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24 in 48 Readathon


Guess what Iiiii’m doing! Well, at the time that this post is published, I’ll likely be sleeping (thank youuuu wordpress post scheduling). I had actually lost track of this readathon – I knew it had to be coming up but didn’t know exactly when until I saw Ranty Runt of a Reader‘s post about it (so thanks for posting it at the right time for my eyeballs to see it, friend).

If you’d like to know more about the readathon or sign-up super-last minute (if the sign up is still open, no idea), you can do so by following this link to the readathon’s blog.

It began this morning at 12:01am (I’m scheduling this post for 6am) and will continue through midnight Sunday night. The goal, as the title states, is to read 24 out of the 48 hours in the two days of the readathon.

We’ll see if I can get there, hah. Honestly, if I make 24, I’ll be totally shocked. If I make it to 12, I’ll be very satisfied with myself 😀 So wish me luck!

Aside from this post, I’ll be making periodic updates on my instagram account, so if you’d like to see photos of books (and… coffee and cats, let’s be real here) feel free to poke around. :”D Also, lemme know your usernames so I can follow you!

24 in 48 TBR

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)I’ve mentioned this one quite a lot recently, so I’m not gonna go into detail about its plot. This is a buddy read I’m doing with Zezee, so I’m only gonna read up to what we have alloted for this week. So it counts towards the readathon, but I’m not gonna binge it.



The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I’ve been reading this book for months – it has been neglected lately though, so I’m gonna pick it up and buzz through hopefully a good bit of it. It’s a chunker, so I don’t see it getting finished, but who knows, anything is possible.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages – with the 3rd illustrated version coming out in October, it’s about time I read it.




And that’s it! I might pick up a graphic novel here or there if I find myself feeling slumpy. Ideally, I’ll get all of these down (minus Ship of Destiny because mentioned above) – 24 hours should be plenty for that. Let’s just… hope I can read that much, hehe.

Happy reading!

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Posted by on 07/22/2017 in Books, Readathon


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May Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-May! This month a bunch of stuff happened – I graduated college (again), I got a salary position as a software developer, I planned out a vacation… all sorts of stuff. And I still have a lot of stuff left to go, yeesh.

Speaking of, I need an oil change. Guess who’s going to the mechanic after I finish writing this, woo.

ANYWAYS. This month I read one non-fiction, two novels and two manga/graphic novels

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This is the second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and the fifth in her Realm of the Elderlings world. I wrote a blabber on the thing of you’d like to know more fully about it, but it sums up to: I really like this series, but it kills my brain and heart more with every chapter.

4/5 stars

Chew vol 1 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceThis is one of those series that I’ve known about for a while but never really popped into my ‘wanna read this’ list. I found it for super cheap and picked it up on a whim… and honestly, most of the way through it, it basically was what I expected. It was okay. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special… until the end. And dammit, now I want volume two. It lead me into a false sense of ‘this is decent’ security when it was really hiding how good it was ’til the end. Well butts. Now I’m buying this series, too.

4/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)This was probably my most anticipated release for this month and I started reading it the day I came out. It was decent! I rather liked it. I wrote a blabber on this one too, if you’re interested. I feel like it was a rather solid (if not predictable) ending to the series.

4/5 stars

Attack on Titan vol 12 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 12I’m slowly workin’ my way through this series. One day I’ll catch up. One day. ONE DAY.

4/5 stars

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAnd the non-fiction for the month. I’m really bad with non-fiction usually – it doesn’t hold my attention for very long. It’s not the book’s fault most of the time, it’s my own. I just… lose focus. But this one, I listened to on audio and while it did indeed go into the history of the gene and all sorts of experiments and conferences and breakthroughs, it did so in almost a narrative format. It was really neat and I was able to stay focused on it. 😛 So.. props to him for writing a non-fiction a dunderhead can follow? 😀 It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, too!

4/5 stars


Everything was 4 stars this month. Hooda thunk.

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

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


So two out of the five books I read this month qualify. Woot woot :”D

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 – Currently reading
  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: 26/50

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, gonna be 4.

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

Happy reading!


Posted by on 06/03/2017 in Books, Wrap-up


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The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb | Blabber

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
850 pages, mass market paperback
Read Feb 23 – May 7, 2016
Book two in the Liveship Traders trilogy
Spoilery Blabber

“Tomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays. No more than that. And no less.”

