode: Takes place entirely in one city and it’s secondary world fantasy. I think I only have one that qualifies. If you know of any others, do let me know.

Self-Published Fantasy Novel. Hard Mode: Self-pubbed and has less than 50 ratings on goodreads. This one might be a bit challenging for me. If you know of any authors trying to get their book some attention, let me know!

  • I have nothing for this one so far.

Novel published before you were born. Hard Mode: Published exactly ten years before you were born. Ten years for me would be 1980. I looked through my entire physical TBR shelf and found books that were published in 1979 and 1981… so hard mode for me is likely not happening, hawhawhaw.

Any r/Fantasy Goodreads Group Book of the Month. Hard Mode: Read the current BotM and participate in the discussion. Here is a link to the group, so I’m going to pick and choose books I hopefully own.

Fantasy novel featuring a library. Hard Mode: The library is an integral part of the plot, not just set dressing. This one I can only think of one for, and the rec list didn’t help me out much either, haha.


And that’s it for row two! Row three comin’ up tomorrow!

Fantasy Bingo 2018!

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IT IS HERE IT IS HERE IT IS HERE!

This year’s Fantasy Bingo card has been released!

Every year, r/Fantasy over on reddit hosts a year-long bingo challenge, starting April 1st and ending March 31st of the following year. It’s still plenty early, so you can totally go for it!

The bingo challenge is exactly what it sounds like: A bingo card is released, each square having a prompt for a fantasy/speculative fiction novel to read. The goal is to completely fill the card by March 31st, reading a book that matches each prompt.

Here is the list to the full rules. There’s a hard mode introduced this year too, for the super ambitious readers. All of it is detailed out in the official post, so check it out!

And without further ado, here is the bingo card for this year:

A couple of these subjects I’m super excited about, and a couple I’m not sure if I own a book for yet. There is also another post with a list of suggestions for prompts from other participants, in case you need some ideas. I’ll be posting a few posts soon with ideas of my own, likely one row at a time like I did last year. Coming up with books that fill the prompts is one of my favorite parts!

Anyways, if you decide you want to participate, let me know!! I’d love to have some bingo buddies!

Happy reading!

 

March Wrap Up

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Hello, happy March 31st! Today would have been Charlie’s birthday. He was a sweetie.

On a happier note I actually did get some reading done this month, which is neat.

Books

Prince’s Gambit and King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit by C.S. PacatKings Rising by C.S. PacatThese baby books got me out of my reading slump! I’m still not up to my normal pace but I’m getting there! I loved this series. I’m fully aware it deals with problematic topics but occasionally, when written write, I’m totally trash for it. Don’t ask me why, I know it’s awful. But seriously I loved these, they were great.

Both 5/5 stars

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon SandersonThis was my first dip into Sanderson’s work and I rather enjoyed it. I did have a few issues with it though, as detailed further in my blabber on the graphic audio.

3.5/5 stars

 

Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson

Herding Cats by Sarah AndersenThis is my latest purchase, just came out a few days ago. I had to pick it up after enjoying Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Anderson as well. I liked it just as much as its predecessors. 😀

4/5 stars

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Other Things

My cat passed away on the 26th. He would have been 13 years old today. His name was Charlie and he was the sweetest pea. He loved everyone ever. He would have liked you, too. I’m going to miss him.

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I saw Black Panther, Annihilation, and Game Night. I really enjoyed all three of them, but honestly I still have no idea what to make of Annihilation though. I liked it but it was totally weird.

Toys R Us is closing in the US. So I went out and bought Zelda Monopoly at a discount price. hoo-ha


Reading Goals

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As the card is due today, this is it! I didn’t fill out the card completely but I got three bingos!!

For anyone interested, the new bingo challenge begins tomorrow April 1st, on the r/Fantasy subreddit! You can even join a bit late if you want to!


Blog Goals

  • Post seasonal (not monthly) book hauls

Winter book haul posted! Spring will be done at the end of June!

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule (with the occasional extra post if I’ve got neat things goin’ on)

I fell into a slump in February. In March I’ve been slowly getting back to it but I’m not there yet!

  • Keep my To Do list of pending tags under five items at any one time

Currently it’s at zero! Caught up!

Not done! :”D I’ll do it soon though.

  • Write blabbers for at least 1/3 of the books I read

3 out of the 7 books I’ve read so far have gotten blabbers!


Personal Goals

  • Exercise two times per week

Haven’t maintained this one. I think I need to find something I consider fun to do!

  • Log all meals in MyFitnessPal

Mostly doing this one. I’ve missed the last couple days though

  • Make a wedding/honeymoon scrapbook

Haven’t even started, homes.

  • Make a budget

See above!

  • Start saving for a house

See above!

  • Take care of my health as issues arise

On it!

  • Learn Python and R

Not yet!

  • Maintain a Duolingo streak

Lol I broke it. I think I’m going to drop this goal as of next month if I don’t start up again.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

September Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up(1)

Happy almost-October! And you know what October means! That’s right! Delicious beers for everyone.

In fact, yesterday my work had a beer exchange – 24 of us went in with a case of beer each and swapped, grabbing one of everyone else’s beer. We each left with essentially a two-dozen-beer sampler of fall deliciousness.

I brought Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (which… if you like pumpkin or beer at all, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers)

Why am I talking so much about beer? Because I didn’t actually finish any books this month, therefore have no books to talk about. 😀 Oop.

I’ll tell you what though, son. Give you a tiny preview. I’m about 2/3rds through The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and it’s driving me crazy. I’m already writing out the ranting review I’ll have for it. Yeesh. IT’S SO RIDICULOUS.

Onto fantasy bingo and blog activity


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

FantasyBingo2017Template

Blog Activity

12 posts including this one – Yeah buddy


Reading Goals

Progress on 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

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 37/50

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

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!