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!

Fantasy Bingo 2018 – First Row Picks

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This post and the next four bingo-related posts will be 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!

I’m going to try to stick to books I already own but I feel like there will be a couple that I have to buy a book for. Hopefully it’ll only be a few though.

First Row:

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Novel that was reviewed on r/Fantasy. Hard Mode: Read a book and then write a review about it so it counts. I know someone is in the process of making a compiled list of this, so I might end up changing my choices when new options become available. Also if I end up reading a book that fits no other squares, I might do the hard mode and write a review myself. 😛

Novel featuring a Non-Western Setting. Hard Mode: Originally published in a non-English language. I’m super excited about this one. I’m going to try to avoid just doing a manga, just because it’s too easy that way. There’s a list of non-western based fantasy books available for your browsing leisure.

Five Fantasy Short Stories. Hard Mode: Read an entire collection of short stories. This one will be difficult for me – I don’t own any short story compilations. Well I do, but they’re sci-fi ones. I figured those might work as long as they’re not hard sci-fi. Like as long as they’re not super technology heavy sci-fi and are leaning more towards space operas or speculative fiction, they might work. But we’ll see.

Novel adapted to stage, screen or game. Hard Mode: Novel adapted to more than one medium. There are a bunch of shows and movies I wanna watch but I haven’t yet due to not reading the source material… so hopefully this one will be easy!

Hopeful Fantasy. Hard mode: Novel not listed in the title of the prompt. This is a weird one but kinda neat. I don’t think I’ve ever read a ‘hopeful fantasy’ before. Currently I think I only own one that qualifies:


And that’s it for row one! Row two coming soon!

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

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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. 😀

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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!

June Wrap Up | ’17

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June zoomed by, people. I’ve been working full-time now for a month and a half and it still feels like my second week, haha. I feel like I’m slipping into monotony, yay 😀


Books:

This month, I didn’t read too much as far as number of books, but I did as far as pages. So I’m okay with it. :”D

Bungo Stray Dogs vol 1 by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1This manga I picked up at a recommendation from a friend. She found a person offering book suggestions for one’s friends. You had to send the person a list of manga, books and series that your friend liked and she (I’m assuming it was a she, anyways) would recommend a book based on the given likes. Welp, this is the book that my friend got recommended to tell me, so I picked it up and tried it out.

It follows a young boy (the front blonde dude), an orphan down on his luck, who runs into the dude with the black hair and the trench coat, who turns out to be part of an agency that handles the weird, odd cases that police don’t want to handle. Each member of this organization has a peculiar special ability which helps them solve these cases. It reminded me a lot of the ‘newcomer to the secret society’ trope.

It was pretty decent! A solid 3.5 stars. First volumes of manga (at least for me) are really hard to give five stars. I feel like I’d need to read a few more before deciding whether or not I really like the series or not. But for the first volume, I liked it. It had a decent bit of humor in it – I’d be open to reading more.

3.5/5 stars

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I FINALLY FINISHED IT! Well… didn’t read it cover to cover, but I read it enough to feel like I have a decent grasp on the Forgotten Realms, plus some plot bunnies for a campaign, so yay.

This is a companion book for Dungeons and Dragons – it explains the land called ‘The Forgotten Realms’, a popular world for dnd campaigns. It goes into the creatures that live there, the landscape, the history and lore.. it’s pretty neat! I really liked it. The art in it was absolutely lovely – my favorite part!

4/5 stars

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I did it. I’m caught up.

And you know what’s awful? This book became a chore to read after a while, but at the same time, I’m still probably going to read the next one when (if) it comes out. Let me uh… let me break it down I guess.

The story itself is great – I love it. This is what’s keeping me reading the books. The story Martin is weaving is huge. It’s the tale of a world, not of characters. Westeros, the free cities.. it’s all great.

The characters are pretty good too – there are definitely good ones and bad ones and gray area ones, and I feel like each one of them, while not always super interesting to read from, plays a part in this world. Earlier in the books, you couldn’t really tell – sometimes the storylines wouldn’t interact at all. But now, five books in, even new POVs can be quickly determined how they entangle into the world. I think one of my favorite POVs to read from (mild spoiler) is Barristan Selmy. He’s just.. I wanna hug him, haha. Other POVs I cared just as much about, some none at all, but now I can see why all of them are there, at least.

The thing that made this book a chore and why I’ve decided I like the tv show better (blasphemy!) is the writing. Aside from all of the issues I went into in my review of A Feast for Crows (there were a lot), the writing in this book particular stood out to me as uh… unnecessarily detailed. Like, the characters will be talking – on a road, in and inn, at a war camp, etc… okay, so you’d expect the characters and then the background which is full of ‘army guys’ or whatever. But the background characters remain just that. Nope, not in this book. Consistently, Martin goes through each bloody character present whether they’re relevant to the scene or not and gives their name, their nickname, their house, and sometimes even a short history about them. And then poof! They’re never mentioned again. Never.

AUGH IT WAS INFURIATING. I swear – the copy I have is 1125 pages (the audiobook I listened to was 27ish hours). If there wouldn’t have been any irrelevant character introduction (I’m not talking ones that were brought up again later – I’m talking ones that were literally never mentioned again), this book could have been 250 pages shorter. Really.

So this book was alright, I suppose. My irritation at it kinda ruined my enjoyment of it, unfortunately. I still really like the plot and the world and everything, but gah, Martin. Gah.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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

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I’m getting there! Look, I almost have a bingo! 😀


Blog Activity

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Apparently I posted less this month than I thought… I want to get a regular posting schedule going, yeesh. @@


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
  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
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  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 Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  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: 29/50

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 this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 4/17


And June is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

April Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-April!

This month was bananas. Between coding projects being due and prepping for graduation and starting to plan a honeymoon, my reading has kinda pattered out a bit. Woops. But! I still got some reading done, haah.

This month, I finished one novel and one graphic novel


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru CormorantI seriously enjoyed this book. I wrote a blabber on it, going into all the reasons why I enjoyed this book. It’s a geopolitical fantasy following a main character’s who’s as sharp as a tack as she tries to take down an empire from within. I seriously seriously recommend it (and btw, check out the blabber. Shameless plug! :”D)

5/5 stars

 

 

Saga volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 7A friend told me today that she can never give a book that makes her feel sad a five star rating. I found that interesting, because that’s the reason this book got such a rating from me. Continuing the Saga series, the volume holds up just as well as the previous ones. I really enjoyed it.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

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r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’ve decided to use the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. :”D I’ve noticed my progression looks like it’s going in-order of the challenges… totally not intended, hawhaw. But woot, 2 out of 2 books I read this month qualify for the challenge!

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Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  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! (kinda)
  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
  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 Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  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: 21/50

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 this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17


And that’s it for April. I was right to predict at the end of last month’s wrap-up that I wouldn’t read too much. Hopefully in May I can read more. I’ve finished my project for classes so all my workload has essentially vanished. Just need to put the finishing touches on some stuff today and then that’s it, yo.

Happy reading!