Fantasy Bingo 2019 | Update 1

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Hi! Back in March/April, I mentioned that I had completed Fantasy Bingo 2018, which is a year-long reading challenge hosted by r/Fantasy over on reddit. On April 1st, the new bingo challenge began, and I’ve been reading books towards in since. Last year, I did monthly updates in my wrap up posts but I noticed I didn’t always read towards it every month, so this year I’m going to do more sporadic updates when I actually have new books to add onto the thing.

If you are interested in participating (It runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020 and you can add books you’ve read between April 1st and now retroactively), check out the full announcement post here for the rules and whatnot. Also, check out the huge post of recommendations if you need ideas to fill topics.

Here is this year’s card:

When I signed up, I decided to attempt Hard Mode when possible, which is when the prompts are further restricted (hard mode prompts can be found in the post I linked) and I also wanna do Hero Mode, which is where I write a review for each book read. Now if you’ve been following my blog lately you’ll notice I haven’t written many reviews in the past couple months. I’ll get there… They’ll show up, hehe. If they’re not written yet, the Hero Mode will be shown as not struck out, but also not bolded.

Keep in mind I might juggle squares around as the months go by, but here is my progress so far:

Fantasy Bingo 2019

Novel featuring a character with a disability: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) I didn’t expect this book to count for really anything, buuuuut one of the characters ended up being injured, resulting in the loss of one of their senses. I won’t say who or why or what, for spoilers. But it made this book count for this square.

SFF novel by a local to you author: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) According to Goodreads, this author lives about 400 miles from me. Being from the United States, 400 miles is a 7 hour car ride and would definitely be considered ‘local’. I didn’t go out of my way to find a closer author though, so no hard mode for this one.

Novel featuring an AI character: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) One of the main character’s friends is a robot with a witty AI personality. So, totally counts.

Retelling: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is a retelling of a Russian folktale!

SFF novel by an Australian author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) Pretty sure both authors are Australian, but I know at least Jay Kristoff is.

Final book of a series: League of Dragons by Naomi Novik (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is the ninth and final book in Novik’s Temeraire series. It was a long time coming and I’m pining for it now. I miss it.

#OwnVoices: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is a fantasy book based on the events of the Rape of Nanjing. It was really good and rather intense.

Five SFF Short Stories: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by a buttload of authors (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) To be honest I kinda dreaded this square. I’m not a huge fan of short stories and this collection just reiterated that to me.


And that’s it so far. All future posts will only mention new books added, and if any books have been moved to different squares. Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2019 | 4th and 5th Row Picks

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Hello, welcome to the last picks posts about r/Fantasy’s 2019 Bingo Challenge! I did rows 2 and 3 Saturday, and row 1 last week. If you’re unfamiliar with the bingo challenge, click the link I have above to get all the details! If you’re a fantasy fan, you should check it out!


Fourth Row Across

Any r/fantasy Book Club Book of the Month OR r/fantasy Read-along Book

Any past or still active book clubs count, as well as past or current read-alongs. NOTE: All of the current book club info can also be found on our goodreads page. HARD MODE: Must read a current selection of either a book club or read-along and participate in the discussion.

Right now I’m leaning towards The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. It’s r/Fantasy’s April book, and it’ll fit in nicely with my OWL prompts. So if I get to this one, it’ll be great.

Media Tie-In Novel

Books based on existing film, television, or game franchises are used for this square. HARD MODE: NOT a Star Wars novel.

It took me a second, but I remembered I had a StarCraft novel I bought ages ago and never read. Perfect opportunity! Heaven’s Devil by William C Dietz. And writing the author’s name made me realize I’ve read him before and I like him! He wrote some of the Halo books too. Guy gets around, apparently.

Novel Featuring an AI Character

Pretty self-explanatory, but let me know if you have questions about this. HARD MODE: The AI is a main protagonist.

There are a few I could do for this one. Maybe The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, maybe The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

SFF Novel That Has a Title of Four or More Words

Self-explanatory. HARD MODE: Has 7 or more words in the title.