Every time I read a Robin Hobb book – this is the fifth one I’ve buzzed through now – I get an emotional hangover. This series in particular, I’d even call it an emotional flu.

Since this is a spoilery blabber, I’m going to assume if you’re here you’ve either read it already or don’t care about being spoiled. I’m also going to assume you already know the premise of the series. I’m also going to just write a bunch of thoughts out – this is not a ‘coherent review’. 😛

This book picks up where the last left off – the returning characters are just as despicable and wonderful as before. I grew to like characters I disliked before… and really really hate characters I already hated. Hah.

So the main theme of this book is obviously character development. Sorely, sorely needed character development. And it was wonderful.

Robin Hobb is really good at writing awful characters. I don’t mean awful as in badly written, I mean awful as in I hate them. They feel like real people but they are not people I would get along with. Kennit for instance. That bastard. Never have I despised a character so much that I actually would get angry while reading from their POV. If that isn’t a well-designed character then I don’t know what is.

I hope in book three, Kennit gets knocked down a few pegs. Seriously. So far he’s managed to manipulate Etta, Vivacia and now even Wintrow to his will. Gaaah I want someone to see through his bullshit so badly. He needs good, solid punch to the face.

Another character that went through a lot of character development, but in a positive direction instead of negative was Malta. It’s unfortunate that the loss of her father was what had to trigger it, but it really woke her up to the world around her. Towards the end of the book especially, I really loved her. Her snaps at the satrap were just fantastic. (I hate him too, so it was lovely). It was such a complete turn-around from her character in the first book, which seriously irritated me. I like Reyn too – he’s a decent fella.

This book I noticed spent about as much time away from the liveships as it did with them – about half the POVs weren’t anywhere near the water – it really lent to the largeness of the plot and all of the interesting subplots that I know are going to come together in book three. I seriously liked this book, especially towards the end. I reached an ‘AHHHHH’ moment and kinda buzzed through the ending (after…. taking a two day break to finish my coding project. You have NO IDEA how hard it is to reach the AHHHH part in a book and then put it down to do important schooly things, bleh)

All the subplots are starting to wind together at this point – we now know why it kept jumping to a bit of eel-y things in the water and why some of them seem sentient and others don’t. There’s a dragon flyin’ around and Paragon, darling Paragon, has developed a sense of multiple selves. Paragon I think is my favorite character in this series – he’s just so amusing, I wanna hug him. Granted, he’d likely either punch me in the face or cry hysterically or hug me back. It would really be up in the air. I think that’s why I like his character so much – he’s so out of character all the time that everything is in character. It’s neato. :”D

I will say though – and it’s a thing that I mentioned above – that this book is tiring. It’s so emotionally saturated that it becomes a chore to read it. Not because it’s bad, but because just so much heavy stuff happens to the Vestrit family, I kinda get worn out just reading about it, yeesh.

Rating: 4/5 stars

So yes, overall I dug this book. Made me feel droopy though. And my thoughts, as you can see, aren’t really coherent, hence a spoilery blabber instead of a non-spoilery review. :”D I’m thinking I”ll do a trilogy review on the whole thing once I finish the third book – that one will spoiler-free and more uh… readable instead of a bunch of tangent-thoughts, hawhaw.

Happy reading!


Posted by on 05/09/2017 in Books, Review


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July Wrap Up and Mini-Reviews, August Currently Reading

You know, they say time seems to go faster as you get older because fewer and fewer of your experiences are novel to you anymore. When you were little, everything was new – summer lasted years, the wait for Christmas lasted eons. Now summer flies by, Christmas is over before you realized it was coming… all of it because you do the same damn thing day in and day out and all your days blur together.

I need a vacation.

Also, it’s the end of July now. 2016 is zoomin’.

But I did read a couple books this month, so that’s nice.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for July: 8

Reading Overview for the Month:


The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. This is a classic sci-fi book written in the 70s. I went into this one only knowing the basic premise: The main character is in a war that requires interstellar travel. That travel causes time dilation, so while he’s fighting a two year tour, dozens, hundreds of years pass on Earth. This book was as much a war novel as it was a culture study. The book starts in the last 90s and ends hundreds of years later. The main character, every time he pops out time from a travel, he has to readjust to what waits for him there – updates to the war, updates to humanity. It takes a look at human fallacy, too. The whole ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ human fault is examined pretty well.