You know, I don’t own a single book that would count towards hard mode. Gosh, haha. I own a lot of 6 word books though. I’m going to keep this open too, since I have so many choices. It’ll give me a bit of wiggle room in my reading this year.

Retelling!

Any retellings would work for this square – fairytale retellings, myth retellings, retellings of previous literature, etc. HARD MODE: The retelling must be of a previous published work, not a fairytale or myth. For example, Jacqueline Carey’s book Miranda and Caliban is a retelling of The Tempest, so that would work, but Madeline Miller’s Circe, a retelling of Circe’s stories from Greek Mythology, would not.

The Bear and the Nightingale, Cinder... there are a lot I could choose for this one. Leaning towards the first one mentioned, though.

Fifth Row Across

SFF Novel by an Australian Author

Australia has a fantastic SFF scene, let’s explore some of the authors there using this square. HARD MODE: Book from an Australian small press OR self-published Australian author.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff! I’m already reading this for my OWLs so it’ll work out great

The Final Book of a Series

The last book in a series which actually completes that series (not the latest book out but it’s a middle book). HARD MODE: The last book in the series was published more than a decade ago.

I’m saving this one for Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb, the last book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, the last book in the Realm of the Elderlings world. It’s gonna be the end of an era.

#OwnVoices

From the creator of the #ownvoices hashtag – “…the protagonist and the author share a marginalized identity.” For more information check out the faq here. HARD MODE: Author and protagonist share 2+ marginalized identities.

Leaning towards The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang for this one. Hard mode, too! Ethnicity and gender!

LitRPG

Definition from Wikipedia: a literary genre combining the conventions of RPGs with science-fiction fantasy novels. LitRPG is a literary genre where games or game-like challenges form an essential part of the story and where visible RPG statistics (for example strength, intelligence, damage) are a significant part of this world. This in contrast to GameLit, which involves game-like worlds but does not typically provide visible statistics. At least some of the characters in a LitRPG novel may understand that they are playing a game or are in a game-like world: they are ‘meta-aware’. HARD MODE: LitRPG written by a female author.

I had never even heard of this genre before, so this will be a library one or an online ebook one, I think. The genre seems pretty niche, so I’m likely going to pick from one of these options.

Five SFF Short Stories

Self explanatory. HARD MODE: Read an entire SFF anthology or collection

One of my local author buddies Sarah @WindsorWrites contributed to one of these! I think I’m gonna read hers. 😀


And that’s it! I’m so excited for this, man.

Fantasy Bingo 2019 | 2nd and 3rd Row Picks

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Hello, Happy Saturday! Today I want to talk about the possible books I could reads for rows 2 and 3 of r/Fantasy’s 2019 Bingo Challenge. If you’re unfamiliar, click on the link for all the details!

Second Row Across

Novel Featuring Vampires

This one is pretty self-explanatory. HARD MODE: At least one main protagonist is a vampire.

This one will be easy: It’s one of my 10 in 2019 books! Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Format: Graphic Novel (at least 1 vol.) OR Audiobook / Audio drama

This is a format, not a genre however, please stick to something within speculative fiction. If you are reading individual comics for this square please read a volume’s worth. You can also use a manga volume for this square (again, please keep it to speculative fiction genres). You may also choose to listen to an audiobook OR an audio drama for this square – any speculative fiction audiobook / audio drama will count (novel length). HARD MODE: Graphic Novel – Start a new to you graphic novel. Audiobook / audio drama – has to be over 25 hours long.

There are so many different ones I could use for this, so I’m going to keep it open. I probably have 10-15 unread manga/graphic novels at any one time, so really, this could be anything.

SFF Novel by a Local to You Author

I realize not everyone lives in a place conducive to this square so if SFF authors are scarce in your immediate area then you can widen the area a bit even if it’s (for example, for some folks in Europe) a neighboring country. FAQ – What counts as local? Lives nearby, lived a significant portion of their life nearby. Like Anne Rice I’d count both New Orleans and San Francisco, for example. HARD MODE: Find the closest local to you author you can for this square.

I’ve already done a bit of research for this but haven’t found anything yet. I live in Pennsylvania, so if you know of a fantasy/sci-fi author living in my state, do tell me. I know some super local author friends and I might pick up some of their stuff if I can find a full-length novel by any of them.

SFF Novel Featuring an Ocean Setting

I know we had ships before, but this opens up the setting a lot. Got a mermaid or selkie story in mind? Works perfect here! On top of the ocean or under the ocean all works for this square. HARD MODE: Over 50% of the book has to take place in or on an ocean setting.

At the moment, I’m leaning towards The Scar by China Mieville. This will be me third Mieville book, and I’m hoping to like it just as much as the other ones.

Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk is defined as ” a genre of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology. HARD MODE: Not Neuromancer by William Gibson nor Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

So I know it says Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson doesn’t count for hard mode, but Diamond Age isn’t Snow Crash. So… Diamond Age it is.

Third Row Across

2nd Chance

This is sort of a multi-use square. Tried an author once and you didn’t like the book? Give a 2nd chance and try another book! Tried a format once (like a manga, graphic novel, or audiobook) and it didn’t jive? Try again here! Tried a specific book and didn’t get through it for whatever reason? Try again here! HARD MODE: There is no hard mode for this square as it’s already hard enough. 🙂

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I read City of Bones a while ago and was just luke-warm to it. This book is on my 10 in 2019 list too – I had already planned on giving this series another try before this square was announced, so it’s perfect.

Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African Diaspora culture with technology. There is a great discussion about Afrofuturism here if you are looking for more information. Self-explanatory. HARD MODE: The book has less than 1000 ratings on goodreads.

So going off of this article, it looks like I own a book in this genre already, which I did not expect. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison. So I might read that. I know there are some Octavia E. Butler novels that count too, but those would be library reads. If I end up using the Jemison book for a different square, I’ll find a Butler book in the library.

SFF Novel Published in 2019

Pretty self explanatory – the card says Fantasy but any speculative fiction will work. HARD MODE: It’s also a Debut Novel.

If I don’t find a debut novel that I’m interested in, this square will be The Burning White by Brent Weeks. I am so excited for this book, man.

Middle Grade SFF Novel

So many SFF authors are writing Middle Grade these days, thought this would be fun! Middle Grade works are typically written with an readership of 8-12 year olds in mind. HARD MODE: You can NOT use your ‘reread’ for this square.

For this one, I’m definitely gonna read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve never read it before, and I feel like it’s blasphemy to some people.

A Personal Recommendation from r/Fantasy

You ask the community for recommendations and choose one of those recommendations to read for this square. HARD MODE: Do not use the most frequently recommended book.

So, I asked for some recs already in the big thread of recommendations, and I got a couple potentials. Each book has been recommended one time though, so to fit hard mode, I need to ask again to the point where I get a book double recommended, and then I can go with the single rec’d one. Both of the ones that have been suggested so far sounds pretty good though, so we’ll see. I don’t wanna say what, because reddit is my anonymous hidey hole. So pbtbt.


And that’s it! I’m very excited for this year. I think once I get all these squares quasi-planned, I’ll actually make a list and make a point to do monthly library trips for the ones I need from there. Wish me luck!

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!

August Wrap Up | ’18

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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 – Third Row Picks

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:

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Subgenre: Historical Fantasy or Alternate History. Hard Mode: Historical Fantasy that is NOT set in the UK OR Alternate History that is NOT set in the USA. I’m currently rereading Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series and since we can use one reread on this thing, this might make the bill. Otherwise:

Fantasy Novel published in 2018. Hard Mode: Also a debut novel. I know exactly what book I’m reading for this. It comes out in October!

Novel featuring a protagonist who is a writer, artist or musician (Not Kingkiller Chronicles). Hard Mode: Magic is somehow linked to writing/art/music or their ability with it. I have one here I think I could use.

Novel featuring a mountain setting. Hard mode: Not only features a mountain but the inside of a mountain – your protagonists explore caves, live in a city under a mountain, etc.

2017 r/Fantasy Top Novels List. Hard Mode: Choose from the bottom half of the list. Here is a link to the list!


And that’s it! This row I think is going to give me trouble. I could only come up with one for more than one prompt, goodness. Happy reading!

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!