One thing that was handled in an interesting fashion was homosexuality. Keep in mind this book was written in the 70s. The main character is definitely a bit biased towards homosexual people in this book, but it’s addressed and the main character adjusts his views as time moves along. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like that before, especially one written so long ago. The character is biased, not the author. I didn’t feel like I was reading hate-fiction from the author. I didn’t feel like the author felt how his character did. It was really refreshing. A similar view is taken with women’s sexuality in this book. It’s mentioned, mentioned a lot. But the author doesn’t try to shame or write the women badly because of their choices. It was just… reading about people, and it was nice. I mean – the women’s characterization in this book was definitely lacking. The few that exist are partially developed at best, but none of them were seen as ‘bad’ or ‘unworthy’ characters for having sex lives. It was refreshing.

So I gave this book a four stars. Would have easily been five if the women (and honestly all the characters) were characterized a bit better. Multi-faceted personalities, I crave them! – 4 stars

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. This is the second book in The Farseer Trilogy, a series I’m quickly falling in love with. Well, that’s a lie. I’m already in love with it. But if the third book goes as well as the first two did, this series is definitely making me ‘Favorite books’ list. My gosh, I love these. I haven’t started the third one yet, but hope to do so soon-ish. (Zezee if you still wanna do a buddy read, gimme a time-frame. :”D)

This book followed Fitz after the events of the first book. So I’m not going to go into plot to save you from spoilers. What I did like about this book though was the character development. So many different characters are written so fully and well. There are only a couple that stick out in my mind as needing some work – and they’re not exactly major ones so I’m not too worried about it. But men and women in this book both have goals and desires and feelings and dimensions to them. I loved it! Since finishing this book, I think about these characters all the time. I want to be friends with Kettricken, I want to hang out with Burrich. I feel like these characters could be real people. So I very, very much enjoyed this book. – 5 stars


Just one this month: Turkey’s coup, explained in under 500 words


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 28/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 2/2
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:


August Currently Reading:

Currently I’m at three, though I’ll likely pick up a new audiobook here pretty quickly.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks
Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic Inc.
And that’s it! Happy reading!! :”D


Posted by on 08/04/2016 in Books, Currently Reading, Review, TBR, Wrap-up


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Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Read May 24th-June 13th, 2016
435 pages

Reading this book taught me a lesson: Don’t judge a book by the synopsis.

I picked this book up as the first novel to be read in the Hobb-along-read-along and honestly, I didn’t expect much from it. The synopsis was terribly generic. The cover even more so. The two combined set a very low bar for me, and now after reading it, I know I judged it very unfairly going in. So for that, I’m sorry, and I’ll keep in mind my mistake the next time I see a book that looks or sounds generic and try to reserve judgement before giving it a chance.

So moving on from my admittedly awful judginess.

Assassin’s Apprentice is a story written from the perspective of the apprentice in question as he retells the story of his life. It starts when he was just a boy and continues through his youth. One of the things that surprised me was how quickly I became invested in the story. Robin Hobb’s writing just flows beautifully, and the characterizaton of the main and side characters quickly develop into distinct personalities and motivations. I felt like I knew who everyone was and what they wanted shortly after they were introduced, and it was nice not having flat characters that the author wanted the reader to like but gave no reason as to why poking around.

Another thing that I really liked was the magic systems. There were two of them, and what I found fascinating was that while they definitely played a part in the story, they weren’t the point of the story, if that makes sense. The main character wasn’t trying to become the strongest magician or whatever, and even at times, he would invoke the use of these magic systems and the reader wouldn’t even be fully aware of it right away. It was cool to see it snaked in there without being the main attraction.

The characters, male and female, were developed beautifully. And in reading this book, I noticed something that I really liked: until this book, I’ve seldom read an adult fantasy where upon introduction of a female character, her bosom or butt size wasn’t mentioned almost immediately. I have no idea what the chest sizes of the women in this book are, and I like it that way. (I think this idea popped into my head because while reading this, I was also reading George R.R. Martin, and the fact that he did that constantly irked me). Because of this (and because of this continuing in Royal Assassin, the second book) Robin Hobb has definitely become one of my new favorite authors. I loves her.

I honestly can’t come up with many negatives, aside from the synopsis and cover. The book was a wholly pleasant and engaging experience, and I’m glad I decided to read it. As I’ve said, I’m currently reading the second one, and afterwards I would like to read the rest of her works. Definitely a fan. Thumbs up. Go read it.

Rating: 5/5 stars


Posted by on 07/04/2016 in Books, Review


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